Posts Tagged ‘Portugal’

World Cup 2018 & 2022 7

World Cup 2018 & 2022

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter today announced that Russia and Qatar will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments following two days of presentations in Zurich.

Lack of plan B costs Portugal 2

Lack of plan B costs Portugal

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Along with England v Germany, Portugal v Spain represented another titanic battle of rival nations. The so-called Iberian derby was billed by many as a potential classic. Free-flowing, end-to-end attacking football was hoped for, but as they did against the Brazilians, Portugal set out to frustrate and stifle the opposition, resting hopes of a goal […]

Spain and Paraguay makes up the final eight 3

Spain and Paraguay makes up the final eight

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The final last sixteen day managed just one goal in open play. We had to wait for over 180 minutes of football before David Villa scored Spain’s winner in a tight Iberian derby with Portugal. Paraguay, meanwhile, left their victory until penalties where they remained unfazed and converted all five, knocking out Japan in one […]

Talking Points: Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal 2

Talking Points: Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal

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Ivory Coast and Portugal played out a tense goalless encounter in Group G this afternoon, void of creativity and goalscoring opportunities but as always, plenty of Talking Points…   Jubulani v Ronaldo In the opening minutes of the game we witnessed the best and worst of Cristiano Ronaldo. First, a blatant dive from about forty […]

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World Cup Accumulators: 15th-17th

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Part of the fun of the World Cup is that games endlessly churn out of our televisions at times of the day when we might not have even realised. Even the most avid football fan can be forgiven for drifting away from the action as the days begin to blend into one, particularly when the […]

World Cup Scouting: Portugal / Serbia 0

World Cup Scouting: Portugal / Serbia

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Europeans Portugal will be looking to go one step further in South Africa as they attempt to improve upon their semi-final appearance of four years ago. While Chelsea’s Deco has long provided the creative spark for his nation many feel in light of his advancing years the Portuguese are in need of fresh impetus. It […]

BPF Predicts: The World Cup (Part 2) 3

BPF Predicts: The World Cup (Part 2)

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Another day closer to the big kick off, and we’re back with the second part of our World Cup predictions. Who will be the biggest let down (country)? Kevin Coleman: Italy. I think they’ll struggle hugely for a side who only four years ago were on top of the world. Neil Sherwin: Portugal. They limped […]

BPF Predicts: The World Cup (Part 1) 6

BPF Predicts: The World Cup (Part 1)

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With the World Cup just over a week away, there are reputations on the line as some of the BackPageFootball regulars give their predictions. Who will win the World Cup? Kevin Coleman: I’m going to go predictably here and pick Spain. They’ve had the same squad for a couple of years now, and are as […]