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Football’s spiritual home W

hat more could we football fans want? A World Cup in Brazil — the spiritual home of the game — promises to be the ultimate. A country whose people worship at the game’s altar JAMES and value BURTON its skills and showSun journalist manship arguably more than any other nation. It helps, of course, that Brazil has such a rich football history and is the home of the likes of Garrincha, Zico, Tostão, Carlos Alberto, Romário, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho... Oh, and

there’s the small matter of Pele, arguably the greatest player of all time. The backdrop to the tournament will be the parties and beaches of Rio, for example, while there are a few thrilling trips into the Amazon for some fans to look forward to. Unwittingly, though, the World Cup is also likely to bring the country’s social and economic problems to the attention of the wider world: something that should not be ignored. I hope the following pages provide you with an enjoyable preview of the tournament. In particular, check out the team guides and the fillin chart, in which you can plot the path of your favourite team. Enjoy. n

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Ready for the big kick-off?

Troubled build-up but Brazil World Cup is also a dream for fans BY JAMES BURTON jburton@bermudasun.bm

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n the surface, a World Cup in Brazil is an irresistible blend of samba skills, beaches and beautiful fans (just watch the TV editors hone in on them at every throw-in!). There will, of course, be plenty to enjoy over the coming month. But there is a serious undercurrent to the 2014 World Cup as evidenced by the social unrest among those who see the tournament as an expensive vanity project undertaken at the expense of dealing with the country’s problems of crime, poor education and housing, to name just a few. Reports of irregularites and alleged corruption in the budgeting of the event and the building of brand-new stadiums has left people angry. That some stadiums were so far behind deadline and a number of workers lost their lives in their construction has added to the fury, the general feeling of chaos and the intensity of the street protests. So it has not been a buildup without controversy and the accusation is that the Government and organizers have neglected domestic issues for a World Cup ego trip. It appears, contrary to cliche, that not every Brazilian is a football fan. But despite all these issues, it’s hard as a lover of the game not to feel childlike excitement at a World

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ICONIC: Rio’s dramatic skyline with Christ The Redeemer in the foreground is just one venue that is likely to inspire fans and players. Below right, the home fans are likely to catch the attention of the TV cameras. in return, a home victory, BRAZIL and in Luis Felipe Scolari, Population: 201 million they have a manager who has been here and done it Langauge: Portuguese already (in 2002). Currency: Real (1 Real = There is a sense that, $0.44) while this Brazil side is far Crime: Brazil had 50,000 from vintage and is likely homocides in 2012. 100,000 to be less flamboyant than agents will be employed durteams past, they now have a ing the World Cup, with the structure which will allow Goverment investing more the side to flourish. Home advantage can not than $1billion in security like watching the 1970 team, be underestimated and forces. for example, is no football while South Africa woefully fan. It’s important not to forCup staged at the home of failed to take advantage of get the issues raging behind Pele, Romario, Ronaldo, et it in 2011, it’s hard to see the festivities that are set to al. The legacy of the tourBrazil failing to use it to take over the the country. nament in a social context their benefit. Whoever you But in such an inspiramay be questionable but support, seeing a Brazil tional setting, this is set while it’s on, the majority of team in full flight is one of up to be one of the greatest the country will revel in the the great joys of the game. World Cups ever. n spotlight. They will expect, Anyone who says they don’t

Numbers game 32 teams will play a total of 64 games to determine the champion. Can Spain be the third country to successfully defend their crown? 12 different Brazilian cities will stage matches — Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus,

Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo. 245 different television channels showed the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands. 3.2 billion people worldwide watched the 2010 World Cup

— 46.4 percent of the world. 3,000 miles separate the northern city of Boa Vista and the southern city of Porto Alegre. The cheapest ticket advertised in May for the July 13 final at Rio’s Maracana stadium is $5,100, more than 10

times its $440 face value. History-makers? Cristiano Ronaldo and Miroslav Klose both need one more goal to become their country’s leading scorer. Ronaldo is currently on 47 and Klose is on 68.


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Can Neymar deliver for expectant home nation? Y

ou’re at home, you are your country’s supposed legend in waiting and you wear #10, just like a certain Pele. No pressure, then. The above scenario is, though, exactly where Barcelona’s Neymar is at the moment. His club-mate Dani Alves was at pains to talk up the 22-year-old’s chances of being the hero this summer. “Neymar is superbly talented and had a good season,” he said. “You have to remember that he was playing his first

season in Europe and Spain is not an easy country to make your debut. “Barcelona have a unique style of football. You have to adapt to it and it takes quite some time. But Neymar did not take much time to fit into the team, basically because of his technical excellence and tactical awareness. “At this tender age, this kind of maturity on the field is quite rare. That is why we all know he is special and he will show the same in the World Cup.”

Ronaldo, the winner of two World Cups (1994, 2002) with Brazil, believes the nation’s latest pin-up is ready to embrace the biggest stage of them all. “Brazil are entering the World Cup with much more confidence than we had when we entered the World Cup in 2002,” Ronaldo said. “I believe that the squad we have for 2014 is really strong. We have a balanced team, full of a lot of talent. Neymar is a fantastic kid, so talented, he is our great hope for the future.” n

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Neymar The host nation’s young star. Tricks galore but can he lead them to glory? Key player

Oribe Peralta A late bloomer, Mexico will need The Brush at his potent best.

Brazil Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari Keepers: Julio Cesar, Jefferson, Victor. Defender: Marcelo, Daniel Alves, Maicon, Maxwell, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Dante, Henrique. Midfielders: Paulinho, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hernanes, Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho. Forwards: Bernard, Neymar, Fred, Jo, Hulk. Prediction: Champions

Pop: 201 million Best World Cup: Five-time winners – 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002. They said: “We have everything that allows us to be the best team.” — Luis Felipe Scolari

Mexico Manager: Miguel Herrera Keepers: J. Corona, G. Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera. Defenders: Miguel Layun, Carlos Salcido, Paul Aguilar, Andres Guardado, Hector Moreno, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, Diego Reyes, Rafael Marquez. Midfielders: Miguel Angel Ponce, Jose Juan Vazquez, Luis Montes, Hector Herrera, Isaac Brizuela, Marco Fabian, Carlos Pena. Forwards: Oribe Peralta, Javier Hernandez, G. dos Santos, Raul Jimenez, Alan Pulido. Prediction: Group stages

Key player

Croatia

Luka Modric Fresh from a superb season with Real, Modric is team’s focal point.

