'2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' game set for April release - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With 121 days still to go before the start of the World Cup, EA Sports have announced the impending arrival of the official '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' video game, with fans able to get their teeth into the action as soon as April.
The Ballon d'Or and Goalkeepers Will a keeper ever follow in Lev Yashin's footsteps? is a post from: Just Football
So that's it is it? It's finally over? On Monday morning/afternoon/evening depending on your location Cristiano Ronaldo was finally confirmed as the Ballon d'Or winner in yet another anticlimactic affair.
Coming off an exhausting shootout loss to Spain in the semifinals, Italy and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in particular were eager to end their Confederations Cup experience by washing out that bitter taste in the third-place game against Uruguay. A pair of second-half Edinson Cavani goals kept Italy from finishing off the 2011 Copa America winners in regular time, and once again, extra time only provided another 30 minutes to wear the players out even more.
Japan were awarded a dubious penalty and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was booked for the painfully obvious non-foul pictured above. Keisuke Honda then scored from the penalty spot to give Japan a surprising 1-0 lead in the 21st minute and then Shinji Kagawa made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute with a great goal of his own.
After the fiasco in South Africa 2010, Italy has been on a mission to redeem itself. The four time World champion did not get past the Group stage of a World Cup, in which they were supposed to be defending their title.
Italy has been going through a rebuilding process since then. With a dramatic change of their soccer mentality.
The Italians love keeping it stylish, eh? If there was a proper term to best describe Gianluigi Buffon, it'd be between "l'uomo"(the man) or "il zio" (uncle/dude). After turning up in classy eye wear at yesterday's press conference ahead of Italy's friendly against Brazil on Thursday, you could probably say Buffon deserves both titles.
Italy 2013 Confederations Cup home shirt unveiled by Puma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Puma has revealed the Italy 2013 kit for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
In an event held in the training ground and headquarters of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Coverciano, Florence, Italy, Puma presented the new kit with the help of Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo to the press.
Juventus goalkeeper and World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon has claimed that neither he nor his teammates can understand how Manchester United allowed a talent such as Paul Pogba to leave on a free transfer and claimed that United were blind to part ways with the Frenchman.
Pogba arrived in Turin in 2012 and despite being only 19 at the time, he quickly developed into a crucial figure for Juventus, ousting Claudio Marchisio ironically, another midfielder on United's radar from the starting XI and becoming one of Europe's best midfielders.
Juventus are said to be keen on Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul, and the reason is they are trying to prepare for life without Gianluigi Buffon, but Buffon is still only 35, which is not old for a goalkeeper these days, when you think Brad Freidel is 42, and still looking like a very good [...]
He's just too good isn't he? Cristiano Ronaldo just can't stop scoring for Real Madrid whether it's in La Liga or the Champions League.
On Tuesday night in Turin, the Spanish giants needed a special performance from Ronaldo and they got one after they went down a goal. Early in the second half, Ronaldo was played through but still had a bit of work to do against Gianluigi Buffon.
As he seems to do so often these days, Cristiano Ronaldo provided all the goal-scoring that Real Madrid needed on Wednesday in a matchup against defending Italian champions Juventus.
The Portuguese star opened his scoring account in the fourth minute after rounding Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon before finishing from the penalty spot in the 29th minute to give Real Madrid a lead they wouldn't relinquish as they won their third UEFA Champions League match in a row, 2-1, against ten-man Juventus.
With this statement Juventus manager Antonio Conte said good-bye to the Uefa Champions League. But he also mentioned that he wants to regroup with his squad and finish strong at the top in Serie A for a second title in a row, according to Yahoo!
The quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League kicks off Tuesday with two fantastic matches right off the bat.
First, Barcelona will visit Parc des Princes Stadium to face Paris Saint-Germain in a match many expect Barca to win coming off a dominant performance in the second leg of the round of 16 against AC Milan.
What is making Juventus so special this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In cruising past Glasgow Celtic and into the final eight of this season's Champions League, Juventus notched up a remarkable fifth clean sheet in a row in Europe. That doesn't come with ease, and not even the might of Barcelona or Real Madrid can look upon that without some degree of envy.
