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Old 07-18-2012, 08:56 AM
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UEFA Champions League 2012 Preview: Buducnost Podgorica vs Slask Wroclaw Predictions

Buducnost Podgorica of Montenegro will be matched against Polish champions Slask Wroclaw on July 19 in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Rounds.

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Buducnost Podgorica is the current winner of the First League of Montenegro, a young football league established in 2006 in the wake of the Yugoslav First League / Serbia and Montenegro First League. Throughout its recent existence, the team has been one of the league’s best, tying with Mogren of number of titles held (2 championships each).

Buducnost Podgorica has one loss and two draws in their last six matches. Of the last twelve matches, they have a total of 2 losses.

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Slask Wroclaw, is a Polish football club currently playing in the top-tier Ekstraklasa. They have only two championships, the first one in 1977, and the present one that allowed them to qualify to the UEFA Champions league.

Slask Wroclaw has won four of their last six matches, the others were draws. Of the last twelve matches, they have a total of 4 losses.

Buducnost Podgorica vs Slask Wroclaw Predictions: Buducnost Podgorica wins 2-1

Seems like a match but I have to give this one to Buducnost Podgorica, though admittedly this is close.

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:03 AM
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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Morrocco U23 vs Honduras U23 Predictions

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Catrachos comes into Hampden Park with a 4-2 recored in the qualifying rounds having impressive wins over Nicaragua(5-0) and 3-0 over Panama.. This is Honduras’ third time at the Olympics and they qualified after winning three and losing two games at the Concacaf U23 Championships, the key match being the 3-2 victory against El Salvador in the semi-finals before losing to Mexico in the final. Their attack is led by Roger Rojas and Eddie Hernandez.Honduras is known for their relentless attack on offense and boast a pretty decent defense.

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Atlas Lions have made it to this stage on six previous occasions but have only once got past the group stage. They qualified this time by reaching the final of last year’s CAF African U23 Championship, where they lost to Gabon. Morocco is led by striker Abderrazak Hamdallah and Captain and mid fielder Driss Fettouhi. Coach Verbeek also spoke of his team's readiness for the competition admitting that there is an added element of the crowd to spur on Morocco and while this is positive the attention and pressure from media

Morrocco U23 vs Honduras U23 Predictions: Honduras 3-0

Honduras will be too much to handle for Morocco to deal with. I look for Honduras to staying aggressive throughout the match. Morocco doesn’t have much of an attack after witnessing a draw against a weak Belarus back in May

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:04 AM
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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Mexico U23 vs Korea Republic U23 Predictions

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What more can we say about this powerhouse team. El Tri is packed with talent led by scoring machine Mexico’s is Marco Fabian. His speed is treacherous, his shot rockets, and his hunger will be displayed throughout the tournament. Mexico enters the tournament by making a statement out of Turkey 3-0 back in May. Mexico also boast a stingy defense defense with stay well-organized in the back, a line of five assembled. This brought Miguel Ponce and Javier Aquino back to unite with the three central defenders – Nestor Vidrio, Jorge "Chatón" Enriquez, and Nestor Araujo.

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Korea Republic enters the tournament with a 3-1 record in the qualifier with impressive wins over Lebanon(3-0) and 4-2 over 4-1 over Qatar. Korea Republic has a sound offensive attack led by Kim Bo-Kyung and FW Park Chu-Young who are Korea’s premier threats on offense. Korea’splayers are rightfully famous for their stamina and our relentless chasers, always challenging their opponents’ possession. Despite being undersized, they are capable of playing a tough, physical game.

Mexico U23 vs Korea Republic U23 Predictions: Mexico 3-1

This will be a great game to watch with 2 teams that are blessed with speed and scoring ability but, with that said Mexico is just on a different level with a much better offensive punch and solid defense Mexico will walk away with an easy victory over Korea RepubO

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:05 AM
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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Brazil U23 vs Egypt U23 Predictions

Brazil will face Egypt in the first game of the 2012 London Olympic Games men’s football Group C branch at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Wednesday, July 26. Group C is comprised of Brazil, along with Egypt, New Zealand and Belarus.

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Brazil is the favorites to win Group C, and is most likely to eventually overcome any resistance from the Egyptians. Looking at Brazil, the squad is very much a powerhouse with Alexander Pato, Neymar, and Hulk in the position of striker and in midfield yet again that the contents of the Ganso, Sandro.

Brazil is always one of the world's toughest sides to eliminate, and their current elite roster is far unlikely to disappoint any fan or foe.

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Egypt is expected to give a fierce resistance against Brazil in this opening match. Egypt is struggling to qualify for the quarterfinals, and everyone knows how desperation can push anyone.

Egypt's absence from Olympic action makes them a very definite underdog in this contest. They have nothing to lose, though, and that can be very dangerous to the favorite.

