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Quarterfinals of FIFA World Cup 2010

by on July 3, 2010
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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..

Top 5 FIFA World Cup Goal Keeping Moments

by on June 27, 2010
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The World Cup Greatest Streaks – Some of Them, At Least..

by on June 26, 2010
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2010_FIFA_World_Cup_logoWining Streaks and losing streaks and statistical streaks, the World Cup has had it share of all kinds of streaks. If you were eighty years old, you might have had a few streaks of your own! Still, just for fun, here are some of the record streaks that just might be broken in 2010! Read more..

Team Portugal in World Cup Football

by on June 24, 2010
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Cristiano Ronaldo

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. 

Host Countries Performances during FIFA World Cups

by on June 19, 2010
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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.

5 Biggest Upsets in World Cup History

by on June 18, 2010
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Football is nothing without a spice of most shocking and unexpected results. The upsets in football World Cup have always been brouhaha for the football fans. ‘You never know’ is the most common phrase which is used by the football fans whenever it comes to weak teams playing stronger ones. The upset defeats of the strong teams elevate the popularity of the weaker team and bring it into the media limelight. Saying that weaker teams are a source of sizzle in group matches makes sense. Read more..

Paraguay – The Guaranies

by on June 17, 2010
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They are part of the old Guard. The Paraguay National Football Team was one of the original thirteen teams to compete in the very first World Cup Tournament way back in 1930. The “Guaraníes” managed one win and one loss in that first Cup series, but it was not enough to send the through to the semifinals. In subsequent appearances, both in 1950 and 1958, the Paraguay team failed to make it past qualifying. To this date, their best World Cup performances were turned in during the 1986, 1998 and 2002 Cup tournaments.

In 1986, Paraguay’s coach, Cayetano Re was sent off during their first round match against Belgium for, it seems strange to say, standing too close to the field. He was the first coach ever to have suffered the indignation of being sent off during the World Cup finals.

Then, in 1998, the Paraguay’s squad featured a talented young goalkeeper named Jose Luis Chilavert. This young man’s play caused fans and opponents to take notice. While their unbeaten run was finally stopped by a second round defeat to the team that would go on to win the tournament, France, it still left them feeling good about the progress they were making.

The second round, however, proved to be their obstacle once more in the 2002 World Cup, and they faced elimination at that level once more. The question is, can they make it to and then, perhaps, past that second round in this year’s World Cup in South Africa?

After 12 years of absence from the big football event, they came back to 1998 France world cup with the inspiration of their show-stopper Jose Luis Chilavert. After more than 10 years, Paraguayan football team has become the recognized face in the top football teams. Paraguay has always enjoyed their success in South America with their solid defense and fast front runners. Even though, they showed some good progress during the 1998 and 2002 appearances, the guide of 2006, Anibal Ruiz was unable to guide them out of group B where they had a tough fight from Sweden, England. Due to this reason, Paraguayan decided to replace him with Gerardo Martino, an Argentinean tactician.

The Paraguay National Team had to be encouraged that, in their opening game against the defending Champs, Italy, they managed to finish up with a draw. Their coach, Gerardo Martino, was quick to point out that keeping Italy from scoring a win was almost as good as a win over a lesser team and proved that their squad had great potential. After all, they beat both Argentina and Brazil in qualifying. Under Martino’s guiding hand, the team from Paraguay may bear watching. Paraguay failed to make it to the final four in both 2010 and 2014 football world cups. 

7 Most Popular Personalities in Soccer

by on August 30, 2009
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If we go into the history of soccer we will discover a most enchanting fact that over the years the beautiful game of soccer has experienced a number of highly talented and colorful characters. In most cases, soccer does not blend very well with great intellectual pursuits but the following are an exception:

Pele

He is easily the most influential soccer player of all time. He won the world cup with Brazil a record three times. These days, he is very popular as a soccer ambassador. He greatly revolutionized the sport of soccer and made it the number one sport in the world. Pele while on the field developed a full range of assets which he utilized throughout his games.

Tostao

This young man won the world cup with Brazil in 1970. Now, he is one of the most influential soccer journalists in his native Brazil. This man combined soccer skills with huge intellectual endowments throughout his career and till now.

Sir Bobby Charlton

It is very rare to get knighted by the Queen of England simply because you play football. But he was not your average English footballer. He played an important role in the world cup success of 1966 for England and had a great career at Manchester United where he played an incredible 759 matches. Sir Charlton is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time and is also arguably one of the top 3 soccer players in England.

Maradonna

This guy is a colorful but controversial character. He led Argentina to world cup glory in 1986 and remains an iconic figure in Latin American soccer circles. At present, he is the coach of Argentina’s national soccer team. No one did so much for his t-shirt. He played 91 matches and scored 34 goals. He is the flag of Argentine football.

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker is one of football’s gentlemen. In his entire professional career, he didn’t receive a single yellow card. He scored a total of 244 goals from 462 games. He was awarded the OBE for his contribution to soccer and he also holds the record for top scorer in the 1986 world cup. He bowed out in the 1992 European Championship.

Zinedine Zidane

Forget the red card he was given in the final match of the 2006 world cup. Zidane remains a soccer hero anytime, anywhere. Zidane earned his reputation as one of the world’s best players with his peerless, often impossible-looking displays of technique and control.

David Beckham

He is one of the most iconic athletes. David Beckham is known especially for the power and accuracy of his free kicks. He played an important role to Manchester United’s six league championships and other accomplishments while on the team. He is the most famous English footballer of all time and the richest by far.

Past and present, these are some of the most influential players in the history of soccer.

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