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nadal-smallAs the Rio Open holds court for the first time, many esteemed tennis players today will try their luck here in the hopes of not just adding another leaf to their laurel, but also to make history that no one can ever duplicate once they...

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Italy Serie A - Inter Milan vs Udinese

On May 20, the San Siro will be staging its final game of the 2012 - 13 Italian Serie A season as the home side Inter Milan welcome Udinese. This match - up is going to be an exciting one, to say the least, because on one side, we have the visiting...

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    • Monday, July 28, 2014

      Daisuke Matsuzaka

      Daisuke-Matsuzaka

      Sports : Baseball
      Team : New York Mets
      Playing position : Pitcher, Bats: Right
      Squad number : 16
      Birth Date : 9/13/1980 (34)
      Nationality : Japanese
      Estimated Market Value/Salary : 1.5M USD (2014)


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    • Friday, July 25, 2014

      Predictions : International Champions Cup - Real Madrid vs Inter Milan

       

      Real Madrid won the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup in the summer of 2013, and looking on the featured teams this year, I'm tipping the game will pretty much end the same way. Set at Group A against Premier League's Manchester...

      レアル・マドリードは2013夏に行われた前回のインターナショナル・チャンピオンズ・カップでも優勝をしていることに加えて、本年度のロスターを見れば今大会も優勝の有力候補に挙げられるわ。プレミアリーグのマンチェスター・ユナイテッド、...

      Летом 2013 года «Реал Мадрид» завоевал победу в первом розыгрыше Международного кубка чемпионов Guinness. Рассматривая участников турнира в текущем году, я прогнозирую аналогичный исход...


    • Thursday, July 24, 2014

      Predictions : International Champions Cup - Manchester United vs AS Roma

       

      I'm rooting for Manchester United to win, despite their poor run at the Premier League last season this will not define them, as the club finally has Louis van Gaal, a true master tactician. Van Gaal has given his assurance that his plans will work accordingly...

      この試合はマンチェスター・ユナイテッドが昨季の不振を払拭する快勝を収めると思うわ。確かに昨シーズンは名門らしからぬ戦いをシーズンを通して展開してしまったけれど、それは指揮官の錯乱による影響も少なからずあったはず...

      Я делаю ставку на победу «Манчестер Юнайтед», несмотря на их довольно слабый результат в прошлом сезоне Премьер-лиги – не это станет решающим моментом, а то, что у клуба наконец появился новый...


    • Predictions : International Champions Cup - AC Milan vs Olympiacos

       

      Olympiacos may be the leader in their own league but you just can't deny that AC Milan are a much better squad. AC Milan may have missed the opportunities from last year’s campaign, but looking at their records they are ideally the team who can play for...

      オリンピアコスも自国リーグでは首位に立つ強豪チームとはいえ、ACミランには及ばないと思うわ。昨年から不振に喘いでいるとはいえ、このイタリアの名門は現有戦力でも、これまでの国際大会での経験でも対戦相手となるギリシャ...

      Хоть «Олимпиакос» и является лидером своей домашней лиги, никто не станет отрицать того факта, что «Милан» – гораздо более сильная команда. Справедливости ради стоит отметить, что в прошлом сезоне...


    • Friday, July 11, 2014

      WC2014 PREDICTION FINALS

       

      Germany hammered home favourites Brazil in their semi-final clash that led to a whopping 1-7 score-line. The German's glorious victory, for me, is not a testament that they are unstoppable. Yes, they are a cohesive unit - doing crisp, almost perfect passing ...

      ドイツは優勝の有力候補とされていたブラジルとの準決勝に1-7という大差で勝利したばかりね。ただし、この大勝だけで彼らが誰にも止められないチームであるとは言いがたいわ。確かに彼らの得意とする中盤でのパス回しと強力なストライカー陣は脅威ではあるけれど...

      Сборная Германии одержала победу над хозяевами турнира и наиболее очевидными фаворитами на победу в ЧМ-2014 Бразилией с разгромным счетом 1-7. Но эта блистательная победа не является для...


    • Thursday, July 10, 2014

      WC2014 PREDICTION THIRD PLACE

       

      Caught in the situation where Brazil and Netherlands have nothing to lose and only pride to gain, both teams are expected to play aggressively and will unlikely go for the conservative-defensive approach. With Neymar ruled out in this...

