Lionel Messi & World Cup

Lionel Andrés Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays in La Liga for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a forward. The ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf is a men's golf tournament contested by teams of two representing their country. 5.0/5

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Lionel Messi's ban could cost Argentina a place at the World Cup
Lionel Messi suspended 4 matches for insulting ref as Argentina's World Cup hopes hang in balance (via
Watch, this is going to be overturned to a one match ban. FIFA hands Lionel Messi four-match ban for insults-
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Lionel Messi suspended for four World Cup qualifiers over match official abuse
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FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games
With five World Cup qualifiers to come, Lionel Messi has been banned from four of them. Not good news for Argentina.
Lionel Messi has been banned for four matches, just five and a half hours before a World Cup qualifier. More:
Messi suspended for four Argentina matches for swearing at referee, to miss out on decisive World Cup qualifiers
SUSPENDED!. Lionel Messi will miss the next 4 of Argentina's final 5 World Cup qualifiers for insulting a referee against Ch…
Neymar inspires Brazil to crushing victory over Argentina and leave rivals in danger of missing the 2018 World Cup https:…
Brazil begin to prepare for Lionel Messi-led Argentina without the influential Casemiro.
Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's World Cup qualifier in Venezuela due to a groin injury.
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Argentina’s Lionel Messi out of World Cup qualifier vs Venezuela due to groin injury
Messi will not return to Argentina team in next World Cup qualifiers: Lionel Messi has no intention of recons...
Lionel Messi joins Colombia's James Rodríguez as only players to score in all three group matches at this World Cup.
"I will always say this I would exchange all my personal records to get the world cup. To make the people of my country happy" -Lionel Messi
He lost the World Cup in 2014, the CA 2004, CA 2007, CA 2015 and now CA 2016. Lionel Messi gave a lot to his team. His team never gave back.
DTN World Cup 2014 Time is now for weary Messi and Argentina: Los Angeles (AFP) – Lionel Messi must shrug off...
I remember the World Cup Final and how disappointing Lionel Messi was. I can't remember the last time Ronaldo failed to de…
Lionel Messi: I would trade Ballon d'Or awards for World Cup glory
You have to show up in the World Cup, and in the World Cup anything can happen - Lionel Messi
Barcelona star Lionel Messi aiming to erase World Cup Final defeat by leading Argentina to Copa America glory ...
Louis Van Gaal insists that this year's Ballon d'Or winner should not be Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but a World Cup winning German.
'Only thing I will regret in Football is the World Cup Final' Lionel Messi
Ronaldo beats Messi, Neuer to Ballon d’Or Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named world footballer of the year after winning the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row. The Portugal captain beat Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the award. Wolfsburg and Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler was named women’s player of the year, while Colombia’s James Rodriguez won goal of the year. The three candidates for the Ballon d’Or were all picked in the team of the year, along with defenders Phillip Lahm, David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Sergio Ramos, midfielders Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos and Angel Di Maria and forward Arjen Robben. Meanwhile, Germany manager Joachim Low was named FIFA Coach of the Year at the ceremony. A huge favourite for the award, Low led Germany to the World Cup after a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the final. Before that came an unforgettable demolition of Brazil in the semi-finals, when Die Mannschaft hit seven past the hosts. Low ...
-Portuguese forward, Cristiano Ronaldo emerged winner at the Ballon d'Or gala held in Zurich on Monday evening beating rival Lionel Messi and World Cup standout goalkeeper, Manuel Nuer. The Real Madrid maestro picked his third World Player of the year award after an incredible goal laden 2014 campaign that saw him help the Spanish club to their tenth Champions League trophy. FIFA immediately released the voting tally that saw Ronaldo take 37.66% of the vote, Messi second with 15.76% and Nuer third with 15.72%. While voting as captain of Portugal, Ronaldo skipped his rival and selected his Real Madrid teammates; Ramos, Bale and Benzema. His coach at the Portuguese national team voted for him, Nuer and Robben. Four time winner, Messi also avoided picking Ronaldo opting instead for Di Maria, Iniesta and Macherano. His coach voted for him in first position, Di Maria in second and Macherano in third. Uganda Cranes coach, Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevich told Kawowo Sports that he voted for Ronaldo (1), Nuer (2) and ...
Great player of all time... Cristiano Ronaldo was the best footballer in the world in 2014. His third Ballon d’Or victory on Monday was 100 per cent deserved, and he now sits among a group of only five players to rack up such a hat-trick. But until he can place a World Cup or European Championship winner’s medal alongside his three golden trophies, he will never be spoken of in the realms of the greatest players in history, such as Diego Maradona and Pele. His incredible 2014 included a Champions League record goals haul, the surpassing of 200 Spanish league goals in record time and a new Portugal scoring milestone. He predictably collected the award which confirms him as the Best Player of the year. Another such 12 months in 2015, and he and Lionel Messi will stand together as the Ballon d’Or's two most successful players of all time. But what will that matter to future generations if neither Ronaldo nor Messi taste glory with their national teams? Both captain their countries, but both have only c ...
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hanad moh 2015-01-12 21:22Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo shut out Lionel Messi for the second straight year in the battle for the Ballon d'Or and he is showing no sign of giving up his grip as king of world football.The 29-year-old Portuguese forward has been at the heightof his powers again this year, terrorising opposing defences in the Champions League and Spain's La Liga.He is also hungry for more. Asked at the Ballon d'Or ceremony what his favourite goal had been, Ronaldo was only half-joking when he said:"For me the next goal is alwaysthe most important."Despite a patellar tendinosis problem in his left knee that contributed to an underwhelming World Cup, thePortugal captain was clearly a deserving winner of a third Ballon d'Or in a year in which he guided Real Madrid to their 10th Champions League title (but first in 12 years) and continued to rewrite the history books.Physical specimenThe preening side of Ronaldo will always exist. His latest Ballon d'Or will likely take up residence in the museum he ...
12 Jan 2015 20:49:00 International skippers from around the world gave their picks for the prestigious award, with the vast majority backing their team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or on Monday, moving one behind the tally of Lionel Messi, who finished second, with Manuel Neuer in Third Place. Voted for by journalists, international captains and coaches, Ronaldo was not everyone's top choice, however, with several of his fellow players plumping for other stars. Cristiano Ronaldo 37.66% LIONEL MESSI 15.76% Manuel Neuer 15.72% Arjen Robben 7.17% Thomas Muller 5.42% Of course, Ronaldo could not vote for himself in his capacity as Portugal captain but rooted for someone close to him, Sergio Ramos, as his first choice, with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema completing a full card of Real Madrid team-mates. Similarly, Messi went for one of his sparring partners - though not one from Barcelona. Angel Di Maria helped Argentina reach the World Cup Final and got his fellow Rosario native's vote, with ...
Ronaldo’s 54 goals, Messi’s 21 assists, Neuer’s 28 clean sheets – The Ballon d’Or trio's remarkable records Ballon d'Or 2014: LIVE! The 2014 Ballon d'Or will be decided in Zurich on Monday, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer all battling for the top prize. Ronaldo, who is the current Ballon d'Or holder, scored 17 goals as Real Madrid won their 10th Champions League title, overcoming Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra-time in the final in Lisbon. Messi meanwhile scored four times as Argentina reached the World Cup Final, only to be defeated by Germany and a Mario Gotze goal in the Maracana in Brazil. Manuel Neuer was on the right side of that result, his stellar performances for Germany guiding his nation to their fourth World Cup crown. Other awards handed out at the ceremony include the Coach of the Year, where the three candidates are Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone, and Germany boss Joachim Low. The Goal of the Year award will also be decided, w ...
Who Will Win the Ballon d'Or Today? Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal & Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo the current holder of the Ballon d'Or and the first Portuguese player to win a second FIFA Ballon d’Or. The top scorer in La Liga 2013/14 with 31 goals in 30 games, Ronaldo played a huge part in Real Madrid’s 10th (La Decima) Champions League triumph, scoring 17 times in the course of their CL campaign, a new record for the competition. Manuel Neuer (Germany & Bayern Munich) Manuel Neuer has been the undisputed No1 in goal both for reigning world champions Germany and record German title holders Bayern Munich for several years now. He made numerous magnificent saves at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil playing a key role in his side’s title success and was deservedly awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper. Neuer also added two further medals to his collection in 2014 after winning the league and DFB Cup double with Bayern. Lionel MESSI (Argentina & FC Barcelona) The record four-time FI ...
Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the Ballon d'Or for the second year in succession at Monday's gala ceremony in Zurich ahead of Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi. Messi has finished in the top two in each of the last seven years but, despite another prolific year in 2014, appears this time to be lagging behind his two rivals. A disappointing World Cup, in which he was eliminated at the group stage with Portugal, has not prevented Ronaldo from staking a strong claim to win the prize for the third time overall. The 29-year-old Real Madrid superstar scored a…
Lionel Messi is worth €87 million more than Cristiano Ronaldo , according to research within the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) in Switzerland. The 27-year-old attacker has won four Ballons d'Or in his career so far and skippered Argentina to the World Cup Final last year, winning the Golden Ball award for being the Best Player in the process. Like Ronaldo with Real Madrid, Messi has a contract with Barcelona until June 2018, although reports have been circulating in recent weeks that he might swap Camp Nou for Chelsea due to discontent in Catalunya. But Chelsea will know Messi will not be cheap: the Football Observatory, a research group within CIES, suggest Messi currently has a valuation of €220m. Ronaldo is next in the list, valued at €133m, while world- record signing Gareth Bale sits in 10th with an estimated net worth of €60m to the Santiago Bernabeu club. Chelsea have three players in the top 10: Eden Hazard is rated at €99m in third spot just ahead of fourth-placed Diego ...
The SEVEN reasons why Lionel Messi could make £200MILLION Chelsea move: 1) There are suggestions the Argentine is unhappy with his pay packet at Barcelona. He signed a new contract in May that earns him £16m a year after tax - but his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo earns £19m a year at Real Madrid. This has apparently caused friction between Messi's camp and Barca. 2) Messi is the all-time top goalscorer in La Liga and the Champions League. But he wants to play in the Premier League and turning 28 in June he could feel the timing is perfect for a move to England. 3) Barca have slapped an astonishing £200m price tag on their star man. But according to sources close to the player, Adidas (Chelsea club sponsor and kit supplier) are ready to help fund the deal in order to steal Messi from their big rivals Nike (who sponsor Barca). 4) Cesc Fabregas left the Nou Camp for Chelsea this summer and is trying to persuade his close friend, his future lies at Stamford Bridge too. 5) Messi wants to live in London. H ...
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Top 50 Footballers In The World For The 2014-2015 Season; Messi, Ronaldo, Or Suárez Best Player? By Jason Le Miere August 22 2014 3:40 PM Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain the best two players in the world. Reuters More news from Soccer 10-Man Arsenal Survive To Beat QPR Rooney Stars In Manchester United Win Chelsea Dominate West Ham In Win Wenger Faces Tough Balancing Act Join the Discussion The 2014 World Cup saw several players announce themselves on the global stage and many others confirm their world-class status. It was also a tournament where attacking play dominated, at least for the early stages. In part that confirmed that the Best Players around today are in forward areas of the pitch, rather than at the defensive end. This summer’s transfer market reflects that, with former Chelsea center back David Luiz, a player with some clear flaws, being purchased for close to £50 million by Paris Saint-Germain. Perhaps the most notable area lacking in superstar talent is at defensive midfield ...
