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World Cup 2014

Klinsmann discusses pre-World Cup preparations for USMNT

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The World Cup is 54 days away.

The 30 U.S. Men's National Team players named to coach Jurgen Klinsmann's preliminary World Cup roster will arrive May 14 at Stanford University to begin a month-long training program, and Klinsmann sat down with U.S. Soccer to discuss preparations.

Limited Edition ‘World Cup Marauders’ T-Shirts Now Available

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Getting your favorite player's face tattooed on your chest is a big commitment. As much as you love Andrea Pirlo, you can be forgiven for not wanting to permanently ink his mug on your body. Plus, the ink required for that beard is going to really shoot the cost up.

Luckily, I've found a solution: The "World Cup Marauders" t-shirt by Kassiano Nossa.

Predicting The Roster For USMNT’s Pre-World Cup Friendlies

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The only games that separate the US from their World Cup opener with Ghana in Brazil are three international friendlies.

Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 30 players into camp before the game against Azerbaijan, and there are many questions as to who will fill these spots. So, here's my attempt at trying to predict the 30, knowing everything we know after the Ukraine and Mexico friendlies.

Football’s Coming To Its Second Home: An England Fan’s Guide

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It'll seem a little odd the dulcet tones of Vindaloo being belted out amidst the carnival atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro. Me and me Mum and me Dad and me Gran chanted to an orchestra of drums, violas, and the iconic Apito de Samba. But England fans have already snapped up their 51,000 ticket allocation for the summer, and what is guaranteed is that Brazil 2014 is going to be a bit of a cracker.

Clint Dempsey Finding His Form At Just the Right Time For Seattle and USMNT

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There was no celebration, no puff of the chest and no over exuberance from Clint Dempsey. The American forward had scored a goal and, much like Mario Balotelli, seemed to view it as no more impressive than a USPS employee delivering the mail.

A devilish free kick that kissed the underside of the bar this past weekend against FC Dallas — this was the Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders fans expected when he was unveiled at Century Link Field in July last year.

WATCH Behind-the-Scenes Footage of World Cup Shirt Designers At Work [VIDEO]

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adidas recently shared rare behind-the-scenes footage of their soccer shirt designers hard at work.

If you ever wondered what some of the designers look like, the environment they work within and some of the aspects of shirt design that go through this mind, you may find the following video pretty enlightening.

Why Serie A Needs The Azzurri To Be Successful

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At first glance, all seems right in Serie A this season. Traditional power Juventus is atop the league table with the scudetto seemingly in hand, a resurgent traditional power in A.S. Roma sits behind them, and in third is big-spender and recent title challenger Napoli. None of the top teams currently are tainted with scandal, all three have non-Italian internationals leading the team, and some of the country's own are shining in the league.

USMNT World Cup 2014: So Many Questions, Doubts and Concerns About Klinsmann’s Team

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If you follow the United States Men's National Team closely, ask yourself this question: Are you more or less confident than you were when the World Cup draw was made on December 6, 2013 that the USA will advance from Group G?

Or how about this: How confident were you in the USMNT's progression to the knockout round of the World Cup before the draw was made?

ESPN Announce Hosts For Its World Cup 2014 Coverage

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ESPN has announced its hosts for the network's coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Mike Tirico and Bob Ley return as hosts, and will be joined by newcomer Lynsey Hipgrave of BT Sport. The trio will anchor ESPN studio shows – SportsCenter, World Cup Tonight, pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, and other FIFA World Cup-related news and information programs – throughout the month-long tournament from ESPN's production headquarters at Rio de Janeiro's Clube dos Marimbás, a popular members-only boating club on the southern tip of Copacabana Beach.

Review Of ‘EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil’ Video Game Demo: A First Look

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The demo for the2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil video game is now available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Now is a good time to get into the World Cup mood, and to get a feel for the game before purchasing it's released this week in North America and Europe.

The demo allows you to play as Mexico, Brazil, Australia, England, Ivory Coast, the United States or New Zealand.

Report: Most Americans don’t plan to watch World Cup, poll finds

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Soccer may be the World's Game, but it's not the United States' game, apparently.

Two in three Americans don't plan to follow the World Cup this summer, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday. Only 7 percent of Americans said they plan to follow the tournament closely.

Univision Deportes President Discusses Network’s World Cup Coverage Plans

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The World Cup is a dream. In June, some 600 players from around the world will assemble at stadiums and training grounds throughout Brazil to contest that dream. For viewers in the United States, soccer fans will be able to turn that dream into a reality through a host of viewing options from ESPN and Univision on TV, via the Internet and on smart phones and tablets.

