Back in Israel football exists. They love football and wish to push themselves to the next level. They did feature in the World Cup almost fifty years and at present many of their players are playing club football in Europe. In the ongoing World Cup Qualifiers, the performance of Israel is not at all bad and the thrashing victory over Austria last night hinted at their improvement.
It was a night to celebrate for one of the hard-nut-to-crack sides in world football – Sweden as they handed Spain a shocking defeat at Stockholm. It might come as a surprise to many but they should never forget how tough Sweden could be and even the very best tasted their spirited displays in the past.
It was time for the European Champions Italy to showcase their display in the World Cup Qualifiers, but in a low-key affair, the Azzurri were held by the Bulgarians. Yes, Italy’s unbeaten run under Roberto Mancini has been intact because they shared points whereas a straightforward victory was expected.
One might argue that Brazil did not have the services of the major players who are playing club football back in Europe due to COVID-19 restrictions, but on paper Selecao still looked like a formidable unit. And, with someone like Neymar around, obviously, the in-form Brazilian unit was expected to play in a commendable fashion against Chile, who, so far, have cut an unsatisfactory figure. Well, it was not a night to remember for Brazil despite earning full points.
The Copa America champions showed their might in Venezuela by essaying a dominating victory.
The memory of the Euro 2020 was quite shocking for the World Champions France and thus they wished to erase that with a commendable victory over Bosnia Herzegovina. Sadly, it turned out to be another painful affair as a ten-man French unit was halted by Bosnia.
When Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the fifteenth minute and after that, the Republic of Ireland went ahead, the Irish fans smelt a famous victory. And, there were reactions from the Irish fans towards Cristiano Ronaldo – they whistled towards him, but they forgot it’s not finished yet until and unless Cristiano Ronaldo decides when it would end.
Paraguay - quarterfinalists at the South Africa 2010 a decade ago, of course - are looking to book their first return since this time around, having missed out on Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. A surprise victory here could have vaulted them into the top four and keep them firmly on the front foot. But it did not happen.
Amid the doubts of the upcoming Copa America, which has been shifted to Brazil and the rumours of head coach Tite’s resignation; Brazil faced Ecuador in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at Porto Alegre. Brazil looked underwhelming at the start, still, picked the tempo when Tite brought changes. In the end, the Selecao did not drop any points like Argentina and Uruguay.
After a dramatic and hectic football season in Europe, international football has commenced. Back in Europe, the preparation for the Euro is underway while in Latin America, the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are back. At the new and sparkling new Madre de Ciudades Stadium, Argentina logged horns with Chile and ended up sharing points.
Germany suffered a loss in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the first time in 20 years. The last time they lost a qualifier was to England in 2001.
At Belgrade, Portugal logged horns with Serbia for the World Cup Qualifiers. With the kind of players Portugal have and the kind of form they are in at the moment, a victory was expected, but the match ended in a 2-2 draw and in a controversial manner.
No Neymar. No Philippe Coutino. No Casemiro. No Fabinho. No Eder Militao. https://twitter.com/faisalyorker1/status/1328879315409195009?s=20 Yes, without the abovementioned names, Brazil and Tite traveled to Montevideo to face Uruguay, who are one of those teams in world football that can unnerve Brazil. And,...
Apart from Brazil vs Argentina, in South America, the clash between the Selecao and Uruguay is another contest, which garners huge interest among the football fans back in South America. Traditionally, their rivalry is known as also known as...