For women who love football, and for men who love it when women know the football game. – As indicated here, I booked my ticket and with lots of excitement headed to National soccer stadium(BMO Field) to watch Canada-Ghana match.

The atmosphere was great: Based on Stadium announcement, there were over 14,000 spectators. Obviously mostly were Canadian fans and surprisingly I saw many Canadian guys too coming with their guy friends and watching our women U-20 team; Which was a great supportive scene to watch. Ghanaian fans too were as loud and cheerful as possible, all along celebrating their 1-0 lead.

About the game itself, Canada U-20 team was playing cohesively in the first 15 minutes of the match, but defensive errors were obvious. And after Ghana scored the goal, Canada tried to attack on numerous occasions, specially in the Second half, but lucky was not on their side, and many times they would compromise their defense at the back to be able to attack. Overall, Ghana’s team balance and transition was much more superior to Canada, in my opinion.

Canada’s Number 2, Yekka, and Number 5, Buchanan were superb though with their tackling but it takes the whole team and lots of luck to win a match.

So far, with that 1-0 loss to Ghana, and DPR Korea’s win over Finland, DPR Korea is leading the table, followed by Ghana, and Canada is sadly at the bottom of the table. I really hope Canada bounce back in the next fixtures against Finland and DPR Korea, so that at least they can qualify to the knockout stage. For that, they need to finish among top 2 teams of the Group in terms of points.

Here is Group A standing so far:



And as promised, here are some pictures from the match:


And this is a match report by Metro Canada which includes interviews with Canada coach after the match: – It is a pleasure to announce that Canada, arguable the most diverse country in the world with millions of football(soccer) fans here, is the host of FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup games.

The official games kick off today, and with only few games being held in Toronto, thankfully I got my hands on Canada-Ghana match in Group A and I will be heading to the game tonight. I will surely take lots of pictures and share with you all.

So lets begin with some information about this Tournament.

Frequency: FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, are being held every two years.

Venues: This time, Canada is the host and following cities will host several games: Edmonton, Toronto, Montrea and Moncton. Majority of games, including play-off for 3rd placed team, and the Final will be held at beautiful Olympic Stadium of Montreal.

Participating teams: There are 16 teams participating, grouped into 4 groups of 4.

Format: The format is that the Winners and Runner-up team of each group will qualify to Quarter Finals.

Dates: The games commence today, Aug 5th and the Final will be in Aug 24th.

Recent History: In the last edition of U-20 Women’s World Cup, Japan was the host and USA became the Champion of the games. Also back in 2012, Germany, Japan and Nigeria made it to the Semifinals(Top 4), which only shows their upcoming supremacy of their Women teams.

Tickets: If you are eager, like me, to buy the tickets to these games, check to buy tickets. You will have the option of printing your ticket at home, so you may even find tickets on same-day basis.

I am very excited that I will be attending Canada-Ghana match, and I will surely cheer for Canada as loud as possible. Here is my most recent article that was published at SWOL(Soccer Without Limit). Hope you enjoy it:

You are surely in for a surprise.  Based on all summer transfers of 2014 so far, the Catalan club, FC Barcelona, always known for its academy players’ development and generation of La Masia class, have so far surpassed all other clubs’ expenditure.

1.  FC Barcelona — Total Summer expenditure: €143 million

Although the most notable signing of Barcelona has been Luis Suarez, the most controversial and shocking of all has been the signing of 30-year old Jeremy Mathieu for €20 million. His transfer fee is the highest transfer fee on record for a defender.

Yes, even higher than World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro to Real Madrid.

2.  Real Madrid — Total Summer expenditure: €110 million

Real Madrid giants are always in the top five list of big spenders. This season, they racked up their spending with signing of top talent James Rodriguez from Monaco. Although to their credit, Real Madrid’s summer signings have lower average age than Barcelona’s summer signings.

3.  Chelsea — Total Summer expenditure: €93.50 million

Jose Mourinho, who is not shy of spending in each transfer market, has so far surpassed all other English Premier League clubs’ transfer expenditures. He has managed to sign Filipe Luis and Diego Costa from La Liga champions, Atletico Madrid, as well as Catalan playmaker, Cesc Fabregas, from Barcelona. To be fair, Chelsea also off-loaded David Luiz for a cool €63 million, so their net transfer spending is not so much.