Manager: Niko Kovac Keepers: Stipe Pletikosa, Danijel Subasic, Oliver Zelenika. Defenders: Darijo Srna, Dejan Lovren, Vedran Corluka, Gordon Schildenfeld, Danijel Pranjic, Domagoj Vida, Sime Vrsaljko. Midfielders: Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ognjen Vukojevic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Sammir, Ivan Mocinic. Forwards: Mario Mandzukic, Ivica Olic, Eduardo, Nikica Jelavic, Ante Rebic. Prediction: Second round

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Pop: 118.39 million Best World Cup: Quarter-finals — 1970, 1986. They said: “Anything can happen, so our goal is to get into the final and to try to win it.” — Javier Hernandez

Samuel Eto’o Thirty-three-old is fuelled by talk he is too old to perform at highest level.

Pop: 4.28 million Best World Cup: Third — 1998 They said: “I think we are good enough to achieve something big in Brazil.” — Luka Modric

Cameroon Manager: Volker Finke Keepers: Loic Feudjou, Charles Itandje, Sammy Ndjock. Defenders: Benoit AssouEkotto, Henri Bedimo, Aurelien Chedjou, Cedric Djeugou, Nicolas Nkoulou, Dany Nounkeu, Allan Nyom. Midfielders: Enoh Eyong, Jean Makoun, Joel Matip, Stephane Mbia, Benjamin Moukandjo, Landry Nguemo, Edgar Salli, Alex Song. Forwards: Vincent Aboubakar, Eric-Maxim, Choupo Moting, Samuel Eto’o, Fabrice Olinga, Achille Webo. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 22.5 million Best World Cup: Quarter-final — 1990 They said: “This is a really good adventure, a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity.” — Volker Finke

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Andres Iniesta Creativity and composure on the ball still so vital to the champions. Key player

Alexis Sanchez Barca man has real star quality and will give team genuine attacking threat.

Spain Manager: Vicente del Bosque Keepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David De Gea. Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran, Jordi Alba. Midfielders: Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla, Koke, Javi Martinez. Forwards: David Silva, Diego Costa, Fernando Torres, Pedro, Juan Mata, David Villa. Prediction: Semi-fnalists

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Pop: 46.7 million Best World Cup: Winners — 2010 They said: “I want to win it, obviously. We’re going to put up a fight.” — Diego Costa

Chile Manager: Jorge Sampaoli Keepers: Claudio Bravo, Johnny Herrera, C. Toselli. Defenders: Gonzalo Jara, José Rojas, Eugenio Mena, Mauricio Isla. Midfielders: Jorge Valdívia, Felipe Gutiérrez, José Pedro Fuenzalida, Francisco Silva, Arturo Vidal, Charles Aránguiz, Marcelo Díaz, Carlos Carmona, Miiko Albornoz, Jean Beausejour, Gary Medel. Forwards: Alexis Sanchez, Esteban Paredes, Eduardo Vargas, Mauricio Pinilla, Fabián Orellana. Prediction: Group stages

Arjen Robben If the winger is on fire, he can be unplayable. Could be his time.

Key player

Pop: 17.7 million Best World Cup: Third — 1962 They said: “You have to make players enjoy the game instead of seeing it as just a duty.” — Jorge Sampaoli

Mile Jedinak Strong tackler in midfield. Will have plenty of work to do, one feels.

Holland Manager: Louis van Gaal Keepers: Jasper Cillessen, Tim Krul, Michel Vorm. Defenders: Daley Blind, Joel Veltman, Stefan de Vrij, Daryl Janmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi, Paul Verhaegh, Ron Vlaar. Midfielders: Jordy Clasie, Jonathan de Guzman, Nigel de Jong, Leroy Fer, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Georginio Wijnaldum. Forwards: Memphis Depay, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dirk Kuyt, Jeremain Lens, Robin van Persie. Prediction: Second round

Australia

Pop: 6.3 million Best World Cup: Runners up 1974, 1978, 2010 They said: “I’m here to win and my job is to get the most out of this team.” — Louis van Gaal

(prov. squad)

Manager: Ange Postecoglou Keepers: Mat Ryan, Mitchell Langerak, Eugene Galekovic, Mark Birighitti. Defenders: Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson, Matthew Spiranovic, Bailey Wright, Luke Wilkshire, Alex Wilkinson, Ryan McGowan. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, James Holland, Massimo Luongo, Oliver Bozanic, Matt McKay, Mark Bresciano, Forwards: Tim Cahil, Josh Kennedy, Tom Rogic, Dario Vidosic, Tommy Oar, James Troisi, Ben Halloran, Adam Taggart, Mathew Leckie. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 23.4 million Best World Cup: Round of 16 — 2006 They said: “We’re not going to change the future but I’m pretty sure we’re going to gain a lot of respect.’’ — Tim Cahill


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James Rodriguez Superb season with Monaco — extra burden with Falcao missing.

Key player

Didier Drogba Yaya Toure is the star now but Drogba remains team’s talisman.

Colombia Manager: José Pékerman Keepers: David Ospina, Faryd Mondragon, Camilo Vargas. Defenders: Mario Yepes, Cristian Zapata, Pablo Armero, Camilo Zuniga, Santiago Arias, Eder Alvarez Balanta, C.Valdes. Midfielders: Fredy Guarin, Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez, Abel Aguilar, Juan Fernando Quintero, Carlos Sanchez, Aldo Leao Ramirez, Alexander Mejia. Forwards: Victor Ibarbo, Jackson Martinez, Carlos Bacca, Adrian Ramos, Teofilo Gutierrez. Prediction: Quarters

Key player

Pop: 47.4 million Best World Cup: Round of 16 — 1990 They said: “With Falcao, we will wait until the last minute of the last day.” — Jose Pekerman

Ivory Coast Manager: Sabri Lamouchi Keepers: Boubacar Barry, Sylvain Gbohouo, Sayouba Sande. Defenders: Kolo Toure, Sol Bamba, Didier Zokora, Serge Aurier, Arthur Boka, Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba, Constant Djakpa, Jean-Daniel AkpaAkpro. Midfielders: Yaya Toure, Cheik Tiote, Serey Die, Max Gradel, Diomande Ismael, Didier Ya Konan, Mathis Bolly. Forwards: Gervinho, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Wilfried Bony, Giovanni Sio. Prediction: Second round

Kostas Mitroglou Struggled at Fulham but potentially a big player for his country.

