With the FIFA World Cup coming in less than a month, the Brazilian government has sent in the tanks to restore order amid anti-world cup protests against the hosting cost of this international football competition. The riot police have fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo who marched against that demand. Some protesters hurled stones while others burned tyres and blocked roads.
The cause of their anger was that billions of dollars are being spent on next month’s FIFA World Cup, rather than social projects and housing. Including Brasilia, the anti-world cup protests also took place in other cities in Brazil. Among others, teachers and civil servants also join in the protest across Brazil.
In Rio, hundreds of people were marching in rush-hour traffic on a main thoroughfare. The Rio riots drew the attention of the world as Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the final match of the FIFA World Cup 13 July.
Another city, Sao Paulo, hosting the inauguration match against Brazil and Croatia, was affected when the protesters cut off access to the Avenida Paulista.
The federal troops arrived in the World Cup host city of Recife on Thursday, as the state police are on strike demanding better pay in that city.
Protests are more frequent:
The number of people protesting on the street was much lower than during similar anti-world cup protests last year. Although some of the activists promised that the demonstration would get bigger and more frequent as the World Cup gets closure. More than a million people took to the street last June over poor public services, corruption and the vast cost of World Cup hosting.
According to BBC the Brazil government is looking closure to the protests as it indicates a security challenge for them. In addition the with the World Cup and the Presidential election coming in the same year, many groups are spotted to put pressure on the current government.
‘No panic, just protest’
The head of the Homeless workers movement Guilherme Boulos said,
“Our goal is symbolic. We don’t want to destroy or damage the stadium.”
On the other hand the Government was trying to downplay the scale of Thursday’s protest, arguing it was not linked with the upcoming World Cup at all. On behalf of the government, Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said ,
” I’ve seen nothing that is related to the (World) Cup”.
He was assuring that there’s no reason to panic in receiving three million Brazilian tourists and 600,000 foreign visitors for the World Cup tournaments.
The anti-world cup protests were planned along with a range of strikes, including the one by the police force in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco. On the third day of strike the army was deployed to provide additional support after some robberies and looting.
The local media reported that total 234 people were arrested in the last 24 hour.
The Brazilian leaders had believed that the World Cup and then 2016 Olympics in Rio would put a spotlight on the country. They show the advances over the past decade in improving its economy and pulling tens of millions out of poverty cycle.
This Chelsea player has long been established as one of the top goalkeepers in the world. With over 100 international caps Cech has proved a veritable rock for his country, Czech Republic. His strength and reliability coming out on corners and set pieces. You have to earn a goal against stunning reflexes. Strikers will be happier that Petr Cech is not around Brazil. Petr Cech is one of the finest stars missed FIFA 2014 world cup.
2. Christian Eriksen:
Major tournaments like World Cup usually reveal a rising star, such as 20 year-old EnzoScifo for Belgium and Michael Laudrup for Denmark in 1986. When Laudrup shone in Mexico, he was just 21, the same age as Christian Eriksen is now. Eriksen is seen as the future of Denish football as his silky skill and quick-thinking brain has drawn comparisons to the legend Laudrup. The Denish must be disappointed not to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is indeed one of the stars missed FIFA 2014 world cup in our list.
3. Gareth Bale:
The Wales winger Gareth Bale will be hoping he doesn’t follow the footsteps of his illustrious countryman Ryan Giggs-who won everything with his club Manchester United but never played in a World Cup. Bale had a stunning last season with 21 goals for Spurs, fair enough to draw the attention of Real Madrid. His combination of power, searing pace and incredibly hard shot make him a nightmare to defend against. Defenders in Brazil world cup will be thankful to him for his absence. He is one of the stars missed FIFA 2014 world cup.
4. Robert Lewandowski:
This Borussia Dortmund striker outshone Cristiano Ronaldo when he scored four goals against Real Madrid in the last season’s Champions League semifinals. He has scored 63 goals in 110 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund and he is widely regarded as one of the best forwards in Europe. Unfortunately, Poland ended up finishing fourth in a tough qualifying group leaving the chance for England, Ukraine and Montenegro.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
His fans are saying,
‘ there is no point of watching the World cup because Ibrahimovic won’t be playing in it.”
Zlatan, the 32-years is in the best form of his career. His reputation of making some spectacular goals are well known to his fans, like the martial arts-style volleys, dipping shots from all angles, his overhead kicks from 30 meters out.
Dengue, a threat in brazil world cup football 2014:
The new research suggests there are some concerns about the FIFA World Cup, taking place in Brazil later this summer, could result in serious outbreaks of dengue fever. A study carried out by international scientists has revealed the cases of dengue outbreaks could be set to soar over the summer, as approximately 1 million football fans will be travelling across Brazil between 12 cities from 12 June to 30 July.
The research of Dengue fever:
From the explanation of Dr. Rachel Lowe, the lead researcher from the Catalan Institute of climate sciences in Barcelona, there are the possibility of a large dengue fever outbreaks during the World cup in Brazil. She also suggested that the outbreaks is capable of infecting visitors and spreading dengue back to their country of origin. Although it depends on a combination of many factors, including large numbers of mosquitoes, a susceptible population and high rate of mosquito-human contact, the concerned authority should treat it as a threat.
Areas affected by Dengue in Brazil:
Three certain areas of Brazil may be most affected while the football fans visiting there for watching the matches. These three locations are Natal, Fortaleza and Recife. If England wins its group, they will play in Recife on 29th June.
