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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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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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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Real life football

 

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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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Did you know?

Hey guys, how have you been? It took me a while to get this article done. Happy reading!

-The first international match to be played indoors was in 1976 in Seattle. The United States defeated Canada 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

Alberto Spencer holds the unique distinction of being the only goalscorer, capped by two different countries simultaneously: Ecuador, and Uruguay. However, the all-time leading goalscorer for the Copa Libertadores never played in a World Cup.

Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry played 63 times together for France, but Zidane only assisted Henry once in an international match. That goal came during the World Cup match against Brazil in 2006.

Ajax Amsterdam decided to invite Bayern Munich for Johan Cruyff’s farewell match in 1978. Bayern decided to spoil the party and destroyed Ajax 8-0. Highlights of the match can be viewed here.

Arsenal wore red colour jersey because the original team borrowed a set of red shirts from Nottingham Forest. It then became their club’s official color.

-In 2004/05 Serie A, Juventus were stripped of the title due to match-fixing and it wasn’t awarded to another team.

Warren Bradley is the only person to have played for both England Professional and Amateur teams in the same season. He was one of three players brought in by Manchester United from non-league Bishop Auckland following the Munich air disaster.

Lionel Messi went on a trial with River Plate when he was a 12-year-old. During the trial, he played against an older team. His partner on the forward line at that point of time was Gonzalo Higuain.

Hugo Sanchez was known for his somersault goal celebration, one of the first players to do it. His celebration was actually in honor of his sister, Herlinda, who participated in the Montreal Olympics as a gymnast. His famous goal celebration can be watched here

Sunderland in the 1976-77 season had a bitter goalless run of 10 games and then scored 17 goals in the next 4 games.

Players who played for two or more London clubs:

  • Clive Allen : QPR, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham and Millwall
  • Paul Konchesky: Charlton, West Ham, Fulham and Tottenham
  • Bobby Zamora : Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham and QPR.
  • Scott Parker: Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham, Charlton Athletic
  • Neil Sullivan : Crystal Palace, Wimbledon, Tottenham and Chelsea
  • William Gallas : Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea
  • Ian Wright : Crystal Palace, West Ham and Arsenal
  • Danny Murphy : Charlton Athletic, Tottenham and Fulham
  • John Hartson : Arsenal, West Ham and Wimbledon
  • Carlton Cole : Chelsea, West Ham and Charlton Athletic

Players who played for two or more Madrid clubs:

  • Alvaro Morata: Getafe, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid (Youth team)
  • Luis Aragones: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Getafe
  • Hugo Sanchez: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano

Players who played for AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus:

  • Giuseppe Meazza
  • Roberto Baggio
  • Christian Vieri
  • Edgar Davids
  • Patrick Vieira
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Andrea Pirlo

Players who played for both Celtic and Rangers: 

  • Alfie Conn
  • Mo Johnston
  • Steven Pressley
  • Kenny Miller
  • Mark Brown

Player who played for Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid: Bernard Schuster

Player who played for PSV, Ajax and Feyenoord: Ronald Koeman

Players who played for Porto , Benfica and Sporting Lisbon: Futre

Last but not least, here’s some interesting past World Cup records

Fastest goal in a final: 90 seconds, Johan Neeskens (Netherlands, vs West Germany, 7 July 1974).

Most consecutive failed qualification attempts: 19 times, Luxembourg (1934-2014).

Most minutes played (finals): 2,217 minutes, Paolo Maldini (Italy, 1990-2002).

Most matches won: 16, Cafu (Brazil, 1994–2006).

Youngest player: 17 years and 41 days, Norman Whiteside (Northern Ireland, vs Yugoslavia, 1982).

Youngest goalscorer: 17 years and 239 days, Pelé (Brazil, vs Wales, 1958).

Oldest goalscorer: 42 years and 39 days, Roger Milla (Cameroon, vs Russia, 1994)

Most cards (all-time, player): 6, Zinedine Zidane (France, 1998-2006) and Cafu (Brazil, 1994-2006).

Most matches coached: 25, Helmut Schön (West Germany, 1966–1978).

Biggest margin of victory in a qualifying match: 31,  Australia 31-0 American Samoa, 11 April 2001.

Largest Total Attendance: 3,587,538, USA (1994), 52 matches, Average attendance 68,991.

These World Cup records were compiled by me via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Cup_records.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Real life football

 

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