4.  Manchester United — Total Summer expenditure: €73.50 million

Louis Van Gaal has started his new job with a lavish spending spree and so far has managed to spend three times more than Manchester City’s spending this summer. Not afraid to throw around money with United’s new Chevrolet sponsorship, Van Gaal and United have closed on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, two big signings for the future.

5.  PSG & Atletico Madrid — Total Summer expenditure per team: €58.50 million

The fifth biggest spenders are shared between France’s PSG and Spain’s Atletico Madrid. Each have spent €58.5 million on their new stars. Most notable signings were Atletico Madrid’s signing of Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich and PSG’s signing of David Luiz from Chelsea. Expect both teams to continue to make waves in the market this year.

Originally published at: – Thanks to the dominance of France, Italy, Spain and Germany in the past decade, it had became a myth that European teams would always dominate the World Cup games from Group stage all the way to the Finals. Many pundits called it the end of an era for likes of Brazil and Argentina and would call for reduction of FIFA World Cup quotas from North American, Central and South American teams in favour of more spots for European teams.

Yet, as World Cup 2014 came to a close, North, Central and South American teams( called American Continent) incredibly matched their European counterparts in terms of their presence in Quarter Finals, Semifinals and the Final. That is while, European teams always enjoy the advantage of having 13 continental quotas for World Cup, while American Continent teams combined have only 8 representatives at each World Cup.

As shown in the chart, the progress report of European continental teams are compared with American continent teams in the span of 8 years(or 3 World Cup Rounds).



• There is a downward trend line by European teams in their recent World Cup appearances. For instance, there used to be 6 European teams in Quarter Finals of World Cup 2006, but in 2014 it was reduced to 4. Also in 2006 and 2010, it was an all European Final but that has been diminished to one European team in the Final of 2014 World Cup games.

• There is an upward trend line by American Continent teams in their recent World Cup appearances. Despite having much fewer representatives than Europeans in World Cup, American teams managed to have 4 teams in Quarter Finals of World Cup 2014, improved from 2 in 2006. Also for the first time in the last three World Cup rounds, in 2014, there was a South American team in the Final.

• In terms of success rate to the Final stage of World Cup, for the first time since 2006, American teams’ success rate match that of European teams; In World Cup 2014, 1 in 4 American teams in Quarter Finals, managed to make it to the Final match, or 25% success rate. That rate matches European teams’ success rate in 2014.

Considering all stats above, one could make the case for a fair World Cup quota allocation by FIFA, so that American teams receive more quotas for the next World Cup games, and declining continental teams such as Europeans receive fewer quotas. Sorry for the delayed blog post but just like many of you I have been constantly glued to TV to watch all World Cup games, as well as writing World Cup match preview articles for Soccer Without limit.

As the group games came to an end, lets look at interesting stat that was published today on Yahoo Sports and the data were compiled by Forbes. In the next few days, I’ll conduct some analytical articles on Group stage games that saw leading teams such as Spain, Italy and England crash out so early in the tournament:

Imaged coach

World Cup’s three highest paid coaches have been eliminated while the lowest paid man delights everyone

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The group stage of the 2014 World Cup has concluded and half of the 32 teams have gone home — including those assembled by the tournament’s three highest paid managers. Meanwhile, the team led by the tournament’s lowest paid manager is not only still in it, but he has arguably become the tournament’s breakout star.

Here’s the full list of what every World Cup manager is making this year as compiled by Forbes.



After resigning from the England job in 2012, Fabio Capello took up the Russia post and led it to the top of its 2014 World Cup qualifying group — edging out Portugal. At the start of this year, he was given a fat new contract that won’t run out until after Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup. This year alone the five-time Serie A winner (as a manager) and two-time La Liga winner is making $11.2 million, which is nearly double what his England successor, Roy Hodgson, is making ($5.9 million).


Though Capello did manage to outdo Hodgson in Brazil — last in the group with two draws and one loss as opposed to last in the group with one loss and two draws — it wasn’t quite the return on investment Russia likely expected. Especially in a manageable group that also included Belgium, Algeria and South Korea.

At least the third highest paid manager, Italy’s Cesare Prandelli, offered to resign immediately after his side was eliminated. And he even got a win (against England)!

