Football - International football rating Footballtop en Top memories of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><em>FootballTop selects the most memorable impressions of the World Cup that will stay for years.</em></strong></p> <p><strong>1. Le roi est mort, or how <a href="">Spain</a> handed over the crown in opening game</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/jong_0.jpg" width="775" height="424" alt="jong_0.jpg" /></p> <p>Well, it only happened twice that the World Cup holders managed to retain the title. Italy did it before the World War <span class="caps">II</span>, in 1938, and Brazil stuck to the cup in 1962 in Chile. So there was little hope that the Spaniards would manage to repeat their South African success. However, the fashion in which they surrendered in Brazil, was fascinating and will get to history books. 1-5 demolition at the hands of Netherlands in the opening game witnessed Spain’s inability to bid for the second straight title.</p> <p><strong>2. Brazil amateur performance in semifinal</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/rtr3xpjn.jpg" width="639" height="452" alt="rtr3xpjn.jpg" /></p> <p>There are not many people in the world who wouldn’t have heard about annihilation that the famous Brazilians suffered in the semifinal against Germany. Amateurish performance in the semifinal on home soil and tears of humiliation from players performing for European top clubs will get down in memory like Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of God’ or Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt.</p> <p><strong>3. Brilliant goalkeeping</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/football-2014-fifa-world-cup-fifa-world-cup-2014-world-cup-fifa-world-cup-italy_3161366.jpg" width="768" height="432" alt="football-2014-fifa-world-cup-fifa-world-cup-2014-world-cup-fifa-world-cup-italy_3161366.jpg" /></p> <p>Some of the national teams will be mostly remembered for astonishing performance from their goalkeepers. While Adidas claimed Brazuca balls had been designed for tricky courses and a handful of goals, it was down to number 1’s that such teams as Mexico, Costa Rica, <span class="caps">USA</span>, Nigeria impressed at the World Cup. Guillermo Ochoa turned into one of the most sought after goalkeepers in the world after keeping a clean sheet against the hosts, Keylor Navas brought his brilliant form with Levante to Brazil and was about to see his modest teammates progress to the semifinals. Tim Howard did unbelievable job against Belgium and proved he’s got it all to remain Everton’s first-choice goalkeeper in years to come. But for a single mistake against France, Vincent Enyeama could take Nigeria to the last eight. On top of that all, there is Manuel Neuer, who, just like with Bayern Munich, was not tested enough to be able to show his best. Against Brazil, nobody would have been surprised if he got on the scoresheet. We witnessed that one player can make a difference on top level, if there is a nation behind him.</p> <p><strong>4. Once a thief, always a thief</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/robben-arjen-620-reuters-dive.jpg" width="620" height="349" alt="robben-arjen-620-reuters-dive.jpg" /></p> <p>World Cup not only is a tournament between football teams. It has a higher mission to push the ideas of friendship, anti-racism, tolerance and great sportsmanship and promote them among younger generations. However, it is not always the case for such people as Luis Suarez, Arjen Robben or Sepp Blatter. Let me get it straight – we do admire the outstanding talent of mentioned players, and do give credit to <span class="caps">FIFA</span> for giving opportunity for developing countries like South Africa, Brazil or Russia. But, in Brazil we saw that they just do not give a tiny piece of effort to give a good example. After all his disgusting incidents and bans Luis Suarez goes on to bite Giorgio Chiellini and fails his country. Instead of a chance to shine and fight for Uruguay in play-off, he gets banned for four months and prefers to go down in history as a talented, but mean and disgusting human being. Arjen Robben, one of the most gifted football players to ever shine at World Cups, keeps diving and goes even further with admitting his cheating. Players like Fred or Oscar are the other examples. Sepp Blatter, heavily criticized for his questionable moves, goes even further and awards Lionel Messi with a Golden Ball. Seriously, Mr.Blatter? Messi is the best player of the tournament? 99 of 100 people who have the slightest understanding of the game and a couple of eyes would not even consider the Argentine for the award. Messi ahead of Javier Mascherano, who worked his socks off in every match to drag his team to the final? Messi ahead of Keylor Navas, who kept clean sheets against England, Italy, Netherlands and denied Greece in penalty shootout? Messi ahead of the top-scorer James Rodriguez? Messi ahead of Toni Kroos, who dominated the midfield, completing a total of 85% of the passes, made four assists and scored two himself? <span class="caps">FIFA</span>’s decisions have nothing in common with fair play and common sense. They are playing their own game, and all the “No to racism” or “Fair play” initiatives are just a nice cover for their own interests.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:36:52 +0000 Leon Smolski 287618 at World Cup. Germany humiliate Brazil 7-1 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/2401924_full-lnd.jpg" width="652" height="366" alt="2401924_full-lnd.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Germany crush the hosts 7-1 to reach the final of 2014 World Cup.</strong></p> <p>Thomas Mueller opened the scoring just 11 minutres from time but it was the space from 23 to 29 minutes that left Brazil players and their fans bemused and stunned. Germany scored four goals in as little as six minutes to knock down Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men and secure a victory. Miroslav Klose netted to become the top-scoring player in World Cup history, Toni Kroos scored a brace and Sami Khedira made it 5-0. Andre Schurrle added two goals in the second half, while Oscar pulled one back in injury time, which was hardly any consolation for Brazilian fans.</p> <p><em>Photo: Getty Images</em></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:07:41 +0000 Leon Smolski 284719 at World Cup. Semi-finals. Brazil vs Germany preview. No Neymar, no party? <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/1403053707675.jpg-620x349.jpg" width="620" height="347" alt="1403053707675.jpg-620x349.