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 participate 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 – are total outsiders whereas UEFA Euro 2012 kings Spain are overwhelming favourites to progress. However, no-one can rule out the threat of Luis Suarez’s CONMEBOL giants Uruguay and the daring desire of AFCON 2013 heroes Nigeria.
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Confederations Cup 2013 Live Streaming and TV Listings: Group stage – Second Round
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!
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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?
In their semi-final encounter against the Black Stars, the Stallions were victims of arguably the worst officiating ever seen at this tournament in South Africa. They had a good penalty call turned down before the referee awarded a dubious one for the Ghanaians to break the deadlock in the first half.
However, backed by confident coach Paul Put, Burkina Faso fought back impressively. They went on level terms in the 60th minute through Aristide Bance. This strike pushed the game into extra-time where Prejuce Nakoulma had a wrongly disallowed potential winner before Pitroipa got controversially sent off.
Stories of unrest due to the current war in Mali have fully powered the country’s national football team to succeed in South Africa. The players, led by iconic captain Seydou Keita, carry the hopes of millions of fans back home who anxiously seek relief from their on-going sufferings marked by lack of freedom and a destroyed economic system. Clinching glory in football may not end the war but it will certainly put joy in the hearts of the people of Mali.
At the 2013 AFCON, the Malians seem to have lost the attacking instinct that saw them book a place in the tournament through a 7-1 aggregate victory over Botswana. In each of their matches, they have scored nothing more than a goal but this has proven to be enough to put them in the semi-finals. Once again, they will need to call on a high level of concentration and maintain a tight defence to avoid defeat against Nigeria.
How Ivory Coast qualified from Group D
Ivory Coast, despite not playing at full strength yet, clearly imposed themselves as the best team in their section. Togo came close to creating an upset in both sides’ opening game but Yaya Toure’s combination with Gervinho proved too hot to handle.
Surprisingly, Tunisia gave the Elephants absolutely no contest. The latter banged three goals – Gervinho and Yaya Toure on target again. This saw the Ivoirians become the first AFCON 2013 quarter-finalists.
The last match against Algeria did not matter much but when Feghouli and Soudani scored second half goals, Didier Drogba and Wilfried Bony roared back with very late goals to redeem authority.
Ethiopia made a dream start to the competition by holding African champions Zambia to a 1-1 draw despite the sending off of their first-choice goalkeeper Jemal Tassew. The Afrocentric side, coached by ex-CECAFA Cup winner Sewnet Bishaw, went into their second AFCON 2013 fixture with huge backing from the seduced public.
However, a slick attacking Burkina Faso side gunned down the Black Lions with no mercy. Four goals without reply now see Ethiopia’s fate hanging in the balance. The former African titans need a miracle but so do Stephen Keshi’s Nigerians.
The first round of matches in Group C ended as it started with no team ahead of the other. Zambia and Nigeria both failed to protect 1-0 leads against less important sides – Ethiopia and Burkina Faso respectively.
Friday’s fixture will be like a final for the Super Eagles and the Chipolopolo. The smallest difference could play a huge role in defining the fate of these two giants. Africa Cup of Nations winning coach Herve Renard has a huge problem to solve as his men have not won a single match since November 2012.
Nigerian fans will not accept a slow start from their team even if it has been almost three years since the Super Eagles last appeared on a big stage. Stephen Keshi’s side are under intense pressure to deliver in South Africa but they possess great momentum.
The controversial exclusion of playmaker Peter Odemwingie for this tournament will be re-evaluated and judged based on Nigeria’s display. The Super Eagles, who drew blank in their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations warm-up match against debutants Cape Verde, could find it hard to break Burkina Faso’s goal line.
For many, the Chipolopolo’s triumph at the 2012 AFCON was purely a matter of luck. However, coach Herve Renard will be out to prove that his side deserved the cup. Defending the title will not be easy but putting on a good show is a must for the reigning African champions.
The Zambians enter the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa on the wrong foot having failed to score a single goal in January. Three warm-up matches ended in one defeat and two consecutive draws against Angola, Morocco and Norway respectively.
British Eurosport will broadcast LIVE high definition coverage of all 32 games from the 19th January – 10th February.
Ivory Coast will boast a star-studded line-up and will again be among the favourites for the title. Among them include their all-time top scorer Didier Drogba now of Shanghai Shenhua. Joining him up-front will be Arsenal’s Gervinho, as well as Wigan’s Arouna Kone. In the heart of the midfield will be Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote.
Ghana are likely to be one of the other stand-out performers, as they also possess players such as Al Ain forward Asamoah Gyan and Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah. Bristol City’s Albert Adomah will also be making his first appearance at the tournament.
Will Sami Trabelsi enjoy success after seeing his team struggle to reach Gabon-Equatorial Guinea as runners-up behind surprise-package Botswana? Tunisia are among the few giants present at the 2012 AFCON. We take a look at the history in the Nations Cup.
Tunisia’s history in brief
At a number of occasions, Tunisia went very close to achieving their dream of conquering Africa. They finished third in 1962 and clinched silver medals twice; in 1965 and in 1996. But CAN 2004 produced Tunisia’s best memory in the history of the Nations Cup.
It was a host and win situation for the Eagles of Carthage. After successfully avoiding defeat against Guinea, Rwanda and Congo DR in the group stages, the Tunisians faced Senegal in the quarterfinals.