World Cup 2014, which starts just over 50 days from now is being organized in a developing nation and still is in terms of constructing the mandatory infrastructure to successfully host and brace a worldwide festival and tournament.
FIFA secretary Jerome Valcke reported a month ago to BBC sport that Brazil is not totally ready for the tournament due to construction delays. As two stadiums in Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo are still not completed. Again the current political climate in Europe is not good enough for such festival. But its mere a hope that the hosting country will be capable of preparing themselves at the last minute quite enough to convince a lot of people throughout the globe and stage the event after 64 years.
Now we can have a look at the positive things, FIFA bringing the local conjunctions along the event itself. Recent announcement of $1 million television production internship program for Brazilian students is a great chance for them to gain invaluable work experience. Involving local students and providing professional training is sure-to-be thrilling opportunity for the local. FIFA is targeting for a potential boom in international sports business and the financial support of a global tournament. Remarkable economic impact from the boom in tourism has been projected. Including a total number of 3.6 million visitors to the country will probably increase 47,900 jobs in the tourist and recreation arenas, which would be a notable injection of revenue into Brazil’s GDP.
We’ve managed to come long enough without discussing football as for Brazil, which is probably the off pitch factor that this event can become the most successful party ever.
Football fans, now a days looking ahead to the fifa world cup 2014 are undoubtedly disturbed with so many questions like….
Will Neymar pledge his status as the future big name in football by bringing world cup to his country? Who will take the top scorer status this year? Will Lionel Messi finally be able to deliver a World Cup to become truly one of the all-time greats? Will Spain be able to pursue a fourth successive win in a world cup? And the dark horses? Will Belgium’s new generation fulfill their potential as they look? Will Uruguay try for betterment? Any African team to go all the way? Will England anyway get over their self-made restriction to the final?
So many international heroes are now present on Brazilian soil. Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be considered the exception, due to Sweden’s playoff loss to Portgual more specifically to Cristiano Ronaldo(who will bring unpredictable level of global coverage that in return drie up interest throughout the world for the tournament).
So far all the talk has been of the present. While the World Cup must involve the next host nation putting on a trailer show to close out the current event. Hopefully this tournament will find itself at the intersection point between the new with the old.
What could be better for Brazil than to have the very old rivals Uruguay resurface as a strong adversary? A new-look Argentina side with Messi at the helm providing dominance will be even more fascinating?
The new Brazil team headed by Neymar winning on home is probably the one that can’t be ignored. On the streets and at the stadiums, the local mood may well be touching, as Brazil can recall hosting its last World Cup 64 years ago and consider the turmoil gone through in that time.
For Brazil as much as for FIFA — how this year’s event goes—World Cup will provide a glimpse into an exciting future. If Brazil successfully overcomes its last-minute difficulty and political problems, surely thy will be hosting an exciting tournament. And we all can hope Brazil would definitely conclude!
Football or soccer is considered as the most popular sport in the world. The game is played by over 250 million players all over the world. The Laws and regulations of football were originally coded in England by The Football Association in 1863. Now, the authority governing all football affairs is Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA. The Sporty Ghost team has selectively chosen the best soccer players as the members of Football Hall of Fame 2015. This year’s Football Hall of Fame is based on the footballers’ recent performance at both club and national level.
Their performance in the FIFA World Cup 2014 also played a key role in this Football Hall of Fame 2015 list. There are so many skillful soccer players from renowned clubs, who scored enough of goals to establish themselves as the member of the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
Football Hall of Fame 2015:
Here, we are about to show you the inductees of the top 10 Football Hall of Fame 2015. Your valuable opinion will be appreciable regarding the list. So, let’s have a look at the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
10. Andrés Iniesta, Spain
Andrés Iniesta is a central midfielder in the Spanish National Football team. He also plays for Spanish giant FC Barcelona. At the club level, he was able to score 33 goals in 341 club league appearances so far. Iniesta is best known for his outstanding performance in the midfield and his amazing assisting capacity. In 2009, he was the winner of the La Liga Spanish Player of the Year. He also won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2012. At the international level, he has already made 99 appearances for Spain and scored 12 International goals. His impressive performance in 2010 Fifa world cup was well remembered for the winning goal he scored against the Netherlands.
In 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, he played a total of 270 minutes in 3 matches while he made an assist, without scoring a goal himself. Iniesta covered a distance of around 30.5 Km with the top speed of 25.6 km/h. His passing completion rate was 69%. He fouled 10 times recovering 10 balls with 41.7% cross completion rate. In FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Player, he scored an incredible 9.37 with his footballing skill. Football Hall of Fame 2015 will be very much proud to include him in the list.
Columbian National team winger James Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder and one of the most promising young footballers in the world. Currently, he is playing for the Spanish club Real Madrid. James scored 8 goals in 20 appearances for Real Madrid. Previously, he joined Real Madrid from Monaco, which made him one of the highest paid soccer players in the history of Columbia. James already made 32 appearances for Columbia and scored 12 goals till now. James Rodriguez stays at No. 9 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
FIFA World Cup 2014 was very remarkable for him as he achieved the golden boot with 6 goals and 2 major assists. He played a total of 399 minutes in 5 matches in the world cup covering the distance of 46.1 km with a top speed of 30.9 km/h. He also attained the 69% passes completion rate. James fouled 10 times achieving 41.7% crosses completion rate. 9.37 was his score in the FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.
The defensive midfielder Philipp Lahm is a key player for the German National team. He also plays as a full back for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. Lahm made 273 appearance for Bayern and scored 10 goals till now. He already made 113 appearances for Germany scoring 5 international goals. Philipp Lahm is regarded as one of the best full backs of his generation and he was nicknamed as the “Magic Dwarf”. Philipp Lahm is undoubtedly to be one of the inductees in Football Hall of Fame 2015.
Last FIFA world cup in Brazil, Lahm played a vital part in Germany’s victory. He played a total of 690 minutes in the pitch in 7 world cup matches making 2 assists. He also covered the distance of 81 km speeding 28.7 km/h. His shooting accuracy was an incredible 86.30% and cross completion rate was 46.2%. He only fouled three times in that world cup and recovered 39 balls. In FIFA Official Castrol Index, Lahm scored 9.39 points.
