Monday March 27 2017

International

  • April 29, 2014

    Fenerbahce’s 50,000...

    Last summer in Turkey, we had been warned about the passion of Fenerbahce’s female following, but there was no preparing us for this (again!) After crowd trouble, adult males had been banned from the game against Caykur Rizespor over the weekend. No matter though, after a goaless draw, Fener picked...

  • March 6, 2014

    International :...

    There’s something about Portugal winning the World Cup on former colonial territory (Brazil) that actually seems quite promising this summer. Whether it’s their frustration at having missed out on Euro 2012 and the World Cup 2010, or Cristiano Ronaldo’s own pressure (he is a noted perfectionist) towards winning the trophy,...

  • March 4, 2014

    Denmark’s Kjaer...

    There’s a funny story making its rounds today regarding England ace Oxlade-Chamberlain and his ’embarrassment’ about having asked for Neymar’s shirt during a friendly match last year. He had apparently nudged the Barcelona ace and motioned for him to get their jerseys exchanged after the game. A few months after...

  • February 11, 2014

    Scolari Announces...

    May 7 is the date to note in your calendar if you’re a massive Brazil fan, because that’s the date Scolari announces his World Cup final squad. Really, the jitters are already getting to us all! In the meantime, “Parabens” (congratulations) are also in order for Man City’s Fernandinho, who...

  • January 14, 2014

    Ballon d’Or...

    When something you want so badly has eluded you completely and quite shatteringly, in recent years, you’d probably cry too. Just ask Cristiano Ronaldo, who finally picked up the Ballon d’Or trophy for the second time last night, after a long six year wait. Sure, the Messi vs Ronaldo debate is...

  • December 17, 2013

    The Netherland’s...

    A fascinating interview with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was published this week, where he spoke about his philosophy and getting players ‘fully immersed’ in his ideas. Let’s not forget that The Netherlands will pit themselves against Spain at the World Cup Group Stages next year, so it’s all getting...

  • December 10, 2013

    Photos: South...

    Three years ago, the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted the final of the FIFA World Cup between Spain and Netherlands. It was also the final public appearance of South Africa’s founding father and anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on December 5. Mandela had been an...

  • November 29, 2013

    FIFA World...

    FIFA World Rankings 1. Spain – 1507 points 2. Germany – 1318 points 3. Argentina – 1251 points 4. Colombia – 1200 points 5.Portugal – 1172 points 6. Uruguay – 1132 points 7. Italy – 1120 points 8. Switzerland – 1113 points 9. Netherlands – 1106 points 10. Brazil –

  • November 21, 2013

    Last But...

    After France and Portugal pulled off convincing wins to send themselves to the final list of 32 teams at the World Cup this week, it was only a matter of time before Uruguay did the same. And so much for the phrase “Last but not least…”, they were the last...