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  1. Di Stefano video - European Cup goal compilation

    by , 10th July 2014 at 10:53 AM (11v11 blog)
    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: OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'VwMm9ybjpCLEvW7vJhR6X5t4t4JCC3_l', {'liverail-ads-manager': {'LR_PUBLISHER_ID': '45919', 'LR_AUTOPLAY': '0'}}); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video
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  2. Netherlands v Argentina preview stats

    by , 8th July 2014 at 10:55 PM (11v11 blog)
    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.
  3. Brazil's worst ever defeat

    by , 8th July 2014 at 09:46 PM (11v11 blog)
    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

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    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

    World Cup , National Teams , Brazil , Germany
  4. Brazil v Germany preview stats

    by , 8th July 2014 at 10:38 AM (11v11 blog)
    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
  5. Netherlands v Costa Rica preview stats

    by , 5th July 2014 at 10:20 AM (11v11 blog)
    This is the first ever match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica, however despite Costa Rica’s excellent performances so far in this tournament, the Netherlands are strong favourites to progress to the semi-finals.

    • Netherlands have won 10 of their last 11 World Cup matches, (the loss was unfortunately the 2010 final against Spain.)
    • Costa Rica are the first CONCACAF team since the USA in 2002 to reach the quarter-finals.
    • The Dutch goals at this World Cup have been scored by seven different players.
    • Wesley Sneijder has now played in 15 World Cup games – a Dutch record.
    • The Netherlands are on a run of 11 World Cup knockout games without keeping a clean sheet.

    Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)

    Netherlands: Rank: 15 Points: 981

    Updated 5th July 2014 at 11:48 AM by 11v11

    World Cup , National Teams , Costa Rica , Netherlands
  6. Argentina v Belgium preview stats

    by , 5th July 2014 at 10:14 AM (11v11 blog)
    This match marks the third time in a row that Argentina have reached the quarter finals of the World Cup whilst for Belgium it is only the second time they have progressed to this stage (In 1986 they ended up in fourth place)
    Argentina and Belgium have both won all four of their games at the 2014 World Cup, all by a single goal margin.

    Head to Head games

    13/06/82 Argentina v Belgium 0-1 (World Cup)
    05/09/84 Belgium v Argentina 0-2 (International)
    25/06/86 Argentina v Belgium 2-0 (World Cup)

    Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)

    Argentina: Rank: 5 Points: 1175
    Belgium: Rank: 11 Points: 1074

    World Cup 2014

    First in Group F with 9 points (P3 W3 GF6 GA3)

    Updated 5th July 2014 at 11:49 AM by 11v11

    National Teams , Argentina , Belgium
  7. Brazil v Colombia preview stats

    by , 3rd July 2014 at 08:10 PM (11v11 blog)
    Although this is the first time Colombia have reached the quarter-finals and Brazil have got this far in each of their last six World Cups, Colombia have arguably been the most impressive team of the tournament so far. Despite home advantage, Colombia may cause an upset.

    Brazil v Colombia stats

    • This will be the first World Cup match between Brazil and Colombia..
    • Colombia have failed to score in 9 of their last 12 games against Brazil.
    • Colombia’s 11 goals so far is their best ever in a World Cup.
    • If James Rodriguez scores in this match he would be the first player since Rivaldo in 2002 to score in the first five games of a World Cup and the first since Teofilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments) to score in his first five career

    Updated 4th July 2014 at 05:55 AM by 11v11

    World Cup , National Teams , Brazil , Colombia
  8. France v Germany preview stats

    by , 3rd July 2014 at 08:04 PM (11v11 blog)
    The current French side are nothing like as good as the World Cup winners of 1998 and it would be a surprise if they win this game against a German side which is unbeaten in 15 internationals.

    France v Germany stats:

    • There have been 17 goals in the 3 World Cup matches between France and Germany
    • Germany won the 1982 match on penalties after one of the most controversial incidents in world football history – the “tackle” by Harald Schumacher which Michel Platini thought at the time had killed his team-mate Patrick Battiston.
    • If they win this game, Germany will become the only nation to have reached the semi-finals in four successive tournaments.
    • Germany are unbeaten in 15 internationals (W10 D5 L0) and 15 World Cup matches (including qualifiers).
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    Updated 4th July 2014 at 05:56 AM by 11v11

    World Cup , National Teams , France , Germany
  9. - Rewarding grass-roots sporting heroes

    by , 2nd July 2014 at 04:55 PM (11v11 blog)
    With certain overpaid prima donnas in the news, we’re happy to provide some publicity for a scheme set up to reward grass-roots genuine sporting heroes.

    Since 2011,, the used car specialist, have been seeking out and rewarding those members of different communities who do everything they can to help others.

    This year are looking for the Most Deserving Sporting Hero - those nominated include a triathlon coach, a gymnastics coach, a basketball coach, the manager of a boxing club and, from the world of football, the chairman of the Ashleworth Woodpeckers Youth Football Club.

    The winner of the title of “the Most Deserving Sporting Hero,” a used car from and a donation of £250 to their sporting club will be decided ...
  10. Argentina v Switzerland preview stats

    by , 1st July 2014 at 03:26 PM (11v11 blog)
    Argentina have avoided losing in 16 of their last 17 World Cup matches but Switzerland have won 5 of their last 6 and have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 World Cup matches.

    More stats:

    • Argentina have won their last three Round of 16 ties; (v England in 1998 and v Mexico in 2006 and 2010.)
    • Switzerland have lost their only two Round of 16 ties (v Spain in 1994 and v Ukraine in 2006).
    • The Swiss have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 10 World Cup finals matches.
    • Xherdan Shaqiri’s hat-trick v Honduras was the 50th hat-trick in World Cup history.

    Head to Head games

    19/06/66 Argentina v Switzerland 2-0 (World Cup)
    16/12/80 Argentina v Switzerland 5-0 (International)
    01/09/84 Switzerland v Argentina 0-2 ...

    Updated 4th July 2014 at 10:12 PM by Statisticus

    World Cup , National Teams , Argentina , Switzerland
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