Dec 31

Arsenal Vs Cardiff City Football Match- 01.01.2014- Premier League

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Kick Off: New Year’s Day 15:00

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal Vs. Cardiff City Football Match – 01.01.2014- Premier League- Match Preview, Prediction, Tips and Squad

 

Arsene Wenger will be hoping his side can continue their two-match win streak and prove their three-game winless run in December was a mere blip.

Arsenal has an unbeaten record in their last 12 matches against Cardiff City, having won 7 and drawing 5. Cardiff’s last win with Arsenal was back in 1961, when they triumphed 2-3.

David Kerslake will be the man in charge of Cardiff again following the discharge of Malky Mackay.

Possible Lineups:

Arsenal line-up: Szczesny; Gibbs, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Sagna; Arteta, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott; Giroud

Cardiff line-up: Marshall; John, Caulker, Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Medel, Whittingham, Kim, Mutch, Noone; Campbell

 

Prediction: When the two teams met earlier this season, Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners at the Cardiff City Stadium. Cardiff will need to pull a miracle in order to get three points from the gunners this week and it will be a rough one to even get a point off the league leaders. To be honest I can’t see Cardiff winning this match and my predictions are for Arsenal taking the win.

 

Prediction: Arsenal wins 2-1

 

Dec 16

FIFA 2014 sells over 1.1 Million Tickets within 24 Hours

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Officially announced from FIFA stated that fans bought 1.1 million tickets within the first 24 hours. It is a record breaker for FIFA ticket sales. Brazil being host for FIFA 2014 had the most sales followed by the united states and other leading soccer countries:

 

USA (38,009)

Argentina (30,659)

Chile (23,014)

Colombia (12,103)

Mexico (11,580)

Australia (8,064)

Germany (6,556)

England (6,469)

France (6,006).

 

As you probably already know FIFA 2014 will be hosted at the famous Maracana Stadium which has at one point hosted 200,000 fans but currently houses 78,383 fans.

FIFA 2014 will be hosted in Brazil and be played in 12 different stadiums across different cities and different states. There will be six completely brand new stadiums along with the famous Maracana Stadium.

Nov 05

Barcelona confirmed Dos Santos Surgery A Sucess

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Barcelona 2248133524 22062010185917 211x300 Barcelona confirmed Dos Santos Surgery A Sucesshas confirmed earlier that midfielder Jonathan dos Santos has undergone successful surgery on a knee injury.

 

The Mexico international, who has been with the club since 2002 at youth level and has a contract until 2015, picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury in training in October.

 

The 23-year-old went under the knife on Tuesday to correct the problem but will now face six months on the sidelines as he looks to recover full fitness by the end of the season.

 

Barca’s official website confirmed: “Jonathan dos Santos was successfully operated on this morning, following the injury to his right knee suffered in training last month.

 

Gerardo Martino’s team take on AC Milan in their next match on Wednesday Nov. 6 at Camp Nou in the fourth game out of six of Champions League Group H.

 

Oct 28

Platini Demands for an UEFA investigation into the CSKA Moscow Shouting

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Michel Platini has requested a UEFA investigation after CSKA Moscow’s game with Manchester City continued despite alleged racist chanting.

 

City midfielder Yaya Toure claimed he was exposed to abusive shouting from several sections of the crowd during Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League Group D clash at the Arena Khimki.

 

It has just been confirmed that the UEFA president Platini has now asked for an internal probe from the European governing body to determine why referee Ovidiu Hategan failed to stop the match after Toure revealed that he had made the Romanian official aware of the supposed abuse.

 

A statement on UEFA’s website confirmed: “Further to the opening of disciplinary proceedings against PFC CSKA Moskva following the alleged racist behaviour of some of their supporters at the UEFA Champions League match between CSKA and Manchester City FC on 23 October, UEFA President Michel Platini has requested that the UEFA administration immediately conduct an internal investigation to understand why the three-step protocol established to deal with incidents of a racist nature was not implemented.”