Robin Van Persie plays as a striker and captain of the Dutch National Football team. He also plays for English Premier League club Manchester United. For Manchester United, Van Persie has made 92 appearances and scored 48 goals so far. At the international level, he appeared in 96 games for the Netherlands scoring 49 goals. Van Persie was ranked 11th in the Guardian’s list of 100 best players in the world in 2013. 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was so significant for him and his amazing flying goal against Spain was earned him the nickname “The Flying Dutchman”.
In the FIFA world cup tournament, he played 548 minutes in 6 games, covering the area of 62.3 km. Van Persie scored 4 goals in 2014 FIFA World Cup with the shooting accuracy of 81.30%. He fouled 18 times making 6 solo runs into area with 1 delivery in the penalty area. Van Persie’s score was 9.13 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players. Football Hall of Fame 2015 is truly glorified for having Robin Van Persie at No. 7.
The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is one of the very best footballers in recent time. He moved to Spanish Club FC Barcelona in July 2014 from Liverpool FC, where he scored 69 goals in 110 appearances. For Barcelona, he scored 8 goals in 19 matches till now and at the Uruguay National level, he capped in 82 matches scoring 44 goals. In 2014, Suarez won the PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year. 2014 FIFA World Cup bore a great significance in his football career. He played a total of 178 minutes in 2 matches before being dismissed for an unexpected circumstance in a match against Italy. He also scored 2 goals covering a distance of 18.1 km with a top speed of 28.7 km/h.
In that tournament, 75% of his shots were on target. The notorious footballer Luis Suarez fouled 7 times and made 1 solo run into the area with 4 deliveries in the penalty box. Luis Suarez, rather more controversial than his greatness in football, remains at 6 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
The German National attacking midfielder Thomas Muller also plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. He made 190 appearances for the club and scored 70 goals till today. In 2010 FIFA World Cup, he was awarded the Golden Boot as the top goal scorer and also named as the Best Young Player of the FIFA World Cup 2010. So far, he has made 63 appearances for Germany and netted 27 goals for his team. Thomas Mueller is the 5th selection in the list of Football Hall of Fame 2015.
In 2014 FIFA World Cup, Thomas Muller was an integral part in the German National team in the way of victory. He scored 5 goals and 3 assists in 7 matches during his 682 minutes play in 2014 FIFA World Cup. With his 62.50% shooting accuracy, he covered 84 km with the top speed of 30.5 km/h. He fouled 14 times in that tournament making 9 solo runs and 12 deliveries in the penalty area. Thomas Mueller scored 9.63 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.
Arjen Robben plays as a winger in the Dutch National Football team and the German Bundesliga team Bayern Munich. At the club level, he scored 73 goals in his 127 matches till now and for Netherlands, he scored 28 times in 86 matches. Robben was named Footballer of the Year in 2010 and is the third Highest rated Football Player in EA Sports’ FIFA 15. Arjen Robben was spotted at No. 4 in Football Hall of Fame 2015.
In 2014 FIFA World Cup, he played 7 matches and scored 3 goals and made 1 assist. Any footballer can be so jealous at his incredible shooting accuracy of 95%. Robben made a total of 38 solo runs into area with 19 deliveries in the penalty area. In FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players, he scored 9.74 points.
The Brazilian football sensation Neymar Jr. Plays as a winger both for Brazil and Spanish club FC Barcelona. Neymar has appeared in 50 matches for Barcelona and scored 26 league goals. At the international level, he played 62 matches for Brazil scoring 43 goals. The football genius achieved the South American Footballer of the Year award twice consecutively in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he also won the famous FIFA Puskás award. 2014 FIFA World Cup was very significant for Neymar. Neymar Jr. is considerably taking the 3rd spot in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
Before stepping out of the tournament due to an injury, Neymar Jr. scored 4 goals and made 1 assist. He played a total 457 minutes in 5 matches covering the distance of 49.9 km. Neymar made 72.2% shots on target in 2014 FIFA World Cup. In addition, he fouled 8 times and made 21 solo runs into area with 16 deliveries inside the penalty region. Neymar scored 9.35 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.
The winger Cristiano Ronaldo is the captain of Portugal national team and currently plays for the Spanish Club Real Madrid. In his 190 presences for Real, he scored a stunning 208 goals so far. Cristiano Ronaldo is the winner of so many awards throughout his career, such as FIFA World Player of the Year award, World Soccer Player of the Year, FIFPro Player of the Year and the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or twice. Cristiano Ronaldo proudly grabs his spot at No. 2 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
Cristiano has made 119 appearances for Portugal and scored 52 goals. In 2014 FIFA World Cup, his role was not so significant as he scored 1 goal and made 1 assist in the 3 world cup matches. With 60.9% shooting accuracy, he covered 28.2 km distance with the top speed of 31.2 km/h. He is well known for his amazing speed and skills with football. Cristiano made 8 solo runs into area with 2 deliveries in penalty area. In FIFA Official Castrol Index, he scored 7.96.
Here he is, the Leo of Football, Lionel Messi, the top footballer in the Football Hall of Fame 2015. He is the captain of Argentina National team and also plays for the Spanish Club FC Barcelona. At the club level, he appeared in 304 matches for Barcelona scoring a total amazing 275 goals. For Argentina, he scored 45 goals in 97 matches till now. 2014 FIFA World Cup was very significant to him. He achieved the Golden Ball award for his contribution which led Argentina to the Final.
Messi appeared in 7 matches in that World cup, scoring 4 goals and 1 assist. He covered the distance of 62.7 km while speeding at 30.3 km/h and 45.5% of his shot were on target. Lionel Messi fouled six times throughout the tournament making 34 solo runs into area with 26 deliveries in the penalty area. Messi scored 9.46 in FIFA Official Castrol Index of Top Players.
Lionel Messi is truly the living legend of football. He is the player we are looking for and stays at No. 1 in the Football Hall of Fame 2015.
The three banded armadillo mascot “Fuleco” was selected by the Brazilians as the 2014 FIFA World Cup official mascot. After a three months of controversial voting process Fuleco was selected as an world cup official mascot in September 2012.
FIFA said that to select the name of the mascot ” Fuleco”, more than 1.7 million Brazilians took part and there was no dispute about this voting. There were some other options too. The name like were Zuzeco and Amijubi were among them.
