INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 (JULY)
FIFA WORLD CUP - Brazil beat Colombia to reach in Semi Final, Neimarout from World Cup.
05.07.2014 : BRAZIL 2-1 COLUMBIA
BRA: Thiago Silva 8', David Luiz 69'
COL: Rodriguez 79'(pen)
BRA: Cesar; Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Fernandinho, Paulinho; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred
COL: Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (c), Sanchez, Armero, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Guarin, Ibarbo, Zuniga
The dream Of Neymar Junior to play in a World Cup semi final are in vein now. The star of Brazil are out of the 2014 World Cup following a fracture in the back of his vertebra during the flag end of the quarter final match against Columbia. Neymar was challenged badly by the Colombian deep defender Juan Zuniga in the 88th minute and looked to be in considerable pain after what turned out to be a cracked third vertebra. Neymar was immediately rushed to the Fortaleza Hospital after the incidence.
Dr Rodrigo Lasmar the Brazilain team doctor while interacting said "It's not serious in the sense that it doesn't need surgery, but he'll need to immobilize it to recover, though it will take several weeks to recover."
Neymar has scored four goals in the tournament will miss the semifinal against Germany on Tuesday. Sources said that hundredsof Brazil fans had gathered outside the Fortaleza hospital, shouting "Forca Neymar" (be strong Neymar) as the player was being wheeled inside..
05.07.2014 : BRAZIL 2-1 COLUMBIA(FT)
FIFA WORLD CUP - Germany beat France to reach in Semi Final.
04.07.2014 : GERMANY
GER: Mat Hummels 12'
GER: Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng
FRA: Lloris (c), Debuchy, Evra, Varane, Sakho, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Pogba
PREVIEW : ADHIRAJ DUTTA : Germany and France will face each other in the World Cup 2014 in a quarter final match. The two European footballing giants have contrasting form heading into the game.
Germany impressed right from the start of the World Cup, putting four goals past Portugal and conceding none at the back. Since then, however, the Germans have faltered, drawing Ghana 2-2, narrowly beating USA 1-0, and survived several scares to beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time. 2010 World Cup Golden Boot winner Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick against Portugal, but has struggled to produce the goods since, though not for lack of trying.
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04.07.2014 : GERMANY1-0 FRANCE (FT)
06.02.2013 Friendlies France 1-2 Germany 29.02.2012 Friendlies Germany 1-2 France 12.11.2005 Friendlies France 0-0 Germany 15.11.2003 Friendlies Germany 0-3 France 27.02.2001 Friendlies France 1-0 Germany 01.06.1996 Friendlies Germany 0-1 France 28.02.1990 Friendlies France 2-1 Germany 12.08.1987 Friendlies Germany 2-1 France 25.06.1986 World Cup France 0-2 Germany 18.04.1984 Friendlies France 1-0 Germany 08.07.1982 World Cup Germany 3-3(5-4)France 19.11.1980 Friendlies Germany 4-1 France 23.02.1977 Friendlies France 1-0 Germany 13.10.1973 Friendlies Germany 2-1 France 25.09.1968 Friendlies France 1-1 Germany 27.09.1967 Friendlies Germany 5-1 France 02.10.1962 Friendlies Germany 2-2 France 26.10.1958 Friendlies France 2-2 Germany 28.06.1958 World Cup France 6-3 Germany 16.10.1954 Friendlies Germany 1-3 France 05.10.1952 Friendlies France 3-1 Germany 21.03.1937 Friendlies Germany 4-0 France 17.03.1935 Friendlies France 1-3 Germany 19.03.1933 Friendlies Germany 3-3 France 15.03.1931 Friendlies France 1-0 Germany
Meanwhile, Germany's defense continues its struggles, with Mats Hummels being unfit to face Algeria, and Per Mertesacker’s lack of pace being continually exploited. Coach Joachim Loew has also yet to fix his midfield problem. Loew doesn’t seem comfortable with pushing Philipp Lahm back to a full back role despite Germany’s clear problem in that area, and Sami Khedira has yet to fully regain his pre-injury form.
France, conversely, seemed to have gone from strength to strength. After beating Honduras 3-0 in the opener, they embarked on a 5-2 near rout of Switzerland, and beat Nigeria 2-0 in the round of 16.While Karim Benzema’s goals have dried up some what after two scorching performances against Honduras and Switzerland, the rest of his team are jelling together well, and picking up when he can't get the goals. Notably, Paul Pogba has markedly improved after a lackluster opening game, and so has winger Antoine Griezmann.
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TOTAL HEAD 2 HEAD : 25 : FRANCE win - 11, Draw 6, lost 8, GF 41, GA 42
Germany Current FIFA rand -2 while France Rank is 17. Out of 3 World Cup encounters so far, Germany win 2 times and France only 1. From 1990 tp 2012 France was unbeaten to Germany in 6 matches. The highest win of France against Germany was 6-3 in the 1958 World Cup while highest win for France against Germany was 4-0 in 1937 Friendly The highest win of Germany against France was 5-1 in a friendly match on 1967 Tomas Mullar of Germany scored 4 goals (With a Hattrick) in this world cup while Karim Benzemma of France scored 3 goals. Both Germany and France earned man of the match for 3 times upto round of 16. Kareem Benzema of France and Tomas Mullar of Germany earned individual Man of the Match award for 2 times. France and Germany last met in a friendly in February 2013. France took the lead through a Mathieu Valbuena strike in the first half, before second half goals from Thomas Müller and Sami Khedira secured the victory for Germany. Germany have a record to reached in the semi-finals of the last three World Cups Germany have reached the last four a record 12 times in the World Cup, including the last three editions. Germany are unbeaten in 15 internationals Football with 10 win and 5 drew. the only team in this World Cup. France have reached the semi-final stage (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998 and 2006). France win 6 and drew 3 and lost only 1 match played in then Brazilian soil France are the first team to benefit from two own goals in the same World Cup. France are undefeated in their last 5 matches in FIFA World Cup. German Striker Miroslav Klose needs only 1 goal to be the World Cup's highest scorer. He is currently joint-top scorer with ex- Brazilian star Ronaldo (15 goals). Didier Deschamps won the only World Cup he took part in as a player, in 1998 when he was wearing the captain's armband. This will be his first major tournament with France as head-coach. Ex- German captain Lothar Matthaus is the most capped player of DFB elevenof Germany and played a Record 5 world Cups, who played 150 international games & have scored 23 goals also while France's Lilian Thuram played highest number of games  from 1994 to 2008.
Also, Mathieu Valbuena has been a consistent threat for France down the right wing in all matches. Coach Didier Deschamps’ plan of keeping the harmony in the squad has working out perfectly, and with more time, his team is looking more and more like plausible champions.
It is going to be an even battle between French speed and German precision. Good news for Indian viewers is that this mouth-watering clash is set to kickoff at 9.30pm IST, which is easily the most convenient time for most people. This is for the first time that The Group champions of Group A-H reach in the World Cup Qr Final Round.
Group A - Brazil
Group B - Holland
Group C - Colombia
Group D - Costa Rica
Group E - France
Group F - Argentina
Group G - Germany
Group H - Belgium