Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Nigeria and Iran look for their first win since 1998
by Paul Kennedy, by Mike Woitalla, June 15th, 2014 5:46PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  germany, portugal, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[WORLD CUP PREVIEW: Monday] Group G play begins on Monday when Germany and Portugal meet in a repeat of their Euro 2012 opener won by the Germans, 1-0.

Germany-Portugal

Group G
Monday, June 16 | Salvador: Arena Fonte Nova. | Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia).
TV: ABC, Univision/UDN noon ET.

Germany and Portugal, ranked No. 2 and No. 4 in the FIFA rankings, head into the World Cup with big hopes. German keeper Manuel Neuer says Monday's game in Salvador will be like a final. But both teams also come into the tournament with lots of questions about the fitness of their players, Neuer included.

Neuer only recently returned to a German team that lost Marco Reus, one of its many young stars, with an ankle injury in its final World Cup warm-up, and has had injuries to other key players, notably Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm.

''Injuries can be a setback,'' said Germany coach Joachim Loew said. ''But, if we work well as a team, defensively and offensively, we have a great chance to get far in the tournament.''

Everyone's attention, though, will be on the player Germany has to stop Cristiano Ronaldo, and his injured knee. He is suffering from tendinosis and was seen leaving practice early in Thursday with an ice pack on his knee. But he said Sunday he was ready to go.

Portugal played without its three Real Madrid stars -- Raul Meireles, Pepe and Ronaldo -- until the final warm-up against Ireland in New Jersey.




Iran-Nigeria

Group F
Monday, June 16 | Curitiba: Arena de Baixada. | Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador).
TV: ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET.
Suspensions: Iran -- Hossein Mahini.

Nigeria and Iran are looking for their first World Cup win since 1998. That's when Team Melli won its only World Cup game, a 2-1 win that eliminated the USA in the first round, and Nigeria's Super Eagles reached the second round for the only time in four appearances.

Since its first-round exit in 2010, Nigeria has under Coach Stephen Keshi -- who captained Nigeria at USA '94, its first World Cup, and then moved to Northern California -- won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations champion and went undefeated on the road to Brazil.

Emmanuel Emenike scored four goals in Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations title win last year and several key goals in qualifying.

Iran is making is also making its fourth World Cup appearance and first since 2006. Its offense is motored by Reza "Gucci" Ghoochannejhad and Ashkan Dejagah, who grew up in the Netherlands and Germany, respectively, and represented those countries at the youth national team level.

Also in the Iran squad is defender Steven Beitashour, who was born and raised in California.

SA World Cup Previews:
Mike Woitalla: Group F

Tuesday ...

June 17 in Belo Horizonte
Group H: Belgium vs. Algeria
ESPN, Univision/UDN noon ET
June 17 in Fortaleza
Group A: Brazil vs. Mexico
ESPN, Univision/UDN 3 p.m. ET
June 17 in Cuiaba
Group H: Russia vs. South Korea
ESPN, Univision/UDN 6 p.m. ET


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Player Ratings: USA reaches new low in Klinsmann era    
Of the 16 matches the USA has played at competitive tournaments in the Jurgen Klinsmann era, ...
European draw for 2018 World Cup produces enticing groups    
A group with former World Cup champions Spain and Italy and another with Netherlands, France and ...
What They're Saying: Mauricio Pochettino    
[MLS All-Stars coach] Pablo [Mastroeni] and I share something. Pablo is Argentine like me, same nationality.  ...
Tottenham manager loves challenge of playing in altitude    
For many of Tottenham's players, playing at altitude, even in the Mile-High City of Denver at ...
Three-time gold-medalist Boxx will retire after USA's fall tour    
Shannon Boxx, who won three Olympic gold medals to go along with her Women's World Cup ...
Washington Spirit Reserves claim first W-League title    
The Washington Spirit Reserves got two goals from Chilean Yanara Aedo Munoz -- including the game-winner ...
Top 25 U.S. Soccer Crowds (2015)    
Soccer fever was evident as five matches drew crowds of more than 60,000 last week: the ...
NWSL Weekend: Seattle reigns after thumping Thorns    
Seattle Reign FC moved into first place in the NWSL with a 3-0 win over Portland ...
USL Weekend: Rhinos' unbeaten streak reaches 19 games    
Steevan Dos Santos' goal in the 10th minute gave the Rochester Rhinos a 1-0 win over ...
Video Pick: Anderlecht wonderkid scores stunner    
Youri Tielemans, who made Sacha Kljestan expendable at Anderlecht when he broke into the starting lineup ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives