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Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to start against United States

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The United States football team is pretty much hopeful against Portugal. Especially after the Germany vs Portugal match. Pepe saw red card before the half time because of head butting Thomas Muller. And after that Muller just went on to a hat-trick. Germany won the match 4-0.

But one thing USMNT must be worried about. Portugal’s star player, Cristiano Ronaldo was not at his best that day. He is not even fit right now. But may be ready for the game. Portugal is hoping for the Real Madrid star to Start against US.

The World NO. 1 player of the year, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 31 goals in 31 La Liga games for Real Madrid this season. During the final weeks of this season he was attacked with a knee injury. And finally he carried it out to the World Cup 2014, Brazil.

Cristiano Ronaldo is ready against US:

Most obviously, this kind of injury is hampering the player’s performance. He is struggling against it and before that he is quite ineffective for the team, which in turn making the whole eleven weak.

Plenty of news (mostly rumors) are swirling about regarding the superstar’s present condition. Team Portugal is even denying to reports on him. Some say, Ronaldo’s doctor advised him to drop out of the World Cup. He needs more time to recover. Otherwise it can harm his total career. even if everybody feels, Cristiano Ronaldo is ready.

Still the team has yet to release anything official on Ronaldo’s status. They are hopeful for the good second start. Though Cristiano Ronaldo himself is confident about the game. Some say, he is inspired even with risking his future career for the World Cup event. As he mustn’t be wanting to watch the dream World Cup sitting. His teammates are also hopeful. Probably Cristiano Ronaldo is ready truly.

Miguel Veloso, one of his teammate tries to sum things up optimistic,

“I’m not a doctor but, from what I see, Ronaldo is fine. He is training, he is jumping and he is shooting. There is not much else to say”

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann remains wary of Ronaldo’s threat. He can only hope, nothing more. As they need to survive this match to continue the journey for the lucrative Cup.

The USMNT coach said,

“Now they will come into Manaus pretty angry and I don’t know how Ronaldo is going to perform when he is angry”

He expects from his team, they will show their opponent that how good they are.

These words sounds more like they are preparing for a fully fit Ronaldo. That means Klinsmann is unlikely to show signs of complacency. Fans of USMNT would be happy learning this. They are in fact with advantage, as they will be through to the knockout stage just winning this particular match. Especially after Germany had a draw against Ghana Saturday night. Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to overcome the disadvantages.

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Rafael Nadal wins his first European clay title of the season

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Another European clay title for Rafael Nadal. This the first of the season for him. And the 27th Masters Tournament victory of his career at the Madrid Open.

European clay title in Madrid:

His opponent Kei Nishikori was forced to retire through injury. Before that, Nadal had won seven straight games to lead 3-0 in the third set. Then the match was halted having lost the first set 6-2. And then it came for a break down to win the second 6-4.

Previously Nishikori was struggling with a back spasm. In Saturday’s dramatic semifinal victory over David Ferrer, he was badly injured. But he couldn’t understand this can haunt back again on Sunday game time.

He must be disappointed after losing his first European clay title in such an unfortunate manner. But still the Japanese can take comfort from his performances this week. As this is bringing him to the world top 10 for the first time. Probably in the latest ranking of Monday.

At the clay court in Madrid, Nishikori out-played Nadal for a set and a half with some aggressive shots. Some of them were big winners for him too.

It was clear after the trainer was called on seven games into the second set, that Nishikori‘s movement was inhibited. Rafael Nadal capitalized to break twice and level the match at a set apiece.

Probably the third set was an anti-climax. Rafael was easing ahead of his injured opponent before Nishikori decided he couldn’t continue any more of this game.

“I am very disappointed about what happened today in this final”

Said Nishikori after the match.

He acknowledged that the final was quite unfortunate for him. He tried his level best with being hurt. But after the game he congratulated Nadal as he believes that his opponent played too good. And so, Nadal was gracious in victory with the European clay title.

Rafael Nadal also felt sorry for his opponent. He knew well about the tough job against his opponent as he previously met him in London at the ATP World Tour.

“Winning at home is always more special than winning anywhere. To play in front of your home crowd… is unforgettable for me”

He added.

Sharapova rebounds back:

Maria Sharapova recovered from a horrendous start to defeat Romania’s Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to claim the women’s title ( European clay title ).

She had previously lost the first four games of the match to the World No. 5. As a matter of fact she conceded the first set in less than half-an-hour.

The Russian turned things around as the game progressed. And now she wins seven of her last nine titles on a clay court.

The 27 year old, after the match said,

“Last year I lost in the finals and I really wanted to go one extra step this year.it has just been a fantastic week”

She believes that her opponent is now at another different level. It is clear from her come back from 64th position to number five in less than a year. So she is happy with the way she pulled it off.

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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado

According to a Spanish press Manchester United are targeting Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado for the upcoming season.

Mundo Deportivo claims Manchester United are ready to trump FC Barcelona for Cuadrado’s signature offering €38 million-which equates to approximately £30 million!

Juan Cuadrado appears as one of the Colombia’s World Cup stars. Likely he is widely expected to move during this summer season. His versatility is a huge draw for teams aside his flying pace. He drew the attention to most of the renowned Clubs who are currently looking to strengthen a number of positions quickly. Both Manchester United and Barcelona are currently working on rebuilds after disappointing last season and may see Juan Cuadrado as a ready-made solution to their problem in the right flank position.

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Angel Di Maria; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Under the Dutch coach, Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United are starting to improve their attacking style as the Red Devils scored 10 goals in two preseason games so far. Van Gaal has favoured three centre-backs during the club’s tour of US. Luke shaw and Antonio Valencia were acting as wing-backs. Juan Cuadrado is a kind of such a natural winger who can effectively fill in at right back. Probably, that’s why he is in the eyes of Van Gaal.

