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Posts Tagged ‘ Wembley ’

The NFL London Franchise Conundrum

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This weekend will see the struggling Atlanta Falcons take on the high flying Detroit Lions. It is a big fixture for both these sides, who each need the win. The Falcons are 2-5, but still somehow remain in contention for the NFC South crown. The Lions are leading the way in the NFC North, but only by a tie breaker over the Green Bay Packers.

Yet that introduction completely misses the biggest aspect of this particular clash. The venue will be Wembley in London, England. It is the second of three games to be played in London this year, as the NFL looks to increase its market and potential abroad. The London series has been a fixture since 2007, and this is the first year that three games have been played there. But what are the long term future plans for the NFL in London? Continue reading

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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

Vikings And Steelers To Square Off In Battle Of London

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The NFL returns to Europe this Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings battle the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium in what is the seventh regular season NFL game to take place on English shores.

A London based NFL franchise has been muted but may not come to fruition for logistical reasons. However discussions are already under way for Wembley to host three games next year, adding an extra impetus for Sunday’s competitors to show Britain why they are the best to visit thus far.

The Pittsburgh Steelers arrived in London on Friday morning after flying overnight ahead of the game while , opting for a different approach to their opponents to playing a game overseas, preferring to spend the week preparing in the familiar territory of their practice facility. The Vikings arrived on Monday and have been acclimatizing in a hotel outside of London, practicing on a field just yards from their accommodation. Continue reading

Hoolahan Starts As Ireland Aim To Conquer The Faroes

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named his starting eleven for tonight’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium.

With James McCarthy and Shane Long suspended for the game, Trapattoni has been forced to make changes from the side which drew 1-1 with England at Wembley. Continue reading

Ireland v England – Memories From Enemy Territory

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Psychiatrists will often focus on the traumas of childhood – those moments when our cosy kiddywink world is brutally introduced to reality. “Hello,” says reality, “Guess what, you are not the centre of the universe. In fact the universe is chaos, and basically out to destroy you. Have a nice day.”

One such psychological wound is the sudden realisation that our parents are not gods, and in my case paternal authority crumbled at exactly 5:20PM on 12 June 1988. As a nine-year-old I had the vague knowledge that football did not always go well (Maradona’s hand of God had previously introduced me to the concept of injustice), but when an omnipotent father-figure proclaims in assured tones that “England will stuff Ireland this afternoon” the match itself becomes a mere formality – the gracious unfurling of a pre-ordained fact. Continue reading

German Giants Go Head To Head In Battle Of Europe

ansgararticleIt is safe to say most of Europe’s and even the world’s eyes will be on a stadium in London on Saturday night. The Champions League final has nearly as big an appeal as the World Cup final. The English FA was happy when Wembley was picked as a host, it was a gesture for their anniversary. The worst case happened, however, when no team from the “Best League In The World” survived the quarter finals. On the other hand, two very different and yet similar teams from Germany made their way to the final. An all-German affair, unlikely as it seemed before this season, will decide the winner.

The favourite seems clear in Bayern München, but their trauma of two lost cup finals last season haunts them even after a truly astonishing league campaign. 92 points after 34 matchdays as well as winning the championship the earliest were just a couple of records the team of coach Jupp Heynckes broke over the course of the season. A little stumble away at BATE Borisov could not hide the fact that the team won their Champions League group comfortably. Things got tense in the 2nd round match-up against Arsenal, but from then on, they left Juventus and Barcelona no chance whatsoever, schooling the Spaniards 7-0 on aggregate to enter the final.  Continue reading

Key Battles: Borussia Dortmund V Bayern Munich

Jerseys of German football clubs BayernWhen Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich line out on Saturday night in Wembley Stadium, the very first all-German final, there will be a number of battles which could shape the destiny of the trophy nicknamed “Big Ears”. The more experienced Munich side will be making their third appearance in a Champions League final in four years, whereas Dortmund will have youth and attack on their side. Continue reading

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