Archive for June, 2013

PostHeaderIcon Scolari confident as Brazil take on Spain in the final

Scolari is in confident mood after seeing his team grow in stature as the tournament has progressed.  Scolari thinks that Brazil have come a long way since their famous Wembley defeat at the hands of England on a cold February night in which Jack Wilshere became of age for England.

Scolari believes that since then, Brazil have become a force to be reckoned with and today they will get the ultimate test as they face the mighty Spanish. The Spanish will certainly be up for it, as the way they celebrated their victory over Italy demonstrated that they came to Brazil for the win and not to enjoy the country’s beautiful beaches. The Spanish have in the last week become obsessed with winning the Confederations Cup due to the fact that they may become the first team to complete a clean sweep of all the major honors at the international stage after winning the World Cup, the European Cup and the Confederations Cup. Actually it will be phenomenal success and they will be regarded as the one the best ever national teams.

However, they will face a Brazil team who will be up for the fight and more than eager to do well in front of their home adoring fans. Players are highly motivated for the tense encounter and there is no doubt that with the trickery of Neymar and the power of Fred and Hulk, they have the necessary ingredients to snatch victory.

As reported  online sportsbook Brazil are underdogs for tonight, but will push Spain all the way in the Confederations Cup Final tonight.

PostHeaderIcon Confident Uruguay face Brazil in semis

Luis Suarez is on a personal high as he has hit a record number of goals for the national team after he hit a brace against Tahiti after coming on as a late sub in his team’s 8-0 demolition of the now-embarrassed Tahiti. The want away Liverpool striker grabbed his record 35th and 36th international strikes to overtake his team mate and former Manchester United player Diego Forman.

Today they will play against in a keenly expected match against Brazil where both teams would look to outscore their opponents after both teams have suffered defensive frailties recently.

In that game against Tahiti, the match was probably as good as over in the third minute when Abel Hernandez scored his first goal in a first-half hat trick and added a penalty in the second half, while Diego Perez and Nicolas Lodeiro scored the others.

Even by their very high standards Uruguay will be seeking a boost in the semifinal by giving Brazil a hard time. Their World Cup qualification is not going according to plan and if they do not hit a good run of form they may be in danger of missing out on the World Cup.

As reported  online sportsbook Brazil go into the game as heavy favourites but Uruguay are more than sure to give them a good run for their money.


PostHeaderIcon Confederations Cup Round up

Brazil showed their in a full deserved victory against the Italians yesterday night. Neymar was once more the stand out player for the Brazilian team, but it was not all plainsailing for the Selecao.

Italy gave them them a good run for their money, especially in the second half where they would feel a bit unlucky after they hit the cross bar following a corner. If that had gone in, it would have set up an interesting finale with around ten minutes left.

It was a very unseasoned Italian team especially after letting in four goals in a game. Strong Italian sides have always had their best teams built on strong defences but yesterday they lost concentration at vital moments in the game. Brazil scored their opening goal on the stroke of half time, where Neymar planted one of his dangerous freekicks inside the area and after the rebound, home grown and Champions League winner Dante pounced to give Brazil the lead. It must have been a remarkable moment scoring for his national team on home soil.

Fred then netted twice, with Chellini on target in between.

In the other game, deemed meaningless as both countries had no chance of qualification, Chicarito netted a brace and missed a stoppage time penalty in which Mexico won by two goals to one. Chicarito continued with his phenomenal goal scoring levels at international level. Japan pulled  a goal back with four minutes left on the clock through Shinji Okazaki. The result left Mexico third in the group.

Five minutes of injury time were indicated and in the first of them Mexico were awarded a penalty when Hernández went down after tangling with Atsuto Uchida.

Hernández took the penalty himself but Kawashima guessed correctly as he dived to block the shot to his right, with the Manchester United striker firing the rebound against the bar.

As reported by an online sportsbook information source Brazil although many argue are the worst team of all time, playing on home soil, they are still considered to be favourites to lift the World Cup and you can have a look at England.

PostHeaderIcon Will Protests in Brazil affect the World Cup

Recently Brazil has been victim of several large scale protests after the government planned to increase the bus fare.  Although this decision by the government has been reversed the locals from Brazil are dead set in over throwing the government in protests which resemble the Arab Spring.

Our thought right now is how safe it is to travel to Brazil and will the World Cup be affected?  At this stage it is anyone’s game, but what is clear is that FIFA and others are keeping a close watch on the going on’s in Brazil.

