Cristiano Ronaldo, (born 5 February 1985), won the world best footballer award in 2014. He is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for the Portugal national team and Real Madrid (Spanish Club). He is a striker and captains the Portuguese national team.
Barcelona FC is the winner of the UEFA Champions League 2015
2014 World Cup Winners
The pairing of this year’s UEFA Champions League semi-finalists threw up again the potential of an El’ Classico Finale between Barcelona and Real Madrid come June 6, 2015 at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany. However, the fact of the matter is that football is never straight forward!
In 2012, this same scenario almost played out until Chelsea and Bayern Munich ‘connived’ to deny both Barcelona and Real Madrid the dream final that the whole world ordinarily would have wanted. Even the final played in Germany was to be a big disappointment to Bayern Munich who were touted to be the favourites for the title when a last gasp header from Didier Drogba took the game to extra time and eventual penalties led to Chelsea’s triumph.
The on going FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil has thrown up a lot of surprises that made even the most optimistic of fans to wonder. From the game between defending champions, Spain and Holland to the amazing and almost unbelievable exploits of Costa Rica to the humiliating defeat of hosts Brazil by Germany in the semi-final; this has been a world cup like no order.
Many believed that the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Neyma and perhaps; Arjen Roben would be the stand out players of the tournament. I know that few (if any) analysts looked at a young 22-year-old Colombian named James Rodriguez to be the star of the world cup. Apart from practically shinning like a million stars, it was his dedication to his team and capacity to take responsibility at such a young age that amazes many. His goals are also something Hollywood movies are made of!
The FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil promise so much and the eagerness to behold the biggest spectacle in football is not lost on many. Kicking off from June 12, 2014, the world is waiting with baited breath to see what Brazil would show forth.
As a forerunner to the event, I have collated some of the pictures of the arenas to be used for your viewing pleasure. Just before I hands off, I’d like to say (and for the records), that this will be the best FIFA World Cup ever! Big statement I know; I am willing to stick out my neck.
Three months ago, I wrote about the pundits who never gave Arsenal any chance of winning the EPL this season. Some of them predicted that it would be a successful season for the Gunners if they managed to qualify for the UEFA champions’ league. I felt that they were too pessimistic and dismissive of Arsenals’ chances. Although I was also on the cautious side, I didn’t expect the kind of performances (if we could call what we’ve witnessed in the past six weeks that) they have put on show since their embarrassing defeat by Liverpool.
Some will argue that the unfortunate injury to Aaron Ramsey, who was turning into a monster of player right before our very eyes is partly responsible for the horrible situation the team is in currently. Injuries to Theo Walcott and Jack Wiltshire also thinned out the team but the truth is that Arsenal lacks the true grit and quality to win the league. If care is not taken, it might be more elusive than before as the other teams will keep strengthening never mind the Fair Play Rule!
Chelsea had to wait till the 92nd minute to beat a very stubborn and tactically aware Everton side today. Had Yaya Toure not taken the bull by the horns, Manchester City would have rued missed opportunity for the second time in a week at the Etihad. Such is the tightness of the English Premiership.
You cannot easily decide who will be the champion come May but the outlook there reveals that a lot of people and analysts feel Manchester City is the strongest and that they will edge it over Chelsea.