Joachim Low is happy about the results of the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw

Germany ran past everything in their path during their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign, it was a very convincing string of performances that the German national side displayed throughout the entire tournament.

The German nation are the favorites of winning the impending football tournaments including the 2016 Euro’s and the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Joachim Low is especially confident now that the results for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification draw was completed and Germany was pitted in what seems to be a very simple group.

Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino are all of the opponents of Germany in the qualification phases of the 2018 World Cup and Joachim Low had some words to say in relation to his opponents.

Germany’s Joachim Low said: “We have an interesting group against good opponents. And we are of course pleased with the draw. It’s clear that we want to be, as a world champion, group winners and we are the favorites.The Czech Republic, Norway and Northern Ireland are very ambitious and have always had very good results in recent years.’’

Marcelo Gallardo has confirmed that striker Fernando Cavenaghi will be leading the team

River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo has confirmed that striker Fernando Cavenaghi will be leading the team for the all-important clash against Tigres in the Copa Libertadores.

The club could only manage a 0-0 draw the first leg, which puts the tie in delicate balance going into the second leg. This is the final stages of the 2015 Copa Libertadores andGallardo will feel an accomplished man if his team comes out on the right side. His task has been tough due to the unavailability of some key players like Mora. Hence, Cavenaghi will be starting the game along with Lucas Alario as a pair.

This should see River Plate going into the game with sufficient strength in attack due to the experience of Cavani. This experience is also a key factor in helpingGallardo decide the captain for the match. The former Villarreal forward will be leading the players against Tigres. Gallardo will be hoping that Cavani makes his job a little bit easier. The manager will not be allowed to stand in the touchline due to a suspension. However, he has confirmed that this will not prevent him from making an impact on the team as he has thought of other ways to do so.

Argentina might have absolutely smashed Bolivia the other day by a big margin of 5 goals

Argentina might have absolutely smashed Bolivia the other day by a big margin of 5 goals, but, if their manager Gerardo Martino is to be believed, the performance of the team was not perfect and it needs to get better considering the kind of opponents that are waiting in line in the near future.

Copa America is just about to start and Argentina enters it as one of the favourites, but, according to Martino, the challenge is tough as the other teams that are there in the tournament, they all possess quality.

Speaking post the Bolivia game, Martino said, “The level of competition in Copa America will be high. There are a number of good teams and we must play better than how we played today.”

“However, I don’t believe in going too much into the performances in the friendly games. You are always a little circumspect about not injuring yourself. You don’t go all out. However, we won 5-0 which is always a big confidence booster, winning by that much.”

“I think we are in good shape ahead of the tournament (Copa America), but, so are the other teams and thus, we have to keep improving.”

Fernando Cavenaghi has to compete for a chance

Despite being the captain of River Plate, Fernando Cavenaghi has to compete for a chance to earn a spot in the starting lineup of the manager Marcelo Gallardo and his time with the Argentine club might be reaching it’s last stages according to rumors that are claiming that the future of the 31 year old player is being linked with the American League, the MLS.

Cavenaghi has a contract with River Plate which runs up until the summer in a few months and a number of clubs have been rumored to be interested in signing the player when he becomes a free agent. The Argentine player wants to make a move to a club and a league where the pressure isn’t as high compared to River Plate where he has turned into a captain and a role model for his teammates and even the slightest slip-up is noticed by the team and by the supporters of the club.

Sebastian Driussi, Juan Cruz Kaprof and Giovanni Simeone are some of Cavenaghi’s teammates who are also fighting for a chance to prove their worth and snatch a consistent spot in the team of Marcelo Gallardo. The main problem that Fernando Cavenaghi faces is that all of those players are 20 years old or even younger and it makes it difficult for him to compete against these younger players who are hungry and thirsty to play in every single match.

River Plate failed to get Win

River Plate failed to get a win for the second consecutive match after the 2-2 draw with Quilmes at home. This was preceded by a 2-0 defeat against San Jose in the Copa Libertadores. River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo had taken a lot of precaution ahead of the match against San Jose.

This even involved the players taking a dose of Viagra in order to overcome the high-altitude problems. This failed to prevent a 2-0 loss and the aftermath of this defeat has been difficult. The club and its players were not at 100% againstQuilmes. It will take time for them to recover fully from the visit to Bolivia.

Gallardo says that the team should start playing more adventurous and ambitious football if they are to return to winning ways. The club take onBelgrano in the next league match. A victory for River Plate is absolutely essential if they are to challenge for the title. The club has taken only four points from the opening two matches. Since their start to the Copa Libertadores campaign has also not been great with the opening group game defeat, River Plate will have to recover quickly before the next game againstTigres UANL, who currently lead the table.

