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friday December 6
Rangers FC vs North Delta SC Lion
8:00pm Port Moody Turf
Soccer City Premier League Cup
vs PLSC Lakers
8:00pm PISE Turf, Saanich
Cowichan FC vs PLSC Lakers
7:30pm Sherman Rd, Duncan
Saturday, December 7
West Van FC
vs CCBRT United
2:00pm Ambleside Park
Two of the top teams in the VMSL will face off!
MWSL: Surrey United
vs Vancouver Whitecaps
2.00pm Simon Fraser University
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This Day in Football History
6 December 1930
Luton Town's share of the gate for their away match with Thames in the Third Division South was 1s 7d [one shilling and seven pence in 'old money']. The sum was paid by postal order which was framed and hung in the club boardroom. For the record Luton lost 1-0. Statisticians)
friday, december 6, 2013
Rest In Peace – Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013
and football: A mutual love affair - FIFA
The entire world is in mourning today at the death of one of its most respected, revered and beloved figures. And nowhere is the sense of loss, nor the appreciation of Nelson Mandela’s colossal contribution, more keenly felt than within the global football family.
FIFA's Blatter mourns death of Mandela, 'one of the
greatest humanists of our time' - Canada.com
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says FIFA is in mourning after the death of Nelson Mandela. He released a statement saying the former South Africa president was "probably one of the greatest humanists of our time."
Nelson Mandela remembered with video tribute to open WC
draw ceremony in Brazil - WFP
Nelson Mandela was remembered with a video tribute to open the World Cup draw ceremony on Friday. The 90-second memorial montage included images of Mandela holding the World Cup trophy when FIFA awarded his native South Africa hosting rights for the 2010 tournament.
Amway Canadian Championship schedule announced - CSA
The schedule is set for the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship, the national competition featuring the country’s five professional clubs that determines Canada’s representative for the CONCACAF Champions League. Whitecaps FC to open competition on May 7 vs. Toronto FC.
Camilo Sanvezzo wins MLS goal of year - CBC
Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo Sanvezzo has been honoured with the 2013 goal of the year in Major League Soccer for his flying scissor-kick volley against the Portland Timbers. The spectacular Oct. 6 goal at B.C. Place Stadium saw Camilo launch himself into the air to get a boot to Young-Pyo Lee's cross before hammering it home.
Whitecaps still working to secure TV deal - The
Whitecaps president Bobby Lenarduzzi insists that fans will be able to watch every game on television next season. Which network they’ll find those games on, however, remains very much in question. While the club again has a deal in place with TSN, contract talks with Rogers Sportsnet might have hit a stumbling block. Both deals expired after this past season.
Preview: Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake set to
meet in 2013 MLS Cup Final this weekend - Whitecaps
A pair of clubs looking for the second Major League Soccer championship in their histories meet in MLS Cup 2013 when Sporting Kansas City play host to Real Salt Lake. Sporting have reached the MLS Cup Final for a third time, Real Salt Lake have reached MLS Cup for a second time.
Canadian referee Silviu Petrescu's journey from
communist Romania to MLS Cup - Goal
In October, Petrescu reached the mandatory retirement age of 45 for FIFA referees, meaning that the sprightly South American contest – which ended 2-1 in favour of Brazil – would be Petrescu’s last on the international stage. It was the culmination of a long journey that began in Petrescu’s native Romania 27 years ago.
Toronto FC closing in on talented Brazilian striker
Gilberto - Toronto Star
Since the team’s inception, Brazil has been Toronto FC’s Shangri-La — the place where imaginary stars come from. The team is close to signing their first potential superstar from the sentimental home of world soccer.
Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen looks back on inheriting
'terminal' MLS team - Canada.com
Ryan Nelsen doesn't mince words when it comes to Toronto FC's roster prior to the 2013 MLS season. "What we had in pre-season was probably the worst put-together squad in the history of the league," the former New Zealand international said in looking back at the start of his managerial tenure with the underachieving club. "In the history of the league. It was that bad. It was actually terminal."
RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen says club "crossing fingers"
for return of Jason Kreis - MLS
Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen says the club has made a lucrative offer to keep Jason Kreis in Salt Lake City beyond 2013, but it will come to the head coach’s ambitions if wants to stay or go.
Chicago Fire name longtime Columbus Crew fixture Brian
Bliss as technical director - MLS
The new-look Chicago Fire front office continued to take shape on Friday, when the club announced that former Columbus Crew technical director Brian Bliss has joined the Fire in the same capacity.