During the polling a vast number of Brazilians were not pleased with the names picked. The critics said that the organization should have allowed fans to choose others names. There was even an online petition demanding a more democratic approach in selection of the name of the mascot Fuleco.
Fuleco is a Portuguese word derived from “futebol”(football) and “ecologia”(ecology). About the mascot FIFA said,
” seamlessly represents the way in which the FIFA World Cup can combine the the two to encourage people to behave in an environmentally friendly way.”
Football’s governing body said Fuleco received 48 percent vote. Zuzeco receiving 31% and amijubi 21%, they were not able to qualify.
Amijubi comes from the words “amizade”(friendship) and “jubilo”(joy). Zuzeco comes from the words “azul”(blue) and “ecologia”(ecology).
The former Brazilian player Bebeto, Brazilian celebrities and politicians joined a high profile judging committee as a selection team for the mascot that’s what FIFA said. The organising committee said that as the names needed to fulfill some legal requirements like trademark s and other rights, the fans suggestions were not feasible to encourage.
Top terms used by the public to describe Fuleco included “Brazilian”,”nature”,”friendly”,”passion for football”.
The tatu-bola, a three banded armadillo found in the northeastern Brazil is named so because of it’s three distinctive bands on its shell. The armadillo is in grave danger of extinction now. It tools up into a shape of a rolling ball when threatened. Fuleco carries the colours of Brazilian flag, green, yellow and blue. The armadillo is yellow with green shorts and blue shell and tail. On it’s white shirt “Brazil 2014” is written.
In 2010 FIFA World Cup official mascot’s name was Zakumi, a leopard and in 2006 the mascot was a lion named “Goleo”.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is not worried at all about the form and fitness of Neymar ahead of the world cup 2014.
“In the national team, he will perform like he always does.”
Scolari was saying after speaking Neymar and his father.
In spite of having struggled with his form and injury he scored 17 goals in his 44 appearances for Barcelona since joining the Catalans last June.
Scolari offered to go to Barcelona and check whether his fitnessis okay or not. Scolari aslo very hopeful about midfielder Paulinho, who often relegated to the substitutes’ bench for Tottenham this year and striker Fred who has recently returned from injury for Fluminense.
Scolari ensured that he is not worried about Neymar, Paulinho, Fred. He said,
“They are going to show that with what they do on the pitch.”
Scolari vigorously urged that the national team has different attributes to the club where they play.
In the world cup Group A Brazil will be playing alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. Brazil will commence their campaign at Sao Paulo’s ltaquerao stadium on June 12 playing match against Croatia.
On Thursday a handful of protesters holding placards and banners peacefully at an event with FIFA President Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World cup.
Sepp Blatter was acting as a guest at an inauguration ceremony of Hong Kong football association’s new office.
After Qatar being selected for 2022 world cup, some documentations about exploitation and deaths of migrant workers related to the dangerous condition have been reported by the international trade union confederation. Organizers are now considering scaling back the number of venues for the tournament.
By separating the issue from football’s governing body Blatter said it was a matter which only the local authorities could handle.
“they have a problem and we know that but it is not directly a question for FIFA.”
Blatter also told that the situation must handle by Qatar as well as all the construction companies who are responsible for workers.
In this year world cup in Brazil, Blatter also downplayed security fears. Violent protests left one man dead in Rio’s Copacabana beach two weeks.”Yes, there are security issue and FIFA can not ensure security” Blatter denied the accusation. Blatter also pointed to some issues in the lead up to the world cup like three stadiums in Brazil have not being completed.
“I have been to 10 world cups and every time there have been worries”
Sepp Blatter said.
And now he is expecting the football world to be optimistic, ensuring that it will be a great tournament in the country where football is revered.
Brazil is getting ready in advance of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Brazil will be a heaven for all football loving fans across the world for the next one month. In addition with all other preparation the Brazilian prostitutes are also taking part by making themselves ready for their own close ups. Lots of English speaking tourists will come in this occasion and it will be their role to handle them properly in a definite manner.
Prostitutes in Brazil are signing up for free English language classes in this course. A prostitute advocacy group in Belo Horizonte, one of the cities hosting some of world cup matches is offering these chances for prostitutes. This ancient job is targeting to hold a large number of tourists in a manner of recreational needs.
In Brazil, prostitution is legal, as with past world cups, they are expecting a booming business during this big tournament of football. Cida Vieira, president of the Minas Gerias state association of prostitutes boldly claiming the importance for the dignity of this profession. She also mentioned that the Prostitutes in Brazil need to be able to negotiate a fair price and defend themselves.
The group is expecting to expand their language course beyond English by offering Spanish, French, Italian, and even Portuguese classes, because some of the city’s sex workers are immigrants who do not know Brazil’s primary language. According to Vieira 20 sex workers in Brazil have already signed up in this language course. She is expecting at least three hundreds of the group’s 4000 Brazil girls will follow suit.
Prostitution may be the oldest profession in the world, still that doesn’t mean it can’t update its skill set. It will be a great chance for this group of Prostitutes in Brazil to be benefited markedly by their profession. And for the tourists the world cup will not just be watching the game and going home. Brazil tourism is progressing fast by buildings hotels in Brazil for 2014 world cup.
In upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil the official match ball is already named and it is “Brazuca”. This task is taken by the famous sport brand adidas. It took two and half years in making the Brazuca. Adidas has been the supplier for FIFA World Cup official match ball since 1970. Brazuca is the first FIFA World Cup official match ball named by the fans.
Naming the official match ball:
On 2 September 2012 the name “Brazuca” was revealed as the FIFA World Cup 2014 official ball. A public voting was arranged by the local organizing committee and Adidas. In this voting over one million Brazilian football fans were voting. With 77.8% of the vote the name “Brazuca” was chosen for the FIFA World Cup 2014 official ball. Others included Bossa Nova (14.6%) and Carnavalesca ( 7.6%).
“Brazuca” is a contraction of Brazilian and Bazuca, Portuguese for “bazooka”. The term is used by the Brazilians to describe national pride in the Brazilian way of life and reflecting their approach to football, it reflects emotion, pride and goodwill to all. Interestingly the term Brazuca is also used as slung for “Brazilian” and became well known abroad because the Brazilian diaspora, and can be a misappropriate name used to mean “third class” citizen from Brazil. This term also refer to the Brazilian immigrants in this way in some countries like Portugal, Spain and several countries in South America.
