Gerrard Throngs Out Wake-Up Call to England Team-Mates Ahead of Uruguay | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Gerrard Throngs Out Wake-Up Call to England Team-Mates Ahead of Uruguay

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 19, 2014

England captain Stephen Gerrard has warned his team-mates of the dangers of losing out of the World Cup to Uruguay this evening at Arena de Sao Paulo.

The Three Lions lost their opening Group D game to Italy and face a terrible long summer should Oscar Tabarezs men halt their progress to the knock-out stage in Sao Paulo on Thursday, according to Gerrard.

It wasnt to scare any of the lads but a wake-up call to everyone staff and players, captain Gerrard, who is participating in his third World Cup in Brazil, said.

Three Lions Training Session in Manaus Takes a Water Break.

That is the reality of where we are. We need everyone focused and right on it to perform individually and collectively on Thursday otherwise it will be a terrible, long summer.

Gerarrd was in the England side that lost on penalties to Portugal in quarter-final of Germany 2006 and captained Fabio Capellos side which lost 4-1 to Germany in the second round of South Africa 2010.

The 34-year-old, who addressed coach Roy Hodgsons squad alongside Franck Lampard, adds: A lot of people in the dressing room already know that, said Gerrard. But we have a few young lads and it was important for them to realise what is at stake and how important this game is.

We all need to leave everything on that pitch. If a defeat was to happen it is probably the most difficult place to be as a footballer.

There is no hiding place for a player when you go out of a tournament. You go home earlier than you expect. It can be tough as a player and it can take an awful long time to get over it.

Gerrads team-mate at Premier League club Luis Suarez is expected to lead Uruguays attack, despite his coach Tabarez admitting he was not fully fit on Wednesday.

If he plays, we must consider the possibility that hes not as well as he was during the Premier League season, Tabarez said.

Even when hes not 100% hes someone who can give a lot to this team. Thats what were considering now.

Hes been training and playing with his team-mates during this last week. hes been able to train, but a training session is not the same as a match.

Gerrard, speaking in Wednesdays pre-match press briefing, admitted the 27-year-old striker was a genius, but also said he is not nursing the intention of having any contact with the striker before the game out of respect for his England team-mates.

Suarez claimed the PFA and Football Writers Player of the Year prizes for the 2013/14 season, after scoring 31 goals for the Anfield club last season.

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano is out with a knee injury, while Jorge Fucile is expected to replace suspended right-back Maxi Pereira.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, though back in England training following a knee ligament injury, remains a doubt.

Kick-off time is 8:00pm (Nigerian time).

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Fifa Begins Probing of Racism Against Cameroon Players | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Fifa Begins Probing of Racism Against Cameroon Players

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 19, 2014

World footballs governing body Fifa is looking into claims of discriminatory behaviour by Mexico football team fans during last Fridays 1-0 win over Cameroon.

Reports also suggests Fifa have likewise launched separate investigation into alleged acts of racism by fans from host nation Brazil, Croatia and Russia.

Fifa in its statement said they have launched an inquiry into claims of improper conducts by Mexican fans.

Mexico Fans Faces Fifa Punishment, After Claims of racism Against Cameroon Last Fridiay.

They are also believed to be looking into reports of homophobic chanting by Brazil fans and ati-Semitic and racist banners displayed by supporters of Croatia and Russia teams.

According to new Fifa rules, which were enacted last year; a first racism offence by fans or players can attract a punishment of playing a game behind closed door for concerned teams. Subsequent cases or more serious offences can lead to point deduction, relegation or expulsion from competition.

Injured Obaobona Faces Late Fitness Test for Bosnia | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Injured Obaobona Faces Late Fitness Test for Bosnia

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 19, 2014

Injured Super Eagles defender Godfrey Obaobona was absent from the Super Eagles training in Campinas on Wednesday, despite coach Stephen Keshis assurance that the player could be fit in time for Saturdays crucial clash with Bosnia-Hercegovina.

The Rizespor of Turkey defender was stretchered off the pitch in the first-half of Nigeria opening Group F draw against Iran at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba.

The ex-Sunshine Stars centre-back sustained a foot injury, but subsequent scan revealed a deep cut on his limb but no fracture.

Obaobona Stretchered Off After Being Hit on His Foot With Sharp Studs By an Iranian Forward. Getty image.

