Luis Suarez: A Bit(e) Too Much

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It was no surprise to see the internet swing in to action with plenty of Suarez biting. Sorry, baiting.

Luis Suarez. This name will be forever remembered by the generation. Not for his heroics on the pitch, but for the sheer number of controversies he has been involved in. Currently, one of the best strikers in the world, European Golden Boot winner, a strong contender for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, it seemed he was a changed man. But thank you for proving your strongest critics right and well done on embarrassing Liverpool, Uruguay and football in general, once again. Continue reading

The Weekly Wrap-Up

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The results in the final games of each group and first four R/16 matches were as follows:

Cameroon 1 – 4 Brazil

Croatia 1 – 3 Mexico

Netherlands 2 – 0 Chile

Australia 0 – 3 Spain

Japan 1 – 4 Colombia

Greece 2 – 1 Cote D’Ivoire

Costa Rica 0 – 0 England

Italy 0 – 1 Uruguay

Nigeria 2 – 3 Argentina

Bosnia & Herzegovina 3 – 1 Iran

Honduras 0 – 3 Switzerland

Ecuador 0 – 0 France

United States 0 – 1 Germany

Ghana 1 – 2 Portugal

Algeria 1 – 1 Russia

Korea Republic 0 – 1 Belgium

Brazil* 1 – 1 Chile (3-2 Pens)

Colombia 2 – 0 Uruguay

Netherlands 2 – 1 Mexico

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Netherlands vs Mexico

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The Group B winners versus the Group A runners-up. Netherlands vs Mexico. The Dutch were favourites but Mexico were in with a shout in this game and they had proved to a team that must not be underestimated. Mexico had made it to the R/16 in their previous 7 appearances, but had not made it past the second round in their last 5. Louis Van Gaal welcomed back Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt earned his 100th cap, but the most notable news was that Daryl Janmaat, who has been the Oranje’s most consistent player, was dropped in favour of Verhaeg. For the Mexicans, Calcido made his 122nd appearance. Fortaleza was pumping, but the blistering heat would make it difficult for both teams, more so the Europeans. Continue reading

Group Stage Wrap-Up

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FootBallsToYou brings to you the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Group Stage Wrap Up.

The following teams made it through to the next round:

Group Winners A-H: Brazil, Netherlands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina, France, Germany and Belgium.

Group Runners-Up A-H: Mexico, Chile, Greece, Uruguay, Nigeria, Switzerland, United States and Algeria.

The following teams were sent home:

Eliminations A-H: Croatia, Cameroon; Spain, Australia; Cote D’Ivoire, Japan; Italy, England (LOL); Bosnia & Herzegovina, Irán; Ecuador, Honduras; Portugal, Ghana; Russia, Korea Republic. Continue reading

Colombia vs Uruguay

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The second Round of 16 clash, and Brazil awaited the winner of this match. One of the most evenly matched game of the knockouts, without Luis Suarez, many did not fancy Uruguay. Perhaps they lacked a certain bite without him. Colombia made many changes from the side that trampled Japan 4-1, the most notable one being James Rodriguez returning to the line-up, while Jackson Martinez kept his place. Diego Forlan made it into the starting XI for the suspended Luis Suarez. Continue reading

Brazil vs Chile

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The Round of 16 began and it was only fitting that Brazil kick off this round too. They were up against a spirited Chile side and after a string of impressive performances, we could not pick between the two sides. Brazil had won all 3 of their World Cup games versus Chile and they could draw some inspiration from that. It was a tale of drama and tension; an intense encounter. The Round of 16 could not have had a better start. Continue reading

Nigeria vs Argentina: Our Match Analysis

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Nigeria took on Argentina in a game where both teams were expected to qualify. It would be a nervy affair and Lionel Messi & Co. were hoping for another win. Nigeria were expected to put up a tough fight, with one of the most over performing backline this World Cup.

The game ended Nigeria 2 -3 Argentina and the way events played out were shocking but amazing. Continue reading