EPL Talk Archives for January 2014

WATCH Germany 2-1 Algeria Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In an exciting ending to the game, Germany beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time to book a place in the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

At the end of regulation time, the score finished 0-0. Both Germany and Algeria had plenty of chances to win the match, but goalkeepers Neuer and Rais were in fine form to keep the match at a stalemate.

How the USA Can Defeat Belgium According to a Belgian Expert

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In advance of the US-Belgium game tomorrow, almost everyone has an opinion on the game and both teams from a Stars and Stripes perspective. Very few have been able to get the Belgian perspective, so here's an interview about the game tomorrowwith Belgian blogger and writer Chris Mayer — better known as the Belgian Waffle.

WATCH Germany Take 1-0 Lead Against Algeria With Beautiful Flick By Andre Schurrle [VIDEO]

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In an extremely eventful game, despite what the scoreline indicated, Germany took a 1-0 lead against Algeria in the first half of extra game after a fine flick by midfielder Andre Schurrle.

The goal featured an exquisite touch by Schurrle off the back of his leg after the pass went behind him, but he was able to deflect the ball into the net past the outstretched Algerian goalkeeper Rais.

What Will FIFA Do About Arjen Robben’s Blatant Dive Against Mexico?

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In February, FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that divingwould be taken seriously and that FIFA would use video evidence if needed to punish those who did it.

Blatter stated:

"Video evidence can be used for serious breaches of the principle of fair play such as brawling, spitting at opponents, verbal insults and racist slurs, or for incorrectly awarded red or yellow cards.

Jurgen Klinsmann Unhappy With Referee Selection for USA-Belgium Game

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USA Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has admitted he has a problem with FIFA's selection of the match officials for United States's game against Belgium, to be played on Tuesday. FIFA announced today that Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi will be in charge of the Round of 16 match. Klinsmann is uncomfortable with the advantage the Belgiums will have with a French-speaking referee.

Jozy Altidore Available to Play For USA Against Belgium

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U.S. Men's National Team striker Jozy Altidore is available to play in their Round of 16 game against Belgium on Tuesday, as announced via the USMNT's official Twitter account.

Altidore has been training with the team for the past few days and was ruled healthy earlier today by team doctors.

France 2-0 Nigeria Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Plus 5 Observations From Round of 16 World Cup Game

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There wasn't a comeback that has been the vogue in this World Cup in the match between France and Nigeria but nonetheless this was an entertaining game that went from end to end. Stephen Keshi prepared his side well and the Super Eagles looked dangerous going forward, causing a lot of grief down their right and making life difficult for the French.

Germany vs Algeria: Starting Lineups, TV Times And World Cup Open Thread

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Group G winners Germany take on Group H's runners-up Algeria in today's second Round of 16 match.

Where to watch -

The game kicks off at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST, and this is where the game can be watched in the USA -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language:Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

Starting lineups -

Germany: Neuer; Mustafi, Mertesacker, Boateng, Höwedes; Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Özil, Kroos, Götze; Müller.

Luis Suarez Issues Apology And Vows Never to Bite Again

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Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has issued a public apology for his actions that occurred during the Uruguay-Italy World Cup game, and has vowed not to repeat another incident like that ever again.

Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellinion June 24 during the second half of the final Group match between the two nations.

France vs Nigeria, Starting Lineups, TV Times and World Cup Open Thread

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France are heavily favored to win today's match to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but they're coming up against a strong and determined Nigeria team who have talent but also possess a lot of defensive weaknesses.

Where to watch -

Viewers from USA can tune in to these following for the 12 PM EST/9 AM PST kick off

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language:Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Mark GEIGER (USA)

Starting line-ups -

Nigeria: Enyeama; Ambrose, Yobo, Oshaniwa, Omeruo; Onazi, Mikel; Musa, Odemwingie, Moses; Emenike.

57% Of Mexico Fans Blame Referee For El Tri’s Elimination From World Cup

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Fifty seven percent of Mexico fans who responded to a poll in the Reforma newspaper blame the referee for El Tri's elimination from World Cup 2014.

The majority of Mexico fans believe that Portuguese refereePedro Proenca was to blame. The referee "bought" Arjen Robben's dive after the Dutch player tripped over Rafa Marquez's outstretched foot.

Updated Odds On Top 12 Teams Most Likely to Win the World Cup

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Now that four of the Round of 16 World Cup match haveconcluded, we know which 12 teams are still in with a chance of lifting the trophy and which 4 teams are out. Chris McFarland of Share Draft has re-run the data simulations to determine who are the teams most likely to win the World Cup.

First, an update regarding how the odds are determined.

France, Germany, Argentina & Belgium to make up quarter-finals

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The four favourites have won each of the first second round matches at the 2014 World Cup with Brazil, Colombia, Netherlands and Costa Rica all booking themselves in the last eight.

Monday and Tuesday will see four countries make up the quarter-finals with three heavily favoured by the bookmakers.

Germany vs Algeria Predicted Lineups

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On paper, Germany should have enough quality in their squad to deal with Algeria no matter who starts, but the north African side has impressed in this World Cup, beating South Korea, drawing with Russia, and only narrowly losing to talented Belgium. Both teams have should have their first choice players available, which should set the stage for a fascinating knockout match.

USA’s 5 Point Game Plan to Beat Belgium in the World Cup

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With USA facing Belgium on Tuesday at 4pm ET/1pm PT, here's how Klinsmann should go about setting his team up to progress to the quarter-final stage:

1. Pressure In Midfield The Belgium midfield isn't anywhere near as technically adept as the German one, which means the men in the middle for the United States can put the press on a little more.

Arjen Robben Admits To Diving In Mexico World Cup Game

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Netherlands and Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has found himself once again the center of controversy as he admitted to diving in the first-half of the Netherlands come from behind 2-1 victory over Mexico. The win advanced Robben and his Dutch side into the World Cup Quarterfinals where they will face Costa Rica.

WATCH Amazing Animation of James Rodriguez’s Goal For Colombia Against Uruguay [VIDEO]

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James Rodriguez's amazing goal for Colombia in the World Cup has been arguably the best goal scored in the tournament thus far. The way he controlled the ball with his chest to set up his volley was exquisite. And the volley that he struck was just as sensational. Now thanks to a brilliant British animator, we can watch the goal again from a completely different perspective.

Graham Zusi a Vital Force for the USA

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These days, Graham Zusi is widely regarded as having one of the best right foots in MLS but his journey to the international stage has been far from straightforward. The Sporting Kansas City wide midfielder, who was drafted into MLS with the then-named Kansas City Wizards at the age of twenty-two, reached a new pinnacle in his blossoming career when he started against Germany in the USMNT's final game in the group stage.

Why Jurgen Klinsmann Should Keep Jozy Altidore on the Bench Against Belgium

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Despite escaping from the Group of Death, the United States may be facing its toughest test yet in a win-or-go-home match against Belgium. No longer can the Yanks hope to be good enough, but with Belgium and probably Argentina standing in their way of advancing, the entire roster needs to play at its best.

Arsenal Away Shirt For 2014/15 Season: New Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photos of Arsenal's away shirt for the 2014/15 Premier League season have been leaked on the Internet.

The new photos are the best yet to give us an idea of what the Arsenal away kit will look like for the upcoming season.

With new kit manufacturer Puma on board, Arsenal will be wearing a yellow away shir with blue trim.

France vs Nigeria Preview: Teams Seek Berth In Final 8

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No African team has managed to qualify past the quarter-finals stage in the World Cup, but based on their last game against Argentina, Nigeria look the most likely side of the two African teams to go furthest in Brazil.

Nigeria qualified through to the round of 16 with a win, draw and loss apiece – scoring three goals and conceding three.

Day 16 – Nether Rica (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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The round of 16 continues and the pod look into where Netherlands go from here along with if a good tournament performance is actually worth millions of Goal-keeping pounds.

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How A Change In Tactics Can Help Michael Bradley Perform At His Best

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This World Cup was supposed to be Michael Bradley's coming out party. It was supposed to be his chance to show the soccer world how just good he is, to show teams like Roma why they should have kept him, and to show teams like Arsenal why should have placed bids for him.

Some MLS fans feared a good World Cup would lure him back overseas.

What France Must Do to Overcome Nigeria

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After the first two matches of the group stage, France looked like a serious contender to capture their second World Cup. But with a 0-0 draw against ten-man Ecuador side, some started to question whether France can keep their composure throughout the tournament, or if this team can easily slip up along the way.

WATCH Netherlands Tactical Changes Against Mexico Result in World Cup Win [VIDEO]

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Watch the following tactical analysis video to discover what changes Holland made during the game that had a profound outcome on the final result of the World Cup Round of 16 match.

Controversies aside, there were several key changes that Louis Van Gaal made that changed the game as well as the change that backfired for Mexico coach Miguel Herrera.

WATCH Costa Rica Defeat Greece; Match Highlights [VIDEO] Ticos Advance On Penalties to Last 8 [VIDEO]

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The dream goes on for Costa Rica after defeating Greece on penalty kicks to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

After ending the game at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the match seemed destined for penalty kicks. A tense 30-minutes of extra time didn't result in a winner, so the match proceeded to penalty kicks where both teams knocked in their respective penalties with precision to show the Brazil and Chile players how to do it.

WATCH The Greeks Score A Late Equalizer Against Costa Rica to Send Game to Extra Time [VIDEO]

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Greece'sSokratis Papastathopoulos scored a late goal for the Greeks against Costa Rica to end the regulation time 1-1 and to send the World Cup Round of 16 game into extra time.

In a tense 90 minutes, Costa Rica took the lead in the 52nd minute with a goal by Bryan Ruiz. And it appeared that Costa Rica may have held on to the 1-0 victory untilSokratis knocked in a late goal to break the hearts of the Ticos players and fans, and to keep the Greece hopes alive.

WATCH Bryan Ruiz’s Goal That Puts Costa Rica 1-0 Up Against Greece [VIDEO]

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Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz scored a crucial goal for the Ticos to go 1-0 ahead against Greece in the World Cup Round of 16 game.

Ruiz's goal in the 52nd minute was a soft tap-in from the edge of the area that trickled in to the fat post. While it wasn't the most sensational goal, it could end up being one of the biggest in Costa Rica's history if the Ticos manage to win the game.

5 Observations From Mexico-Holland Game

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Okay, so a come from behind victory? Check. Late drama? Check. A Louis van Gaal game changing substitution? Check. A Guillermo Ochoa wonder save? Check and check. It's just standard fare for this World Cup.

For a large portion of this game Mexico was the better side and were only a few minutes away from qualifying for the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time on foreign soil.

Miguel Herrera’s Changes Backfire As Mexico Crash Out of World Cup

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Mexico had become a darling of this World Cup of surprises, and Miguel Herrera had become a darling because of his antics. Mexican soccer was back, and with every bit of optimism surrounding the camp they thought they could finally put their Round of 16 hoodoo behind them. Except it caught up with them again, and it was the first time that Herrera made a decision that ended up biting him that caused Mexico's downfall.

Greece vs Costa Rica, Starting Lineups, TV Times and World Cup Open Thread

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Greece and Costa Rica have a fantastic opportunity to make it into the top eight teams in the world with a victory today.

Where to watch -

Viewers from USA can tune in to these following for the 4 PM EST/1 PM PST kick off

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language:Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Benjamin WILLIAMS (Australia)

Starting line-ups -

Costa Rica starting XI: Navas, Gonzalez, Umana, Borges, Duarte, Bolanos, Campbell, Ruiz (c), Diaz, Gamboa, Tejeda

Greece starting XI: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas, Samaris

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

WATCH Arjen Robben’s Dive to Win Netherlands A Late Penalty Win Against Mexico [GIF]

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Netherlands striker Arjen Robben did it again. The Dutch footballer, who is undoubtedly one of the best footballers in the world, accentuated a trip by Rafa Marquez in the penalty area late in the game against Mexico to win a penalty for the Dutch. With the game at 1-1, Klaas jan Huntelaar stepped to take the penalty and put the ball into the back of the net to win the match for the Dutch.

WATCH Netherlands 2-1 Mexico: Match Highlights [VIDEO]: Dutch Break Mexico’s Hearts

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Netherlands midfielderWesley Sneijder scored in the 88th minute to break the hearts of Mexico supporters, and to send the game to a thrilling finish before Rafa Marquez tripped Arjen Robben in the box, resulting in a penalty for the Dutch. Klaas Jan Huntelaar then struck the ball into the corner of the net, to win the match 2-1 and send Netherlands to the quarter-finals of the competition.

WATCH Giovani Dos Santos’s Golazo Against Holland In World Cup [VIDEO]

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Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos scored a fantastic goal against Holland on Sunday to put El Tri 1-0 in the lead in the World Cup Round of 16 game.

Dos Santos's goal in the 62nd minute was a long range effort that he shot into the lower corner of the net. The goal will come as a little bit of justice after Dos Santos had two goals unfairly disallowed in Mexico's first game against Cameroon.

WATCH Guillermo Ochoa’s Sensational Save Against Holland [VIDEO]

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Guillermo Ochoa made another sensational reflex save Sunday in the World Cup Round of 16 match against Holland.

Memo Ochoa, who has been one of the stars of Mexico's World Cup team, came up big with a save from a shot by Holland's Stefan de Vrij. The shot, which was from close range, resulted from a corner that floated in to the box from Arjen Robben, but Ochoa was quick to the task and deflected the shot with his fingertips, which resulted in the ball hitting the post and away for safety.

Netherlands vs Mexico: Starting Lineups, TV Times And World Cup Open Thread

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In what many expect to be one of the matches of the weekend, Mexico takes on Netherlands in Fortaleza today. It's a Noon ET/9am PT kick-off.

Where to watch -

Viewers from USA can tune in to these following for the 12 PM EST/9 AM PST kick off

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language:Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Pedro Proenca (Portugal)

Starting line-ups -

Holland:Cillessen, Verhaegh, Kuyt, Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Sneijder.

Skype Life Football (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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Laurence McKenna sits down with Richard Farley for a chat about the World Cup and some of the finer points so far. World, let's talk soccer:

World Soccer Talk: @worldsoccertalk

Kartik: @kkfla737

Richard: @richardfarley

Kris: @KHeneage

Matt J: @MattJFootball

Matt L: @MattsMusings1

Morgan: @morgangreen

Laurence: @lozcast

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Travels In Brazil: How I Became Brazil’s Good Luck Charm Against Chile in the World Cup

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilians have a reputation of loving soccer with a crazy passion that is unrivaled. Based on my own experience here (at least after one day), that reputation is fully justified.

We had just arrived into Rio de Janeiro from the US and my companion and I decided to watch the Brazil vs.

Day 15 – Match-Missed (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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The knockout rounds are so exciting during the World Cup, the football almost changes completely during that rest day. Tempo, shift, all sorts of new ideas and tactics come into play. So what has changed for Brazil? Can Columbia continue to dominate this tournament?

Soccer, let's talk world:

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Dutch Coach Louis Van Gaal Understands The Fine Lines That Decide Fate

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In the 2010 World Cup, Netherlands went with the intention of playing winning football. Tired of the "beautiful defeat," the squad set out on a mission to do what was necessary to win and ended up within an inch of claiming the ultimate prize.

This time, Louis van Gaal has implemented a new system to much debate (nowhere are systems debated more than in Holland although England is getting there).

Where Now For England? It Doesn’t Matter What Your Philosophy Is. Just Have One!

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Root and Branch? Greg Dykes Commission? St George's Park? Anything or anybody else you can think of to help the national team?

I feel like I fell asleep 30 years ago and have just woken up.

Inquests, rage, disappointment and resignation. England have under performed again and the nation is having its say.

Swansea City Signs Striker Bafétimbi Gomis While Likely Losing Michu

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Swansea City has finalized the signing of striker Bafétimbi Gomis on a free transfer from Lyon. The 28-year-old passed his medical having agreed to a four-year deal with the South Wales club. Gomis was sought after by multiple Premier League clubs. The French International has 12 caps for his country but was not selected by manager Didier Deschamps for the World Cup.

USA’s Jozy Altidore and Belgium Captain Vincent Kompany Uncertain for Tuesday’s Match

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Both the United States and Belgium will likely face-off on Tuesday in a humid Salvador without some of they key players in the line-up.

Jozy Altidore's return date has not been revealed but coach Jurgen Klinsmann remains hopeful that he will return to the pitch before their time in Brazil is up saying, "We are very optimistic to have him to be a part of the Belgium game.

Should the USA Fear Belgium?

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Since finishing on top of their group in qualification, Belgium has been somewhat under whelming. Despite finishing 2013 with back-to-back losses, this year they have had a good record in terms of wins and losses but the results are not as impressive as some might think. As of their final group game, they have a record of 5-0-1 this calendar year against relative minnows like Tunisia and Algeria (plus an unofficial friendly against Luxembourg) and only one of those games has been won by more than a single goal.

Netherlands and Mexico Line-Up Prediction for Round of 16 Match

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World Cup Match #51, Round of 16, Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up: Netherlands vs Mexico

Date and Time: Sunday, June 29th, 12EST/9PST, ESPN, Univision, and WatchESPN

Location: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza

Two soccer-obssessed nations with disparate pasts meet in Sunday's marquee matchup.

How Should the United States Line Up Against Belgium?

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The United States will need to play its best game of this World Cup in order to overcome Belgium on Tuesday. While the Belgians have struggled at times in Group H play, they have the types of players that can cause the US fits.

Typically friendly results tend to be unreliable indicators as to team strengths.

Netherlands vs Mexico Preview: El Tri Aims to Cause Upset

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The round of 16 has begun and brought plenty of drama along with it. This tournament continues to spoil us, a shootout and a flamboyant display of individual brilliance on Saturday followed by another heavyweight clash on Sunday.

The early kickoff this Sunday will see the most high profile clash yet of this World Cup's dominant formation, the 3-5-2.

World Cup 2014: A New Era of Change for Spain

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Spain encountered a tough group at the 2014 World Cup, that's the preface I'm going with. Yes, Spain had a tough group, and it isn't too shocking that they were eliminated from a group with Chile and the Netherlands. Losing in a tough group is a little more acceptable than losing to say, Cyprus, Canada and the Faroe Islands.

Tim Cahill Makes Return to MLS In RBNY’s 2-2 Draw With Toronto

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Major League Soccer, after a break from its season for the World Cup, has returned. With the eyes of the world focused on soccer, where here in the US where fans are turning out to watch the games on television and online in record numbers, the MLS has an opportunity to grow its fanbase. And so, on Friday night when the World Cup took a break in the action, MLS returned to Red Bull Arena.

7 Candidates For Ireland’s Starting Left-Back Position

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While the world is watching the tournament in Brazil, football supporters in Ireland have no national team to support in the World Cup this summer after getting knocked out of qualification.

The next best thing to being there is to place a wager on any of the matches being played in the World Cup.

World Cup Fever Spreads Across US And Around the World

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The word patriotism should elicit names like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Paul Revere; it should conjure images of tea swimming in the Boston Harbor or of the 50-something men that signed a declaration in response to British aggression. What it should not do is recreate images of the beer that was spilled on the waitress at your local watering hole, or the chili-cheese fries stain that will never wash out.

Costa Rica vs Greece Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Greece and Costa Rica have a combined total of just seven victories in the history of the World Cup, with the Central American side qualifying for the first time in 1990 and the Europeans in 1994. Not many expected either one of them to reach the quarter finals but after today's match in the Arena Pernambuco, Recife, that's exactly what the outcome will be.

Mexico And Andres Guardado: The Ups And Downs of El Tri And Its Forgotten Star

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Not so long ago, Andrés Guardado was the most notable Mexican in the club game. Given what's happened over the last four years, the memory's been relegated to a footnote, but the span is still there: A small window in the wake of Rafa Márquez's fade at Barcelona and Pavel Pardo's departure from Stuttgart where Guardado's place in Spain made him as prominent as any Mexican player in Europe.

How Soccer Fans Should Deal With Non-Fans During the World Cup

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Now is the high-water mark for being a soccer fan in the United States. The US national team escaped the Group of Death, the ratings for the World Cup are breaking records, bars are overflowing during national team games, and even non-soccer fans are admitting to watching every match in this tournament.

WATCH Colombia 2-0 Uruguay Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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After the thrilling finish between Chile and Brazil earlier in the day, it felt as if our collective hearts had just returned to their normal rates when it was time for the second game of the day to begin. Yesterday, the match between Colombia and Uruguay seemed to be for a rather dubious honor: That of losing to Brazil in the next round.

Why England Supporters Should Cheer For the USA

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It's been a bloodbath for English sport lately. In March, its rugby team lost out to Ireland in the Six Nations on mere point differential. Just recently the team went down to New Zealand for an Antipodean Winter tour and lost all three tests to the All Blacks. Its cricket team surrendered the Ashes back to Australia and Mitchell Johnson's mustache in an absolute 5-0 series annihilation.

9 Kit Designs for Game of Thrones Houses

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"And now my watch begins" would have been a relevant quote not just for members of the Night's Watch but for soccer fans around the world to have used on June 12 when the World Cup started.

Nera Palacios, a fan of the popular book series and HBO show Game of Thrones has created mock kits for all the major houses of Westeros.

Order A USA World Cup Jersey And Get 25% Off For A Limited Time

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For a very limited time, order an official USA World Cup jersey and receive 25% off your purchase.

The secret promotion can be unlocked by following the following three steps.

1. Visit World Soccer Shop via the following USA World Cup shirt link.

2. Select the shirt size, quantity and any customization you'd like.

WATCH James Rodriguez’s Incredible Goal For Colombia Against Uruguay [VIDEO]

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Colombia's James Rodriguez scored one of the goals of the World Cup so far with a brilliant piece of individual magic to put Los Cafeteros 1-0 in the lead against Uruguay.

Rodriguez, who wears the number 10 shirt for Colombia and plays his club football for AS Monaco, chested the ball and then hit the ball first time towards the net.

5 Observation From Brazil-Chile World Cup Game

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Brazil may be through but Luis Felipe Scolari will be extremely worried about his team's form. They came up against a fired-up Chile who could have easily dumped the hosts out of the tournament had Mauricio Pinilla's effort had been a few inches lower.

It was a magnificent effort by Chile but they will look back on this game as an opportunity lost.

James Rodriguez Scores Again to Double the Lead Against Uruguay [VIDEO]

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Colombia showed their brilliance against Uruguay yet again Saturday afternoon when James Rodriguez scored his second goal of the match to put Colombia 2-0 in the lead, and one step away from a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

While Rodriguez will go down in the score sheet, it was Juan Cuadrado who deserves all the credit for his sensational header that set up the ball for Rodriguez to score.

WATCH Brazil Defeat Chile 3-2 On Penalties; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Brazil defeated Chile on penalty kicks to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

After a tense 1-1 game and 30 minutes of scoreless extra time in Belo Horizonte, the World Cup match went to penalty kicks to decide the winner between Brazil and Chile.

In an advertisement from both teams of how not to take penalty kicks, Chile was able to pull the penalty kick score back to 2-2 after missing earlier chances.

Colombia vs Uruguay, Starting Lineups, TV Times and World Cup Open Thread

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Colombia and Uruguay battle in the second match of the Round of 16 games in the World Cup. The winner will play the winner of Brazil against Chile in the next round.

Where to watch -

For viewers keen to catch this game from USA, this is where they can tune in.

• English language:ABC andWatch ABC
• Spanish language:Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Bjorn KUIPERS (Netherlands)

Starting XI:

Uruguay:Muslera; Cáceres, Giménez e Godín; Maxi Pereira, Arévalo Rios, González, Rodríguez e Álvaro Pereira; Forlán, Cavani

Colombia:Ospina; Zúñiga, Zapata, Yepes, Armero; Sánchez, Aguilar, JG Cuadrado, James; Teo Gutiérrez, Jackson.

Where to Find Colombia vs Uruguay World Cup Game On US Television and Internet

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Today's must-see game between Colombia and Uruguay will be shown live on US television and Internetbeginning at 4pm ET/1pm PT.

The Colombia-Uruguay game will be televised live on ABC and Univision Deportes. Univision is also offering a free, legal stream of the game without authentication required via it'sUnivision onlinewebsite.

Why Uruguay Losing Against Colombia Would Be A Just Ending to the Luis Suarez Controversy

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Uruguay kicks off its Round of 16 match against Colombia at 4pm ET/1pm PT today, with Uruguay missing its leading goalscorer and most famous footballer Luis Suarez after he was banned for the next nine international games and from all of soccer for the next four months due to biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder Tuesday.

Univision Announces Commentator Assignments For World Cup Round of 16 Games

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Univision has announced their commentator assignments for the World Cup Round of 16 games from June 28 through July 1.

Here they are:

Saturday, June 28

Round of 16 —Brazil vs Chile, Noon ET,Univision, Univision Deportes Network &Univision's Futbol website; Luis Omar Tapia, José Luis López Salido, Félix "El Gato" Fernández

Round of 16 — Colombia vs Uruguay, 4pm ET,Univision, Univision Deportes Network &Univision's Futbol website;Edgar Martínez, Diego Balado, Félix de Bedout

Sunday, June 29

Round of 16 —Mexico vs Netherlands, Noon ET,Univision, Univision Deportes Network &Univision's Futbol website;Enrique "El Perro" Bermúdez, Pablo "La Torre de Jalisco" Ramírez, Jesús "El Profe" Bracamontes

Round of 16 —Costa Rica vs Greece, 4pm ET,Univision, Univision Deportes Network &Univision's Futbol website;Jorge Pérez-Navarro, Diego Balado, Marcelo Balboa

Monday, June 30

Round of 16 —France vs Nigeria, Noon ET,Univision, Univision Deportes Network &Univision's Futbol website;Luis Omar Tapia, Hristo Stoitchkov, Félix Fernández

Round of 16 —Germany vs Algeria, 4pm ET, Univision, Univision Deportes Network &Univision's Futbol website;José Luis López Salido, Edgar Martínez, Pavel Pardo

Tuesday, July 1

Round of 16 —Argentina vs Switzerland, Noon ET, Univision, Univision Deportes Network &Univision's Futbol website;Pablo "La Torre de Jalisco" Ramírez, Mauro Camoranesi, Jesús "El Profe" Bracamontes

Round of 16 —USA vs Belgium, 4pm ET, Univision, Univision Deportes Network &Univision's Futbol website; Jorge Pérez-Navarro, Diego Balado, Marcelo Balboa

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WATCH David Luiz Scores Opening Goal For Brazil Against Chile [VIDEO]

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Brazilian defender David Luiz scored his first international goal of his career, when he scored against Chile in the 18th minute of the Round of 16 World Cup game.

Luiz scored the goal after the ball floated in to the far post. Luiz was "johnny on the spot" for Brazil as he reacted quickly to the cross and knocked the ball into the net.

WATCH Chile Equalize Against Brazil With Goal by Alexis Sanchez [VIDEO]

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Chile rocked Brazil with a goal in the 32nd minute by Alexis Sanchez to make the game 1-1.

