In light of a rather dull transfer window, we look at some signings which did not come through.
David Villa to Arsenal
Villa was unhappy at Barcelona while Arsenal needed a great striker. All in all, Villa and Arsenal would be a match made in Heaven. However, Barcelona decided to step in. The Catalan club decided that they needed Villa to stay on for squad depth. The price tag for Villa was high too and Arsene Wenger, as we all…
Set your eyes on Europe this Friday as multiple World Cup qualifying matches take place across the continent. Watch the games live on September 7, 2012.
Captain Cristiano Ronaldo has captured all the focus of the media on Portugal’s squad ahead of this encounter. Last weekend, the 27-year-old attacker revealed that there are on-going problems between him and his club, Real Madrid. While football experts have been busy discussing the statement, Ronaldo’s attention has switched to September’s World Cup qualifiers.
The number 7 star is eager to inspire Portugal on the road to Brazil after a rather successful Euro 2012 adventure. The field in Luxembourg could offer Cristiano Ronaldo a platform to score goals and eventually compete for the World Cup qualifying top scorer title.
Here is a guide to some of the top World Cup qualifying matches that will be taking place this Friday, September 7, 2012. Click here to see where to watch Luxembourg vs Portugal, Moldova vs England, Bulgaria vs Italy, Netherlands vs Turkey and more:
Portugal vs Panama starts at 16:00 EST (20:00 GMT) this Wednesday. This is a warm-up match for CONCACAF side Panama and Euro 2012 semi-finalists Portugal ahead of the World Cup 2014 qualifiers.
With La Liga kicking off this weekend, Portuguese skipper Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to display nothing more than an average performance against Panama on Wednesday. However, the 27-year-old will certainly try to ensure Portugal wins in the name of momentum.
The Seleccão came very close to reaching the final at Euro 2012 but lost to eventual champions Spain in the semis. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Paulo Bento instantly faced harsh criticism from the public over their penalty shoot-out plan.
Putting Portugal’s spot-kick defeat down to bad luck, Ronaldo subsequently explained in an interview with ESPN:
The Uruguayan striker made his eagerly-awaited debut for the Porto Alegre outfit but couldn't help his new side claim the three points.
Diego Forlan couldn't inspire Internacional to victory in his official debut for the Porto Alegre club, as they fought out a goalless draw with Vasco da Gama at the Beira-Rio stadium on Saturday.
Forlan, who was named the most valuable player of the 2010 World Cup, put on a good display and could have found the back of the net in the 37th minute but he fired the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.
The former Inter Milan striker was very active, and got into good goal-scoring positions, but it was clear that he still isn't at his ideal physical condition. In the 68th minute Forlan was replaced by Marides.
Internacional travel to Peru to take on Juan Aurich in a match which they must win to secure themselves of a place in the round of 16 stage of the Copa Libertadores. Inter, winners of the competition in 2006 and 2010, count with one of the most…
Corinthians lifted the Brazilian championship for the fifth time after fighting out a tense goalless draw with crosstown rivals Palmeiras on Sunday.
Brazilian giants Corinthians won their fifth Brazilian championship after fighting out a goalless draw with crosstown rivals Palmeiras at the Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo on Sunday. The title came on the same day as the death of Corinthians and Brazil soccer idol Socrates.
Needing only a single point to guarantee themselves of the title on the final match day of the season, Corinthians did just this in a fiery derby that saw four men sent-off. Corinthians finished the season with 71 points from 38 matches, two points clear of closest rivals Vasco da Gama, who were held by Flamengo.
The match was played at a frantic pace, with Palmeiras coming closest to earning the three points when a Fernandao header struck the crossbar in the 71st minute. It was a typical derby, but its importance multiplied, as while Corinthians needed just a point to clinch the title, Palmeiras did their utmost to ruin their party.
Libertadores' final match will be held on Wednesday night and the Mexicans will have to defeat Inter by at least two goals to claim their first American Cup.
Guadalajara's Chivas won't be happy with only qualifying for Libertadores' final for the first time in history, and for this reason their trip to Puerto Alegre will not be taken lightly. With the defeat home on their back, Jose Luis Real will have to find a way to catch Inter off guard on Brazilian ground unless he wants to return home in shame. The Carioca squad, on the other hand, is ready to repeat 2006's glory, which stands only one step further on the road. Will they succeed?
An unexpected visitor
Chivas' captain declared during the week "We're now focused on what needs to be done. This is the most important match in our careers. We're ready". His words were meant to restore the confidence and relieve the anxiety of the Mexican players, who know they'll have to go all-in to bag a victory this Wednesday.
Inter is ready to repeat 2006's success, when they defeated Santos and lifted the American title for the last time. Chivas can write history on their own if they can handle the Brazilian fury of Inter, strengthened by the presence of players like Andres D'Alessandro and Pablo Guiñazu.
The first match of the final will be held on August 11th and both teams are confident on their strengths for the title: While the Brazilians highlight the experience and manners of his team, the Mexicans pay full attention to the energy their players are able to unleash, stunning every rival on the competition and leading the team towards the final…
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PFC INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTS MATCHES OF BRAZIL, ARGENTINA, CHILE AND URUGUAY IN BEACH SOCCER LATIN CUP
The Globosat's pay-per-view channel specialized in football abroad broadcasts 10th Beach Soccer Latin Cup, which will be played between Januery 29th and 31st in Rio Quente Resorts, in Rio Quente, Goias. Brazil goes for the tenth title in the competition, maintaining their unbeaten record against traditional opponents as Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.