Football Crazy Month. Big teams , Big matches.
Football Crazy Month. Big teams , Big matches.
The match-ups for the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League round of 16.
The moment has come which defines the 32 teams into eight superfine groups for the FIFA world cup finals to be held in Samba nation Brazil and also lead to six months of dissecting , formulating alien plans .The national teams that made it to the Brazil World Cup finals also got to know their first rivals and also the cities where they will be based during the initial stage of the tournament.
The draw for the finals took place at the Costa do Sauípe resort, in the north coast of the state of Bahia. Here’s a look at the format by which the draws were made.
The draw produced eight groups of four teams (A to H) for the first round group phase. Each group consisted of one team from each pot.
The teams in Pot 1 were placed automatically in position 1 for the groups in which they were drawn. Brazil was automatically placed in position 1 in Group A. The position of the other teams in the groups were classified 2, 3, 4 according to the draw.
Pot 2 featured teams from three confederations (Africa, South America and Europe).
At the beginning of the draw, there was a Pot X with the four South American seeded teams. One of these teams were drawn into the group in which the European nation from Pot 2 entered.
This European team joined this group and the other teams from Pot 2 completed Groups A to H. Finally there were five groups out of the eight which included two European teams.
Breaking the suspense here we are with the Fifa world cup 2014 Finals groups:
Opening game of the world cup will be between Brazil and Croatia. Group G and Group D certainly forms the group of death. While Argentina, Brazil and France with somewhat easier draws. This draw certainly forms the perfect recipe for an unforgettable football mega event .
The group stage draws for the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 commencing on September 16, came out on Thursday at the draw event held in Monaco. Not disappointing the Football world the draw presented few tough groups.
Group F can easily be tagged as ‘Group of death’ comprising of Borussia Dortmund (last year’s finalist) Arsenal, Marseille and Napoli. Group H is another tough group in the form of Barcelona, Ajax, AC Milan and Celtics FC comprising the group.
Chelsea FC have been drawn with Schalke, FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest in Group E. Familiar names FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest were both beaten en route to Amsterdam in last season’s Europa League. Manchester United faces a competitive group whereas the last English team Manchester City face tough competition from European champions Bayerm Munich and CSKA Moscow.
Complete Fixture list:
Group A Group B
Manchester United Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk Juventus
Bayer Leverkusen Galatasaray
Real Sociedad FC Copenhagen
Group C Group D
Benfica Bayern Munich
Paris St-Germain CSKA Moscow
Olympiacos Manchester City
Anderlecht Viktoria Plzen
Group E Group F
FC Basel Borussia Dortmund
Steaua Bucharest Napoli
Group G Group H
Atletico Madrid AC Milan
Zenit St Petersburg Ajax
Austria Vienna Celtic
The fixture list for the 2013/14 season was released on Wednesday which begins on August 17.A highly awaited season because of major changes among many top teams doesn’t seem to disappoint from the word ‘GO’.
Jose Mourinho and David Moyes will go head-to-head in an early high volatge tryout for the new managers of Chelsea and Manchester United in just the second game of the season.Other two major teams Everton and Stoke City begin new eras under Roberto Martinez and Mark Hughes respectively against Norwich and Liverpool on the opening day.
First six fixtures of last years top 4 are as follows:
Manchester United- Swansea(A), Chelsea (H), Liverpool (A), Palace (H), Man City (A), West Brom (H)
Manchester City – Newcastle (H), Cardiff (A), Hull (H), Stoke (A), Man U (H), Aston Villa (A)
Chelsea- Hull (H), Man U (A), Everton (A), Fulham (H), Tottenham (A), Norwich (A)
Arsenal – Villa (H), Fulham (A), Spurs (H), Sunderland (A), Stoke (H), Swansea (A)
All the Fixtures(as provided by #BPL)
Fasten your seat belts for the Real Action!!
Chelsea are the first club ever to simultaneously hold UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
Lampard becomes Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer in win at Villa and all important secures Chelsea Champions League spot.
As we head towards couple of German-Spanish club semi finals where Bayern Munich (Last year’s finalist), which recently mantled a 23rd German title face favorites Barcelona and recently forced out Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund take on Real Madrid, the first leg matches to be played on April 23 and 24, with the return games on April 30 and May 1, Lets carve out some time to explore the prospect of an all-German European Champions League final next month on May 25 at Wembley stadium in London .
Some facts to start with:
*The four semi finalists feature a total of 18 titles between them.
* Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are allotted the home second leg (generally considered advantageous)
*Barcelona is seeking a third title in five years and Bayern their successive final.
* Borussia Dortmund track for their first European Championship since 1997.
Barcelona’s hard-fought quarter-final victory over Paris Saint Germain showed just how dependent they are on world footballer of the year Messi whilst Bayern’s every player on the roll, looks like is out to prove something every time he steps onto the pitch. German side Bayern Munich’s last year final appearance experience and desire to grab the slipped silverware makes them a top prospect for the finals. If they are to reach their third final in four years, Bayern will have to do so without the services of leading scorer Mandzukic, who is suspended for the first leg.
Real Madrid the other Spanish opponent is doubtful to enjoy the thought of another trip to Dortmund in this season’s champion’s league. In the group stages German side topped the group demolishing Real 2-1 and later earned a 2-2 draw in Madrid. Real Madrid’s 3-2 away loss to Galatasary in the quarters is enough to set the alarm bells ringing. Not to forget Borussia Dortmund happen to be the only unbeaten side left in the competition.Real Madrid will need some all round performance from its squad apart from their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to dispatch biter memory of last year’s semi final loss to yet another German side Bayern and get hold of European champion crown after almost a decade.
An all German final would certainly point to a shift as to the top league in Europe dethroning Spain and England which has held the title for best leagues and teams. The mouth-watering prospect of a Bundesliga clash at Wembley keeps its hope high and lives on. Regardless of the final fixture, these are two tempting matches and will certainly, provide for absolute entertainment and offer exciting football.
In a bid to reduce dubiousness for referees Football rule makers have agreed to mend the offside rule. Law which was adjudicated by the International Football Association Board will take effect from July 1,2013.
The change made to Law 11 is as follows:
The following definitions apply concerning ”interfering with an opponent/gaining an advantage”:
– “interfering with play” means playing or touching the ball passed or touched by a teammate
– “interfering with an opponent” means preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or challenging an opponent for the ball (DELETES movements or making a gesture or movement which, in the opinion of the referee, deceives or distracts an opponent).
– “gaining an advantage by being in that position” means playing a ball
–(ADDS reference to deflected) that rebounds or is deflected to him off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent having been in an offside position.
–(NEW subsection) that rebounds, deflected or is played to him from a deliberate save by an opponent having been in an offside position.
Source:The International Football Association Board-FIFA