Schizophrenic Brazil hopes World Cup works its magic

May 4, 2014

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“‘I see the enthusiasm outside Brazil,’ said Ronaldo at the end of March in his capacity as a member of the World Cup Local Organising Committee. ‘I’m very happy when I see that same enthusiasm here as well.’ The very statement hints that the commodity might be in short supply; that the apparent dream relationship between the World Cup and the Brazilian people is on the rocks and in need of marriage guidance.” World Soccer – Tim Vickery

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‘Anti-football’ tactics?

May 4, 2014

“Last Sunday, the title race took yet another crazy twist as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea abruptly ended Liverpool’s eleven game winning run, throwing the league title right back into City’s hands. Following Mourinho’s first ever league loss at Stamford Bridge just a week before, against the then bottom team in the league of all opposition, many expected another routine victory for a Liverpool team seemingly destined to win their first premier league trophy on the year of the 25th anniversary of one of the darkest days in footballing history.” backpagefootball


Where did it go wrong for Pep at Bayern?

May 4, 2014

“In December 2013, Bundesliga Fanatic published my first article about Bayern München entitled Bayern’s Lost wunderkinds and while the response was rather positive, most of the readers wanted to me to accept the current situation because the results were going the right way and because Bayern were already cruising towards the Bundesliga title and the Champions League Round of 16. However, after the trashing Die Roten just received at the hands of Real Madrid, I feel that I have the duty to highlight what a lot of the fans knew quite early in the season: The results were going the right way but the performances weren’t. So what really went wrong for Pep Guardiola’s Bayern? Was his tenure overhyped or was it a case of unwanted arranged marriage?” Bundesliga Fanatic


The problem with the Copa America Centenario

May 4, 2014

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“The oldest continental competition in the world, the Copa America, was first played in 1916. Four countries participated — one of them was Chile, who have still never won it. The others were Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, who between them have gone on to accumulate nine World Cup wins. The seeds for such triumphs were planted in the early years of the Copa America — played almost annually until the Great Depression.” ESPN – Tim Vickery


Rodgers: Sturridge could start at Palace

May 4, 2014

“Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge is in with a chance of returning to Liverpool’s starting lineup at Crystal Palace on Monday night. The England international, 24, is recovering from a hamstring injury sustained during the 3-2 win over Manchester City on April 13. The striker missed the following Sunday’s 3-2 victory at Norwich, but returned to action as a substitute seven days after that off the bench as Chelsea won 2-0 at Anfield.” ESPN


FC Barcelona 2-2 Getafe CF: Match Review

May 4, 2014

“Playing first out of the three title contenders, Barcelona needed nothing less than a win to keep any title aspirations they have alive. After a moving tribute to Tito Vilanova, including a minutes silence, Barcelona started the game on the front foot.” Barca Blaugranes