Liverpool star Raheem Sterling wins prestigious Golden Boy award for 2014 - The England winger joins an illustrious cast of former winners, including World Cup winner Mario Gotze, Lionel Messi and last year’s winner Paul Pogba. The award, for the Best Player in a top-flight European League under the age of 21, as voted for by journalists, has been handed to the... - -
The star trio will hope to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in this year's team, having been shortlisted for a place in the illustrious side The shortlist for the forwards in Fifa's FIFPro World XI has been announced, with Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and Diego Costa all nominated from the Premier League. The Manchester City striker leads the way, having helped his side win the Premier League in 2013-14, though injury curtailed his World Cup. Aguero has also hit the ground running this term, scoring 17 goals in 19 appearances. Rooney, meanwhile, was a rare bright spot under David Moyes, and has impressed under Louis Van Gaal, having scored his first ever World Cup goal for England at the World Cup. Costa will also fancy his chances of inclusion, with his goals last season propelling Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final, and his start under Jose Mourinho cementing his position as one of the finest strikers in world football. The Brazil-born Spain international has hit ...
Real Madrid are making a mountain out of a molehill. There is no agenda - Michel Platini was simply expressing a harmless personal opinion which will have no bearing whatsoever on the final vote. Just because he is president of Uefa, why should he keep quiet? We live in a world where freedom of speech is one of the greatest gifts to man and it is surely better anyway that public figures are open and transparent with their views - especially given the mistrust in Uefa and Fifa today. Last year, Sepp Blatter was disrespectful towards Ronaldo when he described him as a "commander" who likes to go to the hairdresser, but Platini's comments don't even mention Ronaldo or Madrid - nor do they discredit the award itself. Platini was merely highlighting the importance of the World Cup and how it should weigh heavily in the outcome of the Ballon d’Or vote. He said the same four years ago - and his words had no impact as Lionel Messi took the prize. Strangely enough, nobody at Madrid felt compelled to complain in ...
England manager Roy Hodgson admits he is worried that the amount of responsibility being placed on Wayne Rooney’s shoulders. Rooney is captain of Manchester United, who are enduring a tough season as they look to assimilate their big-money summer signings, and the national side. Rooney is set to join England's centurions club when, as expected, he will lead the side out at Wembley for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia on November 15, which is likely to be an 80,000 sell-out. The 29-year-old took over the England armband following the retirement of Steven Gerrard after the World Cup, and was also the choice to lead the Manchester United side under new manager Louis Van Gaal. Hodgson believes Rooney is currently coping well but admits he will be monitoring the situation. "I think Wayne is in a very good place at the moment, and he has been a very good player over the past couple of years," said Hodgson. "I made an effort to meet him before I was officially appointed in that two weeks spell where I ...
Julian Green (19 yrs, 25 days) is the youngest to score at World Cup since Lionel Messi in 2006.
Mario Gotze has lifted the lid behind his photo with Lionel Messi after the World Cup Final. Gotze scored the only goal of the match as Germany won the tournament for a fourth time.
Mario Gotze reveals he ran to get a picture with Lionel Messi after the World Cup Final 
FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, has once again reiterated his opinion that awarding Lionel Messi the Golden Ball for the Best Player at the World Cup was wrong.
Like now its going to change anything.. - Sepp Blatter: Fifa World Cup Golden Ball award for Lionel Messi 'incorrect'
Germany coach Joachim Low told "miracle boy" Mario Gotze to eclipse Lionel Messi before his World Cup match-winner.
Messi: Suarez will give us more variety The Argentine ace is looking forward to playing alongside the former Liverpool man and insists Barcelona are duty-bound to reach the Champions League final Sep 25, 2014 23:14:46 Barcelona star Lionel Messi says his side will become stronger and more difficult to predict when Luis Suarez returns from his ban. The Uruguay striker, who scored twice for the B team in a friendly this week, will not be able to make his competitive debut for the club until the weekend of October 25 due to his suspension following his World Cup bite. Barca dropped their first points of the new campaign against Malaga on Wednesday, drawing 0-0 and failing to register a shot on target in an uninspiring display, and Messi believes Suarez will bring a new dimension to their attacking play. "It's special that he chose to come here [from Liverpool]," he told Fox Sports Magazine. "We will be stronger as a team with him. We will have a lot more variety." Messi, who is one goal short of his 400th fo ...
Lionel Messi to Luke Murphy? Argentina World Cup coach Alejandro Sabella into 6/4 to take over at Leeds. The wonderful world of football.
Kroos exposed: Real Madrid will suffer without midfield protection – By Carlo Garganese COMMENT: The German has been exposed in a number of games for club and country this season and needs the right conditions if he is to demonstrate his class When Real Madrid paid Bayern Munich an undisclosed fee in the region of €25-30 million for the services of Toni Kroos, the transfer was almost unanimously hailed as one of the best deals of the summer. And understandably so. After all, in an inflated market which saw unproven upstarts like Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Eliaquim Mangala move for much bigger prices, Kroos represented outstanding value – regardless of the fact he had just 12 months to run on his Bayern contract. This is a player who was instrumental in Germany’s World Cup success and by the age of 24 has already won over 50 caps, as well as 12 club trophies with Bayern – including three Bundesliga crowns and the Champions League. "Congratulations, you have signed the Best Player from the Worl ...
Facts you don't know about Radamel Falcao 1) Stating the obvious, he's really good - Falcao has been linked with some of the world's biggest clubs this summer, with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal and Juventus all thought to have been chasing him at some point. 2) Falcao currently has a record of precisely 200 career goals in club football, which have come in just 305 appearances for River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco. 3) The 28-year-old is a Colombian international and has 20 goals in 51 games, but was one of the more high-profile absentees from this summer's World Cup through injury. 4) Falcao scored 52 La Liga goals in just two seasons with Atletico Madrid - only Barcelona and Real Madrid stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scored more in that time. 5) During this time, the South American joined an elite list of players to score five goals in a single game in the Spanish top flight, in a superb performance against Deportivo. 6) Falcao does not have great pedigree in the Champions ...
Lionel Messi wins Golden Ball award for Best Player of World Cup -
Aug 30, 2014 10:15:00 The Portugal international has weighed into the debate about whether the Argentina captain should have won the Best Player award at World Cup 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested that rival Lionel Messi didn’t deserve to win the World Cup Golden Ball award this summer after the Real Madrid star joked he would be sent to prison if he gave his real opinion. Messi beat the likes of World Cup winner Thomas Muller and Colombia's James Rodriguez to the prestigious individual award after scoring four goals in Brazil and steering Argentina to the final, which they lost to Germany. Argentina legend Maradona revealed that he thought Fifa’s decision to award Messi with the prize was based on commercial reasons, and Ronaldo has now hinted that the Barcelona star did not do enough during football's greatest competition to win the Golden Ball. “If I said everything that I think, I would be in prison,” Ronaldo, who picked up Uefa's Player of the Year award this week, told TVI when asked abo ...
Javier Mascherano backs Lionel Messi to bounce back after World Cup disappointment: Barcelona midfielder say h...
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Ronaldo leads Uefa Best Player in Europe nominees as Messi is snubbed The 10-man shortlist has been reduced to three, with the Ballon d'Or holder set to battle it out with Bayern Munich duo Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer for the prize Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named as the final three nominees for the Uefa Best Player in Europe award. The trio were named as part of an initial 10-man shortlist announced in July, which included Angel Di Maria, Diego Costa, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Philipp Lahm, James Rodriguez and Thomas Muller. Current Ballon d'Or holder Ronaldo has now been voted into the final three, along with Bayern Munich's star winger Robben and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who added the World Cup to his Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal successes last season, but Barcelona's Argentine star could only finish fifth in the voting. The winner will be announced on August 28 in Monaco during the group-stage draw for the Champions League. The Uefa Best Player prize began in 2011 under ...
23 year-old Christoph Kramer makes his first start for Germany, in the World Cup Final, marking Lionel Messi. Wow. http:/…
MAVHARIVHARI (Rumours) & INTERNATIONAL UPDATES - Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claims Luis Suarez turned down more lucrative offers in favour of joining the Spanish giants. - Fifa president Sepp Blatter has welcomed the likelihood of Canada bidding to host the World Cup in 2026. - Lionel Messi has made it clear that he is excited by the new challenges at Barcelona this season under Luis Enrique. - Manchester United want to buy Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, from Fiorentina but fear the Italian club may raise the asking price beyond United's offer of £29m. - Arturo Vidal has helped Juventus to three straight Serie A titles The Old Trafford club's interest in Juventus' Arturo Vidal, 27, may wane over concerns over the Chilean midfielder's knee problems. - England goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 26, will leave Celtic for Southampton in an £8m move if the Scottish side fail to overturn their 4-1 deficit to Legia Warsaw and are knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday. - Arsenal are prepar ...
AMAZING: Manuel Neuer (244) has completed more passes at the World Cup than Lionel Messi (242).
World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro has raised doubts about the way in which Barcelona are going to play this season, when they will have to incorporate the attacking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar into their tactics. The much-lauded strikeforce is one that will certainly offer great entertainment going forward, but Italian legend Cannavaro has suggested that the rest of the team will suffer as a result of their forwards. He told Goal: "This is modern football we are talking about- who is going to cover them in midfield?" "Real Madrid have to be favourites to win La Liga." Cannavaro won the Spanish league twice between 2006 and 2009 with Real, following Italy's fourth World Cup triumph in Germany in 2006. Barca's Suarez has recently joined the club but is banned from all football-related activity four four months for, ironically, biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup Group D fixture earlier in the summer.
FIFA gave Lionel Messi the Golden Ball but didn't include him in the World Cup best XI...
Ahmed Musa says Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi, deserves to win the Golden Ball at the just concluded World Cup
Toni Kroos £24m , Lionel Messi free. Kroos is god and did I mention he won the World Cup?
Gerard Houllier has come out and defended the highly controversial decision saying, “He fully deserves the Golden Ball.” The former PSG and Liverpool manager is a member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group and explained that the decision was made after careful analysis by the group. The voting process was changed for the 2014 World Cup. He added: "I understand that it has surprised, because everyone only remembers the second half of Lionel Messi in the final.” “We, the commission, we look at all the games, and we judge that he was the most important man for his team. He went to the final, which is one of the conditions for the attribution of the trophy," he explained. “Moreover, Messi was more than decisive in the first four games. In the semi-final against the Netherlands, he took the first penalty and scored. The analysis also takes into account the fact he was the captain of a united team. A team that played well together. That's something we hadn't seen for a long time from Argentina. He was m ...
Real, Barcelona top Forbes rich list Spain may have been embarrassingly dethroned as World Cup holders, but Real Madrid and Barcelona are still champions at making money after they were named as the world's two richest sports franchises. For the second successive year, Forbes business magazine tagged European champions Real Madrid, where Cristiano Ronaldo plays, as the No 1 sports team with a value of $3.44 billion. Barcelona, the home of Lionel Messi, Neymar and now the notorious Luis Suarez, are second in the chart with a current value of $3.2 billion, while English giants Manchester United are ranked at three at $2.81 billion despite their miserable season. The only other football club in the top 10 are German champions Bayern Munich whose current value of $1.85 billion is good enough for seventh spot. The rest of the top 10 is from Major League Baseball and the National Football League. The New York Yankees are No 4, valued at $2.5 billion with the Dallas Cowboys, worth $2.3 billion, holding the fifth ...
