The soccersphere in the US is a pretty depressed (and depressing) place. Why? Well, the US got a pretty tough draw in the World Cup: Ghana, Germany, and Portugal. It's been dubbed a Group of Death even though ESPN stats guru Nate Silver gives the US a 39% chance of advancing, about even with Portugal.
Well, today's World Cup draw went about as bad as it could have for the U.S. The worst possible draw for the Yanks from Pots 1 and 4 (based on FIFA ranking) would have been Spain and Portugal, the draw was Germany and Portugal. Germany was the second worst choice in Pot 1. To round out the group the Americans got their recent nemesis, Ghana, essentially the 3rd worst choice in a tie with Ecuador from Pot 2.
Earlier today, the U.S. Men's National Team was drawn into Group G of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where they'll face Germany, Ghana, and Portugal in what will be a major test of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the entire squad.
It could have been boring, mundane, even uneventful. It couldhave been straightforward, unexciting, deserving of a shrug of the shoulders and a "meh." A second consecutive kind World Cup draw for the U.
The US national team drew the ultimate Group of Death in the World Cup. Some say it's the toughest group ever in a World Cup. PSP's Jeremy Lane examines the group and notes it just might be possible for the US to make it out of this group.
It's not the names of the countries or the players that fill their team sheets that makes this a horrendous World Cup Draw for the United States. It's the styles of play. Every group stage opponent - in order, Ghana, Portugal, Germany - can match the U.S. for athleticism. Ghana is the only team the U.
With only hours until the World Cup draw that we've waited years for - the World Cup draw which will effectively decide your team's fate next summer - we thought it was a decent idea to offer a few tips that could come in handy while you struggle to maintain your composure.
Today will most probably mark the final day of Bob Bradley as Egypt manager. After losing the first leg 6-1 to Ghana, Bradley and his Egyptian team have an opportunity to hold their heads high today by getting a respectable result. It would be a miracle for them to win it by the 5-0 margin they need to qualify for World Cup 2014, but even if they draw or lose, Egypt needs to play well in front of their home crowd.
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For many, this is another Champions League week. The competition is heating up, and on Wednesday night, we'll be at the halfway point of the group stage. It has been an interesting few days, two of the countless Champions League match-days.
Egypt, coached by Bob Bradley, have accomplished so much in the past two years under the leadership of the American — even despite the Port Said riots and the national league being shut down. Against all the odds, Egypt qualified for the World Cup play-off round on the African continent, but now faces an extremely difficult two-leg tie against Ghana to try to reach the FIFA World Cup 2014 tournament.
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For a moment, when Shane O'Neill headed home an Oscar Sorto goal to make the pull the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team within a goal of Ghana, there was a brief glimpse of hope that the American team could avoid the fate of past U.
The United States got a less than favorable draw with Germany, Ghana, and Portugal in their group, but that may not be their biggest issue in the 2014 World Cup.
Today's dramatic World Cup draw did not go well for the United States. Instead of getting drawn into a group with the other pots' minnows, they ended up with a finalist contender in Germany, the team that knocked out the U.
Friday's World Cup draw may spell a short stay for the United States Men's National Team in Brazil next summer.
The U.S., which entered the draw ranked 14th in the latest FIFA rankings, was paired with perennial powerhouse Germany, fifth-ranked Portugal and recent tournament nemesis Ghana in Group G, considered by many to be the "Group of Death" shortly after the draw.
Or whatever you want to call this group that forces the United States to travel 8,886 miles in 10 days. Monday June 16, 2014 Ghana vs. USA Natal, Brazil; 6 p.m. ET Sunday June 22, 2014 USA vs. Portugal Manaus, Brazil; 3 p.m. ET Thursday June 26, 2014 USA vs. Germany Recife, Brazil; Noon ET Note: The U.
The performance was admirable, but the end result was not what Bob Bradley and Egypt were hoping for.