Yes, I have received the medical reports on Godfrey and we are still hopeful that before the d-day he may still make it. Lets just be hopeful because he is an important player in the team, Keshi said on the players condition after Wednesdays training.

Skipper Joseph Yobo is expected to start in place of the injured defender and earn his 99th international cap.

The African champions head for Cuiaba on Thursday morning for their penultimate group game against debutantes Bosnia at the Arena Pantanal.

Obaobona remains the only injury concern in the team, as the Eagles prepare to keep their hope of remaining in the World Cup alive.

Kick-off time is 11:00pm (Nigerian time).

Injury Sidelines Ya Konan from Ivory Coast-Colombia Face-Off | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Injury Sidelines Ya Konan from Ivory Coast-Colombia Face-Off

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 19, 2014

Cote dIvoire striker Didier Ya Konan has been ruled out of his sides clash with Colombia at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia on Thursday.

The Hanover striker is ruled out of the decisive Group C match through a knee injury.

Both nations won their opening games and a win for either of the two should guarantee passage into the last 16.

Didier Ya Konan Limps Off During Ivory Coasts Win Over Japan. AFP/ Getty Image.

Ya Konan played a vital role in Saturdays comeback win over Japan, after coming on as a substitute.

His absence, means Didier Drogba, who also came on as a second-half substitute in the match at the Arena Pernambuco, Recife, could start against Colombia.

Meanwhile, Stuttgart defender Arthur Bolka has returned to training after limping off with a calf problem against Japan.

Del Bosque- Spain Were Inferior to Both Netherlands and Chile | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Del Bosque- Spain Were Inferior to Both Netherlands and Chile

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 19, 2014

Spains coach Vicente Del Bosque says he will take his time rather than let circumstances force him into drawing the lines on his future as coach of the Spanish national side, after a humiliating end to their Fifa World Cup reign.

La Roja became first cup holders to lose out after the first two matches of their title defence, following Wednesdays 2-0 loss to Chile, in the wake of their opening Group B trouncing by the Netherlands.

This is not the time to reflect on my future, said Del Bosque, who succeeded Luis Aragones in July 2008 and has led Spain to the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European championship victories.

Del Bosque Admits Spain Were Inferior to World Cup Group Stage Opponents.

Many blamed the 62-year-old former Real Madrid and Besiktas coach for not making the necessary changes after reading warning signals from last years Confederations Cup final loss to hosts Brazil.

However, the reigning champions have now conceded seven times- more than they had conceded in their previous 13 World Cup matches- while their solitary goal remains a Xabi Alonso spot kick in the loss to the Oranje.

Del Bosque would rather insist it is hightime the country learned to take defeats as much as they cherish victory.

When something negative comes out of such an important competition then of course there are consequences. I dont want to go into an analysis right now, there will be plenty of time for that, he added.

The coach is expected to remain in charge of the side until 2016, judging by the new contract he signed with the Spanish federation last November. He says the team will look onto the future in one accord with the European nation who had endured four decades of under-achievement prior to his arrival.

We have players and a federation who are very consolidated, we are not falling apart. We will take the time to do what is best for Spanish football, and I include myself there, said Del Bosque.

We must not make snap decisions on the basis of what has happened here. We played two games and were not able to overcome our rivals, Netherlands and Chile were better than us on the day.

I thought we came here in good shape and the problem would be which were the best eleven players to field. But things did not turn out as we expected.

Spain gave up the ball in vital areas, as well as being exposed at the back by a their world class goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, who appeared to have lost confidence a couple of times against a rampant Netherlands and Chile.

Del Bosque admits his side were inferior against Louis van Gaals Netherlands and Jorge Sampaolis Chile.

We were inferior to both the Netherlands and Chile, he concluded.

Knocked-out holders hope to end their short stay in Brazil on a high when they take on fellow group losers Australia on Monday, same time Netherlands look to confirm group dominance against prospects Chile.

Uruguay 2-1 England: Suarez Wrecks Havoc on Three Lions | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Uruguay 2-1 England: Suarez Wrecks Havoc on Three Lions

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 20, 2014

Luis Suarezs brace dealt Englands hopes of going beyond the group stage of the World Cup a killer blow, on his return from a knee surgery.