Chile capitalized on a poor mistake by Brazil when Hulk made a weak pass to Marcelo from a throw-in, which was picked up by Chile and into the path of Alexis Sanchez, who side footed the shot

Watch the video highlight of the goal here:

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Dutch Newspaper Runs ‘Mexico Go Home’ Cartoon On Front Cover [PHOTO]

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Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf ran a cartoon on the front cover of its newspaper today with Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal wearing a sombrero that says "MexiGo Home," as well as wearing a poncho and toting two guns.

The rest of the cartoon features Dutch stars such as Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben running around as little mice.

Brazil vs Chile, Starting Lineups, TV Schedule and World Cup Open Thread

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The knockout round of the World Cup starts today, which means two things: (1) If you're recording the games, be sure to add time for extra time and penalty kicks, and (2) prepare yourself for some nailbiting games.

With so much riding on the line, it's possible that the next eight games will be more tense than usual, which means fewer goals.

Best World Cup Starting XI From Group Matches

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It's been a captivating group stage at this year's World Cup, with a Best XI of the first 48 matches required.

While some names on this team were expected, others of course have been pleasant surprises to what has been an enthralling competition so far. Here's my best eleven:

Goalkeeper

Keylor Navas (Costa Rica): While Thibaut Courtois got all of the deserved praise and awards in La Liga this season, it could be argued by a good bit that the Levante keeper was truly the best in his position in the Spanish top flight.

What Future Have Manchester United Fans Glimpsed By Watching Netherlands Play in the World Cup?

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After a disastrous David Moyes nine months-reign, most Manchester United fans welcomed the pre-World Cup news that the new manager in the Old Trafford hot seat would be the experienced and title-winning Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. Based on the results of Holland's first three matches, all of those fans will still be wearing a smile on their faces.

Most Impressive World Cup Players From Each Region After Group Matches

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The group stage of World Cup 2014 has finished and it has brought more goals than any of the previous ones at the same stage. With the first rest day over, its time to reflect on who has been most standout performer from each continent.

Europe

It is difficult to look beyond the indefatigable Arjen Robben.

Brazil vs Chile Preview: Underdogs Attempt to Knock Out World Cup Hosts

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In the first of the Round of 16 World Cup matches, hosts Brazil meet their exciting South American counterparts Chile in Belo Horizonte.

Chile, labeled as potential dark horses prior to the tournament, have done little to dispel that notion with Jorge Sampaoli's side coming through Group B with two victories over both Australia and reigning world champions Spain whilst playing a brazenly attacking style of football.

Play the World Cup Prediction Game — Win £500 in Free Takeaway

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Food and football – just sounds right, doesn't it? Having great food when you're watching the match is an age-old tradition, formed in stadiums, pubs and living rooms across the world.

Sometimes, victory is so close you can almost taste it. But what if there's more to it than that – what if our taste buds could actually predict the outcome of matches?

Having Trouble With World Cup Names? Hear The Correct Pronunciation With Namez

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We're just a few weeks into World Cup, and the games have again taken their place as the most important sporting event on the planet next to the Summer Olympics. This year, World Cup fever also spread across social media channels and made the leap from television to computer screens and even mobile applications.

Predicted Lineups for Brazil vs Chile

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Hosts Brazil and fellow South Americans Chile will be kicking off the knock-out stage of the 2014 World Cup in Belo Horizonte with the Selecao being the favorites to qualify to the quarter-finals. However, La Roja will prove to be a tough opponent to beat as Head Coach Jorge Sampaoli promised to set his team on the offensive from the word go.

World Cup Round of 16 Preview

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Caught your breath yet? It's been quite a whirlwind since the World Cup started with goals aplenty and no small amount of talking points. The World Champions, Spain, has been dumped out unceremoniously, the tournament's scoring spree started with an own-goal by Brazil. One hundred and thirty six goals thus far have been scored at an average of 2.

Uruguay and Colombia Ready To Set Off Sparks At Maracanã

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BUENOS AIRES — Uruguayan radio personality Sergio Gorzy went off on Colombia and its soccer team after Uruguay lost 4-0 to Los Cafeteros at Barranquilla in World Cup qualifying play back in 2012. His anger was so extreme that he started talking about how soccer in Colombia was being run by "drug dealers" and how Colombia was "backwards" due to the tricks that they had up their sleeves to get the upper hand against the visitors.

Book Review: ‘The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong’

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Two college professors, Chris Anderson and David Sally, decided to write a book titled The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong to go over famous philosophies in the sport and use data to determine if notable ideals were true or just results of people falsely waxing poetically.

Top 5 Moments of the 2014 World Cup Group Matches [GIFs]

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Two weeks later and the dust has settled on the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. It has been full of highs and lows, lots of goals and plenty of controversy. Let's take a look at the top 5 moments of the group stage.

1. Robin Van Persie's header

On their way to brutally dismantling Spain, Robin van Persie clearly showed his new club manager Louis Van Gaal that good things will come to wait once they both get settled back at Manchester United.

Day 14 – Coulter-Attack (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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USA go through as the pod take a look at all of the action on the final group day. Best of all, no ‘soccer' hating americans. Just good old, pod-based goodness. Soccer, let's talk world:

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Front Covers Of Newspapers After USA Advance In World Cup [PHOTOS]

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At this rate, we won't have anything left for July 4th. Each U.S. match at this World Cup continues to bring out massive American support from sea to shining sea in offices, homes, and most impressively, in grand public gatherings. Our nation's newspapers tore themselves away from running generic AP content to brilliantly capture local scenes of patriotic passion.

America Dares to Dream About the World Cup

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Call it World Cup fever. Call it "I Believe That We Will Win" fervor, or just call me crazy, but if there was ever a World Cup the United States could actually win, Brazil 2014 is it.

When you've recovered from laughing, allow me to explain...

There is a certain tongue-in-cheek quality to the I Believe campaign by U.

What the USA Can Expect From Belgium in Tuesday’s World Cup Game

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This is where the fun starts for the United States. After negotiating their way through the Group of Death with some wonderful performances, Jurgen Klinsmann's men will take on Belgium in the last-16 knowing there is very little pressure on them whatsoever. Even if the USA were to depart at this particular stage of the tournament, this team has captured the imagination of the nation and already exceeded expectations.

Liverpool Are In Advanced Talks to Sign Southampton’s Adam Lallana

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England international Adam Lallana is reportedly in Liverpool for a medical ahead of a transfer from Southampton to Liverpool.

The 26-year-old Lallana has been a Liverpool target for weeks, and it looks like the Reds will bring him to Anfield for a reported £25 million transfer fee. If they do make a move, Lallana will join his former Southampton teammate Rickie Lambert and Emre Can (formerly of Bayer Leverkusen) as new additions to the club.

Updated Odds On Who Will Win The World Cup After Completion Of Group Matches

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Now that the Group matches have concluded, Chris McFarland of Share Draft has re-run the data simulations to determine who are the teams most likely to win the World Cup.

First, an update regarding how the odds are determined.

Using Elo ratings (ER), an elegant metric for calculating current strength based on weighted recent relative performance, each match's expected outcome was plugged into a Poisson random number generator.

Galatasaray In Talks to Hire David Moyes As Manager

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Former Manchester United boss David Moyes could be set for a swift return to club management with reports suggesting that he is set to take over the helm of Turkish club Galatasaray.

The 51-year-old tactician was sacked by the Red Devils earlier this year after ten woeful months at Old Trafford, a period in which then Premier League champions slipped to seventh place in the league table.

America’s Favorite National Pastime: Loving Soccer

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The debate about whether soccer has "made it" in America is one that has been going on for decades. Since hosting the World Cup in 1994, the popularity of the sport in this country has steadily risen year after year. Personally I don't believe it will ever become the most popular sport in this country.

USA Has 47% Chance Of Beating Belgium; Updated Odds For Each World Cup Round of 16 Game

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Now that the Group stages of the World Cup have concluded, it's time to review the upcoming Round of 16 games to see which teams have the best odds of advancing through to the quarter-finals of World Cup 2014.

Before we share the data, here's a note from the editor.

Editor's note: Chris McFarland's analysis beat Nate Silver's Soccer Power Index predictions for the Group stages of the World Cup.

Manchester United Sign Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw

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Manchester United began the new Louis Van Gaal era in a big way today with the signing of Ander Herrera for a reported £29m from Athletic Bilbao. Herrera was pursued last summer by the Red Devils but ultimately that pursuit not only fell short but was the possible subject of sabotage.

Herrera told the official Manchester United website:

"Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true.

Now The World Cup Fun Begins For USA After Escaping Group Of Death

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The United States didn't deserve to go out of the World Cup Thursday against Germany — not after coming within 30 seconds of clinching their place in the knockout stages against Portugal, and battling gamely against the worst travel schedule in the competition, and a group of death that promised and delivered drama and hardship.

Algeria 1-1 Russia: Match Highlights (VIDEO) – Algerians Advance

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Algeria advanced to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time in the nation's history with a 1-1 Group H draw against Russia. Fabio Capello's Russian side was highly touted entering the tournament but ultimately underwhelmed.

By contrast, Algeria who failed to record a goal in all three group games in 2010 were a high-flying side in this World Cup.

South Korea 0-1 Belgium: Match Highlights (VIDEO)

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Belgium defeated South Korea 1-0 on Thursday evening. With the win the Belgians secured the top spot in Group H. South Korea was eliminated.

The highly-rated Belgian side won all three Group H encounters but still managed to underwhelm many observers. Belgium will face the United States in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.

WATCH How The USA Approach vs Germany Helped Them Escape Group G [VIDEO]

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In this the latest edition of World Soccer Talk's Tactics Corner, World Soccer Talk's Earl Reed looks at the USA versus Germany match.

The US escapes the "Group Of Death" after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to Germany. What was Jurgen Klinsmann thinking in this match, and how did Germany get after the United States in order to grab the victory and secure First Place from Group G?

The Americas Dominating the Group Stage But Who Will Go All The Way in Brazil?

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With the eight ties setup for the second round at the 2014 World Cup, the South American nations have looked the most impressive in reaching the last 16.

Brazil, Colombia and Argentina all won their groups, collectively picking up 25 of a possible 27 points. Chile came through their group which included Netherlands and Spain, dropping only 3 points.

Everton Unveil Home Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Everton Football Club have switched from Nike to Umbro for the 2014/15 Premier League season, and in doing so have gone from a blue and white trim kit to a blue and black kit.

For a club with such a rich history as Everton, the change is quite stark. The black trim gives the new Everton shirt a completely different look and feel.

Redemption For Jurgen Klinsmann: USA Head Coach’s Controversial Decisions Proven Correct

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Jurgen Klinsmann has been derided by critics on both sides of the Atlantic as being incapable of taking a tactical approach to the way he sets up and manages his teams. In 2011, Phillip Lahm who played for Klinsmann — both with Germany and Bayern Munich — said the following about the one-time German national team great:

"We practically only practiced fitness under Klinsmann.

Luis Suarez’s Desire to Win At Any Cost Evokes His On-The-Pitch Demons

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Over the past two years, we've written more words about Luis Suárez than we ever imagined possible.

From suspensions to transfer rumors to key goals at the most opportune time, we thought we had seen it all and there was nothing left that could surprise us.

So you'll understand our shock while watching Uruguay's game on Monday when Suárez and Italy's Giorgio Chiellini clashed in front of the Italian goal with just a few minutes left in the game.

ESPN Announces World Cup TV Commentator Assignments For Round of 16 Games

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ESPN have announced their commentator assignments for the Round of 16 games in the World Cup.

There are no surprises in the announcements. ESPN have stuck to their proven formula of the World Cup commentators who have shared the booth on several occasions during the Group Stages, so we see Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman commentating the USA-Belgium game, while Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno will announce the Mexico-Netherlands game.

World Cup TV Schedule For Round of 16 Through World Cup Final

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The race to see who will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup is heating up, and the matches will be coming thick and fast over the coming days.

If you're caught World Cup soccer fever, here's the TV schedule for the remainder of the tournament for viewers in the United States.

SEE MORE — Download the World Cup Bracket.

5 Observations From USA vs Germany Game

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On a day that saw Luis Suárez given a heavy ban from soccer as well as Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince-Boateng being sent home in disgrace by Ghana, there was a danger that the off-pitch drama would overshadow the remaining fixtures in Group G.

The equation was simple, a draw between the US and Germany would see both sides comfortably qualify for the knockout rounds.

Got World Cup Fever? Order Your Favorite Official World Cup Jerseys

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World Cup fever is sweeping through the United States and around the world in what has been one of the most exciting World Cup tournaments in recent memory.

For World Cup 2014, there's nothing like cheering your country and wearing the shirt of your national team.

Whether you support the red, white and blue of the United States, or the colors of another country, our official soccer merchandise partner World Soccer Shop is now offering $5 second day shipping (in continental US only) if you place your order before 3pm ET on Friday, June 27.

Belgium vs South Korea, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Who will the USA play on Tuesday? Will it be Belgium or Algeria. All Belgium needs is a draw to finish in first place in the group. The Red Devils will want to avoid finishing in second place in the group. Otherwise they'll play Germany in the next round.

Where to watch -

For viewers keen to catch this game from USA, this is where they can tune in.

Algeria vs Russia, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Who will the USA play on Tuesday? Will it be Belgium or Algeria. A draw for Algeria may be enough to help them advance depending on what South Korea does against Belgium. If Algeria finishes second in the group, they'll play Germany on Monday.

Where to watch -

For viewers keen to catch this game from USA, this is where they can tune in.

Portugal 2-1 Ghana Match Highlights [VIDEO]: Cristiano Ronaldo Lifts Portugal But Final Result Isn’t Enough

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While United States versus Germany match took center stage stateside, there remained a watchful eye on "the other match." Both Portugal and Ghana needed a clear winner in the United States vs. Germany encounter and then needed to beat their own opponent convincingly to have a chance to advance to the knockout stage.

USA 0-1 Germany Match Highlights [VIDEO]: US Holds On To Advance to Next Round of World Cup

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Both Germany and the United States advance to the round of 16 in first and second place respectively. After a 1-0 finish in a wet and humid Recife, the USMNT qualify through goal difference after Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1.

The beginning of the first half saw a confident German side completing passes, and testing the United State's back line.

Player Ratings For USA-Germany World Cup Game

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It was one of the most tense viewing experiences as a fan of the US Men's National Team, but the USA team did what was necessary to advance to the next round of the World Cup. We can now all breathe a collective sign of relief.

Here are the player ratings for Germany-USA:

Tim Howard, 7: Made the saves he had to make – no chance whatsoever on Thomas Muller's thunderbolt.

Belgium vs South Korea Preview

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The pre-tournament excitement about this very talented Belgium squad has sobered after two narrow and uninspiring wins in Brazil. This has put them top of Group G and through to the Round of 16, yet it's hardly been satisfying or convincing.

The arc of slow starts, flat middles, and late highs is not a path to dominance.

Ghana vs Portugal, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Ghana and Portugal battle to see if they can find a way to qualify for the next round. One of them will go home. One prays to move forward.

TV times:

• English language:ESPN2 andWatchESPN
• Spanish language:UniMás, Galavision andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Starting lineups:

Portugal:Beto, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Miguel Veloso, William Carvalho, Ronaldo (c), Moutinho, Eder, Nani, Amorim, Pereira

Ghana:Dauda, Afful, Asamoah, Mensah, Boye, Badu, Rabui, Dede, Atsu, Warris, Gyan

Referee -

Nawaf SHUKRALLA(Bahrain)

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Newspaper Front Covers from USA And Germany Before World Cup Game [PHOTOS]

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In 1990, when the US qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 40 years, I didn't havecable so I couldn't enjoy TNT's ramshackle coverage. So I followed along with the New York Daily News. There were no recaps, highlights, or columns, just the scores printed in agate type on a page of sports miscellanea tucked in between the baseball box scores and the horse racing form.

USA vs Germany, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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This is it. After today's match, we'll know if USA and/or Germany are progressing to the next round as well as who will be going home. Kickoff is at Noon ET/9am PT. Don't miss it chaps.

Where to watch -

For viewers keen to catch this game from USA, this is where they can tune in.

Where to Watch the World Cup In Nashville

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The wave of soccer support in the Nashville area has been steadily growing for several years now. Scores upon scores of kids playing in very successful youth programs and club teams, growth in popularity of the Nashville Football Club, and hosting US men's and women's national team games at LP Field have all no doubt helped to bring interest in the beautiful game to new levels in Music City.

Where to Find the USA-Germany and Ghana-Portugal Games On US Television And Internet

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Today's must-see game between USA and Germany will be shown live on US television and Internet beginning at Noon ET/9am PT (coverage begins at 11am ET/8am PT). If the United States beats or ties Germany, the USMNT will advance to the next round of the World Cup. If they lose, here's a helpful infographic that breaks down what needs to happen.

FIFA Bans Luis Suarez For 9 International Matches and From Soccer For 4 Months

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Luis Suarez has been banned by FIFA for 9 international matches, and will not be allowed to participate in any soccer-related activity for a period of four months.

The worldwide ban is immediate and means that Suarez will miss this weekend's game against Colombia as the first match of his ban.

Where to Watch the World Cup in Los Angeles

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As a tourist town, Los Angeles suffers by comparison to other cities. It lacks the compactness of Boston, D.C., or San Francisco; cities where a solid day's walk lets you to soak in a wealth of sights. It doesn't have must-see architectural landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Willis (Sears) Tower, the Space Needle or any of the monuments along D.

USA vs Germany Preview and Predicted Lineups

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The USA and Germany face off today at Noon ET/9am PT in the final game for each side in Group G. A win by either team wins the group, but both teams only need to walk out of the Arena Pernambuco in Recife with a single point to ensure advancement into the next round.

The teams have reached this point after opening wins followed by shocking draws in their respective second games – Germany coming back against Ghana, while the U.

Tweet Your Questions to USA Legend and ESPN Analyst Kasey Keller On Thursday Morning

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Former United States goalkeeper and ESPN analyst Kasey Keller will be taking part in a Twitter chat Thursday, 6/26at 9:15 am EST ahead of the United States vs Germany match.

Fans can submit questions to Castrol GTX's twitter page (@CastrolUSA), and use the hashtag #AskKasey to get in on the conversation.

Five Reasons Why The USA Cannot “Play for a Tie” Against Germany

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This week I have been receiving a lot of, to use a polite word, "guff" about the United States National Team from militant anti-soccer people. They constantly bring up the idea that the U.S. simply needs a draw to advance in the World Cup and, because Germany can also finish first with a draw, there is a major opportunity for collusion with Jurgen Klinsmann's old team (see, more conspiracy!

Germany’s Plan Versus the USA: If I Were Joachim Löw

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Thursday is the final match day in Group G, and none of the teams in the Group of Death are 100% through or 100% nor are they knocked out. Germany also belongs to this group, though their position is the least precarious, as they would need a colossal collapse against the USA and either Ghana or Portugal would need an epic and high scoring victory.

USA v. Germany 5 Match-Ups to Watch

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When was the last time the United States played a bad World Cup game, devoid of drama, controversy, and great goals? You'd have to go all the way back to a meeting with Germany in Paris in 1998.

Jurgen Klinsmann got the second goal for the Germans as they eased by the overmatched and misfiring U.

Can the USA Overcome the Psychological Blow Dealt By Portugal?

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Thirty seconds. The USA was a mere 30 seconds away from a momentous victory and qualification into the knockout stage.Instead, all of that was snatched away right at the death in heartbreaking fashion and they had to settle for a 2-2 draw, along with just 4 points instead of 6.

Soccer can be a cruel game and is often a roller coaster of emotions.

Italy Manager Cesare Prandelli’s Resignation Does Not Solve Team’s Woes

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Cesare Prandelli's path as Italy coach begun four years ago, just after the South African World Cup fiasco, which was led by the former World Cup winner Marcello Lippi.

During his four years in charge as Italy's coach, the former Fiorentina manager led Italy to second place at Euro 2012 and the third place at last year's Confederations Cup.

Kyle Beckerman, The USA’s’ Dreadlocked Warrior

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Kyle Beckerman #15, it's not just what you see on the back of his jersey at this World Cup it is also what he signed at the bottom of the notes he wrote for his Mom as a kid.

Born in Maryland, it's been Beckerman's dream to play for the U.S. Men's National team since he was young. However it was a dream he began to think would never come true until Jurgen Klinsmann took over as head coach and Beckerman started to see consistent field time.

Ghana and Portugal Preview: Teams Look to Advance From Group G

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Over last weekend, Ghana and Portugal played in matches that both ended in 2-2 draws, keeping their World Cup hopes alive. In their first meeting against each other, Group G's underachievers have one more chance to redeem themselves while potentially advancing to the knockout stage.

Heading into the tournament, many believed Cristiano Ronaldo was going to dominate the World Cup and move himself up the list all fans and pundits personally have of the greatest soccer players of all time, especially after winning his second Ballon d'Or and another Champions League title.

Day 13 – FRAARG (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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Two of the tournament favourites, so far, go through to the next round to face opposition who possess more in morale than talent, but the World Cup throws up some funny ties and both Argentina and France will have to avoid an upset in the next round.

Elsewhere, football has gone mad.

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Review of Canada’s 2014 Home Kit From Umbro

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Last week, Canada's national team released their latest home kit, which coincided with the Canada's Women's National Team friendly against Germany at BC Place in Vancouver.

The jersey, made by British sportswear supplier Umbro, will be worn by all Canadian national soccer teams this year.

Declaring itself as "Canada's national teams' new dress code," the kit is available on theCanada Soccer online store and at better soccer speciality and sporting goods stores across Canada.

Ghana Suspend Star Players Kevin Prince-Boateng and Sulley Muntari Indefinitely

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In a huge blow to Ghana's chances of defeating Portugal today, the Ghana Football Association has announced that both Kevin Prince-Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been suspended indefinitely from the national team and will not be playing in today's crucial FIFA World Cup game against Portugal.

The Ghana FA has withdrawn Sulley Muntari's accreditation as a World Cup player, and has issued the following statement:

"The decision was taken in the wake of his unprovoked physical attack on an Executive Committee member of the GFA and a management member of the Black Stars, Mr.

Will Ferrell Crashes American Outlaws Party In Recife to Cheer On Team USA [VIDEO]

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Actor and comedian Will Ferrell crashed a US Soccer party last night in Recife to cheer on the United States ahead of its game against Germany (Noon ET/9am PT kickoff).

Ferrell jokingly offered to be available for the USA World Cup team if they need him due to the injury to Jozy Altidore.

Ferrell, who is a massive soccer fan and Chelsea supporter, will be at today's game in Recife.

Honduras 0-3 Switzerland: Match Highlights (VIDEO) – Swiss Grab Second Spot in Group E

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A slight tactical move has helped spur Switzerland into the second round and Xherdan Shaqiri in his country's history books after a 3-0 win against Honduras in Manaus.

Shaqiri was moved to a more center forward role this match by Head Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. This move allowed the midfielder to complete the first Swiss hat-trick in a World Cup since 1954.

France 0-0 Ecuador:Les Blues Win Group E: Match Highlights (VIDEO)

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On the deciding day of the World Cup for Group E, a resurgent French side needed only a point to top their group and avoid Argentina in the last 16. Meanwhile, Ecuador would have to beat their opponents and maintain their goal difference over Switzerland to advance to the next round. Ominously, if France were to beat Ecuador it will be only the second time they have won all of their World Cup group matches.

WATCH This Fantastic Animation of USA’s World Cup Goals [VIDEO]

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Watch an incredible animation of USA's goals in the World Cup featuring Clint Dempsey, John Brooks, Jermaine Jones and another one by Mr. Dempsey.

The superb animation is designed by the talented Richard Swarbrick. And subscribe to Richard Swarbrick's channel to watch more animations: http://bit.

Honduras vs Switzerland: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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Today's second round of matches kicks off with Honduras facing Switzerland. The Swiss can advance with a win today if Ecuador is unable to do the business against France.

Where to watch -

For viewers in USA, this is where the match can be streamed -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language:UniMás, Galavision andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Nestor Pitana (Argentina)

Starting lineups -

Switzerland XI vs.

Ecuador vs France: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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We end today's action with France taking on Ecuador with the opportunity on the line for Ecuador to advance to the next round.

Where to watch -

For viewers keen to catch this game from USA, this is where they can tune in.

English language:ESPN2 andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Noumandiez Doue (Ivory Coast)

Starting lineups -

Ecuador XI vs France: Domínguez; Paredes, Guagua, Erazo, W.

Argentina 3-2 Nigeria Match Highlights [VIDEO]: La Albiceleste Emerge Victorious

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Similar to a parent who knows his or her child is smarter than the C's on the report card, most soccer fans will be somewhat disappointed with the performance of the Albiceleste today. While they did score three goals they also gave up two goals and could've easily found themselves on the losing end in a shock result.

Bosnia 3-1 Iran Match Highlights [VIDEO]; 5 Observations From Match

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Iran had a big chance to qualify for the next stage of the World Cup. Carlos Quieroz's side had to beat an already eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina and hope that Argentina defeated Nigeria. To qualify outright Iran needed to win and ensure that their goal difference was superior to Nigeria's.

7 Reasons to Watch the World Cup On Univision Deportes

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This summer, I've watched more soccer on Univision Deportes than ever before. During previous World Cup tournaments, I would have watched 100% of the World Cup on ESPN and ABC, but as my thirst for soccer has increased, so too has my disillusionment with ESPN's overall coverage of the tournament.

It's not that ESPN's coverage is poor.

Barcelona Sign Chile World Cup Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo

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Barcelona continue to work hard to improve their side after a disappointing season by signing Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo today from Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old signed a four-year deal and is having a solid World Cup as the captain of Chile. His country are advancing to the knockout stage.

WATCH Messi Score 2 Goals To Put Argentina 2-1 In the Lead In First Half Against Nigeria [VIDEO]

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Leo Messi has done it again.

Argentina's star player scored two goals in the first half of the World Cup game against Nigeria to break the hearts of the African giants. There's still 45 minutes left to play in the match, but Nigeria has a lot of work cut out for them if they want to try to salvage a draw in case Iran beats Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Iran vs Bosnia-Herzegovina: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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Iran have an excellent opportunity to advance to the next round of the World Cup today if they can get a victory against already-eliminated Bosnia and hope that Argentina can score a few goals against Nigeria.

Where to watch -

The match begins at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST, and this is where viewers in USA can watch the game -

• English language:ESPN2 andWatchESPN
• Spanish language:UniMás, Galavision andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Carlos VELASCO CARBALLO (Spain)

Starting lineups -

Iran:Haghighi, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam (c), Shojaei, Timotian, Montarezi, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi

Bosnia:Begovic, Vrsajevic, Spahic (c), Kolasinac, Besic, Pjanic, Ibisevic, Dzeko, Susic, Sunjic, Hadzic

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Argentina vs Nigeria: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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While Argentina are already through to the next round, a draw will be good enough for Nigeria to advance to the next round. But even if Nigeria lose today, they could still advance if Iran fails to beat Bosnia or Iran doesn't better Nigeria's goal difference.

Where to watch -

The match begins at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST, and this is where viewers in USA can watch the game -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

Starting lineups -

Nigeria:Enyeama, Ambrose, Yobo, Omeruo, Oshaniwa, Musa, Mikel, Onazi, Babatunde, Emenike, Odemwingie.

