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So now at the completion of the group stage, we were down to the last 16 teams. There was a one day rest between the final group game in Group G, and the start of the knockout stage. After having two weeks of relentless football, the intermission seemed to take a lifetime.
 
Last 16
Saturday June 30th – Day 16
The first last 16 game, saw Group C winners France, play Group D runners up Argentina. France’s Antoine Griezmann slammed the crossbar with an early free kick. France were then awarded a penalty. …

Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

Basketball and Football, two similar yet entirely different games. Same basic rules which are to score as many as you can before the end of the game, but the difference is so big you sometimes forget that they are so similar. With the obvious fact of Basketball is a ball being dribbled with hands and Football is a ball being dribbled with feet, there are other rules which make the sports almost opposites in a way. Basketball could improve the future of English football.
I believe this as if you look at …

The third in a series of six articles looking at the best 60 players in the world at the moment, we are now onto full-back having done golkeepers and centre-backs. Please enjoy, comment, discuss and read the next article; the top 10 central midfielders.
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Fabio Coentrao – A frustrating year for the 26 year old former Benfica man, playing second fiddle to Marcelo for club and having a disappointing World Cup for country. However, he is still an intelligent player, who is technically skilful and tactically versatile. Young enough to still …

There is a select group of sporting greats who make people stand up and notice them, make the hairs stand up on the back of their necks and present their sport as an art form as opposed to solely physical skill. As generations come and go, they produce an elite minority, such as Usain Bolt, the fastest man who has ever lived, who has revolutionised sprinting completely. It takes a special talent to stand out above the rest and make people see their sport differently. Many football players have graced …

The dream is over for Diego Maradona. Argentina were outclassed and soundly beaten in Cape Town today, denying the Maradona-Messi fairytale the happy ending many had longed to see.
The Germans gave another masterclass in how to tear a team to shreds on the break. Miroslav Klose scored twice to take his career tally to 14 World Cup goals, one short of Ronaldo’s record. Arne Friedrich and Thomas Müller added the others to complete a beating that couldn’t have been any more comprehensive.
The Germans played as they did against England, taking …

The build up to this game has been dominated by talk of what has gone before. Not only is this a World Cup quarter final, it is one between two sides who have real previous. Argentina coach Diego Maradona faced Germany in the two biggest games between the nations. In 1986 and 1990 these two countries contested the biggest game of all with Argentina crowned champions of the world in Mexico before Germany gained revenge in a bad tempered affair in Italy four years later.
Then, when the World Cup went …

Argentina versus Mexico in the last 16 of the World Cup, deja vu anyone?  Just four years and three days ago, these nations squared off in Leipzig Germany at exactly the same stage of the competition.  Argentina came out victorious on that occasion and will be hoping for a repeat performance this year.
History
As already mentioned, La Albiceleste and El Tri locked horns at this stage of the competition four years ago and it proved to be one of the games of the tournament.  Thoroughly impressive in the group stages, Argentina were …

Argentina are safely through to the last sixteen, after two late goals were enough to overcome a negative but stubborn Greece. The victory ensured  La Albiceleste top group B with maximum points and now face a mouth watering repeat of the 2006 second round clash with fellow Latin Americans Mexico.

Needing only a point to secure top spot in the group, Maradona made seven changes to the side which faced South Korea, resting several key figures. Nicolas Otamendi, Clemente Rodriguez and Nicolas Burdisso were drafted into the defence, Juan Veron and Mario Bolatti entered the …

Argentina will seek to mathematically ensure their passage into the second round, in this final group game with Greece.  With six points to their name already, La Albiceleste are essentially through, unless they suffer a heavy defeat and South Korea beat Nigeria by several clear goals. However, momentum is of great importance at a World Cup and Maradona’ smen will be looking to ensure theirs remains by securing maximum points and sending out a warning to their rivals in the process.
History
Argentina and Greece have met just once before and it was a …