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><em>FootballTop previews the replay of 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany.</em></strong></p> <p><strong>The road to last four</strong></p> <p>The Pentacampeons have not cruised through the group stage and play-off round, but still made it to the semis. The very first match against Croatia showed the hosts would not have an easy walk through the tournament. They beat Niko Kovač’s team hugely courtesy of the Japanese referee <strong>Nishimura</strong>, who awarded a penalty for <strong>Fred’s</strong> dive. In the second match Brazilian stars failed to disappoint incredible <a href=""><strong>Guillermo Ochoa</strong></a> and only grabbed a point. A comfortable victory over lacklustre Cameroon allowed selecao to finish atop of the group on goal difference.</p> <p>In play-off round Brazil celebrated hard-fought wins over <span class="caps">CONMEBOL</span> neighbours Chile and Colombia. Chile fell in penalty shootout, while defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz dragged Brazil past Colombia.</p> <p>In both knockout stage matches Brazil only scored from set-pieces, which makes <strong>Neymar</strong> injury even more worrying. How they are going to create chances without their only star forward - we have no idea.</p> <p><strong>The road to last four</strong></p> <p>The German machine strated the championship with crushing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal 4-0, with <a href="">Thomas Mueller</a> scoring a hat-trick. A modest 2-2 draw with Ghana followed. in the last group match Germany beat Juergen Klinsmann’s <span class="caps">USA</span> and finished at the top of the group.</p> <p>Two narrow victories in play-off followed. In the last 16 it took Die Mannschaft 120 minutes to make it past stubborn Algeria. In the quarters Joachim Low outwitted talented, but vulnerable France. That victory looked so casual that <strong>Manuel Neuer’s</strong> saves did not look as impressive as they were.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/article-2681053-1f64d1f300000578-354_634x419.jpg" width="634" height="419" alt="article-2681053-1f64d1f300000578-354_634x419.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>Brazil news</strong></p> <p>By no means were Selecao the easy favourites on paper, but the two heavy losses could kill their hopes of making it past Germany. Their main star man Neymar was knocked down by Juan Zuniga in the last game, which resulted in fractured vertebra. The scale of national mourning can be judged from the picture taken outside the hospital, where Neymar is being treated:</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/pqpsdnjhgik.jpg" width="568" height="426" alt="pqpsdnjhgik.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>To add to Brazil’s hard luck, captain Thiago Silva is suspended for the germany clash after receiving a second yellow card against Colombia. </p> <p><strong>Marcelo’s</strong> grandpa passed away one of these days and Real Madrid full-back left the squad for a couple of days. Willian has a hip injury, but could play in case of emergency.</p> <p>Brazil is wounded and their fans are not quite optimistic. However, this could release tension from the hosts and make such footballers as Hulk or Oscar show their best in Neymar’s absence.</p> <p>In other words, Brazil will need to show their best to make it past mighty Germany, but it is too soon to write off their chances.</p> <p><strong>Germany news</strong></p> <p>The only player missing for Germany is <strong>Shkodran Mustafi</strong>. All the rest are ready to fight. </p> <p>German media are putting the players under pressure and demand to bring the trophy to the country for the first time since 1990.</p> <p><strong>History</strong></p> <p>Brazil and Germany have met 24 times, but only once in the final stage of the World Cup. Brazil won the 2002 final by 2-0 courtesy of a brace from <strong>Ronaldo</strong>. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p> <strong>Managers talk</strong></p> <p><a href="" title=""><strong>Joachim Low</strong></a> asked the referees to pay attentional to Brazil's agressive physical style: <em>"The physical energy in the match against Colombia went beyond the limits in Europe. When I saw that match ... in Europe, 22 players wouldn't have ended that match. There were brutal fouls".</em></p> <p><strong>Luiz Felipe Scolari</strong> conceded Brazil will play their own game of football on Tuesday night: <em>"We respect them, but we have to enforce our style of play. We decide how to play just before each match.<br /> "It doesn't matter how the other team play, we will play as we choose. I guess that is the way we are planning to play. It is going to be difficult for Germany, but let's see what happens."</em></p> <p><strong>Referee</strong></p> <p>The 40-year old Mexican referee <strong>Marco Rodriguez</strong> will serve the match. The one who failed to see Luis Suarez's antics against Giorgio Chiellini and who was brave enough to send off Claudio Marchisio.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/marci.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="marci.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>Bookmakers</strong></p> <p>Accroding to leading bookmakers, the semifinalists have equal chances of success, with Brazil odds 2,75, and Germany having 2,60.</p> <p><strong>Provisional squads</strong></p> <p><strong>Brazil:</strong> Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, David Luiz, Dante, Marcelo, Luis Gustavo, Fernandinho, Hulk, Oscar, Willian, Fred.<br /><strong>Germany:</strong> Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Hoewedes, Kroos, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Scuerrle, Mueller. </p> <p><em>Photo:,,</em></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:18:24 +0000 Leon Smolski 284441 at Neymar ruled out of the World Cup <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" width="620" /></p> <p><strong><em>Brazil’s doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirmed <a href="">Neymar</a> is ruled out for four to six weeks with a back injury and will not be able to play at the World Cup.</em></strong></p> <blockquote><p><em>“It’s not serious in the sense that it doesn’t need surgery, but he’ll need to immobilise it to recover. Unfortunately, he’s not going to be able to play.”