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Monday, 21-Jul-2014 23:35 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Opta Facts – World Cup Final

Germany are set to play in their eighth World Cup final; more than any other nation. They have won three titles.

They have won just one of their last four appearances in the World Cup final (1990 v Argentina).

Germany have now reached a World Cup final in each of the last seven decades (1954, 1966, 1974, 1982 and 86, 1990, 2002 and now 2014).

Argentina are set to play in their fifth World Cup final, they have won two and lost two of the previous four.

This will be the third World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. A couple of views this afternoon on a subject matter that I feel we could all be shown a a bit more about.They met in successive finals in 1986 and 1990, with each team lifting the title (3-2 Argentina in 1986, 1-0 Germany in 1990).

No other fixture has been played as often in a World Cup final as Germany v Argentina.

This is the 10th time that teams from Europe and South America face each other in the final. Seven of these finals have been won by the teams from South America.

Both sides will face off for the seventh time at the World Cup, the only fixture that has been played as often is Brazil v Sweden (seven times).

Germany have won three and lost just one of the previous six World Cup encounters with Argentina (D2). Germany also won the penalty shootout in 2006 against Argentina.

Germany had eliminated Argentina from the 2006 World Cup (1-1 AET and 4-2 on penalties in the quarter-final) and from the 2010 World Cup (4-0 in the quarter-final).

The 4-0 defeat in 2010 is Argentina's heaviest World Cup defeat in the last 40 years (0-4 v Netherlands in 1974).

Argentina have won nine out of 20 games against Germany (D5 L6), though. The last meeting (August 2012, Frankfurt) saw Argentina win 3-1.

No side have kept as many clean sheets as Argentina in the 2014 World Cup (four, Germany have three).

Argentina are yet to concede a goal in the knock-out stages at this tournament (despite playing extra-time in two of their three games).

On the last five occasions that Germany have failed to score in a World Cup match, they have lost.

The last time Germany scored in a World Cup match and lost was the 1994 quarter final defeat to Bulgaria (1-2).

Germany are unbeaten in 17 internationals (W12, D5).

Argentina haven't been trailing in any of their six games at the 2014 World Cup, Germany just eight minutes (v Ghana).

Argentina have won four out of five penalty shootouts at the World Cup, Germany won four out of four (including the one against Argentina in 2006).

Miroslav Klose has scored more World Cup goals than any other player in history and as many as the entire current Argentinian squad (16).

Only Lothar Matthäus (25) has played more World Cup games than Klose (23, as many as Paolo Maldini).

Klose is the only player in both squads who has already played in a World Cup final (2002, 0-2 v Brazil).

Argentina's Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo lead the way in terms of crosses attempted from open play, with Rojo's haul of 25 so far bettered only by team-mate di Maria (32).

Thomas Müller has played a hand in 16 World Cup goals in 12 appearances at the finals (10 goals and six assists).

Müller (2010 and 2014) and Klose (2002 and 2006) are the only players in history to score 5+ goals at consecutive World Cup tournaments.

Müller is the first-ever Golden Boot winner to reproduce his number of goals at the following World Cup (five goals in 2010, five in 2014).

Müller could also become. Expect you will agree that this story was worth discussing on this site, because for some of us it might have a major influence on how we undertake stuff. I will keep you up-to-date with all the latest developments, and in the meantime there are several links listed below where you can read more information on what is happening.the first player ever to win the Golden Boot at successive World Cups.

Lionel Messi has been the most creative player at World Cup 2014, setting up a tournament-high 21 goal-scoring chances for team-mates.

Messi has embarked on a tournament-high 65 dribbles so far, completing (another-high) 39 of them.

No German player has created more chances for their teammates in the 2014 World Cup than Mesut Özil (15).

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has attempted a competition-high 509 passes so far.

Mascherano has also made the most tackles so far - 28.

Andre Schürrle has scored three times in just 156 minutes of action so far at this World Cup.

Only Tim Howard (27) has made more saves in the competition than Manuel Neuer (23).

Lionel Messi has scored five World Cup goals to date, but none of them in the knockout stages.

Angel di Maria or Sami Khedira will become the 10th player to win both the Champions League and the World Cup in the same season. Seven of the previous nine have been German (Bayern Munich 1974) along with Christian Karembeu in 1998 and Roberto Carlos in 2002.

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Sunday, 20-Jul-2014 20:11 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Taylor ignored in our World Matchplay day two best bets

There’s no time for World Matchplay fever to die down in Blackpool as day two of the tournament sees darting royalty like Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld take to the oche.

Neither of them, a pair of heavy odds-on favourites to progress to the next round, are included in our best three bets for the second day though, as other tungsten ticklers are given the betting limelight.

Dolan to beat Burnett @ 1/2

Even Richie Burnett’s superior head to head record isn’t enough to make him the favourite here, as Brendan Dolan’s surge up the world rankings continues thanks to two tournament wins this season.

With a three-dart average of 94.49 this year – by far bettering his career mark of 88.45 – Dolan is clearly a player on the rise and is taken to dispatch Burnett, whose career is heading the other way.

Thornton to beat Nicholson @ 4/11

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Saturday, 19-Jul-2014 16:36 Email | Share | | Bookmark
In your face Beckham! Here’s how to lob a keeper from 70 yards –

It’s three weeks out to the start of the football season and you need to get your footie fix.

We were spoiled by the World Cup – bar the final and most of the games the Netherlands were involved in  - so we needed something special to get the juices flowing again.

And special we’ve got my friend with this David Beckham-esque lob from Peru yesterday by midfielder Carlos Lobaton (34).

