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A Monument to Losing: The Importance of World Cup...

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A Monument to Losing: The Importance of World Cup Heartbreak

ByZack Goldman

No feeling is more coveted in football than World Cup triumph.

But, is there any one more fascinating—or important—as World Cup heartbreak?

Ghana 2014 World Cup PUMA Home and Away Kits

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Technical sponsors PUMA have unveiled the Ghana 2014 FIFA World Cup home and away kits [...]

The Pitfalls of Foreign Coaches At The World Cup

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The Pitfalls of Foreign Coaches At The World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

You could say that Choi Kang-Hee had a crisis of confidence, but that wouldn't be quite right Choi never had any confidence to begin with. Time and time again in 2011, the South Korean FA came to Choi asking him to taking over the national team.

Place your Bets! Analysing the 2014 World Cup Betting Favourites

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Place your Bets! Analysing the 2014 World Cup Betting Favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The summer is fast approaching, and in true World Cup fashion, football fans everywhere have begun to browse catalogues of the latest wide-screen TVs, sound out their favourite watering holes, and pray that the old barbecue will survive in the back garden this winter.

"The American Dream" by Dan Leydon The United States were...

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"The American Dream" by Dan Leydon

The United States were handed a tough group during this month's World Cup draw, but when you break it down, the US only has to overcome a historic rivalry with Ghana, Cristiano Ronaldo, a pack of hungry Germans, and well, a slew of the world's best to reach the promised land.

Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw

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Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After months of eager anticipation, the World Cup draw was finally broadcast around the world, slowly filling football fans everywhere with contrasting feelings of hope and dread.

With the mainstream eye firmly fixed on the draw in Sao Paulo, Budweiser took the show to ground level; filming the immediate reactions of those who matter the most the people.

The US Soccer Men’s National Team and the Group of Destiny

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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.

World Cup Draw

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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.

Ten World Cup group stage matches to watch not involving USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

By now, you've heard the news.

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.

The Group of Opportunity It could have been boring, mundane,...

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The Group of Opportunity

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.

So, about that World Cup draw …

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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.

Matchups, not names

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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.

World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia’s group of death and much more

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World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia's group of death and much more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The World Cup draw was completed today, with the groups decided for next summer's spectacle in Brazil.

There are a number of standout groups, with mouth-watering clashes galore, grudge matches and what is sure to be some scintillating action.

The World Cup Draw Survival Guide With only hours until the...

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The World Cup Draw Survival Guide

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.

Ghana Home Shirt For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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Ghana have qualified for World Cup 2014 after defeating Egypt in the World Cup Playoff. The Black Stars will be wearing a brand-new Puma design in Brazil during the summer of 2014.

Ghana's new home shirt features a one-of-a-kind collar design with the bold yellow, green, red and black colors and tribal design.

Egypt vs Ghana, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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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.

Why The World Cup Is Better Than The Champions League

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Why The World Cup Is Better Than The Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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.

World Cup Playoff Draw Revealed for Africa: Bob Bradley’s Egypt Faces Tough Tie vs Ghana

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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.

Libia

CHAN 2014

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La terza edizione del Campionato Africano delle Nazioni ha avuto luogo in Sudafrica, negli stadi di Citt del Capo, Polokwane e Mangaung/Bloemfontein. Le 15 squadre qualificate per la fase finale (quella sudafricana ammessa di diritto in qualit di paese ospitante) hanno dovuto superare i turni preliminari, iniziati nel dicembre 2012 e che hanno visto cadere [.

2014 African Nations Championship

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Del 11 de enero a 1 de febrero se desarrollará en Sudáfrica la tercera edición del Campeonato Africano de Naciones (African Nations Championship), que congrega a 16 seleccionados integrados con jugadores del medio local. El certamen se desarrollará en cuatro estadios de tres ciudades: Cape Town Stadium y Athlone Stadium (ambos de Ciudad del Cabo), el Free State Stadium (Mangaung, Bloemfontein) y el Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane).

