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  • Concha: Media Apathetic on Abuse Charges Against Soccer Star Hope Solo

    09/18/2014 3:45:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 18th, 2014 | Joe Concha
    Solo is the starting goalie for the U.S. national soccer team and has amazingly held this position since Bill Clinton was president (2000). Along the way, she’s won two gold medals and has recorded the most shutouts in U.S. women’s soccer history. She can add some distance to that record when the U.S. hosts Mexico in Rochester tonight. Solo is also a 33-year-old woman charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in the assault of her sister and teenage nephew. The Washington native has pleaded not guilty. Her trial is set to begin in two months. But unlike Rice...
  • Groom organises Manchester United wedding, bride is definitely not happy

    09/08/2014 12:43:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Thursday 4 Sep 2014
    Ever dreamed of having a wedding based around your favourite football team? No? Well this Manchester United fan did. And this week he made his dream come true. The supporter, based in Kenya, went to great lengths to organise a United themed wedding for him and his bride to enjoy, but on the basis of these photos, it didn’t go down well. In truly mad scenes, the groom wore a United shirt – complete with ‘Just Married’ on the back – while every detail was replicated, including a cake slapped with the same sponsors as the Red Devils. But while...
  • Security fears block Germany-Israel match

    08/31/2014 1:09:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Aug 2014 15:41 GMT+02:00
    A friendly soccer match against Israel marking 50 years of diplomatic ties has been called off amid security concerns and the escalation of the Middle East conflict, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Friday. The game had been scheduled for March 25 but was canceled at the request of Israel, the DFB announced on its website. The move resulted from “postponements in the calendar arising from the recent developments of the conflict in the Middle East and resulting security conditions.” …
  • Star Player in Algeria Dies; Hit by Object at Game

    08/28/2014 12:03:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 24, 2014
    <p>A star soccer player has died after he was hit in the head by an object thrown from the crowd during a game in Algeria's top league.</p> <p>The Confederation of African Football says 24-year-old striker Albert Ebosse of Cameroon died in the hospital Saturday night.</p>
  • Pope Francis' interfaith soccer match shows desire for peace

    08/28/2014 7:23:30 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    CNA ^ | 8/25/14 | Elise Harris
    A priest and close friend of Pope Francis says the pontiff's idea for an upcoming inter-religious soccer match for peace shows his keen interest in promoting the topic on all levels of society. “The hope is that after this football match, this sports event, there will be an impact that raises awareness for peace,” Father Guillermo Karcher told CNA Aug. 25, explaining to other journalists that “the Pope's concern for peace is very great.” “He sees in this event, this punctual message of the match for peace, a very positive element that gives a contribution, because it's necessary to try...
  • Louis van Gaal must share the blame for Manchester United horror show

    08/28/2014 1:48:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Aug 28th 2014 | Paul Wilson
    Even at this early stage of the season the car crash that was Louis van Gaal’s first entanglement with the Capital One Cup seems likely to be one of those stand out matches, the sort of set piece horror show that will feature in clip compilations and football documentaries for decades to come. Heck, people like me are likely to be writing about it for years to come, so imagine my disappointment at not getting to witness the carnage first hand, or even watch it on television, but being forced to follow the action through a Steve Claridge co-commentary on...
  • Manchester United Embarrasses LA Galaxy 7-0 In Front Of Sold-Out Crowd At Rose Bowl

    07/24/2014 10:04:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    AP) ^ | July 23, 2014 10:49 PM
    Manchester United made an impressive debut under Coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 victory over the LA Galaxy. Ashley Young and unsung defender Reece James scored two second-half goals apiece as United opened its summer tour with a surprisingly polished win over MLS’ overmatched Galaxy in the Guinness International Champions Cup.
  • Gender Roles 'Entrenched' in Swedish Football

    07/19/2014 5:31:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Local ^ | 19 Jul 2014
    Swedish football coach Pia Sundhage has spoken out, the coaches concerned are under review and gender experts have warned that prejudice remains after two young players were accused of being boys. "Traditional gender roles are in many areas deeply entrenched," Sofia B. Karlsson, who is involved in the Football for All project, told The Local. Football for All (Fotboll för Alla) is a cooperation between Stockholm professional club AIK and Amphi Produktion and aims to develop training materials and methods to tackle racism, homophobia and sexism within the game at all levels. "We want to develop tools so that everyone...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mother Admits She Tried to Abort Real Madrid Star Using Alcohol While Pregnant