Key player

Pop: 22.4 million Best World Cup: Group stage — 2006, 2010 They said: “We have a very interesting group so we know it will be difficult.” — Yaya Toure

Shinji Kagawa Has real star quality — despite struggling to make an impact at United.

Greece Manager: Fernando Santos Keepers: Orestis Karnezis, Panagiotis Glykos, S. Kapino. Defenders: Kostas Manolas, Giannis Maniatis, Jose Holebas, S. Papastathopoulos, Giorgios Tzavellas, Loukas Vyntra, Vasilis Torosidis, V. Moras. Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis, Andreas Samaris, K. Katsouranis, Giorgos Karagounis, P. Tachtsidis, Ioannis Fetfatzidis, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, P. Kone. Forwards: Dimitris Salpingidis, Giorgios Samaras, K. Mitroglou, Theofanis Gekas. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 10.8 million Best World Cup: Group stages — 1994, 2010 They said: “It is important to make Greeks proud, and for them to enjoy watching us.” — Karagounis

Japan Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni Keepers: Eiji Kawashima, Shusaku Nishikawa, S.Gonda. Defenders: M. Morishige, Y. Konno, Yuto Nagatomo, Maya Yoshida, Masahiko Inoha, Atsuto Uchida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotoku Sakai. Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, Makoto Hasebe, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Toshihiro Aoyama, Manabu Saito. Forwards: Shinji Okazaki, Yoichiro Kakitani, Yuya Osako, Yoshito Okubo. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 126.65 million Best World Cup: Round of 16 — 2002, 2010 They said: “I have a strong will for this championship and I should be the one to lead the team.” — Kagawa

group d Key player

Luis Suarez Injury threatens his impact but one of the best in the world at present.

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Wayne Rooney Last chance to shine at a major tournament. Knows it as well.

Uruguay Manager: Óscar Tabárez Keepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Rodrigo Munoz. Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira, Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez, Sebastian Coates, Martin Caceres, Jorge Fucile. Midfielders: Alvaro Gonzalez, Alvaro Pereira, Walter Gargano, Egidio Arevalo Rios, Diego Perez, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez, Nicolas Lodeiro. Forwards: Luis Suarez, E. Cavani, Abel Hernandez, Diego Forlan,Christian Stuani. Prediction: Group stages

Key player

Pop: 3.3 million Best World Cup: Winners — 1930, 1950 They said: “Luis is confident and we are moving towards positive expectations.” — Dr Alberto Pan

England Manager: Roy Hodgson Keepers: Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Joe Hart. Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling. Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex OxladeChamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere. Forwards: Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck. Prediction: Second round

Joel Campbell Lively striker will be eager to make a name for himself — as he did in Europe.

Key player

Pop: 53 million Best World Cup: Winners — 1966 They said: “We don’t want to make the numbers up, we are winners.” — Roy Hodgson

Andrea Pirlo Ageless playmaker will once again be the fulcrum for dangerous Italy.

Costa Rica Manager: Jorge Luis Pinto Keepers: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Daniel Cambronero. Defenders: Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Michael Umana, Oscar Duarte, Waylon Francis, Heiner Mora, Junior Diaz, Christian Gamboa, Roy Miller. Midfielders: Celso Borges, Christian Bolanos, Esteban Granados, Michael Barrantes, Yeltsin Tejeda, Diego Calvo, Jose Miguel Cubero. Forwards: Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Randall Brenes, Marco Urena. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 4.58 million Best World Cup: Round of 16 — 1990 They said: “The fact we’re playing against good teams will help everyone be alert.” — Paulo Wanchope (asst. manager)

Italy Manager: Cesare Prandelli Keepers: Gianluigi Buffon, Salvatore Sirigu, M. Perin. Defenders: Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorigo Chiellini, Gabriel Paletta, Ignazio Abate, Mattia De Sciglio, Matteo Darmian. Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti, Daniele De Rossi, Antonio Candreva, Marco Parolo, A. Aquilani. Forwards: Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne. Prediction: Quarters

Pop: 59.9 million Best World Cup: Winners — 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 They said: “I am not saying we are favourites, but we have the mentality to surprise people.” — Mario Balotelli


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Gökhan Inler Experienced Napoli midfielder can exert big influence on his team-mates.

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Franck Ribery Form dipped at the end of the season but is a crucial man for France.

Switzerland Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld Keepers: Diego Benaglio, Roman Buerki, Y. Sommer. Defenders: Johan Djourou, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, R. Rodriguez, Fabian Schaer, Philippe Senderos, Steve von Bergen, Reto Ziegler. Midfielders: T. Barnetta, Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, G. Fernandes, Gokhan Inler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Valentin Stocker. Forwards: Josip Drmic, Mario Gavranovic, Admir Mehmedi, Haris Seferovic, Granit Xhaka. Prediction: Group stages

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Pop: 8 million Best World Cup: Quarter-finals — 1934, 1938, 1954 They said: ”On a good day, we really can beat any team.” — Ottmar Hitzfeld

France Manager: Didier Deschamps Keepers: Hugo Lloris, Mickael Landreau. Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Patrice Evra, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna, E. Mangala, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane. Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi, Clement Grenier, Rio Mavuba, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Valbuena. Forwards: Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Loic Remy, Franck Ribery. Prediction: Quarters

Antonio Valencia Is expected to rise to the occasion. Will be motivated by death of Benetiz.

Key player

Pop: 66.6 millionBest World Cup: Winners — 1998 They said: “If Didier makes them gel together they can be a good team.”

— Patrick Vieira

Maynor Figueroa Hull defender needs to help organize a backline that will come under threat.