 

The protocol was introduced in order to enable referees to first off stop the matche and then request an announcement over the public address system for supporters to “immediately hold back from such racist behavior”.

 

If the behavior continues, the referee is required to suspend the game for “a reasonable period of time” and ask the players to head to their dressing rooms, and await an announcement.

 

Should that fail to stop the racist behavior, the referee then should abandon the game as a last resort.

 

UEFA will be revealing the possible outcome of the internal investigation on the date of October. 30th when its independent Control and Disciplinary Body has dealt with the disciplinary case against CSKA.

Oct 23

Bidvest Wits Vs Polokwane City Football Match- 23.10.2013- Premier League

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Kick off: October 23, 2013 6:30 PM BST

Venue: Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg, GA

Bidvest Wits Vs Polokwane City Football Match – 23.10.2013- Premier League- Match Preview, Prediction, Tips and Squad

Bidvest Wits will be looking to make a comeback since their first defeat in the Premiership when they host Polokwane City at Bidvest Stadium tonight.

The Wits took their first loss in the league last month when they went against Mamelodi Sundowns losing 2-1.

The Johannesburg side are undefeated at home this season, holding seven points from a possible nine.

The Clever Boys are placed seventh on the table with eight points from five matches.

Polokwane came into the match having claimed a 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town in their last outing.

It was the top flight rookies’ first three-pointer in the League since earning a promotion earlier in the year.

Rise and Shine are placed 15th in the standings with three points from six matches.

This will be the first official league match between Bidvest Wits and Polokwane City.

Possible Lineups:

Wits’ line-up: Josephs, Mngomezulu, Bilankulu, Booth, Wolff, Faty, Vilakazi, Nengomasha, Pattison, Chapman, Kebede.

Polokwane’s line-up: Marumo, Molala, Molekwane, Mkhabela, Tshilo, Motsiane, Moyana, Mncwango, Lichaba, Rakhale, Kanyenda.

Match Prediction: Bidvest takes the win 1-0

Oct 22

Adoring Arsenal fan chants gave Ozil goose bumps

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Mesut Ozil had admitted that he had goose bumps at the end of the 4-1 victory match over Norwich when he heard fans chanting his name.

Ozil scored twice in the Premier League win which leaves the Gunners sitting pretty at the top of the table.

And he had high praise for his team-mates after watching Jack Wilshere score a wonder goal with Aaron Ramsey also netting a brilliant individual effort.

He said: “It was an emotional experience for me. I had goose bumps when I heard! I’m so thankful to the fans, who have supported both myself and the whole team.

“We’re showing our thanks with our good performances on the pitch. I hope that they can continue to get behind us as they have been and I can guarantee that we will continue to play attractive football.”

Ozil, a £42.5million recruit from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day,

says Wilshere’s goal was like a strike you would in a PlayStation game.

He added: “I’ve got to praise the three players involved for the first goal. It was real ‘tiki taka’ – almost like they were playing PlayStation! It was an unbelievable goal.”

And the Germany playmaker reckons he will get better as the season progresses. He said: “I know that I can still improve but I’m happy with my display and the performance of the team. Aaron Ramsey showed that any player who comes on will do his best for the team and will get involved in tackles and attacks immediately.

“That’s why we’ve been in such good form. I’m really proud of the team. We’re taking what the manager wants us to take into games and are making strides. Now we’ve got another three points and can be pleased with that.

“Confidence is really high. We know what we can do but we won’t get carried away. It’s still very early but we know how much potential we have in the team. We just enjoy playing and it shows on the pitch. We fight for each other and we are always there for one another. That’s why we’ve been so successful.”

Oct 12

Nigera Vs Ethiopia 13.10.2013- Fifa World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

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The African champions Nigeria travel to Ethiopia for the first of Sunday’s 2014 World Cup playoffs.

