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April 2, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Ghana (CAF), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Ghana, with 6 other player-options listed).




Ghana national team. AFC (Africa). Nickname: The Black Stars (Akan: Nsoroma Tuntum). Home jersey: white, with black, red, gold, and green trim.
-Ghana is in Group G (with Germany, Portugal, and the United States). ‘2014 FIFA World Cup/Group G‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 3rd qualification out of 14 tries [since 1962]. Ghana has now qualified for 3 straight World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014).
Previous WC Q: 2010, Quarterfinals / 2-2-1.
Highest WC finish: 2010.

Population of Ghana: 24.2 million {2010 estimate}. Capital and largest city: Accra, pop. 2.29 million. Largest metro area in Ghana: Kumasi, metro area pop. 3.56 million {2013 census}.
-Largest settlements in Ghana, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_Settlements_in_Ghana_(by_population)#Top_ten_largest_metropolitan_areas. On the map below all the Regions of Ghana which have players featured in the squad list are shown. Also shown are Ghana’s 4 largest metro areas, in order {2013 census figures}: Kumasi (metro pop. 3.5 million), Accra (metro pop. 2,2 million), Tamale (metro pop. 562 K), Sekondi-Takoradi (metro pop. 445 K).
-Ghana national team coach, James Kwesi ‘Akwasi’ Appiah. Kwesi Appiah.
-Ghana squad captain, FW Asamoah Gyan. Asamoah Gyan.

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Ghana (with 6 other player-options further below) -
[Note: players shown below reflect 2014 WC final roster selection, 'Ghana national football team/currnet squad' (en.wikipedia.org).]
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Photo and Image credits above -
Ghana 2014 home jersey, photo from worldsoccershop.com.
Ghana on globe map by Marcos Elias de Oliveira Júnior at commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ghana_(orthographic_projection).svg.
Ghana map by Bemoeial2 / CIA at ‘commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ghana-map-blank.png‘.
Coach,
Akwasi Appiah, photo from graphic.com.gh.
Goalkeeper,
Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Strømsgodset), photo from ghanasoccernet.com.
Defenders,
Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro/Platanias [Greece]), photo from Samuel Inkoom’s Facebook page, facebook.com/inkoomsamuel.
Jonathan Mensah DF/RB (Evian TG), photo from football365.fr/france.
John Boye (Rennes), photo from ghanasoccernet.com.
Daniel Opare (Standard Liège), photo from the Daniel Opare twitter page, https://twitter.com/OPARE4.
Midfielders,
Christian Atsu (Vitesse), photo by VI Images at gettyimages.co.uk.
Michael Essien (Milan), photo by Press Association via dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/Follow-news-Sportsmails-live-rolling-service.
Sulley Muntari (Milan), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Forwards/Wings,
Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow/Valenciennes), photo by gettyimages.com.
Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain [UAE]), photo from v1.sport360.com/football.
André Ayew (Marseille), photo by Clément Bucco-Lechat at commons.wikimedia.org.
Other player-options,
Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns), photo from kickoff.com/news/psl-match-report-mamelodi-sundowns-vs-moroka-swallows.
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu MF/CM/DM (Udinse), photo from viasat1.com.gh.
Wakaso Mubarak LW/RW (Rubin Kazan), photo from ghanasoccernet.com.
Kwadwo Asamoah LW/AM (Juventus), photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Kevin-Prince Boateng CM/AM (Schalke), photo from ghanasoccernet.com/kevin-prince-boateng-makes-winning-debut-schalke.
Mohammed Rabiu CM (Kuban Krasnodar), photo from ghanasoccernet.com/2014-world-cup-ghana-midfielder-rabiu-mohammed-eyes-goals-grabbing-first-kuban-krasnodar.
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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Ghana national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.
Thanks to Soccerway.com, for recent squad line-ups, at int.soccerway.com/international/africa/wc-qualifying-africa.

March 31, 2014

2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – the 2014 Frozen Four: Boston College, Minnesota, North Dakota, Union College.

Filed under: Hockey,NCAA - ice hockey — admin @ 11:02 am

2014 NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament Map
from March 27, 2014, ‘2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2014 tournament, with 2012-13 attendances‘ (billsportsmaps.com).