Q&A with Commissioner Garber: A small-market final,
expansion, NYCFC & more - SI.com
On Thursday afternoon, two days prior to the 18th MLS Cup final that is to be contested by Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake, MLS commissioner Don Garber sat down with SI.com for a lengthy conversation concerning the state and future of the league.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber: Chivas USA will not be
contracted or moved - Goat Parade
The good news is that Garber is sticking to his guns on keeping Chivas in LA. I will continue to argue that the team can succeed in this market, even with another (much more) successful team already in the market. The bad news is that Garber has been claiming there's a plan to help Chivas USA for a year solid at this point, and I haven't seen much in the way to indicate any movement on that front.
San Jose Earthquakes new stadium about to take shape in
"massive" way - MLS
When the San Jose Earthquakes talk about “steel” these days, they don’t mean a hard-nosed midfielder. After construction delays forced the Quakes to twice push back the projected opening date on their new home, the steel girders that will form the skeleton of an 18,000-seat stadium are set to be raised this month.
Will history repeat itself as MLS expands into Florida?
As MLS heads back to Florida in 2015, is there any danger of history repeating itself? ESPNFC doesn’t believe so, as both MLS and the state of Florida are vastly different from what they were in 2002.
It's a Fix - Sports on Earth
While match fixing is prominent in a lot of places, it has not seemingly hit the US shores yet. However, according to Declan Hill, acclaimed author on the subject, that doesn’t mean the US should be any less vigilant.
university and college soccer
Lights go out in Georgia for the Clan - SFU
In a game that was delayed 45 minutes due to light failure, the Simon Fraser University men's soccer team saw their 2013 season come to an end on the same pitch it ended on in 2012 on Thursday night as they dropped their semi-final match in the NCAA Championship Tournament 3-2 to the Carson Newman Eagles.
More Final Four heartbreak for SFU as Carson-Newman hit
88th minute winner- AFTN2
Simon Fraser University Clan suffered more Final Four heartbreak in Georgia on Thursday night, crashing out of the NCAA II national tournament after Carson-Newman Eagles hit an 88th minute winner.
Eagles eying the CIS? - Surrey Leader
There is a new face at the forefront of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) athletics, and he is taking the program in a new direction. David Kent assumed the role last week as the university’s new director of athletics and recreation, and will lead a department of six varsity teams that currently compete in the PACWEST but could soon be competing in the CIS.
'Caps Canadian talent part of Benito Floro's plans
moving forward - Whitecaps FC
While Canada’s bid for the 2014 FIFA World Cup ended unsuccessfully on that fateful October night in Honduras, it’s been a banner year for Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s development within the Canadian Soccer Association.
CanWNT looks to youngsters for Brazil tournament -
Some Canadian Guys
What were you doing back in 1998? Do you even remember? There are plenty of different stages of your life you could have been at, plenty of experiences you could have been having. Well, we know what the biggest event of that year was for the Fleming family: The birth of their daughter Jessie, who'd grow up to play soccer and hockey, and be a pretty good track and field athlete too.
Canada’s Men’s U-16 set up camp in Qatar - CSA
Canada’s Men’s U-16 Team is convening for a second camp of the year under Coach Rob Gale as they conclude 2013 in Qatar. In April and May, the team took part in the Torneo delle Nazioni in Italy and now they’ll get two games while training at the Aspire Academy in Qatar’s capital, Doha.
world football - women
Sampson appointed England women's coach - FIFA
Mark Sampson has been appointed as the new head coach of the England Women's team, the Football Association has announced. The 31-year-old, who has signed a four-year contract, previously spent five years as manager of Bristol Academy in the Women's Super League.
FIFA World Cup draw pits Spain vs. Netherlands
Host nation Brazil will kick off the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12, while defending champion Spain and 2010 runners-up Netherlands will meet again in the group stages following Friday's draw in Brazil.
World Cup groups set; U.S. in 'Group of Death' - TSN
The groupings are set for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a tough first-round group at next year's World Cup. Making their seventh straight appearance at soccer's showcase, the Americans were drawn into Group G and will open on June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans from the last two World Cups.
Brazil's World Cup steps up a gear with draw of 32 teams
The draw ceremony for the World Cup is underway in Brazil, opening with a tribute to Nelson Mandela. A film shown at the start of the ceremony showed Mandela at the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and other images from the life of the anti-apartheid campaigner who died Thursday at 95. A minute's silence was then held to honour Mandela.