      ブラジル、オランダの双方にとって絶対に負けられない1戦となったこの試合はもてる限りの実力と国の威信を懸けた総力戦となるでしょうね。ただし、ブラジル攻撃陣はネイマールが出場できないことを受け...

      Я ожидаю агрессивной игры от обеих команд, ведь они оказались в такой ситуации, когда им нечего терять, можно лишь вернуть чувство собственного достоинства, поэтому вряд ли какая-то их этих...


    • Monday, July 07, 2014

      WC2014 PREDICTION SEMI FINALS DAY 2

       

      An early goal by Gonzalo Higuain in the first half against Belgium was enough to send Argentina through the World Cup semi-finals. Sad news though, the Argentinians will be without Angel di Maria in the heart of their midfield against...

      ゴンサロ・イグアインが前半に挙げたゴールがそのまま決勝点となりアルゼンチンはベルギーを下しワールドカップ準決勝へと駒を進めることができたわね。ただしこのオランダ戦、彼らは中盤の「心臓」ともいえる主力選手アンヘル・ディ・マリアを欠いて臨まなくてはいけなくなってしまったわ...

      Раннего гола в исполнении Гонсало Игуаина стало вполне достаточно, чтобы гарантировать сборной Аргентины место в полуфинале чемпионата мира. Однако, к сожалению, в Сан-Паулу в матче против...


    • Friday, July 04, 2014

      WC2014 PREDICTION SEMI FINALS DAY 1

       

      The matches are quickly narrowing down and the best of the best are the only ones left. Prior to this Brazil-Germany duel, both have high hopes to win in the World Cup. Brazil will have to squeeze everything out from the team now that...

       世界各大陸の予選を勝ち上がり、選ばれた32カ国によって始まったワールドカップの早いものであと残り僅か。多くの国が涙を呑んで敗退していく中で残されたのは最強の中の最強チームとなっているわね。その言葉どおり準決勝の舞台では世界屈指のサッカ...

      Количество оставшихся матчей быстро уменьшается, борьбу теперь ведут только лучшие из лучших. Накануне схватки Бразилия – Германия обе сборные испытывают большие надежды на победу на чемпионате...


    • Wednesday, July 02, 2014

      WC2014 PREDICTIONS QUARTERFINALS DAY2

       

      Netherlands have advanced to the quarter finals via a 2-1 win against Mexico. An equaliser came from Netherlands in the last few minutes of the game and a winning goal during stoppage time. Indeed, Netherlands robbed...

      オランダは前節・メキシコ戦にて試合終盤までリードされながらも終了ギリギリの同点弾、そして延長戦での逆転勝ち越しゴールと劇的な逆転勝利でこの準々決勝に駒を進めてきたわ。一方のコスタリカも前節・ギリシャ戦が...

      Нидерландская сборная вышла в четвертьфинал в результате одержанной над Мексикой победы 2-1. Нидерландцы сравняли счет на последних минутах основного времени игры и второй, победный гол забили...


    • Monday, June 30, 2014

      WC2014 PREDICTIONS QUARTERFINALS DAY1

       

      Colombia are through to the World Cup quarterfinals following an impressive 2-0 win over the Luis Suarez-less Uruguay. Two goals by James Rodriguez set-up a Colombia-Brazil tie in the last 8 of the tournament on July 5...

      コロンビアはルイス・スアレスを欠いたウルグアイから2-0で快勝を収め準々決勝まで勝ち上がったわ。7月5日04:00(GMT+8)から今大会一番の強敵と言っても過言ではないブラジルとの1戦を控える彼らだけれど、はたしてここまでの4試合で僅か3失点と堅守を誇るブラジルを...

      Колумбия прошла в стадию четвертьфинала чемпионата мира 2014 благодаря впечатляющей победе 2-0 над сборной Уругвая, игравшей без Луиса Суареса. Итак, два мяча, забитые Хамесом...


    • WC2014 PREDICTIONS ROUND OF 16 DAY 4

       

      Argentina topped Group F following a full sweep although their performance seems to be unimpressive despite their win against mediocre teams such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran...

      アルゼンチンはグループFでの全試合に勝利、首位でベスト16進出を決めたわ。ただ、その勝利を収める過程の中でボスニアには1失点、イランには僅か1ゴールに止まるなど明らかな格下相手に苦戦を強いられていたのは気になるところね。ナイジェリア...

