Brazil gets a weak group, England gets Italy, Portugal against Germany, and Netherlands with Spain.
FIFA has concluded a rehearsal of the final draw to check that everything will go according to the plan and the procedures agreed upon. A sanity check on the draw balls and the pot allocation was led by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke post the conference of the pot allocation on 3 December 2013.
The group results of this rehearsal unfolded the following:
Group A: Brazil, France, Australia, Italy.
Group B: Uruguay, Nigeria, USA, Croatia.
Group C: Argentina, Ghana, Costa Rica, Russia.
Group D: Switzerland, Chile, Japan, Greece.
Group E: Spain, Ivory Coast, South Korea, England.
Group F: Colombia, Cameroon, Honduras, Holland.
Group G: Germany, Ecuador, Iran, Portugal.
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Mexico, Bosnia.
If the results above repeat themselves on the Final Draw Ceremony on 6 December 2013, every credibility will be lost or a magic struck of luck will become the new saint of football.
Even Jerome Valcke, the Secretary General of FIFA, confused himself while explaining the rules of the World Cup Draw procedure.
During its meeting, the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014, approved the procedures for the Final Draw. The ceremony of the final draw will be held in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia on 6 December 2013 (16:00 GMT – 20:00 Dubai Time – 17:00 CET – 13:00 Local Time) and will be broadcast live on free-to-air-channels in no fewer than 193 countries.
How the draw will proceed is the question everyone is asking. It is a little bit complicated process and different than previous draw, but here it is in what I hope is a simplified way:
PROCEDURE (in the exact order below):
Possible Line-Ups (Permutations):
Imagine if Italy was drawn in step one of the procedure, hence we will have:
I hope the above clarified some ambiguity. If yes, what is the toughest / best / worst group you imagine your team having?
As announced earlier on this blog, the allocation of pots announcement determining the candidates for the Final Draw of the Group Stage of Brazil 2014 will be held today.
It is a fact that FIFA recognizes all its members, and a featured article about one country isn’t a big deal.
Yet, I am making a big deal out of this one because while we are ruining our own football future, the world wants to remember us for the beautiful and memorable moments our national team had.
The article is on FIFA.com homepage, and it is talking about ‘Six of the best on the road to Brazil’. It states what are arguably the best six games played worldwide during the World Cup Qualifiers for Brazil 2014.
The match between Lebanon 2-1 Korea Republic on 15 November 2011 is listed as one of the best six.
You can check the article HERE, and you can tell everyone that there is hope somewhere or one day that football in Lebanon prospers in a good manner.
This might not be the newest of Transfer News, but it is important if you love football and if you are of Lebanese origins or if you support Sweden or Manchester City.
Zackarias Faour is dubbed ‘The New Zlatan Ibrahimovic’. He will be joining Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad (under the supervision of the legendary Patrick Vieira) in January 2014.
Zackarias Faour is a 15 year old Swedish striker who plays for Swedish club Malmo FF representing its U-17 youth squad. He was tracked by Chelsea, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Juventus, but Manchester City moved quickly by agreeing to a development fee of £400,000 in June 2013.
The personal bit of news about this talent is he was born on 19 March 1998 for a Lebanese father and a Swedish mother. He can play for either Lebanon or Sweden, although there is no much information at the moment whether he represented Sweden’s national youth teams or not yet.
All hopes are that Zackarias Faour (or Zacharias Faour or “زكريا فاعور”) really fulfills his potentials and becomes as great as the striker he is likened to.
Football legends Diego Maradona and Thierry Henry participated in the celebrations for the 42nd UAE National Day. They both put on the national dress and happily joined the people in Dubai for the celebrations.
Here are some shots off Twitter and a video showing Maradona dancing the traditional UAE way.
We are approaching the most anticipated event on Planet Earth for 2014: The FIFA WORLD CUP – BRAZIL 2014. The tournament will be played from 12 June – 13 July 2014 and the 32 finalists have been concluded post the Uruguay – Jordan second leg match last night.
How the teams will be seeded and drawn into the final groups:
Here is a look on how the draw will be set and what a pot will look like:
Among the World Cup stadiums to be built for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, one specific design might have gone wrong. AECOM Technology Corporation unveiled the design for Qatar’s new Al Wakrah sports stadium, and it immediately fell under criticism for its resemblance to female genitalia.
The design was initially ‘conceived’ as an ancient dhow boat that Qataris traditionally used for pearl diving. The end result fell short of that representation and it has now become the world’s largest vagina.
Here is the photo and below is the video released by AECOM Technology Corporation for you to judge.
p.s If you are offended by the word Vagina, blame the biology class at school
Leo Messi has a torn hamstring muscle in his left thigh and is expected to miss the next 6 to 8 weeks. The first phase of Messi’s recovery will be covered in Barcelona and he will then travel to Buenos Aires.
Messi was substituted on 19 minutes of the Betis- Barça game on 10 November 2013. The game was Messi’s 16th game of the season, during which he has scored 14 goals.
This is Messi’s third injury this season, on August 21st in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid, he suffered a bruised thigh which kept him out for a week and then against Almeria on September 28th, he suffered a small muscle tear in his right thigh which kept him on the sidelines for three weeks.
Messi has had a string of similar injuries in 2012-2013 season. He was forced to sit out much of the tail end of last season with a hamstring problem. As a result of his injury, Messi is likely to miss the games against Granada, Ajax, Celtic, Villarreal and Getafe, as well as both legs of the Copa del Rey clash with Cartagena.
The bigger result of the injury is seeing Cristiano Ronaldo (or maybe Franck Ribéry – for political reasons) crowned as the best in the world and the winner of the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’OR.