From USCHO.com/Frozen Four Blog, from March 30, 2014, by Todd D. Milewski, ‘An early look at the 2014 Frozen Four after Boston College, Minnesota, North Dakota, Union claim spots.

2014 Frozen Four Schedule:
At Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, capacity 19,537.
Thursday April 10, 5:00 pm, Union College vs. Boston College.
Thursday April 10, 8:30 pm, North Dakota vs. Minnesota.
Saturday April 12, 7:30 pm 2014 Frozen Four Final.

    2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament – the 2014 Frozen Four: Boston College, Minnesota, North Dakota, Union College

West Regional – March 29 & 30, 2014 at St. Paul, MN: 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I West Regional winner, Minnesota Golden Gophers.
1st Round: Minnesota 7, Robert Morris 3 /
2nd Round: Minnesota 4, St. Cloud State 0.
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Photo and Image credits -
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images via KARE11.com/story/sports/college/minnesota/golden-gophers/2014/03/30/minnesota-tops-st-cloud-to-advance-to-frozen-four.
Minnesota gold jersey, photo from sears.com/minnesota-golden-gophers-gold-tackle-twill-college-hockey.

Northeast Regional – March 29 & 30, 2014 at Worcester, MA: 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I Northeast Regional winner, Boston College Eagles.
1st Round: Boston College 6, Denver 2 /
2nd Round: Boston College 4, UMass-Lowell 3.
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Photo and Image credits -
Photo of BC celebration by Elise Amendola/AP via kansas.com/bc-beats-lowell-to-reach-frozen [Gallery].
Boston College gold jersey, photo from fansedge.com/Boston_College_Eagles.




East Regional – March 28 & 29, 2014 at Bridgeport, CT: 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I East Regional winner, Union College Dutchmen.
1st Round: Union College 5, Vermont 2 /
2nd Round: Union College 3, Providence 1.
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Photo and Image credits -
Photo of UC hockey team/staff group celebration by Matt Eisenberg at uscho.com, uscho.com/photos/2014/03/29/gallery-union-beats-providence-for-its-second-frozen-four-berth-in-three-years [Gallery]

Midwest Regional – March 28 & 29, 2014 at Cincinnati, OH: 2014 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament D-I Midwest Regional winner, University of North Dakota.
1st Round: North Dakota 5, Wisconsin 2 /
2nd Round: North Dakota 2, Ferris State 1 (Double overtime).
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Photo and Image credits above -
Photo of UND winning goal by Al Berman/AP via newstimes.com/sports/article/North-Dakota-wins-in-2-OT-to-reach-Frozen-Four.
Photo of North Dakota-team-group-hug from undsports.com.
North Dakota green hockey jersey, photo from shop.cbssports.com/North_Dakota.
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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

March 27, 2014

2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2014 tournament, with 2012-13 attendances.

Filed under: Hockey,NCAA - ice hockey — admin @ 4:14 pm

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2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – map of the 16 qualifying teams in the 2014 tournament, with 2012-13 attendances




Schedule, scores, articles, videos incl. preview…
Division I men’s ice hockey tourney – 2014 NCAA tournament schedule and results (ESPN.com).

Yale won last year’s [2013] Frozen Four, but did not qualify for the 16-team tournament this year. The team Yale beat in the 2013 final, their nearby new rivals Quinnipiac, are back in the tournament this year as one of the 10 at-large bids.

The winners of the 6 Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Conferences for 2014 were:
-Union College Dutchmen (ECAC).
-Minnesota Golden Gophers(Big Ten).
-UMass-Lowell River Hawks(Hockey East).
-Minnesota St.-Mankato Mustangs(WCHA).
-Denver Bears (NCHC).
-Robert Morris Colonials (Atlantic) [D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Tournament debut for the Robert Morris Colonials of Greater Pittsburgh, PA].

# 1 Seeds for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament are:
Minnesota Golden Gophers [#1; 1] (Big Ten),
Boston College Eagles [#1; 2] (ECAC),
Union College Dutchmen [#1; 3] (ECAC)
Wisconsin Badgers [#1; 4] (Big Ten).
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Thanks to NCAA.org for pdf of 12/13 attendance, here, http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_icehockey_rb/2014/Attend.pdf /
Special thanks to Robert Morris Colonials men’s hockey website, for game-by-game attendance figures, at rmucolonials.com/schedule.aspx?path=mhockey .