His necessity is likely to be equal at Nou Camp too. In Barcelona Cuadrado would likely be used on the right side of midfield, presuming Dani Alves remains with the club. Although Barcelona have the added draw of Champions League, Manchester United can likely afford to offer Fiorentina more money and Juan Cuadrado a better wage. Cuadrado’s future may come down to preference if the two giants go head-to-head.

Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria could be an alternative in Manchester United’s hunt. The Argentine possesses a different kind of versatility-he can play on either wing, in central midfield or behind the striker. He has made himself an attractive prospect after Argentina’s run to the World Cup 2014 final in Brazil.

With Los Blancos, Di Maria posted an excellent season. However, he never really hit top gear before getting injured in Brazil. It is obvious that his speed, energy and dribbling skils inject urgency into Madrid’s play. That’s why his potential exit will be discussed so seriously.

Amid the talk of his transfer, Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Di Maria will return to the training camp soon. The Italian boss ensured,

” Angel Di Maria has just finished the World Cup, he resting on holiday and he will return to Valdebebas on 5th August.”

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Juan Cuadrado; image credit www.dailystar.co.uk

On the other hand, Louis Van Gaal certainly has some glaring gaps in his squad. The United supporters are likely to be panicked as United’s first competitive fixture of the Premier League season is rapidly approaching on 16th August. But there is no denying that plenty of transfer action will be coming at Old Trafford.

Both Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado offer multi-faceted styles that would certainly bring sheer pace to Manchester United’s game. Under David Moyes, it is acknowledgeable that invention and energy were lacked in Old Trafford. Both of them can be obtained by the aforementioned stars.

United supporters will certainly be pleased with the rampant start to life under Louis Van Gaal. This means nothing if the united squad is unable to compete once the real game begin. With a traditional United side, many names will continue to be linked that should be looking to make a fast impact once the new Premier season is underway.

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Novak Djokovic Returns to Top of Tennis World

With the victory beating Roger Federer in a five-set thriller in Wimbledon, the Serb, Novak Djokovic took the no 1 ranking back from Rafael Nadal. It was his second Wimbledon title and his seventh major overall.

Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, most importantly the match was tough enough to hold the nerve. Djokovic overcame the uncertainties with a hard win of 6-7,6-4,7-6,5-7,6-4 and three hours and 56 minutes match.

Before this astonishing win, Djokovic had lost his last three major finals and hadn’t won a Slam since 2013 Australian Open. May be that was the key to his success. There is no doubt about his excellence. He was making finals and winning smaller titles, which made him a great player still. But like all other greats, at the most important times in the biggest matches, Djokovic was caving.

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Djokovic, making amongs the greats in the grass court—-image via; www.tennisworldusa.org

On Wimbledon final, for a while it looked like that pattern will continue.

During this crucial final, Djokovic found himself surrendering leads again and again to in-form Federer. At the beginning, he was up two sets to one and had even a 5-2 lead in the fourth set. But he couldn’t hold on his standing. He always remains so vulnerable at Federer’s serve as Djokovic lost five consecutive games and failed to convert one championship point on that.

But it was Novak Djokovic who refused to fold and finally won the title.

Now, get a look of his rising. With his impeccable 2011 season, Djokovic created monster for himself. He entered 2011 Australian open with only one Slam in his name. but at the end of that year he packed a Wimbledon title, U.S Open crown, another Australian open win and the NO. 1 ranking.

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Djokovic in Australian Open—-image via: www.dailymail.co.uk

That year he won his first 41 matches before the defeat came in French open semifinals again Roger Federer.

Since then, remaining towards the top of the game he added a third and fourth Australian Open title, but he hasn’t been able to recapture his 2011 performances. Nadal beat him three Slam finals, Murrey beat him two Slam finals and most notably he looked lost and frustrated in the biggest matches.

But Djokovic never gave up despite all these high profile losses.

He was toiling hard to make him perfect.

At the beginning of this year the great Boris Becker joined his team to get him some mental edge for achieving the ultimate goal. But it didn’t seem to pay off quickly as Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian open to Stan Wawrinka and in the French open final to Rafael Nadal.

Now, let’s get back to the Wimbledon final, this year and it was against seven-time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer and the score was 2-2. In the final set, Novak Djokovic showed his talents, he showed he can beat the champion. He finally converted his championship point.

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Djokovic’s dream came true——image via: max-balkanboy.blogspot.com

He lifted his arms to the heavens, swiftly jogged to the net to embrace Federer and then kneeled down to taste the Wimbledon’s sweet grass!

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Was he really eating the Wimbledon grass???—-image via: www.independent.co.uk

Then he ran to his box embrace his team and also Boris Becker. Their partnership had paid off at last.

After winning the title Djokovic told the press,

“I realized, you know, what I’ve been through mentally to get through to this point.”

For now Djokovic has once again put himself at the top of the tennis world. He didn’t need to play his best for this to prove that he is the best.

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Suarez transfers to FC Barcelona : the RED joins The CATALANS

The Liverpool star Luis Suarez transfers to Barcelona when Liverpool officials have given the first indication that Suarez’s future lies away from Anfield by opening a talk to Barca.

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Luis Suarez in Barcelona kit—–image via: uniladmag.com

Although the Uruguay international has banned for four months from all football related activities, the Spanish club have not been deterred in their pursuit of him. It has been notable that Suarez was awarded the banishment for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. A delegation led by Barcelona’s director of football management, Raul Sanllehi, have already met Liverpool’s chief executive, Ian Ayre, in London for recruiting Luis Suarez by negotiation.