Ecuador Manager: Reinaldo Rueda Keepers: Maximo Banguera, Adrian Bone, Alexander Dominguez. Defenders: Frickson Erazo, Jorge Guagua, Oscar Bagui, Gabriel Achilier, Walter Ayovi, Juan Carlos Paredes. Midfielders: Segundo Castillo, Carlos Gruezo, Renato Ibarra, Cristian Noboa, Luis Saritama, Antonio Valencia, Edison Mendez, Michael Arroyo. Forwards: Felipe Caicedo, Jefferson Montero, Joao Rojas, Fidel Martinez, Jaime Ayovi, Enner Valencia. Prediction: Second round

Pop: 15.2 million Best World Cup: Round of 16 — 2006 They said: “He’s practically irreplaceable.” — Coach Rueda on Christian Benetiz, his star striker who died last year.

Honduras Manager: Luis Fernando Suárez Keepers: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober, Luis Lopez. Defenders: Brayan Beckeles, Emilio Izaguirre, Juan Carlos Garcia, Maynor Figueroa, Victor Bernardez, Osman Chavez, Juan Pablo Montes. Midfielders: Arnold Peralta, Luis Garrido, Roger Espinoza, Jorge Claros, Wilson Palacios, Oscar Garcia, Andy Najar, Mario Martinez, M. Chavez. Forwards: Jerry Bengtson, Jerry Palacios, Carlo Costly, Rony Martinez. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 8.2 million Best World Cup: N/A They said: “We have more experience... and God willing, we can do well in Brazil.” — Carlo Costly

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Lionel Messi Needs to star in a World Cup to cement his legend status. Big chance.

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Ashkan Dejagah Had a fine season in England and his energy will be much needed.

Argentina Manager: Alejandro Sabella Keepers: Sergio Romero, Mariano Andujar, A. Orion. Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta, Federico Fernandez, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo, Hugo Campagnaro, Martin Demichelis, Jose Basanta. Midfielders: Javier Mascherano, Fernando Gago, Lucas Biglia, Ricardo Alvarez, A. Fernandez, Angel Di Maria, Max Rodriguez, Enzo Perez. Forwards: Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Rodrigo Palacio, Ezequiel Lavezzi. Prediction: Finalists

Key player

Pop: 41.7 million Best World Cup: Winners — 1978, 1986 They said: ”Team must help Messi. We cannot put all the responsibility on his shoulders.” — Sabella

Iran Manager: Carlos Queiroz Keepers: Daniel Davari, Alireza Haghighi, Rahman Ahmadi. Defenders: Hossein Mahini, Steven Beitashour, Pejman Montazeri, Jalal Hosseini, Amir-Hossein Sadeghi, Ahmad Alenemeh, Hashem Beikzadeh, Mehrdad Pouladi. Midfielders: Javad Nekounam, Andranik Teymourian, Reza Haghighi, Ghasem Hadadifar, Bakhtiar Rahmani, Ehsan Hajsafi. Forwards: Ashkan Dejagah, Masoud Shojaei, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Karim Ansarifard, Khosro Heydari. Prediction: Group stages

Edin Dzeko Man City man will be expected to fire goals to get them out of the group.

Key player

Pop: 77.2 million Best World Cup: Group stages — 1978, 1998, 2006 They said: “I believe that we have chance to advance if we can beat Nigeria.” — Dejagah

John Obi Mikel Represents a lessflashy Nigeria than in previous years. Experience vital.

Bosnia & H. Manager: Safet Sušic Keepers: Asmir Begovic, Asmir Avdukic, Jasmin Fejzic. Defenders: Emir Spahic, Toni Sunjic, Sead Kolasinac, Ognjen Vranjes, Ermin Bicakcic, Muhamed Besic, Mensur Mujdza. Midfielders: Miralem Pjanic, Izet Hajrovic, Haris Medunjanin, Senad Lulic, Anel Hadzic, Tino Susic, Sejad Salihovic, Zvjezdan Misimovic, Senijad Ibricic, Avdija Vrsaljevic. Forwards: Vedad Ibisevic, Edin Dzeko, Edin Visca. Prediction: Second round

Pop: 3.8 million Best World Cup: N/A They said: “We are all immensely proud of our nation and wherever we were living we were all raised as Bosnians.” — Asmir Begovic

Nigeria Manager: Stephen Keshi Keepers: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie Agbim. Defenders: Joseph Yobo, Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose, Kunle Odunlami. Midfielders: John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Michael Uchebo, R. Gabriel. Forwards: Osaze Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Babatunde Michael, Victor Moses, Uche Nwofor. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 174.5 million Best World Cup: Round of 16 — 1994, 1998 They said: “I think that Nigeria might qualify for the second stage. They have a really good team spirit.” — Arsene Wenger


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Mesut Ozil Can be hot or cold but his ability to create opportunities is a special one.

Key player

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Maverick individual who is capable of moments of brilliance.

Germany Manager: Joachim Löw Keepers: Manuel Neuer, Roman Weidenfeller, RonRobert Zieler. Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreutz, B. Howedes, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker. Midfielders: Julian Draxler, Matthias Ginter, Mario Gotze, Christoph Kramer, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Forwards: Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski. Prediction: Semi-finalists

Key player

Pop: 80.2 million Best World Cup: Winners — 1954, 1974, 1990 They said: “We don’t want to constantly only reach third place.” — Per Mertesacker

Ghana Manager: Akwasi Appiah Keepers: Fatau Dauda, Adam Kwarasey, Stephen Adams. Defenders: Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rashid Sumalia. Midfielders: M. Essien, Sulley Muntari, Rabiu Mohammed, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu, Albert Adomah, Andre Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso. Forwards: Asamoah Gyan, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew. Prediction: Group stages

Cristiano Ronaldo The best player in the world right now, no doubt. Carries the team.

Key player

Pop: 24.2 million Best World Cup: Quarter-finals — 2010 They said: “The group has been tagged as a ‘group of death ‘... but we’ll sail through.” — Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi

Michael Bradley Experience in Europe should help him. Makes the team tick.

