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Posted by Roy (Roy Nemer) Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Go To Comments

Poll: Dream World Cup Final

What would be the dream final of the World Cup 2014?
- Argentina-Brazil
60.6% (60)
- Argentina-Germany
22.2% (22)
- Argentina-Spain
9.1% (9)
- Argentina-Italy
3.0% (3)
- Argentina-Uruguay
2.0% (2)
- Argentina-Portugal
0.0% (0)
- Argentina-Holland
0.0% (0)
- Argentina-Colombia
1.0% (1)
- Argentina-England
1.0% (1)
- Argentina-France
1.0% (1)

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Arg fan
(Lebanon)
Posted on 4/4/2014 at 12:24 AM
0
I either want it to be brazil or Germany. Our main rivals as we all now are brazil,but for some reason I want argentina to beat Germany mainly beacuse of the 90WC and 2010 WC,that was a huge dissappointmemnt


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 4/2/2014 at 8:09 AM
0
Romero doesn't play, so he will likely get his release very early, and French league finishes I think May 17th anyways. Garay is at Benfica, and even if they make the Europa final they are done May 14th. If they do not make the Europa final they are done May 11th. Rojo is done May 11th. Federico Fernandez is done May 18th, and given that Napoli likely won't budge from 3rd in the table he may not even play in their final match or two (Roma will have already consolidated the 2 spot, and Fiorentina are too far behind to catch up to Napoli front heir 4th spot). Zabaleta is done May 11th. All of the defensive line will be available and together, with Romero, for almost 4 weeks before we meet Bosnia on the 15th.

Thankfully, having the group we have, we should have some time to tune up in the matches and improve the back line and set plays. Our (first) knockout match isn't until July 1st, assuming we do what we are supposed to do in the group.

That's almost 45 days or so to get the team up to speed on set play defending. If they work on set pieces and gobbling up/clearing out crosses, we should be in very good shape.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/1/2014 at 8:33 AM
0
Hope Messi n di maria gt some rest in between.... They will the most tired.... Dnt think martino n ancelotti risk in substituting them in remaining fixtures.....


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 4/1/2014 at 6:52 AM
0
I am not trying to underestimate the teams in the group stage but I look at those 3 games as also world cup preparation for our guys..The real business will start in the round of 16 and beyond..


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 4/1/2014 at 6:48 AM
0
I really don't think Argentina is weak on defending corners or indirect free-kicks..We are not bad on crosses, its not like we have been defending crosses in the past like the way Barcelona does today...In the end we will not have a perfect defense that will keep out all world cup teams from having shots or headers on our goal...


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 4/1/2014 at 5:57 AM
0
Aye last day of La Liga is the 17th of may, our first WC game is 15th of June so not even a month!


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 4/1/2014 at 5:24 AM
1
Yes, relatively most N/T have a very limited days; approx only 20 days to settle and train together. Champ Leaque final on 25th May. Priority is to recuperate players ; regain their physical and mental on fire form.

Unless the CL Final will be Bayern vs Chelsea, we will have a longer preparations


baker
(India)
Posted on 4/1/2014 at 3:20 AM
0
there is no 40 days to work , it is hardly 3 weeks before the mundial


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 4/1/2014 at 1:21 AM
0
The only major issues I see right now for the team are how the defense/goal will handle crosses and set plays and how the midfield will hold with Gago/Banega (fitness, both physical and mental).

They will have 40 days to work on set plays, and hopefully they do some major crossing drills with Romero to make sure he handles them well. Group play will tell.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 9:56 PM
0
Kenneth, that's why I keep telling him that there is ONLY one way to settle this.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 9:01 PM
0
@dfox it's interesting because actual Brazillians are wary of Argentina and have a respectful hate, and more hope that they will win this one. Where as non brazillian fans who are still " fans" in victory at least have this imagination that Brazil 10-0 every team and it's the ref's fault whenever they lose a WC in other words, Real Madrid fans and Brazil fans are simile's :P


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 8:49 PM
0
Kenneth, I was just telling my good Jamaican friend last night who happens to be a huge Brazil and MU fan that its a damn shame that Tevez for whatever reason has not been a good fit for the NT.

He jokingly keeps telling me that he hopes we remain friends after the WC, he always cracks me up when he talks about how Brazil will handle Argentina in his Jamaican accent, telling me how Great Neymar is and how good he will become.

We been friends for a long time and I always enjoy talking football with him but all Brazilian fans suffer from an excessive case of overconfidence.


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 8:43 PM
0
Yeah!!!
Casillas is in the bench so he is bad too!!! It's not always like that if someone benching he is bad. There is lots of other shiit going inside in dressing room.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 8:09 PM
1

@kid there is no need to argue all day you can believe romero as the best in the world but for me he is bad goalkeeper and I am not alone to believe that there is a reason why he is in the bench for his club let us hope our team does win the trophy despite the weakness in goalie


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 7:56 PM
0
@dfox there is promise from Roy for a Tevez article.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 7:52 PM
0
@Messi genius How is Romero shaky? The last time I check he has the record for Argentina with most games without a defeat..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 7:14 PM
0
@kid it is not about hating Romero we all want him to do well if he is the keeper for argentina but the truth is he is shaky and there is no need to take risk with him when we have better keepers


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 7:00 PM
0
I really think we need a new article around here.