</em></p> <p>Neymar left the pitch on a stretcher after being knocked down by Juan Zuniga.</p> <p>Brazil are set for a clash with Germany in the semi-finals, but will need to find a replacement for their star boy Neymar, who scored four goals in five previous games.</p> <p><font size="1" color="gray"><em>photo: <a href="" rel="nofollow"><span class="caps">REUTERS</span></a></em></font></p> </blockquote></div></div></div> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:01:42 +0000 Leon Smolski 282883 at World Cup. Group A. Brazil and Mexico are through to the last 16 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Brazil and <a href="">Mexico</a> will face Chile and Netherlands respectively after securing victories in their last group matches.</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/neymar_2952294b.jpg" width="620" height="387" alt="neymar_2952294b.jpg" /></p> <p><strong><u>Brazil 4-1 Cameroon</u></strong><br /> The hosts showed their best performance against a struggling African team. Star man Neymar netted two goals on 17 and 34 minutes, Fred headed home four minutes after the restart and Fernandinho completed a rout six minutes from time. Joel Matip scored Cameroon’s only goal at the tournament. Neymar now leads the topscorers’ list with four successful strikes.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/1265042-27292459-2560-1440.jpg" width="749" height="421" alt="1265042-27292459-2560-1440.jpg" /></p> <p><strong><u>Mexico 3-1 Croatia</u></strong></p> <p>The Aztecs proved too hard a nut to crack for Croatia as they disarmed a powerful midfield in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic and went on to score three times in the last twenty minutes through Rafael Márquez, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez. Ivan Perisic managed to pull one back to deny Guillermo Ochoa’s third clean sheet on group stage. Mexico are set for a clash with mighty Holland in the last 16.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:19:35 +0000 Leon Smolski 276836 at 2014 World Cup revelations. Top surprises and disappointments after six days <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><em><strong>Six days after the beginning of the tournament all 32 teams have played a game (Brazil and Mexico have had two). Obviously, it is too early to make any conclusions, but we have been struck with the form of some of the squads in opening matches, both positively and negatively.</strong></em></p> <p><strong>So, here are the national teams, who impressed us most in the first week:</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/netherlands-team.jpg" width="640" height="360" alt="netherlands-team.jpg" /><br /><strong><u>1. <a href="">Netherlands</a></u></strong><br /> It wouldn’t be too bold to claim that nobody expected that kind of performance from Louis van Gaal’s team. Yes, the Oranje cruised in qualification campaign. Yes, they have Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder in the squad. But they were playing against world cup holders. They were playing with home-based back line of youngsters against the likes of Iniesta, Costa, Silva, Xabi and Xabi Alonso. Yet, they managed to put in stellar performance and tore Vicente del Bosque’s men apart. Playing long crosses for brilliant Robbern and van Persie made the result for Holland as they turned into one of the main title contenders in the space of 90 minutes.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/mexico-vs-cameroon-1-0-highlights-2014-world-cup.jpeg" width="620" height="372" alt="mexico-vs-cameroon-1-0-highlights-2014-world-cup.jpeg" /><br /><strong><u>2. Mexico</u></strong><br /> Well, we can actually judge by two matches, and Miguel Herrera’s Mexico have impressed against both Cameroon and World Cup hosts Brazil. The Aztecs look a totally different team from the one that scraped through <span class="caps">CONCACAF</span> qualification. And if beating Cameroon on the rainy night was ok, holding the Selecao to a goalless draw was something to be proud of. Plus, Guillermo Ochoa has kept a clean sheet for 180 minutues now.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/italy.jpg" width="510" height="340" alt="italy.jpg" /><br /><strong><u>3. Italy</u></strong><br /> Squadra Azzurra are not the team who can surprise with fine performance. However, it should be mentioned that their opponents, England, were really good on the night. They used the flanks with high tempo and had enough determination to start well in Brazil. With that kind of performance England probably could have beaten most of the teams. But not Italy. Cesare Prandelli’s men excelled in midfield, completing around 94% of the passes, with about 100 coming from maestro Andrea Pirlo. Accompanied by Daniele De Rossi, Claudio Marchisio, Antonio Candreva and Marco Verratti, the veteran propelled Italy to a 2-1 victory against the main group rivals and put the other teams on alert.</p> <p><strong>However, there are teams that must have disappointed the fans and pundits:</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/jong.jpg" width="775" height="424" alt="jong.jpg" /><br /><strong><u>1. Spain</u></strong><br /> There is no avoiding to mention La Furia Roja in this list. Things got as bad as they could for current champions in the opening game. They simply were not ready for quick Robben and van Persie, and for Daley Blind’s crosses. What was also strange to look at was Spain’s lack of creativity. Having won the last three major tournaments, Xavi and co. looked slow and unmotivated against hungry, predatory Holland.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/world-cup-2014-match-16-brazil-vs-mexico.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="world-cup-2014-match-16-brazil-vs-mexico.jpg" /><br /><strong><u>2. Brazil</u></strong><br /> Questionable inclusion in our list, but to our taste the hosts have not shown even 50% of their potential in the opening two matches. Fred should have been booked for simulation against Croatia, but instead earned a penalty. And that was not the only referee’s decision in favor of Selecao. Had they not beaten Croatia in the first game, Luis Felipe Scolari would have been under immense pressure after a goalless draw with Mexico. Having Cameroon to play in the last group match, Brazil will probably top the group, but they need a huge boost if they want to get the sixth World Cup title at home.