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FIFA World Cup 2014: How they qualified

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Of Revolutions, Hopes, and Home: Bob Bradley In Egypt

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Of Revolutions, Hopes, and Home: Bob Bradley In Egypt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There was no fairytale ending to this story, because this story was no fairytale. This story, one of the most amazing in sports and life we have ever seen, was about preservation, fear, family, work, and just a little bit of soccer.

European World Cup qualifiers: Who will make it to Brazil?

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European World Cup qualifiers: Who will make it to Brazil? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The first leg of the European World Cup qualifiers will be played on Friday night, with eight expectant sides looking to put one foot in next summer's tournament in Brazil with a victory.

With everything up for grabs, there is a chance for players to become a national hero but who will get an advantage on Friday night?

Bosnian golden age sees World Cup qualification long time in making

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Bosnian golden age sees World Cup qualification long time in making - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In scenes of jubilation Tuesday night in Sarejevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, football fans joined in rousing celebrations across the city as the former war-torn province qualified for its first major footballing competition; Not just a European championship; but a World Cup.

The Unrivaled Drama Of The World Cup

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The Unrivaled Drama Of The World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

You know the story by now. As the seconds drained away in Costa Rica and Panama, Mexico had completed their final and ultimate capitulation: Needing just a point to seal a playoff berth, El Tri were dreadfully losing 2-1 in the rain against a Costa Rica side with nothing to play for, under their third manager in three months.

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This is the 2014 World Cup field

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By DAN KARELL

With Uruguay's scoreless draw against Jordan on Wednesday evening and their 5-0 aggregate victory, the 32-team field for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is set.

The South Americans were the last nation to earn a berth in the World Cup after a qualifying process that began with Belize defeating Monserrat, 5-2, on June 15, 2011 in CONCACAF.

Mexico caps dramatic qualifying run with victory over New Zealand, ticket to Brazil

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Despite all the theatrics and worry that Mexico might not qualify for the 2014 World Cup, it turned out to be an easy task with only New Zealand standing in their way. With a 4-2 victory over New Zealand early Wednesday, Mexico is booked for Brazil on a 9-3 aggregate score line.

UEFA Qualifying Rewind: Ronaldo wins showdown vs. Ibrahimovic; France digs out of deep hole; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Cristiano Ronaldo again proved Tuesday why he is one of the greatest to ever play the game, much to the chagrin of Sweden and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

In a battle of Ronaldo vs. Ibrahimovic, it was one-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo who lifted his nation to victory.

Bradley, Egypt bow out of qualifying with win over Ghana

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The performance was admirable, but the end result was not what Bob Bradley and Egypt were hoping for.

Facing a near-impossible scenario to reach next summer's World Cup, Egypt defeated Ghana, 2-1, in Cairo on Tuesday but were eliminated from qualifying after falling 7-3 on aggregate in the two-legged playoff against the Black Stars.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you did not fake being sick from work or school today, you will probably regret it later.

Tuesday's slate of matches is jampacked with intriguing contests as the final few berths for next summer's World Cup in Brazil will be clinched. From what will surely be an intense second leg between Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden to Mexico's visit to New Zealand to finalize their plans to Brazil, there is soccer to keep viewers busy all day.

UEFA Qualifying Preview: France has it all to do against Ukraine as second leg approaches

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By MARC SERBER

In order to make amends for its disastrous and laughable campaign in 2010, France must make history by becoming the first ever UEFA national side to overturn a 2-0 deficit in its home leg versus Ukraine.

After being stunned by goals from Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko in Kiev, the Stade de France in Paris will be on a knife's edge.

CAF qualifying rewind: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon are through to the World Cup

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By MARC SERBER

Among the confederations across the globe, the road to the World Cup is probably the most strenuous in the Confederation of African Football.

Only five nations of their 54 members qualify for the World Cup after an arduous campaign that started for some all the way back in November of 2011.

UEFA Qualifying Rewind: Ukraine, Portugal, and Greece all have the upper hand after first leg

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By MARC SERBER

Unlike yesterday's World Cup qualifying playoffs (Jordan 0, Uruguay 5 and Mexico 5, New Zealand 1) the good news is that every team in Europe still has a chance heading into the second leg.

It will be toughest for Romania after falling, 3-1, to Greece on the road, but the Romanians do have the away goal and will be playing the second leg at home.

UEFA Qualifying Preview: Portugal vs. Sweden highlights playoff round first-leg matches

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By DAN KARELL

Two will enter, but only one of Cristiano Ronaldo orZlatan Ibrahimovic will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

By virtue of finishing in second place in their groups, UEFA placed through a random draw Ronaldo and Portugal with Ibrahimovic and Sweden, robbing fans of seeing both international stars at the World Cup but giving everyone an opportunity to see them matched up against one another.

Uruguay on brink of World Cup berth after routing Jordan in playoff first leg

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Forget having one foot in the door. Uruguay is as close to having both in as any team could after playing just the first leg of a playoff series.

Uruguay all but looked to have assured its place in next summer's World Cup in Brazil on Wednesday by going on the road and thrashing Jordan, 5-0.

Mexico set to host New Zealand in first leg of much-anticipated World Cup playoff series

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Mexico may still be alive in World Cup qualifying thanks to the U.S. Men's National Team, but reaching next summer's prestigious tournament now falls squarely on El Tri's shoulders.

The beginning of the end of Mexico's troubled and forgettable 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign is set to get underway on Wednesday afternoon, as El Tri host New Zealand in the first match of their two-legged playoff series at Estadio Azteca.

Portugal drawn with Sweden, France with Ukraine in UEFA Playoff draw

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By DAN KARELL

One of either Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be present on the field at the 2014 World Cup next summer in Brazil.

