Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Germany receive FIFA World Cup Badge at Die Mannschaft film premiere

(FIFA.com) Monday 10 November 2014
FIFA Badge

Prior to today’s world premiere of the film Die Mannschaft (The Team) - a documentary charting Germany’s triumphant 2014 FIFA World Cup™ campaign - FIFA President Blatter awarded the German national team and its coaching staff the FIFA World Champions Badge in Berlin. On the stage at the cinema in Potsdamer Platz, Germany’s entire FIFA World Cup winning side, German FA [DFB] president Wolfgang Niersbach and the FIFA President looked back on the unforgettable emotions the tournament in Brazil stirred up.

“Winning the World Cup in Brazil crowned the development that started with the summer fairytale of hosting the finals in 2006,” said FIFA President Blatter, who also praised the exemplary ambassadorial role the 23 members of the squad played at the tournament: “The team’s attractive and attacking playing style is symbolic of a cosmopolitan and engaging Germany that people everywhere recognise, respect and appreciate.”

FIFA first awarded the coveted World Champions Badge to Italy in 2006. In recognition of Germany’s success at Brazil 2014, and as a permanent reminder of their triumph, the team may now wear the Badge on their shirts until the Final of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

DFB president Niersbach was delighted to receive the accolade, saying: “It’s a huge honour for our national team to be able to wear the World Champions Badge on their shirt and it is visible proof that they achieved great things in Brazil. The entire footballing community in Germany is proud of this golden emblem.”

Coach Joachim Low and World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm likewise expressed their pride at the award, as well as having lifted the country’s fourth title following the achievements in 1954, 1974 and 1990. “The Badge is a wonderful honour but at the same time I view it as an incentive and an obligation not to ease off,” said Low. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

FIFA Official Doubts the 2022 World Cup Will be Held in Qatar

By: NICK SCHWARTZ  | usatoday.com
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar

FIFA’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar has been heavily criticized since the final vote in 2010, with allegations of corruption within FIFA and Qatar’s record of human rights violations leading many to call for the decision to be reversed. The challenges of holding the world’s biggest tournament in western Asia during the summer months — when temperatures in Doha reach an average high of 106 degrees — seem unsolvable. Qatari officials have promised to spend $4 billion on air conditioned stadiums to protect players and fans, but not everyone is convinced.

FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger told German newspaper Bild that he does not think the tournament will take place in Qatar.

Via Reuters:
“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar. Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions…. Fans from around the world will be coming and traveling in this heat and the first life-threatening case will trigger an investigation by a state prosecutor.”
FIFA president Sepp Blatter admitted in May that awarding Qatar the World Cup was “a mistake,” and has also said that it is not “rational and reasonable” to play the 2022 World Cup in the summer. Moving the tournament to the winter would wreak havoc on club football league schedules across the world.

If Qatar is stripped of the World Cup, it could potentially be hosted in the United States. The U.S. finished second in the voting process in 2010, ahead of South Korea, Japan and Australia.

Read more: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/2022-world-cup-qatar-fifa-official

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Argentina's Sweet Revenge on Germany

Source: Reuters
Source: Reuters
Argentina spoiled the party for world cup champions Germany by crushing the hosts 4-2 in an international friendly game in Duesseldorf on Wednesday .

A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 4-2 friendly win over world champions Germany on Wednesday in an entertaining rematch of July's World Cup final.
Despite the absence of injured captain Lionel Messi, Argentina ran circles around the World Cup winners on their home turf in the first match for both teams since Germany's 1-0 extra-time victory in the final in Brazil.

So impressive was the performance of the Argentine winger, who had missed the final through injury, in the Duesseldorf arena that even many of the German fans applauded his performance when he was replaced late in the match.

Germany coach Joachim Loew put only four of the starting 11 that won Germany's fourth World Cup on the pitch in the warm-up match for their Euro 2016 campaign that starts on Sunday against Scotland.

Captain Philipp Lahm, striker Miroslav Klose and defender Per Mertesacker, who all retired following the World Cup triumph, were hailed by the sell-out crowd of 51,132 while several other key players were missing through injury.

The inexperienced Germany defence could not contain new Manchester United signing Di Maria in the first half but also left lots of open space for lightening counter-attacks by moving deep into Argentina's territory.

Source: Reuters

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Germany, Argentina Set for World Cup Final rematch

Fifty days after winning the FIFA World Cup™ for the fourth time, the German national team assembled in Dusseldorf on Monday for Wednesday's repeat of the Final against Argentina.

Wednesday's match was already set to be a glamour friendly but there is added hype in the wake of Mario Gotze's extra-time winner when the teams last met in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July.

Around 45,000 people watched the World Cup-winners train on Monday and Wednesday's game at the Espirit Arena will attract a sell-out crowd.

On Sunday, Joachim Low's side host Scotland in Dortmund in their first qualifier for UEFA EURO 2016. For a German team still taking in the World Cup triumph, the two games have come around quickly.

"I think it's not easy for us - that's clear," Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said on Monday. "For Scotland it's the game of the year to start against us. We have to play well against Argentina with regard to the weekend and to be fully prepared for it."

Read full article here: FIFA.com

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FIFA Sued Over Bad Officiating for 1 Billion Euros

Colombian lawyer Aurelio Jimenez has taken it upon himself to get justice on behalf of the global football fans. He wants to take FIFA to court over bad officiating at the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil.

He said that he is suing FIFA for moral damages caused by bad refereeing at the tournament,demanding for an astonishing 1 billion Euros in compensation.The 74-year old lawyer said Brazil's quarter-final win over Colombia caused particular "distress" causing him cardiac problems and being rushed to the hospital.

Read more about the it here:
World Cup 2014: Fifa 'sued' over refereeing decisions
FIFA sued for €1 billion over bad World Cup referees
Colombian lawyer sues FIFA for 1Billion Euros over World Cup refereeing