0

De Futebol

vanderlei-luxemburgo-em-1990-tecnico-que-levou-o-bragantino-ao-titulo-paulista-daquele-ano-1405170747294_670x102421mai2014---tecnico-ney-franco-espera-inicio-da-partida-entre-flamengo-e-bahia-1400715480503_956x500

Flamengo is dead last and what did you expect the stupid management of boo Mengao to do keep the headman. Not in this lifetime. Ney Franco was given the heave hoe. No shit Sherlock. Instead of bringing in a fresh face the morons who run the club have decided to recycle a former failure Vanderlei Luxemburgo. This is as stupid is as stupid does. No wonder we are in the shits and ready to get shit canned to Serie B.

This the third coaching change this year. No wonder the guys suck big time. No one has a clue on what they are doing and then add to the mix the talent is nao serve para nada. Flamenguista nation is so upset that all heck will break loose at any time.

14-mai-2014---ney-franco-e-hernane-conversam-antes-de-treinamento-do-flamengo-no-ct-ninho-do-urubu-1400247853678_1920x1080

UOL- Ney Franco já não é mais o treinador do Flamengo. O profissional não resistiu à pressão pelos resultados ruins no Campeonato Brasileiro e foi demitido pela diretoria rubro-negra nesta quarta-feira, após reunião. Ele não conseguiu vencer nesta segunda passagem pelo clube da Gávea – foram sete partidas à frente do time. A goleada por 4 a 0 para o Internacional, assim como a manutenção do time na lanterna, definiu a queda de Ney Franco.

vanderlei-luxemburgo-em-treinamento-do-gremio-1338855483043_1920x1080

Vanderlei Luxemburgo assumirá o comando da equipe, a terceira mudança no banco de reservas do clube na temporada. Ele terá contrato até o fim de 2015, e a missão prioritária é tirar a equipe da péssima situação vivida neste Campeonato Brasileiro. Antônio Mello será o preparador físico do time. Luxa também terá parceria do ex-atacante Deivid na comissão técnica. Eles iniciam trabalho já nesta quarta-feira.

fabiano-com-a-mulher-vanessa-filha-do-treinador-vanderlei-luxemburgo-1393334953122_1024x682

“A escola do Vanderlei fala por si. A história dele fala por si a achamos que ele é a pessoa indicada para comandar o Flamengo”, afirmou Felipe Ximenes, diretor executivo do Flamengo, ao canal SporTV. “A conversa do Vanderlei passou por todos os aspectos que a diretoria do Flamengo toma em relação a atletas”, complementou o cartola.

Mesmo antes da disputa da Copa do Mundo, Ney Franco já recebia pressão de dirigentes do Flamengo. O foco de insatisfação ficou ainda maior após duas derrotas em sequência no retorno do Campeonato Brasileiro após a disputa do Mundial-2014. Atlético-PR e Internacional venceram e não deram chances ao treinador, atacado por diversas correntes na Gávea.

vanderlei-luxemburgo-comemora-gol-e-bom-aproveitamento-pelo-gremio-1338317666906_1920x1080

Além de Ney Franco, o preparador-físico Alexandre Lopes e o auxiliar-técnico Éder Bastos também abandonam os seus cargos.

Ney Franco sai do Flamengo questionado pelos erros cometidos, mesmo tendo tempo de trabalho para acertar o time durante a Copa. Esse período foi considerado perdido pelos críticos. A dificuldade em manter uma escalação e um esquema tático também serviu como arma para os insatisfeitos aumentarem a campanha contra.

Luxemburgo é o substituto e apontado como “salvador” dentro do Flamengo. Ele não trabalha desde o final da temporada 2013, quando foi demitido pelo Fluminense por sucessão de maus resultados. Luxa ganha a quarta oportunidade de comandar o Rubro-Negro na carreira.

15mai2014---ney-franco-observa-o-treinamento-do-flamengo-no-ct-ninho-do-urubu-1400170700440_615x300

A primeira missão do novo treinador do Flamengo será no próximo domingo. Na lanterna do Campeonato Brasileiro, com sete pontos, o Rubro-Negro precisa se recuperar na tabela. O desafio é contra o rival Botafogo. O Alvinegro também passa por aperto na parte de baixo da classificação do torneio nacional, com 12 pontos.

http://esporte.uol.com.br/futebol/campeonatos/brasileiro/serie-a/ultimas-noticias/2014/07/23/ney-franco-nao-resiste-a-pressao-e-e-demitido-do-flamengo.htm

maracana

4

De Futebol

comissao-tecnica-da-selecao-brasileira-concede-entrevista-coletiva-para-explicar-eliminacao-vergonhosa-para-a-alemanha-1404939632086_956x500

Dunga was named the new headman of the national team. This is deja vu all over again. This could be a move of genius or it could wind up another boneheaded decision by the CBF. We will find out.

Brasil is scared to look to the future and instead the CBF hangs on so tight to the past this almost chokes the crap outta the present as well as future.  Sure Brasil has won five cups but in reality the last time Brasileiros really were a force to be reckoned with was way back in the 1970′s. Yes the guys won the World Cup in 2002 but that was more of a fluke than anything else. There I said it. Yes there were some good players but the days of greatness has long passed Brasileiros futebol for Europe has caught up and surpassed Brasil as the real futebol power.

dunga-briga-pela-bola-em-jogo-contra-a-escocia-na-copa-de-1990-1265134338934_615x300

Can Dunga change the fortunes? This is the real money question that will be answered in 2018 in Russia.

dunga-concede-entrevista-coletiva-em-sua-apresentacao-como-tecnico-da-selecao-brasileira-1406041675304_956x500

O Dia  “Dunga está oficialmente apresentado como novo técnico da seleção brasileira. Em coletiva realizada no Rio, a CBF apresentou o comandante do Brasil na Copa de 2010 como o substituto de Felipão na equipe. Segundo o presidente José Maria Marin, o projeto é de total confiança no trabalho do ex-jogador.

“Ficou demonstrado através de números que possui todos os requisitos e capacidade de comandar a seleção brasileira. Foi uma escolha feita através da participação de toda a CBF e, numa demonstração de unidade e total integração, seguimos visando grandes conquistas no futuro. Todos nós depositamos total confiança na competência e capacidade de trabalho”, disse Marín.

dunga-recebe-a-taca-da-fifa-apos-a-conquista-do-tetra-nos-eua-em-1994-1265838777354_1008x1392

As primeiras palavras de Dunga foram de total alegria. O treinador fez questão de agradecer o convite para retornar ao comando da Seleção e garantiu que o foco maior será nos detalhes dentro de campo. O técnico também descartou que o desempenho na Copa do Mundo seja algo totalmente fracassado.

dunga-concede-coletiva-em-sua-apresentacao-como-tecnico-da-selecao-brasileira-1406039522080_956x500

“Felicidade imensa. Queria agradecer ao convite e a confiança depositada por toda a CBF. Vamos dar sequência ao trabalho que já está sendo feito há dois anos. Muitas coisas boas. Vimos na Copa do Mundo o quanto é importante o talento, mas também o planejamento. O marketing é, sim, muito importante, mas é preciso um grande trabalho dentro de campo”, disse Dunga, que ainda mostrou uma postura mais aberta com os críticos e imprensa daqui para frente.

“Estamos prontos e aptos para receber conselhos e críticas que sejam boas para a seleção brasileira. Não sou eu, não é o Gilmar, não é o presidente… Estamos aqui para representar a Seleção e vamos buscar os resultados que tanto precisamos”, concluiu.

O retorno de Dunga ao comando da Seleção acontece pouco mais de quatro anos depois de sua saída após o fracasso na Copa do Mundo de 2010.

dunga-tenta-desarmar-adversario-durante-jogo-da-selecao-contra-a-escocia-na-copa-do-mundo-de-1990-1257800436362_660x500

Na Seleção, Dunga obteve aproveitamento de 76 %, com 42 vitórias, 12 empates e seis derrotas em 60 jogos. Ele conquistou a Copa América e Copa das Confederações.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/2014-07-22/cbf-oficializa-retorno-de-dunga-ao-comando-da-selecao-brasileira.html

Dunga added a kicker in his contract which stipulated that he will treat all media equally.

UOL- A segunda passagem de Dunga no comando da seleção brasileira começou com uma autoanálise. Em entrevista coletiva concedida nesta terça-feira, no Rio de Janeiro, o treinador admitiu que precisa melhorar nas relações pessoais e que esse foi o maior problema de sua passagem anterior pela equipe nacional. O comandante ainda negou a existências de rusgas com a TV Globo, com quem teve relação atribulada enquanto ocupou o cargo.

dunga-e-o-presidente-da-cbf-jose-maria-marin-na-coletiva-de-apresentacao-do-tecnico-na-selecao-1406040542535_956x500

“Sei que eu tenho de melhorar no contato com as pessoas, com os jornalistas. Talvez na primeira passagem pela seleção, por ser oriundo do futebol e por não ter tido experiência anterior como treinador, tenha focado demais dentro de campo. Sobre os resultados dentro de campo eu não preciso falar muito, mas preciso aprimorar meu relacionamento com a imprensa, o que é normal. Esse é meu mea culpa”, disse Dunga antes de abrir a entrevista para perguntas de jornalistas.

A experiência anterior na seleção foi a primeira de Dunga como técnico de futebol. Ele teve 42 vitórias, 12 empates e seis derrotas em 60 jogos, com 76,7% de aproveitamento. Conquistou a Copa América (2007) e a Copa das Confederações (2009), mas caiu nas quartas de final da Copa do Mundo de 2010.

Uma das marcas desse período foi a reação conturbada com a mídia. Dunga montou uma seleção mais fechada, limitou ações de patrocinadores e cortou privilégios da TV Globo, prática que foi retomada por Mano Menezes e Luiz Felipe Scolari no ciclo seguinte.

dunga-retorna-ao-cargo-de-tecnico-da-selecao-brasileira-1406039902788_956x500

“Não tive problema com a Globo, com A, B ou C. Tive atritos porque sou gaúcho e porque combinado não é caro. Eu cumpro o que é combinado. Talvez tenha levado muito na ponta da faca, porque cumpri muito, mas muito não foi cumprido. Não mudarei a minha essência, que é comprometimento, transparência e planejamento, as é como o presidente falou: ninguém vai impedir a imprensa de trabalhar, mas o objetivo maior é a seleção. A seleção tem de estar acima”, teorizou Dunga.

O treinador trabalhou como comentarista da TV mexicana Azteca na Copa de 2014 e ainda participou de transmissões de jogos da qatariana Al Jazeera.

“Participei como jornalista, e todos elogiavam a postura da Alemanha, que caminhava na praia quando estava de folga. Mas eles faziam isso porque havia um horário de entrevistas combinado com os jornalistas, e ninguém ia atrás fora desse horário. Se tivermos a compreensão de todos, a rotina vai ser ótima”, avisou o novo técnico da seleção.

Quando negociava com a CBF para retornar à seleção, Dunga exigiu que o contrato tivesse uma cláusula sobre relação com a mídia. O treinador pediu o direito de tratar todos os veículos com isonomia, sem dar privilégios a parceiros de transmissão

http://esporte.uol.com.br/futebol/ultimas-noticias/2014/07/22/de-volta-a-selecao-dunga-diz-que-precisa-melhorar-no-contato-com-pessoas.htm

gilmar-rinaldi-coordenador-geral-da-cbf-observa-dunga-tecnico-da-selecao-1406042311236_956x500

 

0

De Futebol

alex-e-indio-prestam-homenagem-a-familia-de-fernandao-no-gramado-do-beira-rio-1405883405047_956x500

Mengao crashed and burned in a 4-0 loss to Internacional. Boo Mengao hasn’t won since May 5th against Palmerias. Since then the bottom has fallen out and Rubro-negro sits in the whale dung position 20th place seven points.

UOL-O Internacional prestou a melhor homenagem possível a Fernandão, ídolo morto em acidente aéreo no começo de junho, neste domingo no Beira-Rio. Com o estádio imerso em emoção pela lembrança do antigo capitão, o Colorado aplicou 4 a 0 no Flamengo com autoridade. Rafael Moura, autor do primeiro gol, reverenciou a camisa do ex-jogador. D’Alessandro, Fabrício e Alex também marcaram e o time carioca, afundado na lanterna do Brasileirão, ainda ouviu gritos de olé em Porto Alegre.

