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Archives: World Cup 2014

Top 8 Teams Most Likely to Win the World Cup Plus Odds for World Cup Quarter-Finals

Posted on by Chris McFarland
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All eight games in the Round of 16 have been completed, so we now know who the final 8 teams are in the World Cup who will be vying to win the 2014 tournament. Chris McFarland of Share Draft has … Continue reading

Who Will Reach 2014 World Cup Semi-Finals?

Posted on by Michael Cage
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Eight nations will be cut to four over the weekend as the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil take place. The hosts are involved with the only pre-tournament favourites eliminated being Spain. The eight group winners all progressed … Continue reading

The USA Men’s National Team: “A Better Version of Ourselves”

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Postgame yesterday, Alexi Lalas said this about the recently eliminated US National Team: “They are a better version of ourselves”. He’s absolutely right, whatever that means. What does that mean, and what does that mean for U.S. Soccer going forward? … Continue reading

Eight Reasons for U.S. Soccer Fans to Continue Watching the World Cup

Posted on by Robert Hay
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As the streets that once held thousands for watch parties are swept clean, and the inevitable myriad articles blaming everyone and anyone for the U.S.’s loss are Tweeted, this is a sad day for U.S. soccer fans.  Those of us … Continue reading

Is The US Better Off Than It Was Four Years Ago?

Posted on by Lawrence Dockery
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Since the USA’s elimination at the hands of Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16, the question that everyone is asking is this: Is the US better off than it was four years ago? It’s a legitimate question to … Continue reading

Marc Wilmots Making The Right Decisions Tactically For Belgium

Posted on by Sameer Chopra
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Belgium have been international media and fan darlings long before this World Cup began. With a young core of exciting players fans were looking forward to seeing this side make its mark on the international stage. Belgium is a country … Continue reading

Failure of USA to Beat Belgium Reflects Negatively On MLS

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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An easy, somewhat lazy narrative has developed through the years that Major League Soccer has helped the United States Men’s National Team grow. While this is true from a pure standpoint of quality of squad depth, the league has from … Continue reading

USA’s World Cup Run Ends Too Soon, But Future Looks Promising

Posted on by Tom Moore
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When a team enters into a tournament format like the World Cup knockout stage, you always know that the next game very well may be your last. But that doesn’t mean it is any easier when the end finally comes. … Continue reading

Ask Your World Cup Questions to Juan Arango Via Twitter Beginning at 7pm ET/4pm PT

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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World Soccer Talk writer Juan Arango will be answering questions live from Brazil via Twitter today beginning at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Juan will be taking over the @worldsoccertalk Twitter account live from Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During … Continue reading

Colombia vs Brazil Preview: Colombia Faces Toughest Test in World Cup

Posted on by Matt Jones
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Yellow shirts, enthralling attacking play and rhythmic celebrations; for so long that’s been the narrative for Brazilian teams that have dazzled us all at the World Cup. But in their own backyard, there’s another team stealing the show. While seven … Continue reading

Top 10 Best #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave Memes

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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The Internet has created its newest meme — Things Tim Howard Could Save, which includes pictures of USA goalkeeper Tim Howard in some classic situations “saving” different people and places. For example, even saving the Titanic. The meme is a … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Aram Gyan
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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

USA World Cup Soccer Team Receives Glowing Praise From Around the World

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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The praise for the USA World Cup team has been unanimous across the world. They have won the hearts and minds of so many soccer fans globally, as well as the respect of the soccer critics and media. This mixed … Continue reading

Angel Di Maria’s Rise To Elite Status Culminates In Argentina’s Run at World Cup

Posted on by Dan Adu-Gyamfi
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Angel Di Maria’s game-winning goal against Switzerland symbolized more than helping Argentina advance to the quarterfinals. It also highlighted his year long campaign of becoming a world class player. Before the 2013-14 season started, the 26-year-old was heavily linked with … Continue reading

In Response to Keith Olbermann’s ‘How to Make Soccer Work in America’ Rant [VIDEO]

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN mouthpiece Keith Olbermann went on a rant last night discussing his seven ideas of how to make soccer work in America. Here’s my response to his tirade. Soccer already works in America. We don’t need someone from mainstream media to … Continue reading

Major Catalyst For This Great World Cup Has Been Ingenuity Of Managers

Posted on by Matt Jones
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A quick glance at the last-16 ties and the subsequent quarter-finals paints a deceptively predictable set of results from the first round of knockout matches at the 2014 World Cup. All eight group winners progressed at the expense of the … Continue reading

Brazilian Superstar Neymar Should Be Fit For Quarterfinal

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The host nation Brazil has been sweating on the fitness of Neymar whose delivered the winning penalty in the shootout versus Chile on Saturday.  In that match, Neymar suffered thigh and knee injuries that have been under close evaluation by Brazilian … Continue reading

Argentina-Switzerland: 5 Observations

Posted on by Thariq Amir
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The match may not have ranked as a classic but it still delivered drama at the death as a disciplined Swiss side succumbed to a late, late Argentine effort from the otherwise disappointing Ángel di María. The Swiss will be … Continue reading