World Cup round-up: all the news from the first week of the greatest competition in football

Here is your round-up of the thrills of the first week in one of the most exciting World Cups for a long time. Continue reading “World Cup round-up: all the news from the first week of the greatest competition in football”

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World Cup 2014: Loser’s XI

All 32 teams have taken their places at the 2014 World Cup. But spare a thought for the unlucky rest of them who didn’t make it. It’s always happened after every World Cup qualifying campaign – there are some brilliant players that just couldn’t make it.

We all know about Zlatan Imbrahivomic‘s strop after going out of the qualifying campaign at the play-off squad. The big Swede, 32, said he would not be watching the tournament as it was not worth watching without him. Continue reading “World Cup 2014: Loser’s XI”

Hodgson rules out new players in World Cup squad

England manager Roy Hodgson has said that there will not be any new faces in the World Cup squad for 2014.

Hodgson, who managed teams such as Liverpool, Inter Milan and Switzerland before taking the role of England manager in 2012, has only one game left before the World Cup; a friendly against Denmark on 5th March 2014.

Hodgson, in saying that nobody new will feature, rules out players like Gareth Barry and Raheem Sterling, who haven’t played since 2012. He also put to bed rumours of retired ex-captain John Terry coming back to play for the Three Lions.

England booked their place in Brazil against Poland on 15th October, but suffered consecutive defeats at Wembley for the first time in 36 years when they lost to Chile and Germany.

England manager Roy Hodgson seems set on his current team making it to Brazil 2014.

Who will win the World Cup?

With almost all places in the World Cup taken, and after a 5-0 first leg win for Uruguay, many people are wondering which team will reign victorious over the rest of the world come 2014.

Spain will obviously be one of the favourites, after their win in 2010, but there is a definete possibility of a new team reigning supreme. Here are my top five for the title: Continue reading “Who will win the World Cup?”

World Cup round-up: Ronaldo scores hat-trick as Portugal progress

The brilliant Zlatan Ibrahivomic will not be at the 2014 World Cup as his Swedish side were beaten 3-2 by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

The match, billed as the clash of two of the biggest names in football, was exactly that. Imbrahivomic and Ronaldo scored every one of their team’s goals in the two-game play-off. The Real Madrid man, 28, scored a hat-trick. After the the first leg ended 1-0 to Portugal, they then quickly added to that in the second. However, Imbrahivomic replied with two quick goals.

But Ronaldo finally won one of the greatest ever man versus man test on a football pitch as two goals in two minutes sent Portugal flying into the World Cup finals.

Imbahivomic promptly sad that he would not be watching the World Cup next year as it was not worth watching without him playing. Both players are up for the Ballon D’Or.

France were able to claw their way back into the World Cup against Ukraine. After a dismal first leg in Kiev where they lost 2-0, Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho scored two and Karim Benzema scored another to send the French through to the World Cup. They’ll be hoping to do better than in 2010, when, despite being runners-up in 2006, they went out at the group stage.

Iceland were unable to become the smallest country ever to reach the World Cup finals. The island, which has a population similar to Reading’s, fought well in the first leg where they drew 0-0, but ten-man Croatia were able to beat them 2-0 to reach the World Cup.

Greece secured their place in Brazil after a 1-1 draw with Romania following the first leg in Greece where they won 3-1. They join the other teams in the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil.

Cristiano Ronaldo eventually won the battle of two of the world’s best players as he scored all three of Portugal’s goal in the 3-2 victory over Sweden, in which Zlatan Imbrahivomic scored both his country’s goals as well.
Mamadou Sakho, who plays for Liverpool, scored two of France’s goals as they came back to win 3-2 on aggregate against Ukraine.