Africans, Asians make Huge Leaps on February’s FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking

Africans, Asians advanced rapidly on February's FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking

The AFC Asian Cup and CAF Africa Cup of Nations have accounted for movement aplenty on February’s FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, despite the top ten remaining unchanged. (Buy Fifa 15 Coins PC, XBOX 360, XBOX ONE, PS3, PS4, Android, IOS Service on UTfifa15coins.)

Côte d’Ivoire (20th, up 8) edged Ghana (25th, up 12) on penalties in the latter’s final, while its losing semi-finalists, Congo DR (46th, up 11) and hosts Equatorial Guinea (49th, up 69), have made huge climbs to reach the top 50 for the first time since the introduction of the global ladder. Congo (49th, up 12) have also profited from their performances in the tournament to ascend 12 spots.

Meanwhile new Asian champions Australia (63rd, up 37), beaten finalists Korea Republic (54th, up 15), United Arab Emirates (66th, up 14), Iraq (94th, up 20), China PR (82nd, up 14) and Iran (41st, up 10) have all climbed at least ten places. Iran’s rise means that Asia once again has a team in the top 50.

In addition to the above climbers, the following teams have risen by more than ten places: Pakistan (171st, up 17), Mauritania (123rd, up 15) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (110th, up 11). The latter two have benefited from a devaluation of past results, while Pakistan won a friendly against Afghanistan recently.

Costa Rica (13th, up 3) have also reached their highest-ever position following a devaluation of past results.

The progress made by Asian and African teams is also reflected in the composition of the top 50. As already mentioned, the AFC is represented by one team, while CAF has increased its quota by one to 12 and UEFA has to make do with 28, a fall of two. CONMEBOL (6), CONCACAF (3) and the OFC (0) have the same number of teams in the top 50 as in January.

Mike Ditka thinks the risks of football is worse than reward

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The 1985 Chicago Bears embodied hard-nosed football, but three decades later their equally tough-minded Hall of Fame coach — who once famously declared, “If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn’t have given us arms” — is rethinking his game plan.

That’s right: Even Mike Ditka is questioning the violent nature of the sport in the wake of advancements in concussion research and his own experience with veterans plagued by health problems.

During an interview with Bryant Gumbel, Ditka asked Gumbel if he would want his hypothetical eight-year-old son to play football.

Gumbel responded with a no, and Ditka agreed.

” Nope — and that’s sad, ” Ditka said in the piece. ” I wouldn’t. My whole life was football. I think the risk is worse than the reward. I really do. ”

In addition to the experiences of his ex-players, Ditka has a wealth of knowledge on the subject, serving as president of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund’s efforts to provide support for retired NFL players. In the HBO feature, the former Bears coach expresses his desire for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to implement additional policies benefiting those affected by the violent nature of the sport.

As Ditka said, ” You wouldn’t have a damn job right now if it wasn’t for those guys. “

 

Gumbel interviewed Ditka as part of an upcoming piece on the 1985 Bears, who Ditka coached. The Bears went 15-1, winning their only Super Bowl to date with a team featuring Hall of Famer’s Walter Payton, Mike Singletary and Richard Dent.

 

Pep Guardiola is most eager to see Messi staying at Barcelona throughout his career

Barcelona's Messi celebrates his second goal with teammates during their Spanish first division soccer match against Sevilla at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona

Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has told Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona and remain loyal to coach Luis Enrique.

Last week the four-time world player of the year appeared to be as close as ever to a Camp Nou exit after admitting he was unsure where he would be playing his football next season.

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City have since been linked with a world record move for the forward, who was said to be unhappy at being dropped from the Barca side that lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad earlier this month.

Bayern Munich coach Guardiola told Messi he should appreciate what he means to Barcelona and what the club has given him, both in his professional and personal life. Guardiola also reminded the 27-year-old of the unanimous support he has from everyone at the club, stressing that no other club can show him the same level of backing.

Messi has always listened to those he respects and owes so much of his career to and the sentiments of his former mentor Guardiola have made a real impression on him. The duo won three Liga titles, two Champions League crowns and two club world titles during Guardiola’s four seasons with the club.

Pep insisted that Luis Enrique has what it takes to be successful with the Catalan giants and urged Messi to remain calm and committed to the club, vowing that the upcoming presidential elections would bring to an end what has been a turbulent 12 months or so for the club.

Former chief Sandro Rosell was forced to step down after revealing the controversial financial details of the club’s acquisition of Brazil star Neymar. A two-window transfer embargo was then enforced by Fifa after the club were found to have breached regulations regarding the transfers of under-18 players.

