Preview: Iceland to take advantage of woeful Croatia
Lars Lagerbäck’s men will be hoping to take full advantage of Croatia’s dismal run in recent games which saw them finish second in Group A, nine points behind leaders Belgium. The Blazers got off to a flying start winning five of their opening six matches, but uncharacteristically failed to win any of their remaining four. As a result of which former head coach Igor Stimac was relieved of his duties, replaced by former Croatian captain Niko Kovac who will take charge of his team for the first time on Friday.
Preview: Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic will have to make the difference
Since the draw dictated Portugal and Sweden would go head-to-head to determine who would be in next year's World Cup, nearly all of the talk has been about Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. On Friday, they will both get a chance to to prove their worth at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon.
The unfortunate part of this highly anticipated match is that one of the world's best players will have to miss out on the World Cup. Will it be Ronaldo or Ibra?
Preview: Uruguay hoping to revel in difficult Argentina test
La Celeste face a horrendous task at hand as they lock horns with South American giants Argentina. Uruguay currently fifth in the table have an outside chance of making a direct qualification to World Cup 2014 and it will only be an unexpected set of results which will book Uruguay’s place in the World Cup in Brazil.
Óscar Tabárez’s men owing to their inferior goal difference to the likes of Ecuador and Chile will not just have to expect their counterparts to lose their matches, but will themselves have to score a victory with a goal margin greater than three in order to finish the group higher than the fifth place.
The CAF World Cup qualifying playoff matches between October 12 and October 15 will certainly live up to expectations with great match ups. Which of these 10 nations will represent Africa at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil?
Half of the story will be told this month and all of the five matches will be broadcast live on TV in the United States of America thanks to beIN Sport. If you live outside USA, you will still be able to watch selected African World Cup qualifying playoff fixtures live. As LiveSoccerTV can confirm, BT Sport (UK), SuperSport (Africa) and Al Jazeera Sports (Middle East) are also part of the networks scheduled to telecast the games between October 12 and October 15, 2013.
Preview: La Celeste looking to defy Ecuador of a WC spot for the second consecutive time
The fixture has a lot of historical relevance to it and has in the past played a huge role in deciding which team gets to play in the most celebrated football event.
Back in 2001 Ecuador were battling with fellow South American teams to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history. La Tri needed just a single point as they squared off against Uruguay at Quito to earn themselves a place in the World Cup, their hopes of making it through were quickly shattered as Uruguay took the lead through a first half penalty. However a late equaliser from Ivan Kaviedes sent the crowd into raptures as Ecuador confirmed their place in the World Cup for the first time.
Preview: Joachim Löw hoping to earn qualification with a win over Ireland
A victory will guarantee Germany a place in the World Cup to be held in Brazil next year. Should Joachim Löw’s fail to earn maximum points from the game, their fate will then be decided in the final match against Sweden, who gave the Germans a run for their money when the two sides squared off last year in October. A 93rd minute equalizer from Rasmus Elm rounded up an excellent come back from the Swedes as the match finished 4-4.
But Germany will fancy their chances against a Republic of Ireland side who they thrashed 6-1 last year at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Another thing which will be to Germany’s advantage is the departure of legendary manager Giovanni Trapattoni who after failing to make Ireland qualify for the World Cup parted ways with the Republic of Ireland national team.
This online streaming service will spoil you during the next few days with its amazing package of 20 international matches – 19 of those being World Cup qualifiers and the other one being a friendly match between Les Bleus of France and the Socceroos of Australia.
Some of the top teams featuring in ESPN3’s selection between October 11 and October 15 are Croatia, Netherlands, Turkey, Russia and of course, America’s very own USMNT. For more information:
The United States will head into their final two CONCACAF matches against Jamaica and Panama knowing that they already have a spot at next year's World Cup. But although the USMNT already booked their place, they are also in a tight race for first place in the group, and they could also spoil the party for Jamaica and Panama.
A victory over Jamaica would eliminate The Reggae Boyz, but if they were to allow the visitors to steal three points, that would give Winfried Schafer's squad some hope heading into their last match.
As for their match against Panama, Los Canaleros are tied in the fourth spot with Mexico, so that final match in Panama City will be full of energy and meaning for the hosts.
beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT en Español Debut Today Nationwide in HD & SD on AT&T U-VERSE
Both beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT en Español will be available in the U-verse TV lineup. The programming will be offered in both standard definition and high definition. AT&T U-VERSE TV subscribers will now have access to live football action from CONMEBOL & CONCACAF World Cup qualifying soccer matches. Programming tonight will be highlighted by tonights USA match in Costa Rica. In addition to the World Cup Qualifying, beIN SPORT has secured exclusive USA coverage of the Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, and the French Ligue 1 among other leagues and competitions.
“We are delighted to be able to add beIN Sport to our robust lineup of AT&T U-verse TV sports programming,” said Aaron Slator, president, content and advertising, AT&T. “This is a definite win for our AT&T U-verse TV customers. They will now have the opportunity to see this exclusive coverage coming to them from some of the most exciting international stadiums and venues in the world.”