The veteran Sporting Cristal  string-puller spots Juan Aurich keeper Steven Rivadeneyra off his line and decides to try his luck from 70 yards.

With Rivadeneyra doing his best Peter Neuer impression the ball sails high over his head into the net despite his best  - and very comical  - efforts to save. To find out more about online betting companies I'm offering some related resources towards the bottom of the article where you can get further related

Lobaton had earlier scored direct from a corner as Sporting Cristal ran out 4-3 winners. A couple of opinions this morning on a subject that I believe that we could all be shown a bit more about.Somebody, somewhere sign this man up.

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Friday, 18-Jul-2014 12:19 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Open Championship preview: Why Paddy’s the best value for money

The 154th Open Championship tees off on at Hoylake on Thursday and the winner will need to show more patience and stamina than listening to Adrian Chiles for a month in Brazil.

With the wind blowing a gale, fairways tighter than Arsene Wenger and the long grass rougher than a night out with Wayne Rooney all that’s left is for you to sit back and watch the best four days of golf this side of the Atlantic unfold.

But where’s the value if I want to have a bet you’re probably not saying to yourself right now as you look through the field of Major winners and links’ tamers with less than 24 hours to go to tee off.

Well you’ve come to the right place my friend as Paddy Power’s best-priced on the top four in the betting and paying out on the first 7 places at Royal Liverpool.

Tiger Woods – 22/1

Tiger Woods returns after injury and despite finishing 6th and 3rd in the third Major of the season for the last two years is still the biggest price he has been all year at 22/1 to add a fourth Claret Jug to his already creaking mantelpiece. 

Woods won the last of his three Opens at this course in 2006 and the former world No. 1 and winner of 14 Majors arrived last weekend and is talking a good game ahead of a repeat bid.

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Thursday, 17-Jul-2014 06:36 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tellyache: The poo and only slightly the less poo of football pu

There’s an old chap in my local park who shouts instructions to the squirrels.

‘Get the nuts! GET THE NUTS!’ he’ll cry, showering nearby toddlers in a foul swill of saliva, Special Brew and utter lunacy.

‘Climb! Faster! Look out… CROW!’

The squirrels shake their little heads and go about their business of gathering supplies and looking for red squirrels to murder. By default they know a fair bit about squirreling, and the old tramp’s furious instruction is about as useful as a toilet brush made from Weetabix.

JAIL BAIT: If Danny Mills had his way, Suarez would have been locked up for his nibble on that Italian lad

Increasingly, our World Cup TV pundits occupied a similar role. Babbling, gushing, frothing, gurgling, at times you may as well be seeking the professional opinion of a wheelie bin full of smashed snooker balls as look for any insight from television punditry.

The World Cup illuminated a growing demise in compelling punditry. Yes Steven Gerrard may be to ‘quarterback’ midfielders what Sepp Blatter is to kindly grandpas and/or competent heads of billion pound industries, but surely the real English concern is that Danny Mills genuinely believed Luis Suarez should be jailed for nibbling on a fellow pro like a Calippo.

But Mills is not alone.

‘Ban him forever!’ shrieks Robbie Savage . ‘Slash his hamstrings!’ barks Chris Waddle. ‘Winter is coming!’ cries Jon Snow, as ever knowing nothing.

Fabio less insightful than naan bread

Punditry should be the exchange of insightful, illuminating opinion from former professionals who have a unique perspective on the game. Good day folks. Right this moment I just wanted to share this content . I thought it was relatively interesting and I hope you concur.It is not Juninho murmuring like a frightened vole. It is not Robbie Savage talking as if his scrotum is filled with hot teaspoons. It is certainly not Thierry Henry looking so sexual he might as well be resting both of his immaculate testicles on your eyelids.

ITV is, of course, no better. Glenn Hoddle make a lot of sense but often looks like he’s spent the afternoon fist fighting with a swan. Ian Wright, despite the gurning and agonising restlessness is oddly likeable while Fabio Cannavaro, albeit the finest defender ever to have raked a calf, may as well be made of naan bread for all the intelligible insight he’s got to offer.

POINTLESS: Rio Ferdinand was one of the BBC’s marquee World Cup signings

On ITV Lee Dixon sounds like a man who is picking up a dehumidifier from Argos, Patrick Vieira is so aggressively French he might as well be thrashing Stephen Fry to death with a baguette while over on the Beeb Rio Ferdinand couldn’t be less interesting if he was made from Rice Krispies, Coldplay songs and a musical about Kevin Costner doing a jigsaw of his own face.

But there are positives. The BBC’s Danny Murphy is thoughtful, eloquent and actually rather charming. On ITV, Gordon Strachan was refreshingly honest about how sad and unfair football can be, while Alan Shearer looks as home in. Should you want to read more regarding online betting companies you will find additional info by checking out the suggested pages listed below.the punditry role as he did in jamming an elbow into the ribs, spine and throat of opposing defenders.

Must try harder…

But the new Premier League season is just weeks away and is set to be as tight as Javier Mascherano’s pre-World Cup anus. Pundits, across the Match of the Day team in particular, need to do better. Admittedly their competition – the likes of Sky’s Jamie Redknapp and BT’s Michael Owen – are largely as enthralling as slightly moist ham, but still the BBC’s raging, lisping response to the Suarez business was almost as embarrassing as Uruguay’s bizarre sense of injustice.

Next season we need to demand as much from our Premier League pundits as we do from our clubs and players. Otherwise we’re just an old loon standing in the park, screaming at the squirrels.

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