England Tickets Now On Sale For Miami Friendlies Against Ecuador and Honduras

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It's been 9 long years since the England national team played a game in the United States, but soccer fans in the States will get a chance to see two England games this summer when the Three Lions play Ecuador and Honduras in World Cup warmup matches in Miami in early June.

Just as England will be using the matches to prepare for the 2014 World Cup, so too will opponents Ecuador and Honduras, who have also qualified for the tournament.

Adu and Green; Not One in The Same

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Julian Green's long-awaited arrival to the United States men's national team is here. Green made his debut in a friendly against Mexico on Tuesday night when he came on in the 60th minute. His performance wasn't great or awful, but certainly left something to be desired. Green missed on a couple passes into the midfield, and his slip and fall is what eventually led to Mexico's second goal.

ESPN Launches New World Cup TV Commercial Starring USMNT and American Outlaws [VIDEO]

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Finally! ESPN has released a video for its coverage of World Cup 2014 that better captures the passion of the World Cup —and, in this case, the US Men's National Team and the American Outlaws supporter groups from around the country.

The connection between the USMNT and American Outlaws is a close one.

Pelé vs Ronaldo at 30,000 Feet

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We all love to argue who is the best player ever to have played the game, with the likes of Diego Maradona, Leo Messi, and Eusebio hot on everyone's lips. But luxury airline Emirates have taken things a step further, asking: Who is ruler of the skies?

Having started an official partnership with the FIFA World Cup back in 2006, Emirates have recently added Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to their list of global ambassadors, of which Brazilian legend Pelé, one of the All Time Greats, has been since January 2014.

World Cup 2014 Magazine Now Available From USA Today

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USA Today Sports today launched a special World Cup 2014 magazine to commemorate this summer's soccer tournament.

The 100-page special issue hits newsstands in the United States on April 7, and features previews of each of the 32 teams as well as 8 groups, in addition to interviews with USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, ESPN's Jed Drake and much more.

Top 10 Referee Blunders in Soccer

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In recent years, referees have been in the limelight far too often, mostly for the wrong reasons. Some of these blunders have swung tournament outcomes and league title races in a matter of seconds.

This is in no way a definitive list of the worst 10 mistakes of all time, but here are some of the memorable worst refereeing decisions, all which have changed outcomes and created havoc among the media and soccer fans:

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Why Not Take Luca Toni To The World Cup in Brazil?

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In Italy, there is a saying that there are as many Italian national team managers as there are people. Everyone wants to have their say on who should be wearing Azzurri at a major competition. Every two years everyone becomes an expert, a fantasy manager if you will. Coffee shops, restaurants, even laundromats, become a place for fans to discuss who they think should be representing Italy.

Who Will Be Michael Bradley’s Partner In Brazil?

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If one thing was apparent after the 2-2 draw to Mexico, it was that Michael Bradley is the most important player going into this year's World Cup. This is something that fans of the United States (USMNT) have known for a long time. After seeing his return to MLS and his performance in last week's match, it is apparent that Bradley is in top form and the US can be a force to reckon with in the Group of Death.

Brazil

WATCH Brazil vs. Italy, 1982 World Cup Second Round; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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At the 1982 World Cup, the Brazilian national team were establishing a burgeoning reputation as the darlings of the tournament. With players like Zico and Socrates, their brand of enterprising, vibrant football was a joy to behold as they steamrollered their way through the first group stage and into the second round of the tournament.

World Cup Team Guides: Brazil

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BRAZIL, Group A 12 June vs CROATIA (9pm*, Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo) 17 June vs MEXICO (8pm, Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza) 23 June vs CAMEROON...

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Luis Felipe Scolari Bans Brazil Players From Indulging In ‘Acrobatic Sex’ During World Cup

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By Chris Wright

With the 2014 World Cup beginning to crown on the horizon, Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari has admitted that while he's not overly worried about his players engaging in sexy times during the tournament, he is taking a firm zero-tolerance stance against them attempting anything too "acrobatic" in the boudoir.

United States Men's National Team

Landon Donovan talks World Cup, Klinsmann and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

As Landon Donovan moves closer to playing in his fourth World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team star has done plenty of reflecting on how much has changed since he first took the field in the 2002 World Cup.

