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FIFA World CUP Brazil 2014 – The Groups

   

The FIFA World CUP Brazil 2014 draw was held today.

HERE are the pots:

Pot 1: Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay.
Pot 2: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Cote d’ Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria, Italy
Pot 3: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, USA.
Pot 4: B. Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia.

Here are the groups:

Group A: Brazil (A1), Croatia (A2), Mexico (A3), Cameroon (A4)
Group B: Spain (B1), Netherlands (B2), Chile (B3), Australia (B4)
Group C: Colombia (C1), Greece (C2), Cote d’ Ivoire (C3), Japan (C4)
Group D: Uruguay (D1), Costa Rica (D2), England (D3), Italy (D4)
Group E: Switzerland (E1), Ecuador (E2) France (E3), Honduras (E4)
Group F: Argentina (F1), Bosnia Herzegovina (F2), Iran (F3), Nigeria (F4)
Group G: Germany (G1), Portugal (G2), Ghana (G3), U.S.A (G4)
Group H: Belgium (H1), Algeria (H2), Russia (H3), Korea Republic (H4)

HERE is a poll:

ROUND OF SIXTEEN:

49. Saturday 28th June 2014: Group A Winner vs Group B 2nd Place (13:00 Belo Horizonte)
50. Saturday 28th June 2014: Group C Winner vs Group D 2nd place (17:00 Rio de Janeiro)
51. Sunday 29th June 2014: Group B Winner vs Group A 2nd place (13:00 Fortaleza)
52. Sunday 29th June 2014: Group D Winner vs Group C 2nd place (17:00 Recife)
53. Monday 30th June 2014: Group E Winner vs Group F 2nd place (13:00 Brasilia)
54. Monday 30th June 2014: Group G Winner vs Group H 2nd place (17:00 Porto Alegre)
55. Tuesday 1st July 2014: Group F Winner vs Group E 2nd place (13:00 Sao Paulo)
56. Tuesday 1st July 2014 : Group H Winner vs Group G 2nd place (17:00 Salvador)

HERE is a poll:

1/4 FINALS:

57. Friday 4th July 2014: 49 vs 50 (17:00 Fortaleza)
58. Friday 4th July 2014: 53 vs 54 (13:00 Rio de Janeiro)
59. Saturday 5th July 2014: 51 vs 52 (17:00 Salvador)
60. Saturday 5th July 2014: 55 vs 56 (13:00 Brasilia)

HERE is a poll:

SEMI-FINALS:

61. Tuesday 8th July 2014: 57 vs 58 (17:00 Belo Holizonte)
62. Wednesday 9th July 2014: 59 vs 60 (17:00 Sao Paulo)

3rd/4th Play-Offs:

63. Saturday 12th July 2014: Semi-Final 61 Loser vs Semi-Final 62 Loser (17:00 Brasilia)

FINAL:

64. Sunday 13th July 2014: Semi-Final 1 Winner vs Semi-Final 1 Winner (16:00 Rio de Janeiro)

Note: Local kick-off times for Cuiaba and Manaus are GMT -4; All other venues GMT -3

HERE is a poll:

Is it too early to make predictions? Before World Cup South Africa 2010 kicked off, Kabir predicted a Spain vs Netherlands Final.

By Kabir | December 6th, 2009 at 1:26 pm |

Round of Sixteen:
1: Uruguay – Nigeria
2: Argentina – France
3: England – Ghana
4: Germany – USA
5: Netherlands – Paraguay
6: Italy – Cameroon
7: Brazil – Chile
8: Spain – Portugal

Quarter Finals:
A: Uruguay – England
B: Argentina – Germany
C: Netherlands – Brazil
D: Spain – Italy

Semi Finals:
I: England – Netherlands
II: Germany – Spain

Final:
Netherlands – Spain

Champions: Netherlands

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By The Ugandan... | December 16th, 2013 at 4:28 am
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:lol: :lol: …, after pumping some iron, took a shower, had a 5 course meal and then went to work – Fridays I work as a Bouncer. You see how Arnold Schwarzeneggar looks in this video? That’s how I look. I used to look like that but the injuries and cost in clothing & food were not worth it. I never did ‘roids like you guys. :-(

I will be back but more agile, fit, flexible, strong and explosive than ever before. What’s the point of your size, if I can knock you out in 1 second? :-)

By sscouser | December 16th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
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“I used to look like that but the injuries and cost in clothing & food were not worth it.”

