Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim will be hosting on 31 July 2013, UEFA Champions League(3rd qualifying round) match between Red Bull Salzburg vs Fenerbahce. The match referee  will be Duarte Gomes (Portugal).
Salzburg tream will be already in its great form. Roger Schmidt, the team's manager,  has led it to won its three official matches in this season so far. The 9-0 cup win over third-league club St. Florian followed two 5-1 wins in the tipp3-Bundesliga against SC Wiener Neustadt and Austria Wien. Especially the performance at the 5-1 win against last year's champion Austria Wien was very impressive. For the first time in the Red Bull era,  Salsburg made only few changes in the squad during the summer transfer period and this would be probably its plan for success. Not in the squad through injuries are currently the defenders: Isaac Vorsah, Rodnei and Franz Schiemer; and the midfielders: Valentino Lazaro and Dusan Svento.  
Fenerbahce team was banned by the UEFA for the current European Cup season because of the betting scandal in Turkish football season 2010/2011. It protested and can compete in the Champions League qualification, though the process is still in progress. The final decision will be made on August, 28. It is possible that Fenerbahce will be locked again. Back to sporting themes: similar to Salzburg also Fenerbahce Istanbul hold its key-players during the transfer period. In addition to this, it has strengthen its squad through the new signings: Bruno Alves, Michal Kadlec (both defenders), Alper Potuk and Samuel Holmen (both midfielders). Right defender, Gönül (build-up training after injury lay-off), will be absent in the meetings against Red Bull Salzburg.

Match Details and Timings:
Red Bull Salzburg vs Fenerbahce
Football: UEFA Champions League(3rd qualifying round)
Match date: 31 July 2013
Kick Off Time:  20:30 CET - 18:30 GMT
Stadium: Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim
Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Municipal De Gerland, Lyon (France) will be hosting on 30 July 2013, an UEFA Champions League match between Lyon and Grasshopper Zurich. The match referee will be Göçek Hüseyin (Turquie).
Olympique Lyon team is one of the best and succesfull teams in France over the last decade or so. Before the 2000 season, Lyon was not a big thing, but starting from 2001 it went on a remarkable run that made it win an amazing 7 titles in a row.  Nevertheless, since 2008 it has not managed to regain a title and the odds look slim indeed now with PSG and Monaco striking gold with owners. Lyon is a very experienced team in Europe with 192 games: it has 99 wins, 38 draws and 55 losses. In Champions League, Lyon is one of the busiest teams with 114 games: 55 wins, 26 draws and 33 losses. The French league has not started yet, so straight into it for Olympique Lyon.
Grasshoppers of Zurich isone of the most successful teams in the country with 27 league titles.  Leagues have been a bit thin on the ground of late though, it has not won since 2003. Last season was a case of, nearly but not quite, as it lost to eternal rivals Basel by a mere three points, chasing them for almost the entire season.  Playing matches at local rivals FC Zurich while its own ground is constructed hardly helps. Grasshoppers have already played three games in the league: 2 wins and  1 draw.

Possible line-ups:
-Lyon: A. Lopes; M. Lopes, B. Koné, M. Bisevac, M. Dabo; M. Gonalons, G. Fofana, Y. Gourcuff, C. Grenier; L. Lopez, A. Lacazette.
-Grasshopper Zurich: R. Bürki; S. Grichting, D. Pavlovic, M. Lang, M. Vilotic; S. Gashi, V. Salatic, A. Abrashi, T. Nzuzi; I. Hajrovic, N. Ben Khalifa.

Match Details and Timings:
Olympique Lyon vs Grasshopper Zurich
Football: UEFA Champions League
Match date: 30 July 2013
Kick Off Time:  21:00 CET - 19:00 GMT
Stadium:  Municipal De Gerland, Lyon (France)
Referee: Göçek Hüseyin (Turquie) 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Soldier Field, Baltimore (United States) will be hosting on 28 July 2013, an CONCACAF Gold Cup, Final match between United States and Panama.
United States team is on a ten-match winning streak and has blasted through this tournament: scoring 19 goals and allowing 4 in five matches. Very recently, USA defeated Honduras 3-1 in a match, in which it never really looked to be in danger of losing. The return of Landon Donovan to the national squad has made hopes of securing a spot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Panama turned heads yet again when it overcame Mexico 2-1 in the Gold Cup semifinal. Having already defeated it in the group stages, the match was expected to be close, but the Mexico has shown they are a good team and will be confident coming in against the tournament hosts. Panama team faced USA in the 2005 Gold Cup Final but would eventually lose 3-1 on penalties.