World Cup money pot increased to $576m - Yahoo!
The 32 teams at next year's World Cup finals will share a total fund of $576 million, including a prize-money pot of $358m with the winners taking home $35m, FIFA said on Thursday. The amount of money made available to the countries taking part has increased 37 per cent from the $420m on offer at the 2010 finals in South Africa. The winners' prize money has gone up $5m.
Manaus mayor: We don’t want England here for World Cup
Go Home England! The mayor of the Brazilian city of Manaus says England will not be welcome during the World Cup because coach Roy Hodgson said the jungle city is the place to be avoided next year.
Organizer, 2 English players admit to match-fixing in
Victorian state football league - WFP
A Malaysian man and two English football players have admitted to fixing matches in Melbourne as part of an international syndicate. Defender Reiss Noel and goalkeeper Joe Woolley, both 24, were convicted and fined on Friday after they admitted helping to fix games while playing for the Southern Stars in the semi-professional Victorian Premier League.
thursday, december 5, 2013
scissor kick crowned MLS Goal of the Year- Whitecaps
The people have spoken. After over a month of fan voting from a field of 64 goals, it’s official: Camilo’s stunning scissor kick is the 2013 Major League Soccer Goal of the Year. Watch Camilo's 2013 MLS Goal of the Year There were 845 goals scored during the 2013 MLS regular season, many of the spectacular variety, but none more so than Camilo’s tally vs. Portland Timbers on October 6.
The Montreal Impact will preseason in Florida again as
the Disney Pro Classic Defending Champions - Mount
The Montreal Impact has just announced that it will hold its 2014 preseason camp on January 27th 2014 in Montreal. It will be followed by its 3rd trip to Florida as Les Bleus will go defend their Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic® title.
RSL offer 'on the table' for Jason Kreis - The Salt
While Real Salt Lake may be completely focused on Saturday's MLS Cup final, stories about Jason Kreis’ future refuse to go away. While New York City FC reportedly want to lure Kreis away, there's little doubt that RSL want to keep him and, in an exclusive interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, club owner Dell Loy Hansen revealed, “He has a great offer from our side that he will more fully evaluate after the season.”
Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee voted 2013 Volkswagen
MLS Most Valuable Player - MLS
The 2013 season continues to be a magical one for Magic Mike. MLS on Thursday announced that Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee was voted the 2013 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player and will receive his award in a formal presentation in Kansas City, site of MLS Cup 2013.
State of MLS: Is this much expansion good or bad? -
It's been only four short months since Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber stunned even close observers of MLS by announcing that North America's top league -- just weeks removed from introducing New York City FC as its 20th team -- would expand by four more clubs before the end of the decade.
NYCFC an Example of MLS Expansion Potential - Soccer
Following the widely-anticipated official announcement of Orlando City SC being named the 21st club to join Major League Soccer, some of the more pessimistic soccer enthusiasts among us raised concerns of whether New York City FC, Orlando City and the 3 other eventually-declared expansion sides were actually a good thing for MLS.
Major League Soccer Wants a Brand New Television Deal
- The Street
Mark Abbott has been waiting for this moment for 20 years. At the end of 2014, the television rights for MLS, currently held by Disney's ESPN, Comcast's NBC Sports Network and Univision's UniMas, will expire, affording Abbott, the league's president and its first employee, the opportunity to cement a deal that could catapult the 19-team MLS into territory it hasn't known since beginning play in 1996: profitability.
Volkswagen ends D.C. United jersey sponsorship -
D.C. United’s jersey will have a new look next season after Volkswagen declined to exercise an option to remain as the MLS club’s primary sponsor, a multimillion-dollar deal in place for six years. The iconic VW logo featured prominently on United’s shirts and across various levels of team branding since 2008.
A Tale of Two Leagues - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton’s newest signing, Winnipeg-native goalkeeper Tyson Farago, is the latest player to develop in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) and transition into the NASL. But what really is the difference between the two leagues? Farago helps to tell the tale of two leagues and shares what he thinks about the chance to play in the NASL.
World Cup Week: The state of Canadian soccer -
Friday is an exciting day for the soccer world as the groups will be drawn for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. For Canadian fans, sadly that means another year of watching other countries battle on the biggest stage. The Great White North have not qualified for the world’s most popular sporting event since 1986.
university and college soccer
Clan return to "Final Four" against Carson Newman -
After capturing a fourth consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and a second straight NCAA West Region Championship, the Simon Fraser University men's soccer team is back in the NCAA Division II "Final Four" for the second straight season, this time facing the Carson Newman Eagles in the semi-final.
