Monday, December 30, 2013

Liverpool challenge for top spot in English Premier League standings suffered another blip as this weekend they picked a slender defeat over fellow title rivals, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Looking keen on redeeming their midweek defeat from Manchester City, The Reds were pushing forward early in that encounter as they went one goal up after just three minutes of play through Martin Skrtel's close range finish. That early blow triggered positive response from the Blues as they were pouring forward vigorously and eventually got back on level terms with an excellent effort from Eden Hazard on 17 minutes.
That equalizing goal gave more confidence for Chelsea as they kept on pressing hard and eventually turning things around with a fine finish from Samuel Eto'o on 34 minutes. Leading 2-1 in the first 45 minutes, The Blues were much more keen in maintaining solidity after the break instead of going on an aggressive attacking rampage. That tactical approach went well for Jose Mourinho's men as although failing to extend their lead, the home side were able to keep that slender lead up till the final whistle was blown.

Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
4′ 0-1 Skrtel M. // 17′ Eden Hazard 1-1 // 34′ Samuel Eto´o 2-1 

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

West Ham United vs Arsenal FC
2013/2014 English Premier League, Round 18

West Ham returned to their struggling ways last time out, being swept aside 3-1 by Man United. A brief moment of joy came for the Hammers when they made the semi-finals of the League Cup-and that's all well and good-but they must begin to pick up points or risk the proposition of another year outside the top-flight. Unfortunately for Sam Allardyce and Co., they face a visit from 2nd place and London rivals Arsenal. The Hammers have really struggled for goals this term amidst a slew of injuries, so a trip from one of the top-rated defences doesn't look to be the remedy to their problems. Carroll, Downing, Reid, and Vaz Te are out. 
Arsenal played to an uneventful 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Monday. Perhaps with the extreme weather to blame, Arsenal's attack left much to be desired and Arsene Wenger may look to shake things up by benching Olivier Giroud in this one. However, the Gunners sit tied with Liverpool in points atop the league table and should be able to create ample opportunities on Boxing Day-a day that Arsenal has gone unbeaten on since 1999. In addition, they haven't lost to West Ham in their last 11 fixtures in all competitions-winning 9 of those in the process. Wenger may opt to rest a few players with a trickier away fixture to come on Sunday (at Newcastle), but that shouldn't stop them from grabbing all 3 points from their London counterparts.

Date: Thursday, 26 December 2013, 3:00 PM - 16:00 CET
Stadium: At Boleyn Ground, London, United Kingdom
Referee: Phil Dowd

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

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Arsenal found themselves starting to struggle in keeping their place at the top of current English Premier League standings after failing to pick up maximum points on the latest league fixture against Chelsea. Eager to redeem their latest disappointing defeat over Manchester City, Arsene Wenger's men were pushing hard in search for all three points as they putting on an attacking display since kick off.
However, it was not an easy task though for Gunners as their opponent also put on a solid display on that game as Jose Mourinho's men are also keen on snatching maximum results. Both sides kept on pushing hard in search for goals, but up till the final whistle was blown neither teams managed to convert any goal scoring opportunities as that encounter eventually ending in a goalless draw. That result forced Gunners slipping into second place as they're sitting behind Liverpool in current table as the Reds having a much better goal average.

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

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Valencia vs Real Madrid 2-3
Real Madrid 0-1: Angel Di Maria goal vs Valencia (28').
Valencia 1-1: Pablo Piatti goal vs Real Madrid (34').
Real Madrid 1-2: Cristiano Ronaldo goal vs Valencia (40').
Valencia 2-2: Jeremy Mathieu goal vs Real Madrid (62').
Real Madrid 2-3: Jese Rodriguez goal vs Valencia (82').

