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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, July 11, 2014
[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 ... Read the whole story
[PREVIEW: Week 18] Eastern Conference leader D.C. United gets another chance to prove it is for real when it plays at San Jose Friday (live at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) in the first of two nationally televised games this weekend that concludes Sunday night when Seattle hosts Portland (live ... Read the whole story
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] Lionel Messi looks like he did some breakdancing during the semifinal and defender Martin Demichelis provided a peek into the Argentine locker room. And we're not yet done with memes from the Germany rout over Brazil. Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: World Cup] Just before the penalty shootout, Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano gave a pep talk to his goalkeeper Sergio Romero. In the footage, we can clearly see that Mascherano is saying, "Hoy te convertiras a heroe," which translates to “today you'll make yourself a hero." Read the whole story
[VIDEO PICK: Animation] Richard Swarbrick's latest artwork recreates Germany's seven goals against Brazil in rapid fire. One after the other, we see an artistic depiction of the goals by Thomas Mueller, Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos (2 goals), Sami Khedira and Andre Schuerrle (2) Read the whole story
[OBITUARY] Phil Stephens, whose pioneering coverage of soccer touched many in the American soccer community for more than 40 years, passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 65 in Rowlett, Texas, following unexpected surgery. Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Mix Diskerud became the first foreign-based member of the 2014 U.S. World Cup team to return to action, scoring with a lob in Norwegian club Rosenborg's 2-0 win at FK Jelgava in the second leg of their Europa League first qualifying round. Read the whole story
[NTC INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT] Fernando Arce Jr., whose father of the same name is a former Mexican international, is among 20 players U.S. under-20 men's national team head coach Tab Ramos named for the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament July 14-18 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, Calif. Read the whole story


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 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. ...More

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 a screen." -- Mohammed al-Aqad, who was at the Fun Time Beach cafe in the southern Gaza Strip, where residents gathered to watch the Argentina-Netherlands semifinal in the early hours of Thursday, when an Israeli missile struck, killing nine people and wounding 15. (AFP) ...More


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. ...More


Brazil Diary: Argentines taunt while Brazilians embrace Germany

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