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U.S. grinds out 2-0 win over Azerbaijan in first World Cup tune-up
ny daily news ^ | May 28, 2014 | ap

Posted on 05/28/2014 4:04:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson scored to lift a heavy legged United States over Azerbaijan 2-0 on Tuesday night in the first of three World Cup warmups for the Americans.

On a night when captain Clint Dempsey was scratched just before kickoff because of a sore left groin, the 14th-ranked Americans had trouble breaking down No. 85 Azerbaijan.

Diskerud, a Norweigen-American wearing the No. 10 jersey that freed up when Landon Donovan was cut from the roster last week, entered in the 71st and scored four minutes later off Brad Davis' free kick.

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It's a start.
1 posted on 05/28/2014 4:04:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter
How many days until 2014 FIFA World Cup
2 posted on 05/28/2014 4:07:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Will Hertha’s Anthony Brooks be playing for the US in Brazil?
3 posted on 05/28/2014 4:09:26 AM PDT by cartan
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To: cartan
Brooks, the son of an American serviceman, was born and raised in Berlin. He came through the ranks of his hometown club, Hertha BSC.

Brooks holds both German and American citizenship. Brooks was named to the United States's final 23 man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

4 posted on 05/28/2014 4:22:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: C19fan; corkoman
Japan, France, U.S. all win as World Cup looms
5 posted on 05/28/2014 4:24:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Socceroos face mountain in Rio after dull draw with South Africa
IF Australian fans didn’t know it already, then they were given a stark reminder of the size of the task that faces Australia at the World Cup in Brazil after the Socceroos failed to deal with a weakened South Africa last night.

This was hardly a performance to inspire confidence ahead of their Group of Death matches against Spain, Holland and Chile next month as the Socceroos could manage only a 1-1 draw in front of 50,459 at ANZ Stadium.

World Cup 2014: Socceroos farewelled by green and gold throng as they board flight to Brazil
"If we think it's going to be our last World Cup, we're going to try and finish it the best way we can," he told a media conference.

"It's in the back of our minds that it could be our last. We're all going to try and make it our best."

6 posted on 05/28/2014 4:31:04 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://pocketworldcupschedule.info/


7 posted on 05/28/2014 4:33:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I’m happier about the 0 than the 2. If the US has any chance of advancing out of group play, the defense has to step up and play better than they have over the last year or so.


8 posted on 05/28/2014 4:37:59 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Socceroos the worst team in the World Cup
The bookmakers regard Australia’s World Cup possibilities as something worse than a snowball’s survival chances in hell.

As do the world rankings, which place Australia last of the World Cup qualifiers in 59th spot (between Mali and Burkina Faso).

And judging by the social media response to the Socceroos’ stuttering 1-1 draw against a less-than-fearsome South Africa on Monday night, large numbers of the Australian public share that pessimistic view.

9 posted on 05/28/2014 4:40:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

14th ranked? That sounds pretty good to me. Can’t wait for the games to begin.


10 posted on 05/28/2014 4:41:15 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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I am concerned about 0 for 75 minutes. So tired of teams turning on the play late in the game.


11 posted on 05/28/2014 4:44:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
FIFA World Rankings
12 posted on 05/28/2014 4:51:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Burkina Faso
13 posted on 05/28/2014 4:56:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Yeah, but that’s kind of the mentality at this level - play defensive, don’t make mistakes, and try to eventually wear out lesser opponents. Yes, the offense could be better and more consistent, but if the defense is showing signs of solidifying, that’s a big step in the right direction.


14 posted on 05/28/2014 5:07:59 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
special advisor to the U.S. team
15 posted on 05/28/2014 5:10:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I bet Obama will attend the World Cup.


16 posted on 05/28/2014 5:57:10 AM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: castlegreyskull

That would be the only time I rooted for Ronaldo....to rocket a free kick off his head!!


17 posted on 05/28/2014 7:08:34 AM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Reminds me of a quote by comedienne Rita Rudner.

“I got kicked out of ballet class because I pulled a groin muscle. It wasn’t mine.”


18 posted on 05/28/2014 8:13:20 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

4 or 5 dual German/American citizens on the team. All from fathers in the service.


19 posted on 05/28/2014 8:38:00 AM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
USA vs Azerbaijan: what we learned

World Cup 2014 - Wayne Rooney accepts he has 'no excuses' in Brazil
The 28-year-old has said he will seek out the help of renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters to try and end his barren run in South America, and acknowledges he needs a big tournament for his country.

"I'm in the best condition," said the Manchester United striker.