Spanish giant, Real Madrid keeping their title challenge alive and well as they successfully grabbing all three points from their latest away fixture against Valencia on Sunday. Knowing that their two rivals all managed to grab maximum points, Los Blancos were looking really eager in snatching all three points from their tricky away fixture.
Things were looking bright for Carlo Ancelotti's as they managed to went one goal up on 28 minutes through their Argentinian international, Angel Di Maria. However, that lead didn't last long as they found themselves back on square one when El Che drew level with an effort from Pablo Piatti, who scored on 34 minutes. The away side regained their lead five minutes before half time break with a goal coming from their star man, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Valencia were not keen on giving up easily as they pour forward vigorously after the break and eventually managed to get back on level terms with an effort from Jeremy Mathieu on 62 minutes. That goal give El Che strong beliefs in snatching maximum points from that encounter, but it was Madrid that eventually coming away with all three points from that encounter as Jese Rodriguez netting home the all important winning goal eight minutes from time.
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World Cup 2014 group finals have been drawn this Friday and there were some interesting pairing which should provide nothing but entertainment for football lovers all over the globe with tough nations being placed in the same group. Group D can be considered as one of those interesting setup with three former champions, England, Italy along with Uruguay being paired up along with Concacaf side, Costa Rica. On paper those three nations would be competing hard for a place in the knock out stages, but Costa Rica can’t be taken for granted as surprise is not an uncommon thing in this type of event.
Meanwhile, home team, Brazil have a tricky test as they are being paired with Croatia, Mexico along with Cameroon, although based on recent form, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men should still be strong favorites in advancing from group A, but they must put a strong focus on all of their opponents. Another difficult group is being handed to United States as they will be facing Germany, Portugal along with African giant, Ghana in Group G.
Defending champions, Spain are set to battle with Holland, Australia and also Chile in Group B, this setup  should also provide some interesting matches and give some challenge for Vicente Del Bosque’s side. France national side can considered themselves being drawn in a relatively ‘light’ group as they are being paired with Switzerland, Ecuador along with Honduras.
Here is the complete Drawing for World Cup 2014 Finals:
Group A
Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
Group B
Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
Group C
Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
Group D
Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
Group E
Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
Group F
Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
Group G
Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
Group H
Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

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Qatar World Cup Controversy

In 2022, Qatar will become the world’s first Arab country to host the World Cup. The Qatar 2022 World Cup bid committee, headed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, said that bringing the World Cup to Qatar would improve relationships between the West and the Middle East. Fifa President Sepp Blatter said that “the Arabic world deserves a World Cup” as it has 22 countries and has not had any opportunity to host the World Cup so far. However, Fifa’s decision to permit Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup is embroiled in controversies.
Bribe Allegations
Testifying before a parliamentary inquiry committee in UK in May 2011, Lord Triesman of the English Football Association alleged that Fifa committee members Jack Warner and Nicolas Leoz demanded $4 million and honorary knighthood, respectively, in exchange for their votes. Besides, two reporters from Sunday Times testified that they had received information about members Jacques Anouma and Issa Hayatou each receiving $1.5 million to vote in favor of the Qatar bid. These allegations forced Fifa to order an internal probe into the issue. If the allegations are proved right, another vote might be held on the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid.
When it was pointed out to Qatari officials that it could get as hot as 50 degrees Celsius during the World Cup season, they said that they have all the cooling technology required to bring the temperature down to 25 degrees Celsius within the stadium. However, these cooling technologies have never been tested for efficacy in large stadia and Qatar cannot guarantee that it will keep things cool enough during the sweltering heat.
Blatter’s Insensitive LGBT Remark
Fifta’s acceptance of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid was also questioned because homosexuality is a crime in Qatar. Blatter was severely criticized for saying, “I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities.”
Speaking on BBC Radio 5, John Amaechi, a gay athlete and former basketball star, referred to Blatter’s remark as “absurd” and said that the issue is not about getting a sanction to have sex, but about “the fact that Qatar was one of 79 countries to sanction executing gays at the United Nations.”
This isn’t all. In early 2013, The Guardian reported about Qatari construction companies, commissioned to construct structures for the 2022 World Cup, hiring Nepalese laborers, forcing them to work under unsafe conditions, and preventing them from leaving by holding their work permits and passports.
Rather than worrying about the issues that will continue unabated we suggest you visit Gambling Africa. Its not going to cause any stress at all.
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