Dengue and Brazil:
However, warnings of dengue have been issued to 553 areas throughout Brazil, after analyzing the data relating to rain fall, average temperature, altitude and density of population recorded between 1981 and 2013.
Since 2000, dengue fever is a prevalent problem in Brazil, with more cases –around 7 million in total-in this country than anywhere else in the world.
Dengue is a viral infection and it is carried by Aedes mosquitoes. Dengue fever can quickly develop into a serious life threatening condition named ‘Dengue Haemorrhagic fever’. No preventive vaccines or other treatments are available currently to fight the disease.
The preventive measures of Dengue:
The researchers have urged the tourists to use mosquito repellent take advantage of air-conditioning systems and consider using screens to shield themselves from aedes mosquitoes.
As these warnings have come before the tournament begins, local Brazilian authorities have taken the chance to prepare enough preventive measures.
It is being advised that if anyone does return home ill following the world cup, they must seek immediate treatment from a doctor as soon as possible to prevent the disease from spreading further.
As the world cup gets firmly on the horizon, the anticipation is building ahead of the first match of the tournament between host Brazil and Croatia on June 12.
Brazil are certainly be the favorite. But they will face major competition on home. There are plenty of challengers threatening them. Today we will focus on top 5 tactical teams in FIFA World Cup 2014.
Top 5 teams with their different tactics:
Argentina is a team with the richest collection of attacking players on their side. Diego Maradona or Sergio Batista shove as many of them as possible into the side and hope their collective talents will somehow win it out. Funny, isn’t it? But this time, learning from mistakes, Alejandro Sabella built solid base and then started to add the marvels.
Argentina always have the problems of defense. The back four may lack the star quality of the forward, but it does have Javier Mascherano with Fernando Gago and Angel Di Maria shuttling alongside him. His main role will be to link to a dazzling front three; Gonzalo Higuain with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
Argentina thus stays in the list of top 5 tactical teams in FIFA World Cup 2014.
The coach Jorge Sampaoli has proved so popular in Chile as he described himself as a ‘disciple’ of Marcelo Biesla.
Like Biesla he often uses three backs that allows his midfielders to press the opponents as early as possible. Jorge Sampaoli will change the shape according to the opposition, just like Biesla, 3-4-1-2 sometimes becoming 4-3-3.
The changes that are made are all about identifying the patterns of the opponents and then looking to disrupt their natural rhythm as far as possible.
The front three is formed highly mobile with Alexis Sanchez cutting from the right, Eduardo Vargas on the left and Jorge Valdivia in central position.
However, for their technical aspects of playing they gain the position in our list of top 5 tactical teams in FIFA World Cup 2014.
As it has been since the quarter-final of EURO 2008, the shape of German team will be 4-2-3-1. But it is only the part of story.
The Coach Low has abandoned a centre-forward to play with a false nine eight times over the past two years.
Mario Gomez misses his chance for the squad while Miroslav Klose, at 36, could be given the opportunity to add to his 14 goals in World Cups. It seems likely that Low will start with Thomas Muller and Marco Reus on the flank, Mario Gotze as a false nine and Mesut Ozil as the playmaker.
On the contrary, the front four isn’t necessarily great at tracking back, which can expose the back four. Low’s attempt to make German team more proactive which has coincided with such defensive lapses that no side finished top of its qualifying group in Europe conceded more goals than Germany.
With a struggling qualifying for the World Cup, the new coach is now attempting to use players from the domestic league. He has returned to the system they used in 2010 World Cup, which in turn was essentially the style Ricardo La Volpe used in Germany in 2006 World Cup.
In some sense the formation is a 5-3-2, but there are some natural fluidity to this shape, with Rafael Marquez stepping out from the centre of defence and the two wing-backs, Paul Aguilar and Miguel Layun, providing the width.
Deep in the midfield, Juan Carlos Medina sits to provide a fixed point, while Herrera is
committed to a front two, usually Oribe Peralta and Javier Hernandez, so the formation can shift into 3-3-2-2 or 4-2-2-2 depending on whether the wing-back or Marquez advance.
The Brazil-born striker Diego Costa gives Spain a bustling, physical edge up front and it may be the end of the False nine upon his arrival.
However, Spain has an embarrassment of riches in the middle. There has always been something slightly awkward about Xabi Alonso and role of disrupting the Barcelona trio Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
But if Cesc Fabregas and David Silva are included in the team, does the team lack pace, is it just full of neat midfielders who hold the ball firmly.
Spain, the previous champion leads as the most influential team in the list of top 5 tactical teams in FIFA World Cup 2014.
On Thursday evening The World Cup 2014 was kicked off with a bang. Brazil defeated their group A rivals Croatia 3-1 in an enthralling way.
The start was quite awful for the hosts. Marcelo had an own goal just at the very beginning of the match. But eventually they got themselves leveled before the half time. This was absolutely earned by Neymar’s scuffed effort. Then it was again Neymar, who converted a penalty for the Selecao to take the lead. Finally Oscar capped a magnificent display by poking a late effort into the bottom corner and take it to three.
Formations: Brazil vs Croatia
Brazil just started with the exact same XI that started the 2013 Confederations Cup final. For their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, Luiz Gustavo was held off the challenge of Fernandinho midfield. Also another notable thing about Neymar as he started as no. 10.