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/uruguay-v-costa-rica-group-d-2014-fifa-world-cup-brazil4.jpg" width="680" height="463" alt="uruguay-v-costa-rica-group-d-2014-fifa-world-cup-brazil4.jpg" /><br /><strong><u>3. Uruguay</u></strong><br /> That might play a cruel trick with England, but Uruguay were terrible against Costa-Rica. Toothless, lacking composure, they were unable to prove the favorite’s status and fell to a 1-3 defeat. They played without the main star, Luis Suarez, who could return in time for crucial England clash, but they are South America champions! They are not all one-man team! Their qualification campaign, where Uruguay finished fifth and had to make it through intercontinental play-off, was a hint there is some downfall in the team, but still that kind of performance was somewhat astonishing.</p> <p>Follow the World Cup and join FootballTop!</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Leon Smolski 274614 at World Cup. Group A. Brazil snatch controversial victory against Croatia <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/5520574-3x2-700x467.jpg" width="700" height="467" alt="5520574-3x2-700x467.jpg" /></p> <p><strong><a href="">Neymar</a> scored twice on the opening day to put Brazil past Croatia amid controversial penalty decision.</strong></p> <p>Marcelo’s own goal 11 minutes into the game became the first goal of 2014 World Cup as Croatia left home crowd bemused. Selecao main star Neymar equalized in a counter-attack on 29 minutes to relieve the tension on and off the pitch. It went on as a game of equal opportunities before the Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura bougth Fred’s dive and awarded a penalty. Neymar converted despite Stipe Pletikosa’s nice effort and made a fine bid for the Golden Boot award. Oscar added a third goal in added time to make it 3-1 for the hosts in the opening match. The whole country went on to celebrate the success, and the Croatians showed great resilience that could see them get points from remaining games.</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:49:12 +0000 Leon Smolski 272090 at World Cup. Day 1. Brazil vs Croatia <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/brazil-vs-croatia1.png" width="600" height="300" alt="brazil-vs-croatia1.png" /></p> <p>The day that has been anticipated for years has come with hours left till the starting whistle in the opening game of 2014 World Cup between <a href="">Brazil</a> and Croatia.</p> <p>The hosts will take on 1998 semifinalists, Croatia, at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, starting from 21-00 <span class="caps">CET</span>. Croatia’s central striker Mario Mandzukic will miss the opener through suspension.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:22:41 +0000 Leon Smolski 271863 at World Cup squads digest. Brazil World Cup squad. <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/luiz-felipe.jpg" width="644" height="396" alt="luiz-felipe.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="">Luiz Felipe Scolari</a> works under incredible pressure as he manages the World Cup hosts’ team and is expected to deliver the sixth title by local fans. Here is a list of 23 players, who will represent Brazil at the tournament:</p> <p><strong>Goalkeepers:</strong> Julio Cesar (Toronto <span class="caps">FC</span>, on loan from <span class="caps">QPR</span>), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro).</p> <p><strong>Defenders:</strong> Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (<span class="caps">AS</span> Roma), Maxwell, Thiago Silva (both <span class="caps">PSG</span>), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli).</p> <p><strong>Midfielders:</strong> Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires, Willian, Oscar (all Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City).</p> <p><strong>Forwards:</strong> Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg).</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:42:07 +0000 Leon Smolski 269547 at Top 10 best kits for 2014 World Cup <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><em>Most of the teams, lined up for the World Cup in Brazil, have lately presented their brand new kits.</em></strong></p> <p><a href="" title="Russia"><strong>Russia</strong></a></p> <p>Adidas presented both home and away kits of the Russia national team. The first one is quite a regular maroon one, but the second kit is emblazed with light blue semicircle, symbolizing the view on our planet that Yuri Gagarin, the first ever cosmonaut, saw in 1961. Make no mistake of the message: if the Russians could conquer the space, can’t their just win in Brazil? Easier said than done, though!</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/407884c8_1_0.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="407884c8_1_0.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/rue08e5080eb3.jpeg" width="460" height="325" alt="rue08e5080eb3.jpeg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Brazil">Brazil</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Luiz Felipe Scolari</strong> tries hard to take the pressure off his players ahead of home tournament and keeps it quiet. <strong>Luiz Gustavo</strong> was the only Brazil international, photographed in the new kit, and to be honest, we struggled to tell the difference from the old one. Why change something that brought you luck at Confederations Cup last summer?</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/32d1730cf770cea1806bc57f0f6acfb4_0.jpg" width="600" height="395" alt="32d1730cf770cea1806bc57f0f6acfb4_0.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/3941dd56bd06a7353f5215ceeabd8e45_0.jpg" width="600" height="428" alt="3941dd56bd06a7353f5215ceeabd8e45_0.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Germany">Germany</a></strong></p> <p>The Germans, however, need to tune up the fortunes. From 1996 Bundesmannschaft has travelled to major competitions as favorites, but failed in final stages. The German designers brought in the v-shaped embedding to common white shirt.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/germany1_0.jpg" width="686" height="376" alt="germany1_0.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/germany-wc-shirt-img1_0.jpg" width="525" height="340" alt="germany-wc-shirt-img1_0.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Netherlands"><strong>Netherlands</strong></a></strong></p> <p>Oranje will be wearing traditional orange shirts, but will use unique print for surnames on the back. That is what <strong>Wesley Sneijder’s</strong> surname will look like.