Day 12 – Out You Go (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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As the pod sit down to look at the games that mattered in this World Cup the next round begins to shape itself up...who will go through?

Matt and Kris take you through the ties.

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Ghana Sends Plane Carrying $3 Million+ In Cash to Prevent Forfeit Against Portugal in World Cup

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After reports leaked from the Black Stars training camp yesterday that Ghana's players planned on forfeiting tomorrow's pivotal match against Portugal due to not being paid for their performances yet, Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama (pictured above) has intervened to make sure everything is under control.

Where to Watch the World Cup in Manhattan and Brooklyn

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World Cup fever has officially gripped New York City. As soccer grows ever more popular in the United States, we review six of the best places to watch the tournament in Manhattan and Brooklyn:

1. Jack Demsey's

Home of the New York City chapter of the American Outlaws Supporters' Club, this is a great place to watch all the USA games as well as many others.

Ghana Will Defeat Portugal As Long as The Black Stars Aren’t Arrogant

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Ghana is confident they can defeat Portugal and make it to the round of 16 but they must be careful because that same demeanor is what made them lose to the United States and has them in the predicament they're in.

Group G has lived up to its pre-tournament expectations of being the 'group of death' with all four teams still having a chance to advance on Thursday.

Support For USA World Cup Team Growing In England After 3 Lions Departure

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With the England national team on their wayhome fromBrazil after three abject performances in the group stage, the intense coverage of the World Cup has been turned down a notch on this side of the Atlantic.

There's still plenty of excitement as we stand on the brink of the knockout stages of the tournament, but the wide-ranging hyperbole and unyieldingly immersive focus that accompanies the tournament when the Three Lions are involved has fizzled out.

Honduras vs Switzerland Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Switzerland play Honduras in their final group game today at 4pm ET/1pm PT knowing that victory will seal their place in the last 16. On paper, it is one of the easier World Cup games to have as a "must win" match because the Hondurans have had a poor tournament so far.

For Honduras, Stoke midfielder Wilson Palacios will return from suspension for the foolish red card he received against France.

Young World Cup Trio Look to Revive The Declining Centerback Position

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With over 100 goals scored already in this tournament, the 2014 World Cup has not been an exhibition for great centerback play. With the game quicker, fitter, more athletic and open than it has ever been before, gone are the days where your central defenders can sit ensconced in front of their goalkeeper and worry about maintaining sound positioning.

Gap In Talent Between Germany And USA Soccer Teams Is Not As Wide As Many Argue

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The United States faces possible elimination from the World Cup if they don't get at least a draw against Germany on Thursday. The USA's failure to close out Portugal in stoppage time has left the national team with everything to do against Germany.

Assumptions are abound in the United States among some lazy pundits and those who quite honestly might want to see the sport fail that Germany is somehow an invincible force and the United States will be eliminated.

Why USA Midfielder Michael Bradley Must Step Up Against Germany

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Last month, if you would have come to me and said that during the World Cup Jermaine Jones was the US MVP after two matches while Michael Bradley was the goat of both games, AND the U.S. stood a good chance of advancing from the group, I would have had you committed. But this is the reality that U.

83% Of South American Teams Have Advanced To Next Round of World Cup So Far

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If you were to ask pundits with some semblance of knowledge about the beautiful game beforehand to predict a winner of the World Cup, it would be unthinkable if they would have tipped anything else but a European or a South American country. Every final of the previous 19 World Cup tournaments has featured countries exclusively from one or both of those continents.

New Camera Angle Shows Luis Suarez Biting Giorgio Chiellini In More Detail [GIF]

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A new, better camera angle of the disgusting incident of Luis Suarez biting fellow professional Giorgio Chiellini has been uncovered, which shows more graphic detail regarding how intentional the bite was.

According to several different newspapers, Suarez may face a ban of two years that would prevent him from playing.

England 0-0 Costa Rica Match Highlights [VIDEO]: Central Americans Win Group D After Lifeless Draw

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Costa Rica clinched the top spot in Group A following a 0-0 draw with previously eliminated England. This match which was played simultaneously with the Italy-Uruguay match ultimately was overshadowed by the multiple controversies in that game including the biting incident involving Luis Suarez.

7.1 Million People Watched Mexico Vs Croatia On Univision Deportes

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An average of 7.1 million people watched Univision's broadcast of the World Cup game between Mexico and Croatia on Monday, which is the most-viewed World Cup Group Stage match in the history of Univision Deportes.

Several key numbers stand out:

Univision Deportes coverage of Mexico vs.

Australia 0-3 Spain: Match Highlights (VIDEO)

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The reigning World Champions Spain ended their meek title defense on a winning note with a 3-0 victory over Australia on Monday.

Australia 0-3 Spain: Match Highlights (VIDEO) is a post from World Soccer Talk.

Historic Win Propels Greece Into Knockout Stages For First Time

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The final whistle blew and you could hear the collective groan the world over, Greece had qualified for the knock out rounds of the World Cup. It was not pretty (it never is when Greece is involved) but it was a performance that is typical of this team when their backs are against the wall, resolute defending, counter attacking and a bit of luck.

It’s All About Adopting a Second World Cup Team

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As you may have heard, there's a World Cup on.

And while for most of us that means rallying behind our home nation, there's no hiding the fact we all love to adopt a second team during the tournament.

There are various reasons why we do this. It may be because our home nation didn't qualify to begin with.

Win A Trip to One of the Countries Playing in the World Cup Final

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This post brought to you by BACARDÍ. All opinions are 100% mine.

With the BACARDÍ Untameable Fan Contest, you and your guest have a chance to win a trip to one of the countries whose team is playing in the World Cup Final. Could it be Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy or another awesome destination?

Ecuador vs France Preview: South American Team Faces Uphill Battle

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Of all the teams arriving in Brazil with question marks over them, France began the journey with one of the heaviest loads. The long shadows cast by the events in South Africa meant that Les Bleus couldn't just arrive at the tournament and win games, as most expected them to, having been handed one of the potentially easiest groups of the tournament from a European perspective.

Samaras Scores Last Minute Penalty to Send Greece to Round Of 16

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Georgios Samaras scored a late penalty in stoppage time to send Greece through to the Round of 16, while Ivory Coast will feel demoralized after being so close to advancing.

Controversy surrounded this nerve-wrecking game in Group C as Greece snuck through to the second round of the World Cup finals after facing a more-fancied Ivory Coast side.

Colombia 4-1 Japan: Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Los Cafeteros Crush Japan

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A spirited Japanese effort to save their World Cup tournament was duly bunted by a high flying Colombian team led by James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez, as the playmaker's latest brilliance with the Porto man led his side to a 4-1 victory and a 100% record in the group stages.

Alberto Zaccheroni's side had the better play in the beginning of the match, as the inclusion of Toshihiro Aoyama in the lineup and finally moving Mainz 05 star Shinji Okazaki up front seemed to indicate that they would score the first goal.

Luis Suarez Claims ‘These Things Happen In The Box’ After Biting Incident Mars Win Against Italy

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In a post-match interview, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez brushed off the biting incident that became the main talking point of the Italy-Uruguay World Cup game.

In an interview with Uruguay media, Suarez said:

"These things happen in the box. We were in contact, chest against shoulder, and I got a knock to the eye.

WATCH Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Greeks Advance to Round of 16

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What an ending to the match between Greece and Ivory Coast!

Greece defeated Ivory Coast in the last few minutes of the match to advance to the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The winning goal came in controversial circumstances after Greece won a soft penalty when Georgios Samaras was allegedly fouled in the penalty area.

Cesare Prandelli’s Tactics, Not Luis Suarez Or The Referee, Hurt Italy

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Cesare Prandelli's decision to resign in the wake of the Azzurri's 1-0 defeat to Uruguay was a noble one, premised on the idea that he was responsible for Italy's poor showing in the World Cup. Setting aside his tenure as the Italian coach this cycle, if we focus on this match, then it was the correct decision to shoulder the blame.

Italy Manager Cesare Prandelli Resigns After Rant Against Fans And Italian FA

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After a controversial 1-0 loss to UruguayTuesday in the Group stages of the World Cup, Italian manager Cesare Prandelli has resigned from his position. His Italian squad came in third in the group after two consecutive losses against Costa Rica and Uruguay.

In 2010, Prandelli replaced Marcelo Lippi as head coach of the Azzurri after the 2006 World Cup.

Japan vs Colombia: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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With Colombia already qualified to the next round, they face a Japan outfit who will be desperate to win to keep their own hopes of qualification alive.

Where to watch -

For viewers in USA, this is where they can catch the kickoff at4 PM EST/1 PM PST -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Pedro Proenca (Portugal)

Starting lineups -

Japan: Kawashima, Uchida, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Okazaki, Kagawa, Okubo, Aoyama, Honda, Konno, Hasebe.

5 Observations From Italy 0-1 Uruguay World Cup Game

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This game was a must-win for Uruguay and a must-not lose for the Italians and the differing mindsets of the two sides leant itself to a tense and edgy contest.

After losing their opening match, the Uruguayans deserve a lot of credit for getting the results needed to book their berth in the knockout stages.

Greece vs Ivory Coast: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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With second place in the Group still up for grabs for both the teams, this might be a highly entertaining game.

Where to watch -

The match kicks off at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST, and this is viewers in USA can catch this game -

English language:ESPN2 andWatchESPN
Spanish language:UniMás, Galavision andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Starting line-ups -

Greece:Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas.

New Soccer Video Website Launches to Aggregate Best Viral Videos From Across the Web

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Viral videos are such an integral part of the soccer experience. Whether it's interviews with The Special One, clips from Nike or user generated videos, you can now find them in one place at worldsoccertalk.tv.

No longer do you have to hunt and click through YouTube or social media to find the soccer videos that appeal to you.

WATCH Uruguay’s Luis Suarez Bite Giorgio Chiellini [VIDEO]

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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez did it again. In the second half of the World Cup match against Italy, Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder and should have been red carded.

However, the match officials missed the incident even after Chiellini showed the ref the bite marks on his shoulder.

Photo Reveals Luis Suarez Bite Marks On Italy Defender Giorgio Chiellini [PHOTO]

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A photo has been revealed that shows Luis Suarez's bite marks on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Unfortunately, the Uruguay-Italy game was marred by a biting incident featuring Luis Suarez, which is the third such recent incident. Suarez bit Italy centre back Giorgio Chiellini. The Italy defender immediately bared his shoulder, but the match officials didn't see the incident.

WATCH Uruguay Knock Italy Out Of The World Cup In Controversial Circumstances [VIDEO]

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Uruguay knocked out Italy from the World Cup in controversial circumstances after beating the Azzurri 1-0 when Diego Godin scored a header from a corner.

Unfortunately, the game was marred by a biting incident featuring Luis Suarez, which is the third such recent incident. Suarez bit Italy centre back Giorgio Chiellini.

WATCH Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera’s 6 Best Goal Celebrations [GIF]

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Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera has been one of the stars of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, not only because of his achievements in turning the Mexico National Team into a serious and powerful threat at the World Cup, but because of his goal celebrations.

Herrera makes Jose Mourinho look like a timid person.

Why Spain Failed And Vicente Del Bosque Should Be Fired

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Paralysis by analysis. This was ultimately the downfall of Vicente Del Bosque. Of late, Spain has had an embarrassment of riches in soccer talent. And instead of a blessing, this ultimately proved to be a curse in disguise.

Two years ago at the European Championship we saw signs of this.

England and Costa Rica Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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For England, there's not much left except pride and a chance to watch a young England team against an exciting, up-and-coming Costa Rica team.

First the TV news and starting lineups:

• English language:ESPN2 andWatchESPN
• Spanish language:UniMás, Galavision andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Starting lineups:

England: Foster, Jones, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw; Milner, Lampard, Wilshere; Barkley, Lallana, Sturridge

Costa Rica: Navas, Gonzalez, Borges, Duarte, Campbell, Ruiz (c), Brenes, Diaz, Gamboa, Tejeda, Miller

Referee:

TBD

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Greece vs Ivory Coast Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Ivory Coast and Greece arrive in Fortaleza with both sides having an opportunity to advance into the knockout stages (4pm ET/1pm PT kickoff). Ivory Coast comes into the match after losing a close affair with Colombia 2-1 and defeating Japan in comeback fashion by the same scoreline. Greece has had a disappointing campaign so far.

Colombia vs Japan Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Japan and Colombia face off today at 4pm ET/1pm PT with both teams in need of points for very different reasons. Los Cafeteros only need one point to be sure of top spot, while the Blue Samurai desperately need their first victory of the campaign and hope Greece do them a favor versus Cote D' Ivoire.

Italy vs Uruguay, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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The headline on one of the most popular Italian newspapers, Gazetta Dello Sport, reads today "No going home; NO!" ahead of Italy's do-or-die clash against Uruguay, which kicks off at Noon ET/9am PT today.

First the TV news and starting lineups:

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Starting lineups:

Uruguay:Muslera; Cáceres, Giménez, Godín, A.

England v Costa Rica battle for Unofficial World Championship

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So you plan on watching Italy versus Uruguay today, eh? Fancy a match with some actual stakes? You won't even take a peek at the dead rubber between England and Costa Rica? No interest at all in an underachieving England squad making its earliest World Cup exit since 1958?

But Italy and Uruguay are only playing for the right to advance to the Round of 16, which is small potatoes compared to the massive England-Costa Rica match.

World Cup Qualification Scenarios: Who Will Advance From Groups C-G

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Day one of the final round of games in the World Cup Group Stages is complete, and we now know that Brazil, Netherlands, Mexico and Chile are through to the next round of games, which will be played this weekend. Groups A and B are done and dusted.

But what about the other groups? Who's in, who's out and who's hanging on by a thread?

Strong Performances By USMNT Players Pique Interest Of Newcastle Manager

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who works for an owner in Mike Ashley notorious for penny-pinching, has stated his interest in bringing US players from Major League Soccer to his club according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

Having stayed up late to watch the United States 2-2 draw with Portugal on Sunday, Pardew spoke to the newspaper about how Premier League clubs were likely to begin monitoring the North American league more closely.

Mexico Rewarded for Aggressive Tactics in 3-1 Victory Over Croatia

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Going into the final Group A match of this World Cup, you could forgive Mexico for playing conservatively. While they could finish atop the group by "outscoring" Brazil, simply getting a draw would see Mexico extend their improbably run into the next round of the tournament. Instead, both teams went for the decisive first goal that led to an exciting match and ultimately a more active Mexico taking a lead they would not relinquish en route to a date with the Netherlands.

WATCH Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera’s Incredible Celebration After El Tri Advance In World Cup [GIF]

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Jose Mourinho, eat your heart out.

Part Mourinho, part Chris Farley, Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera gave an incredible performance Monday when he celebrated Mexico's win against Croatia that means that El Tri now advance to the Round of 16 to play the Netherlands on Sunday.

You've got to admire the passion that Herrera shows.

Why Italy Shouldn’t Panic After Costa Rica Loss

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Italy lost to Costa Rica at the World Cup. It happened, big deal. The loss will only help the Italians moving forward, and because of that they shouldn't panic about it.

The loss exposed a few issues for Cesare Prandelli's team. One was that Italy seemed slow and tired. Playing in Manaus against the British was draining.

Italy and Uruguay Preview: Win or Go Home for Former Champs

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It's do or die for both Italy and Uruguay tomorrow at 12pm EST/9am PST. With mighty England already unceremoniously crashing out and upstart Costa Rica with its' ticket punched, there is only one spot left in the knockout rounds for Group D.

For the Azzurri to advance they need a win or a draw.

England Vs Costa Rica Preview: England Plays Final Game as Costa Rica Looks Ahead to Knock Out Rounds

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The final games in Group D take place tomorrow and both sides in this fixture find themselves in a somewhat unexpected situation.

Costa Rica go into the match-up with no pressure after winning convincingly and playing fast tempo, pressing football in their opening group games against Uruguay and Italy.

Italy and Uruguay’s Predicted Line-Up For Last Group D Spot

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Italy against Uruguay was always marked as an important game, but perhaps not for the reasons that it will be on Tuesday. With Costa Rica surprising everybody and topping Group D going into the final round of fixtures, only one of the two previous champions will join them in the knockout phase of the World Cup.

Report: Former England Captain Rio Ferdinand Signs for QPR

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Former England Captain Rio Ferdinand has signed for Queens Park Rangers according to the Daily Mail. The move will reunited Ferdinand with Harry Redknapp who was his first club manager at West Ham. The 67 year-old Redknapp guided Rangers back to the top-flight of English football in May after being relegated the prior season.

Germany Rightfully Favourites to Win The World Cup

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Germany have been made 4.50 favourites to win the 2014 World Cup with Bwin, with Brazil dropping down to 4.75 and Argentina as third favourites at 5.75.

The hosts have not looked like a Brazil of old and appear to have too many weaknesses to take them all the way this year.

Joachim Löw's side meanwhile are looking like a well-oiled machine having scored 6 goals in their opening two matches.

USA – The Odds Are In Their Favour

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As soon as the final whistle blew in Manaus, confirming USA's 2-2 draw versus Portugal, their chances of progressing to the Final Round out of Group G soared up to a staggering 86% in the latest simulations.

Germany, the leader of the group and the final hurdle between the Americans and the final round of the World Cup, are credited with a 99.

2010 World Cup Injury Stats and Why Fouls Need to be Tackled at World Cup 2014

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The stats from the 2010 World Cup are a good predictor of what we can expect at this 2014 World Cup.

At the 2010 World Cup, there were 229 injuries, of which 126 happened during matches instead of training. 71% of them were as a result of contact between two players and 47% of those were caused by fouls.

Manchester United In Advanced Talks To Sign Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera

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Manchester United look to beon the brink of sealing their first transfer of the summer window, with reports suggesting that the Red Devils are currentlyin advanced talkswith Athletic Bilbao about a deal for central midfielder Ander Herrera.

According to reportscoming out ofSpain (h/t The Telegraph), a £29 million deal is close to completion and the midfielder is set to become the first signing of the Louis van Gaal era at Old Trafford.

Sensational Arjen Robben On Course For World Cup Redemption With Netherlands

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One-on-one with Iker Casillas in the World Cup final, the scores level at 0-0, Arjen Robben had the chance toestablish himself as animmortal figure in Dutch soccer history. It was the scenario all players dream of: a golden chance to net the winning goal on the biggest stage of all.

But the Bayern Munich winger fluffed his lines.

Speedy and Powerful Mexico Overcome Croatia to Set Up Sunday Game Against Netherlands

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I made a mistake: I started writing this article before the match ended. I started to write about how Mexico should actually be happy with a draw. I started to write about how both sides should be satisfied with the outcome, rather than disheartened. Then, 72 minutes in, Rafa Marquez headed home an incredible header to take the lead.

Exciting and Unpredictable World Cup Going A Long Way to Silence Soccer Critics in US

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The most vehement criticism of soccer from those who aren't fans of the sport has always been "there's not enough scoring!" Noted sports columnist and troll Dan Shaughnessy from the Boston Globe has been writing since 1990 that there is no "natural or organized progression to the goal in soccer.

Brazil 4-1 Cameroon Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Host Nation Finish Top of Group A

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Brazil defeated Cameroon 4-1 in Brasilia on Monday to finish top of Group A, which earns them a Round of 16 World Cup match against Chile.

After two goals from Neymar in the first half, the game was never a close match as Brazil overrun the Cameroon defensing, exposing why they're one of the weakest teams in the entire tournament.

WATCH Mexico Vs Croatia Match Highlights [VIDEO]; El Tri Advance to Round of 16

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Mexico defeated Croatia 3-1 in Recife on Monday in a convincing win that advances the team to the next round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Mexico captain Rafa Marquez opened the scoring with a header in the 72nd minute to give his country a huge 1-0 lead against Croatia. It was Marquez's third goal in his World Cup playing career.

WATCH Brazil 2-1 Cameroon First Half Highlights [VIDEO]

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Brazilian striker Neymar scored two goals in the first half against Cameroon to put the host country in the lead. Surprise surprise, but the African team finally scored a goal in the tournament, too.

According to Squawka.com, Neymar's first half statistics are quite impressive considering the two goals he scored: 3 shots.

WATCH Neymar’s Goal For Brazil Against Cameroon to Go Into 1-0 Lead [VIDEO]

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Neymar opened the scoring for Brazil in the 17th minute against Cameroon to take an important lead in a game where the host nation wants to guarantee a first place finish in Group A.

By finishing in first place, Brazil will play Chile in the next round instead of the Netherlands.

Cameroon will regret watching the highlights for Neymar's goal.

USA-Portugal World Cup Game is Most-Watched Soccer Game In History Of US Television

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Sunday's live telecast of the World Cup game between the United States and Portugal on ESPN has broken the record for the most-watched soccer game in the history of US television.

ESPN's broadcast of USA-Portugal was viewed by 18.22 million people, which beat the previous record of 17.97 million who watched the 1999 Women's World Cup Final.

Mexico vs Croatia, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Mexico has the chance to book its place in the Round of 16 in the World Cup today with a minimum of a draw against a Croatia side. Meanwhile, a win for Croatia will see them go through to the next round. It's all up for grabs!

Where to watch -

The game kicks off at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST, and if you are currently in USA, this is where you can catch this mega clash -

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Ravshan IRMATOV (Uzbekistan)

Starting lineups -

Mexico starting XI: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez (c), Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez.

5 Observations From Netherlands 2-0 Chile Game

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With both Netherlands and Chilealready through to the knockout stages but the winner avoiding Brazil (in all likelihood), this affair was always going to be a testy fair of "hot potato." The match only sparked into life with two goals in the final 15-minutes by the Dutch who qualify at the top of their group.

Brazil vs Cameroon, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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In todays third match of the day, Brazil takes on Cameroon. If the African team can shock Brazil by beating the host country, then their top spot in Group A will be up for grabs depending on the result in the other match (Mexico vs Cameroon).

Where to watch -

The game kicks off at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST, and if you are currently in USA, this is where you can catch this mega clash -

• English language:ESPN2 andWatchESPN
• Spanish language:UniMás, Galavision andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Jonas ERIKSSON (Sweden)

Starting lineups -

Brazil starting XI: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Hulk, Paulinho, Fred, Neymar, Oscar, Luiz Gustavo.

Netherlands 2-0 Chile Match Highlights [VIDEO]: Dutch Secure Top Spot in Group B

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Late goals from substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay secured a 2-0 win for Netherlandsover Chile to top Group B.

In a disappointing game, Netherlands took control late on and managed to break through a Chile side who, seemed to be the better team up until then. The Dutch now march into the last-16 with three straight wins and in an ominous form.

Top 10 Teams Most Likely to Win the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Updated Odds

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Here are the odds for the top 10 teams most likely to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Note that the numbers were calculated before today's World Cup games.

1. Brazil — 55%

2. Argentina — 17%

La Albiceleste keep benefiting more from the big names dropping out than Brazil, which may be because Brazil has a tough first R16 match on the horizon.

Mexico vs Croatia Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Brazil was supposed to breeze through Group A but Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa's heroics means that there's all to play for on Monday (4pm ET/1pm kickoff). Should Brazil succumb to the pressure and slip against Cameroon then the winner of the Croatia-Mexico game wins Group A. All Mexico needs is a draw to advance for to the Round of 16 for the sixth successive World Cup while Croatia must win to avoid elimination.

Spain vs Australia, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Today's match between Australia and Spain gives the teams a chance to leave the tournament with pride.

SEE MORE — Read the Australia against Spain World Cup preview.

Where to watch -

The game kicks off at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST, and if you are currently in USA, this is where you can catch this mega clash -

• English language:ESPN2 andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: UniMás, Galavision andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Nawaf SHUKRALLA (Bahrain)

Starting lineups -

Spain: Reina, Albiol, Juanfran, Iniesta, Villa, Torres, Alonso, Ramos (c), Koke, Alba, Cazorla

Australia: Ryan, Davidson, Spiranovic, Leckie, Taggart, Oar, Bozanic, Jedinak (c), McKay, McGowan, Wilkinson

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Predicted Lineups for Brazil vs Cameroon; 4pm ET/1pm PT World Cup Game

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Today marks the first day of the final round of Group Stage World Cup matches. Kicking off at 4pm ET/1pm PT today are Mexico versus Croatia, and Brazil against Croatia.

Here are the predicted lineups for today's Brazil vs Cameroon game:

Brazil

Brazil are under huge pressure from their own supporters today after the disappointment of the 0-0 draw with Mexico.

Netherlands vs Chile: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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Today's blockbuster tie brings the ruthless Netherlands against Chileto determine who ends up in first and second in Group B.

Where to watch -

The game kicks off at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST, and if you are currently in USA, this is where you can catch this mega clash -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

Starting lineups -

Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar.

USA Gives Performance to Be Proud Of That Has Earned Nation’s Belief and Respect

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As Graham Zusi lumbered off the sandy pitch at the Arena Amazonia to make way for a fresh, tall, athletic center-back in Omar Gonzalez, a decisive change was made.

It may have been referee Nestor Pintana himself who communicated to the touchline that he wanted to add an extra minute for Zusi's sluggish trek, boosting the second half stoppage time from four minutes to five.

Chile vs Netherlands Preview: World Cup Group B Decider

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The Netherlands take on Chile at Noon ET/9am PT today in a match that will decide who will be the group winner. Both teams are eager to avoid Brazil in the next round, as both Arturo Vidal and Robin Van Persie have told the press. It should be a carnival atmosphere inside the Arena Corinthians today as both teams have less pressure on them with a precious 6 points apiece.

England’s Performances at World Cup 2014 Are Still Better Than 2010

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One hundred and eighty minutes is all it takes to send a nation into despair.

Watching England against Uruguay was a confusing experience. Knowing you are watching some very good players but feeling there is something missing, something not quite right.

Just like everybody else, I've been enthralled by this World Cup, enthralled by the dynamism, the speed at which the ball is being moved, the devastating counter attacks, the professional abandon that most teams have shown and just 'gone forit'.

5 Observations From USA vs Portugal World Cup Game

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This is the World Cup that keeps on giving after yet another rip roaring, drama packed game. Two Portuguese goals at the beginning and the end of the match sandwiched a captain's goal by Clint Dempsey and a wonder strike from Jermaine Jones and ensured that all will be decided in Group G in the last round of fixtures.

Portugal Scores Sucker Punch Goal To Finish 2-2 With USA [VIDEO]

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With less than 30 seconds to go until the referee blew the full-time whistle, Portugal's Silvestre Varela scored a goal with the last kick of the game after a superb header from Cristiano Ronaldo to finish the game 2-2 against the United States.

It was a sucker punch to the United States. It felt like a defeat for the US, but now the US needs to get a point or more against Germany, while Portugal lives to tell another day.

WATCH USA 2-2 Portugal Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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This is the World Cup that just keeps on giving. Seconds from qualifying for the next round, U.S.A. were struck with the cruelest of blows as Silvestre Varela headed in Portugal's equalizer from a magical cross by Ronaldo.