It seems that’s the reason you leave the gym early.

“I never did ‘roids like you guys.”

Haters gonna hate. Step your game up!

“What’s the point of your size, if I can knock you out in 1 second?”

Son, you gonna make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here. You gonna make me lose my cool, up in here, up in here. You gonna make me go all out, up in here, up in here…

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By sscouser | December 16th, 2013 at 3:20 pm
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Soccer-Croatian Simunic to miss World Cup after 10-match ban

Dec 16 (Reuters) – Croatia defender Josip Simunic will miss the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after being suspended for 10 matches by FIFA for making pro-Nazi chants at the end of last month’s playoff victory over Iceland.

The Croatian FA was shocked by the severity of the ban and said it was likely to appeal.

World soccer’s ruling body FIFA announced the punishment in a statement on Monday.

“The disciplinary committee took note that the player, together with the crowd, shouted a Croatian salute that was used during World War II by the fascist ‘Ustase’ movement,” it said.

“As a consequence the committee agreed that this salute was discriminatory and offended the dignity of a group of persons concerning, inter alia, race, religion or origin.

“After taking into account all of the circumstances of the case, and particularly given the gravity of the incident, the committee decided to suspend the player for 10 official matches,” FIFA continued.

“The first matches … have to be served during the final competition of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

At the end of Croatia’s 2-0 win on Nov. 19, Australia-born Simunic took the microphone at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, turned to the stands and shouted ‘Za dom’ (for the Homeland), to which the audience replied ‘Spremni’ (Ready).

The call-and-response salute is widely associated with Croatia’s Nazi-allied Ustasha regime which ruled in 1941-45 and brutally persecuted Jews, Serbs, Gypsies and anti-fascist Croats.

Simunic, who plays his club football for Dinamo Zagreb, said in a statement last month that he meant nothing wrong.

“As a Croatian who was born and grew up outside my homeland, I associate home with love, warmth and positive struggle – everything we showed on the pitch to win our place in the World Cup,” said the 35-year-old.

PLAYER FINED

Simunic was also fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,800) and “banned from entering the confines of the stadiums with regard to the 10 matches for which he is suspended”.

The FIFA ban appears particularly severe, especially in view of the relatively light punishments that have been dished out to national teams and club sides for racist behaviour.

“We are shocked and we will probably appeal the verdict,” Croatian FA executive president Damir Vrbanovic told the Jutarnji List daily.

“We are convinced Simunic never meant to offend anyone but at the same time we are aware FIFA wanted to send a strong message.”

Croatia coach Niko Kovac was also unhappy at the length of the suspension.

“I am very disappointed with FIFA’s decision and I feel very sorry for (Josip) because I have known him for a while and I am sure he never meant any harm,” said Kovac.

Croatia have been drawn alongside hosts Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A at the World Cup that starts in June.

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By The Ugandan... | December 16th, 2013 at 6:42 pm
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It seems that’s the reason you leave the gym early. :lol: :lol:

I’m putting it all back on slowly. This time I will be flexible, agile and powerful. When I do my routine, the Schwarzeneggers of the gym give me hi-fives. The clever ones watch and ask questions because thanks to physical therapists, my routines are very efficient.

By sscouser | December 17th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
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Eritrean players and coach missing in Kenya
BBC Sport (17 December 2013)

Nine members of the Eritrea national football team and the coach of the squad have disappeared in Kenya following a regional football tournament.

After Eritrea were eliminated from the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, which was won by Kenya last weekend, the 12 men disappeared.

Cecafa general secretary Nicholas Musonye told Reuters: “The players and the coach have absconded.”

It is not the first time players from the national squad have defected abroad.