Technical aspects of FIFA World Cup 2014 official ball:
After being the developmental successor to the Adidas Tango 12 series of balls, with the same bladder and carcass the Brazuca has remarkable technical aspects as claimed by Adidas.
• The ball has six polyurethane panels bonded together for keeping the ball the same weight and roundness in even the thickest of rain.
• The kind of panels used in FIFA World Cup 2014 official ball has never seen before. The shape revolutionizes the game by producing faster flight speed and maintaining the true roundness of the ball.
• The latex made bladder of the Brazuca ball provides the desired rebound.
• The Brazuca is more like the ball selected for the champions league Finale 13 than the Jabulani ball used in last world cup in South Africa.
• The Brazuca ball is indeed the most colourful (white, night blue, multicolour) ever in the FIFA World Cup history.
The ball is more aerodynamic than the Jabulani ball.
Unveiling FIFA World Cup 2014 official ball:
The unveiling ceremony took place on 3 December 2013 in Rio de Janeiro at ParqueLage featured by a 3D light projection. The occasion was arranged by Adidas for revealing the Brazuca ball to everyone in attendance.
Testing the power of Brazuca:
Before its use at the world cup the Brazuca has gone through an extensive testing process. Adidas took over two years for developing the ball. Many teams as well as players had worked hard to ensure the ball’s acceptability. In order to avoid problem and criticism of the ball like Jabulani in the last FIFA World Cup held in South Africa, Brazuca had appeared in the Under-20 World Cup and as disguised with Adidas Cafusa in international friendly matches between Sweden and Argentina in February.
2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was bewitched by a psychic octopus “Paul”. By predicting the winner in every important world cup match Paul attracted the media quite impressively. His success rate was 85%. He predicted a win for Spain against Netherlands in the final match in 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa by eating the mussel in the Spanish box.
Paul the octopus was hatched in 2008 at a sea life center in Oberhausen, Germany. From the very beginning, Paul was used as an animal oracle for predicting the winner of football matches. Firstly, Paul was attending only German matches. He came into worldwide attention with his accurate prediction in 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
During a divination, the octopus was presented with two boxes containing food. Each box was marked with a national flag in an upcoming match. Paul the octopus predicted the winner by choosing the box with the flag of the wining team.
Sea life’s entertainment director Daniel Fey said,
“There was something about the way he looked at our visitors when they came close to the tank. It was so unusual, so we tried to find out what his special talents were.”
According to the animal rights organization PETA octopuses are some of the most intelligent invertebrates with complex thought process, short and long term memories and different personalities. They can learn through observation and particularly sensitive to pain. The organization complained that it would be cruel to Paul to keep him a permanent confinement. The sea life center denied the accusation mentioning as he was born in captivity it would be dangerous for him to release.
Following Paul’s rise to fame a businessman offered 30000 euro for him. Nevertheless the sea life center rejected him.
Paul’s prediction in the 2010 world cup endowed him with a celebrity status. Paul predicted each of the German matches in that world cup played against England, Australia, Argentina, Serbia, Ghana and Spain. After foretelling Argentina the loser, Nicolas Bedottou, an Argentine chef posted an octopus recipe on Facebook. Paul also threatened by the Germans as he chose Spain over Germany in the semi. Then Spanish prime minister announced that Spain would be a safe haven for him.
Paul the octopus died on October 2010 aging two and a half years, a normal life span for the species.
However, Paul’s fan need not disappointed. Paul’s aquarium is said to be grooming a successor. He was also named Paul as well. But he wouldn’t be a psychic octopus by predicting the winners of world cup like Paul.
Some of the best players in the football are preparing to take the pitch on the biggest stage in Brazil 2014 world cup. As the game is approaching rapidly, starting from 12 June, there will be a gathering of elite footballers throughout the world.
All football fans eye’s will be upon Spain, the last defending champion as well as Andres Iniesta, the playmaker for Spanish national team. As plenty of their top players returning Spanish squad is stronger than yesterday. After winning the world cup 2010 they went on to win Euro Championship in 2012 with a talented football squad. Will they repeat the history as champions once again?
Although the Spanish will have a great chance to repeat the history, the following players will certainly make the difference in 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Spaniards will have their work cut out for them.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo will perhaps be the brightest name in the 2014 FIFA World Cup starting from 12 June. He is such an international football superstar who is going to lead Portugal national team in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Although Ronaldo had fallen short with his team in the last two world cup appearances, winning FIFA Ballon d’or will make him special this time. C. Ronaldo has been playing at an elite level for his club Real Madrid. The portugese recently broke Lionel Messi’s record after scoring 15th goal in champions league. His 33 rd minute goal against Bayern Munich in the champions league semi final helped to put him in the history book. Real madrid won the game by 4-0 while 2 goals were from Cristiano. His team will face Atletico Madrid in the final on 30 April.
This session in La Liga the forward scored stunnishing 30 goals for Real Madrid, putting him three goals ahead of Lionel Messi. Probably, Ronaldo is at his best now and the 29 years is eagerly waiting for the moment to touch the 2014 FIFA World Cup thophy for his national team.
Lionel Messi, Argentina:
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo’s biggest rival is leading the Argentina National Team in 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the neigbouring country. Messi is regarded as a goal machine after netting over 350 goals for his club Barcelona and winning Champions League two times. The four times FIFA Ballon d’or winner, Lionel messi’s performance is not so promising in the national team. For Argentina he scored 37 goals in 83 appearances. But he is still the best player of the current world according to many. His Barcelona teammate Brazilian star Neymar said ,”
“I also agree that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world, and I train every day with Messi. I know the way he plays and for me, he is the best of them all.”
As long as Messi is in form Argentina will be a threat for any team in 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Neymar Jr, Brazil:
Claiming Neymar is better than Messi, the Brazilian legend Pele has come to the focus. Ironically they are quite good competitors.
Neymar won 2011 South American footballer of the year at the age of 19 and followed it in 2012. Neymar got nomination for FIFA Ballon d’or and stood 10th. In his appearance in Santos ( 2009-2013) he netted 54 goals in 103 matches and there after he joined Barcelona. In his 25 presences he scored 9. The Guardian ranked him sixth best footballer of the world.
Putting the iconic no 10 jersey for the Brazil team he will be threating to keep 2014 FIFA World Cup in Home.
