Today’s FA Cup third round draw threw up a tasty North London derby as Spurs will travel to the Emirates to play Arsenal. The rivals are among the most successful clubs in the competition’s history, with Arsenal having lifted the trophy on 10 occasions while Spurs have won it eight times.
The only side to have won the FA Cup more times are Manchester United, who will also be involved in an all-Premier League tie in the third round after being paired at home to Swansea. Read more... (275 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Once again the World Cup gods smiled fondly on El Tri as they were drawn in a group with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon. A group where finishing second is a real possibility.
Mexico finished fourth in CONCACAF qualification, but they could be the only team from the region to reach the knockout stages.
How Mexico do in Brazil will depend largely on how they do in the first game in Natal against Cameroon, a game which Mexico really can’t afford to lose.
Mexico has a poor record against African nations in the World Cup and hasn’t won in three attempts, drawing in 2010 against South Africa and in 2006 against Angola. Read more... (658 words, 2 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
The World Cup draw was a mixed bag for holders Spain. The good news is that if Spain and Brazil both win their groups then they will not play each other until the final. But if one of the two teams finishes second while the other tops their group, they will meet in the last 16.
Finishing second is not out of the possible for Spain who has been drawn against Chile, Holland and Australia, a group that has ben dubbed the “Group of Death” by the Spanish press. Read more... (351 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
The odds on England reaching the World Cup knockout stages rose today after they were drawn against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica in Group D.
England open up against Italy in the Amazonian city of Manaus on 15 June, before playing Uruguay on 19 June in San Paolo before finishing with CONCACAF’s Costa Rica on June 24 in Belo Horizonte. Belo Horizonte is the site of the USA’s famous 1-0 victory over England in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, and England fans will be hoping that history does not repeat itself and they lose to another CONCACAF country. Read more... (359 words, 1 image, estimated 1:26 mins reading time)
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Really hard draw for the US in the next summer’s World Cup and they have been drawn in Group G against Germany, Portugal and Ghana. According to FIFA’s rankings, the USA group has the lowest average world ranking of 11.25. Germany is ranked 2nd in the world, and Portugal 5th.
If the U.S. reaches the round of 16, it will face in all likelihood the runner-up from Belgium, Russia, Algeria or South Korea in Group H.
The USA’s first match will be June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. With Portugal and Germany to follow this is a must-win game for the American’s. Read more... (605 words, 1 image, estimated 2:25 mins reading time)
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Brazil 2014 World Cup: Can USA Get Out Of Their Group?
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The 2014 World Cup Draw was held in Brazil on Friday and neither USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann or England boss Roy Hodgson could have been happy with the draw.
The US were drawn in Group G against Germany, Portugal and Ghana. The USA’s first match will be June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
The U.S. meets Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo six days later in the Amazon rain forest city Manaus, before playing Germany in Recife on June 26. In all the American players and fans will travel about 9,000-miles around Brazil, just for these games. Read more... (1320 words, 1 image, estimated 5:17 mins reading time)
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Brazil World Cup 2014: Tough Draw For USA And England
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A look ahead to next week’s s matchday six in the Champions League with eight places still up for grabs, and most of the group winners still undecided.
Manchester United FC (11pts) v Shakhtar Donetsk (8)
Real Sociedad (1) v Bayer Leverkusen (7)
Man United are through and will clinch first place with a draw at home against Shakhtar. Shakhtar will advance as group winners with a victory. If they draw, they will go through if Leverkusen do not win. If Shakhtar lose, they will only progress if Leverkusen are also defeated. Read more... (657 words, 1 image, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
Major League Soccer today unveiled its 2014 regular-season schedule, a slate that sees each of the 19 teams play 34 games, beginning March 8 and ending on October 26. The league’s clubs will play regionally-focused schedules, with each club playing more intra-conference games.
The Revolution will open the 2014 slate at Houston on March 8. Following a road match at East Coast rival Philadelphia on March 15, the Revs will open their 17-game home slate at Gillette Stadium against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on March 22. Read more... (564 words, 1 image, estimated 2:15 mins reading time)
They are arguably the best team in the world at the moment and it looks like they are coming to the USA next summer. According to Abendzeitung, Bayern Munich are set to play against the MLS All-Stars next summer as part of their preseason campaign, according to Abendzeitung.
Bayern recently revealed plans to open an office in New York to position themselves at the centre of the ever-growing United States soccer market.
“It’s true, I’ve been there and looked at the premises,” Joerg Wacker, the Bayern executive with responsibility for internationalisation and strategy, told Abendzeitung in early November. Read more... (790 words, 1 image, estimated 3:10 mins reading time)
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Bayern Munich To Play MLS All-Stars In Portland Next Summer
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Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have been kept apart in the Capital One League Cup quarter-final draw, setting up the possibility to two mouth watering semi-finals. Imagine the interest and drama if United meet City and Spurs meet Chelsea in the semi-finals?
But before that can happen, Man United, Man City and Chelsea have to overcome tricky away ties in the quarter-finals. Four-time Cup winners United will travel to Stoke City, whom they defeated 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday.
Manchester City will travel to Leicester City, the only non-Premier League sideleft in the competition, after they beat Newcastle United 2-0 following extra time on Wednesday. Read more... (257 words, 1 image, estimated 1:02 mins reading time)