Emenike: The pressure has to be there

The broad shoulders of Emmanuel Emenike look capable of withstanding their fair share of expectations, but after Nigeria’s opening 0-0 draw with Iran – where the reigning African champions largely failed to ignite – he accepts there will be even more than usual when they face Group F rivals Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a result […]

Argentina look to build, Boateng brothers meet again

Germany look to be in especially fine fettle after sweeping aside Portugal 4-0 for their seventh consecutive victory in qualifying for or at the FIFA World Cup™, while Argentina got started with a 2-1 defeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina that owed much to a superb Lionel Messi strike. Germany will begin as favourites against a […]

Ignashevich: I never dreamed I'd play in the Maracana

It now looks set to be a key venue in deciding where the latest set of would-be heroes for a generation of young Russians sit in history, as they step out on to the hallowed turf facing a tough and testing encounter against Belgium in 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Brazil Group H.  Having not featured […]

Susic: Dzeko is Bosnia's Messi

The Bosnians are going all out for a win, Susic said, even though a draw would suffice after their opening loss to Argentina. Defeat against Nigeria would end Bosnia’s interest in the FIFA World Cup™. The importance of Dzeko, an integral part of the City team that won two English Premier League titles in the […]

Benzema: Same again for Ecuador

The 26-year-old Real Madrid forward made up for failing to convert a first-half penalty in Salvador by claiming France’s fourth goal in a superb individual display. The victory left France on the verge of the last 16, but the Group E leaders are eager for another impressive display in their final group match in Rio […]

Diaz basks in date with destiny

The slight and slender winger, who packs bags of pace and power, was mobbed by his team-mates after whipping in the cross that picked out Bryan Ruiz for the game’s only goal. And he was mobbed again at the final whistle asLos Ticos pulled off the biggest win in their history.   “It’s extra special […]