Thanks to Two Hearted River at en.wikipedia.org, for several illustrations of jerseys, such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HE-Uniform-UVM.png (full list at credits at the lower right of the map page).

Thanks to AMK1211 for blank map of USA, ‘File:Blank US Map with borders.svg”>File:Blank US Map with borders.svg‘ (commons.wikimedia.org).

Thanks to the contributors at the pages at ‘2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament‘ (en.wkiipedia.org).

March 16, 2014

2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament – the 68 teams – map, with team locations / Plus 2013 average attendances listed.

Filed under: NCAA Men's Basketball — admin @ 7:30 pm


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2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament – the 68 teams – map, with team locations / Plus 2013 average attendances listed



This is the 76th NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness). The Final Four will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington [Greater Dallas], Texas from April 7th to the 9th; with the Final on April 9. There are two teams that are making tournament debuts – the North Carolina Central Eagles, of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (a conference comprised of schools which are historically black colleges), who are from Durham, NC; and the Cal Poly Mustangs, of the Big West Conference, who are from San Luis Obispo, California – which is about midway between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, near the Pacific coast, and about 70 miles north of Santa Barbara.

Below are the 2 best sites for March Madness scores, game reports, info, etc. -

ESPN – College BK/ home.

CBSsports.com/College BK.

Qualified teams (alphabetically) -
Listed below by: Name (Conference), Location.
Albany Great Danes (America East), Guilderland [Greater Albany], NY.
American University Eagles (Patriot), Washington, DC.
Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12), Tucson, AZ.
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12), Tempe [Greater Phoenix], AZ.
Baylor Bears (Big 12), Waco, TX.
BYU [Brigham Young University] Cougars (West Coast), Provo, UT.
Cal Poly Mustangs (Big West), San Luis Obispo, CA.
Cincinnati Bearcats (The American), Cincinnati,OH.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Big South), Conway, SC.
Colorado Buffaloes (Pac-12), Boulder, CO.
Connecticut [UCONN] Huskies (The American), Storrs, CT [& Hartford, CT].
Creighton Bluejays (Big East), Omaha, NE.
Dayton Flyers (Atlantic 10), Dayton, OH.
Delaware Blue Hens (Colonial), Newark, DE.
Duke Blue Devils (ACC), Durham, NC.
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (Ohio Valley), Richmond, KY.
Florida Gators (SEC), Gainesville, FL.
George Washington Colonials (Atlantic 10), Washington, DC.
Kansa Jayhawks (Big 12), Lawrence, KS
Kansas State (Big 12), Manhattan, KS.
Kentucky Wildcats (SEC), Lexington, KY.
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (Sun Belt), Lafayette, LA.
Louisville Cardinals (The American), Louisville, KY.
Manhattan Jaspers (MAAC), Riverdale, The Bronx, NYC, NY.
Massachusetts [UMass] Minutemen (Atlantic 10), Amherst, MA.
Memphis Tigers (The American), Memphis, TN.
Mercer Bears (Atlantic Sun), Macon, GA.
Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten), Ann Arbor, MI.
Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten), Lansing, MI.
Milwaukee Panthers (Horizon), Milwaukee, WI.
Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (Northeast), Emmitsburg, MD.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten), Lincoln, NE.
New Mexico Lobos (Mountain West), Albuquerque, NM.
New Mexico State Aggies (WAC), Las Cruces, NM.
North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC), Chapel Hill, NC.
North Carolina Central Eagles (MEAC), Durham, NC.
North Carolina State Wolfpack (ACC), Raleigh, NC.
North Dakota State Bison (Summit), Fargo, ND.
Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten), Columbus, OH.
Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big 12), Stillwater, OK.
Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12), Norman, OK.
Oregon Ducks (Pac-12), Eugene, OR.
Pitt [Pittsburgh] Panthers (ACC), Pittsburgh, PA.
Providence Friars (Big East), Providence, RI.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (Atlantic 10), Philadelphia, PA.
Saint Louis Billikins (Atlantic 10), St. Louis, MO.
San Diego State Aztecs (Mountain West), San Diego,CA.
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (Southland), Nacogdoches, TX.
Stanford Cardinal (Pac-12), Palo Alto, CA.
Syracuse Orange (ACC), Syracuse, NY.
Tennessee Volunteers (SEC), Knoxville, TN.
Texas Longhorns (Big 12), Austin, TX.
Texas Southern Tigers (SWAC), Houston, TX.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Conf-USA), Tulsa, OK.
UCLA Bruins (Pac-12), Los Angeles, CA.
VCU [Virgina Commonwealth University] Rams (Atlantic 10), Richmond, VA.
Villanova Wildcats (Big East), Villanova, PA.
Virginia Cavaliers (ACC), Charlottesville, VA.
Weber State Wilcats (Big Sky), Ogden, UT.
Western Michigan Broncos (MAC), Kalamazoo, MI.
Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley), Wichita, KS.
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten), Madison, WI.
Wofford Terriers (Southern), Spartanburg, SC.
Xavier Musketeers (Big East), Cincinnati, OH.

