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Top 10 FIFA Summer Transfers So Far

By Alex Winston

10. Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez was a key player to Barcelona throughout the years that he played there. In the 2013-14 season, he scored 19 goals with 10 assists in La Liga. Alexis Sanchez has accepted a deal of £250,000 a week to join Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League.

9. Ivan Rakitic
Rakitic had a fantastic 2013-14 season for Sevilla. He led his team to the club’s third Europa League championship in nine years. Ivan Rakitic came to an agreement with FC Barcelona on a five year deal, but they haven’t made a agreement on price yet.

8. Mario Mandzukic
Mandzukic was a key player for Bayern Munich in the 2013-14 season. He had 18 goals and four assists. It was tough for Bayern to let go of such a key player but Atletico Madrid offered a deal he couldn’t resist. Mandzukic agreed with Atletico on a five year, £17.5 million deal.

7. Luke Shaw
Shaw is only 18 years old but is unbelievable and has showed that he has high potential. Luke Shaw agreed with Manchester Untied for £30 million for four years and he will be getting £100,000 a week.

6. Thibaut Courtois
After playing great as a starting goalie for Atletico Madrid, Courtois will return back to Chelsea from a season loan. Courtois is only 22 years of age and already has 100 clean sheets. It should be interesting to see how Courtois fits back in to Chelsea, as he’ll have to fight with Petr Cech for the starting goalie spot.

5. Toni Kroos
The German phenom Kroos was on his last year of his contract, and everybody and their grandmother knew he was gonna leave Bayern Munich. Toni Kroos is a 24 year old brilliant midfielder. In the 2013-14 season, Toni was a brilliant passer, more specifically on his long lob passes. Toni Kroos will leave Bayern Munich and will move to Real Madrid on a six year, £24 million deal.

4. Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas played in the 2013-14 season with FC Barcelona. Last season he scored eight goals with four assists. With phenomenal passing ability and quick touches, he was one of the best midfielders on the club. Barcelona decided to move him to Chelsea on a five year, £30 million deal.

3. Diego Costa
Costa was last season’s second leading scorer on Atletico Madrid. In the 2013-14 season he scored 27 goals and had three assists. Costa was a excellent passer and had a curving shot. He is leaving Atletico and is heading to Chelsea for £32 million for five years.

2. James Rodriguez
This arguably can be placed as number one, but I’ve decided to pick it here. When Real Madrid sees a player that they like, they throw money at his team and buy him. This was surely the case with James Rodriguez. In the 2014 World Cup, James Rodriguez was a stand out player as he lead Columbia to the quarterfinals. He also won the Golden Boot, scoring the most goals in the tournament with six. The 23 year old fútbol player played well for AC Monaco. He mostly plays midfielder and is very quick with the ball. He is one of the most expensive young transfers in the history of FIFA. He will be leaving AC Monaco to head to the powerhouse that is Real Madrid for six years and £63 million.

James Rodriguez made an impact on the World Cup and now will hope to do the same in La Liga (Via Goal News)

James Rodriguez made an impact on the World Cup and now will hope to do the same in La Liga (Via Goal News)

1. Luis Suarez
James Rodriguez is great and should make an immediate impact in La Liga with Real Madrid. But there’s no denying that their arch-rivals FC Barcelona got better. In the 2013-14 season, Suarez was named the PFA player of the year. He was the leading scorer on Liverpool with 31 goals in 33 games. The 27 year old is currently one of the best strikers in the world. In the 2014 World Cup, Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and was suspended for four months in the regular season. Suarez is leaving Liverpool to go to FC Barcelona for £75 million on a 5 year deal.

Honorable Mentions:

1. Robert Lewandowski: Dortmund –>Bayern

2. David Luiz: Chelsea –> PSG

3. Didier Drogba: Galatasaray –> Chelsea

4 David Villa: Althetico Madrid –> New York City FC

5. Nemanja Vidić: Manchester United –> Inter Milan


 

Alex Winston is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams include the Boston Bruins and PSG. He also enjoys playing and watching hockey

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World Cup Predictions

By Vishnu Nagaraj

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For Group H Preview, click here.

Match 1:

Group A Winner: Brazil

Group B Runner-up: Netherlands

Winner: Brazil

 

Match 2:

Group C Winner: Ivory Coast

Group D Runner-up: England

Winner: England

 

Match 3:

Group E Winner: France

vs.

Group F Runner-up: Nigeria

Winner: Nigeria

 

Match 4:

Group G Winner: Germany

vs.

