Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brazil World Cup Group G USA United States of America / Have a Fun Flag Wigs !

How they qualified
The Americans had an ominous start to their final round of qualifying in the CONCACAF zone, losing out 2-1 on the road in Honduras. The result had many in the US media questioning Jurgen Klinsmann’s approach and tactics. All that suspicion quickly melted away, however, as the German proved totally up to the task, guiding the Stars and Stripes deftly to a first-place finish in the six-team Hexagonal. He experimented with old players in new positions, new players throughout the squad, changed formations freely and generally created a new atmosphere of confidence and competition in the team. They won an astounding seven of their ten games, scoring a Hexagonal-high 15 goals, conceding only eight, losing only once, and finishing four full points above runners-up Costa Rica in the final standings. If the trajectory continues for Klinsmann’s rampaging side, the sky might just be the limit in Brazil.

FIFA World Cup finals history
The first US team to turn up at a FIFA world finals earned the dubious nickname of the ‘shot-putters’ for their muscular and burly nature, but 3-0 wins over Paraguay and Belgium in 1930 was enough for a third-place finish, to this day the best placing for any team outside of Europe or South America. Four years later the Americans went out in the first round, but they caused a grand sensation in Brazil in 1950 when, led by outstanding goalkeeper Frank Borghi, they managed to beat mighty England in Belo Horizante in an upsets for the ages. Another first-round exit came in 1990, but as hosts in 1994 they managed to reach the knockout rounds, a result that paved the way to more consistency. And after a last-place finish at France 1998, they beat Portugal and Mexico in Korea/Japan 2002 and only just missed out on a semi-final place after losing to Germany. In 2006 they went out in the first round again, this time in Germany before reaching the Round of 16 in South Africa in 2010.

Key players

Jozy Altidore, of English Premier League outfit Sunderland, emerged as the complete package during the final qualifying competition. Left out of the team due to poor form and attitude in the semi-final round,  Klinsmann reconsidered and wasn’t let down by his burly striker, who scored goals for fun and was the perfect partner for Clint Dempsey in attack. Landon Donovan, long-time creative icon of the US national, made a return to football after a self-imposed months-long ‘sabbatical’ and linked up beautifully with the sturdy central midfield presence of Roma’s Michael Bradley. With Tim Howard still a dominant presence between the sticks, the Americans are loaded with ability wherever you look.

Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
Best performances in a FIFA Competition: FIFA World Cup Uruguay 1930 (Third place), FIFA Confederations Cup Saudi Arabia 1992, Mexico 1999 (Third place), FIFA U-20 World Cup Saudi Arabia 1989 (Fourth place), FIFA U-17 World Cup New Zealand 1999 (Fourth place), FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 (Second place)
Former stars: John Harkes, Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride

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Chana Soccer Football Team Profile / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

How they qualified
Ghana survived one of the continent's toughest qualifying groups by winning five of their six matches against 2012 African champions Zambia, Lesotho and Sudan. A 1-0 defeat in Zambia was their only set-back in a campaign that saw them outscore their opponents by 15 goals to three. That sent them into the final play-off round, where again the Black Stars were done no favours by the draw, which set them up against seven-time African champions Egypt. However, a resounding 6-1 win the home first leg basically settled the tie and sent them into their third FIFA World Cup in succession even before a meaningless 2-1 defeat in Cairo.
FIFA World Cup finals history
An impressive FIFA World Cup finals in 2006 saw the Black Stars beat the Czech Republic and the USA before being eliminated by Brazil in the second round, but they were the only African team to escape their group. In 2010, they were again the only side from the continent in the knockout rounds, and they equalled Africa’s best-ever performance by beating the USA to reach the quarter-finals. Ghana’s loss in a penalty kick shoot-out to Uruguay in the last eight was perhaps the most dramatic of the tournament, and they may well consider themselves as having unfinished business after Asamoah Gyan’s missed penalty kick denied them from becoming the first African side to reach the semi-finals of a FIFA World Cup.
The key players
There are few better midfields in the world than Ghana's as the Black Stars can call on veterans Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari as well as players hitting their prime like Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Up front, the athletic Asamoah Gyan will be a vital focal point and no doubt anxious to prove that Ghana can be the undisputed class of Africa.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

No fears for enterprising Nam Tae-Hee / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

