Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy I’ve an old mate back in England, goes by the name of Russell Beale. Nice lad, smart, good laugh and about to become a father for the first time. He lives in a small town called Stroud in the South West of England but reading his Facebook page this past week or so and you would be forgiven for thinking he’s from another planet. Russell genuinely believes England will win the World Cup. His profile picture is decked out with patriotic colours and his posts and updates read like a motivational speaker employed to lift the entire nation. Before the Panama game, Russell predicted England would win 10-0. He wasn’t far off. I laughed at first at this ridiculous idea that my home nation actually stands a hope in Hell, but after giving it a little more thought I started to come around to his way of thinking. England’s squad for the World Cup is a young team of solid individuals who have … [Read more...] about Can England really win the World Cup?
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Brazil star Neymar will make his World Cup bow on Sunday (Jun 17) as the five-time champions kick off quest for redemption while holders Germany launch their bid for back-to-back titles. Brazil's Neymar is the focal point of one of the most menacing attacks at the World Cup. (Photo: AFP/Joe Klamar) Four years after injury cut short his World Cup, before Brazil suffered a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Neymar is once again spearheading his country's hopes. The Paris Saint-Germain striker's participation at the finals in Russia had been cast into doubt after he suffered a fractured right foot in late February. However the 26-year-old forward has shown little signs of rust since returning for Brazil, scoring in consecutive friendlies on the eve of the finals. That could spell trouble for Switzerland as they take on Brazil in Group E on Sunday. Brazil coach Tite, who masterminded a dominant qualifying campaign which saw the "Selecao" finish 10 points clear of their … [Read more...] about Germany and Brazil roll into the World Cup
PARIS: Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year's World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday (Oct 5), while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their berth. England's Harry Kane (right) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup Group F qualifying football match against Slovenia at Wembley stadium in London. ( Photo source : AP/ Kirsty Wigglesworth) Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew's team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C. The four-time world champions also maintained their proud unbeaten away record in World Cup qualifiers - a run spanning an incredible 47 matches dating back to 1934. "We're off to Russia, to tear it up! … [Read more...] about Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths
Neymar scored a hat-trick as Brazil routed South Africa 5-0 while Spain edged fellow heavyweights Italy 1-0, but a host of World Cup rivals faltered on Wednesday. Ninety-nine days out from the World Cup, there were unimpressive 1-0 friendly wins for England and Germany over Denmark and Chile respectively. Argentina and Colombia were held to draws while fellow finalists Australia, Ghana and the United States were all beaten. At Soweto, Chelsea's Oscar opened the scoring for Brazil on 10 minutes, Barcelona ace Neymar struck once in the first half and twice in the second, and Manchester City's Fernandinho marked his first start with a goal as well. It was the final warm-up for the World Cup favourites before the May announcement of their 23-man squad. "It was not an easy game. The scoreline does not tell the story. South Africa played well -- they moved the ball well," said Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari. "The difference was that Brazil have very special players. We are happy … [Read more...] about Brazil, Spain win as World Cup rivals struggle
Watching the World Cup in colour Ratings war: Television has played an important role in bringing football games from all over the world to viewers. Broadcasting groups in Viet Nam are in a fierce competition to win viewers with this year’s World Cup coverage. AFP/VNA Photo Bach Duong (11-06-2006) Television coverage of the World Cup in Viet Nam has come a long way in the last twenty years. Thuy Ha takes a trip down memory lane. The first time I remember watching World Cup matches live on television was twenty years ago when the tournament took place in Mexico and I was just a kid. The thing I still remember is the statement said before each game: "If the technical conditions are good the match between (a team) and (a team) will be broadcast live." Back then, good technical conditions and even weather were things football fans in Viet Nam were most concerned about before each World Cup game was played somewhere in a country thousands of kilometres away. Because … [Read more...] about Watching the World Cup in colour