Group H Runner-up: South Korea

Winner: Germany

 

Match 5:

Group A Runner-up: Croatia

Group B Winner: Spain

Winner: Spain

 

Match 6:

Group C Runner-up: Greece

Group D Winner: Italy

Winner: Italy

 

Match 7:

Group E Runner-up: Switzerland

Group F Winner: Argentina

Winner: Argentina

 

Match 8:

Group G Runner-up: Portugal

Group H Winner: Belgium

Winner: Belgium

 

Match 9:

Match 1 Winner: Brazil

vs.

Match 2 Winner: England

Winner: Brazil

 

Match 10:

Match 3 Winner: Nigeria

Match 4 Winner: Germany

Winner: Germany

 

Match 11:

Match 5 Winner: Spain

Match 6 Winner: Italy

Winner: Spain

 

Match 12:

Match 7 Winner: Argentina

Match 8 Winner: Belgium

Winner: Argentina

 

Match 13 (Semi-Final 1):

Match 9 Winner: Brazil

Match 10 Winner: Germany

Winner: Germany

 

Match 14 (Semi-Final 2):

Match 11 Winner: Spain

Match 12 Winner: Argentina

Winner : Spain

 

Match 15 (Final):

Match 13 Winner: Germany

vs.

Match 14 Winner: Spain

Winner: Germany

 

Match 16 (3rd Place Game):

Match 13 Loser: Brazil

Match 14 Loser: Argentina

Winner: Brazil
In this World Cup I am predicting Germany to win. They are arguably the most complete team in the world and they have perfect chemistry and balance. Spain will finish second as their lack of height and strength will harm them in the end. I expect Brazil to finish a disappointing third and Argentina to finish fourth. I am predicting Germany forward Thomas Muller to be named the MVP of the tournament however, I am predicting that Argentina forward Lionel Messi to be the leading goalscorer in the tournament.

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Vishnu Nagaraj is a finance major at Binghamton University. He is a self-taught DJ and sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. You can follow him on twitter at @DJVishMusic.

World Cup Preview: Group H

By Vishnu Nagaraj

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Group H consists of Belgium, Algeria, Russia, and Korea Republic. This is another group that promises to be very entertaining. With the young stars of Belgium to the veterans of Russia, one can expect plenty of great games from this group. Belgium could potentially be the biggest sleepers in the World Cup. They have the talent to go all the way but can the youngsters handle the pressure of playing on such a big stage. Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany are the two big stars for Belgium and they will be expected to carry the load for the team. Algeria and Korea Republic will be looking to pull an upset and knock off the two European powers in an attempt to advance to the knockout rounds. Russia will expect to advance from this group but they cannot get complacent. They are a team that has been known to disappoint and they cannot let that happen to them this time around. Midfield star Alan Dzagoev and veteran Alexander Kerzhakov will be asked to lead the Russians in the tournament.

Chelsea Midfielder Eden Hazard will try to take Belgium far into the World Cup this year (Via Getty)

Chelsea Midfielder Eden Hazard will try to take Belgium far into the World Cup this year (Via Getty)


Vishnu Nagaraj is a finance major at Binghamton University. He is a self-taught DJ and sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. You can follow him on twitter at @DJVishMusic.

World Cup Preview: Group G

By Vishnu Nagaraj

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This is the group that I and most of the country will have their eyes on. The United States, Germany, Portugal, and Ghana make up this group. One of the favorites to win the entire thing, Germany will most certainly bring their A-game to this year’s World Cup. With a stunning midfield comprised of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, and Marco Reus, Germany will be one of the best teams to watch. German players have an incredible work-ethic and they very rarely make careless mistakes which is what makes them so hard to defeat. In order for Germany to win this group, they will have to stop the world’s most physically dominant player, Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal squad. Ronaldo’s incredible combination of speed and power make him the most entertaining player in the world. He has a strong supporting cast and he will look to them to play at the same level that he plays at. Portugal are a very strong side that will be sure to challenge Germany at the top of this group. Next we have Ghana. They are side filled with passion and intense pride. They never give up and are always running and hoping to create chances. Ghana will be led by flamboyant midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng. They will look to him to run the game from the midfield. Lastly, we have the United States of America. I would have given the USA a much better chance of causing some damage in the group but with the omission of their all-time leading goal-scorer Landon Donovan, I believe that advancing to the knockout round from this group will be extremely difficult. The USA will look to Clint Dempsey to be the talisman for them and inspire them. Someone to look out for is young winger Julian Green. Not too many people know about him but he has the potential to be a special player for the Americans. This is group that promises to create fireworks and there could be a surprise or two.

It should be a little strange seeing Landon Donovan sitting in an ESPN studio rather than playing on the field. (Via AP)

It should be a little strange seeing Landon Donovan sitting in an ESPN studio rather than playing on the field. (Via AP)


Vishnu Nagaraj is a finance major at Binghamton University. He is a self-taught DJ and sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. You can follow him on twitter at @DJVishMusic.