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/netherlands_2014_world_cup_home_kit_8.jpg" width="518" height="625" alt="netherlands_2014_world_cup_home_kit_8.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Croatia">Croatia</a></strong></p> <p>Vatreni have arguably the most recognizable kit in world football, so they don’t need to use additional attractions. Classic stuff, presented by Bayern star man Mario Mandzukic.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/zagruzhennoe.jpg" width="600" height="607" alt="zagruzhennoe.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/zagruzhennoe_2.jpg" width="600" height="608" alt="zagruzhennoe_2.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Belgium">Belgium</a></strong></p> <p>The Red Devils are one of the dark horses, who could easily make it to the final stages of the tournament, if not to the final. The likes of Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku, Jan Vertonghen, Eden Hazard, Tibaut Courtois, Cristian Benteke and others from this talented group of players will be wearing these fine kits in Brazil.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/0_145b79_97323bcf_xl.jpg" width="660" height="377" alt="0_145b79_97323bcf_xl.jpg" align="center" /></p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><p> <strong><a href="" title="Italy">Italy</a></strong></p> <p>Squadra azzurra will be wearing their classic blue and white Puma kits in the ‘group of death’ in Brazil.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/italiya_0.jpg" width="620" height="439" alt="italiya_0.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Ghana">Ghana</a></strong></p> <p>African teams were the most creative at developing their new World Cup kits. Ghana, who were seeded against Germany, Portugal and United States, will probably be trying to distract opponents’ attention with beautiful red Puma shirts, embedded with stars, team’s nickname and traditional patterns.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/ghana_2014_world_cup_away_kit_0.jpg" width="354" height="500" alt="ghana_2014_world_cup_away_kit_0.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Cameroon">Cameroon</a></strong></p> <p>Cameroon’s green shirts also hold traditional patterns and images of a lion, the team’s mascot.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/cameroon_2014_world_cup_home_kit.jpg" width="361" height="500" alt="cameroon_2014_world_cup_home_kit.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Nigeria">Nigeria</a></strong></p> <p>Current champions of Africa replaced their regular dark-green kits with light-green ones, which are quite pleasant to look at. They will introduce them iun a friendly against Mexico.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/11610/rue14226b2307.jpeg" width="460" height="262" alt="rue14226b2307.jpeg" align="center" /></p> <p><em>photo:,,,</em></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:54:21 +0000 Leon Smolski 246897 at FIFA International friendlies: England v Denmark and more <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Players, whose place in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil is not concrete, have the last opportunity to impress <a href=""><strong>Roy Hodgson</strong></a> at Wembley against Denmark on Wedneday night.</strong></p> <p> <u><strong>England v Denmark</strong></u><br /> Roy Hogdson was seen at St.Mary’s Stadium last Saturday, as Southampton hosted Liverpool. These two clubs employ nine out of thirty England players, called-up to represent the national team in the match against Denmark with Luke Shaw earning his first call-up. Another five players come from Manchester United, three from Chelsea, two from Everton, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal. Cardiff, Norwich, West Brom, Celtic and Toronto have one representative in the squad. However, Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood claimed Kyle Walker will not be fit for Wednesday fixture, as well as Danish international Christian Eriksen. Denmark will not take part in the World Cup having been the lowest-rated group runner-up during qualification campaign.</p> <p>England’s remaining friendlies against Peru, Ecuador and Honduras come in May and June after the final provisional 30-man squad will have been named.<br /><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/glenjohnsonmichaelkrohndehlidenmarkvszzj2itod-hl.jpg" width="594" height="417" alt="glenjohnsonmichaelkrohndehlidenmarkvszzj2itod-hl.jpg" /></p> <p><strong><u>South Africa v Brazil</u></strong><br /> The hosts of the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, South Africa and Brazil, meet in Johannesburg. Bafana Bafana, who finished behind Ethiopia in the group and failed to qualify for the tournament, will test the Selecao, who missed the entire qualification campaign as Cup hosts. South Africa leader and Crystal Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi will sit out the friendly match along with Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.<br /> Luiz Felipe Scolari brought the following squad to Joburg:</p> <p>Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (<span class="caps">QPR</span>), Jefferson (Botafogo)</p> <p>Defenders: Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Rafinha (Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Real Madrid)</p> <p>Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires, Oscar, Willian (all Chelsea)</p> <p>Strikers: Neymar (Barcelona), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Hulk (Zenit), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Atletico Mineiro)</p> <p>The Brazilian specialist claimed ahead of the game:<br /><strong><em>‘If you are a team like Brazil and you take part in a World Cup, everybody expects you to lift the trophy. We are certainly working towards that aim’.</em></strong><br /><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/info_1347048244.jpg" width="658" height="435" alt="info_1347048244.jpg" /></p> <p><strong><u>Spain v Italy</u></strong><br /> The winners of the last two World Cups face each other in Madrid, at Estadio Vicente Calderon. Diego Costa could make his debut for La Furia Roja after obtaining Spanish citizenship. Manchester United and Chelsea stars Juan Mata and Fernando Torres were left out of the squad, but other Premier League players, such as Santi Cazorla, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Silva, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo are all in the team.