FIFA WORLD CUP SEMIFINALS: Four teams on the cusp of World Cup Final

by on July 10, 2018
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Four teams and four games are left to be played at the FIFA World Cup 2018 and one of France, Belgium, Croatia and England will be lifting 6.1 kilos of 18 carat gold come 15th July in Moscow.

Belgium vs France in St. Petersburg

The two neighbours will fight it out for a berth in the World Cup final on Tuesday. Belgium have won every game they have played so far at the World Cup and also knocked out 5-time winners Brazil before reaching this stage of the competition, while France have played the most exciting football thus far and ousted teams like Argentina and Uruguay on their way to the semifinals. The two teams do possess the two best squads at this World Cup and the match is expected to be a cracker. Surprisingly, Belgium have an edge over France in the head-to-head, winning 30 times as compared to France’s 24. 19 matches played between the two nation ended in draws.

Belgium’s golden generation failed to deliver the goods in the recent competitions, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 European Championships, but their stellar performance against Brazil gave a good account of their potential and instilled hope among the faithfuls that the ‘Red Devils’ are here to stay. On the other hand, France managed to score just the three goals in the group stages, but surpassed their tally in the knockout match against Argentina alone, when teenager Kylian Mbappe dismantled Lionel Messi and co. in Kazan.

Winners: Belgium

England vs Croatia in Moscow

A very unlikely semifinal matchup at the start of the competition, these two sides now stand on the brink of a World Cup final. England have reached their first World Cup semifinal since 1990 and this rejuvenated pack of young Englishmen has reached the stage their golden generation never did. England knocked out Colombia and Sweden, while Croatia were stretched by Denmark and hosts Russia in their knockout matches. The past two meetings between the two nations have ended in comprehensive England victories, so the ‘Three Lions’ will start as favourities against Croatia, who are dealing with several fitness concerns. The only worry for England is Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson, who has had a terrific World Cup so far, but left the field against Sweden with a tight hamstring.

Winners: England

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Performance record of Bordeaux football club

by on April 21, 2011
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girondins-bordeaux-football-coupe-de-la-ligue

Bordeaux football club have always been a formidable force within French football but it is extremely unfortunate that although the club has had some great players within its ranks over the years they have never been able to perform to their potential within Europe.

The club has so far won a total of 6 league championships. Bordeaux enjoyed its golden period during the mid 80’s when the club won 3 titles under the 1998 world cup winning manager, Aime Jacquet. The club last won the league in the 2008-2009 season when it finally ended Lyon’s seven consecutive league winning years. The club currently lies at 8th spot with 19 points behind league leaders Lille. The club’s European campaigns have been very forgettable with only a handful of noticeable performances. These include the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup and runners up medal for the 1995-96 UEFA Cup against Bayern Munich football club.

After Claude Bez invested heavily into the club, Bordeaux FC regain the lost confidence and now surely seem to be on the rise towards some well deserved success both nationally and internationally. Most of the national success for the club came under Andre Gerard who also happens to be the club’s longest serving manager.  This french football club enjoys a lot of popularity. 

Profile: Bordeaux football club

by on April 21, 2011
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French football club: Bordeaux football club

Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux simply known as Bordeaux football club is one of the most revered clubs in France. It is interesting to note that though football is what Bordeaux is known for worldwide nowadays, it actually started out as a multi sport club in 1881. The team plays its home games at the 34,000 plus stadium Stade Chaban-Delmas in traditional dark blue kits. The away colors are normally cream or purple.

Throughout history the club has been facing tough times and at the same time enjoyed reasonable success in Europe and some exceptional success back at home in France. Although it was always a well known club in France but it became prominent globally when millions were injected into its rebuilding and restructuring by Claude Bez.

Bordeaux football club’s history is full of players loved and respected around the globe. It has been home to the likes of Zinadine Zidane, Lizarazu, Lacombe, Dugarry, Chamakh and Gourcuff in the past. The club’s current captain and talisman is the talented defensive mid-fielder Alo Diarra who also captained the national team in its last match of the recent 2010 World Cup and is still producing some great talent through its youth system to serve the national team.

SC Bastia football club profile

by on April 13, 2011
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French football club Bastia logo

Sporting Club de Bastia is a French professional football league team located in Bastia, France. The club was founded in 1905 and currently playing in the lowly third-division league “Championnat national”. Bastia plays home matches at the Stade Armand Cesari, having capacity of 11,000 spectators. Julien Lolli is the current chairman of the club while the team plays under the managerial ship of Frederic Hantz. It is one of the most popular French football clubs.

SC Bastia football club, well known as the “Turchini”, “lioni di Furiani”, and “les bleus”, plays home games in Blue jersey with Blue shorts and away games in White Jersey with White shorts.

On domestic level, Bastia football club have won only two titles, Second Division winners in 1968 and Coupe de France in 1981. While on international level, Bastia have made 2 appearances in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 2 appearances in the UEFA Europa League and 3 appearances in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. And the best came in 1977/78 edition of the UEFA Cup, when Bastia reaches the final but unfortunately lost to PSV Eindhoven football club.