      Сборная Аргентины возглавила Группу F, выиграв все три матча группового этапа, хотя и не впечатлила своим выступлением против команд среднего звена, Боснии и Герцеговины и Ирана...


    • Sunday, June 29, 2014

      WC2014 PREDICTIONS ROUND OF 16 DAY 3

       

      France have created a stunning comeback from their last 2010 World Cup woes after topping Group E with 7 points, tallying a total of 8 goals and conceding just 2. The French side boast of a strong midfield, packed with...

      前回大会、「まさかの」グループステージ最下位に終わった雪辱を今大会こそ晴らしたいフランスはグループステージにてE組を勝ち点7の首位で通過を決めたわ。そのグループステージにおいて8得点に対して失点は僅かに2としているフランス...

      После неудачи на ЧМ-2010 сборная Франции великолепным образом усилилась и в турнире этого года возглавила Группу E с 7 очками, забив 8 голов в трех матчах и пропустив...


    • Saturday, June 28, 2014

      WC2014 PREDICTIONS ROUND OF 16 DAY 2

       

      Netherlands are on the verge of continuing their prolific run which earned them 9 points in the group stage. It will be difficult for Mexico to level with Louis van Gaal’s side in terms of talent and...

      グループステージを全勝で終えたオランダはメキシコとの対戦ね。ルイス・ファン・ハール率いるオランダは選手の「個」の力、そしてチームとしての速攻やパス回しなどどちらを見てもメキシコを上回っている...

      Сборная Нидерландов готова продолжить свое блестящее выступление, благодаря которому команда уже имеет в активе 9 очков. Мексиканцам нелегко будет тягаться в мастерстве и...


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    • Monday, July 28, 2014

      Houston we have a problem

      What is it with big mouths and bigger egos in Houston? Where is the Houston Rockets of old, when players are tough but classy, talented as they are true gentlemen as well? Where are the Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon and


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      The evils of hype

      The signing of Freddy Adu with Serbian club FK Jagodina generates mixed reactions. The initial response to this news is of course of elation. Everyone who loves Adu and who believes in his talent and his being deserving...


    • Saturday, July 26, 2014

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      Standing United

      Manchester-united-small-01Good news for Manchester United fans - it looks like the Red Devils have started on the right foot and the new manager Louis van Gaal was the first to admit that he was impressed by how the players are responding to the program...


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      The face of pressure

      david-ospina-smallA lot can be said about the possible signing of David Ospina at Arsenal. You can run up the comparative stats and convince yourself that Ospina is a better player over Arsenal starting keeper Wojciech Szczesny, or you could find reasons...


    • Friday, July 25, 2014

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      Impressive start

      manchester-united-vs-la-galaxy-smallLouis van Gaal made sure he lived up to the expectations of the fans by orchestrating a 7-0 trouncing of the LA Galaxy in a recent friendly. Yes, I am among those who would caution against premature celebration...


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      Smokescreen

      patrick-vieira-smallThe longer Manchester City EDS coach Patrick Vieira withholds information as to what really transpired during the game versus HNK Rijeka leading to Manchester City's U21 team abandoning the game, the more he puts the issue...


    • cerezo-osaka-vs-sagan-tosu-big
      Cerezo Osaka and Sagan Tosu switch places

      cerezo-osaka-vs-sagan-tosu-smallInconsistent could be the best way to describe Cerezo Osaka. They may have been experiencing not-so-good a campaign for this year. It may look and sound cliché that last year they were able to qualify for the 2014 AFC...


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      A battle of top half teams

      kalmar-vs-malmo-smallIn this clash between Malmo and Kalmar, it is highly anticipated that this match may also end in a draw after their last meeting ended in one, although it is not wise to predict based with just that one match alone...


    • Can Lewis Hamilton break Schumi's Hungarian record?

      Lewis-Hamilton-smallLewis Hamilton's achievements are far from what Michael Schumacher's, that's a fact. The English racer, however, can do something to surpass the great German Formula One driver in just one level. At the Hungarian Grand Prix...


    • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

      Messi-ng with your head

      lionel-messi-argentina-bigSo Lionel Messi actually considered moving from La Liga's FC Barcelona to English Premier League's Arsenal FC? Well, that was the gist of some of the reports surfacing right now and (1) I find it odd why such a big move - however far off...


    • Main man Rudi

      rudi-garcia-smallWhat I like about AS Roma is their manager, Rudi Garcia. And what I like about Garcia is his values, which greatly influenced the culture in AS Roma, and propelled the squad to a runner up finish behind powerhouse Juventus last season...


    • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

      The Real deal

      james-rodriguez-smallThere is no masking it. Real Madrid felt the shame and embarrassment after allowing rival Atletico Madrid to win the 2013-14 La Liga title. Now, they are out for vengeance, and out for new blood, apparently. The football transfer window...


    • Shakedown in the standings

      germany-national-team-smallIt was a foregone conclusion that Germany would become world number one once the new FIFA ranking is released. They were at number two pre-World Cup, and their dominance in the quadrennial event vis-a-vis the early exit of former world number...


    • Monday, July 21, 2014

      The Third Wheel

      Valtteri-Bottas-smallThe continued dominance of the one-two punch that is Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton has somewhat made the Formula One taste stale, the duo cornering almost every podium finish in this year's F1...


    • Wiggins over Love

      nba-trophy-smallThere is a thin line separating the wise and the reckless. It is wise for the Cleveland Cavaliers that they tried to lure - and eventually won - LeBron James back to wearing the gold...


    • Häcken could feature new signing in Djurgarden match

      bk-hacken-vs-djugarden-smallRumour has it that SWAG Premiership Player of the Year 2014 Augustine Okrah will soon join Swedish side BK Häcken on loan. The Bechem United striker is set to travel to Sweden this week...


    • Can Cup holders Sanfrecce Hiroshima recover from the slump?

      sanfrecce-hiroshima-vs-kashiwa-reysol-smallSaturday, just another bad day for the Japanese champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima as they let a three-goal lead evaporate. The game ended in a 3-3 draw against J-League struggler Omiya Ardija...


    • Will the fourth stay or the fifth take over?

      elfsborg-vs-norrkoping-smallTwelve national championship titles and six national cup titles compared to six national championship titles and three national cups - which is obviously better? Or which is obviously predictable to win...


    • Saturday, July 19, 2014

      Out for the season

      baseball-smallIt is not easy to say whether or not CC Sabathia's absence for the rest of the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) season is a good or bad thing for the New York Yankees. The pitcher, acquired by New York in 2009...


    • Is Liverpool setting a key cornerstone in Divock Origi?

      Divock-Origi-smallLuis Suarez exiting English Premier League for the La Liga by joining famed squad FC Barcelona is a big news, but an even bigger story is the talk about a youngster named Divock Origi replacing the void Suarez...


    • Friday, July 18, 2014

      Ambition

      arturo-vidal-chile-bigIn retrospect, the sudden, unexpected and shocking drop in form of Manchester United can be because of a lot of things - David Moyes, player injuries, the lack of cohesion, the absence of respect among players and coaching staff, the financial restraints...


    • Cleansing the bad aftertaste

      mario-balotelli-smallFor a lot of players, the International Champions Cup is a welcome sight, if only to help balm the wounds created by the failures from the recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup. Many national team players who were in Brazil have returned...


    • Tuesday, July 15, 2014

      Kalmar face stern test against overachievers Malmo

      kalmar-vs-malmo-smallMalmo are having a great first half season run being in top position in the Sweden Allsvenskan with 33 points, leaving AIK in second and 5 points behind. The 20-time Allsvenskan champions started strong, winning their first four matches...


    • Mjallby looking for improvement, to face IFK Goteborg

      ifk-goteborg-vs-mjallby-smallIn the past year, IFK Goteborg and Mjällby already faced twice in the Allsvenskan. In those two matches, victories were equal as they were both able to snatch a win. But it is apparent that IFK Goteborg got it better with regards...


    • Falkenberg starting to create an impression

      falkenberg-vs-aik-solna-smallFalkenberg and AIK Solna may have only a number of meetings but we shouldn't take this one as an assumption on how they will collide for Sweden Allsvenskan. Though AIK Solna may have a good record for now, we can see how Falkenberg...


    • World Cup final postscript

      germany-world-cup-champion-smallThere is something bigger besides Germany and Argentina fighting for the 2014 World Cup title. This match would galvanize a new rivalry between La Albiceleste and Die Adler. The two sides met in the final for the third time...


    • Cleaved land

      nba-trophy-smallThe basketball world was shocked by the announcement of LeBron James to return to the place he calls 'home' and don the gold and maroon again, this after the still-infamous ‘The Decision’ four years ago...


