By Steve Sands
In my first blog for 11v11, I squeezed in a sneaky reference to cricket, my other sporting love. It covered Sepp Blatter’s plans to give managers the chance to use television replays to challenge decisions - a concept that cricket has fully embraced. Although cricket, unlike football, has natural stoppages that allow for such reviews.
This blog is actually inspired by cricket, after Birmingham born all-rounder Moeen Ali was recently booed by Indian supporters while playing for England at Edgbaston.
To his Credit Ali told the BBC afterwards that he “wasn't too fussed. It didn't affect me one bit.”
It got me thinking, is it acceptable to boo at a football match?
The problem is that the act itself is
Updated 15th September 2014 at 09:57 PM by Veritas
by Steve Sands
I have been mulling over Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s proposals to give managers the opportunity to use television replays to challenge referees’ decisions during matches.
Blatter told delegates via a video link at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester recently that such a system could be put on trial as early as next year.
My initial reaction to the idea was - shouldn’t we be making sure that the current laws, or interpretations of those laws, are working as well as they could be before going off on such a radical tangent.
At this point I have to declare myself a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to such things. Although the introduction of goal line technology was a long overdue improvement
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Bayern player Mario Goetze scored the winning goal - and he wasn't short of club team-mates in the Estadio do Maracana.
Thomas Muller was Germany's top scorer and second only to James Rodriguez in the competition for the Golden Boot. Batyern keeper Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany's captain Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, and Jerome Boateng all ply their trade in the Bavarian capital.
Arsenal, who won the world cup in 1998, got a look in this time, with Ozil and Mertesacker playing in the final - but Bayern not only provided more players than any other team to the World Cup winners - Bayern players were amongst the best performers of the competition.
As Berti Vogts said during his time as Germany coach, "Der Star
Updated 14th July 2014 at 07:05 AM by 11v11
The mach for 3rd place offers Brazil the chance for some redemption following the humiliating performance against Germany - but can Holland recover their group stage form and rub more salt into the wounds?
The historical record is balanced, but both sets of players and the managers have plenty to prove
In World Cups, each side has beaten the other twice (one of which was a penalty shoot-out win for Brazil).The Netherlands scored 12 goals in their first 4 games at this World Cup but failed to score in the quarter- or semi-final, despite both matches going to extra-time.This will be Brazil’s fourth appearance in the third place game (W2 L1) and the Netherland’s second (L1)In his current spell as Brazil manager Scolari has a win percentage of 67.86% - in
Following the total thrashing of Brazil by the rampant Germans, Germany are favorites to lift the World Cup trophy at the end of this game.
But Argentina showed against the Netherlands that they can hold an world-class attack at bay - not forgetting they have arguably the best player in the world in Lionel Messi.
Germany v Argentina stats
This will be Germany’s 8th World Cup final (more than any other nation), and they have now reached a World Cup final in each of the last 7 decades (1954; 1966; 1974; 1982 and 1986; 1990; 2002 and 2014).(W3 L4)This will be Argentina’s 5th World Cup final, (W2 L2)This will be the 3rd World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Argentina won 3-2 in 1986, Germany 1-0 in 1990).
Updated 11th July 2014 at 11:42 AM by 11v11
Alfredo Di Stefano scored in all first five European Cup finals, that saw Real Madrid become one of the world's biggest clubs.
He is regarded as the most influential player in "Los Blancos'" history, and this is our tribute to one of football's legends:
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Argentina have never lost a World Cup semi-final, but the Netherlands have looked impressive so far in this tournament.
Expect a tighter game than the Germany v Brazil clash.
In their previous World Cup matches, the Netherlands won twice, Argentina once, with one draw.This is Argentina’s first World Cup semi-final since 1990, when they lost in the final to West Germany.Argentina’s victory over the Netherlands in the 1978 final, is their only win against the Netherlands in 8 meetings (W1 D3 L4).Each of Argentina's 5 wins at this tournament have been by a single goal margin.This is the first World Cup in which both Argentina and Brazil have progressed to the semi-finals.Wesley Sneijder has now played a Dutch record of 16 World Cup games.
The 1-7 semi-final loss against Germany will go down as Brazil's worst ever loss in international football:
Here are their other extremely poor performances:
18 September 1920 Uruguay v Brazil 6-0 South American Championship
03 June 1934 Yugoslavia v Brazil 8-4 International
05 March 1940 Argentina v Brazil 6-1 Copa Julio Roca
Whilst this 7-1 victory was arguably Germany's best ever performance in the World Cup, it was not their most emphatic score-line which was an 8-0 win against Saudi Arabia in 2002.
Updated 9th July 2014 at 10:50 AM by 11v11
Brazil are on a run of 42 undefeated home matches - their last defeat having been against Paraguay in August 2002. If the Germany force Brazil to taste defeat this evening, it will be a bitter pill to swallow.
Brazil have lost none of their last 6 semi-final matches, winning 5 and going through on penalties in the other.
Germany are the first country to reach four consecutive World Cup semi-finals.The only other meeting between these sides at the World Cup was in the 2002 final when Brazil won, with Ronaldo scoring both goals.Germany won the last meeting between the two sides 3-2, with the goals scored by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Neymar and Robinho.Thiago Silva will miss the semi-final through suspension and Neymar (who will