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Archives: World Cup

Win Your Favorite World Cup Jersey to Celebrate Brazil 2014

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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World Soccer Talk has teamed up with Reddit’s /r/WorldCup subreddit and QuakeNet to offer an official World Cup jersey as a prize to the winner of a World Cup prediction competition. The competition will run throughout the World Cup tournament, … Continue reading

England Prepare for World Cup With Warmup Matches in Miami [PHOTOS]

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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On a hot and humid day in South Florida, England and Ecuador battled in a lively friendly at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. In addition to the promising performance by Ross Barkley as well as the unfortunate injury … Continue reading

Greece Needs Positive Result in Game Against Bolivia in New York Tonight

Posted on by Todd Simmons
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With two draws in their preparation friendlies, Greece is a team that is looking toward the World Cup with tempered optimism. A depleted Portugal squad held them 0-0 on May 31, and they found themselves in another scoreless draw against … Continue reading

Franck Ribery to Miss 2014 World Cup Due to Back Injury

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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French winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out of World Cup due to a back-injury. Ribery has been complaining of lower back pain for months and has not been playing for either the French National team or Bayern Munich since April … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 6 – 17-year-old Pele Fires Brazil To Glory [VIDEO]

Posted on by Matt Jones
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No.6: A 17-year-old Pele Fires Brazil To Glory (Sweden, 1958) Making an impression as a young player is never easy. So it’s understandable that when we explore the history of the World Cup—the highest profile, most important soccer competition there … Continue reading

Who Will Win the 2014 World Cup?

Posted on by Alex Muller
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It is incredibly hard to predict the winner of the Soccer World Cup, about to kick off in Brazil. Of course, most soccer fans would ideally love to see their own country winning the coveted trophy, but there is a … Continue reading

Australia Takes On Croatia in Final World Cup Preparation Match

Posted on by Matt Walsh
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Saturday morning at 9:30am (AEST) (7pm ET), the Socceroos will face off against European giants Croatia in what will be both teams’ final friendly match in the lead up to the World Cup. The match will be played at the … Continue reading

WATCH ‘Brazil – In the Shadow of the Stadiums’; BBC Panorama Exposes Poverty Of World Cup Host

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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This week, BBC’s Panorama news program debuted a new episode entitled Brazil – In The Shadow Of Stadiums, which examines the rampant prostitution and poverty that exists within view of the World Cup stadiums. It’s no wonder there’s a growing … Continue reading

Roy Hodgson Should Be Embracing Ross Barkley’s Raw Talent, Not Stifling It

Posted on by Matt Jones
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Ten years ago, a young lad from Liverpool made a name for himself at a major international tournament. Nonplussed by the reputation of supposedly more illustrious opponents and unfazed by the pressure of the European Championships, Wayne Rooney dazzled at … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 7 – Ronaldo Gets His Redemption [VIDEO]

Posted on by Matt Jones
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No.7: Ronaldo Gets His Redemption (Japan & South Korea, 2002) The World Cup has peculiar patent for impinging both delight and despair on a host of the games most iconic figures. Men that like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane … Continue reading

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Injury Rules Him Out For 10 Days to 3 Weeks

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out of action for between 10 days and three weeks. If he can recover in time for 10 days, he may be ready for England’s second game of the 2014 World Cup. If he’ll … Continue reading

England’s Experimental Squad and Tactics Against Ecuador Give Hodgson Plenty to Ponder

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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England’s friendly with Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium in Florida on Wednesday saw Roy Hodgson experiment with squad selection and tactics. James Milner got a surprising start at right back, while Wayne Rooney played on the left side of midfield in … Continue reading

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s World Cup Hopes Hang in the Balance After Injury

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, England’s most dangerous, speedy and unpredictable footballer who can cut through defenses, suffered a knee ligament injury on Wednesday during a friendly against Ecuador in Miami, and may be out of the World Cup depending on the severity … Continue reading

England vs Ecuador, World Cup Warmup Match: Open Thread

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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England plays Ecuador in a friendly at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium today, in a vital warm-up match for The Three Lions. Wayne Rooney starts, while Luke Shaw and James Milner will play as full backs. World Soccer Talk are at … Continue reading

Who Will Win the World Cup In Brazil?

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Every four years, the soccer powers and underdogs around the world converge to battle it out to determine who the best soccer nation in the world is. Mix together pride, patriotism, hope, passion and excitement, and you have billions of … Continue reading

Time For FIFA To Reform: Anger At Soccer’s Governing Body Reaching Tipping Point

Posted on by Thariq Amir
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The Sunday Times’ report into alleged corruption surrounding Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid is yet another unwanted body blow to FIFA’s credibility as the custodians of world soccer. The central allegation revolves around former Asian Football Confederation President Mohammed Bin … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 8 – Jorge Burruchaga, Argentina’s Unlikely Hero [VIDEO]

Posted on by Matt Jones
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No.8: Jorge Burruchaga, Argentina’s Unlikely Hero (Mexico, 1986) It’s difficult to quantify a moment. So far in this series we’ve had instances that last a few seconds, classic games played over 90 minutes at least and even staggering runs that … Continue reading

Australia Names 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014: Luke Wilkshire Dropped From Team

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou has made several controversial decisions in his selection of the 23 men who will be on the roster for the Socceroos heading to Brazil. Luke Wilkshire, who has 80 caps for Australia, has been eliminated from … Continue reading