    07/19/2014 12:20:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 18 Jul 2014
    The mother of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that she drank alcohol and ran until she ‘dropped’ in an attempt to abort him while she was pregnant. Dolores Aveiro revealed the story in a biography called Mother Courage, which was released in Portugal today. In the book, Mrs Aveiro admitted that she tried to abort Ronaldo – who is the youngest of four children – by drinking warm beer and running ’till she dropped’ following the refusal of doctors to carry out the procedure. She said: ‘I wanted to abort but the doctor didn’t support my decision.’ Mrs...
  • How Not to Become a World Cup Star

    07/18/2014 12:54:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Peru’s Reimond Manco was once rated better than Colombian superstar James Rodriguez. So where is he now?<Colombian soccer star James Rodriguez appears to have it all. At just 22, he is the World Cup’s current top scorer, with six goals, and viewed by many as the standout player of the tournament in Brazil. He also appears to be a good kid: hardworking, focused and grounded. #176506735 / gettyimages.com Peru’s Reimond Manco But there was a time when James (pronounced HA-mes), as he is known, labored in the shadow of an even more outrageously talented South American player, Peru’s Reimond Manco....
  • The World Cup Flopping Rankings

    07/16/2014 6:15:28 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    WSJ - The Count ^ | June 27, 2014 | Geoff Foster
    Brazil, Neymar Are Most Commonly Seen in Anguish; Bosnia Is Most Likely to 'Grin and Bare It' One of the most common complaints during this otherwise splendid World Cup is the amount of time players spend embellishing injuries. All too often during matches, seemingly fit men fall to the ground in agony. They scream, wince, pound the grass with their fists and gesture to the sidelines for a stretcher. Some of them clutch a limb as if it was just freed from the jaws of a wood chipper. But after a few moments, just as the priests arrive to administer...
  • Bangladesh Farmer Makes Huge German Flag

    07/14/2014 4:59:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Jul 2014
    Germany has honoured a Bangladesh farmer and diehard fan for making a 3.5-kilometre-long (2.2 mile) flag of the country in support of Philipp Lahm's World Cup team, officials said on Sunday. The massive flag was on display Saturday at a stadium in the western town of Magura, which the German charge d'affaires, Ferdinand von Weyhe, visited to pay tribute to the farmer. "The 3.5-kilometre-long German flag circled the stadium four times and hundreds of people have turned up to see this amazing sight," said Ishrat Hossain, a German embassy spokeswoman. She said Von Weyhe handed the farmer, 65-year-old Amjad Hossain,...
  • Brazil celebrates rival Argentina's World Cup defeat

    07/14/2014 6:34:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | July 13, 2014 | Chris Wright and Claire de Oliveira Neto
    Brazilians bitter about their team's disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina's defeat to Germany in the final Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil. In Brasilia and Sao Paulo, fireworks exploded after Mario Goetze scored in extra-time to give the Germans a last-gasp victory at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium. At a bar near the stadium, Brazilians chanted "Cry! Cry! Argentina!" in a nod to the song "Don't cry for me Argentina."
  • Satire: GermanyAbdicates World Cup Championship; Argentina To Assume Title

    07/13/2014 3:39:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | 7/13/2014
    BRAZIL––The German National Team today stunned soccer fans across the globe with their announcement that they would abdicate the World Cup title, effective today. UEFA, the administrative body for association football in Europe and part of Asia, said today it has voted the largely unknown Argentinian National Team to assume the title of champions of the soccer world. In a statement issued today, the German National Team wrote: “…in today’s game, subject to so many rapid changes on the pitch and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the beautiful game, in order to govern the bark of the World...
  • Mick Jagger blamed by Brazil fans for their 7-1 World Cup defeat

    07/13/2014 10:41:11 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 33 replies
    NME ^ | July 9, 2014 21:54 | no byline
    Brazilian TV station dubs Stones frontman 'the biggest jinx in history' after he attended the match Mick Jagger has been blamed by a Brazilian TV station for Brazil’s record-breaking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany yesterday (July 8). Jagger has endured a six-game losing streak at the World Cup since 2010, by publicly endorsing countries who promptly lose. It even led to Brazil fans dressing cut-outs of The Rolling Stones singer in the colours of Chile and Colombia before their victories over those countries. But they lost when Jagger and his son Lucas attended the Germany game in Belo...
  • FIFA World Cup Championship: Germany V Argentina 3pm EDT ABC TV; Univison - Thread

    07/13/2014 7:50:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 169 replies
    FIFA World Cup Championship: Germany V Argentina 3pm EDT ABC TV; Univison - Thread
  • LeBron: World Cup final ‘bigger’ than NBA finals

    07/12/2014 9:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 7:56 PM EDT | Stephen Wade
    Just a few hours after arriving in Brazil, LeBron James sized up the World Cup final and said it trumps the NBA finals. “This is the highest you can get,” James said Saturday, a day after announcing he was returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. “This is bigger than the NBA finals in the sense that it’s the world and you have so many countries here.” …
  • Two referees at World Cup suspected of match-fixing...

