ENGLAND RISK MISSING THE FORTHCOMING WORLD CUP

England risk losing the forthcoming World Cup as MPs vote that they have no confidence in the country’s Football Association.


The vote is one that could hamper the preparation of the Three Lions for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia as it would be an offence considering FIFA’s political interference stance.

Though a ban is unlikely as it is expected that they would sit up when FIFA warns but the oldest Football Association in the world face a risk. Culture, Media and Sport committee MPs are not satisfied with the FA and could cut £30-40 million in funding, at the very least. The committee chair has said that a change in the way things are done is a guarantee.

However FIFA rules forbid interference from the political class of any country. The world football body has moved to suspend several countries in recent years for violating the rule. The vote of no confidence means the government would reform the governance of the association, directly against FIFA’s mandate. Continue reading ENGLAND RISK MISSING THE FORTHCOMING WORLD CUP

Germans Swell With Pride

It’s after a long gap of 24 years that Germany has reached glory as far as the World Cup is concerned and it means a lot to their fans. It means a lot even to the German public in general.

The sort of welcoming that the German squad got in Berlin yesterday was just fantastic. There were people everywhere jumping in joy, chanting players’ names, waving the national flag etc.

The leader of the pack, Phlipp Lahm, was the first to come outside the players’ plane with the extraordinary looking World Cup trophy in his hands. There was pride in his eyes as he made his way downstairs. The other German players followed their captain. All of them had big smiles on their faces.

People had bunked their offices to make their way to Berlin to give the World Champions a grand welcome. Most of them were painted in the German tri-colour.

The player whose name was being chanted the most by the fans was Mario Gotze who had scored the Golden goal for Germany in the final match.

The young midfielder was actually not one of the starters in that final. He was sent into the arena pretty late, but, he made the difference with a well timed volley 7 minutes prior to the completion of the extra time. That was undoubtedly the most valuable goal that he would have ever scored in his career.

Germany had been very consistent in the last few World Cups, but, they were not being able to go all the way. They used to have one bad day and they were out of the tournament, but, this time around, that was not the case. In all the 7 matches, they were on top strategy wise as well as execution wise and that resulted in them becoming the Champions.

BLATTER BACKS BRAZIL

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has stated that he is confident that the stadiums will be ready in time for the World Cup 2014. FIFA has also confirmed that there will be no speeches by officials in the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. This has been done in order to prevent unnecessary protest from starting inside the stadium. During the Confederations cup, Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff gave a speech and he was booed off by the crowd due to allegations about corruption.

There has also been a lot of discontent amongst the Brazilian public that the government had spent a huge amount of money on unnecessary aspects like developing the stadium rather than improving the infrastructure, which is a major doubt on the nation. Due to the large amount of supporters who are expected to travel for this tournament, it has been suggested that Brazil’s infrastructure like road and air transported will not be able to handle the volume. Blatter, meanwhile, attempted to once again put an end to the rumours that the stadium may not be ready in time for the World Cup.

The Arena Corinthians, which will hold the opening match, is still undergoing construction and is not expected to be handed to FIFA until a few months later.

“Everything with the stadiums will work out. This is not my first World Cup. In the end, all the stadiums will be ready. Friends of Brazilian football, where is the respect and the fair play, please? We hope that the World Cup will play a part in calming down the social unrest that we experienced during the Confederations Cup,” said the FIFA president. Brazil is estimated to have spent more than £ 8 billion in improving all aspects across the country, but it has been mostly spent on stadiums.

BRAZIL CAN WIN IT

Brazil did not do well in a World Cup when they last hosted it. It was in 1950 when the country last hosted the tournament, but they lost in the final to Uruguay in front of 200,000 supporters. That team has never been forgotten by the supporters, but manager Luiz Felipe Scolari says that it is time that the country learns to celebrate that 1950 team rather than degraded it. He also wants to use them as an inspiration to win this upcoming World Cup. Brazil are the current record holders after having won five World Cup titles in their history.

Scolari says that the 1950 team were the pioneers to what the successes achieved in the five decades that followed. Brazil will be going into the 2014 World Cup looking to lift the title for the first time since 2002. Rather than wilt under the pressure of the home supporters, Scolari is planning to do well with the 12th man behind them. Brazil is one of the most football crazy nations in the world. Their supporters always expect the best from the home team, which could work against them, but Scolari is aware of this challenge and he wants to provide them with the best.

“Before 1950 Brazil had never gotten to the final, they were the pioneers of the five titles we have won since then. Those players got there and made Brazilian history. We built our success on top of them. We are going to try and get back to the Maracana for the final and properly remember the team of the 50s because they were wonderful and fantastic and that’s how I’d like Brazilians to think about them. We will be playing with 12 players on the pitch,” said Scolari.

Brazil will be up against Mexico, Croatia, and Cameroon in the group stages.

PLAY AND YOU’RE IN

Australian national team manager Ange Postecoglou says that the players looking to get into the national team squad for the World Cup 2014 should be playing at the highest level on a regular basis. Postecoglou was recently appointed as the national team manager after a poor run of results left Australia facing early exit from the World Cup even before the tournament started. Since the nation qualified for the 2006 World Cup, they have been regarded as one of the strongest from the oceanic group.

Postecoglou’s latest comments come as a warning for players like Lucas Neil and Tom Rogic. They have the option to secure a regular first-team football by moving away from their respective clubs. While Lucas Neil is one of the established stars of the national team, Rogic is someone who is seen as a player with bright future. The manager has said that the players should at least try and secure a loan move and play regularly.

The manager undoubtedly has a tough job on his hands since Australia have been grouped in one of the toughest groups at World Cup 2014. It features the likes of Spain and the Netherlands, while South American team Chile will also be hopeful due to the home advantage.

”There’s quite a few that are in that boat who have to make some really important decisions about their futures. have said all along, I really need players playing and fit around selection time. For Lucas and others in the group, there are some pretty big decisions to come. Whoever is playing well and in form I will have a look at, whether that’s the A-League, Europe, or Asia. ‘I will be looking at individual’s form, their fitness and how they are going,” said the former Brisbane Roar manager, who is regarded as one of the finest from Australia.