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Two of the top soccer nations in the world clash in World Cup qualifying Friday as Chile faces Colombia. Currently second in South American qualifying, Colombia, ranked fifth by FIFA, can book its ticket for the 2014 World Cup in neighbo...
Two of the top soccer nations in the world clash in World Cup qualifying Friday as Chile faces Colombia. Currently second in South American qualifying, Colombia, ranked fifth by FIFA, can book its ticket for the 2014 World Cup in neighboring Brazil with a win. They face Chile, ranked No. 16, which is guaranteed at least a playoff shot at getting into the global soccer showcase next summer. Colombia was favored midweek at -110 in World Cup odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com with Chile at +300 and the draw line at +240. Chile is in third place in South America with 24 points, and this game could be more important for them. Chile has won three of the last four matches against the Colombians, but they lost at home in their last match, a World Cup qualifier last September. Chile will have a tough time facing a Columbia defense that has five clean sheets at home in qualifying so far. The past three meetings between these rivals have played OVER the total, according to the Chile vs Colombia matchup report. The Chilean defense will have to key on the Colombian duo of Radamel Falcao (six goals) and Teofilo Gutierrez (three goals). If they can keep those players in check, they have a good chance to win this match and stay ahead of Ecuador and Uruguay in the standings. Chile is resigned to playing stout defense, as they lack a dynamic and creative offense. In World Cup qualifying, Matias Fernandez is their leading scorer and he only has three goals. Both teams have won eight of their 14 qualifying games to date. Defense has proven the difference maker. Chile has conceded 21 goals while Colombia has allowed just nine. The match is being played at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez.
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This is to announce that me and Daniel Nichter (Lead of Percona Toolkit) are coming to the MYSQL NOSQL & CLOUD CONFERENCE & EXPO in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Oct. 15-16. There also will be local Percona experts in attendance.Talks from ...
This is to announce that me and Daniel Nichter (Lead of Percona Toolkit) are coming to the MYSQL NOSQL & CLOUD CONFERENCE & EXPO in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Oct. 15-16. There also will be local Percona experts in attendance.Talks from Percona include:Percona XtraDB Cluster – Basic installation and setup by Martín ArrietaProactive measures to minimize MySQL downtime by Fernando IparPercona Server 5.6 : New features and performance improvements by Vadim TkachenkoSystematic Approach to Performance by Marcos AlbeWe also will present at The Montevideo MySQL Meetup group in Uruguay on Oct. 17.So if you want to talk with Percona experts, chat with me and Daniel on Percona Software, or ask us about job opportunities – you are welcome to join these events!The post Percona team to attend Buenos Aires MySQL conference Oct. 15-16 appeared first on MySQL Performance Blog.
about 6 hours ago
Uruguay attacker's present contract expires in 2016.  Check in to Newcastle United vs Liverpool Liverpool have no plans to offer controversial front man Luis Suarez a new contract until the end of this season, according to the club's m...
Uruguay attacker's present contract expires in 2016.  Check in to Newcastle United vs Liverpool Liverpool have no plans to offer controversial front man Luis Suarez a new contract until the end of this season, according to the club's managing director Ian Ayre in the Daily Mail. The mercurial Uruguay international has only just returned to the Reds starting lineup having served his ten-match ban after been found guilty by The Football Association of biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm in a Premier League match at Anfield last April. However  in his brief time back in the team, Suarez has already proved himself to once again be the Merseyside giants' most important and impressive performer, with the striker having so far managed to find the back of the net on three occasions in total in his three matches in all competitions, all of which came in the Premier League. And now Ayre has confirmed that the Reds will sit down with Suarez's representatives next summer to discuss the possibility of the 26-year-old putting pen to paper on a new deal at Anfield to keep the forward at the club beyond the end of his current contract. Suarez agreed a contract extension until June 30 2016 with the club last August and at the Asian Football Awards on Tuesday, Ayre said: "It's too early to say that. We deal with every player in the same way. We review all our contracts with two years to go.
about 9 hours ago
Manager's notion of 'garra' has turned rugged Uruguayans into a team who believe they can beat anyone by sheer force of personality and reach the 2014 tournament in BrazilRationally, football teams should not have personalities. There is...
