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22 posts from April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2016 Copa America in USA

World Cup Countdown: 43 days to go!

The big news here in Miami, other than Beckham's people and their critics facing off, is that on  Thursday CONCACAF and CONMEBOL officials will hold a press conference in Miami Beach to announce the worst-kept secret in the Western Hemisphere....A special 100-year Anniversary Edition of the Copa America, The Centenario'', will be held in the United States in 2016.

Here are the details...

Atletico Madrid? Real Madrid? You pick.

Atletico Madrid, having its best season ever, knocked off Chelsea 3-1 in the Champions League semifinals, setting up an all-Madrid final May 24 vs. Real Madrid. Which Madrid team do you think will win? Vote here...

 

Beckham vs. Port group

David Beckham's people went up against the Port site critics in a public debate today. Why is everything so complicated in my beloved city?

 Here's how it went.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pele visits Miami!

I got to meet Pele today. It was one of those career moments I will not forget.

Here is my story...

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/28/4086281/soccer-legend-pele-high-on-beckham.html

And here is as close as I will ever get to the Man Himself...

Pelemeech

Poll: Who will win EPL?

45 Days to go til the World Cup opener!

The big weekend news was Chelsea's 2-0 win over Liverpool, which will make it a bit tougher for Liverpool to win its first title in 24 years. Demba Ba and Willian scored for Chelsea, which sat back, frustrated Liverpool much of the match, and is now just two points back of Liverpool with 2 matches left. Manchester City is 3 pts back with a game in hand.

Who do you think will win the EPL title? Vote here...

 

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Scolari: Neymar will make Brazil World Cup team

Well, knock me over with a feather! What shocking news! Neymar is going to make the Brazilian World Cup team!! Here's the latest news from Brazil....

SAO PAULO (AP) - Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed nine players who will make Brazil's squad for the World Cup at home.

They are David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires, Willian, Paulinho, Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva, Fred and Neymar.

Scolari said at a local event that he talked to some of the players on a recent trip to Europe to assure they had his support and were guaranteed making the World Cup.

The coach said four were up for captain: Silva, Luiz, Cesar and Fred. Silva was the captain in recent friendlies.

Scolari will announce the official 23-man squad on May 7. Seven possible substitutes will be announced later.

Brazil will play friendlies against Panama and Serbia before the World Cup opener against Croatia on June 12.



World Cup Countdown! 49 Days!

49 Days (gulp!) to the World Cup! Opening game between Brazil and Croatia is exactly seven weeks from today!

If you happen to be one of those fans who is obsessed with your Panini World Cup sticker album, Soccer Max in Sunrise is hosting a Trade Party on Friday from 5-7 p.m. Bring your stickers and trade. Address: 12140 W. Sunrise Blvd. Word is there will also be a pre-game Trade Party at the Strikers game Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium.

In other news....

To help World Cup tourists get the most out of their stay, Brazil’s Ministry of Sport has prepared the Host Cities Guide available online at: http://www.copa2014.gov.br/en/servicos.

The Guide, available in Portuguese, English and Spanish, features helpful information on transportation, including subway maps, average cab fares between airports and stadiums and information on special bus lines that will operate during the World Cup. It also includes tips on tourist attractions, culture and cuisine, weather information, places to exchange currency, contact information for embassies and consulates and a list of mobile apps that may be useful to travellers.

On the sports side, supporters can check out a full profile of the teams playing in each of the host cities, run simulations in an interactive match schedule and get detailed pictures, videos and infographics of the World Cup’s twelve arenas.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Will Falcao be ready for World Cup?

World Cup Countdown: 52 days to go!

Will Colombian star Radamel Falcao recover from knee surgery in time? Read here...

Bickering over Beckham stadium

Read the latest in the Beckham PortMiami stadium plan...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

World Cup trophy in town

Among the many tourists visiting Miami this week: The World Cup trophy. Yes, THE World Cup trophy, in all its golden glory.

Here's the press release...

On April 14, Washington D.C. will be the first stop in the United States, during which the tour will visit the U.S. State Department and the residence of the Brazilian Ambassador for special events. After stops in Miami on April 15-16 and Atlanta on April 17, the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy will visit Los Angeles for a two-day fan experience on April 19 and 20 at L.A. LIVE. Coca-Cola will bring the FIFA World Cup™ to life in Los Angeles with Brazilian-themed entertainment, and fans will be transported to Brazil through a hologram experience.

For the latest from the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour including exclusive interviews, photos and videos, visit the official website www.fifa.com/trophytour, the official Facebook page www.facebook.com/trophytour, and Twitter at www.twitter.com/trophytour  / @trophytour where an official photo blogger will live tweet directly from the events.