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Jozy Altidore Ruled out for USA’s World Cup Match vs. Portugal
Sports Illustrated ^ | June 19, 2014 | Brian Straus

Posted on 06/20/2014 1:01:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

SAO PAULO – Striker Jozy Altidore will miss the U.S. national team’s World Cup match against Portugal on Sunday with a strained left hamstring, a U.S. Soccer Federation spokesperson confirmed.

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1 posted on 06/20/2014 1:01:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup 2014: How Teams Can Advance to the Next Round
The final matches of the World Cup’s group stage will begin on Monday. The top two teams from each of the eight groups will advance – and winning a group is better than finishing second, because the first-place team from each group will next play a second-place (and usually weaker) team from another group, in a single-elimination match.
2 posted on 06/20/2014 1:05:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England Look To Italy To Avoid World Cup Exit
England fans face another nail-biting day after a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay left any chance of their team reaching the knockout stage of the World Cup in Italy's hands.

Should their Group D rivals fail to beat Costa Rica, Roy Hodgson's side will be eliminated in the first round for the first time since 1958.

What next for England after loss to Uruguay?
England manager Roy Hodgson was not even in the mood to clutch at the straws being offered at the Arena de Sao Paulo. He carried the air of a man who knew the game was up.

England fans accept inevitable World Cup disappointment
England are not the first team to face imminent exit from the 2014 World Cup but unlike Spain, England's poor showing has been much less of a surprise.

I spoke to several England fans as they trudged out of Sao Paulo's brand-new stadium but rather than anger the overwhelming feeling was resignation at the inevitable disappointment.

Although England is mathematically still in the tournament, few fans thought their team deserved to stay in. And having spent several thousand pounds to get here, those same fans will soon be heading home wondering if it was all worth it.

3 posted on 06/20/2014 1:14:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Link only:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-19/millionaire-idols-of-spanish-soccer-draw-ire-on-world-cup-defeat.html


4 posted on 06/20/2014 1:19:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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“Is this the end of an era?” he was asked. “Things are going to change. Eras end with defeats ... and this was a painful defeat. Now we’re going home,” he said, beginning the long walk out of there and out of the World Cup.
5 posted on 06/20/2014 1:24:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Roy Hodgson won't quit after England lose to UruguayHodgson said: 'I don't have any intention to resign.
6 posted on 06/20/2014 1:32:04 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Steven Gerrard's troubles leave him exposed but with England captain to bow out at final World Cup, who will replace him?
Steven Gerrard has never been one for a sugar coating. When he was about to win his 100th cap, he was asked to rate his own international career and gave himself a six before, after a pause, upping it to a seven.

... But if he calls it a day, is there anyone better?

Fabio Capello, hailing from Italy where these qualities are cherished, always trusted Gareth Barry, but there is no going back to Barry or Michael Carrick and there is no young heir apparent. Jack Wilshere has lots to prove.

The empty cupboard might prompt Hodgson to plead with Gerrard to stay on as the Euro 2016 campaign gets rolling.

It has been a soft-spot in the team for some time. Gerrard has helped to mask it.

At times he looks comfortable in there but often he does not, especially against fluent teams like Italy and Uruguay.

It has been laid bare. It is another six. Pause.

Perhaps even a five.

7 posted on 06/20/2014 1:40:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Gutted with the score, but so pleased @WayneRooney scored and his boys were here to see it!!— Coleen Rooney (@ColeenRoo) June 19, 2014

Rooney's First Career World Cup Goal Not Enough
One moment, Wayne Rooney madly celebrated the triumph of ending years of criticism for his World Cup struggles. Then, the England striker left the field with his head down in disappointment.

... A stone-faced Rooney didn't stop to speak to reporters afterward in the mixed zone area, offering a polite, "No, sorry."

8 posted on 06/20/2014 1:51:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Going in...
Nike Football: Risk Everything
going out...
A stone-faced Rooney didn't stop to speak to reporters afterward in the mixed zone area, offering a polite, "No, sorry."

