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Sendoff boosts confidence of US
Assciated Press ^ | June 9, 2014 | Ronald Blum

Posted on 06/09/2014 2:20:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time.

Playing only its third match in nine months against a World Cup team, the U.S. defense appeared firmer in a 2-1 win over Nigeria after the decision to start both Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman in midfield. And Jozy Altidore broke a six-month scoreless streak for club and country with a pair of goals, including a flashy effort when he cut inside Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo and slotted in a right-footed shot from 12 yards.

“This game gives us confidence, but the whole send-off series should give us confidence,” defender Matt Besler said Saturday night.

(Excerpt) Read more at journalgazette.net ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: soccer; worldcup2014

1 posted on 06/09/2014 2:20:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Thanks Ken for this fun item:
A primer on earth’s greatest sporting spectacle, the World Cup
2 posted on 06/09/2014 2:24:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Today:
June 9 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Ghana vs. South Korea

Tomorrow:
June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Portugal-Ireland

Thursday:
2014 FIFA World Cup Opening Match Preview: Brazil vs Croatia

3 posted on 06/09/2014 2:32:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Croatia can stun Brazil - Kovac
"Brazil looked a bit weary against the Serbs and the pressure to deliver on home soil is already everywhere to be seen," Kovac was quoted as saying in Croatian media on Sunday.

"It seems they are expected not only to win all their games but also play entertaining football too and that is our chance. The longer we hold our own the more anxious they will get and we want to make it as difficult as possible for them.

"We certainly won't park the bus in our penalty box, we want to have a real go at them and are confident that we can get a result. They've won 15 of their last 16 games but I know what tactics to deploy."

4 posted on 06/09/2014 2:34:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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U.S. will have eyes on Ghana during World Cup tuneup against South Korea at Sun Life Stadium
Ghana and South Korea often play friendlies against each other, but Ghana’s June 16 World Cup opener finds another familiar foe — America. The U.S. saw its 2006 and 2010 World Cups end at Ghana’s feet. A loss to The Black Stars eliminated the U.S. at the group play level in 2006 and, in 2010’s Round of 16, the U.S. lost 2-1 in extra time.


GHANA!

5 posted on 06/09/2014 2:41:47 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Croatia football team in bomb scare at Brazilian training camp
Armed police and sniffer dogs went into the team's base in Praia do Forte where Niko Kovac's squad is preparing for the tournament.

Croatian media first reported there had been an anonymous tip-off about possible explosives on site.

But it was later claimed to be a routine check by security forces and that nothing had been found.

6 posted on 06/09/2014 2:47:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Twitter / Search - World Cup lang:en
7 posted on 06/09/2014 2:49:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Portugal's Ronaldo in line for friendly against Ireland
The 29-year-old forward has missed Portugal's previous two warm-up matches through injury, hindering their preparations for the Brazil tournament and sparking speculation that he might not be fit in time.

But the Real Madrid ace returned to training on Saturday with Paulo Bento's side, who have failed to sparkle in their captain's absence.

Portuguese officials were tight-lipped Sunday about Ronaldo's availability for the Ireland encounter, but forward Vieirinha told reporters: "If he is fit to train, he is fit to play the match."

8 posted on 06/09/2014 2:56:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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France demolish Jamaica 8-0
Karim Benzema was in a class of his own in an unusual role on the left as France geared up for the World Cup with an 8-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday despite the absence of Franck Ribery.

Ribery was ruled out of the finals with a back injury but Les Bleus were eager to move on with Benzema netting twice and setting up three more goals while Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi (2), Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann (2) also scored.

“Nice atmosphere, it’s good for the confidence but it does not give us any guarantee for the first game against Honduras,” coach Didier Deschamps told TV channel TF1

9 posted on 06/09/2014 3:02:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Jennifer Lopez Pulls Out Of World Cup Opener
Fifa officials say the singer cannot attend Thursday's show because of unspecified "production issues".

The organisation said Cuban-American rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte will sing the official tune We Are One before Brazil takes on Croatia in Sao Paulo.

