England, Spain, Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for FIFA World Cup 2014 tonight, joining the teams who have already qualified — Brazil, United States of America, Australia, Japan, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Netherlands, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany.
In Europe, there's still the playoffs remaining, where the following teams will compete for a chance to reach the World Cup in Brazil — France, Greece, Portugal, Ukraine, Sweden, Iceland, Croatia and Romania.
We have four new party passes handed out for Brazil 2014; Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Switzerland are in. So who can make the list on Tuesday and how? We gotchu. Honduras can make it 15 with so much as a draw at Jamaica. If they fail to do that, Mexico could grab the last spot with a win at Costa Rica.
Let's run through these dryly, as I have a stack of full MLSS reports to get together... I can confirm the report that Charlie Davies is in talks with MLS, and that he would likely be headed to the hometown Revs as replacement for Juan Agudelo. Solely from using my brains, I think if New England can get that done by Thursday's deadline, it might be easier for Stoke to pry Agudelo away before
There's always something to be said about the enigmatic figure that is Fabio Capello. Like many other coaches, he isn't a fan of external interference while doing his job, and he made it clear that coaching the England national team between 2008 and 2012 brought about its fair share of challenges.
Sorry, to leave you hanging a bit earlier, but things are busy in the NSC Batcave and I haven't even eaten after hip hop class. I'm back to spill more. So I told you who is out and was never in for Jozy Altidore. Now, let's get to who really is. His agent has confirmed that of two EPL clubs interested, one of them has moved into deep talks.
The 2013 UEFA Euro Under-21 Championships gives some of world football's next crop of superstars the chance to shine on the international stage. This year's installment is being held in Israel and will culminate on June 18th in Jerusalem, Israel's capital city.
The U-21 tournament is smaller than the senior version, featuring eight teams as opposed to sixteen.
No, I have not misspelled "goals" - it's about to get all summer-y up in herrrre. So as not to overwhelm you, let's start with two quick goodies, which will soon be followed by full MLSS reports. So, who wants to start the Jozy Altidore summer club watch? I have learned that among widespread interest of varying levels are the likes of Schalke and Lazio.
We have been talking a lot in class about the questionable decisions for the World Cup to be in Brazil in 2014 and Qatar in 2022 based on current conditions, but today we found out that officials at the Sochi Olympics will not allow photos and documentation to be shown to the public via many social media avenues and that other reporting will be highly monitored.
Photographs of Russia's home shirt for World Cup 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.
Designed and manufactured by adidas, Russia's new home shirt for 2014 features a red shirt with maroon sleeves and rounded collar, that's accentuated by a gold trim. The classy shirt also features the colors of the Russia flag on each sleeve as well the colors on the back of the neck on the reverse of the shirt.
Portugal vs Russia 2013 Highlights World Cup Qualifying 1-0 Helder Postiga Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Portugal vs Russia 2013 Highlights World Cup Qualifying 1-0 Helder Postiga Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Portugal vs Russia 2013 ( Portugal Russia VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Portugal vs Russia 1-0 ( Postiga) Estadio da Luz, Lisbon- 7 June, 2013- 20.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has called on fans to give striker Samuel Eto'o "a little bit of time" as he is still adjusting to Premier League life.
The Cameroon international, who moved from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea in the summer, is set to be handed his third league start against Norwich at the weekend, yet he is still to register a goal for the Premiership club.
Fresh from our adventures in Russia on Thursday night, Chelsea will be waiting on the fitness of Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand ahead of this one. Cole is back in training but a major doubt for the game and we have everything crossed in the hope that Ryan Bertrand recovers from illness to start against City.
It was their second draw in a row, but a late Fred goal saved Brazil from certain embarrassment.
The Brazilian's tied Russia 1-1 on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge, in London, giving Luiz Felipe Scolari another chance to find his best eleven ahead of next summer's World Cup, and even this summer's Confederation Cup.
Jose Mourinho to Chelsea in the summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The news would definitely excite the Chelsea fans. According to ‘exclusive' reports from the Daily Express, former Chelsea manager and fan favourite Jose Mourinho has agreed a three-year contract with the Blues but it is yet to be signed.