Korea Republic midfielder Nam Tae-Hee knows a thing or two about long-distance travel, having left his family behind at the age of 16 in a bid to make his name on foreign shores.
His global odyssey began in 2007, while still a high school student in Seoul, with England his first port of call. In making the move and joining Reading’s youth academy a year later, the intrepid Nam took a step that most youngsters would have thought twice about, but which came naturally to him, as he explained to FIFA.com: “Moving to Europe at the age of 16 wasn’t a problem for me because I’ve been living far away from my family at school since I was ten.”
As it turned out, however, his future did not lie in England, and in 2009 he crossed the channel to sign his first professional contract with Valenciennes, though it took him a while to settle and get to grips with French.
“Reading offered me a contract but I had to leave England for administrative reasons,” he explained. “The best solution was to head to France and Valenciennes, where I did sign terms. The club gave me the chance to play in Ligue 1 and I was delighted to play for the first team and to put pen to paper on my first professional contract.”
Nam began what would be a three-season stay in France with a debut outing against Nancy in August 2009, becoming, at the age of 18, the youngest Asian player ever to grace Ligue 1.
Reflecting on the experience, he said: “I was young and I wanted to develop my game. I learned a lot in France, playing alongside some really good players and under a very experienced coach.”
Dubbed “The Korean Messi” at Valenciennes, Nam took off for Qatar in 2012, signing on the dotted line for Lekhwiya. It did not take long for him to make his mark in the Emirates, forming part of a side that last season finished runners-up in the Qatar Stars League and won the Crown Prince Cup, the prelude to their league championship win this year.
“I wasn’t getting much football at Valenciennes, which is why I decided to leave for Qatar, so I could get more first-team action,” the Korean Republic international said. “I’ve had three seasons there now and I think the time has come for me to seek a fresh challenge back in Europe.”
Olympic success
The 22-year-old found himself back in England a couple of years ago, as part of the Korea Republic side that took part in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012, the Asian side advancing beyond the group phase for only the second time in their history. They would eventually go to break new ground by claiming the bronze, the country’s first Olympic football medal.
Recalling their historic achievement, Nam said: “The Olympic tournament was tough but we put in some good performances. We learned to play together and to compete against some teams with big reputations.”
He added: “It was fantastic for my team-mates and I to win what was a well-deserved bronze medal. I still remember the match against Great Britain, which we won on penalties. That tournament will always be etched on my mind.”

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Fortaleza invites the world to the FIFA Fan Fest / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

Iracema Beach in Fortaleza is set to be the place to be in June and July 2014 when the FIFA World Cup™ comes to town. FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and Member of the LOC Board Ronaldo joined local music sensations Aviões do Forró, to make a special visit to the site where hundreds of thousands of football fans will celebrate the FIFA Fan Fest™.
Representatives from the Host City took the time to present their event plan to the delegation as well as media onsite, with FIFA’s Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke impressed with the city’s work:
“Fortaleza has a fantastic location for the FIFA Fan Fest. Standing on the beach this morning it was hard to imagine that in less than 6 weeks time, tens of thousands of football fans will be celebrating the FIFA World Cup here. The city of Fortaleza has shown great excitement and support for this project and I’m delighted to be here today to hear more about the plans.”
“We are traditionally known as warm and partying people,” said the Municipal Secretary for the FIFA World Cup Patricia Macedo. “We know how to party and how to deliver with competence and the city of Fortaleza would like to display our welcoming tradition to those who visit the FIFA Fan Fest. We are looking forward to receiving an event of such magnitude, and offering a specially-designed space where everyone can watch the matches in a joyful and relaxing setting, gathering fans of all nationalities."
“The city of Fortaleza is a city which is already well-known for its welcoming and hospitable spirit, and this fits very well with the atmosphere of celebration which will be inspired by the FIFA World Cup and all of the activities inherent to it. We are sure we will be great hosts, showcasing the cheerful and supportive nature of our people. We want to demonstrate once again through the FIFA Fan Fest how we love to welcome visitors,” said Mayor of Fortaleza, Roberto Cláudio Rodrigues Bezerra.
“The FIFA Fan Fests are a great opportunity to experience the World Cup and to show visitors the Brazilian way of enjoying watching matches in the open, in a unique party atmosphere. The FIFA Fan Fests offer the perfect solution to watch matches with family and friends. I’m certainly planning to watch a few matches there during the event,” explained Ronaldo.
The talent on show at the FIFA Fan Fest will not be limited to the football on the big screens. TV Globo and the Host Cities have combined to offer a selection of top quality entertainment, including some of Brazil’s best musical talent. Xand, lead singer from the famous local band Aviões do Forró, revealed the band’s delight at being asked to take part, saying: "It's a joy to perform at such a huge event, at home in Fortaleza. People attending the FIFA Fan Fest will be provided with the perfect blend of the Northeast: forró and football."
A perfect solution for fans looking to experience the magic of a FIFA World Cup together in a live setting, FIFA Fan Fests have exploded in popularity since their official introduction at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, with over 24 million football fans having watched matches at FIFA Fan Fest over the last two tournaments.
In Brazil, the FIFA Fan Fests will once more offer free admission to secure, iconic locations where both Brazilian and international football fans will be able to come together and FIFA World Cup matches in an entertaining, family-friendly environment. The locations of the FIFA Fan Fests in the other 11 Host Cities of the FIFA World Cup™ can be found here or by clicking the relevant link.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