Croatia also started with their regular formation, with three exceptional playmakers Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Rakitic. Dejan Lovren was kept at the first eleven and Sime Vrsalkjo played out of position at left-back.
As it happened: Brazil vs Croatia
Belying Luiz Felipe Scolari’s year-long tradition Hulk started on the left and Oscar on the right. But it was not working well. Suddenly with Croatia bagging an excellent early goal, pressure grew at immeasurable level for the Selecao team.
As Neymar was playing as a No. 10, he was swamped out by the studious Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric. It was an easy job for them to shackle him and stop receiving balls to feet. Consequently this isolated Fred in turn and stumped the attack for the Brazil team.
On the other hand, The Vatreni were flying from the first minute. Olic burst forward inside the first minute and broke a challenge. It was a real threat for the defense. But the third wide attack was a genuine score.
It was Paulinho, who put his teammates in a real hole. Though there were a plethora of errors in the buildup to the Croatia goal. As he knows Ivan Rakitic has a runner (Olic) outside and a man free (Mateo Kovacic) to pass. So, the last thing he should do is dive in and “force” the action from the ball-player. Probably this was an example of how naive defending can kill you on the flanks.
Thiago Silva was also quite slow to come out. As David Luiz allowed his man across him, Marcelo scored an own goal. But the thing started on the Croatia half.
Eventually Brazil snapped out of it. Truly speaking, it wasn’t a systematic change that sparked the recovery. It was totally individual effort and determination that allowed Brazil to get back into the game.
It always happens for two same formation teams meeting together. Midfields are matched man for man. So it becomes tough to find space. An individual needs to beat a challenge to open it up and that began happening soon.
Paulinho first broke into the box and split the centre-backs. Soon enough, Neymar danced around Rakitic and hit the byline for a cross. Then it was the excellent Oscar who did the damage by laying it off to Neymar and letting the 50-cap wonder do the rest for the Selecao.
Oscar looked like the man of the Brazil vs Croatia match. He tried his hardest to make things happen and change the flow.
After going down, Croatia pushed forward and opened the distance between their midfield and defensive lines. They just tried to allow more players to attack.
Scolari also matched the strategy by introducing Hernanes and Bernard.
For the final 15 minutes, with space in the midfield allowing players to travel with the ball and take each other, it was astounding. Especially when it seemed as though Croatia could sneak a late equalizer, Oscar charged down the other end and punted an 18-yard effort into the corner to seal it.
The opening performance by the Italians was impressive. Especially for the group D, which is considered as the group of death in this World Cup 2014, Brazil. Many, must have expected Italy to make an easier effort for the next round. Costa Rica was truly an easier opponent comparing the other two.
But this is not the first time. The Azzurri have a history of making such difficulties for themselves. With the lesser opponent they just missed the chance to manage their place for the last 16. Nothing but the poor performance, they offered, is liable for the defeat in Italy vs Costa Rica match.
Primarily we couldn’t just determine what to expect from the Cesare Prandelli’s team. As they have recently vanquished the English, less than a week ago. A number of decisions from the Italy coach only exaggerated that feeling. His tinkering with the starting XI made sense. But certainly his choices seemed erroneous with the Friday’s match moving on.
There is no opportunity to argue with the goalkeeper change. Even after the Salvatore Sirigu’s excellent display against England in Manaus. The stopper enjoyed a solid outing. May be he also would acknowledge that the return of Gigi Buffon was inevitable. As soon as the Juventus man is recovered from his ankle injury, he is meant to be with the starting eleven for Italy vs Costa Rica match.
Italy vs Costa Rica: As it happened
Their captain was where the real issues lay. The initial decision to drop Gabriel Paletta again seemed a wise move. He just struggled too much for the opening match. Parma defender looked woeful. English attacking players were constantly getting the better of him, though failed for his unsteady showing.
So the withdrawal made serious implications across the Italy back line. With Matteo Darmian swapping flanks to left-back, Giorgio Chiellini shifted back into the centre. And Ignazio Abate was drafted in on the right. But the Milan full-back was offered a torrid time in Italy vs Costa Rica match. He was constantly out of position and just allowed Junior Dias far too much space, which led the only goal of this match.
Andrea Barzagli retained his position within the back five. Their defensive mix-ups were really no surprise. But Joel Campbell was unlucky not to add to that Bryan Ruiz opener. The Azzurri woes at one end of the field were only compounded further forward. And swapping Marco Verratti for Thiago Motta robbed Italy of some much needed creativity for that particular match.
Against England on Saturday night, the 21-year-old midfielder was constantly probing the defence. He completed 97 percent of his passes right. He also assisted for Claudio Marchisio’s opening goal. Another time he managed a clever corner routine involving Andrea Pirlo making room for his raking shot from distance, outside the d box.
This time, there were far fewer opportunities against a well-organized team. Prandelli made three attacking changes and sought an equalizer. But no effects. He introduced, Antonio Cassano, Lorenzo Insigne and Alessio Cerci. Still failed to provide a cutting edge in Italy vs Costa Rica match. His tri managed to provide only one shot on target.
Mario Balotelli can be considered as an increasingly isolated and frustrated figure. The Milan striker managed just 24 touches over the 90 minutes game. For all his 12 pass attempts, he never really came close to his match-winning heroics like the one against England. And at the second half he got the deserved yellow card, as had loosen his temperament.