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 6:42 PM
1
@Everyone
This is ridiculous talking about Romero like that. He is not bad keeper. He is in NT since long and played under three coach which he choosen by them. Romero saved penalty and made our life easy at Qualification match and even saved so many goal but we only remember his missed and blunder. Your Buffon do blunder aswell and last game against Spain he could save pedro goal(I think). Romero is a decent GK and remember you only can talk about him bcoz only he is unfortunate and not starting. I don’t understand you still talking about him after watching Romania game. I don’t think he is lack of confidence at all when he play for NT. We will be fine stop criticising and overreacting get behind him and support like our coach does


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 6:27 PM
0
@Messi genius Romero will be just fine at the world cup...You guys just like this constant negative vibes around the team..Romero will quiet all you ''haters'' this summer..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 6:01 PM
0
@kid every World Cup winning team had great goalkeeper who saved them remember Buffon 2006 and casillas 2010 I don't believe romero can do that .


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 5:43 PM
0
Itz nt saying GKs shud b gods who can stop anything thrown against them.... Bt an outstanding goal keeper can make a very pstv impact on a game.... Rmbr our last WC game against nigeria.... Only bcoz f their GK v stld in dat margin (1-0)... Itz 100% sure that romero is not in the level f willy or speroni.... Having the best will only increase our quality n WC hopes.... If we need to win WC evry link in the team need to b strong.... If there is any weak portion the opstn will exploit to the most....


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 5:18 PM
0
Messi genius the way you talk about Romero its like he wasn't the goalkeeper keeping for Argentina under Sabella since he took charge..How many games have Argentina lost under Sabella with Romero as goal keeper? The answer is two and that was the first WCQ game against Venezuela and the last WCQ game against Uruguay..Willy Cabellero is no savior man, he's makes mistake too..I rather have Romero at the world cup than any other keeper, I would trust Romero more on the BIG stage, and Romero is good at penalty kicks..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 4:44 PM
0
Don't compare pinto with Romero at least pinto is great penalty stopper tell me what romero is good at other then giving headache to argentina fans


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 4:17 PM
0
Don't underestimate Pinto he's a great keeper,he's actually better on crosses than Valdes..The only problem Pinto has is that he cant kick with both left and right foot like Valdes..Where Pinto usually scare the me at times is when he dribble inside his own 18 yard box, although he's usually good at it, that kind of play in the 18 yard is always risky by any goal keeper..


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 4:06 PM
0
lets see how Pinto will perform... he is a reserve keeper and only plays in copa del ray... his situation is not that different from romero ..only difference being monaco already out of the french cup....This could give us an idea about how a bench warmer performs at the big stage!!!.i Hope Sabella is watching this situation very closely with the exact perspective!! and if he is then that could make or break romero's place in our team!!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 3:26 PM
0
Not making sense wen saying like dat only team playing football is argentina.... Of course we luv argentine futbol n we want dem to succeed bt treating others like shit is nonsense... I agree south america hav de best natural born footballers, bt wat make spain, germany n england stand out is their natiobal football leagues.... They hav got such powerful leagues which cud double the talent of their national talents... Do u think dat messi wil b same at the age f 26 if we didnt move barca youth academy in his young age.... And i m sure lamela wud hav been a much btr matured playef by this time if he wud hav movd barca at young.... The players at spain, germany england etc r gtng more exposure dan our young talents.... Imagine sterling us goin to play champions league at 19 nxt year... That is a great advntg for dem... Spain n Germany provd their quality f league in evry major tournaments in last years.... England wont succeed until they change their style f play.... Their style f play is too predictable datz why they r strglng.... Bt i m afraid when v play against eng wit rojo n romero it wil b easy for dem to atck thru right wing n cross de ball to box n having a GK nt cnfdnt of handling aerial balls, will be a night mare for us.... So we cant under estimate anyone...


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 3:13 PM
0
José Mourinho on 2014 World Cup final four

http://sports.yahoo.com/video/jos-mourinho-2014-world-cup-185221332.html


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 2:50 PM
1
Don't forget Rojo scored for Sporting last week.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 2:38 PM
0
Maybe Argentina will turn on the style (flamboyance) once they reach the semifinále & final match. Což confidence will be there... Likewise coordination will hold confidences' hand, & they both will hold understanding, and then this threesome will hold individual brillance's hand and ofcourse work ethic will join in.... Ideas will not just stand there staring , it will join in. So on and so forth.... All combined with God's Grace will win it for Argentina
.
God Bless.......


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 2:25 PM
0
@kenneth, that was really funny.....