A vitória empurra o Inter para o G-4, com 19 pontos. E fecha um dia de tributos que contou com a presença da família de Fernandão no estádio, romaria pelo ídolo nas ruas de Porto Alegre e ovação da torcida na arquibancada.

chicao-arrisca-carrinho-dentro-da-area-e-acerta-wellington-silva-zagueiro-cometeu-penalti-e-foi-expulso-apos-lance-1405888393939_956x500

O Flamengo, intruso no cenário, se afunda de vez na última posição da tabela. Com somente sete pontos conquistados, o time continua sem vencer sob comando de Ney Franco: são oito jogos com quatro derrotas e quatro empates. O técnico, aliás, passa a viver uma incerteza sobre o futuro, podendo ser demitido.

A lembrança de Fernandão estava por todos os lados e empurrou o Inter. As homenagens à família antes da bola rolar, as faixas espalhadas pela arquibancada e o grito da massa como “Uh, Fernandão!” funcionaram como um doping emocional, termo citado por Abel Braga antes do jogo. E quem pagou o preço foi o Flamengo – inofensivo durante os 90 minutos e presa fácil.

andre-santos-tenta-se-livrar-da-marcacao-de-jogador-do-internacional-no-campo-de-defesa-do-flamengo-1405889138446_956x500

Com Aránguiz de volta, o Inter ganhou qualidade na saída de bola. Dividindo o fardo da criação que normalmente fica só com D’Alessandro. E forçou um sistema defensivo limitado e nervoso do time carioca. A escalação de Léo Moura no meio-campo não ajudou em nada o plano de Ney Franco, pelo contrário, deixou o time mais amarrado e confuso.

Diante disto, as chances não custaram muito a aparecer. Rafael Moura cabeceou para fora e Aránguiz chutou fraco antes do gol sair. Aos 15 minutos, em cobrança de falta ensaiada, D’Alessandro levantou e Juan escorou. Dentro da pequena área, entre os zagueiros perdidos do Flamengo, He-Man só desviou para a rede: 1 a 0.

Na comemoração, Rafael Moura prestou nova homenagem a Fernandão. O centroavante foi até o banco, pegou uma camisa branca usada na entrada em campo e reverenciou o número 9 – aposentado temporariamente neste domingo

A superioridade do Internacional era clara, mas sofreu um baque. Aránguiz recebeu uma pancada no joelho direito – o mesmo que o incomodou na Copa do Mundo, e precisou sair. Sem o chileno, Abel Braga lançou Luque, o novo Caniggia, mas perdeu profundidade.

A permissividade do Flamengo, porém, fez o Colorado se recuperar da baixa naturalmente. Wellington, escalado para dar mais segurança ao meio-campo, lançou o xará Wellington Silva. E ele aproveitou uma furada de Mugni para entrar na área e ser derrubado por Chicão. O zagueiro recebeu vermelho direto e deu o segundo gol ao Inter, convertido por D’Alessandro de pênalti, no último lance do primeiro tempo.

Na segunda etapa a fragilidade da equipe carioca ficou mais visível. Em vantagem numérica, o Internacional cansou de entrar na área de Felipe com facilidade. Fabrício, aos 12 minutos, acertou um chute de primeira após cruzamento de D’Alessandro e fez o 3 a 0. Até Wellington Silva quase marcou, ao driblar dois e passar por Felipe. O chute, entretanto, foi salvo em cima da linha. Aos 33, quando o ritmo do jogo já era outro, Alex aparou cruzamento de Fabrício e fez o quarto. O estádio voltou a gritar olé e a cantar a música em alusão a Fernandão.

5gmd7is5w16k4igdabmdeu9x6

Na próxima rodada o Internacional visita o Bahia, às 18h30min, em Salvador. Já o Flamengo tem pela frente o clássico diante do Botafogo para tentar iniciar uma recuperação.

http://esporte.uol.com.br/futebol/campeonatos/brasileiro/serie-a/ultimas-noticias/2014/07/20/inter-faz-4-a-0-no-flamengo-com-reverencia-a-fernandao-e-gritos-de-ole.htm

 

40

De Futebol

article-2698352-1FCB9D8800000578-536_634x494

Preseason is in full swing in the EPL. Chelsea needed two late goals to defeat League Two AFC Wimbledon 3-2. The Dons took an early two nil lead only to have the Blues comeback to tie it up at two all.

John Terry scored two goals to lead the comeback win. His second goal sealed the deal for Chelsea.

The Daily Mail “Captain fantastic John Terry spared Jose Mourinho’s blushes after earning Chelsea a 3-2 win – with two goals – against League Two minnows AFC Wimbledon.
article-2698352-1FCBB94300000578-425_634x474

The Premier League side was two down with 16 minutes to go – after being roughed up by 16st powerhouse Ade ‘The Beast’ Akinfenwa and outrun by the hungry stars of the 12-year-old football club.

But the half-time introduction of Terry and Branislav Invanovic turned around their fortunes and helped them to triumph.

 The Blues were undone by an Alan Bennett header inside 40 seconds before Matt Tubbs crashed a penalty past Mark Schwarzer.
article-2698352-1FCC2DAD00000578-116_634x517

Terry pulled one back for his side and Mohamed Salah levelled things up with seven minutes left on the clock.

Only for Terry to grab the glory – after a summer spent on holiday instead of at the World Cup – and help his side keep face.
article-2698352-1FCC1C9C00000578-963_634x435

The opener stunned the travelling fans at Kingsmeadow. Chelsea conceded a harmless looking early corner but when George Framcomb whipped it in and Bennett out-jumped the Premier League side’s defence Chelsea were stunned.

The visitors had plenty of the ball for the remainder of the first-half but it was largely passed along the back-four and occasionally lent to midfielder anchorman Nemanja Matric who all-too-often played it safe or sidewards.
article-2698352-1FCC2EAC00000578-808_634x463

AFC then produced another shock when they doubled the lead with six minutes of the half left. An ideally lofted pass into Tubbs allowed the tireless forward to control the ball and cut across Kurt Zouma in one movement that left the centre-back perplexed.
article-2698352-1FCBB40A00000578-255_634x422

Down went Tubbs and Zouma should have got his marching orders as he was clearly the last man but no cards were shown, clearly due to the games ‘friendly’ status.

The only thing Chelsea fans had to smile about, based on Saturday’s performance, was their occasional witty song about Akinfenwa’s hulking figure.

Time after time he rolled defenders, shook off challenges and shrugged off the attentions of Chelsea’s million-pound men before he was withdrawn on 66 minutes with his side in charge.

article-2698352-1FCBB9FE00000578-766_634x667

Chelsea’s first good chance of the match didn’t arrived until the 44th minute when Nathan Ake, playing at left-back, surged forward into oodles of space but his effort was poor and gifted Wimbledon another goal-kick.

Chelsea rung the changes at half-time and Ivanovic should have scored when he was found at the back post, with a lofted pass, but he was caught between a header and volley and let the ball drift out.

Substitute Izzy Brown was then left unmarked to take aim at James Shea’s goal with an easy header but it was straight at the grateful keeper.

article-2698352-1FCC1B9C00000578-59_636x382

Wimbledon’s dogged defence could not hold out forever and was finally breached by the Chelsea skipper on 74 minutes when he arrived late at the back-post and poked home.

Mourinho’s men finally found some momentum and were soon level. The Egyptian Salah picked up a pass from deep meandered through the Dons’ defence and rifled home to hurt the depleted Dons.

And, with the home side all out of gas, it was down to Terry to rise to the occasion. With seconds left he jumped above the shattered Dons players to nod home at the front post and crush the Wimbledon dream.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2698352/AFC-Wimbledon-2-3-Chelsea-Sub-John-Terry-scores-twice-Jose-Mourinhos-complete-comeback.html#ixzz37xNB3DVj

article-2698352-1FCBB41600000578-160_634x441

The Reds cat to replace Luis Suarez Emre Can lasted exactly twenty one minutes before he limped off with a torn muscle in his right thigh according to The Daily Mail. Liverpool defeated Preston West End 2-1.

article-2698350-1FCBAD0D00000578-184_634x434

Can, a £10million signing from Bayer Leverkusen this summer limped down the tunnel after appearing to tweak a muscle in his right leg.

It was a big disappointment for the 20-year-old who is tipped as Steve Gerrard’s long-term successor as a holding midfielder and fellow debutant Rickie Lambert fared little better, missing two chances before wholesale changes were made at half-time.

League One Preston provided what little intensity existed and after Joe Garner had been foiled by Brad Jones, the home side went ahead on the stroke of half-time through Josh Brownhill.

article-2698350-1FCBAF0600000578-413_634x416

The highly-rated youngster, who was watched by Arsenal, converted from close range.

Despite the game being shown live on BT Sport, it descended into a farce with so many substitutions that 47 players (23 from Liverpool and 24 from Preston) were eventually involved.

One of them, Suso, levelled for Liverpool midway through the second half before Kristoph Peterson put them ahead 14 minutes from time.

article-2698350-1FCBE91400000578-720_634x411

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2698350/Preston-1-2-Liverpool-Kristoph-Peterson-scores-late-hand-Brendan-Rodgers-pre-season-victory.html#ixzz37xQja1mm

article-2698350-1FCC003D00000578-379_964x386

60

De Futebol

Wayne Rooney

After my guys from Brasil bombed out of the World Cup FIFA came out with their latest rankings. England stunk the joint and fell to 20th place. Spain was horrible yet the Spaniards only dropped  to 8th place. Brasil was ranked 7th so this must be a cosmic joke played on all of us by the morons at FIFA.

Germany won the whole enchilada so they should be and are number one. Argentina lost in the finals so number two is right. Holland was third so this is correct but the rest is beyond belief. Colombia is four yea give em that. Belgium ranked fifth this is nuts. Uruguay sixth in what lifetime.

Croatia is ranked ahead of Mexico what a joke. Croatia didn’t even make it outta Group play while Mexico almost beat Holland in the round of sixteen. Croatia 17 and Mexico is 18.

Italy at fourteen is generous. The USA 15th is a little high. Costa Rica is 16th.

These are my thoughts on this subject.  This will all change in the next four years.

The Guardian- “England have slumped to their lowest Fifa ranking for 18 years following their disappointing World Cup campaign.

Germany top the world rankings, which take into account matches played during the World Cup as well as 46 friendlies, for the first time in approximately 20 years.

Argentina, the runners-up in Brazil, have risen to second and semi-finalists Holland have climbed from 15th to third.

England are among the biggest fallers after Roy Hodgson’s side were eliminated in the group stage following defeats to Italy and Uruguay, plummeting from 10th to 20th.

The last time England were ranked so low was in June 1996, when they were placed 24th before Euro 96. However, their position was artificially depressed because they did not have to qualify for the tournament.

Mesut_OzilGETTY1_2977745b

Brazil are down four places to seventh after being thumped 7-1 in their semi-final by Germany and then beaten 3-0 by Holland.

Other underperforming sides also dropped down the table, with Portugal slipping from fourth to 11th and Italy falling five places to 14th.

All of the teams who went out the World Cup in the quarter-finals have climbed up the rankings: Colombia (fourth, up four places), Belgium (fifth, up six), France (10th, up seven) and Costa Rica (16th, up 12).

England’s performance may have repercussions for their next World Cup qualifying campaign. If they remain outside the top nine European nations they face being unseeded when the draw is made in St Petersburg next July.

Top 20 ranked teams

1 Germany, 2 Argentina, 3 Holland, 4 Colombia, 5 Belgium, 6 Uruguay, 7 Brazil, 8 Spain, 9 Switzerland, 10 France, 11 Portugal, 12 Chile, 13 Greece, 14 Italy, 15 USA, 16 Costa Rica, 17 Croatia, 18 Mexico, 19 Bosnia-Herzegovina, 20 England

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/17/england-20th-fifa-world-rankings-germany-top

article-2697152-1FC168F300000578-780_636x382

3

De Futebol

article-2694435-1F7E5E5900000578-976_634x465

This is as stupid as stupid does. Brasil’s refuses to look at the track record and now they will fall further behind Europe and the rest of the world. Instead of looking to the best and brightest the CBF will look for a home grown manager to run the national team. This is pure insanity. Felipao failed and these fools refuse to look at the real truth the rest of world has caught up with Brasil and passed them by in terms of talent and strategy. Yes, Neymar, Oscar and David Luiz are good players. Where do they play? Europe. This is where they learn to become better not in Brasil.

The days of Brasil setting the standard of Futebol are over. Instead of looking to the future the CBF use England as their guide. The FA is a joke.  Use Germany as your guide. Yes Germany used home grown talent but look who they had to face every year clubs from all over Europe in the Champions League. South American futebol is a minor leagues when compared to European clubs. For Neymar etal to get better they had to play in Europe.

The Daily Mail wrote  Departing Brazil technical director Carlos Alberto Parreira has warned the country’s football federation (CBF) against appointing a foreign coach.

article-2694435-1F85462E00000578-735_634x398

Luiz Felipe Scolari stood down as the Selecao’s coach after their World Cup dream fell apart in a 7-1 semi-final hammering by Germany, followed by another defeat to Holland in the third place play-off.

