Football slots game

The summer can be a drag for football fans – especially when there is no World Cup or European Championships – and this is where the football themed slots games being offered at online casino sites have proven to be such a welcome alternative. However there are ever-increasing numbers of these games hitting the market, and it means that the games really have to make the grade – both in football and slots terms – if they are to capture the hearts, minds (and wallets) of football and casino fans. One of these games is the five reel football video slot Soccer Safari, but is it a super-safari or a bungle in the jungle?

RAMIRES WANTS TO WIN

The Chelsea midfielder Ramires has said that he is extremely desperate to win the FIFA World Cup 2014, which will be held in Brazil. The nation will be staging the most prestigious tournament in world football in just over the year's time.

Even though the team have not been at their best in recent years, there is the belief that the home advantage will help the team win the record sixth World Cup title. Ramires is expected to be part of the Brazilian team at this World Cup, and the midfielder is keen to win the competition on home soil.

TURKEY TO START U-20 WORLD CUP 2013

Turkey will be hosting the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 after it was decided in Zürich.

Turkey has reached the hosting rights of the championship to outstrip the other candidates which are Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Turkey has documented in its bid dossier book that 10 cities which are Antalya, Bursa, Gaziantep, Bursa, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Manisa, Rize, Şanlıurfa, Trabzon and 13 stadiums will host the tournament that will secure Turkey’s position in the world football scene. The host cities of the championship will be determined finally, after the site visits of FIFA officials.

AL JAZEERA RIGHTS EXTENDED

The World cup 2014 / 2018 / 2022 has been extended for Al Jazeera. The rights deal covering television, internet and mobile transmissions in 23 countries or territories was the first to be signed for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, world football's governing body said in a statement.

The value of the deal was not revealed.

FIFA awarded Russia and Qatar respectively the right to host the event less than two months ago.

World Cup 2022: No co-hosts

AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam has quashed rumours of a co-hosted 2022 World Cup by declaring that only Qatar shall organise the matches as had been presented in the bid proposal by the Middle East state.

There have been reports in the media about discussions concerning a Gulf World Cup as Qatar as a nation is geographically small. But Bin Hammam has moved to deny such reports.

VAUXHALL SPONSOR ENGLAND

The Football Association has confirmed that Vauxhall Motors will become the England national team’s lead sponsor.

The three-and-a-half-year agreement will cover the 2012 European Championships and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, should England qualify.

The car marque replaces Nationwide, which ended its 11-year backing in July in the wake of England’s exit from the World Cup in South Africa.

AL-JAZEERA NET TV RIGHTS

The next three FIFA World Cup tournaments will be televised by Al Jazeera Sports across the Middle East and North Africa after football’s world governing body struck a new deal with the satellite broadcaster to air the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

The move represents the first transmission rights package be settled by FIFA for the two events – to be hosted in Russia and Qatar respectively. Al Jazeera will also transmit live matches from the next World Cup finals, to be held in 2014 in Brazil, through an existing agreement.

FINAL: Netherlands 0-1 Spain (aet)

Andres Iniesta struck a dramatic winner late in extra time to give Spain World Cup glory for the first time but condemned the Netherlands to their third defeat in a final.

Iniesta drilled his right-foot strike across goal - but the Dutch were incensed after referee Howard Webb had failed to award their side a corner moments earlier when a free-kick took a sizeable deflection off Cesc Fabregas.

Semi Final: Germany 0 - Spain 1

Spain reached the World Cup final for the first time after a second-half header from Carles Puyol secured a narrow victory over Germany after an intriguing match in Durban.

Vicente del Bosque's side won their third straight game 1-0 and will now play the Netherlands in Sunday's final at Soccer City.

Spain deserved their victory after controlling huge periods of the match, but once again it was far from a vintage performance.

Del Bosque's team improved on their scrappy performance against Paraguay in the previous round but still struggled to carve out clear openings.

Semi Final: Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands

Two goals in three second-half minutes by Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben helped to see off a resolute Uruguay side and put the Netherlands into a World Cup final for the first time since 1978.

The Dutch looked short of ideas for long periods but still had the quality in front of goal when it mattered to set up an all-European final against Euro 2008 champions Spain or Germany in Johannesburg on Sunday.

After Giovanni van Bronckhorst's spectacular opener, Uruguay were gifted an equaliser when goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg failed to deal with Diego Forlan's long-range shot.

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