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 2:18 PM
0
Boca 1 vs River Plate 2 game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R33zx371I7A



some supporter
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 2:01 PM
0
About Lanzini as an enganche: he doesn't perform well under pressure, and doesn't even show much in River. Imagine the NT.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 1:27 PM
0
I don't understand Boca funs because I'm watching regurarly Boca games and yesterday he wasn't better than usually.
I think also that Insua should not hurry for europe...
Ye Sabella was in La Bomponera.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 11:28 AM
0
ForeverBatiGol>

Yes, he's his younger brother. However, it's funny outlaw says he is our best LB available because pretty much every bocafan thinks he's shit. He had a good game yesterday but that's more an exception than the rule.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 11:09 AM
0
Today I WAS IN BOCA STADIUM WATCHING THE LEONARDO Astrada. FUNES MORI IS THE KIND OF PLAYER THAT WE ARE EVALUATING. GREETINGS Sabella.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 11:08 AM
0
Emanuel insua should not hurry for europe like his sibling emiliano insua... He is still 22 and firstly fully settled in boca and move for big spanish and italian clubs... Infact he is our future.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 9:24 AM
0
I don't know but he's better than Insua from Atletico for sure. Just watch for his playing against River last weekend.


ForeverBatiGol
(India)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 8:30 AM
0
@outlaw : another insua? Is he related to emiliano insua of atletico?


ForeverBatiGol
(India)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 8:28 AM
0
Speroni is improving everymatch & is one of the inform goalkeepers at the moment in PL, but sadly Sabella wont even think about it just like Willy & stick with romero & andujar.. similar to pellegrini sticking with demechelis.. but only difference is that demechelis has 10 others to clear up his mistakes & joe hart is also there as the final saviour..


baker
(India)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 8:21 AM
0
roman is most talented but cant handle the pressure and lacks physical stamina to play for full 90 mins


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 8:06 AM
0
Emanuel Insua from Boca is our best LB currently. IMO. Sabella schould substitute Rojo by Insua. Insua like Sorin is everywhere on place.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 7:43 AM
0
agree with Leandro.


Leandro
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 7:39 AM
1
Roman is an ace.. but he is a parasite on the team.. i am not talking of his ego.. or his mature age.. its his complete lack of fitness. To play Roman you need to sacrifice 2 players to cover defemsively for him, that is not acceptable. When he is on, he can win any game single handed.. but he is very easy to mark out of a game and then you are screwed. If Roman had a better work ethic he would still be in the NT, but alas he took the foot off the gas pedal ages ago.. move on friends. Tevez, Riquelme, Aimar, Veron, etc.. had their time. Its the Messi and his fav3 we must rely on. They want it more..


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 6:52 AM
2
@Chalz Riquelme doesn't run enough for Sabella, the most Roman ran the entire game was after he scored the goal to do his celebration run.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 6:19 AM
0
wow .... going to watch beautiful football again......


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 6:18 AM
0
+++++++++++++++++Romero++++++++++++++++
Zabaletta++++Fernandez++++Garay++++Rojo
++++++++++++Mascherano+++Gago++++++++++
+++++++++++++++++Riquelme++++++++++++++
++++++++++++Messi++++++++Di Maria++++++
+++++++++++++++++Higuain+++++++++++++++
.
hip hip hurray Riquelme is back to NT


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 6:15 AM
0
I'm been watched Boca River. Isn't Lanzini material for great playmaker in NT?


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 6:14 AM
0
Did Sabella watch the match to have a look on Juan Roman Riquelme?????????????????????????????
.
WOW


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 5:18 AM
1
A wonderful freekick by the one and only Roman tied Boca 1-1 with the chickens, but unfortunately they lost at the end 1-2.

Sabella attended the match and it looked like he wanted el grande Boca to win.
Insua had a good performance, while Mino wasn't in his day.
No need to mention Roman, cause he's still the best in Argentina no matter how old he gets!


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 5:02 AM
0
England is not powerhouse now, but they are a very good park the bus team. If they can manage to score a goal against a stronger opponent, it will be very hard to break their 9-0-1 formation. They play cheap football.



baker
(India)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 3:04 AM
0
as usual FF had a solid game this guy will be our key to our victory.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 2:57 AM
0
@arg2014 England is not a powerhouse by any means, look at their success in tournaments, their world cup win was in England by completely corrupt means of victory, also they have never been crowned kings of Europe. Club and National teams are completely different, just because England has a league in which they can pay their players more then other leagues, does not mean that they are a " powerhouse" I could say more about how England is the most overrated footballing country in the world but I'd rather not talk about England..


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 2:25 AM
0
Never under estimate your opponent.


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 2:23 AM
0
Vamos Argentina!!!



Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 12:12 AM
0
Arg2014 There you go again calling England a ''power house''..Not even some English fans would agree with that..English football is not attractive and its surely not effective..England youth system is so poor I cant even remember when was the last time they win a youth tournament let alone a senior tournament..


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 3/31/2014 at 12:00 AM
1
NO TEVEZ PLEASE... Cambiasso will only be included if gago gets injured, willy should have been more humble may be called up as a 4th keeper or if an Injury... Anyone else think Lanzini>Januzaj, Paredes>Draxler, Ocampos>Sterling, Lamela>Lucas(PSG), Iturbe>Isco, Correa>Insigne, Icardi>Muriel.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 11:44 PM
0
Arg 2014, absolutely agree man definately we want argie on top this time. Besides this three thing that Sabella should think are;1) inclusion of tevez,gaitan, cambiasso and willy. 2) respect opponent and do enough homework before game and allow messi on his free position and do not rely only on him. I feel after group stage draw LUCK is with us.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 10:53 PM
3
some folks here interpret if we talk about the strength of other teams that we don't root for Argentina. Of course we want Argentina to win the big prize this year, next world cup and next and next....we want to see Messi a world cup champion especially this is his prime and it's in Brazil with a great draw that can't be better.

