This Chelsea player has long been established as one of the top goalkeepers in the world. With over 100 international caps Cech has proved a veritable rock for his country, Czech Republic. His strength and reliability coming out on corners and set pieces. You have to earn a goal against stunning reflexes. Strikers will be happier that Petr Cech is not around Brazil. Petr Cech is one of the finest stars missed FIFA 2014 world cup.
2. Christian Eriksen:
Major tournaments like World Cup usually reveal a rising star, such as 20 year-old EnzoScifo for Belgium and Michael Laudrup for Denmark in 1986. When Laudrup shone in Mexico, he was just 21, the same age as Christian Eriksen is now. Eriksen is seen as the future of Denish football as his silky skill and quick-thinking brain has drawn comparisons to the legend Laudrup. The Denish must be disappointed not to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is indeed one of the stars missed FIFA 2014 world cup in our list.
3. Gareth Bale:
The Wales winger Gareth Bale will be hoping he doesn’t follow the footsteps of his illustrious countryman Ryan Giggs-who won everything with his club Manchester United but never played in a World Cup. Bale had a stunning last season with 21 goals for Spurs, fair enough to draw the attention of Real Madrid. His combination of power, searing pace and incredibly hard shot make him a nightmare to defend against. Defenders in Brazil world cup will be thankful to him for his absence. He is one of the stars missed FIFA 2014 world cup.
4. Robert Lewandowski:
This Borussia Dortmund striker outshone Cristiano Ronaldo when he scored four goals against Real Madrid in the last season’s Champions League semifinals. He has scored 63 goals in 110 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund and he is widely regarded as one of the best forwards in Europe. Unfortunately, Poland ended up finishing fourth in a tough qualifying group leaving the chance for England, Ukraine and Montenegro.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
His fans are saying,
‘ there is no point of watching the World cup because Ibrahimovic won’t be playing in it.”
Zlatan, the 32-years is in the best form of his career. His reputation of making some spectacular goals are well known to his fans, like the martial arts-style volleys, dipping shots from all angles, his overhead kicks from 30 meters out.
France football team managed to finish their FIFA World Cup preparations, probably in a best possible way. They achieved 8-0 win over Jamaica at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille on Sunday. After having been blown by the news Franck Ribery injured and will not be fit for the tournament, Didier Deschamps’ men went proving that they could still manage hopes for the France team in Brazil World Cup.
Karim Benzema, Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann scored two goals each. Yohan Cabaye and Olivier Giroud added the other two goals. The fear caused by Ribery’s confirmed absence earlier in the week was well and truly blown away after this preparation match.
Deschamps finally sought another way to improve Les Bleus’ potency going forward. He decided to deploy Benzema on the left of a loose three-man attacking unit. Now it becomes the familiar 4-3-3 formation. Giroud has to reprise his central role and Mathieu Valbuena once again featuring on the right side.
The evidence of this result can be considered a masterstroke from the 45-year-old coach.
Though Valbuena was unable to find the net himself, he was the star once again. He proved why he is the man whom opponents will have to fear when faced with the French. He was the key in a handful of goals, especially for the first three, he linked up superbly with Giroud and Karim Benzema.
Even Karim Benzema’s roaming role empowered Valbuena. He managed to get the best out of both creatively. Benzema also showed great accuracy in front of goal this night. His club performance was a bit disappointing this season. But now he appears to be in perfect form heading to Brazil world cup 2014. Possibly he will remain key to Deschamps’ strategies.
The Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema was another major positive on the night. He is continuing to show the confidence that has grown exponentially. The first against Australia back in October and then the second goal in 3-0 play-off win over Ukraine.
Benzema showed in his 80-minute display that he is capable of stepping up and playing one of the decisive roles. He got his two goals exceptionally well. He also linked up superbly with Giroud and particularly Valbuena.
May be these positives should also be tempered by the fact that we have seen this before.
Just before the 2012 UEFA European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, Karim Benzema looked unplayable. But at the final round he failed to score and did precious little else as Laurent Blanc’s side ended its campaign scathingly.
