World Cup

Brazil

Why Germany Should Only Have 3 World Cup Stars On Their Jersey, Not Four

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No one can deny Germany's deserved success at this summer's World Cup in Brazil. While teams like Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal centered their game around one special player, the Germans went for an all-inclusive style of play, a black and white phalanx of 11 men on the pitch, and reinforcements on the side waiting to come and bolster the team when needed.

A football fan abroad

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My favourite aspect of travelling to watch Arsenal in Europe is the chance it affords one to experience live football in different cultures. I support the biggest, historically most successful and well supported club in the city of my birth. As such, Arsenal is woven rather easily into the fabric of my footballing identity.

women's national team

CONCACAF Women's Championship coming to RFK Stadium in October

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The venerable old stadium will host two double-headers, one of which will include the United State's Women's National Team. The tournament will double as the qualifying tournament for next summer's World Cup in Canada.

You want World Cup Qualifying action this year, people of the DMV? You got it.

Sporting Park to Host Women's World Cup Qualifiers

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There will be more international soccer coming to Sporting Park this year. For the first time since 2011, the US women's national team will be coming to Sporting Park this October Sporting Park has been named as one of four sites in the United States that will host the final round of qualification for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

United States Men's National Team

Jay DeMerit retires

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Jay DeMerit retires from professional soccer leaving an alternative to how a player ends up in the Premier League and the World Cup. Read More

Conversation: Geoff Cameron

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Last month, Attleboro, Mass. native Geoff Cameron became only the second player from New England to play in a World Cup during the last half-century (Mike Burns is the other 1998). During the tournament, Cameron started three of the United States' four matches, and was named to as a Best XI selection for the Round of 16 by soccer analytics site Whoscored.

New U.S. Soccer National Training Center coming to Kansas City

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New U.S. Soccer National Training Center coming to Kansas City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The senior and youth national team will be calling Kansas City a new home in a couple of years. Photo provided by US National Soccer Players.

Kansas City is on the verge of becoming thecapitolof soccer in the United States.

World Cup Thoughts relevant to American Soccer – My Straight Talk

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The bottom line

1. We won 1 out of 4 games.

2. We were inferior in 3 out of 4. Yes, you heard right ... IN·FE·RI·OR. Ghana, Germany, Belgium. Yes, we won the game vs Ghana, but we were inferior that's football. Don't understand that? Sorry. The Portugal game? We were on par.

Jurgen Klinsmann

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Fernando Arce Jr. chooses the United States

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Fernando Arce Jr. chooses the United States - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fernando Arce Jr. playing against Australia for the U.S. Under-20 National team in the NTC Invitational on Friday. Photo provided by American Soccer Now.

The son of Mexican international Frenando Arce haschosento represent his birth nation, the United States.

The United States Men’s National team, heading into the future with new leading faces

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The United States Men's National team, heading into the future with new leading faces - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Julian Green will be one of the new leading faces for the Yanks in the coming years. Photo provided by ESPN FC.

The Yanks are now preparing to go into a newdirection, with a new group of players coming in andJürgen Klinsmann will be leading the way for a bright future.

USA Opinion piece: Jurgen Klinsmann… do you Love or Hate the USMNT head coach?

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USA Opinion piece: Jurgen Klinsmann... do you Love or Hate the USMNT head coach? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This piece is an opinion article onUSAmanager, Jurgen Klinsmann, and the job he is doing for the national side. Usually I don't write in a first-person perspective but recently I have seen a lot of conflicting theories from backlash against the German to praise for the job he's doing, so lets open Soccerlens up to the readers and let you have your say.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid Fans Going Crazy Over James Rodríguez

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Once again Real Madrid have signed the star of the World Cup, this time it is James Rodriguez, who has joined the European Champions for a reported £63 million.

The winner of the World Cup's Golden Boot got a rapturous reception from a 45,000-strong crowd, around a third of whom were wearing Colombia shirts, when he was introduced at the Bernabéu on Tuesday night.

CONFIRMED: The most anticipated signing of the summer finally settled

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CONFIRMED: The most anticipated signing of the summer finally settled - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

James Rodriguez has joined Real Madrid, a move expected throughout the world of football this summer, it has finally been confirmed today. The fee is believed to be in the region of €80million to secure the deal with French club, Monaco.

FIFA Provide Us With An Excellent Excuse To Gawp At James Rodriguez’s Immaculate Volley Against Uruguay All Over Again!

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By Chris Wright

FIFA have this afternoon declared that James Rodriguez's drop-dead gorgeous volley against Uruguay in the second round has been officially voted the 2014 World Cup's Goal of the Tournament,beating Robin van Persie's swan dive header against Spain into second place which gives us a good excuse to marvel at it's immaculate majesty all over again.

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.

Arsenal’s long term target ready to leave on free transfer 

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Arsenal's long term target ready to leave on free transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Iker Casillas is set to leave Real Madrid on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the next season.

The Spain international's current deal with the Champions League winners runs down in 2015 and the goalkeeper has not been offered a new deal by the Los Blancos.

FIFA

FIFA Investigation Into Bidding Process For World Cup 2018 and 2022 Delayed

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FIFA's official investigation into the World Cup bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar has been delayed until September of this year.

Initially due to be submitted during this month, FIFA's ethics committee now say they expect the report to be ready in the first week of September 2014.

FIFA lifts Nigerian Football Federation suspension

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

FIFA has decided to lift the Nigerian Football Federation's international ban, FIFA announced Friday.

"As statutory order has been reinstated at the NFF and the legitimate bodies reinstalled," FIFA said in a statement after court proceedings had been withdrawn.