His backroom staff left with him and attention will now turn to finding a successor, with suggestions a first ever overseas appointment could be on the agenda.

But Parreira, like Scolari a former World Cup-winning Brazil coach having led them in 1994, wants to see another home-grown coach.

‘Great  teams have to havea local coach,’ Parreira told ESPN Brasil.

article-2694435-1F99150B00000578-664_634x323

‘If somebody from another country takes the job, he is going to suffer a lot. And when he starts to get it, it will be too late.

I’m not against the idea but I think it will be difficult for a foreign coach to implement his ideas. In six matches, if he loses three, people are going to criticise him.

‘I think there are competent people here who can do the job.’

article-2694435-11A4B261000005DC-860_306x455

Sao Paulo’s Muricy Ramalho and former Corinthians coach Tite are among the Brazilian coaches linked with the vacancy.

Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini, from Chile, is reported to have rejected advances from the CBF but Parreira pointed to England and their experience with high-profile coaches from abroad as a cautionary tale.

‘Sven-Goran Eriksson was a failure and Fabio Capello was an even bigger failure,’ he said.

Even a semi-final place was arguably a good achievement for a below-par Brazil squad and Parreira admits much work is needed to find the next generation of players.

While the defence bore the brunt of the criticism for their calamitous display against Germany, Brazil’s striking options also struggled. Fred retired from international football after the tournament having become the target of fans’ criticism, while Hulk and Jo fared no better.

article-2694435-1930AE7C00000578-431_306x455

‘Brazil always developed young players, we have to go back to doing that,’ said Parreira.

‘We need to work harder at developing youth football and produce high-level players.

‘Players are leaving too early. They currently complete their football development in other countries. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2694435/Brazil-football-chief-rules-foreign-replacement-Luis-Felipe-Scolari-World-Cup-debacle.html#ixzz37fLXH4fE

This is called the Pennsylvania Dutch mentality. My father did it this way. His father did this way so forth and so on and then you get stuck with bupkis.

This is the way Brasil is headed. No where fast.

 

 

0

De Futebol

6jul2014---jogadores-do-flamengo-e-do-atletico-pr-brigam-pela-bola-em-duelo-valido-pela-10-rodada-do-campeonato-brasileiro-1405561726948_749x500

Forty five days rest didn’t do Flamengo any good. Boo Mengao is on the verge of getting the heave-hoe.  Seven points in ten matches means you guys really stink to high heaven. This is worse than bad it is down right despicable. It borderlines on treason.

Boo Mengao lost to Atletico PR 2-1 Wednesday night. The guys tied this sucker up just before halftime only to give up the match winner in the 60th minute. Cleberson tickled the twines for the match winner to send Rubro-negro crashing and burning into last place with seven points.

Flamengo’s last win came May 4th. This was a lifetime ago.

enli1md4dpk5ejubb1vspjxnz

O Dia wrote- Responda rapidamente: quando e sobre quem foi a última vitória do Flamengo no Brasileiro? No retorno do torneio, o Rubro-Negro amargou mais uma derrota, agora para o Atlético-PR, por 2 a 1, nesta quarta-feira, no Moacyrzão. Os 45 dias de parada para a Copa do Mundo não aliviam a situação do Fla. O time agora amarga a lanterna da competição, foi vaiado e ouviu gritos de “sem-vergonha”. São sete jogos consecutivos sem vencer (quatro derrotas e três empates). Ah, o último triunfo do Flamengo foi sobre o Palmeiras, no dia 4 de maio, pela terceira rodada…

Na parada para a Copa do Mundo, o Flamengo contratou um reforço. O volante Canteros, porém, não foi regularizado e não entrou em campo. Contra o Alético-PR, a novidade, então, foi o esquema de jogo. O 4-4-2 deu lugar ao 3-5-2. De nada adiantou… Em alguns momentos, o Fla até apresentou uma organização melhor, mas os problemas continuam evidentes. A zaga, mesmo com três zagueiros, não foi eficiente e vacilou nos dois gols. O setor ofensivo, mais uma vez, foi ineficaz e pouco criou.

16jul2014--samir-salta-para-empatar-para-o-flamengo-contra-o-atletico-pr-no-moacyrzao-em-macae-1405562934380_956x500

Ney Franco teve tempo trabalhar, mas está longe de arrumar uma solução para o time. Ele ainda não venceu e amarga um retrospecto de três derrotas e três empates. O Flamengo tem sete pontos e segura a lanterna do Brasileiro.

Na próxima rodada, no domingo, o Flamengo encara o Internacional, às 16h, no Beira-Rio. O Atlético-PR joga no mesmo dia, às 18h30, e recebe o Criciúma na Arena da Baixada. O Furacão, que teve a estreia do técnico Doriva, pulou para 16 pontos e está em sexto lugar.

O Flamengo tinha maior posse de bola, mas não conseguia criar. O Atlético-PR balançou a rede com Ederson, mas a arbitragem anulou. O juiz viu falta de Douglas Coutinho em Léo Moura. O lance era normal. Depois, Felipe cortou cruzamento de forma desajeitada. A bola sobrou para Douglas Coutinho. O atacante chutou para fora. O Furacão se aproveitou dos espaços deixados pelo Fla e abriu o placar. Douglas Coutinho foi lançado e tocou na saída de Felipe: 1 a 0.

O Atlético-PR passou a cadenciar o jogo. Ney Franco foi obrigado a fazer a primeira substituição. Paulinho, com um problema no tornozelo direito, deu lugar a Mugni. O argentino participou no gol de empate. Após cobrança de escanteio, Samir ganhou pelo alto e fez 1 a 1. O Flamengo assustou. Mais uma vez em lance de bola parada. Elano cobrou falta e André Santos desviou para fora, com perigo.

16jul2014---torcida-do-flamengo-faz-festa-nas-arquibancadas-do-moacyrzao-em-macae-durante-jogo-contra-o-atletico-pr-1405561714806_956x500

O Flamengo voltou um pouco melhor para o segundo tempo e tentou encularrar o Atlético-PR. Lançado, Alecsandro acertou o travessão. A bola desceu e quicou na linha. A resposta do Furacão foi fatal. Após um abafa, o setor defensivo do clube carioca vacilou e permitiu Suelinton cruzar para Cleberson. De carrinho, o zagueiro tocou para o fundo da rede: 2 a 1.

O Furacão teve a chance de ampliar, mas o chute de Marcos Guilherme foi para fora. O Flamengo por pouco não empatou. Luiz Antonio, que entrou no lugar do vaiado do Elano, chutou, mas Weverton tirou com o pé esquerdo. O goleiro também salvou em lance de Alecsandro.

O Flamengo não teve forças para reagir e ouviu da torcida gritos de “time sem-vergonha”. A situação do Rubro-Negro é delicada.

http://odia.ig.com.br/esporte/flamengo/2014-07-16/flamengo-perde-para-o-atletico-pr-e-agora-segura-a-lanterna-do-brasileirao.html

UOL basically wrote the same thing. Flamengo sent Flamenguista nation through hell once again with another loss this time from the hands of Atletico-PR 2-1.  This is same old crap over and over again. Our winless streak is now locked at seven matches and counting.

16jul2014---everton-pula-marcos-guilherme-durante-jogo-entre-flamengo-e-atletico-pr-no-moacyrzao-em-macae-1405561723031_956x500

UOL- Nada mudou. A volta do Flamengo ao Campeonato Brasileiro foi um pesadelo para o torcedor. O time repetiu os erros apresentados antes da pausa para a Copa do Mundo e foi derrotado pelo Atlético-PR por 2 a 1, nesta quarta-feira (16), em Macaé. Os gols de Douglas Coutinho e Cleberson – Samir fez para os donos da casa – empurraram o Rubro-negro carioca para a lanterna da competição, com apenas sete pontos conquistados.

O time chegou ao sétimo jogo sem vencer e foi muito vaiado pela torcida. Os comandados de Ney Franco vão tentar mais uma vez a recuperação no próximo domingo, contra o Internacional, às 16h, no Beira-Rio. Já o Atlético-PR subiu para a sexta posição, com 16 pontos, e enfrenta o Criciúma, também no domingo, às 18h30, na Arena da Baixada.

O Flamengo iniciou a partida tentando valorizar a posse de bola e trocando passes no meio de campo na expectativa de furar o sistema defensivo do Atlético-PR. Aos poucos, a equipe de Ney Franco deu espaços e atraiu o adversário. O esquema com três zagueiros não apresentou a sobra característica e acabou punido.

Aos 20min, Douglas Coutinho recebeu entre Samir e Leo Moura. O atleticano avançou e tocou com categoria na saída de Felipe. O Flamengo sentiu o gol e demorou para entrar na partida novamente.

Com um setor de meio de campo previsível, os cariocas eram facilmente marcados pelos paranaenses. Elano acabou perseguido pela torcida e vaiado a cada toque na bola. Lesionado, Paulinho deixou o campo e deu lugar a Mugni

-samir-comemora-com-andre-santos-apos-empatar-para-o-flamengo-contra-o-atletico-pr-pela-10-rodada-do-campeonato-brasileiro-1405563547397_956x500

E foi justamente o argentino que deu início ao gol de empate. Aos 34min, o camisa 10 cobrou escanteio. Samir subiu bem e escorou para o fundo da rede de Weverton. Aos 41min, novo cruzamento na área. André Santos cabeceou para fora.

O primeiro tempo terminou com o Flamengo deixando a desejar na organização, mas com as ações equilibradas na base da vontade. A segunda etapa começou com panorama semelhante, porém, o dono da casa foi mais ao ataque.

Aos 10min, Alecsandro recebeu e soltou a bomba. A bola bateu no travessão e quicou em cima da linha. Jogadores e torcida reclamaram bastante da arbitragem e pediram a marcação do gol. Aos 14min, o Atlético-PR respondeu em chute cruzado de Douglas Coutinho, que desviou em Wallace e foi para fora. Aos 15min, os visitantes marcaram o segundo em nova falha da defesa. Suelinton cruzou rasteiro e o zagueiro Cleberson completou sozinho para o gol.

O Flamengo ainda perdeu Samir com um estiramento na coxa e pouco produziu para buscar o empate. Aos 30min, Luiz Antônio parou em Weverton. E foi só. O Rubro-negro retomou o Brasileirão como o deixou para a Copa do Mundo. Desorganizado, o time foi facilmente marcado, deixou o gramado aos gritos de “sem vergonha” e em crise absoluta com a torcida.

http://esporte.uol.com.br/futebol/campeonatos/brasileiro/serie-a/ultimas-noticias/2014/07/16/fla-repete-erros-na-volta-ao-br-perde-para-atletico-pr-e-vira-lanterna.htm#fotoNav=6

6r9229zbn6n3ojg3qtenorgvp

3

De Futebol

article-0-1F9CCE6200000578-622_634x455

Here are a couple of news stories I found while perusing the English press. CBF offered Manuel Pellegrini the headman’s position. Pellegrini turned em down. The Daily Mail -

“Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has rejected an offer to become the new coach of Brazil, according to reports in his native Chile.

article-2693343-16431772000005DC-325_306x423

It has been claimed that Pellegrini was approached as the World Cup reached its climax on Sunday, 24 hours before Luiz Felipe Scolari quit following a calamitous end to Brazil’s bid to win the tournament on home soil.

Manchester City v West Ham United - Premier League

However, Pellegrini is said to have refused to enter into negotiations with the Brazilian FA, insisting that he wants to see out his three-year contract at the Etihad.

The 60-year-old won the Premier League title and Capital One Cup during his first season in England.

article-0-08F6042600000514-636_634x377

Pellegrini and his squad are spending the week training at St Andrews in Scotland before playing their second pre-season friendly against Hearts on Friday.

Director of football Txiki Begiristain is also staying at the famous golf resort although it is unclear whether the two men have discussed the alleged approach from Brazil.

article-0-1DC12B6700000578-565_634x508

Pellegrini has wasted no time strengthening his squad this summer with the signings of Bacary Sagna on a free transfer from Arsenal, goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Malaga and they have been linked with defender Eliaquim Mangala from Porto.

Winger Samir Nasri has also committed his future to the club, signing a new contract which will extend his stay at the Etihad until 2019.

article-2693343-1F490B3D00000578-566_306x423

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2693343/Manuel-Pellegrini-turns-chance-replace-Luiz-Felipe-Scolari-Brazil-coach-stay-Man-City.html#ixzz37a3TWGxH

Jose Mourinho was asked if he would consider taking the Brasil national team job. Mourinho told them, “No way Jose. Not at this time while I  am still the head cat at Chelsea. Yet this could change in a New York minute after they fire my ass if don’t win the EPL.”

