Even football fans with wild imaginations would have struggled to conceive this match. Syria. A nation with no home to play in the midst of civil war, dealing with one of the worst humanitarian crises of recent times. Australia. An established continental power ever since it transferred its membership to the Asian Football Confederation.
Not many would have predicted the AFC’s pre-continental playoff to feature Syria and Australia. Yet, after an exciting Asian World Cup qualifying campaign, here we are. Syria vs Australia. Let that sink in for a moment.
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As Newcastle and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw at St. James Park, Round 7 of the Premier League season came to an end. Time to tally the results against my picks. I am not particularly looking forward to this, because I didn’t accurately predict a single scoreline from this weekend’s action. Anyhow, here goes.
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The last football weekend of September heralds another pause in domestic football before some crucial World Cup qualifiers. While there is plenty to look forward to on the road to Russia, there are still some tasty fixtures in the last round of domestic football before the international break. These obviously include some great matches in the Premier League. Here’s my stab at predicting the games this weekend, including the marquee clash between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
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Another interesting round of Champions League action is in the books. Hence, it is time to revisit my predictions. I clearly fell for Jose Mourinho when he said this was the best CSKA Moscow team he had ever faced. It’s also clear, that Group G is going to prove tricky for a lot of people to predict. Time to tally up.
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Real Madrid won for the first time at Borussia Dortmund, triumphing 3-1 in an entertaining game. For the neutral, the game lived up to both — its history and its hype. It has to be said, Peter Bosz’s tactical naivety was exposed, as predicted by ESPN’s Stefan Buczko. It was no surprise to see Real’s class and calmness come to the fore, as hinted by the excellent Graham Hunter. My pick for this game on the other hand, was a bit naive.
There were some excellent performances from the men in white, rather less so for the home team. Here are the ratings for all the players on the Through Ball.
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