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Germany See Off Spain, Rooney Edges Closer To Record while Ronaldo and Messi Fail To Shine

World Champions Germany beat Spain, England secure impressive win while Argentina-Portugal failed to live up to the hype. A busy night of international fixtures saw England record an impressive 3-1 win at Celtic Park thanks to a brace from Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney. In the battle of the last two World Cup Winners, a late pile-driver from Real Madrid man Toni Kroos was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Germany in Vigo. The much anticipated clash between the Argentina and Portugal in Manchester failed to live up to the expectations as neither Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo nor Barcelona’s Lionel Messi were able to break the deadlock and were both subbed at the interval. Debutant left back Raphael Guerriero settled the contest with a late goal in the second half. In other games Antonio Conte continued his unbeaten start with a 1-0 win over Albania, Brazil had to come from behind to claim victory against Austria while Real Madrid […] Read more »

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La Roja back on the right track

After the disastrous performance in the 2014 World Cup, it seems like Spain have left the bitter past behind and are back to winning ways. The Spanish team that played the World Cup gave a performance that was well below expectations. Stalwarts like Xavi, Iniesta, Casillas and Alonso received a lot of flak for failing to produce the magic they usually did wearing the red colours of their national team. Manager Vicente Del Bosque also was not spared as many called for the former Real Madrid manager to hang up his boots despite Spain having won 3 consecutive major international competitions under Del Bosque. The ghosts of the 2014 World Cup have been buried deep in the past now and there seems to be a new spurt of energy in the Spain dressing room. Despite people calling for his retirement, Del Bosque decided to honour his contract which runs until the end of Euro 2016. Xavi and Alonso, who are […] Read more »

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Republic of Ireland vs USA – Team News, Tactics, Lineups And Prediction

Both the Republic of Ireland and the USA look to end 2014 on a winning note, as the two sides face each other in a friendly that serves to provide opportunities to fringe players in the form of game time. The Irish are looking to get back to qualifying for major tournaments on a regular basis - starting with an expanded Euro 2016, while the Americans aim to build on a strong performance at the World Cup earlier this year. Read more »

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Wayne Rooney And Roy Hodgson Relishing ‘Difficult’ Scotland Test

England head coach Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney are expecting a tough test against Scotland at Celtic Park tonight. The England and Manchester United skipper admits it will be more than a normal friendly between the oldest rivals in international football and believes this experience will benefit the players ahead of the Euro 2016 in France. “It will be a great test,” Rooney said. “I’ve played here before on big nights in Champions League. The atmosphere will be very loud and very intense. I’ve spoken to a few of the younger players, to make sure they’re ready for the start of the game because if you’re not ready it can take you by surprise, but I’m sure we’ll be ready.” “We are on a good run at the moment and it is important to keep getting these results.” “Our next game is in March so we don’t want to come off a bad result. We went to end the […] Read more »

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Will Guus Hiddink stick or twist for the Netherlands

As Guus Hiddink draws closer to the end of his managerial career he must sacrifice the dream of a grand farewell for the greater good of Dutch football. There have been 2 great national football teams in the last 20 years or so – the French team of Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry & Patrick Vieira and the Spanish team of Xavi, Andres Iniesta & Iker Casillas. These two teams were successful for a period of 5 years, give or take and in that period won everything there was to win as far as international honours were concerned. But both of these teams had very inglorious endings, something which their legendary players did not deserve to go through. While the French were dumped out of the 2002 World Cup the Spanish were undone in this summer’s showpiece. The reasons for this were twofold. Firstly, it is no big secret that the best sides have one thing in common – hunger & […] Read more »