Hoje o TV TOTAL completa dois anos de vida . Dois anos informando o que acontece no Brasil e no mundo . Dois anos de uma tarefa que se mostrou , em muitos momentos , dura . Dura por conta do péssimo serviço de internet na região do Amazonas . Mas chegamos ao segundo ano de vida com o seguinte número de visualizações :
|República da Coreia||146|
|United Arab Emirates||62|
|Sao Tome and Principe||14|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||10|
|Estado da Palestina||8|
|Syrian Arab Republic||7|
|Trinidad and Tobago||3|
|Macedônia, Antiga República da Iugoslávia||2|
|República Unida da Tanzânia||2|
|Papua New Guinea||1|
É , caro(a) leitor(a) , quanta coisa conseguimos ! No começo , o blog passava dias sem nenhuma visualização . Mas eu não poderia desanimar . As coisas melhoraram quando o conectei ao Facebook e ao Twitter . Isso garante , ao blog , com freqüência , ultrapassar a marca de 1000 visualizações por dia . Muito obrigado a você que nos prestigia . Continue nos prestigiando . A Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014 terá ampla cobertura ! Não perca !
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Ange Postecoglou faces a mammoth task leading the Socceroos to Brazil and getting any change out of a daunting group. With an experienced spine and dynamic players in wide areas, there is plenty of talent in the final playing group to take a proud point or two home.
Socceroos players warm up during an Australian training session at Central Coast Stadium. Photo: Getty Images
Between the sticks, Mark Birighitti looks set to miss out on the trip of a lifetime, edged by Eugene Galekovic’s experience for the vacant spot behind Ryan and Langerak in one of the strongest custodial groups for years. Across the back, Alex Wilkinson and Josh Brillante look to fall victim to a flexible pool of players who can play across the back if called upon.
Up the middle, Oliver Bozanic will suffer for his lack of recent form, with McKay preferred as a utility, while Massimo Luongo has probably come into view a couple of years too early.
Dario Vidosic misses the cut by a whisker, with Postecoglou backing the dynamism of Tom Rogic as his Brazilian wildcard up the middle to put opposition teams on the back foot and ease the pressure on Milligan and Jedinak.
Up front, A-League golden boot winner Adam Taggart is unlucky to stay behind, his all not quite being enough to secure place in the biggest tournament on the planet.
The final 23 allows for cover in all areas of the pitch, with experience preferred over potential, and a first XI that can press high and try to disrupt the superior passing game of the three opponents within the group.
Missing out: Birighitti, Wilkinson, Brillante, Bozanic, Luongo, Vidosic, Taggart
Ange Postecoglou has to walk a tightrope in Brazil.
The Australia boss has to ensure that his tyro team is competitive against some of the best nations in the world to ensure that the Socceroos ”brand” is not sullied and the game’s standing damaged with the mainstream sporting public, many of whom only tune into football once every four years.
He has, at the same time, to experiment, to play younger men and see if they can cut it at the highest level of competition. What he learns in South America will have major ramifications for the national team in both the short and the long term.
While the World Cup is the glittering prize, Postecoglou must also have the Asian Cup, to be staged in this country early next year, right at the front of his mind.
Australia won’t win the World Cup – certainly not this time, and perhaps never, at least not while Rugby League and Union and Australian Rules grab huge numbers of the nation’s best young athletes.
But it can win the Asian Cup, where teams like Japan, South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan and Iraq are the major challengers.
To that end this World Cup should be about finding out who can do the business, and who can’t.
For some – Mark Bresciano, Luke Wilkshire, Tim Cahill – it will be a swansong after glittering international careers, while for others, like Curtis Good and perhaps Massimo Luongo, it could be the launchpad at club and international level.
There has to be an emphasis on the younger men, although too much inexperience will cause problems. Youngsters might play without fear, but they sometimes play without worldly wisdom, which will be at a premium in matches against the likes of Holland, Spain and Chile.
Some of the players I have left out of this squad _ the Newcastle Jets trio of Josh Brillante, Mark Birighitti, and Adam Taggart _ should get other chances. So should Oliver Bozanic. Sarota is one of a surfeit of holding midfielders Australia can call on. Vidosic has had numerous opportunities to impress, and never fully done so. Wilkinson is a consistent
, but with youth in mind he is supplanted by more junior colleagues. I had strongly considered leaving Tom Rogic out given his dearth of football, injury problems lack of match sharpness and failure to impress at Melbourne Victory.
But he looks one of the few viable alternatives as a ”number ten” to Mark Bresciano, so he retains his place on the basis that tournament experience should prove invaluable for him and make him a much stronger option for the Asian Cup when Bresciano is gone.
