With the US being drawn into the group of death for next summer's World Cup, I understand many people's view that they will not make it out of the group. Being drawn into the group of death may actually come as a blessing in disguise for the USMNT, as it could be an open group where anything can happen.
A photograph of Argentina's away shirt for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been leaked on the Internet.
The design of Argentina's new away shirt features the familiar navy blue and white at the very top of the shirt, but then changes color to feature a combination of different shades of blue in a hooped design.
It should come as little surprise that the World Cup groups are unbalanced. As I mentioned in a previous article, the lack of balance in place of geographical parity has led to groups that will either excite or bore depending on the country you most want to watch. What follows is a quick calculation to illustrate the lack of group parity, to evaluate group strength and to determine the true Group(s) of Death, plus to provide some insight on what to expect next summer.
The United States have been drawn into a "Group of Death" in the 2014 World Cup. The storylines are plentiful. The USA faces Ghana yet again, this time in its opening match of Group G. The previous two World Cups for the United States have ended after losses to the Ghanaians.
In 2002, the USA under Bruce Arena stunned the world with an opening group game victory over the heavily favored Portuguese.
While fans and the coaching staffs of the U.S. Men's National Team, Germany, Ghana, and Portugal are fretting at the difficult task ahead, many of the players likely to be involved have expressed excitement.
Ghanian and Schalke 04 midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng started the ball rolling right after the draw was completed by tweeting a picture of his brother, Jerome,and revealing his excitement to play Jerome and the German National Team.
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World Cup 2014 Group Stages Draw- England draw Italy and Uruguay is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter England have drawn Italy and Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup and will play their opening game of the tournament in the city of Manaus, a place Roy Hodgson "had hoped to avoid" [.
Earlier today, the U.S. Men's National Team was drawn into Group G of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where they'll face Germany, Ghana, and Portugal in what will be a major test of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the entire squad.
The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been completed, and it's time to book your trip if you want to try to watch your country play in Brazil this summer.
If you are serious about traveling to Brazil next summer to support your country's soccer team, or you want to just take in a variety of World Cup matches, now is the time to make your dreams come true — before the draw.
USA's game against Portugal on Sunday, June 22 will be televised live on ABC, according toESPN Senior Vice President and Executive ProducerJed Drake. The ESPN executive was speaking via phone from Brazil to the US soccer media in Bristol, CT.
Drake also revealed that it's not out of the realm of possibility that the TV times could change for the USA vs Ghana and USA vs Germany games.
On a day where the passing away of the greatest man of our century was announced (and indeed, Nelson Mandela was also a keen football fan), I must admit that it was rather halfheartedly that I watched the World Cup draw. The groups look as follows: Group A: Brazil, Cameroun, Mexico, Croatia A fine draw for the hosts, in a group where all three remaining sides will be fighting for second place
England manager Roy Hodgson didn't want to go to Manaus, but he will in the first group game against Italy (Saturday, June 14, 9pm ET). The Azzurri under Cesare Prandelli have to be considered a strong contender to advance deep into this World Cup. Uruguay's uneven qualifying campaign notwithstanding, getting by them will be difficult for England.
OTF's Brian Battle is back to let the numbers do the talking...
So, while everyone is claiming their team is in the TRUE group of death, I decided to do some number crunching with ESPNFC's SPI world rankings. Nate Silver explains in detail how these rankings are more comprehensive than FIFA's rankings.
It's not the names of the countries or the players that fill their team sheets that makes this a horrendous World Cup Draw for the United States. It's the styles of play. Every group stage opponent - in order, Ghana, Portugal, Germany - can match the U.S. for athleticism. Ghana is the only team the U.
The FIFA draw for the 2014 World Cup qualifying groups was held today, and France managed to get a fairly easy group but England are in the same group as Italy and Uruguay. Yohan Cabaye in French blue should be pleased with the draw The fourth team in England's group is Costa Rica, [...]
Now that the draw has been made for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we finally know what teams will be playing on the different dates for the first round of the competition, with plenty of mouthwatering matches scheduled. Plus we know what the kick-off times are for each match.
For viewers in the United States, we'll find out in the near future which games will be on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.
The draw for the 2014 World Cup was not kind to the United States.
