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United States Men's National Team

Soccer TV: Czech Republic vs USMNT and Germany vs Argentina

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The Czech Republic host the USMNT in a friendly in Prague while a revamped Germany host Argentina in a World Cup rematch in Dusseldorf. Read More

A look at a Best XI of Uncapped Americans

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jurgen Klinsmann will call in is first U.S. Men's National Team squad since the World Cup later today for next week's friendly against the Czech Republic, and there stands a good chance of being some new faces in the mix as Klinsmann starts working toward a new World Cup cycle.

Tim Howard announces break from USMNT

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USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard announced that he will take a sabbatical from the team that will last until September 2015. Read More

Costa Rica

Is Costa Rica for real?

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Clemente Lisi looks at the first test for Costa Rica since making the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup. Read More

Costa Rica 2014 World Cup Lotto Commemorative Jersey

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Federación Costarricense de Fútbol technical partner Lotto Sport have released a special edition jersey celebrating [...]

U.S. National Team

New NWSL Schedule Changes To Accommodate Women’s World Cup

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The National Women's Soccer League has made significant changes to its 2015 schedule in order to accommodate the Women's World Cup next summer

The league announced the new schedule will feature 20 games and a two-week break for the group stages of the tournament. The season will keep its April kickoff date but conclude in September instead of its usual August date.

New NWSL Schedule Changes To Accommodate Women’s World Cup

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The National Women's Soccer League has made significant changes to its 2015 schedule in order to accommodate the Women's World Cup next summer

The league announced the new schedule will feature 20 games and a two-week break for the group stages of the tournament. The season will keep its April kickoff date but conclude in September instead of its usual August date.

Like Sochi, the West’s Smear Campaign Against Russia’s 2018 World Cup Won’t Work

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In the latest of brewing Cold War sentiments between the US and Russia, controversial Republican Senator John McCain recently reissued a demand to pull the plug on Russia's right to host the World Cup in 2018. Speaking to ESPN/ABC podcast Capital Games program, McCain asked whether it was "appropriate to have this venue in Russia," — although he's not the first Republican to struggle at his own language, by venue he must have clearly meant event or tournament — "and aren't there other countries that would be far less controversial?

Tony Meola Discusses USMNT, World Cup and MLS All-Star Game

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In April, World Soccer Talk interviewed U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola about his career and some of his thoughts on the U.S. Men's National Team's chances heading into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This week we spoke with Tony again, and he reflected on the USMNT's performances, as well as what it means for MLS and the MLS All-Star Game.

English Premier League

Why Jack Colback’s call up isn’t so surprising

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Why Jack Colback's call up isn't so surprising - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roy Hodgson named his first England squad since the World Cup, including four uncapped players: Calum Chambers, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Jack Colback. When I first saw the squad, the biggest surprise to me was the inclusion of Newcastle's Colback.

Cable TV No Longer The Future For The Soccer Viewing Fan

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With cable and satellite prices continuing to increase, many people are joining the cord cutter movement and ditching their television provider services. In fact, 7.6 million Americans have ended their cable/satellite subscriptions according to USA Today. In the report, the newspaper claims that "about 6.

Premier League 2014/15: Four ways the World Cup will change the league completely

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Premier League 2014/15: Four ways the World Cup will change the league completely is a post from: Just Football

In 2010, Spain passed their way to a World Cup victory – defeating the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time. For many in the footballing community, the result signalled the birth of a new tactical era, establishing possession as the primary currency of the sport.

Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season

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Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I have never really been able to take a man of fifty two that still wears an earring seriously, but Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas' recent prediction that Arsenal will win the title this season is certainly not one that should be sniffed at.

Here We Go Again

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We love our new signings, don't we

It starts again today. The gap doesn't feel as long as it normally because of the wonderful World Cup in Brazil. For the first time in many many seasons, it feels that things might be different.

After the seemingly endless wait last season for transfer, it all happened rather quickly and early this season the club cannot be criticised for dragging their feet and that is always music to the masses of fans.

Premier League Referee Howard Webb Announces Retirement

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Premier League Referee Howard Webb Announces Retirement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Long-standing Premier League referee Howard Webb has announced his retirement from the game, The Guardian reports. He has been appointed as the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

women's soccer

NWSL to extend season, add World Cup break to weather loss of USWNT stars

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The executives at the National Women's Soccer League have had quite the quagmire on their hands for the 2015 season.