For many years, pitch invaders have been embarrassing slow and uncoordinated stewards with their self-indulgent antics. But now the stewards have developed a weapon that can destroy pitch invaders with terrifying ease and extreme prejudice. He is Super Steward.
Super Steward's talents were put to use during a friendly between Brazil and Russian at Stamford Bridge.
As part of their schedule of friendlies designed to show the everyone how surprisingly underwhelming they are, World Cup hosts Brazil played Fabio Capello's Russia at Stamford Bridge on Monday. (Because why wouldn't these two teams play at Stamford Bridge?)
Neymar showed what happens when you expect the time and space usually offered in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A during an international game, Brazil displayed some comedy defending to concede a Viktor Fayzulin strike in the 73rd minute, and the Seleção's blushes were only saved with a 90th-minute equaliser from Fred.
Brazil vs Russia 2013 Highlights 1-1 Friendly London Faizulin Fred Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Brazil vs Russia 2013 Highlights 1-1 Friendly London Faizulin Fred Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Brazil vs Russia 2013 ( Brasil Russia Friendly VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Brazil vs Russia 1-1 ( Fred/ Faizulin) Stamford Bridge, London- 25 March, 2013- International Friendly- 25/3/13- Monday- 19.
Ex-Arsenal attacker Andrey Arshavin found the net for the first time since May 2012 during last night's 1-1 draw between Zenit St Petersburg and Kuban Krasnodar. The Russia international came off the bench to slide in the opening goal in the second-half. Zenit were pegged back by Ivelin Popov's 79th minute strike.
It is a fact of life that things do not always work out the way they are supposed to. For Arsenal and their record signing Andrey Arshavin this has certainly been the case. The Russian will be at a loose end very soon, when his contract comes to an end, but there is no queue of clubs lining up to take him on a free transfer, which shows just how far he has fallen since joining the Gunners back at the beginning of 2009.
Andrei Arshavin's four and half seasons at Arsenal can be summarised as the following, the first two and half he looked a good signing, then he lost his form, his confidence and then he lost his place in the team and that was that! Without there ever really being an explanation.
This piece of news came out yesterday. About Andrey Arshavin (haven't mentioned this name in a long time) mooting the possibility of retiring at the end of the season. My first thought was one of anger and disappointment. How can someone be so easy-going about ending one's career.
Arsenal are set to face serious competition from the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala over the Barcelona and Spanish national keeper Victor Valdes. The Russian's are owned by Dagestani billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and he has no qualms about spending money. The Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto'o was signed from Inter Milan for £25 million in 2011 and is now the best paid footballer in the world on 20 million euros a year.
The video speaks for itself. Final whistle blows, a linesman, Musa Kadyrov, attacks player on the pitch. It was only a reserve game in Russia, but it's making headlines for obvious reasons. And yes, it's Russia which means..."In Russia, linesman atta...nevermind.
The player was bewildered by the outburst, and his response was, errr, well it was a response.
Mats Hummels seemed destined to win this week's award for worst backpass, especially considering the magnitude of the match. Thankfully, Bayern Munich's teammate Robert Lewandowski came to the rescue and who the hell remembers Hummels anyway.
Georgian Akaki Khubutia of Mordovia Saransk won't be quite so lucky.
Ahead of the two upcoming World Cups in the countries of Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022, FIFA will be sending a task force to each nation to work on convincing the countries to relax anti-gay legislation. The task force was established last year with the mission of stopping racism within football and it will now be used to help alleviate the issues that face Qatar and Russia.
Top five: Most underrated international teams - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A lot of international teams have impressed over the past few years, some touted for an excellent World Cup campaign. Find out which will be included in a top 5 list of the most underrated international teams.
Here's one that looks all but done. Having already spent a extended loan spell there, Eugene Starikov is now at Tom Tomsk trying to complete a transfer. The Zenit St. Petersburg II man, who has been training with the club, would remain in the Russian top flight with the move. I'll try to confirm right when it's all crossed and dotted, but you never know with the time difference.