Betting on sports

Written by on Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:32. Posted in World Cup Blog

Nowadays, online betting is one of the most popular ways to bet to your favorite soccer teams all around the world. You can either enter your betting picks before the start of a match (or even more) or enjoy the hidden "secrets" of live betting, where you can place your bets as you watch your preferred fixture.

This is an absolutely great way to bet as you have an opinion about the match and how both teams are performing. Betting is actually an investment and as such should be regarded, as it has nothing to do with other forms of gambling. Online betting is famous in all European countries. Moreover, if you are an uk resident, uk online betting is a classic habbit for all uk residents.

There are many bookmakers to try your luck on the Web, but William Hill is the best and most serious in the market. So why don't you start placing your bets today? Don't forget that World Cup is only a few months away, so building your bankroll till then is not a bad idea.


Can Lionel Messi silence any remaining doubters at World Cup 2014?

Written by Sebastien on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:54. Posted in World Cup Blog

To all but the most cynical of eyes, Lionel Messi has clearly proved himself to be not only the best footballer of his generation, but one who stands comparison to any from yesteryear. However, there is one stick that those few remaining doubters regularly use to beat him with: his failure to lead Argentina to World Cup glory.

It is an injudicious argument when you consider that Messi was little more than a young fringe player during his first World Cup, in 2006, and was then hamstrung during South Africa 2010 World Cup by a woefully unbalanced side whose defensive failings were made patently clear by Germany in the last eight.


Three Big Nations Struggling to Qualify for World Cup 2014

Written by Sebastien on Friday, 29 March 2013 12:33. Posted in World Cup Blog

With just six months to go until qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is completed there are some famous names currently in danger of missing out. Here we profile three big nations who are struggling to qualify.


Nigeria’s Keshi Leads The Way For African Coaches

Written by Sebastien on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:52. Posted in World Cup Blog

Stephen Keshi stands alone among the coaches who have led Nigeria to tournament success. Otto Glória of Brazil coached them to the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations; Clemens Westerhof of the Netherlands led them to the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations; and another Dutchman, Jo Bonfrere, oversaw their 1996 Olympic Gold Medal success. In winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Keshi became the first Nigerian to lead the country to glory.

Keshi’s past paints a picture of how African coaches have historically been treated within their own continent, where the possibility of being replaced by a foreign coach, heralded or not, has always loomed. He led Togo to a surprise qualification for the 2006 World Cup, but was replaced by the German coach Otto Pfister for the tournament itself after leading Togo to a group stage elimination from the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.


Is It Time To Merge The Confederations of Asia and Oceania?

Written by Sebastien on Monday, 25 March 2013 14:35. Posted in World Cup Blog

This past weekend, New Zealand moved to within a two-legged playoff of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with a 2-1 victory away to New Caledonia, their closest rivals in the Oceania Football Confederation’s qualification process. The victory continued their 100% record in the final group stage, with 15 goals scored and just two conceded over five matches.

The All Whites now face a long wait until November, when they will take part in a playoff with the fourth placed team from the CONCACAF region (North and Central America) to determine whether or not they will qualify for Brazil 2014.

The ease with which New Zealand have reached this stage - as they did with similar comfort ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa - has again raised questions as to the validity of the Oceania confederation running their own qualification process, separate from that of their closest geographical neighbours, Asia.


Beckenbauer and Charlton: 1970 Brazil Team Still The Best

Written by Sebastien on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 19:17. Posted in World Cup Blog

It is an iconic World Cup moment. The split second in which Pelé, having received the ball on the edge of the penalty area, pauses, waiting for the right instant to release a nonchalant pass to an on-rushing team mate not yet visible to the television audience. A moment later the pass is delivered and Carlos Alberto, careering onto the scene, meets it flush, adding one last flourish to a tournament illuminated by Brazilian excellence.

Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning side were undoubtedly one of the finest ever to grace the tournament. Graceful, inventive, joyous, their play left a generation spellbound; the bright, basic tones of the nascent colour broadcast technology left the images of their best moments forever emblazoned on the retinas of those who witnessed them in action.


The Football That Brings Light to the Underprivileged

Written by Sebastien on Sunday, 10 March 2013 18:28. Posted in World Cup Blog

The ball with which football is played today is all but unrecognisable from that used by the founding fathers of the game. Significant advances in the fields of man-made materials and manufacturing technology have combined to produce a ball that is lighter, less susceptible to poor weather conditions, and generally more user-friendly that those used in the 1800s.

But it would be fair to say that as impressive as these advances are, none have changed the ball’s fundamental role and purpose. Now, though, an American company has devised a groundbreaking new use for the football, repurposing it as a means of bringing light to underprivileged communities.


Valcke Content With Stadium Progress, But Concerns Remain Over Maracana

Written by Sebastien on Friday, 08 March 2013 14:46. Posted in World Cup Blog

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke came away content that the six stadiums scheduled to host matches at this summer’s Confederations Cup will be ready in time following a whirlwind three-day tour of the venues last week. This despite flooding causing further problems for the re-development of the legendary Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Valcke travelled to Brazil to check on the progress of the stadiums, which were originally due to be completed by November last year. The Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto in Belo Horizonte and the Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo in Fortaleza have subsequently been completed, but the stadiums in Brasília, Recife, Rio and Salvador are still outstanding.


Catering for the Disabled

Written by Sebastien on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:45. Posted in World Cup Blog

In September 2012 the Brazilian Ministry of Sports declared that at least 1% of the seats at stadiums hosting during the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup should cater to disabled people. The Arena Castelão in Fortaleza was the first to confirm its allocation of seats for this purpose, declaring in October that they had put aside 1,675 seats for people designated as disabled under Brazilian law.

The implementation of this policy has been brought to focus again this week with the emergence of images of the special seats for people with obesity problems. 120 of these double width seats have been installed in the Arena Castelão and will be available to those willing to pay twice the value of a regular-sized seat. While normal seats start at a price of €22, the obese seats begin at €44.


The Goal-line Technology Race Heats Up

Written by Sebastien on Monday, 04 March 2013 22:27. Posted in World Cup Blog

In the past week, FIFA have confirmed that two additional goal-line technology systems have passed their testing process and are eligible to bid for the rights to provide goal-line technology at the 2013 Confederations Cup and World Cup 2014. Cairos Technologies AG and GoalControl GmbH have joined GoalRef and Hawk-Eye in the running, with FIFA expected to announce a final decision in April.

The process began in the direct aftermath of the 2010 World Cup. The failure to award a goal to England when Frank Lampard’s shot bounced off the crossbar and over the line in their second round defeat to Germany finally persuaded FIFA to seriously consider goal-line technology. A set of requirements were draw up in October 2010 and FIFA began to welcome applications from technology companies shortly thereafter.


The Neymar Question

Written by Sebastien on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:22. Posted in World Cup Blog

This past week has seen much back and forth over Pelé’s comments regarding Neymar, the much-coveted Santos forward who is expected to lead Brazil’s charge to glory on home soil in World Cup 2014. Pelé raised concerns over Neymar’s recent performances for Brazil and argued that the youngster’s lack of international experience leaves him ill-equipped to carry the burden of an expectant nation.

It is an argument others have raised over the last year or two as it has become clear that Neymar intends to stay in Brazil until after the World Cup. But the fact that it has now been reiterated by Pelé, the man who spent the entirety of his top-level career in Brazil, has raised eyebrows in certain quarters. How could the man who turned down numerous opportunities to migrate to Europe criticise Neymar for doing the same?

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