World Cup

United States

USMNT Assistant Coach Andreas Herzog Extends Contract to 2018

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The US Soccer Federation has extended the contract of assistant coach Andreas Herzog until the 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to a reportfrom Germany.

Herzog, an integral part to Jurgen Klinsmann's team that oversaw the United States' impressive performance in the 2014 World Cup, will not only be a part of the preparations and lead up to the World Cup, but also to the Gold Cup in 2015, Copa America 2016 and, if qualifying, the Confederations Cup of 2017.

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.

Managers

New Brazil Coach Dunga Will Not Accept Branded Hats, Dyed Hair Or Crying On His Watch

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By Chris Wright

Like a cigar-chewing, crew-cutted drill sergeant, new Brazil coach Dunga has been laying down the law to his Selecao, indirectly informing the likes of Dani Alves and Neymar that flouncy crap like dyed hair, branded baseball caps and crying will no longer be permitted on his watch.

Manchester United target set for medical today

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Manchester United target set for medical today - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have missed out on Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij after it was confirmed that the Dutchman is set to join Seria A outfit Lazio is a deal worth £6.7 million.

The 22 year-old was Louis Van Gaal's prime target this summer as the new manager looks to put right the defensive crisis at Old Trafford, after the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.

Why Didier Drogba’s shock return to Chelsea makes perfect sense

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Why Didier Drogba's shock return to Chelsea makes perfect sense - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been one hell of a transfer window for Chelsea Football Club. After a trophy less campaign, it hasn't taken manager Jose Mourinho to wring the changes and turn the Blues into a formidable-looking force.

United States Men's National Team

Green excited to build off World Cup experiences with FC Bayern in USA

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By DAN KARELL

In just a matter of days, Julian Green will be playing soccer in the United States for the second time this summer. Only this time, he'll be wearing a different jersey.

Green returned to training with Bayern Munich on Mondayafter taking three weeks off for vacation and is expected to play in both Bayern matches on their U.

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

1.

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.

2014 World Cup

World Cup: Bigger than Super Bowl?

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World Cup: Bigger than Super Bowl? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Soccer in the USA is growing in popularity, there can be no denying that, and thanks to the efforts of a spritely German and his elevennever-say-die charges, the 2014 World Cup saw an unprecedented rise in viewershipfrom the States,with Americans everywhere sitting up and taking stock of the events in Brazil this summer.

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?

Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal, Spurs & Southampton’s race for “World Cup’s best defender” about to intensify

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Arsenal, Spurs & Southampton's race for "World Cup's best defender" about to intensify - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Philippe Senderos joined Aston Villa on a free transfer this summer and has declared his (possible) new team-mate, Ron Vlaar, as the best defender at the World Cup in Brazil.

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.

World Cup 2014

FIFA Generated $2 Billion Profit From 2014 World Cup In Brazil, Says Report

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From the 2014 FIFA World Cup, FIFA generated $4.4 billion in revenue and $2 billion profit, which are record numbers for the world soccer's governing body, according to a report by German business newspaper Handelsblatt.

The revenue figure of $4.4 billion is an increase from the $4 billion generated from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, whilst the profit remains at $2 billion, the same figure from four years ago.

The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Colombia

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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?

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?

Real Madrid

James Rodriguez Performs Post-Goal Salsa Dance With Help From His One-Year-Old Daughter (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, perhaps to celebrate being rich, rich, rich beyond his wildest dreams, Real Madrid new boy James Rodriguez performs his familiar post-goal celebratory salsa shuffle to a song called "Ras Tas Tas" along with a little help from his cute-as-a-button daughter,one-year-old Salome.

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.

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.

The Rest

Ross Barkley Contract Extension Latest Indication Of Renewed Everton Ambition

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You'd be forgiven for not noticing, but during the World Cup's opening game, Everton revealed that their manager Roberto Martinez had signed a new deal after a wonderful debut campaign at the club.

Later in the summer, the club's announcement that Seamus Coleman signed a new deal was equally understated, as the Toffees' Player of the Year was awarded for his sterling efforts in 2013/14 with a brand new contract.

SOGA, So Good

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Hooded Hoodlums of Global Matchfixing on the Perp Walk

The Interpol SOGA V (SOccer GAmbling Five) operation against illegal gambling during the FIFA World Cup 2014 netted 1400 arrests, $2.2bn in wagers and $12m in cash plus the arrest of leading triad operator Paul Phua.
Over 1000 raids were carried out across 6 South East Asian countries.

Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer’s...

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Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer's Guide

Words and Photography by Ryu Voelkel

It's been a while. So forgive me.

Louis Van Gaal and his formula for success

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After a disappointing season under David Moyes leaves United missing out on Champion's League football this coming season and a truly awful viewing experience for even the most hardcore Red Devil fan, the board did what they should have done a year earlier and conducted an extensive search for a suitable manager to ensure they didn't repeat the errors made replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.

Kevin Grosskreutz Get World Cup Winner’s Tattoo Despite Not Playing At The World Cup (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

German fringe/utility man Kevin Grosskreutz has taken to Instagram to show off the new tattoo he's had done to commemorate his recent World Cup win despite, of course, not playing a single minute for Jogi Loew's side at the tournament in Brazil...

We suppose he's technically correct but thatreally is the David May of World Cup winner's tattoos.

Commonwealth Games Football Tournament

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After writing a post about what a World Cup for the 33rd to 64th best teams in the world would look like (you can read that post via this link), it was suggested to me that I should do similarly for the Commonwealth Games.

As there appears to be no official rankings for Commonwealth football sides I decided to use the FIFA World Rankings to select the 32 sides that would compete in these games.

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.

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.

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?

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.