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Disappointing European Showing at the 2014 World Cup

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.

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New Version of 365Scores for Android!

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:

  • Virtual stadium is our new interactive comments feature.  Choose which team you support and enter the stadium of each match to join the discussion.  Chat with fans from around the world as well as your friends!
  • Visual lineups was requested by many of our users and is finally here! You can see the entire starting lineup included with pictures of each player and the team’s specific formation.  It also tells statistics for each team and player.
  • We also added a gallery that fans and players at the matches can post pictures too, this way you get the personal feel of actually being at the game!

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!  

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The Best Way to Follow the 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.

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The Best Companion to World Cup Brazil 2014

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.

With Brazil 2014 four days away, 365Scores keeps you close to the World Cup fever. Download Now! Available on iPhone & Android

 

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World Cup: A Numbers Game?

With less than 100 days away (and counting), the excitement of the World Cup is starting to come to fruition.  Questions arise in the minds of the millions of Football fans worldwide who anxiously await for the games to begin. How will Spain’s Tiki Taka style of play (led by Barca midfielders Xavi and Iniesta) fair against organized and athletic sides like Germany and England? Or will the Seleção and young Barcelona star Neymar bring the Cup back to Brazil for the first time since 2002.

It is difficult to say who will end up taking home the grandest prize in World Football, but odds makers have coined the Brazilians as favourites with 3 to 1 odds for winning it all. This would be the first time in nearly 16 years that a host country would be crowned champions of the World Cup. The last to do so was an immensely talented French side in 1998, led by central midfielder, Zinedine Zidane. In addition, Las Vegas has given Argentina and 4 time Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi 9/2 odds, making them second favourites at obtaining the Cup.

The odds do not favour The United States though, who have much to prove with odds makers giving them a measly 100/1 chance in winning the World Cup. So what can we as fans take away from all of this? Should we just hand the trophy to Brazil, Spain, or Argentina? No. This is the one event in all of sports where the world holds its breath and consistently witnesses the David’s take down the Goliath’s. We have seen countries like South Korea take down Spain and Italy in the 2002 World Cup. In addition, we saw Australia beat Serbia (who were contenders to win it all), as well as Slovakia take down Italy (who also were favoured to make a strong run in the tournament). So in the end, we truly cannot say which country will end up hoisting the 2014 World Cup, but what we do know, is that come Thursday, June 12, the world will be watching.

Download  365Scores, where you can get PERSONALIZED World Cup scores, aggregated news, alerts and videos in real time!

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World Cup Draw

Just 3 more sleepless nights left until we finally find out the draw for next year’s World Cup! Two years worth of qualifying rounds have led us to this point and the wait is almost over. Costa do Sauipe in Brazil’s Bahia region is the location of the draw, and it begins at 13:00 local time. Set your alarms. The 32 teams that have qualified for the tournament will now find out their path to the final in Rio de Janeiro.

Keeping track of the draw, who and when your country is playing can be tough. So 365Scores has made it easy for the world’s football fans by launching our own World Cup 2014 site on the 6th December with the tournament schedule and the drawn teams! We also have a calendar with all the dates and times of the matches which is downloadable in one-click onto any device, making sure you don’t miss any World Cup action.

These are the pots from which the teams will be drawn:

Pot 1: Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, Switzerland, Brazil

Pot 2: Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras

Pot 3: Chile, Ecuador, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, France

Pot 4: Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Russia

Check out our World Cup Site.

 

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2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifications

We are in the final stages of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with some of the tournament favourites already qualified. With Brazil already qualified as the host country, Argentina and Chile join them. Chile will hope that the finals being held in South America will lend a helping hand at the tournament, and it will be interesting to see how stars such as Juventus’ Arturo Vidal and Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez rise to the occasion. Argentina qualified top of their group with 32 points including 9 victories. Uruguay are on course to join the other South American teams after a first leg win against Jordan, scoring 5 unanswered goals including a sublime free kick from Edinson Cavani. With Uruguay’s great performance of fourth place in the 2010’s finals in South Africa, a place in Brazil next year will surely provide football fans great entertainment. If past tournament history is taken into account, these teams will most likely make it into the second round of the competition.

New Zealand was hoping to book a 2nd consecutive place at the finals but will need to defeat Mexico in the second leg of their playoff match by 5 goals, making qualification unlikely. Mexico had a tough qualification round, losing out to Costa Rica and Honduras for 2nd and 3rd place in their group, with USA coming out on top and making it to another World Cup Finals Tournament.

 The usual suspects from the continent of Asia have qualified, with Australia, Japan and Korea Republic all automatically qualified. Iran has qualified for the first time since 2006, and will hope to build on their impressive qualification performance in Brazil.

Just 2 spots out of a possible 5 have been decided in the African qualification stages, with Côte d’Ivoire making it to their 3rd consecutive World Cup Finals and Nigeria becoming the first out of the African teams to qualify. 6 teams are still vying for a place at the finals with playoffs underway. Burkina Faso are hoping to make it to their first finals, and hold a slim advantage over Algeria in the playoffs. Ghana is all but qualified after a 6:1 routing of Egypt in the first leg of their playoff. Things remain tentative between Cameroon and Tunisia, with a goalless draw in the first leg setting up an important second leg to confirm the last available place in the finals.

Bosnia-Herzegovina’s stunning qualification performance earned them their first place at a FIFA competition. Scoring 30 goals and conceding just 6, Bosnia-Herzegovina could provide an entertaining spectacle at next year’s finals. Former winners of the competition Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and England all automatically qualified having won their groups, with Belgium, Russia and Switzerland also qualified.

4 places remain undecided, with 8 teams hoping to book their place on Tuesday 19th November. France have a tough 2nd leg, trying to overcome a 2-0 defeat by Ukraine, while Portugal hope to maintain their momentum from their 1-0 win against Sweden in Lisbon to qualify. A showdown waits between Ronaldo’s Portugal and Ibrahimovic’s Sweden in Solna on Tuesday night. Greece proved a tough match against Romania, beating them 3-1 at home. Romania will need to dig deep during the 2nd leg in Bucharest if they hope to qualify. Croatia remains favourites to qualify against playoff opponents Iceland, but both sides remain equal after a 0-0 first leg.

With Brazil 2014 fast approaching, the finals look to be an exciting prospect with most tournament regulars having qualified as well as some spirited newcomers hoping to entertain on the world stage next year.