Projecting the USMNT pre-World Cup camp roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

We are just a month away from the U.S. Men's National Team convening on Northern California for the all-important pre-World Cup training camp and Jurgen Klinsmann is going to have some interesting decisions to make on the group he winds up inviting to the camp.

FIFA World Cup 2014

Hurley Unveils Phantom 2014 World Cup National Team Boardshorts

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Known for their surfing lifestyle apparel, wet suits and footwear, Hurley has launched a range [...]

Review: PUMA Brasil 70 Windbreaker

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PUMA has launched an apparel and footwear collection in recognition of the 2014 FIFA World [...]

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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Video Game Review

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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Video Game Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yes, the 2014 World Cup video game is not on next-generation consoles. And that's too bad. But on the XBOX360 and PS3, there are few games finer than this one.

When EA Sports announced that they were not making their World Cup game for the Xbox One and PS4, they were always going to be putting themselves in a public relations hole.

The importance of the backup goalkeeper in a World Cup squad

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The backup goalkeeper can make or break a World Cup campaign. Here's why the role is so important at World Cup level. Read More

Mexico

Capturing American Fútbol: From Tijuana to Rio Four friends of...

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Capturing American Fútbol: From Tijuana to Rio

Four friends of the AFR Team,Pete, Petar, Sam & Austin, have decided to take a trip from Los Angeles to Brazil, and they'll be capturing everything (North, Central and South) American fútbol along the way.

World Cup Team Guides: Mexico

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MEXICO, Group A 13 June vs CAMEROON – 5pm* (Arenas das Dunas, Natal) 17 June vs BRAZIL- 8pm (Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza) 23 June vs CROATIA – 9pm...

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England

World Cup 2014: Who should make the England squad this summer?

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World Cup 2014: Who should make the England squad this summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's getting very close! With just over 57 days left to wait until the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, talk has now centred around the possible England squad for the tournament, with a host of dark horses now being mentioned alongside the nailed-on candidates.

Going to the World Cup? Get a retro football shirt

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Going to the World Cup? Get a retro football shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Even David Cameron thinks Nike are charging too much for a new England World Cup shirt. The 90-pound price tag has turned off many England fans, and the Prime Minister is among them: A spokesman for Cameron said, "Does he agree with Helen Grant that £90 is a great deal of money for a replica shirt?

England can win World Cup thanks to United

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Now our hands have been mathematically and begrudgingly prized off the Premier League trophy some United fans might turn their attention to rooting for England in this summer's World Cup Finals!

Hope remains success at club level might yet come in the form of a European Cup win, but some United players could be eyeing more likely success at international level and the INCLUDES players playing their way into Roy Hodgson's final 23-man squad.

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Every World Cup Article Ever: Countdown to Countdowns

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A watched kettle never boils, unless that kettle is an international sporting event watched and eagerly anticipated by hundreds of millions. The Brazilian World Cup is on the horizon, so many fine media outlets have started "daily countdowns" to highlight the number of remaining days and events that transpire.

World Cup Team Guides: Croatia

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CROATIA, Group A 12 June vs Brazil 9pm* (Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo) 18 June vs Cameroon 11pm [moved from original 8pm kick off]...

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How many Americans care about soccer?

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A survey might tell us more about the status of soccer in America than it might seem. Jason Davis looks at the numbers. Read More

Radamel Falcao Moved To Tears By Intense Emotional Reaction Of Young Colombian Fan (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Currently out of action with a serious case of the knee-knacks, Radamel Falcao took an afternoon out of his ongoing efforts to regain his fitness ahead of the World Cup by meeting a few of his young Colombian fans asmall group of kids had been specially selected to fly out from Colombia to meet Falcao in Spain,

A young 13-year-old lad from Bogota by the name of Michael Steven then stole the show when he was utterly and helplessly unable to keep a lid on his emotions as the crocked Monaco striker walked through the door bursting into floods of heaving, hysterical tears at the mere sight of his idol.

Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney could miss the rest of the season

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Wayne Rooney could be ruled out for the rest of the season with his toe injury, according to reports. The Manchester United talisman might have already played his last game for the club this campaign, claims the Daily Star. Rooney, aged 28, took a painkilling injection to allow him to take to the field against [.

All Time Greats – Pele meets Ronaldo

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One of the Official Partners of the Fifa World Cup, Emirates have launched an innovative All Time Greats campaign that all lovers of the game have debated about endlessly given two great players, who is better. 30,000 feet above the sky, two fliers animatedly talking about a football legend when Cristiano Ronaldo, Emirates' latest [.