Possible line-ups:
-USA (4-4-21): Rimando; Parkhurst, Gonzalez, Besler, Beadley; Bedoya, Holden, Beckerman, Torres; Donovan, E. Johnson.
-Panama (4-4-2): Penedo; Rodriguez, Torres, Parrish, Chen; Quintero, Sanchez, Gomez, Godoy; Perez, Torres.

Match Details and Timings:
United States vs Panama
Football: 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Final
Match date: 28 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 4:00 PM EDT - 20:00 GMT
Stadium: Soldier Field, Baltimore
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nya Ullevi, Goteborg Stadium will be hosting on 27 July 2013, anInternational Friendly match between  Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain.
The royal team, Real Madrid, take on the French Champions, Paris-Saint Germain, in an amazing friendly match, in which former PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti, can be seen as having his first crack at his former team. With former boss, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelloti will move to Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month departing to Chelsea after 3 years in-charge of Los Blancos.
 Laurent Blanc, former France boss,  has taken over with the football director leaving the french giants following his 9 month suspension for shoving a refree last season. With big names such as Edinson Cavani being signed from Napoli, PSG has made a big movement this summer . It seemed to be very well equipped to defend its Ligue 1 title, which it won last season, under current Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancellot.

Possible line-ups:
-PSG: Salvatore Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta , Lucas, Verratti, Zoumana Camara, Mike Maignan, Jeremy Menez, Mamadou Sakho, Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani.
-Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Varana, Coentrao; Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema.

Match Details and Timings:
Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain
Football: International Friendly
Match date: Saturday 27 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 20:00 CET - 18:00 GMT
Stadium: Nya Ullevi, Goteborg(Sweden)

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund will be hosting on 27 July 2013, an German Super Cup  match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munchen. The match referee  will be Jochen Drees.
Borussia Dortmund team was the only team in the last season, that was nearly on the same level of that of Bayern München. The two Bundesliga meetings brought two draws, the DFB quarterfinal at Munich ended with a 1:0 win for Bayern. In addition to this, the Champions League Final was a match on par level, and,at the end, Bayern has won through a late goal from Arjen Robben. The Supercup on Saturday, will be Dortmund's first chance to take revenge. The manager Jürgen Klopp, will miss new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and right-defender Lukasz Piszczek (both were injured). New players: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sokratis could give their official debut in the Dortmund jersey.
2012/13 was the greatest season of Bayern Munchen. Bayern has won the triple for the first time in history:  Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Champions League. Bayern München has set many records, some which maybe for eternity. Bayern Munchen lost only one official match in 2013 (0:2 against Arsenal), the remaining games brought 25 wins and 1 draw. Also the performances in the warm-up fixtures for the new season were excellent. New in the Bayern squad are: Thiago Alcantara, Mario and Jan Kirchhoff. Midfielder Götze (build-up training after injury lay-off) will miss the meeting against his former club just like the long-time injured Holger Badstuber.

Match Details and Timings:
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munchen
Football: German Super Cup 2013
Match date: 27 July 2013
Kick Off Time:  20:30 CET - 18:30 GMT
Stadium: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
Referee: Jochen Drees

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

UPC Arena (Graz) Stadium will be hosting on 25 July 2013, an UEFA Europa League qualification (2. round) between Puntigamer Sturm Graz and Breidablik Kopavogur. The match referee  will be Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE).
Puntigamer Sturm Graz has made a goalless draw on the first leg against the Icelandic club, so the Styrian team needs a home win if it wants to reach the 3rd qualification stage of the tournament. The first season game from Sturm Graz ended with a win 5:0 away at the Austrian ÖFB cup against Wiener Linien team. In the first round of the Austrian Bundesliga on Sunday, Sturm Graz made a 2:2 away draw against FC Wacker Innsbruck. Europa League leg against Breidablik will be the first Sturm Graz home game in the season of 2013/14. The last Europa League home leg at Graz ended with a 1:3 defeat against AEK Athens about 2 years ago.
Breidablik Kopavogur team will be the underdog at the second leg of the Europa League qualification, but it has got an advantage, as it will reach the next stage with a draw (a goalless draw would mean extra time).  The Austrian Bundesliga has started last weekend, and the national league of Iceland already started a view weeks ago. After 11 games, Breidablik team is on the 4th position with only three points handicap and one game in hand on the league leader FH Hafnafjördur. In the last round, Breidabil made a 2:1 away win against Þór Akureyri. Its last Europa League away leg ended with a goalless draw against Santa Coloma from Andorra.

