Month: June 2014

Quotes: Germany defeats Canada 2-1 in Vancouver

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A tough, physical battle at BC Place Wednesday night ended in a 2-1 win for Germany over Canada. 15,618 were on hand in Vancouver to see the home team take on one of the world’s best squads. Despite the score, fans saw a glimpse of the future, as youngster Jessie Fleming was a key part of the midfield and the youth in the back took another step toward understanding the senior side of the game.

Coaches from both teams spoke to the media after the game, as did a number of Canadian players, who were gracious with their time.

German head coach Silvia Neid on her side’s victory: 

“I’m very satisfied with the performance of my team. We played out of good organization. We had good pressure against the ball and we created a lot of goal chances.

“I’m very happy with my…

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World Cup , Group Stage Predictions

 

 

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The group stages are usually full of surprises and this version of the World Cup in my view wont be any different. Although Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany and Argentina look good for a spot in my view, it will nevertheless be very difficult to predict the rest of the teams who will get a by to the next stage, I will however give it a shot at it.

 

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Group A will feature Brazil as eventual winners with Mexico and Croatia fighting for second spot in my view, Cameroon is an Enigma and it will be  interesting to watch them as they can very well be one of the surprises. Brazil and Croatia are my picks to go through.

Group B  looks very predictable in my view, with both  finalists from last World Cup in the group Spain and the Netherlands, it will be very difficult for Chile (although playing very well of late) and Australia to make any headway. Spain and the Netherlands are my picks in this group.

Group C  in my view will the most competitive with Japan, Greece and Colombia could all win the group, although the Ivory Coast wont be any pushovers. In this group I will go on the limb and say that Colombia and Japan will go through.

Group D will also be very competitive in my view, in spite of Italy being favorite in this group it will not be easy for the Italians with Uruguay and England both obvious threats, Costa Rica will play lonely fiddle in this group. My picks for this group will be Italy and Uruguay

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Group E  features France and Switzerland two very strong teams, it will be very difficult for both Ecuador and Honduras to make it through, unless we see another breakdown fro the French. Nevertheless my picks are France and Switzerland

Group F features Argentina and super Messi, along with Iran, Nigeria and Bosnia. This group in my view will witness a dog fight for 2nd place Argentina being untouchable. My picks are Argentina and Bosnia.

Group G will be interesting with Germany being the favorites and the USA and Portugal in hot pursuit, I don’t think Ghana will pose much of a threat for a spot. My picks to go through are Germany and the USA

Group H  will also be a competitive group in my view although Belgium is playing favorites Russia, South Korea and Algeria will have something to say about that. My picks for this group are Belgium and Russia.

There you go my prediction for the group stage, I would appreciate some comments


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World Cup Preview ( Brazil )

World Cup Preview ( Brazil )

 

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Brazil name their squad for the World Cup and AC Milan duo Kaka and Robinho were among the big names who did not make the cut. Under a lot of pressure to win at home Luiz Felipe Scolari also left out Ronaldinho and PSG midfielder Lucas Moura. All four players would be on the first team of many other nations. Although I’m a little disappointed to see that Scolari could not find room for Kaka and Ronaldinho it is understandable if we consider all the young Brazilian superstars coming up the ranks, including Reymar, this a good environment for him to shine and Brazil will need him to have any chance to lift the trophy in front of their fans. It’s no secret that recruiting players for the Brazil squad is a tricky affair and it would not exaggerated to say that Brazil could field a second team and they would probably be just as competitive as the first team. In my view playing at home will give Brazil a big edge, although the pressure to win at home might be overwhelming for some of the players. In spite of Spain playing so well, almost unbeatable, and with Italy, Germany and Argentina fielding equally great teams and will all certainly make a bid for the Cup, in my view its Brazil’s tournament to lose. Whatever happens you can be sure that Brazil will put up a good showing and will definitely delight the fans of all nations.prettygirl2

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC, on loan from QPR), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro).

 

Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (AS Roma), Maxwell, Thiago Silva (both Paris St-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli).

 

Midfielders: Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian, Oscar (both Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City).

 

Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg).

