Brazil                                                           v     Venezuela Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago Sunday, 21st June, 2015, 21:30 GMT   Brazil & Venezuela will kick off in the final group match of the 2015 Copa America knowing fully well the permutations & combinations that will land them a place in the knock out stages. The match between Peru & Colombia will finish before this match starts & if the former are involved in a draw then one could see the Brazilians & Venezuelans play for a stalemate as well. However, with all teams currently tied at 3 points a piece with the same goal difference it […]

Peru beat 10-man Venezuela 1-0 in Valparaiso to throw Copa America Group C wide open. A second-half goal by Bayern Munich star Claudio Pizarro fired Peru to a 1-0 victory over 10-man Venezuela on Thursday as “The Incas” bounced back from their agonizing opening defeat to Brazil.Pizarro shot high into the roof of the net on 72 minutes after midfielder Christian Cueva burst into the box to set up the Bundesliga-based striker and settle a hardfought contest. Venezuela, who shocked Colombia 1-0 in their opening game, were always struggling to keep the Peruvians in check following the first-half dismissal of Fernando Amorebieta for a wild stamp on Paolo Guerrero.Victory was sweet for Peru, who conceded a goal in injury time in their cruel 2-1 defeat to Brazil on Sunday to lose their opening game in Group C. Thursday’s victory leaves the race for quarter-final places from the group wide open, with all four teams locked on three points heading into […]

CHILE V VENEZUELA Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile November 14th; 23:00 GMT        *** Chile have an unbeaten streak in international friendlies to protect as they face off against Venezuela, who have not won in their last four matches, at the Estadio Regional de Antofagasta in Antofagasta Chile. Team News and Tactics Chile With this being an international friendly, Chile may give players, like Jorge Valdivia, a reintroduction into the starting XI or give a young player, like Igor Lichnovsky, a chance to make his debut for the senior national team. Regardless of the line-up or the formation, Chile will still play like they always have, with a sense of risk, energy, tenacity, creativity, and multi-functionality. With their high pressing game and their tenacious work rate, Chile look to dominate their opposition physically, when they do not have the ball. This pressing allows them to win the ball closer to their own goal, making it easier to […]

After the International friendly between Argentina and Venezuela at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata captured the imagination of Indian Football fans, numerous kids across the country will be gearing up for the road less traversed to rewrite the football history of the nation once again. TheHardTackle's guest author Arindam Banerjee reflects on the significance of hosting such a match in India.