Match Details and Timings:

Puntigamer Sturm Graz vs Breidablik Kopavogur
Football: UEFA Europa League qualification (2. round)
Match date: 25 July 2013
Kick Off Time:  6:00 pm CET - 16:00 GMT
Stadium: UPC Arena (Graz)
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Allianz Arena, Munich, (Germany) will be hosting on Wednesday, 24 July 2013, an International Friendly match (Uli Hoeneß Cup) between Bayern Munchen and Barcelona. 
 Bayern Munich made a great progress in its Domestic League last season. Without any doubt, it was the best team in the world after it won  the Treble. It has Mario Gotze, Thiago and Robert Lewandowski will be coming to their lineup next year. Former Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, will be in command of Bayern Munich’s success and this will be a good match to see how Pep will be implementing his ideology to the team.  Bayern Munich has not lost any game in the past 21 games, and has got twenty wins in that streak with only one draw against Borussia Dortmund.
 Barcelona had an amazing domestic season in the La Liga, and only Real Madrid had caused problems for it. It has certainly missed Pep Guardiola this season, but Tito has done a good job as its coach for his first season. The latter will not be coaching Barcelona this season, due to medical problems and it is confirmed that Gerardo martino from Argentina will be the manager. In the past 5 games, Barcelona has won all of them. Its last game was against Malaga with a 4-1 win at home.

Match Details and Timings:
Bayern Munchen vs Barcelona
Football: International Friendly(Uli Hoeneß Cup)
Match date: 24 July 2013
Kick Off Time:  20:30 CET - 16:30 GMT
Stadium: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]
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Monday, July 22, 2013

 Nissan Stadium, Yokohama  will be hosting on 23 July 2013, an International Friendly match between Yokohama F. Marinos and Manchester United.
 Manchester United, the Premier League champion last seasonhas launched its Summer tour schedule to some of the countries in Asia and Australia throughout the month of July.Manchester United will be holding friendly matches in Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Australia.
During the summer tour to Asia later, Man United opening game against Singha All Star XI at the Rajamangala Stadium in Thailand, after it was heading to Australia in the City of Sidney his right against A-League All Stars.
After that headed to Japan to face two elite clubs: Yokohama Marinos and Cerezo Osaka. The last match of Manchester United’s summer tour ended in Hong Kong against Kitchee FC. Group of Manchester United and then go home to the UK headquarters to The Red Devils and began preparing for joint exercises in preparation for the Premier League season 2013 – 2014 with his new coach, David Moyes.

Possible line-ups:
-Yokohama: Tetsuya Enomoto, Yuzo Kurihara, Dutra,Yuzo Kobayashi, Yuji Nakazawa, Seitaro Tomisawa, Shingo Hyodo, Kosuke Nakamachi, Shunsuke Nakamura, Manabu Saito, Marquinhos.
-Manchester United: Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Patrice Evra, Jesse Lingard, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Wilfried Zaha, Ryan Giggs, Welbeck.

Match Details and Timings:
Yokohama F. Marinos vs Manchester United
Football: International Friendly
Match date: 23 July 2013
Kick Off Time:  12:20 CET - 10:20 GMT
Stadium: Nissan Stadium, Yokohama

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) will be hosting on 20st July 2013 at 00:35 (CET), an CONCACAF Gold Cup, Quarterfinals between Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago.
Mexico started started the competition with a loss against Panama (1-2) in the opening match of the Gold Cup. But, manager Jose de la Torre, did a good job and the team came back again with two precious victories against Canada (2-0) and Martinique (3-1). Nevertheless, the fans and players alike will be eager to book a possible rematch with Panama in the semifinals. Scoring in all 3 matches, Marco Fabian has been the most active player in front of goal so far.
Trinidad & Tobago finished in the second in Group B on virtue of goal advantage and will be glad of having made it to this point in the tournament. A well-fought 2-2 draw with El Salvador in their opener gave way to a disappointing 0-2 loss to Haiti in the following match. It recovered well, defeating Honduras 2-0 in its final match and earning a chance to take on Mexico, which it drew with in its most recent meeting during 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. Stoke City strike Kenwyne Jones, has been on the scoreboard twice and will look to boost his tally against an uncharacteristically inconsistent Mexican side.

