Top 8 Hat-tricks of FIFA World Cup

by on June 27, 2010
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In the eighty years since that first World Cup Championship, way back in 1930, many of soccer’s greatest and most legendary players have participated. So, you might be wondering, with all of those great players, how many hat tricks have they scored? And which ones were the best? First, you need to know that a “World Cup hat trick” is the feat f scoring three or more goals in a single match. The folks at the World Cup do not count qualifiers! So, that said, here’s the scoop: Read more..

Team Portugal in World Cup Football

by on June 24, 2010
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The Portuguese National team made its debut appearance at the 1966 World Cup… over thirty years after the tournament first began. They stormed into the World Cup scene and managed to take third place that same year. Sadly, that has been Team Portugal’s best showing to date. Still, this year’s tournament will make only their fifth attempt to reach the finals of World Cup play. Perhaps they are just working their way up the ranks slowly?

Selecção das Quinas (the team’s nickname) qualified for the 1966 Cup and, as mentioned before, shook up the World Cup with a stunning debut performance. That 1966 Squad boasted a talented roster, but one player in particular stood out from the rest. Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, known as either the Black Pearl or, sometimes as the Black Panther, is in the country’s history books as one of Team Portugal’s best scorers. In that World Cup series alone, he scored more goals than any other player, a total of nine. That’s not too bad for a first time team who had to settle for a third place prize.

Since that debut, the Portuguese team has been a simmering pot, coming close to boiling over and yet not quite. Maybe this year things in South Africa will go their way and we’ll get to see them hit a really hot streak all the way to the finals. Still, with one win and one draw so far in this year’s Tournament, it’s going to take a big rally to push them through past some of the great teams in this year’s World Cup competition.

The men of Luis Felipe Scolari produced some unbelievable results till 2008 when they went to the finals of 2004 Euro Cup and topped the chart of 2006 world cup qualifiers with the good goal difference of +30 on the charts. Even though, they lost the 2004 Euro cup final to the unfenced Greece, they do not let themselves down in the process to 2006 qualifier. The 2006 was a dream run for them as they went through the group stage and defeat the England side in quarter finals which actually they also did in 2004 Euro cup. The charismatic leadership of Luis Figo saw them through to the semi-finals of 2006 world cup and where they lost to determined France.

They had a good run in 2010 world cup qualifier and booked their world cup berth swiftly. The immediate future of Portugal football team looks bright. The huge experience of Maniche, Costinha and Deco in accordance with polished exuberance of Ricardo Quaresma, Nani and world’s costliest player Cristiano Ronaldo shows the best transition period for the Portugese team. The new faces like Bruno Gama and Ariza Makukula are providing outstanding performances. Portugal did not reach the semi finals of 2010 and 2014 football world cups, but Cristiano Ronaldo nevertheless was still among the best players in both football world cups. 

England – 1966 World Cup Mud-Bowl Champs!

by on June 16, 2010
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