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  1. Ezoic testing update

    by , 21st April 2014 at 12:17 PM (11v11 blog)
    As regular users will be aware we have partnered with Ezoic to optimise 11v11 over the past few weeks - in the expectation of improving user experience and revenues.

    Unfortunately, we have had to switch the Ezoic testing off for now as the development team at Ezoic has been unable to get the head-to-head record pages to work properly.

    The testing so far has shown that our original site is better optimised for user experience - in terms of time on site, number of pages viewed and bounce rate - than any of the new (Ezoic) versions.

    The Ezoic versions of the site showed an initial promising increase in revenue from advertising - but this has largely fallen off as bugs in the new versions have not been sorted out and overall traffic has decreased.
  2. 11v11 site testing programme with Ezoic

    by , 8th March 2014 at 12:30 PM (11v11 blog)
    We are pleased to announce that we have entered into what we believe to be the world’s most advanced and comprehensive site testing programme with Ezoic. As part of this programme we will be incrementally improving our site whilst offering numerous different page layouts and navigation structures to users in order to evaluate what works best on which platform, to increase our site revenue (which will be ploughed back into further improvements) and improve usability of the site. Our loyal users will undoubtedly find the site behaves somewhat differently than previously and some of the usual functionality may be difficult to access in the short term, so we apologise in advance for the temporary inconvenience, but the site improvements this programme will deliver will be better for everyone ...
  3. Will the 2022 Qatar World Cup be “built on the blood of innocents?"

    by , 11th February 2014 at 09:59 PM (11v11 blog)
    As construction work begins on the first stadium for Qatar 2022 and ahead of a European Parliament hearing in Brussels on Thursday, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar (SCDLQ) has issued a press release regarding another worker’s charter – this one called “Workers’ Welfare Standards.”

    The charter was immediately blasted by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as reinforcing the system of forced labour in place in the oil-rich fiefdom and doing nothing to prevent further avoidable deaths of thousands of migrant labourers. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was quick to issue a press release confirming that (contrary to impression given by Qatar’s press release) ILO comments, on the text “in particular concerning fundamental ...

    Updated 8th April 2014 at 09:43 AM by Statisticus

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  4. World Cup Team Base Camps announced

    by , 4th February 2014 at 07:58 PM (11v11 blog)
    The Team Base Camps for all 32 teams to have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil were announced on Friday.

    Here is the complete list:

    Algeria: Sorocaba
    Australia, Vitoria
    Argentina: Vespasiano
    Belgium: Mogi das Cruzes
    Bosnia and Herzegovina: Guaruja
    Brazil: Teresopolis
    Cameroon: Vitoria
    Chile: Belo Horizonte
    Cote Ivoire: Aguas de Lindoia
    Colombia: Cotia
    Costa Rica: Santos
    Croatia: Mata de Sao Joao
    Ecuador: Viamao
    England: Rio de Janeiro
    France: Ribeirao Preto
    Germany: Santa Cruz Cabralia
    Ghana: Maceio
    Greece: Aracaju
    Honduras: Porto Feliz
    Italy: Mangaratiba
    Iran: Guarulhos ...
  5. German Volke Finke to lead Cameroon to World Cup glory

    by , 9th January 2014 at 08:54 AM (11v11 blog)
    Joseph Owona, caretaker president of the Cameroon football federation, has confirmed Volker Finke will be leading the Indomitable Lions to the World Cup in Brazil, ending speculation fuelled by Roger Milla, that he would be replaced.

    On Wednesday Owona told reporters

    “We reiterate our confidence in Volker Finke. He has the merit of having qualified the Lions to the World Cup in Brazil. It is now up to him to carry out a good preparation to enable our team perform satisfactorily at the competition.”

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    The 65-year old Finke became the fourth German to manage Cameroon when he took over on 22 May 2013 - following in the footsteps of Karl-Heinz Weigang, Otto Pfister and Winfried Schafer. ...
  6. FIFA secretary general Valcke– Qatar World Cup can only be held in the winter

    by , 8th January 2014 at 03:20 PM (11v11 blog)
    FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke stated earlier today in an interview with France Inter that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be played in the summer - in a triumph of common sense over bureaucratic procedure.

    Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup without much serious consideration of the country’s climate and the consequences for fans, players and construction workers of operating in the searing heat. Since the reality of the dangers to human health has begun to sink in, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has insisted it would be discriminatory against hot countries to always hold the World Cup in the summer.

    However FIFA, keen to ensure the maximum consensus over the issue, has launched a long-running consultation process with all the various stakeholders ...

    Updated 8th January 2014 at 03:26 PM by 11v11

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  7. Theo Walcott’s injury a blow for Arsenal and England

    by , 8th January 2014 at 11:20 AM (11v11 blog)
    Despite speculation that a pioneering surgical technique using an internal brace could help Theo Walcott recover within four months, after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Tottenham on Saturday, the Arsenal and England player is out for the rest of the season and realistically speaking won’t be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup.

    Walcott’s injury came towards the end of a crucial FA Cup win, in which he again demonstrated his value to the Gooners as a stand-in striker, and at the moment when his standing amongst the North London fans has reached an all-time high.

    For Arsene Wenger, the search for a striker now has even greater importance, and where he spends his money may be decisive in whether Arsenal’s title challenge can ...
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  8. 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup of upsets?

    by , 9th July 2013 at 04:45 PM (11v11 blog)
    The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be a highly contested one, representing the major chance of footballing glory for most of the nations involved.

    The USMNT go into the tournament on home turf looking to avenge a 4 - 2 final defeat to Mexico in the previous edition. On this occasion there is an extra incentive as the winner will secure a chance to play-off for Confederations Cup 2017 qualification.

    The other main favourite, Mexico, have already got off to a terrible start as they were shocked 2 - 1 in their opening match against Panama. This is following a disappointing World Cup qualifying
    campaign and going out in the first round of the Confederations Cup. Manager José Manuel de la Torre is now under serious pressure.

    Players will be auditioning ...

    Updated 27th July 2013 at 08:35 AM by Statisticus

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  9. Confederations Cup not to disappoint

    by , 16th June 2013 at 04:56 PM
    In the history of the tournament, the Confederations Cup has not always been held in the highest of regard. In the past we have even seen Germany and France pull out. Teams such as Brazil have elected not to send a full strength squad.

    Do not expect to see a repeat of this at Brazil 2013. Above all, Brazil will want to show expectant fans that they have a team capable of winning the World Cup next year. For them, winning is the only option. Failure next year would be close to a national disaster.

    European giants Italy and Spain will not be holding back either. Italy have brought a full strength squad which includes a blend of youth and experience whilst Spain will be sticking to the same formula which has brought them three major championships in the last five years. ...

    Updated 16th June 2013 at 05:06 PM by Statisticus

  10. 10-match ban - Suarez saga comes back to bite Liverpool

    by , 24th April 2013 at 04:21 PM (11v11 blog)
    Reaction to Luis Suárez biting Branislav Ivanovic on the arm has varied from Simon Burnton describing the Liverpool striker as responsible for a “perfect storm of evil” in the Guardian to Jim Edwards in Business Insider arguing Suárez is “probably not a psychotic man-child racist” but rather a hyper-competitive player who is all about “winning, at all costs” - just the attitude Liverpool require to escape from the mid-table mediocrity into which they have fallen.

    But what of the business consequences of Suárez’s bite? In the context of the match itself, Suárez escaped punishment, and although he failed to draw a penalty out of Ivanovic’s reaction, he did score in the dying minutes to significantly dent Chelsea’s Champion League ambitions. However, after Suárez accepted a charge ...
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