In order to transfer Suarez a club should meet a release-clause of around £80m that was included in the £200,000 per week contract Suarez signed in last December. Though it was a third time since Suarez bit an opponent in three years, Liverpool’s valuation has not altered. However, Ian Ayre puts his interest in the Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez.

If the Chile international moves to Anfield, he would be valued in the £30m region by Barcelona. The Catalans are much more keen for the courtship of the Premier League leading goal scorer, Luis Suarez.

With the influence of Barcelona, Suarez may go to public with an apology for biting Chiellini amid concerns over how his prospective transfer would be received. Six days after the incident on Monday, the apology and U-turn from Suarez duly followed via social media. The Barca employees were fulsome in their praise of Suarez’s action.

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Suarez’s bite during the world cup—image via: www.aek365.com

Barcelona’s Sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta speaks at unveiling of the midfielder Ivan Rakitic,

“ Luis Suarez is humble enough to admit an error. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do”

The former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper added ,

”Everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows that he is a Liverpool player and he is an excellent player indeed.”

Ivan Rakitic also commented by saluting Suarez character and strength

“ Suarez has the necessary quality to play for Barca”

Meanwhile, Liverpool will attempt to develop their defence following the £25m signing of Adam Lallana. The English midfielder Lallana joins his former Southhampton team-mate Rickie Lambert and the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can,£4.5m and £9.85m deals respectively.

Liverpool manager’s leading central defensive target is Croatia international Lovren. The manager is believed to be keen on a move to Merseyside despite rival interest from Tottenham Hotspur, the club which is currently led by the former Southampton coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Liverpool supporters will recall Suarez’s finer moments in the club , the hat-tricks, stunning goals, individual skill while he becomes free to undergo the medical for Barcelona. The Suarez transfer news is not a gossip anymore. The legend Kop banner was inspired by Suarez saying,

“Luis Suarez can nutmeg a mermaid’.

In reaction to Suarez transfer news others will also recall one of the final images of Luis Suarez when he ushered off the pitch at Selhurst Park by Captain Steven Gerrrd, his face covered to his tears.

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Suarez, the Liverpool Hero—-image via: www.theguardian.com

The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez arrived in the Catalan city on Tuesday to complete the formalities of his reported €94 million (£75m) transfer from his former Club Liverpool.

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Captain Steven Gerrard Announces His Retirement From England National Team

After playing 14 years with the Three Lions, Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football.

The announcement comes almost a month after England national team’s poor performance in the World Cup 2014 Brazil. Gerrard captained the English side while they knocked out at the group stage of this tournament.

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Steven Gerrard announcing retirement on press—–image via: mic.com

The 34-year-old reflected on his lengthy international career,

” I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again. However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.”

Gerrard’s current club Liverpool just missed out on their first title in the English Premier League top flight since 1990 as they came second to Manchester City, last season. As a result, they are going to take part in the Champions League for the first time since 2009-10.

 Current England coach Roy Hodgson had previously stated his desire for Steven Gerrard to continue his role as captain until 2016 Euro championship. Hearing Gerrard’s decision he expressed his disappointment,

“While I’m disappointed in his decision, I can entirely understand Steven’s situation and can have no complaints given the great service he has given to his country”.

Steven Gerrard in his golden career:

Steven Gerrard made his debut for England in 2000 at Wembley stadium against Ukraine. Since then he accumulated 114 caps for England and netted 21 goals. Since then Gerrard represented the country at 2000, 2004 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. He also played his role as the captain of England side 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup. Steven Gerrard became the sixth English player to win 100 caps for England in 2012.

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Gerrard in his golden age—–image via: www.mirror.co.uk

Steven Gerrard has been described as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of English football. He is a real leader and a tireless runner with a superb vision. In 2005, he was honoured as the UEFA Club footballer of the year and won Bronze of FIFA Ballon D’Or. Gerrard is the only footballer ever in the football history to score a goal in a League Cup final and an FA Cup final and a Champions League final and a UEFA Cup final.

Steven Gerrard, who has spent his entire career with Liverpool after making his debut in 1998. He was named as team captain in 2003. His honours at Anfield include three League Cups, two FA Cups, two community Shields, one Champions League, two Super Cups and one UEFA Cup.

The French great Zinedine Zidane considered Steven Gerrard as the best footballer of the world.

Who will be his replacement???

The question now is who will be his replacement??? It will be a great task for the guys who will replace both personally in the center of the midfield and as captain. For the deep-lying midfielder role Roy Hodgson may look for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Gerrard’s Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson.

Roy Hodgson is probably planning to shape a young-looking side. So the vastly experienced Wayne Rooney is likely to be considered as captain as will Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.

Steven Gerrard, the legend of ‘Golden Age’

The legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard leaves without any medals for England side, but he has a plenty of memories with his team. In the mid 2000s, English football was supposed to be ‘the Golden Age’ and Gerrard is one of the last standing members. In many ways, his retirement represents the end of and era for England.

Steven Gerrard said about his decision,

“This has been a very tough decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonised over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to friends and family and people close to me in the game before coming to this point.”

However, he wishes to prolong his career at Anfield. With Liverpool attaining Champions League title for the first time since 2009/10 season, his club calendar will be as stressful as it has been ever before.

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Carlos Dunga returns: Can he succeed this time?

Carlos Dunga is officially taking the responsibility as a manager of Brazilian national team again after previous four-year stint leading up to the World Cup 2010. Dunga replaces Scolari, who watched over a meltdown during the final rounds of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

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Carlos Dunga will lead Brazil from now—–image via: www1.skysports.com

Carlos Dunga having no prior managerial experience took the charge in 2006. As a longtime Brazilian midfielder he had enjoyed enough success at both the club and international levels. Hence he has given Brazil enough confidence to lead the national team.

