Group D was believed to be the group of death in the FIFA World Cup 2014. There were three strong teams in the group i.e. England, Italy and Uruguay and it was hard to predict which two out of these three would be able to make it to the knockouts.
Italy’s national team manager Cesare Prandelli has expressed his confidence that the European nation will be able to lift the World Cup title for a record equalling fifth time. Italy have been one of the strongest teams in the World Cup and they most recently lifted the title back in 2006 under the management of Marcelo Lippi. Prandelli’s claims have been backed by former AC Milan star Roberto Donadoni, who has been doing a stellar job as the manager of Parma. Italy have come a long way since the team won its last World Cup.
3 defeats & draw in 4 Champions League matches is definitely not best punch for declaring that there’re indications of possibilities for English youth in the soccer world. However, the present season has transformed Brazil World Championship from doom into the possibility of building a truly appealing English team.
Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has said that it has been impossible for him to stop thinking about the coming World Cup. Brazil will be the host for this tournament and expectations are already high amongst the fans that they will lift the trophy for the first time since 2002.
Paulinho is one of the established first-team members of the Brazil squad. He recently came to British football with Tottenham for £ 18 million. Even though he has been in a new country, the 25-year-old has been able to settle immaculately well at Tottenham.
England manager Roy Hodgson has ruled out the possibility of introducing new players in the final friendly match for the team before they play at the World Cup 2014.
The World Cup is the major tournament organised by FIFA. This competition usually results in a large amount greenhouse gases emitted through various sources. This is the product of a huge number of people travelling from across the globe in order to support their teams.
The United States national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has been getting the best out of Eddie Johnson in recent months, and he has said that the player should continue the good work at club level as well.
Johnson has been one of the impressive players for the US national team in the last few months. He once again impressed Klinsmann at the Gold cup as well. In the 62 matches he has played for club and country in the last 18 months, Johnson has been able to score 27 goals and create six more.
Barcelona and Lionel Messi will be facing a Real Madrid side without José Mourinho at the helm from next season after the Portuguese manager left the Spanish club for Premier league outfit Chelsea.
This is his second spell at the English club where he enjoyed a lot of success from 2004 to 2007. Mourinho was the major nemesis for Barcelona after he managed to bring them into the dominance in the league enjoyed by the Catalan club. However, Messi feels that Real Madrid will not be any weaker as a result of losing Mourinho.
Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque is widely expected to step down from his role at the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
However, he has stated that he has yet not decided about his decision to step down. The former Real Madrid manager has been responsible for overseeing one of the most successful periods in world football for the Spanish national team. It has been era of domination from the Spaniards, but there has been wide remarks that del Bosque will step down from his post in order to give other managers an opportunity after the 2014 World Cup.
Former Brazil international Ronaldo has said that nobody is guaranteed a place in the squad for the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014, which will take place in Brazil. There is a lot of expectation from Brazil due to the fact that this competition will be at home.
The World Cup will also be returning to South America after a long time. Due to the huge number of footballers, Brazil is one of the toughest countries to represent of the national team level. It becomes even tough when it becomes the most prestigious football tournament in the world.