FIFA World Cup Football 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

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Who will Win?

Poll ended at Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:46 am

Argentina
2
18%
Brazil
3
27%
England
0
No votes
France
1
9%
Germany
2
18%
Italy
0
No votes
Netherlands
1
9%
Portugal
0
No votes
Spain
0
No votes
Uruguay
0
No votes
Unexpected New
2
18%
 
Total votes: 11

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FIFA World Cup Football 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Leo » Sat May 03, 2014 6:36 am

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Groups

Group A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon

Group B
Spain
Netherlands
Chile
Australia

Group C
Colombia
Greece
Côte d'Ivoire
Japan

Group D
Uruguay
Costa Rica
England
Italy

Group E
Switzerland
Ecuador
France
Honduras

Group F
Argentina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iran
Nigeria

Group G
Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA

Group H
Belgium
Algeria
Russia
Korea Republic
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Leo » Sat May 03, 2014 6:53 am

I am Excited. Can't Wait . . . . :band:
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby TedWard » Sat May 03, 2014 12:03 pm

I think if we can get through our group unbeaten then we have a pretty good chance of winning this thing.

Lots of big talk about Belgium - but I am don't see it happening....

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby GpeL » Sat May 03, 2014 12:45 pm

I dont care a orangutans behind about european soccer. Southamerican for me.. Brazil or Argentine teams..

I do not get to vote two teams so I will reserve my vote.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Going South » Sat May 03, 2014 4:33 pm

32 teams just like NFL. how different is format for reaching the finals compared to NFL? Which model is better?

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby afghankhan » Sat May 03, 2014 5:49 pm

Going South wrote:32 teams just like NFL. how different is format for reaching the finals compared to NFL? Which model is better?


In each group teams play against each other. First and second goes through. Teams ended 1 first play second from another group in knockout game.
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Going South » Sun May 04, 2014 1:17 am

Thanks. That's more like cricket.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby TedWard » Sun May 04, 2014 9:55 pm

Predictor: http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/wo ... -predictor

We'll have to get a cricforum prediction game up and running at some point.

I might make a gun game, if England v Srilanka doesnt take up all my attention.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby SuperGLS » Mon May 05, 2014 1:44 am

USA have 100 to 1 odds. I'll put down CF$50K that they win. Who wants in on this bet?

(I understand they have no chance to win, realistically.)

Of more importance, because of the location, most of the games will be on for good viewing for the East Coast contingent here at CF.
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Katto » Mon May 05, 2014 5:38 am

Brazil should win however usually the world cup is fixed to award a country (of course it has to be a contender) that has provided some benefits to international monetary shenanigans

one thing is certain, it wont be Russia

perhaps Belgium will exceed expectations and receive a little referee help. they're not a bad side anyway.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Going South » Mon May 05, 2014 2:58 pm

Wow. Awesome.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby SuperGLS » Mon May 05, 2014 9:31 pm

I got some official balls...

Wait, sorry, thought I was Lungi for a bit.
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Synergy » Tue May 13, 2014 7:38 am

Brazil to win it all! Some of the parity between groups suck.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby GpeL » Tue May 13, 2014 10:29 am

SuperGLS wrote:I got some official balls...



That was a ballsy statement.

my balls are totally unofficial.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby TedWard » Tue May 13, 2014 5:17 pm

Synergy wrote:Brazil to win it all! Some of the parity between groups suck.



Brazil have a difficult run after the group stage, as your pic shows.

I think it will be Germany and Argentina in the final.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby afghankhan » Tue May 13, 2014 5:25 pm

There are no easy games after the group stages.
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Leo » Wed May 14, 2014 4:34 am

TedWard wrote:
Synergy wrote:Brazil to win it all! Some of the parity between groups suck.



Brazil have a difficult run after the group stage, as your pic shows.

I think it will be Germany and Argentina in the final.


Not possible. These two team will face each other within QF or SF.

Overall Finalist will be 1 team from Group A, B, C, D and other team from E, F, G, H. It is not possible that both finalist will be from A,B,C,D or E,F,G,H.
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby TedWard » Wed May 14, 2014 7:14 pm

I think you should check that.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby GpeL » Wed May 14, 2014 8:40 pm

Not necessarily.. the eight might come 2 each from one group but after that it should be knockout stage kinds.. and even the top eight comng 2 from a group sounds sort of unfair given the group composition would then have to be ABSOLUTELY balance.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby bharathh » Wed May 14, 2014 10:09 pm

Not true Leo... even 2 teams from the same group can be finalists.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby raja » Thu May 15, 2014 10:11 am

That schematic is interesting.