If, of course, he can find a club where he gets regular game time next season…..
Missing out: Mark Birighitti, Josh Brillante, Alex Wilkinson, Oliver Bozanic, Dario Vidosic, Adam Sarota, Adam Taggart
Sydney Morning Herald
Spare a thought for the difficult task that awaits Ange Postecoglou when he has to tap seven players on the shoulder. There’s little separating a bulk of the squad in these early stages of the training camp but in many ways, the make-up of the final 23 has already been decided by other factors.
The group of death that awaits Australia has made their aspirations clear – play bravely with hope for one result against three genuine heavyweights.
If they’re to do this then their performance in the first half of a friendly against Ecuador is their benchmark and those who started are assumed inclusions.
But for those who didn’t, there are an abundance of places up for grabs and that shifts the focus beyond Brazil.
Matt McKay’s form and experience is valuable but his best virtue in this squad is his versatility but that is now only offered in positions Australia has depth in.
Alex Wilkinson’s chance came too late in his career and only exceptional performances will prevent Bailey Wright being given the nod.
James Holland will face pressure from rising stars Adam Sarota and Oliver Bozanic. While this may not be popular to say, Tom Rogic is not assured yet. His wealth of talent is not matched by the two other integral components, form and fitness and he must shine against South Africa on May 26 to seal his path.
For all the talented youth at Ange’s disposal, there are some who must wait their turn. Josh Brillante, Adam Taggart and Massimo Luongo have long careers ahead of them but perhaps Russia is their stage to shine.
Missing out: Mark Birighitti, Alex Wilkinson, Josh Brillante, Massimo Luongo, James Holland, James Troisi, Adam Taggart
Having already culled many just to make the 30-man squad, it won’t be easy for Ange Postecoglou to take out a knife and choose his final 23.
However, it does appear he will favour experience over youth at the last stage – and understandably so, having already dispensed with several veteran campaigners. Mark Birighitti is unlikely to challenge for one of the three goalkeeping spots, which appear set in stone, with Mat Ryan going as the team’s first choice. Birighitti’s Newcastle Jets teammates Josh Brillante (pictured) and Adam Taggart, also appear to be unlikely options to remain standing.
With his impressive finish to the year, James Troisi now seems the clear favourite over Taggart to be one of the attacking options in Brazil. Much has been made of the inclusion of Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright, given they play in England’s third tier, and that might count against them both.
Wright would probably need to jump ahead of Alex Wilkinson in the pecking order during the training camp, a tough ask given the latter’s strong form in the K-League. Luongo is more likely to have been included in the 30-man squad just so that he could be closely assessed by Postecoglou with an eye to the future.
Tom Rogic has probably trained well enough in camp to lock down his place. Adam Sarota might be the unluckiest to miss out, with Dario Vidosic, having impressed in Switzerland, potentially edging him out for the final ticket to Rio.
Missing out: Mark Birighitti, Josh Brillante, Bailey Wright, Oliver Bozanic, Massimo Luongo, Adam Sarota, Adam Taggart
Socceroos 30-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Eugene Galekovic.
Defenders: Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson, Luke Wilkshire, Curtis Good, Matthew Spiranovic, Ryan McGowan, Bailey Wright.
Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic, Mark Bresciano, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Adam Sarota, Tommy Oar, Tom Rogic, Dario Vidosic, Ben Halloran.
Strikers: Josh Kennedy, Tim Cahill, Dario Vidosic, Matthew Leckie, Adam Taggart.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
May 15, 2014
Looking forward: Socceroos fans meet in a Melbourne restaurant to plan their trip. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones
The journey of Australian football fans flocking to the World Cup was once thought to be a once-in-a-lifetime jaunt. Now it’s become a full-scale quadrennial mass migration.
And while 13,500 kilometres separate Bondi Beach from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana, expect to see Australians dotted all over Brazil during next month’s round-ball fiesta.
Australian supporters have already snapped up more than 40,000 tickets to the world’s biggest sporting event, a figure only second to travelling fans from the US.
Up from 10,000 four years ago, an estimated 15,000 will make the journey to see the Socceroos take on a frightening group: Chile, the Netherlands and reigning world champions Spain.
The biggest organised supporters’ group heading to Brazil will be the Green and Gold Army, now embarking on their fifth World Cup campaign, having been formed in 2001.
Group co-founder Aaron Zaonetti says there’s a remarkable number of fans going to their second or third World Cup, all seeking that same feeling once more.