Attendance figures from, http://www.ncaa.org/championships/statistics/ncaa-mens-basketball-attendance.
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Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament’.
Thanks very much to Chris Dobbertean at http://www.sbnation.com/authors/chris-dobbertean and at bloggingthebracket.com.
Thanks to all the folks who found mistakes on the map at http://www.reddit.com/r/CollegeBasketball/comments/20l6of/map_of_the_field_of_68_by_location/.

March 11, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Germany (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Germany, with 8 other player-options listed).




Germany national team. UEFA (Europe). Nationalmannschaft (the National Team) / die Adler (the Eagles). Home jersey: white with black, red, and gold trim.

-Germany is in Group G (with Ghana, Portugal, and the United States). ‘2014 FIFA World Cup/Group G‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 18th qualification out of 19 possible tries.
(1930, did not enter; 1950, banned due to sanctions imposed on West Germany [and East Germany] after WW II). (1990: East Germany football merges with West Germany football, with East Germany national team records retired, and Germany national football team inheriting West Germany national football team’s records and titles.)

Previous World Cup: 2010, Semifinals / 5-0-2.
Highest World Cup finish:
1954, Champions / 5-0-1.
1974, Champions / 6-0-1.
1990, Champions / 5-2-0.
2014, Champions / 6-1-0.

Population of Germany: 80.5 million {2013 estimate}.
Capital and largest city: Berlin, pop. 3.2 million (city pop.)/ 4.5 million (metro-area pop.) {2011 census}.
Largest metro-area in Germany: Rhine-Ruhr Metro region (in west-central Germany, in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia), metro-area pop. ~12.9 million {2007 figure}.

-Germany coach, Joachim Löw. Joachim Löw.
-Germany squad captain, DF Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich). Philipp Lahm.

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Germany (with 8 other player-options further below) -
[Note: the chart below is updated to reflect final roster selection for 2014 WC, with caps & goals updated to 13 July 2014, following Germany's 1-0 World Cup Final victory over Argentina; with the exception of one injured player (Marco Reus), all the players shown below comprise all Germany players (18 players) who played for Germany in their successful 2014 World Cup campaign ('Germany national football team/Current Squad' (en.wikipedia.org).]
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Photo and Image credits above -
Germany 2014-15 home jersey badge, photo from footballkitnews.com/10826/new-germany-home-kit-2014-adidas-germany-wc-2014-jersey.
Germany 2014 home jersey, photo from footyheadlines.com/2013/05/germany-1314-2013-2014-world-cup-home.
Germany/EU map, by NuclearVacuum at ‘File:EU-Germany.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Germany map by TUBS at ‘File:Relief Map of Germany.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Coach,
Jogi Löw, photo by Getty Images via mirror.co.uk/sport/football.
Goalkeeper,
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), photo unattributed at footballstar85.blogspot.com.
Defenders,
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), photo by SID-IMAGES/Firo via focus.de/fotos.
Mats Hummels DF/CB/DM (Borussia Dortmund), photo unattributed at skysports.com.
Jérôme Boateng (Bayern Munich), photo unattributed at khelnama.com.
Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), photo by bundesliga.com/en/liga/news.
Midfielders,
Mesut Özil (Arsenal), photo by Nick Potts/PA via london24.com/sport/arsenal.
Bastian Schweinsteiger MF/AM/CM (Bayern Munich), photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), photo by pixel8photos.photoshelter.com.
Forwards (incl. Attacking MFs and Wingers),
Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Miroslav Klose (Lazio), photo unattributed at starplayer-profiles.blogspot.com.
Marco Reuss (Borussia Dortmund), photo unattributed at ftbpro.com.
Other player-options,
Mario Götze MF/AM/RW (Bayern Munich), photo by AP via scmp.com.
Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Lukas Podolski LW/FW (Arsenal), photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Shkodran Mustafi DF/RB (Sampdoria), photo unattributed at twicsy.com.
André Schürrle FW/W (Chelsea), photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Christoph Kramer CM/DM (Borussia Mönchengladbach), photo unattributed at beinsports.tv.
Julian Draxler LW/AM/RW (Schalke 04), photo by uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/photos.