Portugal Manager: Paulo Bento Keepers: Beto, Eduardo, Rui Patricio. Defenders: Andre Almeida, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentreo, Joao Pereira, Neto, Pepe, Ricardo Costa. Midfielders: Joao Moutinho, Miguel Veloso, Raul Meireles, Ruben Amorim, William Carvalho. Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Eder, Helder Postiga, Hugo Almeida, Nani, Rafa, Varela, Vieirinha. Prediction: Second round

Pop: 10.5 million Best World Cup: Third — 1966 They said: “Why should we be afraid of saying he [Ronaldo] has an enormous influence on our team?” — Paulo Bento

USA Manager: Jürgen Klinsmann Keepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando. Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin. Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones, G. Zusi. Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 318.7 million Best World Cup: Third — 1930 They said: ”The Ghana game is pretty much just like a knockout game.” — Jurgen Klinsmann

group h Key player

Eden Hazard Has the ability to be the star of Belgium’s golden generation.

Key player

Aleksandr Kerzhakov

Only player in squad with previous World Cup experience.

Belgium Manager: Marc Wilmots Keepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Silvio Proto. Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, L. Ciman, N. Lombaerts, Vincent Kompany, Daniel Van Buyten, A.V. Borre, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen. Midfielders: Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele, Steven Defour, Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas, Divock Origi, A.Witsel. Forwards: Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens. Prediction: Quarters

Key player

Pop: 11.9 million Best World Cup: Fourth — 1986 They said: “If any team deserves to do well at the World Cup based on team spirit, it’s us.” — Vincent Kompany

Russia Manager: Fabio Capello Keepers: Igor Akinfeev, Yury Lodygin, Sergey Ryzhikov. Defenders: Vasili Berezutskiy, Vladimir Granat, Andrey Eshchenko, Sergey Ignashevich, Alexey Kozlov, Dmitry Kombarov, Andrey Semenov, Georgi Schennikov. Midfielders: Denis Glushakov, Igor Denisov, Alan Dzagoev, Yury Zhirkov, Alexey Ionov, A. Samedov, Victor Faizulin, Oleg Shatov, Roman Shirokov. Forwards: Maxim Kanunnikov, Alexander Kerzhakov, Alexander Kokorin. Prediction: Second round

Sofiane Feghouli A lot of the attacking responsibility will fall on Valencia winger’s shoulders.

Key player

Pop: 143.7 million Best World Cup: Group stages — 1994, 2002 They said: “I can’t estimate South Korea or Algeria right now... but we are taking them seriously.” — Kerzhakov

Son Heung-Min Pacey with a good finish. Leverkusen man’s form will be critical.

Algeria Manager: Vahid Halilhodžic Keepers: Rais Mbolhi, Cedric Si Mohamed, Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche. Defenders: Essaid Belkalem, Madjid Bougherra, Liassine Cadamuro, Faouzi Ghoualm, Rafik Halliche, Aissa Mandi, Carl Medjani, Djamel Mesbah, Mehdi Mostefa. Midfielders: Nabil Bentaleb, Yasine Brahimi, Medhi Lacen, Saphir Taider, Hassan Yebda. Forwards: Abdelmoumene Djabou, Sofiane Feghouli, Nabil Ghilas, Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, Hilal Soudani. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 38.7 million Best World Cup: Round — 1982, 1986, 2010 They said: “We know it will be difficult. The standard is very high. But we have potential.” — Riyad Mahrez

Korea Rep. Manager: Hong Myung-Bo Keepers: J.Sung-ryeong, Kim Seung-gyu, Lee Bum-young. Defenders: Yun Suk-young, Kim Young-kwon, Hwang Seok-ho, Hong Jeong-ho, Kwak Tae-hwi, Lee Yong, Kim Chang-soo, Park Joo-ho. Midfielders: CaKi Seungyueng, Ha Dae-sung, Han Kook-young, Park Jungwoo, Son Heung-min, Kim Bo-kyung, Lee Chung-yong, Ji Dong-won. Forwards: Koo Ja-cheol, Lee Keun-ho, Park Chu-young, Kim Shin-wook. Prediction: Group stages

Pop: 50.2 million Best World Cup: Fourth — 2002 They said: “We will have to work on our physical play and improve our individual skills in training.” — Myung-Bo


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From Brazil wonder goal W

orld Cups past are littered with memorable incidents etched into the annals of football history. So on the eve of Brazil 2014, here are a few examples of goals, sending-offs and celebrations that are synonymous with their specific year. Come on, as if you forgot Roger Milla’s corner flag jig...

1970 Carlos Alberto’s stunning goal Widely regarded as one of the best team goals in history — and it came in the final. A total of eight Brazil outfield players touched the ball before Pele laid off an inch-perfect pass to captain Carlos Alberto, who hammered the ball into the corner of the Italy goal. The move featured defender Clodoaldo beating four Italian players in his own half before passing to Rivelino, who hit a perfect pass down the wing to Jairzinho. Jairzinho crossed to the centre of the box to Pelé, and the rest has gone down in football immortality. Brazil won 4-1 to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy for the third time and earn the right to keep it. n

1982 Marco Tardelli’s goal celebration Italians are nothing if not emotional and dramatic. But there was something particularly raw and wild about Tardelli’s reaction to scoring in the final against West Germany to help Italy win the game 3-1. After putting his side 2-0 up, Tardelli, with tears in his eyes, sprinted towards the Italian bench, fists clenched in front of his chest, screaming “Gol! Gol!” as he shook his head wildly. The iconic celebration would become known as the “Tardelli cry”. The ecstasy that came over the Italian’s face may have something to do with the fact he was a defensive midfielder — albeit a technically very good one — who’s game was based around his ability to break up play. But there he was, scoring a decisive goal on the greatest stage of all. Tardelli scored only six goals in 81 games for the national team. He also won five Serie A titles but it is for this celebration that he is best remembered. n


group a Brazil

v Croatia

(June 12, 5pm, Sao Paulo)

Mexico

v Cameroon

(June 13, 1pm, Natal)

Brazil

v Mexico

(June 17, 4pm, Fortaleza)

Cameroon

v

Croatia

(June 18, 6pm, Manaus)

Cameroon

v

Brazil

(June 23, 5pm, Brasilia)

Croatia

v

Mexico

group b Spain v Holland (June 13, 4pm, Salvador)

Chile

v Australia

(June 13, 6pm, Cuiaba)

Spain

v Chile

(June 18, 4pm, Rio De Janeiro)

Australia

v

Holland

(June 18, 1pm, Porto Alegre)

Australia

v

Spain

(June 23, 1pm, Curitiba)

Holland

v Chile

(June 23, 5pm, Recife)

(June 23, 1pm, Sao Paulo)

P W D L GD Pts 1. 2. 3. 4.

