There were 13 teams representing Europe in the 2014 World Cup and the entire continent had high hopes for their teams. A number of the favorites were from Europe, Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, France, England and The Netherlands. All these teams had dreams of advancing beyond the group stages and making their way to the final. Coming to the end of the group stages, Spain, Italy, England, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina have been eliminated. Germany, Portugal, and Russia are playing their last group game, with Portugal and Russia fighting for survival. The future for some of these teams do not seem as bright as they were thought to be.
Spain, which has dominated international football for most of the last decade, was unable to use their tiki taka style to qualify, managing just a single win in the group stages. Questions are now being asked about which players should return for Spain, and whether coach Vicente Del Bosque should continue. Players like Xavi Hernandez and David Villa most likely will not be returning to the team, and Xabi Alonso’s and Iker Casillas’ futures are in doubt. Players like Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Jordi Alba have been criticized due to their undisciplined behavior, and may not make the team in 2018. There are younger players waiting to play such as David De Gea, Carvajal, Barta, Koke, Alberto Moreno, Ander Herrera, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, and Javi Martinez.. These guys would accept the challenge of helping Spain return to dominance.
After Italy lost its must win game against Uruguay in the group stage, Coach Cesar Prandelli and President Giancarlo Abete resigned. They took full responsibility for the disappointing performance, deciding it was best the team not be in their hands anymore. The other storyline from the Azzurri was that Mario Balotelli failed to lead his country to the round of 16. In their next two games after beating England Balotelli recorded just one shot on target, and picked up two yellow cards. Relying on Balotelli is difficult scenario, not least because of his inconsistent play and character, hopefully 2018 will be a different story.
England had their worst ever effort in the World Cup, scoring the least amount of points the history of the team. It is the first time the team failed to advance to the round of 16 since 1958. At 36-years old, team captain Frank Lampard could have played his last game for England, but he is confident that the team will be able to succeed in the future without him. The future looks much bright for England’s national team because of young players like Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, and Joe Hart.
Germany currently leads Group G, and plays USA tonight. All they need is a draw or a win to advance to the next round. The odds are in their favor. Portugal is in a much more difficult situation, they are in need of a lot of luck to advance. They need a victory by at least 3 goals, and a United States loss by at least 2. Russia must win against Algeria, a victory ensuring they make it to the next round.
Of all the European teams, only one is believed to have a chance to win this World Cup, and that is the Netherlands. They have continued their great performance in the last World Cup, winning their group with 9 points.
Europe has so far had a disappointing showing. The future for some teams look brighter than others, and other teams have many questions to be answered, but for now these teams that have been eliminated are ready to relax for the time being before figuring out their futures For some teams fresh faces are needed, and for other teams a redevelopment of current players is needed.
The 2014 World Cup group stage is almost over. Luckily we just released our newest version of 365Scores app, and it’s just in time for the knockout stage. What have you been using to follow the World Cup? Well now follow the World Cup in a fun and interactive way with our cool new features:
With the intense knockout stage approaching, you don’t want to miss a game! Download the new 365Scores app and stay up to date with everything going on in the 2014 World Cup!
It’s been four years since the last World Cup. Four years is a lifetime and technology has brought amazing new ways to engage with your favorite teams and players. We wanted to give you a unique 2014 World Cup experience. You love browsing the web, and as a diehard fan you never want to lose touch with your teams. Now you can do both at the same time. We’re proud to present the World Cup app for the U Browser. Once you’ve got it, you’ll never miss a live score again.
Just download the U Browser and then you’ll have:
o Live World Cup scores in view as you browse
o Countdowns to every kickoff
o Final scores for all the World Cup games
U is available for Windows and Mac. Check it out! It’s browsing built for sports fans.
The World Cup 2014 is here. Four years and a long qualification round is now over. Brazil is here! How do you keep up to date with all 64 games? Where do you go for all the details of the teams and current statistics?
365Scores unleashes its World Cup Edition, primed for the great tournament in Brazil. Of course, 365Scores delivers the fastest notifications to your phone, keeping you updated on all the match events of the World Cup. But 365Scores is more than that, it is your World Cup companion, starting with the full schedule of all 64 matches. An interactive standings section shows all the groups as they are updated, so you can see how will qualify and who is heading home early. Track the progress of your team and see the road to the final in the standings section. Our Friendlies section allows to keep track of the preparation of your team and others before the tournament.
Our Squad section has all the 23 man squads and their coaches, with full player details including their career statistics and each player’s tournament statistics so you can track their World Cup performance. Goals, appearances, time played, yellow and red cards are all available for each player. Make sure you have all the stats when discussing important World Cup matters with your friends. Our statistics section provides the top scorers of the tournament, as well as who has the most yellow and red cards.
Another new feature for 365Scores is graphical lineups! As well as the starting lineup, you now get to see the formation of all the World Cup teams as well. The lineups are updated throughout the match so you can see key match events, like who scored a goal and who was substituted.
Make sure you check out the stadium section, with all the details and locations of the World Cup stadiums right at your fingertips. Each stadium has its own page, with all the games being played at that particular stadium available.