Martin O’Neill says that he is relieved to have avoided the big guns

October 2nd, 2015

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says that he is relieved to have avoided the big guns in the World Cup 2018 qualification group.

The details of the opponents were recently revealed and Ireland are in a group containing the likes of Wales, Serbia, Austria, Moldova, and Georgia. Almost all of them have an equal chance of reaching the finals. O’Neill is a manager under pressure due to various reasons. Unlike Wales, who have progressed a lot in recent times, Ireland have been an underdog for a considerable period of time. Even the arrival of O’Neill has not improved their fortunes.

At this stage, a tough draw with opponents like Spain, France, and Italy in the group stages would have proved extremely difficult for Ireland to handle. As it is, they will go into the qualification campaign with a real hope of reaching the finals. Ireland have not reached the finals of the World Cup since 2002. In fact, the team has managed to reach the finals only on three occasions in their entire history. Hence, they were relying upon a huge slice of luck in terms of the draw and this is what exactly Martin O’Neill has received. As a result of this draw, Ireland cannot only hope of qualifying for the finals but they can also hope for winning the group. Read the rest of this entry »

Now that Sepp Blatter resignated, doubts are starting to emerge in relation to the location of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

June 16th, 2015

The resignation of Sepp Blatter brings forth a number of consequences as FIFA now has to delegate and select a new president that can replace the Swiss football administrator who has been hampered with corruption and bribery.

Sepp Blatter was the main supporter of having the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite all of the problems involving Ukraine as both countries are still in war following the annexation of Crimea.

However, since Blatter is no longer the president of FIFA this has casted a string of doubts concerning if whether or not the location of the next World Cup should and can be changed.

England is still hoping to host the 2018 World Cup and their dream might actually turn into a reality depending on who is elected as the new president of FIFA and if that person is willing to change the location of the approaching football tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

May 9th, 2015

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Asia has been drawn

April 24th, 2015

Countries hailing from Asia aren’t infamous or characterized for being some of the top national sides in the entire world but nonetheless, excitement is starting to build up after the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Asia was completed and it has resulted in a number of interesting match ups.

The draw wrapped up with the following teams and groups being created:

Group A: U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Palestine, East Timor, Malaysia

Group B: Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh

Group C: China, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan, Hong Kong

Group D: Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Guam

Group E: Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, Cambodia

Group F: Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei

Group G: South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Laos

Group H: Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Philippines, North Korea, Yemen


China has become one of the favorites of qualifying into the upcoming 2018 World Cup after being pitted in what seems to be a fairly simply group which consists of: Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan and Hong Kong with almost none of those teams posing a real challenge or threat. The last time that the Chinese side managed to actually qualify and make it into the group stages of any World Cup was back in 2002 and they are hungry on returning to those spots. Read the rest of this entry »

2010 FIFA World Cup: South Africa – QUARTERFINAL Argentina vs. Germany

April 11th, 2015

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