Thursday, December 3, 2015

Belgian National Team was Ranked the Top FIFA


Tweet Football - Belgium began in 2016 on top of FIFA rankings, ahead of World Cup finalists Argentina, Spain European Champion and World Champion Germany, having won eight of their nine games this year.

FIFA - FIFA rankings published on Thursday (03/12/2015)

  1. Belgium
  2. Argentina
  3. Spain
  4. Germany
  5. Chile
  6. Brazil
  7. Portugal
  8. Colombia
  9. England
  10. Austria (Antara)

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City Fans Want Best Performance For Christmas and New Year

Manchester City
Manchester City

Tweet Football - City fans have long associated the festive period with good cheer on the pitch as well as off it, with the Christmas and New Year’s Day fixtures generally producing good results.

Premier League - But are the Blues really one of the best teams in December and how well do we usually start the next calendar year?

The 4-1 win over Hull City on Tuesday started the month off in fine fashion and, the last 50 December matches in all competitions makes very pleasant reading.

For rounding up to a half-century purposes we’ll start with the last game of 2008 when City drew 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers at the Etihad. The 2009/10 season, City racked up five wins in seven matches, scoring 17 goals and conceding 10.

The 2010/11 season saw the Blues fair even better with six wins in eight matches; drawing one and losing one with 17 goals scored again and just five conceded.

Mario Goal

Of course, City secured a first title since 1968 in 2011/12, but, ironically, had a relatively poor December, winning four of seven matches with 12 goals scored and just four shipped.

The 2012/13 campaign didn’t produce a successful title defence, but City did reasonably well with five victories and one draw in nine attempts, scoring 14 goals and conceding 10.

The best December in recent memory came during City’s 2013/14 title triumph as Manuel Pellegrini’s side were in rampant form winning eight out of nine games and drawing the other.

With 26 goals registered and just 12 shipped by the City defence, it was a stellar month that laid the foundation for the two trophies secured in the months ahead.

Last season was yet another stunning final month of the year as the Blues swept all before them, winning eight and drawing one of the nine matches played.


With 19 goals scored and just six conceded, it leaves City with some fairly stunning December facts and figures.

In fact, the last team to be the Blues in December was Sunderland, who secured a traditional 1-0 Stadium of Light victory on Boxing Day 2012 – meaning City have remained unbeaten in their last 19 fixtures played this month.

Overall, the last 50 games have therefore produced 36 victories, seven draws and seven losses with City scoring 117 goals in total and conceding 51 goals with New Year’s Day producing four wins out of five and Boxing Day has seen four wins out of six.

Premier League games have produced an impressive 96 points from a possible 126 with seven out of nine cup matches won.

So is December really a good month for the Blues? Judging by the above it has perhaps been the best month of all for the past six years.

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Real Madrid's Stance About Fielding a Supposedly Ineligible player, Cheryshev

Real Madrid

Tweet Football - Real Madrid party has spoken to the federation about a supposedly fielding ineligible player, Cheryshev

Liga BBVA - “I have spoken to the Federation tonight and we will see what happens over the coming hours".

Emilio Butragueño spoke to the media following the Cádiz game. The director of International Relations expressed Real Madrid's stance about fielding a supposedly ineligible player, Cheryshev: "The club were not notified about the sanction. We did not receive any form of notification from the Federation or from Villarreal and nor was the player informed about the circumstances".

"This is not about looking for someone to take the blame. We are going to wait and see what happens. There is an article, 41 of the Spanish Football Federation's Disciplinary Code, it states that the possible sanction will not take effect if the interested party is not notified personally and the player was not notified. That is why Cheryshev was playing".

"I spoke to the Federation tonight and we will see what happens over the coming hours. The ruling will be made on Friday and our legal representatives will have something to say. We can say little more, tell the truth about what happened, be cautious and careful. We have talked over the course of the night at the club with everyone involved and there is no record".  

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Benitez Satisfied Victory Against Cadiz

Real Madrid
Real Madrid

Tweet Football - Rafa Benítez spoke Real Madrid's win against Cádiz in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32

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Benítez: “We won and I am satisfied with the performances of the players"
“We had a great game in difficult circumstances", he stated in the press conference.

Rafa Benítez spoke in the press room at the Estadio Ramón de Carranza and analysed Real Madrid's win against Cádiz in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32: "We had a great game in difficult circumstances. We won and I feel satisfied with the performances of the players".

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"I congratulate the players for what my side did out there on the pitch. I am only talking about what I saw on the pitch. That is all we can do at the moment".

“Of course the club knew nothing. We were not informed by either Villarreal or the Royal Spanish Football Federation and when we were notified we took him off to show good faith”.

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