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Champions League: Linfield FC vs B36 Torshavn
Linfield and Torshavn will meet head to head on the 3 July 2012.
Linfield FC Preview
Belfast, North Ireland based club Linfield won their 51st Irish Premiership title by a massive 14-point margin last season with 85 points followed by Portadown at 71.Linfield FC dominated again as they took the league title by beating the Crusaders FC in the Irish Cup final to complete a sixth double in seven years.
On the 3rd of July they will face B36 Torshavn from the Faroe Island during the first leg of the Champions League.When compared to the opposing team, Linfield has a much richer history with a considerable amount of achievements. Mostly, however, the championsips were domestic and restricted within the Irish League. Nevertheless, the North Ireland outfit has a strong attack formation thus overwhelming the opposing teams.
B36 Torshavn Preview
Founded in 1936 in the Faroe Island and based in it’s capital with the same name, B36 Torshavn has several achievements but pale in comparison against Linfield. Their recent triumphs include winning the Faroe Islands Premier League in 2011, The Antlantic Cup in 2006, and the Faroe Island Super Cup in 2006.
B36 were drawn against AvenirBeggenin the Champions League Qualifying round in 1992. They went close but didn't make it through to the first round after a 1-0 loss and a 1-1 at home in the second leg. During the 2005-2006 Champions, the team reached the second round after defeating ÍBV Vestmannaeyar of Iceland 3-2 on aggregate. In the second round they narrowly lost to Danish Superliga-club FC Midtjylland 1-2 in the away leg and drew 2-2 at home. The team reached the second qualifying round of the UEFA ChampionsLeague in 2006-2007season after defeating Birkirkara FC of Malta5-2 on aggregate and were eliminated in second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, losing both matches to Fenerbahçe 4-0 and 5-0.
Linfield FC vs B36 Torshavn Predictions: F91 Dudelange 2-0
Both teams demonstrate talent and power in their own right. It is difficult to predict the winner of the first leg for the records show an equality in strength. We will just have to wait and see on 3 July 2012.
Original Source: Linfield FC vs B36 Torshavn
Euro 2012 Finals Preview: Spain vs Italy Predictions
The Euro Cup 2012 has come to an end with the last 2 teams standing. Spain’s Boss Vicente del Bosque is expected to have a fully-fit squad for the Euro 2012 final showdown with Italy.
The 61-year-old`s biggest selection dilemma is likely to be over whether to field a recognised striker after Alvaro Negredo`s anonymous performance in the semi-final win over Portugal.
With Fernando Torres seemingly out of favour, and with Fernando Llorente yet to make an appearance at the tournament, Cesc Fabregas could be restored to a `false nine` role up front alongside Andres Iniesta and David Silva.
Italy defender Ignazio Abate, who missed the semi-final win over Germany with a muscle injury, is likely to return to fitness in time for the final, while fellow full-back Christian Maggio is also available after serving a one-match ban.
Coach Cesare Prandelli may persist with the same formation that served him well against the Germans rather than revert to the unorthodox 3-5-2 line-up used in the opening match against Spain.
AC Milan-bound Riccardo Montolivo is likely to keep his place in the team ahead of Thiago Motta after an assured performance in the semi-final.
Spain are bidding to become the first team in history to win three successive major tournaments (Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012) and the first to retain the Henri Delaunay trophy.
La Roja are contesting their fourth European Championship final (1964, 1984, 2008 and 2012). They have lost just one (1984).
Vicente del Bosque`s side are 19 competitive games without defeat and have won their last nine knockout matches at major tournaments without conceding a goal.
However, the Iberian outfit have not registered a competitive win over Italy in nearly a century (with their penalty shoot-out success in the quarter-final of Euro 2008 classed as a draw). Their record in 11 previous meetings is W1, D5, L5, with the sole victory coming in the sides` first ever encounter at the 1920 Olympic games.
The Italians are competing in their third European Championship final (1968, 2000, 2012). They have won just one (1968).