When Carlos Dunga led Brazil:

Dunga had a pretty good history for most of his tenure. In 2007 Copa America Dunga led the side to Championships as well as the 2009 confederations Cup. He ensured the Brazil squad qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But alas! At the football’s biggest stage in 2010 World Cup he was not able to deliver his outmost as the Netherlands eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals. It marked the end of his first stint as manager.

Scolari made it worse!!!

The story changes following a disappointing finish by the Scolari-led squad on home soil. Although the team made it to the semifinals, in the match against Germany they were shockingly routed by 7-1 defeat and then losing the third place match by 3-0 against the Netherlands.

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Brazil drowned in the sea of tears—–image via: www.telegraph.co.uk

After this unexpected 10-1 cumulative defeat, Scolari found the exit door, the man who led Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002.

And now it’s the return of Carlos Dunga.

For Brazil it’s a risky hire to assign Dunga obviously as he had only one managerial job between his two stays with the Selecao. It featured limited success for him at the international levels. It appears far from a guarantee that Dunga will be able to get the Brazilian national team back on track.

Putting aside all dispute, it is notable that Dunga was with the side during some of its peak years and he clearly understands what it takes to win at the highest levels. His main task will be creating the same sense of determination and belief within the current team.

Carlos Dunga, the Captain of the winners:

Carlos Dunga was always fueled by anger. He is the one captain, winning World Cup in history who transformed the act of lifting World Cup trophy from one of celebration to one of revenge. After USA’94, he held aloft the cup pouring his contempt for those who had doubted him and his team.

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Dunga, The World Cup trophy winning Captain——image via: www.latinpost.com

As a player, even as a World Cup winning team captain, he contributed at his best. But it is quite another thing in the position of coach. During the 2010 campaign it was clear that Dunga was entirely out of his emotional depth. In one press conference after match he even tangled with an entirely inoffensive Brazilian Journalist.

The controversies:

It was clear that he was unable to control himself that time. Then how could control a national team like Brazil? Was it really a surprise when the team suffered an emotional collapse in the second half against the Netherlands while Carlos Dunga, the future coach lost his temper on the sidelines?

Probably, now the time for those to shed tears who hoped for something more idealistic from the country seen by many as the spiritual guardian of the holy game of football for the Brazilian.

The Brazilian Football Confederation undoubtedly believes that Dunga is the right man for this holy job. The Brazilian supporters won’t have much patience after the disappointment, so here quick progress is eagerly expected.

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FIFA World Cup 2014 final: Germany vs Argentina; as it happened

Perhaps the football world has found the unchanged favorites. And the nation has just ripped Brazil’s dreams to shreds in the semifinals and also won its fourth World Cup after a tense 1-0 victory over Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2014 final.

Mario Gotze’s strike ensured Germany’s 24-year thirst for the glory, at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.

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For the Brazilians, FIFA World Cup 2014 final could have been calamitous. There was only one thing worse than their national team’s losing. And that thing is, their neighbor country Argentina to win the trophy. Surely that hung heavy over the fans at Maracana on Sunday.

There was actually no coronation for Lionel Messi and no party for Brazil’s greatest ever rivals, Argentina. Instead it was Germany, which celebrated its fourth World Cup title.

Many have said, no European side would or could ever win the World Cup on South America. But now we have to believe that there is always one team to refuse such proclamations.

Even words like ‘organized’, ‘machine’, ‘ruthless’, ‘efficient’ etc. would not be enough appropriate to describe this German side. The world have to admit the wonderful talent which passes through the veins of each and every player of this 2014 World Cup German squad. Germany has long threatened to rule the world football.

It came close in a tournament held in its own country. But they had to undergo the painful defeat by Italy at the semifinal stage in FIFA World Cup 2006.

In 2008, Germany was beaten in the final of the European Championships by Spain before the same opposition ended its World Cup dream in South Africa 2010.

The Germans have made it to the knockout stage in 16 consecutive World Cups. Still it’s their first trophy since 1990. And for the first time, they are the only European team to prevail in a World Cup in the Americas.

The German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said,

“We’re going to celebrate for at least five weeks now”

We can easily understand, how much did Brazilian fans want to see Argentina lose? After Götze scored in the 113th minute, plenty of fans in Brazil’s yellow jerseys in the stadium, erupted. Though this very team just eliminated Brazil from the tournament in the semifinals. But any team other than Argentina winning the trophy would please the home fans.

Obviously the winning team has been the team of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Their opening game against Portugal, just indicated their urge for victory this time. And their mesmerizing 7-1 victory against Brazil in the semifinals probably ensured their final glory. they fit most for the FIFA World Cup 2014 final.

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Ozil trying for the breakthrough ; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

They have secured this win through guts and fights. Also a moment of magic was needed from one of its brightest new stars to overcome the most difficult hurdle for Germany. The Bayern Munich star Gotze provided the game’s defining moment. He took Schurrle’s pass on his chest and displayed the exquisite technique to volley the ball past Sergio Romero.

Finally, Argentina couldn’t find an equalizer for the 1990 World Cup 1-0 loose against West Germany.

Meanwhile, the Argentine fans and players have hung their heads. Lionel Messi is often praised as the best player in the world. And often being compared with Diego Maradona. But Messi has failed to gain universal acclaim in Argentina, where Diego Maradona at least delivered a World Cup title in 1986.

The golden ball has been given to him, but this honor of the most valuable player in the tournament is little comfort for the magical Messi. He just missed the opportunity to cement his legacy. Whatever he has already earned or will earn in future, but this could be his biggest achievement for lifetime!

