Thursday, 24 July 2014

Watch Maccabi Haifa players get kicked and punched by protesters during friendly

This is the incredible moment Maccabi Haifa’s pre-season friendly against Lille was brought to a halt when protesters stormed the pitch – and started attacking players.

Lille were winning the match 2-0 in the 86th minute when pro-Palestinian protesters rushed onto the pitch and began punching and kicking members of the Maccabi squad.

Aleksander Stanojevic, the team’s manager, fought off a few of the mob but ended up getting punched in the face in the dugout.

Security battled to remove the protesters while many Maccabi players rushed down the tunnel to the safety of their dressing room.

The match was played in Austria as Uefa forbid Israel from hosting matches last month because of the unrest in the country.

Lionel Messi ‘asked about Arsenal transfer before signing new Barcelona contract’

Lionel Messi was allegedly interested in a shock transfer to Arsenal before he signed a new contract with Barcelona just two months ago.

The Argentine superstar eventually penned his extension with Barca in May having previously rejected fresh terms, following a row over bonus payments.

And Spanish newspaper Vozpopuli, who broke the news of Arsenal’s deal for Alexis Sanchez, says Messi was seriously considering a switch to the Emirates before sorting out an arrangement to stay at the Nou Camp.

The paper claims that Messi had spoken to close friend Cesc Fabregas about his time at Arsenal, and also sounded out other acquaintances about a switch to London.
He had apparently already instructed his agent to discuss with the Gunners whether a transfer could realistically take place, before Barca quickly moved to sort out his future.

Messi had an opportunity to move to Arsenal before joining Barcelona’s academy as a kid, and he is said to be a huge admirer of Arsene Wenger and his methods.

Cristiano Ronaldo New Hairstyles 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo New Hairstyles 2014

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Ronaldo’s new haircut for world cup 2014 ‘was amazing tribute to brain surgery boy’ who was donated by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo New Hairstyles 2014

This time, we’ve got for you something really exciting in the box. An article that is sure to grab the eyes of many. Something, that will drive you crazy. If not everyone, girls are surely going to fall for it. Today, in this article you’ll get to know about the famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo who always pulls in his best to make him look the best!! He is a football star, a hero who is known for, both, his game and style. In this article, we’ll be throwing light upon Cristiano Ronaldo New Hairstyles 2014 which is surely going to freak out you all. Take a sneak peak, and enjoy!!
Ronaldo’s new haircut for world cup 2014 ‘was amazing tribute to brain surgery boy’ who was donated by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo New Hairstyles 2014
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Monday, 7 July 2014

Halilhodzic Quits as Alegeria Coach

Halilhodzic Quits as Alegeria Coach

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has resigned following Les Fennecs (Desert Foxes) successful 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ campaign. The Bosnian saw Algeria into the knockout stages for the first time in their history in Brazil before an extra-time defeat to Germany in the Round of 16.
He announced his departure in a statement on the official website of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF), which read: "I am proud of my record after serving out my contract with the FAF. Having lived for three years in Algeria, my family obligations and the attraction of new sporting challenges weighed heavily on my decision."
Algeria's World Cup exploits won them many admirers, not least in their buccaneering 4-2 win over Korea Republic in Group H. They also drew with Russia and took the lead against much-fancied Belgium en route to second place in the group behind Marc Wilmots' side, before pushing Joachim Low's Germany all the way.
That led to calls for 61-year-old Halilhodzic to stay on, including from the country's president. Halilhodzic added: "I want to thank, first of all, his Excellency President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose warm words profoundly touched me.
"I also want to thank Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal for his encouragement and kind wishes, and the president of the FAF, Mohamed Raouraoua, with whom I have worked for three years to realise our objectives and who put at my disposal a squad with all the necessary means to achieve this difficult mission.
"I wish to pay tribute to the players and the technical, medical and administrative staff who gave me every assistance throughout this mission. The wonderful Algerian public wished me well since the day I first arrived and have remained loyal to me. I will always keep the fond memory of the extraordinary welcome they gave us on our return from the World Cup."

Brazil’s Man Of The People

Brazil’s man of the people

Look at him, our very own Mother Teresa of Calcutta. If he decided to run for the senate tomorrow, he’d get elected.”
World Cup Brazil
World Cup Brazil

David Luiz can do no wrong at the moment, as those words, uttered by a member of the Brazil team’s delegation, confirm. No sooner had he completed his barnstorming performance in Brazil’s quarter-final defeat of Colombia at the Arena Castelao last Friday, during which he ran more than eight kilometres, than the centre-half sportingly asked the stadium to rise and applaud Cafetero playmaker James Rodriguez.