Match Details and Timings:
Mexico vs Trinidad and Tobago
Football: 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Quarterfinals
Match date: Saturday 20 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 00:35 CET - 22:35 GMT
Stadium: Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia)
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Huseyin Avni Aker Stadi will be hosting on 18 July 2013, an UEFA Europa League, Qualification 2. round match between Trabzonspor vs Derry City. The match referee  will be Artyom Kuchin (KAZ).

Though Trabzonspor team has finished the last season in the 9th place; it managed to attend into UEFA Europa League adventure by being a finalist of the last season's Turkish Cup. It had to face a narrow defeat in the final Fenerbahce. But, in the new season, it faced some changes. The team board appointed Mustafa Akcay who has been very successful as the coach of 1461 Trabzon, which is a brother team of Trabzonspor and did a great job in the 1st League instead of Tolunay Kafkas. In transfer, Serkan Balci and Halil Altintop left the team. Aykut Demir from Genclerbirligi was tranferred in. From the brother team, Fatih Ozturk and Yusuf Erdogan were also signed in. Also, in this midweek, the board signed Chelsea man Malouda; but he will not play in both fixtures. In addition to him, Zokora, Cech, Sapara, Emerson and Janko were included in UEFA list. Thus, they are all ineligible. Their biggest disadvantage is that they have started training two or three weeks ago.
Derry City team is standing with four points deficit and average in the 3rd place of the Irish Premier League. Its coach is Declan Devine and it lost its last two league fixtures. It was not able to use Rory PAtterson, who was injured in its last league fixture against Shamrock Rovers; but he recovered and travelled with the team to Trabzon; but Thomas Crawley, whose his name is not given to UEFA's list, is ineligible. Except Patterson, there are young attackers in its offence line. It is the same situation in the defence line too. Except, Greacen, there are young defenders. It means that being inexperienced could be a big problem for coach Declan Devine's side.

Match Details and Timings:
Trabzonspor vs Derry City
Football: UEFA Europa League, Qualification 2. round
Match date: 18 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 2:30 pm ET - 18:30 GMT
Stadium: Huseyin Avni Aker Stadi
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Barcelona's sporting director,  Andoni Zubizarreta, declared on Tuesday that the Spanish club reached an agreement with midfielder Sergio Busquets to renew his contract until 2018, with the possibility of renewing it again in the future.
And in a press conference in Barcelona's sport city, which was held with the artistic director of the Catalan club, Tito Vilanova,
said Zubizarreta that the midfielder contract is being  held by a penalty clause of 150 million euros.

And by extending Busquets' contract, Barcelona will now renew Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique contracts as well.
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Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut  will be hosting on 17 July 2013, an Concacaf Gold Cup match (Group C) between United States and Costa Rica.
The United States team has smashed the tournament, with the best squad and home advantage it will take some stopping. Great two wins out of two with 10 goals scored and 2 others conceded.  Chris Wondolowski particularly is having a field day with 5 goals scored already.
Costa Rica team has played against the same two teams as USA and has two wins from two also.  Its games have been much more reserved with 4 goals scored, but without conceding any. Taking its long run of clean sheets to an amazing 7.

Possible line-ups:
-USA (4-4-2): Rimando; Parkhurst, Goodson, Orozco Fiscal, Beadley; Corona, Beckerman, Holden, Torres; Donovan, Wondolowski.
-Costa Rica (4-4-2): Pemberton; Umana, Diaz, Meneses, Madrigal; Barrantes, Tejeda, Borges, Wallace; Arrieta, Saborio.

Match Details and Timings:
United States vs Costa Rica
Football: Concacaf Gold Cup
Match date: 17 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 02:00 CET - 00:00 GMT
Stadium: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut

You can watch the match here

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Türk Telekom Arena (Istanbul) will be hosting on 13 July 2013, an U20 World Cup Final between France and Uruguay.
Though it was one of the favorite teams in tournament, after it receives the third position in the prestigious Toulon tournament, it didn't make a good start to the Under-20 World Cup, and it gained only four points in group stage. Since then it hasn't met the strongest teams on their way to the final, but displayed the confidence of a real favorite. The semi-final between France and Ghana (2:1) has been the expected spectacular match last Wednesday with many chances on both sides and it was Florian Thauvin (OSC Lille), who decided it with two scores. In the final, France will have to replace defender Samuel Umtiti for the second time due to a suspension.
As Uruguay had eliminated top favorites and title defenders, Spain, in the quarter-finals, it was favorite in the semi-finals against the Iraqi team on Wednesday. Against Spain the 'Celeste' had set on counter attacks, this time they dominated the match themselves and it was Iraq who played dangerous counter attacks. In the 34th minute Iraq then shocked the Urus with a free kick goal. From now on, it was one way football towards the Iraq goal, but the equaliser came just two minutes before the end. After another thirty minutes dominated by the Urus, they won the semi-final 7:6 on penalties. Uruguay conceded only three goals in the six games it played in this tournament.

