Posts Tagged "FIFA Confederations Cup"

The formation Ange Postecoglou is propagating at the national level is a big, complex machine, and one that can only thrum cleanly through its revolutions if the parts are hand-crafted and fitted perfectly.

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After all the bombast and rhetoric, it’s high time the Socceroos turned in a decent performance – and they’ll hardly get a better chance than against a third-string German outfit.

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While football’s Confederations Cup and cricket’s Champions Trophy keep on copping criticism each time they come around, they do fulfil an important role.

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Germany coach Joachim Loew made six new call-ups for the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, opting to leave established internationals Marco Reus and Mario Gomez out.

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As we kick off a new year, ‘best of’ lists for the year past are inevitable. Here are my favourite three sporting moments of the past 12 months.

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It has finally happened. Sure they had to play a full 120 minutes plus penalty kicks only four days earlier, and sure they came up against a pumping Maracana, but Spain’s football invincibility has come to an end.

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If you have watched any football over the past year you will have heard the name Neymar.

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The Confederations Cup is currently under way in Brazil and chances are it has exposed far more of a complex host nation than FIFA had ever bargained for.

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The English may have invented the game and the Brazilians perfected it, but as rival football fans in England come together to protest exorbitant ticket prices and Brazilians rally at the Confederations Cup, there seems little love left for the beautiful game.

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After dominating world football with their suffocating possession style since 2008, Spain are fast approaching a testing period a year before the World Cup in Brazil.

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What a story! What a shock! New Zealand All Whites’ thoroughly deserve praise for holding Italy to a 1-1 draw in Nelspruit.

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The United States have pulled off one massive upset and are plotting another on Sunday when they look for payback against defending champions Brazil in the Confederations Cup final.

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In all sports, strength of character and courage are talked of in glowing terms. The player going high for the mark in AFL, blind to what those around are doing, the one on one tackle in league and union, the strength to carry on after a heavy hit.

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Spain claimed a world record fifteenth consecutive victory Saturday by defeating South Africa 2-0 in a Confederations Cup Group A match.

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Although it goes against our countries sporting ethos, we should all be cheering for the All Whites as they prepare for battle in the Confederations Cup starting tonight. After all, they are taking over the mantle we once held as the underdogs from Oceania. They are also flying the A-League flag on the world stage.

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Following on from the euphoria of the Socceroos finally qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup comes the realisation that Australia won’t be appearing in this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup.

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