Just one shot on target!! This kind of performance by the striker was indicative of the uncertainty and unfamiliarity for the team. May be Prandelli’s changes were not that much helping the side, rather hindered the spirit. Now this will bring down a great payment for the Azzurri as to progress to the next round. They will be needing at least one point against Uruguay to last for the final 16. But honestly speaking, it will definitely be a difficult prospect if Luiz Suarez performs as he did in his own victory against England yesterday.
And yet, for a very few occasions, even the returning Buffon looked shaky. Though, after the full time he can be proclaimed as the iconic one who summed up the situation a little better.
“You get back on your feet by looking on the bright side”
And he believes that Azzurri must be just doing that now.
So, to qualify to the next round is on their hand. Prandelli must get things right on Tuesday against Uruguay. Team Italy (4 times World Cup winner ) needs more creativity, at least more than the Italy vs Costa Rica match. And again, changes should also needs to be well planned as not to harm the team combination but to fuel the victory. A great match awaits I believe!!
Probably most of the people, especially Argentine fans all around the World, became a slight confused watching the Argentina vs Iran match, Saturday night. Unbelievably people saw Argentina’s desperately tight clash with Iran moved into injury time deadlocked with the score line 0-0. Suddenly the screen showed Lionel Messi slowly advancing on the implacable red defense. And once again, finally he had to be the ultimate hope for Argentina and frustrate his opponents.
The Iran supporters were already exploding in screams of delight. But at the end of the day they had to admit the inevitable, brilliant curling shot eluded Alireza Haghighi’s desperate dive. This was Lio’s second goal in 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil.
For once again, Lionel Messi’s individual brilliance had pulled Argentina out of their footballing anguish. A lot more thousands of supporters decked in the Albiceleste and refused to leave the spot. It seemed like, they just don’t want to miss a little moment from Mineirao stadium.
Mostly Argentina vs Iran match was quite a mediocre one for Alejandro Sabella‘s men. But the conclusion was more like a dream, especially after the starkly disappointing 90 minutes (without injury time).
It was clearly an ecstasy strike from the captain. The coach told the reporters from TYC sports,
Mostly, Argentina’s starting tactics depend on two key factors. Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Segio Aguero and Angel Di Maria combine to fire a 4-3-3 setup that leans heavily on the counter attack. And the other one is to let the opponent to push forward, which leaves their holes exploited for the Argentines.
May be the resolute coach was not prepared enough for the upset. From the very beginning of the game, Iran set out to defend with up to eight or nine men in and around the box. They always picked their illustrious rival to come and get the win.
For a moment, it appeared like Argentina did not desire the victory. Each of their steps started to become labored and clumsy approaches. Although, Higuain looked the most likely to damage. But he must be unhappy seeing a one-on-one saved in the first half. And for most of the time Messi was starved of space. Which was enough for the Argentines to break down themselves.
Meanwhile, Aguero and Di Maria will have every reason to be disappointed with their performance in Argentina vs Iran match. None of their touches were creative or inventive to break open the opponent solid defense. Probably all of their possible passes went astray and the crosses flew over the heads all the time.
After a few more minutes in the Second half, Messi intervened with another majestic goal. But no result. Then it came for a situation, when Iran almost was taking on a victory, if not saved by Sergio Romero. Yes, of course, this kind of save can easily prove his critics wrong.
Think for moment!! Such a defeat could have precipitated a real crisis for the pre-World Cup favorites.
Now, two goals in two opening matches. Perhaps, Lio is trying to prove that he will not wilt under the pressure of a nation this time. But it is unfair to expect the spark in every games from one player, even from the Barcelona genius (Lionel Messi). They have to be cautious, as results cannot always revolve around the magic left foot of their captain. So it’s high time to find for plan B.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!
“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.
Surely it was like dream becoming true.
“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.
Mario Balotelli, the Italian striker has already written off England’s chances of winning the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
In the opening game of the tournament Italy face England on June 14 in Manaus, Brazil. Mario Balotelli, the one of the most controversials has already begun to fan the flames ahead of the match by questioning the big-tournament mentality of England’s footballers.
” I don’t look at England as a team that can win the World Cup. They have some good players, but they are no real rivals for Italy.”
The former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will be aiming to damage England’s chances to march through a perilous group consisting Uruguay and Costa Rica. Mario Balotelli was notoriously famous for his erratic off-field antics during three years in England. In 2010, he joined Manchester city from Inter Milan for £24 million. Balotolli proved himself in the City scoring 30 goals in 49 appearances and helping them win the Barclays premier League, FA Cup and Community shield.
On 29 January 2013, Balotelli moved to AC Milan signing a four-and-a-half year deal which is worth of €20 million.
Mario Balotelli made his first appearance for Italy on 10 August 2010 in a friendly match against Ivory Coast. One year later, Balotelli found the net making his first international goal. So far he scored 12 goals in 29 caps for Italy. Certainly Balotelli’s holding the power –torch of attack for Italy in this World Cup.
Mario Balotelli was on the Italian expectation to Euro 2012 and played a leading role in the tournament. Right from the opening group stage he contributed to the Italy’s qualification for the final stages with a magnificent overhead shot against Ireland in the last minute.
Lawyer Michael Garcia has already submitted the Russia 2018 and Qatar World Cup 2022 bidding process to FIFA.
Garcia interviewed more than 75 witnesses. There has been recommendation for further action against individuals. It is believed that further bidding process will be necessary.
The 2018 tournament was awarded by FIFA to Russia in 2010. FIFA World Cup 2022 was also handed at the same time to Qatar.
