Some of the best players in the world will be playing in the USA this summer as part of their preparations for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Major League Soccer has just released the schedule and venues for games that will include defending world champions Spain and African champions Nigeria.
Road To Brazil will kick off at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. where Turkey will play Honduras. It will end nine days later on June 7 in Landover, Md. where Spain will play El Salvador at FedEx Field. The Spain game is part of a double header along with an MLS regular season match between D.C. United and the Columbus Crew. Read more... (303 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
The only weakness that defending World and European champions Spain might have is the lack of a world class number nine. But that is about to change as Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been named in Vicente del Bosque’s 22-man squad for the friendly at home to Italy on 5 March.
The Brazilian born Costa, became a Spanish citizen last year and after scoring 27 times in all competitions for Atleti this season, he is fearsome acquisition to an already loaded squad. The arrival of Costa has to worry fellow strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres who have been dropped by del Bosque for this match. Read more... (426 words, 1 image, estimated 1:42 mins reading time)
As Mexico prepares for the World Cup in Brazil this summer, El Tri has lined up a series of friendlies in the U.S.
Mexico will play Bosnia-Herzegovina at Chicago‘s Soldier Field on June 3 and three days later take on Portugal at Gillette Stadium in Boston.
Mexico has previously announced a May 31 match against Ecuador at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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England have announced that they will play two friendlies in Miami as part of their preparations for this summers’ World Cup.
England will then play Ecuador on 4 June and Honduras on 7 June at Sunlife Stadium. It had been rumored that England would play the US, but the draw changed the type of sides that England boss Roy Hodgson wanted to play against.
England were paired with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D at the World Cup draw held in Rio last December.
“I’m delighted with the games we have been able to secure and the programme running up to the World Cup in general” said Hodgson. Read more... (710 words, 1 image, estimated 2:50 mins reading time)
I love this idea. US coach Jurgen Klinsmann is taken 26 players from the team’s training camp in Southern California on a two-week World Cup™ “dry run” trip to Brazil.
The home grown section of the US squad has been training in LA ahead of their February 1 friendly against Korea Republic and Klinesmann is really happy with what he has seen so far.
“We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week,” Klinsmann said. “The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Read more... (317 words, 1 image, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)
Italy have been drawn in Group D for next summer’s World Cup, alongside Uruguay, Costa Rica and England.
The Azzurri will kick off their campaign in Manaus on June 15 against England with kick off at 02.00 GMT.
Cesare Prandelli’s men then travel to Recife to face Costa Rica on June 20 before ending the group stages in Natal with a match versus Uruguay on June 24.
All three games will be in northern cities which are known for their heat and humidity at that time of year. Read more... (383 words, 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
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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The opening games of the World Cup playoffs on Wednesday were massively disappointing as Mexico and Uruguay thrashed New Zealand and Jordan respectively.
I understand FIFA’s idea of giving more teams from different parts of the world the ability to qualify for the World Cup Final, but what we learned on Wednesday was that there is a huge variation on competitiveness between the different federations. Read more... (253 words, 1 image, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
Two of the most passionate Irishmen in world football have agreed to take over the reigns for the Republic of Ireland, a move that will either inspire a nation or lead to a lot of spilled Guinness.
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have confirmed that Martin O’Neill will become the new manager of the Republic of Ireland, replacing the departed Giovanni Trapattoni while former Ireland captain Roy Keane will be his assistant.
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When Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden ruptured the cruciate ligament in his right knee playing for the USA against Panama in the Gold Cup Final in July we all thought that his World Cup dream was over.
But Holden is making a faster recovery than expected and believes he could be back in action by February – in time to win a place in the squad for Brazil.
‘I’m doing some great work rehab-wise,’ said Holden is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying.
‘The plan is, by December, I’m looking to be back out on the field in terms of doing some ball work, stepping up my fitness and getting that core fitness back. Read more... (232 words, 1 image, estimated 56 secs reading time)
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