"I want to show the world what I can do. There will be no excuses if I don't."

Stephen Hawking reveals formula for World Cup success

South Korea apology as Tunisia tune-up falls flat
South Korea’s coach apologized to fans Wednesday after a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia tempered World Cup hopes in their final home friendly before the tournament in Brazil.

Hong Myung-Bo, a hero of South Korea’s run to the 2002 semifinals, said his team would struggle in Brazil if they cannot fix their problems.

20 posted on 05/28/2014 9:55:39 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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This World Cup Commercial Will Make You Cry

Spirit of Brazil: Cachaça cocktails to toast the 2014 World Cup

Nike Wants $500 For These Brazil-Inspired Air Jordan 6′s and CP3.VII’s

21 posted on 05/28/2014 10:09:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Van der Vaart to miss World Cup
The Netherlands side managed by Louis van Gaal have been dealt a harsh blow. Rafael van der Vaart, one of the players called up to set the tempo for the 'Oranje', will miss out on the World Cup after sustaining a calf injury.

The former Real Madrid player was injured in training at the Dutch team camp, currently being held in Portugal. Medical tests have determined that he will not be able to recover in time for the tournament in Brazil, which kicks off on 13th June.

22 posted on 05/28/2014 10:47:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
24/7 crisis hotline
23 posted on 05/28/2014 10:55:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
During a warm-up robot football game (soccer, if you must) back in the mid-90s, one robot team was judged the winner on the basis that it had kicked the ball — literally once.
24 posted on 05/28/2014 10:59:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Brazilian Oscar Allowed to Leave Camp for his Child's Birth
"I want to tell you I am still here, my daughter has not yet been born," the Chelsea midfielder said in posts to social media, rejecting speculation that he might be dropped from the squad... "I am waiting -- I have not left the squad. I am going to train today and, God willing, my daughter will be born soon," he said.
25 posted on 05/28/2014 11:08:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Brazilian police fired tear gas Tuesday to break up a protest by bow-and-arrow wielding indigenous chiefs who joined forces with anti-World Cup demonstrators to condemn the money spent on the tournament.

Wearing traditional clothing including feather headdresses and face paint, about 500 chiefs mainly from the Amazon basin joined another 500 protesters rallying for various social causes in Brasilia's government square and began marching toward the capital's World Cup stadium. As mounted police moved to block the march, some of the indigenous demonstrators rushed their horses and fired arrows in their direction.

26 posted on 05/28/2014 11:13:40 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Does anyone other than me think the US home and away kit are awful? Particularly the home kit with the buttons.

I'd like to see some tradition, bringing back navy blue (not royal) and the 1950-type sash each World Cup in some version, like the 2003, 2004, and 2006 Thirds kit.

The sash distinctly says "USA" World Cup.

But without the 3/4 sleeve.

And, of course, the 1950 World Cup jersey that started the USA/Sash jersey:


27 posted on 05/28/2014 11:18:44 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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Buffon: Italy a level below World Cup favourites Brazil, Spain, Germany & Argentina
"We are a mature team. We have certainties but also some limitations.
28 posted on 05/28/2014 11:20:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Scoutmaster
All 32 home shirts for the WorldCup

29 posted on 05/28/2014 11:28:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Pressure is one of the great unknowables of football. Some players thrive under it, using the enormity of the task before them to spur them on. Others melt into tiny insignificant puddles. It can come from anywhere: from the enormity of any given game; from the personal glories at stake; from the expectation; from the hype; from the failures that have gone before. Even from those unlit corners of the mind that persist in making little to no sense, no matter how much psychology is heaped upon them.

Not all pressures are created equal, of course, and not all have equal effects. But if we assume for the moment that some situations are naturally more pressurised than others — that a penalty shoot-out in a World Cup semi-final is, for example, generally more pressurised than one in training — then it's perhaps fair to suggest the following.

Leaving aside those cold places in history where fascism, sport and war have coincided, when people have played football in the fear that the wrong result could cost them their lives, this Brazil side that will compete for the 2014 World Cup are about to embark on the most pressurised footballing campaign of all time.

After all, Brazil start with a pretty high bar: they're Brazil.

30 posted on 05/28/2014 11:38:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
With the exception of the Netherlands (which wears the traditional orange - as we should wear the traditional sash), and Croatia, the Adidas and Puma kits all look superior to the Nike kits, to me. I understand, however, that most players believe the Nike fabric is the most comfortable.

