European Leagues weekend preview.

By Marcus Louison

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It’s time for another weekend of top European football action, as regional derbies take center-stage. The English Premier League, as always, is a huge attraction with passionate local rivalries likely to reach boiling point in North London and Merseyside. Avid Bundesliga followers, however, will feel their league offers the main event, as Jurgen Klopp takes his stuttering Borussia Dortmund side 25 miles down the road to the atmospheric Veltins Arena to battle FC Schalke in a feisty contest that seldom disappoints..  Continue reading

Top European Leagues weekend preview

By Marcus Louison

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It’s the weekend again, and added to the obvious glee that accompanies such a time, is the promise of more top-level European action. Manchester City’s clash with high-flying Chelsea may be most people’s must-see match of the weekend, and with good reason, but my pick takes place at a fire-laden San Siro, as Pippo Inzaghi’s rejuvenated AC Milan side take on Italian Serie A Champions Juventus in a top of the table clash steeped with history and tradition, between two teams with immense European pedigree. That being said, you can’t go wrong with either.. Please watch both if you can. There are other contests garnering interest from fans the World over, and Onefootball is the place for the mini-previews featuring Europe’s most glamorous teams..  Continue reading

Top European leagues weekend preview

By Marcus Louison

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Domestic league football returns after a two-week hiatus, and the excitement is heightened by the glut of likely debuts all over Europe post-transfer deadline day. Toss in the small matter of a Madrid derby and a Champions visit to North London, and we have far more than enough to ensure an extremely low level of weekend housework productivity. Onefootball has you covered with mini-previews of all of the weekend’s tastiest match-ups..  Continue reading

Synopsis of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

By Marcus Louison

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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.

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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