FIFA Fan Fest Locations / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

FIFA Fan Fest Locations
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In Brazil, FIFA Fan Fests will offer free admission to secure, family-friendly locations where both local and international fans can watch FIFA World Cup matches in a unique FIFA World Cup™ environment.
The locations within the 12 Host Cities are as follows:
Belo Horizonte - Expominas 
Brasília - Taguaparque 
Cuiaba - Exhibition Park 
Curitiba - Pedreira Paulo Leminski 
Fortaleza - Iracema Beach 
Manaus - Ponta Negra 
Natal - Fortress Beach 
Porto Alegre - Sunset Amphitheater 
Recife - Cais da Alfandega 
Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana Beach 
Salvador - Aeroclube (under evaluation by the Host City) 
Sao Paulo - Anhangabau Valley

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Portugal Away World Cup Jersey Football Shirt 2014 Brazil World Cup / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

Here is the new Portugal away shirt 2014/15, Portugal’s new change strip for the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil. A predominantly white shirt paired with blue shorts and white socks is the combo for Cristiano Ronaldo and co. for select games on the road this season. Ex Chelsea medio Raul Meireles is here seen modelling the kit
White Portugal Soccer Jersey 2014
Portugal Away Shirt Collar
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Portugal World Cup Shirt Crest 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Brazil World Cup 2014 32 national team / Have a Fun Flag Wig !!

Cruz Azul clip Toluca on away goals / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

Cruz Azul are set to make their inaugural FIFA Club World Cup appearance after winning the CONCACAF Champions League by earning a 1-1 draw with Toluca and winning on away goals on Wednedsay.
Mariano Pavone scored in the 41st miunte for Cruz Azul, giving them their crucial away goal. Edgar Benitez replied in the 63rd minute for Toluca, but the hosts were unable to find a second goal before the final whistle. The win means La Máquina (The Machine) will represent the CONCACAF region at the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 later this year.
The match proved to be an entertaining affair, with both sides having several opportunities to break the deadlock early on. End-to-end action filled up the first 20 minutes, before Pavone opened the scoring four minutes before the break with a calm finish.
Going into half-time needed two goals in the final 45 minutes was the task at hand for Toluca, but the hosts could not muster enough quality chances in the second period to truly trouble Cruz Azul’s backline. The occasional effort towards goal was never particularly threatening, but Benitez breathed life into the home supporters with a delightful finish towards the top of the penalty area to level matters.
That would be the end of the scoring, however, despite Toluca’s efforts to find a second goal. The visitors celebrated triumphantly at the final whistle, knowing their maiden voyage to the Club World Cup was secured.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

We Are One (Ole Ole), the official Song for the FIFA World Cup Brazil / Have a Fun Wig !

We Are One

We Are One
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We Are One (Ole Ola) will serve as the Official Song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ - and its single cover, above, is certainly enrapturing.
The single is performed by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull, with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte providing backing vocals.
It will hope to emulate the success of Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), which was the Official Song for South Africa 2010. Shakira’s mega-hit is in the top ten most-watched music videos in Youtube history.

African Cup Zambia Soccer Jersey Football Kits / Have a Fun Wig !