All together, only half of the top 10 best paid managers at this World Cup navigated their teams through to the knockout stage. But pulling up the rear of the list is Mexico’s Miguel Herrera, who celebrated his way into the hearts of fans everywhere while leading a once hopeless El Tri through an undefeated group stage for the bargain price of $209,810.

Herrera’s situation is a bit different though. He was appointed as an emergency interim manager last October when Mexico was on the verge of completely missing out on qualification. Once that horror was narrowly avoided, he signed on through the end of the World Cup, so his salary isn’t for the full year. It seems likely that the Mexican federation would be willing to give him anything he wants after what he’s done so far, but even if he doesn’t get a pay increase, he can always subsidize his income with his ska lip syncing. Somehow. – As a passionate football fan in Toronto, with so many different communities living in Toronto, I was confused which bar or pub in particular is suitable for each game; Until I found this article, published today by BlogTo:


World Cup soccer in Toronto is going to be huge this summer. The tournament kicks off Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm with hosts Brazil playing Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paolo. Over the next month, 32 countries will battle it out for the ultimate sporting prize: a chance to hoist the famous green and gold trophy and the all-important right to be insufferable for the next four years.

Even casual soccer fans will find something to like this year. Brazil is just an hour ahead of Toronto, so kick off times are bar and patio friendly–no midnight wake-up calls or 5:00am starts.

If you’re wondering what happened to Canada, the team finished third in their North, Central America, and Caribbean qualifying group behind the mighty Honduras and Panama, therefore failing to proceed to the next round. But, don’t fret. Who needs Canada when there are so many other great countries to support. Here is our guide to watching the 2014 World Cup in Toronto.


If partisan crowds aren’t your thing, there is a dizzying selection of quality places to catch a game this summer in Toronto. The Queen and Beaver, though listed here as a place for England fans to cheer on their team, is also a good neutral option. Likewise, Cafe Diplomatico on College might be famous for its Italian affiliation, but the bar will be showing all games this tournament and is a good option for fans of European teams throughout the tournament.

As the name implies, the Football Factory at Queen and Bathurst is also a solid bet. The place will be overflowing with clamouring football-sorry, soccer-fans so arrive early and grab a spot on the patio. On Roncesvalles, local stalwart The Dizzy will be packed with delirious fans. Midtown soccer fans will want to hit up Scallywag’s, which always sports a rabid fan base (expect English and Brazilian fans).

Also see our list of the best sports bars in Toronto.


The CBC is setting up three viewing lounges at the Eaton Centre: at Trinity Way, at the Urban Eatery, and on the third level near the Queen Street bridge. The areas will be open for all matches that coincide with mall hours. The atrium of the CBC building on Front Street is also playing host to viewing parties throughout the tourney–“three storeys of LED screens.”

On Adelaide St. W., Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse is hosting a slew of several World Cup viewing parties. The venue is promising to remain neutral, but there’s a good chance it will lean Brazilian as the tournament goes on. Games will be shown on LED TVs on the open-air third floor and there will be drink promotions and other entertainment.

During the third place consolation game and the World Cup final, CIBC, the CBC, and Budweiser are teaming up for a Brazilian-themed festival at Front and John streets. On Saturday, bands Alysha Barilla, Jordan John, and Shad will perform with a Brazilian band. Sunday sees the broadcast of the final and a concert from featuring Maestro. Drink in the Budweiser beer garden, yell in CIBC’s “cheer booth,” and take part in Adidas giveaways.

In Newmarket, Upper Canada Mall will be showing all of the games that fall within shopping hours on large flat screen TVs surrounded by lounge seating.

Not exactly public, but if you want to watch the game outside in the sun on a huge screen, Cabana Pool Bar will be screening games on a 21ft LED screen. They also plan to host a Brazilian beach party on Saturday, June 21.



  • The Duke of Gloucester – 649 Yonge St.
  • Queen and Beaver – 35 Elm St.
  • The Dog and Bear – 1001 Queen St.
  • The Duke of Kent – 2315 Yonge St.
  • The Bristol – 1087 Queen St. W.
  • Queen Victoria Pub – 2240 Midland Rd.


  • Cafe Diplomatico – 594 College St.
  • Bar Italia – 582 College St.
  • Vivid Pizzeria – 1068 St. Clair Ave. W
  • Nino D’Aversa Bakery – 1 Toro Rd.


