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MacMath-M’Bolhi speculation, Reading’s Bono named to All-Conference XI, more

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Speculation about MacMath's future amid reports of Union's interest in M'Bolhi. Reading United GK Alex Bono named to Eastern Conference XI. More news.

Monday Evening Ticker: Ronaldinho leaves Mineiro; Messi tax trial gets go ahead; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Legendary Brazilian attacker Ronaldinho is on the hunt for a new club.

The 2005Ballon d'Or winner and Atletico Minero have mutually agreed to part ways,ending the 34-year-old's time with the Brazilian club. The former AC Milan and Barcelona star joined Atletico from fellow Brazilian side Flamengo in 2012 and led the team to a Copa Libertadores victory the following year.

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The pressure on Lionel Messi

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There was a very interesting article in Semana on Lionel Messi (it is in Spanish). It is about how the pressure on a shy young kid, who only wanted to enjoy playing football, is destroying the talent of this player. And as with myself, the writer admits that all of us football fans are to blame for this pressure on this young boy.

Dempsey named North American cover star for FIFA 15

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With two goals to his name this summer on the sport's biggest stage, U.S. Men's National Team star Clint Dempsey will now be displayed on the sport's biggest videogame.

EA Sports announced Saturday that the Seattle Sounders star will join Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on the U.

Top ten worst things of the World Cup

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I am back to my dull and boring life. Without anything useful to do besides changing a flat tire on my car, I have reflected on the top ten worst things of this world cup. There was a lot of shit to consider, from the social problems in Brazil that perhaps became more prominent during the World Cup. But more directly related to the tournament these are the ten worst (and believe me, it was not

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FC Porto 4-4 Barcelona – Deco signs off in style in mouthwatering game (VIDEO)

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FC Porto 4-4 Barcelona Deco signs off in style in mouthwatering game (VIDEO) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Legendary Portuguese midfielder, Deco, ended his staggering career in the best possible fashion, with an exquisite lob over the keeper in the last 10 seconds of his own testimonial.

Luke Shaw cost Manchester United £30m – Is he worth it?

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Luke Shaw cost Manchester United £30m Is he worth it? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Is Luke Shaw, Manchester United's new recruit at left-back, realistically worth the £30 million price tag the club paid for him? We're about to assess just that. Tipped as the best teenage left-back in the world, Shaw has certainly amassed a large fan base over the last year or two.

UEFA Best Player in Europe 2013/14: Top 10 shortlist revealed!

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UEFA Best Player in Europe 2013/14: Top 10 shortlist revealed! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The shortlist for the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2013/14 award has been revealed, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all nominated in the ten-strong list from the top Europeanleagues.

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Ronaldo, Suarez make UEFA Best Player shortlist, USWNT’s Press makes women’s cut

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

UEFA's shortlist for the Best Player in Europe includes some players who had excellent World Cups – and some who didn't.

The list features three from the World Cup-winning Germany side in Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm.

Lionel Messi is the only previous winner on the list, after carrying Argentina through the early rounds of the World Cup.

INFOGRAPHIC: World Cup Goals 2014 – The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Brazil’s 171 goals (Videos)

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INFOGRAPHIC: World Cup Goals 2014 The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Brazil's 171 goals (Videos) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brazil 2014 equaled the record for the highestnumber of goals scored in a World Cup finals competition and has been hailed by some as the best World Cup of all time.

All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special All good...

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All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special

All good things must come to an end, even heart-stopping endlessly entertaining World Cups. It's time for the pod to sign-off for the summer too. We've recorded over 45 shows this season and few will be sweeter than this – the chance to reflect on a tense, emotionally draining but ultimately fulfilling World Cup final.

World Cup Finale Failure may Haunt Lionel Messi this Season!

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Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill

This will be tough, even for a person like Lionel Messi - who to his credit keeps his emotions under check at most of the situation. After losing the final it was clear that he never wanted to spend anymore minute on the pitch.

11 Best GIFs of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was something special, not just in the amount of goals that were scored, but the quality of soccer from almost every one of the 32 teams. To make sure we don't forget any of the memorable moments, We assembled several of our favorite GIFS from the World Cup below.

One of the most sensational goals scored in the World Cup was from Robin van Persie, who scored from an amazing header.

World Cup Team of the Tournament: Who is in the best XI of Brazil 2014?

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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.