Possible line-ups:
France U20 (4-4-2): Alphonse Areola, Dimitri Foulquier, Kurt Zouma, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Jordan Veretout, Paul Pogba, Florian Thauvin, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, Yaya Sanogo
Uruguay U20 (4-2-3-1): G. De Amores, G. Silva, G. Varela, G. Rodríguez, J. Giménez, L. Pais, S. Cristoforo, G. De Arrascaeta, D. Laxalt, F. Acevedo, N. López.

Match Details and Timings:
France vs Uruguay
Football: U20 World Cup Final
Match date: 13 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 20:00 CET - 18:00 GMT
Stadium: Türk Telekom Arena (Istanbul)

You can watch the match here

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

France vs Ghana 10-07-2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup

Attatürk-Stadium, Bursa will be hosting on 10 July 2013 , an U-20 World Cup Semifinal match between France vs Ghana.
I t was clear from the begining that France was the dominating team as they missed many opportunities, so it was fair enough that it qualified for the semi-final against Usbekistan after scoring two penalties so the match ended up 4:0. France will have to use its chances more consequently in the match against Ghana to realize its dream to play in the final. In addition to Usbekistan, France was able to eliminate Turkey from the tournament as well. It won against Ghana, drawed against USA and lost against Spain in the group games. France has a noteable goal difference of 13:5 and its top scorer is Yaya Sanogo with 4 goals.
It was able to win the first matchup with Ghana with 3:1. France managed that win with two quick goals in 180 seconds and Ghana was far from chanceless. The semi-final will definitely be a different game. 

Ghana won in the quarterfinal against Chile with 4:3 in extra time. It was an attractive game with a lot of offensive power from both sides. It was dramatic and Assifuah finally scored the game winning 4:3 in the last seconds of the second half of extra time. The game showed that Ghana is always able to score goals and that it has a few players with great individual skills in their squad. But, on the other hand, Ghana received a lot of goals (10) as well. Nevertheless the heart and passion it showed make it a serious contender for the world champions title. Furthermore, it already eliminated higher rated Portugal and Chile and should no longer be underestimated. 

Possible line-ups:
-FRANCE: Areola; Foulquier, Zouma, Umtiti, Digne; Pogba, Kondogbia, Veretout, Thauvin; Sanogo, Bahebeck.
-GHANA: Antwi; Nketiah, Addico, Mensah, Rahman; Salifu, Ashia, Acheampong, Aboagye; Assifuah, Boakye.

Match Details and Timings:
France vs Ghana
Football: U-20 World Cup Semifinal
Match date: 10 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 17:00 CET - 15:00 GMT
Stadium: Attatürk-Stadium, Bursa

You can watch the match here

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JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Oregon will be hosting on 10 July 2013 , a CONCACAF Gold Cup (Group C) match between Belize and United States. The match referee will be Hector Rodriguez from Honduras. 
Belize may take solace in the fact that two of the tournaments heavyweights have already experienced upsets in the last few days. Mexico notably lost against Panama 1-2, while Canada lost its opener against Martinique 0-1 in the tournament opener. Belize will face the USA for the first time in history, and comes into this tournament with the lowest FIFA ranking of any team in the region. They have drawn both of their friendlies in the run-up to this cup, however, and are expected to put up a bitter fight against the hosts.
Manager Juergen Klinsmann is, with no doubt, extremely happy with his late side's performances, which include a 5-match winning streak and most recently a 6-0 thrashing of Guatemala in an international friendly match. USA's all-time leading goalscorer Landon Donovan successfully returned to the national side, netting a brace and likely a starting spot against Belize.

Results in last 10 matches:
- Results in last 10 matches: won 6 matches, drawn 2 matches and lost 2 matches.
- Scored 19 goals and conceded 10 goals in last 10 matches.
- Results in last 10 matches: won 2 matches, drawn 4 matches and lost 4 matches .
- Scored 6 goals and conceded 8 goals in last 10 matches.