Luis Suarez, Uruguay:
Luis Suarez has been virtually unstoppable in the English Premier League this season by scoring 30 goals so far for Liverpool. He seems to improve with his every game. On 22 March,2014 he scored his sixth premier league hat-trick. For the national team he scored four goals in 2011 Copa America and Uruguay won their record fifteenth Copa America. Suarez was named man of the tournament. With 35 national goals Suarez became Uruguay’s all time record goal scorer.
Suarez is attempting to put dominance in the national team along with Diego Forlan in 2014 FIFA World Cup.
There are some other notable players that will likely turn heads in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Players like are Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Robin van Persie (Netherlands) and Radamel Falcao (Colombia) will be much influential along with the above four.
Brazil will chase their sixth world cup triumph on their home soil as 2014 FIFA world cup approaches. Brazil team has already announced their squad. Football star Neymar is leading from the front. Over the years Neymar has become the inspirational role model where he grew up.
Neymar in neighborhood:
Neymar’s face beams out from a huge poster advertising a house project near the Instituto Neymar Jr foundation in Santos. Neymar made up his name in Santos before Barcelona lured him away last year. In the area where he spent his childhood and which remains the home of his grandmother, children play football on the same turf where Neymar used to play as a 10 year old. The locals know him as ‘a simple, nice guy’.
Neymar and Santos:
Before Neymar heading off to Barcelona, he made his name in the Santos’ Vila Belmiro stadium. The stadium hosts a memorial to its former stars, including O Rei, the king himself, Pele, though Neymar has a trophy space of his own. Coordinator of Santos’ indoor football Jose Alexandre Cadozo said that Neymar is a kind of player who has always taken a great delight in playing football. It is the place where Neymar showed early promise before coming through the ranks to make the first team. Cadozo highly praised Neymar skills of football.
According to his early trainer Cardozo, 42, Neymar developed both feet with the same expertise and in addition he had the ability to take decisions in an instant to play at speed. Neymar showed his impressive technique in football from his early age.
Cardozo recalled himself when Neymar first came to train with Santos, he looked after him and ensured the prodigy had enough to eat. Neymar was hailing from a family of modest means.
Neymar was born in 1992 at Mogi das Cruzes near the business metropolis of Sao Paulo. His parents Neymar da Silva and Nadine Santos soon moved to Sao Vicente on the outskirts of Santos.
The neighbours in Sao Vicente witnessed Neymar playing football in the street. To them Neymar is still a simple and nice guy, though he is very famous figure now. Neymar hasn’t forgotten his home. He provides financial help to his family’s local Baptist church in Sao Vicente.
Pastor Nilton Lobato says,
“ he is very generous and a God fearing child.”
Neymar’s family home is now at Nautica 3 in a modest part of the town. It lies behind an enormous gate and is protected by closed circuit cameras.
Neymar building his dream:
Neymar built an institute named Instituto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande which will soon provide some 2500 children with activities including football coaching. The institute is a 4 million project and is running by Neymar’s parenteral uncle Jose Benicio da silva. Mentioning the lack of infrastructure and opportunity with poor education Da Silva said, “ My nephew wanted to do something for local people where he lived.”
The project was launched three years ago. Hopefully Neymar will be able to inaugurate it ahead of the world cup, said his uncle.
Neymar, an inspirational role model:
Neymar is a charmed character with a Mohawk hairstyle in the locals. Of 10 players taking part in an under 15 futsal match at Sao Vicente on a pitch belongs to local club Gremetal, no less than eight sport the Mohawk hair like Neymar hairstyle. He has become the model of inspiration among the young footballers. A 15 year old Anderson Silva said,
“ I want to be like him.”
See, how Neymar, an inspirational role model, is so influential in fulfilling their dream!
Neymar’s struggle with football and his story of life have become an example for these youngsters. He is skillful and quick and he has a great story with his life. Poverty couldn’t stand on his journey towards success. The Brazilian Neymar is putting a inspirational urge to the poor Brazilian footballers..
Germany is one of the powerhouses of football in the history. Germany has more success in world cup history that no nation has ever enjoyed. After the foundation of German football association in 1900, the nation has achieved numerous glory in the history of football. Germany is one of the most successful national teams in the international competitions, having won a total of three world cups in 1954, 1974 and 1990 and three European championships in 1972, 1980, 1996. Germany has become the only nation to win both Men’s and Women’s football world cups. In this long run, Germany has produced hundreds of players who wrote their names in the history of football. Today we are going to introduce you with top 10 German footballers of all time.
10. Miroslav Klose ( 2001- present, 68 goals in 131 caps )
Miroslav Klose has leveled with Germany’s leading goal scorer of all time Gerd Muller with 68 goal record. He is now playing in Lazio as a centre forward. Like Muller he has found the net 14 times in the world cups. Only the Brazilian Ronaldo has more goals than Klose. Klose also played for Bayern Munich, where he tasted the success by winning both Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal on two occations. He was named German Footballer of the year in 2006. Now he is one of the top German footballers of all time.
9. Paul Breitner (1971-1982, 10 goals in 48 caps)
Paul Breitner was primarily a defender. He is remembered for his contribution by scoring important goals in vital matches. In the final of the world cup 1974 his equalising goal against the Netherlands set the Germans on their way to a 2-1 victory. On the club scene, he won five Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal and one European Cup with Bayern Munich.
8. Jurgen Klinsmann (1987-1998, 47 goals in 108 caps )
He is the most influential player for Germany in world cup 1990 in Italy. During the run to the final Jurgen Klinsmann scored three goals. He is the player who played in six major tournaments between Euro 88 and France 98 and scored at least one goal in each of them. Alongside with Lothar Matthaus and Andreas Brehme he helped Milan to win 1991 UEFA cup. He also played for the English Cub Tottenham Hotspur. He scored 29 goals in his 56 appearances for Tottenham. Currently, Jurgen Klinsmann has taken the responsibility of USA national football team.
7. Uwe Seeler (1954-1970, 43 goals in 72 caps )
Uwe Seeler spent his entire career playing for his home town, Hamburg. He was awarded by lifting the German championship in 1960 and the DFB- Pokal in 1963. Seeler was the leading goal scorer in 1963-64 Bundesliga session with 30 goals. He captained west Germany in 1966 England World Cup. With his lead Germany marched on to the final where the host England stopped them with an extra time goal. He is now at seventh position in top ten german footballers of all time.
