BRAZIL STILL HAUNTED

Brazil goalkeeping coach Claudio Taffarel says that this humiliation suffered by Brazil at the World Cup 2014 still haunts the national team and its fans. After being very much regarded as one of the big favourites to win the title itself, Brazil were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final of the World Cup.

The biggest event in world football has never seen such a one-sided scoreline at a later stage in the event. Brazil’s woes were not over after they went on to suffer even more disappointment in the third-place play-off at the hands of Netherlands. (more…)

ERIKSEN WILL PLAY FOR REVENGE

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed that his Tottenham team will be going into the Sunday’s trip to Anfield looking to get revenge on Liverpool after the team suffered a humiliating defeat at White Hart Lane earlier in the campaign. Back then, Tottenham suffered a 5-0 defeat in front of their home supporters in what has proven to be one of the several high profile defeats they have suffered this campaign. Eriksen was one of the big-money signings in the summer who came at the expense of Gareth Bale.

He has been one of the best players amongst the lot and manager Tim Sherwood certainly missed him for several weeks when he was out injured. This has consequently seen Tottenham suffered one of the worst since in form this campaign. They have dropped out of contention for the top four places, which was originally the target this campaign. However, they can salvage some pride for this season with a win against title chasing Liverpool, who have failed to win just two out of the 16 home matches this season.

Eriksen failed to talk about the prospect of finishing in the top four, as he said that the club was taking every match by itself.

“Everybody here wants to prove we’re not that bad. We have some big losses against the bigger clubs. We know if we want to go any further or any closer to the top, we have to win. It’s still a big gap [to the top four]. Of course, we will be realistic. At this point, just look one game at a time. The whole League is so close right now. Everybody wants a nice cold revenge. That’s certainly a distinctive response,” said Eriksen.

Tottenham are in danger of being overtaken by Manchester United in the table.

DOUBT OVER ERIKSEN

There has been a lot of doubt surrounding the participation of Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen in the upcoming friendly match for Denmark. As one of the important players for the Danish national team, Eriksen will be huge presence for the friendly against England on Wednesday. However, he has been suffering from injury troubles in the last few weeks, which have prevented him from appearing for his club. He is expected to be back in the next few days, which have increased the possibility of Eriksen featuring for the national team in this high profile friendly.

Eriksen is at the stage where he requires a fitness test in order to decide his participation. Manager Morten Olsen has confirmed that he will not use the player unless the tests say that he has recovered 100% from his injury problems. His statements come after Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood expressed his concern that his player may be used too soon in a meaningless friendly match. This is one of the final friendlies for Olsen to test his players ahead of the World Cup 2014. The 22-year-old has been a key player for the national team for several years now.

In his absence, even Tottenham have struggled to bring out the creativity necessary to win matches.

“If Eriksen can play, we will use him but he would have to be 100 per-cent. When he is only 99 per-cent, he will not play. He’s a young player who has never had such an injury before, so it’s a difficult one to call. We have to wait and see, I think it’s always a game against time, probably he can play on Saturday for Tottenham. I don’t think he can play, we’ll wait and see, but I can only say to Tottenham that I will not risk him,” said Olsen.

BACK IN THE FRAME

Danish international striker Nicklas Bendtner has recently come back into the frame at Arsenal after being in the wilderness for the last few years. His return to the club was made possible after a public apology. Bendtner claimed a few years ago that he would never wear the Arsenal shirt after falling out with the club and the manager, Arsene Wenger. He has spent the last few seasons on loan at Sunderland and Juventus, but he has been unable to claim a permanent move away from Arsenal.

Bendtner rarely featured in the first half of the season, but a much improved form in the last few weeks has resulted in him being used in important matches by Wenger. Still, he is a long way from being a regular first-team player for the club. Despite this, he will start the match for Denmark against England when the two sides meet each other in a friendly match in the first week of March. This, according to Denmark coach Morten Olsen, this is not a problem since he is well aware of the quality possessed by Bendtner.

Olsen states that the 26-year-old has been in fine condition with regard to this physical state. This should see him keep his place ahead of the competition.