 

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Honors and Titles 

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World Cup Preview ( USA)

 

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Landon Donovan is left out of the Squad as Klinsman names his roster for the World Cup, a big moment for sure, although I’m disappointed that there was no room for Donovan I must admit it’s not completely out of order. I believe that the USA need to modify their approach to the game if they want better results, there is a winning approach to the game it’s clear however need the  right players too, the 2002 quarterfinals was great but they must strive for more in my view. It’s a fresh start of sorts for Klinsman and the team. It’s my belief that they must find a way to control the ball when they get it as opposed to the kick and run game, the midfield must have players with more composure, less hurried and Donovan in a strange way personified the hurried pace, it’s a shift in mentality that must happen in order to compete at the highest level.

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All in all I think the US has the potential to make at least the quarterfinals again, if the midfield shows progress they might surprise a lot of people. I’m a big fan of Micheal Bradely I think he will shine and lead the US in this tournemant,for me he represents really well the calm cool and collected approach in midfield although he can create things as well as scoring.  With Altidore and Dempesy complementing each other so well up front I don’t think goals will be a problem, the defense is solid enough and Tim Howard is great between the posts, the midfield is really the only question mark however most games are won and lost in midfield it’s clear to me.

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Goalkeepers (3):

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

 

Defenders (8):

DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

 

Midfielders (8):

Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

 

Forwards (4):

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

 

Major Competitions

FIFA World Cup

Third Place (1): 1930

Quarterfinals (1): 2002 FIFA World Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup

Runners-Up (1): 2009

Third Place (2): 19921999

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup

Winners (5): 19912002200520072013

Runners-Up (5): 19891993199820092011

Third Place (2): 19962003

Copa América

Fourth Place (1): 1995

Minor Competitions

Pan American Games

Gold Medal (1): 1991

Bronze Medal (2): 19591999

U.S. Cup

Winners (3): 199219952000

Marlboro Cup

Winners (1): 1989

World Cup preview ( Italy )

 

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli named his 23 players for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

 

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli named his 23 players for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with 1 extra player on standby in case of injury (Andrea Ranocchia). The big surprise for me is the exclusion of Giuseppe Rossi, although he just came back from a lengthy injury that saw him miss half of the season and might not be in the best game condition, finding no place for him is hard to understand in my view he’s the type of player that can make a difference with 1 touch on the ball. Before his injury he had netted 14 goals in 14 games and had as many assists, for me he certainly deserved to be there and he will be missed for sure. Napoli’s right back Christian Maggio who had become a fixture on the team has also been left out, with Riccardo Montolivio out with injury a spot opened up in midfield and Prandelli was able to take both youngsters Marco Verratti and Marco Parolo on the trip. Although Serie A is well represented it’s interesting to note that 3 of the players earn their trade with PSG. It’s my belief that Italy will nevertheless field a very strong squad and could very well win it all, having reached the final in the 2012 Euro Cup Italy in my view they are well positioned to reach the final again in the World CupPrandelli will have 2 friendly games to fine tune his lineup before kicking off the tournament with the highly anticipated game vs England.

 

ITALY SOCCER EURO 2008

 

It’s no big surprise that Italy is not one of the strongest favorites again, despite reaching the semifinals 8 times, the finals 6 times and winning the World Cup 4 times for some reason the Italian players don’t always get the credit they deserve. I’m not sure if people love to hate the Italian National team or it’s just a question that the Italian game is difficult to gage, a mystery of sorts. Although my obvious bias I will try to be objective and explain why I think Italy is almost always up for big tournaments and can’t ever be counted out. First of all their record speaks volumes, the pragmatic, cool, calm and collected approach to the game seems to be a basic characteristic of the Italian game, they will never beat themselves and always have a strong defence with strong keepers and Buffon is no exception, in my view he will be remembered has one of the best of all time. With like Buffon between the posts ,the artist Andrea Pirlo conducting things in midfield, Bonucci checking the back line and with  Cassano and  Balotelli playing the front line, Italy have some of the best players in the world. I have no doubt Italy will make a strong bid for the Cup once again

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The official Squad:

Goalkeepers:                                                                                                                                                                               Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa CFC), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain FC).

Defenders:

Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino FC), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Gabriel Paletta (Parma FC), Andrea Ranocchia (FC Internazionale Milano)*.

 

Midfielders:

Alberto Aquilani (ACF Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (SS Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Marco Parolo (Parma FC), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain FC).

 

Forwards: 

Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma FC), Alessio Cerci (Torino FC), Ciro Immobile (Torino FC), Lorenzo Insigne (SSC Napoli)

 

 

This is a list of honours for the senior Italian national team