6. Fritz Walter (1940-1958, 33 goals in 61 caps )
Walter was playing as captain of West Germany in 1954 world cup Switzerland. Playing alongside with his brother Ottomar, they became the first siblings to ever win the tournament. He was awarded UEFA Jubilee Awards in 2004 by recognizing him the single most outstanding player of the past 50 years in Germany.
5. Sepp Maier (1966-1979, no goals in 95 caps )
Maier was regarded as the best goal keeper in the world in 1970s. in the 1974 world cup, he kept four clean sheets as he was nicknamed ‘ the Cat’. He was awarded German footballer of the Year three times. Sepp Maier also won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal four times.
4. Lothar Matthaus (1980-2002, 23 goals in 150 caps )
In 1990 world cup Italy Germany met Argentina in the final and took a 1-0 victory to win the world title. Midfielder Matthaus scored four goals throughout this tournaments as well as converting his penalty during the semi- final against England. He also won trophies for Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Metrostars in USA.
3. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1976-1986, 45 goals in 95 caps )
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scored a total of nine goals in three world cup tournaments. After signing for Bayern Munich in 1974, he had go on to become club’s second leading goalscorer of all time behind Muller. He won FIFA Ballon d’or in 1980 and 1981.
2. Gerd Muller (1966-1974, 68 goals in 62 caps )
The notorious goal machine Gerd Muller is now sharing Germany’s record goals with Klose , although he reached that milestone in only 62 appearances.
In the 1970 the centre forward scored 10 goals, including the hat-tricks he scored against Bulgaria and Peru. He won FIFA Ballon d’or that year, before he helped the Germans to win 1972 European championship. As West Germany won the 1974 world Cup , he rounded off his international career by scoring four times.
He is the leading goal scorer for beyarn Munich with amazing total 566 goals. He has the best goals –to-games ratio in the history of European football, having scored 35 times in the same number of appearances. Among the great German footballers, he made his place on the top.
1. Franz Beckenbauer (1965-1977, 14 goals in 103 caps )
Franz Beckenbauer is the number one in this top ten german footballers of all time. He branded himself as the best defender to have ever played in the game of football. He took part in the 1966 and 1970 world cup where Germany finished second and third respectively. But in the next 1974 world cup ‘ the Kaiser’ finally got his hand on the world cup trophy.
Majority of his success came in Beyarn Munich. He won four Bundesliga title, four DFB-Pokals and three European cups for his club, Bayern Munich.
Brazil has achieved the most success as national football team in the FIFA world cup history. Brazil national team won five world cups namely, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. This year 2014 FIFA world cup is going to be hosted by Brazil. They qualified without playing the play offs. The national team currently ranking no 1 in World Football Elo Rating and 6 in the FIFA world ranking, they will be hard competitors for rest of the nations. They are the only team to have won the world cup in four different continents. Throughout the history Brazil has become the land of great footballers who had influenced the football world profoundly.
I am going to discuss about the top 10 Brazilian footballers of all time. Choose your favourite one among them…
The late Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira played for Brazilian national football team from 1979 to 1986. The attacking mid fielder earned his nick name ‘ Doctor Socrates’ as he was a MD in medicine. He scored 22 goals in his 60 appearances for the Brazil national team.
9. Roberto Carlos:
Roberto Carlos started his career as a forward but spent most of the time as a left back. He is well known for his powerful free kicks. From 1992 to 2006 he played for Brazilian national football team with 11 goals in 125 matches.
This attacking mid- fielder won the FIFA world player of the year in 2005 and 2005. For the Brazilian national team he has scored 33 goals in 97 matches. Being an integral part of 2002 Brazilian national team, his greatest achievement was winning the world cup. Starring alongside with Ronaldo and Rivaldo in an attacking trio, he was named in FIFA world cup all star team.
Cafu made himself the most internationally capped male Brazilian player in the history. He is the only player to appear in the three world cup finals-1994, 1998 and 2002. From 1990 to 2006 he played for the Brazilian team and scored 5 goals in 142 appearances. Cafu remains in our list of great Brazilian footballers of all time with dignity.
As a powerful winger, Jairzinho was a member of the legendary Brazilian national football team that won the 1970 FIFA world cup. During the tournament he scored in every match that Brazil played. He was nicknamed as ‘ the Hurricane’. He played in three consecutive world cup, 1966, 1970,1974. Jairzinho played as an asset for Brazilian national team from 1964-1982. During this time he scored 33 goals in 81 appearances.
Zico is commonly called as ‘ the white Pele’ and he is considered as the most skilful finisher of all time for Brazil. He is possibly the best player of the world in late 70s and early 80s. Pele said about Zico,
“throughout the years, the one player that came closest to me was Zico”.
He scored 48 goals in 71 official appearances for Brazil. So in my counting, Zico is certainly one of the best Brazilian footballers of all time.
Romario is a former Brazilian footballer, manager and current politician. He was a part of the Brazilian national team wining FIFA world cup in 1994. He is one of the most prolific strikers and clinical finishers in the football history. He was particularly deadly in one-on-one versus goalkeeper. He is in the 5th position in FIFA player of the century. Romario won FIFA world player of the year and world cup golden ball in 1994. He is the third highest goal scorer for his national team after netting 55 goals in 70 appearances. He is the one of very few strikers to surpass 1000 goals’ landmark in total of any international competition.
Ronaldo won FIFA world player of the year three times and he is the one among the three who have won that honour. He is the second highest goal scorer for the national team as he scored 62 goals in 98 matches. As a part of the Brazilian squad he won 1994 and 2002 world cup. In 1998, he was awarded Golden ball. In 2006 he became the highest goal scorer in the world cup history after scoring his 15th. Commonly called ‘ the Phenomenon’, Ronaldo played as a powerful Brazilian striker played for his nation from 1994 to 2011.
Garrincha playing as a right winger and forward in the Brazilian national team and probably the best dribbler with ball in the football history. Garrincha won the FIFA world cup in 1958 and 1962 with a devastating performance. In 1962 world cup when Pele was out due to injury , he was the only one led the Brazil to victory. He won Golden ball and Golden boot in that tournament. From 1955 to 1966 he played for the Brazil national team and scored 12 goals in 50 matches.
