World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2010

Peru Home and Away Shirts: Leaked Photos

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A photograph of Peru's new home jersey has been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by Umbro, the smart new home shirt from Peru features the famous red diagonal stripe across the white shirt. The new home Peru jersey also features classic touches such as the rounded collar and the trim at the bottom of the sleeve.

It’s Up To Nani Make To Portugal A Threat Again

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Don't let the title of this article fool you: of course I think Cristiano Ronaldo is still Portugal's best player.  It's just that sometimes recently, he's had to do it on his own.  And when he hasn't shown up to work, the results have been downright embarrassing.

In the past decade, football fans have witnessed Portugal wax to almost Euro 2004 winners and routine vanquishers of Brazil (in friendlies mostly, but still), and then wane to something less than.

FIFA Gets It Right With The Ballon d’Or Shortlist

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I may be in the minority here, but I feel that the shortlist for the new FIFA Ballon d'Or actually got it (almost) right. Messi, Xavi and Iniesta deserve this recognition. My argument is quite simple: since there are already so many awards -- UEFA Club Player of the Year, World Cup Golden Ball, etc.

Summers Off Do Wonders For Footballers

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I recently watched a reply of the most recent Arsenal-Fulham game -- the one in which Samir Nasri was the star performer and scored two goals. After the requisite gushing after a goal (and in this case it was deserved), the announcer calmed down and noted that Samir Nasri himself attributes his fine form (EPL player of the season thus far, perhaps?

Why Does Fernando Torres Suffer For the Spanish National Team?

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The above image is a common one in recent Spain games, but ask any Liverpool fan and you'll be told Fernando is the best forward on the planet. Ask any Premier League fan, and even the Evertonians will grudgingly agree that Torres is sublime. But ask a Spaniard about his performances for the national team, and the response will probably be, "I prefer David Villa.

Qatar World Cup 2022: Everything You Need to Know About Qatar

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Let's meet the 2022 hosts. Qatar, a lower Michigan-resembling peninsula in the Persian Gulf, was a quiet corner of the British Empire until independence in 1971. The time difference between Qatar, Europe and America is favorable. The Al-Thani family has held sway over the peninsula for several hundred years.

Qatar 2022: An Insight into a Misunderstood Nation

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The news that Qatar has won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup appears to have been met with widespread cynicism and criticism by The West; from the allegations of bribery and corruption to concerns over the tiny Arab state's strict laws, extreme heat, and lack of football heritage.

Immediate Thoughts On Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022

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A few hours after FIFA's announcement that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, most people I've talked to share the same two feelings -- expectation and surprise. Since Russia had already been considered a strong contender before the BBC's Panorama program severely damaged England's bid, their victory announcement was not preceded by much suspense.