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.
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Dutch football association, Netherlands will be wearing a retro soccer shirt this year that features a larger than normal crest than what has previously been on the Holland shirts.
Combining modernity, retro and class, the 2014 World Cup shirt for Netherlands is a beautiful piece of design, featuring the iconic orange shirts of the Dutch, with the aforementioned lion crest, a sleek v-neck collar and a typeface used for the letters and numbers on the back of the shirt that is delightfully retro.
Puma and Italy have officially unveiled Italy's home shirt for FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The home kit will be worn by Gli Azzurri for the first time in their friendly match against Spain this week.
The design of the shirts is inspired by the heritage of the traditional Italian handcraft industry.
adidas today launched a brand-new game where you could be the lucky person to win a trip to the FIFA 2014 World Cup.
The new game titled Fast Or Fail, which features Leo Messi and celebrates the latest boot in his adizero F50 Messi line (debuted as he scored against Manchester City in February) becomes faster the more that people talk about Leo Messi online – giving players a better chance of winning the trip to Brazil.
USMNT Captain Clint Dempsey is pictured in a series of new images to promote the upcoming launch of the USA's World Cup home uniform, which will be unveiled by Nike next week.
In the promotional image, Dempsey is pictured in an action shot, wearing the new US Men's National Team World Cup kit — giving us a first glimpse at the shorts and socks the team will wear, as well as new close-up images of the jersey itself.
Join USMNT Head Coach and Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann at 11:45am ET/8:45am PT today for a live Google Hangout where he'll be discussing the roster and expectations for the USA's upcoming friendly against Ukraine.
You can watch the live discussion and interview via the video below beginning at 11:45am ET.
Earlier today, Jurgen Klinsmann announced the 24 players that he's called to training camp in Frankfurt, Germany as the USMNT prepares for its match versus Ukraine on Wednesday, March 5 in Cyprus (live on ESPN2 at 2pm ET).
Twenty one of the 24 players called to Frankfurt for the training camp are players who are currently playing in Europe.
Belgium have officially unveiled their home, away and third shirts that the nation will be wearing at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Designed by Burrda Sport, the designs of Belgium shirt offer a different, vibrant approach to what we've been seeing so far from Nike, adidas and Puma. Belgium's home and third shirts feature a noticeable royal crown as an imprint on the front of the shirt.
The World Cup will dominate television sets this summer and per usual, most of the elite European nations (as well as a few South American teams) will be considered as favorites, or at the very least serious contenders. There'll be lofty expectations placed on teams like Italy, England, Germany and defending champion Spain.
The anticipation is building for the official unveiling of the US Men's National Team home and away shirts for 2014 that will be worn in this summer's World Cup.
An announcement is expected from Nike today with details on the shirts, where to pre-order them and whether or not the USMNT will wear the new home shirt or away on March 5 when the teams plays Ukraine in a friendly that has been rearranged in Cyprus.
What can the World Cup do for Leo Messi's legacy in soccer? In a recent interview with The Sun newspaper, Messi's Barcelona teammate Xavi gave his take on the subject."Leo doesn't need to win the World Cup to be considered the best player ever. I say that for those who demand he wins the World Cup to be considered the greatest ever in history.
One of the common stories we've been hearing about FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil is the lack of affordable accommodations that are available this summer for soccer fans from around the world. Depending on what city you'll be visiting, many hotels are already sold out. But one option you may want to consider that is safe and affordable is camping.
Moussa Sissoko had a great game last Saturday, and the 6'2″ powerhouse of a player got two very good goals, and was simply awesome in the game at Hull City. Moussa Sissoko being congratulated by Loic Remy Alan Pardew has Moussa playing on the right wing for Newcastle, where he can make those strong runs, [.
When Yohan Cabaye came to Newcastle in June of 2011, he had never been capped by France, but when he left Newcastle last month, he had 26 full caps for France and was one of their very best players, and he was their star man in the amazing 3-0 win against Ukraine in Paris in [...]
Curtis Good has what Australian manager Ange Postecoglou described as a fantastic debut for his country last night in London, when Australia eventually lost the game lost 4-3 to Ecuador, after being 3-0 up at half time. Curtis Good in action last night Curtis was taken off after 68 minutes last night with a [.
It's always good when a Newcastle player does well, and Curtis Good last night did himself no harm at all last night with an excellent debut for Australia at the New Den in Milwall, as Australia raced to a 3-0 half time lead. Curtis Good - in action last night in London Good got a [...]
Jasper Cillessen from Ajax started the game in goal for Holland against France last night at Stade de France in Paris, and France won with two great goals in the first half, one from Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, and the other from Blaise Matuidi of PSG and all three Newcastle men Mathieu [...]
Newcastle's Tim Krul has not been in the best of form this season, and that hasn't gone unnoticed by Dutch manager Louis van Gaal, who has cut the goalkeeper from his provisional squad for next Wednesday's friendly game against France. Tim Krul - cut from Dutch squad The France game is one of four important [.
Curtis Good is doing very well on loan at Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League, just like he did well last year at this time when he was on loan at Bradford City, and they reached the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley, before losing to Swansea. Curtis Good - playing well at Dundee [...]
Photos: AP Maybe it was just the rough loss, but after reading through a boatload of USMNT fan comments about last night, I must point out that not one single person has expressed disappointment with how the new World Cup home unis look in action. Just sayin'.Now if we could just talk about all the neon shoes.
Austin Fido brings you his take on what happened between Ukraine and USMNT in Cyprus...
During the brief moment when it appeared the world of football had seen sense and decided to cancel this match, Vadim Furmanov (author of as fine a sociopolitical contextualization of this game as you will find) expressed the view that it might be to USMNT's benefit, since he wasn't convinced the Ukrainian players would be at all able to concentrate on playing soccer.
The day we've been waiting for has finally arrived.
No, not the start of the World Cup, but the release of the U.S. Men's National Team's latest uniform that they'll wear at the World Cup. Designed by official partners Nike, this uniform is an all-white kit with red lining at the end of the sleeves and the polo-type collar.
And yes, it is available now. I like it fine, but I do understand how many of you out there will sport it during spring tennis. But yeah, I find it be pretty straight-forward and business-like, much like the team itself. - Greg Seltzer
I have been dealing with a minor thumb sprain this week, but did manage to knock out this feature with AZ/USMNT forward Aron Jóhannsson. He made one rather interesting comment about club life that it seemed best to share. Now we are getting too far behind in the league. Obviously, at the beginning of the season, the league is the most important thing.
A graphic designer on Reddit has created imaginary jersey re-dos for World Cup 2014 teams. I dislike a few (Germany, Portugal, Greece looks like Scotland to me), but a great many of these are straight badass-ery. I even dig the USMNT & Oranje mock-ups. - Greg Seltzer
Paulo Bento has named his squad for Wednesday's friendly against Cameroon. The Portuguese skipper has added some fresh faces to the squad as he looks to see evaluate players for this upcoming World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Portugal roster: Anthony Lopes (Lyon) Beto (Sevilla) Eduardo (Braga) Silvio(Atletico Madrid) Pepe (Real Madrid) Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid) Luis Neto (Zenit) Miguel Lopes