WHY MESSI IS HONOURED WITH GOLDEN BALL: The Argentine side looked distinctly average in every game they played, and when you look into a little more detail, you notice how much of a positive impact the four time Ballon d’Or winner had at the World Cup: 1. The Messi Factor Lionel Messi dragged his home nation through the group stages by the scruff of the neck; he scored the decisive goal against Bosnia, broke Iranian hearts with a 91st minute winning goal in Belo Horizonte, and then scored a brace against Nigeria in a 3-2 win. Moving into the knockout phase, he produced the only moment of excitement against Switzerland with the assist for Di Maria’s winning goal, and even had a hand in Higuain’s winner against Belgium in the quarters. Lionel Messi scored four goals, won four Man of the Match awards, completed 46 successful dribbles, got one assist, and was the best performing player according to WhoScored.com . 2. Adidas The internet conspiracy machine has gone into overdrive churning out another lit ...
MESSI VOMITED IN World Cup Final Lionel Messi vomited during the World Cup Final on Sunday. Screen grab In the latest in a series of strange vomiting incidents, Lionel Messi threw up during Sunday’s World Cup Final loss to Germany. It was caught by an Italian TV broadcaster, and confirmed by the Associated Press. This happens to Messi with some regularity. In April cameras captured the 26-year-old retching in the tunnel before a game against Athletic Bilbao. That came a little more than a month after he threw up during an Argentina friendly against Romania in Bucharest. That incident prompted a wave of media inquiries into what’s going on with his stomach. While Messi, his coaches, and his doctors have thrown out a bunch of different theories, there isn’t one clear explanation. Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino told the BBC back in March that Messi went to a doctor, but the tests didn’t reveal anything: Something is not right, but it doesn’t affect his performance. It happens to him regularly. … ...
Latest transfers: 2014/2015 Robert Lewandowski had been common knowledge for some time, but his transfer from Borussia Dortmund, for whom he had starred since 2010, to German rivals Bayern Munich was officially completed at the beginning of July. David Luiz, is also on the move, joining up with his Brazilian compatriot Thiago Silva at Paris Saint-Germain. David Villa committed himself to newly-established New York City FC, set for an MLS debut in March 2015, and will keep in shape by turning out for Australian side Melbourne City (formerly Melbourne Heart) in the meantime Diego Costa, who will try to put his World Cup woes behind him at Chelsea, where he will rub shoulders with international team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who returns to London three years after leaving Arsenal for Barcelona. Luis Suarez from Liverpool, as it provides fans with the enticing prospect of a Barça frontline made up of the Uruguayan striker, Lionel Messi and Neymar Alexis Sanchez, persuaded to leave Barcelona by Arsenal. Ander Herre ...
Facts about Fifa World Cup Fifa World Cup, in its 20th edition, commenced in Brazil and was played from June 12 to July 13. → Host : Brazil → Defending Champion : Spain → Mascot : FULECO, a three-banded armadillo from the eastern part of Brazil. → BRAZIL holds the record for most titles with 5 and they are also the most prolific team in World Cup history with 210 goals. → Brazil will be hosting the Fifa World Cup for the second time in their history. This time, 12 cities will play host to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. → 'SELECAO' is the nickname of the Brazil national team. → Winner : GERMANY beat Argentina (1-0) in the finals. → GOLDEN BALL : Lionel Messi (Argentina) →SILVER BALL : Thomas Muller (Germany) → BRONZE BALL : Arjen Robben (Netherlands) → Golden Boot : James Rodriguez (Colombia) → SILVER BOOT : Thomas Mueller (Germany) → BRONZE BOOT : Neymar (Brazil) → GOLDEN GLOVE : Manuel Neuer (Germany) → YOUNG PLAYER AWARD : Paul Pogba (France) → FIFA FAIR PLAY TROPHY : Colo ...
By Andrew Warshaw July 14 - If ever the expression 'good things comes to those who wait' is applicable to football, look no further than Germany's thoroughly deserved World Cup triumph in the Maracana on Sunday night. A repetition of their semi-final humiliation of hosts Brazil was never likely against a resolute, spirited Argentina team who had the better chances yet didn't record a single shot on target, Lionel Messi being one of the culprits. Making history as the first European team ever to capture the biggest prize in world sport on South American soil was an historic achievement in itself. Substitute Mario Goetze's stunning extra-time strike was worthy of winning any game, let alone arguably the best World Cup ever that brought to end a tournament in which the 171 goals matched the record at France '98. But the real success of Germany's fourth World Cup triumph and the first since re-unification between east and west is not only because of the fact that the Germans had their own state-of-the-art tra ...
Alessandro Nesta on Lionel Messi's Golden Ball award: “He’s the Best Player in the world, but in this World Cup there were many other players who deserved the award more. “Thomas Muller for sure, James Rodriguez as well – he was the Best Player. But also Javier Mascherano and Bastian Schweinsteiger were better than Messi.”
Germany’s star midfielder Toni Kroos was statistically the Best Player in the tournament, according to the Castrol Index, the FIFA approved ranking of World Cup players. The Bayern Munich play-maker, expected to complete a move to Real Madrid this summer, achieved a stunning score of 9.79 out of 10 for his performances in Brazil. The criteria for the score includes passes, tackles, ground covered and, of course, goals. The results make for interesting reading. Here are the top ten, with perhaps the most notable omissions being golden ball winner Lionel Messi, Germany’s captain Philipp Lahm and Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez. Toni Kroos (9.79) – the Germany pass master excelled, scoring twice in the 7-1 semi-final victory over Brazil and displaying his creative brilliance throughout the tournament. Arjen Robben (9.74) – Kroos’ Bayern team-mate enjoyed an excellent tournament for Holland, sometimes playing as a centre forward as well as his traditional wide berth and scoring three times. Stefa ...
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Match No. 64.The Final of FIFA World Cup 2014.Germany vs Argentina.After hunting down South American football heavyweight nation like Brazil in the Semi Final.it was the turn for another South American football heavyweight Argentina to fall prey to German winning juggernaut.What a match.a closely and evenly contested final.speedy football.less foul committed.that's what a final of Fifa World Cup had to be.In the first half.Germany took control of the midfield with the likes of Tony Kroos (No. 18).Mesut Ozil (No. 8).Thomas Mueller (No. 13).Bastian Schweinsteiger (No. 7). Argentina on the other hand waited for the opportunity to counter attack. Other than Lionel Messi (No. 10) there isn't any influential midfielder in the Argentinian lineup with Angel Di Maria (No. 7) injured and ruled out of the final.such a big loss for Argentina.Germany made a smart move by sending Phillip Lahm (no. 16) to his favourite position which is Right Back He sent shudder in Argentina defence quite a number of times with his de ...
English newspapers do not feel happy because of the victory of Lionel Messi named Best Player of the 2014 World Cup, there is a consensus that there is a star of Barcelona does not deserve it at all. Nominated newspaper "Daily Mail" 5 players are entitled to the prize of Best Player, and they Arjen Robben (Netherlands), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller (Germany). Messi won the award for the Best Player, although he was out of sorts in the final meeting, and only scored 4 goals, all in the first round only.
Long but worth the read guys With Argentina trailing Germany in the 120th minute of the World Cup Final, Lionel Messi drew a foul on the edge of the penalty area. He had a chance to score the latest goal in the tournament's history, send the match to penalties and end any debate about whether or not he's on Pele and Diego Maradona's level once and for all. He shanked his shot. As Messi accepted the Golden Ball award that he neither wanted, nor had anything to do with handing out, he was roundly criticized, as if he had conspired with FIFA to steal it from James Rodriguez and complete a master marketing plan. Nothing short of smacking Sepp Blatter over the head with the trophy would have drawn praise in that moment. Messi set up the game-winning goal in the Round of 16 and wasn't needed to produce a victory in the quarterfinals, but when his team needed him the most in the semifinals and final, he disappointed. He wasn't terrible, but he wasn't the Messi anyone expected to see either. Everyone was waiting ...
Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany hugs Lionel Messi of Argentina after Germany's 1-0 victory in extra time during the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil Final match Sunday in Brazil. Latin Post breaks down the game and looks at why Germany won while Argentina laments another World Cup failure.
Only three footballers have won Champions Trophy and World Cup in the same year, interestingly all of them are Real Madrid players, Sami Khedira is the third and latest add into this edition. Congratulations Sami and his team Germany for winning the World Cup beating our arch rival Barcelona's key player and superstar Messi's Argentina team. My heartiest condolence goes for one of the Best Player of the world Lionel Messi and specially our angel boy Di Maria.
Utu tuntu ni ubwenge World Cup numbers: The best 20 stats from Brazil 2014 0: Premier League Players shortlisted for the Best Player, best goalkeeper and best young player of the tournament 3: Shots on target from Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi during four knockout-stage matches, three of which went to extra-time 6: Germany players who were part of Under-21 side to win Euro 2009 – Neuer, Howedes, Boateng, Khedira, Ozil, Hummels 7: Minutes Argentina were behind during the entire tournament 8: Games which went to extra-time – a joint record with Italia 90 10: Reds cards 12: Penalties scored 12: Managers who have now left their position 16: Teams that had only played one game by the time England had been knocked out 16: Miroslav Klose goals in four World Cups - a record 23: Players used by Holland boss Louis Van Gaal - his entire squad 26: England's official finishing position out of the 32 teams 30: Seconds taken by Clint Dempsey to open the scoring against Ghana – the fifth fastest goal in World Cup ...
In today's World Cup Report, Arjen Robben discusses a possible move to Manchester United. Also, David Beckham predicts who will win the World Cup, and expresses his admiration for Lionel Messi. There are also fitness updates on Angel Di Maria and Mats Hummels, plus news on the future of Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Gotze told to outshine Messi Germany coach Joachim Low hailed Mario Gotze as the "miracle boy" after his extra-time strike sealed victory over Argentina in Sunday's World Cup Final. Low also revealed he told Gotze to show the world he was better than Lionel Messi minutes before the substitute came on to score the game's only goal. It gave Germany their fourth success in the tournament and first for 24 years. Gotze, 22, said: "It is an unbelievable feeling. You score that goal and you don't really know what's happening." Gotze, who began the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Germany's starting line-up, came on as an 88th-minute substitute for Miroslav Klose in Sunday's final. With seven minutes of extra time remaining, the Bayern Munich midfielder volleyed home with his left foot after controlling Andre Schurrle's left-wing cross on his chest. "He is the wonder who can play in numerous positions, he is the decider who can come on and make a difference," said Low. "That is what he did." Gotze, who joined Bayern in a ...
1. Win the World Cup: - World cup is not just about a soccer competition. In your business, career, and pursuits, try and be the best. Always aspire to do better than you did yesterday. 2. Beat the World Best Player: - You will have the German day if you can beat your Lionel Messi to the ultimate price (your competitors). You can do this by offering unique products as a business person, studying harder as a student or by mastering your job as a career person. 3. Work as a Team: - Two heads are better than one. You will achieve more if you can build a team of experts, committed to a single course. You will hit great success, and be proud of your achievements as a team. 4. Have an Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze in your Team - You need that player who can lay the pass to the other who can finish beautifully. Team work is essential, but more essential is having the right team mates. Creative, focused and goal getters. 5. You need to cover all Angles - In your team, ensure you got that one man who sees threats ...