The Azzurri are facing Spain for the 31st time, with their record in prior encounters reading W10, D12, L8. The sides` most recent meeting was in their opening match in this tournament, which finished as a 1-1 draw.
Italy have won just two of their last eight matches in regulation time, but are yet to lose a competitive fixture under Cesare Prandelli.
Spain vs Italy Predictions: Spain 2-1
This very well could be the most consistent match Italy's Balotelli has played for a five-game stretch. Despite his two great goals in the semifinal against Germany, particularly his second goal, he coupled a moment of brilliance with a moment of stupidity by taking his jersey off and receiving a yellow card. If a hot-tempered Balotelli picks up an early booking, he could just as easily be a detriment to his team with an untimely sending off in the championship game. Thus, these erratic moments need to be kept to a minimum. In a single-elimination game, anything can (and will) happen. For the most part, Germans midfielders Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira were frustrated by the Italian midfielders in the last semifinal. However, the Spanish boast the best arsenal of midfielders in the world and, seeing that Fernando Torres’ role in the title game remains up in the air, Xavi Hernandez or Cesc Fabregas might be called upon for but one flash ofwonder. Spain wins 1-0 to capture an unprecedented third consecutive major championship.
Original Source: Spain vs Italy
Euro Cup 2012 Highlights: Spain Makes A Statement 4-0 Victory Over Italy
Spain vs Italy
Spain took a few minutes at the end of its breathtaking Euro 2012 triumph to prove it is human, after spending the previous 90 showing why, in soccer terms at least, it is anything but.
A 4-0 victory over Italy on Sunday clinched an unprecedented third straight major tournament success for the majestic Spanish, many of whom brought their young children onto the field at the final whistle to celebrate with them. It was a touching gesture and spawned lovely scenes of childlike exuberance, with the kids hugging and playing excitedly with their delighted fathers.
Fernando Torres enjoys Spain's celebration with his kids Nora and Leo. (Getty Images)Yet for the previous couple of hours, those smiling adult faces in red uniforms had shown sporting ruthlessness of the highest order to silence a growing band of critics with a display of soccer magnificence.
All the accusations of boring play were washed away at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev as Italy, having shown so much spirit and resilience in reaching the final, were simply picked apart with a thousand cuts.
Just as it had all tournament long, Spain controlled the ball, dominated midfield and strung together pass after pass. This time, though, the old attacking intent was in place again after seemingly disappearing during the early part of the tournament.
David Silva got the first goal after only 14 minutes. His header came at the end of an outstanding move that saw Cesc Fabregas cut the ball back from the touchline for a goal of technical excellence. From that point on, it was all one-way traffic.
Spain's second goal was perhaps even better. Left back Jordi Alba charged nearly the full length of the field to collect a pinpoint pass and deliver a cool-headed finish.
When an injury to Italy’s Thiago Motta forced him from the field – after his side had already used all three allocated substitutes – Spain was able to run riot even more. Late replacements Fernando Torres and Juan Mata both got on the scoresheet to cap off a spectacular display and send the discussions of "greatest team ever" into overdrive.
Comparing teams from different generations is always a fool's errand, but this Spain side fully deserves its place at the very forefront of the conversation. It is incredible to think that its success at Euro 2008 ended a drought of 46 years since the nation’s previous major success. Now it has a pair of Euro titles with a World Cup sandwiched in between.
International soccer has never been more deep or diverse, but Spain makes the opposition look second-rate, seemingly at will. In 10 straight knockout games in tournaments, the Spanish have not conceded a single goal and yielded just one in its six matches at Euro 2012.
And to think that people had started to doubt them. Going into the competition, it was felt that the supposed rift between the rival players of Real Madrid and Barcelona would be destructive. Speculation also focused on Spain's dwindling motivation after so much former glory.
Not so. Silva, Manchester City's star playmaker, was the only player not from Madrid or Barca to start the final for Spain. Moreover, this was as seamless a blend of teamwork as you could ever wish to see.
