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Author Archives: Andrew Jones

World Soccer Talk’s Best Starting XI Of The 2014 World Cup

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In arguably the greatest World Cup ever, the five week adventure that is the grand global tournament in Brazil has now concluded. Now in a fitting conclusion that saw a resilient and mentally strong German side win their fourth world … Continue reading

How David Luiz’s Weaknesses as a Defender Were Exposed Yet Again At The Worst Possible Time

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Gary Neville’s famous description of David Luiz being so poor that it was as if the Brazilian was being controlled by a 10-year old playing PlayStation came to roost Tuesday night in Belo Horizonte. Luiz pointed to the sky after … Continue reading

Best Starting XI From World Cup Quarterfinals

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Four tightly contested quarterfinals have passed us by with diligent displays and standout sensations rewarded in this Best XI of the second knockout round. Here is the team: Goalkeeper GK- Keylor Navas (Costa Rica) In case most thought that Tim … Continue reading

Best World Cup Starting XI From Round of 16 Games

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The tightest Round of 16 stage at a World Cup Finals brought us five extra time match ups and no true blowouts. Each match, even Colombia’s decisive 2-0 win over Uruguay, was hotly contested as expected in the stage that … Continue reading

Best World Cup Starting XI From Group Matches

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It’s been a captivating group stage at this year’s World Cup, with a Best XI of the first 48 matches required. While some names on this team were expected, others of course have been pleasant surprises to what has been … Continue reading

Young World Cup Trio Look to Revive The Declining Centerback Position

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With over 100 goals scored already in this tournament, the 2014 World Cup has not been an exhibition for great centerback play. With the game quicker, fitter, more athletic and open than it has ever been before, gone are the … Continue reading

Colombia 4-1 Japan: Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Los Cafeteros Crush Japan

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A spirited Japanese effort to save their World Cup tournament was duly bunted by a high flying Colombian team led by James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez, as the playmaker’s latest brilliance with the Porto man led his side to a … Continue reading

Russia and South Korea Preview: Nations Face Off in Final Group Stage Opener

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Both Russia and South Korea have waited the longest to play their first match of all the 32 teams, as they will finally take the field after the second set of matches actually begin. For Russia, the return to World … Continue reading

Predicted Line-Ups For Chile Against Socceroos

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The saying “When it rains, it pours” must be reverberating in the mind of Australian manager, Ange Postecoglou, at the moment. Already beset with the worst draw imaginable in Group B, the 48-year-old manager has witnessed the loss of two … Continue reading

Will Cristiano Ronaldo Lose The Ballon d’Or If Portugal Fail To Make The World Cup Finals?

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Cristiano Ronaldo continues to give many of his remaining critics, including Sepp Blatter, plenty of proof of his brilliance that could finally capitulate him to his legendary status as the world’s best footballer. This past Saturday, Ronaldo recorded another hat … Continue reading

Why It’s Time For Sir Alex Ferguson To Let Others Do The Talking

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Sir Alex Ferguson, we know you’re arguably the greatest coach in club soccer history. We are fully cognizant of your greatness, where even begrudging Liverpool or Manchester City fans, or still bitter Bayern Munich or Chelsea supporters from those devastating … Continue reading

Iceland’s Hopes of Qualifying For World Cup 2014 Boosted By Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s Form

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Normally only one man can outshine the constellation that is Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi has been able to do that remarkable feat for the past four years, but no other player has been able to eclipse the excellence of the … Continue reading

Anzhi Makhachkala’s Rapid Demise From Russian Playboys to One of the Worst Streaks In Europe

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Two weeks ago, it was one of the few scoreless draws in this season’s Europa League round of opening 24 games — a contest between Moldavian minnow Sheriff and Anzhi Makhachkala of Russia. Anzhi Makhachkala were the heavy favorite and appeared the likeliest to … Continue reading

Left Back: The One Position Where the England National Team Has So Much Talent

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There has been much ballyhoo throughout the entire soccer world about England having trouble developing its talent, especially compared to rivals Spain and Germany at the moment. Many have snickered at the Three Lions’ international performances throughout the last several … Continue reading