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FIFA WORLD CUP Brazil 2014 – The Tune-Ups

   

The draw for FIFA WORLD CUP Brazil 2014 took place on 6 December 2014.

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:

Now that the teams know their opponents, it’s time to start preparing.

The Major League Soccer announced on Monday that it will organize a “Road to Brazil” series of international tune-up matches in the lead-up to World Cup 2014 featuring several of the nations heading to Brazil. The matches are scheduled to be played across North America between 27 May and 10 June.

Full details of the matches, venues, tickets and potential additional participants will be announced at a later date.

ROAD TO BRAZIL PARTICIPANTS (as of Feb. 3, 2014)

Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina**
El Salvador
Greece**
Honduras**
Ivory Coast**
Nigeria**
Spain**

** = Teams participating in the 2014 World Cup

Meanwhile, the Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi revealed that the Ghana Black Stars will begin camping on 25th May in Rotterdam. They will play Netherlands on May 31 and then will come to the U.S. (Los Angeles) for the second phase of preparations. They are scheduled to play friendly matches against Costa Rica and Honduras.

Scheduled International Friendly Matches:

Monday, March 3, 2014: Germany 1:0 Chile

Tuesday, March 4, 2014: Ecuador v Bosnia-Herzegovina

Wednesday, March 5, 2014:

South Africa 0:5 Brazil

Portugal 5:1 Cameroon

Tunisia 1:1 Colombia

Mexico 0:0 Nigeria

Montenegro 1:0 Ghana

Bosnia Herzegovina 0:2 Egypt

Algeria 2:0 Slovenia

Spain 1:0 Italy

Ukraine 2:0 U.S.A

Austria 1:1 Uruguay
Czech Republic 2:2 Norway
England 1:0 Denmark
France 2:0 Netherlands
Greece 0:2 South Korea
Israel 1:3 Slovakia
Poland 0:1 Scotland
Republic of Ireland 1:2 Serbia
Romania 0:0 Argentina
Switzerland 2:2 Croatia
Turkey 2:1 Sweden
Wales 3:1 Iceland

Tuesday, May 13, 2014: Germany v Poland

Tuesday, May 27, 2014: France v Norway

Friday, May 30, 2014: England v Peru

Saturday, May 31, 2014: Mexico v Ecuador; Netherlands v Ghana

Sunday, June 1, 2014: France v Paraguay; Germany v Cameroon

Wednesday, June 4, 2014: Ecuador v England; Uruguay v Slovenia

Friday, June 6, 2014: Germany v Armenia

Saturday, June 7, 2014: France v Jamaica; Argentina v Slovenia; England v Honduras


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By sscouser | March 4th, 2014 at 3:06 pm
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The Ugandan…, who won the Uganda league championship last season? Who finished second?

Oscars are the most useless awards in our generation.”

Look who is talking! The same guy that thinks FIFA rankings are the definitive measure of global strength. Uganda ahead of mighty Malawi? SMH (Shaking My Head)

I’d rather see Anne Kansime’s new show

She has a new show? What’s the name of the show?

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By sscouser | March 4th, 2014 at 4:08 pm
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Roy Hodgson recruits psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters for England
BBC Sport (4 March 2014)

England plan to use the psychiatrist who helped British cyclists win Olympic gold as they continue their preparations for the World Cup.

Dr Steve Peters already works with Liverpool players and has helped out snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.

He has got a fantastic record,” said England boss Roy Hodgson. “We are happy we have got the man we wanted.

He is someone who can understand the footballing environment rather than just lecturing to the players.”

Peters, who was a key factor in Britain’s extraordinary track cycling success at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, has also worked with Tour de France winners Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

We have to make sure that all benefits that might help us win more matches and go further in the tournament are exploited,” added Hodgson.

He will really come into his own when we are in the tournament and he has time to work with the players, rather than the day or two around friendlies.”

England kick off their World Cup campaign against Italy on 14 June, followed by group games against Costa Rica and Uruguay.

