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American, English are Biggest Market for 2014 World Cup Tickets

As football fans across the globe eagerly anticipate the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it has transpired that America and England are buying most of the available tickets. The host nation was allocated over 625,000 World Cup tickets, with the USA receiving the next largest allocation of 66,646. England was given around 22,250 tickets. Nobody knows exactly how many English fans will travel to the tournament, but the prospect of a Brazilian World Cup is among the most mouth-watering for several years. England and the US have already qualified and their fans will be hoping for a dream come true by their winning a ticket.

Though England is often referred to as “the home of football”, it is the Brazilians who have truly dominated the competition. With no less than five world cups, Brazil have to be the favorite to win the 2014 World Cup, especially as they’re playing in their home nation. The Italians, Germans and Agentineans are all in with a realistic shot at glory though. Italy’s young squad proved themselves worthy challengers in the 2012 European Championships with some sterling performances against more experienced opposition England and Russia. The shift of footballing power from Spain to Germany this past year means the Germans will be looking for their fourth title, and their young squad of able lads is more than capable of doing it.

World Cup qualifying matches are taking place all over the globe right now and the summer of 2014 is right around the corner.

Among the English players expected to make the trip is Wayne Rooney. Rooney has been in outstanding form this season, following summer rumors that he was leaving his club, Manchester United. His performances are back to the heights of old, with the grit and determination that makes him worth two average players. Some of the younger England players such as Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge will also be expected to bring their A game to the Copa Mundial. The World Cup has long been seen as a proving ground for footballers, a place where they can showcase their abilites and receive instant global recognition. It’s every player’s dream to have a storming World Cup and spend the rest of their career in the spotlight. If you’re a true soccer fan you’ll be in Brazil in 2014 – or you’ll be attending one of the many friendlies and qualifiers that will take place between then and now.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday 9th November 2013

Aston Villa v Cardiff 15:00

Chelsea v West Brom 15:00

Crystal Palace v Everton 15:00

Liverpool v Fulham 15:00

Southampton v Hull 15:00

Norwich v West Ham 17:30

Sunday 10th November 2013

Tottenham v Newcastle 12:00

Sunderland v Man City 14:05

Man Utd v Arsenal 16:10

Swansea v Stoke 16:10

Saturday 23rd November 2013

Everton v Liverpool 12:45

Arsenal v Southampton 15:00

Fulham v Swansea 15:00

Hull v Crystal Palace 15:00

Newcastle v Norwich 15:00

Stoke v Sunderland 15:00

West Ham v Chelsea 17:30

Josh Harding stops 19 shots

Josh Harding wasn’t considered the Minnesota Wild’s top goaltender entering the season. He’s currently the league’s best at making saves.
Harding stopped 19 shots for his second shutout of the season and the Wild beat the New Jersey Devils 4-0 Sunday night.
Mikael Granlund, Torrey Mitchell, Dany Heatley and Jason Pominville scored for the Wild, who have won five of six. Nino Niederreiter had three assists.
Harding improved to 7-2-1 while lowering his goals-against average to 1.11 and increasing his save percentage to .950.
“The guys are making it easy. It’s never about one player. We win as a team and we lose as a team like we always say. This was another team win. Everybody contributed and pulled their weight,” he said.
Niklas Backstrom was expected to see the bulk of the action this season for the Wild. However, he went down with a leg injury in the team’s third game and hasn’t seen much action since, in large part because of Harding’s stellar start.