Archive for June, 2012

Euro 2012: quarterfinals

Friday 22 June 2012 18:01
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The first phase of the Euro 2012 has already been played and we have been able to see which the strongest teams and best players are. Moreover, we have already had the first surprises of the competition: one of the favourite countries to win, the Netherlands, has been eliminated, and also the promising Russian team will not play the quarterfinals. However, Greece is the other surprise, because they have classified and they will play the next round.

These will be the quarterfinals matches:

Czech Republic vs Portugal (Thursday 21st)

Spain vs France (Saturday 23rd)

Germany vs Greece (Friday 22nd)

England vs Italy (Sunday 24th)

The winner of the match between the Czech and Portuguese teams will play the semifinals against the winner of the clash between the Germans and the Greeks; the other semifinal will be played by the winners of the Spain vs France match and the England vs Italy match.

Portugal, Spain and Germany seem to be the favourites to reach the semifinals of the Euro 2012. The other quarterfinals clash will be played by England and Italy, two European giants that have played better in previous years but that are both strong teams, so either of them could win.

However, in every Euro and World Cup there are teams that are unexpectedly eliminated and others that are not expected to pass but in the end they do,  so nothing is set in stone.

For example, in the 2006 World Cup in Germany a strong Spanish team faced a French team that appeared to be weaker in the last 16 round. Spain was the favourite but in the end France won and also reached the final of the World Cup. These kind of football competitions are unpredictable.

Will this ‘story’ be repeated this year or not?

The good stuff starts now: the quarterfinals are here!

 

 

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Eurocopa 2012, Cuartos de final

Friday 22 June 2012 17:41
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Fuente: latrapaleta.wordpress.com

La primera fase de la Eurocopa ya se ha jugado y con ella hemos podido ver cuales son las selecciones más fuertes y los jugadores más en forma. Además, las sorpresas no se han hecho esperar y ya se han quedado fuera de los cuartos algunos de los países favoritos como Holanda o la prometedora Rusia. La otra sorpresa es Grecia, que se ha clasificado y jugará la primera de las eliminatorias de esta Eurocopa.

Los enfrentamientos de cuartos de final han quedado así:

República Checa Portugal (Jueves 21)

España Francia  (Sábado 23)

Alemania Grecia (Viernes 22)

Inglaterra Italia (Domingo 24)

El ganador del partido entre checos y portugueses se enfrentará en semifinales al que se imponga en el duelo entre alemanes y griegos; y la otra semifinal saldrá de los países que ganen en el partido España – Francia y en el Inglaterra – Italia.

Portugal, España y Alemania parecen ser las favoritas en sus respectivas eliminatorias para colarse en las ‘semis’ de esta Eurocopa. Donde está la cosa más reñida es en el partido entre Inglaterra e Italia, dos grandes que aunque en otros años han jugado mejor, dan miedo igual.

Por el contrario, en cada Eurocopa y Mundial hay selecciones que dan la sorpresa siendo eliminadas y otras pasando a la siguiente fase (en la primera ronda de esta Eurocopa ya lo hemos comprobado) por lo que por ahora todo son suposiciones.

Sin ir más lejos, en el Mundial de Alemania del 2006 la fuerte España del momento y la que parecía débil Francia quedaron emparejadas en los octavos. España era la gran favorita y todo indicaba a que impondría, y finalmente fue al revés: Francia se coló en los cuartos y terminó jugando la final.

¿Se repetirá la historia este año? ¿O no?

Empieza lo bueno: ¡llegan los cuartos!

 

 

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FC Barcelona: Preseason 2012-2013

Friday 15 June 2012 18:12
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Source: ara.cat

Once the season 2011-2012 is finished and after the Barça squad has been on holidays, the team returns to train and play together in this year’s summer tour.

The tours that Barcelona have done in the last few years have taken place in Asia and America, but this summer the team will stay in Europe in order to build up strength for next season, because of the hard last year they’ve had and the Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games.

The first match of this year’s Barça pre-season will take place on the 24th of July against Hamburg in the stadium of the German team.

