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dimanche 29 juin 2014


France vs Nigeria
Monday, June 30, 2014
Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
Kick-off: 21.00 BST.
 
Team News Yohan Cabaye returns to the France midfield after missing the 0-0 draw with ecudor through suspension.
Nigeria's Victor Moses had been the main injury concern the Chelsea winger trained on Saturday.
Only midfielder Michael Babatunde is missing with a broken wrist.
Match Notes
Nigeria are in the last 16 for the first time since France '98.
Now they meet a French team who have grown up together and remain one of the tournament favourites.
France have impressed and with Cabaye available shouold be too strong for the Africans.
Stat of the game: France had more goal attempts in their group stage games than any other team: 61.
 
France (Possible, 4-1-4-1): Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Cabaye; Valbuena, Pogba, Benzema; Giroud.
Nigeria (Possible, 4-4-2): Enyeama; Ambrose, Oboabona, Omerou, Oshaniwa; Mikel, Onazi, Azeez, Moses; Odemwingie, Emenike.
 
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lundi 23 juin 2014

 



Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Italy vs Uruguay
Estadio das Dunas, Natal
Kick-off: 17.00 BST.
 
 Team News Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti could return for Italy. There have also been suggestions that Ciro Immobile may feature up front, but the Borussia Dortmund frontman may start in the bench.
Uruguay have Maximiliano Pereira available for selection following suspension, but Alvaro Pereira may miss out because of concussion.
Captain Diego Lugano is also unlikely to feature because of a knee problem.
Match Notes
This is a massive game in Group D. Both teams have been upset by Costa Rica but beaten England.
A draw would favour Italy, who have a better goal difference than their Uruguayan counterparts.
Luis Suárez won the game for urgusy against England and will be expected to do it again.
But Andrea Pirlo may have a say in just how potent the Liverpool striker will be in Natal.
Stat of the game: These teams last met in last year’s Confederations Cup third-place play-off and Italy won 3-2 on penalties after drawing 2-2 in normal time.
 
Italy (Possible, 4-5-1): Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Chiellini, Darmian; De Rossi, Pirlo, Verratti, Marchisio, Candreva; Balotelli.
Uruguay (Possible, 4-4-2): Muslera; A Pereira, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; M Pereira, Gargano, Rodriguez, Arevalo; Suárez, Cavani
 
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samedi 21 juin 2014

Italy vs Costa Rica - Competition: FIFA World Cup
Match date: 20 June 2014
Goals: Costa Rica – Bryan Ruiz 44
Venue: Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil


Italy 0-1 Costa Rica (Group D)
Costa Rica 0-1: Bryan Ruiz goal (44').



The game was played in a very slow pace since early minutes as they're not keen on making any early mistakes. After missing out several goal scoring chances, Italy found themselves in deep trouble as just before half time break Costa Rica got in front through Bryan Ruiz's header.
In the second half, Italy tried to change things around but a lethargic performance from their players made things easy for Costa Rica.
Eventually, no more goals were scored as the Concacaf side celebrate another famous win an a ticket into the knock out stage.


Italy starting lineup vs Costa Rica 2014:- Buffon, Darmian, Barzagli, Chiellini, Abate, Thiago Motta, De Rossi, Candreva, Pirlo, Marchisio, Balotelli.


CRC starting XI vs Italia 2014:- Navas, Gamboa, Umana, Duarte, Diaz, Gonzalez, Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, Campbell.



 
 
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina
Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
Kick-off: 23.00 BST.
 
Team News Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has selection problems with Godfrey Oboabona was ruled out with an ankle injury.
Three other players - Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa and Reuben Gabriel - could also be absent as Nigeria look for a result that could potentially send Bosnia home.
Bosnia, though, impressed against Argentina on Sunday night before eventually losing, and coach Safet Susic could name 10 of the starting 11 from that game, with Vedad Ibisevic, who came off the bench in the latter stages,in contention to start.
Match Notes
The Super Eagles face the Dragons in a fascinating clash of styles.
Nigeria have a point, Bosnia nothing and they play after top two Group F teams Argentina and Iran meet in Belo Horizonte.
Hard to see how theis will go, but Bosnia impressed against Argentina and could be strong enough to move closer to a last-16 spot.
Stat of the game: Nigeria have drawn four of their last five games.
 
Nigeria (Possible, 4-5-1): Enyeama; Ambrose, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Yobo; Mikel, Musa, Onazi, Azeez, Moses; Emenike.
Out: Oboabona (ankle).
  
Bosnia-Herzegovina (Possible, 4-5-1): Begovic; Mujdza, Kolasinac, Bicakcic, Spahic; Besic, Hajrovic, Pjanic, Ibisevic, Lulic; Dzeko
 
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 Saturday, June 21, 2014


Germany vs Ghana


Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza


Kick-off: 20.00 BST.


 
Per Mertesacker is expecting a physical encounter when Germany take on Ghana in their second Group G fixture of the FIFA World Cup.
The two teams go head to head in Fortaleza on Saturday, having experienced vastly different fortunes in their opening games on Monday.

Germany, among the pre-tournament favourites to lift the trophy come the final on July 13, were ruthless in brushing aside 10-man Portugal 4-0, with Thomas Muller scoring a hat-trick.

