Preview: Herrera to test Mexico's European-based talents
No Joseph Yobo for reigning African champions Nigeria. The captain has been ruled out through injury. This will thus make way for 25-year-old Norwich defender Leon Balogun to make his debut. Speaking about the German-born player, Nigerian official Ben Alaiya was quoted as saying by BBC Sport:
“Balogun has joined the team here in Atlanta. He's very positive and mixing with others players already.
“The game against Mexico is crucial for players like Balogun and others who are keen to make a good impression ahead of the World Cup.”
All eyes will be on the big event at Costa do Sauipe in Bahia this Friday. World Football will finally get to know how the 32 qualified nations will be grouped at the 2014 FIFA World Cup next summer.
Indeed, the Final Draw is an extremely big event in itself as 2,000 reporters will deliver live coverage in 193 countries worldwide. The ceremony will have as many as 1,300 guests including legends of the Beautiful Game.
During the draw, one team from the all-European Pot 4 will randomly be selected and fall into Pot 2. This process is to avoid having more than two European teams in a same group at the World Cup.
Preview: The Azzurri and the Super Eagles – two confident sides
These are the sort of games that Nigeria must win. Regardless of the fact that this clash is not a competitive one, playing four-time World Cup champions Italy is always big. It is an opportunity for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations titleholders to test their metal following their short adventure at the FIFA Confederations Cup earlier this summer.
As the first African team to book tickets to Brazil 2014, the Super Eagles feel proud and have set their eyes on lifting the golden trophy next year. Lille-based Nigerian veteran goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was quoted by BBC Sport as saying:
Preview: Visitors seeking rare victory over favourites Nigeria
Nigeria are on the brink of closing the year 2013 on a high. The senior national team commenced their journey with a historic triumph in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations held in South Africa. They eventually qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. Although they failed to get out of their group, they earned a valuable experience in Brazil.
Earlier in November, the country’s U-17 team went on to claim gold at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Dubai. The Super Eaglets created a new record in the process by becoming the most successful nation in the competition with four trophies, above Brazil’s three.
Preview: Revenge against Nigeria for humiliated Mexico?
For both teams, the tournament will end as it started. Indeed, the Mexicans and the Nigerians clashed against each other to kick-off their respective U-17 World Cup campaign.
What happened was phenomenal as the West Africans exhibited its goal scoring skills to the fullest. Kelechi Iheanacho was the star on the day with his four goals – two in each half. Team mates Nwakali and Isaac added their name to the scoring sheet as Mexico suffered total destruction.
Jaimes had made it 2-1 for his side after 41 minutes but that strike could not push the Mexicans back into the game which finished 6-1. Remarkably, though, the CONCACAF contenders bounced back in style. They picked up wins over Iraq and Sweden to qualify with six points behind Group F leaders Nigeria.
If it does not seem right in world football to see five-time world champions Brazil suffer, things have now started looking correct. Glittering from their tremendous performances at the just-ended 2013 Confederations Cup, the Samba Boys have rocketed back in the top 10 of the FIFA Ranking. Still, it would take much more than a one-sided 3-0 win against Spain in the Confeds Final for Neymar and his colleagues to kick La Furia Roja away from the summit.
The Brazilians entered the tournament ranked 22nd in the world. In other words, this signified their worst ever position in the chart. Their South American rivals, Uruguay, have also jumped seven places and are now 12th whereas Colombia surprisingly occupy the third spot behind Spain and Germany.
The whole world has its eyes fixed on unfolding events in Brazil where the FIFA World Cup will take place next year. This summer, though, the stage has been set for eight nations from six different confederations to battle it out in six cities.
Brazil were pitched as hosts in Group A against 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions Mexico, AFC powerhouse Japan and four-time FIFA World Cup winners Italy. In Group B, minnows Tahiti – 2012 OFC Nations Cup champions – were put against UEFA Euro 2012 kings Spain. La Furia Roja qualified on top of Luis Suarez’s CONMEBOL giants Uruguay while ambitious AFCON 2013 heroes Nigeria had to crash out in the first round.
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Confederations Cup 2013 Live Streaming and TV Listings: Third-place Final & Grand Finale
As an appetizer for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the competition has conjured up an array of wonderful projection and class in front of goal, cataloguing thirty six goals in total so far.
The public has been enlightened with a brave and untested Tahiti side whilst evidence of a £49m striker has been emphatically displayed in the number ten Brazil shirt, living up to his expectations.
Here is a count down of the top 5 goals of the tournament, as compiled by Live Soccer TV. This list may not receive the agreement of all readers but that is what footbal is about: differences for a more colourful world! And as one would expect, we want you to take part in this 'Top 5 Best Goals' list by sharing your views. Watch video highlights of our selected goals and judge for yourself. Ahead of the Confederations Cup 2013 Final and Third-place Final on June 30, what are the five goals that have stunned you most?
