Italy – Still Trying To Forget 2002

by on June 16, 2010
in Football teams

Italian Baggio

It’s a tough enough job just suiting up to play against the best players in the world. The prestigious World Cup is not, however, for the faint of heart. The Italians, furthermore, consistently field a solid team and are almost always one of the crowd’s and a betting man’s favorites in the tournament. They have proven time and time again that they can are more than able to take on the other great teams and hold their own. Yet, in 2002, they faced a challenge far beyond the man-to-man combat of football, one that left a black mark in the history of the Cup.

In 2002, the World Cup was played in South Korea. The Italian football team went sixteen rounds in that tournament before being defeated by the host country’s team on a series of bad calls that live in infamy. Only one goal was scored in that match, and was credited to South Korea’s Ahn Jung-Hwan during the extra period. The game and consequently the entire Cup was overshadowed by accusations of fraud and by conspiracy theories all stemming from the actions of referee, Byron Moreno, whose seemingly blatant slant against the Italian squad sent them home in defeat.

During the game, Italy football team scored time and again only to have their points annulled by Moreno. Then, to add insult to injury, the referee had the audacity to red card Francesco Totti for diving. The result of the game’s created mayhem among soccer fans, not only of Italy, but worldwide, as well.

After the match, the Italian Coach, Giovanni Trapattoni, insinuated that there had been a conspiracy against the Italian team not only during that match with South Korea, but throughout the entire tournament. Replays of footage clearly show that four legitimate goals made by Italy overruled by the referee. For many the match between Team Italy and Team South Korea in 2002 stand out as one of the worst moments in the Cup’s history.

The Italian team is going to walk the ground with pride and confidence as they are the defending champions of FIFA World Cup 2006. They are currently No. 4 in FIFA rankings. Here is a quick peak into their team:

• Nickname: Azzurri or Squadra Azzurra

• Football Association: Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio

• Head Coach: Marcello Lippi

• Captain: Fabio Cannavaro is the man who is going to lead the defenders in FIFA World Cup 2010. Fabio has the most captaincies for Italian team.

• Top scorer: Luigi Riva with 35 goals.

• Home kit color: Blue shirt and blue shorts

• Away kit color: White shirt with white shorts

• Playing in the World Cup since: 1934

FIFA World Cup record

• Won FIFA World Cup: Italy claimed this title for four times, just a number below Brazil.

• Total matches played in FIFA World Cup: 77

• Total games won: Italians won 44 games

• Games drawn: Italy drawed 19 matches in all

• Games lost: Italy lost 14 games in all

• Goals scored: Italian team has scored 122 goals in FIFA world cup.

Italy in FIFA WORLD CUP 2010

Italy is going to defend its champions title in this event. They are in Group F where they are going to play with Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia.

Apart from two flops in 1930 and 1958, Italy football team has always qualified for the world cup and in 2006, they made history by lifting the world cup and beating the fantastic France in finals of the world cup with strategic game. The team has always given the best football games to the world and won the game many times. Italy is a country where every normal life player plays the football team for at least two hours on Sunday Afternoon. They showed their capabilities in the 2006 world cup while they won the world cup even after the pressure of scandals that came into picture just before world cup.

The team will look to come with the game of full-throttle football because all the teams are looking to head down the defending champions. The team has start performers like goalie Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Cannavaro. The team has the young legs of Luca Toni, Daniele-De-Rossi, Andrea Barzagli, Manuele Blasi, Alberto Gilardino, Vincenzo Iaquinta and Giorgio Chiellini that are emerging fast. The team has a strong net defender Gianluigi Buffon who is regarded as one of the best goalies in history of football who actually helped Italy to lift the world cup on his own when he saved an important header from Zedane and saved lot at net in penalty shootout. Italy was a strong contender for 2010 and 2014 world cups, but the team did not manage to win either of these world cups. 

Brazil – Feeling The Heat From The Fans To Win At The Cup

by on June 16, 2010
in FIFA, Football teams

Romario Brazil

Brazil football team had more hanging on the outcome of this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa than most. After all, a victory would complete a tidy hat trick of trophies for Selecao. After all, they’ve won a cup on every other continent on which they’ve played. Winning in South Africa should be no problem, right? Of course, there are a few other pretty good teams to be beaten, but Brazil knows it has to win. They are not strangers to winning at the Cup, but still Brazil faces the somewhat daunting prospect of being “required to win” by their devoted fans who seem to have decided that winning the Cup is their due.

In 1970, the Pele stole the show and helped the Brazilian team took home the actual Jules Rimet Trophy. Sadly, the trophy was later stolen and most believe it was melted down and sold. They last won a Cup in 2002 when they labored to reach the tournament that was hosted in South Korea and Japan. This year, however, Dunga and the Brazilian squad cruised into Johannesburg top of their group.

