2009 Confederations Cup Round Up

July 9th, 2009 by liamsmith

Wow. The Confederations Cup was a cracker this time around.
The USA had to be the shock of the tournament though reaching the Final after an impressive run of form, knocking out some of the favourites to win the competition. Brazil were determined to win the competition after a slow start and bad form at the [...]

South Africa strike threatens World Cup

July 9th, 2009 by leewilson

Around 70,000 construction workers in South Africa have gone on strike halting work on the stadiums for the 2010 World Cup.
Unions are threatening to potentially wreck the tournament if they don’t receive a 13% pay rise on their wages. However, organisers are confident that the grounds will be ready for the summer of 2010 as [...]

Brazil’s comeback just Fab to lift Confed Trophy

June 28th, 2009 by Danny Hall

The mark of a true champion is triumph against adversity - and Brazil showed exactly that this evening, after coming back from two goals down against the USA to clinch the Confederations Cup.
Having already ended world champions Spain’s colossal unbeaten streak in the semi finals, the USA had already firmly established themselves as the suprise [...]

Spain pain for host nation

June 28th, 2009 by footyjourno93

A Xabi Alonso free kick secured Spain third place in the FIFA Confederations cup, robbing host nation South Africa in the second period of extra time.

The previously jubilant South African crowd were left dissapointed at the final whistle

The first half of this third place playoff started in a monotonous fashion, though both sides had chances [...]

Brazil 1-0 South Africa - Confederations Cup

June 25th, 2009 by leewilson

In a match that on paper was expected to be extremely one sided, only a piece of magic from Barcelona full back Daniel Alves was the difference between Brazil’s team of superstars and host nation South Africa.
Following a resilient performance from the hosts, Alves stepped up to take a free kick in the 88th minute [...]

USA 2 - 0 Spain - Surely not?

June 24th, 2009 by mightyhammer

As the Confederations Cup comes to a close the USA just seem to get better and better. They sensationally made it to the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Egypt and Brazil managed to beat Italy 3-0 and it was said to be the best performance ever for the USA. I can safely say that [...]

2010 Qualifcation Update

June 22nd, 2009 by villafan

As the 2010 World Cup approaches not many teams have qualified. In the Asia region only Australia, Japan, Korea DPR and Korea Republic. In the African section there are still 6 places left with no teams having qualified yet. In the Europe region many teams are struggling. Only Holland have qualified and there are still [...]

Luis is the two-goal hero as Fab Brazil march to semi’s

June 21st, 2009 by Danny Hall

In terms of their respective FIFA World Rankings, Brazil and Italy are one place apart. Here, on a humid Sunday evening at Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld stadium, they were simply miles apart.
Brazil’s midfield maestro Kaka showed glimpses of the class which persuaded Real Madrid to, albeit briefly, make him the world’s most expensive player, and Sevilla’s [...]

Six goal swing for the U.S as Egyptians crash out

June 21st, 2009 by footyjourno93

The wise person who first uttered the immortal words: “Football- it’s a funny old game” was once again proved correct as the previously unwavering and diligent Egyptians fell to a U.S side who have looked poor and lethargic throughout the tournament.

Every Egyptian expected to progress to the next round: including national team coach Hassan Shehat

Both [...]

Iraq 0-0 New Zealand - Confederations Cup

June 20th, 2009 by leewilson

With Iraq vs New Zealand broadcasting on my television and the joys of the BBC live stream from the Spain vs South Africa match on my laptop, I was all set for what I hoped to become a thrilling night of Confederations Cup action. After sitting through the dour opening stages of the Iraq vs New Zealand encounter, it was around [...]