UOL “De acordo com o jornal espanhol Marca, a CBF já teria sondado o agente do treinador José Mourinho. Em sua edição deste sábado, a publicação afirma que o atual técnico do Chelsea descarta a possibilidade de assumir o Brasil agora, porém, não rechaça a ideia de treinar o Brasil na Copa do Mundo-2018, na Rússia.

ico-jose-mourinho-orienta-jogadores-do-chelsea-na-partida-contra-o-atletico-de-madri-pelas-semifinais-da-liga-dos-campeoes-1398198377595_615x300

Segundo a publicação espanhola, a CBF já teria procurado Jorge Mendes, agente de Mourinho, para manifestar seu interesse pelo treinador. O marca ainda fala que um dirigente da CBF estaria se programando para viajar a Londres e conversar diretamente com o técnico do Chelsea. “Mourinho está relutante em quebrar seu contrato com o Chelsea, que ainda tem três anos de duração”, informa o Marca. O jornal cita a empolgação do técnico com o panorama desenhado por Roman Abramovich, dono do Chelsea, como a justificativa para continuar em seu atual emprego e ter a chance de brigar por títulos importantes. O Marca também fala em um suposto aval dado por Ronaldo para a contratação de Mourinho. O ‘Fenômeno’, que trabalhou com o português quando ele era assistente no Barcelona, “é um grande fã do treinador do Chelsea e cogitou a ideia de Mourinho honrar seu contrato em Stamford Bridge por dois anos e, então, assumir a seleção brasileira”, descreve a publicação.

A permanência de Felipão à frente da seleção está ameaçada depois da goleada por 7 a 1 para a Alemanha na semifinal da Copa do Mundo. Apesar do resultado, o pior já sofrido pela equipe nacional em toda sua história, o técnico ainda tem prestígio com a cúpula da CBF. “Por mim, ele fica. O que aconteceu foi um erro tático. Esse foi o problema. Mas todos nós erramos. Isso acontece com qualquer um. O importante é que o trabalho foi bem feito. A campanha e a preparação foram boas. A base existe”, afirmou Marco Polo del Nero, presidente eleito da CBF, em entrevista ao jornal O Estado de S. Paulo.

http://copadomundo.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2014/07/12/mourinho-descarta-selecao-mas-nao-rechaca-cargo-para-copa-18-diz-jornal.htm

We are counting down the days until the EPL kicks off in August.

3

De Futebol

5wrxpm6eattp0qrv1objsg3a9

Felipao  is no longer the headman of the national team.  No shit Sherlock after Brasil was humiliated by Germany and Holland. The entire coaching staff of Scolari’s was given the heave hoe.

UOL Luiz Felipe Scolari não é mais o técnico da seleção brasileira de futebol. A Confederação Brasileira de Futebol tomou a decisão durante a tarde deste domingo e definiu que Felipão não fica no cargo. Dois dirigentes que conversaram com José Maria Marin, presidente, e Marco Polo Del Nero, vice e futuro mandatário, ouviram que o treinador será sacado. Segundo os relatos, a cúpula da CBF afirmou que a situação ficou insustentável depois da derrota para a Holanda, na disputa pelo terceiro lugar da Copa do Mundo. A entidade informa que irá se pronunciar nesta segunda-feira.

aav7sq3vpxo7prlorsrbed4qb

“Após do jogo Marin e Del Nero tomaram a decisão. Não houve um anúncio formal para as federações, mas os presidentes já sabem”, afirmou Delfim Peixoto, presidente da Federação Catarinense de Futebol e vice-presidente eleito da CBF para a gestão que inicia em 2015 e tem Del Nero como presidente.

O coordenador técnico Carlos Alberto Parreira também não faz mais parte da comissão técnica da equipe. A informação sobre a mudança foi dada inicialmente pela TV Globo.

b35btqe5g6kqeevsh7id1r0dj

O auxiliar técnico Flávio Murtosa, o preparador de goleiros Carlos Pracidelli e o preparador físico Anselmo Sbragia, todos ligados a Scolari, também saíram.

Luiz Felipe Scolari já havia afirmado que colocaria o cargo à disposição da CBF, independentemente do resultado na Copa do Mundo, ao final da participação do Brasil no torneio. A data corresponde o fim do contrato dele com a entidade.

c58z4ov3izrh449zuekhh57z8

O treinador, após a derrota para a Holanda na disputa pelo terceiro lugar da Copa, não quis falar sobre o futuro abertamente. Apesar de não ter recebido apoio público com ênfase no discurso dos jogadores, recebeu o abraço simbólico de Neymar, que invadiu a última entrevista coletiva para isso.

cinc4qhwhkkcv9tqvdqi2lybj

O Brasil de Felipão não conseguiu produzir bom futebol nessa Copa do Mundo. Estreou jogando mal contra a Croácia e dependeu de grandes atuações individuais de David Luiz, Oscar e Neymar para não perder a primeira partida. Depois, continuou irregular contra México e Camarões. Nas oitavas de final, jogou menos do que o Chile e dependeu dos pênaltis para passar. Contra a Colômbia, fez atuação boa na primeira etapa e conseguiu definir a partida, antes do inexplicável massacre alemão, por 7 a 1, no Mineirão.

http://copadomundo.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2014/07/14/luiz-felipe-scolari-nao-e-mais-treinador-da-selecao-brasileira-diz-tv.htm

875xhszsh8loluhwxeiilppw3

1

De Futebol

 

595htvyv7ztnc969xb0hg9cmd

Brasil had their asses and heads hand to them by Germany and Holland. This was worse than bad.  It was down right despicable. This saddened my heart to see how far the guys have fallen. Everyone is blaming the players. The culprit is the CBF. These fools choose Felipao to lead the national team.  This spelled doom for Brasileiros and the quest for the World Cup. Add to the mix cupcake city leading to a semifinal match against Germany  and Holland no wonder we got our clocks cleaned.

aibq62wnt47p7olbrchcsyhig

Felipao didn’t teach the guys play futebol. There wasn’t any strategy. David Luiz, Oscar and Neymar were clueless on how to defend let alone to attack or defend against clubs like Germany or Holland. Felipao defense looked like a Chinese fire drill. There were so many holes that  Swiss looked like a better way to defend against Germany and Holland.

bskq1n9k5dohd30a9j2k7tfln

The attack was non existent. UOL did a parody on the Brasileiros attack against keeper Jasper Cillessen. Take  a look at these pictures and this will tell the entire story.

a7wmq4ukoef0d6keffkiduiuz

FIFA fixed the tourney so that Brasil and Argentina would meet in the finals. Both had a cupcake Groups and cupcakes leading up to the semifinals. The only reason why Argentina made to the finals a PK 4-2 win over Holland. Argentina was held scoreless in both their semifinal and final matches. Folks this is 240 minutes without scoring a goal. Argentinos has one of the best players on the planet and he didn’t score one goal in the knockout stage, This sucks.

3pkkl9k1aotstf65pvjumdr3d

La Razon wrote this about the Argentina loss.  “Se terminó el sueño. Esta vez, a diferencia de hace sólo cuatro días ante Holanda, las lágrimas son de tristeza. Se ven los rostros alicaídos de los miles de argentinos que coparon el Maracaná. Y la imagen se traslada al campo de juego. Desde el cuerpo técnico consuelan a Marco Rojo. Lo mismo sucede con Pablo Zabaleta. La sensación es de tristeza, pero a la vez, no hay nada que reprochar. Ante Alemania, el “cuco” del Mundial que venía de aplazar a Brasil, la selección argentina hizo un gran partido aunque no alcanzó: un gol de Mario Götze en el segundo tiempo suplementario dejó al conjunto nacional con las manos vacías, mientras que los europeos festejaron el cuarto título de su historia.

article-2690897-1FA00DC900000578-407_636x419

Fue un mazazo a pocos minutos de llegar otra vez a los penales. Hasta ese entonces, el seleccionado prácticamente había anulado a la “máquina alemana”. De hecho, había contado con las situaciones más claras. Pero con el correr de los minutos, el físico desgastado comenzó a pasar factura. Peligrosamente, resignó terreno y los germanos lo aprovecharon en la única situación de gol que tuvieron en todo el suplementario.

article-2690897-1F9F9CB600000578-90_964x585

Así, Argentina no pudo cortar la racha de 28 años sin Copas del Mundo y tampoco logró vengarse de la derrota también ante Alemania en Italia 90. Quedará el premio consuelo de haber llegado a una final después de 24 años. Y nada menos que en Brasil.

article-2690897-1F9FA12A00000578-598_964x750

Fue un planteo inteligente aunque algo temerario el de Alejandro Sabella. De entrada le cedió la pelota a Alemania y esperó con dos líneas de cuatro hombres bien pegadas, cubriendo todos los espacios en su cancha. Más allá de algunas situaciones de peligro -dos remates Andre Schurrle (36m.) y Toni Kroos (43m.) que contuvo Sergio Romero y un cabezazo de Benedickt Höwedes (46m.) que dio en el palo izquierdo-, la defensa volvió a mostrarse sólida.

El esquema conservador derivó en la falta de volumen de juego. Sin embargo, las situaciones más claras fueron argentinas. Gonzalo Higuaín lo tuvo a los 20, pero su remate de aire frente a frente ante el arquero terminó muy afuera. Y minutos después, Messi armó una muy buena jugada que, sin ángulo, no pudo definir.

article-2690897-1F9F549000000578-849_964x720

En el arranque del complemento, Sabella movió las piezas y mandó a cancha a Sergio Agüero por Lavezzi, hasta ese momento de buen partido. La idea era darle un socio de ataque a Lionel Messi, algo que finalmente no ocurrió.

El crack del Barcelona tuvo que rebuscárselas solo y casi tiene su premio en el comienzo del segundo tiempo, con un disparo que pasó muy cerca del palo izquierdo de Manuel Neuer.

article-2690897-1F9FB21C00000578-926_964x611

La final no estuvo exenta de polémica. A los 12, Higuaín picó ante un “bochazo” largo y, antes de llegar a la pelota, el arquero alemán le lo llevó puesto dentro del sector izquierdo del área: era claro y tal vez roja para Neuer, que interrumpió una clara situación de gol. Sin embargo, el árbitro italiano Nicola Rizzoli cobró falta para Alemania.

En los últimos 20 minutos de partido, el ingreso de Rodrigo Palacio por un extenuado Higuaín y la variante de Fernando Gago en lugar de Enzo Pérez buscó más frescura en ofensiva y un pase más profundo en ataque para ganar el partido.

article-2690897-1F9FC9E700000578-916_964x642

En los minutos finales el desarrollo del partido fue mucho más desprolijo, emotivo, pero sin llegadas a los arcos. Y ante todo sin un dueño absoluto.

Ya en el primer tiempo suplementario, a los 38 segundos, otra vez Romero le ganó en el duelo a Schürrle y Palacio, a los 6 minutos, se lo perdió solo -al igual que contra Holanda- ante el arquero.

Los dos equipos, a esa altura del partido, sintieron el cansancio por el desgaste realizado. Se empezó a jugar, sin dudas, con el corazón. Y Argentina, además, con el aliento de las 30 mil almas que se hicieron sentir, como nunca, en un Maracaná hóstil.

article-2690897-1F9FA2FA00000578-871_964x504

A los ocho minutos del segundo tiempo extra, Argentina falló en el fondo, y Götze, tras bajar la pelota con el pecho dentro del área, definió con clase a la izquierda de Romero y decretó el 1-0, a la postre final.

Con el correr de los minutos finales el sueño se fue esfumando, con una mezcla de tristeza, resignación y orgullo.

article-2690897-1F9F481E00000578-376_964x641

http://www.larazon.com.ar/deportes/Sueno-frustrado-Argentina-quedo-final_0_587100128.html

The Celebrations continue in Germany while in Argentina the heartbreak hits gale  force winds rip through the entire nation .

article-2690897-1F9F4E9C00000578-912_964x649

 

17

De Futebol

1405287089779_lc_galleryImage_Germany_s_Mario_Goetze_ce

Argentina and Germany battled it out. It came down to the final extra time. Quicker than a blink of an eye magic happened in the 113th minute Andre Schürrle drove the left wing. He cuts into the box. A dink to the left post. His mate Mario Gotze  poked the rock past a helpless keeper Romero for the 1-0 win. This is the first sub in World Cup history to score in a World Cup final. This is Germany’s fourth World Cup. This win gives both Germany and Italy four World Cup titles. Brasil leads the pack with five. Argentina has two.
1405287943938_lc_galleryImage_RIO_DE_JANEIRO_BRAZIL_JUL

Yes Martha Brasil and FIFA connived to make it a Brasil Argentina final Germany defied the odds to beat to the crap outta Brasil and then beat Argentina at Maracanã  1-0 to become the first European club to win the World Cup in South America.