Messi said,

“All I wanted was to raise the Cup. Right now, nothing else is important”

Probably, it was left to another wonderful talent and his left foot to steal the headlines from Messi with the decisive goal. And yes, off course Brazil can smile once again. Surely there is not enough beer in the entire country to distract from the prospect of an Argentine party on the Copacabana.

FIFA World Cup 2014 final: as it happened

Having scored seven in its previous game against Brazil, Germany began to wake from its slumber and only a fine save from Romero prevented Kroos’ fierce drive. It was surely supposed to nest at the corner.

Kroos’ corner dissected the Argentine defense. Benedikt Howedes also had flown through the air before sending a thunderous header against the post.

Just before a minute of the first half remaining, dramatic circumstances forced Romero to thank the woodwork as it seemed like Argentina is getting out of jail.

Germany constantly tried to regroup the South American side. They were eager to use the flanks to exploit a lack of pace in their opponent defense line.

Finally Argentina created the move, which was was thought to be the crucial breakthrough. From the right flank Ezequiel Lavezzi found some space and delivered the perfect cross for Higuain to fire from close range.

Everything was ok and perfect along with the celebration. But it did go again against the Argentines. As the flag of the assistant referee was held aloft after the forward was correctly adjudged to be offside.

Javier Mascherano grabbed his head in disbelief after seeing Higuaín’s first miss. And said,

“The pain will be for life because this was our opportunity”

Tired limbs and minds began to show down the pace of the contest. Both sets of players continuously failed to create any kind of chance for their own good.

Meanwhile Javier Mascherano was quite fortunate to escape a second yellow card. And Schweinsteiger was left with a blood pouring from his face after a clash with Sergio Aguero.

Even the extra time was slower. So, Penalties seemed inevitable.

Then, Germany finally seized its moment seven minutes before the end of the game. André Schürrle powered down the left side of the field and floated a tantalizing ball toward the six-yard box. Substitute, Götze showed good speed to arrive under the ball and chest it down. Lashed the ball past Romero and into the net. His teammates on the field and also on the side bench poured onto the field in delight.

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Surely it was like dream becoming true.

Götze said,

“It is absolutely sensational, a dream became reality”

Also Argentina had a few last-ditch rushes up field. But they were unable to penetrate Neuer’s penalty area. The team was left with a final opportunity when Messi lined up a free kick from about 20 yards.

But there was no magic as Messi’s shot flew over the net. And so it was over. FIFA World Cup 2014 final found its result. Messi kicked the dirt up in the stands. The German fans as well as the Brazilians shouted out with glee. And Frustration was the only thing left for the Argentines.

Like they said, even with the miraculous Messi, Argentina was unable to take the game to penalties.

Such a thrilling finish could fit with a tournament that ended up being more about the games than pessimists had predicted earlier. But the organizers worry completely proved wrong. It didn’t happen like the last year’s Confederations Cup, which was marred by violent protests. Even after Brazil’s national team was embarrassed in the semifinal, also lost the third place game, forecasts of widespread tumult were never realized.

The Argentine president couldn’t be in Brazil. She had to decline an invitation from President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil for illness and a desire to celebrate her grandson’s first birthday. Chancellor Angela Markel of Germany and Russian president Vladimir Putin did make the trans-Atlantic trip. As Russia will host the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2018. So. We have to wait another four years for another mesmerizing party, a total football party.

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Top 10 unknown Neymar facts

The eyes of the whole world have been on Neymar Jr. since his high profile move to Barcelona. His talents may have been known to many, but there are some unknown facts about him which may seem very much interesting.

This article of Sporty ghost will serve to give the footballing world an inside track on Neymar. His limitless potential and specialty with the ball have established himself at a very high peak of success at such a young age. Here are some top 10 unknown Neymar facts that might interest you to some extent.

Top 10 unknown Neymar facts:

1. Santos has been his only club

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Neymar at Santos———-image via: www.flickr.com

Until Barcelona, Santos has been his only home. He has showcased his extraordinary skills at Santos for years. The 21-year-old Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and has been there until the big offer came. This explains some emotional tears surrounding the last game he has played for the club.

For the first time in his footballing career, Neymar Jr is wearing foreign jersey in a land of Barcelona, Spain.

Possibly, it may be one of the unknown Neymar facts to the viewers.

2. Neymar is a father

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Neymar with his son——–image via: wallpaperbarcelona.com

The football world nearly stood when Lionel Messi became father. But no one realizes that Neymar beat the Argentine legend by a few years!

Neymar, at the age of 19 welcomed his son Davi Lucca to the world.

After coming Barcelona, the father and son have fitted perfectly. Very often we get the chance to see them together with smiling faces.

The fact is indeed among the unknown Neymar facts.

3. Neymar scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday

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Neymar’s goal celebration———image via: uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

Well in February 5, 2012, it was that very special day on which he scored 100th professional goal along with his 20th birthday.

The goal was well remembered and it was come against Palmeiras in the traditional Neymar way. The timing of the goal was surprising enough for the spectators.

There are few lucky faces whose can claim to score on their birthday. At the age of 20, who else ever celebrated their 100th professional goal? Incredible indeed.

4. On the cover of TIME magazine

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Neymar is on TIME’s cover———–image via: www.bluebus.com.br

It is quite hard to believe that Neymar Jr. is the only Brazilian athlete to ever grace the cover of world renowned TIME magazine. It is truly a magnificent feat for the country.

Infact, other Brazilians are not even athletes, rather powerful politicians to find their way on the cover of TIME.

