• 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…)

  • Round of 16: Germany vs. Algeria

    Germany booked their place into the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, after an end-to-end game they won 2-1, in extra time against Algeria. Andre Schurrle who came on for Mario Gotze back-heeled a low Thomas Mueller cross before Mesut Ozil blasted in a second. The Desert Foxes of Algeria netted a consolation goal with just seconds remaining on the clock as Abdelmoumene Djabou jabbed the ball in at the far post. (more…)

  • Round of 16: France vs. Nigeria

    France beat Nigeria by 2-0 to book their way into the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Les Bleus did not put in a convincing performance and were matched the defending Africa Cup of Nations champions. A lapse in concentration in the final 15 minutes was enough to grant France two opportunities on which they capitalised on. (more…)

  • 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…)