SFU aiming to give Carson-Newman Eagles heartache tonight -
Simon Fraser University Clan take on Carson-Newman Eagles this evening for a place in the NCAA II Championship game on Saturday. The Clan know that they will have a tough game on their hands if they want to go all the way to the final but are fully focussed on the job in hand, heading down to Georgia early on Monday morning and gradually adjusting their body clocks to the different time zone from before they even left.
Two Clan players earn
Chris Bargholz (Fuessen, Germany) and Magnus Kristensen (Stavanger, Norway) have been named Daktronics All-Americans, with both players making the first team of all-stars.
Jovan Blagojevic cutting up the competition - AFTN2
When you look at top college players it's easy to make the assumption that they're at their respective schools primarily to play football. It's not always the case of course. When we spoke with the Clan's German midfielder Chris Bargholz last year, we found out that the academic side was what had lured him to SFU, with the footballing side a happy add on.
'Caps at College - Elite Eight and Final Four update
- Whitecaps FC
The successful seasons of a select few Vancouver Whitecaps FC youth development products remaining in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have culminated in potential national titles for Simon Fraser University and the University of New Mexico.
WNT names roster for Brazil tournament - CSA
Canada’s Women’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman has named his 20-player squad that will be Canada’s entry at the 2013 Torneio Internacional Cidade de Sao Paolo, held in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia.
FIFA World Cup contenders hope for lucky draw - CBC
Group of Death? Or easy path to the knockout round? The fates of 32 nations are in the hands of the soccer gods at Friday's World Cup draw in Brazil, writes Nigel Reed.
Advantage South America - InsideSoccer
By Bob Koep No matter how the South Americans fared during the World Cup draw, they just cannot be more than pleased with their lot. No two Conmebol teams could be drawn in the same group, and with a record six teams of that sub-continent in the tournament they each have a good chance to get out of their group.
Look what we found at the bottom of the pot - Soccer America
All the talk has been about the possibility of multiple groups of death being drawn on Friday at the World Cup 2014 Draw in Costa do Sauipe. But it takes away from the fact that there will be no easy groups. The 2014 World Cup is the deepest field in the history of the tournament. Here are four teams ranked at or near the bottom of each pot you'll want to avoid.
Platini distances self from World Cup draw - Sportsnet
Michel Platini has distanced himself from FIFA’s choice of World Cup draw procedure, which appeared to give his native France a better chance in next year’s tournament in Brazil. The UEFA president told reporters Wednesday that he offered to leave the room Monday during talks among confederation leaders about a proposal he said came from FIFA itself.
Contribution pool for FIFA World Cup participants up by
37 per cent - FIFA
The total contributions for the participants of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ will be up 37 per cent compared with the last edition in South Africa in 2010. The FIFA Finance Committee has approved an increase to the contribution pool for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ to USD 576 million, from USD 420 million in 2010.
Brazil to keep WC protests at bay, not let demonstrators
approach stadiums - Canada.com
Brazilian authorities say they've learned from demonstrations during the Confederations Cup not to let protesters get so close to stadiums at next year's World Cup.
FIFA picks India, Jordan to host youth World Cups -
FIFA has made the "geopolitical decision" to choose India as a youth World Cup host for the first time, and Jordan will be the first Arabic host of a women's tournament. India gets the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, and the Under-17 Women's World Cup goes to Jordan in 2016.
The Bundesliga will decideon goal-line technology in
March - TSN
The Bundesliga will decide in March whether to introduce goal-line technology in its top two divisions. Bundesliga president Reinhard Rauball says the clubs will make a "fundamental decision" in March after taking into consideration how the technology works at the upcoming Club World Cup in Morocco.
Former Spain coach Luis Aragones, founder of 'tiki-taka'
football, retires at 75 - WFP
Former Spain coach Luis Aragones, the founder of the country's "tiki-taka" style of football, says he is retiring. The 75-year-old Aragones, who last coached in 2009 at Turkish club Fenerbahce, tells Spanish online magazine Voxpopuli that "age has retired me. When I left Turkey I knew it would be difficult to continue and today it is definitive."
