Brazil manager Dunga claims that he is not interested in proving others that they were wrong in making a judgement call about his abilities as the national team manager.
Instead, he is fully concentrating on winning football matches and ultimately qualifying for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Brazil are struggling to even come close to the final qualification spot. The South American qualification group for the World Cup is one of the toughest around the world. However, teams like Brazil and Argentina have always dominated the competition. Hence, it is a surprise to see both teams struggling to make an impact whatsoever.
Argentina have slightly fared better after managing three consecutive victories. It has lifted them into the third spot while Brazil are languishing in the sixth spot after having managed only two victories from the opening six matches. Hence, there is real pressure on Brazil in order to start delivering results and more so on manager Dunga. After having not achieve much since taking over from Luis Felipe Scolari after a disappointing World Cup 2014, Dunga is now back in the spotlight. The manager has targeted a win from the friendly against Panama before the start of the Copa America. Read more »
The United States played a crucial encounter against Guatemala. If the US had lost, that would have been a possible end to their World Cup 2018 hopes.
The Yanks defeated their counterparts, the inexperienced Guatemala with a whopping four goals to nothing. The victory was a rather convincing one for the United States.
In the opening minutes of the encounter, both teams tried to outdo one another. This continued until Dempsey’s goal in the 12th minute. A cross came from Gyasi Zardes into the box but wasn’t cleared out in time by the Guatemala team, Dempsey got the ball and fired it past the goal keeper.
The United States continued with the attacks and dominated the game even after the initial goal. The sustained attacks led to the second goal from Cameron in the 35th minute. Michael Bradley sent a free kick for Geoff Cameron to nod it past Motta, the goal keeper for Guatemala. The fist half ended with the two goals lead for the United States.
After the break, with less than a minute played, a re-invigorated US squad scored the third goal. Yedlin led the attack before passing unto Gyasi zardes. Zardes manged to pass the ball to Graham Zusi who buried the Guatemala team. The match progressed rather quickly until few minutes to the match end when Jose Altidore scored the fourth goal. Read more »
A few days ago it was announced that Kenwyne Jones had left Cardiff City as he joined Al-Jazira on a deal which lasts until the end of the current season but much more players of the English club are expected to be on their way out of the club after failing to impress.
Federico Machedaand Alex Revell are the players who are rumored to be offloaded from Cardiff City as they do not play a very important role in the team and the club is prepared to sell them in order to make way for new players.
Macheda is a product from the youth system of Manchester United and he joined Cardiff City on a free transfer back in May of 2014 but he has struggled making an impact in the team with injuries that have kept him in the sidelines unable to play with the rest of his teammates and even when he is fit, his goal-scoring ratio isn’t very impressive with a total of 8 goals in 28 appearances for Cardiff City and it’s believed that the club has lost their patience with the young attacker.
The goal-scoring output of Alex Revell has been even more disappointing as the 32 year old English attacker has only been able to find the back of the net on 2 occasions in 28 appearances which are even lower than his teammate FederichoMacheda. Read more »
FBI has been investing anything heavily into the world football governing body, FIFA, over allegations of corruption primarily relating to the award of the World Cups. Since Sepp Blatter took charge of FIFA in 1998, the World Cup has been held in Europe only once – in 2006.
During this period, the World Cup has been the likes of South Korea, South Africa, and most recently, Brazil. There areallegations that several FIFA officials received bribes in order to hold the world cups in these parts of the world. The 2010 World Cup has become the most controversial after South Africa admitted to offering ‘other payments’ to the tune of $10 million.
Even though FIFA has made a lot of money from such undertakings, the host nations usually have come on the worse side. Massive stadiums were built at which costs to the taxpayer whereas the public infrastructure like roads and transport did not see an equal amount of spending. Further, it has been costing a lot of money in order to keep the huge stadiums, which have little local potential since the end of the World Cup. Even though the World Cup 2010 went smoothly, the 2014 World Cup saw several protests from the home supporters due to the exorbitant spending of their money. Read more »
African football has certainly been on the up in the last decade, but there are several countries still left in the continent to have not featured in the FIFA World Cup. Zambia is one of them. Since joining FIFA in 1964, the team has not reached the finals even once. However, the local team has been improving every year in this culminated in their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations success in shocking fashion. This has led to new belief within the national team that they can hope for qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Qualification for this tournament has just begun in several parts of the world.
CaptainRainfordKalabasays that the team are extremely unhappy with the way they failed to progress past the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations. Hence, they have set out to overcome this disappointment by doing well at the qualification stages. The likes of Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Ghana will once again be expected to qualify for the World Cup. These heavyweights have consistently made an appearance in the finals, but they are yet to go the full length and win the title itself. In the last two Africa Cup of Nations, the team has failed to get past the group stages. Read more »
The 2014 World Cup was not only a memorable tournament for Germany as they claimed the title in superb fashion after defeating Argentina in the finals. This World Cup also represented a moment of change for Spain as it was a disastrous campaign for the Spanish squad that are going through a series of changes which are needed in order to turn into the champions that they turned into back in 2010.
Those teams previously mentioned are some of the ones that are going to be remembering the past edition of the World Cup whether it may be due to bad or good reasons, in the case of Spain it was because of a disappointing campaign where they failed making it out of the group stages.
However, outside of the pitch there also were other winners as the Director of Soccer of Adidas of America Ernesto Bruce stated that the 2014 FIFA World Cup was the largest marketing campaign in the history of Adidas of the football department. Read more »