The France team knows what Benzema is capable of. Just he needs to produce these sorts of performances once Les Tricolores arrive in South America. Not only in meaningless friendly matches but also in real competitions.
Along with the system and the shape, France team managed to bring out the best out of the 26-year-old. He was able to roam freely which in turn freed Valbuena too, for that night.
After Franck Ribery injured, France still have four in-form attacking talents heading to Brazil. Which should definitely frighten opponents. For the first two matches it was three as Benzema missed them because of Champions League Final.
This kind of impressive performance will be needed to advance from Group E comfortably. Switzerland is arguably the better of their three group-stage adversaries. They managed only a 1-0 win over the same Jamaica side just over one week earlier of this practice match.
Deschamps is probably a little worried about his defense, as it was not really tested. But the forward is quite a cause for him to be happy after Franck Ribery injured. And with an improved performance he can prepare to travel to Brazil.
The French camp has proven that they can be still hopeful after Franck Ribery injured.
Though the Bayern man will be a sore miss at the tournament. Perhaps he will be missed much by those who were keen to see the player who finished third in the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award, in the World Cup. But Les Bleus, on this evidence probably will not miss him greatly. There are truly other talented options who now appear capable of stepping up in his absence for the Team.
Though a lot will depend on the upcoming week, but this early signs can be considered blessings for France.
With all the injuries suffered so far, the German team may have been dealt their biggest blow on Friday. Their key player Marco Reus suffered an ankle injury that eventually ruled him out of the World Cup 2014, Brazil.
Marco Reus was diagnosed with a torn ligament on Saturday. Promptly he was ruled out on the day the team was meant to leave for Brazil. Coach Joachim Loew and his team of arguably their most in-form player heading into the tournament without this key attacker.
Two years ago at the European Championships he featured the bench only. Now Reus becomes an integral part of the team. He helped the team in qualifying and was set to break out on the international stage in the upcoming world event.
But now, as a matter of fact, he will have to wait four more years to get his chance. Joachim Loew just needs to find a way to compensate for the team’s best big-game player.
Now come to the main question!! Is there any alternatives?? Is it compensable?? How??
Finally coach Loew has answered with the idea of replacing Reus by the defender Shkodran Mustafi.
Initially Marco Reus was thought to be missing out. Kevin Volland was the suggestion to replace him. But miserably Volland just missed out after being in the provisional squad while participating in the team’s training campaign.
Anyway, Loew surprised everyone by selecting Sampdoria’s Mustafi on Saturday morning for the team. He was also in the provisional squad. But he was obviously meant to be excluded as there had already been five central defenders on the squad.
May be the first step to understanding Loew’s decision-making is to admit that there is no direct replacement for Reus as well.
The 25-year-old attacker elevated his game to another level this season with Dortmund. He started continuing his prolific scoring with 23 goals but also setting up 23 more for others.
Many Germany supporters were hoping to see that versatility and output from Reus this summer. As there is no real striker available and also Mesut Ozil struggling to rediscover his form, Marco Reus was the only hope in this circumstances.
It was Marco Reus who tried to make Germany’s system work without a traditional striker. With his combination, Andre Schurrle and Thomas Mueller constantly were interchanging inside and around the box. This was extremely promising and productive against Armenia last night.
Definitely the coach was not looking for direct replacement but to reinforce the defense.
“It was not about finding a like-for-like replacement for Marco. We have a great deal of quality in that position behind the forwards.”
The only thing that Germany have been able to count on with so many injuries is their considerable depth in the attack. Probably that is another reason why Loew was able to afford bringing only one out-and-out forward in Miroslav Klose.
It is true that they have enough alternatives like Andre Schurrle, Thomas Muller, Julian Draxler, Lukas Podolski, Toni Kroos , Mario Gotze and Mesut Ozil. So another attacking player is not that much necessary for the team with this situation.