5. Neymar nearly joined Real Madrid at the age of 14

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Neymar in Real!!!!——————image via: thefootballmind.com

The football giant Real Madrid had missed out the golden opportunity indeed.

At the age of 14, Neymar flew to Spain to join the Spanish side. He passed all the tests and was ready to make the move. Then Santos came out with a hefty price to keep him in Brazil.

The rest remains history.

6. West Ham was the first club to bid on Neymar

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Neymar————image via: en.wikipedia.org

Neymar was just beginning to show his skills in Santos. Then back in 2010, his performance attracted the attention of West Ham United.

West Ham quickly made a bid of £12 million for Neymar, but were turned down the offer immediately. This bid drew eyes to Neymar on a worldwide level as Chelsea then took interest before other clubs joined the transfer frenzy.

Did you know it? Or it’ll be one of unknown Neymar facts to you.

7. The interesting beginning of international career

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The Flying Neymar——-image via: www.wattquiz.com

Despite his amazing talents, however, Neymar was overlooked early on by the Brazil National team. Brazilian legends like Pele and Romario influenced Dunga to include him in 2010 World Cup squad, followed by a petition signed by 14,000 fans.

Surprisingly, Neymar was not included in the World Cup squad. He was not included even in the stand-by list. But, it was only a matter of time.

Under new manager Mano Menezes, Neymar made his debut for the National team in August 2010 in a friendly match against USA. That night Neymar scored in his first-ever match in the Brazil jersey.

8. Neymar is the seventh richest footballer in the world

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Neymar with his style——–image via: www.footballdeluxe.com

He may be only a kid, but he is richer than anyone around. In 2012, Neymar was listed as the seventh richest footballer in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also find their names on that list, but it is amazing that Neymar is on the same financial level.

At only 21, Neymar has already made more than most of us will in our entire lives.

9. Neymar is Barcelona’s ninth most expensive purchase

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Neymar Jr in Barca ——–image via: hiilkubad.com

It seems really surprising with all things being considered.

With high profile talents and skills, he actually came fairly cheap for FC Barcelona. Neymar is the ninth most expensive purchase in Barcelona’s history at only 57 million Euros.

The purchase either means that Barcelona pulled off an incredible deal for Neymar or has been a huge spender over the last few years. It is a bit of both, really.

10. Neymar is a marketing machine

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Neymar on Vogue———-image via: www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com

In 2012 and 2013, Neymar has been named the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine. In this race he defeated Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt and Rory McIlroy.

In fact, he is so good at selling products that some people have called him as “Neymarketing”. His pretty face landed him on a cover of Vogue, Brazilian edition with Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. I dont think you are familiar with all these unknown Neymar facts.

Neymar has taken the world by a storm and he has achieved the peak of success in his short career.

Neymar is just getting started.

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Mario Gotze: The World Cup Hero

In the World Cup final Mario Gotze took down Andre Schurrle’s pass on his chest and there was nonchalance in the manner with which he controlled and swept past the excellent Sergio Romero, from an unpromising angle. There was no sense of the potentially pivotal nature of the moment which could win Germany the World Cup.

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Mario Gotze’s score ——image via: www.sportsnet.ca

The 22-year-old’s sweet strike the first by a substitute not only to decide a World cup final but it remained the point when he finally silenced any dissent as regards to just how special he is. Unlike Lionel Messi, Mario Gotze is truly a player apart from most in the match.

In late 2009 as a 17-year-old boy, he made his first team debut for Borussia Dortmund. Sunday night’s contribution in Rio de Janeiro would be a career defining moment for him and he he already created a clutch of them while he was still a teenager at the club who nurtured him from boyhood.

Mario Gotze is remembered for his role in the February 2011 win at the Allianz Arena. It was Dortmund’s first away at Bayern Munich in 20 years. In BVB’s 3-1 win over Bayern, Gotze created two of them.

In Dortmund’s re-ascent to the summit of the German game, Mario Gotze is the name that glitters. Mario Gotze was growing his individual importance when some five weeks later his astonishing solo goal got Dortmund back on track in a home game against Hannover.

It was a notable aspect of his playing from very tender age that he has had the confidence in himself to take responsibility in the most testing and stressful situations. His inner belief allowed him to take the plunge and make the decision to join Bayern Munich in April 2013. In his first season in Bayern, he scored 10 goals and setting up eight more in 20 Bundesliga starts.

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Mario Gotze in Bayern—–image via: www.theguardian.com

When the Coach Joachim Low brought in Miroslav Klose for the quarter-final against France, some claimed that Mario Gotze was the victim of this choice. Gotze’s reaction to his World Cup exclusion, showed his calm and sense of perspective. So did Mario Gotze’s actions after the final whistle at the Maracana.

Even in the moment of celebrating victory, he spared a thought for his good friend and former Dortmund teammate Marco Reus by parading a team shirt emblazoned with Reus’ name. Marco Reus missed out the german World Cup squad after suffering a serious ankle injury in a pre-tournament final against Armenia.

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Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, the best friends——-image via: www.bundesliga.com

There may be a strange and some controversial thought that Gotze might never have had the chance to make the impact if Reus hadn’t been injured. Even though they could work together in a devastating manner as they did at the Signal Iduna Park, it’s not hard to imagine that in Low’s decision there was hardly any room for only one of the pair in his squad.

Mario Gotze has indeed the instinct and talent to take centre stage when the time is right. So no wonder, Mario Gotze, the golden boy will reign German football until next World cup…

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Mario Gotze, the World Cup hero—–image via: www.thetimes.co.uk
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James Rodriguez Transfers to Real Madrid: Latest Gossip Surrounding Monaco Star

Colombian star James Rodriguez, the breakout star at the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been drawing the attention of world’s top clubs, particularly the Spanish giant Real Madrid.