Last December, 17 players and the team doctor claimed asylum in Uganda, 18 months after 13 players from an Eritrean club side sought refuge in Tanzania.

And in 2009, a dozen members of the national team disappeared in Kenya.

We will discuss this issue of Eritrean players absconding in the next general assembly meeting to get solution on this matter,” Musonye said.

We don’t want to have problems in future. This is becoming chronic to the association.”

Last year, the United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay accused the Asmara government of meting out summary executions, torture and detaining thousands of political prisoners.

Thousands of Eritreans try to escape from the Red Sea state every year and many die making perilous sea-crossings in a desperate bid to reach Europe.

By the way, two members of the Eritrean national team disappeared in Kenya a few days after the team arrived in Kenya for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Tournament. The two players didn’t return to their hotel on November 30th after watching a match involving other teams. Then, the Eritrea coach was asked about the disappearance of the two players. Here is what he said: “I’m not a politician. I’m a coach; a football coach. If you want to talk about anything football, about the match today, I’m here to answer, but not politics.”

The coach has also disappeared? He must be a politician!

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By sscouser | December 18th, 2013 at 9:58 am
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No joke: Carnival, World Cup could hit Brazil growth in 2014
Reuters (22 hours ago)

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A tongue-in-cheek “Brazilian 2014 Calendar” making the rounds on Facebook jokes that, because of the soccer World Cup, an unusually late Carnival, other holidays and a presidential election, real work will only be possible during three months next year.

But some people aren’t laughing.

The unusual schedule could in fact cause significant damage to productivity and be a further drag on an economy that has already been spinning its wheels, some business leaders and economists say.

“I’ve heard many people say that 2014 will be a lost year. That’s absurd, but if people believe it, I guess it will be true,” said Paulo Motta, head of a retailers’ union in the northeastern state of Bahia.

In a worst-case scenario, the “calendar effect” could shave as much as 0.3 percentage points off Brazil’s gross domestic product next year, said Andre Perfeito, an economist at Gradual Investimentos in Sao Paulo.

Other economists consulted by Reuters said they thought any damage would be much smaller, while some said the effect was just too difficult to forecast.

What’s clear is that, with Brazil’s economy forecast to grow just 2.3 percent this year, and barely 2 percent in 2014, even a small hit to output is bad news.

The problems start early.

Traditionally, the Brazilian summer vacation season stretches from Christmas into January and beyond. While some work gets done, meetings are difficult to schedule and many Brazilians say, only half-jokingly, that the business year doesn’t start in earnest until Carnival ends.

This year, Carnival ended on February 12. But in 2014, because of the lunar calendar that dictates the pre-Lenten festival’s timing, its last day will be March 4. That means many Brazilians will extend their vacations, or at least keep “summer hours” for an extra few weeks.

BEWARE THE WORLD CUP – WHETHER BRAZIL WINS, OR LOSES

The World Cup, which Brazil will host for a month starting on June 12, could pose an even greater distraction.

When Brazil’s team plays, offices and factories around the country traditionally shut down so employees can watch on TV.

But those won’t be the only lost hours this year. A law passed last year gives the 12 cities hosting World Cup matches, and the states where they are located, the right to declare special holidays on game days. That’s largely to ensure that visiting teams and their fans won’t have to deal with usual workday traffic gridlock on their way to stadiums.

Most cities and states have not yet confirmed whether they will go ahead with the holidays. But in Sao Paulo alone, it could mean six additional days off – all of which, by coincidence, would fall on weekdays.

Brazil’s biggest stock exchange operator, BM&FBovespa SA , has said its trading calendar could be affected if the holidays are declared.

Meanwhile, the thrill of hosting the World Cup for the first time since 1950, and rooting for Brazil to win a record sixth championship, means that even when people do show up for work, many will be furtively live-streaming games on their computers or phones.

A study of about 20 leading Brazilian corporations this year by Fundação Dom Cabral, a business school, found that all of them plan to defer business travel during the Cup because of possible airport chaos and other distractions.

