How do we utilise Campbell this season? by KJ Joel Campbell has just tweeted that he's on his way back to England. It is too early to expect him to be ready for the game against the New York Red Bulls but I expect him to join up with the team next Thursday (as will [...]
Is Joel Campbell ready? Arsenal has given a huge huge hint that Joel Campbell could be in the Arsenal squad next year competing with Giroud for playing time. This can be seen from Arsenal including the striker's picture and name in the squad list on the official Arsenal website. However, many Gooners will question if [.
Arsenal fans were all saying "Joel Who?" when Arsene Wenger spent a million pounds on signing the unknown Costa Rican Joel Campbell three years ago, but now he has been thrust into the spotlight with some brilliant performances at the World Cup. Campbell has never even played a competitive game for Arsenal as his three [.
I guess after getting annoyed and writing a negative post on the bad things of the World Cup yesterday, I should write one of the best things of the World Cup, in my personal view. 10. Seeing friends and family during this World Cup: For me this World Cup was an excuse to travel and enjoy with friends and family, and I did so shamelessly.
In arguably the greatest World Cup ever, the five week adventure that is the grand global tournament in Brazil has now concluded.
Now in a fitting conclusion that saw a resilient and mentally strong German side win their fourth world championship (and first as a unified national side), we've put together a final team of the tournament that represents the best starting XI.
Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas is heading to Bayern Munich for a reported €10million fee as confirmed by Levante Vice-President Thomas Perez.
Navas became much sought-after following an impressive performance for Costa Rica during the 2014 World Cup. Los Ticos were eventually defeated by the Netherlands on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.
Brazil versus Germany in a World Cup semifinal! Feel like you've seen this before? You haven't not at this stage of the tournament. Austin Fido previews the first time these teams have met in the second-to-last game of the World Cup...
If this feels like a familiar set of semifinalists Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands it's because it is: there has never been a World Cup without at least one of these four teams in the semifinals.
Four tightly contested quarterfinals have passed us by with diligent displays and standout sensations rewarded in this Best XI of the second knockout round.
Here is the team:
GK- Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
In case most thought that Tim Howard was the undisputed best goalkeeper of the tournament, the soon to be ex-Levante netminder proved once again that his credentials for that honor are even better than the American stalwart.
SALVADOR, BRAZIL – The day had finally arrived. This was the whole point of booking a plane ticket less than a month ago and deciding to come down to Brazil at the last minute (besides, of course, the experience of traveling to a new place). This was the day I would finally be stepping foot inside the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador to watch a World Cup quarterfinal match – Costa Rica vs.
It seems the English press are trying to make our own Tim Krul feel badly about his heroics in the penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica, which will godown in the annals of the World Cup as a super successful move by coach Louis van Gaal. Tim saves brilliantly from Umana to put the Dutch through [..
Some brief Sunday morning thoughts about yesterday's World Cup action and more.
First off, Costa Rica deserve huge credit for their display last night and for the tournament they've had overall. Topping a group with England, Uruguay and Italy really was a fantastic achievement and to reach the quarter-finals was amazing.
Nobody expected Costa Rica to get this close to a semifinal. It took penalty kicks for the Dutch to defeat the Ticos, who held on to 0-0 with hard fight and commitment. No teams have fought their hearts out like the Ticos. If teams like Spain, England or even Argentina fought just a fraction of what the Ticos do, they would be title contenders.
Netherlands qualified for the World Cup semi-final after defeating Costa Rica on penalty kicks.
During the match, Wesley Sneijder hit the woodwork twice, but the Dutch were unable to score against a Costa Rica side who continued to play a high line and catch Netherlands in countless offside traps.
In the final World Cup quarterfinal, it's a David against Goliath match with Costa Rica battling against the mighty Netherlands. Don't underestimate Costa Rica, who have already shown that they can overcome teams such as Italy, Uruguay and Greece.
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The World Cup quarterfinals continue today. You're probably wiped out from Independence Day revelry, and D.C. United doesn't play until 7 tonight. Take it easy today and let the soccer wash over you. Argentina needs to prove they aren't a one-man gang, while Belgium needs to show they can score before the final minutes.
