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World Cup Interview with PS users (Part 1)

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It’s 6 days to the 2014 World Cup! It’s finally here after a long wait, isn’t it?

Undoubtedly, there is a growing debate as to which team will win the World Cup title which will be held in Brazil in just a few days’ time. I managed to spend some time and have a quick interview with a few experienced users in Power Soccer regarding their view on the upcoming tournament. Credits to them for giving swift but constructive replies, and here we go:


 washeka –MA

Q: Which team do you support for the World Cup next week?

A: Well, I hate to say it but I am not that much of a big football fan as a stereotypical Englishman as I used to be, after Ronaldo left Man United, I kinda stopped watching football as a whole. But If I had to choose on the international stage, England definitely, otherwise I would be betraying my country 😛

Q: England must be proud of you 😛  So, do you fancy them winning the world cup this year? Do you rate them as the ‘underdogs’? Or are they considered as a genuine title contender?

A: Well, I think many England fans will agree when I say that we didn’t have the best times in World Cups in the recent ones at least, I don’t really expect them to be top four, maybe top eight, as I said, I haven’t really been following football, so all of this might be totally wrong. But with teams as strong as Brazil and Spain, I don’t think England has a chance, therefore I will class them as Underdogs 😛

Q: Fair answer. Are you expecting an outstanding performance from any individual player throughout the tournament?

A: Well, I think there are a fair few individuals to look out for, Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Q: Alright, last question for you, which English player do you like the most, and what’s the reason?

A: To be honest, I think Rooney is underrated at times but quite inconsistent, he isn’t what he used to be but still can surprise us, that’s why I would have to go with him.


 play42 -MA

Q: Bonjour play, who do you support in the World Cup?

A: I support France of course.

Q: Cool, why do you support France?

A: Cause I’m french ^^

Q: Ahh I see. Which player do you like the most?

A: I like the young players in the French team: Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann etc. They are the future of French football. Generally, I like Messi very much, he’s an artist!

Q: Do you think they can win the World Cup this year?

A: No, it’s a young team you know… I just hope they will play well and do not repeat what happened in South Africa… I think they can reach second part of the competition, but it’s hard for them to even reach the quarter-final. Anyway it’s just my opinion, and if I’m wrong then I will be very surprised.

Q: Your thoughts on the potential title contenders?

A: Difficult question… I see Brazil as they’re playing at home, but there are also Germany, Uruguay, Argentina… I don’t think Spain can win again. My outsiders are Belgium, Croatia, Portugal and France 🙂


gamer009 –CA

Q: So, who do you support for the World Cup this year?

A: Since my country Turkey has been not qualified, I am supporting Spain once again. 🙂

Q:  Alright, personally do you think they will be able to defend the World Cup title?

A: Humm, it’s a bit hard to imagine it, since there are very good teams like Brazil who are playing in their own country, Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay etc.. But why not, everything is possible.


yop123456 – club member

Q: Who do you support for the upcoming tournament next week?

A: I am from Serbia and since neither Serbia or Canada made it to the World Cup finals, I will be supporting Chile, Greece and also Japan.

Q: Wow, that’s an odd choice. Do you agree that they are they are the ‘underdogs’ of the tournament?

A: Yes, they are ‘underdogs’. But i find it to be more fun if they go far or even win the World Cup. The obvious favorites are Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Portugal.

Q: Right, which of the star players you think will stand out from the rest during the World Cup?

A: Ronaldo, Messi, Shinji Kagawa, Georgios Samaras, Luka Modric, Edin Dzeko, Arturo Vidal, Neymar, Luis Nani, Rooney, Iniesta, Xavi, Suarez are all examples of spectacular players that will participate in the World Cup. But, winning the tournament is a team effort, individuals can’t do it alone.


It will only get more interesting to debate and discuss about the upcoming World Cup isn’t it. In my opinion, I view Brazil (with home advantage), Germany, Spain and not forgetting the superb Belgium who have shown marked improvements as a whole as the potential title contenders. But the question remains unanswered, who will win the World Cup 2014? Only time will tell. 

 

 

To conclude this interview, this is the official song for World Cup 2014 for those who are not aware of it. Stay tuned for Part II and enjoy the song!

 

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Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Real life football

 

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Interesting Facts about EPL Teams (March)

Hello everyone, how are you guys doing? I finally gottime to write an article after my examination. As usual, I’ll share some some interesting facts about the 20 teams in the Barclays Prmeier League.

Below are the compilation of statistics for the previous months:

Manchester United – Manchester United have taken only six points from nine games against the other teams in the PL top seven this season. Perplexed.

Manchester City – City have been shown red cards in consecutive Champions League games after not collecting any in their first 18 games in the competition. Punished.

Everton – Everton have won none of their last 19 away games against Arsenal in all competitions (W0 D4 L15). Sticky.