Indeed, many people admit they’ll find it hard to concentrate on anything else until the tournament ends on July 13. The humorous calendar circulating on social media shows all of May blacked out as “Preparation for the World Cup.” June is simply “World Cup,” while July is entirely dedicated to “Celebration or Mourning” of the tournament’s result.

SOME RETAILERS ARE BEGGING TO WORK

That’s obviously an exaggeration – many Brazilians don’t even like soccer, and those that do will still have performance goals to meet, shelves to stock or clients to keep happy.

Meanwhile, some business groups are pressuring city governments to reduce the number of holidays, or perhaps just limit them to students, so as not to hurt their profits.

Motta, the retailers’ union chief, said his members lost 40 percent of their usual sales when the city government of Salvador declared holidays during the Confederations Cup – a kind of warm-up event for the World Cup in June 2013.

“We can’t afford that again,” he said.

David Beker, chief economist for Brazil at BofA Merrill Lynch, said some manufacturers may accelerate production early in the year to help offset the expected World Cup lull.

A last-minute rush of construction on Cup-related infrastructure could end up boosting the economy, although economists expect it to fall well short of the building bonanza the government was touting just a few years ago.

Spending by as many as 600,000 foreign tourists expected to visit will also help offset lost productivity.

Beker acknowledged that the confluence of events was making economic forecasts “extremely complicated” for Brazil next year.

The other big disruptive event will be the presidential election on October 5, in which Rousseff is expected to run for a second term. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff on October 26.

Even though none of the opposition candidates are advocating a major shift from Rousseff’s left-leaning policies, some executives still say they’re likely to be more cautious about investments until the election is over.

All told, in terms of distractions, “it’s like we’re having three carnivals this year,” one local economist said.

The calendar on Facebook went even further than that. After accounting for the elections, the World Cup and Carnival, plus holidays in April and December, it listed the only “working months” in Brazil in 2014 as August, September and November.

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By sscouser | December 19th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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FIFA Ranking (December 2013)

Spain on top, Ukraine highest climber
fifa.com (19 December 2013)

In the last edition for the year of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the top ten remain unchanged. Spain continue to lead the table ahead of Germany and Argentina, followed by Colombia, Portugal and Uruguay. Two Asian teams have this month achieved their highest-ever rankings: the Philippines (127th, up 6) and Guam (161st, up 8).

World and European champions Spain top the final ranking of the year for the sixth time in a row, securing themselves once again the title of Team of the Year. The highest climbers of 2013, thanks to nine wins, two draws and only one defeat, are Ukraine, who have collected no fewer than 312 points since December 2012, moving up 29 places to 18th and gaining the title of Mover of the Year for the first time.

It has also been an extremely successful year for Armenia (35th, up 259 points since December 2012) and the USA (14th, up 237 points since December 2012).

A look at the changes in the regional composition of the top 50 since December 2012 shows that the number of teams from CONCACAF (five teams in the top 50, plus 2) and CAF (9, plus 1) has increased slightly at the expense of UEFA (26, minus 1), CONMEBOL (8, minus 1) and the AFC (2, minus 1), while the OFC still does not have any teams in the top 50.

The top-ranked teams within CONCACAF and the AFC have changed since last year (this year they are the USA and Iran respectively, in 2012 Mexico and Japan), while in the other confederations the best teams are the same as in 2012: Spain, Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire and New Zealand.

The results of 30 international matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. In total in 2013, the results of 918 matches have been taken into account, many of which were friendlies (415) and more than a third of which (347) were qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

Malawi = Up 5
Uganda = No movement
Nigeria = Down 1

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By The Ugandan... | December 19th, 2013 at 11:48 pm
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@sscouser, why didn’t you post the actual rankings? Now I have to do the math to get Malawi’s new ranking. :lol: (121-5) = 116 :lol:

By sscouser | December 20th, 2013 at 10:16 am
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So inactive and coachless Malawi moved up 5 places (from 121 to 116) and Uganda got stuck at position 86 even though they reached the 1/4 Finals of the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge? By the way, the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Champions (Kenya) only moved up 8 places (117 to 109). Some of these tournaments ….

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By sultan | December 20th, 2013 at 10:56 am
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So how did malawi move up 5 places in the rankings?

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By sscouser | December 20th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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Again, a team’s total number of points over a four-year period is determined by adding:

 the average number of points gained from matches during the past 12 months; and
 the average number of points gained from matches older than 12 months (depreciates yearly)

ad nauseum?:

Four years, covering one World Cup cycle, are taken into account. Matches older than 12 months within this four-year period depreciate blockwise on a yearly basis:

Match average from past 12 months: 100%
Match average from previous year: 50%
Match average from year 3: 30%
Match average from year 4: 20%
Matches older than 4 years: 0% (deleted)

Malawi moved up 5 places because of the change in the total number of points (over a four-year period):

November Ranking:

Antigua and Barbuda (109) = 299 points
Burundi (112) = 293 points
Korea DPR (113)= 292 points
Latvia (119) = 272 points
Mozambique (120) = 271 points
Malawi (121) = 270 points

December Ranking:

Malawi (116) = 272 points
Latvia (116) = 272 points
Mozambique (118)= 264 points
Burundi (124) = 239 points
Korea DPR (138) = 187 points
Antigua and Barbuda (145) = 164 points

sultan, now tell us how Nigeria dropped :roll:

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By The Ugandan... | December 20th, 2013 at 6:47 pm
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sultan, now tell us how Nigeria dropped :roll:
Barely beating Malawi, by a low score doesn’t help (redundant, I know).

By sscouser | December 21st, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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The Ugandan…, now tell us how and why Uganda got stuck on position 86 :roll:

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By sscouser | December 21st, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013:

Semi-Finals:

17 Dec (19:30): Guangzhou (of China – Asian champions) 0:3 Bayern Munich (European champions)
18 Dec (19:30): Raja Casablanca (Moroccan champions) 3:1 Atletico Mineiro (Copa Libertadores winners)

5th place (18 Dec: 16:30): Al Ahly SC 1:5 CF Monterrey

3rd place (21 Dec: 16:30): Guangzhou 2:3 Atletico Mineiro

Finals (21 Dec: 19:30): Raja Casablanca 0:2 Bayern Munich

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By sultan | December 27th, 2013 at 12:57 pm
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So where is everybody? Enjoying your christmas holidays?

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By sscouser | December 27th, 2013 at 2:42 pm
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I don’t know where “everybody” is. As for me, I am waiting for you and The Ugandan… to tell us how Nigeria dropped and how Uganda got stuck on position 86 :roll:

I will come up with a new post (2013 last post) on December 31st.

Happy Holidays!

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By sultan | December 29th, 2013 at 9:19 am
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Hehehehe! Gaining points from africa is not easy. Example when we beat malawi, how many points did we gain? Infact malawi stands a higher chance of gaining points from Nigeria…

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By sscouser | December 29th, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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When you beat lowly ranked Malawi 2-0 (by any means necessary), you gained more FIFA ranking points than when lowly ranked Malawi held you to a 1 all draw.

You will have a chance to gain more points in Brazil. No excuses!

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By The Ugandan... | December 29th, 2013 at 3:29 pm
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Hey guys I have been busy preparing for CHAN. We are trying out new tunes to motivate our boys. :-)

We are in a tough group with a Morroccan team beat Brazil’s best and the Zimbabwe Crocodiles are so focused that they trained through x-mass. Hopefully some PSL clubs will sign up a few of their players soon. :wink:

It will not be easy but it’s better than sitting at home like our friends in Malawi :lol:

I’ve also spent time taking stock of 2013 ….

Malawi Flames Year in Review

Malawi rose 5 points to share a 116th ranking with Latvia.:thumbs:

On 23/03/13, the galant Malawi Flames beat Namibia 1-0, in Windhoek of all places.

The rest of the higlights are dominated by Tom Saintfiet. :lol: What was that all about?