German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert leads the adjudicatory chamber, which will decide about wrongdoings (if committed). But the report is not expected to be made public.
Eckert has the power to impose sanctions. Though he is not provided with the authority to take the Russia 2018 or the Qatar 2022 World Cup away.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted only his ruling executive committee. They will sit for third-quarter meeting on 26 September in Zurich and decide either to move or stay with the previous hosts.
“The report sets forth detailed factual findings and identifies issues to be referred to other Fifa committees, future bidding processes is highly recommended” – FIFA.
Garcia is currently investigating all of those involved in the bidding process for both the Russia 2018 and Qatar World Cup 2022 events.
The 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia ahead of Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands joint bids. England was also in the list.
And Qatar had to overcome the competition from United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia for 2022 host arrangement.
The Qatar 2022 bid committee is facing claims of corruption. Sunday Times alleged in June that Mohamed bin Hammam (former FIFA vice-president), paid £3m to football officials around the world in return for support for Qatar 2022 bid.
Earlier this year, The Qatari bid committee denied all allegations of wrongdoing. But they probably have decided not to comment on the most recent statement from FIFA.
FIFA World Cup 2022 awarded as Qatar World Cup
On December 2nd, 2010 in Zurich, FIFA executive committee voted in a secret ballot. Finally it was decided that Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Five candidates presented their bids to stage the World Cup 2022.
The other candidates were USA, Korea, Australia and Japan, who submitted their bids for the most expected hosting rights. USA had previously staged the FIFA World Cup finals (in 1994). While Japan and Korea were the tournament’s first joint hosts back in 2002.
“The World Cup is going to new lands and I am a happy President as we speak of the development of football”
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said.
“I would like to thank all the candidates and congratulate Qatar” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (Chairman of the Qatar bid) was found almost crying after the very announcement.
“Thank you for believing in change and believing in expanding the game. After all thank you for giving Qatar a chance”
“We will make you proud. We will not let you down”
After the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014, the next edition is Russia 2018. And Qatar will for the first time stage the World Cup finals in 2022.
Qatar World Cup 2022: Reactions
Emir of Qatar:
HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani –
This is one of the great achievements of Arab countries. I hope, we will successfully stage this tournament. The infrastructure will be in place. Hopefully all the Arabs will support us. It was always difficult for us. The team headed by Sheikh Mohammad had a big hill to climb. But it would be even more difficult if we had lost. But in that case we just have to double our efforts and never give up. People may think that we are small as a country, but we really need to prove that we can accomplish great things.
Qatar bid chairman:
Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Thani –
I want to thank you for having a bold vision. On behalf of all these people, I want to let you know that we will not let you down. I believe, deciding for the Middle East they have showed right judgment. Now, we are about to locate the big date for the FIFA World Cup 2022. I would also like to thank our competitors. They kept us busy all the time. We can honestly thank FIFA for this bold decision. I believe, all the single member of our bid committee, worked harder to make this dream true. Congratulations to his royal highness, the Emir. Thanks for believing and bringing the game to our region is the right thing to do. Most importantly, I would very much like to thank all the members of the bid committee, who actually believed in us.
No one actually saw that we had a chance and we were written off. But the millions, who stood with us, made us win. Off course it needed hard work to get to this point. We can celebrate now. And most importantly we need to remember that tomorrow the work begins. We have to deliver the tremendous work. We must make ourselves proud put the milestone in the history of Middle East and the history of FIFA. Thank you all again and hope to see you at the Qatar World Cup 2022.
General Secretary of Qatar Olympic committee:
HE Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani –
Qatar is going to introduce football in the Middle East like the World Tournament. The bid team have impressed us all. We thank them for their tremendous effort and bringing the Qatar World Cup.
HH Sheikha Mozah bin Nasser Al Misnad I was always hoping to win for the whole region. I believe the team as well thought like this. They deserved to win. I saw them last few days and nights working harder. I’m extremely happy for winning this for the Arab World, never for Qatar only. Now everyone in Qatar knows, anything is possible with due works. Hope will provide you comfortable World Cup 2022.
Qatar 2022 bid chief executive:
Hassan al-Thawadi –
First of all, I would like to thank FIFA for believing in us. We really should thank them for their efforts to widen the borders of the game and bring it in Middle East. I promise we will serve a great Qatar World Cup and click to the opportunity.
Qatar World Cup brings delight for Qatari people
Just from the very moment, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter revealed the name for the host country of the FIFA World Cup 2022, almost all the people of Qatar became inexpressible happy.
Not only native Qataris, residents from all nationalities reacted with emotion. No sooner had the decision been announced by FIFA, a city-wide party atmosphere engulfed the thousands gathered in front of giant screens across the capital.
Numerous hopeful Qataris had already begun to gather from around three. Two hours after, when it was finally announced that they are going to have the Qatar World Cup 2022 ahead, all the spaces were occupied by the Qatar bid supporters.
It was not just the locals, many of the country’s large foreign contingent came out to show their support for the bid. Everywhere just the logo marked, Qatar 2022 was available.
The unforgettable symbol of South Africa 2010, Vuvuzelas made an impressive comeback in the Qatari capital. The familiar horns provided a noisy, joyful soundtrack to the live broadcast. Both children and adults got to follow on-screen proceedings due to the lack of available seats.
The entire town erupted with jubilation, as soon as the FIFA President confirmed Qatar World Cup. Great many bouts of Qatari folk dancing broke out. Also an enormous convoy of vehicles took to Doha’s 7 km-long coastal road.
