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World Cup 2014 squads broken down by club, age and height
theguardian.com ^ | June 06, 2014 | George Arnett and Will Franklin

Posted on 06/06/2014 2:56:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Fifa has released the signed-off final World Cup squads for the 2014 finals. Which country is the tallest on average? And which club has had the most players picked?

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: worldcup2014

1 posted on 06/06/2014 2:56:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...
Why do Germany top the list for overall number of international goals? One big reason is the World Cup's joint-second scorer of all time Miroslav Klose (he's currently drawing with fellow German Gerd Müller on 14). There's a good chance the 36 year old will be able to score the two goals he needs to beat Brazilian Ronaldo to the all-time top spot. Klose's 68 international goals and Lukas Podolski's impressive 46 give them more goals than all of England's squad combined.

2 posted on 06/06/2014 2:57:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I hope Klose gets the record, not against the USA. Podolski certainly has scored a lot too. I guess Germany would be a good bet to take it all.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 3:13:08 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Klose looking to strike gold in Brazil
Klose – 36 on 9 June – has been named as the only out-and-out striker in Joachim Löw's 23-man party for Brazil. The SS Lazio man has been a valued presence in the Germany squad for 13 years now, though his trademark somersault goal celebration has been quietly put out to grass in recent years. "Everyone knows how old I am," he noted. "It's been a long time since I've pulled out the somersault. I think it's better that I let it be."

Acrobatics may be off the menu, but any further celebrations could be hugely significant; with 68 goals in 131 games, Klose shares the national scoring record with Gerd Müller. Moreover, should he register once more at the finals in South America, the former 1. FC Kaiserslautern, SV Werder Bremen and FC Bayern München totem would match former Brazil ace Ronaldo's record of 15 FIFA World Cup finals goals. "Anyone who knows me knows the World Cup goal record is a target of mine," Klose said. "But to be completely honest, it only plays a back-seat role for me as the team is the most important thing.

Germany World Cup squad: Miroslav Klose is the ONLY striker Joachim Low is taking


4 posted on 06/06/2014 3:23:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
England's league system meaning namely the Premier League (including lower leagues like the Championship League) for the 3rd time in a row at least has the most players in the competition with 119, almost 40 more than the next league system, Italy's with 81.

"Both Middlesbrough and Watford have two players with call-ups, while a few other Championship teams have at least one of their squad in Brazil. Going even further down the pyramid, Swindon Town's Massimo Luongo and Preston North End's Bailey Wright have both been selected for the Australian side."

5 posted on 06/06/2014 3:28:39 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Games today:

June 6 in Foxboro, Mass.
Portugal-Mexico

June 6 in Harrison, Calif. (NJ?)
Greece vs. Bolivia

June 6 in Salvador
Croatia vs. Australia

June 6 in Sao Paulo
Brazil vs. Serbia

June 6 in Moscow
Russia vs. Morocco

June 6 in Tampa, Fla.
Japan vs. Zambia

June 6 in Mainz
Germany vs. Armenia


6 posted on 06/06/2014 3:38:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BeadCounter

http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/live-experience/cps/512/media/images/75343000/jpg/_75343084_arjenrobben1.jpg

Dutch Team arrives in Brazil. Are they the first??


7 posted on 06/06/2014 3:43:10 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter
I guess Germany would be a good bet to take it all.
Most German soccer fans are not very optimistic. Brazil’s climate is hard to take for Germans, many important players have been injured, and many people feel that coach Löw’s philosophy puts too much emphasis on pretty play, instead of winning.
8 posted on 06/06/2014 3:45:50 AM PDT by cartan
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To: BeadCounter
Socceroos first team to arrive in Brazil for World Cup
9 posted on 06/06/2014 3:46:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BeadCounter

It’s all on Klose.
Not really but it sounds reassuring...
LoL!


10 posted on 06/06/2014 3:48:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Tomorrow’s warm-up games:

June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla.
USA vs. Nigeria

June 7 in Buenos Aires
Argentina vs. Slovenia

June 7 in Brussels
Belgium vs. Tunisia

June 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
England-Honduras

June 7 in Landover, Md.
Spain vs. El Salvador

June 7 in Foxboro, Mass.
Costa Rica vs. Ireland


11 posted on 06/06/2014 3:54:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Friday’s exhibition against Mexico as he tries to recover from leg injuries in time for the team’s June 16 World Cup opener against Germany.

Greece vs. Bolivia: Road to Brazil
Can Greece score a goal? Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Nigeria at PPL Park was the Greeks' third straight match without a goal

12 posted on 06/06/2014 4:02:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Croatia provides stern test for Australia
Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou is set to field what amounts to his strongest available team when he seeks to get another marker on his team's competitiveness in the friendly match against World Cup dark horses Croatia in Salvador on Friday night (Saturday morning AEST).

The only ''big'' player set to miss is midfielder Mark Bresciano, who is still plagued by a back problem. It must be causing increasing concern in the management ranks with the opening game against Chile scheduled for a week later than the Croatia fixture.

Brazil-Serbia Preview: Scolari seeking further improvement from Selecao
Friday's friendly with Serbia offers Brazil a final chance to allay coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's misgivings ahead of the World Cup.