Lionel Messi must be the most disappointed Golden Ball award winner in World Cup history.
"Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster." Winner for dumbest commentary on the World Cup: AP.
Nothing to say just felling sad for Leo Messi . . . . . . .cause He is the The best. . . . .& He proved in by winning Golden Ball. But, football is 11 players game & Lionel Messi is just one that's why he lost the game. So, congratulation team Germany for playing as a team & winning the World Cup. After watching some Brazil fan's Status my curious mind want's to know which team is better at this moment between Argentina & Brazil ?
Germany's World Cup triumph celebrated by 200,000 on streets of Berlin as Mario Gotze's goal sparks wild scenes... but it's a picture of misery and dejection in Argentina as Lionel Messi and Co come up short in Maracana showpiece - Germany's extra time victory in the Maracana sparked scenes of wild celebration as 200,000 watched the match at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin - Mario Gotze's winner in the 113th-minute gave Germany a 1-0 win - Joachim Low's team became the first European side to lift the World Cup on South American soil - There were scenes of despair and dejection in Buenos Aires as Argentinian fans saw their side fall short
Argentines reacted with tears, cheers and violence after the dream of a third World Cup title slipped through their fingers Sunday, as clashes between hooligans and police ended a massive street party. Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, the iconic monument where the country traditionally celebrates and rallies, waving the flag, setting off fireworks and singing the praises of national hero Lionel Messi and their team. Despite the 1-0 loss to Germany in the down-to- the-wire, extra-time match, young Argentines climbed onto traffic lights and bus stops, dancing and singing to the beat of drums. But after several hours of partying, dozens of hardcore fans known as "barra bravas" started throwing rocks at riot police watching over the crowd, who responded by firing rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon. The clashes sent families with children scurrying for refuge in restaurants or hotel lobbies. Most of the crowd dispersed as a haze of tear gas settled over the area, leavi ...
Cristiano Ronaldo beats Didier Drogba and Lionel Messi to be voted fittest player in the World Cup. (TheHealthSite) htt…
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Its a little disappointing to see Argentina and its fading ( :( ) captain Lionel Messi who were expected to score today! Germany who play as a team from the start deserve this victory with the goal from Super Mario :P (Mario Gotze) on the extra time. Miroslav Klose knows how to ends his World Cup as the all-time highest scorer... :P
Morning Mario Gotze's extra time goal powers Germany to its fourth world cup title; Argentinian captain Lionel Messi gets Best Player award despite missing a crucial goal; German goal keeper Manuel Neuer bags Golden glove; Colombian James Rodriguez wins the Golden Boot while young player award goes to promising French star Paul Pogba. • Prime Minister to leave for Brazil this morning to attend 6th BRICS Summit after a stopover at Berlin. • Finance Minister says this budget is the beginning of the journey and he did all he could do under the given circumstances. • Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza after Israeli warnings of its campaign to stop rocket attacks from Hamas. • The first cricket Test between India and England ends in a draw at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has insisted that Lionel Messi deserved to be awarded the Golden Ball, adding he is among the 'pantheon of greats' despite his failure to win the World Cup in Brazil.
Lionel Messi didn't leave the 2014 World Cup in Brazil empty-handed as the Argentine clinched the tournament's Golden Ball award
David Beckham is at the Maracana in Rio with his sons to watch the World Cup Final. Photographs his show eldest son Brooklyn, 15, in an Argentina shirt with Lionel Messi's name printed on the back. Romeo Beckham, 11, also wore the blue and white of Argentina.
Lionel Messi looks to become 1st Argentina captain to lead nation to World Cup title since Diego Maradona in 1986. http:/…
Mattias Karen Rio De Janeiro, July 12, 2014 | UPDATED 15:07 IST The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's Best Player against the tournament's best team. FULL COVERAGE: FIFA World Cup Final Lionel Messi will lead Argentina out against Germany at Maracana Stadium on Sunday for a game that will define careers, cement legacies and be watched by a global audience of about a billion viewers. FILE - In this June 21, 2014 file photo, Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, scores during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The Argentina forward used the outside of his foot to scoop the ball to the left, took three quick steps and shot just before Iran forward Reza Ghoochannejad could stretch his leg out to block it. AP Photo And it's a matchup that means more to both sides than just a chance to lift one of the most hallowed trophies in sports. For Messi, it's a chance to firmly make his ca ...
Lionel Messi has not won over Argentines the way Diego Maradona did, but that may change Sunday in the World Cup Final against Germany.
I go with the winning team...lol :) looking at the World Cup Finals, there are three things that immediately come to mind. First, this will be the third Argentina-Germany finals in World Cup history. Second, is it really Lionel Messi versus Germany? And three, no European team has won on South American soil."
Did you find the article interesting? Yes No "PLAY LEO, MASCHERANO AND NINE OTHERS", SAYS LEGEND Maradona tells Messi: "You'll score two" Diego Armando Maradona sent out a very special message to Lionel Messi via the television programme 'Mundo Leo' ahead of the World Cup Final. "Smash it. Sunday's is going to be your game. You're going to lead the team, score two goals and we're going to leave the Maracana with the World Cup. It'll be a historic moment that you'll never forget". That was Diego Maradona's message to Messi just two hours before the World Cup Final kicked off between Germany and Argentina, which could see the South Americans win their third title. "If I said the other day that we had to field Mascherano and ten others against Germany, today I'm saying that we have to play Messi, Mascherano and nine others", he added. On his programme 'De Zurda', which airs on Telesur, Maradona also made it clear that his ego is in no way injured by his former pupil's excellent run of form. "If Messi wants t ...
Rio De Janeiro: It says everything of Argentina’s World Cup that should they go on to beat Germany in Sunday’s final in Rio, many expect Javier Mascherano, not Lionel Messi to be crowned the tournament’s Best Player. Mascherano’s last-ditch tackle to prevent Arjen Robben from putting the Netherlands into the final at Argentina’s expense in the semi-final has already become an internet sensation. The “little chief” has appeared in mocked up photographs as Che Guevara and historic Argentine general Jose San Martin amongst others
5 Reasons Will Win the World Cup Final. Argentina is known for their attack, featuring Lionel Messiand company, the defense is the reason why they are in the final. In the three knockout-stage matches, Argentina has not allowed a single goal. In the semis, they shut down the Netherlands' solid attack and kept Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben from scoring. Only one of the past six World Cup Finals has seen more than two goals, so under bettors are focusing on the linesahead of Sunday’s match. Lionel Messi has not scored in the last three matches, he leads Argentina in goals scored for the tournament and will get chances against Germany. He also has an outside shot at winning the Golden Boot if he can score twice, and he is the third betting choice at 12-1to win the prestigious trophy. Also, with Messi being the focus for the German defense, it affords other attacking players space around the box. That is good news for struggling Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero. Argentina is not as strong as Germany .. ...
Jul 12, 2014 08:40:00 The Argentina great insists he would be glad to see the Barcelona forward take up his mantle if he emulates his 1986 World Cup win, urging him to put his tiredness to one side Diego Maradona hopes Lionel Messi can deliver a performance that betters his 1986 displays to lead Argentina past Germany in Sunday's final. The Albiceleste, who progressed to the showpiece at the Maracana after a 4-2 penalty shootout win over the Netherlands, are aiming to lift their third World Cup and their first since Mexico in 1986 where they defeated Die Mannschaft 3-2 in the final. Maradona inspired the Argentines to the trophy with his displays in 1986, winning the Golden Ball en route to the triumph, and says he would be delighted if Messi does the same. "If on Sunday Messi has to overcome Maradona to lift the cup, I'll give him the red carpet," the 53-year-old told the De Zurda TV programme. "He will be the player who will define the game. The only fear I have is that he is tired, but in the end you c ...
Football: Once the weakest link, now he's Argentina's hero Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal feels the pain and rues the day he taught Sergio Romero how to stop penalties, sending Argentina through to take on Germany at the World Cup Final Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties yesterday to send Argentina into the World Cup Final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the game finished in a 0-0 stalemate. A day after Germany lit up the World Cup with their clinical 7-1 destruction of host Brazil, the Netherlands and Argentina could not manage a goal between them in 120 minutes before the shootout. Romero - thought to be a weak link in this Argentine team and not even a starter for his Monaco club most of last season - blocked penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder. For Argentina, Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Garay, Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez all converted their spot kicks. In a matchup of two of football's powerhouse nations, two-time champion Argentina will play three-time winner Ger ...
Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano are on their way to the World Cup Final.
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It’s an Argentina Germany final July 10 2014 at 04:25am By Julian Linden Argentina's Javier Mascherano hugs teammate Lionel Messi (back) after their team's victory over the Netherlands at the end of their 2014 World Cup semi-final at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. Picture: Dylan Martinez Rio De Janeiro - Argentina reached their first World Cup Final in 24 years on Wednesday, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after the first scoreless semi in the tournament's history, with old foes Germany awaiting them in Sunday's showpiece. The match will be a repeat of the 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals, the first of which was won by Argentina before the then West Germany gained revenge four years later. Argentina's win compounded the misery for hosts Brazil, who were humiliated 7-1 by Germany on Tuesday before seeing their worst fears realised when their South American neighbours booked their place at the Maracana on Sunday. Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez scored the decisive penalty for Argenti ...
I wasn't even born when Netherlands and Argentina played each other in 1974 and 1978, but I remember the 1998 clash as clear as daylight. My heart was broken as a Bergkamp stunner late into the second half (after both teams were reduced to 10 men) put Argentina out of the World Cup. Yesterday though, was a different ball game. Louis Van Gaal almost gave up trying to attack Argentina because he wanted EVERYBODY to surround the talisman, Lionel Messi. Sabella played 3-5-2 with 3-5-2. He played it safe, but for a reason, as the Dutch were always a threat on the counter attack. While Messi wasn't able to influence the game, Javier Mascherano, Ezequiel Garay and Romero at the back were the rocks of Argentina, repelling any attacks from the Oranje (that tackle on Robben from Mascherano during ET was pure class). Robben barely got 10 touches on the ball throughout the game and RVP wasn't his usual self. Lavezzi was brilliant in the first half, running all the way up and down that right flank, trying to make oppo ...
