1. 2018 FIFA World Cup Predictions

    With the World Cup in Russia fast approaching, there are lots of talk amongst supporters about who the stronger teams are this year. From previous winners to new comers, it is truly anyone’s game. Within the post we will try to establish who the main competitors are this season for the trophy as well as addressing who the underdogs could potentially be. 

    Previous Winners

    Established in 1930 the first ever World Cup took place in Uruguay and has since been hosted in a variety of countries across the globe. In history 5 countries have lifted the cup more than once, with the most wins being Brazil with 5 tournament victories. Below we will look at the break down of the winners in history:

    • Brazil – 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
    • Italy – 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
    • Germany – 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
    • Uruguay – 1930, 1950
    • Argentina – 1978, 1986
    • England – 1966
    • France – 1998
    • Spain – 2010

    Group Stages

    The group stages of the World Cup in Russia take place on the 14thJune starting with the home country vs Saudi Arabia and ends on the 28thwith the last match being Panama vs Tunisia. Let’s take a brief look at each of the groups and see who has the most potential to make it to the next round.

    Group A

    • Russia
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Egypt
    • Uruguay

    Uruguay is the strongest going by historic play, winning the cup in 1930 and 1950, they are back again for their 13thtournament. Despite their 12thplace in 2014, they also reached 4thin 2010. Behind them in tying for quality is Russia and Saudi Arabia. 

    Russia are the host country and having the backing of their home may be a fantastic motivator for the squad, as well as this they have stri

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  2. Jorge Campos Goalkeeper Extraordinaire

    Not all goalkeepers can claim to be the subject of a ‘Top 6 Goals’ highlight reel on YouTube, but then 1990's star Jorge Campos was nothing like all goalkeepers. In fact, watching the aforementioned tribute video, the immediate impression formed is that he was something of a predatory finisher with quick feet and quicker thinking.

    Inside his ‘Top 6’ are some majestic finishes. There’s a penalty kick which he shapes to kick with his left foot, deceives the opposition goalkeeper and calmly slots home with the outside of his right. There’s a lobbed strike that he executes immediately after being tackled to the ground. There’s also a magnificent scissor kick, which is the hallmark of only the truly innovative footballing hitmen.

    Goalkeeper Turned Striker

    Time for some crucial context for the confused: Campos was, at various points throughout his career, a striker. No, he didn’t just go up for the odd corner kick when his team were losing and only seconds remained; he was an actual, bona
    fide striker. When he was making his way in Mexico with Pumas, he found the No.1 jersey difficult to gain possession of. So, instead of sitting around twiddling his thumbs and waiting for the jersey’s incumbent, Adolfo Rios, to step aside, he asked if he could play outfield. His request was granted, and in his maiden campaign he found the net 22 times in all competitions.

    After one season that saw Campos compete with his country’s most prolific scorers, he went back between the sticks. However, his scoring days were not done with. In each of the following five seasons, he got his name on the scoresheet at least once. This was because, while now the first-choice goalkeeper, he was still occasionally shifted up front when his side were in need of goals.

    His attacking tendencies led to him being labelled as ‘crazy’ or ‘eccentric’ by onlookers who couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea of a goalkeeper being just as capable of finding the net as

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  3. Can Mexico win the 2017 Confederations Cup?

    16th June 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    While drawing with the United States wasn't necessarily a bad result, one that importantly means they've still never lost at home inside the Azteca to the U.S, Mexico will still feel a sense that they should've taken all three points.

    After all, they largely dominated the game on their way to amassing 74% of the possession and looked the more composed side. But Bruce Arena's visiting side deserve credit for the way they diligently stuck to their task, defending extremely competently in their usually deep block.

    Speaking in his post match comments, Mexico's tactically astute manager, Juan Carlos Osorio, had some interesting comments to make about the two teams and their massively different approaches.

    "I think their intention from the start was to defend, with a line of five and three midfielders to stop our attacks," asserted Osorio. "They played for an error or the possibility of a transition, which is what happened [for Michael Bradley's opening goal]."

    "Our obligation is to keep working and translate the efficiency that our team is showing into effectiveness in the final third to complete our plays better."

    Even though EL Tri were restricted to just one shot on target due to the resolute U.S rearguard, there was still a lot to admire about their attacking philosophy and function.

    During their possession phases, Osorio instructed his men to play in what was ostensibly a 2-3-2-3. The two centre-backs would split to the width of the 18-yard-box to spread out and create space for Hector Herrera to receive in central locations, who was usually on the same line as the fullbacks. Indeed, Herrera's energy and movement was key, as he was forced to cover a lot of ground and constantly provide an option to his colleagues if they needed support.

    Then Marco Fabian and Jonathan dos Santos operated predominantly in the left and right half space within the attacking third, but at times

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  4. Mexico's multifaceted midfield dynamo, Hector Herrera

    13th June 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    Mexico's multifaceted midfield dynamo, Hector Herrera, went into his side's colossal Copa America opener against Uruguay with rumours rife about his future at club level.