I disagree that England will not go beyond the group stage.

In fact I'm expecting England to go all the way.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Katto » Thu May 15, 2014 10:34 am

raja wrote:That schematic is interesting.

I disagree that England will not go beyond the group stage.

In fact I'm expecting England to go all the way.


you dont have to jinx England
they're really not that good

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby GpeL » Thu May 15, 2014 11:28 am

Raja pai aap mahaaaaaa purush ho :D

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Leo » Fri May 16, 2014 2:16 am

bharathh wrote:Not true Leo... even 2 teams from the same group can be finalists.


Yup. Thanks :up:

I miscalculate. Sorry.
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Leo » Fri May 16, 2014 2:18 am

Leo wrote:
TedWard wrote:
Brazil have a difficult run after the group stage, as your pic shows.

I think it will be Germany and Argentina in the final.


Not possible. These two team will face each other within QF or SF.

Overall Finalist will be 1 team from Group A, B, C, D and other team from E, F, G, H. It is not possible that both finalist will be from A,B,C,D or E,F,G,H.


TedWard wrote:I think you should check that.


Checked and found I am wrong. Sorry mate :|
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Leo » Fri May 16, 2014 2:25 am

raja wrote:I disagree that England will not go beyond the group stage.


Of course. In every World Cup England becomes champion through their media, fans, coaches & players. But their highest achievement is not beyond QF after Italia 90. :P

That's why Devid Beckham is a football star while he has got everything rather gameplay on field :lmao:
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby TedWard » Fri May 16, 2014 7:03 am

Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica for England.

Italy will draw with Uruguay and England and beat Costa RIca to go through.

England have to beat Uruguay to go through, as they probably wont score as many goals as Uruguay....

Hmmm.

If they do get through though they face the relatively easy task of taking on group c, to get a spot in the QFs.

The English press is very pessimistic this time round, I'm not sure why. Rooney doesn't really inspire confidence I guess.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Going South » Fri May 16, 2014 9:49 am

Gaaaaa. Copy cat ted stole my avatar!!!

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby SuperGLS » Fri May 16, 2014 12:41 pm

It's hurting my head this morning.

Shouldn't Spain win this thing pretty easily?
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Katto » Fri May 16, 2014 1:56 pm

no, they're underachievers traditionally despite so much talent.
they broke through finally last time, but that was their turn and they needed a lot of luck in the end
also they're a collection of countries that arent all pulling in the same direction. they even had to recruit a Brazilian striker who will be persona non grata in Brazil

they should get out of their group, even though Netherlands and Chile are tough opponents but i doubt they'll go much further

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Synergy » Tue May 20, 2014 7:56 am

Underachievers?

They are the world champions, back to back UEFA champs and have basically monopolised the number 1 ranking since like 2009-2010. They may have underachieved in the past but they've been awesome for the last 5 years or so.
Reckon they are almost a certain semi-finalist.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Katto » Tue May 20, 2014 1:08 pm

Synergy wrote:Underachievers?

They are the world champions, back to back UEFA champs and have basically monopolised the number 1 ranking since like 2009-2010. They may have underachieved in the past but they've been awesome for the last 5 years or so.
Reckon they are almost a certain semi-finalist.


the key word being "traditionally"
they were underachievers up until the last World Cup
so many times Spain had promised to much going into World Cups and failed to deliver

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby afghankhan » Tue May 20, 2014 3:00 pm

Also they have dominated all u level championships. U.17-21 euro and world champions several times. Don't remember exactly how many times...
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Postby afghankhan » Tue May 20, 2014 3:06 pm

Also they have dominated all u level championships. U.17-21 euro and world champions several times. Don't remember exactly how many times...

Spain definitely have the team to go all the way, but it's very rare to win 2 WC and Euro Champions in row. Also there is luck factor. There are 3-4 teams equally good or even better. The addition of Diego Costa definitely gives them the X factor they need.

BTW Costa doesn't seem like a guy that cares about "person non grata" etc. Along with Suarez the best Forward atm.

