World Cup 2014

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Summer Tidings.^^/

 

I’m having a very good summer so far. There are number of stories that I would like to share with you about the shenanigans I got up to. Like my thoughts on Mario Kart 8, going to Applewood Farm Pub Quiz (World Cup special), my illustrations, potential new ways for me to socialise and completing the anime Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. I really enjoyed that anime and I will be looking to pick up Magi: The Kingdom of Magic.

 

But- all of that is irrelevant to this blog! 😉 I’m talking about the World Cup 2014! =D I will be watching this as religiously as Thomas the Tank Engine and Non Non Biyori. Haha. =D My first thoughts are ‘COME ON ENGLAND!’ my second thoughts ‘I can’t wait for the first match tonight.’ =D Because of the time zone in England I’ll be watching most of the matches at 9 or 10 in the evening. They’re roughly the times when they kick-off  here in England.

 

I have made initial predictions about who will qualify from each group…

 

GROUP A: Brazil to qualify on top, Mexico runners-up.

GROUP B: Spain to qualify on top, Chile to come runners-up

GROUP C: Ivory Coast to qualify on top, Colombia to come runners-up.

GROUP D: …wishful thinking perhaps but England to qualify on top and Italy to come runners-up. 😉

GROUP E: France to qualify on top, Honduras to come runners-up.

GROUP F: Argentina to qualify on top, Bosnia and Herzegovina to come runners-up.

GROUP G: Germany to qualify on top, United States to come runners-up.

GROUP H: Belgium to qualify on top, Russia to come runners-up.

 

I feel that since the hosts are Brazil, and considering the whole terrain and climates I feel that the South American nations will have a big advantage over the European nations. I’m up in arms about Group B as well. Spain is probably the best nation team in the world, or at least one of them, so there’s no doubt in my mind that they will come out on top. I initially predicted the Netherlands for second place, but then I remembered that it’s based in Brazil so I switched it with Chile.^^

 

I must admit that I’m not very optimistic about England’s chances. Of course I will get behind them 100% but how well will they adapt to the terrain, climate and air before they play Football? I think it was a good idea that they had warm up matches against Ecuador and Honduras before the World Cup event. With the quality in our side we probably should have won comfortably, but to be honest, I think two draws is more than we could have hoped for. I’m especially thankful though that we didn’t come away with any injuries, the tackles by the Honduras lads during that game was horrendous. I’m not sure if they were deliberately trying to rough us up or if they were missed-timed tackles, but regardless, I’m just happy that most of the players are fit for the World cup. =)

 

How do you rate England’s chances? Are you watching the World cup? Are you excited? Roll on Brazil vs Croatia. =)

 

Fare Thee Well for now.^^/

Ryan

PFA Awards 2014 Predictions

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Spring Tidings.^^/

 

This season has been a very good season for Football, especially in the Premier League. The only downer for me in this season is that there were a good number of managers who were sacked, but that’s another story to tell on another day. 😉

 

I never would have thought that Liverpool would be in the hunt for the league title. They’ve generally been consistent through their performances, played some good high-tempo and scored a lot of goals. It’s those goals that are making them firm favourites to win it. It’s been a long time coming too for a big club like Liverpool to not have any league championships on their CV.

 

It’ll be nice for Steven Gerrard too. With Gerrard in the side, Liverpool have won many trophies; FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield, Champion’s League, UEFA Cup (now Europa League) and Super Cup. But the only honour they haven’t won with Gerrard in the team is the league title. A couple of games ago Gerrard was very emotional. If they win it I reckon we’ll see tears of joy.

 

Today’s game between Liverpool and Chelsea was a cracker! Chelsea employed the tactic of slowing down the pace in order to frustrate Liverpool. It appeared to work as Liverpool couldn’t really hit a shot on target in the first half. One can never tell what Jose is thinking or plotting for his next game but he’s very entertaining to watch; whether it’s his antics on the field or during the pre/post match interviews. =)

 

And now, the PFA Awards…

I’m going to give you my personal opinion of who I feel deserves to be player of the year and who I think will win player of the year. To guess correctly I will attempt and look at them from the player’s point of view. Who do I think they will pick?