9 posted on 06/20/2014 1:54:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his team's first goal

Uruguay's Suarez celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against England

Luis Suarez consoles England's Steven Gerrard after Uruguay's 2-1 victory over England

Uruguay 2:1 England Match Highlights

Uruguay 2-1 England (photos)

Twitter / Search - England World Cup lang:en

10 posted on 06/20/2014 3:43:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England's Steven Gerrard
England captain Steven Gerrard will NOT speak to Uruguay's Luis Suarez
11 posted on 06/20/2014 3:51:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England have got everything right – apart from the football
England have a 72-strong entourage with them in Brazil, including a psychiatrist, nutritionists and a turf specialist. The only thing they do not have are any World Cup points.

Group D

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 +2 3
2. Italy 1 1 0 0 +1 3
3. Uruguay 2 1 0 1 -1 3
4. England 2 0 0 2 -2 0

12 posted on 06/20/2014 4:01:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Why Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard hasn’t done enough to justify his place
The extent of his creative impact against Italy and Uruguay was limited to just one chance created per match, with the single opportunity in the latter fixture coming from a free kick outside the opponent’s box. He also failed with two out of his three attempts at making a tackle against the Italians and did not record a single interception, block or clearance as Andrea Pirlo & co. dictated terms through the middle.

Against Uruguay, his singular moment of invention came about amid a more productive output of two successful tackles out of five, an early interception, two blocks and three clearances as England’s inability to control the game descended into a need for fire fighters deep within their own half.

13 posted on 06/20/2014 4:10:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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"The focus now must be on beating Costa Rica by as many goals as we can and cheering on the Italians." Cameron watched England go down to a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay on Thursday evening with friends in London.
14 posted on 06/20/2014 4:19:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Kiss on what cheek?
15 posted on 06/20/2014 4:23:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Colombia win again as Juan Quintero’s winner sinks skilful Ivory Coast
José Pékerman continues to preach the importance of remaining calm but try telling that to a stadium full of Colombia supporters who have just witnessed their country win back-to-back World Cup matches for the first time in their history.

<a href="http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186468/index.html">Colombia 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire Match Highlights

Scoreless Draw Keeps Japan and Greece Alive
Greece promised goals that didn't come. Japan pressed for a victory that eluded them yet again.

The ultimate result of what has turned out to be a rarity at this World Cup — a 0-0 draw — is that Colombia is guaranteed to move on to the knockout rounds and Greece and Japan are still clinging to life in Group C.

Japan 0:0 Greece Match Highlights

16 posted on 06/20/2014 4:30:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Colombia 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire Match Highlights
17 posted on 06/20/2014 4:32:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Link:
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/worldcup/world-cup-2014-luis-suarez-physio-halted-cancer-treatment-to-see-striker-score-twice-against-england-9551633.html


18 posted on 06/20/2014 4:36:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Wavin' Flag
19 posted on 06/20/2014 4:49:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup 2014: Today at the tournament - day nine
Either Italy or Costa Rica can seal their Group D progress with victory when they meet in Recife, while a draw would officially end England's slim hopes of advancing to the last 16.

Meanwhile, France take on Switzerland with both sides knowing a win will put them in control of Group E.

Italy v Costa Rica
Switzerland v France
Honduras v Ecuador

20 posted on 06/20/2014 4:54:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Legendary Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon reveals his battle with depression
Buffon, the world’s most expensive keeper who cost Juventus £32.5m when they bought him from Parma in 2001, has a glittering CV.

A hero of Italy’s 2006 World Cup win, he has also racked up five Serie A titles, five Italian Super Cups and the UEFA Cup as well as 140 caps.

But the 36-year-old once suffered from such severe depression he was afraid to walk on to the pitch.

Jorge Luis Pinto says Costa Rica can beat Italy
“I have studied Pirlo since 2006, when he was the best player at the World Cup,” Pinto said. “We will have to block him because he is the Italy player that thinks the most.”

21 posted on 06/20/2014 5:04:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Andrea Pirlo ● The Architect - YouTube
22 posted on 06/20/2014 5:08:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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37 reasons why Andrea Pirlo is the world’s greatest living human man
23 posted on 06/20/2014 5:24:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Disenchantment in France With Fickle National Team
Four years ago, Les Bleus, the French national soccer team, went on strike in South Africa. The incident capped the team’s self-destruction in the 2010 World Cup. In the aftermath, the players were called undereducated “PlayStation junkies” who were too individualistic to serve the nation.