Portugal and Sweden were drawn together in the UEFA Playoff-round draw, pitting two of the best goal-scorers in the world against one another in the two-legged qualification series.

UEFA Rewind: England reaches World Cup, Iceland among teams to reach decisive play-offs, and more

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

England sure likes to make their fans sweat.It seems to be part of the process in qualifying for the Three Lions, making an entire country wait and wait. Instead of breezing through a group like fans and the media expect, England is almost always in a state of turmoil with qualification hanging by a thread.

CONMEBOL Rewind: Uruguay ousts Argentina, Chile edges Ecuador and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

To no one's surprise, Luis Suarez was back at the center of some controversy on Tuesday.

Suarez helped Uruguay defeat Argentina, 3-2, in their final 2014 World Cup qualifier at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo on Tuesday night, but he did so by diving to draw a penalty kick that he converted in the first half.

A closer look at Mexico’s reaction to USMNT’s victory over Panama

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Rafa Marquez may have had next to nothing to say about the U.S. Men's National Team's late-game heroics in Panama that saved Mexico's World Cup hopes, but Mexican media had more than enough.

A day after the U.S. came from behind to post a 3-2 victory over Panama that saved arch-rivals El Tri from avoiding a disastrous World Cup qualification elimination, several news outlets in Mexico expressed what seemed like eternal gratitude for the Americans on Wednesday.

How do you feel about USMNT saving Mexico?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It was not meant to be a demonstration of heroism for the troubled southern neighbors nor was it done as a favor, but that is essentially how many around the world will view the U.S. Men's National Team's late World Cup qualifying win over Panama on Tuesday night.

Mexico finish fourth in standings thanks to USMNT, Honduras clinch World Cup berth, and more

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By DAN KARELL

Who said that CONCACAF wasn't exciting?

Heading into the final day of World Cup qualifying, one of the region's powers, Mexico, stood teetering on the precipice of qualification with destiny in their hands as long as they earned a point.

Before a ball was even kicked, El Tri fans knew that their national team could clinch a place in Brazil next summer with a big enough victory and a Honduras loss, or they could spiral out of qualification in embarrassment and spend the next three years waiting for the next round of qualifiers to play in.

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Wednesday’s Soccer TV: World Cup Qualifying

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The World Cup Qualifying playoffs conclude for Mexico - New Zealand and Uruguay - Jordan on Wednesday. Read More

Tuesday’s Soccer TV: Austria – USA

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The United States plays Austria on NBCSN and there's World Cup Qualifying in UEFA and CAF for your Tuesday soccer TV. Read More

Weekend TV: International Friendlies, CAF Qualifying

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The weekend soccer TV schedule for November 16-18 features Africa World Cup Qualifying and several international friendlies. Read More

Friday’s Soccer TV: Scotland – USA

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The United States is in Glasgow to face Scotland at 3pm ET on ESPN2 along with UEFA World Cup Qualifying. Read More

U.S. National Team

What that Wild Night in Panama Means for the United States

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Charles Boehm looks at an unlikely statement game for the US National Team. Read More

Upside: Synergy between them

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It's the soccer news roundup with multiple looks at the last night of World Cup Qualifying in CONCACAF and synergy for DC United and Inter Milan. Read More

Panama 2 – USA 3

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The United States finishes off CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying with a 3-2 win over Panama in Panama City. Read More

United States Men's National Team

Five things to draw from USMNT’s successful Hexagonal campaign

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Eight months. That is all that separates the U.S. Men's National Team from the World Cup in Brazil.

After enjoying a largely successful final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying that ended Tuesday night with a thrilling 3-2 win in Panama, U.

USMNT 3, Panama 2: Match Reaction

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Dichotomy of Class

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Been seeing some interesting posts and tweets today... That said, I think the two things below will show you a huge gulf in sports. #YoureWelcomeMexico @miseleccionmx — U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 16, 2013 and While the USSoccer tweet isn't easily accessible unless you go through a time stamp check (perhaps they took it off?

USMNT 3, Panama 2: Match Highlights

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USMNT rally to beat Panama late, save Mexico’s World Cup hopes

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team pulled off some late-game heroics against Panama, and they saved more than just themselves.

The U.S. scored twice in second-half stoppage time to erase a one-goal deficit and beat Panama, 3-2, in a dramatic World Cup qualifier at a rainy Estadio Rommel Fernandez on Tuesday night.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Brad Davis

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By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's trend of inserting substitute players who make an impact continued vs. Panama, and this time it was Brad Davis who came off the bench and provided a spark.

USMNT Saves El Tri

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Not often can you say that, but with Panama going ahead 2-1 in the 80th minute, the US could have rolled over taken the loss. They'd already won the group, and the .000009% chance they had at being a seed for the World Cup draw in Brazil next year went out the door with a Switzerland win over the weekend.

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Thursday Kickoff: Uruguay book ticket to Brazil; Ribery out of Dortmund clash; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The field of 32 for the 2014 World Cup is set.

Uruguay became the final nation to qualify for the World Cup after their scoreless draw with Jordan in the second leg of the AFC/CONMEBOL playoffs, finishing with a 5-0 aggregate score in the South American nation's favor at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.

WCQ: Portugal v Sweden Highlights

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Kids, this game was just unbelievably good. Portugal, and more specifically, C. Ronaldo, had scored a goal to go up 1-0 aggregate going into this 2nd leg playoff qualifier for Brazil. Seemingly, CR had put it out of reach for good when he struck first in this match. Then... Zlatan decided he wasn't having any of this.

Upside: Stake their claim

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The soccer news on the eve of the Scotland - USA friendly with stories from Major League Soccer and UEFA World Cup Qualifying. Read More

Mexico’s Latest Scenario

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Mexico gets a chance at the World Cup, but Luis Bueno wonders if this is a step too far for a National Team in need of reworking. Read More