The Americans more than matched their European opponents and deservedly took the lead ten minutes from time through the inspirational Dempsey.

USA Increase Odds to 86% of Advancing In World Cup After Draw Against Portugal

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Everything is up for grabs in Group G. In the latest odds, the USA retains a surprisingly large 86% chance of advancing, according to Chris McFarland ofShare Draft. The US Men's National Team have a three point lead over Ghana and Portugal and a +1 goal difference compared to -1 for Ghana and -4 for Portugal.

USMNT Player Ratings From USA vs Portugal World Cup Game

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Who said soccer was boring, eh, sports fans?! The United States of America were some thirty seconds away from the World Cup knockout stages and a stranglehold on the Group of Death, but a Cristiano Ronaldo cross, headed in by Silvestre Varela, broke American hearts.

Still, this US team has nothing to be ashamed of.

Jurgen Klinsmann Gets Tactics Correct But USA Undone By Sloppy Mistakes In Portugal Game

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In the pulsating World Cup game between USA and Portugal, the United States changed its midfield shape reverting to the 4-2-3-1 formation that was used in qualifying. Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann had set up with a midfield diamond in each of the previous five matches including in the Group G opener against Ghana.

Messi Can Only Rescue Argentina So Many Times Before They Slip Up in the World Cup

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BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL —Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero was one of the heroes for the Albiceleste on Saturday against Iran. Yet when he addressed the media, all his plaudits went in the direction of his captain. "The little guy rubbed the genie lamp once more," said Romero in reference to Lionel Messi.

Ecuador Striker Enner Valencia: From Milkman To World Cup Star

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Enner Valencia's goal against Honduras this past Saturday made the small town of Ricaurte in the north of Ecuador go into a frenzy. This small town is closer to Colombia (11 miles from the border, to be exact) than it is from Guayaquil, but his success made that the epicenter of Ecuadorian soccer.

South Korea 2-4 Algeria; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Twelve years after Korea defeated Spain in the 2002 World Cup, Korea produced perhaps their worst international defeat in a 4-2 loss to Algeria.

Algeria took advantage of Korea Republic's toothless forwards and attacked Korea Republic without fear that they would be punished on the counter.

Day 11 – You Ess Ay (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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A Desmond for the USA and we're away! All of the possibilities flowing around in one conscious US mind which says: "I believe!"

Kris watched the game with the international wing of American supporters whilst Matt and Morgan mused over where Bradley is best used.

Oh and the pod look at the rest of the games.

Panini Launches World Cup Prizm Mobile Game and iPhone App

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There aren't many duos as well known as Panini and the World Cup.

Every four years, soccer fans across the globe do all they can to complete their Panini World Cup sticker album. If it's something you've never heard of, you really ought to look it up. For many people, the album borders on an obsession, which is maybe why some bandits in Brazil decided to steal a van containing 300,000 stickers back in April.

How the USA Can Advance On Thursday In The World Cup [INFOGRAPHIC]

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What does the USA have to do Thursday in the World Cup Group G to advance to the next round of the tournament? Any of the four teams (USA, Germany, Ghana and Portugal) can still mathematically qualify for the next round based on the results of the games, which will be played at the same time (USA-Germany, Ghana-Portugal) on Thursday.

WATCH Clint Dempsey’s Goal To Put USA 2-1 In the Lead Against Portugal [VIDEO]

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In the 82nd minute, USMNT striker Clint Dempsey scored a goal by chesting the ball into the back of the net from a Graham Zusi pass to put the USA 2-1 in the lead and just minutes away from automatic qualification to the next round of the FIFA World Cup.

It was a scrappy goal and there was a questionable offside, but on replay, it appeared that the goal was correct in being awarded to the US Men's National Team.

WATCH Jermaine Jones’ Incredible Goal For Portugal In World Cup [VIDEO]

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Jermaine Jones scored an incredible long range effort for the United States in the second half of the match against Portugal tonight to tie the game 1-1 with less than 25 minutes remaining.

Watch the highlight of the goal from the 64th minute:

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WATCH Tim Howard’s Spectacular Save & USA-Portugal First Half Highlights [VIDEO]

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USA goalkeeper Tim Howard made a spectacular save at the end of the first half against the United States, by tipping the ball over the crossbar.

Howard showed his experience with the fingertip save, but will be counting himself fortunate that Nani's shot seconds before hit the post and didn't go into the net.

WATCH Nani Score to Give Portugal Early Lead Against USA [VIDEO]

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Portuguese winger Nani scored a goal for Portugal in the 5th minute of the World Cup game against the United States. The early goal is a devastating blow to the USA, especially after the goal was gifted to Portugal due to a sliced clearance by the usually reliable defender Geoff Cameron.

Watch the highlight of the goal here:

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Everything You Need to Know for the USA vs Portugal World Cup Game

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STARTING XI's FOR USA & PORTUGAL WHERE TO FIND THE GAME ON US TV & INTERNET USA VS PORTUGAL WORLD CUP PREVIEW 4 KEY MATCHUPS ON THE FIELD FOR USA & PORTUGAL SCENARIOS FOR HOW THE USA CAN ADVANCE IN THE WORLD CUP PLAYER PROFILES: TIM HOWARD | CLINT DEMPSEY WHERE TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP: SOUTH FLORIDA | NYC | MEMPHIS | SAN FRANCISCO FRONT COVERS OF PORTUGUESE & US PAPERS PREVIEWING GAME MEMORIES OF USA BEATING PORTUGAL AT WORLD CUP 2002 WHY THE US SHOULD UNDERESTIMATE PORTUGAL AT ITS PERIL

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Front Covers of Portuguese and US Newspapers Preview USA-Portugal Game [PHOTOS]

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Tabloid newspapers have a bad reputation in America, which means that most cities only have a boring broadsheet. That's a shame because sports are more fun to follow with a bit of sensationalism and bold graphics. Let's take a look at how the Portuguese papers, and some American ones, are pumping us up for today's big match.

USA vs Portugal, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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The final match of the day is the biggest World Cup battle for both the United States and Portugal thus far this tournament.

Where to watch -

The game kicks off at 6 PM EST/3 PM PST, and this is where people in USA can watch this game -

English language: ESPN and WatchESPN.

Tim Howard, USA World Cup Player Profile: The Goalkeeper Wall at the Back for the USMNT

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Throughout qualifying and even into the tournament itself, there were questions about who would line up along the US back four. Pundits, fans, and even Klinsmann himself went through the combinations, looking for the perfect balance. The one thing those four players have going for them is that the name of the man between the sticks is never in question.

Where to Watch the World Cup In South Florida

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South Florida has one of the most vibrant soccer communities in the United States with a hotbed of soccer fans from the USA and around the world. It's no wonder that the area is often in the top 1-2 of nationwide TV ratings for soccer games.

Here's our guide to the best places in South Florida to watch World Cup games:

Broward County

Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park.

5 Observations From Belgium 1-0 Russia World Cup Game

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The game between Belgium and Russia was not one for the purists, and was an uninspired affair save for a moment of brilliance from Eden Hazard. Belgium managed to secure their berth in the knockout stages albeit unconvincingly whilst Russia must win and hope that the Red Devils do them a favor against South Korea.

Where to Find the USA vs Portugal Game On US Television And Internet

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Today's must-see game between USA and Portugal will be shown live on US television and Internet beginning at 6pm ET/3pm PT (coverage begins at 5pm ET/2pm PT). If the United States beats Portugal, it will advance to the next round of the World Cup. If they draw or lose, then that's another story.

Clint Dempsey, USA World Cup Player Profile: From Humble Beginnings to the World’s Stage

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One chance, one goal. Clint Dempsey's life has been about seizing chances.

Less than a minute into their match on Monday, the United States had a 1-0 lead thanks to an adventurous run, matched by a masterful Dempsey finish. His first opportunity near goal was taken head down, full speed ahead.

Korea Republic vs Algeria: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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Today's second World Cup game features Korea against Algeria.

Where to watch -

The game kicks off at 3 PM EST/12 PM PST, and this is where people in USA can watch this game -

English language:ABC andWatch ABC
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Wilmar Roldan (Colombia)

Starting lineups -

Algeria: Mbolhi, Bouguerra, Halliche, Mesbah, Feghouli, Brahimi, Medjani, Slimani, Bentaleb, Djabou, Mandi

Korea: Jung, Yun, Kim, Hong, Lee, Koo, Han, Ki, Lee, Son, Park

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Belgium 1-0 Russia; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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On the last day in the second round of group matches, we witnessed the up and coming stars of Belgium take on Fabio Capello's Russia. Two teams with very different styles of play, Belgium playing attacking free flowing football while the Russians sat back trying to nick a goal on the break or from a set piece.

4 Key Matchups to Watch In USA vs Portugal Game

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With so much riding on this game for both the USA and Portugal, the US Men's National Team couldn't have picked a better time to play a demoralized and injured Portugal team. But nothing is easy in soccer.

Here are 4 key match-ups to keep your eyes on during the game:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo v.

Scenarios Of How the USA Can Advance to Next Round Of World Cup

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Today the United States Men's National Team has an opportunity to advance to the World Cup Round of 16 with a win against Portugal, but what do the other scenarios look like if the USA gets a draw or is unable to beat Portugal? What does the US need to do to make it into the next round if it can't beat Portugal today.

Belgium vs Russia: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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Belgium take on the Russians while knowing that a win can guarantee their place in the competition's next round.

Where to watch -

The match kicks off at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST, and this is where viewers in USA can watch the game -

English language:ABC andWatch ABC
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Felix Brych (Germany)

Starting lineups -

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, V Buyten, Kompany, Vermaelen, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Mertens, Hazard, Lukaku.

Memories Of When USA Beat Portugal In World Cup 2002

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The last time the United States met Portugal in a World Cup was during the first round of the 2002 World Cup. The buildup in the American media could not be more different than this week's hype. In 2002, the World Cup snuck up on the United States with ESPN spending little to no time promoting the tournament in advance while the general sports programs that dominated that network ignored the tournament's start altogether.

Top 10 TV Commercials Of World Cup 2014 [VIDEO]

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been one of the most entertaining World Cup tournaments in recent memory. With so many goals and upsets, every match has been interesting, but the commercials before the matches, at half time and post match have been entertaining too.

Many of the larger ad campaigns have been showing their typical 30-second features on TV, and then posting longer commercials online for viewers to watch.

Predicted Lineups for USA vs Portugal, World Cup Group Stage

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With Germany and Ghana's 2-2 draw yesterday, today's game between USA and Portugal gives both teams a great chance to position themselves to advance out of Group G. However, injuries and suspensions mean both will see different line-ups than the ones they ran out last week.

For the United States, the big question is who will replace Jozy Altidore.

Where to Watch the World Cup in New York City

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The great conundrum of New York City is that it provides one with an impossible amount of options for watching almost any sporting event including the World Cup. The wide variety of options makes the decision all the more difficult but luckily there are no real bad choices here. Any place with a TV and some cold beer will make a great spot to take in any match; but you and I both know that there are right choices and then there are righter choices.

Tickets Available for AS Roma v Inter Milan in Philadelphia International Champions Cup

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AS Roma and Inter Milan are set to face off on Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the International Champions Cup on August 2nd. This match will be team's last in their Champions Cup tournament, each having played two games before the winners of Group A and Group B will face off for the Championship.

Australia vs. Spain Preview: Both Teams Playing For Pride

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Monday afternoon at Noon ET/9am PT and Tuesday morning at 2am (AEST), the Soccerroos, ranked third in their group, will face off against last-placed Spain in what will be both teams' final match at the 2014 World Cup after being knocked out by The Netherlands and Chile.

The match will be played at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba with Spain (the defending
champion) at an all-time low after being knocked out of the tournament following two abject performances.

Watch Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Despite playing some good football over the course of two matches, Bosnia-Herzegovina will not advance to knockout stages of this World Cup. The European nation playing in its first World Cup after independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990s were denied a clear Edin Dzeko goal by an incorrect offside call in the first half.

Portugal Defender Bruno Alves a Doubt For Game Against USA

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Portugal's injury woes continue to intensify as a make or break match with the United States approaches tomorrow. Bruno Alves, a defender suffered a muscle injury in training Saturday and has joined a length list of injured Portuguese players and is unlikely to feature in tomorrow's clash according to multiple media reports.

LISTEN to Argentina Radio Commentator Go Mental After Messi Scores Winner [AUDIO]

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No matter what language you speak, you have to listen to the following commentary on Argentina radio from Saturday's match after Leo Messi scored the wondergoal in the 91st minute to help Argentina defeat Iran 1-0.

The commentator starts out with the typical "GOLLLLLL" call but then transcends into a passionate rant, comparing Messi to the greats such as Pele, Gabriel Batistuta and even the Pope.

Bosnia Elimination Should Renew Calls to FIFA For Instant Replay

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In the first half of Nigeria's 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight, Edin Dzeko ran onto a terrific through-ball and beat Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama with a precise finishing shot. The offside flag went up late and the goal was disallowed. Replays clearly show Dzeko was not offside.

Didier Deschamps, France and the Rebirth of Les Bleus

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In 2010, France was the laughing stock of the World Cup. With a dismal performance, Nicolas Anelka being sent home, the team opposing the coach, and then the so-called "strike", France was doomed. But if anyone knows French national team football, France seems to go through cycles. In 1998 and 2006, France played exceptionally well.

Italian Tactics Put to the Test by Costa Rica

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As I wrote my recent article on five reasons Italy should be afraid of Costa Rica, even I had a hard time not considering the Azzurri the heavy favorites in the match. They had turned back an England side that looked better than recent Three Lions teams and showed few of the weaknesses that had troubled them in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Belgium and Russia Preview: Teams Meet in Potential Group H Decider

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Today, Belgium will face Russia in the Maracanã in what is likely to be a pivotal encounter. Victory in the day's early kickoff (Noon Eastern time/1pm local time) would see either side take control of a wide-open Group H. Both teams last played on Tuesday, Belgium were unconvincing in their defeat of Algeria while Russia rallied to take a point in a labored match with South Korea.

Real Madrid’s 2014/15 Pink Away Kit Reviewed: Official [PHOTOS]

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Two weeks ago Real Madrid unveiled their new home and away kits and the word of the day was: PINK!

The custom in most kit reviews would be to discuss the home kit first. However there's an elephant in the room and it's the European champions' all-pink away kit. The shirt is an eye-catching pink , while the Fly Emirates and Adidas markings are white.

Where to Watch the World Cup in Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis, Tennessee is not renowned for being a hot bed of soccer. However, in the last few years, that lack of support has begun to disappear and is being replaced with a large, boisterous, and knowledgeable group of soccer supporters. Similar to support for soccer in most of the country, this growth has been spurred on by the American Outlaws.

USA vs Portugal Preview: Teams Face-Off With US In Amazon

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Within the Arena Amazonia in the city of Manaus, the United States Men's National team face off against Portugal with two very different goals in mind. A win, and the United States ensure their entrance to the round of 16 but eliminate Portugal. On the other hand, if Portugal were to gain three valuable points, they could put themselves back in the race to emerge from Group G.

Why the United States Should Underestimate Portugal At Its Peril

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Much has been made in recent days of the struggles Portugal faces going into Sunday's must-win match against the United States. Following a crushing 4-0 defeat to Germany, Portugal is being written off by many experts and American soccer fans.Even a Portugal in a debilitated state still has bags of genuine quality, probably more than the United States post-Jozy Altidore injury.

Mexico Face Croatia in Biggest Test of 2014 World Cup

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Although Mexico faced South Africa in 2010, facing Brazil in the 2014 World Cup was going to be an experience like none other. With the previous Olympic defeat in their minds, the Scratch du Oro were eager to show the world that such defeat was only a slip in their winning history. With a stadium almost full of canarinho fans and a overly passionate chant of Brazil's national anthem, the Brazilian squad quickly showed that things were different this time.

Germany’s Miroslav Klose Equals World Cup All-Time Goalscoring Record [VIDEO]

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In Saturday's thrilling Germany 2-2 Ghana match, German striker Miroslav Klose made history when his 71st minute goal helped him equal the all-time World Cup goalscoring record that he now shares with Brazil's Ronaldo. His come-off-the-bench goal was classic Klose to keep Germany in contention to qualify for the next round of the World Cup.

Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Nigeria plays Bosnia-Herzegovina in the final match of the day, kicking off at 6pm ET/3pm PT.

For viewers in USA, this is where the match can be watched -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Peter O LEARY (New Zealand)

Starting lineups -

Nigeria: Enyeama,Yobo (c), Oshaniwa, Efe, Omeruo, Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi, Babatunde Michael, Osaze, Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike.

WATCH Germany 2-2 Ghana Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In one of the most entertaining second halves of the World Cup thus far, Germany came back to tie Ghana 2-2 in an eventful match where Miroslav Klose equalled the all-time World Cup goalscorer record.

With the late goal by Klose, that means that the US can automatically qualify for the next round of the World Cup with a victory against Portugal tomorrow.

Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Preview: Super Eagles Trying to Take Flight

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Although expectations were tempered due to poor results in the last two World Cup tournaments they qualified for, The Super Eagles of Nigeria came into this year's World Cup full of confidence. They won the African Cup of Nations last year with a unified team that had fewer off field problems than previous Nigerian squads.

WATCH Ghana Asamoah Gyan’s Crazy Celebration Dance Against Germany [GIF]

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Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan scored against Germany on Saturday with a beautifully aimed shot into the corner of the net to give The Black Stars a huge boost in the World Cup.

After Gyan scored, he unveiled his brand new celebration dance with the assistance of his colleagues. This is something else, and will be sure to find the highlight heels around the world.

WATCH Argentina 1-0 Iran Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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With 90 minutes gone, the Bela Horizonte stadium was rocked by a cauldron of screaming fans draped in blue in white in the 92nd minute of the match between Argentina and Iran. Lionel Messi sent a rocket into the corner of the net from 20 yards out, losing a couple of defenders in red before rifling in a shot with his sublime left foot.

5 Observations From Argentina-Iran World Cup Game

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If this World Cup has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected. The Iranians nearly provided another shock result being only minutes away from securing a 0-0 draw. Argentina's talisman Lionel Messi once again scored a magical goal to get his side out of trouble. Could this be Messi's year?

WATCH Leo Messi Score 91st Minute Winner For Argentina Against Iran [VIDEO]

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Leo Messi scored a 91st minute goal for Argentina to break the hearts of Iran in Saturday's World Cup game in Belo Horizonte.

The brilliant goal by Messi was another one of his trademarks goals as he curled his shot into the corner of the net in injury time. The magic of Messi defeated an Iran side, who were just minutes away from their greatest result in the nation's history.

Germany vs Ghana: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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Ghana face a stern test as they come up against a rampant German outfit. This tie also divides the Boateng family down the middle, as Germany's Jerome Boateng comes up against his brother Kevin-Prince Boateng, who will be playing for Ghana.

The match kicks off at 3 PM EST/12 PM PST, and for viewers in USA, this is where the match can be watched -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

Starting lineups -

Germany: Neuer – Boateng, Hummels, Mertesacker, Höwedes – Lahm, Khedira – Özil, Kroos, Götze – Müller

Ghana: Dauda – Afful, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah – Muntari, Rabiu, Atsu, Boateng – Andre Ayew, Gyan

Germany -

After demolishing Portugal in their opening fixture, the ruthless Germans will come out hungry for more as they will be aiming to make it 2 wins in 2 games.

Argentina vs Iran: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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Argentina face Iran in an attempt to seal their passage into the Round of 16.

Where to watch -

The match kicks off at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST, and for viewers currently in the United States, this is where you can catch the game -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Milorad Mazic (Serbia)

Starting lineups -

Argentina XI:Romero; Fernández, Garay, Zabaleta, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano, Di María; Agüero, Messi, Higuaín.

Review of ESPN’s World Cup TV Coverage After Week 1

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When ESPN's coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup began on opening day, June 12, my main thought was that the producers for its soccer coverage must have been counting down the days until the NBA Finals and US Open were over.

At first, the focus on two traditional American sports seemed to get in the way of its World Cup coverage.

WATCH EA Sports’ New Video Touting FIFA 15′s Agility and Control Features [VIDEO]

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The eagerly awaited FIFA 15video game was recently announced at this year Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3. The convention held in Los Angeles showed the newest games and devices to be released to the public in the coming months.

The last FIFA game, FIFA 14, was seen more as a FIFA 13.

Predicted Lineups for Argentina vs Iran, World Cup Group Stage

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Whilst Iran will be looking for only their second victory in World Cup history, Argentina are being widely regarded as hot favorites, along with Brazil, to land their third World Cup title at the Maracana on the 13th of July.

It was also in the famous Maracana stadium where Alejandro Sabella, the Albiceleste coach, decided to set up his team in a 5-3-2 formation against Bosnia.

Why The World Cup Will Make Soccer Mainstream

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For years, decades even, American soccer fans have been promising that a moment or a tournament would be the year that soccer finally becomes a mainstream American sport just like football, baseball, or basketball. These American soccer fans have pointed to changing demographics and growing global presence of the game.

Honduras 1-2 Ecuador: Ecuador Stays Alive; Match Highlights (VIDEO)

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Tonight in Curitiba we had a match between two teams who didn't seem to get the memo that this was supposed to be the World Cup of the Americas, Ecuador and Honduras. With both teams suffering opening match losses both needed three points tonight. Ecuador, the favored side, looked to come back from their heartbreaking injury time loss to Switzerland, while Honduras looked forward to playing a match with a full 11 after losing Wilson Palacios to a red card during the first half of their loss to France.

USMNT Injury Report: Altidore Improving But Out Against Portugal

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Jozy Altidore is officially out of the starting XI for the USMNT's game against Portugal on Sunday in Manaus. After suffering a hamstring injury during the United State's victory against Ghana, Altidore was carried off the pitch and underwent MRI scans at the team's base in Sao Paulo. The Sunderland striker is unlikely to see any playing time unless the U.

England’s Pathetic Performance In Miami Foreshadowed World Cup Demise

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For World Cup 2014, England supporters bought 57,000 tickets for the games in Brazil, and each spent countless thousands of British pounds to travel halfway across the world to support their team. Based on the performances in the two games England played against Italy and Uruguay, it's a wonder that the England national team has any following at all.

A Bright Future Awaits for Valiant Socceroos

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The pride of a nation. Australia's 2-3 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands was arguably their greatest result on the international stage, so much so that, for many fans, regardless of what the score line suggested, it felt like a win. And if their previous 3-1 loss at the hands of Chile wasn't enough to persuade fans home and abroad, then yesterday's game surely did just that.

English and Uruguayan Newspapers React to Uruguay 2-1 England

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Even Disney would have rejected the Uruguay-England story as too hackneyed. The Premier League's best player, much maligned everywhere but at home, miraculously recovers from injury and scores two gorgeous goals to down a squad containing five of his teammates. He then cries tears of joy before a Sao Paulo stadium full of his gleeful countrymen in the closest World Cup match played to their native land since their upset victory over Brazil in the 1950 Maracana final.

Spirited Costa Rica Progress, Disappointing England Crash Out

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Former Fulham player Brian Ruiz hammered the final nail in England's coffin earlier today during a shocking 1-0 victory over a one-dimensional Italian side. It is now impossible for the Three Lions to qualify for the last 16 of the tournament.

Costa Rica have been the embodiment of this year's World Cup spirit and surprised all when they advanced after only two group games at the expense of England.

Roy Hodgson and Vicente Del Bosque Wont Be Sacked, Say FAs

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Despite elimination from the 2014 World Cup, The English FAare still fully supportive of manager Roy Hodgson. Hodgson's contract extends until 2016, and with qualifiers for the 2016 European Championship around the corner, the FA has no desire to change coaches. Feeling he has assembled the best English side in years, FA Chairman Greg Dyke spoke highly of Hogdson, "We think Roy has done a good job and it is an approach over four years and we hope to do better in the European Championships.

Predicted Lineups for Germany v. Ghana World Cup Game

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Germany will secure qualification for the World Cup knock-out stages if they manage to beat Ghana in Fortaleza. The Germans gave arguably the best performance of the World Cup so far with a 4-0 romp of Portugal, while Ghana lost 2-1 to USA in Group G and need to win.

The match is unique as it could see two brothers come up against each other.

Argentina vs Iran Preview: Argentina Aim to Move One Step Closer to Qualifying for Next Round

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At Noon ET/9am PT today, the eyes of the world will be fixated on the Estadio Mineirao at Belo Horizonte. They will be watching Argentina vs Iran, but one man in particular will be the focus of almost all the attention. A few days ago, Lionel Messi scored his first World Cup goal in 8 years against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Maracana.

Day 9 – Tiko-Taka (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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To top the group when you were given no chance in England isn't actually that much of an achievement. But to top a group that you were against two former World Champions in? That's real! Costa Rica proving the force in a tournament all about the letter ‘C'. The bigger questions in this tournament are often: "How did they do that?

4 Observations From France 5-2 Switzerland Game

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The French are here for the party and this 5-2 thumping of their neighbors Switzerland is a statement of intent. Not only is France playing well but more importantly there is a real team unity as the togetherness shown by Les Bleus (or on this occasion Les Blancs) bodes well for Didier Deschamps and sets them up nicely for the knock out rounds.

Germany vs Ghana Preview: Die Mannschaft Will Face Tough Challenge Against Ghana Team

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History suggests that Germany will not win the next game. In recent World Cup tournaments, Germany has been fast out of the blocks, navigating their first game comfortably and then seemingly faltering at the second hurdle. Will history repeat itself? Certainly, as a neutral, a Ghana win would make the "group of death" live up to its name.

3 Reasons American Soccer Fans Should Watch the World Cup On Univision

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As an American who was raised speaking English, some may question me when I say that Univision is far superior viewing for the World Cup. My primary rationale lies in the announcers for each game. While Ian Darke calling US and England games has become a staple, I cannot continue to bore myself with the remaining English speaking announcers ESPN has insisted upon for the other games.

England Need to Develop Talent at the Youth Level to Succeed in the Future

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Flash back to 2000. Fresh off a 3-0 defeat to Portugal and only 1 point in the group stage, Germany were left reeling only 4 years after winning the competition. Immediately questions were asked about how and why this could happen. Answers soon came, and they came in the form of a radically overhauled youth system for German football.

Switzerland 2-5 France: Les Blues Make Major Statement; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Salvador has played host to some of the tournament's most exciting games, so a lot was expected before the meeting of these European neighbors and it didn't disappoint particularly if you were of a French disposition. France dominated the early proceedings with Benzema shooting narrowly wide on five minutes.

Ecuador vs Honduras, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Honduras and Ecuador feature in the final game of the day in the World Cup action. Kickoff is 6pm ET/3pm PT.

Where to watch -

This is where viewers from USA can catch the game -

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Matthew CREAM (Australia)

Starting lineups -

Honduras: Valladares, Figueroa, Bernárdez, Izaguirre, Beckeles, Garcia, Espinoza, Garrido, Claros, Bengtson, Costly.

Who’s Been Your Favorite Team of World Cup 2014?