P W D L GD Pts 1. 2. 3. 4.

group c Colombia v Greece (June 14, 1pm, Belo Horizonte)

Ivory Coast v

Japan

(June 14, 10pm, Recife)

Colombia

v Ivory Coast

(June 19, 1pm, Brasilia)

Japan

v

Greece

(June 19, 7pm, Natal)

Japan

v

Colombia

(June 24, 4pm, Cuiaba)

Greece

v Ivory Coast

(June 24, 5pm, Fortaleza)

P W D L GD Pts 1. 2. 3. 4.

group d Uruguay

v

Costa Rica

(June 14, 4pm, Fortaleza)

England

v

Italy

(June 14, 6pm, Manaus)

Uruguay

v

England

(June 19, 4pm, Sao Paulo)

Italy

v

Costa Rica

(June 20, 1pm, Recife)

Italy

v

Uruguay

(June 24, 1pm, Natal)

Costa Rica

v England

(June 24, 1pm, Belo Horizonte)

P W D L GD Pts 1. 2. 3. 4.

final round of 16

quarter-finals

semi-finals

(a1)__________________________ (b2)_________________________ (June 28, 1pm, Belo Horizonte)

________________________ ________________________ (July 4, 5pm, Fortaleza)

(c1)__________________________ (d2)_________________________

________________________ ________________________

(June 28, 5pm, Rio De Janeiro)

(July 8, 5pm, Belo Horizonte)

________________________

V

___

(July 13, Rio De Janeiro, kic

(e1)__________________________ (f2)__________________________ (June 30, 1pm, Brasilia)

________________________ ________________________ (July 4, 1pm, Rio De Janeiro)

(g1)__________________________ (h2)_________________________ (June 30, 5pm, Porto Alegre)

Third-place pl

___________________

___________________

(July 12, 5pm, Brasi


group e Switzerland v Ecuador (June 15, 1pm, Brasilia)

France

v Honduras

(June 15, 4pm, Porto Alegre)

Switzerland v France (June 20, 4pm, Salvador)

Honduras

v Ecuador

(June 20, 7pm, Curitiba)

Honduras

v Switzerland

(June 25, 4pm, Manaus)

Ecuador

v France

group f Argentina

v

Bosnia-H.

(June 15, 7pm, Rio De Janeiro)

Iran

v

Nigeria

(June 16, 4pm, Curitiba)

Argentina v Iran (June 21, 1pm, Belo Horizonte)

Nigeria

v

Bosnia-H.

(June 21, 6pm, Cuiaba)

Nigeria

v

Argentina

(June 25, 1pm, Porto Alegre)

Bosnia-H.

v

Iran

group g Germany

v

Portugal

(June 16, 1pm, Salvador)

Ghana

v

USA

(June 16, 7pm, Natal)

Germany

v

Ghana

(June 21, 4pm, Fortaleza)

USA

v Portugal

(June 22, 6pm, Manaus)

USA

v Germany

(June 26, 1pm, Recife)

Portugal

v Ghana

group h Belgium

v

Algeria

(June 17, 1pm, Belo Horizonte)

Russia

v

Korea R.

(June 17, 6pm, Cuiaba)

Belgium

v

Russia

(June 22, 1pm, Rio De Janeiro)

Korea R.

v Algeria

(June 22, 4pm, Porto Alegre)

Korea R.

v Belgium

(June 26, 5pm, Sao Paulo)

Algeria

v Russia

(June 25, 5pm, Rio De Janeiro)

(June 25, 1pm, Salvador)

(June 26, 1pm, Brasilia)

(June 26, 5pm, Curitiba)

P W D L GD Pts 1. 2. 3. 4.

P W D L GD Pts 1. 2. 3. 4.

P W D L GD Pts 1. 2. 3. 4.

P W D L GD Pts 1. 2. 3. 4.

final semi-finals

quarter-finals

round of 16 _________________________(b1) ________________________(a2)

________________________ ________________________ (July 5, 5pm, Salvador)

___

V

________________________

o De Janeiro, kick-off 4pm)

(June 29, 1pm, Fortaleza)

_________________________(d1) ________________________(c2)

________________________ ________________________

(June 29, 5pm, Recife)

(July 9, 5pm, Sao Paulo)

_________________________(f1) ________________________(e2)

place playoff

__________________

__________________

y 12, 5pm, Brasilia)

________________________ ________________________

(July 1, 1pm, Sao Paulo)

(July 5, 1pm, Brasilia)

_________________________(h1) ________________________(g2) (July 1, 5pm, Salvador)


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to Zidane’s mad moment 1986 Maradona’s Hand of God

World Cup records

Mention this to an England fan to this day and they are likely to give you a dirty look before spitting on the ground. Steve Hodge’s miscued clearance went high in the air and Maradona jumped with keeper Peter Shilton, beating him to it with his left hand and scoring. The referee saw no infringement and awarded the goal. Afterwards came Maradona’s Goal of the Century that saw him run half the pitch and beat four players before rounding Shilton to score. Argentina won 2-1 and advanced to the semi-final. Maradona’s explanation that he scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God” did little to appease furious England. n

1990 Roger Milla’s jiggle Not only was Milla ancient — he was 38 but went on to play in USA 1994 and become the oldest player to grace the World Cup — but he also had the most rhythm. Whenever he scored, and it happened four times during the tournament in Italy, Milla would race to the corner flag, clasp one hand to his stomach and the other in the air, and get his hips moving. Result: an instant fans’ favourite and one of the most enduring goal celebrations in history. Milla’s most-replayed goal was undoubtedly his strike against Colombia, where he dispossessed keeper Rene Higuita on the half-way line before striding away to slot home. The striker’s 102 caps for his country spanned 21 years in a remarkable career that also saw him play for a raft of clubs in France and in his native country. However, ask the average football fan about Milla and they will instinctively re-enact that corner flag jig. n

