On-loan Aston Villa defender Ryan Bertrand believes that Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole should be starting for England at the World Cup this summer, according to The Daily Mail.
Bertrand has largely been an understudy to Cole at Chelsea and believes that the national team manager Roy Hodgson should use the veteran for his experience at the highest level.
Hodgson faces a selection dilemma at the left-back position with Everton’s Leigh...More
Brazil have named four Chelsea players in their provisional World Cup squad for the competition this summer, BBC Sport reports.
The current Brazil boss and former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has named David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires and Willian in his 23-man squad alongside Manchester City’s Fernandinho and Tottenham’s Paulinho.
Several big names missed the cut including Kaka, Ronaldinho and Robinho as well as other Premier Leagu...More
A year on from lifting the World Cup with Spain, and scoring the winning goal in the final, Andrés Iniesta sat down to talk to Spanish newspaper Marca.
- The World Cup one year ago and your goal, the name of Andrés Iniesta forever linked with the history of the tournament.That´s the reality of it. I am very proud to have made history and been able to live and enjoy such an historic moment.
- Has anything changed for you?Things on the...More
Of the many memories left behind by this summer's World Cup in the rainbow nation, among the most colourful will be the debate over the tournament's unofficial soundtrack - the Vuvuzela.
The instrument, which has been described as producing a sound comparable to a swarm of bees, made a huge impact during South Africa's inaugural hosting of the tournament, and received almost as much media coverage as the action on the pitch itself ...More
The argument explored in depth by Ray Power in a previous article was that this World Cup has seen 4-2-3-1 overtake 4-4-2 as the formation most linked with successful sides. That both Vicente Del Bosque and Bert Van Marwijk chose this strategy at the start of the tournament's finale can only have added fuel to the argument of the 'pro' side in that particular debate. This was a game in which the counteracting formations of the two sides...More
For only the third time in World Cup history, FIFA’s Golden Ball Award for the player of the World Cup has gone to a footballer not involved in the prestigious event that is the World Cup final. The man honoured, Diego Forlan, is a more than worthy winner. No player had more influence or more impact on his team’s fortunes than the man nicknamed ‘Cachabacha’ (after a cartoon witch, no less). While it would be unfair on the other Uruguaya...More
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