    If reports are to be believed, Liverpool, Napoli and Valencia have all recently shown a keen interest in FC Porto's prized asset, who the Dragoes value at a cool €20m million, with Liverpool apparently just ceding Napoli in the race for his signature.

    Judging on his exceptional performance in Mexico's entrancing victory over La Celeste, Herrera was clearly unaffected by all the talk surrounding him. Instead, he just went about his work in customarily tireless and robust fashion, in a performance where his technical gifts and goalscoring capacity also shone through brightly.

    Herrera got off to a flying start, with his surging run from deep and subsequent pressure on Alvaro Pereira providing the catalyst for the Uruguayan stalwart to head Andres Guardado's whipping cross into his own net to give Mexico the lead just four minutes in.

    And from there, Herrera worked himself into the game beautifully from what was ostensibly a central attacking midfield role. Within the confines of coach Juan Carlos Osorio's unconventional 3-4-3 (or 3-1-2-3-1 depending on perceptions), the 26-year-old's relentless work rate ensured he was a constant source of menace to the Uruguayans, with Egidio Arevalo Rios, his direct opponent, enduring a particularly difficult time marking him.

    By persistently buzzing laterally and vertically across the attacking third, the ultra fit former Pachuca starlet ensured his teammates always had a viable outlet to utilise. Herrera's immense running power and intelligence to find vacant space was a feature throughout, in a match where his incessant movement regularly pulled Rios out o

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  5. Mexico Win CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 After Beating Jamaica 3-1.

    At the last CONCACAF Gold Cup, held in 2013, the Mexico national football team had missed out on a spot in the championship match for the first time in eight years. The United States ended up winning the title, beating Panama in the final while Mexico settled for a third place finish. In the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, though, it was clear from the get-go that the Mexican soccer squad wasn't going to settle at all. And now it is official Mexico win CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015! Keep reading to find out how they got to the podium.

    Coming into this year's tournament, the Mexican national team had won a record six CONCACAF Gold Cups. The USA were looking to tie that record, having won their fifth in 2013. In other words, the race was on.

    Ultimately, the wearers of the Mexico football kit 2015 2016 were the ones who prevailed. The United States won their group stage and flattened Cuba 6-0 in the quarterfinals, but lost 1-2 to Jamaica in the semifinals. Mexico's Tri-Color beat Jamaica 3-1 in the championship match to clinch the tournament and secure a record seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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    Mexico's Journey through the Tournament

    Interestingly, at the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup back at the beginning of July, Mexico looked downright weak. While the United States and Jamaica won Groups A and B, respectively-each with an undefeated record of two wins and one loss-Mexico didn't win their group, Group C, at all.

    On the contrary, the Tri-Color only won a single match in Group C, and while it was a big victory (a 6-0 win over Cuba), a Mexico Home Shirt 2015 - 2016

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  6. CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C: Are Mexico Headed Back to the Winner's Circle?

    Since the inaugural CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991, the Mexico national football team has won the event six times-more than any other country. With the 2015 Gold Cup, the Mexican side will look to reclaim the Gold Cup title after watching the United States win it 2013. Before Mexico can think much about a seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup title, though, they will have to get through the group stage. This year, Mexico has been drawn into the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C-which also includes Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, and Cuba. Other tournament frontrunners, meanwhile-like the United States and Costa Rica-are in groups A and B, respectively.

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    Analyzing Group C: Who Will Progress and Who Will Go Home? 

    Just looking at Group C's teams on paper, it doesn't look like Mexico will have much trouble reaching the knockout stages of this year's CONCACAF competition. Of these four teams, only Mexico qualified for last year's FIFA World Cup, and only Mexico have won previous Gold Cup titles. Suffice it to say that the Tri-Color are the clear favorites to win Group C.

    The other three soccer teams in the group could surprise fans, though. The wearers of the Trinidad and Tobago home shirt 2015 2016, for instance, have landed on the Gold Cup podium once before, back in 2000. They also nearly won the Caribbean Cup last fall, topping a ground that included Cuba, French Guiana, and Curacao to reach a tournament final with Jamaica. Trinidad ultimately lost the championship match, falling 3-4 in a penalty kick shootout after a scoreless extra-time match. However, the strong performance in that tournament certainly makes Trinidad and Tobago a team to watch.

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  7. Copa America 2015 Group A: Our Predictions

    2014 2015 league play may be over, but football fans won't have to wait long before competitive soccer action begins once again. This Thursday, June 11th, the Copa America 2015 will begin in Chile, with 12 teams competing in three groups for South American soccer glory. Today, we're taking a look at the Copa America 2015 Group A, which will see a battle between Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Chilean host team.

    Which squads will score instant advancement into the knockout stage? Which will finish third and be left in limbo for a possible quarterfinal spot? And which of these four teams will be on the way home after group competition? Read on to find out!

