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Cristiano Ronaldo is center of U.S. soccer teamís attention at World Cup
washingtonpost.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Steven Goff

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 Messi’s 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 world’s second highest-compensated athlete at more than $80 million ($52 million in pre-tax salary, $28 million in global endorsements).

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1 posted on 06/20/2014 11:19:50 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Going in...
▶ Nike Football: Risk Everything. Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr. & Wayne Rooney - YouTube

2 posted on 06/20/2014 11:21:55 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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US-Germany World Cup Tickets Amongst Most Expensive In Qualifying Round
over $900
3 posted on 06/20/2014 11:30:07 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Link only:
http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/06/an-american-could-referee-the-2014-world-cup-final


4 posted on 06/20/2014 11:32:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ronaldo’s contract states a billion dollar buyout clause.


6 posted on 06/20/2014 11:49:23 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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France continues dominance, wrecks Switzerland 5-2
France opened the World Cup with an impressive victory over a less-than-stellar Honduras team. If anything, it provided proof that France's troubled past was behind it and they can win without star midfielder Franck Ribery.

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.

7 posted on 06/20/2014 11:54:10 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ecuador fight back to beat Honduras
Ecuador moved into second place in World Cup Group E as two goals from Enner Valencia handed them a 2-1 win over Honduras in Curitiba.

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.

8 posted on 06/20/2014 11:59:03 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ruiz had endured a couple of rough years while playing in England for Premier League club Fulham. At the beginning of this year, he was shipped out on loan to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and there Ruiz began reviving his career. Although his future with Fulham remains unclear, today’s brilliant header hushed his detractors in Brazil. His goal actually eliminated the English squad from the World Cup. More importantly, the score allowed Costa Rica to qualify for the knockout stage of Brazil 2014.
9 posted on 06/21/2014 12:06:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Italy 0:1 Costa Rica Match Highlights

Switzerland 2:5 France Match Highlights

Honduras 1:2 Ecuador Match Highlights

Photos

10 posted on 06/21/2014 12:15:04 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup 2014: Today at the tournament - day 10
If you enjoyed Lionel Messi's superb strike against Bosnia-Hercegovina in Argentina's opening game, then day 10 could be right up your street.

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

11 posted on 06/21/2014 12:20:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Argentina to use Lionel Messi's chosen formation
Argentina will adopt Lionel Messi's preferred formation after the striker complained about their system in the 2-1 win over 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.

12 posted on 06/21/2014 12:30:39 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Group F

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Argentina 1 1 0 0 +1 3
2. Iran 1 0 1 0 0 1
3. Nigeria 1 0 1 0 0 1
4. Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 0 0 1 -1 0

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

13 posted on 06/21/2014 12:35:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England got everything right – except the football
Roy Hodgson and his players arrived back in Rio de Janeiro it was to the best training facilities in the city. They have a 72-strong entourage from the Football Association including a psychiatrist, nutritionists, a turf specialist, a cook and at least one guy whose job seems to be to spray the players with water when they start overheating. They have industrial fans, heat chambers and individually tailored recovery drinks after inviting scientists from Loughborough University to study their sweat patterns. Hodgson has talked to Sir Dave Brailsford and Lord Coe about how to co-ordinate a successful team and everyone is agreed: nothing more could have been done to create the right environment.
14 posted on 06/21/2014 12:43:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Bosnia-Herzegovina hopes its World Cup debut brings its war-torn country closer together
Vedad Ibisevic had a hard time finding the words to describe exactly what scoring the first-ever World Cup goal for Bosnia-Herzegovina meant to him and even a harder time describing what it meant to his country.

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 team’s 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 we’ve 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.

Sharia at World Cup: Islamic Preacher — Women Who Watch World Cup Are Guilty of Illicit Sexual Intercourse

15 posted on 06/21/2014 1:44:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Nigeria to play for bomb-attack victims
Midfielder Onazi has revealed...
16 posted on 06/21/2014 1:46:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Germany must prove their Portugal thrashing was no fluke
For Germany, Ghana is a blast from the recent past. In the last World Cup Die Nationalmannschaft barely managed to pull off a win against the Black Stars, thanks to Mesut Özil’s wonder strike, the match’s only goal.

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, Germany’s coach insists that qualification for the knock-out phase is not guaranteed.

He also believes Germany’s experiences of the 2010 World Cup and 2008 European Championship should keep his squad focused against Ghana. Löw’s 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.