Messi, who does not have a close relationship with Luis Enrique or any of the members of the current board, was relieved to receive the reassurances from his former boss.

It will be a tough match for China team

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IF things had taken a different turn, Alain Perrin could have been heavily involved in the development of the A-League, rather than coaching against the Socceroos on Thursday.

In 2006 the 58-year-old Frenchman, now coach of China, was a candidate to replace Pierre Littbarski at Sydney FC after the German coach had quit the champions over a pay dispute, and Perrin was keen to try his hand on a new frontier.

Alain Perrin’s China have been the tournament’s surprise-packets so far, winning all three games to top a tough group ahead of Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. He has predicted a “very difficult” test when his side face host nation Australia in the Asian Cup quarter-finals.

On Sunday in Canberra, the Chinese disposed of North Korea 2-1 in front of a vocal pro-China crowd.
It means Perrin’s men have a meeting with Australia in Brisbane on Thursday night for a spot in the semi-finals.
Perrin, whose side won two of their three group games on the bumpy Brisbane Stadium surface, says his team is gaining confidence with each outing in the tournament.
“We know to play the host team will be very difficult for us but after three difficult matches we’ve got a new record for China with nine points,” said Perrin after Sunday’s 2-1 victory over North Korea.
“During our first two games we played in Brisbane and we know the pitch condition and we know it’s not very good.
“I think it’s a pity for a knockout stage game.”
Attacker Sun Ke was the hero for China against the Koreans, scoring both goals in a dominant first-half display.
When asked about facing the home side, the Jiangsu Sainty winger said: “Of course Australia are a very strong team and this time they are the hosts. I’m sure the next match will be very difficult for us.
“But we just need to do what we should do. I think if we can focus on the game, and keep our concentration to make sure we pay attention to every detail, I think we can leave the pitch having performed well.”

FIFA 2015 has opened the usufruct of Ultimate Team of the Year forwards within 24 hours

FIFA 2015 has opened the power of Ultimate Team of the Year forwards within 24 hours.
We can use goalkeeper,defenders and midfielders from the packs.Let’s take attention into the FIFA 2015.

Ronaldo (LW), Messi (CF) and Robben (RW) will only be available for one day, which may for the best because their FIFA 15 Ultimate Team card stats are a bit mental.

Ronaldo is a 99(!) overall, with 98 Pace, 99 Shooting, 90 Passing, 99 Dribbling, 42 Defense and 89 Physical. Unsurprisingly, Messi isn’t far behind with a 98 overall rating and 97 Pace, 96 Shooting, 94 Passing, 99 Dribbling, 41 Defense and 72.

Robben is a relative slouch in contrast, with a 96 overall rating. His stats are 98 Pace, 95 Shooting, 90 Passing, 98 Dribbling, 40 Defense and 72 Physical.

So let’s have a look.you can fully enjoy the pleasure of victory and you can probably look forward to any of those three being basically unstoppable in the right hands.

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play until he is 40

Three time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, has revealed that he would love to play until the age of 40.

The 29-year-old is La Liga’s top goalscorer so far this season, and won his third FIFA Ballon d’Or title on Monday night.

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Ronaldo was talking to FIFA’s official website after his Ballon d’Or win, saying that if his body allowed it he would love to play up until a ripe old age.

“Well, yes, it’s conceivable but, as I said, it’s a case of seeing how I feel year after year, how motivated I am and if I’m still useful to my team like in the past,” he said.

“As for going on until 40, if I want to play until then I will, though I might be dragging myself around by then, but while I’m playing to an acceptable standard to me and at a level my fans and club deserve then I want to continue.

“Honestly, though, it’s not something I’m thinking about yet.”

The Portuguese also mentioned that he may be 29-years-old at the moment, but feels at least four years younger, and that’s why he thinks he can play for years to come.

“I’m 29 now but I feel great, like I’m still 25 (laughs)! I think I can play on for another five, six or seven years at a high level. Beyond that, we’ll have to see.” He added.

Ronaldo has scored 33 goals in all competitions this season and has assisted in a further 17 so far.

Ronaldo has also been one of the main catalysts for the transformation that Real Madrid has gone through in the past years. The GestiFute owner remarked that even though the Merengues have always been a powerhouse both in Spain and in Europe, when Ronaldo got transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, it was Barcelona who were still dominating the sport pretty much in every aspect of the game.