These are the new Zambia kits 2014/15, the Chipolopolo’s new home and change shirts for the 2014 season, made by Nike. Zambia won the 2012 African Cup of Nations, upsetting Ivory Coast in the final.
The home shirt is the green one in the pic below, with the orange set to serve as an alternate jersey
New Zambia 2014 Jersey
New Zambia Away Jersey 2014
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New Zealand All Whites Away Soccer Jersey Football Shirt / Have a Fun Wigs !

Here we go new All Whites away kit 14/15, the new alternate strip for the New Zealand football team as they play on the road during the 2014/2015 season. The strip is an all black one, as can be seen from the pics below.
A tonal silver fern design can be found on the cuffs on each sleeve when flipped over, and we can also see an embroidered silver fern on the chest.
Winston Reid is here seen modelling the kit.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Real Madrid , the Champion of Spanish Cup 2014 / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

Madrid beat Barça to claim cup
Gareth Bale scored a stunning individual goal five minutes from time to win the Spanish Copa del Rey for Real Madrid as they overcame Barcelona 2-1 at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday. The Welshman had previously been wayward with a series of efforts on goal, but he finally made his mark as he galloped through on goal from inside his own half before prodding the ball past Jose Manuel Pinto.
Madrid had gone in front after just ten minutes as Angel di Maria raced onto Karim Benzema's through ball and fired low into the corner. Marc Bartra levelled for Barça 22 minutes from time when he headed home Xavi's corner, but it was the young defender who was left in Bale's wake as he sealed his first trophy as a Madrid player.
Without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo much was expected of Bale to fill the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner's shoes and he had the first two chances of the game as he dragged a shot across goal before Javier Mascherano deflected his next effort just wide. Madrid were soon in front though as a flowing counter-attack involving Isco, Bale, Benzema and finally Di Maria set the Argentinian free and his low shot just squeezed under Pinto's outstretched hand.
Neymar and Pepe were then booked by referee Mateu Lahoz as tempers flared after the Barça man had a penalty appeal turned down. Barça pressed for an equaliser for the rest of the half as Cesc Fabregas' low cross was just too strong for Neymar to connect at the back post, whilst Jordi Alba saw a header comfortably saved by Iker Casillas.
However, Madrid still looked the more dangerous on the break and only a great challenge from Alba prevented Isco from turning home Bale's cut-back to double his side's advantage. Lionel Messi was kept quiet for the majority of the game, but he had Barca's best opening of the half when his snap shot from the edge of the area flew wide.
Bale was first to threaten again at the start of the second half as he waltzed past two weak Barça challenges and fired into the side-netting. And the former Tottenham Hotspur man was close again moments later as his volley from the edge of the area flew just over.
The chances continued to come for Madrid as Sergio Ramos' powerful header from a corner was straight at Pinto before the 'keeper turned another effort from Benzema wide.
Barça's first effort on target didn't come until 25 minutes from time when Bartra sauntered forward from central defence and stung the palms of Iker Casillas. Bale had the ball in the net soon after but the goal was ruled out for a foul as he challenged with Pinto for a high ball.
Within seconds Barça were level as Bartra directed a perfectly weighted header from Xavi's corner just inside the far post. Both sides then had chances to win it in normal time, but it was Bale who got the winner as he escaped the attentions of Bartra down Madrid's left and raced in on goal to slot home his 20th and most important goal of the season.
There was still late drama to come as Neymar latched onto Xavi's through ball and smacked a shot off the inside of the post with Casillas beaten. However, there was to be no late reprieve for Barça as they slumped to a third consecutive defeat for the first time in more than ten years and now look certain to end the season without winning a major trophy.

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FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 kick-off times unveiled / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

The kick-off times for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 games have been unveiled.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 will be played from 30 May – 20 June in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington and Whangarei.
The tournament will officially kick off on 30 May with games in Auckland, Wellington and Whangarei.
The competition’s last two matches will be played at the North Harbour Stadium of Auckland on 20 June, with the match for the third place at 13.30 local time followed by the final at 17.00 local time.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup features 24 nations from across the world and will last 22 days. France was the winner of the last edition held in Turkey in 2013. 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

England, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Spain Mullet Collect for Brazil World Cup / Have a Fun Flag Wig !!


Messi: World Cup is on all our minds / Have a Fun Wigs !!