Against the United States, meanwhile, Ghana recovered from Clint Dempsey's first-minute strike to equalise late on through Andre Ayew, only to concede a second to John Brooks shortly afterwards and go down 2-1.

As a result, defeat on Saturday would leave Kwesi Appiah's men on the brink of elimination, a disappointing return given their stirring displays in South Africa four years ago, when they narrowly missed out on a semi-final appearance.

And Arsenal defender Mertesacker, in line to earn his 100th cap should he feature against Ghana, anticipates their opponents to make their presence felt on Saturday.

"They want to shine and excel in every one-on-one situation," he said.

"I think the most important thing is that physically, Ghana are even stronger than the Portuguese. It'll be a fiery match, not least because of the heat in Fortaleza."

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, meanwhile, called on his team-mates to show greater levels of concentration after conceding both early and late goals against the US.

"We hope to be more focused in our next match," he said. "We've got time and we're professionals.

"We need to sit down, take a long hard look at our errors and work hard. We have to regain our focus and not let nerves get the better of us.

"It's going to be a difficult match but we need to stick together more than ever and play our game."

Ghana are boosted by the news that experienced midfielder Michael Essien returned to training after picking up a toe injury in the game on Monday, while Germany have doubts over Mats Hummels, who was withdrawn from the win over Portugal suffering from a thigh problem.

           Germany (Possible 4-3-3): Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Höwedes; Kroos, Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Özil, Müller, Götze.
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Match: Argentina vs. Iran
Date and Time: Saturday June 21st, 13:00 Local Time, 17:00 BST, 12:00 EDT
Location: Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

Argentina got their World Cup qualification off to a good start as they defeated newcomers Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 in the famed Maracana stadium. The game got off to a fast start as Sead Kolasinac unfortunately scored an own goal in the third minute giving Argentina the 1-0 lead. In the 65th minute, Lionel Messi  doubled the advantage as he scored a goal off the post and in. All in all, Argentina played well against a relatively strong Bosnia team, but, if they want to win their first title since 1986, they will have to show much more.
The biggest question mark for Argentina is their defense. In the game on Sunday, Argentina started with a 5-3-2 formation and it worked for the most part. Argentina did invite pressure by the Bosnian attackers and they came close to equalizing before the half. With only a couple of minutes left in the game, Vedad Ibisevic scored to get Bosnia back into the game but his efforts were a bit too late. Messi did play well as he was Argentina’s main threat throughout the match. He used his strengths as he had 7 total successful dribbles (D/G).
We are all aware that Argentina is known for their high powered offense but often struggles on the other end of the ball. The players on the defensive end seem to be more thrown together than have natural chemistry, like the offense have. Don’t get me wrong, the talent is there as Zabaleta, Garay and even Campagnaro play for top notch European clubs, it’s just the fact that Argentina is going through some sort of post Javier Zanetti era and no one has enough national team experience to replace the best defender in Argentine history. Out of everyone that started against Bosnia, Pablo Zabaleta has the most caps with 38. Having no real leader in the defense could ultimately be the demise of Argentina, given the fact Lionel Messi is having trouble replicating his Barcelona form for Argentina.
Another concern is how keeper Sergio Romero will preform. The 27-year-old is currently under contract at Sampdoria but spent the year on loan with AS Monaco. Romero got almost no playing time as he made three Ligue 1 starts. He did make saves when he had to but did let in a rather weak goal from Vedad Ibisevic so it will be interesting to see how he plays when he has to face tougher opposition. Thankfully, Argentina was lucky to be drawn in such an easy group, but depending on who finishes 2nd Group E, Argentina could slowly start to unravel if they don’t start to perform consistently. Thankfully, Iran and Nigeria are up next for Argentina and it should be two easy wins for La Albiceleste

Iran, on the other hand, is coming off a 0-0 draw against Nigeria on Monday. Iran were predicted not to have much of an impact in that group, but are still alive and have a chance to pip 2nd place. There was not much to take away from that game offensively for Iran’s sake, but they did perform well defensively as the Nigeria’s attack couldn’t get a single goal. Iran had a fantastic qualification in the AFC as they topped their group and qualified directly. Iran did not get too much out of attacking midfielder Ashkan Dejagah who is their biggest offensive weapon that they have. Iran have to try and subdue Argentina and their lethal attack. Coach Carlos Queiroz will have to play counter attacking football and may change-up the 4-2-3-1 formation he used against Nigeria.

Despite not taking many positives from Monday’s tie, Iran did get a solid performance out of left back Mehrdad Pooladi. Pooladi had 9 successful clearances in the match against Nigeria  as he derailed the attacks from Nigeria and controlled the back line with Jalal Hosseini. Iran will also need a good game from Javad Nekounam as he normally controls the midfield. Nekounam is the captain of the team and has 141 appearances in 14 years for Iran. He will be used mainly to start the counter attack when Iran has the chance to. He played on the same side as Dejagah did against Nigeria but the two could not create any magic.

