In the ninety-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Joel are joined (eventually) by Daniel Schweimler, another Englishman in Buenos Aires, who runs the Hand Of Dan blog looking at Argentine society through the prism of life ... Continue reading →
Friday night saw the Argentine national team return to Buenos Aires for the first time since last June, and yet another comfortable win for Alejandro Sabella's side. Two goals from Gonzalo Higuaín both brilliantly set up by Lionel Messi, ... Continue reading →
Sergio Ramos has been feeling upset over the criticism Spain received despite emerging top of their World Cup Qualifying group, but really, there's nothing to cry about. No te sientas triste, o'mbre!! The defender became the youngest player at 26 years and 358 days -to accumulate 100 caps for La Furia Roja last Friday.
Montenegro coach, Branko Brnovic, is shaping up to quite a character ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier against England tonight. Among his latest classic quips were on England's snotty attitude towards the state the City Stadium pitch (aka #firstworldproblems) and the fact that it shouldn't impose problems, given the fact that the typical English game is all about long passes.
After a great round of World Cup qualifiers, the teams that will be going to Brazil next year begins to take form. Two things are great about Denmark's great 3-0 away victory against the Czech Republic: firstly, Denmark returns as a contender for a spot in the 2014 World Cup. With a victory against Bulgaria next week, it will all look good again.
Poland 1-1 England World Cup Qualifiers 17th October 2012
With the roof shut tight above their heads, Poland and England finally got to play some football, a day later than advertised. However, the Three Lions struggled to string any passes together on the very iffy pitch, with the home side looking better for most of the game.
Kenny Miller of Scotland celebrates with Jamie Mackie (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
As match day three for World Cup Qualifiers gets underway this week, let's take a look at Europe's most difficult group to predict, Group A. After two matches played Serbia, Belgium and Croatia remain dead-locked at the top with four points.
The U.S. Men's National Team's loss to Honduras on February 6 generated a small wave of surprise and recrimination. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has come in for criticism for showing either a lack of respect for Los Catrachos or a bit of naïvete by playing a young defensive line with no cohesion. The surprise stems from the fact that while the Estadio Olimpico has been a difficult test for many national teams in the recent past, it has not been so for the United States—Honduras' only home loss in the past two World Cup campaigns (2006/2010) was to the United States, which had won three straight in San Pedro Sula prior to Wednesday.
Last night was eventful in international soccer. World Cup qualifiers across many federations were at play, including a big one between the United States and Guatemala. Just before that, though, two other CONCACAF contenders met at San Pedro Sula in a do-or-die showdown for their World Cup lives. Canada needed an away draw to tie Panama on points at the top of their group and get through to the Hex; New England Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson and Honduras needed a win.
I love traveling to the USA, but normally, I do have a hard time finding places to watch football. All in all, this is still not a football country. However, today I did get a delightful surprise in Brooklyn New York. I was looking for a place to watch the South American qualifiers, and a friend told me to go to "Woodwork", on Vanderbilt avenue in Brooklyn.
In this week's review section we look back at some of the big stories from the world of football to help learners of English improve their vocabulary, including the World Cup qualifiers that recently took place.
Last Friday and this Tuesday just gone were good days for the Argentine national football team. For the first time in the current World Cup qualifying campaign, they won back-to-back matches (3-0 against Uruguay on Friday, 2-1 away to Chile ... Continue reading →
On Tuesday night, Argentina's national side stepped onto the pitch in Santiago to begin the second half of their World Cup qualifying campaign, away to Chile, who they'd beaten 4-1 just over a year ago in Buenos Aires at the ... Continue reading →
On Friday night, Argentina hosted Uruguay in Mendoza, in the first of the twoclásicos rioplatense of this World Cup qualifying edition. The South American champions played poorly in the last qualifying matches a month ago, and although they put up ... Continue reading →
Richard McGovern of Philly Union Talk and Doug Smith of TheAmerican Pitch talk to Soccer Perspectives about the recent World Cup qualifying matches and what to expect for the U.S.national teamduring a busy 2013 calendar. The topics of discussion include [...]
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While most Arsenal players were in action in the World Cup Qualifiers this week, there was also the small matter of the Qualifying rounds for the African Nations Cup going on in the African continent.
We all know that Gervinho's Ivory Coast team didn't even get to the end of the match thanks to the rioting Senegal fans, but it seems certain that the result will stand and the Ivorians will be confirmed participants in January's competition.
Ahead of Germany's World Cup qualifier against Republic of Ireland tonight, Joachim Low has heaped praise on attacker Lukas Podolski, whom he believes has grown comfortably into his skin at Arsenal. Of course, Podolski has been a highly-touted player for a number of years now, but was never given the opportunity to shine at Cologne.
Spain are set to face play in a Group I World Cup qualifying rematch against France tonight. Interestingly, both teams are jostling to become leaders of the group and France are the surprising frontrunners after their 3-1 win over Georgia last week.
Many thanks to THC, who travelled to Denver for last night's USA vs Costa Rica match, then managed to make it home to file this report despite the blizzard, a mobile phone with just enough juice left to grab the pic you see here, and a serious case of frozen balls. It's dedication like his that makes this country so great.
1. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) If you hadn't heard of Raphael Varane before the double El Clasico and the Champions League tie against Manchester United then no doubt you seriously took note of his performance. Aged just 19, he looks so incredibly comfortable yet so unbelievably reassuring in defence at one of the greatest clubs [.
Ever since the Boys in Green performed rather miserably at Euro 2012, all has not been well in the Irish camp, with players moaning in public, throwing strops at airports and generally adding to an air of disquiet around Giovanni Trapattoni's Irish regime.
A manager stuck in his (quite dated) ways, the legendary Italian has overseen a poor start to the World Cup qualifiers, culminating in that hideous home 6-1 mauling at the hands of Germany.