The World Cup will siphon players from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, the three federations that subsidize and allocate players in the league.

Players threaten legal action over artificial turf at Women’s World Cup

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

A group of players expected to play in the Women's World Cup next summer, including Abby Wambach, have already made it clear they oppose the tournament being played on grass.

They've spoken to the media about it. They've signed a petition. And now, they might sue.

Serie A

I think, therefore I Playstation – Andrea Pirlo’s Unauthorized Gamer Diary

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If you haven't read Andrea Pirlo's excellent biography, you must do so. Right now. As Michael Cox pointed out in a review, "footballers' autobiographies are rarely interesting." (Except for Zlat) However, Pirlo has released a pearl of a book. I usually skim footballer biographies looking for potshots, but Pirlo's candor and detail drew me in.

Antonio Conte Named New Italy Manager

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The stars aligned perfectly for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as they were able to name former Juventus boss Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the Italian national team. Conte replaces Cesare Prandelli who resigned at the end of the World Cup finals in Brazil after seeing his Azzurri side fail to progress from a group which also contained England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

FIFA

Preview: The United States versus North Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup in Canada

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Preview: The United States versus North Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup in Canada - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

American forwrd Lindsey Horan (Center) will be the leading force to victory against North Korea DPR in the quarterfinal match of the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup on Saturday in Toronto.

Colombian Lawyer Sues FIFA For £800m Over ‘Cardiac Problems And Moral Damage’ Caused By Poor Refereeing At The World Cup

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By Chris Wright

A Colombian gentleman has filed a gigantic lawsuit against FIFA after deciding that the refereeing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was so abhorrently abysmal that it caused him to suffercardiac problems.

Aurelio Jimenez, a 74-year-old lawyer, is suing Sepp Blatter and his cronies for ONE BILLION EUROS (roughly £800million) after the controversial decisions, or lack thereof, made by Spanish refereeCarlos Velasco Carballo during Colombia's quarter-final defeat to Brazilcaused him to wind up in hospital with a broken heart.

Top Female Soccer Players Express Outrage That Women’s World Cup Will Be Played On Artificial Grass

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More than 40 international women's players have stepped forward and are threatening to take legal action against FIFA and its decision to allow the 2015 Women's World Cup to be held exclusively on artificial turf in Canada.

What started as a grassroots campaign by players on social media has turned into a growing issue that FIFA will have to address less then a year before the opening kick in Canada.

Blatter keen on possible Canada bid for men’s World Cup

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By TATE STEINLAGE

"It's time."

That's what FIFA president Sepp Blatter had to say Monday about a future bid from the Canadian Soccer Association to host the Men's World Cup.Blatter's comments came on the eve of the U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada, which is to act as a precursor for next summer's Women's World Cup.

International football

World Cup Flop Eden Hazard Asks Google To Remove Negative References To His Shoddy Performance Against Argentina

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By Chris Wright

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has requested that Google removed all references and ratings of his underwhelming performance for Belgium against Argentina in the quarter-finals of the World Cup under the European Union's "right to be forgotten" ruling.

Belgium lost the game 0-1 with Hazard largely criticised for failing to make any kind of impact despite his billing as one of the tournament's top stars.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Forks Out £30,000 To Send Sweden’s National Disabled Football Team To World Cup In Brazil

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By Chris Wright

"You're welcome, world"

After being asked for signed shirt to raffle off in order to raise the necessary funds, Zlatan Ibrahimovic hascut out the middle man and simply donated the entire wodge of money required to send Sweden's "mildly mentally retarded" (we've no idea if that's the official team title, but we're at the mercy of Google translate here) men's national team to their World Cup.

Brazil

Germany Striker Miroslav Klose Announces Retirement From International Soccer

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Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from international soccer less than one month after winning the World Cup with Germany in Brazil and becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in World Cup history.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a largely successful international career spanning for over 13 years where he scored 71 goals in 137 appearances for the nation.

David Luiz Says He Is Over World Cup Implosion

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David Luiz was formally introduced to the press on Thursday as a Paris Saint-Germain player, after the French club overpaid by at least £25 million in signing the Chelsea defender.