Nigeria played at the previous World Cup in 2010, while Ethiopia is hoping to make it through the play-offs to reach Brazil and make their first appearance at the finals.

BBC Sport Reported: “Nigeria is very experienced and have a lot of talent and skill. But even though they have those qualities, we are at a good level and we will challenge them.

“Our players are young, fresh and have played against many professional players – they have come to understand that it is man against man, and that they can beat any country if they work hard.”

A win by either side will guarantee a spot for the 2014 World football jamboree in Brazil. Under the usual good care of Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles appear quite confident  as they will be looking forward  to the World Cup qualifying double-header. The Nigerians are ranked 36th in the world and 4th in Africa, while the Antelopes are a distant 93rd in the FIFA rankings and 25th in the continental ladder.

Be sure to watch the live match this Weekend as it takes off this Sunday at 2:00PM at the Addis Ababa Stadium in Ethiopia

 

Oct 12

Christiano Ronaldo Still Refusing To Reveal Whether His Yellow Card Was Intentional

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Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Israel was frightening for Cristiano Ronaldo and his current team mates.

Dropping two points to a team that had little to play for thanks to an 85th minute Eden Ben Basat goal means Russia are in pole position in the group and Ronaldo failed to keep his cool throughout.

For starters, the Madrid forward could have received his marching orders with just 14 minutes to go on the clock for his threatening kick into the air.

And, there was also debates late on as Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to pick up a intentional booking in the final few seconds thereby guaranteeing a suspension for the game against Luxembourg on Tuesday that definitely looks like a dead rubber.

After the match against Israel, Ronaldo was questioned on whether he intentionally picked up the yellow card for booting the ball away under the nose of referee Tom Hagen.

Judge for yourself by watching the video below.

Oct 07

Manchester United Set to offer Adnan Januzaj New Contract

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There have been several reports out claiming that Manchester United are not interested in losing Adnan Januzaj to Juventus.The 18-year-old is in the last year of his current contract and there have been negotiations over an extension stalled after Sir Alex retired from his post. David Moyes has promoted him to the first team and is trying his best to convince him about his future at the club.

Other reports have suggested that United is willing to reopen talks regarding a new contract for Januzaj.According to the Mirror, he is expected to be offered a four-year deal worth around £50,000-a-week, which United hope will persuade the youngster to commit himself to them.They value Januzaj highly and are adamant they will not make the same mistake they did with Pogba, who is currently with Juventus and has already earned three caps for France since making the move.

 

 

 

Oct 06

Arsenal Vs West Bromwich Football Match- 6.10.2013- Barclays Premier League

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Kick off: October 6, 2013 4:00 PM BST

Venue: The Hawthorns, Sandwell, England

Arsenal Vs West Bromwich Football Match – 6.10.2013- Barclays Premier League- Match Preview, Prediction, Tips and Squad

 Arsenal is currently flying high at the top of the Premier League with five wins in their last six matches. Arsenal will be looking to retake the top spot this sunday at the Premier League when they take on West Bromwich Albion. After beating the Baggies just over a week ago in the Capital One Cup.

 Team News: Arsenal’s injuries have been well documented since the start of the season.Arsenal’s newest injury is Frenchman Bacary Sagna who picked up a hamstring injury during the week. Tomas Rosicky however returned in the Champions League this week and will be returning to the Premier League action this weekend.

Team News: The Baggies will be without Scott Sinclair who picked up a hamstring problem last week and Ben Foster who picked up a Foot Injury against everton at goodison park.Despite those Injuries West Brom will be flying high after their shocking 2-1 win over the champions Manchester United, at Old Trafford.West Brom will be no pushovers though, as they proved last week against Manchester United when they left Old Trafford with a shocking 2-1 win.

Possible Lineups:

West Brom: Myhill; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Berahino; Anichebe

Arsenal: Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Gnabry, Ozil; Giroud

Match Prediction: Arsenal Wins 3-2

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