Monday 30 June 2014

Albania could be playing on the World Cup with this selection

Albanian players playing in World Cup 2014 Brazil.

Gianni de Biasi, the Albanian coach, despairs whenever he sees a round of the World Cup 2014 and follows the evolution of players who could play for the 'land of eagles', by birth or have family origins.

  • Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland

Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri (Albanian pronunciation: [dʒɛrˈdan ʃaˈciɾi]; born 10 October 1991 Gjilan, Kosov) is a Swiss footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga as well as the Swiss national team. Since his breakthrough into Basel's first team, Shaqiri has drawn widespread praise for his speed, both on and off the ball.
FIFA's official website describes Shaqiri as "unpredictable on the ball, adept with both feet, clinical in front of goal and [possessing] excellent vision". He is nicknamed "the Alpine Messi" and "the magic dwarf".

  • Adnan Januzaj,  Belgium

Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj (Albanian pronunciation: [adˈnan januˈzaj]; born 5 February 1995) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger for English club Manchester United

Januzaj is eligible to represent Belgium through birth and passport, Albania through his ethnic Albanian heritage.

  • Granit Xhaka, Switzerland 

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka (Albanian pronunciation: [ɡɾaˈnit ˈdʒaka]; born 27 September 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer of Albanian descent who plays as a midfielder for German club Borussia Mönchengladbach. A full international for Switzerland since 2011, he has gained over 25 caps and was included in their squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

  • Blerin Dzemaili, Switzerland

Blerim Dzemaili

Blerim Džemaili (AlbanianBlerim Xhemaili) (born 12 April 1986) is a Swiss football midfielder who plays for Serie A club Napoli.
He made his debut for the Swiss national team in March 2006 and was selected for their squads at the World Cup in 2006 and 2014.
Blerim was born to Fekredin and Shemije Xhemaili, an Albanian family from Bogovinje, Macedonia. At the age of 4, Blerim and his family migrated to Zürich, Switzerland.

  • Valon Behrami, Swicerland

Valon Behrami
Valon Behrami (born 19 April 1985) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Napoli. Previous clubs include                      Stabio, ChiassoLuganoGenoaVeronaLazioWest Ham  United and Fiorentina.
Behrami has been capped at international level by the Switzerland national team, playing at two World Cups and Euro 2008 since his debut in 2005.
Valon Behrami was born to Albanian parents in Titova Mitrovica, Kosovo. 

  • Admir Mehmedi,  Swicerland

Admir Mehmedi

Admir Mehmedi (born 16 March 1991) is a Switzerland international footballer who plays as a striker for SC Freiburg of the Bundesliga.
Admir Mehmedi was born in Gostivar.

At the age of two, his family emigrated from Gostivar to Switzerland and he soon joined local side Bellinzona, before signing for FC Winterthur, from where Zürich scouted him.

  • Shkodran Mustafi, Germany

Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi (born 17 April 1992) is a German professional footballer who plays as a defender for Italian club Sampdoria and the Germany national football team.

Mustafi was born in Bad HersfeldGermany, to an Albanian family, originally from Gostivar. He started his career in the youth system of 1. FV Bebra and after of SV Rotenburg. Between 2006 and 2009 Mustafi played for Hamburger SV before joining Everton.

  • Kone Panagiotis, Greece

Kone Panagiotis
Panagiotis Giorgios Kone (GreekΠαναγιώτης Γεώργιος Κονέ, born 26 July 1987) is an Albanian born Greek footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Bologna in Serie A

Kone was born in TiranaAlbania to a Albanian father and Greek mother (see list of Albanians). His family moved to Athens, Greece. Kone started at the Olympiacos youth academy as a young teenager but moved to France just before his 17th birthday when Lens showed interest in him.

  • Sotiris Ninis, Greece

Sotiris Ninis
Sotiris Ninis (GreekΣωτήρης Νίνης) born 3 April 1990 is an Albanian born Greek footballer currently playing for Parma. His FIFA profile claims he "possesses a dizzying range of skills to go with sublime vision, an electrifying change of pace and fearsome long-range shooting skills".