That’s it. Nothing much really. :lol:

Hopefully, Joseph “Shakira” Kamwendo will rejoin the Malawi Flames for the 2015 Afcon campaign and we will have a more eventful 2014.

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By The Ugandan... | December 29th, 2013 at 3:57 pm
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Oh, I missed the biggest news of the year. May his soul RIP.

Fan dies and 20 injured in Malawi football violence
By Frank Kandu

One an (sic) has been killed and 20 more injured during skirmishes at Malawi Super League game on Saturday.

Six of those injured are in a seriuous condition after fans from Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers clashed at the stadium in Balaka.

Police in the town, which is about 130 kilometres north of Blantyre, say the violence broke out in the second-half.

Strikers were leading 1-0 at the time and were on course to claim the point they needed to clinch a third straight title when the match was abandoned.

…..

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/25542297

BTW, why did you delete my last post? :-(

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By sscouser | December 30th, 2013 at 11:04 am
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Hey guys I have been busy preparing for CHAN…”

I will come up with a CHAN South Africa 2014 post tomorrow. Consider it a gift from me to you and sultan.

It will not be easy but it’s better than sitting at home like our friends in Malawi

Keep your ear to the ground – Major announcement tomorrow.

Thanks for the “Malawi Flames Year in Review“. You saved me a lot of time. Now I only have to talk about Uganda.

- Uganda would have made it to the 3rd/final round (CAF – World Cup 2014 qualifiers) had they beaten Senegal. Again, so near yet so far. Senegal won 1-0
- Uganda (2012 CECAFA Senior Challenge champions) failed to make it past the 1/4 finals of the 2013 CECAFA Senior challenge.

“Malawi rose 5 points to share a 116th ranking with Latvia.:thumbs: ”

Thanks.

On 23/03/13, the galant Malawi Flames beat Namibia 1-0, in Windhoek of all places

Unlike Uganda, Malawi managed to win away (2014 World Cup qualifiers).

BTW, why did you delete my last post? :cry:

Is that the indirect way of telling me that you will not tell us how Uganda got stuck on position 86? I was born at night but not last night.

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By sscouser | December 30th, 2013 at 11:07 am
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Oh, I missed the biggest news of the year. May his soul RIP.”

Quite unfortunate. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

What caused the Balaka football violence? – Nation Sports (30 December 2013)

Police, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and clubs are involved in a blame game over the ugly scenes that culminated in a loss of life during the Super League game between Might Wanderers and Silver Strikers at Balaka Stadium on Sunday.

The match was later abandoned.

SULOM blamed police for skirmishes, saying they did not heed advice to be vigilant at the stands where the situation was volatile whereas Balaka Police publicists sub-inspector Joseph Sauka blames the two clubs for priotising gate revenue at the expense of security.

In a telephone interview on Sunday, Sauka claimed that the two teams turned down a suggestion by police to have 45 police officers deployed at the stadium.

To begin with, when Mr. Joyasa from Balaka District Council informed us that the stadium would host the match, he told us that SULOM and the teams had asked for 20 police officers.

When we sat down to strategise, we observed the need for at least 45 police officers to ensure adequate security because we wanted to deploy most of them in the stands and we informed Mr. Josaya up the issue with SULOM and the clubs,” said Sauka.

But Sauka claims that the response they got was that the clubs turned down the suggestion on the basis that it would be costly and that, indeed, stewards would provide the required back-up.

At a later stage, we reduced the figure to 30 [including 30 plain-clothed personnel] as a compromise, but still the clubs stood their ground. We noted another security threat that supporters of the two teams sat next to each other.

We took up the matter with both teams’ supporters committee officials and I remember one of them was Anthony Nyasulu and they told us that it was the supporters right to sit where they wanted because at the stadium, there are no signated areas for particular teams. A Silver official also said we would provoke the situation if we attempted to separate them,” said Sauka.

He described the incident as scary, saying: “The way missiles were flying was as if they were stoning dogs.

