DAY 32 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup sees the curtain fall down on what is arguably the best finals tournament of all time. Germany and Argentina will face off in the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, where one of them will become champions and win the most prestigious prize football has to offer.
It is expected to be pulsating clash with both teams looking to win their first crown in over 20 years. Indeed the last time they both got their hands on the trophy they beat each other. A Maradona-inspired Argentina defeated the Germans 3-2 in Mexico 86 and a Lothar Matthaus-led Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in Italia 90.
Both sides went into this tournament with high hopes and boasted a fierce attacking outlook however for Argentina that hasn’t been the base for their success.
Much of their good work has come down to their defence who have proved… Continue reading →
“THIS MATCH SHOULD never be played. I’ve been saying that for 10 years; it’s unfair.” That’s the view of Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal ahead of tonight’s 3rd/4th place match with Brazil in Brasilia.
For the Brazilians however it is a chance for their team to win back some pride after their horror show in Belo Horizonte last week.
The 7-1 defeat in the semi-final at the hands of the Germans tarnished the reputation of Brazilian football and shocked the world. It was also their first competitive defeat on home soil since 1975 when Peru beat them 3-1 in the Copa America. The South Americans are reeling from their biggest defeat in international football history but can finish their World Cup adventure on a high this evening with victory.
A win for either side will be little consolation for what could have been however finishing third in an international tournament… Continue reading →
Following the fall out of the latest Luis Suarez incident, Liverpool are facing having their star striker on the side-lines once more. On Thursday afternoon, FIFA’s disciplinary committee announced that Suarez would be banned for 4 months from all football related activities. Despite the incident taking place whist on international duty with Uruguay, Liverpool are the ones who are really being punished. For the second time, they are facing the prospect of starting their Premier League campaign without the 27-year-old due to a ban from biting an opponent.
His time at the Merseyside club has been littered with controversy. The Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool, along with the then manager Kenny Dalglish, supported Suarez strongly after a racist incident with Patrice Evra. The manner in which they supported him was widely criticised. John Henry, the principal owner, and Tom Werner, the chairman, felt they put themselves on the… Continue reading →
As the group stages of the World Cup draw to a close, all the glorious football has been overshadowed by an act of madness. Yet again Luis Suarez has found himself at the centre of a media storm and, yet again, it’s not because of his undoubtedly brilliant talent. With both Italy and Uruguay facing each other in a sudden death match to qualify for the Last 16 round, the stakes were high. At 0-0 entering the 80th minute with Uruguay attacking, Suarez reacted to a tussle in the box with Giorgio Chiellini by intentionally biting the defenders left shoulder. The Italian understandably responded by flinging his arm out which hit Suarez, sending him to floor. The PFA player of the year then comically held his teeth in pain. No action was taken. Marco Rodriguez, the Mexican referee in charge, failed to see the incident. Astonished, Chiellini showed the mark… Continue reading →
A CRUCIAL match in Group C sees Japan take on Greece in Natal with both sides looking to kick-start their World Cup campaigns.
Defeats last time out means that another one tonight will make their task of reaching the last 16 an even tougher task.
Alberto Zaccheroni’s team took the lead against Ivory Coast before they conceded two quick-fire goals in the second period and struggled in the hot and humid city of Recife. The Blue Samarai fans were in full voice throughout and they will once again be cheering on their team to three points.
A major issue which Japan do have is conceding goals in the second half of games. Fitness amongst the players is a major issue with a number of players appearing to run out of steam towards the hour mark. In the Confederations Cup last summer they conceded nine goals in the group stages, with… Continue reading →