    07/12/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (Mail Online) ^ | 7/6/2014 | NICK HARRIS
    Two referees working at the World Cup have been identified as strong suspects in the fixing of international games, the Mail on Sunday can reveal. Sources say FIFA were informed during the current tournament that there is evidence of alleged past malpractice by at least two officials on duty. FIFA gather intelligence from associations and anti-corruption partners around the world on an ongoing basis. In recent times they have been swifter to act on intelligence than in the past. But it is understood that by the time the latest information filtered up to FIFA’s security hierarchy in Brazil, the two...
  • World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi has disappointed me - Gary Lineker

    07/12/2014 10:25:39 AM PDT · by safeasthebanks · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | July 12, 2014 | Gary Lineker
    There is something not quite right with Lionel Messi at this World Cup. I am the Argentina captain's biggest fan and he is the most wonderfully gifted player since Diego Maradona but, here in Brazil, I have been disappointed with what I have seen. Some people might say there is not much wrong with Messi at all, because Argentina are in the final and he has scored four goals to help get them there. But there is no question in my mind that the Barcelona forward has become quite static on the pitch in this tournament.
  • Axelle Despiegelaere: World Cup Fan's Model Gig Ends After Hunting Pic

    07/11/2014 5:47:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11 Jul 2014 | Morgan Chilson
    Axelle Despiegelaere, the Belgian teenager who landed a modeling gig with L’Oreal after pictures of her at the World Cup went viral, filmed one video and was apparently released by L'Oreal.. after a controversial Facebook post of her apparently big-game hunting came to light. Despiegelaere shot to international notoriety when photos of her in Red Devil gear on June 22 as she cheered on her team went viral. She announced the deal with L'Oreal this week. But just as quickly, things turned the other direction when she posted a photo of herself with a hunting rifle next to a dead...
  • [Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime

    07/11/2014 6:44:37 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 137 replies
    National Review ^ | July 8, 2014 | Bernard Goldberg
    I’ve always been a big sports fan, which explains why I have absolutely no interest in soccer. The fact is, I’d rather watch my accountant get his toenails clipped than take in a soccer game — and that includes the World Cup final, which I’m sure will be as scintillating as any other soccer game. In soccer, they spend hours frantically trying to score. That’s not sport. That’s a young guy trying to convince his date that he likes her for her personality. If you could bottle soccer, you’d have a cure for insomnia. But it’s not just because it’s...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina Beats Netherlands on Penalties, Advancing to Final

    07/09/2014 6:35:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/09/2014 | JERÉ LONGMAN
    SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Regulation and extra time brought 120 minutes of scoreless exasperation in a World Cup semifinal on Wednesday that was by turns tense, cautious, clumsy, gripping and stubbornly unyielding. There was little space to move, few chances to score. Sometimes the match was as dreary as the misty evening chill. If it possessed any beauty, it was not in gracefulness but in stark, struggling exertion. And finally, when grind and strain and labor could not bring a resolution, whimsy and caprice did. Argentina defeated the Netherlands by 4-2 on penalty kicks and advanced to Sunday’s final against...
  • Open Thread: Argentina v. Netherlands - World Cup Semifinal

    07/09/2014 1:03:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Vanity | July 9, 2014 | Me
    I did not see any existing thread for the Argentina v. Netherlands match.
  • Cover your eyes! Virals about Brazil's capitulation go mad within minutes

    07/09/2014 6:34:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 9, 2014 | John Drayton
    It was a matter of minutes before the internet was overloaded with viral images mocking Brazil for their 7-1 defeat by Germany. Christ the Redeemer, the iconic statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, is normally seen as an image of hope - but the famous landmark was quickly photo-shopped at the expense of the defeated host nation, following their semi-final humiliation. Here are some of the best images from across the web...
  • Brazil a Mix of Mutiny and Mourning After ‘Biggest Shame in History’