And when the violence led to a stampede, it became dangerous because the gates were locked and the keys were kept by stewards. The situation was worsened by the fact that the exit was blocked. In a nutshell, I would say had they [SULOM] accepted our suggestion to deploy 45 police officers, the situation could not have got out of hand.”

I have never been a fan of having barbed wire fences in stadiums. They are death traps. Reportedly, “Sauka said police fired shots in the air a couple of times to disperse the crowd, but resorted to tear gas after noting that the situation was becoming unbearable.”

Typical manufacturer warnings on tear gas cartridges state “Danger: Do not fire directly at person(s). Severe injury or death may result.”

Police mainly fire tear gas in open places to disperse protesters. Firing tear gas in stadium stands when the fence gates are locked doesn’t make sense.

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By The Ugandan... | December 30th, 2013 at 6:06 pm
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I’m leaning towards the Police on this one but still need to hear the club’s side of the story.

The stadium management and personnel, need crowd management training.

Fine the clubs x2 the amount of money they would have spent on 45 police officers and compensate the injured.

Investigate and find out who actually killed the deceased.

By sscouser | December 31st, 2013 at 10:26 am
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The Ugandan…, why do you still need to hear the club’s side of the story. You don’t think the police officer is telling the truth?

The stadium management and personnel, need crowd management training

True. By the way, are they supposed to watch the match or face the stands the entire match?

Fine the clubs x2 the amount of money they would have spent on 45 police officers and compensate the injured.”

‘Is’ you serious? Do you know how much SULOM would have paid the Police Dept. had they deployed 45 police officers?

Investigate and find out who actually killed the deceased.

As reported by Nation Sports, according to Balaka Police Publicist sub-inspector Joseph Sauka: “A post mortem was conducted yesterday [Saturday] and we are supposed to get the results later today [Sunday], but according to the information we have gathered, he was stoned at the back of the head.”

Sauka said according to police investigations, the violence was triggered by Siver Strikers fans who attacked a Mighty Wanderers fan and hell broke loose when the Mighty Wanderers fans retaliated leading to the commotion.

However, Silver Strikers General Secretary Mike Tembo said that the violence was triggered by the Nomads. He said that the Mighty Wanderers fans snatched a scarf belonging to one of the Silver Strikers fans. When the Silver Strikers fan tried to reclaim her scarf, she was beaten up and suffered severe head injuries. Hell broke loose when the Silver Strikers fans retaliated.

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By sscouser | January 2nd, 2014 at 10:23 am
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Malawi clubs banned after crowd violence
BBC Sport (2 January 2013)

Malawi clubs Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers have been banned following the crowd violence at their league match on 28 December.

One fan was killed and 20 injured at the stadium in Balaka, and the match was abandoned.

Silver Strikers have been suspended for eight months and fined $6640.00, while Mighty Wanderers have been banned for five months and fined $1620.00.

The clubs can appeal upon payment of $1046 within 48 hours of the ruling.

The Super League of Malawi disciplinary committee found both clubs guilty of “failure to control the actions of their supporter’s contrary to Fifa’s disciplinary code… thereby bringing the game of football into disrepute.”

Silver Strikers were also found guilty of inciting violence which led to the abandonment of the match in the 61st minute, while Mighty Wanderers FC “failed to provide adequate security to the visiting team as well as the spectators“.

In a statement, the Super League of Malawi added that the punishments have been made tough because the two teams are repeat offenders.

The governing body has also ordered the sides to replay the match behind closed doors, no later than 4 January, before their bans commence.

However, Silver Strikers have indicated they will only play the game if it resumes at the point it was abandoned, when they were leading 1-0.

If a game is abandoned or terminated before it is completed, the determination of the result is up to the competition authority (league, cup, tournament). In most cases, competitions declare that if a full half has been played, the result stands, but that does not apply to all competitions. The referee does not have the authority to declare what the score is or who has won the game. The referee’s only recourse is to include in his game report full details of what caused the match to be abandoned or terminated. The status of an abandoned match is determined by the rules of the competition or the competition authority itself. There is no set amount of time, but many rules of competition will call a game complete if a full half has been played.

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