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World Cup 2014: The Story So Far

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With the World Cup group stages now having come to an end, we’re here to provide a full review of the action over the last week, as people get geared up for the knockout rounds. There have been plenty of twists and turns in this World Cup so far, and you can find out how all the groups ended right here.

Group A:

Brazil were in a strong position at the end of the first week, having beaten Croatia and earned a draw against Mexico. With their final group game this week, they put a tepid Cameroon side to the sword, winning 4-1. Neymar notched another two goals, adding to his claim to be the tournament’s star performer. Even more encouraging for the host side, the under-fire striker Fred notched his first goal of the tournament, easing the pressure a little. But Brazil will need big improvements, with the knockout rounds up next. Continue reading

World Cup 2014: Recap Of Week One

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The first week of World Cup 2014 is now behind us, and there has been plenty of talking points and memorable moments. Here is our recap of all the action that has taken place so far.

Thursday:

The opening game between Croatia and the host nation Brazil was the sole game on Thursday, and provided no end of controversy. Croatia had taken a well deserved early lead against a sluggish Brazillian outfit, before Neymar conjured an equaliser out of very little to get the home fans on their feet. Yet they failed to get the upper hand in the contest, until the referee awarded a very controversial penalty to Fred as he tumbled under Dejan Lovren’s presence in the penalty area. Neymar converted, and Oscar wrapped up the 3-1 win with a good finish from outside the box, although there was strong suspicion that Ramires had fouled the Croat player in possession before moving the ball to his Chelsea teammate. The home side were very unconvincing throughout, however.

Friday:

The standard of the officials continued to be brought into question during Friday’s first game, as the linesman ruled out two seemingly good goals for Mexico’s Giovanni Dos Santos in their game against Cameroon. Mexico did eventually get the breakthrough when Oribe Peralta turned in a rebound after Charles Itandje failed to hold Dos Santos’ shot. That was the only goal of the game, securing the win for the lively Mexicans, with Cameroon looking very poor. Continue reading

World Cup 2014: Predictions For Every Team

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With the kick-off of World Cup 2014 now less than a week away, the excitement is starting to build. Coverage of the event is starting to really pick up, as the footballing world gets ready for the beginning of it’s biggest event of any calendar year. With that in mind, I would like to put forward my predictions for every team and how they will fare, including all the teams who will fall at the group stage hurdle, all the way on to who I predict will be the eventual winners.

Group stage eliminations

Cameroon

The most likely victim of what is a very tough draw, Cameroon seem like long shots to emerge from Group A. Hosts Brazil, potential dark horses Croatia and Mexico make up the rest of the group, and it may well prove too much for Cameroon to claim enough points to sneak in to the knockout stages. An experienced squad led by captain Samuel Eto’o as well as veterans Alex Song and Jean Makoun, Cameroon also boast young defensive talent in Nicolas N’Koulou and Joel Matip. Unfortunately for them, it seems unlikely that they will prove good enough to edge out two of the other teams, and so it looks like three games and out for Cameroon.

Mexico

It looks quite likely that Brazil and Croatia will emerge from this group, especially if the Croatians can get a point in the tournament’s inaugural match. Mexico had a very ugly qualifying campaign to even reach Brazil, finishing fourth in their group, behind the United States, Costa Rica and Honduras. They eventually beat New Zealand comfortably in a play-off, but it does not augur well for them in such a tough group. Still, Mexico boast a very experienced squad, with the likes of Rafael Marquez still around to organise them. If the likes of Javier Hernandez (who has a scoring rate of better than one every two games for his country) catches fire, then maybe they have a shot. But all signs point to an early exit for Mexico.

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World Cup 2014: The Dark Horses

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Yesterday, we had a good look at the four teams most likely to win the upcoming World Cup. What we have yet to touch on is one of the most lively debates before any international tournament. Who will be the team who emerges from nowhere to thrill the crowds and cause a few upsets along the way? Is there a team from lower down the international pecking order who can surprise us all and go all the way? Usually there is at least one team who overachieves in these competitions, and calling them right is often the difference between winning and losing the fantasy football wars, so here we will look at four teams who could potentially go from dark horses to World Cup champions in the space of a few weeks in June. Continue reading

World Cup 2014: The Favourites

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2014 is shaping up to be a great year for football. With exciting finishes ahead in the Premier League and La Liga, both of whom are currently topped by pre-season outsiders with only a few games to go, and a couple of exciting ties remaining in the Champions League, it will be a year to remember. There is, of course, a World Cup coming straight after the end of the club season, so quality football will continue well into the middle of the summer. Here, in the first of a two part special, we will examine the favourites for the competition, who look set to take Brazil 2014 by storm. Continue reading

Ten Crucial Moments In European World Cup Qualifiers

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With the nine automatic 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualification spots sealed in Europe, plus the eight contenders in the upcoming play-offs known, for many it is hard not to think how different it all could have been.

