Skip to comments.Cristiano Ronaldo is center of U.S. soccer teamís attention at World Cup
Posted on 06/20/2014 11:19:50 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
The Real Madrid winger scored 51 goals in 47 matches across all competitions in 2013-14, ending Lionel Messis four-year reign as world player of the year. Ronaldo has posted 252 goals in 246 appearances since joining the Spanish titans in 2009 the primary reason he is, according to Forbes magazine, the worlds second highest-compensated athlete at more than $80 million ($52 million in pre-tax salary, $28 million in global endorsements).
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Then Friday, against a solid Switzerland squad, France opened the scoring with two goals in rapid succession. And they didn't stop scoring.
Five-star France show they can go all the way... four years to the day of World Cup revolt
On June 20, 2010, France's World Cup squad refused to train in South Africa in protest at the decision to send Nicolas Anelka home after he argued with coach Raymond Domenech during their defeat to Mexico.
Their captain at the time Patrice Evra brawled with France's fitness coach Robert Duverne, before handing a statement from the players to Domenech outlining their feelings about Anelka's expulsion.
That was arguably the darkest day in the history of French football.
Les Bleus marked its fourth anniversary with a blistering display against Switzerland that suggests they are genuine contenders to win this World Cup.
Honduras had looked on course for their first ever World Cup win when Carlo Costly fired them in front on 31 minutes, but Valencia levelled from close range just three minutes later.
And the Pachuca striker moved alongside Karim Benzema, RobinvVan Persie, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben as the tournament's joint top scorer on three goals when he headed home the winner from Walter Ayovi's free-kick 25 minutes from time.
Switzerland 2:5 France Match Highlights
Honduras 1:2 Ecuador Match Highlights
Messi and his team-mates face outsiders Iran, providing the Barcelona forward with the perfect opportunity to impress again on the biggest stage.
Argentina v Iran
Germany v Ghana
Nigeria v Bosnia-Hercegovina
Alejandro Sabella's side used five defenders in the victory and Messi said the approach made them "suffer a bit".
"I was not hurt by Leo's comment and he has said that before," said Sabella, whose side face Iran on Saturday.
"We can all make mistakes. We will start with a 4-3-3 formation and we will take it from there."
Carlos Queiroz to leave job as Iran coach
"Yes my connection will finish here at the World Cup," confirmed Queiroz, 61.
"There was not support from the government - there has stopped being a genuine interest because of the financial situation."
"The dialogue has been cut off and I have already decided not to stay," added the former Real Madrid manager.
Even though Bosnia ultimately lost to Argentina 2-1 in its opening game of the World Cup, the feeling of Bosnian pride was overwhelming.
Midfielder Onazi has revealed how he escaped being caught in an attack in Jos having left the central market barely 15 minutes before a massive explosion went off killing almost a hundred people.
Football is the biggest unifying factor in Nigeria. It is shocking that some people should engage in such callous acts by killing fellow human beings at a time that the world is in celebration mood of the biggest sport in the world, said the teams media officer Ben Alaiya on Wednesday.
Our heart goes out to them, we feel very pained and we want to win for them. Even if we win the trophy it would not bring back the lives that weve lost.
The players want to win, they want to do well for those lives that were lost and for the Nigerian people who have seen football as the force to bring them together all the time, he said.
Joachim Low warns Germany of second-game syndrome against Ghana
Having witnessed Italy and Holland make encouraging starts but then struggle in their second matches, Germanys coach insists that qualification for the knock-out phase is not guaranteed.
He also believes Germanys experiences of the 2010 World Cup and 2008 European Championship should keep his squad focused against Ghana. Löws teams won both opening matches at those tournaments only to lose their second and put themselves under pressure for the final game; both were overcome successfully.
Arsenals Mesut Özil ignoring his World Cup critics
Thats their view, said Özil
We are Ghanaians and we have a strong attitude, I am urging the team to go all out against the Germans and win the game.
They need the prayers and support of Ghanaians, with that and total commitment am sure we can surpass them.
Witch doctors creepy claim: I injured Ronaldo for World Cup
An influential witch doctor from Ghana known as The Devil of Wednesday vowed months ago to hex soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with an injury before the World Cup.
Now that Ronaldo, whose Portugal team was drawn into the so-called Group of Death along with Ghana, Germany and the US, has been diagnosed with a combo of worrisome injuries to his left leg, the medicine man is taking the credit/blame.
Sure, pick the European teams.
No European team has won in South America but that 1978 Tournament is slightly dubious. And I’m a fan of Argentinan football but that remains so. It’s interesting that often, when so many stats and facts and figures are thrown out their about World Cup lore, these more sundry matters are not mentioned but don’t take my word for it.
Though I immensely enjoy soccer, with no-calls, bad-calls, gamesmanship and what have-you, you have champions but their pedestal is often not that solid, in fact, it’s probably more of a perch.
Should have had the surgery before, like Suarez did.
With Germany and perhaps Netherlands and all due respect to other teams, there may be an edge with management and technical proficiency coming out of Europe. At the same time, some others have had a rough time.
But the proficiency and management may well see Europe win this I think.
Match underway. GO Argentina...
I like the NCAA March Madness Tournament because of the unpredictability, this tournament has been fairly good at that.
I’ve heard people say the World Cup should be run that way, 64 teams invited, knock out game every game. One doesn’t need to do that I suppose but it would be interesting to see how that would work.
Team Melli is going to play with a lot of defense, park the bus, they may be able to keep it down to a 2-0 score.
I wish both teams could lose.
Almeida is supposed to be ready for tomorrow but may be dropped for Helder Postiga anyway due to poor play against Germany before his injury.
Team Melli in the house.
Iraq in the Confederations Cup 2009 really kept Spain at bay, I think Spain only won that by a goal.
So, I’m not ruling out some success by Iran in keeping goals out.
I got a grab-bag of soccer videos out, Syria vs. Iran, Iran just ripped them, something like 11-0. Big win. Iran has a history in the sport.
Drew Scotland in 1978 and of course, defeated us in our very bad World Cup 1998 as I know most people know.
Iran doing well to keep it scoreless after 20 minutes, Argentina is going to need more pinpoint passes to pierce this defense.
Good attack by Argentina right there, came up short, good goalkeeping. Argentina must have 80% possession or more....
The Manufacturers, unofficial World Cup. I find this interesting because some of the more obscure kit/uniform makers are in this World Cup.
Nike - France, Netherlands, Croatia, Greece, Australia, South Korea, Brazil, USA, Portugal, England
Addidas - Germany, Argentina, Spain, Japan, Russia, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Bosnia
Puma - Uruguay, Italy, Ghana, Chile, Switzerland, Ivory Coast (liked their green kits), Cameroon, Algeria
Burrda - Belgium (the dark one looks okay to me)
"The tournament's dark horses represent Burrda's first (and possibly last) trip to the World Cup with a pair of shirts that look as though you could find them hanging in a counterfeit shirt vendor's stand on the way to the ground where you still wouldn't buy one for $10."
Joma - Honduras (I wondered if Honduras is just a fairly small market for selling such jerseys)
Lotta - Costa Rica
Uhlsport - Iran (imprint of a cheetah on it)
Marathon - Ecuador
Iran tough nut to crack
Great play, pretend the opposing player with the ball socked you in the mouth.
Well, he did.
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