Some key members of the team, such as goalkeeper Iker Casillas and midfield general Xavi, are not getting any younger, and a few fresh legs might be needed for the World Cup in 2014. But this is not a team that is weakening with age or one that is even close to the end of its road. No, it is one that has figured out the blueprint for winning on the biggest stages of all and is enjoying putting it in place.
The 1-0 wins over Germany in the Euro 2008 and the Netherlands at the World Cup were wars of attrition – fierce battles that had to be survived not seized. Sunday's victory, instead, was a festival – a celebration of a truly great team and a dynasty that shows no sign of ending.
EURO 2012: Spain vs Italy Timeline
90+3' - The second-half is over. The match ends 4-0.
90+2' - Sergio Ramos for Spain drives towards goal at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex. But the finish is unsuccessful.
90' - 3 minutes of injury time will be added to the Second half.
88' - Spain take a comfortable 4-0 lead thanks to Mata.
88' - Fernando Torres instrumental with a fine assist.
87' - Italy's Mario Balotelli has run offside.
86' - Vicente del Bosque (Spain) is making a Third substitution, with Mata replacing Andres Iniesta.
84' - That's a fine assist from Xavi.
84' - Goal! Fernando Torres extends Spain's lead to 3-0.
83' - Spain's Alvaro Arbeloa is whistled for offside at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex.
81' - Pedro of Spain gets in a strike, but is off target.
81' - In Kiev Xavi for Spain takes a corner from the Left-hand flag.
79' - Spain drive forward but Pedro is judged offside.
77' - Pedro Proenca has awarded Spain a corner. Xavi takes the kick from the Left .
76' - Andres Iniesta (Spain) gets in a strike but the shot is blocked by a defender.
75' - Fernando Torres is replacing Cesc Fabregas for Spain at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex.
72' - Pedro Proenca blows against Italy's Antonio Di Natale for offside.
62' - Play has been resumed.
61' - Pedro Proenca waits before resuming play because Thiago Motta for Italy is still down.
59' - Vicente del Bosque is making the team's First substitution at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex with Pedro replacing David Silva.
58' - Italy's Mario Balotelli misses with an attempt on goal.
56' - Thiago Motta is on a sub for Riccardo Montolivo for Italy.
55' - Antonio Di Natale for Italy is whistled offside.
51' - Italy's Antonio Di Natale gets in a shot on goal at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex. But the effort is unsuccessful.
48' - In Kiev Spain drive forward through Cesc Fabregas. His shot is on target but it's saved.
47' - Spain's Cesc Fabregas gets his shot away but it misses the target.
46' - Italy surge into the attack at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex but Antonio Di Natale’s header is off-target.
46' - Italy make their Second substitution with Antonio Di Natale replacing Antonio Cassano.
46' - The second-half has just kicked-off.
45+1' - The first-half has ended.
45' - David Silva gets his shot on target but fails to score for Spain.
45' - Andrea Barzagli (Italy) has received a yellow card from Pedro Proenca.
44' - Italy's Riccardo Montolivo is on target but unsuccessful.
41' - Great play from Xavi to set up the goal.
41' - Goal! Spain extend their lead to 2-0 through Jordi Alba.
39' - Italy's Mario Balotelli breaks free at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex. But the strike goes wide of the post.
35' - David Silva of Spain is pulled up for offside.
33' - Antonio Cassano of Italy smashes in a shot on target. The keeper saves, though.
30' - Italy are pushing forward but Andrea Pirlo's finish is wide of the goal.
29' - Italy drive forward and Antonio Cassano gets in a shot. Without netting, however.
25' - Gerard Pique (Spain) has been booked and must now be careful not to get a second yellow card.
21' - Federico Balzaretti is on a sub for Giorgio Chiellini for Italy.
18' - At Olimpiysky National Sports Complex Andrea Pirlo (Italy) takes a corner from the Left.
18' - In Kiev Andrea Pirlo for Italy takes a corner from the Right-hand flag.
16' - Corner awarded to Italy.