PostHeaderIcon Neymar fires Brazil to opening victory in Confederations Cup

Described as the ‘next best thing after Pele’, last night Neymar started to live up to the huge expectations of a demanding public by taking him just a mere three minutes into the Confederations Cup on Saturday, scoring an early goal to help Brazil take the lead and run out eventual 3-0 winners as they beat a spirited Japan side lead by Trappatoni in the opening match of the tournament.

The Brazil striker scored with a firm shot from outside the penalty area, connecting with the ball after Fred chested the ball from a long pass from Marcelo. The ball bounced only once before Neymar smashed it in hitting the roof of the net.

Neymar has not scored for Brazil in the past ten matches and pressure was starting to build on Brazil’s hottest prospect. For the next two minutes, most of the 67,432 fans at the National Stadium chanted Neymar’s name, relishing the knowledge that their poster boy is already starting to deliver for the national team with one year to go before the World Cup.

Paulinho added the second goal for Brazil in the 48th minute, deftly controlling a cross from Dani Alves before turning inside and shooting. Former Manchester City misfit Jo got the third, latching onto a through ball from the brilliant Oscar and sliding it past Kawashima in injury time.

The win puts Brazil at the top of Group A with three points. Italy and Mexico will play in the other group match on Sunday.

And then, later, Neymar was substituted where he received a standing ovation from the local faithful. The decision halted the Neymar chants, but not the cheers for Brazil!

As reported by an online sportsbook information source Brazil although many argue are the worst team of all time, playing on home soil, they are still considered to be favourites to lift the World Cup and you can have a look at England.

PostHeaderIcon Pearce slams English attitude and vows England will never win anything

Stuart Pearce has warned the FA that England will continue to fail without fault at World Cups unless there is radical change in the approach and attitude to major tournaments.

As reported by an online sportsbook information source Brazil although many argue are the worst team of all time, playing on home soil, they are still considered to be favourites to lift the World Cup and you can have a look at England.

The Under 21 head coach was speaking in the wake of his side’s 1-0 defeat against Italy, a result that leaves their hopes of progressing at Euro 2013 in jeopardy. It was more than a defeat for England and Pearce, as he witnessed his side get heavily outplayed and outfought by an Italian team where all players were playing in the second tier of Italian football except for Veratti, who conjured up 27 apps for his title winning PSG in France. Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti, was given the blessing of Italy senior coach Cesare Prandelli to represent the Under 21s, Pearce went into the opening Group A game missing a staggering 17 eligible players.

Big-name absentees is a recurring theme for England at Under 21 tournaments but Pearce believes the implications are far-reaching and says they will ultimately prove detrimental both to player development and England’s hopes of success.

Injured for Italy: Henri Lansbury, Wilfried Zaha.

Suspended for Italy: Tom Ince, Danny Rose.

Was in squad but now injured: Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling, Callum McManaman, Martin Kelly, Gary Gardner, Will Hughes

Eligible but otherwise engaged – e.g. senior caps: Phil Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Jack Rodwell, Danny Welbeck.

‘I will tell you now what you need to do to win a tournament,’ said Pearce. ‘It was exactly the same as the French, Spanish and Germans before. You qualify with your best players.

‘Then you take your best team and players to the tournament. That is the only way you will be successful. We’ve done a study over the last 10 years. It is around the top seven teams in Europe and incorporates the four top teams in South America and Mexico.

‘In that time, only Spain surpass us in terms of qualification, from Under 17s to seniors. But when you flip it on its head, and ask how many of our top 50 players who are playing in the senior squad now have got tournament experience before they get there, we finish second bottom of the group.

The delivery of Pearce’s message was considered but there was no mistaking the severity of his words. Norway, who England face in Petah Tikva on Saturday, have come to Israel with a squad containing 15 players who have been capped at senior level. England, by contrast, have five.

Holland, who are in Group B, have 12 players in their 23-man party who are regulars in the senior team, while Spain’s side includes Barcelona pair Thiago Alcantara and Cristian Tello, Iker Muniain of  Athletic Bilbao and Malaga’s £35million-rated midfielder Isco.

Pearce could feasibly have named a side here that included Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere but none of that quartet would ever be considered for Under 21 duty now that they are part of Roy Hodgson’s plans.

Meanwhile, last night Holland and Germany played out an absorbing game, which the dutch managed to scrape and win 3-2. There was boldness, technical ability, change of pace…that’s how the game should be played.



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