However, sometimes we want our display to be perfect when we say things like:

1) Teams like Germany, Spain, hell even England are power house and even when they don't have the strongest formation still dangerous. It's foolish to underestimate their strength on pitch.

2) When we criticize Sabella by not taking Willy since he's the best option as a goalkeeper, why would you go with a shaky personnel like Romero when you have a better goalie right there. Ok, Willy is not selected, how about Cambiasso, Gaitan, a talent like Icardi whos unpredictable when comes as a sub and can supply some danger to opponent's defense.....if all for some reason can't fill the bill, how about Tevez who's a scoring machine with shots on goal we lack by any player we have now.....you can't omit all available strong options and stick with a mediocre options instead. What if Aguero is injured since he shows that he's injury prone lately same goes with Gago.....hopefuly everything turns out good, otherwise Sabella better contact Qatar or Dubai to see what job they can offer him after the WC. You got my point.

3) We know we have the best talented players on paper, and we have best player in the history....but to compete with other teams....and the world cup is very complicated and sometimes requires luck, we still want to see a genius coaching and preparation scheme to tweak all tatics and plans and put them in practice with ease coming world cup, thus that way we have a chance in winning, otherwise we remain as a perfect squad on paper but not in real world.

We criticize our work, admire other teams preparation and sometimes get jealous because we care about Argentina and want to be on top of them all. We want to win the world cup, not semi finalist, not a runner up, nope....we want to be champions.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 9:25 PM
0
http://gfycat.com/FinishedGenuineGar Riquelme free kick against River, insane.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 8:52 PM
1
Speroni is better then all the goalkeepers sabella calls but there is willy who is the best in Spain and yet to be called so it is unlikely stubborn sabella will ever call him only hope is romero and others getting injured there is no other way


christian10
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 8:45 PM
0
Anybody else agree that Julian Speroni should be on the national team? I mean he should at least be called up and compete for the starting spot. He has been absolutely fantastic with 9 clean sheets for a below-average team. Without him, they'd be in trouble. He is even better than Romero, Andujar, and Orion. Plus his saves on Hazard yesterday were top class!


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 8:11 PM
1
Anybody watch the clasico today? River- Boca where River won 2-1? Riquelme didn't run the entire game, and then scored an absolutely fabulous free kick.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 8:04 PM
0
Italy defense is not strong..Italy defense is far from the traditional Italian backline it used to be, Italy have adopt a more attacking game and less defensive, Italy have been conceding way too many goals,look at the last Confederation cup...Germany defense is way too inconsistent..Belgium I don't know they haven't been tested for years, you can't go by qualification games only..With Ramos, he's a walking red card, Pique I don't know about him, he's not that great as a defender...Thiago is a great defender, but David Luiz is a question mark.All in all I say Brazil is the only team with a better CB line than ours..


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 8:01 PM
0
@Messi genius
Hope so bro:)


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 7:23 PM
0
No one can predict what will happen in brazil but I am hoping argentina victory my heart is telling me many big teams will fall and we will have easy journey untill the final like brazil had in 2002 . 2014 will be a year to remember for argentina for messi and for all of us let us hope so


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 6:37 PM
0
Honestly, i don't see Uruguay doing that well, initially i assumed they would be a semi final team, but they have an aging defense/midfield who will consume far to many yellows/reds by the knockout stage. Also it seems like Uruguay exceeds when they are set to fail, and fail when they are expected to flourish...Idk Tabarez is a fantastic coach so you never know but that's my "ridiculous prediction" for this world cup.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 6:35 PM
0
The Italian pair are the toughest followed by brazil we are as good as all others


Deb
(India)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 5:54 PM
1
Let's look at the few CB pairs for the biggies this time:

Brazil - Thiago Silva & David Luiz

Spain - Sergio Ramos & Gerard Pique

Germany - Per Mertesacker & Jerome Boateng

Uruguay - Diego Lugano & Diego Godin

Netherlands - John Heitings & Ron Vlaar

Italy - Giorgio Chiellini & Andrea Barzagli

France - Mamadou Sakho & Laurent Koscielny

Belgium - Daniel Van Buyten & Vincent Kompany

and then...

Argentina - Ezequeil Garay & Federico Fernandez


Is there a huge quality difference? I don't think so. In fact as it looks on papers, keeping Italy and Belgium out, no one is perfect in their CB position. Either there's a compromise in quality or lack of understanding between the two centre backs.

We are good in both the departments.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 5:29 PM
0
We are so lucky (thanks to Sabella) to have 2 tall, young, technically good, agile, in form and mutually understanding central defenders. Ezequeil Garay and Federico Fernandez are GREAT together. Garay was always reliable, now Fernandez has grown too.

If they can take care of themselves together and with Zabaleta managing one back, Mascherano can focus more on the other side ie., LB position. Mascherano along with Rojo can both defend as well allow Rojo to surge forward when required. That will also keep Mascherano more focussed on what to do and also concentrate more on the ball distribution up front part as well.