Lionel Messi is back. Sidelined for several weeks in late 2013 through injury, the Argentina captain has since wasted no time proving his phenomenal talents remain intact. Look no further than 16 January's stunning individual strike for Barcelona against Getafe - so often on the receiving end of Messi magic - a goal that emphatically showed the world his physical problems were over.
Three days prior to that latest show-stopping display, the Rosario-born superstar travelled to Zurich for the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony, where he made time to speak exclusively to FIFA.com. On the agenda were his recovery efforts back in his homeland, how nervous he gets when watching Barça, and La Albiceleste’s current form and prospects for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
FIFA.com: 2013 was something of an up-and-down year for you. On the plus side came another La Liga title and Argentina sealing Brazil 2014 qualification, while on the negative side was the injury that sidelined you for several weeks. Do you agree?
Lionel Messi: Yes, it really was a strange year. Having already been less than 100 per cent [fitness-wise] for the league championship run-in and the semi-finals of the Champions League, I also missed [a portion of] the start of this season. So you could say that, yes, the injury was the only downside of last year.
Coaches who’ve worked with you all agree on two things: how talented you are and how much you hate being unable to play. How did you handle so many weeks watching on?
It was tough, to be honest, very tough. But the fact that I went to Argentina and put a bit of distance between myself and the dressing room, and all the fuss that goes with it – to put it that way – did me a lot of good. Putting aside the bad stuff, the two months I couldn't play did me a lot of good physically. I’m trying to see the positive side of it.
Once more, when the opportunity arose you went back to Rosario. What is it you miss most about your home city?
Everything! My friends, my family. Just being there, the simple fact of being in my home and being able to enjoy it after such a long time, is good for me.
Are you able to walk the streets without being mobbed?
Yes, just like I can in Barcelona. (Smiles) No, no… I try to go from house to house, to the houses of friends and relatives. I don’t go out on the streets much.
How did it feel to watch Barcelona matches on TV? Does it make you more nervous than usual?
Yes, of course. I’m much more nervous [watching] than when I’m on the field. The fact you’re on the outside looking in and not on the inside able to lend a hand makes it all that much worse.
Could you sense people’s anxiety regarding your fitness, since it’s now a World Cup year?
No, to be honest I was very relaxed, working away at the Predio [de Ezeiza – the Argentinian Football Association’s training facility]. Then I went back home [to Rosario] and kept working the same way, with everything going really well. In physical and mental terms I’m in good shape for these coming six months. I think it [the time in Argentina] went well, though I can’t say I had much contact with people, as I was more focused on my recovery. I even ended up sleeping at the Predio ­– as if I’d been called up for a squad get-together. I only had one thing on my mind.
But were you anxious at all? World Cup years are particularly special after all, right?
Yes, of course. Though there are a still a few months left and it seems quite far away, it’ll be on us before we know it. But we’ve got lots of important challenges before that: the Champions League, trying to retain the La Liga title, the Copa del Rey. We’re taking things one step at a time but, to tell the truth, the World Cup’s on all of our minds already.
Argentina are rated among the favourites to win the Trophy, thanks to their form, average age and players’ experience levels. Do you agree and is it something spoken about within the squad?
Yes, yes… it’s true, and we are in good form at the moment. We weren’t doing all that well in qualifying until we won away in Colombia, but then we had a great campaign. It was a major turnaround and a very positive thing for us. It’s a very good group of players and we all get on very well. It might just be our year but once the World Cup starts anything can happen, it’s very difficult. But I do think that we’re in good form.
Let's talk about Brazil, a team you’ve performed well against throughout your career – having notched goals and recorded victories against A Seleção on several occasions. Do you remember any one meeting over and above the rest?
Yes, definitely. I can clearly remember our match at the U-20 World Cup [in the Netherlands in 2005], when we beat them 2-1 in the semi-finals. That’s because of how much that game meant, because I was fortunate enough to score a goal and because the win put us in the final. And it was also one of the first titles I won. It’s a really beautiful memory.
What makes a World Cup match so special and unique?
World Cup games are totally different. Right from the off, the atmosphere and the build-up make it different to any other competition. While the Champions League is great, the World Cup is special.
What are your thoughts on Group F, in which Argentina have been drawn with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria?
There’s been a lot of talk about how easy it’s going to be, that Argentina are bound to go through comfortably, but it’s a World Cup and there are no easy teams. If they’re there it’s because they deserve to be – there are no straightforward matches at a World Cup.
For our final question, we’d like to ask you the finish off the following sentence: ‘In 2014, Lionel Messi will be…’
I don’t know. (Laughs) Let’s hope it’s a great year for Barcelona and Argentina, right? But not just for Messi, for all the players.

