Netherlands Lowest Ever FIFA Ranking- Dutch fall to 33rd in World

2010 World Cup runners up and 2014 World Cup semifinalists Holland have dropped to their lowest ever position since the inception of the FIFA rankings after being placed at 33rd in the latest list released. That is a fall of eleven spots from the March rankings

The Dutch, who missed out on Euro 2016, are also in serious danger of missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia and sacked coach Danny Blind (father of United star Daley) after a poor run of results. Continue reading “Netherlands Lowest Ever FIFA Ranking- Dutch fall to 33rd in World”

France 0-2 Spain 2017

Spain line up- De Gea, Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Koke, Busquets, Pedro, Iniesta, Morata, Isco.

Spain Substitutes used- Nacho, Herrera, Thiago Alcantara, Deulofeu, Iago Aspas, Silva

France Line up- Lloris, Jallet, Koscielny, Umtiti, Kurzawa, Kante, Tolisso, Rabiot, Griezmann, Gameiro, Mbappe.

France Substitutes used- Lemar, Bakayoko, Dembele, Giroud.

Spain Goal Scorers- David Silva (68), Deulofeu (77).

France twice fell to the decisions made by a video assistant referee during their 2-0 home defeat against Spain. Antoine Griezmann the France footballer thought he had lead his team into three minutes after half time, but the refree Felix Zwayer consulted the officials and the the goal was quickly ruled out offside against Layvin Kurzawa. In the 77th Minute Gerard Deulofeu scored a goal which was intially disallowed but the decision was reversed on consultation of the video assistant.

Portgual 2-3 Sweden 2017

Portugal Line Up- Coentrao Marafona, Cavaco Cancelo, Novo Neto, Bruno Alves, Eliseu, Batalha Martins, Joao Moutinho, Danilo, Renato Sanches, Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva.

Portugal Substitutes Used- Cabral Semedo, Andre Gomes, Afonso Fernandes, Carvalho, Quaresma, Eder.

Sweden Line Up- Johansson, Krafth, Granqvist, Helander, Hult, Claesson, Johansson, Larsson, Larsson, Nyman, Thelin.

Sweden Substitutes Used- Lustig, Jansson, Hiljemark, Durmaz , Berg.

Portugal Goal Scorers- Cristiano Ronaldo(18) & A. Granqvist (OG) (34)

Sweden Goal Scorers- V. Claesson (57,76), Joao Cancelo (OG) (90)

Joao Cancelo scored a dramatic own-goal to give Sweden a 3-2 win over Portugal. Ronaldo drew first blood for the home side by scoring a goal in the 18th Minute. Their second goal arrived just after the half-hour when Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist scored an own goal. Sweden’s Claesson scored goals in the 57 and 76th minutes to draw them level before Cancelo’s last- gasp own goal gave the visitors victory. Continue reading “Portgual 2-3 Sweden 2017”

Video Hakim Ziyech Panenka Penalty Goal vs Canada 2016 | Morocco-Canada 4:0 Highlights

Hakim Ziyech scores two from the penalty spot, including a penalty as Morocco beat Canada 4-0 in this friendly at Stade de Marrakech Continue reading “Video Hakim Ziyech Panenka Penalty Goal vs Canada 2016 | Morocco-Canada 4:0 Highlights”

Belgium squad vs Spain & Cyprus 2016- 25 member roster

Belgium have announced their 25 member squad for their upcoming international clashes against Spain and Cyprus. The Red Devils, who have just announced Thierry Henry as an assistant coach, will be managed by Roberto Martinez for these games.

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Mignolet, Sels

Defenders: Alderweireld, Kabasele, Lombaerts, J. Lukaku, Meunier, Vermaelen, Vertonghen

Midfielders: De Bruyne, Defour, Dembele, Fellaini, Nainggolan, Witsel

Forwards: Batshuayi, Benteke, Carrasco, E. Hazard, T. Hazard, R. Lukaku, Mertens, Mirallas, Origi Continue reading “Belgium squad vs Spain & Cyprus 2016- 25 member roster”

Ibrahimovic- World Cup without me not worth watching

Unfortunately, it had to be one of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who had to miss out on World Cup 2014. The two players, talismanic figures for their respective teams, scored five goals between them in Portugal’s epic 3-2 win over Sweden in the second leg of their playoff tie. Ibra netted twice while Ronaldo scored thrice in front of a crowd close to 50,000 in Solna.

However Ibrahimovic is never short of a quote and the PSG forward remarked that the World Cup would not be worth watching without him. Ibra is a superstar in his own right, but there will be more than a few who will argue that the World Cup would have been poorer without Ronaldo, whose consistency with Real and Man Utd in the last decade has been nothing short of incredible.

One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch. Congratulations to Portugal, but both teams deserved to get to the World Cup

Given Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo’s ages, this was essentially a last shot for them at World Cup glory. At the next World Cup in 2018, Ibra will be in his mid 30’s, while Ronaldo will be 33.