THE POTTERS’ affiliation to this summer’s FIFA World Cup came to a close following the United States of America’s unfortunate defeat to Belgium.
Defender Geoff Cameron was the last Potter standing in the competition after Wilson Palacios and Asmir Begovic bowed out at the group stages, while Peter Odemwingie’s Nigeria could not overcome France in the knockout stages.
Cameron started against the Belgians at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador and performed admirably in the centre of midfield.
The Americans were dominant throughout the ninety minutes in a thrilling tie, but were left heartbroken as the game went into extra-time when goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku cancelled out Julian Green’s consolation to seal the Europeans passage into the Quarter Finals.
Arguably one the greatest World Cup Finals in modern history, this year’s competition has brought great pride with everybody connected to Stoke City.
It is the first time in the Club’s history that four individual players representing the Potters have played for their country in a single World Cup tournament.
There was also another first as two Stoke City players went head-to-head against each other as Begovic and Odemwingie put their friendship to one side when Bosnia and Herzegovina took on Nigeria during the group stages.
Remarkably, during the same game, the Nigerian became the first ever Potters player to score at a World Cup tournament when he netted past Begovic to secure a 1-0 win.
Everybody at Stoke City Football Club would like to pass on our overwhelming pride to Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron, Peter Odemwingie and Wilson Palacios for playing their part on the biggest stage in world football whilst representing the Potters.
The football we have seen has been entertaining, nail biting and most of all exciting.
Enjoy a much deserved break and we look forward to welcoming you back on the Potteries for what will hopefully be another memorable Barclays Premier League campaign.