And these two CBs can score from headers as well. Both can come handy in our setpieces.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 4:57 PM
0
mmh007 FF have been quite solid against several BIG teams this season..I have to give Rafa credit man, FF has grown and mature a lot this season for Napoli,this is what usually happen when you have a world class coach that win a lot of trophies in his career..Cudos to Benitez, he will always be one of my favorite manager, I always like him from the days when he coached Aimar and Ayala at Valencia.


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 4:49 PM
0
Cleansheet against Juve I guess FF should be appreciate now. It's not easy task to do


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 4:39 PM
0
I meant juve


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 4:36 PM
0
Napoli beating jive


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 3:50 PM
0
Sudhirfadi I never said Germany and Holland were worthless teams..England on the other hand is always over hype..I remember back in 2006 when they had Lampard, Gerrad and Beckham and they still struggled to get pass Trinidad and Tobago..Don't be surprise if even Costa Rica beat England..

I respect Brazil, Italy, Spain, France,Uruguay,Chile, Colombia, and Portugal, Ghana going into the 2014 world cup..


riquelme.10
(Canada)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 3:06 PM
5
@kid,

Stop contradicting your self man, anyways I'm not gonna bother and investigate the date your comments.I'm sure every one on mundo saw it.

And you count olympic medal as an achievement???? Thats really funny man
Its an under 23 tourney with 3 overage players... what's next you count under 12 competitions as well? Yes it is a small
And not a FIRST TEAM competition, therefore Argentina hasnt won any major cup since copa 1993!!! And you underestimating the euros???? You must be from planet ingnorant... what's wrong with Greece? They played with heart and won. When being runner up and makethe semis 3 times in a row, thays tells you alot. Adios buddy


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 1:58 PM
1
i will support the only team that i've supported since i was a 6-year old toddler-- ARGENTINA... let other teams do whatever they want.. i don't follow any equations and brackets.. If we have a good enough team,, then why the hell are we afraid to face germany again in QF??? eventually we will have face them in final which will create even more pressure.. so just let the chips fall where they want to..

What you can do is RESPECT your rivals.. Respect the history of Brazil,Germany,Spain,Italy,Uruguay,France.. Respect them so that you can BEAT them.. that is the way you win,,not by underestimating them...


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 1:40 PM
2
Guys, these are our actual job as fans in the World Cup:
1. Support Argentina and hope they will win (of course)

2. DO SUPPORT GERMANY in the group stage! Come on! If you guys want Portugal to win, that means Germany will likely end up runner up of the group, so we will likely meet them again in the QF. Not like we're scared of them but they are one of the two teams that I expect to give hard time to Brazil other than Spain. So let Germany, Spain, Brazil be on the left bracket OK!

3. Do Support Chile or Holland to win group B and let's hope that Spain will be the runner up of group B. That way (If both Brazil and Germany top their group), Spain and both Brazil and Germany will fight with each other for one final ticket. That's three favorites in one bracket.

In contrast, if you want Germany to be the runner up of the group and Spain to win the group B, that means both Germany and Spain would move to the right bracket (ours)! Brazil's side would be very easy then.

4. Do support Brazil to win all their 3 games, if they finish second, they would move to our right bracket!

5. Do support France to finish second in their group in case we want as easy opponent as possible in the QF.

So as for me, just in the group stage only, I will support 4 teams to keep winning: Argentina, Germany, Brazil, and one of Chile or Holland.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 12:40 PM
0
Superclasico today with some corona and some good grilled steak.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 12:23 PM
0
messi genius> he's not even a starter at Monaco...


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 12:20 PM
1
underestimating your rivals can destroy you within seconds.. we are lucky that sabella is respecting his each and every opponent out there,, some fans here says that germany cannot win anything?????

It is in the germans DNA to win... Gary lineker famously said that "football is a game that starts with 22 players and continues for 90 mins and in the end,, the germans win".. their record speak for themselves.. they reached a staggering 12 WC semifinals,, finished 4th once, got bronze medal 4 times,, got silver medal 4 times,, and won the World cup three times.. argentina hasn't reached semifinal since 1990.. we have not any significant trophy since 1993(Olympics are junior competitions).. germany has beaten us in 2006 and humiliated us in 2010.. and still some fans have the nerve to underestimate them!!!.......

if sabella had such mentality then we wouldn't have even qualified for this WC..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 11:16 AM
0
no one is mentioning lucas ocampos I believe he can add onother dimension to our team


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 11:16 AM
0
dude, i know messi is incomparable, but suppose if i am england fan then i can compare wayne rooney with messi . You said england is a joke , do sturridge ( having awaome season), rooney, hendersson,gerrard, wilshare, cahil (he is fernandez of england),cole, baines are jokes. C'mon man be positive , England,holland and germany havent winning major tournament since few years doesnt mean they are worthless. Infact still opponent shock playing against them. If argentina face england, holland and germany in wc do we feel we gonna win? Leonel messi is world greatest ever play for football and compairing rooney with him is not a joke. About sturridge like aguero he is scoring goals, assisting and play for rated team .


