Monthly Archives: June 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 Rd of 16 preview – Colombia vs Uruguay.


By Marcus Louison

Saturday June 28th

Colombia vs Uruguay – Kickoff 16:00 EST

Colombia have the luxury of a fully fit and rested squad, as Head Coach Jose Pekerman rested 8 of his players for the final match vs Japan. Pekerman has one of those selection problems that coaches love, such was the nature of some of the fringe players in that final game romp. It will be interesting to see who he goes with up front. Will he continue to keep faith with the misfiring Teofilo Gutierrez, or will he choose to insert Porto hot-shot Jackson Martinez after his two goals vs Japan and robust leading of the line. Carlos Bacca is also an option after recovering from a niggling thigh problem.  Continue reading

World Cup 2014 – Best XI of the first round.


By Marcus Louison

Two weeks. 48 matches. 136 goals. It’s almost impossible to find the adjectives to accurately describe a World Cup first round that led fans to levels of delirium, bordering on intoxication. The tone was set even before a ball was kicked in Sao Paulo, as the Brazilian national team’s rendition of their anthem, in alliance with the local support, was so vociferous and passionate, it made the spine tingle. Chilling! Onto the football then..  Continue reading

OUT of the World Cup after just 2 matches. What went wrong? What’s next for England?

Image By Marcus Louison

The England National team has landed safely back in London. The FA ponders an inquiry into the debacle of a campaign that ended just as quickly as it started, even though Manager Roy Hodgson was swiftly given the backing of FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, directly following the gut-wrenching loss to Uruguay. As the dust settles on yet another major tournament disappointment for the Three Lions, I’ll make my best attempt to explain my World Cup anguish, do a post-mortem, and look to the future.  Continue reading

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