Brazil U23 vs Egypt U23 Predictions: Brazil U23 wins 2-0

I don't expect Brazil to lose, but Egypt will hang around longer than expected, and will fight with what’s left of them. Any chance for an upset is very slim.

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Old 07-20-2012, 12:27 PM
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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: United Arab Emirates U23 vs Uruguay U23 Predictions

United Arab Emirates squares off against Uruguay at Manchester’s Old Trafford on July 27.

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The boys from the UAE started offstrong in the international field despite a first game draw against Hong Kong and the People’s Democratic Republic of Koreaplus a 1-0 loss to Japan during the Asian Games. So the team’s record to date in the Asian games is at five wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. UAE turned out consistent performances throughout, including victories over AFC heavyweights Australia and Uzbekistan.UAE qualified for London 2012 after a gruelling campaign that began on 8 March 2011 and finished on 14 March this year. Over this period they played a total of ten games, winning seven and drawing three.

However, this is the very first Olympic tournament which the Middle Eastern team has qualified in since being established in the 1971. The Olympics has a different curriculum at hand and this factor might prove to be a hardship for the UAE

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The Uruguay Olympic Football team also known as Uruguay Under 23 has a pretty impressive Olympic record. The Men’s Olympic Football Tournament holds special significance for Uruguayans. Even before the advent of the FIFA World Cup™, the country won consecutive gold medals at the two tournaments it played in. With leading scorer was Adrian Luna with three goals, followed by Pablo Capellini and Diego Polenta with two apiece during the continental championships in Peru, the Uruguayan team seems ready for the real deal.

But it has actually been 84 years that passed since Uruguay last appeared in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, at Amsterdam 1928, when they won their second gold medal in their second successive appearance. The national team coach Oscar Tabarez, who will be taking charge of the side in London, is anxious to dampen any euphoria

United Arab Emirates U23 vs Uruguay U23 Predictions: Uruguay 3-1

Uruguay, without a doubt, packs a stronger attack. The UAE team will most probably be on the defensive throughout the game if they do not assert control at the onset.

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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Great Britain U23 vs Senegal U23 Predictions

Team GB squares off against Senegal Olympic Manchester’s Old Trafford on July 27 for the Group A Olympic Preliminaries.

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The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic football team entered the Olympic tournament automatically by way of being the host country. Nevertheless, team GB is packing a power punch in the form of players like Gareth Bale, Fraizer Campbell, Jack Rodwell, Marc Albrighton, and Jordan Rhodes.

However, it’s been a good 52 years since Great Britain entered an Olympic tournament. Another factor that can prove detrimental to Great Britain was their previous performance during last year’s UEFA U-21 Championship where they failed to win a game. But even though England was lacklustre at the UEFA U-21 Championships of 2011, Great Britaincan call on some of the stars from those games.

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Senegal Olympic will enter the tournament’s football championship for the first time since it’s formation. During the qualifying stint of the African U-23 Championships, Senegal lost their opening to Algeria, but then recovered to be considered one of the tournament favourites by defeating Nigeria 2-1 and Morocco 1-0. But after gaining momentum from topping the table ahead of the Moroccan hosts, Senegalwere surprised by Gabon in the semi-final 1-0 and lost the play-off for third place against Egypt 2-0.

Consistently has been lacking on the part of the Senegalese team and they need to make a change in their formation in order to beat Great Britain as well as the other teams during the Olympic games. Their line-up has proven competent but their game play needs some improvising.

Great Britain U23 vs Senegal Predictions: Great Britain 2-1

Great Britain has a much stronger line up than Senegal and their formations and gameplays have proven more consistent and reliable. One thing the Senegalese can do is to amp up their power of attack in order to overwhelm the British at the onset of the match but that is very lest likely to happen.

Original Source: Great Britain U23 vs Senegal U23
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:29 PM
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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Belarus U23 vs New Zealand U23 Predictions

The “Oly-Whites” square off against Belarus Olympic at Coventry’s City of Coventry Stadium on July 27 as part of the Group C leg of the tournament.

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Belarus ahs yet to appear in a final leg of a major tournament since it’s team formation in 1991 after the country gained it’s independence from the now defunct Soviet Union. During the qualifications at the group stage of the UEFA European U-21 Championship 2011, Belarus squeezed into the semi-finals thanks to a victory over Iceland, and a better goal difference in the head-to-head record between the three teams tied on points for second place. This shows that the Eastern European team has every reason to look into the tournament with optimism since its current players like EgorFilipenko and Andrei Voronkov belong to a new generation.

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The “Oly Whites” had an impressive run during the qualifying campaign being side short of several key players but scoring a total of 15 goals in their four matches, although ten came in the group match against Tonga. The Kiwis won three of three matches by a single goal. The New Zealand team made their Olympic debut during the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening with a 1-1 draw against China denying the Kiwis victory thanks only to an equaliser two minutes from time, followed by a 5-0 capitulation against Brazil, but with the New Zealanders displaying trademark spirit to bounce back in their final match against Belgium, only to suffer a 1-0 defeat against the eventual semi-finalists.

