In the latest of brewing Cold War sentiments between the US and Russia, controversial Republican Senator John McCain recently reissued a demand to pull the plug on Russia's right to host the World Cup in 2018. Speaking to ESPN/ABC podcast Capital Games program, McCain asked whether it was "appropriate to have this venue in Russia," — although he's not the first Republican to struggle at his own language, by venue he must have clearly meant event or tournament — "and aren't there other countries that would be far less controversial?
What a time to be an American soccer fan. Despite a 2-1 loss to Belgium to be eliminated from the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup, soccer's increasing popularity in the United States continues on. Fans are firing on all cylinders, and blowing up social media with talk..
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that his country will spend $20 billion on hosting the 2018 World Cup, which will see 11 host cities building stadiums and infrastructure spanning 1,500 miles across the country.
With the 2018 World Cup only four years away, let's take a look at the posters for the official World Cup host cities:
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Russia Unveils Official Posters For World Cup 2018 Host Cities [PHOTOS] is a post from World Soccer Talk.
Fabio Capello Where Did It All Go Wrong? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After leading Russia out of the 2014 World Cup without a single win, the Fabio Capello paradox seems to be stretching even wider. From a managerial genius of clubs to a managerial failure internationally, we uncover where Fabiohas gone so badly wrong.
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.
Algeria 1-1 Russia: North Africans through to the last 16 after smash-and-grab - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A second half goal fromIslam Slimani secured a crucial draw for minnows Algeria, with the point ensuring they progress to the last 16 for the very first time in their history, and condemning Russia to a third successive group stage exit.
Algeria vs Russia 2014 World Cup Goals Kokorin Slimani Akinfeev Laser Video June 26 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Algeria vs Russia 2014 World Cup Goals Kokorin Slimani Akinfeev Laser Video June 26 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Algeria vs Russia 2014 (Algerie Russie VIDEO BELOW) Arena da Baixada, Curitiba- 26 June, 2014- 21.
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.
Algeriav Russia Preview: Can ex-England boss guide Russia to Round of 16? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Group H draws to a close tomorrow with the North Africans, Algeria, playing Russia in Curitiba. Algeria are currently sitting on 3; from a win against Korea and a loss to Belgium, whilstRussia havejust a solo point; from their draw with Korea and they also lost to Belgium.
Belgium vs Russia World Cup 2014 Maracana Group H Origi Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Belgium vs Russia World Cup 2014 Maracana Group H Origi Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Belgium vs Russia 2014 (Belgique-Russia VIDEO BELOW) Maracana Stadium- 22 June, 2014- 17.
Belgium 1-0 Russia: Origi's late strike sends Red Devils through to the last 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Belgium had to rely on 19-year-old Divock Orgi's strike late on as the Red Devils qualified for the last 16after edging past Russia at theMaracana in Rio de Janeiro.
The majority of the encounter will certainly not be remembered by the fans, with the game monotonous at times,but in the end it was Eden Hazard's individual brilliancewhich allowedOrigito secure the win andsend Marc Wilmots' side through to the knockout stages.
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.
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.
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.
Russia vs South Korea 2014 Akinfeev mistake Lee Keun-ho Video Group H is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Russia vs South Korea 2014 Akinfeev mistake Lee Keun-ho Video Group H is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Russia vs South Korea 2014 (Russia-Korea Republic VIDEO BELOW) Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba- 17 June, 2014- 17/6/14- 23.
From the time they first learned how to kick a ball, every soccer player in the world dreams of stepping up on the game's biggest stage: the World Cup. However, let Tuesday night's matchup between Russia and South Korea serve as a reminder that, sometimes, even world class players can see their big stage dreams rapidly turn into a worldwide nightmare.
Russia 1-1 South Korea Kerzhakov salvages draw after Akinfeev howler - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Russia strikerAleksandr Kerzhakov scored midway through the second half to earn Fabio Capello's side a hard fought draw against South Korea on Tuesday, with the 31-year-oldjoiningVladimir Beschastnykh as Russia's all-time top scorer.
