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

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 what started out as a 4-1-3-1-1 formation. England manager Roy […]

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

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 of the injury. The Arsenal and England attacking midfielder suffered […]

Mexico (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

Concacaf continues with Mexico. What a contrast in feelings Mexico bring with them to Brazil, on all fronts. Inside and out they are a team with a lot of potential to make an impact. Can they do their nation proud or will the same problems which appeared in qualifying hamper […]

Who Will Win the World Cup In Brazil?

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 sports fans from around the planet cheering on their country, […]

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

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 Hammam, who is claimed to have paid a total of […]

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

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 have lasted almost an entire competition. But for a soccer […]

Howler Magazine and the New Wave of Soccer Journalism

It’s pretty much become a cultural joke that soccer is the unofficial sport for American hipsters. The New York Times ran a semi-snarky piece on the sport’s popularity in Brooklyn, America’s hipster headquarters, attributing soccer’s success amongst the “creative class” to “the game’s aesthetics, Europhilic allure and fashionable otherness.” There’s […]

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 9 – Andres Iniesta Wins It For Spain [VIDEO]

No.9: Andres Iniesta Wins It For Spain (South Africa, 2010) Spain lost their opening game of the 2010 World Cup against Switzerland. There were stratospherically high hopes for Vincent Del Bosque’s side after their win in the European Championships had coincided with the blossoming of world class talents like Xavi, […]

United States (Brazil 2014 World Cup Preview)

Whilst it might not be the biggest discussion topic for the rest of the world, the USMNT is cause for a some in depth discussion in the pod. Who is in? Who is out? Does that even matter when they are working in the long term and phasing from one […]

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