    • Monday, July 14, 2014

      Messi missed

      lionel-messi-lose-to-england-smallWithout a doubt, Lionel Messi, the talisman, the playmaker, the scorer even in the direst of situations in the past, was severely missed by Argentina when they played for - and lost - the 2014 FIFA World Cup title..


    • New Super Mario

      mario-goetz-germany-bigWith the game, the title, and history on the line, one of the smallest guys in probably one of the tallest teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup made the biggest play of his football career to give Germany a 1-0 lead...


    • Saturday, July 12, 2014

      Golden boy for the Golden Ball

      golden-bootThe 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil has officially made public the top 10 names being considered for the prestigious Golden Ball award presented to the most...


    • Accounting for what was lost

      world-cup-logoThis is the downside of staging the biggest and most important footballing tournament in the world. Teams lose, and sometimes, not everyone knows how to handle...


    • Friday, July 11, 2014

      Counting their blessings

      neymar-brazil-big-1By now, I think the huge wave of depression and disappointment that has engulfed Brazil as a nation following their ouster from the 2014 FIFA World Cup has subsided. Eyes, swollen still maybe, are most probably dry now...


    • Awaiting the World Cup's new champion

      Andre-Schuerrle-smallGermany's mission is not yet complete. They know that burying Brazil was a three-pronged feat: first, they cleansed the German psyche of the nightmare that has haunted them after failing in their most recent World Cup...


    • Thursday, July 10, 2014

      Survivor

      messi-argentina-smallOf all the teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a marquee player in the fold –the eliminated and the two surviving squads set to jostle for the title alike - Argentina earn the distinction of being the team who are just 'getting by...


    • Failed again

      van-gaal-smallArgentina know how to break Netherlands' heart. And because of that, Netherlands have been conscious and guarded. In 1978, the host Argentina made it to the finals. Opposite them were Netherlands. Netherlands, at the time...


    • Wednesday, July 09, 2014

      WC2014 SEMI FINALS - ARGENTINA VS NETHERLANDS

      argentina-vs-netherlands-smallThirty two contenders, one victor for title glory. On this day, only four were left. The 2014 FIFA World Cup is down to its last four teams who all get an even chance to win the coveted world champions crown: Brazil, Germany, Netherlands and Argentina...


    • Bye, Brazil

      Dejected-Brazil-players-smallGermany showed the world a little lesson in physics. To stop something that is moving forward bearing a strong force, what is needed is a stronger force enough to withstand such power and momentum. Germany was that strong force...


    • The Great Estadio Mineirao Tragedy of 2014

      Andre-Schuerrle-smallMasterful. Excellent. Rousing. Commendable. Historic. Supreme. Awesome. And then there's embarrassing. Humiliating. Unacceptable. Outclassed. When the knockout rounds of the 2014 FIFA World Cup began, we expected that...


    • Tuesday, July 08, 2014

      WC2014 SEMI FINALS BRAZIL VS GERMANY

      brazil-vs-germany-smallBrazil will be burdened with immense anxiety heading to their match against Germany in the World Cup semi-final. It has been known that they were sailing in all their games with so much pressure – they were poured...


    • Unleashing Brazil's 'secret weapon'

      Miroslav-klose-smallYou got to love the 2014 FIFA World Cup lull, because once the spotlight is away from the action in the turf, it is only then that you get to see the funny, light and even weird side of this big football spectacle...


    • Monday, July 07, 2014

      Reaping the benefits

      DeAndre-Yedlin-smallThe concept of winning or losing in the 2014 World Cup, to some extent, becomes fluid. Yes, a lot of teams lost matches and in the end, only one team will be the true, certified winner, and that is the one holding the trophy...


    • Learning an important lesson

      Ian-Holloway-smallAfter his team was unceremoniously eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup even before the group stage was concluded, England manager Ian Holloway made an interesting comment recently, saying that the English football team...


    • Sunday, July 06, 2014

      Big boys at the big dance

      neymar-injured-smallSo it's been settled. After days of interesting and oftentimes surprising turn of events, the top four teams vying for the two final slots are named: host country Brazil, 2010 runners-up Netherlands, Germany and Argentina...


    • A Krul twist

      tim-kurl-smallIt was sublime, something that could've escaped anyone's attention. It wouldn't have been present in scouting reports. I doubt it if there was anyone from Costa Rica - player or part of the coaching staff - who could have...


