jenni_blog: (URU-LUIS SUAREZ)
This week most of the excitement in football has been centred around the Euro 2012 competition starting on June 8th. But at the same time, there is the intense battle going on for World Cup spaces (potentially 6) among South American teams. The battle will be long and hard, and very compelling. This weekend the matches are very interesting.

First, a little background. The 2014 World Cup will be in Brazil. Being the host country, Brazil does not need to compete for qualification. That leaves 9 teams who do. With an uneven number of teams competing, one team will get a 'bye' in each round of the qualifiers. This weekend, which is Matchday 5, that team is Paraguay. These are the matches that will be taking place:

Saturday, June 2nd:
Uruguay vs Venezuela
Bolivia vs Chile
Argentina vs Ecuador

Sunday, June 3
Peru vs Colombia

Why will it be so compelling this Matchday 5? Well, here are the standings:

1. Uruguay - 7 pts - +6 goal diff.
2. Argentina - 7 pts - + 3 goal diff.
3. Venezuela - 7 pts - 0 goal diff.
4. Ecuador - 6 pts - + 3 goal diff.
5. Chile - 6 pts - -3 goal diff.
6. Colombia - 4 pts - 0 goal diff.
7. Paraguay - 4 pts - -3 goal diff.
8. Peru - 3 pts - -2 goal diff.
9. Bolivia - 1 pt. - -4 goal diff.


My thoughts and some photos under the cut... )
jenni_blog: (ARGENTINA-FLAG)
Argentina is in Group B along with Nigeria, Korea Republic and Greece. I don't care about any of the other teams except Argentina, so I do hope the albiceleste can finish first.

Below is a picspam of the players called up by Coach Maradona. Some strange choices, but it is 'his' team and so the world will have to wait a few weeks and see how it does.

First up is #1 goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

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CLICK HERE FOR PICSPAM )
jenni_blog: (ARGENTINA-DEJECTION)
The Catalans defeated the Argentines 4 - 2 at the Camp Nou. It was a good chance to see some players we don't otherwise get to see together.

A teaser:



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