1405287049336_lc_galleryImage_Germany_s_forward_Mario_G

This is the first time Argentina trailed in 2014 World Cup. The dagger to heart came off the counter attack by the German’s. Argentina had a chance to score first in the fifth minute. a bad back pass by Thomas Muller let Gonzalo Higuaín race towards the goal. Keeper Neuer was forced to come off his line. Gonzalo Higuaín dragged the shot wide.

1405288869432_lc_galleryImage_Germany_s_Mario_Goetze_gr

Argentina thought they scored in the 32nd minute by Gonzalo Higuaín. He was ruled off side and thus no goal.  Germany thought they had one at the end of the first half. A header drilled by Benedikt Howedes right at the right post. Clank off the post and we stayed tied at nil nil.

1405267306369_lc_galleryImage_BERLIN_GERMANY_JULY_13_Fa

Argentina had three good scoring chances at the start of the second half. Messi missed fired again and thus he was doomed to heartbreak again.

1405277725964_lc_galleryImage_Lena_Gercke_the_girlfrien

The Daily Mail Dan Ripley wrote this about Argentina. “I’m actually very surprised with the Argentina team. No emotion whatsoever. No tears, no heads down just a group of men all standing with their arms folded or behind their backs looking forward.

I feel a little sorry for them actually – this post-match presentation is taking an age to begin. Are the Brazil organisers just trying to rub it in for Argentina.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2014/article-2688880/Germany-vs-Argentina-World-Cup-final-2014-LIVE-Follow-Rio-showdown-Maracana-happens.html#ixzz37OAgDOvc

1405276583969_lc_galleryImage_RIO_DE_JANEIRO_BRAZIL_JUL

Germany didn’t have any super stars while Argentina has one of the best players on the planet Lionel Messi. Messi had several chances but in the end the Germany defense shut him down.

Henry Winter The Telegraph opening paragraph, ” Super Mario Götze, Mario De Janeiro, the supersub, won Germany the World Cup in extra time at the Maracana. Argentina had fought hard but in Jerome Boateng and particularly the bloodied, bruised Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany had the best players on the pitch. And they had Götze.

1405269849887_lc_galleryImage_BUENOS_AIRES_ARGENTINA_JU

Götze’s goal was a worthy winner: a good take of Andre Schürrle’s cross on the chest and then unstoppable shot. What a finish.

What a day. The Argentines had taken over Copacabana, queuing from dawn to get into the fan fest, while the lucky ones in possession of the golden tickets marched to the Maracanã, singing their “Brazil, tell me how it feels” song to the tune of Bad Moon Rising, climaxing with “Messi will no doubt, will bring the Cup to us, Maradona is greater than Pele!” The many Brazilians present responded with: “A thousand goals, only Pele scored 1,000 goals.’’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/10964531/World-Cup-final-2014-Mario-Gotze-scores-only-goal-as-Germany-beat-Argentina-at-the-Maracana.html

1405280198806_lc_galleryImage_RIO_DE_JANEIRO_BRAZIL_JUL

The media will tell us this is the best World Cup ever. Not so fast bucko. Yes there were a ton of goals but most of the teams were mostly bad to a average to two good clubs. Great clubs? Not in this World Cup.

The 2014 World Cup is in the books. I am sad the fun is over.

1405287521345_lc_galleryImage_Argentina_s_Lionel_Messi_

 

 

0

De Futebol

1405201543749_lc_galleryImage_Goalkeeper_Jasper_Cilless

Brasil once again was overwhelmed  and out played by Holland. Two goals in the first eleven minutes sent my guys packing in a 3-0 rout. Sure Brasileiros tried to make a fight of it but in the end The Daily Mail described it this way.

article-2690072-1F990ED500000578-105_634x375article-2688858-1F98B3B600000578-896_964x386

“That’s it, their misery is over. One last chorus of boos from the crowd to voice their displeasure at another abject performance from Brazil. They were well beaten tonight, their sorry demise all too visible.

1405195654419_lc_galleryImage_BRASILIA_BRAZIL_JULY_12_R

An early penalty from Robin van Persie set the Dutch on their way, Daley Blind added a second to knock the stuffing out the contest and then Georginio Wijnaldum added a late third.

A fine way for Louis van Gaal to bow out and he will now head to Manchester. Luis Felipe Scolari has been summoned to a meeting with the Brazilian FA tonight. I can only imagine that going one way.

1405195565750_lc_galleryImage_BRASILIA_BRAZIL_JULY_12_R

There’s probably only one thing that could exacerbate matters for Brazil and that’s Argentina lifting the trophy. You can see if they achieve that against Germany with Dan Ripley tomorrow night.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2014/article-2688858/Brazil-vs-Holland-FIFA-World-Cup-2014-LIVE-Follow-place-play-Brasilia-happens.html#ixzz37INlf4h9

1405190147755_lc_galleryImage_epa04312470_Brazil_suppor

Goals by Robin Van Persie PK third minute Daley Blind 16th minute and then to top it off Georginio Wijnaldum let one rip in the 90th minute plus one for the final three nil humiliation for Brasil.

Oh how the mighty have fallen from their perch. Felipao was out coached and his club looked like deer in the headlights of an oncoming runaway truck.  This debacle saddens my heart. After waltzing through cupcake city Brasileiros had a rude awakening to the real world of futebol. Germany and Holland kicked ass and took names. Imagine what would have happened if Brasil met Argentina. Eight nil or maybe nine one. Katie bar the door on this sucker.

1405195992889_lc_galleryImage_Netherlands_forward_and_c

Louise Taylor The Guardian lead sentence was this gem. “Wilful cruelty, needless indignity or sheer torture? Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Brazil players could take their pick after finding the third place play-off anything but a road to redemption. Instead, a second stumble in the space of a week ensured they headed off into highly uncertain futures with the jeers of the Brasília public ringing in their ears.

1405192929910_lc_galleryImage_A_Brazilian_fan_kisses_a_

Even victory would have provided a mere fig leaf of respectability, a modicum of consolation, in the wake of Tuesday night’s 7-1 humbling at German hands, but such a Brazilian win was never on the agenda. It never deserved to be either; not on the day Louis van Gaal signed off as the over-achieving coach of the Netherlands with a supremely controlled triumph that left his players clutching a bronze medal apiece.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/12/brazilholland-world-cup-2014-third-place-play-off-match-report
1405195242815_lc_galleryImage_Members_of_the_Brazilian_

UOL wrote that Brasil gave up fourteen goals count em folks this sucks. Julio Cesar is the worst keeper since 1986. The worst all time is Belgium. They have up fifteen goals.

Brasil was outright embarrassed by their performance. It sucked big time. Brasil stinks. Now it is back to the drawing board.

“A seleção brasileira sofreu o maior vexame da história na Copa do Mundo sediada em casa, ficou longe da final e agora ainda conquista uma marca negativa: o time de Luiz Felipe Scolari tem a pior defesa desde 1986, com 14 gols sofridos.

1405199912516_lc_galleryImage_Netherlands_forward_and_c

Pior do que o Brasil, ainda, é a Bélgica da Copa de 1986. Aquele time sofreu 15 gols, dois a mais que o Brasil, que disputou o terceiro lugar contra a Holanda, no Mané Garrincha, em Brasília. Essa é, também, a pior defesa do Brasil na história das Copas. O recorde anterior era de 1938, com 11 gols sofridos.

1405198647439_lc_galleryImage_Brazil_s_goalkeeper_Julio

Em 1982, a seleção de El Salvador saiu da Copa com 13 gols sofridos, apenas um a menos que o Brasil em 2014. Isso porque sofreu massacre na primeira fase, com derrota por 10 a 1 para a Hungria. No formato atual da Copa do Mundo, outras seleções que sofreram gols na mesma escala que o Brasil foram a Arábia Saudita de 2002 e a Coreia do Norte de 2010, eliminadas após 12 gols sofridos.

Com a derrota para a Holanda neste sábado, em Brasília, o goleiro Julio Cesar se tornou o brasileiro que mais sofreu gols em Copas do Mundo. Até a partida contra a Holanda, pela disputa de terceiro e quarto, Júlio César estava empatado com Taffarel, com 15 gols sofridos cada um. No entanto, com os gols que tomou neste sábado de Van Persie e Blind, ele se isolou neste posto com 18.

1405196463121_lc_galleryImage_Netherlands_defender_Dale

Os gols sofridos por Júlio César foram 14 nesta edição do Mundial e outros quatro na Copa de 2010. Já Taffarel tinha essa marca dividida em três Copas, sendo duas delas campanhas até a decisão. O goleiro foi vazado duas vezes em 1990, três em 1994 e mais 10 em 1998.

http://copadomundo.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2014/07/12/brasil-tem-a-pior-defesa-da-copa-do-mundo-desde-1986.htm#fotoNav=56

Brasil had their asses kicked all over South America. I am sad but just like the Phoenix Brasil will rise out of the asses.

Daley Blind

0

De Futebol

Lionel Messi Argentina

Alan Hansen of The Telegraph has suggested that this is Lionel Messi’s final chance put himself in the rarified air of Pele and Maradona in the annuls of World Cup history by leading Argentina to a World Cup over Germany tomorrow at Maracanã. My guys from Brasil bombed out in the semifinal 7-1 massacre administered  by Germany so I will be rooting for Messi to win it. This would shut all the critics including myself who said a great player but he chokes when it comes to the World Cup. If this happens later today he can tell us all to put a sock in it.

Hansen wrote “Lionel Messi has arguably his final chance to make history in Sunday’s World Cup Final and elevate himself up to the top tier alongside Pele and Diego Maradona.

Messi will represent Argentina’s best hope of lifting the trophy for the first time since 1986, when the player he has been compared with for so many years, Maradona, stunned the world.

If he wants to ensure those comparisons with Maradona are justified, Messi must seize his chance on the grandest stage of all and produce a world-class performance.

bela-torcedora-da-espanha-acompanha-jogo-da-selecao-contra-a-holanda-no-estadio-santiago-bernabeu-em-madrid-1402690163917_956x500

At times in this tournament he has been excellent, but there have been other games where he was very rarely seen.

He will be 31 by the time of the next World Cup and this could be his last, and best, chance to prove he deserves to be mentioned as one of the greatest ever players.

For many years there have been accusations that he has failed to reproduce his magnificent club form for his country. He has played in a sensational Barcelona team including the likes of Xavi and Andrés Iniesta, and having him among those players has been the icing on the cake.

12jun2014---torcedores-croatas-comparecem-ao-hotel-de-sua-selecao-horas-antes-do-jogo-contra-o-brasil-1402585420685_615x300

But there has always been a lingering sense that he has struggled to transfer those performances when he pulls on the Argentina jersey, playing in what is essentially a functional side.

He barely touched the ball in the Holland penalty area in the entire 120 minutes of Wednesday’s semi-final, and teams have doubled up against him, so he has struggled in the latter stages.

Yet consider those performances Maradona produced against Belgium and England in 1986, when he had opponents tight on him but would still swat them away, beat four or five players and go on to score.

Messi has struggled when teams have concentrated so much on stopping him, and it will be the same against Germany, when he will be under incredible pressure to deliver.

13jun2014---dupla-de-torcedoras-da-espanha-posa-para-fotos-na-fonte-nova-1402753186545_956x500

Sergio Agüero should start in the final and will ease some of the pressure on Messi’s shoulders, but in big games – and they get no bigger than Sunday – you need your star players to turn it on.

Germany have more of a team than any standout players and will be going into this game as the favourites by some distance.

However, despite their amazing result against Brazil I still believe Germany are vulnerable and Messi can get at them. On Tuesday night it was more a case of how bad Brazil were, rather than how good Germany were.

antes-do-jogo-entre-alemanha-e-gana-torcedora-e-brasileira-mas-diz-que-seu-coracao-e-alemao-1403376911000_956x500

If you take that 7-1 win out of the equation Germany have not been convincing defensively at the tournament. Against Algeria they allowed them to have five or six good chances, playing a high line, and they could have paid a heavy price.

There were also occasions against the United States and Ghana where they played some kamikaze stuff.

But since the return of Mats Hummels they have defended deeper, and looked better for it. There are still weaknesses to be exploited, though, and there is no chance of Argentina repeating the mistakes made by Brazil.

torecedoras-alemas-assistem-ao-jogo-contra-a-franca-do-portao-de-brandenburgo-em-berlim-1404502884585_956x500

Anybody expecting another goalfest will be disappointed. It will be a tight game and neither country will go for broke, making sure they do not get beaten early on and keeping it tight.