Facing a near-impossible scenario to reach next summer's World Cup, Egypt defeated Ghana, 2-1, in Cairo on Tuesday but were eliminated from qualifying after falling 7-3 on aggregate in the two-legged playoff against the Black Stars.
Following a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Ghana, many people in Egypt called for national team head coach Bob Bradley to be fired as soon as possible.
However, the Egyptian FA has decided to keep Bradley on as coach for the second leg at home against Ghana, even though it's looking very likely that Egypt's dream of returning to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 is over.
I was unable to watch Ghana-Egypt today, as I was still in the office, but was following a live feed of the match as goals were pouring in. Egypt, 2010 African champions and the only African nation to go through a clean sheet in the first round of qualifying seem to have been no match for Ghana!But let us face the real World Cup facts: only one of these two nations belong in Brazil, and that is
The Ghanian FA has come out publicly with a plea to FIFA against Egypt's decision to hold the second-leg of the World Cup qualifying series between Ghana and Egypt in front of a partial crowd in Cairo.
Reports out of Egypt say that at least 50 people died last weekend during riots in the capital between police and supporters of former Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, leading to the conclusion from the Ghanian FA that playing the match in Cairo isn't a safe option.
The African World Cup Play-off draw has led to the following clashes: Ethiopia-Nigeria Ghana-Egypt Ivory Coast-Senegal Tunisia-Cameroun Burkina Faso-Algeria The exciting newcomers from Ethiopia will have to play their best against Nigeria's African champions, while Ghana and Egypt will be an epic clash between two of the strongest footballing nations in Africa.
Ghana is on the verge of securing a spot in next year's World Cup as they comfortably cruised past Egypt.
James Appiah aligned his side in a 4-2-3-1 with Abdul Majeed Waris leading the line. Kwadwo Asamoah, Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew formed an attacking three behind the Ghanaian striker, while Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari played in the double pivot.
Some people collect stamps. Others collect football programmes. Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien collects photos of his team-mates sleeping. The Ghana international has put together a photo montage of team-mates including Demba Ba, Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole catching 40 winks during the Blues' pre-season travels.
Ah, the internet. Isn't it brilliant? Without it we may never have known that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien entertained the rest of the pre-season tour party by performing a dance for them at dinner. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, the Ghana international stood up and showed everyone his moves.
Arsenal and Liverpool are both reported to be targeting Arda Turan, with the Turkey international's agent saying he will probably move to the Premier League before the end of the transfer window. Chelsea were linked with Arda earlier this summer, but Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers are now the frontrunners for his signature.
Results: France 2 Ghana 1; Uruguay 1 Iraq 1 (AET, 90 minutes 1-1, Uruguay win 7-6 on penalties)
So, faced with all the exotic possibilities produced by an eclectic final 16, not least that of a Ghana v Iraq final, an extraordinary Under-20s World Cup tournament got ordinary at the semi-final stage and left us with a ‘traditional' Europe v South America final.
Group A results: Spain 2 France 1; Ghana 4 United States 1
So. Farewell then. The United States. Given the 4-1 pastings the Americans took from Spain and Ghana, there will be some French eyebrows raised at the inability of their clearly talented youngsters to follow suit. That, though, would be to deny the Ghanaians credit for a blistering display against the US, which leaves them with three points, a level goal difference and a nervous wait to see if that tally, enough to ensure qualification as a superior third-place finisher in most previous tournaments, will be good enough in this rather more open event.
It is difficult not to like Zambia, but almost impossible not to love Ghana. So today it was a difficult match to watch as one of the teams would surely be going out of the World Cup. Ghana was at home to a Zambian side that had to win, and that was a bit too much for the visitors, who went away with a 2-1 defeat, and are out of the World Cup.
France vs Ghana Under-20 World Cup 2013 semi-final: Preview, Profiles, Promising players is a post from: Just Football
So much for a close season. It may well be the summer break for Europe's major leagues but everywhere you look football is on The Confederations Cup, U-21 European Championships, Gold Cup, Womens' European Championships and, currently taking place in Turkey, the FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2013.