“The AT&T U-verse content team has just scored another coup for its customers by bringing our networks in English and Spanish to their customers,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, managing director of beIN SPORT. “AT&T U-verse TV customers are passionate. And our two networks will offer them more soccer and top flight international competition than any other channel.”
beIN SPORT (English Language Channel) will be available on AT&T U-verse TV on Channel 662 in SD and 1662 in High Definition, 3120 in SD/3320 in HD.
beIN SPORT en Español (Spanish Language channel) will be available on AT&T U-verse TV on Channel 663 in SD and 1663 in High Definition, 3119 in SD/3319 in HD.
LiveSoccerTV offers its cherished users a clear view of what to watch and where to watch it on September 6, September 7 and September 10, 2013.
ESPN schedule – September 6 to September 10, 2013
There will be only one international soccer match on ESPN during the international break. What else could it be but USA vs Mexico? Kick-off is at 20:00 ET on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
Visit LiveSoccerTV’s ESPN channel page for the full schedule.
ESPN3 schedule – September 6 to September 10, 2013
Watch up to 37 international fixtures on digital platform. Coverage begins with Russia vs Luxembourg at 10:30 ET. The Red Army surprisingly lost to Northern Ireland in the previous round and subsequently need to bounce back if they want to reclaim the top spot in their group. Three other top European World Cup qualifiers to watch live this Friday are Finland vs Spain, Germany vs Austria and Northern Ireland vs Portugal.
Despite being more or less average throughout the qualification campaign, England should consider themselves really lucky that they still have a chance to pip Montenegro to first spot in Group H of the UEFA World Cup Qualification stage.
Had Montenegro been more adventurous and consistent in their displays, they could have had consolidated their place at the top of the table. As things stand, Roy Hodgson’s men trail Branko Brnovic’s side by just two points and have a game in hand. Should they be able to beat Moldova at the Wembley on September 6, The Three Lions will get one step closer towards securing an automatic place in next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
On the brink of his 100th appearance for Spain, Sergio Ramos would love to welcome that milestone with a victory over Finland on Friday. The Real Madrid defender could and most likely will become the eighth Spanish player to reach 100 appearances for Spain, and he would also become the youngest player to reach 100 caps, beating out Germany's Lukas Podolski by 21 days.
Vicente Del Bosque's side is first in their group, even with France on seven points from three matches. The only points both sides dropped was against each other in a 1-1 draw.
Currently enjoying an 18 match unbeaten run which stretches back to November of 2011, Spain should be able to add another victory to that remarkable streak on Friday against a Finland side that will struggle to keep the European Champions at bay.
The Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula will be electric on Wednesday as Honduras will play host to the United States in the first match of their Hexagonal. Top three teams in the group will get an automatic spot at the World Cup in 2014, held in Brazil, while the fourth placed team will have to play a two-leg elimination with the winner of the Oceania Confederation.
With Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama rounding out the group, the Americans will be expected to qualify. United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann will also be expecting his side to make it out of this six team bracket.
beIN SPORT, the new 24-hour international sports network, has an exciting slate of live, exclusive coverage of World Cup qualifying soccer in the Americas this Friday, Oct. 12. The schedule features the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team versus Antigua & Barbuda from Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua as part of the CONCACAF tournament.
Also on tap for soccer fans is complete coverage of the CONMEBOL South American World Cup qualifying tournament, highlighted by soccer superstar Lionel Messi leading Argentina against Uruguay. Games will be televised on both beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT en Español.
Argentina secured a vital victory at home to Paraguay last Friday. The Albiceleste’s attacking line lived up to expectations. Angel Di Mari put the Argentines on the right track as early as inside the third minute.
Jonathan Fabbro equalized for Paraguay from the penalty spot after 17 minutes but Gonzalo Higuain restored the hosts’ advantage on the half-hour mark. Lionel Messi cemented his nation’s win with a sumptuous free-kick 30 minutes from time.
With this victory, the Albiceleste rocketed to the very top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table. The Argentines will be hoping to pounce on Peru’s inferiority this Tuesday. The Peruvians seat outside of the qualification zone with only six points from six games.
Colombia pulled off a resounding 4-0 victory over reigning Copa America champions Uruguay last Friday. Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao offered the Colombians a brilliant start with a goal after only two minutes. The Uruguayans managed to keep the deficit at 1-0 at the break.
However, a quick brace from Teofilo Gutierrez inside the first five minutes of the second period ended the hopes of La Celeste Olimpica. Adding the icing on the cake was Juan Camilo Zuniga with a 90th minute strike to make it 4-0 for Colombia. Los Cafeteros will be looking to climb above Chile when both teams meet at the Estadio Monumental David Arellano in Santiago this Tuesday.
The Uruguayans remain in the safe zone even after last week’s dreadful defeat to Colombia. They are sandwiched in fourth position against Los Cafeteros and La Tri. In terms of statistics, there is no reason for the 2011 Copa America champions to panic. Coach Oscar Tabarez is hoping from a positive response from his men on Tuesday as he told FIFA.com:
“The only thing we can do to forget this defeat is overcome Ecuador [on Tuesday].”
The question is whether Uruguay can recover from Friday’s shocking loss, their only one in the South American World Cup qualifiers so far. They will be playing on home soil where they have managed 10 points from a possible 12 since the start of the campaign. It is in Montevideo that La Celeste Olimpica defeated Bolivia, Chile and Peru with no less than four goals in each game.