Liverpool – Daniel Sturridge has now scored in 20 of his 28 appearances for club and country this season. Consistent.

Arsenal –  Lukas Podolski has scored in both of his Champions League appearances against Bayern Munich. Lifeline.

Chelsea – Eden Hazard has scored (22) or assisted (18) 40 Premier League goals since he joined Chelsea in 2012. Wizard.

Tottenham – Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more goals than any other player in North London derby (10- 8 for Arsenal and 2 for Spurs). Quality.

Cardiff City – Cardiff have kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League games. Porous.

Newcastle United – Hatem Ben Arfa has scored in his 3 appearances against the Whites. Deliver.

Fulham – Fulham are only the second team (after Man City) to concede more than twice in a match vs Cardiff in the Premier League this season. Open.

Stoke City – Since Stoke reached the Premier League in 2008 they have picked up 22 red cards, level with Arsenal and second only to Sunderland (28). Off.

Hull City –  Hull have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches at home. Poor. 

Aston Villa – Aston Villa have not won back to back home matches since August 2011. Dream.

Crystal Palace – Palace have scored just six goals in 13 Premier League away games this season, fewer than any other team in top tier. Blunder.

Sunderland – Sunderland have not won four FA Cup matches in a row since they won the final in 1973. History.

Norwich City – Norwich have lost all 10 Premier League away games in which they have trailed this season. Ill-discipline.

Southampton – Jay Rodriguez has mastered the most headers on target of any Premier League player this season. Aspirin.

Swansea – Swansea have won just four of their last 19 home matches in Premier League. Curse.

West Ham – The Hammers have conceded just one goal and kept 3 clean sheets in their last four away outing. Lucky.

West Brom – West Brom have scored own goals in three of the last five Premier League meetings with Manchester United. Suicide.

Note: Figures and statistics were compiled from OptaJoe via Twitter and Football App via mobile prior to 14th of March.

Happy reading!

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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Real life football

 

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Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

Hello and Bonjour everyone!

I am pretty sure all of you have came across famous football legendary players’ names such as Pele, Maradona, Charlton, Eusebio, Cruyff, Dalglish, Ronaldo and Beckham. On the other hand, have you guys ever heard of Asian Football Legends like Mokhtar Dahari, Ali Daei, Paulinho Alcantara and Soh Chin Aun? Here, I would like to share some information regarding the Asian Football Confederation with you guys.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of Asian football and one of the six Confederations making up FIFA. It was formed in 1954 in Manila on the sidelines of the second Asian Games and sanctioned by FIFA in Berne, Switzerland on June 21 that year.

The AFC is now headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain is the AFC President and Dato’ Alex Soosay is the AFC General Secretary. The AFC is responsible for running football in Asia. Among its various responsibilities are: regulating the game, drafting new laws to improve the sport, implementing the law, boosting grassroots and youth football, and conducting major competitions.

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The official logo of Asian Football Confederation, with its motto ‘’The Future is Asia’’ (inset)

The AFC Members’ Association is split into 4 sub-sections:

  1. South East Asia which consists of Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam
  2.  East Asia which consists of Republic of China, Japan, Chinese Taipei, DPR Korea, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea Republic, Macau, Mongolia and Northern Mariana Islands
  3. Central and South Asia which consists of India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
  4. West Asia which consists of Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

There are several tournaments which are held under the banner of AFC:

  • AFC Asian Cup
  • AFC Champions League
  • AFC Cup
  • AFC U-19 Championship
  • AFC Futsal Championship
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup

In the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as of today, Japan is the cream of the crop of Asia as they continue to top the list in the Asian Zone at 50th position, followed by Australia who lie 53rd while Republic of Korea came in at 61st rank.

On an article regarding the Asian Football, Mark Schwarzer sees tremendous improvement in Asian Football over the last four years. An Australia international, Schwarzer is perhaps the most familiar of all Chelsea’s players with local football in the region, since his country began competing in the Asian Football Confederation in 2006.

The aim of that move was to help improve Australian football but he has also noticed a step up in the wider Asian game in that time “On the same token I like to think it has improved Asia. You have to improve as a team, it’s exactly the same as in a club, you have to move forward or you will be caught up or overtaken. We’re continuously trying to improve and we’re there or thereabouts.” ‘’Asia is such a big continent, and they are absolutely mad about the English Premier League,”

From my point of view, there are plenty room of improvement in terms of the development and prospect of Asian Football in the future. There is definitely no shortage of potential players in the AFC’s geographical region; the member nations making up more than half the population of the entire world! Just China and India alone the total populations exceed to more than 2.5 billion people. Magnificent, isn’t it?

