World Cup 2014 ( Preview & Week One )

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Migs Footy Corner – World Cup 2014

Like the Cape winter that has arrived.. It’s here…We’ve hit that special page on the football calendar, where all roads lead to the “ Greatest show on Earth “ to Brazil, and World Cup 2014.

World Cup 2014 ( Preview & Week One )

Will Spain be defending their title? Or will it be a tournament decided by Ronaldo or Messi? I will be covering the tournament weekly leading up to the Final on the  13th July. Let’s  have a look at the groups and the featured matches during Week 1 of the tournament. –

GROUP A – BRAZIL , CROATIA , MEXICO , CAMEROON
Verdict – Brazil & Croatia to advance.

GROUP B – SPAIN , HOLLAND , CHILE , AUSTRALIA
Verdict – Anyone from Spain , Holland or exciting Chile will be on an early flight home. Runners-up will most likely be up against Brazil in next round..

GROUP C – COLOMBIA , GREECE , IVORY COAST , JAPAN
Verdict – Colombia & ( the winner of Ivory Coast v Japan ) in round 2.

GROUP D – URUGUAY , COSTA RICA , ENGLAND , ITALY
Verdict – Italy & Uruguay onto the knockout stages.

GROUP E – SWITZERLAND , ECUADOR , FRANCE , HONDURAS
Verdict – France & Ecuador extend their stay.

GROUP F – ARGENTINA , BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA , IRAN , NIGERIA
Verdict – Argentina &  ( the winner of Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina ) in round 2

GROUP G – GERMANY , PORTUGAL , GHANA , UNITED STATES
Verdict – Germany and Portugal advance in “Group of Death”

GROUP H – BELGIUM , ALGERIA , RUSSIA , SOUTH KOREA
Verdict – The 2 European nations to advance to knock-out stages.

Tournament Picks

Final – Argentina v Portugal
Likely to cause an upset or two – Chile and Uruguay
Players to look out for – Verratti ( Italy ) ( pictured below )  , Eder ( Portugal ) , Vidal ( Chile ) , Modric ( Croatia ) , Cavani ( Uruguay ) , Pogba ( France )

Marco Varratti

Spare a thought for Marco Reus , Franck Ribéry , Radamel Falcao , Thiago Alcântara , Ilkay Gündogan , Theo Walcott , Kevin Strootman, Christian Benteke and Italy Captain Riccardo Montolivo who are out of the Finals through injury.

Key matches ( week 1 )
Thursday 12th – Opening Match – Brazil v Croatia
Friday 13th – Spain v Netherlands
Saturday 14th England v Italy
Sunday 15th – Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Monday 16th – Portugal v Germany

Portugal Crest

News from the Portugal camp is that  Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul Meireles have resumed full training with the remainder of the squad. Portugal beat Mexico 1-0 on Saturday in an International friendly played in Boston. Captain for the Seleção in the absence of Ronaldo , Bruno Alves scored the decider in stoppage time.

In local football news , Kosta Papic is the coach tasked with steering Chippa United into the 2014/15 Premier Soccer League season. Papic is no stranger to the PSL , having previously  coached Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United.

Till next time , Enjoy the World Cup …….FORCA PORTUGAL!!

God bless

Miguel Paiva
Actively working in the football industry since 2000. I’ve been blessed to witness the era of Cristiano Ronaldo , Figo & co. Life motto – SPORTING CP SEMPRE :)

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