It is supposed to be the biggest festival of football on the planet, but Brazilian legend Pele fears that it might turn into a bit of a damp squib if the construction delays aren’t rectified over the next few weeks and months.
Brazil host the 2014 World Cup Finals, awarded to them after some spectacular plans for new stadiums, airports, hotels and roads were unveiled by the bid committee. Whilst the plan should work in principle, in practice many of the various projects are falling behind schedule, and some construction work might even be taking place whilst the Finals are taking place.
Speaking at the launch of his latest authorised biography, Pele said he thought that Brazil could definitley do a good job, but that there is a lot of work to be done.
Former Golden Boot winner Gary Linekar has tipped Spanish hot-shot David Villa to pick up the award this year (though its not too much of a punt as he is the current hot fvourite with bwin!) Linekar who won the Golden Boot at the 86 World Cup held in Mexico, notching up six goals and then joined Villa’s new club Barca after the tournament says, “He is a prolific goalscorer, with a lot of self-confidence. He handles the pressure very well and is very cool in front of goal. He showed that two years ago at the Euros and has showed here it is not a flash in the pan. He is just one goal behind Raul’s record for Spain and is a brilliant finisher.”
The World Cup came to a close today in South Africa with Spain announced World Cup Champions for the first time in their history after beating The Netherlands 1-0 in extra time in the World Cup Final today at Soccer City in South Africa, out of form striker Fernanado Torres was dropped to the bench in place of Pedro with both sides keeping faith with the teams that saw them through their semi final encounters.
Spain beat Germany last night in the semi final to setup mouthwatering match against Holland in the World Cup final. Holland or Spain have never won a World Cup before to the outcome will be interesting the say the least. A Carlos Puyol bullet header was enough to see Spaniards through with Spain hitting their stride at the right time.
The FA have just announced that Fabio Capello will continue as England manager, there had been a lot of speculation as to whether he would stay on as manager following England’s disastrous World Cup campaign, getting knocked out by Germany losing 4-1 last week.
A rift between England’s Steven Gerrard and John Terry are starting to surface in today’s media, rumours are circulating that Steven Gerrard had an affair with his sister in-law & Terry is incensed that he was allowed to be England captain considering why Terry was stripped of the captaincy.
Fifa President Sepp Blatter has said that he will consider using video technology in wake of England’s Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal and Carlos Tevez goal which was wrongly given could of been prevented had the use of video technology been implemented.
So, here it is – what you were all waiting for. England back on form and kind of team you know you have to support. With a 1-0 victory over Slovenia (who you can’t help but feel sorry for, due to the USA pipping them at the proverbial post) here are the highlights of the first (and let’s face it, most important) part of the match.
England have qualified for the next phase of the World Cup with a 1-0 victory against Slovenia, advancing through to the next phase. Manager Fabio Capello made three changes to the side that drew with Algeria at the weekend. With Matthew Upson replacing the suspended Jamie Carragher, James Milner replacing Aaron Lennon and Emile Heskey giving way for Jermain Defoe.
The French national team are in turmoil, having sent Nicolas Anelka home for a bust-up with team coach Raymond Domenech.
Since then, the French fitness coach has quit and the players have refused to train. There’s never a dull moment in the French camp and Patrice Evra has stated that there is a traitor in Les Bleus suggesting that they had played a part in Anelka being sent home.