First Whistle – October, 2011
If the first edition was ‘apprehension’ and the second, ‘excitement’, the third has turned out to be like a ‘plug and play’. We are excited about receiving excellent content from more and more authors worldwide; our team is growing from strength to strength, we have incorporated more user-friendly features on our website and bid good riddance to hiccups (spam bots) too. What makes all this possible is your love for the game.
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Onto the football pitch – Germany did a perfect 10-10 wins from 10 matches in Euro 2012 qualifiers; Spain though remains the team to beat as they too won all of their matches; Italy put on a quiet impressive show of qualifying unbeaten and only conceding twice in the campaign; England confirmed their qualification, albeit not too ceremoniously. Among other notable results in Europe, Sweden defeated Netherlands 3-2 to secure them a place in the finals. Denmark, France, Greece and Russia joined them to take the last five automatic places. The play-off draw is also out now and by November we will know the rest of the participants.
Columbia became the first team to win on the road in South American World Cup 2014 qualifying rounds beating Bolivia 2-1, in the high altitude of La Paz, courtesy of Radamel Falcao’s goal in the stoppage time. Lionel Messi broke his goal draught for the national team against Chile but failed to light up against Venezuela. A 10 men Brazilian team came back from behind to beat Mexico, thanks to a sublime free kick by Ronaldinho.
After 2 match days in UEFA Champions League, we have seen some surprises especially with Trabzonspor AŞ and APOEL FC leading their respective groups. Bayern München and Napoli seem to be emerging as the superior sides from the group (A) of death, surpassing Villareal and Manchester City.
The debate of ‘rich getting richer’ and so on was once more ignited with Liverpool pushing for a breakaway TV deal and not an equal division among all clubs as is practiced.
There is lot more football to be played and we shall keep sharing our perspectives every month. We shall also keep peeking into our history books, to relive golden memories, like we have in this issue, not forgotten to pay homage to one the greatest football icons, on his 78th birth anniversary.
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