09/15/2014

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09/06/2014

Top 5 Sun Life soccer crowds

TOP FIVE SUN LIFE STADIUM SOCCER CROWDS:

            ATT. MATCH (DATE)

1.      73,429 Brazil-Colombia (Sept. 5, 2014)

2.      71,124 Brazil-Honduras (Nov. 16, 2013)

3.      70,080 Barcelona-Chivas (Aug. 3, 2011)

4.      67,273 International Champions Cup Day 2 (Aug. 7, 2013)

5.      57,748 Chelsea-AC Milan (July 28, 2012)

 

Scenes from Brazil-Colombia

A state of Florida record crowd of 73,429 showed up at Sun Life Stadium last night for a spicy showdown between Brazil and Colombia! It was a rematch of their contentious World Cup quarterfinal. Brazil won on Friday, 1-0, on a free kick by Neymar.

Here is the story...

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/09/05/4330993/neymar-lifts-brazil-to-win-at.html

And here are some photos...

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08/22/2014

Neymar, Hulk in Miami!

In case you haven't heard, Brazil and Colombia are playing a friendly Sept. 5 at Sun Life Stadium, and the game will feature many World Cup stars.

The Brazil roster announced by new coach Dunga features 10 of the 23 World Cup players, including Neymar, Hulk, Oscar and David Luiz. It will be their first match since their humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals.

Tickets for the match are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling the stadium box office at 305-943-6311.

 Brazilian National Team Roster

 Goalkeepers -Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)

 Defenders - David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Maicon (Roma), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Alex Sandro (FC Porto), Danilo (FC Porto)

 Midfielders - Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Oscar (Chelsea), Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool)

 Forwards - Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Hulk (Zenit), Neymar (Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico MG)

 

Chilean roster for Sept. 9 Haiti game

Got this press release re: Chilean roster for Sept. 9 game vs. Haiti at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale...

Chilean Coach Jorge Sampaoli unveiled the list of 18 players from abroad who will participate in the two friendlies scheduled to be played in the United States during the month of September.

 The biggest surprise was the inclusion of the 19 year old Chilean-Swiss midfielder Francisco Rodriguez from FC Zurich who is being called up to the Chilean National Team for the first time.  His brother, defender Ricardo Rodriguez, played for Switzerland in the World Cup.

 The list also includes 16 players who were part of the 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil and Rodrigo Millar, who missed out on the final cut.

Roster:

1 Claudio Bravo - F. C. Barcelona (Spain)

2 Miiko Albornoz - Hannover 96 (Germany)

3 Mauritius - Queens Park Rangers F.C. (England)

4 Gary Medel - F. C. Internazionale (Italy)

5 Eugenio Mena - Santos F. C. (Brazil)

6 Gonzalo Jara - FSV Mainz (Germany)

7 Charles Aránguiz - Sport Club Internacional (Brazil)

8 Marcelo Díaz - Basel F. C. (Switzerland)

9 Arturo Vidal - Juventus F.C. (Italy)

10 Fabian Orellana - Celta de Vigo (Spain)

11 Eduardo Vargas - S.S.C. Napoli (Italy)

12 Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal F.C. (England)

13 Mauricio Pinilla - CFC Genoa (Italy)

14 Carlos Carmona - Atalanta Calcio (Italy)

15 Francisco Silva - Club Atlético Osasuna (Spain)

16 Rodrigo Millar - Atlas de Guadalajara (Mexico)

17 José Pedro Fuenzalida - Boca Juniors (Argentina)

18 Francisco Rodriguez - F. C. Zürich (Switzerland)

08/16/2014

Poll: Who will win EPL?

07/14/2014

Obrigada, Brasil!

Bom Dia from the Rio airport...5 a.m. here..on my my way home after 35 days in Brasil.

It's been a very memorable tournament -- on and off the field!

Thanks so much for visiting the blog. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Here are my two stories from today...

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/13/4234638/mario-goetze-sends-germany-home.html

and...

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/13/4234548/michelle-kaufman-besides-finalists.html#morer

There's always a down period after the World Cup, but soccer goes on....MLS (64,000 showed up for Seattle v Portland last night!), European leagues, Champions League, ICC in Miami...

Keep coming back. And please share your views on the World Cup!

Obrigada,

Michelle.

07/13/2014

Poll: Argentina or Germany?

Tight security at Maracana...

More than 11,000 police and soldiers are roaming around Rio today, many around the Estadio Maracana, where it is impossible to get close without a ticket...

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07/12/2014

Poll: Brazil or Holland??