Still, the squad is feeling the pressure to bring home the Cup and please the throngs of fans that are nearly rabid about regaining the World Cup Title. The players, however, are trying to keep some perspective. Just after they beat archrival Argentina to secure their qualification, Kaka (a key player on the Brazilian squad) noted that it was imperative that his team “learn to live without the favorite’s tag”. Adding that “We mustn’t let it turn into something negative as… in previous years”.

While some might envy Brazil’s fan support, the pressure to win can be intimidating even or experienced players. Drawing a spot in Group G for this year’s tournament, a group given the nickname the “Group of Death”, won’t be making the stress any easier to deal with. Still, the surest way for Brazil to turn this tournament into a positive for the team and for its fans, is to win and keep winning all the way to the finals. 

The national football team of Brazil is considered to be the best team ever in the football history for many times winning the FIFA World Cup. They say about football that “the English invented it, but the Brazilians perfected it”. No wonder this is true. Brazil is still the number one team in the FIFA rankings. Let’s have a quick glance into what Brazil has been up to in FIFA world cup events:

• Nickname: Canarinho or the Samba Kings

• Football association: Brazilian Football Confederation
• Head coach: The legendary Dunga is leading the top Brazilian team

• Captain: Lucio will be heading its team at the FIFA World Cup 2010

• Top scorer: Pelé with his 77 goals is the top scorer for Brazil till now

• Home kit color: Yellow shirts with blue shorts

• Away kit color: Blue shirts with white shots

• Playing world cup since: 1930

• Won FIFA World Cup: Brazil won the FIFA World Cup five times, in the years of 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002

• Total matches played in World Cup: Brazil has played 92 matches till now in FIFA World Cup

• Total games won: Brazil won 64 games in total at the FIFA World Cup

• Games drawn: Brazil had only 14 drawn games at the FIFA World Cup

• Games lost: Brazil lost only 14 times at this event.

• Goals scored: The total number of goals scored by the Brazilian team at this event is 201.

Brazil in FIFA World Cup 2010

Brazil is going to be the leading team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They are part of group G, known as the Death Group. Brazil will face Portugal, Cote d’lvoire and the Democratic Republic of Korea in the group stage.

The Brazilians are the most successful international football team in the world. This claim is backed up by the fact that they have won the FIFA World Cup a record five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002), the Copa America, eight times and the Confederations Cup, three times. They are also the only international team that have play in all 18 of the World Cups that have been held. They have also qualified for the 2010 World Cup that is being held in South Africa and, as hosts, they automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

As with every World Cup, watch out for Brazil. As is commonly said about Brazil … “The English invented it, the Brazilian perfected it.”

On Paper, Brazil is one of the strongest team in current world cup run and has won maximum number of world cups but team has struggled to live to the expectations in the big tourneys including 2006 world cup where they lost their campaign to France in quarter final. But, Brazil has gained the success no other team has ever gained in terms of qualifying the tournaments, scoring the goals and winning the big tournaments. This South American giant has always produced the best football players in the world. In 2002, they were not tagged as favorite but the team of Louis Felipe Scolari went on to win their fifth world cup title. But, in 2006, they did not played to their expectations as they lost in quarter finals.

In 2010 campaign, they might not come as favorites of the tournament but just like 2002, they can produce the result to lift the world cup. The team is guided by Carlos Dunga who himself captained the side to won 1994 world cup. The team is full of star players like Rivaldo and once best player Kaka. The team is placed in Group “G” where they might face the toughest challenge from Portugal. The other two opponents in the group are Ivory Coast and North Korea. In 2014, Brazil made it to the knock out round, but faced a humiliating defeat of 7-1 at the hand of the German football team. 

Spain – Eager for Number 1

by on June 14, 2010
in FIFA, Football teams

Football_SpainSpain, being the current European champion of year 2008, has been positioned second on the FIFA rankings which clearly shows that Spain has the potential to claim the title this year. As per the qualification for FIFA World Cup, Spain has qualified for 12 times in this event. In 2008, Spain became the only team to be at the top of the FIFA World Ranking who has not won the World Cup title ever. Marvel it is for Spain! Read more..

Records of Brazil in FIFA World Cup

by on June 14, 2010
in FIFA, Football teams

brasil_football_logoDo you know that why Brazil holds the first place in the FIFA rankings 2010? They have been retaining their position in the top ten since they have been playing. It is their persistent performance which has enabled them to retain their position so comprehensively. Brazil is a team which holds the most records in the FIFA history. Here is a quick look into their most prominent records in FIFA till now: Read more..

