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Adnan Januzaj Selects Belgium As His National Team

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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has decided to select Belgium as the national team he would like to play for.

Januzaj was eligible to select from a number of different countries to play his national team football including England, Belgium, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Turkey. But the Belgium football federation have today announced that Januzaj has chosen Belgium.

Watch ‘Maradona’ and ‘The Opposition’ On ESPN At 7pm ET Tonight; Review of New 30 For 30 Films

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Last week's Hillsborough documentary was the first of eight films that ESPN will show over the next few months as part of its ESPN's 30 For 30 Soccer Series. Films two and three will air tonight at 7pm ET on ESPN with the debut ofMaradona '86andThe Opposition.

WhileHillsboroughwas a feature-length film,Maradona '86andThe Oppositionare closer to the lengths of films that many viewers are accustomed to watching in the 30 For 30 Series by ESPN.

50 days. The time nears for the new king’s coronation 50...

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50 days. The time nears for the new king's coronation

50 days until the World Cup kicks off in Sao Paulo. 50 days until the eyes of an entire nation turn towards a single individual. 50 days until the history books are rewritten. 50 days until immortality.[Art by Andy Gellenberg and Tobias Degel.

Panini Stickers for 2014 FIFA World Cup Now Available In Stores Nationwide

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The quadrennial soccer ritual of collecting World Cup stickers is back. And Panini's collection of FIFA World Cup 2014 stickers are now available in stores throughout the United States and around the world.

The passion for collecting and trading soccer stickers in the US, in particular, continues to grow.

Write for World Soccer Talk: Seeking Writers Who Are Passionate About Soccer

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World Soccer Talk is currently seeking new writers to cover the Beautiful Game.

With the World Cup just around the corner and the European seasons coming to a close, the timing is perfect to begin writing for World Soccer Talk, to share your passion, opinions and analysis about the world's most popular sport.

The Beautiful Game in Brasil: Photography by Christopher...

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The Beautiful Game in Brasil: Photography by Christopher Pillitz

Forget World Cuphype for a moment.Let's go back 120 years.

Football came to Brazil in 1894 when Charles Miller, the son of an expatriate Scottish railway engineer, disembarked in Santos carrying two balls.

Klinsmann discusses pre-World Cup preparations for USMNT

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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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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:


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.

Interview With Tony Meola, Legendary USMNT Goalkeeper

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World Soccer Talk got the chance to have an exclusive interview with U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola. The goalkeeper, who was a two-sport college athlete, made his name as the USMNT's No. 1 during the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. Meola went on to a successful career in MLS, and is now heavily involved in coaching youth soccer at different levels.

Top Player – Why I Have To Do Well At Newcastle

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Fabricio Coloccini has been called up for the Argentine side a couple of times this season, and each time he cane back injured, much like it seems that Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy came back on March 6th crocked, after playing for France in the 2-0 friendly win against Holland, and so far the two [.

ESPN Names Four Additional Analysts for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: Nightly Soccer Report

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ESPN have added four analysts to its coverage of World Cup 2014 with the inclusion of Stewart Robson, Efan Ekoku, Alejandro Moreno and Kasey Keller.

The analysts will join the five World Cup analysts ESPN named in December, who are Steve McManaman, Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman and Santiago Solari.

Kyle Beckerman Deserves to be Named in USMNT World Cup Squad

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It's been a long time coming for Kyle Beckerman. A player I personally watched closely as a youngster, when he was a "Nike Project-40" prospect that had just graduated from the Bradenton Academy and assigned to the Miami Fusion, is closing in on a World Cup spot for the US Men's National Team.

When Beckerman arrived in Fort Lauderdale in 2000 to play for the Fusion, it was obvious he was a uniquely gifted player.

11 Stars That Could Miss World Cup 2014 Due to Injury

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Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes recently joined the long list of high-profile players who risk sitting out this summer's World Cup tournament in Brazil.

Valdes' anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was torn in an innocuous incident during Barcelona's recent 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, not only ending his involvement this season with Barcelona, but even in the Spain squad as they look to defend their title.

USMNT 2-2 Mexico: US Let 2-0 Lead Slip In Julian Green Debut

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After a strong first half that led to two goals, the United States Men's National Team looked lost in the second half as they let a 2-0 lead slip into a 2-2 final result against rivals Mexico in Glendale, Arizona.

Deciding to spice things up, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann decided to go with a 4-4-2 formation that featured a diamond midfield, which included Brad Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, Kyle Beckerman at holding midfield and Michael Bradley at the top.

USMNT vs Mexico, 11:15pm ET Kickoff: Open Thread

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The US Men's National Team plays Mexico tonight at the University of Phoenix Stadium in a friendly match that will be televised live on UniMas, ESPN, WatchESPN and

From 11-11:15pm ET, the pre-match coverage will be on ESPN2. The coverage will then switch to ESPN at 11:15pm ET for the game itself.

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Oi Vey - Part Soixante-Deux

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Yeah, so apparently the reason John Anthony Brooks was dropped from the selection this past weekend (for a 2-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen) is because he got a large and apparently super-sensitive tattoo on his back, which caused him to miss training. Hmm. Setting aside that this was surely not wise timing for such personal expression, I cannot help but wonder what has happened to tattoos.

USMNT Roundtable: Do You Start Bradley, Dempsey and Donovan in Brazil?

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Is this still USMNT's top trio? (Photo:

June 16th, 2014: USMNT kicks off its 2014 World Cup against Ghana. Are Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan in the starting lineup? The roundtable considers...

There have been injuries, there have been club shuffles, there have been impromptu backpacking tours of Southeast Asia: there have been many reasons why Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan haven't started together for USMNT since June 2012.

That's what I'm talkin' about.

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Money, it's gotta be the shirt. And the Deuce face. And yeah, Haim girls, I see you over there being cute. They should just keeping doing more of these. Any celeb that comes through Chicago for any reason, get 'em over and snapsnap. Bobby Flay. Alison Brie. T.J. Oshie. MasterChef winner Christine Ha.

Clipboard Summation - No April Fool Edition

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First, we will just run out the 23, in the reveal order for this version of my depth chart. The as-of-now line-up, specifics on decision and wrinkles after. Howard, Guzan, RimandoCameron, ParkhurstGoodson, Gonzalez, OnyewuBeslerJohnson, LichajWilliams, BeckermanBradley, JonesZusi, BedoyaDempsey, DiskerudDonovan, BeasleyAltidore, Jóhannsson Last men cut: Ream (who goes into the 23 if Lichaj is

Is it just me?

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I have not really had the chance to check reactions, but my first and still enduring thought is that the USMNT away shirt for World Cup 2014 screams Captain America. Not saying that is either good or bad, just that it is all I see when I look at it. Was that intentional? I am now curios. At the same time, I get the idea it might play on the field cooler than it looks on the invisible

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Fifa World Rankings April 2014

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Fifa's World Rankings for March 2013 were published yesterday at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

Euro 2012 winners Spain are still on top of the FIFA rankings for yet another month and there were only a few changes in the top 20 positions.

Must-See ESPN Promo: American Outlaws

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