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The 2014 World Cup has been incredible, with several stand-out performances and over 40 goals to date. We've seen shock teams such as Costa Rica excel and powerhouses like Spain and England go crashing out. It seems like every game is a must-see, making choosing a favorite increasingly difficult.

Costa Rica’s World Cup Dreams Are Showing No Signs Of Stopping

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Twenty four years ago on this day, Costa Rica beat Scotland to advance to the Round of 16 at Italia '90. Fittingly, on the same June 20th on the calendar, Costa Rica produced another historic scalp. Costa Rica, a team with players mainly based in Scandinavia and the domestic league, has produced something amazing that so few expected.

Costa Rica 1-0 Italy: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was supposed to be an easy match for Italy. The match that would have sent the Azzurri straight into the last 16 of the World Cup. In the end, Costa Rica surprisingly qualified to the Round of 16 and, as a result, sent England out of the World Cup.

The Central Americans eventually won 1-0 thanks to a first half goal by captain Bryan Ruiz.

FIFA Announce Referees for USA vs. Portugal World Cup Game

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The United States Men's National Team knows that any kind of positive result against Portugal this Sunday will put them in the driving seat for qualification. Now, they also know who their referee will be.

Today FIFA announced the referee designations for the three World Cup matches this Sunday, including the crunch match between Portugal and USA (6pm ET kickoff on Sunday on Univision and ESPN).

Play in a 1-Day World Cup Fantasy League With DraftStreet

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World Soccer Talk has teamed up with DraftStreet to bring you an exciting new way to enjoy each and every day of the World Cup.

Starting with this Saturdays's games, DraftStreet is hosting one-day fantasy contests where you can win cash on every match during the tournament. The entry fees range from completely free to hundreds of dollars and you can play in head to head leagues or up against thousands of other World Cup fans.

Switzerland vs France: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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France and Switzerland will both be in confident mood going into this game. The match kicks off at 3 PM EST/12 PM PST.

Where to watch -

This is where viewers from USA can catch the game -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Starting lineups -

France:Lloris Evra, Sakho, Varane, Debuchy Cabaye, Matuidi, Sissoko Benzema, Giroud, Valbuena

Switzerland:Benaglio Rodriguez, Djourou, Von Bergen, Lichtsteiner Inler, Behrami, Xhaka Mehmedi, Seferovic, Shaqiri

Switzerland -

The Swiss managed to sneak out a win in the dying minutes against Ecuador to ensure them 3 points, and will be hoping that their luck favors them yet again against the French tonight.

England Knocked Out Of World Cup By Luis Suarez’s 2 Fatal Blows After Costa Rica Upset Italy

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It's over too soon for England. A 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Sao Paolo coupled with a shock Costa Rica win against Italy means that England are out of the World Cup before they've even played their third and final game.

Against Uruguay, England battled – again – and were letdown – again – by a shaky defense, a soft midfield underbelly, and a certain lack of decisiveness that ruins major tournaments.

WATCH Costa Rica’s Goal Against Italy: Bryan Ruiz Scores to Put Ticos Into Half Time Lead [VIDEO]

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In a first half where Costa Rica outplayed Italy, the Ticos took a deserved 1-0 victory before half-time with a beautifully taken header by Bryan Ruiz that hit the crossbar, bounced over the line and back out on to the field of play.

In real time, it was inconclusive whether the ball crossed the line or not.

Barcelona Want to Sign Uruguay and Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez, Says Report

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Fresh off scoring a brace for Uruguay to defeat England 2-1 yesterday, transfer rumors are intensifying that Barcelona want to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

The 27-year-old received a new deal from Liverpool last season but as we've learned from being soccer fans, contracts don't mean much if enough money is presented.

How an Unconventional Chile Team Became the World Cup’s Surprise Package

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Chile was all smiles and fulfilled their potential when they defeated Spain 2-0 at the Estadio Maracanã on Wednesday. For them it was a reconfirmation of the potential that the team had individually as well as collectively.

Many looked at Chile as a team always playing on the edge. Their frenetic pressure in all sectors, where wave after wave come after the player with the ball, always put them on the edge of greatness or disaster.

Italy vs Costa Rica: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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Italy face off against Costa Rica in a tie that could virtually seal the fate of Group D.

Where to watch -

Viewers in USA can catch the game at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST at -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Enrique Osses (Chile)

Starting lineups -

Italy XI: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Chiellini, Darmian; De Rossi, Pirlo, Motta; Candreva, Marchisio; Balotelli.

Predicted Lineups for France vs Switzerland World Cup Game

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France have made a great start to the tournament, in comparison to 2010, after beating Honduras 3-0. Didier Deschamps will deploy the same starting XI that convincingly won that match.There may be a alteration in formation from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 in order to have a more attacking style and go for the win that will all but secure qualification from Group E.

Joleon Lescott Signs Two-Year Deal To Join West Bromwich Albion

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After being let go by Manchester City and becoming a hot commodity on the free market, defender Joleon Lescott signs a two-year deal with West Bromwich Albion.

The 31-year-old is the first signing for manager Alan Irvine who just signed a 12-month contract last week. The Baggies were three points from being relegated and acquiring a player who can provide leadership and quality to the backline is a solid addition to the club.

Reaction From Chile And Spain Newspapers to Chile 2-0 Spain [PHOTOS]

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George Harrison sang that "All Things Must Pass" and so it was for Spain's reign. Spanish tears met Chilean cheers. Let's take a look at how both nations' newspapers reacted to the match.

Catalonia's Mundo Deportivo(see above front cover) narrowly wins the front page of the day with its zeitgeist-capturing "Abdication" headline.

Orlando City Signs Brazilian Star Kaka, Says Report

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MLS expansion team Orlando City have signed Brazilian star Kaka, according to a report by ESPN announcer Taylor Twellman. The Florida-based MLS team, who currently play in USL-PRO, will debut Kaka in 2015. The former Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder will be loaned out to Sao Paulo until he's ready to train with Orlando in early 2015.

Japan 0-0 Greece: Feisty Ten Man Greece Salvage Draw; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The second 0-0 result of the World Cup will be seen as a massive chance blown to get three points by Japan, who enjoyed a one man advantage for the best part of an hour and dominated possession. Greece defended resolutely but could have easily snuck away with a victory had they converted their chances.

World Cup Coverage Hitting Record Numbers In U.S. [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Soccer coverage in the United States is enjoying the greatest TV ratings the sport has ever seen. With better viewing times, more coverage than ever before and a World Cup that is very accessible, it's no wonder that broadcasters in the United States are seeing record numbers.

On top of all that, the sport of soccer is growing in popularity.

Mexico Control Fate as El Tri Head into Croatia Game

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Mexico has made at least the knockout round in every World Cup since 1994, and once again will attempt to in a winner-take-all game against Croatia in Recife. Unlike Mexico's previous two games, one against arguably the worst team in the tournament (Cameroon) and the other against a team that Mexico seems to have the number of (Brazil), Croatia need this one as much as Mexico does.

5 Observations From Uruguay 2-1 England

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Luis Suárez made a spectacular contribution in his first game of the World Cup. The Uruguayans have three crucial points on the board and England will need a lot of things going in their favor if they are even to have a sniff of qualifying.

1- Cagey, Cagey Opening:

With both sides losing their opening games perhaps it isn't surprising that England and Uruguay took their time to settle.

Mark Geiger, American Referee, Excelling at World Cup

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Mark Geiger is the first American referee to be selected to officiate at a World Cup since Brian Hall was selected in 2002. So far in this tournament Geiger and his two assistants Sean Hurd and Joe Fletcher are the only crew to have been appointed to two games. It is also worth noting that this crew received their second match appointment before English referee Howard Webb, widely considered the best referee in the world, received his first.

The 3-5-2 Formation and its Impact on the 2014 World Cup

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The ubiquity of digital media has led to a common lament that it's almost impossible to be truly surprised by players or systems featured on the world's stage. While that's often the case, it's still been excellent and a novelty to watch a few of the early round standouts play the under-used and tricky 5-3-2/3-5-2.

England’s Hopes of Advancing Rest on Italy [GRAPHIC]

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England still have a chance of advancing out of Group D but there's a lot that has to happen in order for that to happen. Italy needs to beat Costa Rica and then Uruguay, then after beating Costa Rica themselves England have to hope they have the most goals out of the bottom three. Aram Gyan (@aghease) prepared a graphic demonstrating exactly what needs to happen in order for England to gain entrance to the round of 16.

Italy and Costa Rica Preview: Teams Battle for Group D Lead

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Italy and Costa Rica each have a chance to move closer to qualification for the Round of 16 when they play each other at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Both teams are coming off wins in their opening matches with Italy beat England 2-1 in Manaus in their first game while Costa Rica registered a shock 3-1 win against Uruguay in Fortaleza.

Day 8 – Promises, Promises (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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What else would the pod talk about about but...that game...well, there is plenty to muse on. Thankfully, Laurence isn't here today so Kris drives the pod into a lovely new direction and reviews all of the days action.

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England Have The Potential For A Bright Future, But It’s Not Going To Happen By Accident

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"We've been waiting for years for England to play like Spain. Now they actually are!"

That was the gag doing the rounds on social media after England's 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in Sao Paulo. The Three Lions are on the brink of a group stage exit after losing both of their opening World Cup games and the inquest into the team's performance has already begun, with the search for the men to blame afoot.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly From Week 1 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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We're halfway through the group stage of the World Cup, and nearing the midway point of the tournament. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly from the first week in Brazil.

The Good

1. CONCACAF

One of the most classically disrespected regions in world soccer has had a terrific tournament thus far, establishing itself as the third best region behind superpowers UEFA and CONMEBOL.

England’s Odds Of Qualifying For Next Round Drop From 33% to 3%

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Although not yet finished, England are in a difficult spot. After England's 2-1 defeat against Uruguay, England's odds of advancing to the next round have dropped from 33% to 3%. It's still possible they can squeeze into second place (see above graphic).

Meanwhile, here are the other odds of note after the World Cup matches from the previous two days:

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France and Switzerland Preview: Teams Battle for Top of Group E

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As we quickly progress through the group stage in the 2014 World Cup, there are a handful of soccer axioms that we find repeating. While the sport is in a constant state of flux, on both micro and macro levels, there are certain truths about the game that seems to always rear their heads no matter who is taking the field and no matter what larger context the game itself is being played.

Jozy Altidore to Miss USMNT Game Against Portugal

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The USMNT will face Portugal in Manaus without striker, Jozy Altidore who suffered a hamstring injury during USA's 2-1 victory over Ghana last Monday. Altidore was sprinting for a ball and pulled up clutching the back of his thigh. He was carried off the pitch looking to be in immense pain and underwent MRI scans at the team's base in Sao Paulo.

Colombia’s Team Spirit Lifts Pekerman’s Side to Top Of World Cup Group

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When Radamel Falcao was injured in that fateful Coupe de France match back in January, the overall emotion in Colombia dipped to a low. There seemed to be a deflated sense of value to the overall squad as if the team was knocked off a pedestal.

There were other injuries that exacerbated that sentiment when Edwin Valencia, Amaranto Perea and Aldo Leao Ramírez were also taken off the squad due to injury days before flying into their Cotía complex.

Japan vs Greece, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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In the final match of the day, Japan plays Greece with kick-off times scheduled for 6PM ET/3 PM PT

Where to watch -

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Joel AGUILAR (El Salvador)

Starting lineups -

Japan:Kawashima, Uchida, Honda, Nagatomo, Okazaki, Okubo, Konno, Yamaguchi, Hasebe (c), Osako, Yoshida

Greece:Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Mitroglou, Torosidis, Fetfazidis, Sokratis, Cholevas, Katsouranis (c).

WATCH Uruguay 2-1 England: Luis Suarez’s 2 Goals Are Killer Blow; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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England are on the verge of exiting the 2014 FIFA World Cup after losing to Uruguay 2-1. Both of the goals scored by Uruguay were put in the back of the net by Luis Suarez. Who else?

Initially, Wayne Rooney scored an equalizer for England to tie the game 1-1 with Uruguay in the World Cup Group Stage match at Sao Paulo.

Japan vs Greece: Both Teams Face Must-Win Scenario

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Ever since the World Cup was expanded to 32 teams for the 1998 edition, only four teams have managed to qualify from the group stage after losing the opening game (Turkey in 2002, Ghana & Ukraine in 2006, and Spain in 2010). Natal, the City of the Sun, thus will host a must-win contest for both Greece and Japan.

WATCH Luis Suarez’s Goal For Uruguay Against England [VIDEO]

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"That is a hammer blow," said ESPN commentator Ian Darke, after Luis Suarez scored the opening goal in the World Cup Group Stage game against England.

Suarez headed the ball into the corner of the net past an outstretched Joe Hart to give Uruguay the 1-0 lead. It was an inch-perfect cross by Edinson Cavani, and a lovely finish by Suarez.

ESPN Announces World Cup TV Commentator Assignments For June 20-26

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ESPN has announced its World Cup TV commentator assignments for the second week of coverage from Brazil, from June 20 to June 26.

There are few surprises in the assignments for the final games of the Group Stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will commentate the US-Portugal and US-Germany games, while Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno will announce the Mexico-Croatia game.

WATCH Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In one of the most entertaining games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Colombia defeated Ivory Coast 2-1 in front of a passionate and vociferous crowd of 50,000 fans to take one giant step to qualifying for the Knockout Round of the tournament.

The match featured end-to-end action in a very open attacking game where both teams tried to get the win.

Park Life Football (Brazil 2014 World Cup Review Show)

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Two men sit in a park and talk about football. Today the subject is England.

Around that they brush upon Italy, Uruguay and a few other World Cup subjects. Come on into the park!

If you can fit this in before the Uruguay v England game then give it a listen.

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Uruguay vs England: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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The stakes have been raised for both the teams in todayt's blockbuster clash between England and Uruguay at 3PM ET/12 PM PT

Where to watch -

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

Starting lineups -

England starting XI: Hart, Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines, Gerrard, Henderson, Welbeck, Rooney, Sterling, Sturridge

Uruguay starting XI:Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira, Gonzalez, Rios, Lodeiro, Rodriguez, Cavani and Suarez

England -

Following their 2-1 setback on opening day against Italy, England find themselves in a precarious situation going into today's game.

Uruguay Not Just Playing For World Cup Survival; They’re Fighting to Avoid An End to An Era

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SETE LAGOAS, BRAZIL Since Monday, there was a great deal of tension at the Uruguayan national team camp at the JN Resort in Sete Lagoas. It was tension that was intoxicating. Oscar Washington Tabárez was very short with his answers and was very standoffish with the domestic media.

Why Rooney will shine against Uruguay

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With Uruguay v England due to kick off in a few hours, we take a look at the best betting tips and strategies to profit from this game. Of course, with this being our first bwin World Cup Blogger's League match, we want to make a winning start and hopefully have more luck than our fellow bloggers.

Colombia vs Ivory Coast: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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We kick off Group C today at Noon ET/9am PT with Ivory Coast taking on Colombia

Where to watch -

Here's the schedule for TV viewers in the United States.

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Howard Webb (England)

Starting lineups -

Colombia:Ospina, Zapata, Yepes (c), Sanchez, Armero, Aguilar, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Ibarbo, Zuniga

Ivory Coast:Barry, Boka, Zokora, Tiote, Gervinho, Bony, Gradel, Aurier, Y Toure (c), Serey, Bamba.

England vs Uruguay Preview: Three Lions Look to Regain Control of World Cup Future

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England's disappointing 1-2 loss to Italy in Manaus should be tempered by the excitement generated by a genuinely fine performance, despite the defeat.

Although nothing was gained against Italy, England should be heartened by the fact that nothing was definitively lost. The smiles, harmony, and bonhomie (yes, even bonhomie) of an England camp whose preparation was described as the "happiest, most straightforward England build-up to a major tournament for years," England had the feel of a good news story.

What to Expect From Southampton Manager Ronald Koeman

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After Ronald Koeman was confirmed as the new manager of Southampton FC earlier this week, what can Saints supporters and soccer fans expect from the new gaffer?

The 51-year-old Dutchman, who recently guided Feyenoord to a second place finish in the Eredivisie, has signed a three-year deal. He will be joined by his brother, Erwin, who will be his assistant, and Jan Kluitenberg, who worked as Koeman's first team coach at Feyenoord.

Wayne Rooney Must Deliver Against Uruguay And Reward Roy Hodgson’s Trust

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It's extremely difficult to steer clear of the hyperbole that accompanies Wayne Rooney. After all, the current plight of the Manchester United man is a fascinating one and it certainly wouldn't feel quite right if the English media didn't impinge their hopes onto one man in the build-up to a big game.

Barcelona Interested In Signing Colombia Winger Juan Cuadrado, Says Report

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Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado is on Barcelona's radar as a transfer target, according to press reports in Italy.

The Colombian star, whose contract is actually co-owned by Udinese and Fiorentina, has been among the best Serie A players last season and is, by far, the best player at Fiorentina.

WATCH ITV’s World Cup 2014 Opening Title Sequence [VIDEO]

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One of the traditions of World Cup coverage on British television is a memorable and lengthy opening title sequence. It's often a competition between the BBC and ITV to see who can create the better one.

For this year's World Cup, ITV's opening title sequence is certainly Brazilian. I'm still trying to determine whether I like it or not, but it's certainly worth watching.

Cameroon 0-4 Croatia: Official Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Croatia ripped Cameroon to pieces on Wednesday evening by a 4-0 scoreline. Mario Mandzukic who was suspended for the opening match of the competition which Croatia lost 3-1 to the host nation Brazil, struck twice, while Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic also found themselves on the score sheet. Cameroon was reduced to 10 men late in the first half when Alex Song was sent off.

More Than 11 Million Watch Mexico Against Brazil On Univision Deportes and ESPN

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Tuesday's telecast of Mexico against Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup was viewed by 6.8 million people on Univision Deportes, which beat ESPN's coverage of the same game by 61%, and 4.2 million people on ESPN.

Through yesterday, Univision's viewing numbers for the 2014 World Cup are 54% greater than in World Cup 2010 for the same period.

Why Klinsmann Should Consider Mix Diskerud or Graham Zusi to Help US Defeat Portugal

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The United States defeated Ghana 2-1 on Monday night in Natal but the American midfield performance was anything but convincing. The midfield diamond that showed so much promise in three friendlies before the World Cup was largely dysfunctional. The formation was vetted by Jürgen Klinsmann largely with the hope of maximizing Michael Bradley's touches and time on the ball.

Eddie Johnson, Not Landon Donovan, Is Who Klinsmann Misses Most Right Now

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[Scene: September 2018. Living room of Jurgen Klinsman, with the coach and a New York Times reporter present]

The United States men's national team coach sits back in his chair and looks longingly out the window. The reporter begins this interview in the wake of the end of another interesting World Cup, this time in Russia.

WATCH How Chile’s Tactics Prevented Spain From Winning World Cup Game [VIDEO]

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Before the World Cup began, Spain had an 89% probability of advancing from Group B, while Chile had a 40% chance. Against Spain, Chile beat the odds with a fantastic first half performance in front of tens of thousands of cheering fans at the Maracana Stadium.

But what specific tactics did Chile employ to prevent Spain, the defending world champions, from winning the game?

Australia 2-3 Netherlands: Energetic Socceroos Put in Heroic Performance

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Australia stunned the Dutch with their energetic start putting in the clichéd "heroic" performance. With expectation so low any semblance of direction would be seen as a positive. However, in the end the Netherlands prevailed by a 3-2 scoreline.

The high press and gung-ho approach by Ange Postecoglou left a lot of admirers of his new look side.

Ivory Coast vs Colombia Preview

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The Ivory Coast's 2-1 victory against Japan has the team edging closer to the second round for the first time in their World Cup history but Les Elephants should look towards Colombia with caution. Attacking with too much emphasis could cause goals from Columbia's James Rodriguez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Victor Ibarbo.

Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyaté Signs 4-Year Deal with West Ham United

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West Ham United has confirmed the deal to bring twenty four year old defender, Cheikhou Kouyaté to the club for seven million pounds on a four year deal. The former Anderlecht player has expressed his desire to play in England and will get his opportunity to do so in Upton Park.

The 6'4″ defender can play either center back or defensive midfielder, and the Hammers will likely try use him as cover for Mohamed Diamé who has had injury problems in the past.

England World Cup Squad Based On Club Affiliation [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The above illustration shows which clubs have contributed players to the 23-man England World Cup squad. Aside from backup keeper Fraser Forster of Scottish champions Celtic, the balance of the squad comes from just eight Premier League sides. This is not necessarily a negative; Italy and Spain won the last two Cups with largely domestic-based squads.

Day 7 – Out (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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After Spain exit the tournament the podcast take a good look at what made Spain so disparate at this tournament, whilst Morgan looks into the stats history and realises that time and history may not have been on their side.

Australia still impressing whilst Croatia might get a lil deeper into this tournament, but will they push on against more entrenched opposition?

West Ham United Away Shirt For 2014/15 Season: Official [PHOTO]

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This month West Ham United launched their new away kit for the 2014/15 season.

The Hammers will play in light blue away from home for the first time since 2011/12, and for the first time in the top flight since 2008/09.

The East London club have gone for an intriguing design this year.

Review of Mexico Newspaper Front Pages in Aftermath of Draw Against Brazil [PHOTOS]

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The next time a World Cup hater complains about 0-0 soccer scorelines, show them highlights of yesterday's Brazil-Mexico scorcher. It was non-stop action defined by Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa acrobatically stonewalling the relentless Yellow-and-Green attack.

Sometimes a draw is as historic as a victory.

Can The USMNT And World Cup Boost MLS’s Popularity In The USA?

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Every four years, MLS ties itself as close as possible to the U.S. Men's National Team in the hopes that the warm glow and newfound soccer fans turn to the domestic league to watch more of the sport. The 2014 FIFA World Cup has seen MLS double-down on this strategy as many of the team's most high-profile players actually play in the league.

Tired, Stagnant Spain Must Look To The Future After Humiliating World Cup Exit

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"Change" and "stability," while obviously completely contrasting concepts, are both vital in soccer. Most would agree with the notion that a successful team is built upon the appropriate amount of each, but it's a precarious balance to strike. After all, too much change and the players will lack familiarity and cohesion.

Croatia vs Cameroon, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Today's third clash brings Croatia and Cameroon together in a game where the loser will be out of the World Cup.

Where to watch?

For viewers in the United States, here's where you can watch the game between Cameroon and Croatia (6pm ET/3pm PT)

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Pedro PROENCA (Portugal)

Starting Lineups:

Croatia: Pletikosa, Pranjic, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Srna (c), Mandzukic, Olic, Sammir.

WATCH Chile 2-0 Spain Match Highlights: Chile Knock World Champions Out Of World Cup [VIDEO]

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Chile convincingly defeated a tired and mistake-prone Spain 2-0 today, to knock the defending World champion out of the World Cup.

With the victory, Chile has now qualified for the Knockout Round along with the Netherlands. The two teams will now battle it out in the third game in the group to determine who will finish first and second in the group.

LISTEN to USMNT Star Clint Dempsey’s New Rap Single [AUDIO]

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U.S. Men's National Team captain Clint Dempseyreleased a new single today with fellow rapper XO entitled "It's Poppin." Dempsey, aka Deuce, has been working on a 13-track album with XO and told the Wall Street Journalthat"We were just having fun with it and it ended up being an album." Spending two weeks in Los Angeles working on the album with XO, the album is set to be released later this year.

Croatia and Cameroon Preview and Predicted Lineups

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After Brazil and Mexico played out a 0-0 draw leaving both with four points, Croatia and Cameroon has become an even more important fixture, especially for Croatia who have already played Brazil and thus gotten their toughest group match out of the way. Should Croatia beat Cameroon by anything less than three goals, it would set things up for a very interesting Croatia-Mexico match, with only a win good enough for the Europeans.

Test Your World Cup Penalty Shootout Knowledge

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The World Cup is among the most prominent sporting events on the planet, and this year's event in Brazil will once again sort the wheat from the chaff in the world of football. The pride of a nation will be awarded to the winners, and castigation and possibly a sacking await the manager of the losers.

Download a World Cup TV Schedule In PDF Format For Viewers in the USA

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Soccer fans are in heaven right now with the quality and quantity of games available on television and online. But the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming at times, especially when you're trying to figure out what channel each game will be on.

To make things easier, World Soccer Talk has created a downloadable file for you to download and print from your computer, or save it to your computer, tablet or smart phone.

Netherlands 3-2 Australia: Official Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In one of the most entertaining games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup thus far, Australia shocked everyone by coming so close to victory against a spirited Netherlands side.

After a sensational Tim Cahill goal (one of the best of the World Cup thus far), the Socceroos took a deserved 2-1 lead before Holland bounced back with two goals to win the match within the 90 minutes.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo May Miss Remainder of World Cup Due to Knee Injury, Says Report

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Portuguese striker and Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldomay miss the remainder of the World Cup if he follows his doctor's orders to rest his knee. Ronaldo's physician is reportedly advising his patient to sit out of the remaining games, or else risking a career ending injury. Surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha told Ronaldo that by playing he risks tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee beyond repair.

Spain vs Chile: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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Today's second clash brings Group B's Spain and Chile together, with both the teams chasing their individual respective targets -

Where to watch?

For viewers in the United States, here's where you can watch the game between Spain and Chile (3pm ET/Noon PT)

English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Mark W Geiger (USA)

Starting XI:

Spain:Casillas; Azpilicueta, Javi Martínez, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta; Pedro, Diego Costa, Silva

Chile:Bravo; Jara, Silva, Medel; Mena, Aránguiz, Díaz, Isla, Vidal; Vargas, Alexis Sánchez

Spain -

The champions looked anything but that on the opening day of their World Cup campaign.

WATCH Tim Cahill Score A Sensational Goal For Australia Against Holland [VIDEO]

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Australia and New York Red Bulls striker Tim Cahill scored one of the goals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup so far with a perfectly taken volley that he hit with his first touch. The ball rocketed towards the net, hit the crossbar and bounced into the back of the goal for Australia to tie the game at 1-1.

Netherlands vs Australia, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between Australia vs Netherlands (Noon ET/9am PT kickoff time).

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

Holland:Cillessen; Janmaat, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins-Indi, Blind; De Jong, De Guzman, Sneijder; Robben, Van Persie.

Spain vs Chile Preview and Predicted Lineups for World Cup Clash

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The clash between Spain and Chile at the iconic Maracana stadium is an example of two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum. The former are smarting from a 5-1 demolishing at the hands of Netherlands, while the latter will be brimming with confidence after their dominating victory against Australia in the opening fixture.

Predicted Lineups for Netherlands vs Australia World Cup Game

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The Netherlands and Australia will play their second game in the World Cup today. Both teams had very contrasting opening results thus far. While Australia were dispatched 3-1 by Chile, the Netherlands gave the performance of the tournament so far (and possibly their lives) demolishing reigning champions Spain by 5-1.

Game Schedules For 2014/15 Premier League Season Are Now Available

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Today, the Premier League released its schedule of games for all 20 teams in the upcoming season. The season kicks off on August 16 and ends May 24 in what should be another unforgettable campaign.