Just four days after the Hamburg clash (July 28th), Tito Vilanova’s team will travel to Tangier to play a friendly match against Ittihad Riadi, a team formed by some Moroccan players. The match will be played to inaugurate the new Tangier Stadium. Barça will earn €1m for playing it.

The next match of Barcelona will be played in Paris on Saturday August 4th, in which the Catalans will face Paris Saint Germain. Then, Barça will play Udinese on the 12th of August at the Camp Nou. It will be the Trofeu Joan Gamper (FC Barcelona Trophy) and that day the team will be officially presented in front of their fans in preparation for the new season.

As well as all these matches, Barça could also play against PSV or Arsenal before the Joan Gamper Trophy.

All ready for Barcelona’s pre-season 2012-2013: enjoy it!

 

 

FC Barcelona: Pretemporada 2012-2013

Friday 15 June 2012 18:09
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Fuente: ara.cat

Una vez terminada la temporada 2011-2012 y después de que la plantilla haya disfrutado de las vacaciones de verano, el Barça vuelve a tocar pelota como cada año en la pretemporada estival.

Después de varios años en los que el club azulgrana ha hecho tours por Asia y Ámerica, este año el equipo se queda en Europa para coger fuerzas de cara al próximo año después de una temporada larga y con muchos compromisos, además de la Eurocopa y los Juegos Olímpicos.

El Barça empieza este año la pretemporada el martes 24 de julio con un amistoso frente al Hamburgo en el estadio del conjunto alemán.

Solo cuatro días más tarde, el 28 del mismo mes, los de Tito Vilanova viajan a Tánger para jugar un amistoso contra el Ittihad Riadi, una selección de jugadores marroquíes. El motivo del partido es la inauguración del Tangier Stadium, por el que el Barça cobrará un millón de euros por jugarlo.

El sábado 4 de agosto el Barça se medirá al Paris Saint Germain en París y, a mediados de mes, el 12 de agosto, el equipo se presentará oficialmente a su afición en el Trofeu Joan Gamper, en el que se enfrentará al Udinese italiano.

Además, hay pendientes otros partidos que se jugarían antes del Trofeu Joan Gamper y que podrían enfrentar al club catalán con el PSV o el Arsenal.

Todo preparado para la pretemporada 2012-2013 del FC Barcelona: ¡disfrútala!

 

 

 

The best football is back, “La Roja” is back, the Euro is back!

Wednesday 6 June 2012 18:09
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The best football of Europe returns this Friday: it’s time for the Euro 2012! Poland and Ukraine are the countries that are going to hold Europe’s most important football tournament played by national teams. It will last about one month: the opening match will be played by Poland and Greece this Wednesday and the final will take place on the 1st of June.

One of the favourite countries to win the competition is Spain, who already won the last Euro and World Cup. “La Roja” is one of the best teams in Europe so they are candidates to win but they are not in the same good conditions as they were two or four years ago (when they won the Euro’08 and the World Cup’10).

Spain have a lot of the players that won two years ago in South Africa in their squad, but also  some of their very important players are injured. One of them is David Villa, who has been injured for five months. It seemed that he was going to be ready for the Euro but in the end he will not play it. Spain loose for this tournament one of their best 9’s ever, but Negredo, Pedro and Torres will be the team’s defenders.

Carles Puyol is one of the other players that will not play the Euro in Poland and Ukraine. He has suddenly been injured so Spain loose one of their best defenders. However, Vicente del Bosque’s team have a lot of qualified players that will fight for the title, so once more Spain are one of the favourites to win the title.

Besides Spain, there are more countries with good chances of winning the Euro. One of them is Germany, the team that is always a candidate to win, and even more so this year because they have some young promising stars that could gain them this year’s title. Another candidate to win in Poland and Ukraine is Holland, who “need” to win a title to recover from their defeat in the last World Cup final against Spain. The other possible winners are be England, France or Italy.

All is ready! Enjoy the EURO 2012!