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Improved Brazil squeaks past Colombia, but loses Neymar

Another South American opponent, another knockout match, and another shaky showing, but another victory for Brazil, which by beating Colombia, 2-1, Friday in Fortaleza has reached the semifinals. But the victory was overshadowed by the injury to Brazil star Neymar that will keep him out of the rest of the World Cup.
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Experienced, efficient Germans eye the title

On the 60th anniversary to the day of Germany's first World Cup title win, the so-called Wonder of Bern, the Germans kept their hopes alive of winning a fourth World Cup, thanks to 1-0 quarterfinal win over France in Rio de Janeiro.


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Final USA World Cup Report Card

A memorable campaign ended in the round of 16 as it had four years ago, and the grades show a wide range of performances.
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Ranking the eight World Cup quarterfinalists

Eight teams -- four from Europe and four from the Americas -- comprise the final eight at the 2014 World Cup. All eight advanced as group winners, five of them as the seeded designated by FIFA at the draw last December. Four are unbeaten and untied, and none has lost a game.
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Brazil Diary: Ticket scalping, beach soccer and sand castles at Copacabana

The city of Rio de Janeiro has declared the Fourth of July a holiday. Not, of course, for the same reason it's a day off in the USA.
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USA will win the World Cup in our lifetime, trust me

For those of us who have been involved in soccer for a long time -- I started writing for Soccer America 40 years ago when I was a freshman in college -- we've never wondered what it would be like for the USA to win the World Cup. But we have at least thought about what it would be like ...
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The changing of America

During a wild ride of controversies and World Cup drama, the USA soccer team took center stage. Now what?
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Brazil Diary: 'Super Howard, Superior Belgium'

The Brazilian national team is trying to find emotional balance, so its players are communicating via text with a psychologist. Argentina survived a close call against Switzerland. And Tim Howard set a World Cup record with 16 saves.
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U.S. Player Ratings: Howard turns lopsided game into cliffhanger

Outplayed by a more skillful and dynamic Belgian team, the USA had an upset within reach thanks to goalkeeper Tim Howard and a belated surge by its offense.


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U.S. defeat sours memorable game for Howard -- and others

A bitterly disappointing 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium ended the USA's World Cup in the round of 16 Tuesday in Salvador. Here are three takeaways in the aftermath of a second straight loss in the World Cup knockout rounds
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USA-Belgium Preview: U.S. win is a must if it wants to raise its stock

Teams that wish to go deep in the World Cup need to gain strength as they progress, and fate may be about to assist the USA in that regard as it opens the knockout stage against Belgium on Tuesday.
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Brazil Diary: How far has Germany's revival really come?

"My name is Everton, like the team," says the manager of Quiosque Zero Nove, a beachside restaurant in the Flamengo district of Rio de Janeiro. "I have no idea why my father named me that. But I like it."
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Omar Gonzalez gets a big game under his belt

LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez returned to the starting lineup against Germany with a solid display.
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Comparison game between 2014 and 2010 (or 2002) is a bit premature

Has by surviving the "Group of Death" the U.S. national surpassed the feats of the 2010 team, which won its group and fell to Ghana, 2-1, in the round of 16 on an overtime goal?
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Brazil Diary: 'Sing, don't cry' at Copacabana Fan Fest

The viewing area at the Copacabana Fan Fest is long but narrow -- about 30 yards wide. So there's not much elbowroom, even when it's below its 20,000-person capacity.
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