Betting on an England match is an easy task if you know what makes the national team tick pressure and the form of one or two key players. For other international teams, you may look at injuries, fatigue, club form, etc etc. With England, it's much simpler for the watching pundit see who's under pressure.
Diving or embellishment has been an issue in soccer for a long time. FIFA have started to hammer down on diving recently by issuing yellow cards to players who embellish a foul. In North America, Major League Soccer implemented fines and suspensions in 2011 for diving. The league's Disciplinary Committee reviews possible embellishments after games and can distribute fines or suspensions accordingly.
A photo has been leaked on the Internet showing Brazil's new home shirt for 2013, which will be worn in this summer's Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil.
By Nike's standards, the shirt design is quite good and much better than their current track record. The shirt collar is certainly a throwback, while the thick green cuffs are ugly.
Uruguay's new home shirt for the 2013 Confederations Cup this summer looks like a classy design.
The most prominent feature of Uruguay's new home shirt is the beautifully designed collar by Puma, which combines a smart rounded collar with a shoelace design forming the centerpiece of the jersey.
We can now confirm that France's away shirt for 2013 will be the one pictured above from Nike.
France's new away shirt is a beautifully designed shirt with a polo-shirt style collar. Plus it features a red, white and blue trim on the end of the sleeves, which is quite classy.
What are your thoughts about France's new away shirt?