“Nicklas is our first attacker. We must show that we believe in him. Not only now, but also in relation to the future. He is physically in good shape, even though he was not involved in the last game. But he must of course prove that he is in good shape,” said Olsen. Bendtner is widely expected to leave Arsenal in the summer despite the run of matches. He is out of contract and there has been no sign from Arsenal that they want to keep him for the next few years.

ERIKSEN WANTS CHANCES

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed that he is working hard in order to show his best form for Tottenham. The midfielder has been one of the good signing for the club amongst the several they made in the summer. He was brought to the club for around £ 11 million. He has even been able to overshadow Arsenal’s club record signing Mesut Ozil in the last few weeks. Despite this, Eriksen says that he can produce even more and is looking to show his best form in the coming weeks.

The midfielder has scored two goals in his last three league matches. After the departure of Gareth Bale, former manager Andre Villas-Boas relied heavily upon the creativity of Eriksen. Since this is his first season at the club, he had to go through a period of adjustment and he believes that it has finally helped him settle in the Premier league. Even after the managerial change that brought Tim Sherwood as a replacement for Villas-Boas has not diminished Eriksen’s importance in the team. The midfielder was recently voted as the best Danish player for 2013.

After picking up the award, he stated that he is looking forward to scoring more goals, which was a major reason towards winning the title.

“I have a lot more to show. I’m lucky I can provide goals and create some chances but I can still do better and I will work every day to do that. It’s been a good career until now and I’m really happy to win the Danish award and to score some goals. I’m really happy to play here,” said Eriksen. Tottenham will be up against Swansea in the league during the weekend. A victory is essential from this match in order to keep up with Liverpool, who occupy the final top four places.

ERIKSEN BLOW

Denmark and Tottenham have been dealt a major blow with the news that star midfielder Christian Eriksen could miss the crucial Christmas period after suffering an injury while on international duty. Denmark were recently playing against in a friendly match and Eriksen suffered a horrible injury, which not only saw him get substituted in the match but could also potentially make him miss the next few weeks for Tottenham. This is a very crucial time where Tottenham need all the players fit and ready due to the number of games that will come for the Premier league outfit.

Eriksen started his Tottenham career in a slow fashion, but he has been quick to respond to the requirements of the Premier league. He has been one of their star performers in recent weeks. The midfielder has been a transfer target for some of the biggest clubs in the world, but Tottenham managed to secure him for just £ 11 million. Denmark national team manager Olsen confirmed after the match that the midfielder’s injury does not look good.

It is expected that he will be out for the next six weeks, which will mean that he will miss the crucial Christmas period matches. Tottenham are likely to demand a compensation from FIFA for this injury since it happened while on international duty.

“We don’t know if he’s out for four or six weeks or how long it will take. It’s bad for him at a new club,” said the Denmark national team manager. It was recently revealed that Denmark would play against England in a friendly match at Wembley. This will be one of the final friendly matches for both teams before they head into the World Cup. Olsen is likely to use his full strength squad for this encounter rather than his substitutes.

DENMARK WANT REVENGE

Denmark will be hoping to get revenge for the 4-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Armenia a few months back when the two sides meet each other in the World Cup qualifying in the next few days. Denmark were one of the favourites to secure qualification from the group, but defeats like those against Armenia have taken the team down near the bottom of the table. Even though they are level on points with the likes of Czech Republic and Armenia, they are fifth in the group of six teams. They are just keeping their head above Malta, who have taken just three points.

Qualification to the World Cup is still not out of the reach of Denmark because they can get their campaign back on track with a victory over Armenia in this difficult away match. They are just one point behind Bulgaria, who occupy the final qualification spot. Ahead of the match with Armenia, questions were asked about the 4-0 defeat earlier in the year. Denmark coach Morten Olsen replied we saying that he would compare the defeat to the 9/11 attacks. This has created a lot of furore since the anniversary of the attacks is just a few days away.

Morten Olsen has apologised for those comments by saying that he regretted what he said. ‘Maybe it is hard to compare, and probably we should not compare, but football wise [the 4-0 defeat to Armenia] was our September 11th,’ said Olsen ahead of the match. “I’m sorry if my comparison – despite my reservations – inadvertently offended some people,” came the apology from the Denmark coach on his official Twitter account. Denmark come into the match on a decent run of form, which has seen them suffer only three defeats in the last few matches.