Sevilla president sentenced to 7 years in prison - Sportsnet
A Spanish court has sentenced the president of Sevilla's football club to seven years in prison for embezzlement and corruption.
Football boss convicted of match-fixing 2 years after team expelled
from league - WFP
A court in Greece has convicted a 58-year-old businessman on match-fixing charges, two years after his football club Kavala was expelled from professional leagues. Former nightclub owner Makis Psomiadis was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison on Thursday.
wednesday, december 4, 2013
Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi eyes coaching
appointment by week after MLS Cup - MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi has provided an update on his club's search for a new head coach, saying a new gaffer could be in place as early as next week.
Are Bob Bradley's best days behind him? - AFTN
On Sunday it was reported that the Whitecaps were set to break the bank to bring Bob Bradley to Vancouver as their new head coach and an offer had been made, but not accepted or declined. But would Bradley be the right man for the job? Does he even really want it and why are people excited by such a possible appointment?
This Time It's Personal; Camilo Snubbed Again - 86
Despite leading the league in goals, despite scoring more than any other player in MLS this season, Camilo was snubbed for not only the MLS MVP race, but also for the 'Best XI' award, which was announced yesterday. Instead of Camilo, who, won the god damn golden boot, Marco Di Vaio, Mike Magee, and Robbie Keane found themselves getting the accolades instead.
Whitecaps ‘disappointed’ after leading scorer Camilo
Sanvezzo left off MLS Best XI - Metro
Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday its 2013 Best XI – the “top 11 players at each position on the field,” according to the press release – but there was one glaring omission. The league’s top scorer, Vancouver Whitecaps striker Camilo Sanvezzo, somehow did not qualify, much to the dismay of local fans.
hopes to place expansion teams in Miami, Atlanta -
Major League Soccer hopes to place its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta. "We're making progress in both of those markets. I wouldn't say we're close," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Tuesday ahead of this weekend's championship game between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.
Garber addresses MLS expansion, scheduling and more
Ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber held his annual State of the League address on Tuesday and talked in depth about many of the issues surrounding the league including expansion, scheduling and how the league can improve.
MLS boss hopeful about soccer in Miami, says Toronto has
right people at helm - Canada.com
MLS boss hopeful about soccer in Miami, says Toronto has right people at helm MLS commissioner Don Garber says he is hopeful David Beckham can bring soccer back to Miami, although there is still work to be done on a home for the expansion team. And Garber also says Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment boss Tim Leiweke is the right man to fix Toronto FC, which has failed to make the playoffs in its seven-year history.
Impact's Di Vaio named to MLS Best XI at striker -
Marco Di Vaio of the Montreal Impact was named to the 2013 MLS Best XI on Tuesday. The striker, who was named the team's MVP for 2013, is also nominated for the 2013 MLS Volkswagen Most Valuable Player Award after leading the team in scoring and finishing third in the league with 20 goals, including five game-winners, in 33 games played.
Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri runs away with MLS
Newcomer of the Year award - MLS
When the top two candidates for Major League Soccer’s 2013 Newcomer of the Year rose above the rest, the options were straight forward: offensive firepower or defensive might? The choice, as it turns out, was an easy one.
Portland Timbers' Donovan Ricketts wins second Allstate
Goalkeeper of the Year honor - MLS
Donovan Ricketts is back on top as the best goalkeeper in Major League Soccer. Two years after he was sent packing by the LA Galaxy for a younger heir-apparent and a year removed from a sobering turn in net with an expansion team, the 36-year-old Portland Timbers star was named the Allstate MLS Goalkeper of the Year on Wednesday for the second time in his career.
MLS can take pride in its parity - Yahoo!
Not even its biggest fan would suggest Major League Soccer's playing level is close to the Premier League in England or La Liga in Spain. However, as this year's season concludes with Saturday's championship game between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake, MLS boasts one peculiarity that many of the world's biggest leagues can only envy. Parity.
A challenge for Sounders fans? - BBC
A celebration by football fans in the US city of Seattle grew so loud on Monday evening it registered as a minor earthquake, a research group has said. Raucous fans jumped up and down during an early first-quarter touchdown in the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network detected the vibrations, measuring between a magnitude 1 and 2 earthquake.
Goalkeeper Addition to Roster - FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton announce today the addition of goalkeeper Tyson Farago to the 2014 roster. “Tyson is a strong keeper and will be a good addition into the mix,” said FCE head coach Colin Miller. “We have strong keepers already on the squad and now with Tyson, we’ll have a lot of depth in the position.”