Manager's notion of 'garra' has turned rugged Uruguayans into a team who believe they can beat anyone by sheer force of personality and reach the 2014 tournament in BrazilRationally, football teams should not have personalities. There is no reason why certain clubs or countries should not be able to change the way they play, or why the same pattern should keep repeating itself, and yet they do. Why do England keep losing on penalties? Some would argue it is to do with basic technique – and yet Holland's record is almost as bad. Why did Sir Alex Ferguson's teams score so regularly in the final minutes of games? Given how Roy Keane briefly transferred the habit to Sunderland, it cannot surely only have been fitness?You end up concluding that, up to a point, things happen because they have happened before, that habits become self-perpetuating. England and the Dutch lose penalty shootouts because they are used to losing penalty shootouts. Manchester United scored goals late in games because they expected to score late in games. When the habit, for good or bad, is bound up with a supposed national characteristic, it is all the more potent.Since returning to the Uruguay national job in 2006, Oscar Washington Tabárez has done two great things. He has revolutionised the youth set-up, rebuilding it to mirror the work José Pekerman did with Argentina in the 90s (establishing the foundations that won five out of seven Under-20 World Cups), and he has reinstituted the notion of "garra" as a positive force.Garra – literally "claw" – is the defining Uruguayan characteristic, a term that incorporates determination, hardness and being streetwise. In the 80s it was used to justify football of unconscionable brutality and cynicism; Tabárez began the process of rehabilitating Uruguay's reputation at Italia 90 and has taken his work far further in his second spell as national manager.Over the past seven years, garra has come to underpin Uruguay's mental toughness. Tabárez has created an environment in which Uruguay's players have come to believe that they are grittier than opponents, that, when it comes down to it, they can beat them by force of personality.That is not to say the cynicism has vanished – as Luis Suárez's handball on the line in the final minute of the 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Ghana attested. And there remains a ruggedness to their play – as the forward Sebastián Abreu noted after Uruguay won the fair play award at the 2011 Copa America, to see Diego Lugano with the trophy was like seeing Osama bin Laden with the Nobel peace prize.That belief in their own powers of durability carried Uruguay to the semi-final of the last World Cup – the first time they had been beyond the last 16 since 1970 – and to the Copa America in 2011. It might also have salvaged their campaign to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.As late as June this year, after a run of nine months without a win in a competitive fixture, Uruguay looked unlikely to make it. The miserable run began with a 4-0 hammering in Barranquilla to a Falcao and Teó Guttiérez-inspired Colombia. They then lost 3-0 in Argentina, 4-1 in Bolivia and 2-0 in Chile, while drawing home games against Ecuador and Paraguay.Tabárez, almost unthinkably, found himself under pressure, while the widespread assumption was that, at 34, Diego Forlán was over the hill. Hope came, though, when Jhasmani Campos scored an 86th-minute equaliser for Bolivia at home to a Venezuela side that has improved out of all recognition over the past decade.That meant that when Venezuela, having played a game more, hosted Uruguay in Ciudad Guayana four days later, they did so with a lead of three points rather than five. Uruguay dug in, defended ferociously and won thanks to a superb Edinson Cavani goal on the break.Venezuela then lost in Chile as Uruguay won with a Suárez double in a fractious Peru (whose Uruguayan manager, Sergio Markarián, has imbued his side with a deal of garra as well). Those results essential
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The Reds chief insists the Uruguay international is vital to the club’s aim of securing Champions League football this season, calling him ‘one of the great players of the world”‘ Liverpool chairman Tom Werner ins...
The Reds chief insists the Uruguay international is vital to the club’s aim of securing Champions League football this season, calling him ‘one of the great players of the world”‘ Liverpool chairman Tom Werner insists the club are planning to keep Luis Suarez for the long term. The Uruguay international stated his desire to leave Anfield this summer, with Arsenal having two bids for the forward rejected during the transfer window. Werner believes Suarez is integral to Liverpool’s chances of securing Champions League football this season and says the club have no plans to let the striker leave. “There was interest in him from other clubs throughout the summer but it was important for us to try to keep him,” Werner told the Daily Mirror. “He is one of the great players of the world and we felt that we would be a stronger club with him than without him. “That does not mean I don’t respect his intense desire to play in the Champions League. But it would be a very happy day next May if and when we get to the Champions League by finishing in the top four and he is part of it. “It is our intention to keep him for a while.” Werner maintains Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers played a crucial role in persuading Suarez to remain at Liverpool over the summer and has praised the club’s fans for supporting the 26-year-old. “Our intention is to build a winning club and he is integral to that,” the Reds supremo stated. “The past is the past and I have great affection for him personally. “I give Brendan Rodgers an enormous amount of credit for making sure Luis knew how needed he was at Liverpool. “Brendan made it plain to him how much he was going to be embraced by the fans, and the supporters have been terrific.” Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax during the 2011 January transfer window for a reported fee of £22.8 million (€27m).
