It’s been the most interesting world cup with some huge upsets and last minutes equalizers so far, the defending champions Spain are the first team in the history of world cup who were playing as defending champions and are now out of world cup just after playing their first two games, Spaniards who are at 4th position in Group B lost both of their first matches against Netherlands and Chile and now out of world cup , the world of football is still amazed on their performance, and few of Spanish players have already announced their retirement which include xabi Alonso, xavi Hernández and captain iker casillas name is also in rumors, other than Spain another team England who are known as the pioneers of football also frustrated their fans and are out of world cup just after playing two games and Italy are out after losing to Uruguay.
Another upset which was about to happened by the brilliant play till 90 minute by Iranian team was blush by the Argentina little man Leo Messi, Lionel Messi curled a stunning 91st-minute winner to send Argentina through to the World Cup knockout stage and rob the excellence Iran of a deserved point. Before that in the initial stages of world cup Germany’s 4-0 victory over 10-man Portugal in the Group G also frustrated many portages and Cristiano Ronaldo fans.
Brazil who are hosting the world cup and are one of the favourites of winning the world cup, Brazil played their first games against the Croatia which ended as 3-1 win for brazil, and in their second game against the Mexicans the match ended as a goal less draw in which the Mexican goalkeeper performance was worth watching. Brazil won their third game easily by four goals to one victory over Cameroon and is now top of group A and qualified for knockout stages along with Mexico from Group A, Other than these teams the good performances in world cup so far are of Colombian team who are 1st in Group C, Costa Rica 1st in Group D beating Italy and Uruguay in their important matches. France are at top of group E having 5 goals victory over Switzerland in their second game and qualified for the round of 16.Nigeria having second position in group F but yet to win an important game against Iran to qualify for next round. Germany and Belgium are at top of group G and H respectively till the current date standings.
Now let’s talk something beside the matches been played , Football World Cup 2014 theme Song Ole Ola has been officially up in which the American rapper Pitbull, the multi-talented personality Jennifer Lopez and the Colombian singer, song writer Shakira put the magic with their voices.Goal-line technology (GLT) is set to feature at the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time as a support for match officials.
Well a lot of folks are making an issue by comparing English clubs with the Spanish clubs , for me there is no comparison between them because of different ways of their playing style but still i am writing this to clarify them by some facts .
When it comes to which professional football league rules the roost in Europe,with full respect to Serie A and the Bundesliga there are really only two contenders : The English Premier League versus Spain’s La Liga. It’s the cut and thrust of the EPL against the guile and technical skills of Spain’s finest.
well if i compare them on social networking the facts are : The followers of official Premier League and La Liga Twitter accounts, it was Spain who took the win with almost nine million compared to five million
Ronaldo and Messi rule Twitter : Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney have just teamed-up as Manchester United players. But in social media they’re fair less prolific than La Liga stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Barcelona and Real Madrid superstars scored 24.3 million twitter mentions last season compared with just 8.7 million for the EPL pair.
El Classico takes the title vs Manchester derby : There were more than 1.7 million tweets mentioning El Classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona on April 21, 2012 compared with just under 500,000 for Man City vs. Man Utd.Beside this EL Classico is the most watched football match in the recent years.
Best support we’ve ever seen: The Premier League edged out La Liga in terms of total fan attendance. However, the Premier League’s biggest attendance of the season (Manchester United vs. Wolves – 75,627) was easily beaten by La Liga’s top fixture, with 99,252 cramming in to watch Barcelona vs. Real Madrid.
Champions of Europe: With full respect to the current champions Chelsea we must not forget the Spanish clubs just edged out the Premier League when it comes to Champions League wins, helped in no uncertain fashion by Real Madrid’s record haul of nine trophies. Liverpool were the EPL’s top performer, scooping five titles.The total trophies for the English teams at the end to year 2011-12 are now 12 ,where laliga teams still got the edge by 13 trophies to their name .
English teams ends runners up 7 times where Spanish sides ends runners up 9 times.
Bad manners: In terms of discipline, either the players in the Premier League are extremely dirty or the referees are extremely strict. There were 158 red cards in England in 2011/12 compared with just 58 in Spain. For the English fans who blame barca for bad tackling and bad manners let me clarify them FC Barcelona have uefa fair play award in the year 2009/10.
well what’s left is a huge question form the English fans that in laliga there are only two clubs and they only compete for the title Real Madrid and Barcelona ? My answer to them is Real Madrid and Barcelona are better than everyone else in Spain? Yes. But they may also well be better than everyone else in Europe. Their success is their success, not simply everyone else’s failure.
wait a mint now i’ve something to remind for English fans..
Athletic Bilbao went to Old Trafford and with an hour and a half, they proceeded to tear United apart. It was not definitive proof, but it was a warning, a reminder that there are other teams beyond Spain’s big two. In the end, Athletic totaled almost 70 percent of possession time and 25 shots, while the best United could muster was that it lost just 3-2. Athletic was the seventh best team in Spain. United was the top one in England. yesterday Atlatico Madrid’s huge margin 4-1 win against Chelsea in uefa super cup was just an awful moment for the ones who keep saying there are only two big clubs playing in Spain
** I’ve to edit this post in 2013 ,just to remind you all, that there’s no English team left in 2013 champions league top eight , this sums up pretty well i think **
Honesty dictates recognition of certain facts. Over the last five years, Barcelona has won two European Cups, Manchester United just one. And before that’s dismissed as a reflection about clubs and not countries, in the last decade, three Spanish Clubs — Valencia, Sevilla and Atlético have won the UEFA Cup/Europa League ,No English club has
Now, if I tell that to any English fan he would counter me by saying whatever it takes to win or if he’s a little more smart-mouthed, he would tell me something of the lines “Yea, that sucks man but it’s all good if your team is doing it.” Now what the hell is that? Why the double-standards? It’s ok for you to play negative but if someone else does it, it is not ok? What kind of football is that? Yes sir, that’s English football for you!
I’m a fan of Barcelona and Barcelona has lost to many La Liga sides even their local rivals (Espanyol), league rivals (Real Madrid) and even to teams like Numancia and Osasuna (never heard of them, right?); but it never frustrated me or made me so mad that I want to swear out loud at the TV and even on Twitter. When there is an English opposition, they play so defensive at our home, so defensive that it’s like if you’re so scared to play a normal game than why did you leave the premises of your own stadium? And then they call it “strategy”. Having all 11 of your players inside your own half for more than 80 percent of the time is strategy?
The spainards are not ruining the beautiful game of football, The English fans have already ruined it, the spainards are just ruining what’s left of it.
*the facts and figures are totally taken for the official twitter accounts and the official uefa sites and the pictures and more facts will be updated soon*