Armenia have also been on good form recently.

SCHMEICHEL WILL STAY

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has said that he has no worries about staying at Leicester City for the upcoming season. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club, but he has said that he is only concentrating on the pre-season right now. Players like Schmeichel and Wes Morgan are extremely important to the club in their hopes of getting promoted to the Premier league, but manager Nigel Pearson revealed a few weeks ago that the club had received a few offers for these two players. The manager, though, has confirmed that he has no intention of allowing them to leave the club.

He has said that the presence of these players are extremely important because it is possible to build a team around them. Since moving from Notts County, Schmeichel has been an integral part of the team. He has made almost 50 appearances in all competitions last season. This helped Leicester finish in the final play-off position last season, but they were unable to make it into the play-offs final after suffering a heartbreaking exit at the hands of Watford in the semifinals.

Schmeichel, though, is of the belief that Premier league promotion is possible in this campaign.

“We are fighting very hard to keep our best players and build a better side. They have both been key performers for us over the last year or so. Wes has been here 15 months and performed exceptionally well all the way through that period, as has Kasper. They are really key players, there is no doubt about that. It is important we try and keep our best players. There have been bids and that was going to happen and I would have been surprised if that wasn’t the case,” said the Leicester City manager Pearson about keeping his important players.

AGGER LINKED TO BARCA

The future of Liverpool’s Danish defender Daniel Agger has constantly been on the speculation in the last few months. He has been linked with a move to Barcelona, who are looking for a replacement for Carlos Puyol. The 34-year-old is coming to the end of his stellar career and he has been suffering a number of injury problems in recent years. Barcelona do not expect him to carry on playing at the top level for more than a couple of seasons. As a result, they have been targeting several defenders like Daniel Agger and Thomas Vermaelen.

Playing as a defender for Barcelona requires a unique set of skills like being able to bring the ball out of defence. Agger is one of the best defenders at this task and it is not a surprise to see him being linked with a £ 15 million move to the camp Nou. Liverpool and Barcelona have already done business with each other in recent years after the transfer of Javier Mascherano. Yet, Agger has said that he does not want to leave the Merseyside club. He still has three years left on his current contract and he intends to fulfil it.

This will come as a major boost for manager Brendan Rodgers especially in the wake of the Martin Skrtel rumours.

“I still have three years left and I intend to fulfil them. There are always rumours, but who is creating them? I don’t know. It is not a bad thing to be linked with top clubs but you have to take 70% of the speculation off and then you have the reality,” said Agger, who has just had a great season with Liverpool. Liverpool are on course to finish in the seventh position in the first season at the club for Brendon Rogers.

DENMARK RUS MISSED CHANCES

Denmark’s chances of playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup almost ended after the disappointing 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in the recent World Cup qualifying match. Denmark gave themselves a huge hope of qualifying for this major tournament by beating Czech Republic 3-0 only a few days ago. This would have helped them to at least make it into the play-offs. However, this two dropped two points against Bulgaria may prove to be extremely costly after the team sit a massive four points behind Bulgaria in the table.

Bulgaria occupied the second place, which is the final position that will help teams qualify for the World Cup through the play-offs. The group is dominated by the 2006 World Cup winners, Italy. Denmark came into the match with high hopes due to the recent win over Czech Republic, but they were unable to capitalise on the home advantage. Bulgaria took the lead in the second half through a goal from Manolev in the 51st minute. Even though Czech Republic were able to come back into the match through a penalty from Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, they were unable to get the crucial winning goal that would have put them just one point behind Bulgaria on the table.

“We are not satisfied and we should have won this game in the first half. We have the chances, especially in the first half but we don’t capitalise and the second half becomes a messy affair,” said Morten Olsen. “It wasn’t good enough. We needed more today and we should have gotten more. We let them score an easy goal. We could have maintained a 1-0 lead, which was what we aimed for,” said Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. The team’s next match will play against Armenia, but that match will not be until June.