Germany will find it a lot harder and there is no chance they will ever experience a game again like Tuesday night.

torcedora-apoia-a-australia-na-dura-partida-contra-a-holanda-em-porto-alegre-1403108101734_956x500

Now that the dust has settled, you still have to look back on Brazil’s capitulation with total and utter disbelief. To lose four goals in 20 minutes in a semi-final was just incredible.

We have all seen big players perform badly and defences lose their shape, but never anything like that in such an important game on home soil.

ura-de-cores-das-bandeiras-de-brasil-e-da-belgica-formaram-uma-otima-combinacao-neste-trio-de-belas-torcedoras-no-mineirao-1403026165469_956x500

Brazil have now got to somehow pick themselves up for a meaningless battle for third place and it will be interesting to see how the nation take to the players.

There will not be many volunteers to play in that one, that is for sure. If you are Luiz Felipe Scolari you would be inclined to pick a completely different team and go again, because another defeat for the same players would ensure the humiliation is complete.

Germany will probably experience a game like the one between Holland and Argentina in the other semi-final.

Just do not ask me to predict a scoreline. Every time you try to make a prediction at this World Cup it turns out wrong.

-chile-so-joga-com-a-espanha-na-quarta-feira-mas-a-torcida-sul-americana-comecou-a-concentracao-no-maracana-ja-nesta-terca-1403026701387_956x500

There was a stinker when Argentina played Switzerland, but then Belgium versus the US turned out to be the game of the tournament. You just cannot tell.

After their destruction of Brazil you would have to consider Germany the favourites, but do not discount the Messi factor. This is his big chance and he will be desperate to take it. “

Hansen went to add that Ron Vlaar does not deserve to be remembered for the PK miss.

Nothing can prepare you for the unbearable pressure of taking a penalty.

casal-de-torcedores-da-grecia-mostra-animacao-antes-de-partida-contra-a-costa-rica-1404069833185_956x500

People say you should practice, and while that is true to a certain extent, stepping up for a spot-kick when the eyes of the world are trained on you is the ultimate test of nerve.

I took one on a pre-season tournament with Liverpool in 1979, the goalkeeper produced an outstanding save, and I never took one again.

Even though I was probably one of the coolest players in my own box, whenever I went into the opposition penalty area I always had the tremors. I used to just freeze, and there were five times in my career where I was one-on-one with the goalkeeper and could not get my leg back to kick it.

Taking penalties was an even more rigorous examination and as we have seen in this World Cup, the best players in the world can suffer.

torcedora-leva-a-bandeira-do-equador-para-a-arena-da-baixada-1403302911169_956x500

I had to feel for Ron Vlaar, who performed brilliantly for Holland on Wednesday night and does not deserve to be remembered in that game for a poor penalty.

The Dutch even had two players refusing to take the first spot-kick, but usually you would have your five takers in order with everyone all agreed and settled.

I cannot think of any time where somebody has said they are not taking one.

torcedora-leva-caricatura-do-frances-benzema-na-partida-contra-a-nigeria-no-mane-garrincha-1404147679664_956x500

If you agree it beforehand that is the order, and you should stand or fall on what happens.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/players/lionel-messi/10960083/Germany-v-Argentina-This-could-be-Lionel-Messis-last-chance-to-become-a-legend-like-Diego-Maradona.html

I hope Messi does it and shuts all of us up.

0

De Futebol

van-gaal_2970672b

Today’s match between Brasil and Holland is a waste of time. I agree with Louis Van Gaal shit can this sucker.  Just about all major sporting events have put an end to this stupid third place so its about the World Cup does. Neither Holland or my guys from Brasil really give a flying ding dong about playing in this goof ball arrangement.  So end it.

canadense-raegan-que-vive-em-bruxelas-e-veio-torcer-para-a-belgica-contra-os-eua-1404236292054_956x500

No one gives a crap who finishes third or fourth or second. On reality there are 31 one losers and one winner. so please end it now.

Players could get hurt. The guys are now into getting for their respective clubs as we are ever so close to the European  Leagues to begin in August.

torecedoras-alemas-assistem-ao-jogo-contra-a-franca-do-portao-de-brandenburgo-em-berlim-1404502884585_956x500

Henry Winter The Guardian agreed with Van Gaal. ” Louis van Gaal is right. The World Cup third-place play-off should be scrapped. The tie of tears can bring genuine joy for those who beat the other losing semi-finalist, as Sweden and Croatia showed in 1994 and 1998 respectively, returning home to rapturous receptions, but otherwise it is a pointless sideshow, simply a sop to broadcasters.

torcedoras-holandesas-fazem-festa-para-acompanhar-o-jogo-no-itaquerao-contra-o-chile-1403537010503_956x500

Brazil and Van Gaal’s Holland will turn up in Brasilia on Saturday, go through the motions, and wave to their fans when really their hearts are broken, their legs weary and they just want to head off for a break after a season that for some began 50 weeks ago. Brazil fans, still smarting after that 7-1 loss to Germany, might have a few caustic comments for Luiz Felipe Scolari and some of his most-criticised players. Right said Fred – time for the bench. He’ll be booed again if he starts

torcida-dos-eua-comemora-depois-da-selecao-marcar-o-segundo-gol-contra-gana-que-deu-a-vitoria-na-estreia-da-copa-1402966458243_956x500

It does gives Scolari and Van Gaal a chance to assess younger squad members, giving those who haven’t featured a chance of experiencing the World Cup. It can give a famous player an opportunity to say farewell to fans as Oliver Kahn, the German keeper, did in his home country before 52,000 supporters in Stuttgart in 2006.

Calls to end the third-place game are, of course, slightly cruel as they deny a chance of a World Cup game on their CV to those who have waited patiently on the bench, watching others play. To end the play-off would frustrate fans; it is popular. The 1994 third-place play-off attracted a crowd of 91,000, and Fifa loves to sell tickets, merchandising and television rights, but it still remains an affront to a competitive concept.

a-beleza-da-mulher-colombiana-tambem-esta-bem-representada-no-castelao-1404506113647_956x500

It affects Fifa rankings. It can affect the chase for the Golden Shoe. Look at Toto Schillaci in 1990, Davor Suker in ’98 and Thomas Muller in South Africa four years ago. They sealed individual awards because of a game deemed meaningless by many.

It can be a mismatch as Holland, for example, have a day less to recover, and went through extra time. No wonder Van Gaal just wants to go home, especially so in his case as he has to start work at Manchester United soon.

14jun2014---com-rosto-pintado-torcedora-colombiana-chega-ao-mineirao-para-acompanhar-estreia-contra-a-grecia-1402757744301_956x500

“I think this match should never be played,” said Van Gaal after losing to Argentina in the semis. “I’ve been saying that for 10 years. We’ll have to play that match. It’s unfair – we have one day less to recover than our opponents, too, so that’s not fair play.”

He also felt the game could damage the perception of how a team fared at a World Cup. Holland have enjoyed a good tournament, individuals like Jasper Cillessen, Ron Vlaar, Daley Blind and Arjen Robben doing well, but they could be on the bench, see the reserves lose, and have the record books note that their World Cup ended with two defeats.

torcedor-fantasiado-de-ze-bonitinho-vai-a-arena-das-dunas-acompanhar-a-partida-entre-gana-e-eua-1402955908319_956x500

“The worst thing is I believe that, chances are, you lose twice in a row and a tournament where you’ve played so marvellously well you’ll leave as a loser after losing the last two matches,” continued Van Gaal. “That’s my view, but I said that 15 years ago, 10 years ago. In a tournament, you shouldn’t have players play a match for third or fourth place. There’s only one award that counts, and that’s being world champion.”

torcedora-apoia-o-chile-para-o-duelo-com-a-holanda-no-itaquerao-1403541140123_956x500

Who came third? It is not a question often asked, beyond broadcasters hungry to fill air-time and administrators keen to generate more revenue. End it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/10959272/The-World-Cup-third-place-play-off-is-a-pointless-sideshow-that-Holland-and-Brazil-could-do-without-time-to-end-it.html

ura-de-cores-das-bandeiras-de-brasil-e-da-belgica-formaram-uma-otima-combinacao-neste-trio-de-belas-torcedoras-no-mineirao-1403026165469_956x500

 

80

De Futebol

Sergio Romero

This story caught my eye  in The Guardian. Argentina keeper Sergio Romero thanked his former club coach Louis Van Gaal for teaching him how to stop PK kicks. This shows me this cat is a classy guy. Yes Van Gaal must feel like he had a dagger to heart losing 4-2 to Argentina and thus being denied again the elusive World Cup title that once again has fallen through their hands and feet.

Romero’s saves broke Dutch hearts once again. Holland is always the bridesmaid never the bride.

article-2688171-1F8E33B900000578-957_636x421

Owen Gibson wrote- “Forget the Hand of God. The hordes of Argentinians expected to pour into Rio de Janeiro for Sunday’s final are hoping that the Hands of God will close around the World Cup.

usa12-ap_2961022k

He barely played any club football in France last season but Sergio Romero will line up against a fearsome German attack on Sunday as an integral part of a defence that will have to be fully on its mettle.

Romero’s penalty saves against Holland earned him the man of the match award and the Diego Maradona-inspired sobriquet from the Argentinian press. One of the first people he spoke to afterwards was the Holland manager, Louis van Gaal.

“I thanked Louis in the dressing room,” said Romero, who moved to Van Gaal’s AZ Alkmaar from Racing Club de Avellaneda in Argentina in 2007. It was a purple patch for both player and manager as Van Gaal rebuilt his reputation following a troubled second spell at Ajax and Romero established himself in the international side.

bela-torcedora-da-belgica-visita-centro-historico-de-salvador-antes-de-duelo-contra-os-eua-na-fonte-nova-1404228588988_956x500

“I taught Romero how to stop penalties, so that hurts,” said Van Gaal afterwards. “We were the club to bring him to Europe. He was a big talent, and someone who has the qualities to do that.”

In turn Romero, who saved penalties from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder after consulting notes prepared beforehand, was effusive in his praise for both Van Gaal and his national coach, Alejandro Sabella.

12jun2014---com-rosto-pintado-torcedor-chega-ao-itaquerao-para-acompanhar-brasil-x-croacia-1402584011271_956x500

“He helped me a lot when I arrived in Holland, a completely different country with customs and language,” he said. “I didn’t understand a word, but he spoke Spanish – so I’m grateful to both these managers for what they’ve done for my career. The truth is Mr Van Gaal teaches the players a lot.”

During AZ’s championship winning season in 2008-9 he once went 950 minutes without conceding a goal. Romero subsequently was chosen by Maradona as Argentina’s first-choice goalkeeper, playing all five matches in 2010 until they were hammered 4-0 by Germany at the quarter-final stage. Romero, who signed for Sampdoria in 2011, said he was “relaxed” about the prospect of facing the same opposition again in Sunday’s final.

article-2688762-0A13EEF3000005DC-579_634x428

“That [4-0 defeat] was a hard blow, especially after a World Cup in which we played well but, on that day, nothing came off for us,” he said. “Today, four years have passed and we hope to do things better than we did that day. We’ve grown a lot. From the first game, there’s been criticism and the team has changed, but the team puts their lives on to that pitch, they kill for each other.”

12jun2014---torcedora-no-itaquerao-faz-v-da-vitoria-durante-o-jogo-do-brasil-1402608685304_956x500

In a defining characteristic for many of the players on both sides in Sunday’s final, and indeed most of the teams that have succeeded in Brazil, Romero came through the system together with his team-mates. He represented Argentina at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup before graduating to the senior side. Romero signed for Monaco on loan at the beginning of last season but spent all year behind the Croatian Danijel Subasic in the pecking order.

bela-torcedora-faz-pose-antes-da-partida-entre-nigeria-e-argentina-no-beira-rio-1403709270466_800x500

He played just three matches, all towards the end of the campaign, and never finished on the winning side. He has now played more matches at the World Cup than he managed in Ligue 1.

But Sabella, who has proved loyal to those players that he trusts, stuck with Romero and is now reaping the benefits. The goalkeeper said he wanted to “give something back” to the manager who had stood by him.

12jun2014---torcedora-pinta-o-rosto-com-as-cores-do-brasil-mesmo-acompanhando-a-abertura-da-copa-de-longe-em-miami-1402662149094_956x500

“We all grow. I feel I grew, in this time that has been difficult for me. All the staff, all the players, they all backed me. So, when the game finished, they all came over to embrace me because it was a difficult year.”

With Martín Demichelis brought in to the centre of defence and Javier Mascherano performing outstandingly in a holding midfield role, Argentina look a far less porous proposition than they did earlier in the tournament.

torcida-mexicana-mostrou-empolgacao-na-chegada-ao-castelao-para-o-jogo-contra-o-brasil-1403026386075_956x500

Romero had barely anything to do during open play, with Holland’s first shot on target not coming until eight minutes into extra time, but was alert to save the Oranje’s first and fourth penalties.