Match Details and Timings:
Belize vs United States
Football: CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C
Match date: 10 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 05:00 CET - 03:00 GMT
Stadium: JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ Hector Rodriguez (Honduras)

You can watch the match here

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mexico vs Panama 08-07-2013 Concacaf Gold Cup

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California will be hosting on Jully, 8th, 2013, a Concacaf Gold Cup match between Mexico and Panama.

Panama is really in a good form, though its again a case of weak opposition rather the strength of the home side. Panama tends to have a lot more games than the rest of the nations. With 9 wins, 6 draws and 6 defeats it has been busy. The team looks strong with 25 goals scored and 19 conceded. It is really improving and it has stepped up several levels over the past few years. The team composed of good players from top leagues in South America and Mexico.  Key men are midfielders Gabriel Gomez and defensive middle Amilcar Henriquez. Upfront Panama has an explosive duo in Blaz Perez and Luis Tejada. In this Group it sit in 2nd with 1 win, 2 draws and 0 defeats.
Mexico is on a fantastic run of form. The best side in the confederation it is a very underated side. Vastly experienced and packed with quality in all areas it is a serious unit.  It has11 wins, 6 draws and 2 defeats. The quality of opposition faced here is very high, it has beaten Brazil, Bosnia, Serbia and Venezuela amongst others. Mexico has decent players all over the park but outstanding central striker Javier Hernandez is the key man. With a superb strike rate of 32 in 48 he is probably the best striker on the continent right now.In the group Mexico is  1st with 1 win, 3 draws and 0defeats.

Possible line-ups:
Panama (4-4-2): Penedo; Rodriguez, Torres, Cummings, Chen; Quintero, Sanchez, Godoy, Gomez; Blackburn, Torres.
Mexico (4-2-3-1): Corona – Flores, Rodriguez, Moreno, Salcido – Zavala, Torrado – Aquino, dos Santos, Guardado – Hernandez.

Match Details and Timings:
Mexico vs Panama
Football: Concacaf Gold Cup grp. A.
Match date: 8 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 02:00 CET - 00:00 GMT
Stadium: Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)

You can watch the match here

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California  will be hosting on Jully, 6th, 2013, an International Friendly  match between United States and Guatemala. 
The United States have hit a rich vein of form of late with four consecutive wins. They paved their way up to the top of World Cup qualification group and won the match against Germany in there too. Jurgen Klinnsmann seems slowly changing the style of play of the US national team and they are starting to look a lot stronger for it.  Since the start of the year they had 9 games, which they won  5, drawn 2 and lost 2.
Guatemala team is in terrible form and comes into this game on the floor confidence wise. Without a win in 11 matches in a run that stretches all the way back to October 2012. Just four draws is all it has to show in that time and 7 defeats shows how poor it has been. Of the opposition only, US, Argentina and Colombia would be classed a top nation and all the rest are ranked of a similar nature. This thing did not make the World Cup knockout stage and it’s easy to see why with their current record.

Possible line-ups:
-Guatemala (5-4-1): Jerez; Gallardo, Lopez, Rodriguez, Vazquez, Morales; Velesquez, Galindo, Ponce, Rodriguez; Ruiz.
-USA (4-3-3): Howard, Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Goodson, Johnson; Bradley, Edu; Donovan, Dempsey, Jones; Gomez.

Match Details and Timings:
United States vs Guatemala
Football: International Friendly
Match date: Jully, 6th, 2013
Kick Off Time: 05:00 CET - 03:00 GMT
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

You can watch the match here

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hagueyen to Arsenal for 27 million Euros

Spanish media reported on Thursday that the Argentinian international front line player Gonzalo Higuain is planning to leave Real Madrid and joining Arsenal.

Reports indicated that Arsenal will pay 27 million euros (35 million dollars) to join Hagueyen (25 years old,) who joined Real Madrid coming from River Plate in 2007.

Higuain did not receive wide popularity among the fans of the Royal Club, and he, explicitly, declared his desire to leave the team in May of  last year after being targeted badly by the fans.