After many speculations, predictions and discussions, we finally know who will play the Final: Germany and Argentina! The Netherlands lost their 2nd 2014 World Cup penalty shootout against Argentina. The score was 0-0 for 120 minutes before Argentina won the penalty shootout with 4-2. The Netherlands will have to play the match for the Third Place this Saturday. The Final is one day later on Sunday! Netherlands: Ron Vlaar missed (saved by goalkeeper) Arjen Robben scored Wesley Sneijder missed (saved by goalkeeper) Dirk Kuyt scored Argentina: Lionel Messi scored Ezequiel Garay scored Sergio Agüero scored Maxi Rodríguez scored
Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben have created the joint most clear-cut chances (4 each) at the 2014 World Cup
Two herculean sides - Netherlands and Argentina - lock horns in the 2nd Semi-finals for a spot in the 2014 World Cup Finals. Led by Robin Van Persie, the Dutch strength will be in Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben. All eyes will be on Barcelona’s playmaker Lionel Messi who can single handedly create havoc in the Oranje camp. The encounter will be a tight one
Netherlands midfielder says forward Arjen Robben is as important as Lionel Messi is to Wednesday's World Cup semi-final opponents Argentina
So the World Cup is nearly over . Many legends will retire after this . The next generation will always regret for that . But I can proudly say that I belong to the generation when :- 1 Pirlo took those magical freekicks . 2 Buffon , Casillas and Kahn used to haunt forwards . 3 Lionel Messi scored those magical goals . 4 David Villa and Torres lead the strike force of spain . 5 Iniesta and Alonso lead the field like a boss . 6 Rooney use to score those lovely finese goals . 7 Klose broke the record of Ronaldo . 8 Philipp Lahm played his 4th world cup . 9 Scholes scored those long range . 10 Arjen Robben scored by dribbling 2 or 3 men . 11 Ronaldinho played for Brazil National Football Team . 12 Sir Alex Ferguson used to coach Manchester United . 13 Cannavaro won the golden ball . 14 Spain made history . 15 Ryan Giggs played for United 16 Zidane terrorised defences at ease 17 Suarez bites people 18 Ronaldo and Messi match each other toe to toe 19 Ibrahimovic scored those wonder goals at ease 20 Zidane hedb ...
Argentina take on the Netherlands in their World Cup semifinal in Sao Paulo later on Wednesday with superstar Lionel Messi partially hamstrung - despite being perfectly fit.
Aguero dey train, Di Maria no fit Bitter lemon na hin be de pami wey dey ground now for Argentina as dia sabi strika, Sergio Aguero don dey train, but Angel Di Maria no fit becos of de wound wey hin carry. De way wey Aguero take train on Sunday sweet de belle of all dia fans becos de guyman don dey kampe well well. De yawa wey kon dey ground now be say Angel Di Maria no fit train, and plenty amebo sef don dey tok say de guy fit no tap ball again for dis 2014 Fifa World Cup. Na yesterday wey be Sunday na hin dem carry Di Maria enta hospital wia dokita shine torch light for hin face, but dem neva tok wetin de dokita see for de Scan wey hin do. Angel Di Maria na hin be de secon playa afta Lionel Messi wey dey tap beta ball for Argentina for dis World Cup and na hin make dia fans dey fear. Argentina and Holland go enta de same trouser on Wednesday for dia semifinal katakata wey go shelle for Sao Paulo.
Let's all pray that Di Maria & Neymar can play some part in the World Cup .for mine, I think along with James Rodriguez of Colombia and Lionel Messi ...they are the players of the tournament.thoughts ?
Colombian pop singer Shakira will give a musical performance at the World cup closing ceremony. The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer will perform her new World Cup song: ‘La La La (Brazil 2014)’ which features the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, Sergio Aguero, Cesc Fabregas, Eric Abidal, James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, her 18-month-old son Milan and her partner Gerard Pique on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro, ahead of the final game. She said in a statement: ‘I have an intricate relationship with football for obvious reasons, and I truly understand what the World Cup means to so many people, myself included. The fans have shown the most incredible support for this song and I can’t wait to perform it for them.’ Shakira, who also performed the official song, ‘Waka Waka’ at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa will be joined at this year’s closing ceremony by Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean, who will sing the official anthem ‘Dar Um Jeito’ alongside Brazil’s A ...
Kenny Dalglish (Sunday Mirror): "Lionel Messi is on par with Diego Maradona - and winning or losing a World Cup won't cha…
Bad day for Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen as MCC beat Rest of World to ... After all the criticism that Warne has levelled at Alastair Cook, it might be assumed that it was an England bowler exacting revenge. But no, it was the Australian Brett Lee, who hit Warne with his first ball at him as resoundingly as if he had been ... Read more on Telegraph.co.uk Efficiency is the new old watchword as Germany seek World Cup success After the 1-0 win over France in Rio – on a Friday afternoon so hot that the inimitable Thomas Müller described it as “playing in a grill shack” – Oliver Bierhoff seemed all too happy to revert back to a bit of shade, however. The general manager's ... Read more on The Guardian (blog) Argentina 1-0 Belgium: Gonzalo Higuain nets only goal as Lionel Messi helps ... But they are led by the World Cup's last superstar, Leo Messi, and they look increasingly as though they are heading for the Maracana next Sunday afternoon. Brazil might meet them there, but they are shorn of Neymar ...
After Belgium lost their World Cup quarter-final, Marc Wilmots suggested Lionel Messi had been afforded special protection by the officials and said Argentina were ‘an ordinary team’
Good luck and all the best. Match Previews & Predictions (World Cup 2014 Quarterfinals - 05Jul2014) ARGENTINA v BELGIUM OK, let's get it straight to the point. Many of you, including me, took Argentina and backed them to beat the odds, but they failed us everytime till this stage. Some may think, today Argentina are offering lowest in the competition so far, at -1/2 ball handicap, does it worth to back them again? Let me tell you this, please don't. For me, Argentina were absolutely lucky to be blessed with such an amazing player in Lionel Messi, and everytime he carried them into the victory in every single game. Obviously, keeping Messi quiet is be like keeping the whole Argentina team quiet. And Belgium must get it done, and must reference check how teams managed to stop Messi when he was in Barcelona shirts. Marc Wilmots has fired-up this contest by saying Argentina are no a balanced-team, which I completely have to agree with him. Aside from Messi, Garay and the ever-reliable Mascherano, the whole Ar ...
Lionel Messi and Le Bron James wish Neymar well after his World Cup ending injury
Who do you think will win the 2014 World Cup? Germany, Colombia, France, Belgium, Argentina, Costa Rica, Netherlands or Brazil? Below is a breakdown of the 8 teams to help you make your decision. 8. Costa Rica: The Cinderella of this World Cup, so to say, Costa Rica was essentially an afterthought in its group, the “Group of Champions.” After beating Uruguay and Italy, and drawing against England, the CONCACAF side had won their group and been given a favorable Round of 16 matchup against Greece, perhaps the worst team left in the tournament. After going a man down, Costa Rica won in penalties – and now goes against Netherlands. Can the run continue? They're back to being the underdog, and maybe they can continue to ride their counterattacking and star goalkeeper Keylor Navas. 7. Argentina: Entering the World Cup as perhaps the second favorite to Brazil, Argentina has not looked all that impressive – outside of Lionel Messi and perhaps Angel Di Maria, of course. They needed heroics from Messi agai ...
WORLD CUP GOSSIP Michael Essien could face punishment from the Ghana Football Association after coach Kwesi Appiah claimed the midfielder, 31, refused to warm up before his side's last group game against Portugal. Ghana FA Independent Independent World cup section Argentina legend Diego Maradona has suggested that forward Lionel Messi, 27, is under too much pressure to turn his nation into World Cup winners. Daily Mirror Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, 23, believes his side can stop Lionel Messi and beat Argentina when the two teams meet in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday. Daily Telegraph Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta has rejected suggestions his side are a one-man team - but claims the players have been told to give the ball to influential striker Lionel Messi as much as possible. Independent Russian MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky has said coach Fabio Capello should appear before parliament and explain why his side performed so badly at the World Cup, going out in the group phase. Guardian Brazil c ...
Via:- Liverpool F.C Nigeria Supporters Liverpool negotiating £80m sale for Barcelona target Luis Suarez Luis Suarez'S move to Barcelona has taken a significant step forward after a day of “productive” negotiations between Liverpool and the Spanish giants established a deal can be brokered for the striker. Barcelona accepted Liverpool will not sell the Uruguay international on the cheap despite his four month worldwide ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup but remain intent on signing Suarez. Further discussions will now continue but an agreement on a transfer worth somewhere between £70m-£80m is edging closer following yesterday’s top level talks in London. There are now two ways in which an accord will be reached over Suarez’s departure. Liverpool want Alexis Sanchez to be included as a makeweight and hope to persuade the Chile attacker to move to Anfield. But if he rejects the interest there is scope for a straight cash deal to be hammered out, the payment terms and conditions of ...
Thibaut Courtois says he is looking forward to renewing his personal rivalry with Lionel Messi when Belgium meet Argentina in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
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Julian Green at only 19 years old is the youngest player to score at the World Cup since Lionel Messi in 2006
Messi tells Argentina to make most of ‘luck’ Sao Paulo (AFP) – Lionel Messi said he was as nervous as anyone during Argentina’s “lucky” World Cup last 16 win over Switzerland Tuesday but urged his team to make the most of their reprieve. The captain and talisman finally prised open the Swiss defence deep into extra-time in Sao Paulo, two minutes from penalties, and picked out Angel Di Maria for the game’s only goal. And he said the nail-biting win, in front of tens of thousands of Argentine fans, could stand his team in good stead later in the tournament. “Suffering, suffering that’s what I felt but now we know we can go through times like this,” said Messi. “We were lucky, we had luck on our side and now we have to take advantage of it and move on.” Argentina will now take on either Belgium or USA in the quarter-finals on Saturday as they go for their third World Cup title, on the soil of arch-rivals Brazil. “Just like everyone else, I imagine, at times I was nervous because we ...
Google has come up with an interesting playing XI comprising the most searched players during these World Cup games with the likes of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar making the cut for the team. Goalkeeper Meixco’s Guillermo Ochoa has been one of the tournament’s most consistent performers this year, a key element in making him the goalkeeper with the highest number of Google search requests. Defence The defensive line in this XI comprises of Japan’s Atsuto Uchida , Spain’s Gerard Pique , Brazil’s David Luiz and Argentina’s Marcos Rojo . The inclusion of Japanese right back Atsuto Uchida is somewhat of a shock, however, the news of him voicing a character in the upcoming Pokemon movie could be one of the reasons. Gerard Pique leads the line of defense for the Elite 11 in spite of having a disastrous campaign with Spain in this tournament. Perhaps, hits do lie if you know what I mean. Chelsea’s David Luiz pairs up with Pique in this eleven, and ...
Sao Paulo: Angel Di Maria's extra-time winner kept Argentina's World Cup dream alive on Tuesday as they scrambled into the quarter-finals with a dramatic 1-0 win over Switzerland. Argentina had failed to muster much by way of chances but just two minutes before the penalty shoot-out, Lionel Messi
I may not have been alive in 1986 when Diego Maradona carried Argentina to the World Cup, but I think Lionel Messi is doing the same in 2014
*Former Costa Rica, Derby, West Ham and Manchester City striker Paolo Wanchope believes his country's performance in Brazil is the greatest underdog story the World Cup has ever produced. *Belgium and Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 23, has watched Lionel Messi, Neymar and James Rodriguez light up the World Cup and says now it is his turn
On Tuesday's Sport Today programme from 1530 GMT, we will be previewing the remaining two second round ties at the World Cup. In the late game, Belgium face the USA in Salvador, but first two-time World Champions Argentina, with Lionel Messi, face Switzerland, with their own 'Swiss Messi' Xherdan Shaqiri, in Sao Paulo. Here's Steve Crossman's analysis of Shaqiri's man-of-the-match performance against Honduras that sent the Europeans into the last-16.