    07/09/2014 1:49:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    The morning after the night before, Brazil will wake up, shake its head and pray it had all been a terrible nightmare. Left disorientated, punch drunk and confused by the 7-1 annihilation in the Estádio Mineirão it will take time for the full implications to sink in for a country that had so much invested – in all senses of the word – in World Cup success. The newspapers, broadcasters and websites that had spent the last few days whipping up a sentimental tidal wave of sympathy for Neymar turned on Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men. David Luiz, the capering heartbeat...
  • Brazil Fans Turn On President Amid World Cup Failure, Give Rousseff 2nd Bronx Cheer

    07/08/2014 5:58:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 8, 2014 | By Jeff Fick
    Brazil’s historic meltdown in a semifinal match at FIFA’s 2014 World Cup reached a fevered pitch late in the first half, when fans once again turned on President Dilma Rousseff as the target of their outrage after Germany took a 5-0 lead against the overmatched home team. In a move similar to what happened during the World Cup opening ceremony, Brazilians seated at the stadium started to chant “Hey, Dilma, go get ****ed in the ***!” at about the 40th minute. The chants lasted for about three minutes.
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil mourns a humiliating defeat – in pictures

    07/08/2014 9:07:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 8 July 2014 | Jonny Weeks and Steven Bloor
    In one of the most shocking World Cup semi-finals ever, Brazil, the host nation, conceded five goals in the first half an hour as they were utterly humiliated on home soil by Germany. Fans across the country reacted in shock and horror, while the players themselves could scarcely believe the magnitude of the defeat.
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari Refuses to Resign After Brazil's 'Catastrophic' 7-1 Humiliation

    07/08/2014 7:46:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Luiz Felipe Scolari apologised to the people of Brazil after they were humiliated 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final by Germany. SNIP Scolari, who insists he will not resign after this shameful defeat, said: ‘My message is, to the Brazilian people and fans, that we did and we tried to do what we could. ‘Please excuse us for this mistake. I’m sorry we couldn’t get to the final. This is a catastrophe. ‘It’s probably the worst moment of my career. This is the worst day of my life, but life goes on. ‘I’ll be remembered probably because I lost 7-1,...
  • Shocker! Germany Routs World Cup Favorite Brazil 7-1, Reaches World Cup Final

    07/08/2014 2:55:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/08/2014
    Germany routed Brazil 7-1 today to reach the World Cup final, handing them its worst loss ever and breaking the hearts of millions of Brazilians. Brazil played without its injured striker Neymar, who had suffered a fractured vertebra in his lower back last Friday during its quarterfinal clash against Colombia.
  • Soccer - Germany swamping Brazil

    07/08/2014 2:50:48 PM PDT · by Vendome · 48 replies
    Vanity | 7/8/2014 | Vendome
    I normally can't stand a sport where kicking a ball around results in a zero score and people cheer about that lame-oh Kurr-Rapp. However, Brazil sucks and is being trounced right now 7-1. I think Germany felt sorry and just allowed a score as a sign of sportsmanship. Normally (Hah!) I'd never watch woccer/soccer but, I just had a giant plate of ribs and I like seeing these chumps get trounced. Stoopit ball. Stoopit net. Stoopit country. Stoopit game.... stoopitest
  • Germany v Brazil 4pm EDT thread

    07/08/2014 11:52:10 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    Brazil V Germany
  • Manchester United unveils new uniform with giant Chevrolet logo

    07/08/2014 8:09:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | July 7, 2014 | Evan Hilbert
    Manchester United, along with several English Premier League teams, unveiled its uniform for the 2014-15 season. It's your typical Man U look, with a Nike swoosh and crest on the front. There is something slightly different. Ah yes, a bit of white in the collar. That's it. Oh and a giant Chevrolet logo. That's also new.
  • Vanishing spray used at World Cup to be adopted in Champions League this season...

    07/07/2014 1:01:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Press Association ^ | July 7, 2014 | Martyn Ziegler
    The man who invented the vanishing spray that has been used at the World Cup said UEFA will use it in the Champions League for the first time next season - and hopes it will be adopted in the Premier League. The foam has been used by referees at free-kicks to make sure defensive walls do not encroach on the 10-yard gap - it lasts around a minute before it disappears.
  • You Can Now Get Luis Suarez to Bite Open Your Beers With Suarez Bottle Opener

