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World Cup Qualifying Teams 2014: who is there AND WHO WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT

 

World Cup Qualifying Teams 2014
World Cup Qualifying Teams 2014

World Cup Qualifying Teams 2014

After all the play-offs been completed, each of available 32 hot seats at the Fifa 2014 World Cup in Brazil is filled now.

World cup 2014 will be staged in Brazil ( 12 host cities ) from

June 13 to July 13.

Now we can take closer look for the qualified teams from different continents.

Teams those can be considered lucky this time:

QUALIFIERS:

Africa:

| Algeria| Cameroon|Ghana| Ivory Coast| Nigeria|

Asia:

| Australia| Iran| Japan| South Korea|

 Europe:

| Belgium| Bosnia-Hercegovina| Croatia| England| France| Germany| Greece| Italy| Netherlands| Portugal |Russia| Switzerland| Spain|

North & Central America and Caribbean:

| Costa Rica| Honduras| United States| Mexico|

South America:

| Argentina| Brazil (hosts)| Colombia| Ecuador| Chile| Uruguay|

There are still some others who will have to wait only few four years to be considered lucky.

MISSED OUT:

Africa:

 *Angola* *Benin* *Botswana* *Burkina Faso* *Cape Verde* *Central African Republic** Congo* *Congo DR* *Egypt* *Equatorial Guinea* *Ethiopia* *Gabon* *Gambia* *Guinea* *Kenya* *Lesotho* *Liberia* *Libya* *Malawi* *Mali* *Morocco* *Mozambique* *Namibia* *Niger* *Rwanda* *Senegal* *Sierra Leone* *South Africa* *Sudan* *Tanzania* *Togo* *Tunisia* *Uganda* *Zambia* *Zimbabwe*

Asia:

*Iraq* *Lebanon* *Oman* *Qatar* *Uzbekistan*

Europe:

*Albania* *Andorra* *Armenia* *Austria* *Azerbaijan* *Belarus* *Bulgaria* *Cyprus* *Czech Republic* *Denmark* *Estonia* *Faroe Islands* *Finland* *Georgia* *Hungary* *Iceland* *Israel* *Kazakhstan* *Latvia* *Liechtenstein* *Lithuania* *Luxembourg* *Macedonia* *Malta* *Moldova* *Montenegro* *Norway* *Northern Ireland* *Poland* *Republic of Ireland* *Romania* *San Marino* *Scotland* *Serbia* *Slovakia* *Slovenia* *Sweden* *Turkey* *Ukraine* *Wales*

North & Central America and Caribbean:

*Jamaica* *Panama (from final group stage)*

South America:

*Bolivia* *Paraguay* *Peru* *Venezuela*

Now we can talk about the successful ones for winning dream for their motherlands.

Top scorers, sometimes as we can call them.

Africa: Asamoah Gyan (Ghana), Mohamed Aboutrika, Mohamed Salah (both Egypt) – six goals

Asia: Shinji Okazaki (Japan) – eight goals

Europe: Robin van Persie (Netherlands) – 11 goals

North & Central America and Caribbean: Deon McCauley (Belize) – 11 goals

South America: Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 11 goals

Now considering for Africa Ghana can be taken as the top scorers with 18 goals in six group matches and managed 15 points, more than any other countries in their region. Though they had to suffer a loss(1-0) against Zambia. But at the end of the day it was never a problem for them anymore.

Probably Japan has qualified with the highest points tally from the group stages. So Iran can draw out the special mentioning from Asia. This team managed to top their group despite scoring 8 goals in 8 matches.

Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland these are the only seven teams those qualified without losing any game. But Germans and Dutch were exceptional two who made the record of : played 10, won nine, drawn one. Amazingly both received 28 points of possible 30..

 The United States made the maximum points from the qualifying group. Jurgen Klinsmann’s men lost to Jamaica, Costa Rica and Honduras along the journey to the final round.

If Brazil was not the host probably there were some others who would have needed a three way tussle between them. The three eventual group winners Argentina, Colombia and Chile. Every one of them finished with nine wins from 16 matches. But a remarkable 19 goals from Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain made the difference for Argentina,.

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Maracanã – Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho – Rio De Janeiro

There are very few sporting arenas in the world that can be rightly claimed as truly historic monuments. Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, or the Maracana as it is commonly known, with its expansive seating capacity and sublimed architecture, is undoubtedly one of them.

Mário Filho is the official name of the stadium which was given after the honorable Carioca journalist, (brother of Nelson Rodrigues). The popular name of this stadium is procured from the Maracanã River, whose origin is in the jungle-covered hills, crossing different neighborhoods of Rio’s North Zone. The word ‘Maracanã’ is derived from the indigenous Tupi–Guarani which refers to a parrot that inhabited the region.

Once the largest stadium in the planet, housing crowds of up to 200,000 attendances ever seen in the chronicle of the game, the Maracana now has a minimized capacity of 73,531 for Brazil world cup 2014. Still, this remains the country’s biggest football ground. There are in fact only a few stadiums in the world that can match this one.

rio de janeiro fifa world cup 2014 maracana stadium old view

Initiated on August 2, 1948, with the laying of the cornerstone, 1,500 workers were engaged to construct the stadium. Near around two thousand workers were added in the final months. In spite of having come into use in 1950, the works were properly concluded in 1965.

