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Germany see off Republic of Ireland to book FIFA 2014 World Cup berth

Germany see off Republic of Ireland to book FIFA 2014 World Cup berth

Goals by Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, Chelsea’s Andre Schuerrle and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil confirmed Germany’s place in Brazil.

Second placed Sweden’s 2 1 win at home to Austria leaves Group C winners Germany five points clear ahead of their final qualifier against the Swedes in Stockholm on Tuesday.

The win leaves Germany unbeaten in their last 31 qualification matches for either a World Cup or European Championships dating back to their 3 0 defeat to the Czech Republic in October 2007.

Irish goalkeeper David Forde of Millwall had a busy night as Germany fired in 28 shots compared to the guests 12.

With both strikers Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez injured, coach Joachim Loew opted to start Ozil up front and the central midfielder struggled on occasion before adding the late third goal.

After Italian great Giovanni Trapattoni resigned last month with his side having no chance of qualifying, caretaker coach Noel King brought a defence minded Ireland side to Cologne.

Having trounced the Irish 6 1 in Dublin last October, the guests clearly wanted to avoid another thrashing and packed their defence whenever the Germans attacked.

The famous luck of the Irish deserted them after only 12 minutes when Sami Khedira’s shot took a wicked deflection off Irish centre back Ciaran Clark, leaving goalkeeper Forde sat on his backside.

Both right wing Thomas Mueller and Schuerrle on the left tested Forde further with first half chances.

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes, in for injured Irish captain Robbie Keane, squandered a golden chance just before the half time whistle when he failed to connect after the ball came off the woodwork.

The hosts rode their luck early in the second half when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, way off his line, challenge Stokes to a long ball just inside his own half.

The Irishman sprinted clear but with the German defence scrambling, Stokes could only fire over the empty goal.

The Germans doubled their lead when central midfielder Toni Kroos chipped the defence to find Schuerrle onside and the Chelsea winger fired past Forde on 58 minutes.

Vice captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was only denied a third after a fine save from Forde from 17 metres out.

Kelly’s Ireland kept fighting as Neuer blocked both Stokes and Seamus Coleman in the final 10 minutes and the travelling fans could be heard belting out ‘Fields of Athenry’ in the dreary Cologne evening.

Clark forced Neuer into a reflex save in the dying stages with a bullet header from a corner before Ozil added the third in the 92nd minute after a superb pass from Kroos.

Is it possible for Brazil to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup with its current team

Is it possible for Brazil to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup with its current team

2014 FIFA World Cup: What is the best offbeat travel itinerary for a small group of guys who have 18 days to spend in Brazil during the World . So the answer to whether the current team can win the World Cup is a resounding yes.Moving on to the probability, as I said, they are hot favourites. They have world class talent at every single position apart from striker, where Fred and Jo have done a very good job over the last year. I would struggle to name a better defensive backline than Thiago Silva, Dante/David Luiz, Dani Alves and Marcelo. They have a box to box midfielder with great physicality and technique in Paulinho, and other options like Fernandinho, Fernando and Hernanes are more than capable of handling the job (not forgetting Ramires/ Lucas Leiva, but in my opinion, these three players are better). In Oscar, Lucas Moura, Neymar and Hulk they have attacking midfielders who could do in any defence with a moment of magic. In Julio Cesar they have a reassuring presence between the posts, who is a pretty good distributor of the ball.The only squads that compare with Brazil are Spain and Germany, along with dark horses Argentina (defensively unsound) and Belgium (untested at the highest level). In my opinion, by the time the ball goes rolling at the World Cup, Brazil would be somewhere around 3/1 to 4/1 odds on to win the tournament. Even Spain and Germany would struggle to come up with quality backup defenders like Filipe Luis and Maicon.The only thing that could hold Brazil back from advancing at least to the semifinals would be the sky high expectations of a football mad country. If the team manages to leave behind any psychological struggle off the field and just play football the Joga Bonito way, there no doubt in my mind that Brazil will make it to the final.

Fifa concerned economic downturn will affect World Cup

Fifa concerned economic downturn will affect World Cup

Horst Schmidt, Fifa consultant to the next World Cup organisers, said heavy promotion of the tournament was needed in the coming months to persuade fans to travel for the tournament from June 11 to July 11, 2010.

“There is a concern that people will not come in the numbers we expect from aboard,” said Schmidt, chief organiser of the 2006 World Cup in Germany and now overseeing the preparations for 2010.

South Africa estimate that 450,000 visitors will travel for the 2010 tournament, although the figure quoted by officials vacillates frequently from a high of 900,000 down to to 300,000.

“It’s very important to promote in the next months. Hopefully the football people will still travel. It’s important that they join and follow their teams and participate in the event,” said Schmidt, who was speaking at the opening of the Soccerex international business convention.

Schmidt’s South African counterpart Danny Jordaan said positive results in the opening qualifying matches for European teams like England, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands held out hope of a good numbers of visitors to South Africa in 2010.

“These are teams with huge support base. Even if those fans have fewer pounds or euros in the pocket, they will still benefit from the exchange rate,” said Jordaan.

“South Africa has become a cheaper destination. But the real trigger will be if the fans believe their teams are performing well.”

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke, speaking at the same ceremony, said if the current economic downturn had happened some 18 months ago, organising the World Cup would have been in serious doubt.

“Luckily most of the work is in place and on its way. But there is still an escalation of costs and it’s a difficult time for South Africa. Fifa is making sure we keep down the number of requirements,” Valcke said.