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World Cup 2014: Germany And Argentina Primed For Showdown

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We are entering the closing stages of World Cup 2014 now, with the quarter and semi finals having taken place in the past week. The action has been ferocious throughout, and that pain is really felt on days with no action scheduled. Let’s take a look back at this week’s action with our weekly review.

Quarter-finals

Friday:

The first quarter-final took place between France and Germany on Friday afternoon in the Maracana in Rio De Janeiro. The pre-match hype had made France favourites, particularly after the news of a virus rampaging through the German squad. The all-European affair was a tight battle throughout, with Germany taking the lead after thirteen minutes through a powerful header from centre back Mats Hummels. The Germans held the French off at arms length for the majority of the remaining time, with France having the odd half-chance here and there, but mostly failing to get conjure any meaningful penetration through the heart of the German defence. The Germans advanced, with Hummels’ header the only goal of the game. Continue reading

Game Review: FIFA World Cup 2014

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EA Sports World Cup franchise is back after a four year absence as the party moves onto Brazil with enhanced features, befitting of a samba style party.

The modern FIFA games and the World Cup have long co-existed, with the latter serving as a taster ahead of the new club based game since its inception during World Cup 1998. EA Sports has always managed to capture the sense of occasion of a big event and they follow that up here in true World Cup style, akin to that of the three games that came before this title. Though there are tweaks to FIFA’s core mechanics, it’s the presentation that makes 2014 FIFA World Cup a souvenir piece worth bringing home, making it a stand out game among other souvenir games of our generation such as those titles associated with the Olympics or the Champions League. Continue reading

News in Brief-Taoiseach Bares All For Playboy As Irish Conker Championships Placed In Doubt

Comeback : Far Cry From Reality

At Shannon Airport security fears have increased after two unlikely anti-war protestors made it on to the runway. Well, almost. Margaretta D’Arcy (78), a playwright and peace campaigner, and Niall Farrell (59), a member of Galway Alliance Against War planned to stage a peaceful protest on the eleventh anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war but were spotted by air traffic control. Mrs D’Arcy also hoped to scatter her husbands ashes on the flight path but was unable to do so before her subsequent arrest. They were apprehended before they reached the runway and were later released without charge. Gardai investigating the breach said they couldn’t find any damage to the perimeter concluding the pensioner and her companion must have ‘scaled the fence’.

Already plans are underway to celebrate next St Patrick’s Day not here in Ireland but in Rio de Janeiro. The famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, which stands guard over the city is to be lit up in green next March 17th after President Michael D Higgins and the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro Orani Joao Tempesta signed an agreement. Perhaps they got the date wrong perhaps they meant April 1st?

Mattie McGrath TD for Tipperary South has described Enda Kenny as; “a playboy on the front page of Time magazine” in a speech about the Fiscal Responsibility Bill and Government kite-flying (they do love it don’t they!). Except that’s not quite what he told the Dáil; “The most sickening thing last week was to see the Taoiseach on the front page of Playboy magazine.” Quite.

Bleeding canker is ruining our conkers! Fears are growing conkers may be of short supply at the 13th annual Irish Conker Championships in Kilkenny after the tree disease, bleeding canker, has blighted horse-chestnut trees. Organisers are tasked with collecting 30,000 conkers in order to select 500 that meet competition standards but face being understocked this year. Susan Murphy, chairperson of the Irish Conker Championships has asked anybody with their own stock to donate to the cause.

‘Taken 2, the action movie sequel starring Liam Neeson and based on the kidnap of himself and his ex wife has only recently been released but already plans are underway for the sixty year old Irish actor to return in ‘Taken 3’. Now that’s just careless but nonetheless “He will find you, he will ….” …. you know the score at this stage.