Looking back on World Cup ’94 in the USA

In 1994, a generation of football fans were treated to a World Cup that caught the imagination and, for those who witnessed it, will be etched into the memory forever.

It was the first World Cup to be hosted by the United States, a choice that, in itself, caused much controversy. Continue reading “Looking back on World Cup ’94 in the USA”

Germany Fancied to be Strong at Russia 2018 World Cup

German football has seemingly been in a golden age for many years now, and in 2018, things don’t look like changing for them. The Germans yet again go into a World Cup with a squad that will likely be the envy of most other countries around the world. They have a great balance of experience and youth once more, and they look to have a great chance of lifting the trophy in Russia this summer.

When you look through the Germany team, you see an abundance of talent. They are going to have an exceptionally strong bench, and are likely to leave players at home that would make the starting eleven for many other teams at the World Cup. It has been said time and time before, but there doesn’t appear to be an end to this golden age of German football.

Premier League fans will have seen the excellent form that Leroy Sane of Manchester City has been in over recent weeks. He is not guaranteed to get a spot in the starting eleven this summer, showing off the strength of this German team, especially in attack. Sane would likely walk into any other European national team, but not this German one. Sane has been receiving rave reviews in Manchester, and at just 22 he is someone the Germans will be able to call upon for the next decade.

Sane

The current World Cup favourites are Brazil, and there is no doubting that they have the attacking talent to win the tournament. However, as is usually the case with the Brazilians, their defending is questionable and it will be interesting to see if they can contain someone like Germany, who have their own attacking stars. The latest international football betting has Germany 9/2 second favourites behind Brazil, although the Germans look to have a much better balance to their team.

While Germany may not have the same strength in depth defensively as they do going forward, they do have world class first-choice players. The main three players that organise everything defensively are goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. These three have been joined by young full-backs Joshua Kimmich and Jonas Hector, with Kimmich especially looking like being a world class right back, filling the big gap left by the retiring Philipp Lahm.

Philipp Lahm

There is so much to like about this German team and it is easy to see why they are so high in the betting to lift the 2018 World Cup. Alongside being exceptional going forward, like many teams are in the tournament, they also have a very solid and dependable defensive group of players, something which not too many other teams boast. With a combination of that reliable defensive play and the numerous attacking options they have, Germany are going to be the pick of many in the build-up to the World Cup this summer, and right now it is hard to argue with that.

England Football Squad for the World Cup qualification matches against Slovenia & Lithuania

Here is the England Roster for their upcoming World Cup qualification against Slovenia and Lithuania Continue reading “England Football Squad for the World Cup qualification matches against Slovenia & Lithuania”

England Football Striker Wayne Roooney Retires From International Football

England’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers. He declined an invitation from Gareth Southgate to return to the international set-up and instead decided to bow out after 119 caps and a record 53 goals for his country. Continue reading “England Football Striker Wayne Roooney Retires From International Football”

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”