Comparison Between Italian and Brazilian Soccer Teams

by on September 13, 2009
in Football teams

Neymar

From a trophy room perspective, one can easily compare the Italian soccer team to that of Brazil, both winning an impressive number of World Cups, with Italy coming one cup short of Brazil’s 5 different wins. But a comparing the two teams from any other perspective is simply ridiculous, as they are at different ends in what regards to their style of play. If Brazil won most of these World Cups through aggressive & breathtaking soccer, the Italian national soccer team won theirs through a workable, tactical style.

Focusing strictly on Italy’s soccer team, which in my regard has an edge over brazil, so, it was hard for the Italian Football Federation to scoop up a solid team with Italian soccer teams playing in regional competitions instead of a single organized championship and didn’t participate in the first World Cup held in 1930, having a strong national team they made their debut in 1934 the World Cup, where they managed the first World Cup in the history of Italian soccer. After that the hunger for trophies and fame made the Italian soccer team enter the 1938 World Cup in which they also managed to defend their title making themselves as invincible in soccer industry. Despite remaining a strong squad and few bad years Italy ended up securing two more worldcup titles including the last one in 2006. Your browser may not support display of this image.

On the other side, the Brazilians have a team that has more world championships and have a record of being the only nation to participate in every World Cup. The Brazilians won its first world cup in 1958, with a very young but impressive Pele regarded to as one of the best players in sporting history. Four years later, the Brazil soccer team won the world cup again and later went on securing 3 more titles with the last one in 2002.

The team is an explosive mixture of talented players. Ronaldinho, Marcos Cafu, Luiz Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos are the players to watch from the Brazilian team. The soccer-crazy nation has around 200 million Brazilian fans, who are crazy for another feather in their country’s cap this time. Brazil Soccer Team has always been full on its fans requirements and time will tell whether this time they will fulfill the wishes of their country people or not.

The Ultimate Dream Team of the Current Players

by on August 29, 2009
in Football teams

Iker Casillas

Imagine the scene. Hampden Park in Glasgow, the spiritual home of soccer, playing a team of all-stars extracted from all the teams that are currently playing. Eleven men, incomparably supreme athletes, walk onto the pitch. A line-up that is always in the dreams of soccer fans is as follows:

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

Casillas is one of those players who seem like they’ve been in the game for a long time. Having made his debut for Real Madrid aged just seventeen; his career reached the ultimate pinnacle when he captained his national team to a European Championship victory. Moving onto his physical attributes, Casillas is a great goalkeeper because of his quick reflexes and his bravery, often willing to put his body on the line for the good of the team. And his consistency can’t be matched by any goal keeper!

Defenders: Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Alessandro Nesta

It’s very hard in world soccer to point out outstanding defenders, as most of the glory goes to the strikers. However, these four names truly stand out. Vidic & Ferdinand – two reasons why Manchester United have the meanest defense in the Premiership. Vidic in particular is the model of bravery, and is as good at scoring from corners as he is at defending them. Ferdinand is a mixture of speed, strength and intelligence, a set of traits that compliment his fellow centre-back.

On the left hand side, there is only ever going to be one choice – Ashley Cole; his raw pace and his ability to go forwards stand him out from his competitors. On the right hand side is the old war horse of the defense. Alessandro Nesta’s ability is un-debatable. He has won a World Cup, as well as a Champion’s League medal.

Midfielders: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard, Gennaro Gattuso

Cristiano Ronaldo stands alone at the support of world soccer. His blend of fierce speed, ankle breaking skills and sheer courage put him in a league of his own.

Lionel Messi is simply the future of Argentinean soccer. Unlike the Portuguese, he always kicks it up a notch in the big games.

In the middle are the two midfielders. Gerrard is always capable of changing the course of a match. He is deadly shooting from outside the area, and is a complete fighter. Gattuso is a defensive midfielder. He marks his men pretty well and never gives them breathing space. His tough tackling also makes the player double minded for his move.

Strikers: Fernando Torres, Dimitar Berbatov

While many others can make it to the striker list, I’ll point out that these two are not the two best strikers in the world but perhaps the two who would play best together. Fernando Torres is the classic out. His ability to run between defenders and his coolness under pressure are great assets to his side. Berbatov always has a threat coming from his superb control, effortless skill and his ability to hold up the ball for other players to come and support him.

Dream Team of the Old Legends of Soccer

Lev Yashin

There can’t be a task any more difficult than picking merely 11 players out of the hundreds of great ones that ever played soccer in the past. Every team needs a good, solid, battling lineup including players who can ensure a tough game and championships win. The following lineup is what I have made, taking care to ensure that the above attributes are all met.

Goalkeeper: Lev Yashin

He is thought to be the greatest goalkeeper ever seen in the long history of football and has some unique moments in his career saving some unimaginable goals both for his country and his clubs. This greatest performer of world football was awarded the ‘Order of Lenin’.