Because the Premier League demands that websites pay a license fee of several thousand dollars to even list fixtures or use their logo, we've opted to include links to the schedules for each of the 20 clubs instead:

Arsenal

Aston Villa

Burnley

Chelsea

Crystal Palace

Everton

Hull City

Leicester City

Liverpool

Manchester City

Manchester United

Newcastle United

Queens Park Rangers

Southampton

Stoke City

Sunderland

Swansea City

Tottenham Hotspur

West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United

And here are the Premier League fixtures in chronological order for 2014/15.

Reports of Ghana Players Revolting Against Coach Are Denied By FA

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Following Ghana's underwhelming performance in Monday's 2-1 loss to the United States, reports from popular Ghanaian radio station Joy FM are that the Black Stars have revolted against manager Kwesi Appiah.

Fans, reporters and allegedly players are upset with Appiah's starting 11 in their World Cup opener that left midfielder Michael Essien and playmaker Kevin-Prince Boateng on the bench over youngsters Jordan Ayew and Mohammed Rabiu.

Kampion: A New Competitive Card Game Featuring Famous Soccer Players Now Available For Download

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Some of the playing cards featuring art by Adrián Oviedo, Asclê de Oliveira, Thiago Ramon Grizilli and many others.

There have been several times in my life when I've run across something that I didn't even know I wanted. For example, there are artists that add monsters to thrift store paintings, turning boring into amazing.

The End Of A Dynasty: Is This The End of Spain’s Reign?

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The end of a dynasty is never quick and painless. It's a long and sad process. Heroes are riddled with blame and great men are discarded. Everyone watches as the walls come tumbling down.

That was Spain against the Netherlands on the second day of the 2014 World Cup in Salvador. It was a gory, bloody, magnetic horror show.

Review of UK World Cup TV Coverage: BBC’s Effortless And Insightful Coverage Is Leaving ITV In The Dust

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In the UK, the World Cup matches are shared between two television stations: BBC and ITV. So as you might expect,comparisons between the duo arerife, aseach channelstrives to provide the best World Cup package for terrestrial viewers.

Both broadcasters have extremely impressive studios on the Copacabana beach.

England Down But Not Out Of 2014 FIFA World Cup

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After losing their World Cup opener 2-1 to Italy in stifling Manaus, England find themselves in an uncomfortable position.

No, it's not about making up the lost points. It's this: England lives in hope.

How else can you explain The S*n newspaper calling the team "Brave Lions" after a somewhat unexpected loss?

Crystal Palace Home and Away Kits For 2014/15 Season [PHOTO]

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Last month, Crystal Palace FC unveiled their new home and away kits, to be worn in the 2014/15 season.

At first glance, both kits seem quite attractive, and generate a number of talking points.

First, it's noticeable that there is no primary sponsor in the middle of the shirts. Premier League fans may recall that last season the club's jerseys were adorned with the GAC logo, but the logistics company has decided not to continue its partnership with the South London club.

Thirty One Nil: A Book About The Ones We Won’t See in Brazil: Book Review

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"This has been a life-changing experience for me. But I don't know if soccer has a place within me after this tournament. I just want to focus on dance school."

That quote came from Jaiyah Saelua, a defender from American Samoa after the island lost its World Cup qualification tournament against rival Samoa.

How Hot Is It In Brazil RIght Now? 2014 World Cup [INFOGRAPHIC]

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For the players participating in the FIFA World Cup, living up to the expectations of an entire nation is a daunting task in itself to begin with, and it does not get any easier for them as the conditions they are playing in are all the more testing.

Brazil is the temple of football, where the entire nation lives and breathes the game.

Russia 1-1 Korea Republic: Kerzhakov Saves Fabio Capello’s Side; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Russia and South Korea split the points in each sides Group H opener with a 1-1 draw. An uneventful first half was followed by a frenzied second stanza which witnessed both teams scoring and manufacturing several other chances.

South Korea Manager Hong Myung-Bo, who captained his country to a semifinal appearance in the 2002 World Cup set his team up in a defensive posture and for most of the match they were able to keep the highly fancied Russians, managed by Fabio Capello at bay.

Police Dealing With Uruguay Hotel Ordeal As Sabotage

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BELO HORIZONTE- Uruguayan national team goalkeeper had a rough time in his hotel as well as in at the Arena Castelão in Fortaleza. When he arrived to his hotel room, he found some insects in his bed. This whole ordeal was documented by the Galatasaray keeper on his Twitter account the moment it happened.

5 Observations From Mexico vs Brazil Game

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There may have been no goals but there was plenty of drama at Fortaleza. A superbly disciplined and tactically astute Mexico denied hosts Brazil and gave Luiz Felipe Scolari a lot to chew on as he prepares his troops for their final group encounter with Cameroon. His Mexican counterpart Miguel Herrera on the other hand will reflect on a job well done and perhaps feel that El Tri could have even sneaked a win had their shooting been just that little bit more accurate.

5 Reasons Italy Should Worry About Costa Rica

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You can forgive Azzurri fans for being a little overconfident going into Friday's match with Costa Rica. With Italy vanquishing England in the first match and Uruguay getting thumped by the universally agreed worst team in the group, the road to the next round looks clear. Their fate is in their hands, and against a CONCACAF team that fate looks fairly good.

WATCH Turn Down For What: Remix Of US Fans In Houston Celebrating After John Brooks Goal [VIDEO]

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USMNT soccer fans in Houston, Texas have put Lucky's Pub on the map as the place to be during World Cup games.

Several videos have been released on the Internet showcasing the wild celebrations after John Brooks scored the winner for the USA against Ghana on Monday. The venue is not for the quiet type.

Australia v Netherlands Preview: Socceroos Look to Continue Mastery of Dutch

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DETAILS

Wednesday afternoon at 1pm (local time) and Thursday morning at 2am (AEST), the Socceroos will face off against the extremely confident Netherlands in what will be both teams' second group match at the 2014 World Cup. The match will be played at the Estadio Beiro-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre with Netherlands at full strength, but Australia have just lost Ivan Franjic for the remainder of the tournament.

Top 10 Nations Most Likely To Win The World Cup After End Of Round One Games

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Now that the first round of games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup have concluded, here are the top 10 teams most-likely to win the World Cup. Note that the top 10 list doesn't factor in the first match of the second round of games that was played today between Brazil and Mexico.

1. Brazil — 54% (unchanged)

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USMNT Need to Re-Group After Injuries Sustained During Ghana Game [VIDEO]

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Now that the first game of the World Cup is behind them, the United States Men's National Team looks to Portugal for their next challenge. Changes will need to be made to the starting XI as Jozy Altidore will likely miss the rest of the group stage in Brazil. Clint Dempsey also suffered a broken nose during the game, and Matt Besler was taken off when complaining of a sore right hamstring.

Why Are MLS and US Soccer Scheduling US Open Cup Games During The World Cup?

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As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, the domestic league and national team continue to make strides. But sadly the US Open Cup, which was showing signs of improvement and greater respect from the US soccer institutions, just went backwards two steps back. Namely, why on earth did MLS and US Soccer decide to play the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup during the World Cup when MLS teams enter the tournament?

With Jozy Altidore Injured, USA Has 3 Tactical Options to Consider For Game Against Portugal

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The United States 2-1 victory over Ghana on Monday came at a heavy cost in the form of an injury to striker Jozy Altidore, who looks likely to be out of action for several weeks. The Sunderland forward is a one-of-a-kind player for the USA.

Klinsmann opted to leave the similarly styled Terrence Boyd home for this World Cup.

Where To Watch The World Cup In San Francisco

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San Francisco, and the Bay Area as a whole, is a very cosmopolitan city with a large soccer fan base from all over the world. If you're looking to watch the World Cup in a fun atmosphere and among fellow soccer fans, here are some suggestions covering both San Francisco and the East Bay.

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USA-Ghana World Cup Game Breaks TV Viewing Records On ESPN and Univision Deportes

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Monday night's live World Cup broadcast of USA against Ghana broke TV records on both ESPN and Univision Deportes. The game was ESPN's highest-rated men's soccer match ever, which averaged a 6.3 US HH rating and 11 million viewers, while Univision's broadcast of the game was viewed by an average of 4.

Solid Performance By Mexico Exposes Frailties In Brazil World Cup Team

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An insipid Brazil will deservedly come in for a heavy amount of scrutiny after a lackluster display in a 0-0 draw with Mexico in their second game of Group A. The heroics of Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa kept the hosts at bay with some stunning saves but he was a part of a mighty team effort, which came close to snatching the win in the dying stages.

Arsenal Interested In Signing Italy Striker Mario Balotelli, Says Report

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Even though the eyes of the soccer world are focused on Brazil, the transfer market is heating up back in Europe. One of the hottest rumors floating around England is that Arsenal are interested in signing Mario Balotelli. Depending on what you read, Arsenal new kit sponsors Puma may be willing to offset some of the transfer fee to bring Balotelli back into the Puma fold through Arsenal.

Mexico Restores Belief In El Tri Once Again As Soccer Power After Draw Against Brazil

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El Tri has no fear against Brazil. Whether it was the 2003 Gold Cup Final, the 2011 U-17 World Cup Final, the Final of the 2012 Olympics, or almost any time these two teams face each other, there is no fear. There is only genuine belief that Mexico can win. And once again, that showed in Mexico's 0-0 draw with Brazil that was capped by a brilliant performance by Guillermo Ochoa.

Russia and South Korea Preview: Nations Face Off in Final Group Stage Opener

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Both Russia and South Korea have waited the longest to play their first match of all the 32 teams, as they will finally take the field after the second set of matches actually begin.

For Russia, the return to World Cup play after 12 long years of absence will finally be over as Fabio Capello has led his new side in overcoming the massive disappointment of missing South Africa in 2010.

WATCH Guillermo Ochoa’s Incredible Saves In 0-0 Draw Against Brazil; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was man-of-the-match in the 0-0 draw between Brazil and Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, after an incredibly entertaining match filled with amazing saves and so many near misses.

Here are clips of the saves as well as match highlights:

Ochoa's daring save on Neymar header

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Russia vs South Korea, Starting Lineups and Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between South Korea vs Russia (6pm ET/3pm PT kickoff time).

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language:ESPN Deportes+

Starting line-ups:

Russia:Akinfeev; Eshchenko, Berezutskiy, Ignashevich, Kombarov; Shatov, Glushakov, Fayzulin; Zhirkov, Kokorin, Samedov

South Korea:S R Jung; S Y Yun, Y G Kim, H M Son, C Y Park, Y Lee, J C Koo, K Y Han, S Y Ki, C Y Lee, J H Hong

Referee:Nestor PITANA (Argentina)

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Expectations Among South Korea Fans Are At a Low Going Into Game Against Russia

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Perhaps no team enters the 2014 FIFA World Cup with less confidence than South Korea's Taeguk Warriors. Korea Republic finished a tumultuous qualifying campaign by qualifying on a goal difference of +1 over Uzbekistan, thanks largely to a 6-0 defeat of Lebanon back in 2011. They promptly dismissed Coach Choi Kang-Hee after qualifying and replaced him with national soccer icon Hong Myung Bo.

Portugal’s Hugo Almeida and Fabio Coentrao Will Miss Game Against USA

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Portugalhave lost front man Hugo Almeida and defender Fabio Coentrao to injuries in their first group game. The duo were both injured in their opening World Cup match against a strong German outfit that ran out easy 4-0 winners against a Portuguese team lead by an invisible Cristiano Ronaldo.

It hasn't been a dream start for Portugal's World Cup campaign as front man Hugo Almeida hobbled off in the first half.

Mexico Newspapers Confident Of Victory Ahead of Brazil World Cup Game [PHOTOS]

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Off the field, Brazil and Mexico are economic rivals who both boast the boundless natural resources, large populations, and political clout needed to be Latin America's leader. But despite Mexico's strengths, its never come close to emulating Brazil's soccer success despite both nations sharing a near total sporting devotion to the sport.

Mexico vs Brazil, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between Brazil vs Mexico (3pm ET/Noon PT kickoff time).

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

Brazil starting XI: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva (c), David Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Fred, Neymar, Oscar, Ramires, Luiz Gustavo

Mexico starting XI: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez (c), Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez

Referee:Cuneyt CAKIR (Turkey)

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Belgium 2-1 Algeria: Red Devils Fight Back to Win All 3 Points; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Belgium, a trendy pick and considered a dark horse by many to make it far into the knockout stages, started out in a 4-2-3-1 formation while Algeria, seeking their first win at the World Cup Finals since 1982, came out in same formation. Although Belgium dominated possession during the first half, they could not get one of their 8 shots past goalkeeper Rais M'Bohli.

Belgium vs Algeria, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between Belgium vs Algeria (Noon ET/9am PT kickoff time).

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language:ESPN Deportes+

Starting line-ups:

Belgium:Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele, Chadli, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku.

Former Manchester City Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon Joins Sunderland On a Free Transfer

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Ex-Manchester City stopper Costel Pantilimon has joined Sunderland on a free transfer. The 6ft 8in Romanian was released from City after completing three seasons at the Etihad Stadium. Pantilimon is the tallest player in the Premier League and his arrival up north will surely daunt Vito Mannone as they battle for the number 1 spot.

5 Observations From Germany’s 4-0 Victory Against Portugal

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What on paper promised to be a tightly fought contest ended up being a walk in the park for Germany and Joachim Löw.

Portugal will be bitterly disappointed with their performance as they fell apart. And if they continue to play this way against the USA and Ghana, they'll be on the first plane back home.

Mexico vs Brazil Preview

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Group A saw the expectations of many come to fruition on Match-day 1. The future for Group A begins today with Brazil-Mexico and continues tomorrow with Cameroon-Croatia. Here is each team's scenario entering Matchday 2:

Brazil

Despite the controversial penalty that was awarded to Brazil against Croatia and lack of real interest in the first 20 minutes, Brazil still managed to avoid becoming the first host nation to lose its opener.

Belgium and Algeria Preview: Noon ET/9am PT Kick-Off in Belo Horizonte

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Tuesday's Noon ET/9am PT kick-off pits European dark horses Belgium against north African underdogs Algeria in both team's respective group H opener in Belo Horizonte. Unlike many of the other World Cup venues, Belo Horizonte does not provide challenges in climate, and temperatures are supposed to be a comfortable 70F at kickoff.

USA 2-1 Ghana: USMNT Grabs Late Winner To Defeat Ghana; WATCH Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The United States Men's National team defeated Ghana 2-1 for the first time in their World Cup history in a hot and humid Natal.

Clint Dempsey scored in 34 seconds of the game starting on an early touch from Jermaine Jones. Dempsey worked his way around several Ghana defenders to send the ball to the right post and knock it in for an early lead.

Celebrate The Next American Soccer Heroes In New TV Commercial From EA Sports [VIDEO]

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EA Sports, makers of the popular FIFA video game series, have taken a humorous look at next generation of soccer heroes in a new TV commercial that's been recently released.

It's all in good fun, but there's some pretty funny and crazy scenes in this one backed by a song that was the anthem of American professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

USA Increase Odds Of Qualifying For Next Round From 41% to 69%

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After the USA's 2-1 win against Ghana, the US increased their odds of advancing to Round of 16 of the World Cup from 41% to 69%. With the win, the USMNT also doubled their chances of winning the World Cup — all the way to 0.58%. The US is now ranked number nine most likely to win, according to analytical simulations calculated by Chris McFarland of ShareDraft.

Day 5 – Incredible Ends (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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Mexico Can’t Get Overconfident Going Into Tuesday’s Game Against Brazil

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After months of inconsistent and poor performances by Mexico, fans of El Tri are finally relieved after Mexico's win against Cameroon, but are now overconfident about Mexico's future in the World Cup. After the final whistle blew on Friday, Mexicans are expecting to at least draw against Brazil on Tuesday and finally beat Croatia to secure a spot in the knockout stage.

Ghana 1-2 USA: US Player Ratings

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Following the USMNT's 2-1 victory over Ghana we look at the playmakers and rank their performances on the evening.

Tim Howard, 9: The US goalkeeper was at the top of his game all night long, and while he was forced into just two big saves, Howard's presence was immense. No one on the entire squad inspires more confidence.

US Soccer Fans in Houston Explode With Excitement After Win Against Ghana [VIDEO]

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Lucky's Pub in downtown Houston was the scene of wild celebrations tonight as the United States Men's National soccer team shocked many critics with a 2-1 victory against Ghana.

In addition to Houston, US soccer fans around the world celebrated the victory, especially given the fact that the US had never defeated Ghana before tonight's 2-1 win.

Much-Maligned Jermaine Jones Was Key Man in US Win Against Ghana

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Jurgen Klinsmann has always had a close attachment to Jermaine Jones. Whether it was because he was one of the first high-profile German dual nationals to come play for the United States in this squad or he positionally was key to Klinsmann's ideal formation, the German-American coach has always stood up for the midfielder even when soccer writers (myself included) criticized Jones' play and exaggerated his yellow card record.

How Alejandro Sabella’s Changes Bode Well For Argentina

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Argentina began their World Cup campaign in a rather unique atmosphere at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro Sunday evening with a 2-1 win against Bosnia. The partisan Argentine crowd was mixed with pockets of Bosnian supporters as well as the Brazilians eager for Argentina to fail at every possible opportunity.

Victory For USMNT Is Sweet Vindication For Surprise Hero John Brooks

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In March, paired with Oguchi Onyewu, John Brooks suffered through one of the worst performances put on by an American representing the Stars and Stripes.

In the friendly against Ukraine, Brooks' hands flailed in the air like an inflatable tube man each time the Ukrainian forwards had him beat.

Nigeria 0-0 Iran: Teams Finish Scoreless In First Draw of 2014 World Cup

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Nigeria and Iran clashed for the first time in the history of World Cup and the second match on Monday.

In the match, Nigeria controlled the midfield area of the pitch for the entire first half. The Iranian side managed to create a few better chances but neither team managed to put together any real clear threat on goal.

Commentate On Live World Cup Matches Or Listen to Other Commentators With You’ll Never Talk Alone

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Does any football supporter anywhere actually like their TV commentators? One German website reckons not. That's exactly why www.marcel-ist-reif.de became the world's first website for live football commentary, giving the fans the ability to commentate on the game, live.

So far, according to reports, it's been a runaway success, which has encouraged them to launch an international edition at You'llNeverTalkAlone.

USA Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann Silences Critics With Winning Team Selection

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Since dropping Landon Donovan last month, a fury of angry US fans, bloggers and — in some cases — mainstream media personalities have turned into vociferous critics of US Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

The United States' 2-1 victory over Ghana on Monday night was achieved despite Jürgen Klinsmann's team being outplayed for large portions of the match.

WATCH John Brooks’ Late Goal To Help USA Defeat Ghana [VIDEO]

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USMNT defender John Brooks scored a goal late in the second half to help the USA beat Ghana 2-1 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

"It's John Brooks! It's John Brooks for the USA! Have they stolen it???" announced ESPN commentator Ian Darke after the ball went into the back of the net from a corner that was headed in by Brooks.

NBC Sports Launches New Ad to Remind Viewers That It’s the Home of World’s Greatest Players [VIDEO]

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NBC Sports has launched a new TV commercial to remind soccer fans in the United States that it is the "home" of the world's greatest players.

The new commercial launched tonight in select markets during half-time of the US-Ghana game on ESPN. The new Premier League season kicks off on NBCSN/NBC on Saturday, August 16 —just over a month after the World Cup ends.

Jozy Altidore Stretchered Off With Hamstring Injury And Replaced With Aron Johannsson [GIF]

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US striker Jozy Altidore was stretchered off the field in Natal after injuring his hamstring in the 21st minute of the game against Ghana.

With Altidore injured, USMNT striker Aron Johannsson entered the field of play in the 23rd minute to replace him.

The injury to Altidore is ominous.

WATCH Clint Dempsey’s Goal For USA Against Ghana [VIDEO]

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USMNT striker Clint Dempsey scored the quickest goal in the history of the USA in the World Cup with a goal in the first minute of the game against Ghana at World Cup 2014 in Natal.

It was the perfect start for the United States with Dempsey scoring the goal off a throw-in, as Dempsey then dribbled the ball into the penalty area and struck the ball into the corner of the net for the USA team.

Ghana vs USA, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between Ghana and the United States (6pm ET/3pm PT kickoff time).

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

United States:Howard, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey (c), Bedoya, Jones, Beckerman, Altidore, Cameron, Johnson.

USA Announces Starting Lineup For World Cup Game Against Ghana

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US Soccer has announced the starting lineup for the US team against Ghana in tonight's World Cup match to be played in Natal, Brazil with a kick-off time of 6pm ET/3pm PT.

The USA Starting XI, coached by Jurgen Klinsmann is as follows:

Howard, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey, Bedoya, Jones, Beckerman, Altidore, Cameron, Johnson

SEE MORE —

• Read the USA World Cup Preview and listen to the USA World Cup Preview podcast,

• Where to watch the USA vs Ghana game on TV and Internet,

• Read the USA vs Ghana preview.

WATCH Germany 4-0 Portugal: Thomas Muller Scores Hat Trick; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The opening game of Group G saw two European giants go head-to-head in Salvador as Germany faced Portugal.

Germany lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Thomas Muller leading the line, flanked by Mario Götze on the left and Mesut Özil on the right and a midfield three of Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos.

Where to Find USA vs Ghana On US Television and Internet; Coverage Starts at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT

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The US Men's National soccer team plays its biggest game tonight since its 2010 World Cup Round of 16 game against, you guessed it, Ghana.

Tonight will be an opportunity for revenge for the US, while for Ghana, it's an opportunity to establish itself as one of the leading soccer nations in Africa.

Iran vs Nigeria, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between Iran and Nigeria (3pm ET/Noon PT kickoff time).

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

Iran:Haghighi (GK), Heydari, Safi, Hosseini, Amirhossein, Nekounam (C), Andranik, Montazeri, Reza, Dejagah, Mehrdad

Nigeria:Enyeama (GK)(C), Ambrose, Musa, Emenike, Mikel, Moses, Oshaniwa, Oboabona, Azeez, Onazi, Omeruo

Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

USA vs Ghana Preview: Ghana Faces Tough Test Against A Powerful USMNT Team

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It's been a continuous contradiction from Jurgen Klinsmann: The US can't win the World Cup, but they're here to shock the world. They're not underdogs in the Group of Death, but they're here to shock the world.

It's anyone's guess what Klinsmann really means, and it's been anyone's guess what Klinsmann's thought process was in many spots along the bumpy road to tonight's game in Natal.

For A Different Perspective, What A Victory Would Mean For Ghana Against the United States

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After months of hype, the day is finally here. Ghana will face the U.S. in one of the World Cup's most highly anticipated matches. For Ghanians, this game means more than facing the Americans for the third straight time in the World Cup. It's about firmly stamping itself as a legitimate contender in the tournament and becoming a potential power when it comes to international soccer.

WATCH Humorous Landon Donovan Video On What Life Is Like Without Playing in the World Cup [VIDEO]

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Landon Donovan appears in a new EA Sports video that points a finger at Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to not select the American soccer player for the World Cup.

Part humorous, part trying to make a point, you have to watch the video to pick up on the subtle (and not so subtle) references regarding why Donovan should be in the USMNT World Cup 2014 team.

United States vs Ghana: Projected Starting XI For World Cup Clash

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The anticipation is already growing for today's Group G clash between the United States and their perennial World Cup nemesis Ghana.The United States is seeking revenge againstThe Black Stars who have eliminated the Yanks from the previous two World Cups.

There are going to be plenty of talking points during the match, including the conditions of the pitch in Natal after heavy rain in the area.

How To Watch World Cup 2014 Games At Work

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Millions around the world will struggle with the fact that while they're at work, the World Cup will be going on and they won't have an opportunity to watch the matches live — especially if you live on the west coast of the United States.

Here are the options for how you can watch World Cup games from work:

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WATCH: US Men’s National Team Getting Ready For Game Against Ghana [VIDEO]

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US Soccer released a brand-new promo video this morning to encourage USMNT soccer fans to show their support for the red, white and blue before they take on Ghana at 6pm ET/3pm PT today.

The video, entitled simply "U.S. Men's National Team Ready for Ghana," will get even the tamest US Men's National Team fan hyped up for the big game.

Germany vs Portugal, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between Germany against Portugal (Noon ET/9am PT kickoff time).

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

Germany:Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Ozil, Muller, Lahm, Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Boateng.

Eric Wynalda: Klinsmann Will Probably Be Fired If US Doesn’t Win a World Cup Game

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World Soccer Talk's Bo McMillan recently sat down with Eric Wynalda, the third all-time leading goal scorer for the United States National Team and current FOX Sports soccer analyst and co-commentator. Wynalda is also the Technical Director of the NASL (US Second Division) Atlanta Silverbacks.

Here's the transcript of the interview ahead of USA's game against Ghana:

Bo: How important is the United States' performance in this World Cup in terms of the popularity of the sport here?

Why England Must Rethink Its Midfield Setup Ahead of Uruguay Encounter

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England manager Roy Hodgson might feel hard done if he finds himself under criticism following England's loss against the Italians. There were adamant calls from all corners before England's World Cup opener for Hodgson to be brave. Having largely comprised his squad with exciting young talent, the England manager was urged by both fans and pundits alike to start with an attacking lineup.

Argentina 2-1 Bosnia: Messi Wonder Goal Seals Victory and Match Highlights (VIDEO)

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The group F opener was the first game in this World Cup played in the renovated Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janiero. Both team selections threw up a few surprises as Bosnia opted to leave out Vedad Ibisevic, scorer of six goals during qualifying and the Argentina line up didn't include Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain or former Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago.

Australia Contemplate Suing FIFA Due To Alleged Corrupt World Cup 2022 Bid Process

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The Australian government are weighing up possible legal action to reclaim more than $38 million (USD) spent on the country's unsuccessful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to a report. Allegations are emerging that Qatar, who won the right to host the tournament by a landslide, did so by bribing FIFA officials.

Day 4 – Buck The Trend (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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Here we go. Now Messi has shown his face at the World Cup we can all relax, he scored and then nothing else happened. Or did it? To look at the world outside of Messi at the World Cup the pod sit around the warmth of a riot fire and relax with some soothing French tunes. Honduras weren't so lucky which Switzerland will be proud of their bombastic late comeback against Ecuador.

Ronald Koeman to Be Named Southampton Manager

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Premier League club Southampton are prepared to name Ronald Koeman as Manager according to multiple reports in the British press. He would replace Mauricio Pochettino who left the club last month to take the same position at Tottenham Hotspur.

Koeman, the former great Dutch player who has had a stellar management career at clubs such as Ajax, Benfica and PSV.

Spain Has a Decision to Make About Iker Casillas

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Following Spain's 1-5 defeat to a marauding a Netherlands side on Friday, team captain and most-capped player Iker Casillas took responsibility for his team's terrible start to their title defense.

"The first thing I have to do is offer a mea culpa," Casillas stated after the game. "This is the worst performance of my career.

