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The World Cup 2014 may have just concluded a few months ago, but qualification for the next edition in Russia is all set to begin shortly.
The first few months of qualification, especially in the Asian regions, will eliminate a number of weak teams like Bhutan and India. Both teams have failed to reach the final stages of the World Cup in the history of my game. However, there are several reasons to expect much more positives from these nations this time around. India, especially, is seen as one of the sleeping giants in the game.
Dunga took charge of the Brazilian national football team after the 2014 World Cup reached it’s end and so far it seems to have a good decision as Brazil has won all of their matches with the majority of them being friendly matches against Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, Turkey and Austria, all of which Brazil came out on top with the triumph.
Honorable Russian President Putin has declared to spend over 660 bn rubles (15 bn USD) for the next FIFA World that is to be held in his country in 2018.
New Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic will have to do without the services of Eren Derdiyok after the striker has suffered a serious injury just tired of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. The former Lazio manager was appointed as the successor for Ottmar Hitzfeld, who retired after the World Cup 2014. The announcement came several months ago and the manager formally took charge of the national team recently. However, he has been greeted with the news of Derdiyok’s injury. The striker, who plays for Turkish club Kasimpasa, is one of their important players.
Jose Mourinho, the boss of Chelsea thought that Cesare Prandelli should have been retained as the coach of Italy irrespective of the failure in World Cup. A new coach has already have been assigned to be part of the Italian team and he is Paolo Maldini.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has dismissed suggestions that he could miss the first few matches of the group stages at the World Cup 2014 after suffering an injury. Van Persie is one of the important players for the Dutch national team. He is expected to be partnered by Arjen Robben at the front. However, Dutch have received a bad news in the form of an injury to van Persie, but the 31-year-old has dismissed suggestions that it is a serious one. Netherlands will be having a tough World Cup since they will be up against Spain and Chile in the group stages.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that he is confident that youngsters Ross Barkley and John Stones will be extremely good for the England national team if they are selected for the World Cup 2014. Rumours suggest that England manager Roy Hodgson is about to name a very youthful looking squad for the World Cup. He is about to do away with the likes of Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick, who have been a major part of the England national team for several years now. In their place, he is expected to call Barkley and Stones.
West Brom striker Victor Anichebe has stated that he has not spoken with anyone representing the Nigerian football Federation in the last few weeks regarding the recall to the national team.
Brazil come into the World Cup 2014 as one of the strongest teams in the competition. They did extremely well in 2013 and also lifted the Confederations Cup, which acts like the precursor for the World Cup. However, they are not without their problems as they are not exactly strong up front.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has been looking at a number of strikers in the last few months, but it looks like they will go into the tournament with a striker conundrum still intact.
Former Blackburn Rovers star Lucas Neill is in danger of missing out on the World Cup 2014 according to Australian national team manager Ange Postecoglou. As the captain of the national team, Neill was expected to be picked for the World Cup, but his failure to find a club so far could ultimately cost him a place in the squad according to the manager.
Neill is without a club after leaving Omiya Ardija a month ago. Neill is reportedly coming to the end of a career where he has represented the likes of Everton, Blackburn, and West Ham.