Much has changed, yet today the French hesitate to re-embrace the team. A poll conducted for the magazine France Football found that only 20 percent of French people surveyed in late April had a positive view of Les Bleus.

24 posted on 06/20/2014 5:44:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Honduras and Ecuador World Cup clash brings back memories for coaches
Honduras and Ecuador, who lost their opening games, chase a much-needed World Cup victory on Friday in a game that will see both coaches plotting the downfall of former teams.

Honduras are led by Luis Fernando Suárez, the man who guided Ecuador to the last 16 in 2006, their best showing at a World Cup.

Ecuador are coached by Reinaldo Rueda, moreover, who was in charge of Honduras in their 2010 World Cup campaign, when they failed to make it past the first round and did not score a goal.

To add to the feeling of familiarity, both coaches are Colombians.

25 posted on 06/20/2014 5:54:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” - Sun Tzu

26 posted on 06/20/2014 5:55:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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27 posted on 06/20/2014 7:13:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Ohhh, that’s cruel....(even though chances are slim, I’m still not officially writing England off yet for making it to the next round).


28 posted on 06/20/2014 7:41:17 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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Can England beat Costa Rica?

Today we’ll find out if CRC is for real or not.


29 posted on 06/20/2014 8:00:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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I enjoy the cup matches, but if you haven’t seen this you should. Designed to make the finest soccer afficianado laugh hard: http://vivas.us/world-cup-2014-in-10-seconds-this-is-hilarious/


30 posted on 06/20/2014 8:19:20 AM PDT by Lakeshark
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http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/fivelive/5lfd/5lfd_20140620-1522a.mp3


31 posted on 06/20/2014 8:30:38 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Lakeshark

Saw that last night. It gets funnier each time I watch it.


32 posted on 06/20/2014 8:33:34 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: dfwgator

From England’s standpoint, if you’re going to lose two and still be clinging to a prayer, at least the bare minimum -2 goal differential is in your corner. Still a very plausible route out of this group: TA beats CRC and URU, England beats CRC, and the tiebreakers should go their way.

England really hasn’t played poorly, they just haven’t finished well enough often enough. They might just limp their way out of this one.


33 posted on 06/20/2014 8:36:11 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

Lasagna has arrived :)


34 posted on 06/20/2014 9:15:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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How was that not a penalty!?!?!?!?


35 posted on 06/20/2014 9:44:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Costa Rica looks good, I think England is doomed.


36 posted on 06/20/2014 9:44:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Costa Rica Scores!

Bye Bye Three Lions.


37 posted on 06/20/2014 9:45:36 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Tomorrow is the first day of summer.

terrible, long, frustrating summer

38 posted on 06/20/2014 9:59:22 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Italy needs to score twice in the last 30 minutes or else England is done.


39 posted on 06/20/2014 10:16:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

We have a shot at making it through the divisionals, with England and Spain eliminated. Who woulda thunk?


40 posted on 06/20/2014 10:23:35 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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CONCACAF RULES!


41 posted on 06/20/2014 10:53:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Now I’ve reached the conclusion that a Euro team is NOT going to win it.


42 posted on 06/20/2014 10:55:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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It’s almost enough for me to cheer for Mexico over Croatia on Tuesday.

Almost.


43 posted on 06/20/2014 10:59:09 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: dfwgator
Bye Bye Three Lions.

44 posted on 06/20/2014 11:01:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Now I’ve reached the conclusion that a Euro team is NOT going to win it.

Germany and Holland might want a word with you. I think you're right, but the Europeans aren't done... yet.

45 posted on 06/20/2014 11:09:15 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: dfwgator

Heard it said three former WC Winners in the group an Costa Rica are first to advance.


46 posted on 06/20/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Balotelli is such a frustrating player....once he missed those opportunities, he went into a shell.


47 posted on 06/20/2014 11:14:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Pretenders to the Throne.


48 posted on 06/20/2014 11:19:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator

He sure does sweat a lot.


49 posted on 06/20/2014 11:20:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Group D

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Costa Rica 2 2 0 0 +3 6
2. Italy 2 1 0 1 0 3
3. Uruguay 2 1 0 1 -1 3
4. England 2 0 0 2 -2 0

50 posted on 06/20/2014 11:22:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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