    • Saturday, July 05, 2014

      WC2014 QUARTER FINALS - NETHERLANDS VS COSTA RICA

      netherlands-vs-costa-ricaNetherlands and Costa Rica have landed safely to the quarter-finals, however, the nearer the World Cup final comes the tougher it gets and this is what we have witnessed before they were booked for the next round. Netherlands have battled and survived Mexico in the last 16 with a late win, with Louis van Gaal having to make a crucial switch to plan B..


    • WC2014 QUARTER FINALS - Argentina vs Belgium

      argentina-vs-belgium-smallWe are aware that Argentina are one of the heavy favourites to win the World Cup 2014, however, this team is facing a crucial juncture. Alejandro Sabella’s side tried to sparkle during their...


    • Au revoir and viva la France

      Au-revoir-and-viva-la-France-smallLosing to Germany is a bittersweet pill that France should swallow. And just like in any other defeats, just like in any other moments where the pursuit has ended, this is a time for reflection for France and its fans, and...


    • Friday, July 04, 2014

      WC2014 QUARTER FINALS - Germany vs France

      germany-vs-france-smallFrance and Germany have booked themselves a spot in the quarter-final after their hard-fought battles against Nigeria and Algeria respectively. It's going to be a long and bumpy road for both...


    • WC2014 QUARTER FINALS - Brazil vs Colombia

      brazil-vs-colombia-smallIn the entire 2014 World Cup campaign of Brazil, they managed to both upset and uplift the fans. Getting through the group stages and the round of 16 they played both the role of the hero...


    • Ghost of quarter-finals past

      brazil-nation-teamThe respite is usually a perfect time for players to rest and recuperate, for managers to study the opposition, deliberate with their staff and tighten the tactics. This is a welcome break, but sometimes, this also could backfire, especially for...


    • An uncomfortable shift

      brazil-nation-teamPrior to setting a quarterfinals showdown with host country Brazil, Colombia and James Rodriguez are doing good, primarily because they are free from the burden of pressure being a team that not many serious pundits and bettors pegged to win; at least not this much...


    • Wednesday, July 02, 2014

      The Mighty Tim Howard

      tim-howard-smallIt starts with just one man. Everything big starts with just one man. Revolutions. Ideas. Upheavals. Moments that changed the world. Ideas that changed men. It all started with just one man. And for the United States men's national football team...


    • The European imperative

      France-Karim-Benzema-smallAs the 2014 FIFA World Cup prepares for the quarterfinals and despite the individualistic agenda of surviving European teams Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany, there is an unfinished business...


    • Tuesday, July 01, 2014

      WC2014 ROUND OF 16 - BELGIUM VS USA

      belgium-vs-usa-smallIf the United States of America had to brag about something related to their 2014 World Cup campaign, it would be them unyielding to the pressure and the odds, and their willingness to give...


    • WC2014 ROUND OF 16 - ARGENTINA VS SWITZERLAND

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    • Pride of Africa

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    • When dreams end and begin

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    • Scoring dip is latest World Cup trend

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    • Monday, June 30, 2014

      Robbed by Robben

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    • WC2014 ROUND OF 16 - France vs Nigeria

      france-vs-nigeria-smallFrance and Nigeria are set to battle it out in the Round of 16, and despite their own low points in their games in the group stage, the teams plan only on making an uphill climb in the games to follow, making sure they are fully-equipped...


    • WC2014 ROUND OF 16 - GERMANY VS ALGERIA

      germany-vs-algeria-smallGermany started their World Cup campaign in a fierce fashion, crushing Portugal with a 4-0 hammer strike, leaving a strong, definitive message: game on. But they weren’t as fierce when they met with...


    • Sunday, June 29, 2014

      Colombia in cruise control

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    • That man Miguel Herrera

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    • WC2014 ROUND OF 16 - COSTA RICA VS GREECE

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    • WC2014 ROUND OF 16 - NETHERLANDS VS MEXICO

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    • Saturday, June 28, 2014

      Nothing less than the title

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    • A rare breed

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    • WC2014 ROUND OF 16 - BRAZIL VS CHILE

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    • WC2014 ROUND OF 16 - COLOMBIA VS URUGUAY

      colombia-vs-uruguay-smallUruguay became a laughing stock after they were beaten by Costa Rica in their opening assignment. They came back strong though and woo their supporters back, thanks to the genius that is Luis Suarez...


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