Group G hopes for Ghana, Portugal & USA


It might be obvious that Germany is most likely to advance to the second round of the FIFA World Cup on top of the GROUP G as the possibility of it losing 4-0 and more is close to 0%
This means that Ghana, Portugal and USA are all fighting for 1 ticket only, the current standings in the “Group of Death” gives The USAMNT an advantage over his rivals as he needs a draw to qualify no matter what happens in the Other match between Ghana and Portugal.

Current standings (GP, PTS, GF, GA, GD)


GERMANY (2, 4, 6, 2, +4)
USA (2, 4, 4, 3, +1)
GHANA (2, 1, 3, 4, -1)
PORTUGAL (2, 1, 2, 6, -4)

In the following infographic published by the Business Insider few days ago a list of possible results and related scenarios to this complicated group.

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Portugal’s final squad.


Portugal’s coach Paulo Bento announced earlier on Monday Portugal’s final squad for the upcoming FIFA WORLD CUP

The Selecçao das Quinas final squad featured a surprise especially for Manchester United fans Bento decided to give Nani a chance to be on the plane heading to Brazil.

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Bento defended his decision “Nani had a problem up until March but he’s improved and he’s been training normally since then,”Source

In addition to Nani, the final squad featured Braga’s midfielder Rafael Ferreira Silva known as Rafa and the young talent William Carvalho from Sporting Lisboa. 

And regarding Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury Paulo Bento commented “We will work out a plan to get him ready in time for the World Cup,”Image

Final Squad List:

Goalkeepers: Beto (Sevilla-Spain), Eduardo (SC Braga-Portugal), Rui Patricio (Sporting-Portugal)

Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica-Portugal), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe-Turkey), Fabio Coentrão (Real Madrid-Spain), Joao Pereira (Valencia-Spain), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid-Spain), Ricardo Costa (Valencia-Spain)

Midfielders: Joao Moutinho (Monaco-France), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev-Ukraine), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce-Turkey), Ruben Amorim (Benfica-Portugal), William Carvalho (Sporting-Portugal), Rafa (SC Braga-Portugal)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid-Spain), Eder (SC Braga-Portugal), Helder Postiga (Lazio-Italy), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas-Turkey), Nani (Manchester United-England), Varela (FC Porto-Portugal), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg-Germany)

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Arsenal’s lead in threat amid draw


St. Mary Stadium might carry a bad memory for Arsenal’s fans and players for the remainder of the season after falling to a 2-2 draw against Southampton.

Losing 1-0 at half time then having a huge comeback in the beginning of the second half scoring 2 goals before Lallana’s equalizer and Flamini’s red card 10 minutes before the final whistle, Arsenal suffered from a huge pressure by Pochettino’s men who could have scored several times during the game, which makes the final score a decent result for the gunners.

Goals – chronological order:
1-0. Jose Miguel Fonte (Southampton 21″)
1-1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal 48″)
1-2. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal 52″)
2-2. Adam Lallana (Southampton 54″)

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Images via @Arsenal Twitter accounts – @Southamptonfc

Merseyside derby take 222


Tuesday, January 28th – Beirut
After 221 games between the old rivals of Merseyside in England, this years derby can be easily considered as the most exciting derby since a decade due to the current position both teams hold in the Barclays Premier League, Liverpool placed 4th (43 pts) Everton 6th (42 pts) in addition to the exciting game that ended 3-3 at Goodison park late in 2013, tonight’s game at Anfield will capture the eyes of Football fans worldwide. (Kick-off 8.00 GMT).

With all what was mentioned above, no one can actually predict the result of the game due to the number of injuries available on both squads with more than 8 sidelined players from Roberto Martinez’s side.

Everton FC injured players: Bryan Oviedo – Arouna Kone – Darron Gibson – Seamus Coleman – Ross Barkley – Gerard Deulofeu – (confirmed by Coach Roberto Martinez)
Everton FC doubtful players for Merseyside derby: Phil Jagielka – Sylvain Distin

The newly signed striker Lacina Traore won’t feature in the game either.

