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Brazil Football Federation take inspiration from German youth football model
Brazil Football Federation take inspiration from German youth football model

Germany lifted the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy Rio de Janerio, April 12 (IANS) The old saying goes that if you can't beat them, join them. And the adage has struck a chord with Brazil's football federation (CBF) in the aftermath of the national team's 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany in July last year. According to reports, the CBF has sought the help of Double Pass, a Belgian football consultancy firm credited with rev

Apr 12 2015
Top 10 goals of Robin van Persie's career
Top 10 goals of Robin van Persie's career

Ever since he made his debut in the Eredivisie, Robin van Persie has had the reputation of being technically very sound, and he has shown that he is capable of scoring great goals. Although he started out as a winger, Arsene Wenger converted him into a world-class striker, just like he had done so well with Thierry Henry earlier.   Among the 255 goals spread across 13 years of his senior career, Van Persie

Dec 3 2014
Philipp Lahm the most deserving Ballon D'Or winner
Philipp Lahm the most deserving Ballon D'Or winner

Philipp Lahm has never won the most prestigous individual award in football The world’s highest paid coach (by some margin) Pep Guardiola remarked once – "Philipp Lahm is perhaps the most intelligent player I have ever trained in my career. He is at another level.” Guardiola suggested that if Lahm played at any position for a year, he would be amongst the best in the world, at that position. This came f

Nov 21 2014
FIFA World Cup 2014: Best European XI
FIFA World Cup 2014: Best European XI

Germany’s Thomas Muller has a chance to win the Golden Boot again It would be a struggle for the European teams, they said. They cannot cope with the heat, they said. It would be Latin America’s time to shine on the big stage, they said. While two of Latin America’s biggest footballing nations are still in the tournament, they  face a stern test from two of Europe’s biggest. The perennial bridesmaids,

Jul 8 2014
The story of England's heart-breaking affair with penalty shootouts
The story of England's heart-breaking affair with penalty shootouts

  Ashley Cole was one of those who successfully converted their spot kicks when Chelsea went on to win the UEFA Champions League in 2012. Fast forward by a few weeks and the same veteran left back missed a crucial spot kick against Italy during the quarter-final shootout of the 2012 European Championship. Was it because of the added pressure a player experiences every time he puts on the National team jersey? Or is it the psychological

Great Football Coach Quotes
Great Football Coach Quotes

Let’s go through some great football coach quotes.The game of football has had many great coaches who have brought new things to the game. Some coaches speak only through their actions but others have left a lasting impression on fans with their words too.  Here are the quotes Bill Shankly 'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much

May 22 2014
Italian soccer chief praises Prandelli's work
Italian soccer chief praises Prandelli's work

Rome, April 1 (IANS) Italy Soccer Association (FIGC) president Giancarlo Abete has praised Cesare Prandelli for doing a good job as the head coach of the Azzurri. “We are aware of the work that he has done in recent years – second at Euro 2012, third at the Confederations Cup,” Xinhua quoted Abete as saying. “He’s also done tremendous stuff in terms of initiatives put in place and positives messages to the player

Apr 1 2014
Fernando Torres should make a return to the La Liga
Fernando Torres should make a return to the La Liga

Torres is the shadow of the player he once was History has repeated itself at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have broken the English transfer record twice in order to secure the services of world class strikers. The first case was in the form of Andriy Shevchenko who was acquired for a fee of £ 30.8 million from AC Milan and the second case is in the form of Fernando Torres who was brought from Liverpool for a breathtaking £50 million. Not only did

Feb 28 2014
England want to practice with Adidas World Cup ball in spite of agreement with Nike
England want to practice with Adidas World Cup ball in spite of agreement with Nike

Battle of sponsors again? The England FA face a dilemma now. Roy Hodgson has suggested that the England football team needs to practice with the World Cup ball. England who are currently in contract with Adidas’s bitter rivals Nike want to practice with the “Brazuca” in their training camps. But Nike currently have a deal of £25 million per year with England.  Football Association executives will hold a detailed meeting with

Dec 13 2013
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