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Mission Accomplished!

Today the US progressed, and not just to the next round of 16 in this World Cup. They progressed in the ranks of world football. Their status, their pedigree was elevated. How so? They did something that they as a nation have never done before. Something that Brazil, Argentina, Germany […]

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England to Play Germany in World Cup This Sunday

After Germany overcame Ghana in the last game of Group C today, Germany will now play England in a mouthwatering second round World Cup tie, which is scheduled for this Sunday at 10am ET. Germany is one of England’s greatest rivals. The teams have played against each other many times […]

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Mesut Özil: Birth of a Star

When Germany lost Michael Ballack coming into this world cup, some commentators were writing them off, or at the very least not touting them as tournament favourites. Despite an excellent qualification campaign in a less than forgiving group Germany emerged without a loss and played with a freedom that went […]

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Germany v Australia, 2010 World Cup: Open Thread

This afternoon marks the opening game of the 2010 World Cup for Germany as they face a physically strong Australia side. Before, during or after the match, feel free to share your opinions and observations about the big match here. Starting line-ups are: Germany: Neuer – Lahm, Mertesacker, Friedrich, Badstuber […]

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Raphael Honigstein Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

On Monday, it was announced that an ankle injury suffered in Saturday’s FA Cup Final would keep German national team captain Michael Ballack out of the World Cup. Joining us to talk about that as well the Nationalmannschaft’s chances this summer is the Guardian and Sports Illustrated’s Raphael Honigstein. Raphael […]

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My Guilty World Cup Secret

Don’t panic, I’m not going to go all Oprah on you all, but I’ve got a confession to make that a man of my age can’t hide. Every 4 years, the World Cup comes around and over here in Europe we’ve a company called Panini who make sticker books for […]

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Starting In May On EPL Talk: World Cup Legends

Last year, I was lucky enough to do a fabulous series on English football legends, which saw me delve back through history to cover 11 players that perhaps never get the credit they deserve. Football is such a fickle sport that these days, people forget just how many great players […]

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US vs England – A Soccernomics Analysis

Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski titled the American version of their new book Soccernomics (review is here), but their title for the release in the UK is Why England Lose.  In the book, Kuper and Syzmanski identified the US as a rising power in soccer and England as a permanent disappointment […]

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Italy’s World Cup Group

There you have it, Italy in Group F, drawn with New Zealand, Paraguay and Slovakia. A relatively simple group and one Marcelo Lippi should take the Azzurri through with comfort. Group F Italy New Zealand Paraguay Slovakia They begin the defence of their crown in Capetown at the Greenpoint soccer […]

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England On The Brink Of 2010 World Cup

Almost twenty years ago England went to Poland knowing that a draw would qualify them for Italia 90. A backs-to-the wall performance and the magnificence of Peter Shilton ensured they had their point and the team then went onto reach the semi-finals of the tournament that arguably saved English football […]

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German Youth Success Reflects Positively On Bundesliga

With this weeks 4-0 drubbing of England u21s by the German u21s, Die Mannschaft completed a hat-trick of youth level European Championships (winning the u17, u19, and u21 tournaments). Such success indicates that the future of the Bundesliga is bright, and that while the Serie A begins a period of […]

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England Under 21′s Should Be Proud Win Or Lose Tonight

Fresh from giving England fans palpitations after Fridays semi-final win against host nation Sweden, England’s young lions have a chance to win some silverware for the junior lions for the first time since 1993. England Under 18′s triumphed that year, riding a week long wave of growing optimism and support […]

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Stewart Downing: The Enigma

I’ve wondered for a long time what it is that managers see in Stewart Downing, particularly England managers. Since his first call up in February 2005, Downing has been pretty much been a regular in the England squad, but why? I don’t understand how one player can have gained 22 […]

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