Football Fun Fact:

  • AFC International Footballer of the Year 2012 goes to… Yuto Nagamoto (Japan) who is currently playing his trade in Inter Milan, whereas AFC International Footballer of the Year goes to Ji So-Yun (Korea)
  • Asian football’s first moment of international pride came in 1912; when Philippine-born Paulino Alcantara joined Barcelona and went on to have an unbelievable scoring record of 374 goals from 375 games.
  • The AFC’s first representative in the FIFA World Cup was Indonesia on 1938. Finally in 2002, after almost 50 years of hard work and progress by the AFC, it hosted its very own FIFA World Cup, in Korea and Japan.

Football brings people together indeed. Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, and it’s unbelievable.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it!

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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Real life football

 

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Unique Football Players’ Names

Bonjour everyone! I have decided to write this article since I got some time to spare. Hope you guys like it. Happy reading and do share with us if you have encountered any football players with unique names below.

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Danny Drinkwater is an English footballer who plays for Leicester City. He has previously spent his time on loan at Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Watford, Barnsley. Besides that, he also played for Manchester United and has played in international games for England at under-18 and under-19 levels.

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David Seaman is one of England’s most legendary goalkeepers with 75 international caps. He played as a goalkeeper for several clubs, most notably Arsenal. p/s he’s a fine ice skater too 🙂

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Danny Shittu‘s inclusion will come as no surprise. The Nigerian has played at a number of English clubs. He’s a 33-year-old centre-back who now plays his trade at Milwall. He began his career in 1991 and has also played for clubs like Queens Park Rangers, Bolton, and Watford.

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Danny Invincible is an attacking-midfielder of Italian and Australian descent. He is currently playing with Army United FC with 13 appearances and 3 goals.

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Mark de Man is a Belgian footballer who currently plays for Stade Bierbeek. He is most often deployed as a defensive midfielder but has also been used as a centre-back or right full-back.

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Fabian Assman is an Argentian goalkeeper playing for Independiente in the Primera B Nacional in Argentina currently.

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Paul Dickov is a Scottish former professional footballer. He is the current manager of Championship side Doncaster Rovers. The Scottish striker has played more than 400 professional games for the likes of Arsenal, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.

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Wolfgang Wolf is a former player for FC Kaiserslautern and he is now a German football coach.

Johnny Moustache is the former captain of the Seychelles football team. His favourite position is playing as a Striker.

That’s it for now. Cheers!

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Interesting Facts about EPL Teams (February)

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone celebrating! Btw, I’m not celebrating it this year 😛

I’m back with the monthly article as usual. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the English Premier League teams for the month of February. Happy reading!                                               

Below are the compilation of statistics for the previous months:

Manchester United – David Moyes has now won none of 49 PL away games at the ‘Big Four’ (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool & Man Utd) (W0 D19 L30). Block.

Manchester City – Have not lost back to back Premier League home games since December 2008. Consistent. 

Everton – Leighton Baines has scored 19 goals since his Premier League debut. Talent.

Liverpool – Luis Suarez has scored only four of Liverpool’s last 24 Premier League goals. Evolution.

Arsenal –  Mesut Özil has created more chances than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues in 2013-14 (66). Value.

Chelsea – Have now gone seven Premier League games without conceding a first half goal. Robust.

Tottenham – Emmanuel Adebayor has scored eight and assisted two more in 10 PL appearances under Tim Sherwood. Update.

Cardiff City – Nine of Cardiff’s 19 goals this season have come from crosses – a league-high proportion (47%). Whipped.

Newcastle United – Have now gone six hours and 10 minutes without a home goal in the Premier League. Decline.

Fulham – One of the away teams who failed to score away at Newcastle in the Premier League this season have been London sides (alongside West Ham and Chelsea). Mugged.

Stoke City – Have now gone 10 Premier League games without a clean sheet. Winded.

Hull City –  Have won just one of their last six Premier League home matches (W1 D2 L3). Poor. 

Aston Villa – Have had just three shots on target in their last four hours of Premier League football. Coy.

Crystal Palace – Marouane Chamakh has scored five goals from just eight shots on target this season. Patience.

Sunderland – The Black Cats have kept four clean sheets in their last six Premier League away matches. Solid. 

Norwich City – Have made 60 substitutions this season in the PL, but they are the only side yet to see one score or assist a goal. Blunt.

Southampton – Jay Rodriguez has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances away from home. Travels.

Swansea – Wilfried Bony has scored eight goals in the Premier League but none of them have come in England. Hipster.

West Ham – Have kept three Premier League clean sheets in succession for the tenth time; they have never recorded four. Target.

West Brom – Have seen 16 different players score a Premier League goal for them this season; more than any other side. Depth.

Note: Figures and statistics were compiled from OptaJoe via Twitter and Football App via mobile prior to 14th of February.

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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Real life football

 

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