World Cup 2014

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Colombia

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The Post-Mortem concludes now on Just Football on a positive note. We've looked at the failures and flops, now what about one of the best? After a dazzling World Cup what does the future hold for Colombia, and is this the start of a new golden era?

The Worst Brazil Squad Ever: Assessing the 2014 World Cup Squad And Looking To The Future

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In my opinion, the squad that Luis Felipe Scolari chose to representBrazilat their own World Cup was the worstBrazilsquad ever assembled. What was supposed to be a sixth World Cup championship on home soil ended in utter humiliation and exposed an assortment of flaws and frailties. Here, I'll take a look at those who made it, and those who will hopefully be called up in future.

Colombia’s James Rodriguez Volley Against Uruguay Voted Goal Of World Cup 2014

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James Rodriguez strike against Uruguay has been voted Goal of the Tournament by over four million FIFA.com users, beating out Robin van Persie's header and Tim Cahill's volley for the top honor in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Twenty-eight minutes into their Round of 16 match, Colombian midfielder Abel Aguilar looped a header towards Rodriguez, whose back was to the goal, and with just two touches the 23-year-old blasted a strike past Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – England

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The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of (predominantly) non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who's to blame?

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Spain

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The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of (predominantly) non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who's to blame?

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Brazil

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The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of (predominantly) non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who's to blame?

Best of 2014 World Cup In Brazil: Games, Goals, Underdogs and More

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The people who don't steadfastly admit that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been the best ever edition of the great tournament will at least grant this: It's the best World Cup in "recent memory."

Or, in other words, this may not be the best World Cup ever but I can't remember a better one.

Crests For 32 World Cup Teams Ranked From Best to Worst

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Germany may have triumphed on the pitch, but today we're concerned with crowning the champion of a more esoteric field. Which World Cup country wore the best crest? The criteria for ranking each nation's badge of honor is the quality of graphic design, uniqueness, suitability for sport, its rendering on the shirt, and how well it conveys an aspect of national identity.

2014 World Cup

Presenting: The Weirdest 2014 World Cup Highlights Compilation You’re Ever Likely To See (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Ah, the 2014 World Cup. It was a good'n, wasn't it? Remember when Robin van Persie decapitated Louis van Gaal? Or when Arturo Vidal planted a hunting knife in Charles Aranguiz's cranium? Remember how we all laughed when Steven Gerrard had to move that baby out of the way so he could take a corner?

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.

World Cup winning captain retires from international football

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World Cup winning captain retires from international football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany's captain, Philipp Lahm, who led them through a fantastic World Cup winning tournament, has retired from the national side at the age of 30, goingout on an all-time high. Lahm played in 20 World Cup finals matches in his career and retires with the greatest prize in the world of football in his hands.

Internationals

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Ghana

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The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of (predominantly) non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who's to blame?

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Ivory Coast

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The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of (predominantly) non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who's to blame?

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Italy

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The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of (predominantly) non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who's to blame?

Major League Soccer

An Argument For Watching MLS Now That The World Cup Has Ended

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The World Cup is over and yes, it's depressing. While no league in the world can truly match the amazing month-long festival of soccer that is the World Cup, America has an immediate outlet where fans can get their soccer fix: Major League Soccer. Whether you're a brand new soccer enthusiast sucked in by the vortex of World Cup fun, or a veteran fan dealing with post-World Cup letdown, it is the perfect time for fans of soccer in America to try supporting MLS.

How New Soccer Fans Can Continue Their Passion For the Sport

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After a month of World Cup action, facing this week's matchless void was like stumbling out of a bar and into the blinding sunlight. And if the USMNT's addictive run was your first taste of the sport then you may be feeling like Lindsay Lohan sitting poolside at the Château Marmont right now – despondent and wondering "what now?

Jozy Altidore

SBI Thursday Rewind: Johannsson’s hurt ankle; USMNT’s fall in FIFA rankings; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Like Jozy Altidore, U.S. forward Aron Johannsson was dealing with an injury throughout the World Cup. However, on ThursdayAZ Alkmaar team director Earnie Stewart confirmed that Johannsson was dealing with his knock before the tournament ever kicked off.

Eddie Johnson on the Ultimate Fan and How the USMNT Will Do In Brazil

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Eddie Johnson, former USMNT and current MLS star spoke with World Soccer Talk on what it means to be the Ultimate Fan and the Untied States can do in the World Cup. Johnson is a striker for D.C. United and has scored 19 goals, including the game winner in the USMNT's qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup against Mexico, in 59 appearances since making his international debut in 2004.

The Rest

World Cup & New Kit - More Spurs Summer Musings

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Not quite sure how I coped before the World Cup, but by heavens life has been a struggle in the seven days since it finished. A handy opportunity however, to cast the eye over those lilywhites in action this summer, as well as various other bits and pieces at N17.

First-rate stuff though the tournament was, alas it was not the sort of World Cup to have wide-eyed maidens rushing to the top of their towers and squealing the good name of Tottenham.

Besler and Zusi Given New Contracts, Made DPs

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A big announcement today ahead of Sporting KC's game against the LA Galaxy, the team announced that they'd re-signed the clubs two World Cup veterans, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to new contracts. The new contracts will not only keep the pair in Kansas City through the 2018 season, but also makes the two players designated players, filling all three of KC's DP slots at this time.

Friday Freedom Kicks: World Cup Detritus

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You're gonna get your DC United news, and your Washington Spirit news, and then you're gonna have Christmas in July with a slew of World Cup links you weren't even expecting right now. You're welcome.

A little treat for you today in Friday Freedom Kicks. I know we're all in a bit of a post-World-Cup depression, so I'm going to rev up the World Cup news search engines, and we're gonna party like it's 2018.