    07/06/2014 11:30:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 27 Jun 2014
    Luis Suarez’s bite on Italy star Giorgio Chiellini was one of the silliest moments of the World Cup so far, causing plenty of controversy.But now you can give Suarez something useful to bite, after an enterprising Chinese businessman decided to create the Suarez bottle opener. You can buy the item on Taobao, the Chinese version of eBay, for a bargain price of £1.56 – and get the Liverpool and Uruguay striker to open your beers for you. The item is selling well with not many now left for sale, so snap yours up while you can.
  • Brazil's Macumba Priests Ready Voodoo Dolls for World Cup

    07/05/2014 4:27:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NDTV ^ | July 05, 2014
    Voodoo dolls of Colombian star James Rodriguez, candles in Brazil colours and prayers to deities, Neymar and co are getting full support from the World Cup hosts' Afro-Brazilian religions. Before every game, Helio Sillman lights four yellow, green and blue candles in the colours of the national flag and places them in a rectangular box representing a football pitch. He places dolls inside and sends them "strength and energy," with the help of Orixas, the gods of Macumba and other religions that mix Roman Catholic and African beliefs.
  • What to Watch in Last 2 World Cup Quarterfinals

    07/05/2014 2:28:42 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 68 replies
    ap ^ | July 3, 2014 | MATTIAS KAREN
    The world's best player goes up against perhaps the world's best goalkeeper. The highest-scoring lineup in the World Cup takes on the tournament's most surprising team. There are two remaining quarterfinals to be played Saturday at the World Cup and both create intriguing matchups as Argentina faces Belgium and the Netherlands plays Costa Rica. The winners will meet in the semifinals next week. What to watch on Saturday:
  • Brazil's Neymar has broken vertebra

    07/04/2014 5:32:12 PM PDT · by aposiopetic · 19 replies
    ESPN ^ | 7/4/14 | ESPN Staff
    Neymar has been ruled out of the World Cup after Brazil's team doctor confirmed he suffered a broken vertebra late in Friday's quarterfinal victory against Colombia.
  • LIVE FIFA WORLD CUP QUATERFINALS JULY 4TH/5TH THREAD

    07/04/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    July 4th 12:00PM EDT ESPN2 France v Germany 4:00PM EDT ESPN Brazil v Colombia July 5th 12:00PM EDT ABC Argentina v Belgium 4:00PM EDT ESPN Netherlands v Costa Rica
  • Resentment Behind the Waning Patriotism of Liberal Americans

    07/04/2014 5:06:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    You wouldn't think, five years into the Obama presidency, that so many liberal Americans wouldn't like America. A new Pew survey found that 44 percent of Americans don't often feel pride in being an American, and only 28 percent said that America is the greatest country in the world. Respondents who "often feel proud to be American" were overwhelmingly conservative (from 72 percent to 81 percent depending on the kind of conservative). A majority (60 percent) of "solid liberals" said they don't often feel proud to be an American. The polling data only proves what has been obvious for...
  • Tim Howard, U.S. Soccer Teammates Arrive at LAX After Flight From Brazil

    07/03/2014 8:08:06 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 5 replies
    NBC ^ | July 3, 2014 | Jonathan Lloyd
    Members of the United States men's soccer team signed autographs for fans and posed for pictures at Los Angeles International Airport after returning from the World Cup early Thursday aboard a flight from Brazil. The flight left Brazil for LAX late Wednesday night and touched down around 6 a.m. PT. Defender Omar Gonzalez, a member of Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy, was among the first to clear customs and greet a group of fans dressed in red, white and blue gathered inside the terminal. "It was a long flight, but I'm happy to be back," Gonzalez said. "I think we...
  • Shhhh! Tim Howard’s a Christian

    07/02/2014 7:12:58 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7-2-14 | Katie Yoder
    The media are poring over each and every detail of the life of U.S. soccer team’s heroic goalkeeper. Here’s one they probably won’t mention: Tim Howard is a Christian. Beating the U.S. soccer team in a 2-1 game, Belgium eliminated the U.S. from the World Cup, on July 1. Despite that, the U.S. team still boasted a win: goalkeeper Tim Howard made 16 goal saves during the match, the most in World Cup history since 1966 (when record-keeping first began). ABC, CBS and NBC noted the champion’s popularity – but failed to mention his faith. During the morning segments after...
  • Suiting Up

    07/02/2014 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2014 | Rich Tucker
    Brazil is known for many things. Soccer, of course, and its team is keeping its end up, having advanced to the final 8 in the World Cup. Another famed thing is its casual dress code. Visitors to beaches often find that virtually every woman is wearing a bikini, for example. “Body type seemingly had no influence on a woman’s choice of swimwear -- indeed, there were plenty of bikini-clad woman of all ages happily and unselfconsciously sporting bellies, flab, and cellulite,” traveler Michael Sommers wrote a few years ago. “Unlike North Americans, in general, Brazilians tend to be much more...
  • Michigan man charged in punching death of soccer referee (Knockout Death)

