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A lot has changed in four years for the Dutch; meanwhile Spain has continued winning. Can the Dutch cause an upset?
The Netherlands plays Spain in the biggest encounter yet in the World Cup. The two contested a hot tempered final in South Africa in 2010, with Spain edging the Dutch in extra time, 1-0. Andres Iniesta was the hero on that day. He has returned along with more former heroes such as Iker Casillas, who kept Spain in the match by standing between Arjen Robben and two World Cup final goals, Xavi Hernandez... Read the rest of the article »
After two consecutive friendly losses, Ghana hope to get things right in their last match before taking on familiar opponent USA in Brazil.
In 2006, Ghana made their World Cup debut in Germany, in which they made it to the round of 16 before being defeated by Brazil. Four years later, they made a return, this time on their own continent, and were agonizingly close to making the semi-finals only to be denied by Uruguay in controversial circumstances.
Now appearing for the third time, the Black Stars obviously will like to better... Read the rest of the article »
Les Bleus, sans Franck Ribery, take on Jamaica in their last friendly before commencing their World Cup campaign.
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Next week Sunday, France will attempt to fully put their disasterous 2010 World Cup campaign behind them as they take on Honduras in their first group stage match. On paper, it looks like it should be a straight-forward win for Les Bleus, but they will certainly be concerned about the recent news concerning one... Read the rest of the article »
Spain will take on El Salvador in their final friendly before the World Cup.
They are the reigning champions; they have struck fear into the hearts of other teams since 2008. They have dominated football to the extent that no national side has found a solution to get past them in any major tournament aside from the Confederations Cup. Brazil did beat them in the final of the Confederations Cup last year; however, until Spain is beaten on the World stage, they will remain the... Read the rest of the article »
England takes on Honduras in a bid to be ready for the World Cup.
The high level of national pessimism might be exactly the antibiotic England requires to break their poor run of performances in international tournaments. Firstly, they will have to find a way past Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica. Roy Hodgson has a few headaches to deal with. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are out of the upcoming friendly against Honduras while Raheem Sterling, having earned... Read the rest of the article »
Belgium will look to continue winning against Tunisia.
The dark horse’s latest friendly victim was Sweden, albeit one without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Belgians lined up in a 4-2-3-1 setup, much like Bayern’s Champions League winning setup from the 2012-13 season. Romelu Lukaku was given the responsibility of leading the line. He opened the scoring in superb fashion after Axel Witsel found him facing goal with a finely threaded pass from near... Read the rest of the article »
Two World Cup caliber countries meet on Friday night at Gillette Stadium. Watch live on TV and online as both these countries perpare for the World Cup.
Two World Cup squads will meet in Foxboro, Massachusetts on Friday night, with neither of them wanting to lose.
For Portugal, they return to Gillette Stadium, where last year they were defeated by Brazil. This time around, Paulo Bento’s side will be without Pepe, Raul Meireles and even Cristiano Ronaldo. All three are recovering from injuries, and the Portuguese Federation decided to leave... Read the rest of the article »
Red Bull Arena will welcome World Cup bound Greece, in a friendly match against Bolivia on Friday. Watch live as Greece looks for their first goal in over 270 minutes of play.
Scoreless in their last three matches, Greece will be aiming to put an end to that on Friday night, when they take on Bolivia in Harrison, New Jersey.
Fernando Santos’ squad has yet to hit the back of the net in quite sometime, with their last two friendly matches ending in a scoreless draw against Portugal and Nigeria. They will now turn their attention to Bolivia, which according to... Read the rest of the article »
This will be the last friendly for both Croatia and Australia before beginning their World Cup campaigns.
Friday's fixture is the last opportunity that both Croatia and Australia will have to prepare before beginning their respective World Cup campaigns; the former takes on hosts Brazil on June 12th while the latter faces off against Chile the following day. Hence, observers can expect both sides to tinker with their formations over the course of the match.
Interestingly, this year's tournament... Read the rest of the article »
Germany will ideally want to register a win against Armenia following a 2-2 draw against Cameroon.
The Germans came out will all guns blazing against Cameroon and could have taken an early lead. However, what happened in the match has happened with Germany before. They were the better side but just could not score. Mario Götze seemed lost in the false nine role while Mesut Özil was a bit too absent for anyone’s liking.
What eventually happened was Cameroon found a chance to... Read the rest of the article »
Russia takes on Morocco as they look to improve ahead of the World Cup.