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vendredi 20 juin 2014

 Switzerland 5 - 2 France

Full–timeGroup E
 
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
 
Scoring summary
 
France
 
Karim Benzema 67'
 
Moussa Sissoko 73'
 
Mathieu Valbuena 40'
 
Olivier Giroud 17'
 
Blaise Matuidi  18'
 
Switzerland
 
 
Blerim Džemaili  81'
 
Granit Xhaka  87'
 


Switzerland (4-5-1): Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Djourou, Von Bergen, Rodriguez; Inler, Shaqiri Behrami, Stocker, Xhaka; Drmic.

France (4-3-3): Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann.
 

 
Friday, June 20, 2014
Honduras v Ecuador
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Kick-off: 23.00 BST.
 
 
Honduras (Possible, 4-4-2): Valladres; Beckels, O Chávez, Figueroa, Izaguirre; M Chávez, Garcia, Garrido, Espinoza; Bengtson, Costly.
Ecuador (Possible, 4-4-2): Domínguez; Paredes, Erazo, Guagua, W Ayoví; A Valencia, Gruezo, Noboa, Montero; E Valencia, Caicedo.
 
Team News In the absence of the suspended Wilson Palacios, others will have to step up. The game could be a chance for the speedy 21-year-old winger Andy Najar to make his mark on the world stage by carving out chances for the likes of Carlos Costly and Jerry Bengtson.
Centre-back Victor Bernárdez is a severe doubt after picking up a knee injury against France so Osman Chávez may replace him.
After an impressive opening performance against Switzerland in which they were so close to earning a point Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda may avoid making changes to his Ecuador line-up.
Michael Arroyo will hope for more playing time but Felipe Caicedo and Enner Valencia are likely to remain in attack.
Match Notes
Here's a thing: Honduras are led by Luis Fernando Suarez, the man who guided Ecuador to the last 16 in 2006, their best showing at a World Cup. And Ecuador are coached by Reinaldo Rueda, in charge of Honduras in their 2010 World Cup campaign.
Stat of the game: These teams have drawn eight of their 13 previous clashes, all friendlies.
 
 
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Friday, June 20, 2014
Switzerland v France
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Kick-off: 20.00 BST.
 
 Team News Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and France counterpart Didier Deschamps have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this fascinating clash and with both teams winning their opening encounters, changes are unlikely.
Match Notes
Both teams have a good chance of making it through to the second round of the tournament after winning their opening fixtures.
For a change, France have started a World Cup well and their confident victory over Honduras will have given them confidence going into this game.
The Swiss impressed in their opening game, against Ecuador, and the two teams should make the round of 16.
Stat of the game: France have won 15 games to Switzerland's 12, with nine drawn in 35 previous clashes.
 
Switzerland (Possible, 4-5-1): Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Djourou, Von Bergen, Rodriguez; Inler, Shaqiri Behrami, Stocker, Xhaka; Drmic.
 
France (Possible, 4-3-3): Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann.
 
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Italy v Costa Rica
Friday, June 20, 2014
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Kick-off: 17.00 BST.
 
Team News Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli will have been boosted by the return to training of goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon.
The 36-year-old missed the 2-1 win over England with an ankle problem, but could return against the Costa Ricans.
Full-back Mattia De Sciglio is also thought to be nearing a return to action, but the match may come too soon for the AC Milan defender.
As for Costa Rica, they are likely to pick the same side that started against Uruguay, with Arsenal's Joel Campbell their lone centre-forward again.
Match Notes
Both teams recorded important wins first time out and so this tie is crucial for both.
The two men charged with scoring goals have Premier League links; Italy's Mario Balotelli infuriated and thrilled in equal measures at Manchester City while Costa Rica's Joel Campbell remains a work in progress at Arsenal.
The odds suggest the experts are not expecting another shock.
Stat of the game: Costa Rica have never won two consecutive games at the World Cup, but they have scored in all six of their World Cup games against teams from Europe.
 
Italy (Possible, 4-5-1): Buffon; Chiellini, Barzagli, Paletta, Darmian; De Rossi, Verratti, Pirlo, Marchisio, Candreva; Balotelli.
  
Costa Rica (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Navas; Gonzalez, Umana, Duarte, Gamboa; Bolanos, Diaz, Tejeda, Borges; Ruiz; Campbell.
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
 
 
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jeudi 19 juin 2014

Spain 2 0 Chile


Full–time • Group B

Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

Scoring summary

Chile


Eduardo Vargas


20'


Charles Aránguiz


43'



Spain ( 4-3-2-1): Casillas; Juanfran, Ramos, Martinez, Alba; Alonso, Busquets, Cazorla; Xavi, Iniesta; Fabregas.

Chile ( 4-1-3-2): Bravo; Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena; Diaz; Aranguiz, Valdivia, Vidal; Sanchez, Vargas

mercredi 18 juin 2014


 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Spain v Chile
Maracana, Rio De Janeiro
Kick-off: 23.00 BST.
 
 
Spain (Possible, 4-3-2-1): Casillas; Juanfran, Ramos, Martinez, Alba; Alonso, Busquets, Cazorla; Xavi, Iniesta; Fabregas.
Chile (Possible, 4-1-3-2): Bravo; Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena; Diaz; Aranguiz, Valdivia, Vidal; Sanchez, Vargas.