Real Madrid are quite interested in the Monaco product James Rodriguez and very much intended to make a run at him provided they can sell Angel Di Maria, the Argentine midfielder.

As the 23-year-old winger expressed his desire to make the move to Real Madrid if Madrid ultimately makes a deal with him. It turns out to be a mutual feeling between James Rodriguez and Real Madrid.

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James Rodrigues, the Colombian Superstar——image via: www.mehrnews.com

James Rodriguez transfer rumor took its shape when he said,

”  It makes me proud that a club like Real Madrid is interested in me. It’s like a dream to play for Real Madrid.”

James Rodriguez’s transfer would bring a great deal of excitement and energy to Bernabeu, but not everyone is convinced that it would be a right move for him. Some believe that replacing Angel Di Maria with James Rodriguez would be a mistake.

Although Colombia was eliminated by Brazil in the quarterfinal at 2014 world cup, James Rodriguez’s performance was spectacular throughout the tournament. As the tournament’s top goal scorer, he leads superstars like Germany’s Thomas Muller and Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the Golden boot race.

Real Madrid is already stacked with several attacking talents like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. So it would be even deadlier adding someone like James Rodriguez to the fold.

James Rodriguez tailed 10 goals and 12 assists for Monaco in the last season. He is such a player who both scores and contributes. His skill would certainly bode well for Real Madrid.

Above all, Rodriguez is a young player, just 23 who continues to get better. He could potentially reach unseen levels of success at Bernabeu.

However, his current club Monaco may not be keen on giving Rodriguez up, but the offers that come their way from Real Madrid and other clubs may force their hands as well. Right now, James Rodriguez is the fastest-rising star in the football world and seeing him with Los Blancos would be a true treat for football fans worldwide.

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Top 10 highest transfer fees in world football

1. Gareth Bale (€100,000,000) : Tottenham to Real Madrid

On September 1 2013, Real Madrid announced their agreement for the transfer of Gareth Bale. The British press reported a transfer fee of €100 million as a world record. This transfer broke the record of Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer fee of €94 million. Gareth Bale was assigned the number 11 shirt for Real Madrid. So far, it is the highest transfer fees in World football.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo ( € 94,000,000): Manchester United to Real Madrid

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C.Ronaldo transferred to Real Madrid——image via: www.dailymail.co.uk

On 26 June 2009, Real Madrid took the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo for a transfer fee of €94 million with a six year contract. The contract is worth €11 million per year. On July 6, Real Madrid handed him the jersey number 9 and it was presented by the Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano. Now C. Ronaldo is holding the number 7 jersey for Real. C.Ronaldo holds the second highest transfer fees in World football.

3. Neymar (€86,000,000) :Santos to Barcelona

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Neymar Jr in Barca ——–image via: hiilkubad.com

Neymar signed the contract with FC Barcelona on 27 May 2013. He was signed for five years but neither Neymar nor the club officials released details on the transfer fees. Eventually the club vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu disclosed the fee and it was €86 million and his release clause was set at €190 million.

4. Zinedine Zidane (€ 75,000,000): Juventus to Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane joined Real Madrid from Juventus in 2001 for a world record fee of €75 million. He signed a four-year contract with Real.

 5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (€69,000,000): Internazionale to Barcelona

Ibrahimovic signed a five-year contract for €46 million and the exchange of Eto’o which valued at €20 million and some loan from Alexander Helb, making him worth €66 million. He cost Barcelona €69.884 million which included other fees too.

6. Kaka ( €65,000,000): AC Milan to Real Madrid

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Kaka in Real Madrid—-image via: www.footballaustralia.com.au

Kaka moved to Bernabeu on a six year deal on 8 june 2009. The transfer from Milan was estimated €65 million. It is in the 6th position in our list of top 10 highest transfer fees in  World football.

7. Edinson Cavani (€64,000,000): Napoli to PSG

Cavani joined French champions Paris Saint-Germain on a five year contract on 16 July, 2013. The fee believed to be around €64.5 million ,making it the sixth largest transfer in the history of football.

8. Figo (€ 62,000,000) : Barcelona to Real Madrid

Figo’s €62 million move to Barcelona’s bitter rivals Real Madrid in July 2000, was as surprising as controversial. Figo’s arrival at Real Madrid signaled the beginning of “ Galactico era”. The Barcelona fans felt betrayed by his transfer. Figo won Ballon D’or in November 2000 wearing the white shirt of Real Madrid, making him star and reliable for Real.

9. Radamel Falcao (€ 60,000,000): Atletico to Monaco

On 31 May 2013, Monaco announced that they had reached an agreement with Atletico for transfer of Falcao for a five year contract and a transfer fee around €60 million. Radamel Falcao gave an emotional farewell to atletico in a press interview and expressed his enjoyment with the club as he spent “the best time of his career” there.

10. Fernando Torres (€ 58,000,000): Liverpool to Chelsea

On 31 January 2011, Fernando Torres completed his move to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee reportedly €58 million and signed a five-and-a-half-year contract. The transfer fee set a new record for a British transfer and made Torres the sixth most expensive footballer in the history.

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Germany’s World Cup history against Argentina

Argentina booked their place in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, by defeating the Netherlands in the penalty shootout after 120 scoreless minutes on Wednesday. In Sunday’s historic clash Argentina’s will face the Giant Germany, who hammered the host Brazil in 7-1 victory.

Argentina vs Germany, THE HISTORY:

Argentina and Germany both have an extensive history in the World Cups. They have met 20 times in the past, but among them most notable are 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals meeting. Both of the finals are remembered as epic clashes in the World cup history.