Ninis was born in Himarasouthern Albania.

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Germany vs Algeria



#‎Germany‬'s Mario Götze is expected to earn a recall against Algeria, with Lukas Podolski sidelined by a thigh injury suffered against the‪#‎USA‬.
Bastian Schweinsteiger made his first start of the tournament in that game and could keep his place in midfield at the expense of Sami Khedira.
Full-back Jerome Boateng is expected to overcome a knee problem
‪#‎Algeria‬ have no reported injury concerns and could be unchanged from the side that drew with ‪#‎Russia‬.      

Sunday 29 June 2014

Netherlands 2 - 1 Mexico

Netherlands break Mexican hearts in the final moments after Wesley Sneijder's super strike and Klaas Jan Huntelaar's calmly finished penalty. 

Sneijder celebrates his goal

Netherlands vs Mexico Team line-up


Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal welcomes back captain Robin van Persie from suspension.
Bruno Martins Indi is only fit enough to return to the bench after concussion so Dirk Kuyt continues at left back.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera is without Jose Vasquez, who serves a one-match ban, so Carlos Salcido will deputise as the holding midfielder.
Aside from that, they are expected to be unchanged from the side that beat Croatia.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera: "We have a great atmosphere and a great attitude going into this game, and that is key. But we also have to play very well because we are facing a very difficult opponent.
"Do we believe this could be Mexico's World Cup? Yes, more than ever. We are very convinced that this time will be different for us, and we are ready to make history.
"I can't compare myself with Louis Van Gaal. He's done such outstanding things, and it's an honour to play against him. This is my first World Cup."

Saturday 28 June 2014

Latest news

Scolari slams referee despite win

Despite seeing his team advance to the quarter-finals of the #FIFA #WorldCup, #Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari slammed the referee on Saturday.

 Low wary of Algeria

#Germany coach Joachim Low has highlighted #Algeria's strength as a collective unit ahead of Monday's last-16 fixture in Porto Alegre.

Goal a dream come true, says Rodriguez
James Rodriguez said he fulfilled a life-long dream after scoring twice to lead #Colombia into the quarter-finals at the FIFA World Cup.

Slimani: Keep Algeria´s dream going

The man that sent Algeria into the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup has urged his teammates to "keep this dream going".

Tabarez credits Ospina with Colombia win

#Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez hailed #Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina for resisting his team's late flurry at the Maracana on Saturday.

Pekerman revels in Colombia history

Jose Pekerman revelled in his side's historic achievement after leading Colombia to the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

Reports: England fan had part of ear bitten off at World Cup

An #England football fan had part of his ear bitten off by a fellow supporter at the FIFA World Cup, reports claim.

Brazil´s current crop still leave more questions than answers

There are few sights in football that conjure up memories quite like it: the yellow shirt, blue shorts and white socks.

FIFA World Cup: Colombia 2 Uruguay 0

A FIFA World Cup wonder goal from James Rodriguez helped fire Colombia into the quarter-finals as his double beat Uruguay 2-0.

Tearful Cesar revels in turnaround

Julio Cesar basked in his redemption after helping host nation Brazil to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

Pain and pride for Sampaoli

Jorge Sampaoli insisted he felt huge pride after seeing his #Chile side fall painfully short of knocking Brazil out of the FIFA World Cup.

Friday 27 June 2014

Who do you think will win the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot?


  2 – Tim CahillAustralia), Mario Mandzukic MM17 (Croatia), Luis Suarez (Uruguay), Gervinho (Ivory Coast), Memphis Depay (Holland), @Ivan Perišić (Croatia), #Martinez (Colombia), Clint Dempsey (USA), @Bony Wilfried (Ivory Coast), #Ayew, #Gyan (both Ghana), #Musa (Nigeria), Islam Slimani (Algeria).

#goldenboot #allscores #worldcup

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Higuain unconcerned by lack of goals
Gonzalo Higuain remains unfazed by his lack of goals for Argentina at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Scolari wary of Chile threat
Luiz Felipe Scolari believes it is only natural that Brazil will head into their FIFA World Cup showdown against Chile with trepidation.

