Germany’s Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement just a few months after winning the World Cup 2014. The 36-year-old striker became the highest scorer in World Cup finals after scoring two goals in the five matches. He overtook Brazilian forward Ronaldo, who had 15 goals. Klose now has 16 and a World Cup title to go along with it. The former Bayern Munich forward says that it has been a lifetime ambition for him to win the World Cup. After having realised the same last summer, Klose has now announced his retirement from international football.
Spain being the defending champions was trailing by 2-0 in front of Chile. This was the second loss of Spain in 2014 World Cup in just five days. It was Eudardo Vargas and Charles Arranguiz who led their team to victory. The golden era seem to be crashing apart for Spain after winning in 2008 and 2012 in the European Championship 2010 triumph in the World Cup.
Cesare Prandelli has dismissed suggestions that the 1-1 draw with minnows Luxembourg is a very poor result for the team. Italy were considered as one of the teams capable of winning the World Cup 2014 after they reached the final of the Euro 2012. However, they come into the tournament on a very poor form. It will be difficult to accept draws against Republic of Ireland and Nigeria, but the team hit a new low after only managing a 1-1 draw with Luxembourg.
A young and upcoming team, Italy have found it difficult to get results against such poor teams. This has put their World Cup hopes in tatters even before the start of the tournament. Despite this, Prandelli says that the team does not need to worry about the form because they suggest warmup friendlies. Italy also suffered a major blow in the form of an injury to AC Milan midfielder Ricardo Montolivo. He has been ruled out of the World Cup after the injury sustained against Republic of Ireland.
Paris St Germain manager Laurent Blanc has stated that the injury sustained by midfielder Yohan Cabaye during the recent match with Lille may not be serious as initially thought. The former Newcastle United man had to be carried off on a stretcher after what appeared to be a very serious injury. This would have been a major blow for his chances of being in the French squad for the World Cup 2014. It would also have been a blow for France, who will be hoping to redeem himself with a good showing at this major tournament.
Brazil’s sport minister has stated that the nation is facing a problem with crime rather than terrorism during the upcoming World Cup 2014. This is one of the prestigious events that will be held in Brazil over the next few years.
This country is also set to hold the upcoming Olympics as well. The precursor for the World Cup 2014 – Confederations cup – did not go too well since it was marked by large protests against the government for spending huge amounts of money on stadiums rather than developing the infrastructure.
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has stated that the country is prepared to use various forces in order to ensure that the security of visiting fans is maintained. Brazil will be hosting the World Cup 2014, which is expected to pull together more than 1 million visitors in June.
There will be more visitors to the stadiums, while many more are also expected to watch the matches from open telecast zones. Due to the recent history of the country, fans are concerned about the security ahead of the visit.
The 21-year-old Tom Rogic is someone who is seen as a future star for the Australian national team. After signing for Scottish club Celtic in January 2013, he finally made the move to European football.
However, he did not get regular game time in his spell at Celtic, which led to the loan move back to Australia's A-league. He has returned with Melbourne Victory in the hope of playing regularly and impress national team manager Ange Postecoglou. The upcoming World Cup 2014 is seen as a major chance for Rogic to show his full potential.
Roy Hodgson has revealed that he will be using some of the squad players for the match against Denmark, which will be England's final competitive encounter before they play at the 2014 World Cup.
He has said that since this is the final competitive match, he will be resting some of the players who are 100% certain to play in the matches at World Cup. This will certainly include players like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard. It is expected that the likes of Andros Townsend, who are still establishing themselves in the first-team, will be utilised against Denmark.
New English FA chairman Greg Dyke suggested that the prospect of winning the World Cup 2014 looked extremely unlikely, but manager Roy Hodgson does not share the same opinion.
He thinks that England can not only qualify for the World Cup automatically, but they can also win the competition as well. England have not won a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, and it was also primarily attributed to the home support. Since then, they have exited major competitions at quarter-final stage itself.
French defender Eric Abidal has said that he is still hopeful of making an appearance for the French national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The former Barcelona defender recently completed a free transfer to Monaco, who are one of the big spending clubs in Europe at the moment.
However, the possibility of the French international playing football again looked seriously doubt after suffering numerous complications in the last few years. He has even undergone a liver transplant in the last few years, but he is now fit and ready.