Monthly Archives: July 2014

Synopsis of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

By Marcus Louison


There is nothing quite like a FIFA World Cup. The level of global illumination and captivation is understandably unrivaled by any event, sporting or other, due to its sheer enormity. The 2014 edition, held in Brazil for only the second time, bewitched onlookers the world over for the full duration of the competition, with enthrallment levels heightening by the day. The love affair began with Brazil’s boisterous rendition of the national anthem on the opening day, and didn’t end until a joyous Phillip Lahm held the treasured cup aloft at the Maracana on July 13th. The end of the tournament, predictably, has been met with disillusion in some quarters, and sorrowful withdrawal in others. The countdown to 2018 in Russia begins in earnest, but first, let’s take a look back at what was a deeply engrossing, at times pulse-pounding FIFA World Cup..  Continue reading

FIFA World Cup 2014 Semifinal Preview – Netherlands vs Argentina

By Marcus Louison

Wednesday July 9th


The dust has hardly settled on what was surely a seismic day in international sport. Die Mannschaft served up a treat of quintessential attacking symmetry. Their brilliance, perfectly allied with a shambolic Brazilian display, provided a result far beyond any level of practical analytical comprehension. It’s time for Act #2 in the Europe vs South America semifinal showdowns, and though matching drama is unlikely, this clash is chock full of ingredients for another potentially pulse-pounding World Cup affair. This is a rematch of the 1998 World Cup quartefinal in Marseille; A match that saw the consistently classy Dennis Bergkamp conjure up a breathtaking matchwinner with three touches of pure genius. The Oranje will be hoping for the same result today, as they bid to set up a rematch on Sunday, and reverse their fortunes, after losing the 1974 Final vs Germany (West). La Albicileste will be looking to avenge that Dutch defeat, as they will relish the opportunity to defeat the Germans (West) in a Final, just as they did in 1986.  Continue reading

FIFA World Cup 2014 Semifinal Preview – Brazil vs Germany

By Marcus Louison

Tuesday July 8th




Two of football’s juggernauts go head-to-head in a titanic clash in Belo Horizonte that’s far too close to call. Brazil, known for their flair and panache, have operated with more of a German-like efficiency at these Finals, so a clash with Die Mannschaft, the team they beat in the 2002 Final to lift their fifth title, is fascinating to say the least.  Continue reading

World Cup 2014 – Goalkeeping standards on par with a fabulous tournament overall.

By Marcus Louison


We’re three weeks into the 2014 World Cup, and I’m yet to hear a negative word uttered about the tournament as a whole. The sheer beauty of the game has been represented in its purest form, and one can sift through a plethora of positive adjectives to describe the towering levels attained in every aspect on the football pitch. The magnificence on the field has led to inevitable hysteria in the stadia, all the way from Manaus to Porto Alegre. The lofty goal return, especially in the first round, may lead some to call next statement a paradox, and that’s fair. The goalkeeping in this tournament has been extraordinary!  Continue reading