FIFA World Cup 14: Matches Not to Miss
The biggest sporting spectacle in the world is less than a day away.
The biggest sporting spectacle in the world is less than a day away. The tournament in itself is a to-die for and one month of madness which comes your way every four years with intense following all over the globe. As the tournament venue is situated on the other side of the globe, Indian fans will have a tough time catching every match, as they will be aired post-midnight timings. So, out of thirty-two group stage matches, we have shortlisted six you cannot miss.
Brazil vs Croatia
1:30 am, Friday, June 13
Yes, this is the first match of the tournament, and yes, the hosts are Brazil, but there is more to it! This match won’t be a cakewalk for Brazil, as the Croats are a tough nut to crack. Last time, Brazil faced Croatia in a World Cup face-off back in 2006, the Brazilians had to toil hard for a 1-0 win.
Players to watch out for: Luka Mordic, Ivan Rakitic, Neymar and Dani Alves.
Spain vs Netherlands
12:30 am, Saturday, June 14
This is a rematch of the last World cup’s dramatic final. There are enough reasons to believe that this match will be a continuation of the finals as there are a plenty of unresolved sentiments, especially from the Dutch camp. The memory of the easy miss by the Dutch and Munich star winger Robben, when he was one on one against the Spanish goalie, Cassilas ,four years back, still haunts him. He will have enough chances this Saturday to redeem himself. After the last World Cup, the Spanish went on to lift the Euro Cup, while the Dutch hit a rough patch.
Players to watch out for: Jordie Alba, Diego Costa, Arjen Robben and Robbin Van Persie.
England vs Italy
3:30 am, Sunday, June 15
England and Italy have had a long history between them since the 1940s. Their last major face-off was in the 2012 Euro Cup quarterfinals where Italy surpassed England in the penalty shootout with a scoreline of 4-2. England has restructured their side and formed a quick, skilled line of attack in the likes of Chamberlain, Sterling, Sturridge and Baines. Italy has the belligerent goal scorer Mario Ballotelli and Andrea Pirlo’s artistry with the ball is definitely an all time eye catcher.
Players to watch out for: Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney, Mario Balotelli and Gianluigi Buffon.
Germany vs Portugal
9:30 am, Monday, June 16
Two reasons why you should not miss this match-
1. Christiano Ronaldo
2. Germans are always an exiciting team to watch.
However, it is highly unlikely that a lacklustre Portuguese team with the world’s best player Ronaldo, leading them from the front will be enough to stop the German blitzkreig.
Players to watch out for: Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinstieger and Joao Moutinho
Argentina vs Bosnia & Herzegovinia
3:30 am, Monday, June 16
The tournament’s best bet Argentina against the World Cup’s only debutants and the team which is considered as this year’s underdogs, besides Belgium, will be an exciting match to watch as both sides play attacking football. While Argentina have the likes of Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, Bosnia have players from big European football clubs like FC Stuttgart, AS Roma and Manchester City.
Players to watch out for: Edin Dzeko, Vedad Ibisevic, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.
Uruguay vs England
12:30 am, Friday, June 20
Undoubtedly, Group B is this year’s ‘Group of Death’. Uruguay was last year’s semi-finalists and plays an attacking brand of football. Premier league winners and Liverpool runner-ups, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez will be playing against each other in this match.
Players to watch out for: Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Cavani and Diego Forlan.
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