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By sscouser | March 4th, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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Brazilian legend Ronaldo has penned an open letter to the international footballing community, expressing his excitement for the FIFA World Cup which kicks off in 100 days’ time

Only 100 days. It’s hard to believe it’s so close. It seems like only yesterday that Brazil was confirmed as the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Host Country. I remember the excitement I felt once I realised that my country was going to stage the most important football event on the planet.

Even though I won’t be out there on the field, I’m starting to get the same butterflies in the stomach as I used to do when a big game was coming up. After all, the World Cup will be a kind of “Final” for Brazil, in terms of the country establishing itself on the global stage. The spotlight will be on us, and it’s a great chance to show the world just what’s so special about Brazil and the Brazilian people.

With the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics taking place here in Brazil, we have the chance to prove to the world not just how much we love sport, but also how strong we are economically. Brazil is a world leader in biotechnology and one of the biggest meat, mineral and soya producers on the planet. Thousands of tourists and foreign journalists will arrive on our doorstep shortly, anxious to discover the real Brazil.

Although Brazil is a country of great social divisions, we have made significant progress in tackling this problem in recent years. We are a diverse but unified society, a land of talented, determined, creative and innovative people – characteristics that are captured perfectly by Neymar’s dizzying, magical dribbles, the music of Tom Jobim, and the scientific achievements of Miguel Nicolelis, whose exoskeleton research has given paraplegics hope that they may one day walk again.

Brazil is such a colourful country, blessed with breathtaking natural beauty. Tourists that come here for the World Cup should prepare themselves for an unforgettable experience. Whether it’s from visiting the beaches of the north-east, witnessing the vastness of the Amazon River, or taking in the dazzling blend of ocean and mountains that makes Rio de Janeiro such a special place, every visitor will take home a treasured personal memory.

Brazil is a place of great happiness and joy, and we will welcome World Cup visitors with open arms. But until then, we must keep working.

As a 2014 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee Management Board member, I have been lucky enough to observe up close the dedication and skill of the workers who are helping to construct this unique event. In all 12 host cities I’ve witnessed the commitment of the thousands of people who are striving to create the best World Cup possible.

We faced some tough tests during the preparations. Last year, we hosted the best FIFA Confederations Cup in history. That’s not just my opinion, but also that of fans, journalists, and even FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

Less than six months later, we successfully organised another challenging event: the Final Draw at the Costa do Sauipe in Bahia. And after we discovered in which cities the games would be played, the 32 national teams that will dispute the tournament, discussed their operational plans with members of the LOC, FIFA, and the Brazilian government.

This exchange of ideas and opinions between organisers and national teams is an ongoing process, and another key event, the National Teams Workshop at the Costao do Santinho in Florianopolis, took place last month. Subjects such as safety, transport, and how the teams are to be looked after were discussed in detail.

Now we’re really on the home straight. Since the beginning of the year two new stadiums have opened: the Arena das Dunas in Natal, and the new Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. They’re beautiful, just like the Arena Amazonia, the Arena da Baixada, the Arena Pantanal and the Arena Corinthians, which are also almost ready.

By the time the World Cup begins, all the stadiums will have carried out test events. These are of vital importance so that the tournament organisers can make final adjustments to their plans.

There is not much time left now until the tournament begins and the greatest players on the planet go head to head. Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta, Neymar… I can’t wait. I’ll be expecting you in Brazil. See you at the World Cup!

Ronaldo.

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By The Ugandan... | March 5th, 2014 at 10:59 am
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Halftime Zambia 0 vs 0 Uganda

Mweene rushed to hospital.

By The Ugandan... | March 5th, 2014 at 11:04 am
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Zambia 1 (Evance Kangwa) vs 1 Uganda (Hamis Kizza)

By The Ugandan... | March 5th, 2014 at 11:18 am
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77′ Zambia 2 (Evance Kangwa x2) vs 1 Uganda (H. Kizza).

Chris Katongo & Mayuka sub-par & subbed.

By sscouser | March 5th, 2014 at 11:56 am
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The Ugandan…, so Zambia came from behind to beat you 2-1? Forever in Zambia’s shadow?