BTW he is out of Champions League Final :mrgreen:
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby afghankhan » Tue May 20, 2014 3:18 pm

BTW I don't see Argentine as big contenders as people might think. Their defense is weak. Offense looks very good, but Messi is totally out of form. IF Messi don't up his game they have not a big chance. Maybe he saved Energy for WC?

My fav to take the title:

1 row: Spain, Brazil and Germany
2.row: Italy, Argentine and France
3.row: Netherland, Belgium, Portugal

Funny Outsiders Colombia, Chile and Uruguay.

Rest have no chance.
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Going South » Tue May 20, 2014 5:18 pm

What? England has no chance? Come on!!

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby TedWard » Tue May 20, 2014 5:47 pm

Dont spain have the oldest team in the competition or something? They will be lucky to progress to the second stage.

The netherlands are in trouble too, will probably finish last in their group.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Leo » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:03 am

6 Days to go . . .

Portugal fears grow over Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo's chances of being fit for Portugal's opening FIFA World Cup™ clash with Germany were thrown into further doubt when coach Paulo Bento refused to put a timeframe on his return.

Ronaldo, 29, failed once more to train with the rest of his teammates, as they went through their paces ahead of Friday's friendly with fellow World Cup qualifiers Mexico in the United States.

Portugal play the strongly-fancied Germans on 16 June but, at this rate, they could be without their star player and talisman, who was already ruled out of the Mexico game because of persistent leg injuries.

The Real Madrid forward has a left thigh injury and tendinitis in the knee of the same leg, and has been struggling for fitness for several weeks in the crucial build-up to the Brazil showpiece. Even if Ronaldo is free of injury, it looks increasingly unlikely that he will be match-fit.

"The situation is evolving and our expectations are evolving constantly," Bento told reporters at Foxborough stadium, asked repeatedly when Ronaldo would be fit.

"When he's ready to play is a decision that will be made just like any other player, regardless of who it is. I'm not at liberty to discuss at full length the situation. As soon as he is ready to train, we will make that announcement."

Bento added: "We have to prepare for Germany regardless. The decision of if he will play and when is up to me, the player and the doctors. Ronaldo is not the only good player we have."

Ronaldo, who has scored 49 goals in 110 matches for Portugal, also missed the goalless draw with Greece on Saturday in Lisbon.

Portugal, who squeezed into the World Cup via a play-off with Sweden, face a mounting injury crisis -- key defender Pepe and experienced midfielder Raul Meireles are also out of the Mexico encounter.

Real Madrid's Pepe has a left leg injury, although indications are that he will be fit for the World Cup.

"He had a lot of games this season and he had a good season," said Bento. "It's a question of evaluating the situation and seeing how he is, then we will decide."

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Postby Katto » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:17 am

massive blow if he doesnt come up fit :|

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Postby SuperGLS » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:33 pm

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Cherry » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:36 pm

Brazil or Argentina ... Rest play for fun.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby GpeL » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:52 pm

Well I wouldn't discount Germany Uruguay Paraguay Mexico too that nonchalantly

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Leo » Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:59 am

England fail to break down 10-man Honduras

The calm before the storm did not live up to the billing in Miami as England and Honduras fought out a goalless draw in an ill-tempered match halted in the first half by thunder and lightning.

Seven days before their FIFA World Cup Group D opener against Italy in Manaus, the Sun Life Stadium encounter was the final act of a week-long acclimatisation camp for England before heading to Brazil.

Roy Hodgson’s team looked comfortable, if blunt, for the most part and looked to have somehow avoided injury despite some full-blooded Honduran challenges. Daniel Sturridge had the best chances in a match which was subject to a 43-minute first-half delay due to an electrical storm, which forced the players and most of the 45,379 crowd inside.

Brayan Beckeles was back inside the dressing room after 65 minutes following two bookings in quick succession, yet England were unable to find a winning goal.

Hodgson offered a glimpse of how England may line-up in their World Cup opener by naming a strong-looking side, the same XI that started last Friday’s 3-0 defeat of Peru at Wembley in their final friendly before their match against Italy on June 14.

Giving away possession
Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were replaced for the second half, with Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley the players introduced. The Everton playmaker impressed against Ecuador on Wednesday but afterwards Hodgson expressed his frustration at his knack of giving away possession.

That was evident within 30 seconds of his introduction, yet soon after Barkley showed just why he is so highly-rated, linking-up with Wilshere before curling wide from 25 yards. The 20-year-old’s footwork drew a foul out of Bernardez moments later as the Honduran tackling became increasingly robust, with Hodgson visibly angered with Beckeles for a hefty challenge on Danny Welbeck that saw him booked.

