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Archives: World Cup

Neymar Confident Brazil Will Make Him a World Champion

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Brazil’s superstar Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup on Friday after sustaining an injury late on in the 2-1 victory over Colombia. The FC Barcelona man who has been among the most influential players in this World Cup … Continue reading

Odds On Brazil, Germany, Argentina or Holland Winning the World Cup

Posted on by Chris McFarland
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Which team has the best odds to win the 2014 World Cup, and which teams will win in the semi-finals? Find out below. First, an update regarding how the odds are determined. Using Elo ratings (ER), an elegant metric for … Continue reading

Which 2 Teams Will Reach the World Cup Final?

Posted on by Alex Muller
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From 32 teams at the beginning of the 2014 World Cup, the tournament has now been narrowed down to the four teams that have qualified for the semi-final. Who will it be that will reach the final? Will it be … Continue reading

WATCH Netherlands-Costa Rica Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Dutch Secure Semi-Final Place

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Netherlands qualified for the World Cup semi-final after defeating Costa Rica on penalty kicks. During the match, Wesley Sneijder hit the woodwork twice, but the Dutch were unable to score against a Costa Rica side who continued to play a … Continue reading

Netherlands vs Costa Rica Starting Lineups, TV Times and World Cup Open Thread

Posted on by Alex Muller
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In the final World Cup quarterfinal, it’s a David against Goliath match with Costa Rica battling against the mighty Netherlands. Don’t underestimate Costa Rica, who have already shown that they can overcome teams such as Italy, Uruguay and Greece. Where … Continue reading

5 Observations From Argentina-Belgium World Cup Quarterfinal

Posted on by Thariq Amir
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Belgium’s Golden Generation failed to shine as a professional and disciplined Argentina eked out a relatively comfortable 1-0 win. Something had to give as the Belgians had previously never lost with Thibaut Courtois in goal in 21 consecutive games whilst … Continue reading

Argentina 1-0 Belgium Match Highlights [VIDEO]: Supporting Cast Finally Shine, But Albiceleste Still Lack Balance

Posted on by Matt Jones
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You are crying since Italy (World Cup 1990) ‘till today! You are going to see Messi! The World Cup will be ours! And Maradona is greater than Pele! That’s a rough translation of the last few lines of a song … Continue reading

Biggest Winners and Losers of World Cup 2014

Posted on by Grant Miller
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We’re nearing the end of this glorious World Cup, which gives us time to look back and assess, to see who has benefitted the most from the tournament, and who have been the biggest losers. Winners 1. TV ratings The … Continue reading

Argentina vs Belgium Starting Lineups, TV Times and World Cup Open Thread

Posted on by Alex Muller
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The first of the final two World Cup quarterfinals kick off today with the first match between Argentina and Belgium, to be played in Brasilia, promising to be an intriguing affair between two attractive sides. Where to watch – The … Continue reading

WATCH Gonzalo Higuain’s Goal For Argentina vs Belgium in World Cup [VIDEO]

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Gonzalo Higuain used his striker’s instinct on Saturday to score an excellent goal against Belgium, to put Argentina in a 1-0 lead against Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinal. Higuain received the ball from Angel di Maria, and then twisted … Continue reading

Play the World Cup Fantasy Draft For a Chance to Win Cash Prizes

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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World Soccer Talk has teamed up with DraftStreet to bring you an exciting new way to enjoy each and every day of the World Cup. DraftStreet hosts one-day fantasy contests where you can win cash on every match day during … Continue reading

Messi Can Stake His Claim As World’s Best With World Cup Victory For Argentina

Posted on by Adam Williams
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As the World Cup quarterfinals come to a finish today, we have already seen the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and the whole Spanish side falter in the Group Stage. No Ronaldo and no Spain opens the door for Lionel Messi … Continue reading

Deaths in Belo Horizonte Overpass Accident Add to Brazil’s Poor Record of Work-Related Deaths

Posted on by Ilija Trojanovic
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You may have heard the news reports that two people died on Thursday when an overpass, which was supposed to be ready for the World Cup in Belo Horizonte to connect the international airport to the stadium area, collapsed, flattening … Continue reading

Netherlands vs Costa Rica Predicted Lineups and Expert Analysis

Posted on by Matt Jones
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There were not many pundits that expected the Netherlands to go this far in the 2014 World Cup. Pitted alongside the holders Spain and a vibrant Chile team, there was a sense that Louis van Gaal’s progressive Dutch side would … Continue reading

Netherlands vs Costa Rica Preview: Oranje Clash With Fairy Tale Story

Posted on by Jackson Culley
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The Round of 16 is over, the optimism and joyous attacking play of the group stage have given way to the need for ruthless precision and unyielding determination. Though we saw teams depart the tournament in the group stage those … Continue reading

Projected Lineups for Argentina-Belgium Quarterfinal

Posted on by Andrew Puopolo
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Saturday’s early match pits Argentina and Belgium, two teams that required extra time to overcome their round of 16 opponents. Both come into this quarterfinal matchup on very little rest, but I do not expect to see much alteration in either … Continue reading

Argentina vs Belgium Preview: Heavyweights Meet in Saturday Quarterfinal Clash

Posted on by Sameer Chopra
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Belgium and Argentina were both among the favorites to win the World Cup before the tournament started, and both have underwhelmed through their four games thus far despite both winning all their games. Argentina, with a serious case of Messi-dependencia, … Continue reading

Costa Rica Concerned About Arjen Robben’s Diving

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Following another decisive display of theatrics in the Netherlands 2-1 comeback victory over Mexico in the Round of 16, Arjen Robben has once again become a lightning rod. Robben whose diving and petulance was one of the leading topics of … Continue reading