Switzerland were able to maintain their 100% record in the World Cup 2018 qualification group after managing wins over Andorra and Latvia. Both teams were not expected to offer any threat to Switzerland’s 100% record coming into the game. Along with Germany, the Swiss are the only team to have …
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Not too long ago, the world celebrated the achievements of famed coach Louis van Gaal. The former Ajax and Barcelona coach led a less fancied Dutch side to the top three spot in world football’s biggest event. The Netherlands were impressive at the 2014 World Cup now the team lays …
South American football giant Brazil have been named the number one football nation according to the latest FIFA world rankings.
Brazil were ousted in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by the Netherlands in the quarter final stage. Since then Brazil have not been ranked the top footballing nation until the recent release by FIFA.
The head coach of the Spanish national football team Vicente del Bosque stated that his squad will and has learned from their failures that were evident during the 2014 edition of the World Cup.
Spain made a disastrous run in the 2014 World Cup after not being able to get past the group stages due to having lost against: Netherlands and Chile.
When the tournament reached it’s end, Vicente del Bosque later went on saying that his squad is not going to perform in such an underwhelming manner and that his task is to help Spain become the 1rst national side to win 3 successive European Championships.
The 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup is scheduled to kick-off on June 14 of 2018 and expected to finalize on July 15 of that same year and the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has urged FIFA to be more active in their quest of promoting the upcoming worldwide competition and make more people be interested in watching the approaching tournament.
Not too long ago, a number of FIFA executives were involved in scandals, briberies and allegations of this nature which led to various figures in the football organization being either fired, arrested or resigned from their position.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed that he wanted to retire from international football after the last World Cup in 2014.
He said that he was not motivated anymore after having won the Euros and World Cup in previous years.
The player has revealed that it is only after talking with the coach Vicente Del Bosque that he has continued to play for the Spanish national team. He said that he was disappointed by the way Spain play in the World Cup in Brazil and felt that it was perhaps time to give chances to other players.
Pique said that he had already announced to his friends and relatives that he would not continue after the World Cup 2014 and it is only the Spanish coach that convince him to change his mind.
Memories of the infamous World Cup 2014 semi-final between Brazil and Germany will be played out as the Brazilian’s take on Germany for the Olympic gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic tournament.
The 7-1 thrashing will forever remain as one of the worst results for the Brazilian national team, which is ironically regarded as the best in the world. Brazil have been hugely successful in terms of national trophies after having won a record five World Cup titles and several Copa America winner’s medal. However, the Olympic gold medal has been the biggest absentee from the trophy cabinet.
World Cup 2014 winners Germany has some reconstruction work to do after their defeat at the Euros in France.
Indeed, Germany did not appear to be as strong as they were in the Brazilian World Cup and had some major changes to make if they want to win the next World Cup. Some pundits believe that Germany’s football has stalled during recent years and that there is not a lot of development taking place.
At the moment there are not a lot of young German footballers coming on the world stage, and there seems to be a problem with their development program. Unless Germany makes some changes to the way they develop new players, they may end up in trouble as other European nations.
Netherlands sealed the 3rd place of the 2014 World Cup after claiming a convincing 3-0 triumph over Brazil as they played on July 12 back on 2014.
The Dutch team left the international tournament on a high note with a positive victory but things have not been going well for the national team ever since that competition reached it’s end.
GuusHiddink was appointed as the head coach of Netherlands on March 28of 2014 and upon signing his contract, he agreed to be in charge of the national side through the 2016 Euro’s but after a string of defeats Hiddink left his managerial position sooner than expected.