World Cup 2014 Review

There’s little that compares to the emptiness a football fan feels after the World Cup is over but after what was surely one of the finest tournaments in history it’s a bigger loss than ever. Brazil’s World Cup promised a festival of football and they delivered in spades.  From the opener some four and a half weeks ago in Sao Paulo to Sunday’s final in the fabled Maracanã, this year’s World Cup was an absolutely enthralling month of football with fantastic games, amazing stories and — Read more →

2014 World Cup Predictor

Tomorrow the 4 years of waiting is finally over and the greatest show in football gets underway.  It’s fair to say I’m excited for this World Cup, and I think it could be one of the best ever. There are so many teams in the tournament with the chance to do well.  The top four of Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany will probably produce the winners, but there’s a multitude of other teams that could easily reach the semis and make for some interesting and — Read more →

The Qatar Conundrum

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup was essentially ‘bought’ by Qatari bid committee officials making payments of up to £3 million to members of FIFA’s executive committee.  The news shocked few in football, and is the latest in a damaging string of high-profile corruption allegations against the game’s governing body.  But with the scale of these claims, against the organising of football’s flagship event, it might be the one that enforces real change at the top of — Read more →

World Cup 2014 Country Guides

The excitement for the World Cup is building nicely with the football extravaganza under two weeks away! As part of Scotzine’s World Cup coverage I’ve contributed some articles about some of the sides that are outside the spotlight of most World Cup previews.  They cover the side’s international football history, road to the finals, key players and how I expect each team to fare in their group and beyond.  If you’re interested in World Cup trivia, or looking for some tips for your sweepstake or — Read more →

2014 World Cup Predictions

For a football fan, there’s little that compares to the excitement of the World Cup.  Even if your country isn’t involved, it’s a chance to see the best players and best teams in the world fight it out for the ultimate prize.  It’s something that we look forward to for years in advance.  And the next one is just six months away.  I can’t wait! Today, the draw was made for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  It promises to be a fantastic tournament, with — Read more →