This immense procession would go on long night. Travelers with flights booked out of Doha International Airport, had to postpone their departures. As it was quite impossible to move through the gigantic and euphoric throng of people.
“Due to the traffic jams, I wasn’t able to reach Doha airport for my flight to Bahrain. It’s really incredible to see all these people celebrating the event together”
Many football fans from other parts of the Persian Gulf had even decided to travel to Qatar to enjoy the atmosphere.
An Omani citizen said,
“The entire Gulf region was fully behind of the Qatar bid. The incredible progress made by this country leads me to believe that they’ll be up to the task. This country has put a huge amount of work into developing”
Mohamed, from Palestine,
“FIFA World Cup coming to the Middle East for the first time. Qatar is a great country – we were confident that they would win. Hopefully they will be the successful event provider ever from this region. And we all will be following closely”
Gary Linker says Qatar 2022 decision is ‘LUDICROUS’
He expects for ‘clean’ countries to boycott the tournament. Former England striker brands FIFA president Sepp Blatter a dictator. He says that FIFA is not fit as the ruling body. Lineker was part of England’s failed bid team to host the 2018 World Cup. Greg Dyke expects that England wouldn’t bid to host during Blatter again.
Linker is totally disgusted at alleged corruption within FIFA. He has already labelled the Qatar 2022 decision as ‘ludicrous’.
Lineker was part of England’s bid team for the 2018 World Cup event. He declared that England wouldn’t bid again as to win by bending the rules.
The former England striker said,
“I was with David Beckham. We were out trying to get support. Prince William and David Cameron were out there, too. The whole thing smells as done deal”
“The whole FIFA thing will make you feel sick. The corruption at the top level is nauseating. Sepp Blatter has run it like a dictatorship for so long”
Qatar confident FIFA will exonerate Qatar 2022 bid
One of their senior officials from the Qatari organizers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup said, they are confident that independent investigation into the bidding process for the finals will definitely be on their side.
Nasser Al Khater (Communications chief) told,
“We’ve always been confident of our position in the way we carried ourselves during the bidding stage”
The New York lawyer Michael Garcia delivered his 350-page report last week to German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. He is currently the head of the FIFA’s Ethics adjudicatory chamber. Finally he will decide about the consequence in about a month. They will also decide either to publish public or not.
Allegations of corruption have surrounded the voting for 2018 World Cup awarded to Russia. And also the Qatar 2022 World Cup. But Al Khater claims that he has consistently maintained the Qatari bid was clean.
Another major issue surrounding the finals in Qatar 2022 is when they will occur. FIFA’s task force on that subject met on Monday. The problem is, Europe’s top clubs debated it again on Tuesday saying they needed strong decisive reasons.
They don’t get the point of disrupting the domestic European season as the Qatar World Cup tournament is proposed to shift at the winter months.
AL Khater said,
“Everyone wants to make sure there is the ideal solution for the World Cup with minimal disruption for their leagues. I think the main concern is health. We’ll have cooled training sites, stadia, public areas”
He also added that they are not running away from the problems. There will be significant challenges. They believe that the Qatar World Cup will be a catalyst for change in society. Definitely it will not happen overnight. But the significant change is the main concern.
“People also recognize now that it is even more important that we put on an excellent show and deliver an exceptional World Cup. This is what we promised and we are excited about delivering the first World Cup in the Middle East”
Earlier this year, the European Clubs’ Association contradicted the view about summer tournament ruled out. They intend to point out that cooling technology for stadiums and pitches had been an integral part of Qatar’s successful bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.
“It would be very important to have strong arguments to convince the European game to disrupt its season”
The ECA vice-chairman, Umberto Gandini said.
“There must be very good reasons for moving the World Cup from its conventional slot”
2022 Qatar World Cup will be too hot to even sit and watch
There are problems both way. One hand, questions is lingering about the allegedly shady activity of FIFA awarding the Qatar 2022 World Cup. And now the Middle Eastern country has been dogged with criticism about its suitability for the tournament hosting. There are so many thing in these speculations like human rights violation, corruption heat stroke inducing weather etc.
In a hot Qatar summer, temperatures can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This has already been criticized for how it might affect the players. Now that a time, we have come to know from a International journal of Bio meteorology that the heat will be enough effective for the spectators too.
Recent study concludes like,
Qatar World Cup may not be appropriate for the visitors. Especially if it is placed during the scheduled summer situation. In Doha, this season a large majority of hours of the day cause strong heat stress.
The study committee recommended the FIFA World Cup 2022. They are suggesting the time between November and February. They believe, then much more comfortable conditions are frequently available.
The study backs up what many have already demanded. Either the Qatar 2022 World Cup moved to winter or another comfortable location altogether.
Last year, in August,
Sepp Blatter told the associated press,
“I would be very surprised, more than surprised if the World Cup would not be rescheduled for the winter in Qatar”
Then short after, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke announced that the Qatar World Cup would move to winter.
“To be honest, I think it will be held between November 15 and January 15 at the latest”
But until the executive committee of FIFA takes no final decision, we cannot assure any particular date even the location for the tournament.
FIFA might shift Qatar World Cup 2022 to winter
FIFA has offered January and November in 2022 as alternative kickoff dates for the World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA consultation group met to seek ways to avoid the summer heat of June July in Qatar.
