France vs Germany Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter Finals

France vs Germany Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter Finals

On the fourth of July, France and Germany face off in a duel of European heavyweights at the Estádio Maracanã.  After both teams made tough work of defeating inferior teams, this is a match where both must show up with their best football or they will be punished.  With no clear favourite having already emerged at this World Cup both teams harbour hopes, if not expectations, of winning the entire tournament. Germany took on Algeria in the round of 16.  Algeria …
Brazil vs Colombia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter Finals

Brazil vs Colombia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter Finals

It’s getting into the business end of the World Cup, with the tournament now into the quarter-final stage. All eight group winners made it through their last 16 contests, the first time this has happened in the history of the World Cup. With some of the higher ranked teams now going head to head, there will be a few big teams who will exit the competition at this stage, making these matches as crucial as ever. The hosts Brazil came …
Paul Pogba v Nigeria | Player Performance Analysis FIFA World Cup 2014

Paul Pogba v Nigeria | Player Performance Analysis FIFA World Cup 2014

The French World Cup winning team of 1998 are the inspiration for this current France side, with Les Blues manager Didier Deschamps leading his team to the quarter finals of the World Cup, like he had done 16 years ago as a player in Lens. That '98 France side consisted of great players like Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet, Lilian Thuram, Didier Deschamps and Patrick Vieira. The 2014 side have an array of talent, young and old, throughout the …
Five World Cup 2014 Stars That Could Interest Premier League Clubs

Five World Cup 2014 Stars That Could Interest Premier League Clubs

The World Cup has attracted the attention of the entire footballing world in recent weeks and hasn't disappointed in terms of quality and tension. A lot of players have seen their reputations enhanced during the tournament, which will no doubt see interest in them increase over the next couple of months as Premier League clubs seek to add quality into their squad. It's a well known fact in football that some clubs are influenced to buy players off the back …
Belgium vs USA Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Last 16

Belgium vs USA Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Last 16

Belgium will take on the United States at the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador in the first round of knockout football for a place in the last 8. It should be an interesting affair as both the teams come into this round with relatively different results in their respective group stage fixtures. Belgium boasts a 100% record in their group stage encounters with 3 narrow wins out of 3 while the United States ended the group stage with 4 points beating Ghana, …
Argentina v Switzerland Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Last 16

Argentina v Switzerland Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Last 16

We’re now at the stage of the World Cup where the real work begins and Argentina will hope they can keep their winning form going when they take on Switzerland in their round of 16 match on Tuesday evening. The Argentinians qualified for the knockout stages after finishing top of group F, winning all three of their games against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria. They looked more like the team we expected to see when they took on Nigeria …
James Rodriguez Vs Uruguay | Player Performance

James Rodriguez Vs Uruguay | Player Performance

Colombia took on Uruguay in the second round of 16 game in the 2014 World Cup.  Colombia managed a comfortable 2-0 win over their their South American foes.  One man was the undoubted star of the show and that man was Monaco star, James Rodriguez.  Rodriguez was by far the best player on the pitch and the 22 year old has put in exceptional performances throughout this World Cup. Colombia look like a serious contender for this World Cup, despite …
Germany vs Algeria Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Last 16

Germany vs Algeria Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Last 16

On June 30th, Germany and Algeria meet at the Estádio Beira-Rio to face off in the round of 16.  Germany made it out of their group as most expected them to, despite it being quite a tough group.  Algeria shocked people by getting out of a group many thought they would finish last in. Algeria was put into a relatively easy group, but many thought that either Russia or South Korea would finish second behind the talented Belgium team.  After …
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