</p> <p>However, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque highlighted that <em>‘This is just a squad to play Italy, not for the World Cup’</em>.<br /> Emmanuele Giaccherini from Sunderland was called up to represent Italy.<br /><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/andres_iniesta_2264417b.jpg" width="620" height="388" alt="andres_iniesta_2264417b.jpg" /></p> <p>Other fixtures:<br /><strong>Turkey v Sweden<br /> Romania v Argentina<br /> Ukraine v United States<br /> Austria v Uruguay<br /> Switzerland v Croatia<br /> Germany v Chile<br /> Republic of Ireland v Serbia<br /> Belgium v Cote <span class="caps">D’I</span>voire<br /> Poland v Scotland<br /> Wales v Iceland<br /> France v Netherlands<br /> Portugal v Cameroon</strong></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:18:09 +0000 Leon Smolski 246732 at Atlético Mineiro clinches Copa Libertadores <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" width="615" alt="Atlético Mineiro clinches Copa Libertadores " /></p> <p><strong><em><a href="">Atlético Mineiro</a> have won the Copa Libertadores for the first time in history having come back from two goals down at the hands of Olimpia after the first leg in Paraguay last week.</em></strong></p> <p>It was Jo and Leonardo Silva who levelled the score on aggregate and the match went on to the series of penalties where the Roosters outclassed the rivals. Ronaldinho has become the forth Brazilian to win both the <span class="caps">UEFA</span> Champions League and Copa Libertadores, along with Cafu, Dida and Roque Júnior.</p> <p>“It was the title I was missing. I came back to Brazil for this. Everyone said I was finished, let them talk now,” Ronaldinho told reporters after the match.</p> <p>Cuca, Atlético coach, put the victory in simple words, “When it’s written, it’s written, this was meant for us”.</p> <p>Atlético are now due to compete in the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> Club World Cup later on this year.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:52:51 +0000 Leon Smolski 205306 at Confederations Cup results: Brazil beat Spain in style to lift the trophy (video highlights) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" alt="Confederations Cup results: Brazil beat Spain in style to lift the trophy (video highlights)" /></p> <p>Brazil overcome Spain with a spectacular 3-0 victory to end World and European champions’ run of 29 unbeaten games and lift Confederations Cup trophy.</p> <p>Fred got <a href="">Brazil</a> off to a flying start in the second minute, as he managed to send the ball past Casillas while sitting on the ground. With hosts firmly taking control of the game it was Neymar who extended Brazil’s lead with a marvelous strike after one-two with Oscar in the 44th minute. Fred has again and sent the crowd into ruptures three minutes into the second half, as he slotted the ball into the far corner. <a href="">Spain</a>’s misery continued as Ramos missed the penalty and Pique was sent off for a professional foul in the 68th minute.</p> <p>The result means Brazil clinched their fifth back-to-back victory at this year’s Confederations Cup and secured the trophy for the third consecutive time.</p> <iframe width="720" height="405" src="" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div></div></div> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:06:21 +0000 Basil Naumov 200127 at Confederations’ Cup results: Tottenham-bound Paulinho leads Brazil into final (video highlights) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" width="615" alt="Confederations’ Cup results: Tottenham-bound Paulinho leads Brazil into final (video highlights)" /></p> <p>Paulinho scored a dramatic late header in the Confederations’ Cup semi-final against Uruguay to bring his side a crucial 2-1 victory and lead them to the final of the tournament.</p> <p>Uruguay delivered an impressive defensive display to keep Brazil’s attackers at the bay for the log spells, however a lapse in concentration by the end of the game allowed Selecao secure a crucial victory. La Celeste could have broken the deadlock after 13 minutes, however veteran striker Diego Forlan missed the penalty, awarded after David Luiz brought down Diego Lugano in the penalty area. Fred put Brazil into lead just before the final whistle, scoring off the rebound after Neymar’s effort has been denied by Muslera. Cavani leveled the scoring three minutes into the second half with a low shot into the far corner.</p> <p>With <a href="">Uruguay</a> growing as the game was nearing to an end, it was Corinthians star Paulinho who broke Uruguay’s hearts. Midfielder, who has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham, rose at the far post to send Neymar’s corner into the net in the 86th minute.</p> <p>The result means <a href="">Brazil</a> are into the final, where they will try to secure their third back-to-back Confederations’ Cup title against either Italy or Spain.</p> <iframe width="720" height="405" src="" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div></div></div> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 06:54:14 +0000 Basil Naumov 199256 at Tottenham chase Corinthians star Paulinho <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" width="615" alt="Tottenham chase Corinthians star Paulinho " /></p> <p><strong><em>Corinthians have confirmed Tottenham have made a formal offer for their star Paulinho with a view to expand their midfield options at the White Hart Lane.</em></strong></p> <p>The 24-year-old Brazilian, who missed his side’s Confederations Cup clash against Italy through an ankle injury, revealed that the Spurs tabled an offer in the region of £17 million for his services. He has also admitted he will make a decision on his future no sooner than after Confederations Cup.</p> <p>Paulinho said: “There is an official offer from Tottenham to Corinthians. But, as I did when there was an Inter Milan offer, I’ll sit and decide with my family before I make any decision. I will only do it after the Confederations Cup because it’s hard to deal with all these things.”<br /> Corinthians director of football Edu confirmed the switch to Tottenham looks likely, and the negotiations are ongoing. He said: “The situation is well under way. We have to agree on some details of the negotiation, so I can’t say he will leave yet, but the negotiations are good.”