World Cup 2014: Current Qualifying Standings

CONCACAF
Qualified
USA, Costa Rica

Two of either Mexico, Honduras and Panama are fighting for a final qualifying and play-off spot. Jamaica trail the rest by four points, but technically still have a slim chance. The fourth placed-side will play New Zealand.

Mexico, Panama and Honduras are all contenders for the final automatic qualification and play-off spot. Four points behind them lie Jamaica who are in very slight contention for a place. It’s all to play for in the Americas.

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SOUTH AMERICA
Qualified
Brazil, Argentina

Hosts Brazil are guaranteed a place in the World Cup and giants Argentina have qualified. The remaining teams are all in with a chance of qualifying for the competition with Ecuador, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay battling it out. These four nations are fighting for the three remaining guaranteed slots. Whoever finishes fifth will go into a play off against Jordan from the Asian qualifying section.

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Italy and Holland had already booked their tickets to Rio, with Belgium joining them just a few moments ago after beating Croatia 2-1 in Zagreb. Switzerland, Spain and Germany are very close to achieving this. They are all just a point away from qualifying, and Spain have a game in hand to make things a little easier. Elsewhere the likes of France, Russia and England among others are almost at the point of qualifying, but the permutations of results could change everything. The European qualifying region is far from decided; For a full account of the groups visit: http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11979/8967354/we-explain-each-possible-scenario-awaiting-englands-world-cup-qualifying-hopes

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AFRICA
Qualified
None

There are plenty of possible qualifiers as five play-off matches are being held, home and away, in October and November. The 5 aggregate winners of these ties will proceed to the World Cup next year. Ivory Coast vs Senegal and Algeria vs Burkina Faso will kickstart the games on Saturday 12th October. Along with these sides, on Sunday Ethiopia host African champions Nigeria, while Cameroon visit Tunisia. Ghana host Egypt in the final first-leg match on Tuesday.

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ASIA
Qualified
Japan, South Korea, Iran, Australia

Four teams have already qualified for the World Cup and only one remains in contention for a place. Jordan must face either Chile, Colombia, Ecuador or Uruguay from South America, a tough challenge for any nation. The odds are against Jordan qualifying but anything could happen

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OCEANIA
Qualified 
None

New Zealand comfortably won their section finishing six points ahead of New Caledonia in second place, but must wait for an opponent from the Americas to see if they can qualify. Surprisingly, Australia opted out of qualifying in the Oceanic region, and have qualified in the tougher Asian qualifying region.

That’s a roundup of the current situation regarding the qualifying in each and every confederation for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. From the look of things, the weekend ahead will be decisive and full of drama, regarding the qualification of some countries. One to look forward to in my opinion…

-VE

International Fixtures 12-13 October

Saturday 12th October 2013

USA

v

Jamaica Kansas City

11:36

Argentina

v

Peru Buenos Aires

00:00

Mexico

v

Panama Mexico City

02:30

Korea Republic

v

Brazil Seoul

12:00

Burkina Faso

v

Algeria Ouagadougou

17:00

Ivory Coast

v

Senegal Abidjan

18:00

Sunday 13th October 2013

Ethiopia

v

Nigeria Addis Ababa

15:00

Tunisia

v

Cameroon Tunis

18:00

International Fixtures 11/10/13

 

 Fixture

 

Venue

Time (GMT)

Armenia v Bulgaria Yerevan

16:00

Lithuania v Latvia Vilnius

16:30

Serbia v Japan Novi Sad

16:30

Moldova v San Marino Chisinau

17:00

Croatia v Belgium Zagreb

17:00

Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland Baku

17:00

Faroe Islands v Kazakhstan Torshavn

18:00

Malta v Czech Republic Ta’Qali

18:30

Ukraine v Poland Kharkov

19:00

Bosnia-Herzegovina v Liechtenstein Zenica

19:00

Denmark v Italy Copenhagen

19:15

Estonia v Turkey Tallinn

19:30

Albania v Switzerland Tirana

19:30

Luxembourg v Russia Luxembourg

19:30

Andorra v Romania La Vella

19:30

Netherlands v Hungary Amsterdam

19:30

Slovenia v Norway Maribor

19:45

Iceland v Cyprus Reykjavik

19:45

Wales v Macedonia Cardiff

19:45

Greece v Slovakia Piraeus

19:45

Germany v Ireland Republic Cologne

19:45

Sweden v Austria Solna

19:45

England v Montenegro Wembley

20:00

France v Australia Paris

20:00

Morocco v South Africa Agadir Stadium

20:00

Portugal v Israel Coimbra

20:45

Spain v Belarus Palma De Mallorca

21:00

Venezuela v Paraguay San Cristobal

21:30

Ecuador v Uruguay Quito

22:00

Colombia v Chile Barranquilla

22:00

Honduras v Costa Rica San Pedro Sula

22:00

Premier League Team of the Month-September

Formation: 4-5-1

Manager: Arsene Wenger

         Mignolet

      Coleman       Agger         Reid        Baines

Ben Arfa      Toure    Ramsey     Eriksen     Sigurdsson

        Sturridge

 

Subs: Lloris     Evra     Koscielny     Hazard     Ozil     Barkley     Rooney

In Form player- Aaron Ramsey

Here’s the FUThead link for the team: http://www.futhead.com/14/squads/1067339/

-SJ

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Is Roy the right man?

