INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 (JUNE)

FIFA WORLD CUP - Franz Benckenbauer banned by FIFA for 90 days.

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Franz Benckenbauer, arguably the best German defender of all time, has been banned by FIFA from taking part in any football-related activity for 90 days. The governing body alleges that he has failed to co-operate with the ongoing inquiry by Michael Garcia into FIFA's vote to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. FIFA said the ban on the German football legend is provisional, pending the completion of a formal investigation into his alleged non-co-operation.

"A breach of the code of ethics appears to have been committed," FIFA said in a statement. "The apparent breach relates to Mr Beckenbauer's failure to co-operate with an ethics committee investigation despite repeated requests for his assistance, including that he provide information during an in-person interview or in response to written questions provided in both English and German."

Beckenbauer told the German media this week that he did not respond to Garcia's request for an interview because he did not understand all the questions sent to him in English and had asked for a meeting to talk about it in German. After the ban was announced Beckenbauer said that his nominal position at Bayern Munich was his only remaining official football role, although Beckenbauer is also a special advisor to FIFA's football committee

FIFA WORLD CUP - Chile beat Asian Giant Australia 3-1.

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14.06.2014 : Chile 3-1 Australia (FT)
CHL : Sanchez 12', Valdivia 14', Beausejour 90'
AUS : Tim Cahill 35'

CHE: Bravo, Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena, Aranguiz, Diaz, Vidal, Sanchez, Valdivia, Vargas
AUS: Ryan, Franjic, Davidson, Cahill, Milligan, Spiranovic, Leckie, Oar, Jedinak (c), Wilkinson, Bresciano

14.06.2014: SPAIN 1-5 HOLLAND (Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador -FT)
Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Alonso; Silva, Iniesta; Diego Costa
Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Jong, Janmaat, De Guzman, Van Persie, Sneijder, Robben

FIFA WORLD CUP - Holland routed defending Champions Spain 5-1.

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14.06.2014: SPAIN 1-5 HOLLAND (Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador -FT)
SPA : Xabi Alonso (Pen 26')
HOL : Robin Van Persie 44', 72' Robben 53', 80', Vrji 65'

Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Alonso; Silva, Iniesta; Diego Costa
Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Jong, Janmaat, De Guzman, Van Persie, Sneijder, Robben

FULL TIME. Defending champion Spain lost against World Cup runners in 5-1 in their opening match.
90'+1':What a miss by Torres to reduce the margin
90':4 minutes added time
90':Another goal scoring chance missed by Robben
87':Two back to back shots and a good clearance by Casillas. First Georginio Wijnaldum's shot follow by Robben's brilliant left footed shot.
80':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Arjen Robben scores once again. Beat spanish defence and Casillas and scored
77':Substitution Netherlands: Lens in place of Van Persie
77':Substitution Spain: Cesc Fabregas in place of David Silva
76':Substitution Netherlands: Veltman in place of De Vrij
74':Ramos's free kick, went wide
72':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL Casillas concedes again with his mistake. Van Persie scored. Robin van Persie has scored 10 goals in his last 9 appearances for Netherlands
70':Van Persie's shot, cleared by Casillas
68':David Silva scores for Spain, but referee disallowed it due to offside
66':Yellow Card. Referee shown yellow card to Van Persie for his bad tackle to Busquets
to Casillas for arguing with referee
65':Yellow Card. Referee shown yellow card 65':GOALLLLLLLLLL Vrji's header after Casillas fists the ball from free kick, finds the net
63':Substitution Spain: Pedro replaces Xabi Alonso
62':Substitution Spain: Torres in place of Costa
62':Substitution Netherlands: Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Jonathan de Guzman.
60':Another brilliant move of Netherlands, Van Persie's shot deflected by cross bar and cleared. Brilliant right footed shot of Van Persie before a long run of Robben.
54':Behind both the goals don't forgot the effort of Blind's brilliant passes.
53'':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL Robben scores for Netherlands. Long forward pass to Robben, brilliant receive, beat Pique and no chance to Casillas, Classy finish.
50':Iniesta's long ranger, easy to keeper Cillessen
46':Second half resumes
HALF TIME. A late equalizer of van Persie made the score 1-1 at half time
44':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Robin Van Persie scored for Netherlands. Counter attack of Netherlands and a brilliant finish by Van Persie. Blind's cross and a brilliant header finds the net.
42':What a chance to David Silva!!, he tipped the ball over keeper but a finger tip save clear the move.Brilliant pass of Iniesta
40':Yellow Card. Referee shown yellow card to De Vrji for his bad tackle to David Silva
34':De Jong's long ranger, directly in Casillas's hand
26':GOALLLLLLLLLLLL Alonso scored from spot kick
25':Penalty Tackle by De Vrji to Costa inside box
24':Yellow Card to De Guzman for his bad tackle to Iniesta
22':Corner to Spain, cleared
21':Spain looks more aggressive, with 4 positive chances in early 20 minutes and maintaining a better procession(69%)
17':Chance to Costa, but his shot off target
12':Great chance to Costa, but a good block in defence denies him
9':Iniesta tries a long ranger, ball went over the bar
7':Brilliant chance to Sneijder from a pass of Robben. Nearly a one to one situation. Casillas clear the ball
3':Foul against Alonso, free kick to Spain
0':Kick off

