Manchester United are imbalanced, says Louis van Gaal
2014 FIFA World Cup: USA vs Ghana Match Preview
Monday, June 16, 2014
USA v Ghana
Estadio das Dunas, Natal
The “Group of Death” kicks off today with Group G game between USA and Ghana at Estadio das Dunas in Natal.
USA team represents the beginning of a new era this time. It is difficult a USA World Cup team without Landon Donovan. But German coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to leave out 157 USA caps out in the form of Donovan. He however, chose to stick with other players of Landon’s generation like Tim Howard, DaMarcus Beasley and captain Clint Dempsey.
Ghana have beaten USA in the last two World Cup finals. They won 2-1 in Germany in 2006 and repeated the exact same feat four years later in South Africa in 2010. It was heart-breaking to see the Africans bow out in 2010 in the Round of 16 against Uruguay. Kevin Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah and John Mensah were all part of the side.
This is surely the “group of death” as the other two teams in this group are Germany and Portugal. Hence this is a must win match for both teams. It looks difficult for either of them to make it to the next round but this is World Cup football and the impossible does not exist.
Ghana (Possible, 4-2-3-1) Kwarasey; Afful, Boye, Mensah, Muntari; A Ayew, Boateng, Asamoah; Essien, J Ayew; Gyan.
United States (Possible, 4-3-1-2) Howard; Johnson, Besler, Cameron, Beasley; Beckerman, Bradley, Jones; Bedoya; Dempsey, Altidore.
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).
Ghana to beat USA 2-1
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Frank Lampard Could New York City FC’s Second Signing
After announcement of his Chelsea exit, it appears as though Frank Lampard will be New York City FC’s second signing after David Villa. The England international left Chelsea after 13 seasons where we won all the trophies on offer in European football.
The 35-year old is currently in Miami with the England world cup squad and is a target for the newest club in Major League Soccer. He will mostly likely retire from international duty post the world cup in Brazil.
New York City FC are co-owned by English champions Manchester City and Major League Baseball franchise New York Yankees and are keen to secure the services of the mid-fielder.
Speaking on the latest developments, Frank Lampard said:
"The American thing is an option. I'm looking at different options but I want to carry on playing. I'd like to get it sorted soon, not in World Cup time, but after that. I'm not sure it's possible to do now. I can go into the World Cup with a clear head. I can handle it. It's a weight off my shoulders to a certain extent. I'm concentrating on training well, playing well and getting an opportunity on Wednesday and maybe Saturday against Honduras. I'm a big enough boy to get on and concentrate fully on this World Cup with England."
Lampard left Chelsea as the highest ever goal scorer in the history of the club. He has cemented his place as a legend at Stamford Bridge. He released a statement last week to thank the club, owners, players and the fans for their contribution to his success at Chelsea.
He also mentioned the fact it was difficult to say goodbye to the Blues but went on to say the decision to move on was a mutual one. Winning the UEFA Champions League in Munich in 2012 is the best moment in his career at Stamford Bridge, Lampard admitted.
Italy Announce World Cup 2014 Squad
Italy have announced their 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and decided to leave out Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
The 27-yearl-old participated in 71 minutes during Italy’s 0-0 draw against the Republic of Ireland but didn’t do much. Antonio Cassano, who score 12 goals fir Parma in the 2013-14 season has been included in the squad.
Other striker in Cesare Prandelli’s side is AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli. Italy are in the dreaded Group B with England, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Riccardo Montolivo will not be on the plane to Brazil as he broke his leg during the Ireland match.
Mattia Destro, Romulo, Manuel Pasqual and Christian Maggio were unlucky to miss out in list. Defender Andrea Ranocchia is part of the squad as a replacement for Andrea Barzagli, who has had injury issues through the season.
Before suffering injury in January, Rossi had scored 14 goals in 17 matches in the Serie A, which kept him out for almost four moths after which he hasn’t played a full match since.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St Germain), Mattia Perin (Genoa).
Defenders: Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorigo Chiellini (all Juventus), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Ignazio Abate, Mattia De Sciglio (both AC Milan), Matteo Darmian (Torino).
Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio (both Juventus), Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti (both Paris St Germain), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Marco Parolo (Parma), Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina).
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).
David Moyes Feels He Needed More Time at United
Manchester United’s former manager has told the Sunday Post that his exit from Old Trafford was unfortunate and he wasn’t given the required time to prove himself at the club. However, he also revealed that the brief period has helped him to learn a lot and he is now considering new offers.
David Moyessaid in an interview:
"I believe I'll be a much wiser and more knowledgeable coach and manager from the short time I had at Old Trafford. I believe I had nothing but support from Sir Alex during my short period as manager. It was unfortunate I wasn't given more time to succeed. It could well be that gone are the days of long-term planning at United. I may still choose to have a break and enjoy watching and observing football throughout the world."
After having taken over from Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes managed just 10 months at United. Despite having been handed a 6-year contract, the club decided to sack him before the season ended.
United not only finished seventh in the league, they also lost out of all European competitions for the first time in 25 years. Moyes said players like Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher got in touch with him after his exit with messaged of support.
After having managed a successful Everton side for 11 years, Sir Alex got in touch with Moyes with an offer to replace him. However, things did not go as per plan and eventually Ferguson was also unhappy with the performance of the United manager.
Post his departure from United, Moyes has been relaxing with pictures surfacing of him playing golf. Unfortunately he was also involved in a pub brawl recently. The Old Trafford club have now replaced the successor to Moyes in Dutch football’s legendary figure –Louis van Gaal.