Group H: Spain, Chile, Honduras, Switzerland
Spain look set to finish atop Group H thanks to their status as one of the favorites to lift the World Cup trophy. Their presence in this group though is only part of the story. This is an evenly-balanced group that features efficient Switzerland, classy Chile, and solid Honduras.
The Swiss rebounded in emphatic fashion after a troublesome start to their qualifying campaign and will be a threat under Ottmar Hitzfeld. Marcelo Bielsa is one of the more highly rated managers in South Africa and he has led Chile to the 2010 World Cup playing an attractive, free-flowing style of football. Under Reinaldo Rueda, Honduras have become a very difficult team to play against and will challenge too for a place in the second round.
What Should Happen
It was one of the most important El Clasico matches one could remember. The winner would undoubtedly hold a major advantage in claiming the title with only 7 matches remaining. So when Real Madrid and Barcelona battled at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening it was all set up for another classic confrontation.
In the end what we saw probably wouldn’t reach classic status yet it was an enthralling fixture complete with some back and forth football and no shortage of intensity and desire from the combatants in question.
Xavi's Brilliance Led Barcelona To Victory
Real came out of the blocks quickly perhaps to no surprise. After last season’s 6-2 embarrassment at home to Pep Guardiola’s side, the Madridistas surely wanted to exact some revenge especially in a match of such importance. And let’s be honest, in the opening exchanges it was Manuel Pellegrini’s side who looked a bit more composed and dangerous in and around goal. Continue reading
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
Welcome to the first installment of our Big Match series. Here we will analyze and examine a particular match at length. It could be a huge European match featuring clubs from England, Spain, Italy, Germany or France or perhaps a derby from Argentina, Brazil, or even Australia and Greece. It could be a World Cup clash, or possibly a lower league match-up that for some reason or another has come to our attention (mostly it’ll just be talking about a match we’ve seen on television or have gone to).
Please enjoy our first Big Match report on Sunday’s La Liga game between Barcelona and Valencia at the Nou Camp in Barcelona.
Perhaps it’s only comparisons to last season that have people questioning Barcelona’s likelihood of winning back-to-back La Liga and Champions’ League titles. Even the most optimistic of Barca supporters had to be thinking that there was no way the lofty heights of last season would be reached. Six for six in all the competitions they entered, how could that possibly be topped or matched?
In truth, Sunday’s clash against third-placed Valencia answered little to those wondering if this side is able to win La Liga and the Champions’ League again. The potential is there for a repeat of domestic and continental honors, but the question is can this side minus Samuel Eto’o and without significant contributions this season from his replacement Zlatan Ibrahimovic or fellow frontman Thierry Henry do the business during the business end of the season. Continue reading