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Archives: World Cup 2014

Netherlands Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on ‘That’ Substitution And More

Posted on by Thariq Amir
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You’re your country’s number one goalkeeper and it’s the 121st minute of a World Cup quarter-final. The match is scoreless and the prospect of a penalty shoot-out seems inevitable. You’re mentally preparing for what’s about to happen next when you glance … Continue reading

FIFA’s Ethics And Principles Nothing Short of Disgraceful

Posted on by Abe Asher
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FIFA was back in the news this week, which almost always means a good hearty laugh followed by a sustained period of crying. This week, we found out that the report conducted by American investigator Michael Garcia into the awarding … Continue reading

Mesut Ozil Believes He Has ‘Nothing To Prove’ To His Critics

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Germany Victory Celebration - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil believes that he has always been an easy target for criticism, since his early days in Germany. Speaking to the German news agency DPA, the World Cup winner stated that he has ‘nothing to prove’ in regards to his … Continue reading

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Confirms 5th Consecutive Presidential Run

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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Current FIFA President, Sepp Blatter has announced his bid for re-election, after first being elected as president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association in 1998 Blatter has served four consecutive terms for the past 18 years. Although Blatter hinted … Continue reading

Candidates Who Could Replace Tim Howard During His Leave Of Absence

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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While Tim Howard continues to play for Everton and spend more time with his family, there will be sizeable void in the United States Men National Team’s defense in a very literal sense. Between the two back-up goalkeepers who traveled … Continue reading

Tony Meola Discusses USMNT, World Cup and MLS All-Star Game

Posted on by Grant Miller
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In April, World Soccer Talk interviewed U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola about his career and some of his thoughts on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s chances heading into the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This week we spoke with … Continue reading

FIFA Generated $2 Billion Profit From 2014 World Cup In Brazil, Says Report

Posted on by Jord Willis
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From the 2014 FIFA World Cup, FIFA generated $4.4 billion in revenue and $2 billion profit, which are record numbers for the world soccer’s governing body, according to a report by German business newspaper Handelsblatt. The revenue figure of $4.4 … Continue reading

The Worst Brazil Squad Ever: Assessing the 2014 World Cup Squad And Looking To The Future

Posted on by Derek Morriss
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In my opinion, the squad that Luis Felipe Scolari chose to represent Brazil at their own World Cup was the worst Brazil squad ever assembled. What was supposed to be a sixth World Cup championship on home soil ended in utter humiliation and exposed … Continue reading

Colombia’s James Rodriguez Volley Against Uruguay Voted Goal Of World Cup 2014

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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James Rodriguez strike against Uruguay has been voted Goal of the Tournament by over four million FIFA.com users, beating out Robin van Persie’s header and Tim Cahill’s volley for the top honor in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Twenty-eight minutes … Continue reading

Best of 2014 World Cup In Brazil: Games, Goals, Underdogs and More

Posted on by Abe Asher
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The people who don’t steadfastly admit that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been the best ever edition of the great tournament will at least grant this: It’s the best World Cup in “recent memory.” Or, in other words, … Continue reading

Crests For 32 World Cup Teams Ranked From Best to Worst

Posted on by Aram Gyan
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

Germany Has Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 In Its Sights

Posted on by Matthias Suuck
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It’s been a few days now since Germany deservedly won their fourth World Cup title. The team is back in Germany, was celebrated live by over 500,000 fans in Berlin and is now off on vacation. So now that we’ve … Continue reading

10 Best GIFs of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was something special, not just in the amount of goals that were scored, but the quality of soccer from almost every one of the 32 teams. To make sure we don’t forget any of … Continue reading

Why Gary Neville Is Correct That England Should Not Copy Germany’s Model

Posted on by Grant Miller
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is over. A sad state of affairs for England, yes, but now that we’re officially in post-tournament mode there is still loads to talk about. Most of it will center around how one country got … Continue reading

Messi Will Most Likely Never Be The Best Ever And That’s Okay

Posted on by Dan Adu-Gyamfi
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Following Sunday’s World Cup final loss to Germany, albeit in extra time, Lionel Messi’s legacy took a sharp hit. If he never wins the game’s most prestigious trophy, Messi will never be considered the greatest soccer player ever, and that’s … Continue reading

WATCH World Cup 2014 Closing Montages From ESPN, BBC, ITV, CBC and RTE [VIDEO]

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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After the final whistle was blown and Germany was declared World Cup Champions, the major sports networks started to wrap up their coverage of the 2014 World Cup, and many of them closed their broadcasts with a montage of some … Continue reading

Why Germany Won the World Cup And Why They May Not Be Perfect

Posted on by Søren Frank
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Ten years. That’s how long the German team, their head coach, and the entire backroom staff have worked – worked hard and determined, that is – to reach the ultimate goal: World Champions. We have seen it before. In the … Continue reading

Rebuilding Brazil Won’t Be Easy For Scolari’s Successor

Posted on by Derek Morriss
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The World Cup is over, and whilst the Germans are probably still celebrating their thoroughly deserved victory, as a Brazilian, I am more concerned about the mess that the national team is now in. Over the course of 180 minutes … Continue reading