Jornal da Noite is known as The A Noite newspaper mirrored  the towering sense of pride felt by all the Brazilian citizens at the time:

 “Brazil now has the largest and the best stadium in the world. Today we have a truly incredible setting where the total world can admire our sporting splendor and capability.”

Established for the 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil, the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, pledged the venue for that year’s truly unforgettable decider between the host nation and Uruguay, maybe the dramatic most chapter in the history of the competition.

However, Maracana represents an almost impregnable fortress for the Brazilians and has taken on mythical proportions within the realm of South American football.

Some of Brazil’s greatest ever players, Zico, Romario, Garrincha, and, obviously Pele have all graced the sacred ground where devoted crowds of up to 183,000 mean only the very toughest sports admirer survive.

It can be considered as the most evocative and wretched chapters in the stadium’s history came on January 20, 1983, when one of the all-time greats of Brazilian football, Garrincha passed away and his remnant was brought to the stadium. A couple of Thousands of fans were present there to respectfully bid the final farewell to the Idol.

Certainly, the saddest moment in the history of Brazilian football was met by a spectral, haunting silence in the extensive stadium. Media all over the globe entitled the shocking defeat as the Maracanazo, a term which is still used for a visiting team wins at the stadium.

João Havelange, former president of FIFA expatiated like,

“Grown men cried after the game. Some left just before the end, thinking Brazil as champions. But by the time they were at the main gates, their dreams were gone up in smoke,”

Some can still say that Brazil has never actually avenged the defeat, but on July 16, 1989, a goal by Romario was fair enough to beat Uruguay in the final of  Copa America on the same ground.50 years after the legendary Maracanazo, in 2000, the stadium again hosted the final of the first FIFA Club World Cup.

Second most popular tourist attraction of Rio de Janeiro, the Maracana always attracts football fans from all over the world, even at the time of its renovation. Visitors here at Rio can watch unfold the stadium even take a miniature piece of the old stadium away with them as a souvenir.

And after all these unavailing words we can terminate with the great Pele:

“The Maracana is a unique place for all Brazilians, bu for me it is really something else. This is where I scored my very first goal for the Auriverde, against Argentina, and as a matter of fact I also scored my 1000th goal later at this home. Almost 1,700 people have played on that ground and the aura of the place is spectacular.”

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Gangnam celebration after unbelievable victory against Australia in T20 world cup 2014

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 West Indian batting storm surprisingly ejected Australia from the previous World T20 in Sri Lanka 2012. They have done so again after Darren Sammy pulled off a remarkable heist in Mirpur, T20 world cup Bangladesh 2014.

West Indies now have two wins from three matches and are in a strong possibility to reach the semis. Meanwhile Australians are teetering on the brink of elimination right after their second successive defeat.

team celebration

With a defeat under each of Australia and West Indies’ belts, on Friday the two teams meet in the World T20 knowing another loss here will seriously hinder their every chances of concluding it to the semi-finals. The Baggy Greens gesticulated their attacking intent from the very beginning with openers Aaron Finch and David Warner putting on 33 for the opening partnership in just 22 balls. However Finch, Warner, Shane Watson and George Bailey had all just departed before the halfway journey to the innings. Glenn Maxwell came up with his typical smashing type, with three sixes in 45 from 22 balls, but he went back to the pavilion in the 12th over only at 100. Brad Hodge kept the score moving, with 35 from 26 and Brad Haddin made a very late flurry with 15 from 7 balls.

In their reply, Chris Gayle gave West Indies a dazzling start to their chase of 179 but they spluttered half way and Australia were firm favorites.  Marlon Samuels went cheaply, but Bravo extracted out 27 from 12 balls before Sammy hit Mitchell Starc’s 2nd last over of the innings for 19 and then back-to-back sixes off Faulkner clinched the victory. This time it was West Indies’ highest successful chase in T20, replacing the 170 they chased against the same opposition at Oval in World T20 2009.

Gangnam celebration

Anyway the memorable event happened exactly after the match when Chris Gayle celebrated West Indies’ T20 win with seriously aggressive Gangnam Style. It was something like winning a war. Mostly it was a kind of war environment because of the counter comments of both the captains.  Though Gayle was reported with this type of celebration a few more times, this time it came with such aggression that nobody could believe without watching live. You can watch it here.

Australian team was shattered by the loss, and this left them winless from their first two games. Even victories in their remaining two matches against India and Bangladesh may not be enough to progress to the semi-finals. On the other hand West Indies now have every chance to advance to the semi-finals and maybe defending their title, won in Sri Lanka 2012 where Gayle monstered Australia in the semi-final with 75 off 41 balls. Australia now can certainly fly home wondering how on earth they can win this elusive trophy ever. They can hope for Gayle’s retirement before the next tournament and might try another time.

West Indies will next face Pakistan on Tuesday, with Australia almost concluding their campaign against India on Sunday.