He was one of Italy’s outstanding players in Euro 2012. Yet, his public image dominated the headlines, overtaking the power of his talents. Focus or rather media glare is on his personal life. His press interviews are highly entertaining while his antics are eye catching.
Nonetheless, under Cesare Prandelli, Balotelli’s best has come out on the pitch. If he produces his best in the Confederations Cup, Italy definitely has a chance to spring a surprise victory.
A ‘bite’ in the heat of the moment in the Premier League saw the Liverpool forward receive a ten match ban. Suarez however did not lose a step; on his return to the pitch with his national side Uruguay, the forward scored and put in a good shift.
The Barcelona man comes into the tournament with yet another domestic title to his name. His feet deserted him in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, however, as his team was humbled by a Bayern München side reeking of excellence. Nonetheless, Iniesta remains one of the standout midfielders of his generation.
His control and poise on the ball are matched by very few worldwide. In the absence of defensive midfielder Xabi Alonso, Iniesta will now have added defensive responsibilities. His team faces some stiff competition and Iniesta will have to be at his best to guide Spain to the top once again in yet another international tournament.
Brazil is no longer the opponent which struck fear into the hearts of every nation, including the Europeans. They still have considerable talent across the midfield of course. Several generations of the Brazil national side have not been successful due to the back four. However, this time, it is the stability of the back four which could see Brazil win the tournament they will host.
Along with treble winner Dante, Thiago Silva is one of Brazil’s most experienced players. Silva was excellent during his time in Milan; he was slowly growing into a Milan legend. Unfortunately, Milan’s financial problems and Silva’s personal issues forced the defender’s hand when it came to moving away. He moved to PSG eventually and has been extremely successful there.
The Real Madrid goalkeeper had a dramatic season. Jose Mourinho benched him in what was both a sporting and political move. This tournament could very well be Casillas’ chance to show that he is still one of the best keepers in the world. Casillas has won all there is to win in the international and club game. He has nothing to prove to anybody; however, the fact that Mourinho demoted him has left him a point to prove.
One of the criticisms labeled at Casillas is that he always pushes the ball away rather than catching it. However, he has made a number of world class saves throughout his career exactly because of this including a match saving one in the Euros in 2008 against Italy as well a pair of saves against Arjen Robben in the World Cup Final of 2010. Casillas will go down in history as one of the most decorated players of his generation. He can add yet another trophy to his cabinet by winning the confederations cup with Spain.
Miami, Florida (June 9, 2013)
The 2014 Brasil CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers continue with three critical fixtures all scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
LiveSoccerTV.com offers you full TV and online streaming schedules for all three CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
Costa Rica, USA and Mexico are all locked on seven points but El Tri cannot relax too much knowing that they have played a game more than their other two rivals.
Panama have gone down to fourth with six points whereas Honduras are completely out of the qualification zone with four points from a possible twelve. While things are not looking good for Los Catrachos, the misery upon Jamaica is even worse. The latter continue to occupy the very last position in the group and a surprise appearance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil looks less and less likely.
There is so much at stake in each of the upcoming three CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Don't miss any of the CONCACAF live action this Tuesday evening.
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Miami, Florida (June 9, 2013)
The 2014 South American World Cup qualifiers continue with four key fixtures all scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The European nations will be taking a break from the qualifiers so all eyes will be on the South American qualification.
After the last round of fixtures, the CONMEBOL table has Argentina leading the pack with 25 points, albeit with a game in hand over second and third placed Colombia and Ecuador who both have 20 points. Chile sit in fourth and Venezuela in fifth on 18 and 16 points respectively. Peru are currently in the sixth position with 14 points, but with a crucial game in hand over Venezuela which they can leapfrog on Tuesday with an away victory to Colombia (providing Venezuela lose to Uruguay), putting them in the driver's seat for the critical 5th placed play-off spot.
Don't miss the exciting World Cup Qualification matches on Tuesday, June 11th.
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Lionel Messi started the stalemate against Colombia on the bench, and the four time Ballon D’or winner awaits the same fate as he is yet to return to full fitness.
Much to the woes of Alejandro Sabella, the Argentina head coach will not be able to utilize the services of Gonzalo Higuain and Pablo Zabaleta as the duo face suspensions. Higuain received his marching orders after a malicious tackle on Ospina in the match against Colombia, whereas Zabaleta who was one yellow card away from suspension will also be out of the important clash.
Boca Juniors full back Clemente Rodriguez is set to replace the Manchester City man in the squad and will face competition from Gino Peruzzi and Hugo Campagnaro for a berth in the starting line up.
Miami Beach, Florida (June 9, 2013) – In Australia this Tuesday, avid football fans will have their eyes locked on one thing: the 2014 AFC World Cup qualifying fixture between the Socceroos of Australia and the Chivalrous of Jordan. Live broadcast of Australia vs Jordan will be available from 9:00am GMT / 11:00am CET on SBS One Australia and Fox Sports 1 Australia. In the United Kingdom, the match will air live on British EuroSport 2 at 10:00am BST whereas One World Sports will carry Australia vs Jordan live at 5:00am EST in the United States.
It is a crucial World Cup qualifier for both teams and LiveSoccerTV.com can confirm that coverage in Asia will be huge through channels like Star Sports China, Star Sports India and Star Sports Malaysia. With Al Jazeera Sports HD1 and Al Jazeera Sports +1, over 15 Arabic countries appear in our live stream and TV schedules listings for the Australia vs Jordan World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
Giovanni Trapattoni will have a horrendous task at hand to field an Irish team which is depleted by injuries to a number of players. West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long heads the injury list and is joined by other Premier League stars including Stoke trio Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters, Wes Hoolahan, Aiden McGeady and Richard Dunne have also been also ruled out of the squad. Whereas Sunderland centre half John O’Shea pulled out of the squad for personal reasons.