“It’s pretty incredible – I’d estimate we have about 50 per cent return patronage. Once you have been to a World Cup, you just get the bug,” he said. “As soon as one tournament is over, people start talking about the next one. With this one being in Brazil, knowing their love of the game, people simply can’t wait to get over there.”
The Green and Gold Army have sold about 500 packages, the most popular of which is the “Follow Australia” tour. That gets fans to each of Australia’s World Cup matches and includes accommodation, functions and events around each of the matches in Cuiaba, Porto Alegre and Curitiba.
Alternatively, the group has set up a permanent base in Rio de Janeiro with packages split up between those looking to stay for group stages or the final fortnight, not that fans expect the Socceroos to feature at the pointy end.
“Our fan base has very realistic expectations but we’re still excited to see how our young team performs. There’s a definite a stirring of sentiment for Ange Postecoglou,” Zaonetti said. “People seem to be getting behind him, unlike Holger [Osieck] and Pim [Verbeek]. They couldn’t relate to them like they do with Ange. It’s still the honeymoon period though – I don’t know what the reaction might be if we lose 5-0 to Chile.”
But the prospect of being belted by the world’s best hasn’t put off supporters from digging deep into their savings.
“If you’re staying about 15 nights – including flights and spending money – that will cost around $15,000,” Zaonetti said. “Brazil is not cheap, especially airfares and accommodation. There’s a premium up to 10 times more than normal during the World Cup period.”
Zaonetti said the combination of a resurgent Australian dollar and a thirst for travel had further spurred interest in making the trip across the Pacific Ocean.
“There’s no doubt the passion for Socceroos is building year on year,” he said. “But Australians are seasoned travellers and our economy is strong, which has made this trip possible for a lot of people.”
And while relations between fans can be tetchy during A-League matches, the Green and Gold Army has a strict policy of putting the national team first.
“Whilst rivalries are developing in the A-League, nothing compares to supporting your national team at a World Cup,” Zaonetti said. “You have to check your club colours at the door when Australia is involved.”
Zaonetti said the group’s website had been “swamped by interest” since qualification last June and their last few remaining packages were now being sold.
“This is our fourth major football event where we have organised a tour. Brazil is definitely the most challenging – the size, lack of public infrastructure and language,” he said. “But we are up for it and in seeing all the cities and venues in our inspections, we’ve fallen in love with Brazil. Even without football, it’s a pretty remarkable destination.”
Several commercial operators have also been selling tours, including Australian Sports Tours, The Fanatics, Premium Sport Tours and Sportsnet Holidays.
While tickets have so far only been sourced through official FIFA ballots, with fans reporting mixed availability for Australian matches, they are widely expected to be plentiful on the ground in each of the host cities.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
May 18, 2014 – 12:01AM
Bundaberg Rum Distillery in Bundaberg. Photographer: Peter Lik
A decision to relocate Bundaberg Rum’s bottling operations to Sydney will result in 10 job losses in the city that bears its name, its parent company has announced.
International alcohol giant Diageo, which includes Bundaberg Rum in its stable of drinks, announced the iconic Queensland drink would be bottled in the western Sydney suburb of Huntingwood from as soon as the end of next month.
“This decision comes in response to the continued pressure on our business from lower alcohol consumption and the punitive excise tax on spirits and RTDs (pre-mix drinks) which has seen volumes decline significantly in recent years,” a Diageo spokeswoman said.
“This has meant that both our bottling facilities – Bundaberg and Huntingwood – are underutilised.”
The decision drew criticism from Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, who said it was a disappointing move, particularly in a region that had suffered devastating floods in recent years.
“Ten jobs may not sound like much but it’s significant in a smaller community like Bundaberg,” he said.
“Given the size of Diageo, it’s my expectation that they will do their utmost to assist the affected employees into alternative employment.”
Bundaberg mayor Mal Forman said he was saddened by the announcement, but he had been assured the company had a commitment to the city.
“It’s iconic for us and it’s something special for us,” he said.
“It’s a great economic driver too, with tourism and other things. It puts us on the map both nationally and internationally.”
Cr Forman said he understood demand for bottled Bundaberg Rum had declined as more people bought pre-mixed cans – a trend he wanted no part of.
“I’m a true blue Bundy Rum man, I like the real stuff from here and I always will,” he said.
The Diageo spokeswoman said some premium products, such as the Master Distillers Collection, would continue to be bottled in Bundaberg.
“This was not a decision we have taken lightly, however it is a necessary one to ensure the longer term sustainability of the distillery,” she said.
“We remain absolutely committed to Bundaberg and the distillery and will continue to invest and focus on our core business of distilling, maturing and blending great quality rum in Bundaberg as we have done for the last 125 years.”
Source : The Brisbane Times