Turkey's Olcan Adin, left, vies for the ball with Sweden's Pierre Bengtsson during their International Friendly soccer match at 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 5, 2014.AP PHOTO Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/03/05/3676320/turkey-beats-sweden-2-1-in-friendly.
Billed as a head to head clash between the two best players (on current form) on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, this first legWorld Cup Play-Off clash between Portugal and Sweden was ultimately decided by the Madrid superstar, who headed home late on in Lisbon.
Euro 2016 Draw: The Big Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Welcome to Soccerlens' preview and upcoming coverage of Sunday's Euro 2016 draw, which will take place at 11:00 GMT in Nice, France.
With qualification for this summer's World Cup in Brazil all sorted, we can turn our attentions to the upcoming European Championships in France, with a whole host of international heavyweights awaiting this Sunday's gala event, which will determine the fate of the 55 teams spread through six seeded pots.
The show has cast a spotlight on a huge collection of leagues this season – La Liga, Serie A, MLS and even the top tiers in Afghanistan and Mongolia. This week, we finally uncork our coverage of Ligue 1 by getting a full lowdown from French football expert, AFR contributor and French Football Weekly editor Andrew Gibney.
The second leg of the World Cup playoff earlier this week between Sweden and Portugal was a brilliant spectacle to watch. The hat trick by Ronaldo has convinced many that he is now the best player in the world. But one of the less reported storylines is the class that Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed on the pitch by applauding his fellow Ballon d'Or contestant after scoring one of his goals.
Kids, this game was just unbelievably good. Portugal, and more specifically, C. Ronaldo, had scored a goal to go up 1-0 aggregate going into this 2nd leg playoff qualifier for Brazil. Seemingly, CR had put it out of reach for good when he struck first in this match. Then... Zlatan decided he wasn't having any of this.
"I applauded Cristiano because he was incredible, he was the best."
There's only one person more disappointed that Zlatan won't be in Brazil than Zlatan, and that is Ryu Voelkel. The big man deceives, acting and performing in a way that makes him seem to be more than just that.
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Sweden vs Portugal 2-3 Goals 2013 WC Playoff Second Leg Ronaldo Hat trick Ibrahimovic Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Sweden vs Portugal 2013 ( Sweden Portugal Second Leg VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Sweden vs Portugal 2-3 ( Ibrahimovic*2/ Ronaldo*3) Friends Arena, Solna- 19 November, 2013- WC [.
Portugal are going to the World Cup because of this.
After 180 minutes, the scoreline read Cristiano 4-2 Zlatan. The 20 other players on the pitch knew what they were witnessing. The World Cup may deserve them both, but even Zlatan couldn't help but applaud the performance from Portugal's captain.
In a previous post I asked who I would rather see walking down Copacabana: a Portuguese or a Swede? This was partly because I was afraid of asking whether Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic would be best in te World Cup.I am not afraid of comparing any more. While it will be a pity that Ibrahimovic (who scored two goals tonight), it would be a much greater pity to miss Cristiano Ronaldo, who at the moment,
In a scintillating final 24 hours of World Cup qualifiers, congratulations go to Portugal, France, Greece, Croatia, Algeria and Ghana who booked their tickets to World Cup 2014 tournament after qualifying via the playoffs:
The six countries will be among the 32 who'll play in Brazil next summer to try to be crowned the best in the world.
With Sweden facing Portugal in the World Cup play-offs one thing is certain: a side with great haircuts will be out. And yesterday Portugal took the first round by winning 1-0 on a late goal by Cristiano Ronaldo. After a shaky start Portugal were indeed the better side, but 1-0 is a very narrow victory to go to Sweden with, and it will be a thrilling second match.
European World Cup play-off first legs: Five things we learned - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The eight European teams fighting it out for a place at next summer's World Cup in Brazil were on show last night in the play-off fixtures, with the four ties giving an advantage to one of the teams after the first leg.
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Portugal vs Sweden 2013 Highlights WC Playoffs 1-0 Ronaldo Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Portugal vs Sweden 2013 ( Portugal Sweden VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Portugal vs Sweden 1-0 ( Ronaldo) Stadium of Light, Benfica- 15 November, 2013- 19.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are featured as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from Star Wars on the cover of a Portuguese newspaper today in the lead-up to the battle between Portugal and Sweden in the first leg of the World Cup playoff.
For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live at 2:45pm ET today on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
It's crunch time for Portugal as they prepare to take on Sweden in the first leg of the World Cup Qualifiers tonight. Interestingly, it's a "do or die" mission for both sides, especially with Sweden's reputation for being fully-focused on the task at hand. Portugal also called up an uncapped player from Sporting, William Carvalho, whose tall stature (1.
Next summer's World Cup tournament brings soccer back to Brazil, where legend after legend has emerged and stamped their mark on the beautiful game. The greatest international competition is going to provide the world with a plethora of superstars fighting for supremacy, but two of the world's biggest talents have to battle it out for a place in Brazil.
"The World Cup needs Zlatan more than Ronaldo." - Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Maxi: With less than a year until the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, we're at a point where, coincidentally, we're likely to see one of the most anticipated international games until the knockout rounds of the World Cup itself.
Ronaldo vs Zlatan: A Premature Clash of the Titans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Here we are at the business end of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, where countries vying for a place in Brazil are whittled down to a select few. England have already booked their ticket after their 2-0 win over Poland last month; and they join a host of big names, such as Spain, Germany and Italy on the plane to South America.
The game in America has been bubbling with high-stakes games and news stories of late, so we dialed up Andrew Wiebe, from MLSsoccer.com and the ExtraTime Radio Show, to get his views on some eye-catching surprises in the first set of Playoff games, discover whether he thinks David Beckham's Miami franchise can give the MLS a foothold in the South East, and question what the USMNT can expect to achieve in Brazil.
Now that the FIFA World Cup playoffs have been announced, we have a few good matchups but one individual match of titanic egos: Cristiano v Zlatan. Of course it's been done once before, and it may or may not be more entertaining than the real thing upcoming in November. (Highly anticipated matchups rarely seem to match the hype.
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Sweden vs Portugal and France vs Ukraine in World Cup 2014 playoffs October 21 draw is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Portugal have been drawn against Sweden in UEFA's playoffs for next year's World Cup in Brazil, setting up a mouth watering clash between the two nations' respective talismanic stars- [.
Arsenal: Imperfect January could spell disaster for Wenger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal's season so far has had all the security of a wire loop game. Gunners fans everywhere are preparing for the worst, as despite Wenger's steady hand, the Frenchman seems determined to avoid necessary precautions so as to avert disaster.
For the third year running, D.C. United will play an international friendly against Sweden's Malmo FF during their preseason as a part of a partnership between Major League soccer and IMG. United, along with six other Major League Soccer teams, will spend part of their preseason at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as part of a one year deal which IMG hopes to grow.
Amid all the hoopla of Oscar Pareja being introduced as FC Dallas' sixth head coach in franchise history and last week's drafting of Tesho Akindele sixth overall in the 2014 MLS Super Draft, the signing of former Virginia Cavalier Brian Span not all that long ago is a story that is somewhat lost in the shuffle.