The final matchday of the European qualifying campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw group winners Bosnia-Herzegovina,England,Russia and Spain join already qualified Belgium,Italy,Germany,Netherlands and Switzerland on the plane to Brazil. Continue reading

Limerick Star Nzuzi Puts Club Before Country

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Patrick Nzuzi recently turned down the opportunity to play for his country, with the youngster missing out on the Francophone Games in Nice to instead help Limerick arrest their slide.

Nzuzi was capped at Under-20 level by the DR Congo at the Toulon Tournament earlier this year and was set to feature for them again this month as they took on Niger and Ivory Coast in the games that ran from 6-15 September. Continue reading

Scout Report: Five Hannover Players Pats Must Be Wary Of

St Patricks Athletic square off against Hannover 96 tonight in the Europa League. With a pulsating tie in store, Irish News Review takes a look at the five biggest threats that could potentially hamper St Patricks Athletic’s European dreams.

Mohammed Abdellaoue

The Norwegian international poses the greatest threat to Pats ambitions of Europa League success. The former Valerenga striker, who made his international debut against the Republic Of Ireland, has been a success since he joined Hannover in 2010, bagging 21 goals in 54 games to date. The Pats rearguard will have to be at their best to keep the clubs top scorer from last season at bay and ensure they don’t concede an away goal.

Dider Ya Konan

The former Ivorian footballer of the year is a significant player for Die Roten, with his performances last season catching the eye of Bayern Munich amongst others. The former Rosenborg star is extremely talented although his goal ratio isn’t the best. Konan has scored 29 goals in 80 games since making his move to Germany three years ago but his talent cannot be underestimated. Konan is the player who makes Mirko Slomka’s side tick and Liam Buckley will have briefed his side on the importance of stopping the Ivorian international.

Szabolcs Huszti

Huszti rejoined Hannover on July 23rd after a three year spell in Russia with Zenit St Petersburg. The former Hungarian international is a welcomed addition to Slomka’s side and will provide some much needed experience on the wings. His pace and ability pose a threat to any side and the Pats wingers will have to be solid in their defensive duties to keep Huszti quiet.

Ron Robert Zieler

German international keeper Zieler is the man tasked with keeping Supersaints striker Christy Fagan quiet. This challenge between the duo pits two ex Manchester United youths against each other. 23 year old Zieler joined Hannover in 2010 and quickly established himself as the club’s number one keeper. Sir Alex Ferguson showed great faith in the youngster’s ability by plucking him from FC Koln at the tender age of 16.

Steve Cherundolo

American international Cherundolo is something of a legend in Lower Saxony having spent his entire club career with Hannover 96 to date. The man affectionately known to Die Roten fans as “Dolo” should make his 350th appearance for the club in next week’s return leg in Germany. Club captain Cherundolo is one of the most underrated full backs in the Bundesliga and will pose a threat going forward.

Amanda Knox Secures Lucrative Book Deal

 Amanda Knox, the former US exchange student who was recently acquitted of murder by an Italian court, has signed a €3 million book deal with leading publisher HarperCollins.

The 24-year old Seattle native was convicted of the 2007 murder of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, and served four years of a 26-year sentence. Two other people were also found guilty of the murder of Kercher including Knox’s boyfriend at the time Raffaele Sollecito and Ivory Coast citizen Rudy Guede who claimed he had been on a date with the deceased the night before she was brutally murdered .

Sollecito was acquitted along with Knox following their appeals in October of last year. However Guede remains locked up in Italy although he may be eligible for release in 2016.

It is understood that Knox will receive almost $4 million (approximately €3 million) for her memoirs. Several publishers reportedly fought it out over securing the deal but in the end HarperCollins prevailed with their lucrative offer.

The book, scheduled to be published in 2013, is expected to draw on diaries that Knox kept during her time in prison.

Critics are already labelling it a prospective best seller such is the fascination and drama entailed with the story of the media darling once known as “Foxy Knoxy”.

It is understood a major Hollywood film about the story is also in the pipeline.

World News: Berlusconi, Protistutes and More

Acting President sworn in after Tunisia riots

The country`s parliamentary speaker has taken over as interim president after violence forced the nation`s president to flee to Saudi Arabia. The Department of Foreign Affairs are currently trying to aid Irish people in the country in an effort to get them home. 

100 Feared dead after Indian Stampede

Up to 100 people are feared dead after a stampede at the Sabarimala Shrine in India. Large crowds had gathered to mark the start of the annual Hindu religious festival of Makaravilakku. 

 Wikipedia Celebrates 10th Birthday  

The online encyclopedia founded by Jimmy Wales has reached its milestone tenth birthday

Flood Efforts Continue

Rescue attempts are still ongoing after large floods have damaged large parts of Australia, Brazil and Sri Lanka. 

Berlusconi Facing Prostitute Investigation

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated after claims emerged that he paid for sex with an underage prostitute.

EU Freezes Ivory Coast Assets

The European Union has tightened sanctions against Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, freezing the assets of the country’s main ports, the state oil firm and three banks.

Ryanair Boarding Pass Charge Illegal (Spain)

A judge in Spain has ruled that Ryanair cannot charge passengers for failing to print out their own boarding cards.