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By sultan | March 5th, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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Malawi lost 1-4 to zimbabwe…. @sscouser what do you have to say?

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By The Ugandan... | March 5th, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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:lol: :lol: @sscouser, Malawi are the whipping boys of southern Africa?

By sscouser | March 5th, 2014 at 1:18 pm
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sultan, what did you expect? When did Malawi last play a match? By the way, this was Young Chimodzi’s first match as Head Coach. How is David “The Chosen One” Moyes doing at Man U?

22′ Goal! Malawi 1:0 Zimbabwe (Peter Rio Moyo)
47′ Goal!!!!!!!!!!! Malawi 1:1 Zimbabwe (Atusaye Nyondo)
49′ Goal! Malawi 1:2 Zimbabwe (Kudakwashe Mahachi)
73′ Goal! Malawi 1:3 Zimbabwe (Kudakwashe Mahachi)
76′ Goal! Malawi 1:4 Zimbabwe (Kingston Nkhata)

The Ugandan.., unlike the Uganda Cranes and the Super Eagles, the Flames are not wasting tax payers’ money. “The match was funded by FAM (Football Association of Malawi) from proceeds of PUMA replica jersey sales

International Friendly Matches Results:

Algeria 2:0 Slovenia
Portugal 5:0 Cameroon
Belgium 2:2 Côte d’Ivoire
Monténégro 1:0 Ghana
South Africa 0:5 Brazil
Luxembourg 0:0 Cape Verde Islands
Burkina Faso 1:1 Comoros
Burundi 1:1 Rwanda
Malawi 1:4 Zimbabwe
Libya 0:0 Congo
Bosnia Herzégovine 0:2 Egypt
Iran 1:2 Guinea
Morocco 1:1 Gabon
Mauritania 1:1 Niger
Mozambique 1:1 Angola
Namibia 1:1 Tanzania
Zambia 2:1 Uganda
Sénégal 1:1 Mali
Tunisia 1:1 Colombia
Botswana 3:0 South Sudan
Nigeria 0:0 Mexico

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By The Ugandan... | March 5th, 2014 at 7:12 pm
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What a day!

I missed Argentina’s game but still rate them highly in Brazil. I’m not too sure about Colombia. Their defenders have no pace and foul too much. Some of their midfielders are still a bit immature.

Chile is right up there but they may have to go through Brazil to make the final.

Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Belgium and a bogey team from anywhere in the world will win Brazil 2014.

@sscouser, how much money did the government spend on the Cranes trip to Zambia? AFAIK, none. However, the team grew in leaps and bounds. Just hope Malawi does not draw them.

Hope, Mweene bounces back quickly.

By The Ugandan... | March 5th, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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BTW, Anne’s new show is Don’t Mess with Kansiime

By The Ugandan... | March 6th, 2014 at 1:25 pm
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@sscouser, …. required reading.

Published: March 6, 2014

Coach Beaumelle praises Kangwa

Zambia national team coach Patrice Beaumelle has said he was happy to have recorded his first victory at home since taking over as Chipolopolo coach.

Beaumelle praised Nkana FC striker Evans Kangwa who he said brought a breath of fresh air when introduced in the game.

“I am very happy to have played this game with a full chipolopolo squad something that has not happened since we played Brazil. We brought in a good mixture of youth and experience and I am very happy for Evans Kangwa because he brought urgency to the game, he was like breath of fresh air and he scored two beautiful goals,” Beaumelle told fazfootball.com.

“I am happy to have won the game today because it is my first win at home. But this is not about me. I am not here for myself but for the chipolopolo,” said Beaumelle.

“I have a lot of respect for Uganda. They gave us a good challenge in the qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and although they have not qualified for the Afcon in a long time, for me they are one of the best teams in Africa. :-)

Uganda coach Micho Sredojevic said the match against Zambia was good preparation for his team ahead of the preliminary qualification round of the 2015 African Cup of Nations which start in May.

