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Brazil vs. Mexico in 2012 Olympics Football Final

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

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It’s on.

Brazil will take on Mexico in the final of the Under-23 football tournament in the 2012 London Olympic Games at Wembley on Saturday after winning their semi-final clashes on Tuesday.

Brazil held off a determined performance from South Korea to emerge 3-0 winners at Old Trafford. South Korea looked the better side at the start of both halves, but Brazil edged in front seven minutes before the break with a low Romulo drive after a quick break.

Leandro Damiao then put Brazil in complete control as he completed a brace with goals in the 57th and 64th minutes.

Mexico had earlier come from behind to defeat Japan 3-1 in the day’s other semi-final at Wembley. With Japan having taken an early lead through a fine strike from Yuki Otsu, Mexico responded in fine style, equalizing before the break as lively forward Marco Fabian headed home a Giovani dos Santos corner after a Jorge Enriquez flick-on.

Mexico further imposed themselves on the game in the second-half and were rewarded with two more fine goals. With 25 minutes remaining, Oribe Peralta capitalised on a Japanese defensive error to win possession and curl a fine effort into the top-corner.

Mexico looked to be playing out the win comfortably, but added extra gloss to the victory in the final-minute when Javier Cortes fired home after a powerful run down the right.

Mexico headed to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London…

Lewis Hamilton, confident heading to Brazil

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Well of course he has some confidence after winning in Abu Dhabi.

The 2011 F1 season is about to conclude in Brazil and while Lewis Hamilton haven’t had the best of campaigns, he would love it if he can finish the season strong.

Yeah sure, Lewis Hamilton may be experiencing some ”turbulent air” in his personal life, but he insists he never lost faith in his own ability.

The McLaren driver has endured a troublesome 2011 both on and off the track. While his teammate Jenson Button found himself regularly on the podium, Hamilton was left frustrated by penalties and collisions. He was also heavily criticised by some of his fellow drivers for his aggressive behaviour on track while away from F1 things were also not going well.

The 26-year-old, though, hit back at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday to claim his first race win since July and third of the season. Hamilton says he never suffered from a confidence crisis despite his woes.

“The reason why I have never spoken about [my problems] is because it is personal. It is family-related. But I haven’t doubted my talent. Other people have, but it has always been there.”

“It is just getting through the mess. It is like getting through the clouds. When you take off, particularly in England, you go through all those clouds. Then you get to the top, where it is just clear. I think I have been going through all that turbulent…”

2010 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix sets the title chase ablaze

Friday, November 5th, 2010

F1 continues in Brazil.

The 2010 F1 season moves to Brazil for its penultimate round, with a thrilling race and title showdown anticipated.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is the new championship leader, with 231 points, having moved ahead of his four rivals by winning the compelling inaugural Korean Grand Prix two weeks ago.

That race resulted in a no-score for former championship leader Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing, who retired on lap 18 but remains in second place, with 220 points. His teammate, Sebastian Vettel, also failed to score in Korea. Despite dominating the race, he retired after an engine failure with less than 10 laps. He now lies fourth in the championship with 206 points.

McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button–who clinched the 2009 world title at this race last year–remain in the title chase: Hamilton lies third with 210 points, while Button, with 189 points, must finish at least second at Interlagos to have any hope of retaining his title.

The Interlagos circuit is one of five in Formula One to run counter-clockwise, the others being: the Korea International Circuit, Turkey’s Istanbul Park, Singapore’s Marina Bay and the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Alonso, looked like the outsider in this championship fight, but the tables have turned swiftly in favour of the Ferrari driver…

Alonso: If Red Bull miss plane to Brazil, I’ll be champion

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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Two races remain in the 2010 F1 season and the race for the world championship title is on. The Korean GP opened things up with title leader Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel both failing to finish. Fernando Alonso won and took the championship lead.

With Brazil on November 7 and Abu Dhabi on November 14, the championship will be a shootout between Fernando Alonso (231 points), Mark Webber (220), Lewis Hamilton (210) and Sebastian Vettel (206).Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Poland’s Robert Kubica (Renault) and Hamilton’s teammate and compatriot Jenson Button rounded out the top five. Webber’s Red Bull teammate, German Sebastian Vettel, was seventh, 1.2secs behind the championship leader.

New championship leader Fernando Alonso believes Red Bull still has the advantage in the title race and is expecting the battle to go down to the wire at the final round in Abu Dhabi. Alonso rocketed to the top of the drivers’ championship after winning the Korean Grand Prix last weekend. Both Red Bulls retired, meaning Alonso now leads Mark Webber by 11 points, Lewis Hamilton by 21 and Sebastian Vettel by 25.

If Alonso wins the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix and Webber finishes lower than fifth then he will take the title, but the two-time world champion said he was not thinking about the math.

“Yes, that’s true – and if Red Bull miss their plane to Brazil, that’s another way to be champion,” he joked. “The odds remain in favour of Red Bull. In Korea I have only guaranteed to be fighting in Abu Dhabi in the last race of the season.”

Alonso said he still needs more performance from his Ferrari to challenge…

Brazil

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP TEAMS Brazil has and always will be a favorite in any international football tournament. With their superb record of being the only country to contest every World Cup, being five-time winners, twice runners-up, and beaten in the semi-finals three times, Brazil will rightly be regarded as one of the favorites to lift […]

2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Brazil

Monday, May 31st, 2010

seth-edward-oneal.jpgBrazil has and always will be a favorite in any international football tournament.