Team News Vicente del Bosque is expected to make changes after the 5-1 defeat by Holland.
One possible change could see Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta make way for Juanfran.
Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is expected to keep faith with the side that beat Australia.
Match Notes
Spain have never lost to Chiles, in 10 meetings, with eight wins and two draws to boast about.
If they fail to make that 11 unbeaten and, more imprtantly, a ninth win, then the holders will be almost certainly out.
Hard to imagine, and there is still a chance thye could retain the World Cup.
But they must perform much better than they did against Holland, while Chile may need more than just the help of a referee to win this one.
Stat of the game: Spain have never lost two games in a row under coach Vicente del Bosque since he took over after Euro 2008

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Australia v Holland
Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Kick-off: 23.00 BST.
 
 Team News Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was handed a blow when attacking fullback Ivan Franjic tore a hamstring in the Chile match, ending his tournament.
His oppositie number, Louis van Gaal, pulled off a tactical master-strole with afive man back-line against spain but has hinted he may revert to 4-4-2 against the Socceroos.
Match Notes
After their remarkable 5-1 thrashing of Spain will Holland step off the gas or go for broke?
Australia played well in patches against Chile before losing 2-1 but go into this game still confident of producing one the the competition's great shocks.
Difficult, though, to see beyond a Dutch win.
Stat of the game: Australia are unbeaten against the Dutch in three previous meetins, winning once and drawing the other two.
 
Australia (Possible, 4-1-3-2): Ryan; MacGowan, Davidson, Spiranovic, Wilkinson; Oar; Milligan, Jedinak, Bresciano; Cahill, Leckie.
 
Holland (Possible, 4-4-2): Cillessen; Janmaat, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi; Blind, De Guzman, Sneijder, De Jong; Van Persie, Robben.
 
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mardi 17 juin 2014


 Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Belgium v Algeria
Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Kick-off: 17.00 BST.
 
Team News Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has no major injury concerns.
Chelsea's permanently loaned striker Romelu Lukaku will lead the attack as Aston Villa's Christian Benteke misses the competition due to an Achilles problem suffered earlier in the year.
Kevin De Bruyne should start behind Lukaku, with Steven Defour expected to miss out on a place in the starting XI.
Meanwhile, Algeria head coach Vahid Halilhodzic has a number of experienced players plying their trade in Europe's top leagues available to him, with the likes of Faouzi Ghoulam, Saphir Taïder and Nabil Bentaleb expected to start.
Match Notes
Belgium have a host of familiar faces in their squad and if those Premie League regulars can match their form in england - and if Marouane Fellaini can raise his game - then they have a chance of enjoying the World Cup.
Algeria have done well to qualify for their fourth finals and though Group H is not the strongest, they will do well to progress.
Stat of the game: Algeria are the only country at the World Cup for whom all 23 of their players play for different teams.
 
Belgium (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Buyten, Vertonghen; Witsel, Fellaini; Mertens, Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku.
Algeria (Possible, 43-2-1): Zemmampouche; Mandi, Cadamuro, Bougherra, Ghoulam; Lacen, Bentaleb, Taider; Soudani, Feghouli; Slimani.

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lundi 16 juin 2014

 


Ghana are wary of a wounded United States side when the two sides open their FIFA World Cup campaigns in Natal on Monday.

The African nation have ended the United States' run at the last two World Cups, adding another layer of intrigue to their Group G clash.


In 2006, Ghana beat the Americans 2-1 in their final group stage match to book a spot in the last 16 and knock their opponents out.


And four years later in South Africa, they repeated the trick, as Asamoah Gyan's stoppage-time winner gave them a 2-1 triumph in a last-16 affair.


A 4-0 friendly win over South Korea earlier this month has boosted Ghana spirits but they are not getting complacent against a US side sure to be gunning for revenge.


Coach Kwesi Appiah said: "The United States are a very, very good team.


"It's not going to be easy. We have to make sure our players are playing their roles well.


"We hope to give them a very good game."


When asked who Ghana's biggest rivals in a tough group also containing Germany and Portugal were, defender Jonathan Mensah told FIFA.com: "I would say the United States.


"They are out for revenge because we beat them twice.


"And it's going to be the first game of the competition, so everybody will be expecting something better from Ghana and the United States as well."


With Germany and Portugal, ranked second and fourth in the world respectively, also in Group C, neither side can afford to drop the opening game.


Jurgen Klinsmann's side – ranked 13th, 24 places above Ghana – will enter the tournament in good form after successive friendly wins against Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria.


Football is steadily growing in the United States and a lengthy run in the Brazil showpiece could really ignite interest back home.


Triumphs against Italy and Germany since 2012 have shown the US have a big scalp in them and although they are without all-time top scorer Landon Donovan in Brazil, Klinsmann will hope captain Clint Dempsey can fill the void.


Goalkeeper Tim Howard acknowledged his side are under significant pressure to start well but that their 2010 defeat to Ghana was "ancient history" and had not been spoken about.


"I think it is important that we have that pressure on us in the first game because we want to win," Howard said.