“It is a privilege for us to play Zambia as we look at our players before the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations which begin on 17th May. We had problems assembling the best squad for this match but I want to show appreciation for the players who made the trip,” Sredojevic said

“This match was billed as a friendly but two good opponents contested as if they were playing a final. I am satisfied with the performance of my team against good opposition. I believe that we our tactical approach was good; we played an open game and scored a goal in good time.

“But we allowed Zambia to come back when we pulled back and invited them to come at us. Two moments of defensive lapses resulted in them scoring two goals. Zambia’s hard work paid off because they scored two beautiful goals and we made two blunders.

“Lastly I wish to add that I would like to meet Zambia in the group stage of the Afcon qualifiers because we shall be guaranteed of two good matches here and in Kampala,” he said.

http://www.zambianfootball.co.zm/?p=8825

By sscouser | March 6th, 2014 at 5:02 pm
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The Ugandan…, don’t let this week’s international friendly match results fool you. Most players were not 100% committed. Club vs Country …

I’m not too sure about Colombia

So there goes one of your picks?

Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Belgium and a bogey team from anywhere in the world will win Brazil 2014.”

Nigeria a bogey team? By the way, did you watch the Nigeria 0:0 Mexico friendly? Sultan hasn’t commented. That says a lot about the Super Eagles’ performance.

@sscouser, how much money did the government spend on the Cranes trip to Zambia? AFAIK, none.”

Who are you trying to fool?

However, the team grew in leaps and bounds. Just hope Malawi does not draw them

:lol: It seems you are afraid of the Flames. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Hope, Mweene bounces back quickly

Don’t worry. It’s just a mild concussion. He will be back in action soon.

I have a lot of respect for Uganda. They gave us a good challenge in the qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and although they have not qualified for the Afcon in a long time, for me they are one of the best teams in Africa. :-)

:lol: One of the best teams in Africa although they have not qualified for AFCON in a long time (more than 3 decades) :lol:

Reminds me of the Billionaire Lyrics:

I wanna be a billionaire so freaking bad
Buy all of the things I never had
I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine
Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen

I’ll be playing basketball with the President
Dunking on his delegates
Then I’ll compliment him on his political etiquette

But we allowed Zambia to come back when we pulled back and invited them to come at us

Why did you pull back?

Two moments of defensive lapses resulted in them scoring two goals

These defensive lapses happen a lot. Whose fault is it?

Lastly I wish to add that I would like to meet Zambia in the group stage of the Afcon qualifiers because we shall be guaranteed of two good matches here and in Kampala

Be careful of what you wish for. Anyway, two good matches guaranteed and the song entitled “so near yet so far” will also be played. I can guarantee you that. 35 (THIRTY FIVE) years and counting.

By the way, why are you putting the cart before the horse? Uganda will be knocked out in the preliminary round.

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By sscouser | March 6th, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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Kenya, Sudan match off in venue row
BBC Sport (6 March 2014)

A friendly between Kenya and Sudan has been called off following a row over the venue and timing of the match.
The match, which was originally to be played in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, was later switched to El Fasher in the volatile region of Darfur.

The game had been pushed back a day to Thursday after the late arrival of the Kenya squad on Tuesday night.
But Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials said they were not aware of the change of venue and could not risk the safety of the players.

Instead of travelling to play in the conflict-hit Darfur region, FKF officials have ordered the team to return home.

FKF will not allow our players to be subjected to situations where their security will be at risk.

We have a responsibility… hence our decision to instruct the team to return home without kicking a ball in Sudan,” FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said in a statement.

Kenya beat Sudan 2-0 in the final of the Cecafa Senior Challenge in Nairobi last December.

Kenya had called up four foreign-based players for the match, including Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga and skipper Victor Wanyama from English Premier League side Southampton.

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By sultan | March 7th, 2014 at 1:28 pm
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@sscouser, we played very well I was impressed especially with the new players (4).

We just need to sort out the 3rd man in the triangle and we will be good to go.

So how come malawi couldn’t beat zimbabwe?

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By sultan | March 7th, 2014 at 1:48 pm
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Reaction from Mexico’s 0-0 draw with Nigeria in Atlanta.