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 10:50 AM
2
riquelme.10 I said with an healthy Aguero they would have beaten Barcelona..I did say afterwards when Aguero got injured that City wont win again..You quoting a comment I made a month before the Barca-City game, things had change so I predicted Barcelona will win the tie with an healthy Messi..

Well you guys keep on saying Germany are main contenders, yes they might be, but they wont win squat. I see a lot of media outlet not falling for it..

Watch this video sir, and you get what I am talking about..
http://espnfc.com/team/_/id/481/Germany?cc=5901

Argentina have won 2 Olympics and made a Confederation cup final since 2000..What global football tournament have Germany won since 1990? Still waiting for an answer...And please don't tell me Olympics football is small because its bigger than confederation cup a tournament that was created in the 1990's..

Germany won Euro in 1996? LOL Greece also won the Euro back in 2004..being runners up in a tournament means nothing, its like the Brazilians at the last Olympics, they didn't even want their second place finish medal..Germany settle for less, they will not win another world cup with Low and the guys they have in their squad..Who are Germany main strikers now? How will they win with an half injured team?I see people here are pro Euro, that's fine but I was never flattered by European football..

Sudhirfadi Are you comparing Sturridge with Aguero and Rooney to Messi? This is even a bigger JOKE man..As I said England is a BIG overrated JOKE when it comes to football, they have nothing, and will go crashing out in the group stage..USA defeat England and then the USA fans laugh at their pathetic fans who always think they're a top team...USA will most likely win a world cup before England ever win one again since they last won in the 1960's..

outlaw I am not care free friend, just saying the obvious man..The world cup is on South American soil and it will stay there..

Greets



riquelme.10
(Canada)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 8:17 AM
1
@ chalz,

its a shame that riquelme didnt live to expectations in Europe, he had great potential but didnt work his way unfortunately... with club and COUNTRY!

could of been one of the greatest players, still hes my favorite player, but rest of the world dont recognize his qualities...

Riquelme demolishing R.Madrid 2000
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoJLs6o7wQg


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 8:12 AM
1
riquelme.10 - I'd go along with what you say.
Negligence of whomever from among Brazil, Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland, Uruguay, France, Portugal brings nothing good.
Kid, if Sabella and our players would be so carefree and unconcerning with our rivals as you We could lost our WC even on group.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 7:09 AM
1
@chalz-- I also loved riquelme but you can't compare him to zidane.. zidane is the greatest playmaker of all time hands down..

remember 2006 WC,, zidane ALONE ripped apart the brazilian team of ronaldo,ronaldinho,kaka.. he did the same in 98 WC final.. riquelme was very good but he was an apprentice,, zidane was the Master...


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 5:48 AM
1
@riquelme . . . i love the way u play . . . way way better than Zidane, Xavi, Figo etc. . . . not that you are Argentine . . . but that yr style is just too beautiful.


riquelme.10
(Canada)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 2:59 AM
2
@ kid,

stop giving those funny predictions man... just like how u predicted man city would wipe the floor with barca... your the Pele of mundo lol sorry buddy but thats how its been going for your predictions.

As for Germany, your just being blind theres no doubt that Germany is a main contender in wc2014. I hate Germany but i must admit they are a great football nation with great history and have an amazing team ATM. Germany is a unit they dont depend on one player!! trust the German engineers;)

stop making a fool of your self what Germany has won since 1990? then why the hell your cheering for Argentina?? our last WC was in 1986 and last major trophy won in Copa America 1993!!!!!

While Germany has won euro cup 1996, runner up 1992, 2008, semis 2012. WC record since WC 90, runner up 2002, semis 2006, 2010 and if you recall both of those times 2006 and 2010 were vs Argentina! so stop being so ignorant.


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 2:16 AM
0
ATM is making it harder for Barca and Madrid this season. They beat Bilbao yesterday. Their remaining matches are tough though

Villareal (home), Getafe (away), Valencia (away), Levante (away), Malaga (home), Barca (away).

But Simeone is pretty much confident and managing this team with vigor. It looks like the last match of la liga Barca vs ATM is going to be the final match to decide the league champion. Barca however gets some matches against ATM before that. Tuesday's Barca vs ATM would be an entertaining one in my opinion.

Messi seems playing better with Iniesta than with Neymar on the left. Neymar is a good dribbler but sometimes he gets too predictable. He misses a lot of chances too. Iniesta is a more natural dribbler can be compared to Messi in that. I think Barca should play this squad to face ATM in the next match like they did against Man City and Real Madrid.

Iniesta Messi Pedro/Neymar

Fabregas Xavi
Busquests

Alba Mascherano Pique Alves

Pinto

I still hope Messi will be the top scorer in La Liga this year. He is 5 goals behind Ronaldo and 2 goals behind Costa. Barca's next matches are not as tough as ATM's. The only tough match will be against Villareal (away), Bilbao (home) and ATM (home)


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 2:00 AM
0
Holland and england are not joke dude.... Who do argentina have exept messi and di maria..... How can you rate england only after chile bad performance.... What your fab 4 did against non qualifier romania.. If england football is disgrace then why your player dying to play epl . Infact epl and england nt is different but they are similiar in some content.dude do not understimate the other team every team hav capable and talented players. If you have messi they have rooney, if you have aguero they have sturridge. Compairing 23 man squad england have more players playing for highly rated football clubs.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 1:04 AM
2
Arg2014 really, Holland and England? this is a joke right.Who does Holland have after Robben and Van Persie? With Strootman out Holland chances became slimmer..And England the team Chile school at Wembley with a couple of their players like Vidal missing that game..Come on man, England should not be mention in this conversation..England is a disgrace to football, they always was and always will be..