This year's hosts had no problem finding the net in their only warm-up game so far, putting four past Panama on Tuesday in a game in which they were rarely required to get out of first gear.

Neymar, Dani Alves, Hulk and Willian were all on target in Goiania as Brazil kicked off their preparations with a comfortable victory.

13 posted on 06/06/2014 4:09:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Russia will face Morocco in a pre-World Cup friendly match on Friday, June 6.
Russia head into their final pre-World Cup friendly before their opening game with South Korean on June 17.

Coach Fabio Capello has already finalized his 23-man squad on Monday and just needs to find his starting XI.

Capello will hope his side rediscovers their scoring touch against Morocco, however, as they gave a sub-par performance in a 1-1 draw with Norway last weekend.

Hasebe out for Japan Vs Zambia
Long-time captain Makoto Hasebe will miss Japan's final world cup warm-up match with an injury and playmaker Shinji Okazaki is doubtful due to illness, coach Alberto Zaccheroni says.

On the eve of the Asian champions' friendly with Zambia, the Italian said Mainz forward Okazaki has a fever after going from hot and humid outdoor conditions to the chill of hotel air conditioning.

"Even if he doesn't play tomorrow, it doesn't affect his overall condition," Zaccheroni said through a translator.

Hasebe, believed to have a leg injury, did not play in the Blue Samurai's 3-1 victory over World Cup-bound Costa Rica on Monday and the 30-year-old defensive midfielder, who plays for relegated Bundesliga side Nuremberg, will sit out the match on Friday.

14 posted on 06/06/2014 4:19:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Germany-Armenia Preview: Low's men keen to return to winning ways
After draws in previous World Cup warm-up matches, Joachim Low will hope Germany finish with a flourish against Armenia on Friday.

Germany have failed to impress against Poland and Cameroon in recent weeks, as Low's men were held 0-0 and 2-2 respectively.

Low is now hoping for a much better showing in Mainz before Germany travel to Brazil ahead of their tournament opener against Group G rivals Portugal on June 16.

Schland

Schland oh Schland

15 posted on 06/06/2014 4:26:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The World Cups that never were
16 posted on 06/06/2014 4:33:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
All 32 World Cup kits ranked from best to worst
17 posted on 06/06/2014 4:44:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What Difference does it Make?


18 posted on 06/06/2014 5:30:49 AM PDT by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Mexico Soccer Coach Tells Players No Sex During World Cup, Even If They Are Married
“Nope, nobody,” Herrea said. “If a player can’t go one month or 20 days without having sexual relations, he isn’t ready to be a professional.”

World Cup's Hottest Wives and Girlfriends

La La La

19 posted on 06/06/2014 5:38:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"...with 68 goals in 131 games, Klose shares the national scoring record with Gerd Müller..."

One big difference - Muller scored his 68 goals in only 62 games!

Different era, I know, but still, over a goal a game average, and at the international level to boot!

20 posted on 06/06/2014 5:39:07 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: cartan

You’d think that Brazil would be almost like a second home for Germans...

*ducks*


21 posted on 06/06/2014 5:43:05 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

“Women weaken legs.”


22 posted on 06/06/2014 6:04:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

No Ribery for France nor Clement Grenier.

Group E. France, Ecuador, Honduras Switzerland.


23 posted on 06/06/2014 7:41:12 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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“Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out of France’s World Cup campaign, along with Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier.

Montpellier’s Remy Cabella and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin will replace the duo, whose absence was announced by Didier Deschamps at a press conference in Clairefontaine ahead of his side’s departure to Brazil.”

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/ribery-and-grenier-miss-world-cup-1-6659384

So a Saint comes into the French selection, Morgan Schneiderlin.


24 posted on 06/06/2014 7:43:59 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: dfwgator

Klinsmann doesn’t believe that and has already given the okay for his players to engage in World Cup extracurriculars.


25 posted on 06/06/2014 9:45:32 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Bring back the sash!)
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To: Scoutmaster

A cardio workout is a cardio workout, everything else is superstition.

Now, given Brazil’s reputation, I’d thoroughly vet my “training partner” before trying of those workout regimens.


26 posted on 06/06/2014 10:06:42 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: cartan
Most German soccer fans are not very optimistic. Brazil’s climate is hard to take for Germans, many important players have been injured, and many people feel that coach Löw’s philosophy puts too much emphasis on pretty play, instead of winning.

I looked over the German selection.

Remember Gary Lineker's quote.

Er, what was that quote?

27 posted on 06/06/2014 10:20:33 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: kevkrom

. . . and I’d wear the sash.


28 posted on 06/06/2014 10:43:17 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Bring back the sash!)
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To: BeadCounter
Remember Gary Lineker's quote.
Ah, right. That one is always a good motto for every world cup :-D
29 posted on 06/06/2014 11:23:10 AM PDT by cartan
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To: BeadCounter

A big pity.
As a Bayern fan I would have liked to see him playing in the WC.


30 posted on 06/06/2014 11:34:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
And now one of the most important German players, Reus, seems to have injured himself. Just great…
31 posted on 06/06/2014 12:41:10 PM PDT by cartan
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