When it comes to tradition, however, how long did it take you to pick out the Netherlands home and Argentina home? Spain home? Brazil? Our away kit looks French this year, to me. Our national colors have never been red, white, and royal blue.

I demand the sash!

31 posted on 05/28/2014 11:48:22 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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Anything but this. Yuck!
32 posted on 05/28/2014 11:49:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Rebuilding Brazil from the ruins of 1950
Joao Luiz Albuquerque was 11 years old when he went to the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro for the final game of the 1950 World Cup. Brazil, the hosts and irresistible favourites, were playing Uruguay, their tiny South American neighbours.

After 33 minutes of the second half, with the score at 1-1, the Uruguayan winger Alcides Ghiggia darted into box and from a wide position shot to the left of Moacir Barbosa, the Brazilian keeper.

"I have never forgotten that moment," says Joao Luiz, who is now 75. "It is still with me. I was right behind the goalposts. It happened in my face!"

The Maracana -- crammed with 200,000 people, the largest crowd ever present at a soccer game -- fell silent. The Brazilian players were unable to respond and, when the whistle blew a dozen minutes later, Uruguay were unexpectedly world champions.

To fans in the stadium like Joao Luiz, the shock was a personal trauma. "Every time I hear mention of Uruguay I still get anxious," he says. "It is like a person who was once bitten by a dog and gets twitchy each time he hears a bark."

33 posted on 05/28/2014 11:55:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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If Luis Suarez plays up to form, Uruguay could do it again.


34 posted on 05/28/2014 11:56:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Assuming Suarez heels from his knee injury in time.


35 posted on 05/28/2014 11:57:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Scoutmaster

Love that 1950 uniform.


36 posted on 05/28/2014 12:01:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Scoutmaster

Sash Rage!


37 posted on 05/28/2014 12:03:12 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Honduras’ uniform is such a give up with the “H”. Come on guys, at least try to come up with a badge, for crying out loud.


38 posted on 05/28/2014 12:06:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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"He doesn't think that it is that bad so he thinks he will be OK."

Suarez was the Premier League's leading scorer with 31 goals this season, despite missing the opening five matches through suspension.

39 posted on 05/28/2014 12:08:26 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator
1994. 100% polyester. Faux denim print. Clearly the ugliest kit in US World Cup history. The away kit that year featured faux denim shorts with red/white vertically striped jerseys.

It could have been worse. The jerseys were originally supposed to be tie-dyed in 1994, two years before the Lithuanian Olympic basketball team broke out the (Grateful Dead-sponsored) tie-dyed warmups and uniforms.

40 posted on 05/28/2014 12:09:47 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: dfwgator
LoL!

H

41 posted on 05/28/2014 12:11:13 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

My favorite unis are:

England
Brazil
France
Holland

Normally, I would include Germany, but it’s hard to tell which one they are...I only identified them in the pic because of the three stars.


42 posted on 05/28/2014 12:14:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Love that 1950 uniform.

Exactly. Don't bash the sash! A variation on that should be our home kit every World Cup. Has keeping a traditional uniform hurt Argentina or Brazil? What is this? 125 years of Dutch football with an orange jersey? The crest on this year's Dutch home jersey is the same crest worn from 1907 until the 1970s. Tradition.

Take some liberty with the away kit or the thirds, but wear home kit that always says "that's the USA."

43 posted on 05/28/2014 12:19:48 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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I’d always expect those five (including Germany) to be at the top. England’s home whites are classic. England’s away is a red on red pinstripe with the three lions. Also classy.


44 posted on 05/28/2014 12:26:01 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: dfwgator
Argentina World Cup 2014 Adidas Home Football Shirt
45 posted on 05/28/2014 12:27:31 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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If Luis Suarez plays up to form, Uruguay could do it again.
The facepalm!

46 posted on 05/28/2014 12:40:15 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Big Facepalm


47 posted on 05/28/2014 12:41:54 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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PARADISE LOST: a film about Brazil vs Uruguay, the 1950 World Cup final, at the Maracana.
48 posted on 05/28/2014 12:45:23 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

my mouse battery is empty :(


49 posted on 05/28/2014 1:21:23 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I like the outward Christian symbol on Portugal's Euro Jersey/Shirt, just the way I like the vintage Inter Milan's Crusader jersey as well, 2nd photo below seems to be an updated version.

Of course, many and maybe most teams have fine kits.

Australia, the Navy Blue of Japan's uniforms is nice. Ireland, not there, etc. I recognize the Columbian shirt if it is the 3rd row yellow one, that's pretty nice.

50 posted on 05/29/2014 6:16:58 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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