Defenders: Franz Beckenbauer, Niton Santos, Moore, Gheorghe Hagi

Beckenbauer dominated German football in the 1960s and ’70s and is arguably the country’s greatest footballer. He invented the modern position of the attacking sweeper who initiates the offense from central defense with deft passes and long runs. Those powerful long runs out of central defense had never been seen before.

Niton Santos was considered the strongest left back ever. With his incomparable technique, tactical knowledge above the average and great fair play quality on the pitch he made one of the strongest defensive pairs with right back Djalma Santos in the history of football.

Moore had this ability of showing an impressive way of reading the game and anticipated opposition movements. For his distinguishing style, Moore was known as a real football gentleman. He was one of the best defenders ever to have played in the past.

Gheorghe Hagi, known as “the Maradona of the Carpathians” is a genius on the field and his ability to score from free kicks using his deadly left foot is legendary. With this ability he can really make this dream team rise to the top.

Midfielders: Michel Platini, Maradona, Frank Rijkaard, Lothar Matthaus

Michel Platini was first in the top goal scorers list in his time. Platini has been an outstanding champion who delighted the audience with his refined pieces of play and his great irony. A real champion but also a great man.

Maradona had so much strength that he could run with the ball and withstand challenges, making him a unique asset to this team.

Frank Rijkaard the Dutch triumvirate became the dominant force of his team during his time leading in the most difficult times for his team and managing a performance every time he played.

Matthaus was the only defensive midfielder to make it on to the original central midfielders list, and it’s not hard to see why because he has a record which still stands today.

Strikers: Pele, Van Basten

Pele’s incredible eye for goal, deadly strike force and remarkable accuracy combined with Van Basten’s spectacular goals, in particular volleys and overhead kicks. These two make a complete forward – dangerous with both left and right foot.

2009 FIFA Confederation Cup: Brazil Reviewed

by on June 13, 2009
in FIFA, Football teams

An Overview Of Fifa Confederations Cup

Official Logo of Confederations Cup 2013

When we talk of soccer, the apparent thought that comes to mind is based on the popular one-liner, “The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it.” And this is as true, as Brazil being the five time winner of the world Cup and currently the defending champion of the 2009 FIFA Confederation Cup is yet again in the limelight. This time the reason is that the Brazilian maestros Ronaldinho and Ronaldo are not in the Brazilian squad, which has subdued the Brazil fans spirit. Ronaldinho has not measure up as a standard player for Brazil and even his club during 2008-2009. However, whenever he played, he showed just the ‘thing’ which he possesses. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are expected to join the Brazil team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Read more..

3 Best Football Records in English History

by on April 10, 2009
in Football teams

 Manchester United

Football isn’t a very new or modern game. It dates all the way back to the early 18th century in England. From the day it was reinvented and the Cambridge Rules applied, the game has travelled all around the world this far, reaching out through tens of famous international leagues and tournaments. Truly enough, there are plenty of good unbreakable records in England itself, the top three being;

• the most points overall in the top flight by Manchester United,

• the Longest unbeaten League run by Arsenal, and

• the highest record win by Newcastle United and Stockport County respectively

English football is something so famous one can even find fans deep in the Borneo forest (with media reception of course). Teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal are all known for their own glorious records in history, some of which are listed above. In particular, Manchester United had once scored most points overall in the top flight, being 4712 points. Arsenal on other hand is known for its record-breaking longest unbeaten run for 49 runs until Manchester United ended it for them. Newcastle United and Stockport County are both known for the highest record win in history, each winning 13 goals against Newport County and Halifax Town, with the latter teams losing by zero goals.

3 Basic Differences between Football and Basketball

Basketball

Basketball is an extremely important game in the Americas and Asia; as important as football or soccer is to Europe and South America. Both are quite different in nature, although collectively both aim for the same objective, a struggle to get the ball into the goal post in soccer and the net in basketball. Apart from this major difference, there are plenty of others as well, three of them as discussed below.

Basketball is played indoors (in professional games) whereas both the American football and soccer are played on turf grass (indoors and outdoors). For professional playing particularly, basketball involves a wooden floor painted with the lines and dividers, whereas football normally involves the same grass field within a stadium divided by white or black (painted) lines.

Basketball players wear gym shoes or basketball shoes whereas football players, particularly in soccer, wear football shoes, which is primarily distinguished via the spikes underneath.

Basketball jerseys are normally sleeveless, except in outdoor casual games; whereas in jerseys for soccer cover the shoulder and carry a symbol of advertisement for sponsoring companies. In American football, there’s a distinct shoulder pad which is needed for basic protection in addition to the helmets worn for head protection. In soccer, only knee pads are essentially compulsory in professional games.

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