17 posted on 06/21/2014 1:54:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Per Mertesacker lauds Jurgen Klinsmann for building current Germany team
"He was the first coach to place his trust in a very young generation, and in that respect he was a breath of fresh air for the [German federation]," Mertesacker said in comments published on the German federation's website on Thursday. "We’re still continuing what Jürgen started, even now."

▶ Jürgen Klinsmann Fußball Gott - YouTube

18 posted on 06/21/2014 1:58:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Group G

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Germany 1 1 0 0 +4 3
2. USA 1 1 0 0 +1 3
3. Ghana 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4. Portugal 1 0 0 1 -4 0

19 posted on 06/21/2014 2:08:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014 Hymn - Soulball
20 posted on 06/21/2014 2:34:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Link:
http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/06/messi-handshake-world-cup


21 posted on 06/21/2014 2:42:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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History or outrage? World Cup jersey exhibition gets attention with Nazi-era shirt on display in Brazil
An exhibition of football jerseys that includes a Nazi-era shirt and one from Mussolini’s fascist regime is raising eyebrows from visitors to a busy shopping mall in this Brazilian city.
22 posted on 06/21/2014 2:47:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/fivelive/5lfd/5lfd_20140621-0138a.mp3


23 posted on 06/21/2014 4:16:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Nike has another one, called The Last Game
24 posted on 06/21/2014 5:35:12 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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Keep Calm and Carry On
25 posted on 06/21/2014 6:14:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Nike Write The Future - World Cup 2010 Commercial - YouTube
26 posted on 06/21/2014 6:21:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Mesut Ozil needs special treatment because he is 'sensitive', believes Jose Mourinho

Arsenal’s Mesut Özil ignoring his World Cup critics
“That’s their view,” said Özil

27 posted on 06/21/2014 7:06:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Nyantakyi charges Black Stars to restore Ghanaian hopes
“The game against Germany won’t be best, but it’s not impossible,” the President said.

“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 doctor’s 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.

28 posted on 06/21/2014 7:16:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Feared Traditional Priest From Ghana Spends a Year in the Bronx [“The Devil of Wednesday”]
29 posted on 06/21/2014 7:28:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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So are the favorites now:

1) France
2) Holland
3) Germany?

30 posted on 06/21/2014 7:30:22 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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Huge sinkhole near World Cup stadium
31 posted on 06/21/2014 7:32:54 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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At World Cup, South America Is Ascendant
Five of Six Teams Could Advance to Knockout Stage
32 posted on 06/21/2014 7:36:19 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Sure, pick the European teams.


33 posted on 06/21/2014 7:37:40 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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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.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/17/sport/football/brazil-chile-world-cup-scandal/index.html

http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/worldcup/story/dictators-reportedly-fixed-italy-argentina-world-cup-titles-according-to-study-042513

http://argen-times.blogspot.com/2012/04/was-1978-world-cup-in-argentina-fixed.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_FIFA_World_Cup

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.


34 posted on 06/21/2014 7:44:29 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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World Cup fans are the most fanatical

http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_26002198/world-cup-interactions-dwarf-other-events-facebook

http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_26001653/world-cup-fans-hijack-anthems-create-emotional-moments

35 posted on 06/21/2014 8:31:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Fan finds himself on the elevator with Argentine Team
36 posted on 06/21/2014 8:35:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Costa Rica before and after winning against Italy
37 posted on 06/21/2014 8:39:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Portugal Without 4 Starters
38 posted on 06/21/2014 8:42:02 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Cristiano Ronaldo again wore a brace on his troublesome left knee Friday, triggering a new wave of questions over his health as his Portugal team held its final World Cup training session before departing for a crucial game against the United States.
39 posted on 06/21/2014 8:51:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Should have had the surgery before, like Suarez did.


40 posted on 06/21/2014 8:53:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BeadCounter

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.


41 posted on 06/21/2014 8:55:49 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Match underway. GO Argentina...


42 posted on 06/21/2014 9:01:59 AM PDT by darkangel82
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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.


43 posted on 06/21/2014 9:08:08 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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I wish both teams could lose.


44 posted on 06/21/2014 9:09:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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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.


45 posted on 06/21/2014 9:11:51 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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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....


46 posted on 06/21/2014 9:21:43 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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All 32 World Cup kits ranked from best to worse

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

47 posted on 06/21/2014 9:51:14 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Iran tough nut to crack


48 posted on 06/21/2014 9:52:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Did Germany's great game vs. Portugal start with a dive? Awesome.

Great play, pretend the opposing player with the ball socked you in the mouth.

49 posted on 06/21/2014 10:11:09 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Well, he did.


50 posted on 06/21/2014 10:18:00 AM PDT by cartan
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