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World Cup 2014

Brazil Dream Still Alive for El Tigre

falcao Radamel Falcao could still feature at this summer’s World Cup after his doctor gave him a better than 50% chance of recovering in time. The Monaco star, nicknamed ‘El Tigre,’ watched from his hospital bed as his team-mates and supporters held a pre-match tribute. The striker was also visited in Porto by Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos. Continue reading →

Brazil Host City in Race Against Time

curitiba The city of Curitiba, a host venue for this summer’s World Cup, had a deadline of February 18th to speed up construction of its stadium or it faces exclusion by FIFA. The Arena da Baixada, where Spain will begin their title defence, is 90% complete but FIFA officials have described the construction timeline as “an emergency.” Continue reading →

Ronaldinho Remains and Eyes Seleção Return

ronaldinho1 Legendary Brazilian Ronaldinho will not be returning to Europe after all. According to reports, the two-time World Player of the Year was set to sign for Turkish side Besiktas, but has extended his stay at Atletico Mineiro with whom he enjoyed a stunning 2013. Having led his club to the Copa Libertadores title, the 33-year-old was recently voted South American player of the year in a fan poll, amid clamours for a recall to the Seleção in time for a World Cup swan-song. Continue reading →

Socceroos: Available Not Always Best

ange The best man available is not necessarily the best man for the job, so the theory goes. So it was that the FFA (Football Federation Australia), instead of casting about for an out-of-work coach with international credentials, poached the new Socceroos manager from the A-League’s biggest club, as Ian Kerr of Thin White Line writes. Continue reading →

Blunders Down Under: Brazil-Bound but Managerless

oz fans Ireland shipped six goals against Germany a year ago and former manager Giovanni Trapattoni never fully recovered. Spare a thought then for our Australian friends. They suffered two 6-0 defeats in succession and are also on the hunt for a new coach. And like the Irish with McCarthy, the Aussies are pining for an old flame. Except, the Socceroos will be in Brazil next summer, as Ian Kerr of football culture magazine, Thin White Line, writes. Continue reading →