Browsing World Cup qualifiers

James McClean

Who Can Still Make the World Cup?

Posted on 11 Oct, 2017, by in Soccer

23 teams have secured their place in the 2018 World Cup which will be held in Russia, among them two nations who will make their debuts: Panama and Iceland. This leaves 9 spots up for grab. More

Teams That Have Already Qualified for the World Cup

Posted on 11 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

The World Cup in Brazil approached, and aside from the host nation, we have nine more nations that have clinched their spot in the 2014 tournament: Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea from the Asian qualifiers; Netherlands and Italy from Europe; Argentina from South America; and the USA & Costa Rica from the North American group. More

What’s Wrong With Playing in the Snow?

Posted on 24 Mar, 2013, by in Soccer

Jermaine Jones and his snow-Afro might be my favorite soccer picture in quite some time. Yes, the sport isn’t exactly made to be played on snow and in general harsh conditions, but taking advantage of the weather isn’t something the United States team should be ashamed about or criticized. Costa Rica knew what they were heading into, agreed to play, and have no use or right to complain now. More

Cristiano Ronaldo & Portugal Almost Lose to Israel

Posted on 22 Mar, 2013, by in Soccer

With Cristiano Ronaldo having one of his worst performances in recent memory and being two goals down with 20 minutes to go, Portugal are probably semi-pleased to leave Israel with a draw, without too much damage to their chances of finishing second in their World Cup qualifying group, which is hard to see how it won’t fall to Russia when it’s all said and done. More

World Cup – Qualifying Match Day 4 Predictions

Posted on 16 Oct, 2012, by in Soccer

Sometimes, qualifying tournaments bring together two huge teams in the same group, as is the case with Spain hosting France in the big match for group I, while Germany and Sweden (Group C) have a big 1-2 match of their own, overshadowing the rest of the teams with them. More

World Cup Qualifying – Game Day 3 Predictions

Posted on 12 Oct, 2012, by in Soccer

The third round of group stage qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup will feature a few interesting matches between sides in direct contention for the top two spots – Belgium playing in Serbia, Denmark in Bulgaria, Ireland hosting Germany, Turkey playing Romania and Russia playing Portugal. England host San Marino in a predicted breezer while Spain travel to Belarus. More

Dzeko, Gillet & Konoplyanka – Best Goals of the Qualifiers

Posted on 12 Sep, 2012, by in Soccer

Bosnia have so far been the hit of the European qualifying campaign to the 2014 World Cup, winning their matches against Liechtenstein and Lativa by a combined 12-2, with Edin Dzeko leading the scoring in the competition with 4 goals; Guillaume Gillet with a cracker of a kick for Belgium; Yevhen Konoplyanka stunned Wembley with an opening goal for the Ukraine. More

World Cup Qualifying – UEFA Zone Predictions

Posted on 11 Sep, 2012, by in Soccer

The second day of the qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil commences, with the world and European champions, Spain, beginning their qualifying campaign in Group I with a travel to Georgia, while England host Ukraine after a 5-0 start to the qualifiers while Italy try to rebound from their disappointing start with a home match against Malta. More

2014 World Cup Qualifying – Summary & Results

Posted on 8 Sep, 2012, by in Soccer

The first evening of qualifying matches for the 2014 world cup in Brazil went through without any major surprises, as England cruised to victory in Moldova, France struggled but came away with a win in Finland, Germany had no problems against the Faroe Islands and the Netherlands won a tough one at home against Turkey. More

2014 World Cup Qualifiers – European Predictions

Posted on 7 Sep, 2012, by in Soccer

The European qualifiers to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kick off this weekend, with 25 matches in nine groups. Euro finalists Italy travel to Bulgaria; Germany have an easy start facing the Faroe Islands at home while England travel to Moldova carrying the usual weight of being overrated and high expectations. More