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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Germany national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.
Thanks to Soccerway.com, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at int.soccerway.com/international/europe/wc-qualifying-europe/2014-brazil/1st-round/r15653/.
Thanks to the contributors to this thread at Reddit, http://us.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/1yj7c8/germanys_wc_starting_11/.

Thanks very much to two commenters at reddit/r/soccer: Svorky and Roland 1405, for helpful tips on Germany Best XI (Hummels and Schweinsteiger and Müller should be in starting lineup instead of Mertesacker and Khedira and Götze; with Gündoğan left out of options-section [injured]).

March 5, 2014

2013-14 FA Cup Sixth Round: location-map, with current attendance figures of the clubs, and photos of each of the 8 clubs’ manager and top scorer.

Filed under: 2013-14 FA Cup — admin @ 1:10 pm

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2013-14 FA Cup Sixth Round: location-map, with current attendance figures of the clubs



FA Cup – news, fixtures, results (bbc.co.uk/sport/football/fa-cup).

Televised matches: {see this, ‘2013–14 FA Cup/Broadcasting rights‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

    Below, 2013-14 FA Cup 6th Round:
    The 8 clubs’ managers & their top scorers (goal totals from all competitions in the 2013-14 season up to 7 Mar. 2014).

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Photo and Image credits above -
Arsenal: Arsene Wenger, photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com. Olivier Giroud, photo unattributed at laacib.net.
Charlron: Chris Powell, photo unattributed at blog.oddslife.com. Simon Church, photo by PA via london24.com/sport/championship.
Everton: Roberto Martinez, photo from liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football. Romalu Lukaku, photo by Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media via theguardian.com/football.
Hull City: Steve Bruce, photo unattributed at football365.com. Hull City, photo from hulldailymail.co.uk/Hull-City-talking-points-Nikica-Jelavic.
Manchester City: Manuel Pellegrini, photo unattributed at football365.com. Sergio Agüero, photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com
Sheffield United: Nigel Clough, photo by Blades Sports Photography via sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/sport. Chris Porter, photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Sunderland: Gus Poyet, photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com. Adam Johnson, photo unattributed at thetimes.co.uk.
Wigan Athletic: Üwe Rosler, photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com. Nick Powell, photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
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Thanks to BBC.co.uk/football, for top scorere stats (at each club’s page, such as
Thanks to the following sites for average attendance figures -
1st Level/Premier League, soccerway.com/national/england/premier-league.
2nd Level/Football League One, football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance [L2].
3rd Level/Football League One, football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance [L3].

Thanks to the FA site, for the [gold-colored] FA 150th Anniversary crest, from a banner at thefa.com.
Thanks to BBC.co.uk/football/fa cup, for the image of the fixtures list on the map page, bbc.com/sport/football/fa-cup/fixtures.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2013–14 FA Cup‘.
Thanks to BBC.co.uk/football, for goal totals (at each club’s team page, such as, http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/teams/wigan-athletic.

March 3, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: France (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for France, with 4 other player-options listed).




France national team. UEFA (Europe). Les Bleus (the Blues). Home jersey: blue (currently [2014], navy-blue); with white pants and red socks.
-France is in Group E (with Ecuador, Honduras, and Switzerland), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group E‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is France’s 15th qualification out of 20 tries {2014 is the 20th FIFA World Cup].
France has qualified for the World Cup in 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950 (but withdrew after qualifying), 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014.
Previous WC finish: 2010, Group Stage (0-1-2).
Highest WC finish:
1998, Champions (6-1-0).

