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United States Men's National Team

A closer look at the USMNT depth chart: Central Midfielders

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It has been no secret this cycle that the U.S. Men's National Team's strength lies in the midfield, particularly in the central positions. Jurgen Klinsmann has a glut of talented players cable of manning the middle of the park, but how many of them earn places on the World Cup roster this summer will be a storyline that is followed very closely in the coming weeks.

Jersey Review: USMNT 2014 Away Kit

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Soccerloco is at it again. They were kind enough to send me not only one but two new kits to review for you all. (Other kit review will be posted later)

Up first is a look at the new United States national team away kit for this year's World Cup. Now when this puppy was being rumored, a lot of us laughed at it.

Landon Donovan keeps it real

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Landon Donovan addresses the current stage of his USMNT and MLS career the same way he always has, with an uncompromising honesty. Read More

Landon Donovan talks World Cup, Klinsmann and more

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As Landon Donovan moves closer to playing in his fourth World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team star has done plenty of reflecting on how much has changed since he first took the field in the 2002 World Cup.

Projecting the USMNT pre-World Cup camp roster

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We are just a month away from the U.S. Men's National Team convening on Northern California for the all-important pre-World Cup training camp and Jurgen Klinsmann is going to have some interesting decisions to make on the group he winds up inviting to the camp.

World Cup 2014

The ball is rolling: Brasil 2014 animation by Kike Prieto The...

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The ball is rolling: Brasil 2014 animation by Kike Prieto

The World Cup is fast approaching, and with it, the potential for players to display their innovation and ingenuity on the pitch in view of the entire globe. That said, it also gives those outside the game the perfect opportunity to display their creative spark, like with this motion graphic created by Hermosillo-based designer, Kike Prieto.

Will the 2014 World Cup Be a Hit and Should We Care?

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We're officially in striking distance of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A decent enough hamstring strain has the potential to linger into the opening group stage games at this point. One of the traditions around World Cup years in the United States is the media asking whether or not this cycle is going to be the time where it all clicks and propels the sport onto the major national scene.

Adnan Januzaj Selects Belgium As His National Team

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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has decided to select Belgium as the national team he would like to play for.

Januzaj was eligible to select from a number of different countries to play his national team football including England, Belgium, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Turkey. But the Belgium football federation have today announced that Januzaj has chosen Belgium.

Watch ‘Maradona’ and ‘The Opposition’ On ESPN At 7pm ET Tonight; Review of New 30 For 30 Films

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Last week's Hillsborough documentary was the first of eight films that ESPN will show over the next few months as part of its ESPN's 30 For 30 Soccer Series. Films two and three will air tonight at 7pm ET on ESPN with the debut ofMaradona '86andThe Opposition.

WhileHillsboroughwas a feature-length film,Maradona '86andThe Oppositionare closer to the lengths of films that many viewers are accustomed to watching in the 30 For 30 Series by ESPN.

50 days. The time nears for the new king’s coronation 50...

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50 days. The time nears for the new king's coronation

50 days until the World Cup kicks off in Sao Paulo. 50 days until the eyes of an entire nation turn towards a single individual. 50 days until the history books are rewritten. 50 days until immortality.[Art by Andy Gellenberg and Tobias Degel.

Panini Stickers for 2014 FIFA World Cup Now Available In Stores Nationwide

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The quadrennial soccer ritual of collecting World Cup stickers is back. And Panini's collection of FIFA World Cup 2014 stickers are now available in stores throughout the United States and around the world.

The passion for collecting and trading soccer stickers in the US, in particular, continues to grow.

Write for World Soccer Talk: Seeking Writers Who Are Passionate About Soccer

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World Soccer Talk is currently seeking new writers to cover the Beautiful Game.

With the World Cup just around the corner and the European seasons coming to a close, the timing is perfect to begin writing for World Soccer Talk, to share your passion, opinions and analysis about the world's most popular sport.

The Beautiful Game in Brasil: Photography by Christopher...

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The Beautiful Game in Brasil: Photography by Christopher Pillitz

Forget World Cuphype for a moment.Let's go back 120 years.

Football came to Brazil in 1894 when Charles Miller, the son of an expatriate Scottish railway engineer, disembarked in Santos carrying two balls.

Klinsmann discusses pre-World Cup preparations for USMNT

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The World Cup is 54 days away.

