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Author Archives: Julian Delicata

How Sabella’s Tactical Changes Played Right Into the Hands of Germany

Posted on by Julian Delicata
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And so it finally happened! 120 minutes on the 13th of July 2014; 120 minutes in the famous Maracana Stadium; 120 minutes to determine the World Champions; 120 minutes to change soccer players into legends. …and what a tense 120 … Continue reading

Argentina vs. Germany: By The Numbers

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The winners of the 20th FIFA World Cup will be decided in a mouth-watering clash between two giants of international football in the historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Between them, Argentina and Germany have won 5 World Cup … Continue reading

Can Argentina be the Spain of World Cup 2010?

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The scorelines 2-1, 1-0, 3-2, 1-0, 1-0, 0-0 — these are hardly the results of world beaters especially when the opposition includes Iran (ranked 43rd in the FIFA ranking), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria and Switzerland.  However, “world beaters” is exactly what … Continue reading

Top 15 Stats From Brazil 1-7 Germany World Cup Semifinal

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0 is the number of games lost by Germany in which Miroslav Klose has scored. 1st: Germany were the first team to score seven goals in a World Cup semifinal. 5 is the number of saves made by a hapless … Continue reading

Argentina’s Top Five Players Not Named Messi

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Argentina have been labelled as a one-man team well before the start of the World Cup but how true is this? Messi’s critics have long said that his impressive performances for Barcelona are only possible due to the brilliance of … Continue reading

Graham Zusi a Vital Force for the USA

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These days, Graham Zusi is widely regarded as having one of the best right foots in MLS but his journey to the international stage has been far from straightforward. The Sporting Kansas City wide midfielder, who was drafted into MLS … Continue reading

Costa Rica vs Greece Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Greece and Costa Rica have a combined total of just seven victories in the history of the World Cup, with the Central American side qualifying for the first time in 1990 and the Europeans in 1994. Not many expected either … Continue reading

Predicted Lineups for Brazil vs Chile

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Hosts Brazil and fellow South Americans Chile will be kicking off the knock-out stage of the 2014 World Cup in Belo Horizonte with the Selecao being the favorites to qualify to the quarter-finals. However, La Roja will prove to be … Continue reading

Samaras Scores Last Minute Penalty to Send Greece to Round Of 16

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Georgios Samaras scored a late penalty in stoppage time to send Greece through to the Round of 16, while Ivory Coast will feel demoralized after being so close to advancing. Controversy surrounded this nerve-wrecking game in Group C as Greece … Continue reading

WATCH USA 2-2 Portugal Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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This is the World Cup that just keeps on giving. Seconds from qualifying for the next round, U.S.A. were struck with the cruelest of blows as Silvestre Varela headed in Portugal’s equalizer from a magical cross by Ronaldo. The Americans … Continue reading

Predicted Lineups for Argentina vs Iran, World Cup Group Stage

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Whilst Iran will be looking for only their second victory in World Cup history, Argentina are being widely regarded as hot favorites, along with Brazil, to land their third World Cup title at the Maracana on the 13th of July. … Continue reading

Japan 0-0 Greece: Feisty Ten Man Greece Salvage Draw; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The second 0-0 result of the World Cup will be seen as a massive chance blown to get three points by Japan, who enjoyed a one man advantage for the best part of an hour and dominated possession. Greece defended … Continue reading

Japan vs Greece Preview: Both Teams Face Must-Win Scenario

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Ever since the World Cup was expanded to 32 teams for the 1998 edition, only four teams have managed to qualify from the group stage after losing the opening game (Turkey in 2002, Ghana & Ukraine in 2006, and Spain … Continue reading

England and Young Players: About Time or Too Soon?

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During Fabio Capello’s tenure as England boss, the press derided him for a number of reasons. His crimes included not speaking the language well, so-called rigid tactics and not giving youth a chance. A tabloid once went far enough so … Continue reading