“That is why we have chosen an extra option for defense. We know we can rely on Shkodran [Mustafi] 100 percent,”
Loew’s first choice up top with Mueller is Schurrle. And Klose can be deemed only an option off the bench. Meanwhile Goetze has been the attacking midfielder used most frequently in that false-nine role. He offers a similar combination of mobility and a nose for goal.
Marco Reus has been Germany’s most complete attacking player. Others bring something else for the table. Loew will have to choose wisely.
Losing Marco Reus is a bitter blow for sure. But for now it can be considered as Germany’s golden generation. And with these countless attacking players we will find out what they can result in Brazil.
The Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is believed to have injured his knee joint during Uruguay’s pre-World Cup training camp. He is likely to undergo surgery on Thursday. It is indeed a huge blow to Uruguay and to him as well. It could be a major worry for his club Liverpool also.
Uruguayan TV are reporting that Suarez had an MRI which revealed that the meniscus in the knee is damaged. The team doctor decided surgery as a necessity.
Much will depend upon the seriousness of the injury and how Suarez reacts after post operative period.
Suarez could even go under immediate surgery, with journalist Martin Charquero reporting that it has already been scheduled for 7:30 am Uruguayan time.
The recovery time after meniscus surgery is four to six weeks. It means Suarez could face a race against time to recover and prove his fitness for the upcoming world tournament.
Suarez’s injury would be a major blow for the Uruguay as he is the key figure in attack. His absence would be a great pressure upon Edison Cavani and Diego Forlan. Uruguay will start their world cup campaign against Costa Rica on June 14. Five days later they will be playing against England and then Italy on June 24. If Luis Suarez misses his chance to play in the tournament, he would join a growing list of top unfortunates to have their World Cup dreams shattered.
Liverpool fan will be hoping that something similar does not happened with their star Suarez. Liverpool themselves would be wise enough to be involved in Suarez’s surgery and then subsequent rehabilitation. They will be happy to ensure their prized asset is not damaged beyond repair.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann trimmed his roster to 23 players. Surprisingly an expected name is missing from the list. Landon Donovan, who was considered the best male player in the history of United States soccer, is out of the U.S. World Cup team declared on Thursday.
With 57 goals and 58 assists Donovan is the career leader for the national team. The 32 year-old was seeking to play in the world cup for the fourth time. He already had 156 international appearances.
He was the key player for the 2010 U.S. World Cup Team. With his great vision and threatening speed he provided the opportunity for the team to play in the second round.
After all this memoirs, anyone following the national team closely, will not be surprised with Donovan’s exclusion. Someone can agree and someone still can’t.
Despite his experience, Klinsmann had to make opportunity for forwards like Chris Wondolowski and Aron Johannsson. With Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey they deserved instead to be named for the U.S. World Cup team.
“I am very disappointed with today’s decision and I was looking forward to playing in Brazil”
Donovan expressed like this on his Facebook page.
Right back Brad Evans was also cut from the U.S. World Cup Team on Thursday. It was quite surprising move from the coach. There are some other names like – Terrence Boyd, Michael Parkhurst, Joe Corona, Maurice Edu and Clarence Goodson. They were also kept out for the team.
The United States has opened its training camp recently ahead of next month’s World Cup in Brazil. Just before the event, Klinsmann made clear to reporters that the roster spots are to be earned, never to be gifted as career achievement awards.
Klinsmann told the Associated Press,
“I just see some other players slightly ahead of him, so I have to make the decisions as of today”
“Donovan knows I have the highest respect for him and what is good today for this group is going into Brazil”
Klinsmann always respects for what Donovan did for U.S. soccer. But he had to take the decision, though it may seem a little rude.
“You give him every compliment he deserves. Unfortunately soccer is about what you do today and what you hopefully do tomorrow”
“The group is based on what we go through together and what we believe and for today it is the right decision”
Landon Donovan took a self-imposed four-month sabbatical from soccer in December 2012. But he returned and played superbly in the 2013 Gold Cup. And he was relegated to reserve duty last month for a friendly against Mexico. Klinsmann said that Donovan lacked speed and insistence in training. He also appeared heavier than in the past.