Blatter cancelled a planned visit to SoccerEx in Manchester. As football leaders were meeting Monday to discuss the potential disruption of domestic leagues. If the Qatar World Cup is held between the proposed times, then it completely disrupts the schedule.
“We have already said we cannot play in summer in this heat in Qatar, now we are making this consultation”
FIFA’s executive committee should confirm the dates at its meeting in March at least.
On December 2010, FIFA’s ruling board awarded Qatar as the 2022 host country. The local organization also stood by a promised bid of June July tournament. They promised to solve the heat problem with air conditioned stadiums.
But still Blatter say,
“It would not be rational to play in summer when temperatures in Qatar rise above 40 degrees C”
Qatar officials have said they can change their hosting plan. But most of all they need to know the international football community reaches a consensus.
Europeans leagues and clubs are the biggest critics of a winter World Cup. Top club competitions face a two-month stoppage. Which will eventually need to knock-on effect of changing calendars over three seasons from 2021 to 2024.
Zidane: Qatar 2022 is a victory for the Arab world
Zinedine Zidane was an ambassador for Qatar’s bid to stage the FIFA World Cup 2022. The former French midfielder Zizou voiced his delight exclusively to FIFA.com.
He tried to explain what it means to him on a personal level and to the Arab world as a whole.
Zidane believed that it was never easy to support a bid. As it is always a competition. But he is happy as he was trying to convey the message that football belong to the whole world. And now for Russia and Qatar who have never organized such tournament. So football is taking place to new world.
Obviously this is a fantastic news for the people of both the countries as well as for all the football lovers.
FIFA questioned about his being so much happy. But Zizou just replied as being a partner of the bid. He just supported all the way through. He feels proud of being a contributor to a new country getting the World Cup. The Arab World is having the long desired event that makes him happy.
Zidane believes the Qatar World Cup will resonate beyond Qatar. Actually it’s a victory for the Arab World. The Middle East countries will support the event together. They have actually gotten ten more years to get down to work and stage a very wonderful FIFA World Cup.
Zizou was seemed delighted similarly like the year 1998, when France was awarded the FIFA World Cup. He said,
“I clearly remember saying to myself that if France got the tournament, I’d be in with a chance of playing in it”
“But for me personally it was even more amazing to think that I could take part in it as a member of the national team”
FIFA 2022 world cup will be held in Qatar, surely a remarkable event for the middle-eastern country. They have already been able to draw sufficient curiosity from around all over the world with their fantastic proposed football stadiums. It will be the 22th FIFA world cup in history. 32 nations all over the world will compete with each other.
The history of the world cup is plugged with many memorable moments. Because of the upsets accomplished by less favourite countries threw out the favourite ones from the tournaments. Today we are mentioning some of the biggest upsets that are considered as the FIFA world cup best moments in the history of world cup football.
Let’s see how those undesirable moments became the memories in football history-
1. USA: 1, England:0,1950:
In the 1950 world cup in Brazil, England was the tournament favorite. The inexperienced USA team assembled the players who did not even know each other. Haitian immigrant Joe Gaetjens was one of them. He made a half header to produce the unexpected result.
When the telegraph arrived in England the newspapers could not believe. They thought the telegraph mistook it by listing the result as the USA: 1, England: 10. Think about how unbelievable the defeat was!
2.North Korea: 1, Italy: 0, 1966:
North Korea had its world cup debut in 1966. Uprising from the war that divided the country, this was a great achievement for them upsetting two times world champion Italy.
They won with a goal scored before half time. Just minutes earlier Italian Captain Giacomo Bulgarelli had been carried off the field with a stretcher. Perhaps the incident put its influence on the final result and made the match one of the FIFA world cup best moments.
3. West Germany: 3, Hungary: 2, 1954:
In the earlier of the world cup history, Hungary was the favorite of all. After being unbeaten in 32 games Hungary entered the 1954 tournament. Before the upset, they won over West Germany in the group play by 8-3.
The German using boots with replaceable studs made by Adi Dassler, the founder of Adidas, rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win. Ferenc Puskas’ tying goal was disallowed because of offside in the last two minutes of the match.
4. Cameroon: 1, Argentina: 0, 1990:
When unheralded Cameroon struck a blow for African soccer, Argentina was stunned as well as football god Diego Maradona. It was the opening game for the last time defending champions in the tournament.
Cameroon became the first African nation to advance past the second round of the 1990 world cup.
5. South Korea:2, Italy:1, South Korea: 0, Spain: 0 ( South Korea advanced on penalty kicks), 2002:
Being the tournament’s co-host South Korea dazzled the football world. They knocked off giant Italy in the round of 16 and devastated heavyweight Spain on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals. But the Korean odyssey was overreached when Germany won the semi by 1-0. German striker Michael Black was the soul saver that day.
6.Uruguay: 2, Brazil:1, 1950:
A record 200,000 crowd was gathered in the Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium more than half a million t-shirts bearing a slogan claiming Brazil as the champion had already been sold. There was a pin drop silence in Maracana that day when Uruguayan Alcides Ghiggia scored the winning goal with 11 minutes left.
Alcides Ghiggia later said,
“Only three people have ever silenced 200,000 people at the Maracana with a single gesture: Frank Sinatra, Pope John Paul II and me.”
7. Senegal:1, France:0, 2002:
With Papa Bouba Diop’s goal in the 30th minute, Senegal silenced the defending champion France in the opening game. It was their first world cup appearance.