Training with multiple coaches can help a player blossom
- The Province
Sports Academy: Training with multiple coaches can help a player blossom Two coaches are often better than one. Especially in Canada, where club soccer tends to only train twice a week — in comparison to European clubs practicing four to seven times a week. So in order to get in the extra hours, young aspiring soccer players often seek out additional training, outside the club environment.
the local game
Rich Got Richer and Poor Got Poorer in
WWith one exception, no big upsets took place this past weekend as the rich got richer and the poor got poorer! The lone exception was Norvan FC’s amazing 5-0 victory over Westside FC, a result that helps Norvan’s chances of avoiding relegation enormously. At the top of the table, Columbus FC solidified its hold on first place by edging West Van FC—another contender—by a slim 2-1 margin.
Across the Pond: December 2, 2013 - Red Nation
After a few weeks of middling performances, another uninspiring international break, a return weekend with little to get excited about, finally there was a couple of days with notable performances from Canadians across the pond.
Canadian Exports: Kevin McKenna returns to Cologne
sideline after 6 months; is CanMNT next?
Kevin McKenna is back – almost. The 33-year-old center back (above) needed surgery earlier this year for what some feared could be a career-ending knee injury. But six months later, the Calgary native finally found himself back on the matchday roster for FC Koln, making the bench for their league match last Friday.
The Final Draw: your questions answered - FIFA
The media have already started their analysis. The fans are beginning to feel the nerves. On Friday, the wait will be over. The Final Draw on 6 December will deliver the verdict on the eight groups which will kick off the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
The Final Draw in figures - FIFA
AAfter no fewer than 820 qualifiers, 32 teams are left in the running for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. This coming Friday their names will all go into the hat at the Final Draw, which kicks off at 13:00 local time in Costa Do Sauipe and will be followed by a worldwide TV audience of millions.
FIFA World Cup draw all about pot luck - CBC
To begin with, it is all about pots. After that, it is largely about pot luck. Along with host Brazil, 31 soccer nations big and small have spent up to two years getting to this point. Now, after the trial and tribulation that accompanied the grueling qualifying process, their fate is no longer in their own hands.
How does Brazil-Italy-Netherlands-USA sound? - Soccer America
The FIFA organizers are no dummies when it comes to organizing a World Cup draw. There will be suspense right until the end of Friday's 2014 World Cup draw in the resort of Costa do Sauipe.
FIFA World Cup draw tweak may help France - CBC
France was perhaps the biggest beneficiary when FIFA decided on its procedure for the World Cup draw Tuesday, as the team now has better odds of avoiding Brazil and Argentina. As the lowest-ranked of nine unseeded European qualifiers, France was expected to go in the Africa-dominated draw pot — meaning it could not be placed in the same group as a top-seeded European team.
The World Cup draw that used to be so simple now a metaphor for
extravagance in Brazil- WFP
If they wanted to look wasteful, extravagant and divorced from the gritty reality of Brazil's millions of poor, World Cup organizers outdid themselves by choosing this remote, luxury beach resort as the venue for this week's draw. In the old days when football and its governing body, FIFA, didn't take itself so seriously or burn money with such abandon, pitting one World Cup team against another used to be simple.
brings brazuca into the world
The adidas brazuca, the Official Match Ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, was given a fittingly spectacular launch on Tuesday 3 December. The iconic Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro provided a picturesque venue.
Italy wants drink breaks to counter World Cup heat - Canoe
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has called for the introduction of drink breaks during next year's World Cup in Brazil to counter the debilitating effects of heat and humidity at venues in the tropical northeast.
Construction delays force at least 3 stadiums to miss FIFA deadline
of Dec. 31 for World Cup - Canada.com
Construction delays force at least 3 stadiums to miss FIFA deadline of Dec. 31 for World Cup At least three World Cup stadiums in Brazil will not be finished by the end of December as FIFA requested. Soccer's governing body said Tuesday the stadiums in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Cuiaba are unable to meet the deadline because of construction delays.
Convicted match-fixer Sapina goes on re-trial - Sportsnet
Convicted match-fixer Ante Sapina went on a new trial Wednesday following his appeal against a conviction in what was at the time described as Europe’s biggest match-fixing scandal. Sapina was sentenced in May 2011 to 5 1/2 years in prison but appealed. Germany’s top appeals court returned parts of the case to the Bochum court.