World Cup 2014

US Indicts 14 in Spreading FIFA Corruption Scandal

As widely reported today in mainstream media, a years-long investigation into alleged corruption within FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) has led to the United States Attorney General’s Office indictment on Wednesday of 14 people affiliated with FIFA and its operation of the quadrennial World Cup competition.  Nine of those indicted are current or former FIFA executives, while the other five are prominent officials of marketing and sports-product firms that have worked closely with FIFA. The FIFA officials indicted did not include reigning FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who was expected to be re-elected with ease to a fifth six-year term on Friday in Switzerland,...

Judge Tosses Evidence in Paul Phua Sports Betting Case

A United States District Judge has affirmed a lower court recommendation that evidence seized from a Caesars Palace guest villa occupied by Asian gambling whale Paul Phua was gathered illegally and cannot be used in Phua’s trial, which was scheduled to begin shortly. Phua (natural name Wei Seng Phua) and seven others were initially charged last July with operating a major “boiler room” online sports betting operation from three luxurious guest villas at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, one of the gambling mecca’s most famous and classical casino-resorts.  The group was collectively charged with processing as much as US $300 million in bets, mostly on last year’s FIFA...

Paul Phua Sportsbetting Case Goes Sideways, Defense Alleges Illegal Searches

The highly reported sportsbetting case centered on Asian gambling whale and alleged organized-crime member Wei Seng “Paul” Phua has taken an unexpected turn in favor of the defense, after a lengthy court filing by attorneys for Phua and three other defendants introduced strong evidence that FBI investigators had used illegal methods to gather evidence in the case. The revelations came amid a 45-page “motion to suppress” of evidence in the case filed Tuesday by the high-powered defense attorneys in the case, which include Vegas-based super-attorney David Chesnoff.  Chesnoff has made a career out of defending famous and high-profile defendants in civil and criminal matters,...

Germany to win the latest low-scoring final

In what is a nightmare for English football fans, Argentina and Germany will meet in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final, a repeat of the 1986 and 1990 title deciders. Argentina won the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico final thanks to yet another superlative Diego Maradona performance but the legend was unable to inspire his team to victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy title decider that Germany won courtesy of a late penalty kick after dominating the match totally. One thinks that Germany will win its fourth FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana Stadium because, quite simply, its form throughout the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil has been a notch or two above that of Argentina,...

History points to goals and home win in bronze game

One should not think too hard about the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil third-place play-off match between the heartbroken home team and the Netherlands: follow the trend and back over two and a half goals at odds of 1.62 with Boylesports. Brazil will be seeking redemption in Brasilia following its record-breaking 1-7 loss to Germany in which it leaked four goals in seven of the craziest minutes of football one will ever see if one lives to be 700 years old. Brazil’s defence parted for Germany like the Red Sea parted for Moses and, in the end, it was a miracle that A Selecao did not concede more goals. Germany did not try hard in the second half. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has come out...

Bookmaker offside with offsides line

Sometimes one sees a statistic and, so stunning is the data, that one spends the next couple of hours checking out it to make sure that it is worth basing one’s betting around. Argentina has been caught offside just twice during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, whereas the Netherlands has been flagged 21 times during the tournament. Bwin is offering odds of 2.00 that the Netherlands will be caught offside more frequently than Argentina in their semi-final tie. At first glance, Bwin’s odds of 2.00 about the Netherlands being flagged offside more times than Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil second semi-final seems like money for old rope and one of the best sports bet in recent...