    07/02/2014 4:20:56 PM PDT · by equalator · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-2-2014 | Zachary Slater
    A Michigan referee of an adult-league soccer match died Tuesday, two days after being punched in the head by a player, authorities said. John Bieniewicz, 44, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital from injuries suffered in what police said was an unprovoked attack. The blow left the victim unconscious and not breathing on the field, Livonia Police Chief Curtis Caid said. After the attack, the player fled the field and waved his middle finger at the crowd. Bieniewicz was in critical condition when he reached the hospital and was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.
  • Barcelona Offers Alexis Sanchez to Liverpool as Part of Luis Suarez Deal

    07/02/2014 4:58:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Jason Rubinstein
    Suarez is reportedly on his way out of Anfield after receiving a four-month club ban from FIFA for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but Liverpool's steep asking price of £80 million ($137 million) presents a serious obstacle for Barcelona. That's where Sanchez enters the picture.Barcelona got the apology it wanted from Luis Suarez, now it needs Alexis Sanchez to sign off on a move to Liverpool that would allow the Spanish giants to acquire the infamous World Cup biter. Suarez is reportedly on his way out of Anfield after receiving a four-month club ban from FIFA for...
  • Petition begun to rename Reagan Airport after Tim Howard

    07/02/2014 10:06:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 61 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 2, 2014 | Ryan Parker
    Tim Howard may very well be the most popular man in America at this moment. So much so, an official White House petition was started Tuesday night to rename the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after Howard -- seriously.
  • Referee dies after being punched at soccer match

    07/02/2014 6:13:48 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 1, 2014 | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER
    DETROIT (AP) — A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why Soccer Will Never Be a Slam Dunk in America

    07/02/2014 7:49:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    TIME ^ | 07/01/2014 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Soccer doesn’t express the American ethos as powerfully as our other popular sports: We are a country of pioneers, and we like to see extraordinary effort rewarded... with points. Has the time finally come to slap a Do Not Resuscitate bracelet on soccer’s prospects for popularity in America? If it were up to me, the answer would be no, because soccer players are among the strongest, fittest, most strategic athletes in the world. But, for various reasons, the sport itself does not seem destined for the popularity that supporters have been predicting for the last decade. I’m reminded of the...
  • Soccer ‘R Not Us

    07/02/2014 4:35:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 69 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-2-2014 | MOTUS
    I know - it seems like it’s been going on forever! And still two weeks to go. It’s not the World Cup itself, it’s the Google Doodles. How many more of these stupid multicultural soccer gifs on its header (hee, hee) do we have to endure? 48 so far, and counting:Yeah, Team USA lost to the chocolate people - and no, that’s not racist, it’s just who they are:Sure, it would have been nice to win something for a change, as we’ve been on a losing streak for a while now. First we were handed a bitter loss when the...
  • Heartbreaker: U.S. Falls to Belgium in Overtime 2-1, Exits World Cup

    07/01/2014 6:21:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/01/2014 | BY HASANI GITTENS AND CARLO DELLAVERSON
    We’ll get 'em next time. Sadness mixed with pride engulfed the nation as the United States men's soccer team was defeated 2-1 in the World Cup Round of 16 by Belgium on Tuesday in Salvador, Brazil — moving the "Red Devils" into the World Cup Quarter-Finals and sending the Yanks home. After a closely contested 90 minutes that ended level at 0-0, the dream run for America in the 2014 World Cup ended on the foot of winger Kevin De Bruyne in the opening minutes of overtime. Belgium's Romelu Lukaku then scored again in the 104th minute of overtime, putting...
  • The Politics of the World Cup and Soccer Enthusiasm

    07/01/2014 5:37:45 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 59 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 1, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    A poll conducted in the days leading up to the United States extra-time defeat against Belgium confirmed the suspicions of various conservative pundits that soccer is by and large a liberal past-time, but the poll also indicated that the sports growth may rest with southern members of the GOP. YouGov looked at the demographics of soccer enthusiasm in the United States, specifically at the breakdown of fans based on politics, region and race, prior to as well as in the midst of Americans quadrennial World Cup love affair. The study found that Democrats are more likely to follow soccer as...