The song has let down many Brazilians who complain that it sounds too generic for the country's Bossa Nova fans and that it features foreign musicians singing mostly in English and Spanish.

many Brazilians who complain that it sounds too generic for the country's Bossa Nova fans and that it features foreign musicians singing mostly in English and Spanish
.The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song We Are One (One Big Lie - Ole Ola)
10 posted on 06/09/2014 3:11:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Domestic abusers issued with warnings by police ahead of England's first World Cup game after evidence reveals incidents spike after a match - even if the team wins

Scarlett's Roses - Roll On Rio (World Cup 2014) - YouTube

11 posted on 06/09/2014 3:20:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Wayne Rooney scares rivals - David Beckham
Doubts have been raised about the the 28-year-old as he is yet to score in eight previous World Cup appearances.

"If he doesn't score, he is assisting or creating or working hard for the team," said ex-England skipper Beckham.

"I think for opposing teams to see Wayne Rooney on a team sheet - that scares them."

12 posted on 06/09/2014 3:27:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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13 posted on 06/09/2014 3:28:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Boots on the ground: A look at World Cup cleats
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nike, adidas, Puma and other shoemakers are all trotting out new and innovative looks for this summer's World Cup. Gone are the old-school black boots like the fabled Puma Kings worn by Pele.
14 posted on 06/09/2014 3:33:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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"We are not the Taliban of a certain style"
Vicente del Bosque has been sharing his views on the World Cup with MARCA. He is convinced that Spain are up to keeping their world title. The Spain manager shrinks from the idea of being the favourites, but still believes that his team is quite capable of once again bringing immense joy to all Spanish people.
15 posted on 06/09/2014 3:50:13 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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America's best and brightest head to Brazil as soccer's biggest event kicks off
Jurgen Klinsmann wasn’t exactly channeling his inner Vince Lombardi when he declared that it is “not possible” for the United States to win the 2014 World Cup. Talk about a buzz kill.

There is something very American about a rah-rah speech to rally the troops. The German-born Klinsmann, though, turned that concept on its proverbial head with his reality based preview that raised just as many eyebrows as did his decision to cut Landon Donovan, the country’s most accomplished player, from the 23-man roster.

Maybe there is a method to Klinsmann’s madness, or perhaps he is just mad.

16 posted on 06/09/2014 4:05:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Photos: Teams arrive in Brazil for FIFA World Cup
17 posted on 06/09/2014 4:10:04 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup 2014 Preview: United States
In what might be his final World Cup, Tim Howard and his fellow Americans face what may be the hardest group in Brazil this summer. Matches against Ghana, Portugal, and Germany ensure that the USMNT will require a bit of luck coupled with some fantastic play if they want to make the round of 16 for consecutive World Cups.
18 posted on 06/09/2014 4:13:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The World Cup: You can't ignore it
19 posted on 06/09/2014 4:15:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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CAMEROON last night finally made their way to the World Cup - just hours after players dramatically refused to get on the plane to Brazil.
20 posted on 06/09/2014 4:21:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Maybe there is a method to Klinsmann’s madness, or perhaps he is just mad.
Well, it really isn’t possible. On the other hand, Greece won the European Championship in 2004. That wasn’t possible, either.
21 posted on 06/09/2014 4:25:03 AM PDT by cartan
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No team but who cares? World Cup fever hits Haiti
“For decades, Haitians have searched for reasons to be proud. People are now looking abroad for what they can’t find at home,” he said. “They identify with the winners.”
22 posted on 06/09/2014 4:28:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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It’s possible but not probable, is a better way to sum it up, imo.


23 posted on 06/09/2014 4:32:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Muslera sad Turkey absent from Brazil 2014 World Cup
Turkish fans are sad that the national football team has missed out on playing in the 2014 World Cup -- three consecutive World Cup tournaments to be more accurate.
24 posted on 06/09/2014 4:37:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Zlatan: World Cup nothing without me
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the World Cup will be "nothing" in his absence as Sweden's hopes were dashed by Cristiano Ronaldo's four goals in two games as Portugal qualified
25 posted on 06/09/2014 4:40:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Football boosts health in senior men - Study
Inspired by World Cup fever? For older men who have never played football, it's probably not too late to learn and reap the numerous health benefits, according to researchers who watched a small group of seniors become remarkably fitter.
26 posted on 06/09/2014 4:50:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Joachim Low: 'I enjoy Germany pressure'

Roy Hodgson says there is no reason why England cannot win World Cup

27 posted on 06/09/2014 5:15:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Cafu predicts Brazil vs Germany final
"They are very highly rated here [in Brazil]. Germany have developed very well.