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says he has returned from his 10-match biting ban as a calmer player. Returning to Uruguay to play for his national team, the Reds star has told the media that a more tranquil approach to football is helping...
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says he has returned from his 10-match biting ban as a calmer player. Returning to Uruguay to play for his national team, the Reds star has told the media that a more tranquil approach to football is helping him keep a lid on his temper. He said: “I am aware that […]
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The final round of World Cup qualifying matches in South America is set to get under way this Friday with some games taking on huge importance. Argentina are already qualified, but what of the teams right behind them? Colombia, Chile, Ec...
The final round of World Cup qualifying matches in South America is set to get under way this Friday with some games taking on huge importance. Argentina are already qualified, but what of the teams right behind them? Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela sit second to sixth, respectively, all harbouring hopes of reaching next year's World Cup hosted by their overbearing neighbour, Brazil. So what better time than now to look at a power ranking of South American nations? Instead of simply using the qualification table as an indicator, we are going to do things a little more thoroughly. Three criteria will help rank all South American nations: History: How many trophies has each nation won? A World Cup will weigh far more heavily than a Copa America crown. Present day: What is the make up of the current squad and how strong do the country look eight months before a ball is kicked at the World Cup? Future: Upon reaching a World Cup, how would the country realistically fare? Begin Slideshow
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• Striker puts biting ban and transfer request behind him• 'I prefer to continue and not be the same as before'The Liverpool striker Luis Suárez insists he has returned from suspension a calmer person and admits he does not want "to be t...
• Striker puts biting ban and transfer request behind him• 'I prefer to continue and not be the same as before'The Liverpool striker Luis Suárez insists he has returned from suspension a calmer person and admits he does not want "to be the same as before".The Uruguay international has scored three goals in two appearances since serving his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.It is early days yet but both performances have been notable for the 26-year-old's footballing brilliance and not the controversy which has dogged his time in England.On Saturday Suárez showed his softer side by coming on to the pitch for the pre-match handshakes against Crystal Palace with his new-born son, Benjamin, and three-year-old daughter, Delfina, and he believes his family are a steadying influence for him on the field."I am aware that in recent matches that I played I've been calmer," he said on his return to Uruguay ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers. "I am very self-critical and I realised that playing well, with more tranquillity, is helping me a lot. I realise and I prefer to continue and not be the same as before."Suárez surprised many by appearing on the field with his children but it is something of a tradition among South Americans and, despite initial resistance from club officials, they gave way on the striker's insistence."In England it is not common and the first club people told me I was not going to go with them but I told them that my children were going to come with me, like it or not," he told reporters who greeted his arrival at Montevideo airport in comments reported in Uruguayan newspaper El Pais. "They understood in the end and it was a nice moment, a unique moment for me."They [family] make me think hard and calm me. Nowadays I think a lot of them when I'm on the field. I wanted my son to live as I do. I suffered a lot as a child and I do not want my children, or any other child, to experience the circumstances as I did. As a parent I try to give them all the love in the world and all the best."Suárez dismissed some suggestions in the media that he had used his children to help win over fans on his first appearance at Anfield since the furore of his summer transfer saga when he accused the club of reneging in a deal allowing him to leave for a Champions League side."What the English papers say I do not care," added Suárez, who earlier in the summer had cited the British media as being one of the reasons he wanted to leave. "The only thing I care about is playing football, and enjoying my family is what I love most."That Suárez remained at Anfield despite interest from Arsenal, who tried to sign him with a cheeky £40m plus one pound bid, owed much to the intransigence of the Reds owner, John W Henry, who refused to entertain selling their prize asset.Liverpool's captain, Steven Gerrard, admitted "waking up every morning, hoping that nothing would happen and that he would still be here" and he was very active in trying to persuade the Uruguayan to stay. It was an approach that did have some effect."I do not know if he prayed but what he said is what he feels because he was talking to me all the time," Suárez said. "Gerrard, for me, is a legend in Liverpool and a great team-mate that helped me a lot."His attitude was an extra boost for me to take the decision to stay in Liverpool; both he and the fans of Liverpool influenced much for that. I admire him for the great player he is worldwide. For me he will always be a benchmark and at club level he is the best player I have played with in my career, as a person and as a footballer."Luis SuárezLiverpooltheguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez feels in great form going into the World Cup qualifiers with Uruguay. read more
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez feels in great form going into the World Cup qualifiers with Uruguay. read more
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