"We want to get three points in the bag. Heaven knows what is going to happen in the other game between Portugal and Germany, so if they draw, we top the group and everyone is happy, but we'll see.


"I think it’s a good thing that we put a lot of emphasis on it, because if we can get the win, then we can refocus and go for Portugal.


"There's no sense in looking beyond the first game."
 
 
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Monday, June 16, 2014
Iran v Nigeria
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Kick-off: 20.00 BST.

Team News Germany-based Iranian Daniel Davari can expect to get the nod in goal over veteran Rahman Ahmadi.
He faces a busy afternoon against the likes of Premier League stars John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Peter Odemwingie.
At the other end, Nigeria can call on the formidable Vincent Enyeama, who denied Lionel Messi with impressive saves in the 2010 finals in South Africa.
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz favours a 4-2-3-1 formation, with captain Javad Nekounam the midfield fulcrum to allow Charlton’s Reza 'Gucci' Ghoochannejhad and Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah to counter-attack.
Match Notes
Iran are the top-ranked side in Asia with an impressive defensive record and a manager with plenty of tactical acumen in former Manchester United assistant and Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz.
Neither side has enjoyed much World Cup success.
After beating Bulgaria 1-0 in their second group game in 1998, the Nigerians have had two draws and six defeats.
And Iran’s 2-1 victory over the United States in Lyon 16 years ago was their sole win at a World Cup.
Stat of the game: Iran have scored just six goals in nine World Cup ties, conceding 18.
Iran (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Davari; Beitashour, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Pooladi; Nekounam, Teymourian; Haddadifa, Shojaei, Dejagah; Ghoochannejhad.
Nigeria (Possible, 4-4-2): Enyeama; Ambrose, Oboabona, Omerou, Oshaniwa; Mikel, Onazi, Azeez, Moses; Odemwingie, Emenike.
 
 
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just before Christmas last year, Portugal received the best present Santa could give. In the town of Funchal, on the island of Madeira, the CR7 Museum was borna museum of Cristiano Ronaldo, for Cristiano Ronaldo, and by Cristiano Ronaldo. Fans from all over the world can now make the pilgrimage to pay their respects to Real Madrid’s star, take pictures with wax figures of him, and marvel at his many trophies. If there’s one trophy Cristiano Ronaldo is missing though, it’s a World Cup medal. When Portugal kick off their World Cup 2014 campaign against Germany on Monday, all eyes will be on him, their captain, holder of the Ballon d’Or, officially anointed the world’s best player. There’s the sense that Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal, and Portugal is Cristiano Ronaldo.
Germany are the antithesis to this ethos. One of the tournament favorites, Joachim Löw’s side has no outright stars. Sure, avid soccer fans know the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, and Mesut Özil, but none of them are household names the way Ronaldo or Lionel Messi or even Zlatan Ibrahimovic are. For many, Germany vs. Portugal pits the Great Team against the Great Player. But are Germany really a great team? Is Portugal really the Cristiano Ronaldo show?
The simple answer is: No.
 
Germany are a team of great players, but whether they can become a great team remains to be seen. Though Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly Portugal’s star, he is surrounded by a talented team that were cruelly denied Euro 2012 glory. Pepe is one of the game’s great cartoon villains, but his defensive prowess is undeniable, while Fabio Coentrao, Nani, Joao Moutinho, and Raul Meireles are all quality players who would start in almost any side. Ronaldo might be the greatest player in the world, but he couldn’t do it alone. Lucky for him, his supporting cast is chock full of fantastic talents from some of the biggest teams in Europe.
For Germany, this World Cup was supposed to be “the one.” Having finished third in the last two World Cups with young teams full of promise, it is now time for that promise to be fulfilled. Confidence was high all season long, but since then they’ve lost the Bundesliga’s player of the season, Marco Reus, to injury. Other automatic starters, like Schweinsteiger, Lahm, and Sami Khedira, have been struggling to return from injury, and the team as a whole hasn’t looked their best in friendlies. Suddenly the tournament favorites seem vulnerable.
Part of their problem is their lack of strikers. While South America seems to have great strikers crawling out of the woodwork, Germany has only one, Miroslav Klose, and he’s 36 years old. Klose is not to be underestimated; he’s scored 14 goals in 19 matches in the World Cup, and is two goals away from setting the all-time record for most World Cup goals by a single player. He’s been injured most of the year, though, and Germany may play one of their many midfielders as a false nine up front instead. Though they have many options here, they haven’t looked all that convincing so far in that formation, and if Löw does decide to make that gamble Portugal’s tough defense will be a stern test.

Possible Line-Ups

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Portugal: Patricio; Pereira, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao; Carvalho; Nani, Moutinho, Meireles, Ronaldo; Postiga
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dimanche 15 juin 2014

 France 3 0 Honduras

Full–timeEstádio Beira-Rio, Porto AlegreGroup E

Scoring summary

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France (4-3-2-1): Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra; Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi; Valbuena, Griezmann; Benzema.
 
Honduras ( 4-4-2): Valladares; Beckeles, Bernandez, Figueroa, Izaguirre; Najar, Garrido, Palacios, Espinoza; Bengtson, Costly

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Sunday, June 15, 2014
Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Kick-off: 23.00 BST.
 
