July 6th, 2011

Not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning

Match Day:
TEN     Match: GROUPS C & D

12:00 EST/18:00 CET: Equatorial Guinea v Brazil
12:00 EST/18:00 CET: Australia v Norway

14:45 EST/20:45 CET: Sweden v USA
14:45 EST/20:45 CET: Korea DPR v Colombia

My timezone/Full schedule

Broadcasters in your country:
Germany: ARD, ZDF
United States:  ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3
United Kingdom: BBC, BBC Red Button
Canada: CBC, Rogers Sportsnet, Telelatino, CBC Streaming
Australia: SBS

Online streams: FIFA.com Official Stream, Rojadirecta, FirstRowSports, ATDHE, Live Football Online, FootbalStreaming.info, myP2P

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Nina Dobrev
  • arooj

Some transfer news..

Internazionale beat Arsenal to secure £10m midfielder Ricardo Alvarez 

• Velez Sarsfield confirm deal done with Serie A side
• 23-year-old had been target for Arsène Wenger

Velez Sarsfield's midfielder Ricardo Alv 

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder had been a target for Arsenal and Roma, but will move to Internazionale in a £10m transfer.

A statement on Velez's website read: "Velez Sarsfield Athletic Club announces that it has reached an agreement with the authorities of FC Inter Milan for the transfer of our player Ricardo Alvarez."

The 23-year-old's current club, Velez Sarsfield, have announced that Inter are to pay an initial €11.8m/£10.6m for 90 per cent of the player's economical rights before an additional €1m (£896,000) is due after he makes 80 first-team appearances.

Internazionale's new coach, Gian Piero Gasperini, confirmed the club were in talks with Alvarez on Tuesday, telling the press: "Alvarez is a great player. If he came to Inter, he'd be an important reinforcement." 


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tom hardy bb

Qatar heat could change World Cup game format

LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA could allow matches at the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar to be played over three 30-minute periods if temperatures in the stadiums became dangerously high for the players, a senior stadium engineer told delegates at a conference on Wednesday.

Michael Beavon, a director of Arup Associates who helped to develop the zero-carbon solar technology that will cool the 12 stadiums, told delegates at the Qatar Infrastructure Conference in London that the air-cooling would maintain a comfortable temperature of around 24 degrees Celsius in the stadiums.

"There is a moderate risk of heat injury to the players between 24C-29C but if you go above that you have high and extreme risk of injury. The one thing FIFA do say, although it is for guidance, is if it's 32C they will stop a match and play three 30-minute thirds rather than two 45-minute halves. The reason would be to re-hydrate the players before they could carry on playing. That of course would play havoc with TV schedules and those kind of things. The commitment from Qatar was to provide conditions in the moderate band, so that matches would go ahead and be played as normal. Matches have to be played at an acceptable temperature and in safety so that FIFA do not intervene."

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Changing how many minutes the match is played from 45 minutes a half to 30? Oh no. That's not gonna fly tbqh. Still don't know how they're going to get all of this accomplished. Let the rage begin.
Steven Gerrard
  • scruby

Red Card Homophobia photos campaign

The amazing loezzy  went this week to an Ajax training with a bunch of cards with our logo and a camera. She firstly asked permission of the press spokesperson and then asked the players if they wanted to sign our logo and take a photo with it so we could show the world that they too are against homophobia in football.

I'm so so happy to tell you all that a few footballers have agreed to do so and have taken photos with our logo, and also signed it. This is one of the best things that happened to RCH and I hope there will be more players that will agree to do this.

Here they are, the amazing Red Card Homophobia heroes from AFC Ajax:

Toby Alderweireld
Defender. Played for the Belgium National Team a couple of times.

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Women's World Cup Group Stage Roundup

Now that the quarterfinals match-ups are set, let's take a look back at the group stage of this WWC.

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If you haven't been watching, consider catching some of the quarterfinal match-ups. They're going to be glorious.

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So what have you all thought of the tournament so far? Favorite goals, moments? Least favorites? How are your predictions doing? I got Group A right...that's it though, haha.

EDIT: In case you've missed the matches, Rojadirecta does have at least some of them.