The recent matches played however showed a lacking in attacking and scoring power and this can fall into the Kiwis’ disadvantage against teams like Belarus or Uruguay.

Belarus U23 vs New Zealand U23 Predictions: Belarus 2-1

With a line up of strong key players and a much more impressive goal record, the Eastern European team look set to win this match up against the Kiwis.

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Old 07-22-2012, 02:16 PM
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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Spain U23 vs Japan U23 Predictions

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Spain U23 manager Luis Milla, has named his preliminary twenty-two player squad that he will take with him to London for the Olympic Games. The squad will be narrowed down to eighteen players before the tournament so four of the players below will come off the list. Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona are the two clubs with the most players at the tournament with four each. The strong group of youngsters are joined by recent European Champions Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona) and Juan Mata (Chelsea FC). Javi Martinez and Juan Mata have dominated the Spanish midfield together before, having won the U21 European Championship last summer, and they will look to lead their country to yet another honor in international football. Watch this space for profiles of all of the squad members between now and the start of the Olympic Games.

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Japan qualified in 2012 Olympic Asian Qualifying Final Round. Although, win or draw will be enough for the Japanese last match, it took 55 minutes to score the first goal by midfielder Ogihara followed by Kiyotake. Korea, UAE and Japan qualified and Oman, Uzbekistan, and Syria go to play off to win the last 0.5 Asian place. Japan comes in 7-0 dominating the Asian Games and looks to make a statement in the opener.

Spain U23 vs Japan U23 Predictions: Spain 3-1 over Japan

Though Japan’s record in the Asian games is impressive it’s not quite the level of competition of Spain. Spain’s aggressive attack on offensive will keep Japan on their heels most of the game. Bottom line, Spain is on a different level than Japan thus Spain takes this game with ease.

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London Olympic Games 2012 Preview: Gabon U23 Vs Switzerland U23 Predictions

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The national Under-23 side has won through to the CAF Under-23 Championship and are close to a first-ever visit to the Olympic Games,

The side did have a disappointment earlier this year when they failed to qualify for the All Africa Games, defeated by DR Congo in the preliminaries.

The Young Panthers will be led by Gabon FA technical director Claude-Albert Mbourounot, with senior national team coach Gernot Rohr no doubt casting an eye over the side with a view to possibly drafting a few in for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

“If you have to qualify for the Olympic Games, you must be ready to beat the best and I think we have a fair chance with our opponents. Gabon can make it to London 2012 with the quality of players they have,” Rohr said. Gabon U23 is young hungry and strong with a great balance offensive a attack with sound defense.

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Swiss team comes into this match with a recent 1-0 loss to Senegal U23. Switzerland comes in with a very inexperienced young team. They have not qualified as a team since 1924. There is not much to be said about Switzerland exact their lack of experience.

Gabon U23 Vs Switzerland U23 Predictions: 1-1 Draw

Both of these teams come in with lack of experience. I see this being a match where both teams play very safe and not try to do too much. This is anyone’s game I see a draw

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Major League Soccer 2012 Preview: Real Salt Lake Vs Vancouver White Caps Predictions

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Led by a last minute replacement midfielder Yordany Álvarez looked possessed out there. Álvarez’s full contributions may not show up on the stat sheet, where he had two shots, two fouls committed and a foul suffered. But they are there for the most important stat: the 2-0 score line.

“I feel more confident, more confident with the ball, and I thought I played good,” Álvarez said. “I think I played my best game [with RSL].” With Beckerman eligible to play this Friday against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Álvarez will almost certainly return to the bench. But it is comforting for the team to know the Cuban is ready and able to fill in when called upon.

“I thought he was very solid, won some tackles for us,” said midfielder Will Johnson. “It’s great when he can step in for Kyle to do a great job like that. … He stepped in and made a difference.” RSL was sound as usual on the defensive side as well. Stopping the Colorado offense, Alvarez was also significantly better at linking the defense with the offense.

Vancouver Preview

The 3rd place Whitecaps come into this match looking to make some noise and a push into Rio Tinto Stadium. Whitecaps (9-6-7) snapped a four-match winless streak, as it defeated San Jose for the second time in three meetings this season. The Whitecaps defeated the Earthquakes, 2-1, at BC Place on May 5. San Jose won at home on April 7, 3-1. Newly acquisition Dane Richards scored his first goal for Vancouver in the 20th minute and Alan Gordon equalized before halftime for San Jose, but Robson made no mistake from the spot for his second goal in as many games.

Real Salt Lake Vs Vancouver White Caps Predictions: RSL 2-1 Over Vancouver

This will be a great match to watch as the number 2 and 3 teams clash. But, RSL at home will be tough to beat. Look for RSL’s Alavarez to put on another show as he goes head up with Whitecaps Dane Richards . In the end I see RSL controlling this match .It will be low scoring but great tempo.

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