Belgium, Colombia and other talented teams have been talked about ahead of the World Cup as potential threats to the established order but hardly any mention has been made of Russia, the team which topped a group in qualifying consisting of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Quite a few of the members of this Russian side were present in the team which caused a stir in Euro 2008, reaching the... Read the rest of the article »
The last time these two countries met, there was a lot more at stake. They now meet in hot and humid Miami, before they travel to Brazil.
Two nations who prepare for the World Cup will be looking to make some final adjustments on Wednesday evening. Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida will welcome both England and Ecuador, as they go head-to-head for the first time since 2006.
A David Beckham free-kick in the 2006 World Cup lifted the Three Lions over the South American’s, sending England through to the quarterfinals of the... Read the rest of the article »
Uruguay is set to test themselves against European opposition in the form of Slovenia.
Uruguay took on Northern Ireland and found their way past the European side thanks to a goal from Christian Stuani. The goal was set up by Edinson Cavani who could have scored himself had he not allowed the ball to get away from him following a pass from Cristian Rodriguez.
He did well to collect the ball as it went away from him and send in a pass to Stuani to score a simple goal. Stuani was... Read the rest of the article »
Chile is set to take on Northern Ireland to continue their preparations for the World Cup.
Chile is set to take on Northern Ireland to continue their preparations for the World Cup.
Chile’s choice of opposition was a tad strange in their previous match; they took on Egypt. Egypt has done well historically in their own continent but recently has not been the force they were previously. This did not stop the game from being highly competitive nonetheless. Chile might surprise... Read the rest of the article »
The Netherlands is set to take on Wales as they continue to prepare for the World Cup.
In terms of possession, the Dutch only marginally bettered fellow World Cup participants Ghana in their previous friendly; Netherlands had 51 percent possession compared to Ghana’s 49 percent. Louis Van Gaal enjoys playing a possession based game; this statistic perhaps did not impress him.
However, on the other hand, a different statistic might have impressed the successor of David Moyes... Read the rest of the article »
Chicago's Soldier Field plays host to Mexico and Bosnia in a Tuesday night pre-World Cup friendly clash.
With the World Cup just around the corner, many of the 32 teams participating are figuring out who will be in their starting XI by testing themselves against some of their fellow contenders. And, from the fan's perspective, it gives them a chance to see some of their favourite stars in action, especially if they are not fortunate enough to live within the same country, or in many cases, same continent... Read the rest of the article »
World Cup hopefuls Switzerland will take on Peru in a friendly to prepare for matches against Ecuador, France and Honduras in the World Cup.
Switzerland is coming into this match following a 1-0 victory over Jamaica. Switzerland’s starting line-up was perhaps very close to the one which will kick off in Brazil. The Swiss tried but could not break down Jamaica. Eventually the goal came from substitute Josip Drmic. Blerim Dzemaili played a brilliant pass to set Drmic up. Drmic, however, had plenty of hard work left to do.
He... Read the rest of the article »
Although it had no impact on the score-line, Arjen Robben obviously would have liked to convert this easy opportunity against Ghana.
It is something that happens occasionally to all football players, even the best ones in the game.
He receives the ball from a teammate who pretty much has done all the work...and all he has to do is convert a seemingly easy goal-scoring opportunity to put his side ahead, or in some cases, equalize.
However, time and time again, fans have seen their favourite players astonishingly miss... Read the rest of the article »
Their victory over Azerbaijan was a positive sign, but the performance was not impressive. Turkey will provide a more difficult task on Sunday for Jurgen Klinsmann's squad.
Although they may have won their first of three preparation matches, the USMNT was not all that impressive on Tuesday. They will look to be a little more creative on the pitch this afternoon, against a tougher opponent.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad was expected to take advantage of Azerbaijan on Tuesday, but the Yanks left it very late. Goals from Mikkel Diskerud and Aron Johannsson gave the... Read the rest of the article »
Without Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe, the Portuguese will still want to put on a positive performance. Watch live as Greece aims to continue their good for against the Portuguese.
A small country on the coast of the Iberian Peninsula has a lot of hope in one footballer. Cristiano Ronaldo is the main focal point for the Portuguese National team, and the spotlight will be on him once the World Cup kicks off in Brazil.
The Seleção das Quinas will begin their preparation for the tournament today, against a Greek side that has troubled them in the past. If Paulo... Read the rest of the article »