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 12:58 AM
2
My comment wasn't about Spain, I respect Spain but no way Germany..Please tell me what have Germany won in football since 1990, then I will lay off the Germany conversation..Ok, the subcontinent have great cricket teams like India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, these teams dominate cricket at some point in time winning a few world cups..First and foremost the African and Asian continent are no footballing power house..South America is no Africa or Asia...South American perfected the art of football and is the continent of the greatest football players to ever walk this earth, take out South Americans from the European game and it becomes average at best..You cant compare apples to oranges man, how in the world are you going to compare Asia/Japan-Korea world cup and Africa/South Africa world cup to South America/Brazil? How many world cup have an African or Asian team won in the history of the world cup? Bro as I said, I will not talk down Argentina to any other NT, that's just me, I don't know about you...And Germany as a country still haven't won a legitimate world cup, West Germany was not a United Germany nation when they won the world cup, Germany also cheated Argentina to win in 1990..I hope we play them at the next world cup but its unlikely at this point..


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 12:57 AM
0
Although Chile, Ecuador and Colombia are all strong and show signs of promising potential, their squats lack depth....they have thinner bench comparing to Spain, Germany, Netherlands, England, etc...So even if they get out of the group stage, still to reach the final you need depth and good subs that can do similar jobs to starters in order to survive 7 games. For that reason, I would say only Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay out of S.Americans can survive several games in a short time because of their bench.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 12:40 AM
0
@KidultHood: I wasn't comparing Germany with Argentina. I was referring that never underestimate Germany if the world cup is held in Africa, S.America, Asia or wherever.....this is the German Machine. I hate the Germans and their team, but I can't deny that they have a system and resources that make an average player looks lethal. Italy is no match to this Brazilian team BTW, I would say Germany can give the Brazilians a run for their money. I'm sorry but expect to see Germany in the semi final again in 2014....Also at least 2 European teams make the semis, I said that before Europe is bread and butter for FIFA....AT LEAST 2 seats for them in the semis. I know you are writing off European teams chances just because it is held in Brazil, but that wouldn't prevent Europe from going further in the competition "at least 2 teams" out of Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, etc....


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 12:38 AM
0
kid football is unpredictable sport anything can happen infact its not only about atmosphere. in case of world cup which team perform best in 30 days or have win-win relation with team mate,manager mastermind and individual player enhance the spirit of team wins the cup.its not rating the team,players in the paper, and criticising them.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/30/2014 at 12:26 AM
0
how can you compare globally played foodball with 8-10 nation playing cricket.if it is about atmosphere why brasil won in japan 2002 which climate didnt suit them and spain won in africa which climate also was different with spain. its not only argentine football its about beautiful beautiful game.since germany is in semifinal from 2002,fan deserves to act as they are in top and so as spain fan as they won 2008 euro 2010 wc and 2012 euro back to back.if argentina perform like spain and germany back 10 years then we can have rights to criticise them.according to you holland should be placed ahead of germany then what about italy and france ,they were also finalist of 2006 world cup.yes i am argentine fan but happy to rank brasil,spain,germany and italy ahead of us.they dissorved it.even brasil,spain and germany fan knows argentine attackers are nightmare for every team.looking at the stat,climate and paper argentina and brasil have edge to win but this is football anything can happened.dude i am not talking down argentina and praising other teams.i am also a argentine fan and my heart beat when argentina plays.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 11:34 PM
0
I am a Argentina fan and I put no team over Argentina or talk down Argentina to any other NT..Holland made the last world cup final, so I guess they should be in the favorite category above Germany? How many world cups have Germany won since 1990?Germany have no bragging rights because they haven't won squat and I don't care how many semi they made since 2000, the question will always be how many world cups did they win in that period of time..Spain didn't have a track record of making many semifinal and final yet they won in 2010..I don't like Germany, I never did, majority of their supporters act as if they are on top of the football world, not even Spain supporters act the way Germany does and they won the world cup and back to back Euro cups..You guys can talk up Germany on Mundo all you like, but at the end of the day the world cup is in South America which it will stay in South America..To the fans here who knows about cricket, its like saying New Zealand, England, and Australia has a better chance of winning a cricket world cup on the sub continent over teams like India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka..The world cup cant come fast enough, because after Argentina win I can officially cancel my Mundo account, no need for me to go through this again with fellow fans.....


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 8:51 PM
0
Arg I will say this and I will say it over and over again..Germany wont do squat in Brazil..None of these European team will win, PERIOD end of story..Brazil will wipe the floor with Germany if they get that far, so too Argentina..Chile will defeat Spain and Holland, remember you hear it from me first.The only European team I see that have the strength and grit to do well in Brazil is Italy..its funny how people talk up Germany who never wins anything and talk down Italy chances..Italy is always better than Germany..This current Germany team is so overrated, especially by their fans..