The Liverpool striker headed in Edinson Cavanis cross to put the South American champions ahead, but Wayne Rooney leveled for the Three Lions 15 minutes to full-time.

Suarez, 27, then completed his brace on 84 minutes, when he rifled the Brazuca into the roof of the net.

Luis Suarez Celebrates His Brace Against England.

A draw for Italy against Costa Rica, who both won their opening Group D matches, tomorrow means England is out of the World Cup in the group stage, while victory for either of the teams triggers the permutations for Roy Hodgsons side.

Less I forgot, no team has ever lost its opening two games atthe World Cup and advanced from the group, however; the fact remains Englands chances fizzled out of their hands on a relatively humid night at the Arena de Sao Paulo.

Suarez was considered a 50/50 chance to play against the home country of his professional alegiance after missing their opening loss to Costa Rica, but in reality he was full of venom on the pitch.

Suarez Parts Liverpool Team-Mate Steven Gerrard in the Head After the Win.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, the subject of several criticism on British media prior to the clash, came up with many of the responses the 1960 champions could muster.

Redeployed to a more central role after all by his coach, the 28-year-olds header from a Stephen Gerrard free-kick a minute after the half-hour mark hit the crossbar, after missing a free-kick of his own just inches off target ten minutes into the game.

England were never concrete in the defence and were lucky not to have conceded on 15 minutes, when Phil Jagiekas clearance fell to Cristian Rodriguez, whose rising effort from 25 yards just cleared the bar with Joe Hart well beaten.

Luis Suarez Scores Uruguays First Against England.

Suarez broke the deadlock seven minutes before the break. Gerrard conceded possession in the midfield, allowing Edinson Cavani to deliver a prefect cross to Suarez, who pulled away from Jagielka to head across Hart.

Daniel Sturridge came up with a response, but a chance to repeat another instant leveler akin to that against Italy in Manaus, was denied by an alert Fernando Muslera.

Suarez missed a couple of chances early on in the second-half and Cavani should have doubled the lead on 52 minutes, when he screwed a one-on-one with Hart terribly wide.

Hodgson made some changes to his side, worthy of note was Ross Barkley for Raheem Sterling, whose light faded against Tabarezs men.

Rooney restored parity in the 75th minute, tapping in from close range Glen Johnsons perfect cross- his first World Cup goal since making his debut in Germany eight years ago and his 40th for England.

Wayne Rooney Celebrates His First World Cup Goal.

But Suarez spoiled all chances of an England redemption, latching on to the ball after Gerrard lost an aerial challenge with the imposing Cavani, steadied well before blasting a powerful one into the roof of the net.

Suarez Laughs Lasts After Denting Englands Hopes Of reaching the Round of 16 in Brazil.

Every attempt to rescue a point failed to yield result and England now wait on tomorrow to realise their fate.

Watch Brazil 2014 on the Go with Jumia + Free Super Eagles T-shirts | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Watch Brazil 2014 on the Go with Jumia + Free Super Eagles T-shirts

Posted by: Gbolahan on June 20, 2014

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Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast: Elephants Drop Second Group Game in Brasilia | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast: Elephants Drop Second Group Game in Brasilia

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 20, 2014

Ivory Coasts hopes of going beyond the group stages of the World Cup suffered a trifling punch, as Colombia made it two wins out of two to move within a touching distance of the round of 16.

James Rodriguez headed in at near post corner to place the Los Cafeteros ahead four minutes after the hour mark and Juan Quintero slotted home after Serey Die was caught in possession to double Colombias lead five minutes later.

Gervinho halved the deficit in the 73rd minute, when he evaded three Colombia defenders before finding the net.

Coach Sabri Lamouchis men searched for a late leveler but to no avail, as Colombia held on to an impressive win at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

The Elephants now have to win their next game against Greece to keep every chances of reaching the second round in their third successive appearance alive.

Galatasaray marksman Didier Drogba was yet not deemed fit to start and had to come off the bench after one hour of the West African nations penultimate Group C game in Brazil.

Colombia named an unchanged starting 11 from the side that beat 2004 European champions Greece 3-0.

Ivory Coasts Chieck Tiote Fights for an Aerial Ball With Colombian Players.