Argentina - Switzerland / 18:00 CET Argentina are amongst the favourites to win the 2014 World Cup and they will take on Switzerland in the second round in Sao Paulo on Tuesday evening. Alejandro Sabella's Argentina reached the last-sixteen by winning Group F, although they weren't always particularly convincing as they needed some magic from Lionel Messi to overcome supposed 'group minnows' Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran. The Swiss scraped through as Group E runners up behind France. Wins over Ecuador and Honduras were enough for Ottmar Hitzfeld side, but they could still be carrying some scar tissue to the second round having lost to France 5-2 in the group stages. The Swiss have never beaten Argentina in three attempts, last meeting in the 1966 World Cup where Argentina wound up 2-0 winners. The bookies see Argentina as the likely favourites to qualify for the Quarter Finals.
"The Argentine public love Diego Maradona in a way that they don't love Lionel Messi because he delivered them the World Cup. "Messi has to do that. It's even harder now to run through a team like he does. Maradona and Messi both dribble through teams, Messi is the best dribbler we've ever seen. I expect Argentina to beat the Swiss, they've not played brilliantly well but they should still win. They should go on and reach the final stages."
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Sit back and enjoy the ride... that's how I'm approaching the World Cup today as Argentina takes on Switzerland and the U.S. plays Belgium. Both games will be action packed and worth taking in. Why do I want Argentina to win? Because I want see Lionel Messi and Neymar, Jr square off against each other in the finals. Why do I want to see the U.S. win? To dispatch one more European team out of the tournament. The goal is to have an all South American final. Brazil and Argentina are the only two national teams capable of knocking off the remaining Euro powers. I love the way Colombia is playing but if they beat Brazil, it will ultimately lead to a European World Cup Champion, most likely Germany. I'll be at La Veracruzana Restaurant in Northampton for the games. Stop on by and have a pint with me.
The little genius has, for his country, remained in the shadow of El Diego but not any more. Not according to Alejandro Sabella, the Argentina coach, who declared that Lionel Messi's contribution during a World Cup can now legitimately be compared to that of Diego Maradona.
Sabella compares Messi's leadership to Maradona Sao Paulo, July 01: Lionel Messi' s fantastic form in 2014 Fifa World Cup proves that he is as important as legend Diego Maradona for Argentina, national coach Alejandro Sabella said here Monday. Messi, the four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, has scored four of the team's six goals to take Argentina into the last 16 with a three-match winning streak, reports Xinhua.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella hailed Lionel Messi's "amazing" World Cup form and compared him to Diego Maradona
They say Stephen Keshi is not a coach but a motivator at best - na wa. Despite not having a golden generation of players, the man wins the AFCON and takes the Eagles to the last-16 of the World Cup, still e no do. He does in two and a half years what Clemens Westerhof did in four and a half years, but that is not enough - I mean "what good coach would select Gabriel Reuben?" They say Africans don't have heroes... how true. It is not that heroes don't have shortcomings, it that those who create them gloss over them. In a different country outside Africa guys like Keshi would be heroes in story books in elementary school. Not in Nigeria where the heroes for our children are Lionel Messi, Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerard, Arsene Wenger etc. The average Nigerian under 30 would rather watch England play than the Super Eagles. It does not matter that the English were knocked out at the group stage - they were just unlucky you'll hear. It is why when Nigeria play these days, you will hear Eagles fans c ...
Diego Maradona has said that although Lionel Messi is a 'great lad', he does not come close to his World Cup-winning compatriot when it comes to playing the beautiful game.
Football: World Cup 'not lost cause' for Asia June 28 2014 Sao Paulo (AFP) - Asia is refusing to give up on World Cup success despite its worst performance in 24 years when the four teams did not manage a win between them. South Korea's 1-0 defeat to Belgium late on Thursday confirmed Asia's first winless showing since Italy 1990, when the Taeguk Warriors were the only Asian side. After South Korea followed Japan, Australia and Iran out of the competition, an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) statement called it "an abrupt end". At the last World Cup in 2010, both Japan and South Korea reached the knock-out stages. And it came as Asia pushes for more places for its teams at the World Cup, a campaign supported by Sepp Blatter, head of global governing body FIFA. But AFC president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa said despite the disappointment, the tournament was a valuable learning experience for Asian teams. "This World Cup serves as a lesson to all Asian nations," he said in the statement. "The Asi ...
Move over Lionel Messi and Tim Cahill. James Rodriguez scored the goal of the World Cup so far in the first half of Colombia’s last 16 clash with Uruguay at the Maracana.
Imagine having World Cup standouts Lionel Messi, Neymar, James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben all in the same team.
Lionel Messi became this World Cup the player who scored most goals (25) ever as captain, surpassing Diego Maradona (22) [via md]"
Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged by Lionel Messi once again at World Cup - Los Angeles Daily News
5 things we learnt from Nigeria vs Argentina * 1- Payback for Messi When Nigeria faced Argentina at the last World Cup in South Africa, it was a personal duel between Lionel Messi and Vincent Enyeama. The Lille goalkeeper repelled the Barcelona forward time and time again, even though Gabriel Heinze eventually secured a 1-0 win for the South Americans. In 2014, there was nothing Enyeama could do about Messi’s brace. The first was an emphatic finish from a loose ball inside the area, while the second was a sublime free-kick before half time. 2- Di Maria vs Enyeama If Messi succeeded in breaking his jinx against Enyeama, Di Maria opened another personal duel with the Eagles vice-captain. It was the turn of the Real Madrid ace to be shut out by Enyeama. 3- Mikel Obi is not the answer The Chelsea midfielder was simply pathetic in this game. Played with no pace, no desire and no skill. Many times, Mikel Obi who was the second Best Player behind Lionel Messi at the World Youth Championship in 2005, exposed hi ...
This is a great World Cup and it has a great soundtrack. To the tune of Bad Moon Rising, Nigeria and Argentina scored five more goals when they did not really need to score any. There were two each for Ahmed Musa and for Lionel Messi, who became the tournaments joint top scorer alongside Brazils Neymar. Both teams progressed and these finals will be a better place for their presence. They could have played out a draw, ambled their way to a flat and mutually beneficial conclusion, but instead there were two goals after just three minutes. Three more were to follow.There was only one disappointment: that Alejandro Sabella chose to replace Messi with half an hour remaining. It made sense when there are bigger moments ahead but some of the thrill had gone. It was already 3-2 and there would be no more goals. Argentinas fans packed this stadium and the streets outside. More than 100,000 of them travelled to Porto Alegre and they sang the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic with their own lyrics. Youll see Mes ...
Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner. Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss. Messi scored in the third minute, slamming in the...
Nigeria 2-3 Argentina Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 Iran The popular "Sky Blue and White" advances to the knockout stages as Group-F champion after winning all their group stage matches correspondingly, but mot convincingly.. O:) Lionel Messi seems to get back his goal scoring touch and took his total goal tally to 4 goals, after scoring twice tonight.. :) Nigerian Ahmed Musa was the other player with a brace, giving Argentina quite a good scare until Rojo's winner. :O Great going, Super Eagles.. Hope you do well in the next round... :D In the other match of the day, Iran suffered heavy defeat to Edin Dzeko's Bosnia even though they had the opportunity to go further in this World Cup with a win.. :-/ I believe Iran not only downhearted me but also other football fans from all around the world.. :( Time to get ready for the final round matches of Group-E !!
Amazing free kick by Lionel Messi ! First one was denied by Vincent Enyeama, but the Nigerian goalkeeper can't stop the second free kick from entering his goal. But an applause should be given to him, as he make 10 saves during the game,some of it is crucial. Ahmed Musa equalised twice but Marcos Rojo scored Argentina 3rd goal from corner kick set piece, with his knee. Bosnia won 3-1 over Iran, but both of them can't qualify to the next round, as Argentina and Nigeria already make their way. Btw congratulations to Bosnia for their first appearance in World Cup, with a win and 2 losses during group stage. Not bad for a first timer. P/s : Columbia and Greece qualify from Group C. Greece qualify after getting a penalty kick during 90th minute, thanks to dirty diver Georgios Samaras.
Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and coach Stephen Keshi talk about Nigeria's final World Cup group F game against Argentina. Vincent Enyeama says his side will play to stop Argentina, not just the FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in their upcoming clash. He adds that other players such as Gonzalo...
Barcelona legend Lionel Messi is becoming a World Cup legend...That's what the World of Football needs...a legendary World Cup Messi...sorry Messi haters...I love to watch him play...Argentina qualifies for the Knockout Round with a 1-0 defeat of Iran...on a legendary 90th minute Messi goal... What's up with the bad karma for the former Yugoslav teams???first Croatia against Brasil and tonight...Bosnia & Herzegovina and Edin Dzeko...a beautiful goal vs. Nigeria...only to be wrongfully disallowed for offsides... Group F Argentina 6pts +2 Nigeria 4 +1 Iran 1 -1 Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 -2 Bosnia & Herzegovina eliminado...
Sunday morning Sports wrap: Lionel Messi left it late as Argentina beat a courageous Iran side 1-0 in Belo Horizonte. Germany drew 2-2 with Ghana, as Miroslav Klose equalled the all-time World Cup scoring record with 15 goals. Hawthorn extended their recent domination of Collingwood by powering to a 29-point win at the MCG. Gold Coast snapped a three-match losing streak with a confident 40-point triumph over Geelong. Jay Schulz booted a career-best eight goals as Port destroyed the Bulldogs by 72 points at the Adelaide Oval. Essendon put its off-field issues to the side to post a much-needed nine-point point victory over Adelaide. While Fremantle moved into the top four with an 83-point demolition of Brisbane at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night. The Warriors put a stop to the Brisbane Broncos' four-match winning run with a 19-10 win at Mt Smart Stadium. Manly took down Cronulla 26-0 at Shark Park on Saturday night to hand the struggling Sharks their fifth-straight loss. Australia silenced the critics with a ...
Fifa World Cup 2k14, Brasil, Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina ~Sourav As the name goes Argentina, a nation of heartbeat follows, one of the favourites of this WC. Well the game started with high hopes on one of the world's greatest players the world has seen, Lionel Messi, as the Messi was still to score his second FIFA WC goal. The Albiceleste had to work hard before closing in on a 2-1 win in their Group-F opening match.It wasn't a pleasant match for them as many had expected, though it was against the WC debutante. But three minutes into the game and Sergio Aguero was hacked down on the left, and Mensur Mujdza was made to pay a heavy price. A wicked free-kick from Messi was flicked on by Marcos Rojo, and the ball hit Sead Kolasinac and rolled over the line.   The goal was a major setback for the Bosnians,as they were facing one of the favourites.Still they were impressive throughout. They swarmed round the likes of Messi, Aguero and Angel Di Maria when not in possession and drove forward when in contro ...
Fifa World Cup: Argentina to start with Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero vs Iran in their Group F clash
Argentina vs. Iran: World Cup 2014 Live WHAT TO EXPECT - Lionel Messi scored the goal that provided the eventual margin of victory for Argentina against Bosnia,and he should be at the center of everything again here. He'll want to improve his interactions with attackmate Sergio Aguero,though. Iran barely hung on to a 0-0 draw with Nigeria.Now it must face Messi and company.Ugh.. WHAT’S AT STAKE - Argentina can wrap up its expected second round berth. An Iran win,or even a draw,would rank at the top of the list of its greatest soccer achievements.
