July 8th, 2014
A thrilling match by U.S.A and Belgium left U.S.A fans in tatters. Many Americans stopped working to cheer their team but the efforts went in vain. U.S.A goalkeeper Tim Howard saved quite a few goals before going down to 2-0 by Belgium.
U.S.A did strike again going in with 2-1. Even in the defeat U.S.A did not leave their prestige rather it was sought be a valiant effort by the Americans. The fans were in tears but also acknowledged the brave effort of their team. A good effort of defense was put up by the Belgians. Fans twitted on social media regarding a sporty spirit of the American football team. The effort of Americans to equal the score to 2-2 proved futile.
The economy of U.S dwindled on that particular day since all were busy in viewing the match. President Barrack Obama himself switched his schedule suiting the match timings. Even the city government had put up huge screens where all viewed the match with eagerness. Despite the disappointment the team did play well but it was destiny that did not favour the Americans.
Many were divided among the Americans who were glued to Wimbledon. But many who did not have any zeal in soccer did not miss out Americans playing against the Belgians to be able to make it to the quarter finals. Eventually that did not happen and the Americans should be proud of playing a high level match full of intensity which will be remembered in the history of football.
Progressing to the group hailed as the death stage was an achievement in itself. Even the fervour was altogether different than the rest of the matches. The entire country hailed American efforts and gave them a punching uproar from all quarters.
June 23rd, 2014
Former Atletico Madrid and Barcelona striker David Villa has revealed that he will retire from international duty after the end of the World Cup 2014. The Spanish striker has been one of the best in the world, but he is coming to the end of his career. After several years in Spain, he finally sealed a move to New York City to play in the MLS. He is expected to be joined by Chelsea star Frank Lampard. Villa is one of the revered strikers in world football and he is the current record goalscorer for the national team.
However, he has lost a lot of pace in the last few years and this has contributed to his consistent decline in form. Even though he helped Atletico Madrid to their first league title in almost 2 decades, he has been heavily linked with a move away and it finally came in the form of a move to New York City. Speaking ahead of the World Cup 2014, Villa confirmed that this will be his final major tournament with the Spanish national team, as he does not intend to carry on playing international football for the benefit of his club career. The 32-year-old has represented the national team in 95 matches.
“I don’t like to say that I’m saying goodbye, but obviously at the World Cup I’ll be playing my last games for Spain. Now I want to enjoy myself from the word go, put in a great World Cup and, why not, get another star [on the Spain shirt]. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve accepted [New York City FC’s offer]: I still have a lot of football left in me. If not, I would have gone home, although I didn’t consider the possibility of retiring,” said the Spanish striker.
May 28th, 2014
AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy says that he wants to be part of the Italian team at the World Cup 2014. The youngster has been regarded as one of the bright talents available at the disposal of Italy manager Cesare Prandelli. However, he has missed the last few months of action due to an injury. He made his comeback at just the right moment after featuring in the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Atalanta during the weekend. This was his first appearance of 2014, and it remains to be seen if he will be part of the Italy squad.
Prandelli will have his reservations about the fitness of the striker, as he has missed so much of action in recent months. He suffered a foot injury during the match against Ajax towards the end of 2013. El Shaarawy has stated that he is delighted to return to the pitch. Now that he has made his comeback, the 21-year-old is targeting a final push into the Italy squad. He will have only around 90 minutes to impress the manager, as the Italian Serie A season is coming to a close. It has been a very disappointing campaign for the club, as they are set to miss out on any form of European football next season.
“The only satisfaction is getting back on the pitch, I’m happy for that. It’s been a tough five months for me. I am very happy to have made my comeback, but I feel sad about the result. I gave my all for the team. My objective was to do well in these last few games to convince the Italy coach. I believe that I can get called up and I hope I can show that I’m ready,” said the striker after his comeback to the team.