The U.S. Men's National Team was handed one of the most difficult groups in World Cup history as they were placed in Group G with Germany, Ghana, and Portugal, with matches in the north (Manaus) and northeast(Natal and Recife)of Brazil.
For viewers in the United States, the World Cup Draw coverage begins at 11am ET on ESPN3.com and 11:30am ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.com
I'm joined alongside Kartik Krishnaiyer and World Soccer Talk videographer Joshua Tomlinson at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, CT. It's a cold, wet rainy day here, but there's a buzz around the building today with the anticipation building for the World Cup draw.
The day that we've all been waiting for is finally here.
In beautiful Costa do Sauipe, FIFA will draw each of the 32 nations qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil into one of eight groups (11:30am on ESPN2/ESPN3/Univision). From there, fans will begin to contemplate their team's chances for achieving World Cup glory.
Thirty-one nations have booked a ticket to Brazil after a World Cup qualifying campaign that began in June 2011 and finished in November 2013 with Uruguay's scoreless draw in their second leg playoff match against Jordan.
A total of 820 qualifying matches were played by 207 nations across the globe, from Madrid to Manilla and back.
Brazil are the record World Cup winners, they're playing at home and they're the bookmakers' favorites. Never mind Nostradamus, even Mystic Sally can probably envisage Thiago Silva hoisting aloft the Jules Rimet trophy next July. Despite lacking the panache of Brazilian sides of yesteryear, Luis Felipe Scolari's men have enough quality, know-how and functionality to go all the way next summer.
The World Cup Brazil 2014 Final draw took place in Bahia, Brazil last night, and suffice to say there were some surprises and certainly several Groups of Death waiting to unleash at the tournament next year!
Hosts Brazil have been paired up with Mexico (who came close to not qualifying), Croatia and Cameroon in Group A.
Below is a list of all 31 teams the United States can face in the World Cup in order of how difficult a matchup each opponent would be. The rankings account for individual matchups, style of play, the tournament's location, U.S. history against the opponent and overall quality. Blue teams are seeded teams in Pot 1.
Paolo Rossi stars in a creative new World Cup TV commercial.
After getting a shave in a barber shop in Brazil, Rossi tries to pay with a credit card. It's only then that the Brazilian barber realizes that it's the Paolo Rossi, and he has flashbacks to that famous game between Italy and Brazil in the 1982 World Cup where one of the greatest Brazilian teams ever were undone by Rossi when he scored a hat trick to win the match 3-2 and send Brazil home.
Following the launch of the official World Cup ball for FIFA World Cup 2014, adidas has released a video featuring the brazuca ball. The video includes plenty of stars from Argentina, Brazil, and Germany, backed by the brilliant song by The Kinks entitled All Day And All Of The Night.
I particularly love the camera angles the director used in this shoot, especially the ones where we get the perspective from the ball's point of view as if the ball is a living, breathing organism.
Or whatever you want to call this group that forces the United States to travel 8,886 miles in 10 days. Monday June 16, 2014 Ghana vs. USA Natal, Brazil; 6 p.m. ET Sunday June 22, 2014 USA vs. Portugal Manaus, Brazil; 3 p.m. ET Thursday June 26, 2014 USA vs. Germany Recife, Brazil; Noon ET Note: The U.
The US pot is now to be drawn.... not with Brazil or Spain...also not with Argentina...oi vey, the USMNT is drawn with Germany and Ghana in Group G, opening with the latter. Final update in the next post when pot 4 is drawn. - Greg Seltzer
Yep, FIFA ran a staging go-around for tomorrow's draw and here were the test results. Most in our little bubble seem to be fretting a nightmare grouping, but this one looks a tough but quite manageable fight, likely for second place.Group A: Brazil, France, Italy, AustraliaGroup B: Uruguay, Nigeria, USA, CroatiaGroup C: Argentina, Ghana, Costa Rica, RussiaGroup D: Switzerland, Chile, Japan,
With FIFA announcing the set-up of the World Cup draw pots on Tuesday, we now have a much better idea exactly what sort of draws the U.S. Men's National Team could face on Friday.
There weren't any real surprises among the pots, save for the creation of a pot X, which will separate the seeded South American teams in order to ensure they aren't drawn against the other South American teams in Pot 2 (and ensuring the lone European team in Pot 2 doesn't get drawn into a group with two other European teams.