What we learned:

Mexico: Mexico had a dangerously slow start in this match, allowing Nigeria a number of chances in the first 15 minutes. Coach Miguel Herrera is probably aware that doesn’t bode well in the World Cup. However, he will no doubt be encouraged at how El Tri adjusted and worked back into the game with improved team play. The lack of cohesion in the squad could be due to the unfamiliarity of the European-based players with both his system and other domestic-based squad members. The time to fix this problem is limited, though, and this could affect his decisions on the final roster for Brazil 2014.

Nigeria: Nigeria’s coach, Stephen Keshi, will probably shake his head with regret over the early chances that the Super Eagles couldn’t quite convert. Still, Nigeria acquitted itself quite well, especially given the number of uncapped players involved in this match. Both goalkeepers were solid, and even if captain Vincent Enyeama isn’t going to lose his starting spot, Austin Ejide looks like an excellent backup. Nigeria also has to beware of their tendency to foul hard. If the World Cup is called tightly, they might rack up cards easily.

What needs to change:

Mexico: Herrera will change his preferred 5-3-2 formation when they pry it from his cold, dead hands. It’s up to the players to adjust, and some did so better than others. The approach doesn’t suit Andres Guardado’s darting play and short passes. That style needs a versatile striker who can create, rather than a pure poacher like Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

Herrera may have also painted himself into a corner by naming Rafael Marquez his World Cup captain so early. For a back line that at times must flex into only three players, Marquez is now prohibitively slow. This was exposed by an athletic and speedy team time and again. If Marquez doesn’t have a partner who can compensate for his lack of quickness, Mexico is very vulnerable in the back.

Nigeria: Some will say that Keshi needs to be removed as coach for his refusal to bring in Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche. Uche’s absence was starkly evident in a match that was crying out for an effective striker, one who gets the job done, even if the style isn’t always pretty. Keshi’s argument that Uche isn’t tactical enough is starting to ring very hollow. Nigeria needs a natural-born attacking threat up front.

It’s also clear that Nigeria didn’t seem to adjust well to Mexico’s goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa, who was having a standout match. He stopped a number of chances, and instead of devising a team play tactic to get past the goalkeeper altogether with an extra pass or a trailing player into the box, the front line of Nigeria tried going for unstoppable shots. This led to them missing the goal altogether more often than not. Thus, in the end, Ochoa’s job was easier, even as his defenders kept allowing chances.

Raising Their Hand

Mexico: Ochoa certainly did everything he could to make Herrera question whether Jesus Corona should stay as the starter in the goalkeeping position. His timing and willingness to sacrifice himself to stop an attacking play were remarkable.

Hector Herrera also acquitted himself well with solid play, good passes and even a few shots toward the goal. Of all the European-based players on the field, he seemed to integrate the most seamlessly into the squad.

Oribe Peralta didn’t score, but the savvy veteran did come close with some chances, so he probably did his starting spot no damage. In his limited time on the field, Alan Pulido showed an initiative and nose for goal that indicated his earlier hat-trick was not a fluke.

Nigeria: No Nigerian player looked more active on the field than Liverpool’s Victor Moses. He created chances, hustled after the ball, took shots, stole the ball back and generally made himself a nonstop nuisance for Mexico. He did everything but score, leading Nigeria’s attack in the early going.

Enyeama set the tone as well with his impressive stops. It’s easy for a large crowd to rattle some players, but he kept his cool and will likely keep his post as captain for the World Cup. Ejide picked up right where Enyeama left off, making sure that the quality of the goalkeeping didn’t drop in the second half.

X factor:

Mexico: Many Mexico fans hold Hernandez as a sentimental favorite for his past heroics with Mexico, but even these loyal supporters had to be frustrated watching the player fling himself at the ball in the box so ineffectively. He’s still trying, but his lack of playing time at Manchester United has taken a brutal toll on his scoring skills. The spirit is willing, but he’s lost confidence in his own ability to execute. Strikers live and die on their self-belief. Hernandez is probably going to watch a lot of the World Cup from the bench, which would have been unthinkable a year ago.