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.
Russia v South Korea Preview: Capello to oversee strong start for World Cup underdogs? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Russia and South Korea will go head to head in the Arena Pantanalon Tuesdayin what is the final match of the opening round of fixtures at the 2014 World Cup.
The Russians, managed by former England boss Fabio Capello, come into the tournament on the back of a very strong warmup and qualification period, having lost just two games in the last two years, and are strongly backed to get out of the group stage for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Portugal 2 - Ghana 1 NSC Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo A late Ronaldo goal sunk the Black Stars, who needed to win at least 2-1 to progress onward from the Group of Death. The United States somewhat comfortably moved on despite a 1-0 loss to Germany, in part because of this game's result. Belgium 1 - South Korea 0 NSC Man of the Match: Not Steven Defour A red card to Defour brought
Certain Aleksandr Kerzhakov bashers over in mother Russia are thanking their lucky stars for him about now. Somebody had to cover for the gaffe (ohhh, Igor... ) and until yet another sub hero enforced his quan, it looked as though nobody would. Though they pulled the result, Russia still seem to be finding themselves.
So FIFA spoke, and when they did, it was with a mighty, vengeful wrath. Luis Suarez's World Cup is over, and Uruguay is apoplectic over the decision, with both journalists and the public crying foul play over the decision to ban Suarez from all football related activities for four months and from his country's next nine international fixtures.
Gli Usa del tedesco Klinsmann cedono di misura alla Germania (non c'è stato il tanto annunciato "biscotto", con il pari passavano entrambe senza , ancora vittoriosa con lo scatenato Muller, capocannoniere del Mondiale con 4 reti in coabitazione con Messi e Neymar, ma festeggiano ugualmente l'accesso agli ottavi di finale.
And so, this is it. The final pair of group matches at Brazil 2014.
Belgium head the group and are already in the second round. They need a point to guarantee that they will finish top but in reality, they are likely to whatever happens, bar some very strange results. Their opponents, South Korea, have been completely unremarkable in the tournament but could still qualify with a win tonight.
Un gol di Origi, subentrato all'inconcludente Lukaku, regala al Belgio di Wilmots (decisiva la sua mossa, ndr) la vittoria contro la Russia di Capello e la qualificazione agli ottavi con 6 punti in due gare (3 gol fatti e uno solo subito, ndr). Si complica tantissimo, invece, la strada verso la fase ad eliminazione diretta [.
There have been big expectations to Belgium for this tournament. But the team has not lved up to the expectations despite winning their first two matches. Today Belgium and Russia combined to play one of the dullest matches of the tournament. It looked like a boring 0-0 until the last five minutes when Belgium finally decided to play some football, and Divock Origi scored the winner for
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.
Vince ma non convince il Belgio di Wilmots, che supera 2 a 1 in rimonta l'Algeria nella gara inaugurale del Gruppo H di Brasile 2014. Felicit per i tre punti messi in cascina, ma non per la prestazione con i belgi che vanno addirittura sotto contro una buona Algeria, in rete grazie alla firma, dal [.
Landing in Brussels you could feel the World Cup atmosphere. There were flags and signs about the Red Devils everywhere. For a country so divided, it is amazing to see that the power of football can unite it in such a way. Football is one of the only reasons that the country remains united.Belgium is not only a very nice country, but their football team has always been over-performing underdogs.
Goalkeepers win, and lose, football matches. There's no other position quite like it and one of the key reasons that goalkeepers are a different breed from the rest of us. Taller, if nothing else. And with big hands. Big meaty hands. Hairy old meat.
What a time to be an American soccer fan. Despite a 2-1 loss to Belgium to be eliminated from the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup, soccer's increasing popularity in the United States continues on. Fans are firing on all cylinders, and blowing up social media with talk of soccer and the US Men's National team.