In addition to this, Hagueyen's father, Jorge Higuain said: "We've got permission from Real Madrid to negotiate directly with Arsenal and, fortunately, I'll see my son soon in the Premier League."
Similarly, the other attacker, Jose Kayekhoun, intends to leave Real Madrid as well and join Napoli, through a possible deal, which could see the transition of the Uruguayan attacker, Edenson Cavani to Royal Club.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

      Drogheda United FC vs Malmo FF Football Match will be played on 04.07.2013 at allaght Stadium, Dublin (Ireland) for UEFA Europa League qualification - 1st round (first leg) . Emir Alecković (Bosnia) will be the match referee.
     Drogheda United FC took part in the UEFA Europa League qualification (1st round 1st leg) three time between 2006 and 2008, always made it to the second qualifying round, even gained a point at Dynamo Kiev in 2008. But this time the challenge appears much harder. Though Drogheda United FC became second in the Irish Premier League last year, they have massive problems this year, fight against relegation, are only eight of twelve after Friday's 0:3 home defeat against Shamrock Rovers. On Monday Drogheda beat Cork City in the League Cup 3:0, though several players were rested. Apart of the Italian goalkeeper Gabriel Sava all other Drogheda players are Irish.
     Compared with the Irish host the Swedish club Malmo FF have far more international experience, used to play regularly in European Cup, even made it to the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1979. The last time that Malmo FF took part in the Europa League was in 2011, when they gained just a single point and became last in their group. After a third place in the Allsvenskan league last year, they are on the third position again at the moment, managed to win three games in a row before lost 1:3 at home against BK Hacken last Thursday. Coach Rikard Norling usually plays an offensive 3-4-3 system. With Jansson, Pekalski and Hamad he has three young players in his squad, who already played for the Swedish national team.

Match Details and Timings:
Drogheda United FC vs Malmo FF
Football:  UEFA Europa League qualification (1st round 1st leg)
Match date: Thursday 4th July 2013
Kick Off Time: 20:45 CET - 18:45 GMT
Stadium: allaght Stadium, Dublin (Ireland)
Referee: Emir Aleckovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
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    Crusaders vs Rosenborg Trondheim Football Match will be played on 04.07.2013 at Kadir Has Stadion, Kayseri for Europa League Qualifiers.
   The Crusaders finished second in the Northirish IFA Premiership to get a ticket for the Europa League Qualification. They were able to win 24 games, played 5 draws and lost 7 times in their 36 season games. The Crusaders already know Rosenborg as they played against them on the same stage last year. Not a nice memory because the Crusader were eliminated with a total score of 0:4. A 0:3 home loss was followed by a 0:1 in Trondheim.
   Rosenborg Trondheim is currently on the second place of the Norwegian Tippeligaen. The season in Norway is already running and Rosenborg completed 14 games so far. They won 8 games, had 4 draws and lost 2 times. Rosenborg has Champions League appearances and is rated at least one class better than the Crusaders. Because of last years matchup Rosenborg already knows the Crusaders and will not underestimate them.

Match Details and Timings:
Crusaders vs Rosenborg Trondheim
Football:  Europa League Qualifiers (1st round 1st leg)
Match date: Thursday 4th July 2013
Kick Off Time: 20:45 CET - 18:45 GMT
Stadium: Kadir Has Stadion, Kayseri
Referee: Hugo Miguel (Portugal)
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

 Portugal was able to win group B with 7 points out of 3 games. After a 3:2 victory against Nigeria they played 2:2 against South Korea. Finally they sent home underdog Cuba with a 5:0 win. Portugal showed a lot of quality in the offense and managed to score 10 goals so far. Especially Aladje (3 goals) and Bruma (5 goals and 2 assists) threatenend opposing defenses. On the other hand we saw a lack of concentration in Portugals defense from time to time. Edgar Borges, their coach, already rested several players. Fatigue should therefore not be a factor. 
 Ghana u20 were faced with an almost impossible task from the off after being drawn in a “Group of Death” with France, Spain and USA. One sided defeats to the European sides left their hopes dangling by a thread as they faced a one of play off of sorts against USA. Both sides knew a high margin win may be enough to take them through. It was Ghana who prevailed with a 4-1 victory that took them through on goals scored. They finished level with Egypt but progressed thanks to a total of 5 goals scored, 1 more than their fellow Africans. Ghana are decent on the attack but look very shakey at the back and should not go much further in this competition.

Match Details and Timings:
Portugal vs Ghana
Football: International FIFA World Cup Under 20
Match date: 07/03/2013 Wednesday
Kick Off Time: 05:00 CET
Stadium: Kadir Has Stadion, Kayseri 

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