France coach, Didier Deschamps. Didier Deschamps.
France squad captain, Tottenham GK Hugo Lloris. Hugo Lloris.

The map on the chart below shows the 7 largest urban areas in France (in order of population size: Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice).
List of largest cities in France, ‘Metropolitan Area (France) [list of 15 largest metro areas in France]/France’s aires urbaines [urban areas]‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

Below: Theoretical Best XI for France (with 4 other player-options further below) -
[Note: players shown below reflect 2014 WC final roster selection, 'France national football team/current squad' (en.wikipedia.org).]
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Photo and Image credits above -
France 2014-15 home jersey badge, photo from footballkitnews.com/10903/new-france-world-cup-2014-kit-nike-french-home-jersey.
France 2014-15 home jersey, photo from footballshirtculture.com/14/15-kits/france-2014-nike-world-cup-home-football-shirt.
France/EU map, by NuclearVacuum at ‘File:EU-France.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
France map by Demis.nl at ‘File:France with Corsica2 (demis).png‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Coach,
Didier Deschamps, photo by AP via espn.co.uk/football.
Goalkeeper,
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), photo unattributed at planetfootball360.com.
Defenders,
Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), photo unattributed at therightwinger.co.za.
Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), photo from 1.skysports.com.
Patrice Evra (Manchester Utd), photo unattributed at fansshare.com.
Midfielders,
Paul Pogba (Juventus), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Yohan Cabaye (PSG), photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Blaise Matuidi (PSG), photo from chronofoot.com.
Forwards,
Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), photo by Claude Paris/AP via bigstory.ap.org.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Other player-options,
Laurent Koscielny DF/CB (Arsenal), photo by Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport via london24.com/sport/arsenal.
Olivier Giroud FW (Arsenal), photo by Getty Images via telegraph.co.uk/sport.
Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), photo unattributed, uploaded by Andeva at fmhvibe.co.uk/community/topic/12461-antoine-griezmann.
Loïc Rémy (QPR/Newcastle Utd), photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘France national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.
Thanks to Soccerway.com, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at int.soccerway.com/international/europe/wc-qualifying-europe/2014-brazil/1st-round/r15653/.

February 27, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: England (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for England, with 8 other player-options listed).




England national team. UEFA (Europe). Nickname: The Three Lions. Home jersey: white with dark blue trim.
-England is in Group D (with Costa Rica, Italy, and Uruguay), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group D‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 14th qualification out of 17 tries. [2014 is the 20th FIFA World Cup/ England did not seek qualification n the first three World Cups (1930, 1934, 1938)].
England has qualified for the World Cup in: 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014.

Previous WC finish: 2010, Round of 16 (1-2-1).
Highest WC finish:
1966, Champions (5-1-0).

Population of England: 56.1 million {2012 estimate}. Capital & largest city: London, pop.15.0 million (metro area) {2012 estimate}.

From World Soccer Talk, from 12 May 2014, by Christopher Harris, ‘England Manager Roy Hodgson Names 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014‘ (worldsoccertalk.com).

England coach, Roy Hodgson. Roy Hodgson.
England squad captain, Liverpool MF & captain Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard.