Klinsmann also appeared concerned that Donovan lacked motivation and was too willing to accept a lesser role on the national team. Especially after his inconsequential stints in the Bundesliga, Klinsmann also questioned about Donovan’s toughness.
Still, his absence could add more vulnerability to the U.S. World Cup Team. The team has historically struggled to score in the tournament and no U.S. forward has delivered a goal in the World Cup since 2002. Where Donovan has five goals in World Cup.
“If Landon is on the field, he’s our top one or two players”
Goalkeeper Tim Howard told reporters.
Donovan had seemed resigned and excited while speaking to reporters in recent days. After conceding that injury and age had tempered his skill. He might have to play as a reserve. But he said he remained confident in his ability. May be he deserved to be on the U.S. World Cup Team.
He told reporters,
“I have to prove that, and I have to earn it”
Unlike his first appearance in the World Cup 2002, he did not have the youthful energy and excitement. Probably Donovan can see the game and I see the situation a lot more changed.
U.S. World Cup Team, that klinsmann declared is listed below:
The full squad:
Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) and Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)
Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) and Jermaine Jones (Besiktas)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) andFabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Spinner Sunil Narine has been withdrawn from West Indies World Cup 2015 squad. Currently he is continuing his work on remodeled bowling action. Primarily the spinner was named in the 15-man world cup squad of West Indies. Narine was kept out of international matches for the last five months as he had to work on an action, which was reported during the Champions League Twenty20 last year.
Sunil Narine out of the 2015 cricket world cup:
There has been a statement from the West Indies Cricket Board that confirms – all of Narine’s deliveries are currently being recorded as legal. But, of course it is not easy to maintain a new bowling action in such a short period of practice.
Sunil Narine is lacking confidence that he can’t maintain his new action in hyper competition ground of World Cup 2015.
“Going in to the intensity of the Cricket World Cup is a little too much too soon”
– As Sunil said.
Before his time out, the dangerous spin bowler was ranked number two among the one-day international bowlers. After the incident he assured after consulting the WICB that he needs to delay his return to international cricket until 100 per cent confident.
“Whilst I am very happy with the progress made to date with my action, my thanks to the coaches working with me in Trinidad and Dr Daryl Foster in Perth”
He also didn’t forget to thank the WICB for their support and had to be sorry to be kept out of the great cricket world event willingly.
“I am withdrawing from the World Cup and wish the West Indies team the very best for the World Cup 2015 campaign”
May be West Indies still finding a proper replacement for the cricket world cup 2015, as they haven’t yet announced a name. But yes, Sunil Narine had already returned to domestic cricket with Trinidad and Tobago earlier in January.
India celebrated their world cup victory on their home soil in 2011 ICC World Cup. Indian team was much more interested in lifting the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar than holding the world cup trophy. The reason was very simple behind this. It’s because they all knew that Sachin will not be with their team in the next ICC World Cup. The purpose of this article is to enlist cricketers who appeared in the 2011 ICC World Cup but will not played in 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. There are several players in this list like Andrew Strauss, Virendar Sehwag, Matt Prior, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Abdul Razzaq, Doug Bollinger, Graeme Swann and along with many others.
The last man of the series Youvraj Singh will not be seen hitting long sixes this time in the cricket world cup. The long list of players who will be missed in this world cup has been cut down to 15 players. These 15 can make world’s best squad for any cricket tournament.
Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup
1. Ricky Ponting, Australia
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has led his team in 2003 and 2007 ICC World Cup to win the glorious title. In 5 ICC World cups, Ponting has played a total 46 matches. He earned Man of the match title 3 times in his world cup career.
Ricky Ponting was one of the few who got to hold the world cup title 3 times. Undoubtedly, Ponting “the punter” is a part of the all-time great batsmen list.
Sachin Tendulkar, the legend of cricket, the master batsman, the cricket GOD was holding world cup trophy in his homeland in front of 42,000 people and millions of cricket fans watching him on the screen. Everything about the great Sachin will be missed in this 2015 ICC World Cup.