Portugal

The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day

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The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hello and welcome to 'The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day'

Today, Soccerlens.com will be blogging live from the centre of London, endeavouring to bring you the very latest news, gossip and information in the final chaotic hours of the January transfer window.

The Pony in the Pile of Manure: Remaining Optimistic in the Face of the World Cup Draw

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Don't worry, Jurgen. Everything's going to be great! (photo: csnwashington.com)

OTF's Nick Fox is here to look on the bright side, or, if you like, polish a soccer turd...

The joke goes like this. A kid who is a terminal optimist gets a present from her ornery uncle.

Geography of the Draw: The United States Men's National Team, Brazil, And Travel

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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.

Deadly Draw: U.S. to Face Germany, Portugal & Ghana at Brazil ’14

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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.

The Pit Stops Through the Tunnel of Doom

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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.

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PHOTO: Michael Essien shaking hands with Adriano Galliani

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PHOTO: Michael Essien shaking hands with Adriano Galliani - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan have announced the signing the Michael Essien from Chelsea.

The Ghana international passed his medical on Sunday and signed an 18-month deal with the San Siro giants.

The first part of the medical didn't went smoothly as it exposed a knee problem but eventually Essien got the green light after further tests on Sunday.

PHOTO: Michael Essien holding the AC Milan shirt

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PHOTO: Michael Essien holding the AC Milan shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan are on the verge of completing the signing of Michael Essien from Chelsea, with the Ghanaian having flown Italy for a medical.

The 31-year-old was greeted at the airport in Milan, draped in a scarf, and presented with the club's shirt by the excited fans.

Negotiations ongoing – Liverpool chase £7m midfielder

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Negotiations ongoing Liverpool chase £7m midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are leading the chase to land £7m rated defensive midfielder from Udinese, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, and according to several reports, negotiation between both the clubs are ongoing.

The Mirror reported that the Reds are in pole position to snap the 23-year-old, who has made more than 40 appearances for Ghana.

Egypt

Bradley, Egypt bow out of qualifying with win over Ghana

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Thursday Kickoff: Egypt won’t fire Bradley; Casillas wants to remain at Real Madrid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Ghana... GHANA!

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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

Ghana overwhelm Egypt in lopsided first-leg victory

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Bob Bradley's magical journey as head coach of the Egyptian national team looks like it could be coming to an end without fulfilling the African country's dream of reaching the World Cup.

Ghana dealt Egypt's quest of reaching the 2014 tournament in Brazil a serious blow on Tuesday with anoverwhelming 6-1 victory in the first World Cup qualifier of their two-legged play-off.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ghana protests to FIFA over Egypt hosting; Man United want Fellaini surgery; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Egypt to host second leg of World Cup qualifying playoff vs. Ghana in Cairo

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the first time in two years, Bob Bradley and Egypt are heading back to Cairo.

The Egyptian FA announced Wednesday that the Pharaohs will host the final leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana at 30 June Stadium in Cairo on Nov. 19.

African World Cup Play-offs

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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.

Bradley’s Egypt draws Ghana in African World Cup qualifying playoffs

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For the second time in his international management career, Bob Bradley will have to face Ghana, with defeat meaning the end of a dream for him and the nation he currently calls home.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) presented the results of their third-round draw on Monday morning, which will decide the five entrants to the World Cup in Brazil next year.

The Rest

Hermanos enfrentados por el fútbol

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La historia del fútbol registra decenas de hermanos que honraron al balón. Muchos menos son los que llegaron a compartir un mismo equipo. Pero lo extremadamente curioso son aquellos que tuvieron que enfrentarse a nivel profesional. Estos son algunos de los que llevaron su apellido de los dos lados de la cancha.

Preparing for Group G

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With the United States National Team drawn into the "Group of Death" for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, expectations for the team have been somewhat muted. Opta's simulation recently gave the U.S. a 38% chance of advancing out of Group G, while Vegas odds are hovering around 5/2 or a 40% chance of making the knockout stages.

Tactical Analysis: Ghana 6-1 Egypt

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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.

Zambia out

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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.