ARGENTINA vs IRAN MATCHDAY 9 KICK-OFF: 16:00GMT VENUE: Estadio Governador Mangalhães Pinto (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais) REFEREE- Milorad Mazic (Serbia) This is the first meeting between the team in International Arena. Both the team are in for the match with victory in their mind. Argentina will book their knockout stage berth with a wi while Iran have a chance to top the group if they pull off a shock here. Argentina won their first match against Bosnia Herzegovina by 2-1 after Lionel Messi scored the second goal for the team. The first goal for Argentina was an own goal off a corner. Vedad Ibisevic pulled a goal back for the Bosnian team. Iran held Nigeria in their first match for a goal-less draw. That was the first match of this World Cup which ended without a goal being scored and also a drawn match between the teams. Team News: Argentina started with a 3-5-2 formation against Bosnia and they were hugely under pressure while operating in that formation. With the team playing better in second half ...
Argentina play Iran later on Saturday in their second World Cup match of 2014, and Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero have warmed up for it with a ludicrous bit of ball-juggling. Just watching them knock a ball to one another is one thing...
Belo Horizonte: Lionel Messi has challenged Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella to give him a more attacking role when the South Americans face Iran today seeking a win to seal a place in the World Cup second round. Messi wants to be part of a three-man attack with Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain as…
If anyone knows how to stop Argentina maestro Lionel Messi, it may just be Iran coach Carlos Queiroz. He has been credited with devising the tactics and defensive system that shut down Messi in both legs of the 2008 Champions League semifinals while Queiroz was assistant manager at Manchester United, which beat Barcelona 1-0 on aggregate. Many have described Queiroz's strategy as a master class, with United stifling Messi by denying him space to get a good first touch. Now, Queiroz will attempt the same feat when Iran takes on Argentina in Group F on Saturday. "We will try to do it," Queiroz said. "But Messi is surrounded by different players now. They know each other well." Queiroz has already proven at this World Cup that he can put out a solid defensive unit, holding Nigeria to a 0-0 draw in Iran's first group match. But it will be a very different proposal against an Argentina side that also has other star players like Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain. Queiroz said the key is for his team to play wit ...
Ok, so we've gone out of a World Cup that we were NEVER EVER EVER going to win so what I would suggest we need is a severe knee jerk reaction, we get rid of the forward thinking coach who is building around the talented youth of the future and replace him with a crooked spiv who just about scraped through in the play offs with the most expensive Football League team EVER assembled. THAT will sort everything out for us, THAT will suddenly turn us into a world beating force and the reason I know it is the case is because Martin Samuels and the Custis brothers have said so. Bring in 'Arry, surely he knows whose palm to grease to turn Gareth Bale, Lionel Messi and Louis Suarez into Englishmen
Fastest Players At 2014 Fifa World Cup In Brazil! See the rating of fastest ever professional football players. Seven out of eight men are present at the Munduial: 1. Arjen Robben (Netherlands; Bayern Munich) – 37km/h 2. Theo Walcott (England; Arsenal) – 35.7km/h 3. Antonio Valencia (Ecuador; Manchester United) – 35.2km/h 4. Aaron Lennon (England; Tottenham Hotspurs) – 33.8km/h 5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal; Real Madrid) – 33.6km/h 6. Lionel Messi (Argentina; Barcelona FC) – 32.5km/h 7. Wayne Rooney (England; Manchester United) – 32.1km/h Welsh footballer and Real Madrid star player Gareth Bale is not at the World Cup. However, the Welshman is also one of the fastest football sprinters in the world with the result of 34.7km/h, which puts him on 4th position in the world. In your opinion, why do you think African players are absent in the rating?
DEAR Stephen Keshi, THE SUPER EAGLE COACH, THE PLAYERS AND THE TECHNICAL CREW. The ignominy of not winning a match at the World Cup stage since 1998 continues and it gets harder with the next match against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday at the Arena Pantenal in Cuiaba. One thing is for sure for the Eagles – they have to play much better than they did against Iran and in the almost 33 months that Stephen Keshi has been in charge of the team, he has not been able to get a victory against a European country. All that has to change on Saturday if the Eagles still harbor the desire to cross into the second round. Set up to play on the counter The Bosnians believe their play against Argentina merited at least a point and it did but for the genius of Lionel Messi so they will be coming to the match against Nigeria needing and wanting all three points. And that is a good plan because they will be open and this is where Coach Stephen Keshi must earn his money. Setting up the Eagles to exploit the pace of our a ...
Getting to know… Argentina: Heading into this tournament Argentina are one of the favorites as the South American side aim to win their third World Cup. With Lionel Messi leading the way and the tournament being played in Brazil, their fierce rivals, Argentina will be hoping to upset the host nation. Argentina have two previous World Cups to their name as they won on home soil in 1978, then were inspired by Diego Maradona at the height of his power to win the 1986 tournament in Mexico. When you look at the incredible attacking talents they possess, Argentina will be a real threat this summer. However the last two tournaments they were also one of the favorites but fell at the quarterfinal stage on both occasions. They must do better this time around. Record in qualifying: The South American powerhouse breezed through qualification from CONMEBOL as they finished top of the standings. Nine wins from 16 games and only two defeats saw La Albiceleste brush off Colombia and Chile to take the top seed. Messi b ...
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Tim Cahill has now scored more World Cup goals (5) than Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi combined (4).
Here’s a fun stat. Tim Cahill (5) has more World Cup goals than Wayne Rooney (0), Lionel Messi (2) and Cristiano Ro…
Many a time, the choices of the head and the heart differ on account of who will prevail after the 31-day footballing extravaganza that is the World Cup. This time too, my heart will make me stick to the side I have been gunning for since I was 13, England, though my head disagrees. So if I have to list a favourite for the Cup, it would be Argentina. Albiceleste has class and personnel to go the distance in Brazil. There are quite a few reasons to pick Argentina as the favourites. First would be the conditions in Brazil. Argentina being from the same continent would be accustomed to the requirements the weather has to throw up. Second would be the amount of riches at their disposal, particularly in attack. Boasting of arguably the greatest player to have ever played the game, they have in Lionel Messi, a player who can replicate Diego Maradona's single-handed heroics of 1986 in Mexico. Together with Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina possess the kind of talent t ...
WORLD CUP COMPETITION - With Day 7 of the World Cup upon us, We want to thank everyone that took part in the competition. We've had exactly 40 entries, and the organisers have decided that the first prize will be a cash prize of €200. We will have a runners-up prize of a €50 voucher for the magnificent Germaines Bar and Restaurant in Baltinglass for the second place entry. Keep your eyes open for regular updates, as we'll be posting regular updates throughout the competition. Sid Hickey, Ross Coleman, Dermot Murphy, Betty Byrne, Speedy, Finey O Donoghue and Peter Dunne will all be feeling pretty happy as they are the only 7 out of the 40 to have predicted that Holland will win their group and they are looking good after their emphatic victory over Spain. As for the potential tie break question, Lionel Messi is the favourite of 12 of you to become top scorer. Interestingly Cristiano Ronaldo got one vote, the same as Wayne Rooney. Luis Suarez got 3, Robin Van Persie 2, Sergio Aguero 5 and Neymar Jr. 7. ...
The Super Eagles tipped to scale through group stage at Fifa World Cup Brazil? "Bosnia-Hercegovina qualified well. Their Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko might be an outside bet for the Golden Boot. Then there's Nigeria, who won the Africa Cup of Nations - they probably have to be favourites with regards to the African team that will go the furthest. You can't give much hope for Iran. I think it'll be Argentina to win the group and Nigeria to go through too," thus predicted Gary Lineker. Continuing, he said, "This group features one of the favourites - Argentina, who will take some stopping. History tells us that South American teams win the World Cup when it's staged on their continent. Argentina have the greatest player I think we've seen in many a year - Barcelona's Lionel Messi. "He'll be massively keen to win a World Cup. Former player Diego Maradona did it at a similar age and I think Messi's been saving himself during the Spanish season. Now, the big question is: Can the floppy Super Eagles outwi ...
17-JUNE-2014 WC Preview: Argentina laugh off criticism, play for Messi Argentine players laughed off criticism of their supposed defensive weakness on Thursday and vowed there would be no repeat of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final thrashing by Germany. -Football World Cup coverage Having waltzed through the early rounds of the South Africa World Cup, then manager Diego Maradona's team were humiliated 4-0 by the Germans in a game that exposed what many see as the frailty behind arguably the world's greatest forward line. "We know what happened, it's in the past. We won't repeat that," centre back Ezequiel Garay said after a lively training session in front of hundreds of reporters in Belo Horizonte, where Argentina are based for the tournament. "Obviously, we have a very offensive team, but we know our rivals are strong, so we will be defending well also and doing the dirty work," added Garay, who plays for Benfica and hails from national team captain Lionel Messi's home town of Rosario.
Reading TNP world cup reports is annoying. Don't understand its pagination...World Cup reports separated by racing, golf, motorcycling etc...But at least got Germany-Portugal Match Report which ST doesn't. How come ah? My TNP is morning edition. But that poor Thomas Mueller kena headbutted by the Portugal goalie while he is sitting on the ground? Really odd picture. ST has a really nice pix of Lionel Messi and six defenders when he scored. Cute! Cute! Like choirboy!
Landon Donovan has five World Cup goals, more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo combined.
Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the worst players ever to win the prestigious Balon d'Or. You watch them in World Cup matches and you feel like vomiting.twea. They are either scoring goals against Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina or North Korea.woa look at that. FIFA is more corrupt than John Mahama.
Why YOU should be watching the World Cup: The players. The overall quality and skill may be as good as it has ever been in any international competition. No, there's no Pele or Maradona, who were quite possibly the two most magically gifted players to ever play the game, but there are a couple close seconds, and a third who may not get the chance to play due to injury. Lionel Messi: Argentine international; plays for Barcelona at the club level. Until this year he was the 4 times straight winner of the Balon D'Or, the title given to the player considered to be the best in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal international; plays for Real Madrid at the club level. Current holder of the Balon D'Or. He's a lot of flash, but so much more substance. Holds the record for the most goals scored in a single Champions League season, which his team just won in May. Players Who Will Be Greatly Missed: Luis Suarez: Uruguay international; plays for Liverpool at the club level. Already a supremely talented player, he ...
WORLD CUP GOSSIP Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has warned England manager Roy Hodgson that Wayne Rooney, 28, is less effective when he plays out wide. Wayne Rooney of England Wayne Rooney accepts he could be dropped for England's game against Uruguay Rooney has conceded that he is facing a battle to keep his place in England's starting line-up for Thursday's vital World Cup clash with Uruguay. Lionel Messi says Argentina must improve despite beating Bosnia-Hercegovina 2-1 - a performance for which coach Alejandro Sabella awarded just six out 10. Nigeria's national team coach Stephen Keshi, who won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles, feels African sides are close to winning a World Cup. Italy striker Mario Balotelli says the Azzurri, who beat England 2-1 in their opening match, can win the World Cup and should be feared by other teams. Striker Daniel Sturridge says he is gutted after "letting everyone in England down" following the 2-1 defeat to Italy in their opening game of the World Cup. ...