Now comes the no 1, the greatest amongst the greats, Pele. In 1999 Pele was voted World Player of the century. Not only that, in 2013 he received FIFA Ballon d’or Prix D’honour. Pele, “ The Black Pearl” is currently holding Guiness world record of total 1281 goals in 1363 league games. He is hailed as a national hero in his native Brazil. This world known attacking mid-fielder won three world cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970 for the national team. From his 92 appearances he bagged 77 goals for Brazil. American President Ronald Regan said about Pele,
“My name is Ronald Reagan, I’m the President of the United States of America. But you don’t need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pelé is.”
What a remark it was! Yes, Pele is the no 1 in this list of great Brazilian footballers of all time..
England is one of the two oldest national teams in football alongside Scotland. England national team won FIFA world Cup in 1966, hosting the finals and defeating the giant West Germany. Since then they didn’t achieve much success in international football, except the Semi final appearance in 1990 world cup. Nevertheless, the English football holds its glory by presenting some legends throughout the history. Sporty ghost today is going to discuss about top 10 English footballers of all time.
10. David Beckham (1996-2009, 17 goals in 115 caps)
There are very few more technically gifted player than the English forward David Beckham. He made his international debut in September 1996. Beckham’s international career is full of highs and lows. He made himself enemy of the state in 1998 world cup by getting sent off during the defeat on penalties to Argentina. But in next world cup his stoppage time goal against Greece smoothened the english agony. During that world cup , he laid the Argentina ghost to rest by scoring from a penalty in a 1-0 win. The 39 year old retired from football last year.
9. Gary Lineker (1984-1992, 48 goals in 80 caps)
Gary Lineker was the closest one to touch Sir Bobby Charlton’s record before his retired in 1992. In 1986 world cup, he was the tournaments leading goal scorer with six goals in his bag and still the only english footballer to have won the honourable Golden boot.
8. Bryan Robson (1980-1991, 26 goals in 90 caps)
Nicknamed ‘Captain Marvel’, Robson was a prolific and energetic midfielder in the English side. He was famed for his important goals. Many believe that if Robson didn’t suffer injury in 1986 and 1990 world cup, England could have gone even further. This English footballer gave everything to his national team and his club. He is the greatest ever Manchester United player of all time. This player carries much influences for Manchester United as he is acting their ambassador. He remained in our list of best 10 English footballers of all time. Currently Robson took the responsibility as coach of the Thailand National Team.
7. Geoff Hurst (1966-1972, 29 goals in 49 caps)
Geoff Hurst is remembered for his outstanding performance in 1966 world cup. In the quarter final he scored the only goal to victory over Argentina. During the final Geoff Hurst’s famous blessing hat-trick gave the chance to the English to touch the FIFA world cup Trophy for the first time.
6. Gordon Banks (1963-1972, no goals in 73 caps )
Gordon Banks is the second best goal keeper of the 20th century in International Federation of Football History and Statistics rating. Lev Yashin is the only above him. During the final against West Germany in 1966 world cup, Banks kept four clean sheets and made numerous stops. Four years later when playing against Brazil, there was a cross from Brazilian Carlos Alberto which met Pele’s powerful head. Everybody was waiting for the net to bulge, but it didn’t. Banks somehow managed to get his hand on the ball to flick it over the crossbar. It was regarded as one of the best saves ever made.
One club man Tom Finney was England’s leading goalscorer along with Nat Lofthouse, before both were surpassed by Bobby Charlton in 1963. Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said about Finney ,
“Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match, and in any age , even if he had been wearing an overcoat.”
4. Stanley Matthews (1934-1957, 11 goals in 54 caps)
His greatest achievement was wining FIFA Ballon D’or in 1956. His dedication for football was unmatched as he played until the age of 50 with Stoke City, while his last appearance in international match came against Denmark eight years earlier. There were some criticisms when he was chosen for the 1958 world cup at the age of 48 but the selectors refrained.
3. Duncan Edwards (1955-1958, 5 goals in 18 caps)
It is highly likely that Edwards would have topped the list, unless the tragedy happened in Munich runway February 6, 1958. Edwards at the age of 21 died along with its eight Manchester United teammates while a plane crashed in taking off. Bobby Charlton mentioned him as a great player like a bright light in the sky. His loss is the hardest thing to bear in English football even today.
2. Bobby Moore ( 1962-1973, 2 goals in 108 caps)
Bobby Moore was the counter stone of a well-organized defence in 1966 world cup. In the next competition, 1970 world cup he produced a memorable challenge to Brazilian Jairzinho in full flow. He is the member of world team the 20th century. Bobby Moore Captained West Ham United for more than 10 years.
Pele said after his death in 1993,
“He was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against. The world has lost one of its greatest football players and an honorable gentleman.”
1. Bobby Charlton (1958-1970, 49 goals in 106 caps)
Bobby Charlton is the leading goalscorer for England national football team as well as Manchester United. He was an integral part of the English team in 1966 World cup. At semi finals , Bobby scored both goals to win over Portugal. His performance throughout the tournament was firing as he won FIFA Ballon D’or that year. He is in the no 1 in our list of top 10 English footballers of all time..
The Italian national football team is considered as one of the best teams in the World football. In the history of World Cup it is the second most successful team just behind Brazil, having won 4 titles in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. The team also appeared in 2 finals (1970, 1994) and gained a third place in 1990, fourth in 1978. In 1968 they won the European Championship. The Italian national football team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body of football in Italy.
Nick named ‘The Azzurri’, the Italian team qualified for this year FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil with relative ease will be expected to reach the latter stages, despite having a group that includes Uruguay and England.
Today, to continue our countdown to the World Cup, we will focus at the Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.
10. Fabio Cannavaro (1997-2010, 2 goals in 136 caps)
Fabio Cannavaro has been named the title FIFA’s player of the year in 2006. Along with Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer, he remains one of the three defenders to have been awarded by this title.
The 40-year-old guided Italy to the World Cup final, 2006 in Germany. Playing in every minute in every encounter, with his stunning performances, Cannavaro earned the nick name,” The wall of Berlin”.
That summer he moved himself to Real Madrid from Juventus and Cannavaro went on to win two La Liga, and the Supercopa de Espana over the course of three seasons in Madrid.