I’d like to start by recommending that all England fans listen to this song as it truly is a classic:

Secondly, here is what I think the line up should be against Montenegro,

England starting XI: Hart

Walker   Cahill   Jagielka   Baines

Lampard   Gerrard   Wilshere

Rooney/Barkley

Sturridge                   Lambert

Finally, is Roy Hodgson the right man for the job? Speculation leading up to the announcement of the England job, was that Harry Redknapp was the man in line to receive the job. Having recently come out and stated that the FA are ‘clueless,’ I cannot express to you how glad I am that these were only rumours. Thankfully, the job was given to the somewhat reserved West Brom manager, Roy Hodgson on 1st May 2012. A year and a half on, what do we make of the England man? Personally, I think that England need to start playing a better style of football and I don’t think that Roy Hodgson is the right man to do this. I do however think that at this current stage in England’s turn around, he is the right man for the job. Roy is leading the three lions to what should be a comfortable qualification for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil where England plan to win the competition which of course is just as likely as Barcelona signing Nicklas Bendtner on a 20 year contract. As this is only a short post, I’m not going to elaborate much on England setting their ambitions too high and taking too long to turn things around. All I am going to do is answer the question. At the moment, Roy Hodgson is the right man to be managing England’s national team.

-SJ

Gus Poyet appointed as Sunderland new Head Coach

Gus Poyet has signed a three-year deal to become Sunderland head coach

Just over two weeks after Paolo Di Canio’s sacking as Sunderland manager, former Brighton manager Gus Poyet has been named as Di Canio’s successor as head coach of Sunderland. The Black Cats sit rock bottom at the foot of the Premier League table and have only 1 point from 7 games this season. Poyet will hope to bring back Sunderland’s form, and rebuild their hopes of staying up this season.

Speaking to the club website, Poyet said: “I look forward to proving my ability to the fans – I want them to believe because we need to stick together.”

“I think the key behind my strong home record at Brighton was the connection with the fans – I can see that here,” added the 45 year old Uruguayan.

Poyet’s only previous managerial role was a four-year spell at second-tier Brighton and Hove Albion but he was sacked as manager in June earlier this year.

Although Di Canio similarly had no top-flight coaching experience when he was appointed in March, Poyet rejected comparisons between the two men saying: “The time of Paolo has come to an end and it is time to move forward,”

“We are all different. You cannot compare me to anyone. I am not better or worse, I am different. I don’t want to be compared to anyone, even the best. It is not right.”

Poyet becomes Sunderland’s sixth permanent head coach in less than five years and he will also be the first Uruguayan to manage a team in the Premier League.

He first came to England as a player in 1997, joining Chelsea from Real Zaragoza and winning the FA Cup, the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup, before spending three years at Tottenham Hotspur.

A goalscoring midfielder, he also played for Uruguay 26 times and was a member of the team that triumphed at the 1995 Copa America.

His managerial experience is limited to his time at Brighton but during that spell he led the south coast club to promotion from third-tier League One in 2011 before guiding them to the Championship play-offs last season.

He has also worked as a coach at Swindon Town, Leeds United and Spurs.

Poyet will be joined at the Stadium of Light by his former Brighton colleagues Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway, and will work in conjunction with Sunderland director of football Roberto De Fanti.

Poyet’s first game in charge of the Black Cats will be a tough away match against Swansea.

Premier League Results and Table 05-06 October

Gameweek 7 – 05 Oct 11:30
05 Oct 12:45 Man City Man City 3:1 Everton Everton
05 Oct 15:00 Cardiff City Cardiff City 1:2 Newcastle Newcastle
05 Oct 15:00 Fulham Fulham 1:0 Stoke City Stoke City
05 Oct 15:00 Hull City Hull City 0:0 Aston Villa Aston Villa
05 Oct 15:00 Liverpool Liverpool 3:1 Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
05 Oct 17:30 Sunderland Sunderland 1:2 Man Utd Man Utd
06 Oct 13:30 Norwich Norwich 1:3 Chelsea Chelsea
06 Oct 13:30 Southampton Southampton 2:0 Swansea Swansea
06 Oct 16:00 Tottenham Tottenham 0:3 West Ham West Ham
06 Oct 16:00 West Brom West Brom 1:1 Arsenal Arsenal

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE 6th OCTOBER

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
PTS
1
7
5
1
1
14
8
16
2
7
5
1
1
11
5
16
3
7
4
2
1
10
4
14
4
7
4
2
1
7
2
14
5
7
4
1
2
17
8
13
6
7
4
1
2
6
5
13
7
7
3
3
1
10
9
12
8
7
3
2
2
6
7
11
9
7
3
1
3
10
9
10
10
7
3
1
3
9
8
10
11
7
3
1
3
9
12
10
12
7
2
3
2
7
6
9
13
7
2
2
3
7
5
8
14
7
2
2
3
7
9
8
15
7
2
1
4
8
11
7
16
7
2
1
4
4
7
7
17
7
2
1
4
5
9
7
18
7
2
1
4
5
9
7
19
7
1
0
6
5
13
3
20
7
0
1
6
5
16
1