Lessons in the "football" Category

Euro 2016

Today, we are going to talk about Euro 2016. The football tournament will kick off at the Stade de France on June 10 when France play Albania.

England will face Russia, Slovakia and Wales in Group B. The Republic of Ireland will meet Italy, Sweden and Belgium in Group E, which is also known as the ‘Group of Death’.

Hosts France have got a favourable draw against Romania, Switzerland and Albania in Group A, while European Champions Spain will face the Czech Republic, Croatia and Turkey in Group D.

Leicester City win Premier League

In what has been described as one of the most astonishing triumphs in British football history Leicester City have beaten the odds of 5000-1 to win this year’s Premier League football tournament. It is a fairytale ending for the Foxes.

Leicester City won it without kicking a ball, after Tottenham Hotspur failed to beat Chelsea in a decisive game on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea fought back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2, thus ending Spurs’ title bid.

Leicester City became the first new English champions in four decades to win the title. Last night’s result means Leicester cannot be caught by their nearest rivals, even though there are two games still to go. This follows the Foxes clinching a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

FIFA – What next?

FIFA – What next? It’s an interesting thought that many people must have mulled over. The farce of seven of FIFA’s top officials being arrested on a US warrant by Swiss police on Wednesday at a hotel in Zurich, two days ahead of their leadership conference, was big news.

Yet, two days later Sepp Blatter defied everyone by being elected for a fifth term as FIFA president, despite widespread calls for him to resign. His victory came following the sudden withdrawal of Prince Ali-bin Al-Hussein from the second round of voting.

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

This year’s FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil between the 12th June and the 13th July. There are 32 teams taking part in the 20th World Cup. It is the second time Brazil has hosted the Cup, the previous being in 1950.

There are 12 stadiums being used to stage this year’s World Cup. The venues include Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Recife, Manaus and Curitiba. The opening match will be played at the Arena de São Paulo in São Paulo. The final will be played in the famous Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Category: Football / World Cup / Brazil 2014

Should Qatar host the World Cup in 2022?

Should Qatar host the football World Cup in 2022? It is a debatable point…

FIFA has been under pressure to re-run the vote on who should host the 2022 World Cup after new allegations of corruption. The Qatar Bid Committee has however, denied any wrongdoing following recent reports of corruption in The Sunday Times. The newspaper alleged Mohamed Bin Hammam, a former FIFA executive member for Qatar, made payments totalling US$5 million (£2.98m) to football bosses to secure support for the bid.

Category: Sport / Football / World Cup

Euro 2012

Today, let’s talk about the European Football Championship that is taking place this year in Poland and Ukraine. Commonly known as Euro 2012 the championship will bring the best European teams together for what, no doubt, will be another exciting tournament.

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship will be the 14th Championship for national European football teams organised by UEFA. This year’s tournament will be between the 8th June and the 1st July. It is the first time either country has hosted the event. The tournament will be between the final 16 nations.

The winner of the tournament gains automatic entry into the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Brazil. Host cities in Poland for Euro 2012 are: Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan. In Ukraine, the host cities are: Kiev, Lvov, Donetsk and Kharkov. The semi finals will take place in Donetsk and Warsaw. The final will take place at the Olympic Stadium (Capacity 60,000) in Kiev.

Category: Sport / Football / Euro 2012

South Africa World Cup 2010 – The fever mounts

Football fans worldwide are gearing up for this year’s 2010 football World Cup, which is being held in South Africa. In what could be called ‘the greatest show on earth’ the best teams in the world are ready to compete in what will be the 19th Football World Cup.

The opening ceremony in Johannesburg on June 10th will include a concert featuring hot international acts including; the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and Shakira. It will also feature appearances by popular African artists and appearances by past and present football legends. The concert takes place at the newly-renovated Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Jerome Valcke from FIFA said: “We are thrilled to have a concert of such magnitude and performing talent raise the curtain on the first FIFA World Cup in Africa.” ‘The beautiful game’, as it’s also known, will actually kick off in Johannesburg on Friday 11th June. Matches will be played across South Africa including Cape Town, Durban, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

Category: South Africa / World Cup / Football