</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:31:19 +0000 Basil Naumov 198584 at Confederations Cup results: Neymar shines again as Brazil net four past Italy, Mexico beat Japan (video highlights) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" width="615" alt="Confederations Cup results: Neymar shines again as Brazil net four past Italy, Mexico beat Japan (video highlights)" /></p> <p>Neymar scored another outstanding goal and Fred netted double, as Brazil outplayed Italy 4-2 to maintain their flawless record in Confederations Cup.</p> <p><a href="">Brazil</a> have broken the deadlock just before the final whistle, when substitute Dante tap in the rebound after Buffon denied Fred with a beautiful stop. Italy, who were without their playmaker Andrea Pirlo through injury, leveled the game six minutes into the second half, when Giaccherini latched onto Balotelli’s superb back heel flick to drill a low shot into the far corner. Neymar then gave Brazil the lead for the second time with a marvelous free-kick from just outside of the penalty area. Fred then extended Selecao’s lead with a shot into the roof of the net from Marcelo’s brilliant pass. Chiellini has clawed one back for the <a href="">Squadra Azzurra</a> in the 71st minute, but Fred put the game beyond doubt in the 89th minute.</p> <p>The result means Brazil escape facing mighty Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final, where they will meet Uruguay.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Mexico have finished their Confederations Cup campaign by beating Japan 2-1 courtesy of Hernandez’s brace in an entertaining encounter.</p> <iframe width="720" height="405" src="" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><iframe width="720" height="405" src="" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div></div></div> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:13:29 +0000 Basil Naumov 198483 at Confederations Cup results: Neymar scored again as Brazil beat Mexico <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" width="615" alt=" Confederations Cup results: Neymar scored again as Brazil beat Mexico" /></p> <p><strong><em>New Barcelona man Neymar put his name on the score sheet again and added an assist, as Brazil outplayed Mexico 2-0 and secured themselves a spot in the semi-finals.</em></strong></p> <p>Although <a href="">Brazil</a> were far from their best, there were some glimpses of quality from Neymar at the start of the game and just before the final whistle that proved to be the difference.</p> <p><a href="">Neymar</a> got off Selecao to a flying start in the ninth minute of the game, as he met a dropping ball with a brilliant effort. The forward then beat two<a href=""> Mexican</a> players before setting up Jo, who sent the ball into the empty net in the dying stages of the game.</p> <p>The game was marred with a protests against the government unfolded outside of the stadium.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:55:59 +0000 Basil Naumov 197705 at Proposed Ronaldinho’s move to Besiktas ridiculed by player's agent <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" alt="Proposed Ronaldinho’s move to Besiktas ridiculed by player&amp;#039;s agent" /></p> <p><strong><em>Ronaldinho’s agent Assis laughed away the suggestion the Atletico Mineiro striker could be interested in a move to Turkish outfit Besiktas.</em></strong></p> <p>Earlier this week Besiktas vice-president Ahmet Nur Cebi admitted they were seriously considering the possibility of landing the former Barcelona and Milan player in summer. However the 33-year-old Brazilian has a year remaining on his contract with Atletico Mineiro and wants to see it out before deciding on his future.</p> <p><a href="">Ronaldinho</a>’s agent Assis moved in to ridicule the rumours his client may even seriously consider such a transfer. He said: “That possibility doesn’t exist, are you crazy? It looks like a joke. Was it reported on one of those crazy sites? It doesn’t exist, it’s crazy talk.”</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:28:14 +0000 Basil Naumov 197456 at Corinthians deny Rel Madrid Kaka interest <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" width="615" alt="Corinthians deny Rel Madrid Kaka interest" /></p> <p><strong><em>Corinthians dismissed transfer rumours linking them with a move for out-of-favour Real Madrid playmaker Kaka.</em></strong></p> <p>The 31-year-old Brazilian struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at Santiago Bernabeu since his move from <span class="caps">AC</span> Milan in 2009 and has been rumoured to be on the verge of returning to his home country this summer. <a href="">Kaka</a> fell out of favour with Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho and made just 19 La Liga appearances this season, scoring 3 goals.</p> <p>The recent speculation suggested Corinthians have been particularly interested in securing the services of former Sao Paolo player, but director Duilio Monteiro Alves ruled out the rumours. He said: “There is nothing, it’s just speculation. I don’t know where that story came from, but it didn’t start at Corinthians. He is an excellent player, no doubt about that, but we haven’t even talked about him.”</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 07:43:07 +0000 Basil Naumov 197010 at Top 8 Stars of Confederations Cup <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="" alt="Top 8 Stars of Confederations Cup " /></p> <p> pick of 8 players, capable to win Confederations Cup Golden Ball award</p> <p><strong>1.</strong> <a href=""><strong>Gianluigi Buffon</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Age</strong>: 35<br /><strong>Position</strong>: Goalkeeper<br /><strong>Nationality</strong>: Italy<br /><strong>Club</strong>: Juventus</p> <p>Buffon spent an outstanding season with Juventus, with his brilliant form helping the Bianconeri to claim their second successive Serie A title. The experience of the 35-year-old Italian proved an invaluable asset for his side, as they reached the Champions League quarter-final, where they were eliminated by the eventual winners Bayern Munich. That said, it is not suprising that in spite of all their talents neither Salvatore Sirigu nor Federico Marchetti are capable to put competitive pressure on Buffon as Italy’s Number one. </p> <p><img src="" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>2.