Andres Guardado is another player who had to impress Herrera. He played like he was desperate to do so, but this resulted in him often losing the ball and killing attacking plays. His unfamiliarity with his teammates was obvious. Guardado has never been a winger who can fire in long, looping crosses to the box like Miguel Layun, and without a partner to recognize well his give-and-go approach to attacks, he floundered.

Nigeria: John Obi Mikel has matured into Nigeria’s solid veteran in the midfield. He is able to generally control the run of play and reset the squad as needed. Yet a clock with only one hand can’t tell time effectively, and this match revealed that Mikel could use another good scoring option up top to whom he can deliver passes.

Once again, Uche is conspicuous by his absence. Yet it’s better to realize how badly he is needed now than it would be for that realization to come at the World Cup. For Nigeria’s sake, one would hope Keshi reaches this conclusion.

http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/futbolmexico/id/3151?cc=5739

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By The Ugandan... | March 7th, 2014 at 5:31 pm
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@sscouser, friendlies are for trying out formations and players. With 1 goal up in the middle of the 2nd half in hostile territory, coach Micho made a reasonable choice to pull back and see how the boys respond. Lapses in concentration were expected and the experience built the boys resilience.

Micho’s wish to meet Zambia is a clue that he knows that he would triumph.

You’re right though, we have to deal with the horse first before the cart. Just hope that horse will not be Malawi because they will see fire. :lol:

Fighting fire with fire is one of the best ways to extinguish flames. :-)

@Sultan, Keshi needs to find a good right back. Push the current RB pretender forward to partner with Mikel. Looks like Keshi is planning to explode forward in Brazil but also recover by knocking the ball around.

Good strategy, as it will conserve energy in the strenuous conditions they will face in Brazil.

By sscouser | March 7th, 2014 at 6:54 pm
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sultan, you played very well?

We didn’t really play our style because we’ve been out for about four or five months – with different teams … different styles. That’s why I’m glad we played a team like Mexico (that keeps the ball on the ground).” – Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi

sultan, what’s your style?

We just need to sort out the 3rd man in the triangle and we will be good to go.”

Really? Was the too much space Mexico had in the final third the 3rd man’s fault? Messi and Aguero will punish you.

Both goalkeepers were solid, and even if captain Vincent Enyeama isn’t going to lose his starting spot, Austin Ejide looks like an excellent backup

Is Austin Ejide the one that captained the CHAN team and the one that you (sultan) said was useless? :lol:

So how come malawi couldn’t beat zimbabwe?”

Because on that day the Flames were not better than the Warriors.

The Ugandan…, friendlies are for trying out formations and players? How come Nigeria featured only 4 new players? I think the Nigeria CHAN team would have scored at least one goal.

By the way, most of the friendlies played when most leagues are not off season are meaningless.

With one day of work, it’s very difficult. … We were not able to generate a lot of opportunities. There just wasn’t time to prepare. Too many players were in Europe, and they like to play a certain way.” – Mexican coach Miguel Herrera

Should leagues break for about one or two weeks for international friendlies? When did the Super Eagles arrive in Atlanta for the friendly against Mexico? Jet lag? The most common effect of jet lag is fatigue. No wonder they kept on going to the ground with the slightest of touches. Also, disorientation or the inability to concentrate often occurs with jet lag. Disorientation may accompany slower reaction times. No wonder they couldn’t score? I still don’t understand why they had to come all the way to the U.S. to play the meaningless friendly. I think playing against mighty Malawi in Nigeria or in Malawi would have been beneficial.

Lapses in concentration were expected and the experience built the boys resilience.”

We’ve heard that before. Still, 3 decades and counting :lol:

Micho’s wish to meet Zambia is a clue that he knows that he would triumph.”

I think he forgot that lowly ranked Uganda will not go straight to the Group Stage.

“…Just hope that horse will not be Malawi because they will see fire :lol:

You don’t fight fire with fire! Fighting fire with fire is the worst tactic. Anger breeds more anger, fire more fire!

Anne’s new show is Don’t Mess with Kansiime

New show? Nothing newer?