Argentina Overcome Early Tactical Mistake to Turn Game Around

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The lesson that Alejandro Sabella learned at Estadio Maracanã was to not try and fix what is not broken. Tinkering with what was effective and making it utterly useless. In the second half Argentina, he returned to what was originally in place and although it was not the most effective, Argentina still were able to gather enough pixie dust to see Lionel Messi slam the door shut on Bosnia by a 2-1 scoreline.

Germany and Portugal Predicted Line-Up in Group G Battle

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Tomorrow, Germany takes on Portugal at 12 ET in Salvador, Brazil. This is perhaps the most highly anticipated matchup in this World Cup's group stage. Both teams will be very nervous as this match shall probably decide who wins the Group of Death.

Germany is one of the favorites to win this World Cup.

Iran Will Have Upper Hand Against Nigeria, Says Assistant Coach

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Written off as Group G's underdogs, Iran have yet to get out of the group stages in any of their World Cup appearances. As one of Asia's powerhouses, they entered the World Cup after topping their group in the 4th round of qualifying and beat South Korea twice on their way there, and suffered surprising loses against Uzbekistan and Lebanon.

Italy Establishes Its Credentials As a World Cup Favorite

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It's the definition of premature to say a team can win it all after one game. Even after one strong performance against a good team. Even if said performance was in an environment in which the temperature rivaled that of a sauna.

It's premature, and yet I'm trudging along with the point anyway.

Sky Sports Will Launch New European Football Channel To Escalate Competition With BT Sport

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Sky Sports has ventured out to bring football fans a channel dedicated to broadcasting European football. The channel will provide viewers with up to 600 European football matches per season.

Sky will open a new channel ready for the new season and is set to be their 7thSky Sports channel.

Iran and Nigeria Face Off in the Amazon

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Iran and Nigeria will meet for the first time in their history at a World Cup match when the Arena da Baixada stadium opens its doors today, the day's first match is guaranteed to be hot and humid with a chance of Amazon showers.

Both teams have one thing in common, they are winless in a World Cup since France 1998 and are looking to end their 16 year wait for a win.

Leo Messi Scores Sensational Goal For Argentina Against Bosnia [VIDEO]

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Leo Messi scored a classic Messi goal for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup against Bosnia and Herzegovina tonight to giveLa Albiceleste a 2-0 lead.

After Argentina scored in the first three minutes due to an unfortunate own goal for Bosnia, the match was played out for most of the first half in midfield with few chances for either side.

5 USMNT World Cup Soccer Stars With Ties to South Florida

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When the United States Men's National Team takes the field against Ghana on Monday, soccer fans in South Florida will be cheering on their local heroes.

The area has a rich soccer heritage and history. The region, which is a melting pot for ethnicities from throughout the world, has created an environment where the sport thrives in the area.

Where To Watch World Cup Games In Washington, DC

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If you find yourself in the DC area while the World Cup progresses, here are three suggested spots for you to check out the games and grab a bite to eat:

1. TD Burger

Located in the quiet, up-and-coming NoMa neighborhood, this is the second location that has opened in Washington DC. TD Burger has great burgers as well as pizza and other good cuisine to satiate a footy fan during the World Cup.

Argentina vs Bosnia and Herzegovina, World Cup Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina (6pm ET/3pm PT kickoff time).

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

Argentina starting XI:Romero; Zabaleta, Garay, Campagnaro, Fernández, Rojo; Maxi, Mascherano, Di María; Messi & Agüero.

France 3-0 Honduras: Les Bleus Grab All 3 Points; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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France began their bid to expel their 2010 World Cup demons with a strong, if not routine 3-0 victory against a Honduras side lacking the World Cup pedigree of the French. After Switzerland's late come-from-behind victory against Ecuador, it was Les Blues' turn to show what they were capable of and they did so to devastating effect.

WATCH Use Of Goal Line Technology In France-Honduras Game [VIDEO]

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There's no doubt that there are some very angry Honduras fans in Central America tonight after Karim Benzema's shot rocketed off the post and into the palms of goalkeeper NoelValladares. Seemingly, the ball spilled across the line. But the TV replay was inconclusive (see above screengrab), so the goal line technology was used.

5 Things We Learned From Switzerland-Ecuador World Cup Game

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Queues to get into Estádio Nacional de Brasilia today.

Except for the incredible ending, the match between Switzerland and Ecuador was not one for the purists, but it was an energetic, all action affair. Switzerland's last gasp winner means that after nine games in this World Cup, there has yet to be a draw.

France vs Honduras, World Cup Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between France against Honduras (3pm ET/Noon PT kickoff time).

• English language:ABC andWatch ABC
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

France starting XI:Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi; Griezmann, Benzema, Valbuena

Honduras starting XI: Valladares; Izaguirre, Figueroa, Bernardez, Beckeles; Palacios, Garrido, Espinoza, Chavez; Bengtson

Referee:Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador: The Swiss Score Injury Time Goal to Beat Ecuador: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In dramatic fashion, Switzerland beat Ecuador 2-1 Sunday with an injury time winner by Sefereovic to win three points against Ecuador in an exciting match dominated by set-pieces and great defending on both sides.

Switzerland took the lead in the 92nd minute with a fast offensive break, exiting victorious in what was almost the first draw of the 2014 World Cup.

Vamos Argentina! Watch This TV Commercial to See What La Albiceleste Means to Fans [VIDEO]

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Argentina battle against Bosnia and Herzegovina today in Group F in a big test, to be played at Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. With Argentina looking to go all the way in the tournament, positivity surrounding La Albiceleste (Argentina's nickname meaning ‘the white and sky-blue') is at a peak.

5 Biggest Changes to World Cup Odds Based On Day 3 Results

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Here are the 5 biggest changes to the World Cup odds based on Saturday's Day 3 games between Italy-England, Colombia-Greece, Uruguay versus Costa Rica and Ivory Coast-Japan, thanks to Chris McFarland atShareDraft.com.

1. Big win for Colombia.

Already the favorite in the group at 73% chance of advancing, the 3-0 win against Greece boosts them almost to "lock" status at 95%.

Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Preview

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Argentina's susceptibility at the back is almost as well documented as their attacking threat. No one in Argentina has much faith in makeshift full-back Marcos Rojo, who is generally considered to be the weak link.

The solid but unspectacular central defensive pair of Federico Fernandez and Ezequiel Garay will have to be willing to provide cover should Rojo slip up.

Ecuador vs Switzerland, World Cup Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch the game between Switzerland and Ecuador (Noon ET/9am PT kickoff time).

• English language:ABC andWatch ABC
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

Switzerland: 1-Benaglio; 2-Lichtsteiner, 5-Von Bergen, 20-Djourou, 13-Rodriguez; 11-Behrami, 8-Inler; 14-Stocker, 10-Xhaka, 23-Shaqiri; 19-Drmic

Ecuador: 22-Dominguez; 4-Paredes, 2-Guagua, 3-Erazo, 10-W.

Brazilian Striker Hulk a Doubt For Game Against Mexico After Limping Out Of Training

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Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari may have to impose a change to Brazil's starting line-up against Mexico this Tuesday after his striker Hulk limped out of training on Sunday.

Hulk, whose real name is Givanildo Vieira de Souza, was seen limping away after scoring a goal. After receiving treatment, he was deemed unable to continue and now leaves Scolari with a selection dilemma.

Ecuador (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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South American previews continue with Juan Arango or ESPN and Ecuador. A mention of Chucho Benitez and lots of a talk about how Ecuador will create chances during this tournament. Outside shout for the groups? They might be too outside for most...Soccer, let's talk world:

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Predicted Lineups For France-Honduras in Group E Opener

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France plays Honduras in a World Cup Group E game today at 3pm ET/Noon PT, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Les Bleus will be highly expected to dismantle their Central American opponents, but anything could happen. France will be without their star player, Bayern Munich left winger Franck Ribery. Expect Real Sociedad's young Antoine Griezmann to fill in for him.

England’s Positive Performance Against Italy Reveals Unanswered Questions

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Last night's defeat against Italy leaves England with a must-win next game against Uruguay but there were many positive thingsto take from this for the next match and for the future.

The "Pirlo question" — a player who causes England so many problems — was still not fully dealt with.

WATCH Italy 2-1 England Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was a case of the "same old England" on Saturday as England simply wasn't good enough against a stronger Italian side.

Having said that, England had plenty of chances but were poor in the final third of the pitch, whether it was wayward shots from Wayne Rooney or poor crosses from Raheem Sterling.

Ivory Coast vs Japan, World Cup Group Stage Open Thread

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Forviewersin theUnited States, here's where you can watch theIvory Coast vs Japan, 9pm ET game:

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

Japan:Kawashima, Uchida, Honda, Nagatomo, Morishige, Okazaki, Kagawa, Yamaguchi, Hasebe, Osako, Yoshida

Ivory Coast:Barry, Boka, Zokora, Kalou, Tiote, Gervinho, Bony, Aurier, Y.

England 1-2 Italy: Mario Balotelli Nets the Winner for Italians

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Italy held off England 2-1 in Manaus in both sides Group D opener on Saturday night.

Just a couple of hours before the match begun, Azzurri Manager Cesare Prandelli had to scratch goalkeeper and Captain Gianluigi Buffon, who suffered an injury.

Prandelli's set up against England with Mario Balotelli acting as single forward, while the Italian coach choose to play with a double playmaker: Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verratti both in the middle of the pitch.

England 1-2 Italy: Hodgson’s Tactics Work But Three Lions Lacking in Quality

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England manager Roy Hodgson set up tonight with an aggressive formation playing young Raheem Sterling, a natural winger, in the hole right behind Danny Sturridge and pushing Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck out onto the flanks. The two Manchester United strikers typically do not feature as wide midfielders at the club level.

Mexico’s 1-0 Victory Against Cameroon Viewed By 5 Million On Univision

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Univision's broadcast of Mexico against Cameroon on Friday was viewed by 5 million people in the United States. The game wasaired on the Univision Network, and was simulcast on Univision Deportes Network (UDN), from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on June 13, 2014.

In the TV ratings battle between Univision and ESPN, Univision Deportes has outdelivered ESPN's coverage by 34% among total viewers for the first four games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Côte d’Ivoire 2-1 Japan: Elephants Emerge Victorious in Group Opener Against Japan: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Japan and Côte d'Ivoiremet in a rainy Recife for the fourth and final match of the day on June 14th in both team's Group C opener. Despite the 97% humidity both teams showed energy in the attack to begin the game and Japan took an early lead in the 16th minute with a powerful shot from Keisuke Honda who worked himself around several Ivory Coast defenders and into the penalty area.

England 1-2 Italy: Five Observations

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England vs. Italy – Observations:

Despite the concerns about the state of the pitch and the weather conditions the match between Italy and England was extremely entertaining and tactically intriguing. Italy leaves Manaus happy after collecting all three points whilst England has a few questions to ponder before their next game.

Swedish Referee Jonas Eriksson to Referee Ghana-United States

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Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson has been assigned by FIFA as the center referee for the United States against Ghana in Natal on Monday.

The official was the center of controversy earlier this year when he refereed the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie between Manchester City and Barcelona.

FIFA Investigating Drone Incident at France Training Ground

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FIFA is investigating a possible unmanned flying machine that was allegedly spying on French training earlier this week. The drone was spotted flying above the French training base in Ribeirao Preto.

Drones are becoming commonplace in military and intelligence work but to this point have not been known to be used in sporting competition.

Day 3 – Real Football (Brazil 2014 World Cup Review Show)

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It finally feels like it's underway for real now. ‘Shock' results. Team goals. South Americans. Red card and injury doubts. Did England turn up? Are they just walking the walk? It's all going on with day three wowing crowds in Brazil and spreading the fever across the world. Soccer, let's talk world:

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Argentina (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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The pod interview Juan Arango and talk Argentina. He's off to the World Cup with a huge scope for coverage. So where do Argentina sit in his mind? Soccer, let's talk world:

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Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica: Masterclass By the Ticos

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Costa Rica stunned an Uruguay side who were without superstar striker Luis Suarez by a 3-1 scoreline on Saturday afternoon in Fortaleza. The highly-fancied Uruguayans were caught surprised early in the match by an attacking oriented Ticos side that was maintaining a possession advantage. Despite being outplayed, Uruguay drew a penalty in Minute 24 when Diego Lugano was taken down in the area.

WATCH Colombia vs Greece Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Colombia recorded an impressive 3-0 victory against Greece in Belo Horizonte today with goals by Teófilo Gutiérrez, James Rodríguez and Pablo Armero.

The three points from the match means that Colombia currently sit atop Group C, but we'll see later tonight whether Ivory Coast or Japan may push them out of first place.

England vs Italy, Group Stage: World Cup Open Thread

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Starting line-ups are in for England. As we mentioned on Twitter a few hours ago, Raheem Sterling starts in place of Adam Lallana. Meanwhile, Gigi Buffon was injured in training, so Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper SalvatoreSirigu starts in the net for Team Italia.

For viewers in the United States, here's where you can watch the game:

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

England:Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka,Baines, Gerrard, Henderson, Rooney, Sterling, Welbeck, Sturridge

Italy:Sirigu; Chiellini, Barzagli, Paletta, Darmian; De Rossi; Verratti, Pirlo, Marchisio; Candreva; Balotelli

Referee:Sander Van Roekel (Netherlands)

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Japan and Ivory Coast’s Predicted Line-Up in the Battle for Group C

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In a wide-open group, Japan and Ivory Coast face-off today with very different attack minded football styles and will likely put on an exciting game in the team's opening game in the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Elephants of the Ivory Coast have one of the world's most talented midfielders, Yaya Toure, and don't forget his brother Kolo who provides plenty of experience at the back.

West Bromwich Albion Name Alan Irvine Manager After Tim Sherwood Turns Down Job

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West Bromwich Albion have named Alan Irvine as manager, to replace Pepe Mel. The former Sheffield Wednesday manager was appointed after Tim Sherwood reportedly turned down the job offer.

Irvine has a 12-month rolling contract agreement with The Baggies as the club heads into its ninth season in the English Premier League since 2002.

Uruguay vs Costa Rica, World Cup Open Thread

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Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez is on the bench and isn't fit to start the match, so the focus will turn to Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani to score the goals today for Uruguay against Costa Rica.

Where to watch the Uruguay vs Costa Rica game on US television. Kick-off time is 3pm ET/Noon PT:

• English language:ABC andWatch ABC
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

Uruguay: Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres, Stuani,Arevalo Rios, Gargano, Rodriguez, Forlan, Cavani.

Roberto Martinez Says Its Time For England to Prove Their Potential On World Stage

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ESPN studio analyst and Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that England can take the World Cup by storm, saying "The potential is undoubtedly there and it has also been recognized. Now it just needs to be realized."

Does England truly have the opportunity to get through Group D with Italy and Uruguay?

Japan vs Ivory Coast Preview: Blue Samurai Take on Elephants in Race For Group C

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The opening round Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan is a very difficult match to predict as both teams are loaded with question marks. Is this going to be the Japanese team that beat Belgium and held the Netherlands to a draw? Or is this the Japanese team that lost to Belarus? Is Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa going to play or will we get Manchester United's Kagawa?

England vs Italy Preview: World Cup Clash Between 2 Heavyweights

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Saturday evening at 6pm ET/3pm PT, and the late hour of 11pm UK time, England will face Italy in what should prove to be a fascinating encounter between two giants in International soccer.

However, in recent days the upcoming match has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons as the state of the pitch in Manaus has been criticized for being substandard and not fit for purpose.

Strengths and Weaknesses Of Italy’s World Cup Team

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After the 2010 South African World Cup sham, Italy arrives at the World Cup as the Euro 2012 runners-up and one of the most talented teams in the tournament. The Azzurri will play into the group D, together with England, Costa Rica and Uruguay.

On the eve of the first game against England, Italians have been debating a lot over Cesare Prandelli's choices.

7 Most Revealing World Cup Odds After Days 1-2 Of Tournament

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After two days of matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the implication of the results thus far have direct impacts on the odds of teams advancing and winning the World Cup.

Thanks to Chris McFarland at ShareDraft.com, here are the 7 most revealing odds after days 1-2 of the tournament.

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Uruguay vs Costa Rica Preview: World Cup 2014

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The road to Rio begins for Uruguay and Costa Rica at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. This is an incredibly important match for each side, with the next two games being against top European squads in the form of England and Italy. It's always important to get the tournament off on the right foot, but especially in this group, which if it weren't for Group G, would be the Group of Death.

Colombia vs Greece, Open Thread: World Cup Group Stage

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Here we go for a Saturday filled with four brilliant World Cup matches.

Where to watch the Colombia vs Greece game on US television. Kick-off time is Noon ET/9am PT:

• English language: ABC and WatchABC
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting lineups:

Greece XI: Karnezis, Toro, Sokratis, Manolas, Holebas, Katsour, Maniatis, Kone, Sam, Salpi, Gekas

Colombia XI:Ospina, Zúñiga, Yepes, Zapata, Armero, Cuadrado, Carlos Sánchez, Abel Aguilar, James R.

Why Roy Hodgson Should Play Wayne Rooney In The Hole Behind Sturridge For England

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The past week of build-up to England's Group D opening game against Italy has been dominated by discussions on the importance of Wayne Rooney to Roy Hodgson's side. Triggered by Paul Scholes' assertion that Rooney might be "worn out" and past his peak, it seems like everyone has an opinion on the value Rooney actually brings to the side.

Netherlands 5-1 Spain: Orange Tear Apart Reigning World Champions; Match Highlights (VIDEO)

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In a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final, the Netherlands crushed Spain 5-1 thanks to inspirational performances from Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie. Spain's early advantage gained by a controversially called penalty when Diego Costa was fouled in the area was nullified by an incredible Van Persie headed goal right before halftime.

Chile 3-1 Australia: Socceroos Spirited Comeback Falls Short; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Chile have beaten Australia 3-1 despite a valiant effort from the Socceroos. Australia dominated possession and created more chances in the second half. Two very early goals through Sanchez and Valdivia were responsible for putting Chile in front to stay.

The game for the Socceroos started slowly as they were unable to produce any meaningful play, and that hurt Australia, when Chile exploded into life, opening the scoring in the 12th minute through none other than their star player Alexis Sanchez.

WATCH: São Paulo Neighborhood Erupt in Deafening Cheers After Brazil Scores [VIDEO]

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When soccer aficionados talk about how cities literally shut down during games in a World Cup, we all nod and imagine what that must be like. But own savvy Brazilian decided to put a camera on his window and record the sights and sounds of the city of his São Paulo neighborhood during the Brazil versus Croatia match.

El Tri Come Together Against Cameroon in First World Cup Match

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Despite two disallowed goals and heavy rainfall, Mexico defeated Cameroon in Natal 1-0 to collect three points in their first group match of the 2014 World Cup. Behind a strong goalkeeping performance from Guillermo Ochoa, El Tri were able to keep a clean sheet and gain a much needed three points in a group with host country Brazil as well as Croatia and Cameroon.

ESPN’s World Cup Opening Game Scores 55% Increase In Viewers Compared to 2010

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ESPN's telecast of the opening match of the 2014 World Cup between Brazil and Croatia netted a2.8 rating and 4.4 million viewers. The number of viewers was 55% higher than the opening match of the 2010 World Cup between South Africa and Mexico, but 14% lower than Univision's numbers for the same Brazil-Croatia opener.

American World Cup Defender John Brooks Being Chased By Multiple Premier League Clubs

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American World Cup Defender John Anthony Brooks who was a somewhat controversial inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann's United States selection is being chased by multiple Premier League clubs according to Sky Sports.The 21-year-old Hertha Berlin man played for both the Germany and the United States' Youth National Teams before committing to the USA for his senior career, last summer.

Top 5 Uruguay Players To Watch in the World Cup

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The Uruguayan national team is poised to make a run deep into the World Cup once again. This team is a bit longer on the tooth, but there are some individuals that are in the peak of their careers that will be vital for any type of pretensions they may have going into the World Cup.

There are certain givens such as Diego Forlán being 35 years old.

Colombia v Greece: Highly Fancied South Americans Face Euro 2004 Champions

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Colombia and Greece will begin their World Cup campaigns Saturday at 12:00 EST in Belo Horizonte. The opening match is sure to be a tightly contested affair with plenty of first match jitters for both sides. Colombia comes into the match ranked 8th in the FIFA World Rankings and finished a mere 2 points behind perennial South American power house Argentina in COMNEBOL qualifying.

Stop The Griping: It Was Croatia, Not the Referee That Lost the Match to Brazil

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In the modern game, we have lost out on the candid and honest interview in the media. That's why the sound bites after Brazil's 3-1 victory over Croatia were so good. Croatian coach Niko Kovac was right to say after the match about referee Yuichi Nishimura, "I had a feeling that the referee had one set of rules for us and the other for Brazil.

World Cup 2014 Betting Preview: Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Messi

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As part of World Soccer Talk's participation in the bwin World Cup Blogger's League, today we look at the England v Italy game, predict the World Cup winner and make a Golden boot prediction. Make sure to share your own tips with us on Twitter and help us win the league!

Wayne Rooney to Score First Goal for England v Italy (6.

What Should England Fans Expect Tactically from Italy?

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England and Italy is a match-up with a lot of history, and as the two soccer powers prepare to face each other Saturday, England fans need to know an important fact – this is not the Italy team you are used to seeing. In fact, understanding how Cesare Prandelli has changed the Azzurri is key to understanding how England will do against them on Saturday and why the 2010 tactics against Italy will no longer work.

Why Dropping Wayne Rooney Would Be England’s Best Chance Of Beating italy

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Free of the shackles that have hampered squads of yesteryear, this young, vibrant England side are ready to be unleashed on the world stage. Roy Hodgson will field an bristling with youthful exuberance and underpinned by a few experiences figures; a marriage that will see the Three Lions surprise plenty in Brazil.

Day 2 – A & B (Brazil 2014 World Cup Review Show)

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Now the tournament is in full swing! Netherlands thrash Spain, but what does that mean? Can Chile make it out of this group and onto an outside chance of glory after that performance? Brazil's group is hotting up as Mexico warm up with a frustrating 1-0. Soccer, let's talk world:

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Dutch Delight: Marveling At Netherlands’ Masterclass Performance Against Spain

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Historic. Shocking. Amazing. Unbelievable.

It's no exaggeration that all of these words are applicable when talking about the Netherlands-Spain game especially because the whole of the Netherlands had virtually written off their chances of even getting out of the group.

Soccer. This wonderful, crazy and inexplicable game turns on moments.

Download the 2014 World Cup Guidebook: Schedule, Previews, Squads, Managers and More

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World Soccer Talk has published a free eBook for soccer fans entitled the 2014 World Cup Guidebook.

Written by Abe Asher,designed by Aram Gyanand copyedited by Matt Covell,the 2014 World Cup Guidebookfeatures previews of each of the 32 teams, rosters, schedule of games, groups and a bracket.

Majestic Arjen Robben Puts Spain to the Sword in 5-1 Thrashing

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Today we witnessed the complete performance from one of the world's finest footballers Arjen Robben in a 5-1 Netherlands win over reining World Champion Spain. Work rate and desire were just two of the key components of an eye-catching performance from the Netherlands outstanding number eleven.

6 Observations From Netherlands-Spain World Cup Match

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Sometimes words just can't do justice to describe a game of soccer. The first half of Netherlands against Spain was entertaining enough but the action in the second were simply breathtaking.

Whenever Holland attacked in the second period, they looked like they were going to score whilst the Spaniards were made to look like an amateur side rather than World Champions.

A Record 5.1 Million People Watched Brazil vs Croatia On Univision

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Both Univision and ESPN delivered huge numbers for its coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening game between Brazil and Croatia on Thursday. An average of 5.1 million people watched the game on Univision, while 4.4 million watched it on ESPN. The viewing numbers give Univision the advantage on day one of the tournament with the Spanish-language network beating ESPN by 14%.

Chile vs Australia, World Cup Group Stage: Open Thread

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For readers in the United States, what a treat this is to watch a World Cup match during primetime instead of early morning hours.

After a brilliant day of soccer, here we go. Chile against Australia. Everyone is convinced the Socceroos will get thrashed. Let's hope it's a thrilling game no matter what.

Australia and Chile Preview: Socceroos and La Roja Face Off in Group B Clash

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Friday evening at 6pm ET and Saturday morning at 8am (AEST), the Socceroos face off against South American speedsters Chile in what will be both teams' opening group match at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The match will be played at the Arena Panatanal in Cuiaba with Chile having several injury concerns, but Australia at almost full strength, in the lead up to this exciting clash.

Predicted Line-Ups For Chile Against Socceroos

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The saying "When it rains, it pours" must be reverberating in the mind of Australian manager, Ange Postecoglou, at the moment. Already beset with the worst draw imaginable in Group B, the 48-year-old manager has witnessed the loss of two young 21-year-olds talents to a side that displayed some promise in a 4-3 lost to Ecuador in March.

FIFPro Criticizes Manaus’s Poor Field Conditions For England-Italy and USA-Portugal Games

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Among the many controversies of the 2014 FIFAWorld Cup, one of the biggest is the decision to play games in the remote Amazon city of Manaus. The first match to be played in in the arena will be England vs. Italy tomorrow but the conditions do not fit to host an event, let alone a World Cup match.

Spain vs Netherlands, World Cup Group Stage: Open Thread

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Spain kicks off its match with Netherlands at 3pm ET today in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final. Can Spain, the current champions, begin the tournament with three points or will the Oranje surprise the Spaniards?

Where to watch the Spain vs Netherlands game on US television. Kick-off time is 3pm ET/Noon PT:

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

ESPN commentators: Jon Champion and Stewart Robson

Spain starting XI:Casillas; Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Busquets; Silva, Iniesta, Diego Costa

Netherlands starting XI:Cillessen; Janmaat, Vlaar, de Vrij, Martins, Blind; De Jong, de Guzmán, Sneijder; Robben, Van Persie

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Mexico 1-0 Cameroon: Peralta Nets Winner In Another Controversial Game; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In a match where victory was essential for either side to have a realistic chance of progressing from Group B, Mexico prevailed 1-0. Oribe Peralta delivered the only goal in the 61st< minute, finishing an easy chance from a rebound off a Giovanni Dos Santos strike.

The first half saw Mexico attack freely down the flanks with the two wingbacks terrorising the Cameroon defense.

Chelsea and Brazil Defender David Luiz Officially Joins Paris Saint-Germain On 5 Year Deal

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After weeks of speculation that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) would plan to get David Luiz from Chelsea, the news is finally official as the defender completed a move to the Ligue 1 champions in a five-year-deal.

Reports are that the transfer is for £50million and, if so, the Blues easily won this deal.

Predicted Starting Lineups For Spain v Netherlands: World Cup Group Stage

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It will be an epic tactical showdown between two of the most prominent managers in the world, not to mention how exhilarating it sounds to have a remake of the 2010 World Cup final on day one. The Group B opening clash would witness some quality matchups, with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie on stage.

In South Florida, Nothing Goes Better Than A World Cup With Food Trucks and Craft Beer

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In South Florida this summer, three worlds collide as World Cup soccer combines with food trucks and craft beers for a unique viewing experience.