He is in the 10th position in our list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.
9. Paolo Rossi (1977-1986, 20 goals in 48 caps)
After being suspended for his alleged role in a betting scandal, Paolo Rossi returned to action just in time for the World Cup in 1982. However, many journalists at that time criticized negatively about his inclusion in the team.
When he struggled throughout the group phase of the World Cup, the criticizers looked to be correct, but something was burning inside him. Rossi suddenly sprung into life by scoring a hat-trick to dispose of Brazil, the pre-tournament favourites. He added his sixth in the tournament during 3-1 victory in the final over West Germany. Rossi won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards.
8. Giacinto Facchetti (1963-1977, 3 goals in 94 caps)
Facchetti was the pioneer of attacking football, who has no hesitation in bombing forward to join in with attacks. During his time defenders were instructed not to cross the halfway line, but he changed the rules.
The speedy left-back won Serie A four times with Inter Milan. He also helped to lift the European Cup two times in 1964 and 1965. The Nerazzurri have since retired the shirt holding no 3 in his honour.
In 1968 European Championship , he captained the team to success. They also reached the final of 1970 World Cup under his leadership.
7. Gianluigi Buffon (1997-present, no goals in 139 caps)
Buffon made his debut for Italy in 1997. After that, he has gone on to make more appearances for the Azzurri than any other player. In 2006 World Cup, Buffon kept five clean sheets as Italy were crowned with World Cup glory for the fourth time. For his leadership qualities between the posts, he has become the skipper of both Italy and Juventus.
Juventus parted with a world record fee of £32.6m for him in 2001. Buffon helped Parma to win the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia two years earlier. He has gone on to win many trophies and is regarded to be a hero among the Old Lady’s faithful.
He remains in the 7th position in the list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.
6. Luigi Riva (1965-1974, 35 goals in 42 caps)
None has scored more goals than him at the international level for Italy.
The 69-year-old Luigi Riva was one of the heroes as Italy won the European Championship in 1968, scoring in the final against Yugoslavia.
He helped Cagliari to win Serie A title in 1970, despite being blighted by several injuries. This one-club-man received a honor when the club recently retired the number 11 shirt that Riva wore with distinction.
5. Fanco Baresi (1982-1994, 2 goals in 82 caps)
Franco Baresi was a kind of player who won everything. Baresi helped AC Milan to lift Serie A title on six separate occasions and European Cup three times. He was voted as the ‘Club’s player of the century’ in 1999 and AC Milan’s number 6 has been retired to his honor.
He was selected in the squad in 1982 World Cup, although he didn’t feature much in that tournament. But he played as a key figure in 1990 world cup, helping his country to finish third. Four years later the disaster happened while he missed during the final shootout against Brazil.
4. Dino Zoff (1968-1983, no goals in 112 caps)
At Spain in 1982 World Cup, Dino Zoff stood between the posts at the age of 40 and won the world title. Dino remains the oldest player ever to have won a World Cup.
Dino Zoff also holds the record of longest time at the international matches (1,142 minutes) without conceding a goal, the period between 1972 and 1974.
In his club career he won six Serie A titles for Juventus which was followed by Buffon in the same club. Dino Zoff later coached them to success in Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup.
He is holding the number 4 position in the list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.
3. Roberto Baggio (1988-2004, 27 goals in 56 caps)
Roberto Baggio will be remembered forever for his skied penalty during the shootout in 1994 World Cup. The event does his ability and contribution to the game a real disservice.
Baggio is Italy’s fourth-leading goalscorer of all time along with Alessandro Del Piero. He scored total five goals in 1994 tournament in USA. Four years earlier, his goal against Czechoslovakia has been voted by FIFA as the World Cup’s seventh best ever goal.
In 1990, he was transferred from Fiorentina to Juventus for a record fee. During his five years in Turin, he won FIFA Ballon D’or in 1993, a Serie A and a UEFA Cup title.
2. Paolo Maldini (1988-2002, 7 goals in 126 caps)
Paolo Maldini, the defender spent half of his 16 years as captain for the Azzurri without winning a major international throphy.
But at the Club level, success was much easier for him. The entire life he played for AC Milan, where he built up an honours list as long as his arm. Maldini won seven Serie A titles, five European Cups, one Coppa Italia, one World Club Cup and five Super Cups. He played in 1990 and 1994 world cup. He also finished runner-up for the 1995 FIFA World player of the year.
1. Giuseppe Meazza (1930-1939, 33 goals in 53 caps)
Meazza showed his talent on his very debut match in 1930, scoring a brace in the match against Switzerland. In 1934 world cup triumph of Italy, the centre-forward scored twice. He then captained the defending Champion Italy to success four years later. His winning goal against Brazil in the semi-final was one of his contributions that was written in golden letters.
There was a rumour that young Meazza was rejected by AC Milan for being too slight. Their loss was then gained by Inter Milan. Meazza was too prolific for Inter, firing them to three Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia. He is the second leading goalscorer for Italy, just two goals short of Riva’s.
Guiseppe Meazza is leading our list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time..
He has praised Roy Hodgson for his squad selection. He thinks the blend of youth and experience will give them a great chance of going a long way in the tournament.
Beckham told Sky Sports,
“Roy has done really well since he has come in as the manager of England, I think it’s a really good selection”
He believes that English players are playing at the top of their game. And the manager probably picked the right ones.
People have been saying it for years “They’re young players, they’ve had great seasons”. This time Beckham wants to say – it’s not about that anymore.
English football team has always been blessed with players those are playing week in and week out against some of the best players in the world and in the biggest league in the world and for some of the biggest clubs.
English young players have been playing in the biggest league in the world. There is no players that are going to go on to this stage and be affected by it.
It’s another great news for the English to have a captain like Stevie Gerrard. He has had one of the best seasons probably for him and that Liverpool have had for quite a while. David is expecting to cause a few upsets, a few surprises at the Brazil world cup 2014.
“Obviously we have a tough group. You are coming up against great teams. But that can be a good thing for us because I think we always perform well against the great teams”
Beckham is a little worried about the heat and the humidity. That’s going to be a factor. But the team needs to prepare enough for the first few games only. Then it will be ok for everyone.
“Just enjoy the occasion. There’s no bigger competition in the world than the World Cup and for a player to go there”