Link between La Liga and EPL !
2001 Real Madrid-Manchester United
2003 Real Madrid-Manchester United
2007 Real Madrid?-Manchester United
Weird eh ?
2001 Real Madrid-Manchester United
1) Thierry Henry is off to Barcelona.
Italy won their Fourth World Cup Title when they beat France 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 deadlock.
Photo : Italian captain and also the Man of the Tournament Fabio Cannavaro for me lifts the trophy for the Italians. They were worthy winners !
Photo : The 2006 FIFA World Cup Winners Italian Team . Congratulations to them !!
Key Players : Zinedine Zidane, Theirry Henry, Patrick Viera, Lilian Thurram
Strengths : probably the most experienced team at this world, 5 of the current squad members were also present at the 1998 triumph, Zizou and the french are peaking at the right time after struggling initally through the group stages, are playing displined football making it difficult for the opposition to score or control the game at all for that matter, moreover we are yet to see the best of henry who knows it might be his day !!
Weakness : Havent really looked convincing enough when it comes to scoring goals and now they face what is undoubtedly the best defence in the world, so will have to really sweat it out in order to find the net, with age and experience also come tired legs and Thuram and copany will have keep up with the energy of the italian forwards !!
# Italia :
# Deutschland :
Key Players :
Michael Ballack , Klose-Podolski pair, Philip Lahm , Frings, Klismann (their young enthusiastic Manager)
Home nation, Efficient well organised attack, front two (Klose-Podolski in great form), All players fully fit and in form, Have tightened up their defence after intial hiccups, They have the status of the underdogs(so nothing to lose), Young team, Hungry for sucess, Klinsmann has given their nation a new hope and belief !
They are on a high right now , after beating Argentines, regrded by many as the best team in this tournament, in the quarterfinals.
Their only weakness so far (unless the Italians expose some other) has been their young un-experienced defence , but the Germans know their weakness as well as their strenths so you expect them to work on that !!
# Italia :
Key Players :
Buffon, Nesta, Cannavaro, Pirlo, Totti
The good old italian defence is as strong as ever with Cannavaro-Nesta central defence bieng rock solid and Materazzi filling in for injured Nesta once in a while. Midfield is strong with Gattuso , Cameronesi doing the holding job and Pirlo providing the creativity.
The forward line is a bit weak so could find it tough to score goals sometimes. Del Piero and Inzaghi have the expirience but are too old to run around for 90 minutes while Toni and Gilardino have the energy but lack the experince and temperament.
The last time these two teams met in WC was the 1982 final when Italy won its only post-wars title. The Italian team that time was in deep controversy with their captain Rossi under match-fixing charges. Deja vu?? 13 italian players are involved in the biggest ever match-fixing scandal coming into this match including the likes of Buffon, Del Piero & Co. Anyways the Italian game plan is cleat , the eternal defend-counterattack strategy which has worked quite well for them this time around too. But they would like to avoid taking the game into penalties as Germans have never lost in a penalty shoot-out in a World cup match (the Argentines bieng their latest victims.)
The Germans have never lost in Dortmund, are on a high after that epic win against Argentina, won their world cup last time in Italy itself, won the last world cup held in Germany, all their players are fit and in form. They just need to break the italian deadlock and im sure they could reach yet another WC final. thats what they are good at. reaching finals. They have played in 7 (more than any other team.) They were there last time around in 2002, they made 3 consecutive times in 1982, 1986, 1990. They are GOOD !!
England Vs. Portugal
Top Matches : (in order they were played)
Italy Vs. USA (1-1)
Crazy Match No. 1
Sweden Vs. England (2-2)
One of the best goals, Late drama, End to end stuff, Joy to watch for the nuetrals.
Argentina Vs. Mexico (2-1)(ET)
Argentina had to sweat it out against a bold Mexican team , it took one of the best world cup goals ever by Rodriguez to finally jump the mexican hurdle !
Portugal Vs. Holland (1-0)
Crazy Match No. 2
Spain Vs. France (1-3)
A brilliant come-from-behind victory by France, Heartbreak for the underachieving Spanish. The ageing French superstars announced their arrival led by Zizou !!
Top Goals :
Torsten Frings Vs. Costa Rica , 4-2
A stunning unstoppable 40 yard drive was a joy to watch. The 87th minute strike also took off the pressure and put the game beyond Costa's reach.
Cambiasso Vs. Serbia , 2-0
A mersemerising 24 pass move by the argentines saw one of the best ever team goals in world cup finals, brilliant one touch football before Crespo's cunning backheel proved to be the killer pass that Cambiasso finished off.
Joe Cole Vs. Sweden , 1-0
A breathtaking 30 yard , diagonal volley from the young england star looped over as the goalkeeper stretched as fr as humanly possible only to brush the ball which went into the top-right corner. UNSTOPPABLE !!
Maxi Rodriguez Vs. Mexico , 2-1 (ET)
This has got to be the best Goal , not just quality wise but also because of the context in which it was scored. 8th minute of extra time and both teams were too tired to create anything when suddenly the genius in Rodriguez took over as he chested a lose ball and let in a scorcher from the corner of the penalty box and the whole world missed a heart beat as they saw the ball loop in over the goalkeeper's stretched hands in to the top left corner of the goal.