Team News Argentina will hope that Lionel Messi can start with a bang and claim his first goal in the finals for eight years.
Messi’s last World Cup goal was on his debut in the competition in Germany in 2006 when Argentina beat Serbia and Montenegro 6-0 and he came off the bench to net the last goal.
Bosnia, meanwhile, must make a couple of decisions.
In the centre of defence either Ermin Bicakcic or Toni Sunjic will partner Emir Spahic.
And in midfield, either Zvjezdan Misimovic or Sejad Salihovic will sit behind Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko.
Match Notes
Lionel Messi gets the first chance to stake a claim that he is better than Cristiano Ronaldo as Argentina look to win the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
Bosnia scored 30 goals in their qualifying group, taking top place on goal difference ahead of Greece.
And in a group also including Nigeria and Iran, they will be confident of making the last 16, even if they lose in Rio.
Stat of the game: Bosnia coach Safet Susic was once a forward who scored 21 goals in 54 internationals for the former Yugoslavia - including a hat-trick in a 4-2 friendly win over Argentina in Belgrade in 1979
 
 
Argentina (Possible, 4-3-3): Romero; Zabaleta, Fernandez, Garay, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria; Messi, Higuain, Aguero.
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Possible, 4-4-2): Begovic; Mujdza, Spahic, Bicakcic, Kolasinac; Hajrovic, Besic, Pjanic, Misimovic; Lulic, Dzeko
 
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

France v Honduras
Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Kick-off: 20.00 BST
 
Team News Franck Ribery’s absence is a huge blow to France.
Olivier Giroud has impressed in the build-up but Didier Deschamps could decide to leave the Arsenal striker on the bench.
Los Catrachos will retain an air of mystery up until the last minute, having so far refused to disclose whether they are going for a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 approach.
Forward Carlos Costly resumed training after a scare on Thursday and it is more likely he will opt for the first setup, with New England’s Jerry Bengtson by his side.
Defender Bryan Beckeles should also retain a starting position, even if his dismissal against the English last week almost jeopardised the team’s chances.
Match Notes
It is remarkable to consider that France has stuttered in the last three World Cup finals, a fact that will not go unnoticed by Honduras.
Their brutal approach as shown against England could easily upset Deschamps's players, and with Ribery missing, anythging could happen
Stat of the game: France have only won one of their last nine games in the World Cup group stages, 2-0 against Togo in 2006
 
France (Possible,4-3-2-1): Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra; Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi; Valbuena, Griezmann; Benzema.
 
Honduras (Possible, 4-4-2): Valladares; Beckeles, Bernandez, Figueroa, Izaguirre; Najar, Garrido, Palacios, Espinoza; Bengtson, Costly
 
 
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Sunday, June 15, 2014
Switzerland v Ecuador
Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
Kick-off
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  Team News Ottmar Hitzfeld, the Swiss coach, has a fully fit squad to choose from so his main decision is whether to partner Steve von Bergen with new Aston Villa signing Philippe Senderos. Fabian Schar or Johan Djourou in the centre of defence.
Experienced Ecuador midfielder Segundo Castillo was ruled out of the tournament on Monday with a knee injury. His place in the squad has been taken by Osvaldo Minda but he is unlikely to start.
Christian Noboa is also a doubt, having sustained a knock in the friendly draw with England, but Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia is available despite being sent off in the friendly for grappling with Raheem Sterling.
Match Notes
Switzerland are notoriously tight at the back, so there may be few, if any, goals in Brasilia.
These teams have never met before but Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side were unbeaten in World Cup qualification, winning seven and drawing three of their 10 qualifiers.
Ecuador have never drawn a game at a World Cup, winning three and losing four so far.
Indeed, la Tri have won all three games in which they have kept a clean sheet in the competition, but lost all four they have conceded in.
 
Stat of the game: Switzerland have conceded only one goal in their last seven World Cup games.
Switzerland (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Drmic; Stocker, Von Bergen, Schar, Shagiri; Behrami, Inler; Rodriguez, Von Bergen, Scar; Benaglio.
 
Ecuador (Possible, 4-4-2): Dominguez; Paredes, Guagua, Erazo, Ayovi; A Valencia, Noboa, Gruezo, Mentero; Caicedo, E Valencia.
 
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samedi 14 juin 2014



Japan v Ivory Coast live!
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Ivory Coast v Japan
Arena Pernambuco, Recife

Kick-off: 02.00 BST.
TV: ITV.
Ivory Coast (Possible, 4-3-3): Barry; Aurier, K Touré, Zokora, Boka; Tioté, Y Touré, Serey Die; Kalou, Drogba, Gervinho.
Test: Y Touré (hamstring).
Japan (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Kawashima; Uchida, Yoshida, Konno, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Endo; Okazaki, Honda, Kagawa; Kakitani.
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile).
 