The clubs’ poor performance in the last 2009/10 season of French Ligue 2 sent them to further lower category which is named “Championnat National” after becoming 20th, the lowest position on the table.

Performance record of Olympique de Marseille football club

by on March 12, 2011
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Olympique de Marseille football club

Olympique de Marseille football club is perhaps the most successful club in French football league keeping in view their excellent performance record; the club has won a significant number of domestic and international trophies which highlight the club’s success rate. Olympique de Marseille football club has a strong squad with exceptionally talented players such as Gabriel Heinze and Andre-Pierre Gignac. The ‘LES PHOCEENS’ have claimed the Ligue 1 title in 2009/10 season and have also qualified for the UEFA Champions League this season. The club has a huge fan base all over the world and the exceptional performance record of the club itself highlights the success of the club and talented players present at the club.

Performance record of Olympique de Marseille football club of French football league:

1) Division 1/Ligue 1 Winners (9 times).

2) Division 2 Winners.

3) Coupe de France Winners (record 10 times).

4) Coupe de la Liga Winners.

5) Trophee des Champions Winners (2 times).

6) Coupe Charles Drago Winners.

7) Championnat de France Amateurs Winners.

8) South-East DH Championship Winners (4 times).

9) Coastline USFSA Championship Winners (7 times).

10) UEFA Champions League Winners.

11) UEFA Intertoto Cup Winners.

The Marseille football club has also won may reserve league and youth titles and are the only team in France to have won the UEFA Champions league which itself speaks about the exemplary performance record of the club.

Olympique de Marseille football club profile

by on March 12, 2011
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French football club Olympique de Marseille football club profile

Olympique de Marseille football club is a French club established in 1899. Since then the club has dominated French football and spent most of it’s history in the top tier of French football league. Marseille fc has qualified for the UEFA Champions League and is in vying for a place in the quarter finals. The club is fondly known as ‘LES PHOCEENS’ and play their home matches at the Stade Velodrome that draws a high attendance of fans due to the large fan base of the club; the stadium has a capacity to hold over 60,000 fans.

Marseille football club is currently coached by Didier Deschamps who had led Marseille to the UEFA Champions League title in 1992/3 season; the coach has carried this success in coaching as well after guiding the club to the Ligue 1 title in 2009/10 season. The Marseille football club is currently owned by Jean-Claude Dassier after the death of previous owner Robert-Louis Dreyfus; the club has a highly prestigious trophy cabinet and has made many records in their long history as a professional football club. The crest of Olympique de Marseille football club features the club initials ‘O’ and ‘M’ as a single unit with a golden star above to commemorate the club’s UEFA Champions League trophy; the club motto ‘DROIT AU BUT’ is written in gold at the bottom.

Performance record of Olympique Lyon football club

by on March 9, 2011
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French football club Olympique Lyonnais

The Olympique Lyon football club are one of the 16 teams that are battling for a place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and this feat itself speaks volumes about the successful string of performances given by the club in the recent past. Lyon football club is a prestigious French football league team with a remarkable squad, capable of playing against the top sides in the world. Lyon fc has a decorated trophy cabinet and has been lauded by critics for playing good football in all competitions. The Lyon football club also has a distinction of starting a national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles which is a massive achievement. The club under coach Claude Puel has created many upsets and won crucial games against tough teams such as Real Madrid football club in the UEFA Champions League 2009/10.

Performance record of Olympique football club

1) Ligue 1 Winners (7 times).

2) Ligue 2 Winners (3 times).

3) USFSA Lyonnaise French Championship Winners (4 times).

4) French Championship (southern pool) Winners.

5) Coupe de France Winners (4 times).

6) Coupe de la Ligue Winners.

7) Trophee des Champions Winners (7 times).

8) UEFA Intertoto Cup Winners.

These magnificent achievements outline the club’s progress rate and improvement and are a source of pride for their ever increasing fans.

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Host Countries Performances during FIFA World Cups

by on June 19, 2010
in FIFA

France in 1998 football world cup

FIFA World Cup has become an international and global event and it is a matter of pride and dignity for a country to host such a big and globally favorite event. Host team always has to perform dual responsibility: hospitality towards other teams who come to their home from all over the world and their own performance and efforts to win the tournament in their own country.

Eighteen world cup tournaments have been played since 1930 and the 19th is just being played. Till this date six host countries have won the tournament while playing in their own countries. The first ever World Cup in the history of football was played in Uruguay and won by Uruguay. Other five countries who gave best performance while playing in their homeland were:

• Italy (1934)
• England (1966)
• West Germany (1974)
• Argentina (1978)
• France (1998)

In three tournaments, out of the remaining 12, the host teams qualified for the final but couldn’t succeed to win the trophy. In 1950 World Cup, the final match was held between the host team Brazil and first winning team of FIFA World cup, Uruguay, where Brazil. Uruguay.

In 1958, the World Cup final match was played between the host team Sweden and Brazil; the latter won the trophy for the first time. In the latest World Cup of 2006, the final match held between the host team France and Italy and Italy took the trophy home; it was the fourth victory of Italy in the history of World Cup. In the remaining 9 tournaments since 1930, host teams didn’t even qualify for the final.

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