Ahead of this summer's World Cup, ESPN will produce a five-part series on the U.S. Men's National Team titled"Inside: U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil". The series, which debuts in May, will air weekly on ESPN and will offer fans a look into the preparations leading up to this summer's tournament in Brazil.
USMNT, Donovan and the quest for Brazil 2014 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Less than 100 days out from Brazil 2014, the US national team has a lot going for it. Yes, they're in a tough group but they've also improved considerably from the last World Cup, building a strong base and a cohesive team under coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
With just a matter of days, weeks, months and minutes until England fly out to Brazil before flying back again either having done well or not so well at the FIFA World Cup, Wednesday's friendly fixture against Denmark afforded boss Roy Hodgson the ideal opportunity to not only evaluate potential candidates for places in the squad, but also test and tweak the tactics with which he will either baffle or amuse the world.
There's something about Portugal winning the World Cup on former colonial territory (Brazil) that actually seems quite promising this summer.
Whether it's their frustration at having missed out on Euro 2012 and the World Cup 2010, or Cristiano Ronaldo's own pressure (he is a noted perfectionist) towards winning the trophy, Portugal are clearly out to make amends warrior style and they proved it in their 5-1 whipping of Cameron last night.
Chelsea fans' favourite to be £25m target for Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
News emanating from Barcelona that iconic centre back and inspirational leader Carles Puyol is set to leave the club at the end of the season is likely to produce a renewed attempt by the Catalan club to prise Brazilian star David Luiz from Chelsea.
March 8 marks International Women's Day, which is a also day to celebrate all the passionate Futbolitas in the world. So we're kicking off our search for girls to be part of Futbolita World Cup 2014 : Brasil!
The Futbolita World Cup is a campaign that takes place every four years to celebrate the love and passion females worldwide share towards the Beautiful Game.
The mystery of what England's away shirt will look like for World Cup 2014 can now be revealed after a photograph has been leaked on the Internet.
Not surprisingly, England will be wearing red as their away shirt during 2014. Designed by Nike, the straightforward design features a bright red shirt, rounded collar and the infamous Three Lions crest on the chest.
Clint Dempsey's selection as captain of the United States Men's National Team a year ago by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann was a head scratcher at the time. Having not displayed discernable leadership skills on the pitch, one had to assume the manager felt the need to either reward arguably his best player or that Dempsey possesses some inspirational quality in the dressing room.
Given the modern fascination with statistics and infographics, last week saw a particularly interesting nugget of information come to the fore. Blessed with 5 goals in 12 World Cup appearances, Landon Donovan has scored more World Cup goals than Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic combined (the quartet holding 3 in 31 games).
We all know that money is a huge factor in the success of a club football team. Sides like Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are able to buy the very best players, helping them compete at the highest level. But the same is true about international sides too, in a different way.
We can calculate the value of an international team and then use those numbers to determine which national teams are most likely to succeed in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Brazil, you're running out of time"Listen, 100 days, it's a long way to go and it's a short way to go if there are still problems." – Sepp Blatter
With exactly 100 days left until the World Cup kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, FIFA and Sepp Blatter have done relatively little to calm nerves that Brazil will be able to meet their deadline by the time fans start trickling in to the country in early June.
Portugal have unveiled their home shirt they'll be wearing at the World Cup and in 2014.
Designed by Nike, the new Portugal home kit celebrates the Portuguese Football Federation's centenary by combining the best in performance innovation with powerful national symbols and design details, creating a unique and electrifying new look.
Dempsey As USA Captain? A Failure. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jurgen Klinsmann outsmarted himself.
Looking to take a good player – Clint Dempsey – and make him the face of his team, Klinsmann bargained away the captain's armband, and bet on that piece of cloth making Dempsey come out of his skin and lead.
Turkish National team will face USA in the send- off match before the World Cup tournament . Match will take place in New York Red Bulls Arena on June, 1st , 2014 at 2 pm . This is the second time Turkey plays against USA in the send-off match , before the World Cup . Last time , in 2010 they met each other in Phidelphia !
Spain's Diego Costa is set to make his debut for his "naturalised" country (as they say in Portuguese... uff, Brazil!) against Italy tomorrow.
"It was a complicated decision at the time. But it was a choice that I gave a lot of thought to and I tried to do the right thing," he explained, regarding his decision to pick Spain over Brazil at the World Cup.
Don't you just love stereotypes? I'm half-Mexican and fair-skinned, which has given me a unique window to know what white folks think of Mexicans and vice-versa. The general consensus is that Mexican Coke is better than American Coke, and that people can't even agree to disagree about the rest but I can dance salsa quite well as long as it's not with your daughter.
With just 100 days to go until the big kick-off, we reckon it's high time you get yourself acquainted with just who will be wearing what vis-a-vis the World Cup this summer.
With that in mind, here's Pies one-stop, tip-top bumper universal guide to each and every (*official announcements permitting) home and away strip that is to be sported in Brazil starting with the hosts and continuing in group stage order.