INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 (JUNE)

FIFA WORLD CUP - Iran hold Nigeria goalless.

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17.06.2014 (00.30 AM INDIA) : IRAN 0-0 NIGERIA (FT)

IRAN: Haghighi, Heydari, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam (c), Timotian, Montazeri, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi
NIG: Enyeama (c), Ambrose, Oshaniwa, Oboabona, Omeruo, Mikel, Onazi, Azeez, Musa, Moses, Emenike

FIFA WORLD CUP - USA beat Ghana 2-1 in opening match.

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17.06.2014 (03.30 AM INDIA) : GHANA 1-2 USA
GHN : Ayew 82'
USA :Dimpsey 1', Brooks 87'
GHN : Kwarasey, Opare, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah, Atsu, Rabiu, Muntari, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Gyan.
USA : Howard, Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley, Bedoya, Jones, Bradley, Beckerman, Dempsey, Altidore.......Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

86': GOAL : 2-1 now for Kilnsmann's USA. Defender John Brooks scored through a header from croner kick and the header beat Kwarasey.
82': GOAL : 1-1. Backheal of Asamoah Gyan goes to Andre Ayew, who beats Howard punting high into the net at the near post.
1' (30 Sec): GOAL : USA scored. Clint Dempsey enters into the penalty box and his low grounder beat Ghana keeper into the bottom corner 17.06.2014 (9.30 PM INDIA) : BELGIUM V/S ALGERIA

FIFA WORLD CUP - Muellar's hattrick helps Germany's win over Portugal.

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16.06.2014 : GERMANY 4-0 PORTUGAL(FT)

GER: Muller 11'(Pen),45',78', Hummels 31'
RED CARD: Pepe
GER: Neuer, Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Howedes, Lahm (c), Khedira, Kroos, Muller, Ozil, Gotze
POR: Patricio, Alves, Pepe, Veloso, Coentrao, Ronaldo (c), Moutinho, Almeida, Meireles, Nani, Pereira

PREVIEW: JAYDIP DASGUPTA STATS - Laltu Chakrabarty :: Germany and Portugal will going to meet in the opening encounter of Group G at Fonte Nova Arena on Monday evening. Jaokim Lowe is mainly depending on his team effort, as Paulo Bento, the Portugal manager are looking eagerly on the individual brilliance of Chriastano Ronaldo who is recovering his knee injury.

But there are doubts regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness after he limped out of Thursday’s practice just one day after his successful return against the Republic of Ireland. CR7 walked off the pitch with an ice pack on his left knee. Sources said, that his tendinitis is not yet fully cured. Though manager Paulo Bento and other officials of Portugal feels that Ronaldo will be included in the first eleven and there his nothing to worry about his fitness. Portugal are expected to reach the knockout stages as the Real Madrid stars Pepe and Joao Couthinho will going to combine with CR7 in the attacking third.
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Germany played 18 FIFA world Cup Final stage except 1930 and 1950 while Brazil all Edition of World Cup since 1930. German star Klose is going to play his 4th World Cup. From 2002 to 2010 he scored 14 goals for Germany in World Cup just after Brazilian star Ronaldo who scored 15.

He played 19 games so far where Germany won 13 matches. The man have a hattrick in World Cup in 2002 where Germany beat Soudi Arab 8-0.
It will be 2nd World Cup of German Young Star Tomas Mullar who scored 5 goals in 2010 world Cup. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored 2 goals against Portugal in 2006 3rd/4th place match . German Captain Lham, Klose, Bastain and Polloski were the 1st eleven of that match in 2006.

Year Pos Stage		PTS  GP W   D   L   GS	GA   GD 				
1934 3	 3rd Place      6    4	3   0	1   11	8    3	
1938 10	 R-16	        1    2	0   1	1   3	5    -2	 		
1954 1	 Final          10   6	5   0	1   25	14   11	
1958 4	 3rd Place 	6    6	2   2	2   12	14   -2	
1962 7	 QF		5    4	2   1	1   4	2     2	
1966 2	 Final 		9    6	4   1	1   15	6     9	
1970 3	 3rd Place 	10   6	5   0	1   17	10    7	
1974 1	 Final 		12   7	6   0	1   13	4     9	
1978 6	 2nd Round 	6    6	1   4	1   10	5     5	
1982 2	 Final 		8    7	3   2	2   12	10    2	
1986 2	 Final 		8    7	3   2	2   8	7     1	
1990 1   Final 		12   7	5   2	0   15	5     10	
1994 5	 QF 		10   5	3   1	1   9	7     2	
1998 7	 QF 		10   5	3   1	1   8	6     2	
2002 2	 Final 		16   7	5   1	1   14	3     11	
2006 3	 3rd Place 	16   7	5   1	1   14	6     8	
2010 3	 3rd Place 	15   7	5   0	2   16	5    11	

Portugal first played in the year 1966 and reached in Semi Final and got 3rd place in the Tournament with the magic of Legendary player Eusebio. Agains they stood 4th place in the year 2006 where they lost 1-3 to GERMANY in 3rd/4th place match
Portugal Star Ronaldo scored 2 goals so far. In 2006 he scored a goal from penalty against 2-0 win over Iran and in 2010 he scored a goal against North Kora where Portugal won 7-0. Out of his 10 World Cup Games so far, Ronaldo won 4 matches, lost 3 matches.
In 2006, Portugal lost 1-3 to Germany in 3rd/4th place match where Ronaldo was in the 1st eleven of Portugal wearing Jersey no 17. Now in this year he is the captain of Portugal with his world famous Jersey no - 7.
Year Pos Stage	    PTS GP  W   D   L   GS GA   GD 
1966 3	 3rd Place  10	6   5	0   1	17  8	9	 	
1986 17	 1st Round  2	3   1	0   2	2   4	-2 
2002 21	 1st Round  3	3   1	0   2	6   4	2	
2006 4	 3rd Place  13	7   4	1   2	7   5	2	
2010 11	 R 16       5	4   1	2   1	7   1	6	

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The seven times finalist Germany are reckoned as one of the favorites in 2014 World Cup. It is expected that the German manager Jaochim Loew will continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation. The midfield formation comprises of Bastin Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Podolski and Thomas Muller is an asset for the German's, who is capable of changing the course of the game at any point of time.

Jaochim Loew will have to depend on the experienced striker Miroslav Klose, who is on the verge of a history, needs a goal to touch Ronaldo's all time World Cup record of 15 goals. Though Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly Portugal's star and he is being supported by a talented team, while Germany comprises a team of experienced and youths are one of the hot favorites of the tournament.

FIFA WORLD CUP - France win 3-1 against Honduras.

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16.06.2014 : FRANCE 3-1 HONDURAS (FT)

FRA: Benzema 44'(Pen), 72', Valladares (Og 48')
RED CARD: Palacios

FRA: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann.
HON: Valladares, Figueroa, Bernardez, Izaguirre, Palacios, Bengtson, Costly, Espinoza, Najar, Garrido, Beckeles

STAT: Benzema now scored 7 goals in his last 7 games for France
STAT: Two sides never meet each others before.
STAT: Honduras hold England in a goalless draw last week in their World Cup preparation match.

France Probable Line up: Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Cabaye, Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema
Honduras Probable Line up: Valladeres, Izaguirre, Figueroa, Bernardez, Beckeles, Espinoza, Garrido, Palacios, Chavez, Costly, Bengtson

TEAM NEWS: France's major setback is Frack Ribery rules out in the world cup due to injury. Debuchy is still doubtful but his injury is not too serious. Honduras have no injury issues.