</strong> <a href=""><strong>David Luis</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Age</strong>: 26<br /><strong>Position</strong>: defender<br /><strong>Nationality</strong>: Brazil<br /><strong>club</strong>: Chelsea</p> <p>Without any doubt ex-Benfica accomplished centre-back has what it takes to shine at the Confederations’ Cup. Luis has delivered a series of brilliant performances for Chelsea this season to prove he is capable to serve as connecting link between the defensive and midfield lines. His work ethic, ability in the air, technical skills and concentration allow him playing equally effective both on positions of centre-back and defensive midfielder. It is hardly surprising he is subject of intense transfer speculations, with Barcelona reportedly keen on luring the player to Camp Nou. </p> <p><img src="" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>3.</strong> <a href=""><strong>Andrea Pirlo</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Age</strong>: 34<br /><strong>Position</strong>: midfielder<br /><strong>Nationality</strong>: Italy<br /><strong>Club</strong>: Juventus</p> <p>Despite his age, Andrea Pirlo is still considered a valuable first-team member at Juventus Stadium. The momentum behind the Old lady’s attack Pirlo cannot spend full ninety minutes on the pitch due to fatigue. Cesare Prandelli is increasingly reluctant to rely exclusively on 34-year-old Pirlo’s consistency and creative ability in the midfield, and yet the veteran player remains unquestioned leader and beating heart in the heart of Squadra Azzurra midfield. That is why one may fairly have high hopes that Pirlo will lead his side to the Confederations Cup success.</p> <p><img src="" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>4.</strong> <a href=""><strong>Javier Hernandez</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Age</strong>: 24<br /><strong>Position</strong>: striker<br /><strong>Nationality</strong>: Mexico<br /><strong>Club</strong>: Manchester United</p> <p>Mexico’s success on the current Confederations’ Cup largely depends on the performances of the Manchester United player. Sir Alex Ferguson used Hernandez mostly as a helper-outer in the tough clashes, who could turn the game on its head. Indeed Chicharito has been particularly effective in such a role and managed to save many of United’s seemingly hopeless encounters. Conversely, he has been far less efficient when given an opportunity to play full 90 minutes. This peculiarity did not prevent him from becoming United’s second top goal scorer behind Robin van Persie (he netted 18 goals in all competitions).</p> <p><img src="" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>5.</strong> <a href=""><strong>Andreas Iniesta</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Age</strong>: 29<br /><strong>Position</strong>: midfielder<br /><strong>Nationality</strong>: Spain<br /><strong>Club</strong>: Barcelona</p> <p>Although this season can hardly been recorded as outstanding in Iniesta’s career, he still managed to become one of the most productive La Liga players with 15 assists in 31 games. The 29-year-old Catalan magician is determined to add another title to his trophy room. </p> <p>He said: <em>«”We will win the Confederations Cup, the last title that we lack. But it is becoming more difficult to win trophies with Spain as teams want to beat us after our recent success.”</em></p> <p><img src="" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>6.</strong> <a href=""><strong>Luis Suarez</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Age</strong>: 26<br /><strong>Position</strong>: forward<br /><strong>Nationality</strong>: Uruguay<br /><strong>Клуб</strong>: Liverpool</p> <p>The Uruguayan captured the headlines not with only with his outstanding display and goal scoring records, but with a series of bizarre incidents. His determination to win the game at any costs played a shabby trick with him. Luis Suarez’s biting of Branislav Ivanovic in his side’s clash against Chelsea proved to be a last straw to break camel’s back. This behavior deprived Suarez of any chance of winning <span class="caps">PFA</span> Player of the Year award, led to a 10-game suspension and placed in jeopardy his future as a Liverpool player. We cannot but hope that brief summer break will positively impact Uruguayan’s attitude and he will deliver his best qualities on the current Confederations’ Cup. </p> <p><img src="" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>7.</strong> <a href=""><strong>Juan Mata</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Age</strong>: 25<br /><strong>Position</strong>: midfielder<br /><strong>Nationality</strong>: Spain<br /><strong>Club</strong>: Chelsea</p> <p>Many English pundits admit, that it is Chelsea’s Mata, who should have won the <span class="caps">PFA</span> Player of the Year award. They claim that while Gareth Bale reached his peak by the middle of winter, Robin van Persie conversely experienced decline of his form near the end of the season, and Luis Suarez missed an opportunity of becoming the best Premier League player due to his bizarre behavior, it is Juan Mata, who has been stunningly consistent throughout the Premier League season. The statistics convincingly proves this point: Mata scored 19 goals and set up another 35 in 64 outings in all competitions. </p> <p><img src="" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>8. </strong><a href=""><strong>Edinson Cavani</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Age</strong>: 26<br /><strong>Position</strong>: forward<br /><strong>Nationality</strong>: Uruguay<br /><strong>Club</strong>: Napoli</p> <p>While Luis Suarez hit the headlines due to his controversial behavior, his Uruguayan teammate Edinson Cavani has been mentioned by the media predominantly in terms of his impressive goal scoring record. Cavani finished this season as Serie A top scorer with 29 goals, thereby drawing attention from series of top European clubs. The recent speculations suggest he is on the verge of leaving Napoli, with either Chelsea or Manchester City touted as his most likely destinations. While Napoli board continues denying any rumours linking the player with a move away from the club, the Uruguayan remains tight-lipped about his future. </p> <p><img src="" align="center" /></p> <p><em>Фото:,,,,,,,,,</em>.</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:26:22 +0000 Basil Naumov 196944 at