World Cup 2014 – Group Round is Over but Round of 16 is Coming Up!

Hi Streema Soccer Fans!

It’s been an awesome Group Round at the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the teams are now getting ready for the Round of 16, which starts in a few hours.

There were upsets, exciting games, and many surprises along the way. As expected, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and The Netherlands took the first place in their respective groups. On the other hand, previous World Cup 2010 Champion Spain started the tournament getting crushed by a Dutch team looking for revenge from the Final four years ago and didn’t make it past the Group Round. Equally surprising was that neither Italy nor England made it in the “Group of Death”, where Costa Rica emerged as one of the unexpected successes, advancing to the Round of 16 for the 2nd time in only four World Cup appearances.

As for the players, top players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez unfortunately won’t continue in the World Cup, but for very different reasons: the first because his team couldn’t make it past the group stage and the second because he took a leaf from Hannibal Lecter’s playbook. Also, barring a miracle, it looks like Argentine forward Kun Agüero won’t recover in time from his slight injury to play in Argentina’s next game against Switzerland.

However, in the running for the Golden Shoe Award, top scorers Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr are doing their thing with 4 goals each, but Thomas Mueller is right up there with them for a three way tie, with six other players right behind with 3 goals. The previous World Cup top scorer, Mueller himself, had 5 goals at the end of the 2010 tournament, so it looks like this year’s leading scorer at the end on the World Cup will greatly exceed that number.

As for the matches coming up in the Round of 16, they are nonetheless are very exciting! Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up during the next four days:

Saturday June 28th
1pm Brazil vs Chile 
5pm Colombia vs Uruguay

Sunday June 29th
1pm Netherlands vs Mexico
5pm Costa Rica vs Greece

Monday June 30th
1pm France vs Nigeria
5pm Germany vs Algeria

Tuesday July 1st
1pm Argentina vs Switzerland
5pm Belgium vs USA

As usual, you can watch or listen to these games and more here at Streema. Have a great soccer weekend!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

World Cup – Some Surprises But Also Solid Play

What an exciting start to the World Cup! Not only have the fans from all over the world been cheering their hearts out, but also the Brazilian fans have been great hosts.

With all teams debuting this past few days in this edition of the tournament there’s definitely a lot to talk about! Of course, the surprises: defending champions Spain went down 5-1 against The Netherlands and must win their next match against Chile; and two-time World Cup winner Uruguay lost their initial match 3-1 against Costa Rica, having a very complicated road ahead.

There has also been some tough matches: Italy beat England in a clash of titans and Germany, France, and Colombia crushed their opponents. As for the four-time FIFA Player of the Year Award recipient Lionel Messi, his team, two-time World Cup winner Argentina showed why they are one of the favorites, but only in the 2nd half of the match against Bosnia.

This coming week will be a very exciting one for the World Cup, so check out what’s coming up! Will Uruguay and Spain stay alive? Will the Netherlands continue their masterful play?

Day 6 Tuesday June 17th
1pm Belgium vs Algeria
4pm Brazil vs Mexico
7pm Russia vs South Korea 

Day 7 Wednesday June 18th
1pm Australia vs Netherlands 
4pm Spain vs Chile
7pm Cameroon vs Croatia

Day 8 Thursday June 19th
1pm Colombia vs Ivory Coast
4pm Uruguay vs England
7pm Japan vs Greece

Day 9 Friday June 20th
1pm Italy vs Costa Rica
4pm Switzerland vs France
7pm Honduras vs Ecuador

Day 10 Saturday June 21st
1pm Argentina vs Iran
4pm Germany vs Ghana
7pm Nigeria vs Bosnia Herzegovina

Day 11 Sunday June 22nd
1pm Belgium vs Russia
4pm South Korea vs Algeria
7pm USA vs Portugal 

After these games are over, we’ll have the final matches of the Group Stage where teams will play simultaneously if they are in the same group, but more on that in the next blog post. In the mean time, enjoy the World Cup soccer at Streema!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team