After then playing his part in ensuring that one of the match balls found its way into the Brazil dressing room so that it could be autographed by the players, he continued his post-match tour de force, making his way to the mixed zone, where he gave no fewer than eight straight interviews, two of them in English, attending to each interviewer’s needs with perfect good grace.

In between times, still wearing his sweat-drenched kit, he shared smiles and congratulatory pats on the back with volunteers, security guards and anyone else who just happened to be in the area. Unmistakably one of the faces of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, the convivial David also found time for a chat with FIFA, during which he once again showed his common touch and selflessness.
“If there’s something I’ve always dreamed about and which I’ve always tried to show people, it’s that we’re all the same in this life, that everyone deserves respect and that we’re all equal,” he began by saying, revealing sentiments that would not be out of place in a Nobel Peace Prize winner’s acceptance speech.

It is clear just from watching him speak that the centre-half means what he says. Confirmation of his inner qualities came, if it were needed, from one of his appreciative team-mates. “He’s just the best,” said Hulk, in conversation with “He’s very caring and very attentive, no matter who he’s with. It’s not every day that you come across someone like him.

“The whole world knows what he has to offer on the pitch – and to my mind, he and Thiago (Silva) are the best central-defensive partnership in the world – but as his team-mates, we also know what a great person he is too.”

A rallying cry
And that is where Brazil can consider themselves fortunate. Not only is David Luiz a great person to have around, he also happens to be one of the finest centre-halves on the planet and one of the outstanding performers at this World Cup.

David’s contribution at the other end of the pitch has also been considerable, the centre-back scoring two of his side’s three goals in the knockout rounds, including the stunning free-kick that sank the Colombians in the last eight and helped him earn the Budweiser Man of the Match award.

“It was great to see,” continued the admiring Hulk. “Obviously we all celebrated the goal as a team but we were delighted to see a guy like David scoring again. He really let himself go in his celebration too, which fired us all up.”

David Luiz is not just firing up the team, but the whole country. He will be doing that again on a formal basis in Tuesday’s semi-final against Germany when, in the absence of the injured Neymar and the suspended Thiago, he will don the captain’s armband, not that he needs to wear anything to be a leader of men.

“This team is very easy to handle because everyone’s very down to earth. It won’t be a tough job at all,” David commented, though there is definitely a case for saying that both the team and the country are more than willing to follow the example set by the inspirational defender.

There can be no other explanation for the collective release of emotion triggered by his euphoric celebration of that goal against the Colombians, a celebration that began with a scream of delight and continued with a frantic sprint towards the fans, complete with a flying kick aimed at the corner flag.

Those scenes reflected David’s ability to gauge the mood and set the tone in every situation, qualities that have led to him becoming Brazil’s undisputed man of the people.

Luis Suarez vs Liverpool Players

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Luis Suarez Apologizes for Biting Opponent at FIFA

Luis Suarez Apologizes for Biting Opponent at FIFA World Cup 2014

Luis Suarez said in a statement posted on Twitter that he deeply regretted biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during their FIFA World Cup 2014 match.

Luis Suarez has issued an apology to Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini for biting him during a World Cup match and vowed never to do it again.

The Uruguay striker says in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday that "I deeply regret what occurred," and that "the truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me." Update: Chiellini tweeted late on Monday that he has forgotten about the incident, in response to Suarez's message. "@luis16suarez It's all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension," he wrote. (Also read: Uruguay President slams FIFA officials, calls them "sons of bi**hes)

Suarez was banned from all football for four months after the incident, which occurred during Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy in their group-stage game in Brazil. He had denied wrongdoing in a statement to FIFA, saying he simply collided with Chiellini's shoulder.
Suarez apologized to Chiellini and "the entire football family," and said "I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like (this)."

Saturday, 5 July 2014

World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi's Brilliance Likely To Carry ...