A tense but edgy first-half witnessed fewer chances, with Colombia getting closer to an opening goal at some point.

Ivory Coast were lucky not to have fallen behind a minute to the half-hour mark, when Teofilo Gutierrez got the ball on the edge of the goal area, but tangled to miss his shot. Replay showed the striker was offside, but referee Howard Webb and his assistants failed to spot that.

Serge Aurier Tries to Beat James Rodriguez During His Sides 2-1 Loss to Colombia.

Serge Aurier responded few minutes later, gliding past Mario Yepes to release a low-shot, which was kept out by the Colombian goalkeeper.

Both teams went for a 15 minute break and on return, the Ivorians improved on their movement upfront.

Swanseas Wilfried Bony tried to flick an outrageous bicycle kick from a Yaya Toure pinpoint cross on 57 minutes, but kicked the air in the process.

Juan Cuadrado came up with Colombias first real shot at goal on the hour mark, which goalkeeper Boubacar Barry squirmed on to the upright.

Monaco forward Rodriguez finally broke the deadlock, skillfully powering Cuadrados corner past Boubacar Barry.

Monacos Rodriguez Celebrates His Fourth Successive Goal for Colombia.

Jose Peckermans men doubled their lead five minutes later, not without Ivory Coast giving away a poor corner at the other end. Colombia followed up with a counter-attacking break which culminated in a Gutierrez-Quitero connection and the latter buried the goal behind Boubacar Barry.

Colombian Players Celebrates Rodriguezs 64th Minute Strike.

Gervinho then replied with a terrific strike of his own making. He skipped past three defenders before finding the net from inside the box.

Ivory Coast turned it up a gear after the ex-Gunnerss goal, but Colombia fended off every attempt to restore parity.

Alexis Sanchez wants Premier League move after falling out with Messi | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Alexis Sanchez wants Premier League move after falling out with Messi

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 20, 2014

Sanchez for Chile

Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez has his heart set on a Premier League move this summer after learning Arsenal, Manchester United Liverpool all tabled offers for the Chilean international, who Spanish radio station Cadena Cope believe made up his mind to leave the Camp Nou after falling out withLionel Messi.

Sanchez has been earmarked as the top target of Serie A champions Juventus after failing to establish himself as a star at Barcelona, despite consistently scoring in La Liga last year and ending the campaign with an impressive haul of 19 goals and 12 assists.

The 25-year-old is ready to chase a new challenge and the Premier League is now at the top of his agenda, with well placed Chilean journalists insisting that hes fed up of playing second fiddle to Messi andfeels his talents are best suited to the frenetic, full- throttle style of play enjoyed and celebrated in England.

Sanchez enjoys a healthy relationship with Neymar but isnt particularly fond of Messi, which even the most ardent of Chilean supporters must recognise means their superstars days with the Catalan giants are numbered.

The forward has instructed his agent to find a new club and that means Europes top clubs are free to target a quality addition at a relatively reasonableasking price of around £27m, but who will win the race for his signature.

Suarez: I’ve dreamed of these goals | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Suarez: Ive dreamed of these goals

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 20, 2014

Suarez

Luis Suarez revelled in Uruguays 2-1 win over England, suggesting that his side had reacted in the best way possible to their loss to Costa Rica.

The Liverpool forward, who hadnt played since undergoing knee surgery in May, scored either side of a Wayne Rooney tap in to give Oscar Tabarezs side a vital win in Sao Paulo.

Speaking after the game, Suarez admitted he had dreamed of scoring twice on his return from injury and suggested that Uruguay had answered their critics after their 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica last Saturday.

Ive dreamed of these goals, the 27-year-old told reporters.

We suffered a lot. But we won and thats what really matters. Now weve got a strong challenge ahead and we have to play Italy, which will be a harder match.

And to those who criticised us, there you have it.

Suarez enjoyed a superb season with Liverpool, scoring 31 times in 33 Premier League games, but it was feared he would not be fit to take part against Roy Hodgsons side and was emotional in describing the impact of national side physio Walter Ferreira on his recovery.

I was suffering from cramps more than 10 minutes before my second goal, he continued.

But something told me I couldnt leave the pitch. When celebrating my first goal, I had to go and thank our physio because if he wasnt for him, I wouldnt have been able to play in this World Cup.{GOAL}