Spain on the other hand have no injury concerns apart from Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso who withdrew from the squad after suffering a groin injury.
Just when all signs pointed to the United States leaving Kingston with only a point, Brad Evans came to the rescue late in the match. When Michael Bradley prepared to take on a Jamaican defender off a short corner kick, it did not look promising, but somehow, the ball fell to Evans who guided the ball into the net, putting the USMNT even on seven points at the top of the group.
Although that victory brought some confidence to the team, the American's also left Kingston with two injuries.
Midfielder Graham Zusi picked up a yellow card, forcing him out of the match due to suspension. His absence may give Joe Corona an opportunity to feature in the starting XI, but another option could be Eddie Johnson, who Klinsmann has used out wide on occasion.
Croatia will meet in Switzerland on Monday, after both teams earned two very different results in their previous match on Friday. Igor Stimac's men were stunned at home 0-1 by a goal from Snodgrass in the first half. The Croats realistically only have themselves to blame after having 19 shots, with only two hitting the target.
Paulo Bento's side comes in fresh off a confidence lifting victory over Russia, leapfrogging them and Israel in the Group F standings, although that could be temporary. Fabio Capello's side has two matches in hand and only trail the Portuguese by two points, while Israel can pull even with Portugal if they are to win their game in hand.
Monday's match will give both managers a chance to give some of their players a rest, and the opportunity to test some other options.
Manchester City outcast Jo, is set to replace Leandro Damiao after the Internacional striker suffered from a thigh strain. Jo after disappointing spells in England has finally found his feet and currently plays his trade at Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro where he has formed a formidable partnership with Ronaldinho and Diego Tardelli. Jo is also currently the top scorer in this season’s Libertadores Cup and will be hoping to cement his place in the national team with a fine performance.
Luiz Felipe Scolari is unlikely to make many changes in the squad as he prepares his team for the Confederations Cup which kicks off next week on the 15th of June, when hosts Brazil face Japan.
Miami Beach, Florida (June 7, 2013) – beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Espanol and Premier Sports are among the top channels ready to broadcast some upcoming international friendly matches. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) reminds you of the games you simply cannot miss.
Football stars will storm the city of Miami as the crowd at the Sun Life Stadium will be treated to a friendly match between Spain and Haiti. Kick-off time is at 16:00 EST / 20:00 GMT / 22:00 CET on Saturday, June 8, 2013.
On Sunday, Brazil vs France will get millions of soccer fans worldwide locked to their seat. After losing 1-0 to Uruguay earlier this week, Les Bleus will face another South American giant – Brazil. This 1998 World Cup final fixture will take a very much different tone this time round.
Miami Beach, Florida (June 6, 2013) – The 2014 CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers resume with all teams playing on Friday, June 7, 2013. beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Español and Telemundo will broadcast a match each to viewers in the United States. Live Soccer TV has live stream and TV schedule information available – not only for followers in USA but also around the globe.
After suffering defeat in the hands of Belgium in late March, USA clinched a morale-boosting win over Germany last Sunday. Then again, the victory came against a very weak German team. USA have conceded seven goals in their last two games which were international friendlies. Can the Americans improve on their defending abilities and beat a Jamaican side that fell 1-0 against Mexico lately?
Miami Beach, Florida (June 6, 2013) – Portugal vs Russia headlines the 2014 UEFA World Cup qualifiers on Friday, June 7. Other top matches include Czech Republic vs Italy and Belgium vs Serbia. See where to watch these and more live with our packed live stream and TV schedules data.
With England and Spain not involved in European World Cup qualifiers this Friday, the clash that will attract enormous attention is Portugal vs Russia. The world’s most expensive footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, will be under the spotlight during the game.
Miami Beach, Florida (June 6, 2013) – Matchday 13 in the South American World Cup qualifiers lines up four different fixtures: Bolivia vs Venezuela, Argentina vs Colombia, Paraguay vs Chile and Peru vs Ecuador. All matches are set to air live in the United States on beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Español and beIN Sport Play on Friday, June 7, 2013. Live Soccer TV has trimmed the information for its users and will provide live scores on the homepage during proceedings.
The day kicks off with Venezuela’s away encounter against Bolivia scheduled at 16:00 EST / 20:00 GMT. Of course the most anticipated fixture of this qualifying round is Argentina’s clash against Colombia. The absence of injured Lionel Messi could play a key role in the outcome of the game. The hosts might need to tighten up their defence as Radamel Falcao and company plot to catch up on the Albiceleste at the top of the table.
The United States did not start things off very well, having been defeated 2-1 to Honduras in the opening match of the group. Dealing with the heat at San Pedro Sula was not an easy task, which has led the USMNT to arrive a few days earlier than normal.
Jurgen Klinsmann believes that two days is not enough for the players to get adjusted to the heat in places such as Honduras and Jamaica, which is why the American's touched down in Kingston on Tuesday.
"We really felt it was important to get the guys here early, get settled, and get used to the environment," said Klinsmann. "We learned back in February against Honduras that when you come in only two days before to a place where it is 90 degrees and high in humidity, it is simply not possible to adjust."
Portugal has not been all that impressive during their World Cup Qualification, but on Friday, they will have a chance to temporarily erase their mishaps up until now. From six matches played, the Portuguese have only managed three victories, two draws and one defeat.
Their three victories came twice against Azerbaijan, while the third came against Luxembourg in September of 2012, after Paulo Bento's side went down 1-0 in the 13th minute of the match.
Things could have been much worst for Portugal had they not been able to score two late goals against Israel, earning themselves a 3-3 draw.