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By The Ugandan... | March 8th, 2014 at 1:13 am
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@sscouser, look up that meaning and origin of the phrase “fighting fire with fire.”

If anger breeds more anger, then more anger breeds even more anger. :-)

Either way, the Malawi Flames should avoid the Uganda Cranes, at all cost. Ask the Zambian coach. :lol:

By sultan | March 8th, 2014 at 3:30 am
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@the Ugandan, we found a right back in leon balogun.

@sscouser, the goal keeper at chan wasn’t included in the squad… And he has always been the third choice after enyeama and ejide.

Play mighty malawi? Maybe in the next qualifiers. Heheheh!

By sultan | March 8th, 2014 at 3:40 am
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Besides we are not afraid of messi or aguero…. On that day we will know who is who.

By sscouser | March 8th, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Republican senators tell Fifa Russia must be kicked out of 2014 World Cup
The Guardian (7 March 2014)

Two US senators have written to Fifa, the governing body of world football, to request that Russia be banned from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and stripped of the right to host the 2018 tournament, over its invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

The US and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions on the government of President Vladimir Putin, in response to the occupation of Ukrainian military bases and transport and infrastructure facilities which began last week.

In their letter to the Fifa chairman, Sepp Blatter, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Dan Coates of Indiana, both Republicans, cite the exclusion of Yugoslavia from the 1992 European Championship and 1994 World Cup and say: “Since Russia has similarly displayed a brazen disrespect for fundamental principles of Fifa and international law, [we] hope you will agree that it doesn’t deserve the honour of either hosting the World Cup or participating in one.

“We ask that a more deserving World Cup 2018 bid should be re-considered instead.”

The Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, a former president of the Russian football federation and chair of the local organising committee for the 2018 World Cup, is a Fifa board member.

The letter also cites Fifa statutes calling for suspension if a country or people are discriminated against: “According to Article 3 of the Fifa statutes: ‘discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.’”

In October, Fifa sought assurances that Russia’s football federation was taking steps to deal with racist incidents at matches in the country. The governing body said then that Russia’s hosting of the 2018 tournament was not in jeopardy.

On Thursday, speaking to CNN, Coates compared the Russian president’s territorial ambitions to those of Nazi Germany, saying: “Does this not remind us of what happened with Hitler in the early 20s and 30s?”

Earlier this week, the former secretary of state and presumed leading Democratic presidential candidate for 2016, Hillary Clinton, also made reference to Hitler when discussing the Russian invasion of the Crimea. The Press-Telegram of Long Beach quoted Clinton as saying: “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s.”

Russia was awarded the right to host the 2018 World Cup in December 2010, beating competing bids from England, Holland and Belgium and Spain and Portugal.

In this year’s World Cup, which kicks off in June, Russia have been drawn in Group H, alongside Belgium, Algeria and South Korea. The Russians, coached by Fabio Capello, qualified for the finals by winning their qualification group ahead of Portugal. Israel were the third-placed team.

Russia and the USA could meet in the round of 16. On Wednesday, the USA lost 2-0 in a friendly international against Ukraine which was moved from Kharkiv to Cyprus.

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By sscouser | March 8th, 2014 at 9:02 am
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The Ugandan…, when your wife shouts at you, do you shout right back? Don’t ever fight fire with fire :evil:

“Either way, the Malawi Flames should avoid the Uganda Cranes, at all cost. Ask the Zambian coach. :lol:

The Uganda Cranes are the ones who should avoid the Flames. There is a reason the Flames are ahead of Uganda on CAF Ranking.

sultan, I read somewhere that your CHAN goalkeeper was dropped by his club after CHAN. Will he make it to Brazil?

Play mighty malawi? Maybe in the next qualifiers. Heheheh!

Be nice to people on your way up because you might need them on your way down. They will be there at the airport to welcome you back from Brazil after playing 3 matches :lol:

Besides we are not afraid of messi or aguero…. On that day we will know who is who.”

Archived.

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By sscouser | March 8th, 2014 at 11:45 am
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