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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 …

Leading on from the top 10 goalkeepers in the world; I now present you the top 10 Centre-backs in the world. Remember, this is partly judged on recent performances and partly on permanent class. Enjoy, comment and discuss and remember to look out for the remaining four articles in this series of 6, the next one being the top 10 full-backs.
Centre-backs
Honourable mentions:

Diego Godin – An old school centre-half who bought into the ‘Simeone way’ from the very beginning to great effect. His dogged style and aerial prowess means he is now crucial …

Luis Suarez has really given people a lot to sink their teeth into over the last few years, but this is a drama that will certainly not go away. Many people will have different thoughts and feelings about the incident that occurred in the clash between Uruguay and Italy, here are just a few different points of view;
The Psychologists: This season with Liverpool, Luis Suarez had regular access to Dr Steve Peters, he did not accumulate a single red card! Whilst Uruguay admirably dealt with his physical injury, their failure …

Brazil appear to be hitting full throttle right when it counts with the Selecao progressing to the Semi-Final stage of their Confederations Cup with relative ease after winning all three of their group matches which included a highly impressive 4-2 victory over the much fancied Italy who like Brazil have also impressed thus far this summer. Brazil after finishing top of Group A, have the virtue of avoiding Spain in the first Semi-Final and will face the runners up of Group B, Uruguay. Brazil and Uruguay have quite the history …

At times, the football on display at a drenched Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was sloppy and lacked control, as expected on a soaked surface. But one moment of absolute genius proved to be enough to put two-time winners Uruguay into a very winnable quarter-final against Ghana; and that moment came from Ajax hotshot Luis Suarez.
Korean coach Huh Jung-Moo selected the side that was expected to be announced, continuing with the formidable attacking partnership of Park Ji-Sung, Park Chu-Young, and Lee Chung-Yong. Oscar Tabarez also named his expected starting XI, and …

When Uruguay face South Korea in the last sixteen of the World Cup, both teams will know a victory would put them into a good position to progress to the semi-final, with either Ghana or USA awaiting the winners. Uruguay will be the favourites for the match, having won Group A without conceding a single goal, upsetting the hosts along the way.
South Korea’s path to the knockout stages was somewhat trickier. But for some woeful finishing from Nigeria in their final group match, they may not have accompanied Argentina in …

With a draw guaranteed to take both sides through, Mexico and Uruguay surprised many people by playing out an exciting, end-to-end game. When Luis Suarez scored the decisive goal to give La Celeste the lead, it was evident from the players’ reactions that both teams wanted the win and to top the group, and the conspiracy theories were promptly shown the door.

Many expected a dull stalemate, but were given an exciting encounter
Mexico were the ones who needed a win to top the group and avoid a tricky clash with Argentina, and …

When Uruguay and Mexico meet in Rustenburg on Tuesday, a draw would see both teams qualify from Group A regardless of the other result. Mexico, however, will have other ideas. If a draw is the eventual outcome, Uruguay would top the group due to their superior goal difference, and it looks likely that the runners up will have to face Argentina; a fate both teams will be eager to avoid.

The disarry in the French camp has put both teams in the driving seat to progress
La Celeste got off to a …

In a match in which a nation, a continent, and most of the rest of the world were supporting Bafana Bafana, Uruguay rose to the occasion and upset the hosts at their own party. A marvellous strike from Diego Forlan gave La Celeste the lead, before the Atletico man scored from the spot to put the game beyond doubt. Alvaro Pereira then sent the vuvuzelas into a complete state of stunned silence as he added a third late on, meaning South Africa will have to beat France and have other …