Team Portugal in World Cup Football

by on June 24, 2010
in FIFA, Football teams

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. 

Team Spain in World Cup Football

by on June 24, 2010
in FIFA, Football teams

David Villa

Spain football team made their first appearance in 1934 and have shown up intermittently since then. They turned in their best World Cup performance to date in 1950 when they went home in fourth place after managing wins over powerhouse teams such as the USA, Chile and England to take a spot in the semi-finals. Over the years, the team has encountered a road-bock on their road to a Cup win… the semi-finals.

During Spain’s first World Cup in 1934, the team did manage to make it to the quarterfinals only to be ousted by Italy. In 1954 they missed qualifying thanks to lady luck, since it was coin toss after a tied game with Turkey that kept them out of contention for the Cup that year.

When Spain hosted their first World Cup Tournament, in 1982, many had hoped to see fortune smile upon the home team. They were disappointed. Spain managed only one victory in front of the home crowd, squeaking into the second round before elimination.

1986 was kinder and they managed to work their way into the quarterfinals before elimination. In 1990 the lost in overtime in a second round match with Yugoslavia. Then, once more in 1994, they again faced elimination in a match in the quarterfinals. In 1998, they didn’t fare nearly as well and never made it out of the first round, but four years later they made it to the 2002 quarterfinals again.

All of this see-sawing from finals to quarterfinals to early elimination, and even a coin toss that prevented their making the tournament, Team Spain has yet to taste the sweetness of World Cup victory. With a talented team, they had their hopes set on “high” as they entered this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa. With one win and one loss so far in this year’s tournament, they are holding their own in their group. Still, they have a lot of obstacles between them and their first tournament win.

Spain National football team went ahead to win the football World Cup 2010. In 2014, the team was not able to defend its world cup title.

Spain football team is still among best ranked teams in the world while also holding the UEFA European Championship 2008 trophy and 2012 edition. Their consistent play and outstanding performance has thrilled the football world. Here is a little bit about them: Read more..

Team Brazil in World Cup Football: Leonidas De Silva Made Early World Cup History

by on June 23, 2010
in FIFA World Cup

Ronaldinho Brazil

Along with twelve other teams, the Brazilian National Team was privileged to participate in the very first World Cup tournament held in 1930. They are also the only team to appear in every World Cup since its initiation and have won it more than any other team. Their five victories came in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. During their long history with the Tournament, the Brazilians have accrued a few unusual firsts and experiences. One player in particular, Leonidas De Silva, had some remarkable moments in the early years of Cup play. Here are just a few:

In 1938, during a Finals match against Team Poland, one of the Brazilian team members doffed his shoes because he preferred playing barefoot. Leonidas (the player in question) was ordered by officials to put his shoes back on. After doing so, he went on to score four goals in that match and was the top scoring player of that year’s Cup, scoring eight goals in four matches.
That’s the sort of thing that makes one wonder how many goals he might have scored if he’d been allowed to play with bare feet. (Side Note: It was widely reported during the ’38 Cup that Leonidas had a side job as a professional private eye!)

In the 1938 World Cup, the coach made a mistake and left Leonidas off the roster for a semi-final match against Italy. The team lost that match. Then, a couple of days later, in the third place match-up, it was Leonidas who helped Brazil win by scoring two goals for a four-to-two win over Team Sweden.

Top FIFA Goalkeepers of 1978-2006

by on June 20, 2010
in FIFA

Gianluigi Buffon

I brought her some (goalkeeper) gloves after a basketball game and she liked the way they felt.

There is something in the gloves which makes a goalie perfect. Those gloves are meant to create marvel by saving the goals in the most astounding ways. Since 1930, magical goalkeepers have been appearing and setting records in World Cup. They jump, they flip, they slide, they sweep and go to any extent to save their net from being attacked by the opponents. Have a look at the most outstanding World Cup goalkeepers in 1978-2006:

2006 FIFA World Cup (Germany)

• Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
• Jens Lehmann (Germany)
• Ricardo (Portugal)

2002 FIFA World Cup (Korea/Japan)

• Oliver Kahn (Germany)

• Rüştü Reçber (Turkey)

1998 FIFA World Cup (France)

• Fabien Barthez (France)
• José Luis Chilavert (Paraguay)

1994 FIFA World Cup (USA)

• Michel Preud’Homme (Belgium)

1990 FIFA World Cup (Italy)

• Sergio Goycochea (Argentina)
• Gabelo Conejo (Costa Rica)

1986 FIFA World Cup (Mexico)

• Harald “Toni” Schumacher (Germany)

1982 FIFA World Cup (Spain)

• Dino Zoff (Italy)

1978 FIFA World Cup (Argentina)

• Ubaldo Matildo Fillol aka El Pato (Argentina)

Did you notice that most of the goalkeepers gave their best performance at home? Wait for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to end and see who is going to come next in this list.

Keep watching and come back for an update!

5 Biggest Upsets in World Cup History

by on June 18, 2010
in FIFA, Football History

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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
in Football teams

Paraguay

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. 

FIFA World Cup 2010 Venues

by on June 3, 2010
in FIFA

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FIFA World Cup 2010: Group E

by on June 1, 2010
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Comparison Between Italian and Brazilian Soccer Teams

by on September 13, 2009
in Football teams

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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.

Beckham vs Ronaldo

by on September 7, 2009
in Famous football players

David Beckham

For many years, if you were to ask the average joe on the street to name the best soccer player in the world, those who do not follow soccer would probably say David Beckham.

But now times have changed, and it appears there’s a challenger for the world’s most famous soccer player. On the field, their personalities are as bright as they are off the field.

Cristiano Ronaldo  is quickly becoming the new Hollywood-style soccer pro who is stirring up the buzz on and off the field.  The 23-year-old is the first since Beckham to draw the attention of the world outside of football in media.  He received yet another individual award when he comfortably won the iconic Ballon d’Or trophy and a sponsorship deal with Nike.

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United’s newest young hero when he signed from Sporting Lisbon in August 2003 and was immediately given David Beckham’s number 7 shirt.

Leading up to the 2006 World Cup, Ronaldo had seven goals through qualifying. Ronaldo was again excellent during Portugal’s ahead of Euro 2008 and is rising at an alarming rate to become one for the best footballer ever known.

While Ronaldo is in the tabloids regularly with new things going on but Beckham has maintained his image to date.

Born in Leytonstone on May 2, 1975, David Robert Joseph Beckham was a Manchester United fan from a very early age and aged 16, he signed as a trainee with Man U. But it wasn’t until 1997 that he really emerged into the spotlight, In November 2003 David received an achievement award what he described as his “best” honor to him. The success enjoyed by David on the football pitch was perhaps only equaled by that of “Brand Beckham”. Marketing initiatives based on his iconic status included a fragrance as well as money-making sponsorship deals with Gillette, Pepsi and Motorola. Keen to pass on his love for ‘the beautiful game’, David has also branched out into establishing football academies.

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