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."

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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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

France Beats Ticas

 France have reaffirmed their title credentials at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 with a dominant 5-1 victory over Costa Rica at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Gilles Eyquem's side were in rampant form against a Ticas side that simply could not cope with their opponents' evident technical and physical superiority.

As U-17 world champions in 2012 and European U-19 queens last year, the French are considered among the favourites for the trophy and, from the offset, they set about proving why. It took just seven minutes for them to take the lead, with Faustine Robert earning a penalty after she was taken out by keeper Noelia Bermudez in the act of hitting a post with a lob from the corner of the area. Claire Lavogez took full and emphatic advantage of the opportunity with a textbook penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way with a rocket-like shot into the roof of the net.

Read more: Five-star France beat Ticas

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Costa Rica FIFA World Cup Coach Quits

Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto has decided to quit due to differences with the soccer federation.
Coach Pinto Costa Rica
''I realised I would not be able to count on conditions to carry out my work,''  Pinto said on his personal website overnight.
Pinto's contract ended after the World Cup. He said that it was not possible possible to reach and agreement. 
''I ask myself, 'What use are the victories obtained in Brazil?''.
Eduardo Lee, the federation president, confirmed that the two parties had reach an agreement.
Costa Rica had their most successful ever World Cup in Brazil, reaching the last eight for the first time before going out on penalties to the Netherlands earlier this month.