 

Football League Championship Team of the Year

My Personal Choice

GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley)

DR: Andre Wisdom (Derby County ON-LOAN)

DC: West Morgan (Leicester City)

DC: Clint Hill (Queen’s Park Rangers)

DL: Daniel Lafferty (Burnley)

MR: Ross Wallace (Burnley)

MC: Will Hughes (Derby County)

MC: Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)

ML: Anthony Knockheart (Leicester City)

ST: Chris Martin (Derby County)

ST: Danny Ings (Burnley)

Who I think will get the places

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)

DR: Kieran Tripper (Burnley)

DC: Wes Morgan (Leicester City)

DC: Clint Hill (Queen’s Park Rangers)

DL: Daniel Lafferty (Burnley)

MR: Michael Kightly (Burnley)

MC: Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)

MC: Will Hughes (Derby County)

ML: Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City)

ST: Ross McCormack (Leeds United)

ST: David Nugent (Leicester City)

 

Premiership Team of the Year

My Personal Choice

GK: David Marshall (Cardiff City)

DR: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

DC: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

DC: Phil Jagielka (Everton)

DL: Leighton Baines (Everton)

MR: Kevin Miralles (Everton)

MC: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

MC: Adam Lallana (Southampton)

ML: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

ST: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Who I think will get the places

GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

DR: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

DC: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

DC: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

DL: Leighton Baines (Everton)

MR: Kevin Miralles (Everton)

MC: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

MC: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

ML: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

ST: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

 

PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year

My Predictions

First: Jordan Nobbs – Arsenal Ladies

Second: Lucy Bronze – Liverpool Ladies

Third: Danielle Carter – Arsenal Ladies

 

PFA Women’s Player of the Year

My Predictions

First: Kim Little – Seattle Reign

Second: Nicole Rosler – Liverpool Ladies

Third: Siobhan Chamberlain – Arsenal Ladies

 

PFA Player’s Young Player of the Year

My Choice

First: Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal

Second: Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool

Third: Luke Shaw – Southampton

My Predictions

First: Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal

Second: Eden Hazard – Chelsea

Third: Ross Barkley – Everton

 

PFA Player’s Young Player of the Year

Nominees

Eden Hazard – Chelsea

Steven Gerrard – Liverpool

Yaya Toure – Manchester City

Luis Suarez – Liverpool

Adam Lallana – Southampton

Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool

 

My Choice

First: Luis Suarez

Second: Steven Gerrard

Third: Adam Lallana

 

My Predictions

First: Luis Suarez

Second: Yaya Toure

Third: Daniel Sturridge

 

PFA Merit Award

It’s hard to gauge and guess who will win this award since it’s like a special achievement. Hmm… it tends to go to players who have been world class in their time like Pele or players who have made over 1,000 appearances like Graham Alexander… It’s a mystery. I’ll just tell you who I think deserves the merit award or at least be considered…

  • Ryan Giggs: He has played in every single Premier League season. Up until now he has scored in every season but it doesn’t look like that will continue, since he has become the interim manager of Man Utd. Regardless, I think making an appearance every season, since the Prem started, is quite a feat. So, Giggsy getting this award would not be surprising.
  • There’s this gentleman who I think deserves this award more then any, the only problem is…I forgot his name and I forgot which club he has managed. XD! Basically he was a non-league manager. He has managed a certain non-league team from 1963 until 2013, exactly 50 years. He retired last year when he was in his seventies. Sky Sports News documented this and in his last game all the past players came to pay their respects for his retirement. If I recall right his team lost 6-3. I feel silly for forgetting his name but I feel he truly deserves this award because of his dedication to the game.[1]
  • Chris Powell: Slightly biased perhaps considering I’m a Charlton fan but he has done one heck of a lot off the field. It’s not just Powell, Charlton do a lot of community work and this was actually acknowledged in the House of Commons some time ago. In fact, the leader and founder of the Charlton Community Trust, James Morgan, was rewarded with the MBE recently because of his contribution to the community. =)

 

What do you think of this season’s Football? Have you enjoyed it? Who do you think will win the Premier League? I’m not a betting man but at this very moment I think that its Liverpool’s to lose. I’m going to be glued to my couch for the next couple of weeks; it is an exciting time to be a Football fan. =D

 

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

 

[1] The gentleman is called Jimmy Davies and the team that he managed for 50 years is Waterloo Dock AFC, based in the Liverpool County Premier League. I knew it was along the lines of Waterloo. Haha.