Group B permutations – who will qualify in first and second position?
Analytically, only one more semi-final ticket is up for grabs at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although it looks to be going Uruguay’s way, AFCON 2013 champions Nigeria hold the daring dream of creating an upset this Sunday.
Brazil and Italy are already through and so are Spain – virtually. Looking at the goal difference factor in Group B, it would sound absurd to believe that La Furia Roja could finish in third position in the table. Mathematically, though, this remains a possibility.
Ahead of Matchday 3, the Spaniards count 6 points with 12 goals scored and only one allowed. Nigeria are second with three points and a (+4) goal difference. At this point, the Super Eagles might regret not hitting many more goals against Tahiti in their opening game.
The gap between Nigeria and Uruguay is huge but only two games have been played between these two teams in Group B so anything could happen moving forward. The Super Eagles had the luck of kicking off their Confederation Cup 2013 campaign against the weakest side of the tournament, Tahiti.
Meanwhile, La Celeste Olimpica had the opposite – a meeting with the world’s highest-ranked nation, Spain. At the end of Matchday 1, the table placed the Africans on top with a (+6) goal difference while the South Americans were placed third with no point after kicking off their 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup campaign on a bad note last weekend.
The clash between the Nigerians and the Uruguayans on June 20 will certainly showcase t he true strength of both sides.
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Tahiti’s first mission: winning the love of Brazil
The Tahitians should be in formidable form, physically. They were the first country to touch base in Brazil as they arrived on Friday, June 7. The football history of this country is very much unknown globally. Winning the 2012 OFC Nations Cup was a tremendous achievement but participating in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup means even more: it is a gateway to the world for Eddy Etaeta and his underdog team.
“We are very pleased to be here in Brazil for the FIFA Confederations Cup which is a massive event for Tahitian football,” coach Etaeta stated last week before adding:
1. The tournament will feature players from 22 different leagues! Italy will be giving the tournament 34 players and Spain 25. Germany, despite not featuring in the tournament, will hand 13 players to the tournament from its very own Bundesliga.
2. Only two teams have officially won each and every FIFA tournament…
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.
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Six of these upcoming fixtures feature the likes of Canada, World Number 2 Germany, Euro 2012 runners-up Italy, David Beckham’s home country England, Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA, and the Americans’ eternal foes, Mexico. There is so much to watch in May and some of the world’s biggest sports television channels are ready to feed viewers with live telecast!
Miami Beach, Florida (May 9, 2013) – FIFA Confederations Cup football comes to you live from Brazil in June as ESPN networks promise to live stream all matches between June 15 and June 30, 2013. As listed on the Confederations Cup page, LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) has all the information you need to keep up with the live schedule of ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNEWS and WatchESPN.
The world will witness a preview of what to anticipate at the World Cup next year with the likes of Neymar, Mario Balotelli, Juan Mata, Javier Hernandez and company poised to star in the competition. This summer, eight teams from six different zones will contest for the coveted trophy. The participants are: hosts Brazil and 2011 Copa America champions Uruguay (CONMEBOL), Euro 2012 runners-up Italy and champions Spain (UEFA), 2011 Asian Cup winners Japan (AFC), 2011 Gold Cup winners Mexico (CONCACAF), 2013 AFCON champions Nigeria (CAF) and 2012 OFC Nations Cup surprise winners Tahiti (OFC).
UK viewers can tune in to British EuroSport / HD and ITV4 to follow their favourite English Premier League stars of African origins such as Chelsea’s Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel fight to carry the ultimate trophy to Nigeria.
Thanks to ESPN3 and Watch ESPN, soccer fans in the United States of America have been able to watch all matches thus far. The last two fixtures of a total of 32 AFCON 2013 battles will take place this weekend. The huge event kicked off on Saturday, January 19, 2013 with hosts South Africa drawing goalless against Cape Verde. A lot happened since that opening match.
In the knockout stages, the Bafana Bafana lost to semi-finalists Mali on penalties. Cape Verde's dream came to an abrupt end against Ghana, Nigeria stunned Ivory Coast and so did Burkina Faso against Emmanuel Adebayor's Togo.
The semi-final stage provided plenty goals and thrills as the Black Stars suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Stallions while the Super Eagles brushed Mali aside. Watch the Third-place final between Ghana and Mali live at 13:00 EST / 18:00 GMT on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Catch the big final, Nigeria vs Burkina Faso, live on Sunday, February 10 at 13:00 EST / 18:00 GMT. Which country will end up winning the precious trophy?