AS Roma players celebrate their victory against Juventus FC-Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images
The game of this week's round in Serie A met expectations. In a low-scoring but tough match in which the better and more aggressive team won, fans were treated with another installment in a classic rivalry between each of the teams' legends: Franceso Totti of AS Roma vs.
Daniele De Rossi of Roma-Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images
This Saturday, AS Roma will host Serie A league leaders Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma recently fired manager Zdenek Zeman who had his team producing attack-minded football, highlighted by a 4-2 win over rivals AC Milan.
Scott Brown of Celtic (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
If I were to tell you that today at Celtic Park, the home team had in the first-half alone 76 percent of possession of the ball, made Juventus Gianluigi Buffon save six times against just one for the Celtic keeper, Fraser Forster, and had twice as many on target shots, you would almost say the Hoops were having an incredible night at the packed stadium in Glasgow.
At the top level there is a fine line between winning and losing. The best teams don't make silly defensive mistakes that gift goals to the opposition, while they clinically taken advantage of any mistakes the opposition make.
And that is what happened in Glasgow tonight as Juventus punished Celtic for every mistake they made and ran out winners 3-0.
There's no place like Valencia, really, and even the moody Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a warm smile on his face as he arrived in the Mediterranean city yesterday! Paris Saint-Germain take on Los Che in the Champions League last-16 tonight and no matter what they say, it is going to be quite exciting because these two clubs have never played one another competitively before.
Paul Pogba of Juventus-Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images
After winning the 2011-12 Serie A league title and leading thus far this season, it is clear that Juventus is finally back. Struggling in the era post-Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, theBianconeri experienced a season relegated to Serie B before returning to the top of the Italian Serie A.
Quite simply, the goalkeeper position is the hardest position to rate when comparing players. Often times goalkeepers can be made or broken by their team's success; unfairly condemned or built up thanks to the players in front of them. There are an abundance of goalkeepers in the game today that are considered "great" players, who have been the product of the team in front of them, while at the same time there are goalkeepers who don't get enough credit because their team makes them look bad.
After a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last night, Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has thrown in the towel and his gloves, more specifically to say that the Bavarians will win the title at the end of the season.
"I did not think they were so strong they have everything in place to win it.
Former three-time UEFA Team of the Year goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had a tough time in Munich on Tuesday evening, taking the blame for both goals conceded as his Juventus side were beaten 2-0 by the German Bundesliga leaders. No pundits or journalists were more critical than Der Kaiser himself, Franz Beckenbauer.
Real Madrid's Iker Casillas has been voted goalkeeper of the year by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.
Casillas finished first with 224 points, ahead of Italian Gianluigi Buffon, who totalled 128. Chelsea keeper Petr Cech (Chelsea) came third with 92 points; German Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) came fourth with 85 points; Englishman Joe Hart (Manchester City) finished fifth on 26 points and another Spaniard, Victor Valdés (Barcelona), came sixth with 15 points.
Goalkeepers are often given far less credit than they deserve. It is one of the hardest positions especially when playing at a top club. This is my list of the 5 best goalkeepers in the world. 1. Iker Casillas - Real Madrid It is surprising to know that Iker Casillas has managed to win World Cups, European Championships, and Champions League titles at the age of just 31.
A lot can happen over an international break – and this one was no exception. On Tuesday, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, gli Azzurri defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 to secure their berth to Brazil. The Azzurri have officially qualified for the World Cup (as if there was any doubt)!
Image via Calcio Nel Cuore
A momentous moment, indeed – and one particular player had two reasons to celebrate.
The Serie A may be on the decline in recent years as the Italian top flight looks to have, at least in terms of popular opinion, fallen behind the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga when looking at Europe's elite leagues. However make no mistake, the Serie A is loaded with top level talent.
Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli are just a few of the superstars currently plying their trade in Italy, but it's not only these established stars that are lighting up the league, there is an incredibly talented contingent of youngsters coming through the ranks.
Before Brazil gave Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon a difficult time in their 4-2 win on Saturday, teammate Mario Balotelli tested him in training. Balotelli went one-v-one against Buffon with a lengthy bit of fancy footwork that had the keeper crawling on the ground to try and keep Mario at bay.
Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon can feel a bit harshly done by after clearly winning the ball ahead of Japan striker Ryōichi Maeda however the official gave a penalty to Japan but only a yellow card to the Italian keeper despite being last man back?