Team News Ivory Coast are an ageing team; Didier Drogba is 36, Didier Zakora 33 and Yaya Touré 31.
The latter remains a doubt with the hamstring injury he suffered on the last day of the season with Manchester City, though a decision will not be made until late on Saturday.
Match Notes
Muscle faces pace as the Elephants take on the Blue Samurai in Recife.
Ivory Coast have been to two previous tournaments but have never progressed from the group stage
Japan have been to every World Cup since 1998 but they have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine matches.
Will Didier Drogba bow out of his last World Cup with a goal or two? Hard to bet against that.
Stat of the game: Gervinho, the Ivory Coast striker, was with Arsenal when he scored twice in a 6-1 Premier League win over Southampton, for whom Japan’s Maya Yoshida was making his debut, in September 2012
 
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Venue: Arena Amazonia, Manaus Date: Saturday 14 June 2014 Kick-off: 23:00 BST
What happens in this game could well define the fortunes of both England and Italy at the 2014 World Cup in the ‘group of death’ Group D. It will certainly have a bearing on the sale of patriotic bunting and flag waving. Uruguay and Costa Rica will have already played so points will be on the board in the group and both would obviously be hoping for a draw in that match or a win for Costa Rica but its likely Uruguay will be off and running with all three points.
Both teams will be conscious of the last occasion the two teams faced each other in the Euro’s and how despite Italy dominating possession the game was only won on penalties. In that game a different England was playing and crucially they failed to deal tactically with their creative genius Andrea Pirlo who made more passes than the entire England midfield. England if nothing else will have no excuses for allowing Pirlo to direct the game in Manaus.
The noises coming from England are for an attacking mentality although England will likely have periods where they will need to absorb pressure and defend as a team themselves and the first choice centre backs are looking more assured in their roles. England are always more convincing going forward and exploiting the lack of pace in areas of the Italy team would provide goals.
England are always better going forward and exploiting the lack of pace in areas of the Italy team. England have shown flashes of real promise in recent games, especially when playing young players such as Sterling, Barkley and Oxlade-Chamberlain who will give any defence something to think about. England will want to dictate the tempo if they can and be bold when they can and what the fans would like to see is starting places for at least one exuberant, young and fearless player but I think Hodgson will be more cautious and measured.
"I'd like to win it (the Italy clash)," said Hodgson on the English Football Association's website.
"When we get the ball we are going to go for it, we are going to attack. We are going to encourage our attacking players to do what we do.
"But we are also going to make it clear to them that they can't go gung-ho at any time. At all times you've got to be thinking, 'What happens if it doesn't work out? Are we protected?"
Rooney has been generally quite so far in the friendly matches and is yet to really hit the sort of form that would be required for England to succeed. The usually bulletproof United striker has faced criticism and calls for him to be dropped from the starting line-up in favour of the more dynamic Barkley but this is unlikely to happen against Italy and Rooney is unfazed by the critics.
"I am not really interested," Rooney said when asked about claims he should be dropped.
"A lot of people have their opinions - but I listen to the people around me and in the coaching set-up.
"I don't listen to people outside of the set-up really so anyone, journalists can say what they want. I have got no interest in listening to them."
Expect England to start with the same team used to face Honduras with young players such as Barkley, Wilshere and Sterling coming on to inject pace especially with conditions being generally difficult and depending on the situation within the last 30 minutes of the game.
Up front the big physical Balotelli will always be a menace but he has failed to score in his last five appearances for Italy but will be difficult to contain if he is on form. Immobile who recently transferred to Borussia Dortmund for £15M scored a hat-trick and provided an assist in the last warm-up game for Italy albeit against a hastily assembled club team but that will do his confidence no harm at all.
Italy will likely look to exploit what is generally agreed to be the weak right-back position for England with Glen Johnson all too frequently caught in possession and the space exploited by opposition teams but with no natural replacement England will need to show more care in this area. How England cope as a defensive unit will either provide a glimmer of hope or add to the disquiet. Italy will be wary of the threat from England’s front pairing and will need to control the midfield and squeeze the pair out of the game.
A draw would be a good result for either team if obviously not the very best but would put greater pressure on getting a win from the Uruguay and Costa Rica games for both teams to be sure of progressing.
Italy will go into the game in confident mood with the psychological advantage of having outplayed England for long periods two years ago but England will say that game is ancient history and was a much weakened team due to injuries.
The game promises to be the ‘Rumble in the jungle’ with the Amazonian conditions being a strong feature that will affect all aspects of the game from team selection to playing style to tactics. The weather forecast for Manaus is looking like being between 28 and 31 degrees with humidity around the 60% mark at game time. Wednesday to Friday is looking unsettled with the chance of storms.

England (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard, Henderson; Sterling; Lallana, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge.

Italy (Possible, 4-4-2): Sirigu; Abate, Bonucci, Bonucci, Chiellini; De Rossi, Candreva, Pirlo, Marchisio; Balotelli, Cassano.