The head-to-head:

With head-to-head nine wins and five draws, Argentina dominate the list, while Germany have won only six times. Despite of this there is an even goals balance (28 scored, 28 conceded) between these two giants.

The scenario is entirely different considering only competitive matches. In 2005 confederation cup the two sides drew scoring the result 2-2. The World Cup arena, they have fought six times. In that Germany won three times and twice they made the match draw. The Germans are commanding a record 11-5 goal difference with Argentina in the World Cup. In 1986 World Cup final, Argentina achieved their only World Cup win over Germany.

1986 World Cup Final:

In the final on 23th minutes Argentina was ahead with the goal from Jose Luis Brown. Jorge Valdano made the score 2-0 on 56 minutes. Then the ferocious Germany equalized the score when Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Voller netted 2 goals within seven minutes. On 81th minutes the score was 2-2.

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jorge burruchaga scoring the winning goal—–image via: futbol.about.com

It was a showdown between the Argentine Diego Maradona and the German Lother Matthaus. It was an epic battle for them while Matthaus seemed to have Maradona’s number throughout the match. With six minutes left on the watch, Jorge Burruchaga found Maradona’s assist to find the net and made the history for Argentina.

1990 World Cup Final:

Four years after the historic win in Maxico City, Argentina and West Germany met again in the World Cup final in Rome.

Argentine struggled throughout the tournament to reach the final. The luck was with them as they beat Yugoslavia in the quarterfinal and Italy in the semi on penalties. They entered the final with four players suspended.

It was a close game from the beginning. Then the drama started when the sub Pedro Monzon was sent off for Argentina on 65 minutes.

Then on 85 minutes the German striker Rudi Voller adjucted to have drawn a foul by Roberto Sensini in the penalty box. Andreas Brehme stepped to shot a penalty kick and he netted the ball from the bottom-left corner. It decided the fate of the final. The drama didn’t end there. Shortly thereafter, argentina’s Gustavo Dezotti got himself sent off the ground.

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Andreas Brehme’s penalty—–image via: randomnonsenseaboutthings.blogspot.com

The last meeting, 2010 World Cup, quarterfinal:

Germany and Argentina met again in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal, with the coach Maradona and magician Lionel Messi. Young German Muller’s goal was only the beginning of a rout by the Germans, who were 4-0 winners on the day after Klose scored a brace and Arne Friedrich slotted the only goal of his international career. The great Maradona was later dismissed from his position.

Nevertheless, it was 1990 finals when the either team won the world cup. So it will be a great motivation for both team. Hopefully the final will be hugely entertaining for the football world.

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Brazil Vs Colombia: Neymar Jr. is out of the world cup with the broken back

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The moment of agony: image via: www.independent.co.uk

The newspapers on 5th July said it all. On Friday night, The host Brazil may have reached the semi-final beating Columbia, but the full cost of their quarter-final victory was being counted. Neymar Jr, the 22 year old super star of this world tournament, the player has kept the weight of Brazilian expectation with calm and some extraordinary good grace, is out of the world cup with a fractured vertebra.

It put thousands of football fans in mourning while watching a newsstand to see image after image of Neymar in agony, being stretchered off the pitch. As Neymar departed down the tunnel, a hush of agony fell over the Fortaleza Stadium as well as over the fan parks across Brazil. The news on O Tempo said that Brazil won the game but lost his star. The Lance demanded in their front page,

“ Play for him”.

“The World Cup was Neymar’s dream and for years he has been thinking about it”,

Neymar’s friend and agent Wagner Ribeiro said.

Neymar was flown to Galeao air base, Rio de Janeiro after the match. Then he was taken by ambulance to Grange Comay Hospital in Teresopolis, the Brazil training base. Outside the hospital, hundreds of fans gathered holding the banners saying “ Forca Neymar”. The phrase also trended on Twitter by Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning Captain Carlos Alberto Torres. Now, all Brazil is with Neymar with a hope of his recovery and return to the pitch soon.

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Neymar on strecher—-image via: www.usnews.com

There was a burst of anger among the fans alongside the sadness and the realization of what this might mean to Brazil in winning the world cup on home soil. The headline of Extra said it all,

“ COVARDIA-cowardice.”

The match possessed 54 fouls in total, more than in any other game at this World Cup. However, 31 of them were committed by Brazil. Rotating the offender to avoid cards, tactical fouling, have been the pattern of Brazil’s play throughout this World Cup. The hosts committed 28 of total 51 fouls in their last match against Chile, the second most fouls match of this tournament.

If there was anger in Brazil, there was even more fury in Colombia too. The newspaper Hoy, Diario del Magdalena was in doubt who was to blame for their defeat. It screamed on the front page accusing the Spanish referee.

The incident of the injury didn’t seem noteworthy in the context of a robust game. Zuniga leapt for a high ball while Neymar didn’t. In that, he failed with the Colombian Defender Zuniga making clean contact with the ball. The Spanish referee Carlos Carballo decided the challenge as clean. The defender’s knee caught Neymar in the back in this incident. It is difficult to say whether there was a deliberate attempt to injure or whether he was simply trying retaining the balance.

For Zuniga it was a normal action. He said,

”I never intended to cause harm the player, although we have to play tough on the field.”

The former Brazilian striker and the World Cup top scorer Ronaldo mentioned the action ‘very violent’. The phenomenon sent his condolences to Neymar saying the whole country is proud of him. The team is now determined to win the world Cup and dedicate to him.

However, winning the hexa with Neymar in the Hospital and Thiago Silva in the bench will be harder than anytime for this Brazil team.

Lets see .

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

 

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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,.