The Manchester United man dusted himself off and, maybe still shaken, chipped wide when well-placed, before Valladares rushed off his line to deny him soon after Barkley was denied by a fine tackle.

The match was becoming increasingly ill-tempered and Bernardez fizzed a free-kick across the face of goal after a poor Adam Lallana challenge, who was booked and given a final warning soon after.

Reckless challenge
The referee would not have to wait long to produce a red card, though, Beckeles recklessly challenged Leighton Baines in the 65th minute. The defender caught the Everton left-back with an elbow, leading Salazar to hand him a second yellow and an early exit.

Sturridge wasted a glorious chance as the match entered the final 20 minutes, heading over an inviting Glen Johnson cross as tempers continued to fray. Substitute Jerry Palacios was fortunate to avoid being reprimanded for taking down Barkley and team-mate Baines became the recipient of the evening’s eighth booking.

Clearly angered by some of the challenges, Baines did not shake hands with the opposition at the end.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Katto » Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:58 am

FIFA is fine

critics are just being racist

Blatter blasts some criticism of FIFA as racist

Reuters
June 10, 2014, 4:05 am

By Mike Collett

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter launched a scathing attack on those he said were "plotting to destroy" world soccer's governing body, and branded some of the criticism of the Qatar World Cup award for 2022 as racist.

Blatter was addressing delegates of the African and Asian confederations at their extraordinary congresses ahead of FIFA's annual congress which starts here on Tuesday.

The African congress, which declared its "continued support" for Blatter, who intends to run for a fifth term as president next year, also passed a resolution condemning what it called the British media's racist attack on its officials.

Blatter's comment came in the wake of a series of fresh allegations made by Britain's Sunday Times newspaper about the award of the Cup to Qatar and rumblings from sponsors who are unhappy with the current trouble FIFA is facing.

Blatter, without defining who "they" were, told Asian delegates "they want to destroy us; they don't want to destroy football, but they want to destroy the institution (FIFA)".

He got a standing ovation when he told the delegates to "show unity in FIFA".

Earlier on Monday, Blatter spoke to delegates at the African Congress and without naming names described attacks on the Qatar World Cup as "racist".

The Sunday Times over the last two weeks has published a series of articles expanding on allegations that the former president of the Asian Confederation, Mohamed Bin Hammam, had used money from secret slush funds to help win votes and support for the Qatari World Cup bid.

Qatar denies the allegations and says it was not connected to Bin Hammam.

Qatar was awarded the World Cup by the FIFA executive committee in December 2010, beating rival bids from the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea.



However, the Sunday Times made new allegations that Bin Hammam specifically targeted African soccer officials and Issa Hayatou, the president of the African Confederation, to help create a groundswell of opinion in favour of the Qatari bid.

Blatter said: "Once again there is a sort of storm against FIFA relating to the Qatar World Cup. Sadly there's a great deal of discrimination and racism and this hurts me."

Hayatou, approached by Reuters in the lobby of Sao Paulo's Grand Hyatt Hotel after the congress, said: "I am very content with what president Blatter said. We support him, and I was very happy with what he told the delegates."

In the wake of the problems facing FIFA, five of FIFA's six major sponsors have expressed their displeasure over the situation.

Sportswear maker Adidas, which has been associated with FIFA since the 1950s, said in a statement on Sunday: "The negative tenor of the public debate around FIFA at the moment is neither good for football nor for FIFA and its partners."

Monday's developments coincided with Michael Garcia, the head of FIFA's investigatory chamber of their Ethics Committee, concluding his report on alleged corruption surrounding FIFA officials, which has taken him two years to complete.

He will submit the report to German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, the head of the Ethics Committee's adjudicatory chamber, in around six weeks.

If he finds corruption, soccer officials say Qatar could be stripped of the Cup.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Verity » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:37 am

I see Oz drawing with Chille and beating Netherlands which should be enough to progress too the next stage.
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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby bharathh » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:54 am

John Oliver is awesome. His show is as good as Jon Stewart's Daily Show.

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Re: FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil, June 12 to July 13

Postby Katto » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:15 am

Verity wrote:I see Oz drawing with Chille and beating Netherlands which should be enough to progress too the next stage.


what have you been smoking?