  • Bairrada Churrasqueira – 1000 College St.
  • Lifetime Sports Bar – 818 College St.
  • Kingsview Sports Bar – 1675 Dundas St. W
  • Bigodes Sports Cafe – 209 Geary Ave.


  • Brazilian Star – 1242 Dundas St. W.
  • Rio 40 – 1256 St. Clair Ave. W.
  • Lula Lounge – 1585 Dundas St. W.
  • Copacabana Steakhouse – 150 Eglinton Ave.


  • Betty’s – 24 King St. E.
  • School Bakery Café – 70 Fraser Ave.


  • Café Frappe – 519 Danforth Ave.
  • The Fox and Fiddle – 535 Danforth Ave.


  • The Rushton – 740 St. Clair Ave. W.
  • The Fox’s Den – 1075 Bay St.


  • The Musket – 40 Advance Rd.
  • Das Gasthaus


  • El Rincon – 653 St Clair Ave. W.
  • Milagro – 5 Mercer St.
  • La Mexicana


  • Sports Centre Café – 49 St. Clair Ave. W.
  • Tranzac Club – 292 Brunswick Ave.


  • Monaghan’s – 1289 Marlborough Ct., Oakville


  • Yauca’s Lounge – 755 Dovercourt Rd.


  • Fox and the Fiddle – 280 Bloor St. W.


  • La Rosa Chilena – 760 Wilson Ave.


  • Colombia Mia – 3038 Hurontario St., Mississauga

Côte d’Ivoire

  • The Harlem Underground – 745 Queen St. W.


  • Football Factory – 164 Bathurst St.

Costa Rica

  • El Rancho – 430 College St.


  • Club Uruguay – 101 Freshway Dr., Concord


  • El-Tipico Ecuatoriano – 2312 Keele St.


  • Latin Fiesta – 1002 St. Clair W.


  • St. Tropez – 315 King St. W.


  • Sky Ranch Restaurant – 2473 Dufferin St.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Rakia Bar – 1402 Queen St. E.


  • Banu – 777 Queen St. W.


  • The Suya Spot – 12 Bradstock Rd.


  • Panafest Sports Bar – 2708 Jane St.


  • The Office Pub – 117 John St.


  • Café Casablanca – 1393 Danforth Ave.


  • The Football Factory – 164 Bathurst St.

Korea Republic

  • South Korean Canadian Cultural Association – 1133 Leslie St.


  • Troika Vodka Boutique – 95 King St. E.


  • Hemingways – 142 Cumberland St.
  • Real Sports Bar – 15 York St.
  • Rally Sports Bar – 1660 O’Connor Dr.
  • The Loose Moose – 146 Front St.

Source: – I came across this great news piece tonight by Variety. This is a very useful mobile app you can download on your iPhone or Android phone that will stream all 2014 World Cup games Live. Isn’t that incredible?!


Keen to follow the World Cup while on the move? There’s an app for that.

Univision, which holds the exclusive U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights to the World Cup for 2014 launched an enhanced sports app that offers soccer fans access to live streaming coverage of all the games with in-match, real time highlights and stats, video highlights, skeds, individual club news, rosters and more. Downloadable from both iTunes and Android platforms, the app offers an interactive live soccer experience that can be personalized, connecting users to each other via Twitter and Facebook.

“This will be the biggest, broadest and most high-tech World Cup coverage ever for Univision with 64 matches live across television and digital platforms,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Univision Deportes.

Univision will be pulling out all the stops before ceding the rights to rival Telemundo, which reportedly ponied up $600 million for exclusive U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights to the next two men’s World Cups in 2018 and 2022 as well as the 2015 and 2019 Women’s World Cups and other international tournaments.

This is more than double the $325 million that Univision paid to broadcast the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Fox outbid ESPN for the English-language U.S. broadcast rights for the same periods.

In a conference call with investors during its first-quarter results announcement in April, Univision president and CEO Randy Falco said that it expected to break even on its World Cup coverage over the course of 2014 with revenue streaming in during the second and third quarters.

“I can’t speak to specifics on financials but I can tell you that from a ratings perspective and a sales perspective, this World Cup will be by far the most successful sporting experience that we’ve had on our air,” said Rodriguez.

In 2010, Univision attracted more than double the number of viewers than ESPN for the opening match of the World Cup, and went on to set new Spanish-language ratings records throughout the games — with tune-in audiences reaching up to 8.7 million viewers despite the time difference with South Africa.



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