The 30 U.S. Men's National Team players named to coach Jurgen Klinsmann's preliminary World Cup roster will arrive May 14 at Stanford University to begin a month-long training program, and Klinsmann sat down with U.S. Soccer to discuss preparations.

Limited Edition ‘World Cup Marauders’ T-Shirts Now Available

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Getting your favorite player's face tattooed on your chest is a big commitment. As much as you love Andrea Pirlo, you can be forgiven for not wanting to permanently ink his mug on your body. Plus, the ink required for that beard is going to really shoot the cost up.

Luckily, I've found a solution: The "World Cup Marauders" t-shirt by Kassiano Nossa.

Predicting The Roster For USMNT’s Pre-World Cup Friendlies

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The only games that separate the US from their World Cup opener with Ghana in Brazil are three international friendlies.

Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 30 players into camp before the game against Azerbaijan, and there are many questions as to who will fill these spots. So, here's my attempt at trying to predict the 30, knowing everything we know after the Ukraine and Mexico friendlies.

Football’s Coming To Its Second Home: An England Fan’s Guide

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It'll seem a little odd the dulcet tones of Vindaloo being belted out amidst the carnival atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro. Me and me Mum and me Dad and me Gran chanted to an orchestra of drums, violas, and the iconic Apito de Samba. But England fans have already snapped up their 51,000 ticket allocation for the summer, and what is guaranteed is that Brazil 2014 is going to be a bit of a cracker.

Clint Dempsey Finding His Form At Just the Right Time For Seattle and USMNT

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There was no celebration, no puff of the chest and no over exuberance from Clint Dempsey. The American forward had scored a goal and, much like Mario Balotelli, seemed to view it as no more impressive than a USPS employee delivering the mail.

A devilish free kick that kissed the underside of the bar this past weekend against FC Dallas — this was the Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders fans expected when he was unveiled at Century Link Field in July last year.

WATCH Behind-the-Scenes Footage of World Cup Shirt Designers At Work [VIDEO]

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adidas recently shared rare behind-the-scenes footage of their soccer shirt designers hard at work.

If you ever wondered what some of the designers look like, the environment they work within and some of the aspects of shirt design that go through this mind, you may find the following video pretty enlightening.

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Qur’ans, Bananas & Liquid Soap – Brazilian Newspaper Publishes List Of Hotel Requests Made By Various World Cup 2014 Countries

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A photo of a Brazilian hotel lobby. Enjoy.

As spotted by our pals over at 101GG, Brazilian tabloid Lance have published what they are claiming to be a list of requirements and demands issued by several of the countries due to compete at the 2014 World Cup to the various hotels at which they are staying during the tournament.

‘Good Energy’: Spain’s Official 2014 World Cup Song Features Xavi On Drums (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Spain have released their official World Cup anthem for 2014, a song called "Buena Energia" (Good Energy) by a band called 'Maldita Nerea' who, for all intents and purposes, appear to be the Spanish equivalent of post-Patience-era Take That.

Aside from the beginning of the video looking like an advert for a dating site for 30+ gay professionals, it also features cameos from several of the Spain squad who will presumably heading out to Brazil with Xavi displaying some fine drum chops, Diego Costa banging away manfully on 'dem bongos and Cesar Azpilicueta absolutely tearing it up on the jazz tambourine.


Top 5 Young Premier League Stars set to shine at the 2014 World Cup

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This Premier League season has arguably been one of the most exciting in recent years, and we have seen a host of breakthrough stars arrive on the big stage; some of whom are very likely to further showcase their extraordinary talent in the upcoming 2014World Cup in Brazil.

Image: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard lifting the World Cup

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England captain Steven Gerrard has seen an image of his video game alter ego lifting the World Cup. The Liverpool skipper said it was...

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Scythe Matters - AFR Voice Ep.37 Well, it’s been an interesting...

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Scythe Matters - AFR Voice Ep.37

Well, it's been an interesting Easter weekend for David Moyes. First he was stared down by the Grim Reaper at Goodison Park, and now his sacking is confirmed. We'll be taking a look at what's gone wrong for the Scotsman, and who the Red Devils can turn to next.

Is Raheem Sterling the best young player in Europe?

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Is Raheem Sterling the best young player in Europe? - originally posted on

Of course his club manager wants to give him lavish praise, and why shouldn't he? Brendan Rodgers has handled the young phenomenon of Raheem Sterling with accomplished skill, and the Liverpool manager will be astute enough to recognise a player who will respond positively to such public accolade, but with the 19 year old yet to take part in any European fixture, and just a couple of international caps to his name, is Rodgers' claim a little too ‘out there' certainly for the moment at least.