"We all believe in a final against Germany. They will definitely reach the final."

28 posted on 06/09/2014 5:17:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Deutsche Bank has tipped England to win the World Cup
INVESTMENT bank Deutsche Bank has bucked the prediction trend by tipping England to win the World Cup — because they have several Liverpool players.

In a sign that the authors of the report might have stopped watching the English Premier League a few weeks from its conclusion (the Reds were swept aside by Manchester City) they have opted for England where other institutions give the Three Lions no chance.

“We adopt a quantitative model for predicting the 2014 football World Cup winner, and then apply some well reasoned arguments to find the likely winner.

29 posted on 06/09/2014 5:22:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I saw most of the US match against Nigeria. The Eagles pressed our guys pretty hard early, but the center of the defense held pretty solid with the central midfielders really forcing Nigeria to the wings. A much better defensive performance than against Turkey, despite the identical scoreline. Things broke down a bit after about 70 minutes, with the wholesale substitutions, so I wouldn’t read too much into it, but holding on for those last 20-25 minutes in each game is going to be critical.

And thank goodness Jozy Altidore finally put one (and then two!) into the net. If there was ever a time for someone to break out of a slum, it would deb right about now.


30 posted on 06/09/2014 5:26:09 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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lol


31 posted on 06/09/2014 6:05:14 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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I was stationed in West Berlin in 1974 when West Germany hosted the World Cup. It was exciting when West Germany beat Netherlands in the final. I’ve followed every tournament since, and always root for Germany.


32 posted on 06/09/2014 6:36:07 AM PDT by 04-Bravo
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I respect former players, managers, other personalities commenting on the World Cup but often I believe it's largely done from a business aspect because every World Cup has these sorts of articles. That's fine because it makes it more interesting to begin with.

World Cup 2014: Wayne Rooney ready to lead England - Del Piero

World Cup 2014: Wayne Rooney scares rivals - David Beckham

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Good for Maradona criticizing possible FIFA corruption

Pele wants to banish the ghost of 1950, wants Uruguay Brazil final

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Chile might be another dark horse to win the whole thing.

Australia Socceroos Wilkinson: We'll keep it cool against Chile

33 posted on 06/09/2014 7:42:05 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Manager of Spain: "No somos talibanes de un estilo" - "We are not the Taliban of one style." Bit of an odd remark. Eh?

In context: P. ¿El estilo sigue siendo el mismo? R. Una cosa primero: al fútbol se juega bien de muchas maneras, no hay una forma única. Nosotros no tenemos una fórmula mágica, tenemos una idea a partir de los jugadores con los que contamos. Eso no quiere decir que no haya otras que sean igual de buenas y que puedan dar grandes resultados. No somos talibanes de una forma de jugar. La posesión sin profundidad no tiene sentido. Por eso trabajamos para ser un equipo agresivo en la recuperación, compacto, que presione...

Leer mas: Mundial 2014: Vicente del Bosque: "No somos talibanes de un estilo" - MARCA.com

Does little to clarify, translation or not. If "Taliban" were some sort of unique Spanish word it might make sense but apparently it is not a unique word, same as in English. What if our manager said "We are not the Taliban of a certain style." Does not make much sense to me. Perhaps someone else gets it, I don't.

34 posted on 06/09/2014 7:59:51 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Mark Lawrenson: The United States are in a tough group but I fancy them to get through ahead of Portugal.

If Portugal fall flat then that leaves the door open and, having spent a bit of time with US manager Jurgen Klinsmann, I am backing them to make it out of the group.

The US will be so well prepared and their team spirit is second to none. I think they will see off Ghana and reach the last 16.

World Cup 2014: BBC pundits predict what will happen in Brazil

35 posted on 06/09/2014 11:33:06 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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The US is going to have to get at least 4 points from Ghana and Portugal.