This is the first time in the history of World Cup that, the two World Cup finalists team from the previous World cup edition will meet in the group stage. In 2010 South Africa World cup Spain lift the title beating Holland 1-0 and in this year in Brazil the teams will play their first match in Group 'B' at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.

Remember the Final match of 2010 South Africa World Cup? the match was highlighted by full of tension and physical play. Both teams committed 28 fouls. A record of 14 Yellow cards in the Final set a World Record of yellow cards in any Finals. Out of total 14 yellow cards Holand given nine and Spain five.

PLAYERS
David Villa - Spain's top scorer at World Cup Finals (8t goals) - Scored seven of Spain's last nine goals in the tournament (six goals, one assist).
Robin van Persie - The Dutch was the top scorer in the 2014 European World Cup qualifiers (11 goals).

The defending champions Spain is one of the pre-World Cup favorites, they have won the last two European Championships also didn't lose in the qualifying stages, winning six and drawing two en route to winning their group over France. Spain are still one of the best teams in the world but 2013's Confederations Cup, they were soundly beaten 3-0 by Brazil in a crushing defeat.

The 2010 Runners-up holland have endured a shocking Euro 2012 when they went out at the group stages, picking up no points as they lost to Germany, Portugal and Denmark but in th 2014 world Cup qualifying stage they were impressive, winning nine of their 10 games, including an 8-1 win over Hungary. Holland star Wesley Sneijder will mark a major milestone when he wins his 100th international cap for Holland in Salvador against arch rival Spain.

Spain have not conceded a single goal in their past three matches where they beat Italy, Bolivia and El Salvador. Netherlands are undefeated in their past three fixtures as they beat Ghana and Wales but drew Ecuador. Spain met Holland 10 times so far in all competition where the won 5, lost 4 and drew 1, score 16 and score against them was 11.


 ALL TIME RESULTS IN WORLD CUP -  SPAIN 
								
Year   Pos Stage	PTS GP	W   D	L  GS	GA   GD	
1934   5   QF		3   3	1   1	1  4	3     1	 	
1950   4   3rd Place	7   6	3   1	2  10	12   -2	 	
1962   12  1st Round 	2   3	1   0	2  2	3    -1	
1966   10  1st Round 	2   3	1   0	2  4	5    -1 	
1978   10  1st Round 	3   3	1   1	1  2	2     0	
1982   12  2nd Round 	4   5	1   2	2  4	5    -1	
1986   7   QF		7   5	3   1	1  11	4     7	
1990   10  R of 16      5   4	2   1	1  6	4     2	
1994   8   QF		8   5	2   2	1  10	6     4	
1998   17  1st Round 	4   3	1   1	1  8	4     4	
2002   5   QF		11  5	3   2	0  10	5     5	
2006   9   R of 16      9   4   3   0   1  9    4     5	
2010   1   Final Game	18  7	6   0	1  8	2     6	

 ALL TIME RESULTS IN WORLD CUP -  HOLLAND 						
 							
Year Pos  Stage	    PTS	 GP  W	 D   L	 GS   GA  GD
1934 9	  R of 16   0	 1   0	 0   1	 2    3	  -1	
1938 14	  R of 16   0	 1   0	 0   1	 0    3	  -3	 	
1974 2	  Final     11	 7   5	 1   1	 15   3	  12	
1978 2	  Final     8	 7   3	 2   2	 15   10   5 		
1990 15	  R of 16   3	 4   0	 3   1	 3    4	  -1	
1994 7	  QF	    9	 5   3	 0   2	 8    6	   2	
1998 4	  3rd Place 12	 7   3	 3   1	 13   7	   6	 	
2006 11	  R of 16   7	 4   2	 1   1	 3    2	   1	
2010 2	  Final     18	 7   6	 0   1	 12   6	   6