The World Cup is an incredible experience. But seeing the games at a bar or pub with friends, colleagues or strangers is even better than watching it at home on a HD TV.

Mexico Robbed Of 2 Goals After Referee Disallows Goals Against Cameroon [PHOTOS]

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Here we go again. In only the second match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the tournament has been plagued by poor refereeing decisions.

Colombian refereeWilmar Roldan disallowed two perfectly fine goals by Mexico in the first half against Cameroon. In both decisions, the match officials canceled the goals because they thought the player was offside.

Spain vs Netherlands Preview: 2 Giants Meet in Rematch Of 2010 World Cup Final

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It's not a rematch. It's a remix.

When broadcasters across the globe welcome viewers to Spain's clash with the Netherlands, they'll be quick to alert the world that this is a revenge match for the Oranje. However, a maximum of four Dutchman, who played in the 2010 finale, will take the pitch against La Roja.

World Cup Opening Game Scores Big Numbers On Univision and ESPN

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Overnight viewing figures for the World Cup opening game between Brazil and Croatia scored impressive numbers last night.

In New York City, the country's biggest TV market, the World Cup (on ESPN and Univision) posted the same 18 share as the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.

Lineups for Mexico vs Cameroon & Where to Watch the Game On TV

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Before we get to the lineups for Cameroon vs Mexico (thanks to Miguel Herrera for already revealing the Mexico's Starting XI last night), let's set the scene.

Betamax to VHS. The Zune to the iPod. MySpace to Facebook. Napoleon to the Duke of Wellington. Alabama to Auburn in the 2013 Iron Bowl.

Mexico vs Cameroon, World Cup: Open Thread

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Reports that over 20,000 Mexicans are in Natal for the Group A game against Cameroon in the second game of the World Cup thus far.

Where to watch the Mexico vs Cameroon game on US television. Kick-off time is Noon ET/9am PT:

• English language: ESPN2 and WatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Mexico Starting XI:

Cameroon Starting XI:

SEE MORE — Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Brazil 3-1 Croatia – Host Win in Match Shrouded in Controversy: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Brazil opened the World Cup with an uneven 3-1 win over a stubborn Croatia in Sao Paulo thanks to two goals from Neymar.

Brazil's talisman opened his account for the tournament with a long range effort to level the scores after Marcelo had put through his own goal to give Croatia a shock lead at the Arena de São Paulo.

A View From the Streets of Brazil on the 2014 World Cup

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June 1st 2014. Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. I´m standing at the desk of a hostel after returning from 3 days in the Amazon rainforest. As I attempt to check in for my final two nights stay in the city, the receptionist shows me a bill which amounts to more than twice what I had paid for my previous two nights.

Will The Third Time Be The Charm For The U.S. Against Ghana?

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To say that the USA and Ghana are unlikely rivals would be an understatement. One nation is a global superpower at the center of almost every international engagement, and the other is a sovereign African nation that has made great strides in their region over the years – not that many outside of that region take notice.

Mexico vs Cameroon Preview: El Tri Face African Test

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We're off and running in the 2014 World Cup and after Brazil got things going with a 3-1 win over Croatia, the other two contenders in Group A will get their respective campaign's underway.

The second game of the showpiece will see Mexico and Cameroon lock horns in Natal, with both teams looking to set a positive precedent for the remainder of the group stage.

Mexican Coach Miguel Herrera Feels El Tri Can Win the World Cup

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Despite needing the help of the United States to qualify for the World Cup after an embarrassingly poor qualifying campaign, Mexico ManagerMiguel Herrera feels El Tri can win the World Cup. Herrera was one of four managers to take charge of Mexico during qualifying campaign ultimately guiding Mexico to Brazil after winning a two-leg intercontinental playoff against Oceania Champions New Zealand.

Preview Of The United States in the 2014 World Cup

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It's time for 32 World Cup teams to meet their maker. Four years of preparation have come to this. It's a little unnerving. Anything and everything can happen. For the U.S., things are no different. Three games in the Brazilian heat are about to decide the success of the last four years of international football.

Netherlands vs. Spain Tactical Preview – Why The Dutch Could Surprise

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With the Netherlands taking on Spain in their first group match this Friday, the main headline has been to depict this as a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. I, however, disagree with this.

Both of these teams are in different places from where they were four years ago. Holland's squad has been a near overhaul as there are only 5 returning players in this year's team that played in the final, compared to 11 in Spain's squad.

Manchester City Sign Bacary Sagna and Fernando, Say Reports

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Manchester City have signed Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna and defensive midfielder Fernando, according to reports from Sky Sports and The Times. Sagna is said to have signed a three-year contract and has already completed City's medical whereas Francisco's signing is said to be close to completion, both players transfers are awaiting announcement.

Eight Players From the 2013 U-20 World Cup Take the Field in Brazil 2014

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World Cup 2014: Eight players from the 2013 U-20 World Cup who will take the field in Brazil 2014

DeAndre Yedlin's inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann's final roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil may have been a surprise to some, but now that the Seattle native is on the team he joins the prestigious company.

Want To Be The Loudest 12th Man In Football? Show Your Support On Fanspectrum

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"A serious soccer fan is never alone. We are a legion, and soccer is often the only thing we have in common." Hunter S Thompson.

Supporting your team in the World Cup is one of the greatest joys for soccer fans. However, the stadiums can hold only so many seats. What about the legions of fans that are left without their voices being heard?

Arsene Wenger Will Regret Letting Cesc Fabregas Go To Chelsea

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Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy, Ashley Cole, William Gallas, Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure, Robin Van Persie, Bacary Sagna and now Cesc Fabregas.

All these men have something in common other than being former Arsenal players. Arsene Wenger has let all of them go to clubs that were direct threats to the Gunners in the English Premier League via the transfer or free market.

WATCH Adidas’s New World Cup TV Commercial Starring Messi, Alves, Suarez, Ozil, RVP And More [VIDEO]

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adidas has lost its mojo and has been beaten and dragged through the dirt by Nike.

In previous soccer tournaments, adidas has led the way with innovative and remarkable advertising. Lately though, and the latest is a good example, adidas's commercials seem to be nothing more than glorified match action scenes.

Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs Featured In Documentary Based On His Time As Interim Manager [VIDEO]

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ITV made a documentary to display Ryan Giggs' transition from being a legendary player at end of his career to being an interim manager for his beloved club Manchester United.

When David Moyes became Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, the 13-time Premier League winner was brought into the coaching staff while still remaining active as a player.

Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera Names Starting XI Against Cameroon; Chicharito Dropped to Bench

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Mexico and Manchester United star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has been left off the starting XI lineup for the team's 2014 World Cup opener against Cameroon. Head Coach Miguel Herrera named his starting XI Thursday before the tournament kicked off.

In addition to dropping Chicharito to the bench, Herrera has named Guillermo Ochoa as the starting goalkeeper instead of Jesus Corona.

Day 1 – Brazil v Croatia (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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The day of the tournament is finally here. Kris and Laurence take a look at what the opening ceremony might involve and then hop gracefully on to preview the opening match. Brazil v Croatia.

Can the Croatian bulldogs out-move the tournament favourites? Soccer, let's talk world:

World Soccer Talk: @worldsoccertalk

Kartik: @kkfla737

Kris: @KHeneage

Matt J: @MattJFootball

Matt L: @MattsMusings1

Morgan: @morgangreen

Laurence: @lozcast

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WATCH Great World Cup Goals Animation Featuring Brazil, Argentina, England, Italy And Others [VIDEO]

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Several of the greatest goals scored in world soccer are captured in a beautifully designed video from animator Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks).

Some of the greatest World Cup goals featured in the video include:

•Roberto Baggio,
•Diego Maradona,
•Jurgen Klinsmann,
•Michael Owen,
•Dennis Bergkamp, and
•Carlos Alberto.

World Cup 2014: Brazil vs Croatia — Match Preview

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Selecao look to get the fans back onside with a victory in Group A opener.

The wait is finally over. World Cup 2014 is finally on the horizon as host nation favorites Brazil look to put the smiles back on the faces of the Brazilian people with an opening game win against a strong Croatiaside.

Brazil v Croatia Tip: Back Neymar to Score in Opening World Cup Game

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The curtain raiser on the greatest show on Earth kicks off today at theArena Corinthians in Sao Paulo as hosts Brazil take on a spirited Croatian side to kickstart one month of footballing extravaganza.

The Selecao take the pitch burdened with massive expectations as Luiz Felipe Scolari's young bunch seek an unprecedented sixth title at the Maracana on July the 13th.

World Cup Predictions and Why Germany Can Beat Brazil to the 2014 Title

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With the 2014 World Cup kicking off in a few hours, here's a look at the favourites, potential classic matches and upsets ahead.

Germany and Argentina favourites

Die Mannschaft and Albicelestes are the teams who at 18% and 17%, respectively, are given the highest chances by Betegy (provider of worldcuppredictions.

Predicted Starting XI: Brazil vs Croatia Lineups in World Cup

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in the Arena de Sao Paulo at 4pm ET on Thursday, following an opening ceremony that is sure to boast Brazilian carnival culture and advertise the "Joga Bonito" style of Brazilian soccer that has so endeared this year's hosts to the soccer world.

The hosts Brazil will meet the Croatian national team for only the third time in their decorated history, with Pundits expecting an easy win for the South American side who are ranked as one of the favorites to win the tournament, while Croatia, who scraped through their European qualifying campaign, would exceed expectations in progressing from group A.

Chelsea Sign Cesc Fabregas From Barcelona For £26.6million

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Chelsea have signed former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas for a transfer fee reported to be £26.6million.

Fabregas has joined on a four-year contract and will wear the number 4 shirt for Jose Mourinho's team.

Chelsea began negotiations to sign Fabregas last week despite the fact that Barcelona initially wanted £45million for the footballer to ward off interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.

Where to Watch the World Cup Opening Ceremony On US TV And What to Expect

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One of the rituals of a World Cup experience is watching the opening ceremony, which is sometimes a long and drawn-out affair, but with the games being held in Brazil, hopefully we can expect some excitement.

Here's where you can find the World Cup opening ceremony on US TV today:

1.

WATCH Protests In Brazil Turn Violent As Police Shoot Tear Gas [VIDEO]

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Police in Sao Paulo fired off tear gas to break up a small group of protesters walking to Corinthians Stadiumwhere the opening ceremony will occur in a few hours.

While the most of the globe is concerned about the World Cup opening match, many Brazilians are upset that the tournament is even taking place on their soil.

Make The Most Of This World Cup, There May Never Be Another Quite Like It

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Just nine years old, I was jumping for joy around my living room when Zinedine Zidane inspired France to World Cup glory in 1998. Does my family have any Gallic roots? Nope. Did I harbor an early disdain for Brazil? Not at all. I was just really, really happy that France had won.

The World Cup is a tournament that conjures up lots of little moments like the oneaforementioned, andinevitably,they become permanently etched into your catalogue of footballmemories.

Where to Find the World Cup On US Television

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Every game of the FIFA World Cup, the world's biggest sports tournament, will be shown live on US television from June 12 to July 13, 2014. There are so many options to choose from including free over-the-air television as well as online streaming options that require no authentication until the quarter-finals through to the final.

Beginner’s Guide to the World Cup Soccer Tournament

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If you aren't really into soccer, I can't begin to imagine how strange this time of year must be for you. Whilst the rest of the planet—quite literally—is gearing up for the World Cup, here's your chance to get up to speed on the world's most watched sports competition.

The meeting of different cultures, the vibrant color, the fervent fandom and the unhinged passion are all unique facets that make the World Cup an unyieldingly gripping spectacle.

Cristiano Ronaldo Exits Portugal Practice With Injury Concern

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo left Portugal's training session early on Thursday withe an ice pack of his knee and complaints of leg cramps.

Participating in team drills for about 15-20 minutes, Ronaldo left during the ball drills and did not continue practice with the rest of his team, signing shirts on the sidelines and icing his knee instead.

Brazil vs Croatia, World Cup Opening Game: Open Thread

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After a four year wait, the World Cup returns with Brazil and Croatia in the match. Billions of sports fans around the world will be tuning in. We'll make sure you don't miss a single second.

Where to watch the Brazil vs Croatiagame on US television. Kick-off time is 4pm ET:

• English language: ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-up:

Brazil:Júlio César; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luis Gustavo, Paulinho; Oscar, Hulk, Neymar; Fred.

Why FIFA Should Only Select the Best Officials For The World Cup

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Tonight's Brazil-CroatiaWorld Cup opener was marred by uneven, inconsistent and ultimately result-determining officiating. Without dwelling too deeply on the calls that impacted the result, this is simply the latest episode where a match involving European-based players accustomed to a certain standard of officiating was ruined by officials from outside Europe who are not used to the speed and pressure involved in making quick decisions in such a frenzied atmosphere.

Cristiano Ronaldo Exits Portugal Practice With Injury Concern

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo left Portugal's training session early on Thursday withe an ice pack of his knee and complaints of leg cramps.

Participating in team drills for about 15-20 minutes, Ronaldo left during the ball drills and did not continue practice with the rest of his team, signing shirts on the sidelines and icing his knee instead.

Brazil vs Croatia, World Cup Opening Game: Open Thread

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After a four year wait, the World Cup returns with Brazil and Croatia in the match. Billions of sports fans around the world will be tuning in. We'll make sure you don't miss a single second.

Where to watch the Brazil vs Croatiagame on US television. Kick-off time is 4pm ET:

• English language: ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-up:

Brazil:Júlio César; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luis Gustavo, Paulinho; Oscar, Hulk, Neymar; Fred.

Beginner’s Guide to the World Cup Soccer Tournament

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If you aren't really into soccer, I can't begin to imagine how strange this time of year must be for you. Whilst the rest of the planet—quite literally—is gearing up for the World Cup, here's your chance to get up to speed on the world's most watched sports competition.

The melting of different cultures, the vibrant color, the fervent fandom and the unhinged passion are all unique facets that make the World Cup an unyieldingly gripping spectacle.

Make The Most Of This World Cup, There May Never Be Another Quite Like It

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Just nine years old, I was jumping for joy around my living room when Zinedine Zidane inspired France to World Cup glory in 1998. Does my family have any Gallic roots? Nope. Did I harbor an early disdain for Brazil? Not at all. I was just really, really happy that France had won.

The World Cup is a tournament that conjures up lots of little moments like the oneaforementioned, andinevitably,they become permanently etched into your catalogue of footballmemories.

Where to Find the World Cup On US Television

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Every game of the FIFA World Cup, the world's biggest sports tournament, will be shown live on US television from June 12 to July 13, 2014. There are so many options to choose from including free over-the-air television as well as online streaming options that require no authentication until the quarter-finals through to the final.

WATCH Protests In Brazil Turn Violent As Police Shoot Tear Gas [VIDEO]

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Police in Sao Paulo fired off tear gas to break up a small group of protesters walking to Corinthians Stadiumwhere the opening ceremony will occur in a few hours.

While the most of the globe is concerned about the World Cup opening match, many Brazilians are upset that the tournament is even taking place on their soil.

Where to Watch the World Cup Opening Ceremony On US TV And What to Expect

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One of the rituals of a World Cup experience is watching the opening ceremony, which is sometimes a long and drawn-out affair, but with the games being held in Brazil, hopefully we can expect some excitement.

Here's where you can find the World Cup opening ceremony on US TV today:

1.

Predicted Starting XI: Brazil vs Croatia Lineups in World Cup

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in the Arena de Sao Paulo at 4pm ET on Thursday, following an opening ceremony that is sure to boast Brazilian carnival culture and advertise the "Joga Bonito" style of Brazilian soccer that has so endeared this year's hosts to the soccer world.

The hosts Brazil will meet the Croatian national team for only the third time in their decorated history, with Pundits expecting an easy win for the South American side who are ranked as one of the favorites to win the tournament, while Croatia, who scraped through their European qualifying campaign, would exceed expectations in progressing from group A.

Chelsea Sign Cesc Fabregas From Barcelona For £26.6million

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Chelsea have signed former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas for a transfer fee reported to be £26.6million.

Fabregas has joined on a four-year contract and will wear the number 4 shirt for Jose Mourinho's team.

Chelsea began negotiations to sign Fabregas last week despite the fact that Barcelona initially wanted £45million for the footballer to ward off interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.

Brazil v Croatia Tip: Back Neymar to score in opening World Cup game

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The curtain raiser on the greatest show on Earth kicks off today at theArena Corinthians in Sao Paulo as hosts Brazil take on a spirited Croatian side to kickstart one month of footballing extravaganza.

The Selecao take the pitch burdened with massive expectations as Luiz Felipe Scolari's young bunch seek an unprecedented sixth title at the Maracana on July the 13th.

World Cup Predictions and Why Germany Can Beat Brazil to the 2014 Title

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With the 2014 World Cup kicking off in a few hours, here's a look at the favourites, potential classic matches and upsets ahead.

Germany and Argentina favourites

Die Mannschaft and Albicelestes are the teams who at 18% and 17%, respectively, are given the highest chances by Betegy (provider of worldcuppredictions.

World Cup 2014: Brazil vs Croatia — Match Preview

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Selecao look to get the fans back onside with a victory in Group A opener.

The wait is finally over. World Cup 2014 is finally on the horizon as host nation favorites Brazil look to put the smiles back on the faces of the Brazilian people with an opening game win against a strong Croatiaside.

5 Players Crucial To Mexico’s Success in the World Cup

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The Mexican national team has a history of being a squad that can cause problems for big teams, yet at the same time finds itself on a constant mission to surpass that World Cup obstacle that they call "The fifth match." Despite a rich history of soccer, El Tri have yet to make it past the quarter finals of the World Cup.

The Other World Cup Story – The Brazil Protests and FIFA’s Future

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When Brazil and Croatia kickoff on Thursday, the eyes of the world will be on the host nation for the world's most watched sporting event. The events outside the stadium, however, could be just as closely watched and the implications could be further reaching.

As anyone who has spent any time on the Internet recently now knows, Brazil spent about $14 billion to host the World Cup.

World Cup 2014: Team Previews, Rosters and Groups For All 32 Teams

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For World Cup soccer fans, here are the previews, rosters and groups for all 32 teams playing in the world's biggest sports competition:

Team Previews and Rosters (in alphabetical order):

Algeria: World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Argentina:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Australia:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Belgium:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Bosnia and Herzegovina:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Brazil:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Cameroon: World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Chile:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Colombia:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Costa Rica:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Croatia:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Ecuador:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
England: World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
France:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Germany:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Ghana:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Greece:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Holland:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Honduras:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Iran: World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Italy:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Ivory Coast:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Japan:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Mexico:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Nigeria:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Portugal:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Russia:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
South Korea:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Spain:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Switzerland:World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
United States: World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster
Uruguay: World Cup 2014 Team Preview and Roster

Team Previews (by group):

Group A

Brazil:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Croatia:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Mexico:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Cameroon: World Cup 2014 Team Preview

Group B

Spain:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Holland:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Chile:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Australia:World Cup 2014 Team Preview

Group C

Colombia:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Greece:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Ivory Coast:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Japan:World Cup 2014 Team Preview

Group D

Uruguay: World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Costa Rica:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Italy:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
England: World Cup 2014 Team Preview

Group E

Switzerland:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Ecuador:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
France:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Honduras:World Cup 2014 Team Preview

Group F

Argentina:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Bosnia and Herzegovina:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Iran: World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Nigeria:World Cup 2014 Team Preview

Group G

Germany:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Portugal:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Ghana:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
United States: World Cup 2014 Team Preview

Group H

Belgium:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Algeria: World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Russia:World Cup 2014 Team Preview
South Korea:World Cup 2014 Team Preview

Team Audio Previews (in alphabetical order)

Belgium World Cup Preview podcast,
Bosnia and Herzegovina Preview podcast,
England World Cup Preview podcast,
France World Cup Preview podcast,
Ghana World Cup Preview podcast,
Greece World Cup Preview podcast,
Mexico World Cup Preview podcast,
Netherlands World Cup Preview podcast,
Portugal World Cup Preview podcast,
Spain World Cup Preview podcast,
United States World Cup Preview podcast.

American Midfielder Jermaine Jones Will Not Celebrate If He Scores vs. Germany

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German-born American International Jermaine Jones will not celebrate if he scores against his native country. The former German National Team midfielder who filed a one-time national team switch with FIFA in 2009 has become a critical player inJürgen Klinsmann's US National Team setup. The midfielder who now features forBeşiktaş in the Turkish League after a difficult first half of the 2013-14 season with Schalke 04 in Bundesliga.

MLS Commissioner Garber: David Beckham Miami Bid Back to “Square One”

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A day after David Beckham's bid to place a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Miami was dealt a major blow,MLS Commissioner Don Garber appeared to give the international soccer icon little wiggle room. Addressing reporters outside Stade Saputo in Montreal, Garber said the setback for Beckham's plans "puts us back to square one.

Colombia’s 5 Players To Watch at World Cup 2014

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There are still high expectations for the Colombian national team despite the absence of the talismanic goalscorer, Radamel Falcao García. Despite this huge loss, there are other players that are ready to take on the challenge and step in to fill a void that many know is irreplaceable.

Colombia's group will be a difficult challenge, but it's still one that the team can through, and even deeper into the tournament than that.

Uruguay Appeals To Classic ‘Garra’ In Latest World Cup Promo

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BELO HORIZONTE The Uruguayan FA released a video to intensify their country's support as the squad continues to prepare for the world cup in Brazil.

"We know the World Cup is going to be difficult. Some say that it is going to be impossible. They talk about the group of death, faraway matches and a lot of other things," says the narrator in the footage while the national team playing.

Four Years on South Africa’s World Cup Has Failed to Live Up to Promises

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Four years ago, South Africa was on the eve of hosting the continent's first FIFA World Cup. Questions abounded about South Africa's preparation: would the stadiums be ready? Would crime abate as to allow everyone to focus on the football? Would the logistics be tolerable? The answers to all the questions above were yes, more or less.

WATCH Adidas’s World Cup Advert Featuring David Beckham, Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane [VIDEO]

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Adidas's new World Cup TV commercial entitled "House Match" teaches us that if you invite David Beckham, Lucas Moura, Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane over for some FIFA, they WILL break your stuff.

Watch David Beckham and company show their soccer skills:

Mobile app users, watch the video here.

WATCH Dutch World Cup TV Advert Featuring Yaya Toure Song and Dennis Bergkamp [VIDEO]

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Trust the Dutch to release a World Cup advertisement that combines a wild party with plenty of zany scenes that even manages to combine Arsenal and Holland legend Dennis Bergkamp as well as snippets of the Yaya Toure song.

If there is one set of soccer fans in the world that are the craziest and most well supported, the Oranje has got to be it.

No Ribéry, No Nasri, No Problem for Talented France Side

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No manager would ever wish for a Ballon d'Or nominee to pull out of a World Cup squad injured. However Didier Deschamps may have inadvertently found the opportunity that Les Bleus and the French public having been waiting for since the infamous implosion of 2010.

After the dramatic 3-0 win against Ukraine to secure their spot in Brazil Deschamps stuck with the 4-3-3 he debuted in the Stade de France.

Croatia (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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When it comes to Croatia, we all have a fond memory or two about the adventures of just a few years ago. But things looked as if they were slipping away from Croatia and during a strange qualifying campaign they haven't done enough to boost hope outside of the camp. They don't want to be become the also-rans who were once great.

Cameroon (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

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We hit Cameroon as Cameroon hit Brazil. They almost didn't make it and the camp looks like a strange mix of ideas from the outside. Can a tournament unite this group and push Cameroon to continue their cult-like status of World Cups gone by? World, let's Talk Soccer:

World Soccer Talk: @worldsoccertalk

Kartik: @kkfla737

Kris: @KHeneage

Matt J: @MattJFootball

Matt L: @MattsMusings1

Morgan: @morgangreen

Laurence: @lozcast

Here are the different ways you can listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast:

  • Listen viatheWorld Soccer Talkwebsite, or visit theWorld Soccer Talk Podcasts page
  • Subscribe to theWorld Soccer Talk Podcast on iTunes,
  • Add theWorld Soccer Talk Podcast RSS feedto your RSS reader,
  • Subscribe to theWorld Soccer Talk Podcast on Stitcher, or
  • Subscribe to theWorld Soccer Talk Podcast on TuneIn.

Day 1 – Brazil v Croatia (Brazil 2014 World Cup Show)

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The day of the tournament is finally here. Kris and Laurence take a look at what the opening ceremony might involve and then hop gracefully on to preview the opening match. Brazil v Croatia.

Can the Croatian bulldogs out-move the tournament favourites? Soccer, let's talk world:

World Soccer Talk: @worldsoccertalk

Kartik: @kkfla737

Kris: @KHeneage

Matt J: @MattJFootball

Matt L: @MattsMusings1

Morgan: @morgangreen

Laurence: @lozcast

Here are the different ways you can listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast:

  • Listen viatheWorld Soccer Talkwebsite, or visit theWorld Soccer Talk Podcasts page
  • Subscribe to theWorld Soccer Talk Podcast on iTunes,
  • Add theWorld Soccer Talk Podcast RSS feedto your RSS reader,
  • Subscribe to theWorld Soccer Talk Podcast on Stitcher, or
  • Subscribe to theWorld Soccer Talk Podcast on TuneIn.

WATCH Great World Cup Goals Animation Featuring Brazil, Argentina, England, Italy And Others [VIDEO]

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Several of the greatest goals scored in world soccer are captured in a beautifully designed video from animator Richard Swarbrick (@RikkiLeaks).

Some of the greatest World Cup goals featured in the video include:

•Roberto Baggio,
•Diego Maradona,
•Jurgen Klinsmann,
•Michael Owen,
•Dennis Bergkamp, and
•Carlos Alberto.

5 Players Crucial To Mexico’s Success in the World Cup

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The Mexican national team has a history of being a squad that can cause problems for big teams, yet at the same time finds itself on a constant mission to surpass that World Cup obstacle that they call "The fifth match." Despite a rich history of soccer, El Tri have yet to make it past the quarter finals of the World Cup.

Sepp Blatter Wants to Give Managers the Power to Challenge Refereeing Decisions During Games

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At FIFA's Congress in Sao Paulo today, FIFA President Sepp Blatter proposed the idea of allowing managers the opportunity to make two challenges during a game regarding questionable refereeing decisions.

The concept of the challenge is not a new idea as the NFL began using it in 1999 while Major League Baseball incorporated it this season.

German Midfielder Mesut Özil Responds to his Critics

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German midfielder Mesut Özil has hit back at the growing chorus of criticism directed towards him from both the German media and supporters. The Arsenal midfielder is coming off a stop-start first season in England after being discarded by Real Madrid following the signing of Welshman Gareth Bale.

Landon Donovan Says He Disagrees With Klinsmann That The US Cannot Win the World Cup

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Landon Donovan says he disagrees with Jurgen Klinsmann's assertion that the US cannot win the World Cup.

"It's no surprise that I disagree with Jurgen," said Donovan in an interview on ESPN this afternoon.

Donovan believes he had a case to be in the starting XI when the US opens its World Cup campaign against Ghana next Monday evening.