• World Cup 2014 Final: Argentina make first final in 20 years

    World Cup 2014 Final: Argentina make first final in 20 years

    Argentina will play Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final after the South American side defeated Netherlands in a tight, tense affair.  The match was all even at the end of 90 minutes and extra time too, with the dreaded penalty shoot-out being employed to decide a victor.

    Over 20 years of waiting

    Victory placed Argentina into the final of a World Cup final for the first time since 1990. The final will also provide Argentina an opportunity to win a senior level trophy, which they intern have not achieved since 1993. This special feat of making the World Cup final is the first time Argentina have done so without playing at home or having the great Diego Maradona in their squad. (more…)

  • Germany advance at the peril of Brazil

    Brazil vs. Germany: 2014 World Cup SemifinalGermany advanced into the 2014 FIFA World Cup final after dismantling the host nation Brazil, in a record breaking 7-1 victory on Tuesday at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

    Germany, appearing in a record fourth straight world cup semi-final, netted five goals in the opening 29 minutes. The whirlwind of goals silenced the overwhelmingly pro-Brazil crowd. After a brief and somewhat futile resurgence by Brazil early in the second half, Germany went on to net two more goals before Brazil scored a late consolation goal. The goal was described by one commentator as “the most useless goal in World Cup history.” (more…)

  • Brazil vs. Germany: Preview for 2014 World Cup Semifinal

    Brazil vs. Germany: Preview for 2014 World Cup SemifinalThe 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals are only just hours from starting. The first encounter has been hotly anticipated since the match was confirmed when Brazil booked their place with a 2-1 victory over Columbia. Although the hosts hold an edge over their fierce adversaries, they are going to have to put in their most impressive shift yet if they are to progress to the final.

    Missing Stars

    With the ineffable Brazilian captain Thiago Silva, suspended for the semi-final after picking up a yellow card for a silly challenge on the keeper, the nation was rocked with the news that boy-wonder Neymar would play no further part in the tournament after fracturing a vertebra. Beating a superb all round footballing machine will not be made any easier with your star attacker and defender both missing. (more…)

  • Brazil See off Columbia at a Price

    Flag of BrazilThe Seleção did not produce the most impressive display as they saw off South American rivals Columbia in their toughest encounter yet at the 2014 FIFA World Cup as they booked a place in the semi-finals. Two goals, one from inspirational captain Thiago Silva, and brilliant long range free-kick from his defence partner David Luiz, were enough to see off their opposition. A converted penalty by tournament leading top goal scored James Rodriguez provided a nervy last tem minutes for players and spectators alike.

    Thiago Silva’s opening goal came just after six minutes and calmed the nerves of those watching in Fortaleza. With a goal advantage Brazil could effectively focus attention on Columbian sensation Rodriguez who had notched five goals at the tournament already. The game was played in a frenetic end-to-end fashion somewhat resemblance of a high-school championship game. Such was the pace and openness of the game that the hosts could have either run away with it or could have cried bitter tears in the end. (more…)

  • Germany Beat France to book Semi-Final Place

    GermanyGermany booked its position into the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 victory over neighbouring rivals France, in Rio de Janeiro. Defender Matt Hummels scored the only goal of the game early on in the match as he out-muscled Real Madrid’s young centre-back Raphael Varane to head home a Toni Kroos free kick into the upper reaches of the net.

    Having gained a 12th minute lead Germany, played a high defensive line and gave their opposition no time on the ball. The hustling and harrowing proved too difficult for the French to deal with as they struggled to break down the German defence, let alone the midfield. (more…)

  • Round of 16: Argentina vs Switzerland

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup is still waiting for a team to put its hand up and play attractive, decisive and convincing football on a consistent basis. Many teams have had a flash in the pan but nothing consistent. Great players stand up to be counted when times are tough or when the odds are against them. Lionel Messi is one such great player, the most accomplished, successful and revered player of his generation. In a tight game against the Swiss, Messi provided yet another clutch moment as he conjured up a little magic when it mattered most. (more…)