Liverpool FC injured players: Lucas Leiva – Glen Johnson – Daniel Agger – Mamadou Sakho – Jose Enrique.
Liverpool FC doubtful players: Joe Allen.

Despite the superiority of Everton in the last 2 years finishing above Liverpool FC in the league, the blues of merseyside never managed to win at Anfield since the 1999/2000 season when they won 1-0 in a dramatic game that featured 3 red cards, in addition last season’s game at Anfield featured a negative draw 0-0, the last time a team managed to win was in April 2012 (FT Liverpool 2-1 Everton – FA CUP).

Steven Gerrard Challenging Gareth Barry for the ball
Steven Gerrard Challenging Gareth Barry for the ball

After 15 years from their last loss at Anfield, Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard who was one of the 3 players who got red carded in that game explained how hard it is to lose in the derby.

“It’s difficult to put into words that feeling you have. If you lose a big game at Anfield it hurts for a few days but you have to move on”

“But losing to Everton at Anfield – that hurts for a long time. It’s the complete opposite to winning at Goodison. Ask me one league game I would want to win at the beginning of the season and I would pick Goodison Park, followed closely by winning at Old Trafford.

“So to lose against Everton on your own patch is the complete opposite to that. It’s a ­nightmare.” – Quoted from an interview with Mirror

From his side Roberto Martinez who was forced to play his young right back John Stones as a full back due to the injuries said:

“But John Stones is ready (to play) and has shown that he is adapting to playing centre-half. When he came to the club he was more a right back and now we are seeing him more as a centre-half. His performances against Southampton and Stoke and Norwich made it clear that he is ready. I would not have a problem with John playing and our quality wouldn’t drop.” – Quoted from an interview with Liverpool Echo

The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had a few words regarding the derby too especially to the number of injured players

“It is unfortunate both teams are coming into the game with not the strongest squads because both have picked up injuries.”

“I said all along this was a group we needed a bit of luck with injury and unfortunately we have been hit with a bad run of injuries. – Quoted from an interview with Independent

And about the lack of signings during the current winter transfers Rodgers said:

“I think we have shown up until this point that with the squad we are a team up there on merit.

“If we can’t bring in the players who can help us that is unfortunate.

“If none comes in that will galvanise us even more and we will focus in on the players we have.” – Quoted from the same interview with The independent.

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Roberto Martinez Left – Brendan Rodgers Right giving orders for players

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Mission in Tehran – Intro


بكرا منتخب لبنان رح يلعب اول مبارياتو بتصفيات كأس آسيا 2015 باوستراليا.
لبنان يللي اجا بمجموعة معتدلة نسبيا رح يواجه منتخبين من غرب القارة ومنتخب شرق اسيوي صاعد.
المجموعة فيها بالاضافية للبنان كل من:
ايران
الكويت
تايلاند
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منتخب لبنان في كأس غرب آسيا


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 غادرت الخميس مساءا بعثة المنتخب الوطني اللبناني لكرة القدم مطار بيروت الدولي متوجهة الى الكويت للمشاركة ببطولة غرب آسيا لكرة   القدم في نسختها السابعة حيث أوقعته القرعة في المجموعة الأولى مع كل من

الكويت (المضيف وحامل اللقب ) سلطنة عمان و فلسطين

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ENGLAND vs FRANCE – Winner Poll


ENGLAND

FIFA RANKING: 6th

COACH: Roy Hodgson

AVERAGE AGE: 26.04

QUALIFIED BY: winning their group and going undefeated, scoring in the first 15 minutes of play in 5 of their 8 matches.

FRANCE

FIFA RANKING: 14th

COACH: Laurent Blanc

AVERAGE AGE: 26.65

QUALIFIED BY: winning the group, albeit only by a single point over Bosnia-Herzegovina. One Nasri penalty away from having to win a play-off qualifier.