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Soccer on TV 
Before the World Cup final weekend, there is MLS action on Friday in San Jose, where the Earthquakes host Eastern ...
What They're Saying: Neymar 
"Many of you say I am a diver and I don't care that you say that. I can defend myself ...
Is that Messi breakdancing? 
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] Lionel Messi looks like he did some breakdancing during the semifinal and defender Martin Demichelis provided a ...
What They're Saying: Gaza resident Mohammed al-Aqad 
"There was a power cut in Khan Yunis, so a lot of people came here where there's a generator and ...
Eavesdropping on Mascherano pep talk 
[VIDEO PICK: World Cup] Just before the penalty shootout, Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano gave a pep talk to his goalkeeper ...
STORY OF THE DAY!
Messi's big moment arrives with question marks
by Paul Kennedy on Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 10:19 PM EDT
[BRAZIL 2014] Lionel Messi will never rise to the level of popularity where Diego Maradona sits among Argentines, but at least he might escape from the shadow of El Pelusa if Argentina beats Germany in Sunday's World Cup final. Messi does not need to score -- after all, Maradona did not score when Argentina beat Germany, 3-2, in the 1986 World Cup final -- but he does need to step up his game after a disappointing semifinal against the Netherlands.

  
Germany's rout in 30 seconds  
[VIDEO PICK: Animation] Richard Swarbrick's latest artwork recreates Germany's seven goals against Brazil in rapid fire. One after the other, ...
World Cup at a Glance 
[BRAZIL 2014] The 2014 World Cup will equal the all-time record for goals in a tournament set in 1998 if ...
World Cup 2014 Television Schedule 
[DATEBOOK] The World Cup concludes with the third-place game Saturday (4 pm ET kickoff) and final on Sunday (3 pm ...
Three MLS games to watch 
[PREVIEW: Week 18] Eastern Conference leader D.C. United gets another chance to prove it is for real when it plays ...
Pioneering soccer photojournalist Phil Stephens dies 
[OBITUARY] Phil Stephens, whose pioneering coverage of soccer touched many in the American soccer community for more than 40 years, ...
Brazil Diary: Argentines taunt while Brazilians embrace Germany 
You think Brazilians will pull for their South American neighbors in the World Cup final against Germany? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Germany on top of the world as Brazil searches for a way back 
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Superlatives are definitely called for to describe Germany's blitzing of Brazil. No one expected anything like ...
Zabaleta: Bloodied, blue and a proud Argentine 
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] Pablo Zabaleta looked worse for wear after a collision with Dirk Kuyt that left him bloodied, but ...
U.S. under-20 men's national team roster 
[NTC INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT] Fernando Arce Jr., whose father of the same name is a former Mexican international, is among 20 ...
Youth Soccer Reporter

Garcia named NPL general manager
[U.S. CLUB SOCCER] Leo Garcia has been named the National Premier Leagues General Manager, filling a position at U.S. Soccer ...
Soccer America Confidential:
Mike Woitalla


Brazil Diary: Argentines taunt while Brazilians embrace Germany
You think Brazilians will pull for their South American neighbors in the World Cup final against Germany? Fuhgeddaboudit.
College Soccer Reporter

Amherst makes statement against top French youth teams
[COLLEGE MEN] For the third time in the last quarter century, Amherst College men's team toured France, managing to tie ...
Youth Soccer Insider:
Mike Woitalla


Robben and Van Persie: When They Were Children
Here are some glimpses into the childhoods of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, who each scored a pair of ...
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Summer 2014 Magazine Issue
World Cup 2014: Stars of Soccer


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Germany on top of the world as Brazil searches for a way back
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Superlatives are definitely called for to describe Germany's blitzing of Brazil. No one expected anything like that. Who would, when nothing like it, even remotely comparable, has ever happened before. The host team of a World Cup being utterly humiliated, letting in seven goals right there, in front of its own fans, in a semifinal game.

"Many of you say I am a diver and I don't care that you say that. I can defend myself when I can see what’s going on around me. But I can't defend myself from what comes from behind. What defends me in that situation is the rules and I couldn’t defend myself from that and I was injured."

-- Neymar, who also said in a press conference appearance that if Colombia defender Juan Zuniga's knee struck another two centimeters who could have ended up in a wheelchair.