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Both semifinals shatter viewing records 
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] Even with the elimination of the USA after the round of 16, interest in the 2014 ...
Thomas Mueller: Excellent striker, so-so dancer 
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] The Germans have been playing far better soccer than the Brazilians, but based on this ...
Argentina-Germany Gameday Guide 
[BRAZIL 2014] For all the talk about their two previous World Cup finals, in 1986 and 1990, Argentina and Germany ...
The 10 best things about the 2014 World Cup 
Brazil 2014 has been the best World Cup of our lifetime. Beginning with the first three days that produced four ...
Brazil Diary: Meeting Pele  
Life is good. On Saturday I had the offer of a free sandwich and a roundtable discussion with Pele.
STORY OF THE DAY!
The 10 best things about the 2014 World Cup
by Paul Kennedy on Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 6:12 AM EDT
Brazil 2014 has been the best World Cup of our lifetime. Beginning with the first three days that produced four comeback wins, the World Cup was, to borrow a line from ESPN's Jon Champion, the gift that kept on giving. From the dramatic -- half the knockout games weren't decided until stoppage time or overtime -- to the outrageous -- Luis Suarez bites again -- and the unfathomable -- Brazil loses 7-1 (or Spain loses 5-1) -- we'll be talking about the 2014 World Cup for years to come. Here are 10 best things about the 2014 World Cup.

  
Indy Eleven breaks into win column 
[NASL: Fall Week 1] Expansion Indy Eleven, which went the entire spring season without a win, finally won its first ...
What They're Saying: Carlos Santana 
"I think Messi has a mystique about him, he has that street soccer thing. I don't think he even really ...
First-place Orlando City keeps unbeaten run going 
[USL PRO: Week 17] Orlando City defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads, 2-0, Saturday night on goals by Dennis Chin and Anthony ...
L.A sweep shakes up Western Conference 
[MLS: Week 18] Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy both won important Western Conference matches, with Erick "Cubo" Torres scoring ...
Red Stars end Seattle unbeaten streak at 16 games 
[NWSL: Week 14] Canadian veteran Melissa Tancredi scored her first NWSL goal in the 8th minute on a pass from ...
What They're Saying: Thiago Silva 
"We need to apologize to the fans. They booed us at the end, which is normal. They have feelings, too. ...
Dutch pile more misery onto Brazil's nightmare 
Few Brazilian fans could have foreseen how hosting the World Cup would end, with a depressing 3-0 loss in the ...
Faves & Likes: Supermodel stunned by another Brazilian setback 
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] Supermodel Gisele Bundchen watching on TV and Neymar and Dani Alves from the bench were among the ...
Robin van Persie gives his medal to fan 
[WORLD CUP: Off the Post] Following the Netherlands 3-0 win over Brazil to take third place at the World Cup, ...
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:
Paul Kennedy


The 10 best things about the 2014 World Cup
Brazil 2014 has been the best World Cup of our lifetime. Beginning with the first three days that produced four ...
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


Tim Howard's advice for keepers, parents and coaches
In light of Tim Howard's extraordinary performance at the 2014 World Cup, where he set a World Cup record with ...
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Summer 2014 Magazine Issue
World Cup 2014: Stars of Soccer


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Alfredo Di Stefano: The complete player. Maybe the best, too.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- As Argentina was making its laborious way to the 2014 World Cup final, the word came from Spain: Alfredo Di Stefano was dead, at the age of 88. Di Stefano, the Argentine who many regard in awe as the greatest of them all.

"I think Messi has a mystique about him, he has that street soccer thing. I don't think he even really looks like a soccer player -- he looks like a plumber to me! It's a compliment, because when he focuses, I admire the gift he has so much. Because it is a beautiful God-given gift to be in the top echelon of greatest [players]."

-- Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana, who will perform at the World Cup closing ceremonies before the Argentina-Germany final at Maracana on Sunday. (FIFA.com)