2006 Zidane butts in No-one is doubting Zinedine Zidane’s legendary status — and no-one ever doubted his ability to look after himself. Raised in a notoriously-tough neighbourhood in Marseille, Zidane’s place in history was already assured with his starring role in France’s World Cup win in 1998 and 2000 European Championship. Unfortunately for him, he is also remembered for his sending off during the loss, in a penalty shootout, to Italy in the 2006 World Cup final. Zidane had put his team ahead with an early penalty before Italy’s Marco Materazzi equalised. The two weren’t done. With 10 minutes of extra-time remaining, Materazzi said something to Zidane — reported to be about the Frenchman’s mother. Zidane turned around and headbutted the Italian full-on in the chest, knocking him over and earning a red card. There is even a statue dedicated to the moment. n

Wins 5 Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) 4 Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) 3 Germany (1954, 1974, 1990) 2 Uruguay (1930, 1950), Argentina (1978, 1986) 1 England (1966), France (1998), Spain (2010) Record scorers 15 Ronaldo (1998, 2002, 2006) 14 Miroslav Klose (2002, 2006, 2010); Gerd Mueller (1970, 1974) 13 Just Fontaine (1958) 12 Pelé (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970) 11 Sandor Kocsis (1954); Jurgen Klinsmann (1990, 1994, 1998) 10 Helmut Rahn (1954, 1958); Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002); Gary Lineker (1986, 1990); Teofilo Cubillas (1970, 1978, 1982); Grzegorz Lato (1974, 1978, 1982) ...in one tournament 13 Just Fontaine (France), 1958. ...in one game 5 Oleg Salenko ( Russia, vs Cameroon, 1994) Most sendings off 2 Rigobert Song (Cameroon, 1994 & 1998) and Zinedine Zidane (France, 1998 & 2006). Most shootouts with 100 per cent record 4 Germany ...with 0% record 3 England Most clean sheets 10 Peter Shilton (England, 1982, 1986, 1990); Fabien Barthez (France, 1998, 2002, 2006) Most tournaments played 5 Antonio Carbajal ( Mexico, 1950–1966); Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 1982–1998) Most championship wins 3 Pelé ( Brazil, 1958, 1962) Most World Cup games 25 Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 1982–1998)


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FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 / ONES TO WATCH

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Stars to watch: who will be Sergio Aguero (Argentina)

W

hile the host nation will focus their attention — somewhat feverishly no doubt — on the mercurial talents of Neymar, there is another silky South American player that looks argu-

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

S

eemingly not rated by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Lukaku has impressed on loan in successive seasons at WBA and Everton. Far from prolific for his country, the striker scored

the goals that secured his team’s place in the finals and there is a sense that the strong frontman is on the verge of big things. Could that start in Brazil? Caps: 27 Goals: 5

Golden oldies...

Young guns...

A number of players have been there and done that — and are back for more. Samuel Eto’o, 33, will play in his fourth World Cup for Cameroon, while Tim Cahill, 34, will lead the Socceroos’ hopes. More veteran frontmen will be there, like Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, right, 36, and Germany’s Miroslav Klose, 36. n

The World Cup is the perfect stage for fresh-faced talent. The hosts have Neymar and Oscar — both 22 — who have the chance of immortality. England fans will point to Raheem Sterling, 19, right, and Ross Barkley, 20, while Dutch defender Tonny Vilhena, 19, and Ghana’s Christian Atsu, 22, are definitely ones to watch. n

ably better equipped to steal the spotlight. Aguero led Man City to the Premier League title and, at 26, has the experience to have a major influence on a finals in familiar conditions. Caps: 47 Goals: 21


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their team’s hero in Brazil? Paul Pogba (France)

A

nother Juve midfielder — and a player who, since forcing a move from Manchester Utd, has risen in prominence. The 21-year-old only made his full international debut last year but

he is seen as the future for France and, having starred for the age-group national sides, Pogba appears on the brink of world stardom. Look out for this young powerhouse. Caps: 8 Goals: 1

Arturo Vidal (Chile)

L

evel of performance admittedly a doubt after knee surgery in May but the Juventus midfielder is one of the best box-to-box players in the world. Linked to Manchester

Utd, Vidal, 28, has the ability to lead Chile to a successful tournament. Tough in the tackle and full of drive, Chile will hope for a fit Vidal. Caps: 53 Goals: 8

Homecoming king...?

Dugout delights...

A player with more caps for Brazil than the country he is expected to play for this summer, Spain, Diego Costa’s decision to defect ahead of World Cup year did not go down well in his homeland, with many regarding it as treason. Question mark over fitness and won’t expect any favours back ‘home’. n

From Luis Felipe Scolari and Louis Van Gaal’s contortions to Joachim Loew’s irrepressible sense of sartorial style and Cesare Prandelli’s mafia don appearance, there is plenty to enjoy on the sidelines. One man with genuine perspective is Algeria boss Vahid Halilhodžic, right, who was wounded in the Bosnia war. n


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FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 / ENGLAND & USA

THE BERMUDA SUN

Low key suits Three Lions E

ngland’s lead-up to the World Cup has made headlines for the fact it isn’t providing any. The squad was met with a quiet shrug and general approval from fans, while the usual feverish (and often unrealistic) expectation levels are currently at an all-time low. The so-called Golden Generation have been and gone and the new breed are, on paper, at least, less inspiring. Plus, there is also a general understanding that the group and the conditions will make things tough for Roy Hodgson’s men. The back-line picks itself now the omitted Ashley Cole has been sent into retirement, while the younger elements of the squad — Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Ross

Barkley — show hope for the future. Perhaps the one issue that is growing in the press is the form and value of Wayne Rooney, for so long the barometer of England success. Rooney knows this is probably his last chance to shine at a big international tournament but there is a nagging suspicion he is now past his best. That will fuel the striker, no doubt, who has the faith of Hodgson, but one suspects the more clinical goal threat will come from Daniel Sturridge, who enjoyed a superb season at Liverpool. He is, too, unburdened by past failures and England fans will hope his confidence rubs off on Rooney in what is likely to be the firstchoice strike pairing. n

n AFP PHOTO

PARTNERSHIP: Daniel Sturridge, left, with Wayne Rooney during England training. Danny Welbeck is in the background.

