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Author Archives: Aram Gyan

The Sweeper: 10 Soccer Stories You May Have Missed

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For Premier League fans, like James Bond in The World is Not Enough, Christmas comes twice a year. First, when August brings a three-week tease of action, and then again when the Prem triumphantly returns replete with new transfers after … Continue reading

The Sweeper: 10 Soccer Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Exhale. Savor summer’s few remaining days. Fire up the grill. Slither down a slip n slide. Lay back in a hammock while cradling a watery beer. It’s the September international break, and with options like Finland v Faroe Islands, Denmark … Continue reading

The Sweeper: 10 Soccer Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Allow The Sweeper to hurtle you through this past week’s best stories at the speed of Mario Balotelli racing through Milan’s streets in a Ferrari with his queasy pet Rottweiler by his side. 1. “Think Outside the Ibrox” Picture Ben Roethlisberger … Continue reading

The Sweeper: 11 Soccer Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Before we throttle into another action-packed weekend, let The Sweeper, a new World Soccer Talk feature, take you back through the week that was for some of the stories from around the web that you may have missed. 1. “Christmas … Continue reading

Jack Wilshere and the History of Smoking in Soccer

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What happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas for Arsenal star Jack Wilshere as he was recently caught smoking a cigarette while partying poolside. He duly apologized, saying “Of course I regret it…I have kids myself and I don’t want … Continue reading

LA Galaxy 0-7 Manchester United: What the Matchday Experience Was Like at the Rose Bowl

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The sky above Pasadena was still bright blue as a red sea of Manchester United faithful filled the Rose Bowl to see their recast club face the L.A. Galaxy on a sultry Wednesday night. The 86,432 who packed into L.A.’s … Continue reading

Crests For 32 World Cup Teams Ranked From Best to Worst

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2014 World Cup Nations Crest Ranking

Germany may have triumphed on the pitch, but today we’re concerned with crowning the champion of a more esoteric field. Which World Cup country wore the best crest? The criteria for ranking each nation’s badge of honor is the quality … Continue reading

How New Soccer Fans Can Continue Their Passion For the Sport

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After a month of World Cup action, facing this week’s matchless void was like stumbling out of a bar and into the blinding sunlight. And if the USMNT’s addictive run was your first taste of the sport then you may … Continue reading

World Cup Final Featured On Newspaper Front Covers Around the World [PHOTOS]

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World Cup Final day finds the two nations’ newspapers in different moods. German newspapers express a brazen confidence while underdog Argentina harps on hope, prayer, and dreams.  Frankfurter Allgemeine (above) has the most distinctive front page of the day.  No words are … Continue reading

Front Covers of Newspapers From Argentina and Netherlands Ahead of World Cup Semifinal [PHOTOS]

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Yesterday Germany got their revenge for 2002 World Cup Final loss to Brazil in spades. Today we get a rematch of the 1978 Final between Holland and Argentina. Their newspapers today reveal two nations focused on different emotions; the Dutch … Continue reading

Brazil Newspapers Infatuated With Neymar: Front Covers of Today’s Papers [PHOTOS]

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It’s 2002 all over again today as Brazil and Germany meet for the first time since Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” was scorching the summer twelve years ago. Both countries are predictably consumed by today’s semi-final, so let’s take a look … Continue reading

World Cup Semifinal Odds and Backstories On Argentina, Germany, Brazil and Netherlands

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Three-time World Cup loser Netherlands is the only outsider in a final four that features three of the most successful sides in history. Still, Argentina, Brazil, and Germany, despite having won more than half of all the World Cups played, … Continue reading

Who USA Soccer Fans Should Now Root For in the World Cup

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Uncle Sam Wants USMNT Supporters to Find a New 2014 World Cup Team

As painful as America’s World Cup exit was, its supporters must now pick themselves up from the mat as there are only a precious few World Cup matches to indulge in. At first blush it may seem difficult to find … Continue reading

Front Covers From USA and Belgium Newspapers After Round of 16 Game [PHOTOS]

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Most newspapers flooded their front pages with pictures from the many joyous public gatherings that turned massive scenes of disappointment.  None did it better than the Las Vegas Review-Journal (see above). The juxtaposition between the fan looking left while the glasses fan … Continue reading

Front Covers of USA and Belgium Newspapers Ahead of World Cup Game [PHOTOS]

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July 4th comes early this year as America unites as one to support the Red, White, and Blue against the Red Devils of Belgium.  Millions will do their patriotic duty of sneaking out of work come 4 PM Eastern. Here’s … Continue reading

Netherlands and Mexico Line-Up Prediction for Round of 16 Match

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World Cup Match #51, Round of 16, Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up: Netherlands vs Mexico Date and Time: Sunday, June 29th, 12EST/9PST, ESPN, Univision, and WatchESPN Location: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza Two soccer-obssessed nations with disparate pasts meet in … Continue reading

Why England Supporters Should Cheer For the USA

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Who Should England Support in the 2014 World Cup

It’s been a bloodbath for English sport lately. In March, its rugby team lost out to Ireland in the Six Nations on mere point differential. Just recently the team went down to New Zealand for an Antipodean Winter tour and … Continue reading

Front Covers Of Newspapers After USA Advance In World Cup [PHOTOS]

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At this rate, we won’t have anything left for July 4th. Each U.S. match at this World Cup continues to bring out massive American support from sea to shining sea in offices, homes, and most impressively, in grand public gatherings.  … Continue reading