I think the US has a better shot at getting 3 points against Portugal, then perhaps a tie with Ghana would be good enough to get them through.

The US beat Portugal the last time they met in the WC, when Portugal was heavily favored, and Ghana has sent the US out the last two WCs.


36 posted on 06/09/2014 11:37:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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I was stationed in West Berlin in 1974 when West Germany hosted the World Cup. It was exciting when West Germany beat Netherlands in the final. I’ve followed every tournament since, and always root for Germany.

If not for a soggy field in the semis, Poland should have won it.

37 posted on 06/09/2014 11:38:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Portugal is a one trick pony.


38 posted on 06/09/2014 1:47:49 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ronaldo worried his World Cup record will be beaten by Klose
"That worries me a little bit, but not much," admitted Ronaldo. "I think my history, and his history are separate, everyone makes their own story. "Regardless, if Klose does score in the World Cup and he matches me or surpasses me, I know my history will not be erased by this.

"Therefore, I have a small concern, but there is no envy, since he's playing and I'm not. We both have our own stories, mine has already been written but he is writing his now. It is what it is."

39 posted on 06/09/2014 1:57:59 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Portugal is a one trick pony.

One might be able to say that about Eusebio but here we are from 1966, he's one of the legends of the game, that's one more reason to be wary of Portugal, they may well dedicate their World Cup to him.

Speaking of Portugal, a few of these countries, I'm sure actually all have their own fan websites. So one can look for them,

Portugal: PortuGoal

Ghana whips S. Korea, 4-0, bad news for the Taeguk Tigers (they are called something like that at least).

40 posted on 06/09/2014 6:31:48 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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If not for a soggy field in the semis, Poland should have won it.

I've sure heard about that.

I've read about 3 World Cup books including one of the best which would be Brian Glanville's.

Brian Glanville started World Soccer magazine decades ago. He's very opinionated so if one has problems with that, perhaps pass him by. Columns

41 posted on 06/09/2014 6:45:28 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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Brian Glanville column on Wayne Rooney, really, this is probably closer to the truth than the laudatory articles above:

http://www.worldsoccer.com/columnists/brian-glanville/time-wayne-rooney


42 posted on 06/09/2014 6:59:38 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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Excerpt:

“MIAMI (AP) — Jordan Ayew scored three times after entering the game as an injury replacement Monday, and Ghana won its last warmup match for next week’s World Cup opener by beating South Korea 4-0.

Ghana plays the United States next Monday in Natal, Brazil. The Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.

“We want USA!” Ghanian fans chanted in the second half.”

http://www.chron.com/sports/article/Ghana-wins-warmup-before-World-Cup-opener-5540281.php


Statement by the Black Stars with such an impressive win, this isn’t that good of news for the other teams in the group and yet, Ghana is something like #44 FIFA rankings.


Coverage in Ghana (MyJoy) http://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/2014/June-10th/update-ghana-2-0-south-korea.php



43 posted on 06/09/2014 7:20:47 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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I expect African teams to do very well in Brazil. We’ll be lucky to get a tie against Ghana.


44 posted on 06/09/2014 7:23:26 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Not knocking either of these two teams, Iran or Nigeria. They face each other in their first game. To just get a World Cup win surely would be an accolade for either team. Then, move on to try to defeat Bosnia or Argentina.

Iran fear grips Eagles

Iran, coached by former Portugal, South Africa and Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz, opened its World Cup preparations with three warm-ups in Austria, 0-0 draws against Belarus and Montenegro, then a 1-1 draw with Angola.

45 posted on 06/09/2014 8:07:14 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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Iran Fan Football Links.

http://www.irankicks.com/

http://www.persianfootball.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?4-Persian-Football-Discussion-Community

A few Iranian players have made the Bundesliga. There is that movie, Iranian movie, where the plot is that some females disguise themselves as men and go try to watch the Iran National Soccer Team play. That director has had a few of his films banned in Iran or at least not looked favorably there. It's a comedy, not bad.

Poster for the movie

46 posted on 06/09/2014 9:09:03 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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