Below, England squad, updated, with players from final 2014 World Cup roster…
Below: Theoretical Best XI for England (with 8 other player-options further below) -
england_2014-fifa-world-cup_squad_best-xi_alternate-options_r-hodgson_may-2014_z2_.gif
Photo and Image credits above -
England 2013-14 home jersey badge from ‘England 150 anniversary badge & Nike font‘ (switchimageproject.blogspot.com).
England 2013-14 home jersey, photo from footballshirtculture.com/13/14-kits/england-2013-nike-home-150th-anniversary-football-shirt.
England/Great Britain within Europe map, by Alphathon at ‘File:England in the UK and Europe.svg’ (en.wikipedia.org).
England map by Nilfanion at ‘File:England relief location map.jpg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Coach,
Roy Hodgson, photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Goalkeeper,
Joe Hart (Manchester City), photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Defenders,
Glen Johnson (Liverpool), photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe via zimbo.com.
Phil Jagielka (Everton), photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Gary Cahill (Chelsea), photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Leighton Baines (Everton), photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Midfielders,
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain RW/AM (Arsenal), photo by PA via bbc.co.uk/football.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), photo fromballs.ie/football.
Frank Lampard (Chelsea), photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images Europe) via zimbio.com.
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), photo by Matt King/Getty Images AsiaPac via zimbio.com.
Forwards,
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), photo by Getty Images via dailystar.co.uk/sport/football.
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), photo by Phil Oldham/Colorsport/Corbis via theguardian.com/football/blog.
Other player-options,
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
James Milner (Manchester City), photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Ross Barkley MF (Everton), photo unattributed at planetpmcsport.blogspot.com.
Adam Lalanna LM/AM/RM (Southampton), photo unattributed at shoot.co.uk.
Raheem Sterling RW/LW (Liverpool), photo unattributed at thesun.co.uk/football.
Phil Jones CB/RB (Manchester United), photo by Laurence Griffith/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Jordan Henderson CM/AM/RM (Liverpool), photo by Clive Brunskill at Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Ricky Lambert FW (Liverpool), photo by Getty Images via metro.co.uk
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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘England national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.
Thanks to Soccerway.com, for recent squad line-ups, at int.soccerway.com/international/europe/wc-qualifying-europe/2014-brazil/1st-round/r15653/.

February 25, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Ecuador (CONMEBOL), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Ecuador, with 2 other player-options listed).



Ecuador national team. CONMEBOL (South America). Nickname: La Tri (Tri-color). Home jersey: Yellow, with blue and red trim.
-Ecuador is in Group E (with France, Honduras, and Switzerland), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group E‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Ecuador’s 3rd qualification out of a 15 possible qualification attempts [2014 is the 20th World Cup]. Aside from attempting to qualify for the 1950 FIFA World Cup but then withdrawing mid-way, Ecuador did not seek qualification for a FIFA World Cup until the 1962 qualifiers – so counting the 1950 attempt, 2014 is Ecuador’s 3rd qualification out of 15 tries.
Ecuador has qualified for the FIFA World Cup in: 2002, 2006, 2014. Previous WC: 2006, Round of 16 / 2-0-2. Highest WC finish: 2006.

Population of Ecuador: 15.2 million {2011 estimate}. Capital: Quito, pop. 2.5 million (metro area) {2011 figure}. Largest city: Guayaquil, pop. 3.7 million (metro area) {2009 figure}.

Ecuador coach, Reinaldo Rueda. Reinaldo Rueda.
Ecuador squad captain, Manchester United’s MF/Winger Antonio Valencia. Antonio Valencia.

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Ecuador (with 2 other player-options further below) -
ecuador_2014-fifa-world-cup_squad-xi_alternate-options_h.gif
Photo and Image credits -
Ecuador home jersey, photo from socceronsale.com.
Map of Ecuador on globe, by Addicted04 at en.wikipedia.org, ‘File:Ecuador (orthographic projection).svg‘.
Map of Ecuador by NordNordWest at ‘File:Ecuador location map.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Coach,
Ecuador coach, Reinaldo Rueda, photo by El Tiempo via futbolred.com.
Goalkeeper,
Alexander Domínguez (LDU Quito), photo from lahora.com.ec.
Defenders,
Juan Carlos Paredes (SC Barcelona), photo by Universo via marcador.ec/notas.
Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), photo from mengaodecoracao.com.br.
Jorge Guagua (Emelec), photo from benditofutbol.com/futbol-nacional
Walter Ayoví (Pachuca), photo from Mexsport via record.com.mx.
Midfielders,
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe) via zimbio.com.
Segundo Castillo (Al-Hilal [Saudi Arabia]), video image from video at lared.com.ec/icastillo-marco-en-la-victoria-de-al-hilal.
Christian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), photo by Epsilon/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Jefferson Montero (Morelia), photo from teradeportes.com/futbol.
Forwards,
Enner Valencia (Pachuca), photo from eluniverso.com/deportes.
Felipe Caicedo (Lokomotiv Moscow), photo by Рыбакова Елена (Rybakou Elena) at ‘File:Felipe Caicedo 2012.jpg‘ (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Felipe_Caicedo).
Other player-options,
Renato Ibarra RW/MF (Vitesse Arnhem), photo by Getty Images at gettyimages.co.uk.
Joao Rojas LW/FW/RW (Cruz Azul), photo by Roberto Maya/Mexsport via deportes.terra.es/futbol.