“I knew a little bit how they take them but the penalties always change. The reality is there are very few players who always go the same place, you could see it with Robben. Against Costa Rica, he went one side; tonight, he went the other,” he said. “Also, intuition helps you a lot. It helped me, where I felt it would go to the left and it did.”

Asked whether it was the finest moment of his career, he said: “Absolutely, especially after a tough year for me, after not playing so much. The truth is I leave tonight delighted, all my team-mates are delighted, that’s the important thing.”

article-2658050-1EC4C60800000578-989_634x439

Argentina will have to recover fast from a bruising semi-final that left several of the side hobbling through the mixed zone and Pablo Zabaleta nursing a nasty blow to the mouth. Sabella said afterwards his players were “sore, beaten, tired as a result of a war” and Lucas Biglia said afterwards the players were “very, very tired”. But the midfielder said that they would regroup before Sunday’s final. “What’s important is us going about our jobs and making the sacrifices, and we’ll see what happens.”

bela-torcedora-sorri-antes-do-jogo-entre-equador-e-franca-no-estadio-do-maracana-1403725797438_956x500

He admitted Germany were “very good” against Brazil but suggested that Argentina’s superior organisation and discipline would give them a sterner test. “They played a fantastic semi-final but, well, football has other things.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/10/sergio-romero-argentina-holland-louis-van-gaal-world-cup-2014

as-torcedoras-belgas-marcam-placar-do-jogo-contra-os-estados-unidos-na-testa-e-comemoram-vaga-nas-quartas-de-final-da-copa-1404259137762_956x500

Romero shows how to gracious in victory instead of rubbing your opponents nose in it like Maradona did to Brasil. Maradona should learn from his fellow countrymen on how act in victory as well as defeat.

Diego baby how did you feel when you lost to Germany in 1990. I bet it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Did anyone mock you like you mocked Brasil.

I am rooting for Messi to win because he is a classy guy.

brasileira-manda-beijo-antes-do-jogo-contra-a-colombia-no-castelao-1404502803996_956x500

27

De Futebol

article-2686460-1F84D75A00000578-293_634x434

The Daily Mail laid out ten things we learned from the Festival  of the World Cup in Brasil.  This might shock some of you  that Brasil has long since stopped being the custodians of the beautiful game.  In reality Brasil was give a bunch of cupcakes in Group A. Give me a break Croatia and Cameroon what a joke. Mexico is pretty good and you saw how much the guys struggled against  the Mexicans. Mexico should have won.

In the round of sixteen Brasil struggled against Chile. It came to a PK shootout. Then against Colombia the guys barely got by Colombia 2-1. Then Germany cleaned our clocks.  These results can be directly traced to  the poor coaching by Felipao.

article-2658050-1EC4F49B00000578-752_634x816

Look many in the press want to blame the players so let me ask you if the talent in Brasil is so bad then why is Oscar, David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Marcelo and the rest are key players on their respective clubs- Chelsea, Barcelona, Man City and other European clubs.

The Daily Mail wrote this-  “We didn’t need the humiliation of the semi final to demonstrate that, though that result will forever be cited as the point at which Brazil lost its moral authority. The sterility of the opening games and the quarter-final against Colombia, when they set out to kick a team off the pitch, did as much damage. The last Brazil team that dazzled was in 2002, with Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Ironically it too was managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari. But, given a poorer generation of players, his cynicism simply looked brutish. Jogo Bonito has become an awful cliche which only has credibility in the minds of Nike executives who seemed to think that slick marketing and multi-million pound deals are all you need to sustain the ‘brand.”

article-2681921-1F6BE59600000578-446_634x638

This point  jumped out at me is the FIFA is finished.  “We didn’t really need the World Cup to tell us that. But the convergence of publicity at the FIFA Congress last month simply confirmed that it represents a broken model of governance. It looks like a 20th century institution still expecting that family patronage and old-school rules will get them by. The winds of change will blow away FIFA’s current corporate structure. Either it will fall to Sepp Blatter to introduce a whirlwind of reforms – stranger things have happened – after his inevitable re-election next year (which in itself demonstrates how rotten the organisation is); or sponsors will eventually unseat the tired old man of FIFA under pressure from US lawmakers.

article-2687120-1F6AAD6000000578-250_634x408

So did this one- Brasil should have never have hosted the World Cup. “Oh, it’s been fun, the best tournament in memory, largely because of the hospitality of the people, volunteers and staff and the rich football tradition here. In some ways you want Brazil to host every World Cup. It’s just you wouldn’t want the Brazilian government and the organising committee to be left in charge. The disparity between poverty on the streets and the billions lavished on stadia, such as the Brasilia National Stadium – currently under an audit committee investigation for suspicious over-pricing issues – and the Amazon Arena in Manaus, which have been built with state subsidies and which now serve no useful purpose is plain wrong. No country without a joined-up plan as to what the World Cup will do for its people should be permitted to host it. Still, Russia and Qatar up next, so don’t hold your breath.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2014/article-2687120/World-Cup-2014-10-things-learned-festival-football-Brazil.html#ixzz37B9wHXit

article-2687120-1F7E9CAE00000578-483_634x444

0

De Futebol

07mai2014---felipao-gesticula-enquanto-concede-entrevista-coletiva-apos-anunciar-os-23-convocados-para-a-copa-do-mundo-1399476169198_956x500

The fall out from the 7-1 massacre by Germany over Brasil is reeking all kinds of havoc.  UOL reported that Felipao didn’t prepare the guys to play. All he did was train them to get in shape.  Felipao didn’t give the guys game plans for their opponents and how to attack them or defend them.  Felipao did nothing bupkis.

Imagine Bill Parcels, Vince Lombardi, Tom Laundry, or George Allen preparing  their teams to play this way. They would be fired in a New York country minute.  This  is like David Moyes ruining Man U. Yes Felipao won a World Cup in 2002 but this is patiently ridiculous to have him run the national team this way. You play the way you practice so no wonder Brasil stunk the joint out.

Brasil didn’t get better but worse. Many want to blame the loss on David Luiz, Oscar and the rest yet the real blame lies with the headman Felipao.  Look at his record. Yes Felipao won the World Cup in 2002. On the Club level is his real record. This was pointed out by Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro. Yes he did personally attack Felipao as reported by Jeremy Wilson The Guardian.

Ribeiro wrote ” Six requirements to be Brazilian coach’, he wrote: “One – being Portugal coach and winning nothing. Two – going to Chelsea and being sacked the following day. Three – going to coach in Uzbekistan. Four – returning to Brazil, taking over a big team [Palmeiras] and getting them relegated to the second division. Five – leaving the club 56 days before the end of the Brasileirao [season] to ‘escape’ the relegation. Six – being an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous.”

09072014---felipao-da-entrevista-coletiva-para-explicar-os-motivos-da-derrota-por-7-a-1-para-a-alemanha-1404932055701_956x500

Then Ribeiro added, “It’s a terrible blemish for Brazilian football because against Germany we have played 12 times and lost only four times,” said Rebelo. “We must analyse the root causes of this disaster, learn the lessons and try to correct them so this doesn’t happen again, so that Brazil can regain its status in world football.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/brazil/10958802/Neymars-agent-blasts-arrogant-repulsive-and-conceited-Luiz-Felipe-Scolari-after-Brazils-World-Cup-humiliation.html

UOL Diante da crise enfrentada pelo futebol brasileiro por conta do vexame da goleada sofrida pela seleção na Copa, o ministro do Esporte, Aldo Rebelo, defendeu uma maior intervenção do Estado brasileiro no esporte. Afirmou que vai discutir isso em legislação que está no Congresso. A questão é que, em nenhum momento, ele falou em botar a CBF sujeita a uma maior regulamentação por parte do governo.

“A Lei Pelé estabeleceu que o esporte é uma coisa privada. E isso só pode ser modificado se a legislação for modificado. Já disse que se dependesse de mim não tinha tirado completamente o Estado dessa atribuição. E, se depender de mim, uma parte dessa atribuição pode voltar. Repetindo que não é atribuição do governo nomear presidente de clube e de confederação. Agora, não pode o Estado ser excluído da competência de zelar dentro do esporte pelo interesse público dentro do esporte”, afirmou o ministro Aldo Rebelo.

1404854535012_lc_galleryImage_Brazil_s_coach_Luiz_Felip

A principal aposta do governo é a legislação para renegociar todas as dívidas dos clubes e incluir em um novo programa de refinanciamento. Dentro desse pacote, estão incluídas medidas reguladoras e punitivas, como rebaixamento, e responsabilização dos dirigentes. Repita-se: dentro deste contexto, a CBF não está incluída.

Questionado se o Congresso poderia influenciar para incluir a confederação na lei, o ministro disse que o Estado pode ajudar, mas também pode atrapalhar. Além disso, o Ministério do Esporte tem investido em campos de futebol e no futebol feminino, áreas que, em outros países, são responsabilidade justamente da federação nacional. “Nós só assumimos responsabilidades e atribuição de interesse público e nacional. Não só do futebol feminino, nos CTs”, disse Rebelo.

Mas ele se esquivou quando questionado se o governo apoiaria uma CPI para investigar a CBF, que é pedida pelo deputado federal Romário. O parlamentar fez duras críticas ao governo por não atuar mais firme com a confederação. “CPIs têm que ser construídas no Congresso, com apoio dos outros parlamentares”,rebateu o ministro. “O deputado Romário pode tornar públicas todas as propostas que e ele levou ao ministério relacionadas ao esporte. Não houve nenhuma proposta.”

carlos-alberto-parreira-fala-durante-entrevista-coletiva-apos-eliminacao-vexatoria-da-copa-do-mundo-1404940541031_956x500

http://copadomundo.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2014/07/10/ministro-defende-estado-mais-forte-no-controle-da-gestao-do-futebol.htm

UOL has reported that Felipao will quit.” A diretoria da CBF (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol) aguarda um pedido de demissão de Luiz Felipe Scolari para falar abertamente sobre o futuro da seleção brasileira. A permanência do treinador no comando do time é vista como improvável por quem conversou com José Maria Marin, presidente, e Marco Polo Del Nero, vice e futuro número 1 da confederação após a eliminação do Brasil.

Os cartolas não deram entrevistas depois da derrota vexatória por 7 a 1 para a Alemanha, na terça-feira, em Belo Horizonte. Marin irá à Granja Comary nesta quinta-feira e almoçará com os jogadores e com a comissão técnica.

O UOL Esporte apurou com pessoas próximas aos dois dirigentes da CBF que a tendência após o fracasso na Copa do Mundo é que eles esperem Luiz Felipe Scolari anunciar a sua saída do comando técnico. O técnico já afirmou algumas vezes que seu contrato com a confederação vai até o final da Mundial.

Temos um trabalho que combinamos com a CBF, e é bom que que eu coloque a vocês que eles nos deram as melhores condições. Nós temos um compromisso até o final do Mundial. Esse é um assunto que não vamos discutir até o jogo de sábado. Depois disso, provavelmente, vamos conversar com a direção da CBF, dar o relatório a eles, do que foi feito, como foi, e após isso vai definir alguma coisa. A decisão passa pela presidência da CBF, que vai decidir o que será feito”, dissearticle-2683577-1F74EADD00000578-515_634x682

Antes do Mundial, havia a intenção dos cartolas de tentar manter o treinador. A manutenção dependeria do resultado do time no torneio e, claro, da vontade do técnico. O cenário após o vexame no Mineirão, a maior derrota da história da seleção, é descartado.

Tite era apontado como favorito para o próximo ciclo da seleção brasileira antes da Copa do Mundo começar. Marin já elogiou o técnico publicamente. Foi o nome de Alexandre Gallo, porém, que o cartola apontou em entrevistas como possível substituto de Felipão.

Gallo atua como coordenador das categorias de base da CBF. Durante a Copa do Mundo foi responsável pela produção de relatórios sobre os adversários da seleção. Foi ele quem orientou Scolari sobre os pontos fortes e fracos da Alemanha, rival na semifinal que atropelou o Brasil no Mineirão.

O Brasil enfrenta a Holanda no próxima sábado, às 17h, em Brasília, na decisão pelo 3º lugar. Alemanha e Argentina decidem o campeão do Mundial de 2014 no domingo, no Maracanã.

http://copadomundo.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2014/07/10/cbf-espera-felipao-anunciar-demissao-antes-de-falar-em-novo-tecnico.htm

 

7

De Futebol

1404935558552_lc_galleryImage_An_Argentina_supporter_ge1404938158579_lc_galleryImage_Argentina_s_Ezequiel_Gara1404931463294_lc_galleryImage_An_Argentinian_fan_holds_

It’s tied nil nil at half between Holland and Argentina. Argentina has had the better of attacking and scoring chances. Messi had a decent shot on goal via  a free kick.  Holland keeperJasper Cillessen  almost turned the rock over near his won goal. Cillessen was fortunate that the Argentina attacker didn’t steal the ball.