Lionel Messi Didn’t Deserve to Win the Golden Ball Award at the World Cup

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The free-kick in the dying moments of extra time saw Lionel Messi in a position where he could etch himself into immortality. He was not going to win the match at that point, but if he had scored, Argentina could have flirted with victory at least. The problem was Messi blasted the ball over Manuel Neuer's net, not even forcing him to make a proper save.

FIFA Mix Up ‘Biggest Name’ With ‘Best Player’, Give Lionel Messi 2014 World Cup Golden Ball

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By Alan Duffy

Even poor old Lionel Messi looked a little sheepish when collecting the Golden Ball award last night after Argentina's final defeat against Germany.

Out of a pool of nominated players including Germany's Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm, Argentina's Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria as well as Neymar, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez, FIFA's technical team (along with members of the media) somehow decided that the Albiceleste captain had been the most consistently good player of the tournament.

Messi’s Lack of Respect to Alejandro Sabella Ends Sour Night For Argentina

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The inevitable question of Leo Messi's greatness will surely start after Argentina's 1-0 loss in extra time to Germany. Despite a few flashes of greatness during the final game in the 2014 World Cup, Messi was a shadow of himself in the second half, and was caught on camera showing a lack of respect for Argentina Head Coach Alejandro Sabella as he walked away from team huddles while the manager was talking.

Messi, Neuer, Rodriguez headline 2014 World Cup awards

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By DAN KARELL

Lionel Messi may not have won the ultimate prize on Sunday afternoon but he's not going home without some silverware of his own.

Following Germany's 1-0 victory in the World Cup final, the Argentine star was awarded the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball on the back of a four-goal, two-assist performance in the tournament.

How Sabella’s Tactical Changes Played Right Into the Hands of Germany

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And so it finally happened! 120 minutes on the 13th of July 2014; 120 minutes in the famous Maracana Stadium; 120 minutes to determine the World Champions; 120 minutes to change soccer players into legends.

...and what a tense 120 minutes it turned out to be as a total of 36 fouls were made.

Germany 1-0 Argentina: WORLD CUP FINAL Report – Germans crowned World Champions with sublime Gotze goal

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Germany 1-0 Argentina:WORLD CUP FINAL Report Germans crowned World Champions with sublime Gotze goal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany have been crowned champions of the world in one of the greatest World Cups in history, which had everything from entertainment and excitement to controversies and surprises.

Messi Must Seize His Date With Destiny, Just As Diego Maradona Did 28 Years Ago

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The comparisons between Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona can be a little tiresome, but they're understandably natural. Both supreme masters of their craft, both Argentinean No.10's, both left-footed, both deistic figures for their compatriots. And on the cusp of the 2014 World Cup final, both potentially winning captains on the biggest stage of all.

Vecsey on Messi and why he's no Maradona

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I got to have a really cool chat the other day with George Vecsey, the longtime "Sports of The Times" columnist and author of "Eight World Cups." He explained the Germany pick he made months ago and really delved into the flaws of the Messi-Maradona succession narrative in addition to giving some other neat insight.

Messi 90 minutes from true legendary status

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Messi 90 minutes from true legendary status - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


Up high in the sky, towering above the heavens next to Mount Olympus, lies the Mount Rushmore of football. So far, only two faces have been carved into the mountain, that of Argentina's Diego Maradona and Brazil's Pele.

The Calm and The Storm: Lionel Messi’s Moment By Anthony...

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The Calm and The Storm:Lionel Messi's Moment

By Anthony Lopopolo

When he was a kid, Lionel Messi used to take a one-hour siesta in the afternoon. He would sleep 10 hours a night. He wasn't really bothered.

bwin Blogger’s League: The Final

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Sunday night signals the end of perhaps one of the more entertaining World Cup Finals in a long time. Both Germany and Argentina were considered pre-tournament favourites. The stereotypically efficient Germans and the flair of Argentina, right? Not quite, in an apparent role reversal Germany have been arguably the most entertaining side so far, their opening 4-0 victory against Portugal and 7-1 demolition of Brazil the notable highlights.

Lionel Messi needs to Sparkle to Create History with Argentina

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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams

This has to be Lionel Messi's moment of reckoning - the chance to permanently etch his name among the pantheon of the greatest in football. Frankly he don't have to win the World Cup to be considered as one of the greatest of all time; but then some people just wouldn't shut up.