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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Ecuador national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Selección de fútbol de Ecuador‘ (es.wikipedia.org).

February 21, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Croatia (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Croatia, with 4 other player-options listed).




Croatia national team. UEFA (Europe). Nickname: Vatreni (the Blazers). Home jersey: red-and-white checkerboard; blue pants.
-Croatia is in Group A (with Brazil, Cameroon, and Mexico), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group A‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Croatia’s 4th qualification out of 5 tries. [1930 to 1990, competed as part of Yugoslavia; 1994, could not enter.]
Croatia has qualified for the World Cup in: 1998, 2002, 2006, 2014.

Previous WC finish: 2006, Group Stage (0-2-1). Highest WC finish: 1998, Third Place (5-0-2).

Population of Croatia: 4.2 million {2011 census}. Capital and largest city: Zagreb, pop. 1.1 million (metro area) {2011 census}.

-Croatia coach, Niko Kovač. Niko Kovač. Besides a long career in the Bundesliga (with Hertha Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburger SV, and Bayern Munich), Kovac had 84 caps as a MF for Croatia, from 1996 to 2008. After retiring as a Red Bull Salzburg player in 2009, Kovac became a coach at that Austrian club’s academy. In January 2013, he and his brother Robert Kovac became dual-coaches of the Croatia U-21 team. Nine months later in October 2013, Niko Kovac (with his brother along as an assistant coach) replaced Igor Štimac as Croatia national team coach. Stimac was sacked after Croatia slouched its way into the World Cup qualifiers’ playoffs, having taken only one point from their last four qualifiers. Croatia then beat Iceland 2-0 aggregate in the playoffs, to give Croatia the much-enviable and rather impressive record of 4 World Cup qualifications in 5 attempts. Impressive, because Croatia is a nation of only about 4.2 million people.
-Croatia squad captain, Darijo Srna. Darijo Srna is a Right Back/Right Midfielder known for his crossing ability and free-kick prowess. Srna, age 31, is the most-capped Croatia player, with 110 appearances. Getting his start with Croatian side Hajduk Split, he has, since 2003, played professionally for the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, with whom he helped win the 2008-09 UEFA Cup title.

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Croatia (with 4 other player-options listed further below) -
croatia_2014-fifa-world-cup_squad_best-xi_alternate-options_f_.gif
Photo and Image credits -
Croatia home jersey badge, photo from pjwapparel.com/2012-2014-Croatia-Home-Jersey.
Croatia 2012-14 home jersey, photo from pjwapparel.com.
Map of Croatia on globe, by TUBS at ‘File:Croatia on the globe (Europe centered).svg‘ (commons.wikipedia.org) .
Map of Croatia, by NordNordWest at ‘File:Croatia location map.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Coach,,
Niko Kovač, photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Goalkeeper,
Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), photo from croatiansports.com.
Defenders,
Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images via espnfc.com/blog.
Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), photo from alziendoog.tumblr.com.
Dejan Lovren (Southampton), photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe zimbio.com.
Danijel Pranjić (Panathinaikos), photo from pao.gr.
Midfielders,
Ivan Perišić (Wolfsburg), photo by Getty Images via gettyimages.com.
Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), photo by Getty Images via beinsports.tv.
Ivan Rakitić (Sevilla), photo by Gabriel Corbacho at en.wikipedia.org.
Forwards,
Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk), photo from shakhtar.com via prosport.tsn.ua.
Mario Mandžukić (Bayern Munich), photo by Getty Images via blogs.gotsoccer.com.
Ivica Olić (Wolfsburg), photo by Getty Images via uefa.com.
Other player-options,,
Mateo Kovačić MF/AMF (Inter), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Nikica Jelavić FW (Hull City), photo by Getty Images via dailystar.co.uk/sport/football.
Ivan Strinić DF/LB (Dnipro), photo from football24.ua.
Niko Kranjčar AMF/W (Dynamo Kyiv/QPR), photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.

Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Croatia national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.
Thanks to Soccerway.com, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at int.soccerway.com/international/europe/wc-qualifying-europe/2014-brazil/1st-round/r15653/.

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