World Cup review: The World Cup is well underway in Brazil. After the hosts kicked things off on Thursday, Holland raised the bar and ran riot against the World and European Champions Spain, defeating them 5-1 with Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie spearheading the Dutch demolition. Costa Rica then pulled off a shock, defeating the much-fancied Uruguay by 3 goals to 1, with Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell at the heart of everything good for the underdogs. He racked up a goal and an assist to throw Group D wide open. The other game in Group D saw a young England team fall to the Andrea Pirlo-led Italy side. Claudio Marchisio had opened the scoring in the first half, before Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge levelled things up. Controversial striker Mario Balotelli then put the Italians ahead and England were unable to recover. All eyes on Sunday turned to the Maracana, where Lionel Messi's Argentina took on World Cup debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite a quiet first half, Messi showed his class in th ...
this day five of the world’s biggest soccer tournament; Cristiano Ronaldo declared himself fit to spearhead Portugal's World Cup campaign tonight at 7pm, but does not feel pressure to reproduce his form at club level. Ronaldo has suffered from knee and thigh injuries, but said: "I'm at 100%. I want to have a great World Cup." The 29-year-old dismissed suggestions he must excel in Brazil to cap a career that has not reached the heights on the international stage. Ronaldo will captain Portugal against Germany in Monday's opening Group G match in Salvador. He is their all-time leading scorer but has registered just two goals in 10 World Cup matches, that despite netting 252 in 246 games for Real Madrid. Iran v Nigeria 10:00pm Ghana v United States 1:00am As World Cup football returned to the Maracana in Rio last night , Lionel Messi shook the monkey off his back with his first World Cup goal in eight years as Argentina defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 in a Group F game. Messi, four-times world player o ...
FIFA14 Day 4 Report: Messi's brilliance, Benzema's power and Goal line technology invoked - 1) Argentina vs B&H (2-1): Long after joyous Argentina fans had taken over the Maracana, Lionel Messi finally took hold of this World Cup. Brazil's greatest rivals will be hoping it is a scene that repeats itself on July 13 in the same stadium but, to do that, they will also have to make a significant step-up from this 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The World Cup debutants, by contrast, have shown they are well capable of stepping up to the stage. Their industry really stifled Argentina, to the point that the laboured pace of the South American side's play was greatly at odds with a whirlwind opening and some of Messi's blazing runs. Alex Sabella's side did seem like they wanted to make up for 28 years of waiting straight away, as they were ahead within three minutes; the relentless tempo of their approach forcing Sead Kolasinac into an unfortunate own goal. Messi claimed his team's second of the game -- and ...
Lionel Messi has scored the same number of World Cup goals as Gary Breen.
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Congrats to Argentina & especially to Lionel Messi who has managed to overtake Gary Breen in the all time World Cup scoring charts
Lionel Messi now has more World Cup goals than Gary Breen and Matthew Upson.
"In 571 minutes at World Cup Finals Lionel Messi has scored just one goal, the same number as Matthew Upson and Gary Breen. In 754 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo has only one more than the England and Ireland centre-halves. "To put that into goalscoring context, Denmark's comparatively prosaic forward Jon Dahl Tomasson has five. Pele ended with 12, and the Brazilian Ronaldo had 15."
Emile Heskey has scored more World Cup goals than Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. tip of the day
Messi at the Maracana, Deschamps returns MATCHDAY PREVIEW – The Fifa World Cup™ returns to the Maracana on day four at Brazil 2014, when Argentina star Lionel Messi will make his tournament entrance at the same legendary venue. After a low-key season by his own stratospheric standards, the four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner is certain to come under close scrutiny. Will he cope with the pressure? Can he make the same instant impact as his rival and Barcelona team-mate Neymar, who racked up a pair of goals on opening day? Despite the late kick-off time for European audiences, the whole planet will be fascinated to watch the first impressions left by the man hoping to follow in Diego Maradona's footsteps. Elsewhere, two ambitious European sides are set to begin their respective bids. A World Cup winner in 1998, Didier Deschamps will be keen for his charges to start with a win against Honduras, though the former France captain is too experienced to underestimate a team still chasing a first finals win afte ...
Rio De Janeiro – Lionel Messi takes centre stage on Sunday (Monday morning, Singapore time) when Argentina face tournament debutants Bosnia in their World Cup opener in Rio De Janeiro and France begin their campaign without injured winger Franck Ribery. Four-times world player of the year Messi spea…
Pakistan has been the key producer and supplier of the Soccer balls (called Brazuca) for FIFA World Cup 2014 besides China. To ensure it met all specs and conditions, 600 players and 30 teams tested it across ten countries. Some famous players involved included Lionel Messi (Argentina), Steven Gerrard (England), and Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany). In the factory, 90 per cent of those working on the new football were females. The retail price of the Brazuca amounts to $160 (£95), whereas the monthly wage of workers is only $100 (£60). Sadly, it seems that even hugely successful competitions like the Fifa World Cup are not innocent to exploiting the cheap labour of developing countries.
2014 Fifa World Cup...:) Given the team line-ups and the way the 8 Groups have been drawn, this edition of the marquee sporting event should see some cracking football. While football-crazy Brazilians have reasons to believe that the Selacao will lift the World Cup for a record 6th time, there are several teams that could rain on the Brazilian party. "South American" teams in the fray are expected to perform well in familiar conditions. With the likes of Neymar, Oscar, Marcelo and Daniel Alves, BRAZIL are clearly the leaders of the pack. However, watch out for ARGENTINA and URUGUAY. The former can count on the services of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, while the latter with Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan will pose problems for opponents. Among the "African" teams, Didier Drogba will look to lift IVORY COAST one last time, while GHANA will try to repeat their 2010 run to the quarterfinals, although that looks tough. Among the "European" teams, GERMANY certainly have the fire ...
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are undoubtedly on a different level from the rest of today’s players. Ronaldo v Henry: who was finest of the era? But while it is hard to separate the two in terms of greatness, the same can be said of Brazil’s Ronaldo da Lima and French maestro Thierry Henry. Ronaldo recently said he hoped his World Cup record of 15 goals stays intact despite the threat of Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is stuck on 14 goals. That in itself is testimony of how the great Brazilian wants to be remembered in history. Already into this year’s World Cup, I find the “Ronaldo is unmatched” perception to be mere prejudice that is exposed when compared with one of the best of his generation. Step forward please, Thierry Henry. Of course, to the many France and Arsenal haters, Henry was just an ordinary player, undeserving of being mentioned in the same breath as Ronaldo. Unfortunately, this is based on sentiment and sheer lack of objectivity. True, Ronaldo inspired Brazil to the 2 ...
Heskey has more World Cup goals than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.
Argentina are the team to beat, says Cruyff. - The 67-year-old has tipped Lionel Messi to lead his side to glory in Brazil, though he has also backed Germany, Italy and holders Spain to do well Former Netherlands international Johan Cruyff believes Argentina are the team to beat at the World Cup. Brazil remain favourites to emerge victorious on home soil following their Confederations Cup triumph in 2013, but Argentina - led by captain Lionel Messi - have been tipped by the likes of former forward Diego Maradona to challenge for glory this month. And 67-year-old Cruyff believes Alejandro Sabella's men could capitalise should Brazil succumb to the pressure of winning a home World Cup, while he has also tipped Spain, Italy and Germany to pose a threat. "The pressure on the squad is huge," Cruyff wrote in his De Telegraaf column. "They have to watch out for Argentina. I think Spain will also be a good contender and we know that Germany and Italy can grow into the tournament." Cruyff has also rued the loss of ...
The twins have grown up To claim that Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo are somehow lacking something as footballers seems almost perverse. These are the twin tornados of today's football landscape, chasing each other in a statistical arms race, tearing up records, making the impossible mundane. But as their third World Cups come around, there remains a sense of incompleteness, of a final summit still to climb. What separates Argentina's Messi and Portugal's Ronaldo from footballing immortality? Certainly not goals, whether in quantity or style, or club honours, or individual accolades won. By those measures both match Pele and Maradona, arguably surpass Zinedine Zidane and Johan Cruyff. What it is missing is a World Cup: not a brilliant solo goal, nor a single great win, but a tournament that they have dominated and defined. Diego Maradona achieved that grail in 1986, dancing and driving Argentina to the title. Pele perhaps did it twice, as spearhead in 1958 and embodiment of his team's brilliance 12 yea ...
Backpass Part 2 With the Super Eagles already in Brazil for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, former national team skipper, Sunday Oliseh has warned that Iran and Bosnia & Herzegovina will be tougher opponents for Nigeria than even the much revered Lionel Messi inspired Argentina. According to him, underrating the Iranians or the Bosnians will prove very costly. In the same vein, ex- Super Eagles striker, Jonathan Akpoborie has equally submitted that beating Iran and Bosnia will be a harder task than beating Argentina because the South Americans are a regular opponent. Elsewhere, former international, Friday Ekpo has charged Super Eagles coach, Steven Keshi to play only his fittest players in Brazil. Deliberation: Which of the three teams, Iran, Bosnia and Argentina do you think would prove most difficult for the Super Eagles to crack?
Exclusive: Lionel Messi talks to Sport360 about his dream of leading Argentina to World Cup glory, being compared to Diego Maradona and dealing with the pressure of carrying the hopes of a nation.
Edin Dzeko, Vincent Enyeama and Carlos Queiroz out to spoil Lionel Messi's dream - Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Iran coach Carlos Queiroz will all be looking for a say in trying to dent Lionel Messi's World Cup dream over the next two weeks. Argentina's captain,…
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Check out our new website and you could win a Samsung Galaxy tab 3 in our Brazil 2014 competition. Just guess the player and the country, then write your answers on our website. Puzzle 27 I scored the goal that won my team the title for the first time in over 40 years. 2. I have won two Premier League titles with my current club. 3. I will be playing alongside Lionel Messi during the World Cup. 4. My country is famous for the Iguazu Falls and Diego Maradona.
Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, 30, reacted furiously to a robust challenge from team-mate Bruno Martins Indi, 22, during a training session at their World Cup base in Rio. Striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, is a major doubt for Belgium's World Cup opener against Algeria on June 17 after injuring his ankle in a friendly against Tunisia. Argentina and Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles believes that striker Lionel Messi, 26, is now "happier" playing for his country than Barcelona. England assistant coach Gary Neville had strong words for journalists after his walk on Rio De Janeiro's Sao Conrado beach was disturbed. Frank Lampard believes Chelsea made a mistake by allowing his England team-mate Daniel Sturridge, 24, to join title rivals Liverpool for £12m in January 2013. Belgium captain Vincent Kompany, 28, organised a kick-about with young members of the country's royal family when King Philippe came to visit the national squad ahead of their flight to Brazil . TRANSFER GOSSIP Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentii ...
Del Bosque: Brazil under great pressure Spain are ready for a fiery reception in Brazil where they face an uphill struggle to defend their Fifa World Cup™, coach Vicente del Bosque said in an interview published Monday. Del Bosque, 63, said Spain will be entering hostile territory in Brazil, where they lost 3-0 to the hosts in the final of last year's FIFA Confederations Cup. "In the Confederations Cup it is true that they whistled at us in the games," he told leading Spanish sports daily Marca in the Brazilian city of Curitiba. "I think there was a lot of respect in that, in that they saw a potential enemy for Brazil," the coach said, stressing that outside of the games Brazilians had been friendly to the squad. With Brazilian-born Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa controversially in the Spain squad, Brazil's stadiums risk being even less welcoming than last year. And as Spain gear up for their opening game Friday against the Netherlands in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final, Del Bosque said the c ...
Watch: Argentina to crash Brazil's party? Gary Bailey and Jay DeMerit join the ESPN FC team to breakdown Argentina's World Cup prospects with the striking trio of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Angel Di Maria.
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