• Round of 16: Brazil vs. Chile

    Flag of BrazilGoalkeeper Julio Cesar was the hero as Brazil secured a dramatic penalty shootout win against Chile to reach the last eight and set up an all-South American quarter-final against Colombia. Julio Cesar made two crucial spot-kick saves to deny the relentless Chile side victory. The host nation was on the brink of an unexpected exit in Belo Hrorizonte. (more…)

  • Suarez bites again

    Luis Suarez bites againIn the run in to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was one of the most anticipated players to watch out for but no one would have anticipated him biting another player, again.

    Having gone under the knife about a month prior to the kick-off of the tournament many feared that Luis Suarez would not make it in time to represent his nation at the FIFA World Cup in Brasil. Working ‘double and triple,’ as some of his teammates described, along with modern ‘witchcraft’ that is sports science, King Lui as he is known at Liverpool FC made his return in Uruguay’s second group game. (more…)

  • Arena da Baixada in Curitiba

    Arena da Baixada in Curitiba Officially named Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães, commonly referred to as Arena da Baixada, is the home of Atlético Paranaense. The stadium is situated in the Água Verde neighborhood of Curitiba, Paraná.

    The name stems from Joaquim Americo Guimaraes who was the founder of Internacional Football Club, which later would become today’s Clube Atletico Paranaense. Atletico Paranaense own and carry out all operations at the stadium. (more…)

  • FIFA 2014: Spain Sent Packing!

    Spain FlagJust after two games Spain’s World Cup defence came to a crashing end, as they suffered a 2-0 to Chile at the Maracana. First half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz were enough to hand Chile a deserved win, confirming the first two teams to exit the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    Having earlier lost to the Netherlands, Australia joined Spain as the first of two teams to book their tickets back home. Six points each for the Dutch and Chile mean that neither Spain nor Australia could surpass their points tally. (more…)

  • Match Report: Brazil vs. Mexico 0:0

    Flag of BrazilFortaleza- Brazil and Mexico kicked-off the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stages with a 0-0 draw on an evening where Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa stole the show.

    Ochoa is a new free-agent after leaving French side Ajaccio upon its relegation to the Ligue 2. Ochoa is linked is linked with multiple potential moves to English Premier League, showed why so many clubs are interested in the 28 year-old Mexican’s signature.  (more…)

  • Fifa Report: 4:0 Germany vs. Portugal

    GermanyThe first hat-trick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup courtesy of Thomas Müller led Germany to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Portugal in their opening group game.

    Portugal led by two time world player of the year Cristiano Ronlado, were clearly outplayed and their chances of winning were compounded by a first half red card from Pepe.

    What happened to Portugal?

    Pepe is no stranger to red cards and moments of madness but even by his standards, picking up a first half red card in a world cup match against Germany is ridiculous. In an off-the-ball incident, in plain sight of the referee, Pepe swooped down to head-butt Germany’s Thomas Müller who had moments earlier gone down a little softly, clutching his face following a flailing arm from Pepe. Joey Barton who is no stranger to controversy on the pitch tweeted: (more…)