Donovan upset at axe ejected soccer star D Landon Donovan thought he was good

enough to play in the 2014 World Cup, and perhaps even start. When asked if he thought coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s controversial decision was personal, Donovan said: “I think if I’m being judged based solely on what happened in camp, then I absolutely deserved to be going to Brazil.” Donovan spoke to a group of reporters a day before his Los Angeles Galaxy was scheduled to play host to the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer action. Donovan, 32, sounded as if he didn’t understand Klinsmann’s reasoning for passing him over. “I think I was at least as good as everybody else in camp,” Donovan said. “I think you guys that know me well know I’m pretty honest when it comes to my assessment. When I say I don’t play well, I didn’t play

n AFP PHOTO

DONOVAN at the US training camp. well. When I say I played well, I think I played well. I think I trained and played very well in camp. I think I was one of the better players. If I had gone in and thought I didn’t deserve it, I can live with that. But that’s not the case here.” Klinsmann had said Friday that Donovan performed well in camp but that other players were a “step ahead” of him. n


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JUNE 6, 2014 n 13 n AFP PHOTO

RONALDO during a Nike promotion shoot.

The centre of attention The Ballon d’Or winner is already a legend —but is he Portugal’s best ever?

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hen Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace in Portugal’s 4-2 win in Northern Ireland, he bettered Eusebio’s Portuguese tally of goals. The current Real Madrid star had 43 compared to Eusebio’s 41. Since then, Ronaldo has added five more and become his country’s highest scorer. Following his feat, the question was asked countless times in Portugal if Ronaldo could now be considered their greatest ever footballer. The country remained divided. So did Eusebio prior to his death earlier this year. “It makes no sense to say something like that,” Eusebio said at the time. “I scored 41 goals in 64 matches while Ronaldo needed 106 matches. “How many goals would I have scored in those matches? I never played against Azerbaijan or Liechtenstein. It is easier now and that’s why he is

LEGEND: The late Eusebio is revered in Portugal. scoring so many goals.” The Real Madrid star preferred not to get dragged in. “I’m really happy after having taken over those records held by the likes of Eusébio, one of Portugal’s greats,” Ronaldo said. Nani, another Portuguese national team star, stressed that it was “impossible to compare Eusébio and Ronaldo as they played at different times”. Luis Figo, though, had no qualms in noting that “nobody can be

compared to Eusébio, he is the King”. Regardless of Figo’s opinion, which demands respect, it doesn’t seem too outlandish to state that Ronaldo could, in fact, go down in the history books as Portugal’s greatest, should he lead the side to a good World Cup campaign. Antonio Simoes, one of Eusébio’s team-mates at Benfica and the national side during the glorious 60s, has no doubt that this World Cup could see Ronaldo take that tag. “If things go well for the national team, Ronaldo will claim that title and I have no doubt that he is going to beat every record,” Simoes told Al Jazeera. “I think that he will be in great form as opposed to what happened four years ago. He is more mature, plays as part of the team and has stopped being so egotistical.” Known as one of Eusebio’s best friends, Simoes also makes a curious distinction

between the pair. “Eusebio was a born footballer. He was incredibly talented, while Ronaldo, although he also has an incredible talent, has made himself into a player with a lot of training and work in the gym. Technically, Eusebio was more attractive but you can’t compare their aerial game and that’s where Ronaldo is much better.” Jose Carlos, Eusebio’s national teammate but club rival, told Al Jazeera that Ronaldo has already reached the ‘greatest’ status and does not need the World Cup to prove anything. “He is indisputably the best Portuguese player ever, without a doubt the most complete player,” said Carlos. “Eusebio had speed and shooting as his main weapons but while Ronaldo has those qualities, he is faster and is brilliant with his head.” n — Words courtesy of MCT


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WORLD CUP 2014 / THE VENUES

World Cup cauldrons: where the battles will be staged

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Check out the venues that will host football’s greatest show

A

B

Mineirão

Estádio Nacionaol Mané Garrincha

Capacity: 64,000 Games: Four group matches, round of 16, semi-final. Did you know? Largest attendance in its history was 132,834 in 1997 to see Cruzeiro v Villa Nova.

Capacity: 71,412 Games: Four group matches (inc. Brazil’s final group game), round of 16, quarter-final, third-place play-off Did you know? Named after legendary player Garrincha.

C

D

Arena Pantanal

Arena da Baixada

Capacity: 43,000 Games: Four group matches. Did you know? The stadium’s nickname is ‘O Verdão’ — The Big Green — because of its sustainable ethos.

Capacity: 41,000 Games: Four group matches. Did you know? The original stadium was built at the previous location of a Brazilian Army powder depot.


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F

Arena Castelão

Arena da Amazônia

Capacity: 63,903 Games: Four group matches (inc. Brazil’s second group game), round of 16, quarter-final. Did you know? Beyonce played here in 2013 to 30,000.

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Capacity: 44,000 Games: Four group matches. Did you know? England boss Roy Hodgson controversially criticized the location and its extreme heat.

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Arena das Dunas

Estádio José Pinheiro Borda

Capacity: 43,000 Games: Four group matches. Did you know? A new stadium built for the World Cup — it cost approximately $180 million to complete.

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Capacity: 52,000 Games: Four group matches and a round of 16 match. Did you know? It is named after a Portuguese engineer who supervised the building but died before it was done.

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Pernambuco

Maracanã

Capacity: 46,000 Games: Four group matches and a round of 16 match. Did you know? A new multi-use stadium, which will be home to three professional football clubs.

Capacity: 78,838 Games: Four group matches, round of 16, quarter-final and final. Did you know? Test game featured Ronaldo and Bebeto.

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Fonte Nova

Arena de Itaquera

Capacity: 53,700 Games: Four group matches, round of 16, quarter final Did you know? Built in place of the Estádio Fonte Nova, where seven died when the upper terrace collapsed.

Capacity: 65,000 Games: Brazil’s opening group match, three other group matches, round of 16, and semi-final Did you know? The capacity has 19,800 temporary seats.


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