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Author Archives: Gary O'Toole

5 Reasons Why Asian Soccer is on the Decline

Posted on by Gary O'Toole
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After several years of hard work, grueling traveling schedules and thorough preparations, Asia produced four World Cup qualifiers – Japan, Australia, South Korea and Iran. The fact that none of these four sides picked up a victory in a combined … Continue reading

Most Impressive World Cup Players From Each Region After Group Matches

Posted on by Gary O'Toole
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The group stage of World Cup 2014 has finished and it has brought more goals than any of the previous ones at the same stage. With the first rest day over, its time to reflect on who has been most … Continue reading

Honduras vs Switzerland Preview and Predicted Lineups

Posted on by Gary O'Toole
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Switzerland play Honduras in their final group game today at 4pm ET/1pm PT knowing that victory will seal their place in the last 16. On paper, it is one of the easier World Cup games to have as a “must … Continue reading

Colombia vs Japan Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Japan and Colombia face off today at 4pm ET/1pm PT with both teams in need of points for very different reasons. Los Cafeteros only need one point to be sure of top spot, while the Blue Samurai desperately need their … Continue reading

Chile vs Netherlands Preview: World Cup Group B Decider

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The Netherlands take on Chile at Noon ET/9am PT today in a match that will decide who will be the group winner. Both teams are eager to avoid Brazil in the next round, as both Arturo Vidal and Robin Van … Continue reading

Predicted Lineups for Netherlands vs Australia World Cup Game

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The Netherlands and Australia will play their second game in the World Cup today. Both teams had very contrasting opening results thus far. While Australia were dispatched 3-1 by Chile, the Netherlands gave the performance of the tournament so far … Continue reading

Is The Number 10 Role A Dying Breed in Soccer?

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Ah yes. The double holding midfield pair. How I love to watch them. The joy of viewing a perfectly weighted backwards pass, the ambition and invention of a lateral pass, and the beauty of a tactical foul. You can’t help … Continue reading

The Secret to Yaya Toure’s Success as a World-Class Footballer

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Every young player in the world can learn something from Yaya Toure. He is the archetypal rampaging midfielder that would start for any club side in the world. There is one reason which explains both of these two statements – Yaya Toure … Continue reading