Posts Tagged "FIFA World Cup"
Heading into the 2014 World Cup draw this weekend, many media personalities point out that the Socceroos rank last in the rankings of all 32 teams heading to Brazil.
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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on this site with regards to whether the FIFA World Cup should expand to 40 teams. Football fans who responded to that article in the main favoured the World Cup to remain as a 32-team tournament.
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I’m sure for most the FIFA World Cup draw is nothing more than an administrative formality, but for me it’s so much more.
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Not since the days of Eric Gerets, Enzo Scifo and Luc Nilis under the leadership of Guy Thys has the Belgium national team boasted a side with this much promise.
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Barring a miracle, Uruguay and Mexico have booked their place in Brazil 2014 after annihilating Jordan and New Zealand respectively in the first leg of their inter-continental World Cup playoffs.
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Australia might have already qualified for the World Cup, but throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas, the battle for positions in Brazil next year is still being closely fought, and will come down to the final round of games this week.
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This week has seen the news leaked out from Europe, that there are talks within UEFA to extend the invitation for the European Championships to Brazil, Argentina, Japan and Mexico.
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There is one simple reason why the Socceroos lost 6-0 to Brazil in this morning’s international friendly.
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With the Socceroos heading to play the five time FIFA World Champion, Brazil, next week, let’s hope that they overcome some of the bad press Australia has recently received there.
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It’s something hard to ignore, the masses of NSL fans constantly belittling the new generation of football fans coming out of the woodwork and settling in to our game.
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Australia’s ‘routine and inevitable’ qualification for the 2014 World Cup finals has upset some of the Kiwis, who are casting long and languorous looks towards Bondi’s golden beaches. The All Whites are turning green.
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The Socceroos have qualified for their fourth World Cup, but only just, and it was more of a test than many people would have liked, with the side finishing second behind Japan.
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup might still be just under a year away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how one of sport’s greatest tournaments will unfold.
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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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So with Australia having successfully qualified for their third consecutive football World Cup, how much longer do we have to wait for it to visit down under?
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We did it! When we embarked on this journey, everyone thought it was going to be easy, like it was four years ago.
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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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Football Federation Australia must wait to find out the fate of a six-figure donation it made which was allegedly pocketed by former FIFA heavyweight Jack Warner.
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The Socceroos’ World Cup qualifying task became even harder when Jordan pulled off a stunning 2-1 upset over runway group leader Japan.
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All this debate about whether the A-League needs a finals series made me start thinking about the more important question of whether international football needs finals.
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