Germany prepare to lift fourth World Cup

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Germany head into Sunday's World Cup final looking to become the joint-most successful European nation in football by lifting their fourth World Cup.

Germany are the favourites, which is why the 4/1 odds on offer for Germany to win the World Cup are a must-grab get in on the action at William Hill here (exclusive offer for new customers only).

2014 World Cup Award Nominees Announced

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The possible recipients for the 2014 FIFA Golden Ball award, Golden Glove and Best Young Player have been announced, four Argentinians have been nominated and their German opponents in the final have five total nominees. Players are evaluated by FIFA's technical group and selected by the committees of the technical group.

Andre Schurrle and the Germans to win the World Cup Final.

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Sunday night in the Maracana, Andre Schurrle and his German team mates take on Argentina in the World Cup Final and for me, I can only see a German victory, the first European win on South American soil.

Alot as always, is said about Lionel Messi but he will need the rest of his team mates to perform to the levels we have seen Germany reach in this competition in order to match the Germans and make a real game of the final.

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30 schöne Tore der WM 2014

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Jetzt sind schon 2 Tage vergangen seit die WM in Brasilien vorbei ist. Der Rausch nach der Titelfeier sollte bei den Deutschen Spielern und Fans inzwischen überstanden sein, Gelegenheit nochmal ein paar schöne Szenen des Turniers zu genießen und was eignet sich da besser als Tore.

Um Haaresbreite … [Gesponsertes Video]

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Um Haaresbreite ... [Gesponsertes Video]

Du gewinnst oder du verlierst! Um haaresbreite. Denk an all die wichtigen Dinge in deinem Leben und dann feier den WM-Titel! Das war knapp gestern, aber am Ende waren unsere Jungs um Thomas Müller einen kleinen Ticken besser und genau das hat es am Ende auch ausgemacht.

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Daily Cup Check: The Final

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HASSELHOFF HASELHOFF TURN YOUR HEAD AND COUGH! HASSELHOFF HASSELHOFF TURN YOUR HEAD AND COUGH!

Germany 1-0 Argentina

I suppose there is a desire or a feeling to fit this game into some larger context forthis tournament, the winners, the losers, football in general, and what it means for humanity.

Germany 2014 = Spain 2008

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In 2008, Spain triumphed at the European championships with a core of players, nearly all of them from domestic clubs, who were rounding into their prime. Spain were widely viewed as the best team at Euro 2008 and won the tournament with a clean slate, sweeping their three group stage matches...

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The great Germans

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I am a bit hungover right now. But just want to say that Germany are the right champions, the best team in the world, the greatest fans in the world, and I am delighted they won, if only a bit disappointed Argetina lost.But losing to a great team is never a shame.The only shame was that Lionel Messi got the golden ball.

The final: Argentina

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I support Argentina and I am wearing my Argentina shirt today. It will be a long-held dream to see them again lift the trophy, as I still remember their last triumph with nostalgia. 1986; when football became my passion. That said, I have been very critical of their play in this tournament. They are not that offensive side that many expected with the players they have.

Brazil 2014: Final – Argentina vs. Germany – preview

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What happens if penalties can't separate 'em? The silly hat battle commences.(the-news-daily.com)

Seems whenever Argentina finds a guy who might be the best player in the world, Germany pops up to mess with his destiny. Austin Fido previews Messi vs. Mannschaft...

So it all comes down to this: the most common pairing in World Cup final history Argentina vs.

We’ve waited four years for this weekend - AFR Voice And...

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We've waited four years for this weekend - AFR Voice

And then there were two. With two equally compelling semi-finals from the opposite ends of the footballing spectrum now complete, we now know that it'll be either Germany or Argentina taking a 6.1kg, 36.8cm high World Cup souvenir back home with them.

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Messi And Father To Face Tax Charges

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The tax courts have not been very favorable to Barcelona and there players this year. First the club was hit with the "Neymar Affair"a and then today a Spanish judge rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.

Thierry Henry with insightful take on Messi vs. Ronaldo debate

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World Cup notebook: Another substitute scores; Messi, Neuer among award winners

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July 13, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL; Germany midfielder Mario Gotze (19) celebrates scoring a goal in extra time against the Argentina in the championship match of the 2014 World Cup at Maracana Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO — At a World Cup where substitutes have made more impact than ever, it was fitting that Mario Götze came off the bench to win it, and another replacement supplied the inch-perfect cross.