World Cup Team Guides: Spain

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SPAIN Group B 13 June vs Netherlands 8pm* (Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador) 18 June vs Chile 8pm (Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro)...

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Jersey Review: Spain Home 2014

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I mentioned earlier today how I had two jersey reviews to do, click here to see the US away kit review. Now it is time for another one.

Soccerloco sent me the new Spain home jersey to view for the upcoming World Cup. The defending champions kit is a beautiful adidas kit that is simple and fits perfectly.

Top Secret Adidas 2014 World Cup Boots and Kits

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The new Adidas collection press preview came to London this week, with Soccerlens granted exclusive access to some of the hottest upcoming lines from the brand, including a sneak peek at some of the most eagerly anticipated World Cup boots for this summer's showpiece event.

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Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj commits to Belgian national team

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Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has committed his international future to Belgium, with national team manager Marc Wilmots revealing the breakthrough on Twitter.

J'ai reçu la confirmation officielle qu'Adnan Januzaj se met disposition de l'équipe nationale belge pour la suite de sa carrière!

Shit Football Ink: USA International Jermaine Jones Prepares For World Cup With ‘Murican Knee Tattoo (Photo)

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Just in time for the World Cup, former Blackburn Rovers and Schalke (and current USA international) midfielder Jermaine Jones has pressed ahead and had a thoroughly 'Murican tattoo etched about his person opting for a large 'stars and stripes' on his left knee.

World Cup Team Guides: Cameroon

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CAMEROON Group A 13 June vs Mexico- 5pm* (Arenas das Dunas, Natal) 18 June vs Croatia- 11pm [moved from original 8pm kick off] (Arena Amazonia,...

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England aren't the favourites to win the World Cup not by a long shot. Anyone taking advantage of's 2014 World Cup bets is far more likely to back the likes of Brazil, Germany, Spain, Argentina or even Italy and Uruguay England's rival teams at the group stages ahead of betting on [.

The Winter Olympics, Empty Stadiums, and the Redrawing of...

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The Winter Olympics, Empty Stadiums, and the Redrawing of Russian Football History

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More so than any other nation across Europe, politics is a powerful beast in Russian society, and its influence has had a significant impact upon the way in which football has evolved throughout the post-Soviet era.

Report: Qatar to reduce World Cup stadiums to eight as costs soar

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Even Qatar isn't immune to a financial crisis.

The oil-rich country has decided to reduce the amount of stadiums they plan to build from 12 to eight for the 2022 World Cup they were picked to host, according to a report from Doha. Qatar's bid included plans to build nine new stadiums from scratch with a capacity of 40,000 or more and expand three current stadiums to add more seating and other improvements.

WATCH Brazil vs. Italy, 1982 World Cup Second Round; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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At the 1982 World Cup, the Brazilian national team were establishing a burgeoning reputation as the darlings of the tournament. With players like Zico and Socrates, their brand of enterprising, vibrant football was a joy to behold as they steamrollered their way through the first group stage and into the second round of the tournament.

Hurley Unveils Phantom 2014 World Cup National Team Boardshorts

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Known for their surfing lifestyle apparel, wet suits and footwear, Hurley has launched a range [...]

Every World Cup Article Ever: Countdown to Countdowns

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A watched kettle never boils, unless that kettle is an international sporting event watched and eagerly anticipated by hundreds of millions. The Brazilian World Cup is on the horizon, so many fine media outlets have started "daily countdowns" to highlight the number of remaining days and events that transpire.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Video Game Review

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Yes, the 2014 World Cup video game is not on next-generation consoles. And that's too bad. But on the XBOX360 and PS3, there are few games finer than this one.

When EA Sports announced that they were not making their World Cup game for the Xbox One and PS4, they were always going to be putting themselves in a public relations hole.

World Cup Team Guides: Croatia

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CROATIA, Group A 12 June vs Brazil 9pm* (Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo) 18 June vs Cameroon 11pm [moved from original 8pm kick off]...

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Capturing American Fútbol: From Tijuana to Rio Four friends of...

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Capturing American Fútbol: From Tijuana to Rio

Four friends of the AFR Team,Pete, Petar, Sam & Austin, have decided to take a trip from Los Angeles to Brazil, and they'll be capturing everything (North, Central and South) American fútbol along the way.