 

World Cup Preview: Group F

By Vishnu Nagaraj

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Group F consists of Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran, and Nigeria. This has the potential to be a very interesting group as Argentina could fail to live up to expectations. They have the best attacking arsenal in the world with the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria among others. Even with the shocking omission of striker Carlos Tevez, Argentina definitely has the skill to win the whole thing but they will most certainly be tested. Bosnia & Herzegovina were an under-the-radar team to qualify for the World Cup, they have a core of Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic, and Asmir Begovic, who all can change a game instantly. Next, is Nigeria. The reigning African champions have a very physical side who can present problems to anybody they face. This is where I believe they can challenge for a place in the knockout by using their sheer physical power to bully their opponents. Look for the weakest side in this group, Iran, to leave to everything on the pitch and make the other teams earn a win. They have nothing to lose and I am sure that they will give it their all. This is a group that could surprise most of us due to unpredictability and inconsistency. Watch for this to be one of the most watched groups especially with the presence of the world’s best player, Lionel Messi.

Messi is Argentina's top weapon and he hopes to prove that during the World Cup. (Via AP)

Messi is Argentina’s top weapon and he hopes to prove that during the World Cup. (Via AP)

 


Vishnu Nagaraj is a finance major at Binghamton University. He is a self-taught DJ and sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. You can follow him on twitter at @DJVishMusic.

World Cup Preview: Group E

By Vishnu Nagaraj

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Group E:

Group E consists of France, Switzerland, Ecuador, and Honduras. In my opinion this is the weakest among all of the groups. The clear-cut favorite to win this group is France. They possess a complete team that can give many of the other favorites a run for their money. France is led by Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. These two along with a physically powerful midfield and defense have the opportunity to help France go far in this tournament. One of the most notible omissions from any of the world cup squads was French midfielder Samir Nasri. A regular starter and a key figure in his club team Manchester City’s run to the Premier League title. Nasri and French manager Didier Deschamps do not see eye to eye and this had to be the reason for Nasri’s omission. Ecuador and Switzerland will be battling to advance from this group to the knockout rounds. I believe that both teams are fairly equal on a talent perspective and this could provide for an interesting encounter when these two sides meet. Lastly, we have Honduras who are one of the weaker teams in the tournament. Lack of quality when it comes to scoring goals and preventing the opposition from scoring will lead to the Honduran downfall which could see them fail to win a single game.

Karim Benzema hopes to make an impact at this year's World Cup (Via Reuters)

Karim Benzema hopes to make an impact at this year’s World Cup (Via Reuters)


Vishnu Nagaraj is a finance major at Binghamton University. He is a self-taught DJ and sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. You can follow him on twitter at @DJVishMusic.

World Cup Preview: Group D

By Vishnu Nagaraj

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Group D consists of Uruguay, Italy, England, and Costa Rica. This group is loaded with talent. Uruguay could quite possess the best striking partnership in the world with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez and PSG forward Edinson Cavani. Uruguay will look to the two of them to lead the line against some very formidable competition. Veteran forward Diego Forlan will also be making a return to the national team and he could be a key player for the Uruguayans. Next we have Italy. They have been one of the most consistent national teams in the past few years. Just like Spain, Italy possess an extremely talented midfield with the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi, and Claudio Marchisio. They also have one of the most scrutinized players in the world, AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli. He is mainly known for his hot-headed nature but also for his incredible ability to score goals. Another name to keep an eye out for is New Jersey-born forward Giuseppe Rossi who has recovered from several terrible injuries to make the Italian team. Next is probably the most talked-about team in the world, England. They have the talent and they have the leadership to make a deep run but inconsistency and drama from the players could threaten to wreck their ambitions. Manager Roy Hodgson has placed an emphasis on youth as he has selected six players who are 22 years of age or younger. This team, however, will be lead by their veterans. Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and Wayne Rooney will be tasked with moving this team as far as possible. Lastly, we have Costa Rica. They are without a doubt the biggest underdogs of this tournament. Most experts have given Costa Rica a zero percent chance of advancing from this group and I would have to agree with that. As big a soccer fan as I am, I can only name one player of the top of my head who plays for Costa Rica and that is easily their best player, Bryan Ruiz. My hope for the Costa Ricans is that they play with pride, enjoy the experience, and have fun. This, in my opinion, is the true “group of death” as I believe that three out of the four teams have a legitimate chance of advancing to the knockout round.

Wanye Rooney hopes to bring the World Cup trophy back to England for the first time since 1966 (Via PA Images)

Wanye Rooney hopes to bring the World Cup trophy back to England for the first time since 1966 (Via PA Images)

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Vishnu Nagaraj is a finance major at Binghamton University. He is a self-taught DJ and sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. You can follow him on twitter at @DJVishMusic.