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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Watch the World Cup Final this Sunday

Sepp Blatter with World Cup trophy

But first, don’t forget the third placed play-off too!

So after weeks of incredible goals, attacking flair and plenty of controversy, it all comes down to one game between two giants of international football – Germany vs Argentina. This fixture has become all too familiar in recent tournaments with this being the third time these two countries have fought out a final for the coveted trophy. Argentina won the first of the meetings, whilst West Germany won the last. Surprisingly, this Sunday will be Germany’s bid to win the title for the first time since becoming a unified country.

Before all that takes place however, Brazil, a country in mourning for several reasons, will have the ignominy of competing in what has become the single most pointless and unpopular international fixture since the tournament existed – the third placed playoff. Waiting on the other side of the field are the Netherlands; another team who had started the tournament with such flair and excitement, only to go out with a whimper. Both the Dutch and the Brazilian camps no doubt agree that this game is an indignity that they would rather avoid however, protocol must be followed and whoever wins this one, won’t be remembered for the right reasons.

The Dutch will go home wondering what might have been for yet another year and will part with manager Louis Van Gaal who’s contract has ended; with him heading off to England to manage Premier League giants Manchester United. The Brazilians will also feel as though their dreams have been shattered, with the cruel and near career-ending injury to talismanic striker Neymar followed up by the public demolition job at the hands of the Germans, losing 7-1 in the semis. No doubt they will part company with their respective boss Luiz Felipe Scolari after the reaction to the defeat exposed many problems within the hosts squad. This group of ageing and under-performing superstars will undoubtedly see sweeping changes with a new manager to come after the tournament.

For now, all eyes will be on this game to see who gets the nod. Most Brazilians would like to see a new generation of superstars get the chance to shine and repair some of the pain inflected by a so-called elite group that showed little passion, desire or discipline. But this is all a side-show now and the real attention should be turned to Sunday’s final.

Whoever wins loses out!

In a strange twist that is typically unsurprising for FIFA, whoever wins the final on Sunday between Argentina and Germany will not get the keep the 18-carat gold trophy, even though past rules had clearly stated that any team that wins the tournament for a third time will be handed the original for keeps. However, Sepp Blatter and his cronies put that one to bed!

The current 18-carat gold Fifa World Cup Trophy was commissioned after Brazil won the Jules Rimet Trophy for the third time in 1970, and thus they naturally kept it. FIFA’s regulations at the time stated that any nation to record three tournament triumphs would become its permanent owners. Not anymore! The rule was subsequently changed to state that the trophy would now remain in FIFA’s possession, with the World Cup winners being handed a gold-plated replica instead. Good old Blatter. You can always count on him to make changes to suit his agenda. Like a child with a toy, he wants it all for himself.

Where will you be watching?

The final takes place this Sunday at 8pm and can be seen live on both ITV and BBC. So take your pick of the bunch. If you want to see the game live on UK television where you live, contact our sales team to discuss what packages we have on offer.

Say a final farewell to a familiar face!

Love him or loath him, Alan Hansen has been the voice and face of British football punditry for over 20 years. Since 1992, his direct and candid style of commentary has divided many fans and experts within the game and after 22 years with the BBC as one of their top sports pundits, he is finally taking a bow and leaving his post.

Tonight at 10.35pn on BBC One, Gary Lineker presents a personal and insightful tribute as Hansen joins friends, family and colleagues to look back at an illustrious career as a player and a pundit. Contributions come from many people within the game and his life including Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Des Lynam, Jamie Redknapp, Harry Redknapp, Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Mark Lawrenson and Alan’s wife Janet and children Lucy and Adam.

Next season’s Match of the Day coverage won’t ever be the same again without him and after several months of gibberish from Robbie Savage to deal with, some of his foes may just be wishing he didn’t leave after all. So whatever your opinion of the guy, be sure to see his final send off tonight on the BBC!