Argentina’s TyC Sports channel have used the pope’s recent trip to Brazil to create this ad for the 2014 World Cup.
It’s Called “Jogo Bendito”, – Blessed God – and it’s giving the message to all concerned that God is rooting very strongly for the Argentinian team.
When Maradona was around all they had was the hand of god.
Now with the pope rooting for their team the opposition is going to have to be prepared for even greater acts of divine intervention …!
USA finds itself in the group of death.
England find themselves pitted against Italy,Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Most of England’s World Cup memories are not happy ones unfortunately.
Hodgson’s remarks on the draw included ..”It’s a tough group, there’s no doubt about that. In Italy and Uruguay it’s almost as though we have got two number one seeds in our group”
Barcelona beat FC Cartegena 4-1 in the Copa del Rey on Friday night – which they came back to win after being a goal down early on.
Fabregas scored what turned out to be the third goal of the game.It’s about 2 minutes and 49 seconds into the video give or take a couple of milliseconds either way….
Newcastle became the second team in a row to beat Man Utd at home. Moussa Sissoko combined with Cabaye to score the only goal of the game in about the 61st minute.
.. for the results of the World Cup draw which is due to take place at the Costa do Sauipe resort in Brazil sometime on Friday here’s something to pass the time while we wait.
This is what the draw looked like for the 1938 World Cup in France
This is what the draw looked like for the last world cup in South Africa
That ceremony was presented by Charlize Theron.David Beckham and Haile Gebrselassie were among the many stars that glittered at the event.
About 200 million people around the world watched it on television.
It is reported that the current draw involves a 45-mile security cordon around the venue. There are 4,800 guests and 3,600 armed guards – which apparently works out to about three guards for every four guests – or four guests for every three guards – depending on your perspective.
The venue as you can see below is bordered by the sea at one end.So some of those guards in the 45 mile cordon are either in boats or in submarines.
Lots more funny facts and figures on the World Cup draw here
How clear, how lovely bright,
How beautiful to sight
Those beams of morning play;
How heaven laughs out with glee
Where, like a bird set free,
Up from the eastern sea
Soars the delightful day.
To-day I shall be strong,
No more shall yield to wrong,
Shall squander life no more;
Days lost, I know not how,
I shall retrieve them now;
Now I shall keep the vow
I never kept before.
Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground
Falls the remorseful day.
A . E Houseman
Tributes from football players and other sportspersons here and here
Suarez has become the Premier League’s leading scorer with 13 in just nine games.Norwich were at the receiving end of 4 goals.
His first was from a distance of about 45 yards – the goalkeeper had a bit of a sit down afterwards – to try and figure out how that had happened.
The second came off a corner kick,the third was another brilliant field goal and the fourth came off a free kick.
Jose Mourinho described Hazards’ electrifying performance in the game as “amazing”.That’s high praise from the special one.Gus Poyet, the Sunderland manager, described Hazard as “unplayable”.
Hazard dribbling was bewitching. He scored two brilliant goals and helped set up another. Chelsea are breathing down Arsenal’s neck even as Man Utd slip further behind in the title race.
Everton gave their former boss David Moyes a rude shock by beating Manchester United 1-0.Bryan Oviedo scored the only goal of the game.Moyes will be despondent between the loss,the having to listen to abusive chants from fans of his former club and from trying to figure out how Man Utd can come back now from being 9th in the standings.
Bendtner – who last started a league game for Arsenal three seasons ago took all of 90 seconds to score his first goal for them since 2011. They stay at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Hull.