With their superb record of being the only country to contest every World Cup, being five-time winners, twice runners-up, and beaten in the semi-finals three times, Brazil will rightly be regarded as one of the favorites to lift the 2010 FIFA World Cup trophy in South Africa.

While the current team might not play the free-flowing football for which Brazil is traditionally renowned for, they have the individual quality and the team ethic under coach Dunga, himself a former World Cup winning captain in 1994, to make them a tough opponent for any team they face.

The Brazilians have one of the world’s leading playmakers in midfielder Kaka, while strikers Luis Fabiano and Adriano are proven finishers at international level. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar anchors a stingy defense, with experienced defender Lucio patrolling the ground in front of him.

For Brazil, 2009 was a very busy, but successful year. They lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, winning every single match on their way to the title. They also won 14 of the 17 matches they played, lost only one and drew two others. They scored 38 goals and conceded only 12 and along the way defeated, among others, Italy (twice), England, Argentina, and Chile.

Only one result is good enough for the Selecao…

Felipe Massa returns for 2009 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Since he’s Brazilian, surely you didn’t expect him to miss this year’s race in his home country right?

You read it, the 2009 F1 season continues this week in Brazil where Felipe Massa will make his return after severely injuring his eye back in the horrific freak accident in Hungary. Yes, he’s back. But he won’t be where you’d normally expect him to be.

You see, Felipe Massa will indeed be back in the 2009 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix but he won’t be racing for Ferrari. Instead, he’ll be there as a special guest to wave the checkered flag in what should be an emotional homecoming for Brazil’s hometown hero.

Felipe Massa, who has felipe_massanot ruled out the prospect of driving in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 1, will return to his home country Brazil for the penultimate round on the calendar.

Massa will become the third celebrity to wave the checkered flag at Interlagos in the past eight years, following in the footsteps of Pele and model Gisele Bundchen. Hopefully, Massa will at least have his eyes on the conclusion of what could be the title decider, unlike Pele, who famously failed to carry out his duty.

The world’s most famous footballer was looking the other way when…

United States loses to Brazil after coming that close from winning the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The U.S. almost pulled off the big one alright.

With a shocking 2-0 lead over the five-time World Cup champions Brazil after the first half of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final, it looked like this Cinderella run the Americans have been having will get them their first big championship in the sport.

After the United States soccer team shocked the world by beating a football-crazy nation like Spain in the semifinals, they started to want more than just respectability in the arena of international football. And you can tell that the Americans were inspired to win it all last Sunday too, jumping on the Brazilians right from the get-go with Clint Dempsey kicking it off with a goal on the 9th minute.

Landon DonovanU.S. team captain Landon Donovan followed it up with another goal on the 26th minute, giving the U.S. a 2-0 lead over the Brazil football team before halftime.

Unfortunately, that’s where the Cinderella run ended for the Americans as the Brazilians took over in the second half. Down 2-0 with the Confederations Cup at stake, Brazil rallied as Luis Fabiano kicked off his team’s comeback with two goals, one on the 46th minute and another on the 73rd minute to tie it 2-2.

And just before the fixture could go the full 90 minutes, Lucio came up with Brazil’s third goal of the night, giving the Brazilians the 3-2 lead on the 83rd minute. Just then, it dawned on the Americans that the dream is over as Brazil marched on towards…

AC Milan transfers Brazilian star Kaka to Real Madrid

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

seth-edward-oneal.jpgJust when you thought you’ve seen it all in the world of soccer, this happens.

Real Madrid just confirmed the signing of Brazilian footballer Kaka. You read it, the Spanish football giants just came up with yet another blockbuster signing that could probably eclipse the deal the L.A. Galaxy pulled back in 2007 when they got David Beckham.

This deal Kaka has with Real Madrid is expected to set a new world record transfer fee although we still have no idea how much exactly did Real Madrid pay to get the Brazilian away from AC Milan.

KakaThere are rumors that claim AC Milan was paid around 68 million euros for Kaka. If that’s true, that means Real Madrid just broke their own world record when they paid Juventus 47 million euros for Zinedine Zidane back in 2001.

As far as Kaka is concerned, he says his heart will remain with AC Milan even though he is now a part of Real Madrid.

”I can officially say I’m a Real Madrid player. My professional link with AC Milan finishes now, but my sentimental link will never end,” Kaka said. ”Real Madrid intend to build a great team, with historic players such as Raul and Casillas. We will make history again, both in Spain and Europe. I guess the sport project is very good.”

Kaka also talked about Manchester City, when the…

Broken Brazilian in 2008 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Monday, August 4th, 2008

That broken Brazilian is Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, and after coming THAT close to winning last Sunday, going out like that was mind-boggling.

The 2008 F1 season resumed at the Hungaroring, giving racing fans one of the most dramatic finishes of the season. Of course, racing fans like us just love drama like this, unfortunately for Felipe, there was nothing for him to do then but just curse in disgust.

Let me explain, Felipe Massa was leading the 2008 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix and was sure of winning his fourth victory of the season. All of a sudden, with only three laps to go from victory, his engine blew up in smoke, forcing him to retire from what was suppose to be his race to win.

Felipe MassaWith Felipe Massa retiring, Heikki Kovalainen, who was riding behind Massa, took the lead and eventually won his very first F1 grand prix. Sure, he was just fortunate enough to see Massa go out in smoke but hey, a win is still a win and you can bet your ass that he’s proud of it.

While Heikki Kovalainen was celebrating, Massa was playing the blame game, (surprise surprise…) insisting that he was given no warning whatsoever that his engine was about to expire.

Massa falsified the theory that he slowed down during the latter part of the…



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