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    Current World Rankings

    Based on current FIFA world rankings, the expected seeding for Group A at the Copa America 2015 would be Chile (18), Mexico (23), Ecuador (31), and Bolivia (89). Based on those rankings, it's fair to call Chile's the frontrunners in the event. Not only will Chile be playing in front of home audiences, but they are also coming off a successful run at the 2014 World Cup.

    Indeed, the Chilean national football squad made quite a splash in Brazil last summer, beating Spain and Australia to finish second in their group (behind the Netherlands), and nearly beating out the Brazilian host team in the round of 16. The Brazil game came down to penalty kicks, and while Chile lost the shootout 2-3, the game was still a sign that the Chilean side shouldn't be underestimated.

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  8. Could 2015 Be Mexico's Year at the Copa America?

    The Mexico national football team has achieved many great things over the years, including 15 World Cup appearances, nine titles at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and one victory in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Even with all of these superlatives, the team (known in some circles as "The Green") has never Mexico Away Shirt 2015 - 2016won a title in the Copa America tournament. But with the country currently ranked at 21 on FIFA's global rankings, could this be the year that changes? Root for such an outcome today with a brand new Mexico shirt from Soccer Box.

    Adidas has designed some breathtaking new shirt styles for the 2015 2016 incarnation of the Mexican soccer squad. The black home shirt, complete with neon green trim, is a cool twist on the more traditional green, red, and white jersey that the squad wore in 2014 during the World Cup in Brazil. The Mexico away jersey 2015 2016, is a classy white shirt with lime green, red, and black accents. These stunning 2015 2016 home shirt and away jersey designs are available for purchase right now at Soccer Box!

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    Copa America 2015

    Can The Green win the title at the 2015 incarnation of Copa America, set to begin in Chile in June? They are dark horses, to be sure, but they certainly have a chance at making 2015 the year where they finally win this prestigious soccer event.

    Based on the current FIFA global rankings, Mexico is the sixth best team in the tournament. The rankings suggest that the frontrunners for the upcoming competition are Argentina and Colombia-currently ranked second and

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  9. Get a Holland 2014 World Cup Home Shirt Ready for the Quarterfinals!

    Netherlands 2014 World Cup Home ShirtThe 2014 FIFA World Cup has been nothing but exciting, and the Round of 16 tie between the Netherlands and Mexico certainly did not disappoint. An 88th minute goal, and 94th minute penalty changed the flavor of the game, ensuring that the Holland 2014 World Cup home shirt will be appearing in the quarterfinals. In a devastating 5 minutes the Mexico fans went from jubilation to sheer disappointment.

    If the excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has got you gripped with football fever it's not too late to shop for your official team kits and shirts. We still have stock of the Netherlands soccer jerseys and the Mexico football shirts, as well as a host of other team kits and merchandise. Place your order now, and with fast shipping options you could have your shirt before the next round!

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    Is 2014 The Year of the Netherlands?

    The Netherlands national football team has suffered a series of biter and disappointing blows in their World Cup history. The team holds the record for playing in the most World Cup finals without ever lifting the trophy, coming in as runner-up in 1974, 1978 and 2010. Many fans feel it is time that their team finally celebrated glory.

    The group stage draw threw up an interesting prospect for the Netherlands football team, they would meet Spain their 2010 World Cup final opponents. Holland went into the game determined to show they were serious contenders for the 2014 trophy. They beat Spain 5-1, almost ending the reigning champions tournament before it had begun.

    Holland finished their group in the top spot winning all 3 games. Setting up a Round of 16 meeting against Mexico.  Of the 2 Group A teams it is almost

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  10. The 2014 World Cup Will Continue Without the Croatia!

    As the host nation Brazil was automatically placed as team 1 in Group A, as favorites to top their group and indeed win the entire tournament, that left a single spot for one of 3 teams to advance to the knockout stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After losing their 1st 2 games Cameroon were certain of an early flight home. Would the Croatia football shirt or the Mexico soccer kit fight their way into the Round of 16?

    The progression of Brazil wasn't as sure footed as many had suspected. They beat Croatia in an unconvincing 3-1 1st game, and only managed a 0-0 draw against the team wearing the Mexico football jerseys. Statistically both Mexico and Croatia could progress but it relied on Brazil being beaten heavily by Cameroon. An unlikely prospect, meaning both teams needed to go out to win.

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    Group A Prospects

    As an independent soccer team Croatia has only competed in the World Cup since 1998. In this 1st appearance the Croatia football shirt put out a strong showing finishing in 3rd place, but have since failed to make it out of the group stage. The 2014 World Cup offered a fantastic opportunity for Croatia as the 2nd best team in the group as ranked by FIFA.

    Croatia is currently ranked at 18th behind Brazil in 3rd place but ahead of Mexico and Cameroon ranked at 20 and 56 respectively. Prior to kickoff Croatia would have been boosted by the fact that the Mexico football jerseys nearly didn't make it into the World Cup finals at all.

    After finishing 4th in the CONCACAF qualification tournament Mexico needed the intercontinental playoff round to finally secure their place. Mexico did indeed show their worth beating the New Zealand soccer team 9-3 on

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