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Canadians Still World Cup Crazy

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By , July 24, 2014 10:41 am

It has been over 25 years since Canada has managed to get into the World Cup, their best result was back in 1986 when they managed to get into the group stages but failed to make it out from those rounds, however that has not stopped the Canadians from having World Cup fever as it was reported by FIFA organizers that Canadians bought more than 28,999 tickets to watch some of the matches of the worldwide event which was more than any other nation that didn’t qualify for the tournament.

Almost the same thing happened 4 years ago when Canada was one of the top nations that attended for the 2010 World Cup even though their nation was not even competing in it. It was estimated that over 2 million Canadians watched Germany crush Brazil with their astounding 7-1 victory in the semifinals match.

Earlier in January, the Canadian Soccer Association announced to the media that they will make a bid to host the 2026 World Cup, whether or not it actually happens and manages to go through is another thing but the point is that Canada is starting to take genuine interest in the sport and this is beginning to show.

The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be hosted by Canada and depending on things go during that event it could increase their chances of actually hosting a World Cup in the near future, if indeed it does go through it will give Canada an automatic spot to qualify which is something that has not happened since 1986.

Canada’s club scene is flourishing as they now have 3 Major League Soccer Teams which are: Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact.

FULHAM LIFELINE

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By , May 7, 2014 4:28 pm

Fulham managed to get themselves a lifeline in the fight against relegation after managing their 2-1 win against Aston Villa away from home. They have been unable to get results at Craven cottage this season. This has put the future of the club a major doubt, as they have been poor away from home throughout this campaign.

However, the club has managed to stun everyone by managing three points at Villa Park, which gives them a great hope of avoiding relegation with only five matches left. They are now five points behind Norwich city, who occupy the 17th place. Continue reading 'FULHAM LIFELINE'»

WENGER HAD NO CHOICE

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By , May 1, 2014 4:08 pm

The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, has said that he didn’t want Cesc Fabregas to make his way to Barcelona 3 years back, but, he had no choice apart from letting him go because he was so keen to play for his boyhood club.

Fabregas had learnt all his football at Barcelona and had even played for their youth team before moving to Arsenal in 2003. He remained at Arsenal for 8 years and developed enormously as a player under the guidance of Wenger.

But, after becoming a superstar, he left Arsenal and returned to Barcelona. The Arsenal fans were absolutely gutted about that back then and so was the Arsenal management.

Talking about Fabregas’ transfer yesterday, Wenger said, “I badly wanted him to stay with us and I had a few animated discussions with him as well on that topic, but, I finally gave up. He was so eager to get back to his roots. He wanted to represent Barcelona and you know there was a bit of logic in that decision of his. That’s the place where he comes from, his family is there; his grandpa is associated with the club. So, it was pretty natural for him to be keen to return.”

When asked at which position Fabregas can be utilized the most, Wenger said, “I think he performs the best when he plays in the midfield. He plays upfront occasionally for his national side, but, I don’t think that’s the position where you can extract the best out of him. He is not one of those guys who rely on his physical presence that much.”

Fabregas played more than 200 league games for Arsenal during his 8-year long tenure and found the back of the net 35 times.

PICKING THE PACE

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By , March 7, 2014 10:57 am

Carlisle United are slowly picking the pace in the race to avoid relegation at the end of the season. They are currently 17th in the table, but a healthy two points away from the drop zone. The club are still capable of getting pulled into the relegation dogfight with only a few matches remaining in the season, but Graham Kavanagh has been able to manage the squad brilliantly in the last few weeks. He could only watch his team get a 1-2 defeat at home to Rotherham United. This was a disappointing result for the club, but it was also extremely hard on the players as well.

The pitch was not suitable for a passing style of football and Kavanagh has revealed that he has given the players rest in order to recover from the match. He says that the rest would not have been provided on any other matchday. Since the pitch was exceptionally poor, he had to give them rest so as to extract the maximum performance from the next home match – against Brentford. For long periods of the match, it looked like Carlisle had done enough to get at least a point from this encounter. However, Agard scored in injury time to give Rotherham a win.

The defeat has left the club only four points above the relegation zone, according to www.anfieldroar.com.

“The group looked jaded and need a few days off. Late on, some of them were dead on their feet. That’s understandable because the pitches we’ve trained on haven’t been great. It was then a heavy pitch for the game – it’s been difficult. I had hoped to sign someone before the game but his club changed their mind. As a result, we lost the chance to keep Michael,” said the Carlisle United manager.

Kavanagh said recently that he expected the club to be promotion challengers.

ON THE UP?

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By , January 17, 2014 1:19 pm

Carlisle are only 3 points above the last few bottom relegation spots of League One and their latest match result saw them losing 4-0 against Leyton Orient. Brad Potts of Carlisle knows that if his club wants to evade being relegated they have to dig deep and pick up positive results quickly.

Potts said: “The lads know we need to dig deep. If we don’t pick up we will be in a relegation battle. We know there will be a lot of pressure on next weekend’s game but everyone just wants to put it right.”

“Since I’ve been at the club the team has always been inconsistent – win a game, lose one, win a couple, lose, draw and we need to put that right. That means being more solid as a team, working hard for each other and that way we will start picking up results’’.

The side of Graham Kavanagh also has to cope with the absence of Paul Thirlwell who is suffering from a calf injury and will unavailable to play for a few weeks. Greg Fleming made his debut for Carlisie during their lost against Leyton Orient as the goalkeeper could do little to deny the opposition from scoring on 4 occasions.

The 19 years old midfielder Brad Potts talked about their defeat against Leyton when the match concluded.

“I don’t mind where I play but I do like playing in midfield, I feel that’s my best position.  But Saturday wasn’t a day where I could show what I can do’’.

“I don’t think we really had a shot in the entire game and it was one of those days when we didn’t get the ball out to David Amoo and Tom Lawrence as quickly as we could. Without that it’s hard to create stuff because they are matchwinners’’.

O’HANLON RELIEVED

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By , December 3, 2013 1:55 pm

The centre-back of Carlisle United, Sean O’Hanlon, is relieved with the fact that his team is back to winning ways in League One.

In their previous League One game against Crewe Alexandra, Carlisle United secured a 2-1 victory. That was their first League One win in about 30 days or so. With that win, they moved up to no. 17 in the points table, but, still, they are not that far away from the relegation area.

However, according to O’Hanlon, the victory against Alexandra might just be the beginning of a good run for Carlisle.

Talking to the reporters after the game against Alexandra, O’Hanlon said, “We had begun well under Graham, but, then we lost our way. Our performance in the recent games wasn’t that good, but, today, we were spot on. We needed a win badly today so that we could widen the points’ gap between us and the sides which are in the relegation zone.”

“Hopefully, this is the start of a good run in the league for us. We are looking to make our way to top 10.”

Graham Kavanagh had been appointed as the manager of Carlisle United in September this year and under him, the Blues started flourishing straightaway. He guided the team to three consecutive wins. But, after suffering a 2-4 defeat against Bristol City towards the end of last month, the Blues lost their momentum and for the next 4 weeks or so, they couldn’t win a single League One game.

Meanwhile, there have been some reports that Carlisle United is looking to make a few loan signings in the next couple of days. The players who are believed to be on their radar are Tom Lawrence, Craig Roddan, Josh Morris and Courtney Meppen-Walter.