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New Bosnia’s World Cup 2014 Soccer jerseys Football Shirt / Have a Fun Flag Wig !

New Bosnia’s World Cup jerseys for 2014, the uniforms to be worn by the Bosnian national team in Brazil this summer. Bosnia’s World Cup 2014 shirts have been made by Adidas. The BIH Football Federation only recently penned a deal with Adidas (leaving Legea), and these kits are the first one to be made for the nation by Adidas.
The kits look to be generic templated ones and not unique, which is probably due to the limited time available at Adidas’ disposal
Bosnia World Cup Jersey 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

New All Whites New Zealand Away Soccer Jersey Football Shirt for 2014 2015 / Have a Fun Wigs !

New All Whites away kit 14/15, the new alternate strip for the New Zealand football team as they play on the road during the 2014/2015 season. The strip is an all black one, as can be seen from the pics below.
A tonal silver fern design can be found on the cuffs on each sleeve when flipped over, and we can also see an embroidered silver fern on the chest.
Winston Reid is here seen modelling the kit.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

FIFA Men's National Football Team Ranking April 2014 / Have a Fun Wig !

Europe occupies the top three places on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after Portugal climbed third behind leaders Spain and Germany.
They are followed by four South American sides in Colombia (4th, up 1), Uruguay (5th, up 1) and fierce rivals Argentina (down 3) and Brazil (up 3), who share sixth position. Just 12 points separate this quartet.
Greece return to the top ten for the first time since October 2012, while Scotland (22nd, up 15) are the only team to have climbed over ten places.

Two teams managed to reach their highest-ever positions: Azerbaijan (85th, up 6) and Afghanistan (122nd, up 5).

Conversely, a number of teams have dropped by more than ten places: Albania (70th, down 16), Israel (78th, down 13), New Zealand (111th, down 21), Liberia (119th, down 22), Dominican Republic (126th, down 15), Tajikistan (133rd, down 12), New Caledonia (136th, down 18), Philippines (143rd, down 13), Turkmenistan (156th, down 14), Tahiti (157th, down 19) and Hong Kong (158th, down 13).

Only six matches were played over the past month. The majority of changes to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking can be attributed to the devaluation of matches from previous years, most of which were FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers and now have a greatly reduced weighting.

No team has managed to break into the top 50. UEFA has an unparalleled 27 sides in the leading half-century, following by CONMEBOL and the CAF on eight, CONCACAF on five, the AFC on two and the OFC on zero.

The six matches played brought the total number evaluated so far this year to 128.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 8 May 2014.

Spain (unchanged)
Moves into top ten
Greece (10th, up 3)
Moves out of top ten
Belgium (12th, down 2)
Matches played in total
Most matches played
Aruba, Guam, Indonesia (2 matches each)
Biggest move by points
Scotland (up 104 points)
Biggest move by ranks
Scotland (up 15 ranks)
Biggest drop by points
Liberia (down 113 points)
Biggest drop by ranks
Liberia (down 22 ranks)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Two stops in Sweden
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The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca Cola reached its most northern point over the weekend when it made two memorable stops in Sweden. Following an event in Stockholm on Friday, the Trophy then travelled a further 1,200+km to the beautiful town of Kiruna, situated with the Arctic Circle.
Welcoming the Trophy to their town, hundreds of Kiruna residents put on a Brazilian themed carnival in the snowy town centre to show their excitement ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. Local youth football teams had the chance to demonstrate their skills to FIFA Ambassador Christian Karembeu, with freezing temperatures not dampening their abilities or enthusiasm for the game.
The following day marked another historic moment on the journey of the Trophy with a visit to the world famous Icehotel. Situated in the village of Jukkasjärvi, about 17 kilometers from Kiruna, the entire hotel, including the chairs and beds, is constructed from snow and ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. Since it was first opened in 1990 as world’s first ice hotel, the structure is re-built from December to April each year and remains at an approximate temperature of −5 °C.
A slight rise in temperature is expected of the next leg of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca Cola, with the team currently in Romania before visiting Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina and France.