Sagna warns of Nigeria quality
France defender Bacary Sagna has warned his team-mates of the threat posed by Nigeria ahead of their FIFA World Cup second-round clash.

Lille finally complete Corchia signing
Lille have finally completed the signing of defender Sebastien Corchia from Sochaux on a four-year deal.

Gutierrez relishing Uruguay clash
Teofilo Gutierrez has fond memories of facing Uruguay and the striker is determined to heap more misery on Colombia's South American rivals.

Benaglio counting on Brazilian backing
Diego Benaglio is counting on the support of the Brazilian nation when Switzerland face Argentina in the second round of the FIFA World Cup.

Suarez needs help, claims sports psychologist
Luis Suarez has been urged by a leading sports psychologist to seek help following his bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the FIFA World Cup.

Lotito hints at marquee signings
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has hinted at several big-name signings in the close-season as they look to launch a Serie A title bid.

Yobo sets financial row aside
Joseph Yobo has put Nigeria's reported row over bonuses to one side as the team prepare to face France in the FIFA World Cup second round.

Lafferty targets top-flight return for Norwich
​Kyle Lafferty has vowed to help fire Norwich City back into the Premier League as he prepares to move to Carrow Road from Palermo.

FIFPro: Suarez ban infringes right to work
FIFPro believe FIFA's decision to ban Luis Suarez for four months "infringes his right to work" and have vowed to support the striker.

Fernandinho: City move was crucial
Fernandinho knows he may not have been able to celebrate a goalscoring FIFA World Cup debut on home soil had he not joined Manchester City.

FIFA World Cup Preview: Brazil v Chile
Brazil will target Chile's lack of height at set-pieces when the two sides meet in the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Belo Horizonte.

Thursday 26 June 2014

AllScores Football Blog: Herrera pays Bilbao buy-out clause

AllScores Football Blog: Herrera pays Bilbao buy-out clause: Ander Herrera appears set to complete a move to Manchester United after paying his buy-out clause at Athletic Bilbao. Herrera set to...

Herrera pays Bilbao buy-out clause

Ander Herrera appears set to complete a move to Manchester United after paying his buy-out clause at Athletic Bilbao.

Herrera set to join Manchester United
La Liga outfit Bilbao confirmed on Thursday that they had rejected a bid in the region of €36million for the highly-rated midfielder, who was a reported target for United 12 months ago.

However, it now seems certain that Herrera will switch to Old Trafford, after he paid the amount of compensation required to terminate his contract at San Mames.

A statement on Bilbao's official website read: "The Football League (LFP) has certified Athletic Club that player Ander Herrera Aguera has fulfilled the requirements of the applicable regulations valid for unilateral termination of the employment contract that bound him to our club, by depositing today the amount of compensation established in the contract.

Following Bilbao's announcement, the official Twitter page of Herrera carried an image of the 24-year-old holding up a United shirt alongside club director Bobby Charlton, seemingly confirming his transfer.

Bilbao president Josu Urrutia conceded that Herrera's actions represented a blow to the Spanish side.

"Athletic should aim for players whose first choice is to defend the jersey for the club. In this regard, the decision of Ander Herrera is not aligned with that idea, which is a disappointment for the club," said Urrutia.

Herrera moved to Bilbao from Real Zaragoza in 2011, and was part of the team that were finalists in the Copa del Rey and UEFA Europa League in 2011-12.

In three years at San Mames, Herrera made 128 appearances and scored 11 goals.

Luis Suarez banned for four months

World governing body Fifa have imposed a four-month world footballing ban on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez banned
The independent disciplinary committee imposed the suspension after finding the 27-year-old guilty of misconduct.

Suarez has also been banned for nine international matches, ruling him out of the rest of the FIFA World Cup.

The incident occurred during Tuesday's 2014 Fifa World Cup Group D game, which Uruguay won to qualify for the last 16.

Man City complete Fernando signing

Manchester City FC complete the signing of midfielder Fernando from FC Porto for a fee believed to be in the region of £12m. 

