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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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 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.
The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 Colombia is a post from: Just Football
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.