Senegal marched on to the quarter-final, where they lost against Turkey. France was eliminated in the group play. Without having scored a goal they went home.
8. Algeria: 2, West Germany: 1, 1982:
The underdog Algeria hung on to beat the reigning European champions when Lakhdar Belloumi ended 1-1 tie in the 68th minutes. All needed for West Germany was that a one-goal lead to victory. They failed to take the shot.
Alas West Germany and BRAVO the giant slayer!
9. Bulgaria: 2, Germany:1, 1994:
After West Germany won the title in 1990, Germany was playing a unified country for the first time since the Second World War. Germany took their glorious pace in the world cup, but who could know what will be happening next! They were knocked out in the quarterfinals on gals three minutes apart late in the second half of the match by Bulgaria, who hasn’t won a world cup match since.
10. Northern Ireland: 1, Spain: 0, 1982:
Northern Ireland, the smallest country to reach a world cup had a surprise gift for the football titan, Spain. Gerry Armstrong put the nail on Spanish coffin by scoring an 88th-minute goal.
They were playing with 10 men in the final 38 minutes. It was their first and last appearance in the football world cup.
The Netherlands team headed by Louis van Gaal have arrived in their pre-tournament training base ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The key man Arjen Robben however has yet to join up with the team.
The Oranje began their preparations for world cup with a 1-1 draw against Ecuador in Amsterdam at the weekend. They are now counting down the days until June 13 kick-off against current world cup holder Spain.
Arjen Robben helped Bayern Munich complete a domestic double by scoring the first goal in Saturday’s German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund. Robben has been afforded a few days rest by his manager and is set to join the Dutch Squad on Thursday.
According to Reuters report, a group of 25 Dutch players headed to the Algarve where they will start training under coach van Gaal. The squad will be captained by Robin Van Persie. Van Gaal has a plan to link him up with at Manchester United next term after recently being announced as the permanent successor to David Moyes.
The Netherlands are experimenting with a new 5-3-2 formation shape, in which Robben is expected to join Van Persie in attacking position. They will head back to Rotterdam for a friendly match against Ghana on May 31 and four days later they will be taking on Wales in Amsterdam. The squad then leave for Brazil as they take on Spain in Salvador, Brazil.
The world cup preparation for the Dutch team have been somewhat overshadowed by Van Gaal’s personal developments at Manchester United, but the focus is now fully on matters Oranje as they try to go one step further than they did in 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in South Africa, four years ago. In their Group B, Netherlands will face Australia and Chile in addition to Spain.
Spain is about to prove itself the king of European football once more as all Spanish teams are playing in the prestigious Champions League final. Roberto Martinez, the Everton manager reckoned that they can go on and conquer the world.
Last summer when the Germans dominated the Champions league, the Everton manager maintained reports of the death of Spanish football was exaggerated greatly.
Martinez is amazed with this Spain national team new generation , not just down to talent and a way of playing but to the mentality of the Spanish players.
The generation with last chance players like Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Casillas that has a unique opportunity to be the first European team to win World Cup in South America.
Martinez clarified,“I believe this Spanish team is moved by targets. They wanted to win the first European Championships, then the first World Cup, then three tournaments in a row. Now the Spain national team have the final target to be the first European team to win the World Cup in South America.”
This season Atletico Madrid have been the revelation in Spanish football, but their Star footballer Diego Costa staying in a major injury doubt. In this situation many are predicting Real will establish old order in Tonight’s final.
Roberto Martinez believes Diego Costa will be a key figure not only in the final but also in the World Cup in Brazil, where he believes the powerful footballer will help his adopted country adapt to the conditions.
Diego Costa, as an ex-Brazilian hopefully is going to bring lots of spice in the upcoming tournament and against Brazil when they need a way to get out of their own half, they will be able to add that to their play. Although the conditions out there are much different, this will force Spain national team to find different solution and the addition of Diego Costa may prove very much helpful.
” I do believe the weather condition and South America way of playing means they will need more of an unknown quantity. Costa brings that.”
Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart sustained a serious calf injury that made him miss the World Cup for the Netherlands.
Rafael van der vaart is the most experienced player in Louis van Gaal’s dutch squad with 109 international caps. As the intensity of his injury is so severe, making him unable to recover, the dutch coach van Gaal made the decision to leave him out of his squad for the upcoming showpiece event.
The Hamburg captain, van der Vaart picked up the knock in his calf while training in Portugal on Tuesday with rest of the dutch squad and he will be unable to appear in a third World Cup subsequently.
For the Netherlands it is a huge blow indeed after being beaten in the final of South Africa World Cup, 2010. Netherlands also miss another star Kevin Strootman, who has not recovered from a torn cruciate ligament he sustained in early March.
In Group B their opponents will be Australia, Chile and the mighty Spain. To whom they lost in the last World Cup final. With their first game against Spain on June 13, they are very much eager not to repeat the 2010 final. They will hope to avoid losing at start of the tournament that it may put them on the back foot from the off in Brazil and could lead to an early exit.
However, many are hopeful for the Dutch, expecting them to go as far in 2014 as they did in last World Cup. With the stars like Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie, they can hope that for sure.
There is a fear of distraction from the current job for the coach Van Gaal as he recently confirmed to take Manchester United after the season.
Although Van der vaart injury is a big blow for the Dutch, they still possess the quality to make an impact in Brazil. They will be a real opening challenge for Spain at FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.