16' - Important block from the Spain defence as Andrea Pirlo fires in a strike for Italy.
14' - Cesc Fabregas with an assist there.
14' - David Silva heads in to make it 1-0 at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex.
10' - Xavi for Spain gets in a strike but fails to hit the target.
10' - Spain drive upfield and Andres Iniesta gets in a shot. The strike is blocked by a Italy defender.
10' - Spain push forward at Olimpiysky National Sports Complex and Xavi gets in a strike. This is blocked, however, by a determined Italy defence.
7' - Sergio Ramos's header is off-target for Spain.
7' - Spain have been awarded a corner by Pedro Proenca. Xavi steps up to take it.
6' - Spain are coming forward and Sergio Ramos gets in a strike, it misses the target, however.
2' - In Kiev Italy attack through Andrea Pirlo. The finish is off target, however.
1' - The match has started.
Original Source: Spain vs Italy Game Highlights
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: FC Dallas vs Toronto FC Predictions
Match Preview: FC Dallas vs Toronto FC
FC Dallas vs Toronto FC Predictions: 1-1 Draw
The Canadians will be hosting FCD in which we can expect both teams being happy with walking away with a point. I expect this to be a close encounter between the 2 teams.
Betting Odds and Tips FC Dallas vs Toronto FC: [sbobet]
FC Dallas: 1.86 - 1.53 - 65.03%
Draw: 3.40 - 1.29 - 77.27%
Toronto FC: 4.10 - 1.24 - 80%
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Montreal Impact vs Sporting KC Predictions
Match Preview: Montreal Impact vs Sporting KC
Montreal Impact vs Sporting KC Predictions: Montreal over Kansas 2-1
In their last meeting on May 5,2012 Kansas suffered a 2-0 loss at home to the impact. I see this being the same type of outcome with the Impact taking this. Montreal will be well rested and also I expect them to take control on the offense.
Betting Odds and Tips Montreal Impact vs Sporting KC: [sbobet]
Montreal Impact: 2.74 - 1.36 - 73.26%
Draw: 3.25 - 1.30 - 76.47%
Sporting KC: 2.45 - 1.40 - 71.01%
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Predictions
Match Preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers
San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers Predictions: 3-0
The Earthquakes have a powerful attack as was proven during their last match against the Galaxy. Unless the Portland Timbers adjust their defenses and strengthen their offense, the team does not stand a chance against the red-hot Earthquakes, home turf or not.
Betting Odds and Tips San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers: [sbobet]
San Jose Earthquakes: 2.70 - 1.37 - 72.97%
Draw: 3.15 - 1.31 - 75.9%
Portland Timbers: 2.56 - 1.39 - 71.91%
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire Predictions
Match Preview: Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire
Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire Predictions: Draw 1-1
As mentioned above, both teams have met five times in the past Chicago has won once, Houston once, and the rest are draws. This keeps both teams at equal pace. Although Chicago is one rank higher, only four points and two games are the differential. This match-up seems even in the eyes of many.
Betting Odds and Tips Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire: [sbobet]
Houston Dynamo: 2.18 - 1.46 - 68.55%
Draw: 3.25 - 1.31 - 76.47%
Chicago Fire: 3.20 - 1.31 - 76.19%
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Chicago Fire vs Los Angeles Galaxy Predictions
East meets West as Chicago and LA collide on July 9.
Match Preview: Chicago Fire vs Los Angeles Galaxy
Chicago Fire vs Los Angeles Galaxy Predictions: Chicago Fire wins 1-0
Sure, the Galaxy is strong in both areas, defense and attack. But the Fire as an ace up their sleeve in the form of Marco Pappa. If he is able to continue his exceptional form in midfield, the Fire should rebound on Sunday.
Betting Odds and Tips Chicago Fire vs Los Angeles Galaxy: [sbobet]
Chicago Fire: 2.51 - 1.40 - 71.50%
Draw: 3.10 - 1.32 - 75.61%
Los Angeles Galaxy: 2.78 - 1.36 - 73.54%
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Predictions
Two of the worst cases in the League will clash on the 8th of July 9.
