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World Cup: Championship Match
We have now reached the Championship Match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.  On one side, we have the Machine that is Germany; who have surgically dissected their opponents with a loaded roster and a creative, precise attack.  On the opposite end, we have Argentina who has played close matches thr…
World Cup: Third Place Match
We have now reached the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, sort of.  We are at the Third Place Match, between the Netherlands and our hosts, Brazil.  We have two teams that arrived to this in two completely different ways.
Brazil-  The hosts began group play with a very uneven perf…
World Cup: Semifinals
Well we are almost at the end of the 2014 World Cup Brazil, having reached the Semifinals.  Just like most NCAA Basketball Tournaments, the final four teams are a lot of the usual suspects.  On one end we have a five-time winner facing a three-time winner, and a two-time winner faces off a…
World Cup: Quarterfinals
We have now reached the Quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup Brazil.  The Round of 16 provided many moments of excitement and some near upsets.  Five of the eight matches went to extra time, two went all the way to penalty kick shootouts, and two had all the goals scored in extra time...
World Cup Knockout Stage: Re-Thinking Round of 16 Picks
Well two weeks have passed and we now have the round of 16 set.  We have also seen all the teams play three games apiece; that's enough time to know if teams advanced on just overall talent or because of cohesive, hard teamwork.  Factor in what teams may be missing key players due to either injury o…
FIFA Investigating Mexican Soccer Fans’ Puto Chant
Like so many countries in the sports world, Mexican fans have a ritual that is heard in every soccer stadium in Mexico. When an opposing goalkeeper is preparing to kick a soccer ball, fans yell "puto" in unison. The chant was on display during the Mexico vs...
Americans With Huge Win, Unlikely Hero in First Match
The day began with Germany demolishing Portugal 4-0.  It continued with the tournament's first tie game-- and only scoreless match.  It ended with Team USA exorcising their demons of the last two World Cups, in Ghana.
The match began with the fastest World Cup goal in United State…

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