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 8:37 PM
1
@KidultHood: No I won't be surprised if Portugal wins that game, Germany has never been impressive in the group stage, but watch out when they go further in the competition. They always have a saved energy for the final games. Don't forget that Germany has been very consistent in every world cup, and that's why they predict it as one of the favorites. They never show their form in friendlies, qualifiers, or early stages of WC.....Germany can score in the dying minutes and that is their major danger besides of course their deadly corner kicks.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 7:05 PM
0
arg2014 I am just reporting what CR said, not that it mean much anyways..By the way, I think its mind game by CR to use such tactics..Germany is rated to be a world cup favorite and they play their first game against Portugal..Ronaldo statement for me, shows that his team is going into the opener against Germany as the under dogs, so all pressure will be on Germany to win not Portugal,and don't be surprise if Portugal win or tie the game against Germany.. I just don't see Germany as the team many people making them out to be at this point, after all they're not Bayern Munich, yes they have some good/great midfielders but their attack is not all that; Schrulle, Klose, and Gomez, is that all for the German strikers? Plus a shaky defense with an half injury team..I will give Portugal the edge over Germany at this point..


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 6:02 PM
1
@KidultHood: you mean the entire world and every journalist, blogger, and soccer fan have mentioned that the winner will be: Brazil, Argentina, Germany or Spain......Cristiano didn't come up with something new, he was using the buzz surrounding these teams.

The winner might be one of these teams or anther team that is not within top favorites, nobody knows....this is football, people usually use the media buzz and momentum in predicting. If Colombia wins a friendly game against lets say Spain tomorrow, you will see Colombia in that list all of a sudden based on the momentum. I personally think that there is more that 6 teams that can win it, but I see Brazil #1 for now for many factors: completed team, ready to go in every position, Unity, Balance between defense and attack, coaching, and mainly 'host" factor.




Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 3:48 PM
0
If there are two players coming up we should be afraid of getting injured are Mascherano and Zabaleta i feel like Man city Overuse Zabaleta.


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 3:36 PM
0
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo says ''Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany are the favorites to win the World Cup this summer.''


Sabella 2015 - 2018
(United States)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 3:09 PM
2
I see this constant hype around Germany all the time but apart from their midifeld, who are the quality strikers they got going into the world cup? please spare me with the Klose argument..


Aimar
(India)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 1:04 PM
0
Julian Speroni


guled
(United States)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 10:19 AM
0
starting eleven is ok except goal keeper and probably gago when facing physical team


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 9:14 AM
2
@Shudirfadi
Saying FF isn't NT materials it got me wondering that you probably last time seen Argentina playing at Maradona era bro. FF is one of the most consistent performer in WCQ campaign.Him and Garay are two best CB in South America WCQ campaign. I saw him play for Napoli aswell but I like him when he play in NT bcoz he is a monster and more aggressive when he play for NT. Our deffence is fine just pray all of ours players come in good health. It's really scary if anyone get injured than it would be nightmare and the bloody season isn't finishing atall


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 9:03 AM
0
@Haman
You missed Garay :)


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 8:31 AM
0
Just count the 23 men going to Brazil, predicting what is 80% confirmed!

Romero, Andujar, Orion

Zabaleta, Campagnaro, Fernandez, Basanta, Rojo, Lopez, Peruzzi.

Mascherano, Gago, Biglia, Banega, Alvarez, Di Maria, Maxi, Sosa.

Messi, Higuain, Aguero, Lavezzi, Palacio.

This would probably be Sabella's squad based on the recent call up.

If there will be few changes, I predict " Hope" to see Cambiasso in place of Sosa and Mussacio or Fazio in the place of Lopez.

The forwards are fine with 5 players only, where we the midfielders with the goal scoring ability in Maxi, Banega, Di Maria and Alvarez.

Our main weakness will be in the LB spot, cause neither Rojo or his replacements are good enough to handle this role.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 8:25 AM
1
Spring topic:
Is Gabriel Batistuta the most handsome player in the whole world to také field till date???
.
Would he have been no.1 not just among Argentines But the entire world?
.
Probably Roy should conduct a survey here on this :):):):):)
.
Cheers


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 2:25 AM
0
IF people want the next big defender, check out Fontanini of San Lorenzo, the guy is a tank looks and plays like Puyol.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 3/29/2014 at 12:09 AM
0
Musacchio have done verbally contracted with Villarreal until 2018, it seems he will sign contract next month.. It indicates he will reamain in club for few seasons. Villareal will sure land him a contract actually villareal rated him 40 m player earlier this year. I want him to go italy because in serie A deffender are florished and rated high. Still 23 and have a great career ahead if he chooses italian and spanish big clubs ahead of money minded epl,french and east europe.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 3/28/2014 at 11:35 PM
1
Musacchio's contract with Villarreal ends this summer, so he can be signed on a free transfer by anyone. That's huge.

Manchester United, Barcelona, and Liverpool are apparently interested in him. If he went to ManU to play with Garay...think of the possibilities.