1404935426778_lc_galleryImage_A_Dutch_supporter_reacts_

The ref has slanted the calls in favour of Argentina. Argentinos are allowed to stomp and kept Holland players  while if a Holland player to touches an Argentina player a yellow card is produced. It sure looked like the fix is in. The ref is from Turkey.

1404933677601_lc_galleryImage_Argentina_s_fans_cheer_pr

The refs calls did even out in the second half.

1404937381962_lc_galleryImage_Argentina_s_forward_and_c

Argentina has had the better of it so far.

The second half is underway. Both clubs are chippy. Some rough stuff is going on between Argentina and Holland. Messi is seeking an academy award for acting like he is being shot.

1404941519529_lc_galleryImage_Netherlands_Ron_Vlaar_tac

The ref has finally gave a yellow card to Demichelis for the arm bar taken down on Robben.  Right now both clubs have not found the range. The calls are starting to even out. The ref is now being neutral. Calling the match fair and square. Yet Messi is pulling and tugging on Holland shorts and nothing is called or said.

1404938607089_lc_galleryImage_Argentina_s_goalkeeper_Se

Argentina had a breakaway goal in the 74th minute. Offside. We are heading to extra time. I think it will be a 1-0 win for either Argentina or Holland or possibly a PK shootout.

1404933552282_lc_galleryImage_An_Dutch_fan_cheers_befor

We are in the 80th minute nil nil.

Holland had a good chance to score in the final moments on a dribble drive by Robben but Mascherano toe flicked the rock away.

We are now into extra time.

1404943851808_lc_galleryImage_Netherlands_forward_Arjen

No one has scored. Both Holland and Argentina had several good chances but Nao serve para nada. Maxi Rodriguez had a point blank header on goal. Choke City right into the keepers Cillessen hand Rodriguez a few minutes later had a half volley wide left.

Now the dreaded PK shootout.

article-2682498-1F85B60900000578-661_964x386

Argentina wins in a PK shootout 4-2. This was a far result. Choke city goes to Wesley Sneijder and Ron Vlaar who missed that sent Argentina to the finals against Germany.

Romero saves

This the third time Argentina and Germany will meet in the World Cup finals.  Argentina won the whole shebang in 1986 3-2. Germany returned the favour in 1990 winning 1-0.

Germany becomes the first club to advance to nine World Cup finals. Argentina has now made it five.

Argentina has two World Cups. Germany has won three.

Argentina celebrate

Germany is seeking to become the first European side to win a World Cup in South America.

FIFA got what they wanted Argentina in the finals. Brasil and FIFA schemed their way to get Brasil in the finals but Germany refused to corporate. Look this World Cup is crooked as the day is long.  Argentina is very good so FIFA and Brasil didn’t need to give them an easy Group of cupcakes as well as easy round of sixteen and quarterfinal opponents.

Argentina's Romero saves the penalty of Vlaar

Argentine did win fair and square against a good Dutch side. In the end it came down a PK shootout and Holland wore the choke collar.

Arena de Sao Paulo

 

 

26

De Futebol

1404849569865_lc_galleryImage_A_football_fan_smiles_bef1404848656072_lc_galleryImage_A_fan_of_Brazil_arrives_a

Brasil started out attacking then Germany kicked their game into the next level.  The Germans scored four goals in six minutes. With the snap of the fingers Thomas Muller nailed a perfect one timer in the 11th minute for a 1-0 lead. Bernard fell asleep in front of the net. Julio Cesar never had a chance.

1404852154393_lc_galleryImage_vlcsnap_2014_07_08_21h25m

This goal gives Muller 16 goals in the World Cup. Ronaldo is second with 15.

1404841158351_lc_galleryImage_A_German_supporters_wears

The tidal wave kept coming and coming. The damn broke in the 23rd minute to crush Brasil with three more goals 24th 26th and 29th minutes. The bums rush was on. Miroslav Klose 23rd minute, Toni Kroos 24th, 26th minutes, and the final nail in the Brasil coffin by Sami Khedira to make  it five nil Germany.

1404851706634_lc_galleryImage_Germany_s_Miroslav_Klose_

Look folks this was a ruthless destruction of Brasil. Call it cutthroat, clinical, coldly calculated and the nuclear massacre of Brasil in their house was a total German delight.

Brasil applied some pressure on Germany for the first seven minutes or so.The Germans kept their defensive shape and resisted the Brasileiros attack.  Germany slowly attacked and then the damn broke and this was all she wrote.

1404851732847_lc_galleryImage_BELO_HORIZONTE_BRAZIL_JUL

The second half Brasil has had some good scoring chances. Brasil is taking the game to Germany. Paulinho had two point blank shots on goal. Neuer blocked em both.

1404853108684_lc_galleryImage_epa04306126_Brazil_s_Davi

Germany is now laying the lumber to Brasil.  Andre Schürrle nailed the daily double in the 69th and 79th minute. Schurrle’s second goal was a rocket from the left side of the box top shelf right. It is now 7-0. This is Brasil’s worst loss in ninety years. Actually since 1934.

1404852196653_lc_galleryImage_vlcsnap_2014_07_08_21h26m

The bad news is that Brasil quit. Brasileiros  started to quit right after the first goal. The wind went right out of the guys sails after those four goal in a six minute span and that was all she wrote.

1404854535012_lc_galleryImage_Brazil_s_coach_Luiz_Felip

Oscar stopped the bleeding with a score in the 89th minute to make it 7-1. Mesut Ozil made the mistake and this led to the Brasil’s goal.

1404856730126_lc_galleryImage_BELO_HORIZONTE_BRAZIL_JUL

It’s all over German wins in a cakewalk 7-1. No one including me saw this out right murder of Brasil in their house Belo Horizonte. The final whistle has blown and now the pieces must be picked up by Brasil.

1404853922725_lc_galleryImage_BELO_HORIZONTE_BRAZIL_JUL

This makes me sad for I was hoping the guys would have put up  better fight. In the end Germany was too strong for a depleted Brasileiros squad.

1404846653746_lc_galleryImage_Brazilian_fans_pose_befor

Brasil gave up seven goals for the first time since 1934. The loss stopped Brasileiros home cooking streak at 63 matches.

1404846678757_lc_galleryImage_Brazilian_fans_kiss_a_rep

Gilberto Silva who played on the 2002 World Champions summed it up this way,’ Brasil is very emotional. Futebol players don’t cry. Felipao is the blame for this for the guys were not ready to play.”

1404847932818_lc_galleryImage_General_view_of_the_stadi

This nails it on the head.

1404848749127_lc_galleryImage_Spectators_fill_the_stand

The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor summed the massacre up this way. “It was the night Germany removed the crown from football royalty. They did so with their own version of the beautiful game and, by the time they had finished, Brazil had suffered an ignominy that was so extreme and implausible it made it feel as though a black marker pen had been taken to the pages of their football history.

1404850520422_lc_galleryImage_Brazil_s_goalkeeper_Julio

No team in that famous shirt has ever suffered in the way Luiz Felipe Scolari’s had to during a brutal first half in which Germany scored five times in 19 minutes and played as though the team in front of them might as well have been invited from the beach. Brazil had not lost a competitive match at home since 1975 but they were not just removed from their own World Cup. They were embarrassed in a way that will make them look back on this tournament and want to cover their eyes. It was football’s equivalent of chewing on broken glass and they should probably just be grateful that Germany did not make it even more harrowing after Andre Schürrle had added another two goals in the second half.

1404849301176_lc_galleryImage_BELO_HORIZONTE_BRAZIL_JUL

This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying. There was anger, resentment but also, close to the end, an appreciation of what they were seeing. Schürrle’s second goal prompted a standing ovation. Soon afterwards Brazil’s fans could be heard shouting olé to every German touch.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/08/germany-brazil-world-cup-semi-final-match-report

1404841076866_lc_galleryImage_Brazilian_fans_celebrate_

This was Brasil first real test in the World Cup. The guys failed miserably. In the end Felipao is to blame for the guys horrible showing. He needs to be fired and bring a real coach like Jose Mourinho or Jurgen Klinsmann.

article-2685137-1F7CC92D00000578-41_634x423

This is what happens when you play a bunch of pasty’s in Group play. Germany was given the shaft by Brasil Brasileiros sent the Germany club to hellholes to play. Germany didn’t say a peep and they took it out on the host country.

This is what happens when you try to fix the World Cup in your favor.

article-2685137-1F7DE55800000578-124_964x390

The nightmare has just started for Brasil. For all the plans made by mice and men do come crashing down when the foundation is built on sand.

 

0

De Futebol

Thiago Silva

Brasil battles Germany later today to see who earns the right to take on either Argentina or Holland this Sunday at Maracanã. The guys will be short handed minus Neymar cracked vertebra and the genius Thiago Silva for the brilliance of a second yellow card.  Brasil appealed Thiago Silva’s second yellow card and FIFA told the guys to go pound sand. Brasil tired to get FIFA to the challenge by Colombia’s Juan Zúñiga on Neymar nao serve para nada. Go pound sand.

bela-italiana-assiste-a-derrota-para-a-costa-rica-na-piazza-venezia-em-roma-1403294925094_956x500

The Guardian reported “Thiago Silva will be suspended for Brazil’s World Cup semi-final against Germany – and Fifa has also ruled out action by its disciplinary committee for the challenge by Colombia’s Juan Zúñiga that left Neymar with a serious injury.

Brazil’s federation, the CBF, had appealed against Silva’s yellow card but Fifa’s disciplinary committee refused to consider it because appeals against cautions are permitted only in exceptional circumstances.

12jun2014---sem-selecao-na-copa-torcedor-sueco-vai-ao-jogo-de-abertura-entre-brasil-e-croacia-1402588587857_956x500

A Fifa statement said: “The disciplinary committee … cannot consider the matter given the fact that there is no legal basis entitling it to grant such request.”

The CBF had also pushed for action against Zúñiga but this was rejected by Fifa’s disciplinary committee, which said the referee had seen the incident.

Fifa added: “After an analysis of the matter and the extensive submission and documentation received from the CBF, the chairman came to the conclusion that the Fifa disciplinary committee cannot consider this matter in light of the conditions outlined in the Fifa disciplinary code … to be able to intervene in such a situation.”

13jun2014---galanteador-torcedor-holandes-deixa-rivalidade-de-lado-e-beija-a-mao-de-torcedora-da-espanha-em-salvador-1402682490058_600x500

The decision will infuriate Brazil – their coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, claimed Colombia had been “hunting” Neymar, who suffered a fractured vertebra when Zúñiga caught him in the back with his knee.

The Fifa statement said the disciplinary committee chairman, Claudio Sulser, had deep sympathy for Neymar but that regulations meant retrospective action could not be taken in this case.

The statement said: “The chairman of the Fifa disciplinary committee deeply regrets the incident and the serious consequences on Neymar’s health.

a-bela-torcedora-italiana-pintou-o-rosto-para-acompanhar-o-jogo-entre-italia-e-costa-rica-de-turim-1403297033917_956x500

“No retrospective action can be taken … since the incident involving the Colombian player Juan Camilo Zúñiga Mosquera did not escape the match officials’ attention.

“The conditions by which the Fifa disciplinary committee can intervene in any incident have to be considered independently of the consequences of that incident, such as an unfortunate injury suffered by a player.

concentracao-dos-torcedores-no-centro-historico-de-salvador-na-regiao-do-pelourinho-antes-de-partida-entre-belgica-x-eua-1404228071812_956x500

“We wish Neymar a prompt and complete recovery as we wish the same for all players who have sadly been ruled out of the World Cup through injury.”

Thiago picked up the caution against Colombia, imposed after he blocked the goalkeeper David Ospina from taking a kick, and as it was his second of the tournament he was automatically suspended.

bela-torcedora-sorri-antes-do-jogo-entre-equador-e-franca-no-estadio-do-maracana-1403725797438_956x500

Appeals against yellow cards are allowed only in exceptional circumstances, such as cases of mistaken identity, and overturning would have been hugely controversial and would have allowed other teams to claim that the governing body was favouring the hosts.

In an infamous past incident, Fifa allowed Garrincha to play in the 1962 World Cup final despite the Brazilian forward being sent off in the semi-final.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/07/world-cup-2014-thiago-silva-brazil-germany

a-torcedora-do-ira-ficou-muito-nervosa-enquanto-sua-selecao-tentava-segurar-o-empate-diante-da-argentina-1403376354218_956x500