There were not many pundits that expected the Netherlands to go this far in the 2014 World Cup. Pitted alongside the holders Spain and a vibrant Chile team, there was a sense that Louis van Gaal's progressive Dutch side would fall just short in the group stage, but this campaign would make for the core of young players that make up this squad.
The Round of 16 is over, the optimism and joyous attacking play of the group stage have given way to the need for ruthless precision and unyielding determination. Though we saw teams depart the tournament in the group stage those are exits we could often see coming, make our peace and begin to figure out where it went wrong.
Following another decisive display of theatrics in the Netherlands 2-1 comeback victory over Mexico in the Round of 16, Arjen Robben has once again become a lightning rod.
Robben whose diving and petulance was one of the leading topics of the 2010 World Cup and also of multiple UEFA Champions League campaignsis now being targeted by Costa Rica's Head CoachJorge Luis Pinto:
"I would like to ask Fifa and the referees to watch Robben.
It is time. Time to get Delicious. (ceastudyabroadblog.com)
USMNT is gone, but the World Cup is not, and you still have to eat. Fortunately, Alex White has choked back the tears long enough to bring you the scoop on the most delicious of the eight remaining teams in the tournament.
Another UEFA-Concacaf tie when Belgium played USA. USA were not convincing, but played with heart and spirit, and that always wins friends. I do think they need to take more risks; go more forward, instead of relying so much on defense. That said, great defense, and not least a fantastic Tim Howard! The first round of this tournament has been all about the strikers, but these knock-out stages
World Cup Team of the Tournament: Who is in the best XI of Brazil 2014? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In the wake of the fantastically entertaining World Cup finals in Brazil, the BBC have released a team picked by their pundits as the Team of the Tournament. Former England trio; Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle and Rio Ferdinand put their heads together with on-location Brazil correspondent, Tim Vickery, to select the best XI from the stunning competition.
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Netherlands vs Costa Rica 2014 World Cup Highlights Penalties Video 4-3 Tim Krul Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Netherlands vs Costa Rica 2014 (Holland CRC VIDEO BELOW) Itaipava Arena Fonte, Salvador- 5 July, 2014- 5/7/14- WC Quarterfinal- 21.
In the final game of the Quarter Final stages, Holland take on the surprise package of the tournament in Costa Rica. Whilst there are no easy games at these stages in major tournaments, Holland must be quietly relieved that they've got, at least on paper the easiest route to the semi-final. Mind you, I've thought this about every side that Costa Rica have come up against.
Netherlands v Costa Rica: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Netherlands will take on Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Saturday for a place in the World Cup semi-final, with the clash seen as a match betweenthe third favourites and the biggest surprise package of the tournament.
Una gara stregata per l'Olanda di Van Gaal, chiusa però con il sorriso più grande, quello dell'ingresso in semifinale, nella quale gli Orange sfideranno l'Argentina di Lionel Messi. I Tulipani festeggiano l'accesso tra le migliori quattro, rompono la maledizione dei supplementari (erano sempre usciti sconfitti, ndr) e trovano la terza semifinale dal 1998 mentre si [.
Brasilia, la capitale di questo mondiale ospiter alle 18 di oggi il quarto di finale tra Argentina e Belgio, due squadre che statisticamente sono molto simili e per questo dovrebbero dar vita ad una gara bella e combattuta. Queste sono due delle quattro squadre che in questo mondiale non hanno mai perso, sono anche le [.
I mentioned it in passing below, but by my reckoning Costa Rica caught their opponents offside 41 times this World Cup. There was a spell when basically Holland were caught every time they tried to attack. This, to me, really speaks for the value of hard work in defending. It has been noted in the newspapers that individually, the Costa Rica defence aren't superstars.
In case there was any doubt about the seriousness of Neymar's condition, the pictures released Saturday said it all. Heading home from Brazil's training camp to continue his recovery, Neymar was airlifted via helicopter with live television cameras and photographers there to see the superstar wave from a stretcher on board.