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Let's watch and learn

With Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, June 19, 2014

ISN'T it perfect timing?

The Fiji Football Association is organising the Vodafone Fiji FACT this month, coinciding with the FIFA World Cup, in the hope that there will be an improved performance from the teams in the tournament to be played at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori over the next two weekends.

It isn't a bad idea at all.

While most of us are glued to our television sets enjoying the fine skills displayed by the players from the participating 32 teams, it's an opportune time for the local players to learn new tricks and later imitate that on the field.

One coach is taking full advantage of the tournament being held in Brazil.

Suva coach Gurjit Singh is using this World Cup to prepare his side for the Fiji FACT.

"I tell them (the players) that most of the skills that we learn during our training are being displayed by the players in the World Cup," the former national coach said.

"Especially the formation. I advise my players to look out for the players who play in their position and learn from how they play in those positions.

"This World Cup is really helping us to improve on the skills and understanding of players for the game. We hope this will result into a better performance from the side."

Watch out for the Messis, Neymars and Ronaldos of Fiji in this tournament. Well, hopefully.

Back to World Cup, Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa pulled some brilliant saves to keep Brazil scoreless in the Group A match.

Both teams had won their opening fixture against Croatia and Cameroon respectively.

Neymar was denied twice, David Luiz and Thiago Silva were also stunned by the magnetic touch of Ochoa who has become early favourites for the Golden Gloves award.

In the other matches played yesterday, underdogs Belgium defeated Algeria by 2-1.

Belgium, captained by Manchester City skipper Kompany, was down 0-1 when Sofiane Feghouli scored from the penalty spot.

That goal was longtime coming as Algeria last scored in the World Cup 28 years ago!

Belgium scored through Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens. Algeria did well to close down the Belgian strikers in the middle but Belgium worked well along the flanks to get the win.

Russia and South Korea were locked 1-1.

South Korea scored the opener through a long range shot from Lee Keun-ho and Fabio Capello's Russia equalised through Aleksandr Kerzhakov.

Off the field, social network has become the in-thing now. Even children who hardly know how to recite the alphabets know Facebook.

Every morning my Facebook home page starts buzzing with updates on the World Cup.

We don't lack football experts on Facebook or other social networks like Twitter and these "experts" include those who have never played the sport!

It's interesting to read their comments on the social networks, some doesn't even make sense but it goes to show the passion they have for the beautiful game.

On that note, here are the top 10 social networking superstars of the 2014 World Cup from Forbes: Cristiano Ronaldo (Twitter 26.9million, Facebook 85m, Instagram 5.5m), Lionel Messi (Twitter 1.12m, Facebook 58m, Instagram 3.2m), Neymar (Twitter 11.2m, Facebook 25m, Instagram 6m), Wayne Rooney (Twitter 8.96m, Facebook 21m, Instagram 548,000), Andres Iniesta (Twitter 8.8m, Facebook 20m, Instagram 809,000), Mesut Ozil (Twitter 6.08m, Facebook 20m, Instagram 1m), Iker Casillas (Twitter 1.99m, Facebook 19m, Instagram 1.7m), Gerard Pique (Twitter 8.62m, Facebook 12m, Instagram 1m), David Villa (Twitter 6.05m, Facebook 14m, Instagram 615,000), Sergio Ramos (Twitter 4.58m, Facebook 13m, Instagram 524,000).





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