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Group D is one of the toughest in the competition, with three former world champions - Uruguay, England and Italy - determined to get their hands on one of two passes to the second round.
While the Costa Ricans will have arrived in Brazil with the best intentions of causing an upset or two, they know their three opponents will view the Central American team as their most likely source of a guaranteed three points.
So, before England and Italy face off in the first of this group's mouthwatering ties between two international heavyweights, Uruguay must ensure it gets the job done against Costa Rica - the only side in the group ranked outside the world's top 10.
But coach Oscar Tabarez knows his side will come up against determined opposition in Fortaleza n Sunday (AEST).
"The Costa Ricans are fast and they will try and make life difficult for us," he said ahead of the clash. "Costa Rica is a major obstacle and we have a lot of respect for them.
"But our intention is to get the three points."
There can be little doubt that Luis Suarez - racing to fully recover from knee surgery in time to play - and Edinson Cavani could prove vitally important to Uruguay's campaign on its home continent, but veteran Diego Forlan's comeback from a stomach bug provides Tabarez with impressive strength in attacking depth.
"Age affects things like speed and other player characteristics but Forlan is still a very big part of this team, bringing his experience, presence on the pitch and great shooting skill from distance," he added.
Uruguay comes into the tournament on the back of a six-match unbeaten run, while Costa Rica has just one win from the same number of fixtures, and the underdog's attitude is very much that of a team with nothing to lose.
Indeed, it could be Costa Rica which winds up having the biggest say in who qualifies from Group D and it would deal Uruguay a significant blow with an upset.
"We will play without fear," coach Jorge Luis Pinto said. "We face three world champions and we can take them all on.
"What we feel is joy and motivation."
Needless to say that joy will reach new levels if Costa Rica can open its World Cup adventure with an unexpected win.

Uruguay (Possible, 4-4-2): Muslera; Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres; Rios, Lodeiro, Stuani, Rodriguez; Forlan, Cavani.
Test: Suárez (knee).
Costa Rica (Possible, 5-4-1): Navas; Gamboa, Umana, Gonzalez, Acosta, Diaz; Bolanos, Borges, Tejeda; Campbell, Ruiz.


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Colombia and Greece clash on Saturday in Group C plagued by fears over where their World Cup goals will come from.
The South Americans were rocked when talismanic striker Radamel Falcao lost his battle to be fit for the finals after suffering a serious knee injury playing for French club Monaco in January.
Immediately, Jose Pekerman's team lost a man who has scored 20 goals in 51 internationals since his debut in 2007.
The 28-year-old was his country's top scorer in the qualifying campaign as his nine goals helped Colombia make the finals for the first time since 1998.
In the absence of Falcao, Teofilo Gutierrez, who plays his club football at River Plate in Argentina, is expected to carry his team's goal-scoring burden starting against the Greeks.


Gutierrez, 29, has scored 12 goals in 30 internationals and will be supported by Victor Ibardo, the Cagliari winger, or Porto's Jackson Martinez.
Colombia, whose best World Cup run was a last-16 appearance in 1990, have 18 players who feature in the European leagues.
One of those is Falcao's Monaco teammate James Rodriguez, a key figure in midfield who is a genuine threat from free-kicks.
However, his appetite for the hard yards of defence has often been called into question.
Martinez believes the 2014 Colombia team has more talent than the 1994 squad who went to the United States finals as one of the favourites but flopped in the first round.
"I think that it's one of the most evenly-matched groups at this World Cup," said the Porto player.
"Ivory Coast have very experienced players with a lot of quality, Japan are always at the World Cup and cover every blade of grass, and Greece are tactically very strong.
"When you're at a World Cup, the first thing you say to yourself should be, 'We don't know how far we're going to go, but we do know how far we want to go'."
- Few mysteries -
Colombia skipper Mario Yepes, 38, believes there will be little to choose between his side and Greece.
"In football, there are few mysteries. We have an overview of what Greece are like and I would think they have a clear idea of Colombia," said Atalanta defender Yepes, who sees possession of the ball as key.
"It'll be a very complicated game, as will all the first phase matches."
Greece, the shock European champions in 2004, were knocked out in the first round in South Africa in 2010.
They can call on first-choice striker Kostas Mitroglou who has plenty to prove after his £12 million (15m euros, $20m) move from Olympiakos to Fulham turned into a nightmare.
The player called 'Pistolero' by his adoring Greek fans made just one start for the London club, who were relegated from the Premier League while he spent most of his time fighting a knee injury.
The 26-year-old has eight international goals but he has a knack of scoring at the right time.
He scored twice in Greece's 3-1 home win against Romania in the first leg of their World Cup play-off and found the target again in the return leg in Bucharest.
That ended in a 1-1 draw as Greece made it to Brazil 4-2 on aggregate.
Mitroglou made his name at Olympiakos, once scoring 15 goals in 17 matches, including a Champions League hat-trick.
Greece will be skippered on Saturday by another Fulham player, Georgios Karagounis, the 36-year-old who has 135 caps.
"Our main goal is to make it to the knockout rounds, which is something we have never done before," said Karagounis of a Group C which also includes Japan and Ivory Coast.
"In order to do this, we have to take each game as it comes. The most important game for us is against Colombia. This is our first game and they are a dangerous team."

Colombia (Possible, 4-4-2): Ospina; Zuniga, Yepes, Zapata, Armero; Cuadrado, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Sanchez; Gutierez, Martinez.

Greece (Possible, 4-4-2): Karnezis; Torosidis, Papasthathopoulos, Manolas, Holebas; Salpingidis, Katsouranis, Maniatis, Kone; Samaras, Mitroglou

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