The press did not care about the £50 million transfer fee, or how the deal has handicapped PSG from signing other players this summer.

The Rest

Embargoed: adidas Predator Accelerator

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Embargoed: adidas Predator Accelerator - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas have released a remake of their 1998 classic football boot the Predator Accelerator.

The boots were released in the build up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Football legend Zinedine Zidane is most closely linked with this boot that was also worn by the likes of David Beckham and Alessandro Del Piero.

Germany Win Women’s U20 World Cup After Nigeria Bugger It Up In Spectacular Fashion! (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Germany won the U20 Women's World Cup last night thanks to a 1-0 victory over Nigeria in the final but it could have been oh so different had Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala been able to contain herenthusiasm.

With the score deadlocked at 0-0 and with the clock ticking over into the 86th minute, forwardLoveth Ayila poked a headed rebound past the flailing German 'keeper which was well on its way toward crossing the line and therefore pretty much guaranteeingNigeria both the game and the tournament.

Klose’s retirement: Is this the end of the “6 yard box striker”?

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Klose's retirement: Is this the end of the "6 yard box striker"? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It only takes a glance at the sixteen goals scored by Klose in World Cups to understand what kind of forward he is.

All goals were finished from inside the area. Almost every single one was executed perfectly from within 12 yards, and almost half were headers.

Soccer Football Festival Comes To Manchester

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Started in 2005, the Soccer Football Festival has visited various cities including Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro, and in September 2014 it comes to Manchester (the Club Capital of the World).

The free two-day event hosted at Manchester City's Etihad stadium between the 6th and 7th of September will deliver an extravaganza of football, entertainment, youth tournament, football legends, prize draws, football freestylers, competitions, activations and much more!

The elusive fifth World Cup game

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Two major moves for Mexico National Team players may have them closer to reaching the World Cup quarterfinals in 2018. Read More

Friday Kickoff: Italy announce Conte as manager; Wenger looking to keep Campbell; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After falling short of the knockout round for the second straight World Cup,the Italian national team has announced the man they hope will guide them back to the heights of the team's2006 World Cup triumph.

Antonio Conte has been named manager of the Italian national team after the team partedways with former manager Cesare Prandelli shortly following the World Cup.

Jones an Overpriced Band-Aid Fix

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Jermaine Jones is a great defensive midfielder coming off a very strong 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. National Team. He's played in some of the best leagues in the world and has Champions League experience. He's also not the solutionto all that ails the New England Revolution.

Franck Ribery Announces His Retirement From International Soccer

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France forward Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from international soccer.

The 31-year-old missed this summer's World Cup in Brazil due to a nagging back injury. The French forward followed an individual training program in the weeks leading up to the tournament but was unable to regain full fitness in time to join Didier Deschamps'23-man squad.

Sports Path's Technical Report on the 2014 World Cup

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The World Cup is over and Germany are still celebrating.And the first detailed analysis of the recently completed has arrived!Robin Russell of Sports Path and his colleagues have compiled their "World Cup Technical Report 2014".In the first of which will likely be many analyses, their detailed look at the numbers offers some interesting observations.

Research Shows That Soccer Fans Are More Likely to Be Liberals

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During the frenzy of the World Cup, it was difficult to stay on top of all of the headlines, so one of the reports that you and I may have missed was in TheWall Street Journalnewspaper where research shows that most soccer fans are liberal.

The poll showed that amongst those who consider themselves ‘liberal,' 11% said they watched the 2010 World Cup, while a mere 6% of conservatives took in the action.

James Rodriguez Finally Picks Up His World Cup Golden Boot Award (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Fair to say it's all been a bit hectic for James Rodriguez since the World Cup, what with the Colombian star signing for Real Madrid and becoming the latest darling of the football media and all, but it's nice to see that the former Monaco man has finally managed to get his hands on the World Cup Golden Boot award that he snagged by sticking away six goals out in Brazil.

How did we get here? The Union season so far

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Here are the big reasons the Union are where they are - and why they are poised to go where they're going.

Since the break for the World Cup a mere two months ago, the Philadelphia Union have turned everything around. From a team that just couldn't get it together earlier in the year to a team that has has lost only once (to FC Dallas on July 4th) since returning from the break - and signed two World Cup veterans in the past week - this is a team that has to be favorites going into the home stretch towards the MLS Playoffs.