Match Preview: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union
Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union Predictions: 1-1 Draw
Predicting a draw goes to show how closely similar both teams are when it comes to their statistics. Although Toronto seemed to show more promise now than let’s say, five games ago, both teams are still on the equal.
Betting Odds and Tips Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union: [sbobet]
Philadelphia Union: 1.91 - 1.52 - 62.63%
Draw: 3.30 - 1.30 - 76.74%
Toronto FC: 3.95 - 1.25 - 79.80%
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls Predictions
A calm and straightforward victory over New York on Sunday night would provide a welcome respite for New England after the late drama over the past two weekends.
Match Preview: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls
New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls Predictions: New York wins 2-1
Home or away the Red Bulls show why they are the better team. New York’s pressure and attack on the defense will continue to be a problem for New England. New England’s injuries will also hinder them from even getting a chance to get the victory over New York.
Betting Odds and Tips New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls: [sbobet]
New England Revolution: 2.53 - 1.39 - 71.67%
Draw: 3.15 - 1.32 - 75.90%
New York Red Bulls: 2.72 - 1.37 - 73.11%
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew Predictions
A lot has changed since the Andy Gruenebaum and the Crew shutout the Montreal Impact in Columbus back on March 24, but the team will carry the confidence from that victory into this weekend's match in Montreal.
"We can't really take much (from March 24) It's a totally different team," the Crew 'keeper explained. "We have a little confidence. They're struggling, they're going to come out flying at home. They're a dangerous team. Our back is going to be against the wall a little bit."
"We've got to do the things we did well during that match," midfielder Eddie Gaven added. "We came out strong and had a very good start to that game. We played really good defense and didn't give up any goals, which is always big. It's going to be very important on the road to keep things tight in the back. Hopefully we can build off some of the things we did well (on March 24) and do the same thing (in Montreal)."
Match Preview: Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew
Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew Predictions: 1-1 Draw
If it weren’t for the injuries of Columbus I would have it 2-1 for the Crew. But, with the combination of injuries and the poor play of Montreal this goes down as a tie.
Betting Odds and Tips Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew: [sbobet]
Montreal Impact: 2.37 - 1.42 - 70.33%
Draw: 3.15 - 1.32 - 75.90%
Columbus Crew: 2.92 - 1.34 - 74.49%
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Columbus Crew vs Sporting KC Predictions
Sporting KC will visit Columbus Stadium July 15. Both teams will go into this one with something to prove. For Columbus if they can bounce back from their disappointing loss to Montreal and for KC if they can maintain 1st place in the MLS standings.
Match Preview: Columbus Crew vs Sporting KC
Columbus Crew Vs Sporting KC Predictions: Columbus Crew wins 2-0
Good teams have a way of punishing bad teams and in this case Sporting News will be all over Columbus. I see with KC’s stellar defense and offensive pressure will be too much for the Crew.
Betting Odds and Tips Columbus Crew Vs Sporting KC: [sbobet]
Columbus Crew: 2.33 - 1.43 - 69.97%
Draw: 3.20 - 1.31 - 76.19%
Sporting KC: 2.98 - 1.33 - 74.87%
Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps Predictions
The USA Major League Soccer football match between Chicago Fire (8th) and Vancouver Whitecaps (6th) kicks off on 15 July 2012.
Match Preview: Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps
Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps Predictions: Chicago 2-0 over Vancouver
Key stat when Chicago plays at home against the bottom 6 teams(Whitecaps 8th place) they win by 3 goals.I see it that Chicago will dominate Vancouver in this one.
Chicago Fire vs Vancouver Whitecaps Betting Odds and Tips: [sbobet]
Chicago Fire: 1.89 - 1.53 - 65.40%
Draw: 3.40 - 1.29 - 77.27%
Vancouver Whitecaps: 3.85 - 1.26 - 79.38%
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