Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece
Another difficult group to call in this World Cup. The clear favorite is Argentina, though Diego Maradona’s side had a tumultuous qualifying campaign that only saw them clinch a spot to South Africa on the final day of matches. Nigeria, South Korea, and Greece are all harboring hopes of being the second placed team in the group.
Nigeria are a physical side who can boast some top attackers though they are a team that has been inconsistent in recent years. South Korea look primed to finally make a splash at a World Cup on foreign soil, while Greece hope to recapture the spirit of 2004, when the team came out of nowhere to win the European Championship.
Group B is certainly one of the groups that could go all the way to the end of the third matchday before we see who advances. It is one of the less talked about groups, however there is certainly plenty of intrigue here.
What Should Happen
Today, I was going to do up a Big Match Report on Barcelona-Arsenal. However thanks to the brilliance of Lionel Messi, I thought that any attempt to analyze this match would be at best a futile effort. The man is quite simply a magician and at the Nou Camp last night he was amazing, his finishing and all-around play were a joy to watch.
So, instead we will focus our Big Match analysis this week on the upcoming Real Madrid-Barcelona match.
For now, here are a couple of videos of the man that someday will be known as one of football’s true legends (perhaps to many he is already!). Enjoy yesterday’s highlights of Messi’s display and some of his best ever goals.
Some of Messi’s best ever goals
Lots of football being played at this time of year as we are in the midst of the “business end” of the season. Everything is a little condensed this year as it is a World Cup year, so it really means that the matches are coming at us left and right. Not that we mind here at One Game, One World.
In today’s Morning Kick-Off we take a trip around the globe to see some of the more interesting happenings in world football. First, a little video though from Denmark, specifically Aalborg’s 1-1 draw with SønderjyskE . Spare a thought for Aalborg goalkeeper Karim Zaza who tried to dribble past the opposition forward only to get stripped and give up the most embarassing of goals. Luckily for him, Aalborg found an equalizer late on to rescue a point.
Ouch! Though in Zaza’s defense, perhaps the pass he received was not exactly the best and it put him into some trouble. Anyway, on to he Kick-Off! Continue reading
We’ve had a lack of features on the site lately due to some time constraints, however don’t worry you daily readers (yes, all 4 of you), we have some good stuff lined up the next few weeks including a profile of club in Nepal, interviews with ESPN’s Derek Rae, Goal.com’s John Duerden and many other profiles, interviews, and features covering all things from the beautiful game big and small. Ok, on to the Morning Kick-Off.
Champions’ League? Check out the Europa League
The Europa League was supposed to be a boring, second rate tournament, however yesterday’s matches brought back the magic of the old UEFA Cup, you know from years’ past when the UEFA Cup was an exciting, decent tournament. You can change the name and rebrand however you like, but if the matches aren’t of quality to the people watching them then a competition will go nowhere. Thursday’s matches however were the best advertisement UEFA could have hoped for in regards to the Europa League. Continue reading