River Plate positive end to 2014

River Plate had a positive ending to 2014 after failing to win only one out of the last five matches.

A major reason behind this form was Colombian striker Teófilo Gutiérrez, who managed to score 10 goals in the 13 league matches last season. Even though these goals did not help River Plate win the title, it was a major step towards getting the club back to the glory days. River Plate finished just two points behind Racing Club after the end of the 19 game league campaign. Most of the goals scored by Gutiérrez came in the months of September and October. His presence was crucial for a team that were without Fernando Cavenaghi for much of the campaign.

Cavenaghi made only three appearances in the league and failed to even reach the five goals figure this campaign.

Diego Milito confident on Martino to make Argentina more Stronger

Diego Milito, the Racing Club striker, reckons that Gerardo Martino would be able to make Argentina a much stronger international team in his tenure.

Martino did not have a great time managing Barcelona and that’s why, a few people were of the view that he was not the best man to have been given the Argentina job, but, Milito thinks otherwise.

According to Milito, Martino might not have achieved that much success with Barcelona, but, when he was in charge of Paraguay, he was brilliant. He has a good idea how to coach international teams and it was a great decision by the Argentinean association to choose him as the replacement of Alejandro Sabella.

Milito, though, hailed Sabella’s work as well.

Speaking to a television channel yesterday, Milito said, “What Alejandro Sabella did was fantastic. But, I do believe that Gerardo is capable of doing a good job too. His record with Paraguay is great. He certainly knows a thing or two about managing the international sides.”

When asked where he sees Argentina in a few months’ time and if La Albiceleste would win Copa America title in 2015 after a gap of two decades, Milito said, “When a new guy takes over, he brings his own ideas and strategies to the table and as a player, it’s not easy to get adapted to that straightaway.”

“And, with a lot of Argentinean players playing overseas for different clubs, it gets even more difficult. The team gathers just a couple of days ahead of the match and the players and the manager don’t get a lot of time to spend together. So, it would take a little bit of time I guess, but, still, I would say this side can win Copa America with the experience that it has now.”

Lopez expects Torres to be major success

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who joined AC Milan in the summer on a free transfer, has revealed that he expects Fernando Torres to be a major success at the San Siro. The Chelsea striker moved to Milan on a two-year loan spell, which is likely to be converted into a permanent deal should he find his scoring boots once again. The 30-year-old has scored only around 30 league goals in more than 100 league appearances for Chelsea. His disappointing form has been going on for the last four years, which has brought the career of the striker to a standstill.

After the arrival of Diego Costa at Chelsea, it was becoming clear that Torres would not become a first choice striker. This would further limits his chances of rediscover his form, he decided to take the option of joining Milan, who recently sold their star striker Mario Balotelli in a £ 16 million deal to Liverpool. The absence of Balotelli is a key reason towards Torres joining Milan, as it would represent more first-team opportunities for the striker. It is widely expected that Torres will make his debut against Parma. Milan have made a great start to the campaign, but they need three points against Parma in order to go into next weekend’s match against Juventus with confidence.

“Fernando has always done incredible things. He will bring goals, speed, hard work and he can be very important,” said Lopez. “Torres had a difficult year, but he has great desire to do well. His physical tests were good and I hope that with him Milan will change greatly. I have seven strikers and I’m spoilt for choice, my task is to get the most out of them and to understand how to inter-change between them,” said manager Filippo Inzaghi.

Cavenaghi Struggling With Injury

The veteran Argentine attacker of River Plate Fernando Cavenaghi has been struggling trying to recover from an injury that has troubled him since the previous season. Even though his physical condition was affecting his performances in the past campaign, Cavenaghi still opted to play a number of matches as he wanted to help River Plate in their quest of securing more titles but he is now facing the consequences.

Cavenaghi unveiled details concerning his condition through his twitter account as he wrote that he was expecting the results of some tests he did involving his bursitis and physical state as the Argentine would like to know if he can perform anytime soon for his club but it does not seem like it’s going to happen.

‘’If I am asked today on when I will be able to play, I can’t properly answer. The first thing I want to accomplish is to not feel any pain in my body, specifically my legs’’ Cavenaghi said to a radio station.

The Argentine League has already kicked off but River Plate will have to cope without the services of Cavenaghi for an undefined lapse of time as the Argentine forward wants to be completely sure he is 100% fit and recovered from his recent string of injuries and physical problems which has caused him concern and struggle.

Rumors are rapidly growing and stating that the medical staff of River Plate has told already analyzed the results from Cavenaghi’s physical tests and he will not be able to perform at least for the next 6 months. These are the consequences that Cavenaghi is now facing after deciding to continue playing the majority of the matches of River Plate despite experiencing pain and not taking a break.