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England players set to pocket 350,000 bonus should they win the World Cup
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 30 May 2014 | Charles Sale

Posted on 05/30/2014 12:57:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

England's remarkably serene build-up to the World Cup includes agreeing player bonuses for Brazil with the minimum of fuss well in advance of the big kick-off.

The squad are understood to be on around £350,000 each for winning the tournament, with the deal heavily incentivised for progressing through the group stage.

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1 posted on 05/30/2014 12:57:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Goldman gives England 1.4% chance of World Cup success
Goldman Sachs’ statistical model of the 2014 World Cup has predicted Brazil will beat Argentina in the final – and given England just a 1.4% chance of success.

In a 67-page preview of the tournament, based on a stochastic analysis of competitive international football fixtures since 1960, the investment bank predicts the host nation will triumph 3-1 in the final.

Stephen Hawking breaks down England's World Cup odds
Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has mulled over some of the greatest mysteries in the universe, but now he’s being faced with the greatest challenge of his professional career: figuring out how England can actually win the World Cup.

England plays better while wearing red.

2 posted on 05/30/2014 1:07:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Socceroos skip training for the beach

Socceroos the worst team in the World Cup

3 posted on 05/30/2014 1:11:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The USA's new No. 10: Mix Diskerud
"I didn’t choose it. They handed them out," says 23-year-old Mix Diskerud when asked about the honor of getting the No. 10 jersey for the USA as it heads to the World Cup in Brazil.

The No. 10, of course, represents the playmaker -- usually the most important player on the team. The number worn in bygone years by Pele, Diego Maradona, Michel Platini. Today, by Lionel Messi.

For the USA, in the most recent World Cups, the No. 10 was worn by Landon Donovan, Claudio Reyna and Tab Ramos. It became available last week when Jurgen Klinsmann cut Donovan.

4 posted on 05/30/2014 1:16:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England look for parting gifts against Peru
England will hope to leave their supporters optimistic of World Cup success when they tackle Peru at Wembley Stadium on Friday in their final home friendly before the tournament begins.

Roy Hodgson's side fly to Miami for a training camp the day after facing the South Americans and will not play in front of their own fans again until a Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino on October 9.

By then the World Cup will be long gone, but two weeks ahead of England's opening match against Italy in the Brazilian city of Manaus on June 14, there is all to play for.

Wayne Rooney unveils World Cup playlist
Wayne Rooney has unveiled his personal World Cup playlist on Spotify.

You may think that he'd choose some upbeat, inspirational bangers to get him in the zone while training in Rio. Well, not quite.

Bizarrely, he has chosen some downright mellow tracks, including the sobfest that is 'Goodbye My Lover' by James Blunt

▶ james blunt - goodbye my lover (lyrics) - YouTube

5 posted on 05/30/2014 1:24:24 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Gerrard slams Manchester United hero for Rooney criticism
England captain Steven Gerrard has slammed Paul Scholes' suggestion that Wayne Rooney is past his best.

The Manchester United legend claimed his former team-mate had been in decline for the last two years.

6 posted on 05/30/2014 1:37:04 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Not a football fan? 5 ways to escape the World Cup frenzy

1. Go to Scandinavia and celebrate Midsummer
None of the Scandinavian countries even qualified, so chances are they’re probably about as fussed about keeping track as you are.

7 posted on 05/30/2014 1:45:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ronaldo admits most World Cup infrastructure shelved
"I think we're missing an opportunity. A series of investments were promised that won't be delivered. Only 30 percent will be delivered," two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo told a forum organized by newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

He also elaborated on remarks last week in which he said he was "ashamed" of the delays in preparing for the tournament, which kicks off June 12.

"My shame is for the people, who were hoping for major investments, that's the great legacy of the Cup for us. They were expecting a lot and they're the ones most hurt by the situation," he said.

Anti-Fifa Graffiti In Brazil

8 posted on 05/30/2014 1:53:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Peruvian police seize over 1000 pounds of cocaine, en route to 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
"Two planes with cocaine were to fly up from a newly constructed runway. However, we managed to arrest six people and seize 1,270 pounds of chlorine-containing cocaine, which they tried to transport." The cocaine was hidden underground, but the police managed to find it.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-30/world-cup-racism-undercuts-brazil-we-are-equal-campaign.html

9 posted on 05/30/2014 2:09:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Scarlett's Roses - Roll On Rio - YouTube
10 posted on 05/30/2014 2:15:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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You could offer them any amount of money, but they won’t do very well, cuz they’re not very good. In fact they might be one of the poorest England teams ever to go to the World Cup, they don’t have to play anyone decent to qualify and they hardly even got past Montenegro, a definite second-tier team. I think they have to play Uruguay in the first round — game over.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 2:34:48 AM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-30/world-cup-racism-undercuts-brazil-we-are-equal-campaign.html
The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song We Are One (Ole Ola)
12 posted on 05/30/2014 2:51:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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“Someone like Pitbull on Radio 1 makes my soul weep with the way he sings about women. I just couldn’t bear playing that.”
13 posted on 05/30/2014 2:57:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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You could offer them any amount of money, but they won’t do very well, cuz they’re not very good. In fact they might be one of the poorest England teams ever to go to the World Cup, they don’t have to play anyone decent to qualify and they hardly even got past Montenegro, a definite second-tier team. I think they have to play Uruguay in the first round — game over.
Steven Gerrard: 'Stupid, naive to say England will win World Cup'
England captain Steven Gerrard has insisted that he is under no illusions that the Three Lions are among the favourites to win the World Cup this summer.
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Beckham: England believe they can win World Cup
15 posted on 05/30/2014 3:07:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Waka Waka

Muller: I want Golden Boot again
Germany international Thomas Muller has set his sights on winning the Golden Boot again at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The Bayern Munich attacker scored five goals and gave three assists to pip David Villa, Wesley Sneijder and Diego Forlan to the individual award at the 2010 tournament in South Africa and he's keen to become the first player in history to win the trophy twice in a row.

16 posted on 05/30/2014 3:13:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup ball [Brazuca] will be on target
The smoother a ball, the more drag and other "unsteady" aerodynamic forces it experiences while travelling through the air, whereas a rougher ball surface, created by panel seams, for example, caused the opposite behaviour, he explained. The seams on Brazuca, said Choppin, are deeper thereby creating more surface roughness. The research team said they have shown that a ball's characteristics can be used to predict its trajectory, which may be useful for coaching and design. And while predictability of a ball is good for long, running passes and goalkeepers, not everyone may be happy with Brazuca's steady-does-it features. Some strikers prefer a ball to dip and swerve, as it helps them confound the keeper.
17 posted on 05/30/2014 9:36:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Adidas Brazuca – Your Complete Guide to the 2014 World Cup Ball
The World Cup 2014 ball, the Brazuca, is the twelfth incarnation of Adidas’ footballs created for the world’s biggest footballing event. Colourful, exotic and a technological marvel for the industry, the Brazuca has delighted players in training, had fans clamouring for their own replica, and is set to be the most popular World Cup ball yet, with a tournament held in South America deserving of a ball to stand the test of time.
18 posted on 05/30/2014 9:42:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I am brazuca. Match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ -- adidas Football - YouTube
19 posted on 05/30/2014 9:54:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Adidas Brazuca
The ball is a developmental successor to the Adidas Tango 12 series of balls, with the same bladder and carcass but a different surface structure.
20 posted on 05/30/2014 10:08:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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