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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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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?

Which League Stands to Benefit the Most From the World Cup Bounce?

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Every four years, soccer in the United States experiences a World Cup bounce where the popularity of the sport spikes, and interest continues to rise. During every single World Cup in the United States, new soccer fans are born. But now that the international tournament is over, which club leagues are most likely to benefit from the World Cup bounce on US television?

USMNT wins ESPY for Best Moment

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The USMNT won the ESPY for Best Moment at ESPN's annual sports awards. Eight USMNT players were on hand to accept the honor. Read More

FIFA

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.

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 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.

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.

2014 World Cup

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.

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.

World Cup Fallout: England drop to 20th in FIFA World Rankings

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World Cup Fallout: England drop to 20th in FIFA World Rankings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Due to their disastrous World Cup campaign this summer, England have plummeted down the FIFA world rankings, now comingin at 20th, their lowest position in the table for 18 years.

Thanks to defeats to both Italy and Uruguay, England find themselves at the foot of the new-look top 20, with the likes of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, USA, Greece and Costa Rica now above the Three Lions.

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.

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Portugal

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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?

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?

Lionel Messi

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.

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.

Aron Johannsson

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.

Johannsson entered World Cup with ankle knock

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The injury Aron Johannsson left the World Cup with is one that he carried into the tournament as well.

AZ Alkmaar team director and former U.S. Men's National Team player Earnie Stewart told ESPN FC on Wednesday that Johannsson had been dealing with an ankle knock prior to the start of the World Cup.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MUST WATCH VIDEO OF VAN GAAL: Quotes & Key Points

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Below is a video of Louis van Gaal conducting a presentation on management, vision and the preparation he and his staff underwent to prepare for the World Cup. Provided are some talking points and...

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FIFA Object To F1 Ace Nico Rosberg Using World Cup Image On Helmet for German Grand Prix

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By Alan Duffy

FIFA have once again endeared themselves to the sporting public by stopping German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg from celebrating his nation's World Cup win by featuring an image of the World Cup trophy on his helmet. The 29-year-old Mercedes driverwas planning to unveil the new helmet at this weekend's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim and posted a picture of it on Twitter.