Four companies have gained FIFA approval for installation and maintenance of the goal-line technology that we all want to see in the game – which means the race is officially “on” as each fights for the plums to be awarded.
Last week came news from FIFA headquarters in Zurich that one of the combatants in the goal-line tech struggle had been awarded the contract for Brazil 2014. German-based GoalControl GmbH was named official provider for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Today, the rival counterpunch: The UK-based Hawk-Eye company has been awarded the next big plum in this back-and-forth, contracted to provide so-called GLT for Premier League games in England next season.
Both systems are camera-based, as opposed to the chip-based system that was also first tested last year in FIFA’s Club World Cup in Asia. The German-based system uses 14 cameras, seven placed strategically around each goal.
The Hawk-Eye system will be installed over the summer (at the cost of almost $400,000 a stadium); officials in England hope to have everything set, tested and ready for use in time for the annual Community Shield kickoff match in August.
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.