Sachin has an incredible World Cup records with 6 centuries and 15 fifties in his 45 matches. Sachin bagged man of the match 8 times and in 2003 ICC World Cup, he was the man of the series in that tournament.
Graeme Smith was part of the South African squad from 2003-2011. He played his role as a responsible captain of world’s best team in 2007 and 2011 World Cup cricket and sat the basement for scariest team for any opponent we see today in cricket.
Graeme Smith’s South Africa lost in quarter final to New Zealand in the last world cup and many more consider that as an upset.
Jacques Kallis is undoubtedly one of the high profile cricketers of all-time. Kepler Wessels once said about Kallis, “His all-round skills are world class and he is indeed a key member of the South African side.” He represented his team in ICC main event for 36 times which is more than any other fellow player.
In 1999 World Cup he scored a dashing 96 runs against India. The innings was considered as one of his all-time best performances.
Mike Hussey is a versatile batsman and one of the best finisher in the world cricket. He is a nightmare for any bowler. His marvelous innings in World T20 2010 semifinal crashed Pakistani team into pieces.
Hussey has 42 fifties in his 157 ODI innings. He will be surely missed in this ICC World Cup 2015.
It may be controversial to pick up Chanderpaul in World Cup squad. Even the list contains some legends, we still need him to give everybody break from cheering and clapping. He is a kind of player who possesses with great temperament. His long international career of more than 20 years in cricket, he has an enlightened career.
He was an integral part of his side in every world cup from 1996 to 2011. Chanderpaul was at his best in 1999 ICC World Cup with his incredible average of 67.
Paul Collingwood is an English all-round cricketer. Last time in the world cup, he was not even near to his best, but yet he is one of the most prestigious players in cricket. From 2003-2011, he played total 18 matches in the world cup and scored 474 runs and bagged 8 wickets.
Paul Collingwood will be certainly missed in this world cup, but he may appear as a part of coaching stuff of Scotland team.
Brett Lee, the Aussie speed-star has broken many wickets in his career. In 2003 ICC World Cup, in a match against New Zealand, he took 5 wickets. Brett Lee brought best in the mega tournaments with his average 17.97.
Shoaib Akhter, “the Rawalpindi Express“, was scarier than any other fast bowler in cricketing world. He holds the record for the fastest ball in cricket history. Shoaib Akhter has wrecked many great batsmen with his devastating yorkers.
Zaheer Khan is the highest wicket taker in 2011 world cup. He picked a total 21 wickets at an average of 18.75. Pakistani spinner Shahid Afridi also took same wickets at 12.85 average. He was a valuable weapon for the Indian pace attack. Team India will surely miss him in this world cup campaign.
Muralitharan took 68 wickets in his 40 world cup matches. It is only Glenn McGrath who is ahead of him with 71 wickets in the world cup. He is an important part of Sri Lankan team when they won 1996 World Cup.
The world’s leading wicket taker, Muttiah Muralitharan could not be better described than former captain Marvan Atapattu‘s statement, “A Champion”.
Saeed Ajmal is one of the great spinners not only in Pakistan but to the whole cricket world. Pakistan team was so dependable to him that they trusted him more than rest of the teams’ accumulative performance. In his 111 ODI, he picked a stunning 185 wickets in just 6 years of his career.
Ajmal has been no one in ODI ranking for a significant period of time. He was expected to play in this ICC World Cup 2015, but ruled out due to ICC ban.
Scott Styris is a real star for the Black Caps. He played 26 world cup matches from 2003-2011. With an incredible batting average of 53.47, he is one of the most experienced all-rounder for New Zealand. He was awarded man of the match for his outstanding performance against England in 2007 World Cup.
Virender Sehwag is one of the most talented batsmen with 8273 runs. He is renowned as a hard hitter to the ball, and to the opponent bowlers he always appeared as nightmare. His strike rate was 104.33. It was the highest by any batsman scoring 8000+ runs.