World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi's brilliance likely to carry Argentina past Switzerland

Alejandro Sabella’s side has, as yet, failed to ignite the World Cup finals and like the Argentina side of 1986 are likely to be propelled forward by their mercurial No 10

Such is the influence of the indecently talented genius from Rosario that this looks like it could be Lionel
Messi’s, rather than Argentina’s, World Cup. Messi's brilliance could mask the mediocrities and often defensive ineptitude of an average side that is gradually improving, but not really producing great football.
I was speaking recently to a member of the Argentine staff at the 1986 World Cup – forever labelled the Maradona World Cup – who told me that if you watched the tournament you would see that Maradona had perhaps about 10 to 15 minutes throughout the whole tournament and that is what is remembered.
Everything else he said was based around a solid Argentina side and the fact that they conceded just five goals throughout the tournament – including two in the final.
While the world drooled at Messi’s stellar display against Nigeria, the sight of Musa ambling through the middle of the Argentine defence to hit his side’s equaliser, is more than worrying for a side that has already conceded the same amount of goals it had when it reached the final in 1986.
Individually the back four is not a bad team. Pablo Zabaleta you all know, Ezequiel Garay has just been sold to Zenit St Petersburg for £12 million and had other leading teams after him, Marcos Rojo, linked to Barcelona, has had a very good season at Sporting and Fede Fernández has played 18 times this season for Napoli, third this season in Serie A with the third best defence.

Their problem when they play for their national team is that they know that Argentina forwards do not defend and often their midfield find it an inferior activity. They know they will have to deal with three or four one v ones against the rival forwards and if they do not stop them, they will have to bear the cross. They are not comfortable players when they go on the pitch.
Argentina’s gradual improvement is due in no small part to player-power and in particular what occurred at half time in the opening match against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Alejandro Sabella’s decision to play a five-man defence, something he had experimented with in pre-tournament friendlies, went down badly with the players.
But while the younger, less assertive, Messi might have accepted the situation and carried on, the older, more assertive one, did not. This is Messi's time, his tournament, the one he’s been waiting for, and if it is going to be lost, it will be lost playing his way, not somebody else's. Messi and the other leaders of the changing room (Javier Mascherano, Zabaleta) got their way.
Fernando Gago was needed to give more shape to a midfield that looked slow and predictable and two attackers were required because it is when playing behind two front men that Messi is at his most lethal as more spaces are created. Gonzalo Higuaín also came on at half time.
In 2010 Maradona, the then Argentina manager asked Messi what system he wanted to play to, and Leo, although firstly reticent, told him precisely that, adding that he would also want a wing back tracking up the flanks. Maradona tried it for the next game and then dropped it, forcing Leo to drop deeper to start the moves, link up and finish ... with a resultant loss of energy and creativity for Messi, and all in all a shapeless team.
An older, wiser Messi now knows that, if the team does not open up the pitch and create spaces for him to use, the solution for him is to wait for his moment, because he knows he will always have at least one – like the set-piece against Nigeria, or in a run on goal against Iran to make the most of it.
Against Nigeria Argentina's distribution was quicker, there was more movement off the ball from the forwards, especially after the introduction of Ezequiel Lavezzi who is a winger used to work harder defensively than the three forwards, all No 9s, that were used against Iran. So by accident, the injury of Sergio Agüero, Argentina seem to have found a balance and a better way to find spaces. With more spaces, a more dynamic and active Messi. It is that simple, really.
The defensively minded Sabella whose tactics had brought him within minutes of winning the Fifa Club World Cup final with Estudiantes against Barcelona and also masterminded the clubs Copa Libertadores win in Cruzeiro’s backyard, has been forced into another plan. The die is cast, and Sabella who admits to having sleepless nights because he can’t stop thinking about the World Cup, knows there is no turning back now.
But his first instinct was correct, because, as Nigeria, and also Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina occasionally showed, this is more than a poor defence – this is a weak unbalanced team that does not know how to defend as an unit.
His idea was initially to protect his side, and then little by little become more adventurous. He can forget that notion, strap on his seat belt and along with the rest of us try to enjoy what will almost certainly end up being a roller coaster of a ride at both ends of the pitch.
June 24 saw Messi celebrate his 27th birthday, coincidentally at the same time as one of the cooks with the Argentine squad. Two cakes were provided and at Leo’s insistence the entire squad sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and presented them both with a cake. “First the chef”, Leo said.
He has now become a leader and with it has come a new maturity. Cards have taken the place of the constantly switched on PlayStation as a main form of relaxation and there’s now a mellowness that now accompanies the mercurial brilliance he displays on the pitch.
“We’re getting better,” he says, before adding perhaps with a look at the work without the ball, ”we can’t make mistakes, because, now, after just one game you can be out.”
“But we certainly want more.”