Fernando joins Man City
City confirmed the deal on Thursday although the length of the 26-year-old's contract was not disclosed.
"I am so happy to finally be joining Manchester City," he added. "I know there was talk of me possibly signing last January so I am delighted that the deal has now been done and that I am a City player.
"I'm looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and helping City to defend the title. It is a very exciting time to be part of this football club and I cannot wait to play in the Premier League."
"I have enjoyed my stay with Porto and I thank the club and the fans for their support during my time in Portugal. Now I am ready for a new chapter in my career."

Man Utd confident over Herrera deal

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City confirm Fernando signing
Premier League champions Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Porto.

Sorry to the Japan fans - Hasebe
Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has apologised to the nation's supporters after the side bowed out of the FIFA World Cup.

Carragher ´convinced´ of Suarez departure
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is "convinced" the club will sell disgraced forward Luis Suarez if they receive a lucrative offer.

Bilbao confirm rejected United bid for Herrera
Athletic Bilbao have rejected a bid in the region of €36million from Manchester United for midfielder Ander Herrera.

Camoranesi: Balotelli is ´overrated´
Former Italy international Mauro Camoranesi has taken aim at Mario Balotelli and claimed the striker is "overrated".

Beckerman: USA fit and ready
United States midfielder Kyle Beckerman insisted fatigue will not hamper his side's chances of reaching the last 16 at the FIFA World Cup.

I will not resign - Hodgson
England coach Roy Hodgson is adamant he will not resign from his post despite the nation's disappointing FIFA World Cup campaign.

Pepe hoping for a Portuguese miracle
Portugal defender Pepe is confident his team can produce a "miracle" to reach the FIFA World Cup knockout stages in Brazil.

Rojo: ´A whole new competition begins´
Argentina defender Marcos Rojo said the knockout stages were the best part of the FIFA World Cup.

Appiah: We´re focused after pay dispute
Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah insists his team are focused after issues over pay were finally settled.

Halilhodzic hits out at critics
Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic slammed his critics on Wednesday ahead of his team's final FIFA World Cup group match with Russia.

Wilmots: We want to win
Marc Wilmots has quashed talk of complacency, insisting Belgium will be playing for a win in their final Group H clash with South Korea.

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Latest news

Fulham announce Taggart signing
#Fulham have completed the signing of #Australia striker Adam Taggart from #Newcastle Jets for an undisclosed fee.

Hodgson tips Neville for top job
Roy Hodgson feels Gary Neville has the ability to one day take his job as#England boss, but does not think he should rush into management.

SAFA deny Keshi reports
#Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has not signed a deal to become#SouthAfrica's new boss, the South African Football Association (SAFA) insist.

Mexico must remain calm, says Hernandez
Javier Hernandez has called on his team-mates to keep their cool after he helped #Mexico seal a place in the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup.

Fred ignored criticism
#Brazil striker Fred insists that he was never fazed by criticism after finally scoring in his team's 4-1 win over #Cameroon on Monday.

Ambrosini wants overseas move
Veteran Italian midfielder Massimo Ambrosini will only consider offers to play overseas, his agent has confirmed.

Dejagah, Iran target goals
#Iran midfielder Ashkan Dejagah is hopeful of reaching the last 16 at the FIFA World Cup as his team prepare to attack Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Owen backs Neville for England job
Michael Owen has backed Gary Neville to take the #England job when Roy Hodgson's contract expires in 2016.

Wood relishing Everton test
Chris Wood is relishing the prospect of Leicester City's Premier Leaguecurtain-raiser against #Everton on August 16.

Pinto wants ´balanced´ anti-doping testing
Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto feels his team were treated unfairly by anti-doping testers after their win over #Italy.

Wilmots would welcome Brazil clash
#Belgium coach Marc Wilmots would love a reunion with #Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari at the FIFA World Cup.

Changes expected from Deschamps
#France coach Didier Deschamps could make up to six changes to his starting line-up against #Ecuador on Wednesday, according to reports.

Santos solely focused on Greece fortunes
#Greece coach Fernando Santos said his side must forget about their#FIFA #WorldCup fate lying in the hands of Group C rivals.