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Friday, May 30, 2014

Spain, England win warmups

World Cup Countdown: 13 Days to Go!

Spain and England won their warmup matches Friday...Details here from wire services...

Goals from Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta helped Spain warm up for their defence of the World Cup trophy with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bolivia in Seville.

Vicente del Bosque made seven substitutes during the second half and, after the outgoing Torres notched the opener from the penalty spot, substitute Iniesta contributed a clever side-footed finish in the 84th minute at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Luis Alberto Gutierrez fouled Javi Martinez in the box and Torres coolly struck his penalty straight down the middle of the goal.

Bolivia rarely left their own half, but goalkeeper Romel Quinonez kept the scoreline respectable.

England warmed up for the World Cup with a 3-0 win over Peru which looked far more convincing on paper than in reality.

Daniel Sturridge curled home a stunning opener to put England ahead in their final game on home soil before the finals.

Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill then scored from two set-pieces after the break to give the result an encouraging appearance.

Yet it was clear from this performance that there is still much work to be done if England are to hit the ground running -- as they must -- when they land in Brazil to take on Italy in their Group D opener.

Josip Drmic's emergence as Switzerland's best source of World Cup goals continued, striking late in a 1-0 warm-up win overJamaica.

The Bayer Leverkusen forward's assured finish with the outside of his right foot in the 84th minute marked his third goal in two international friendlies this year.

Drmic, a half-time substitute, earlier shot over a gaping goal from three yards out. He also forced Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake into a diving save from a rising shot.

Switzerland improved after a lacklustre first half, when coach Ottmar Hitzfeld started with only five players from his likely World Cup lineup.

Iran equalised in the second half to draw 1-1 with Angola, stretching their winless streak to four matches.

Karim Ansarifard scored the equaliser in the 56th minute after being set up by defender Ehsan Hajsafi and delivering a low diagonal shot past Angola keeper Delgado Elber.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

World Cup Final ball unveiled.

World Cup Countdown: 13 Days to Go!

Here is what the World Cup final game ball will look like....

Honduras loses to Turkey

World Cup Countdown: 13 Days to go!




WASHINGTON -- Mevlut Erdinc and Caner Erkin scored in the second half to help Turkey beat World Cup-bound Honduras 2-0 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.

Erdinc opened up the scoring in the 70th minute, one-timing a shot right in front of goalkeeper Noel Valladares after Ishak Dogan dribbled around Bryan Beckeles.

In the 83rd minute, Erdinc was again involved, this time providing the perfectly weighted ball to Erkin down the left hand side. Erkin riffled a shot into the back of the net.

Honduras travels to Houston to face Israel on Sunday before playing England in Miami on June 7.

Turkey, which failed to qualify for the World Cup, will travel to New Jersey to face the United States on Sunday at RedBull Arena.


  • Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/29/4146201/erdinc-erkin-score-turkey-beats.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Socceroos 1st to arrive in Brazil

World Cup Countdown: 15 Days to Go!

The Australia Socceroos were the first team to arrive in Brazil for the World Cup. Here are details from FIFA.com...

Australia has become the first of the total 31 teams to land in Brazil for the FIFA World Cup 2014™. The Socceroos reached Brazilian soil on Wednesday 28 May at around 6pm local when they arrived at the Curitiba International Airport.

“We are the underdogs. It will be a good opportunity for the Australian team to surprise, so this is all very exciting. And being in the ‘soccer country’ is an extra motivation, of course”, said midfielder Tommy Oar before the team boarded another flight - to Vitoria, in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, where Australia’s Team Base Camp is located.

“We’ve been training for the last few days and things have gone well. We still have some two more weeks to keep on training, so I think we will be well-prepared for the World Cup."

Playing their third consecutive FIFA World Cup, the Socceroos are part of Group B in Brazil alongside Chile – their first opponents on 13 June in Cuiaba – and 2010 finalists Spain and the Netherlands.

Miami Commish hosting watch party

World Cup Countdown: 15 Days to Go!

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sen. Javier Souto, District 10, will host a game-watching event for the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament on Thursday, June 12 at 4 p.m. at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127th Ave.

Brazil, the host country of this year’s FIFA World Cup, is scheduled to face Croatia in the first match of the month-long tournament.

“I invite all the soccer fans in the community to come out and enjoy the game with their friends and neighbors,” Sen. Souto said.

 For more information, call the District 10 office at 305-222-2116.


You won't find this at Toledo Airport.

World Cup Countdown: 15 days to Go!

In case you needed any more proof that Miami is a soccer-crazed city and the gateway to the Brazil World Cup, check out the souvenir kiosks and airport book store selections at Miami International Airport!


and check out the book selection...England and Spanish...


Coral Gables Museum World Cup exhibit

World Cup Countdown: 15 Days to Go!

The World Cup opener is just over two weeks away, and the Coral Gables Museum is planning a June 6 event to get into the Cup spirit...here are the details...

Gallery Night Live at Coral Gables Museum features two new exhibits and

a live performance by Rose Max and Ramatis 5-piece Samba Band



Coral Gables, FL. - May 28, 2014 – The June 6 Gallery Night Live at the Coral Gables Museum will offer two new original exhibits:  12 Stadiums │ 12 Cities:  Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination and Capture Coral Gables.  Also performing in the Museum Plaza will be noted Brazilian artists Rose Max and Ramatis with their five piece Samba ensemble.  The Museum offer complimentary admission from 6-9pm.

“The Coral Gables Museum is breathing new energy into the First Friday Gables Gallery Night experience, this coming Gallery Night Live at the Museum will be special,” said Christine Rupp, Director of the Coral Gables Museum.  “The 12 Stadiums │ 12 Cities:  Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination exhibit and its surrounding activities and programs will give the Miami/South Florida community a different way of experiencing the World Cup and will unite people of all nationalities through soccer.”  In addition, the opening of the Capture Coral Gables exhibit is great for the community, as it showcases photographs that were shot around the City Beautiful and chosen by our judges as part of our annual photography contest.  Museum visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite photos.   Add that to the performance by Rose Max and you have a fabulous, entertaining evening in the heart of downtown Coral Gables.”

The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon Avenue in downtown Coral Gables. For more information regarding the exhibits and associated activities, please call 305-603-8067 or visit www.coralgablesmuseum.org.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ronaldo, Landon, etc...

World Cup Countdown: 18 Days to Go!!!!

So much soccer news this weekend...I love how much airtime The Beautiful Game is getting on ESPN these days. My, have times changed.

Let's catch up...

Yesterday's Champions League final was one of the ages, and for Atletico fans, a reminder of how cruel this sport can be. They were 2 minutes from winning the European crown and a Sergio Ramos goal in extra time changed everything. Real Madrid went on to dominate for the next 30 minutes, Bale scored off a gorgeous, athletic header; Marcelo outsprinted a tired Atletico defense, and then Cristiano Ronaldo knocks in a PK to make it 4-1. I could have done without Ronaldo's endless shirtless Hulk preening poses, but hey, the guy was playing in Portugal and it was a huge win -- Real's 10th CL title -- so I guess I'll cut him a break. What did you think of the game? Ronaldo's celebration?

As for Landon Donovan, he spoke out yesterday, and though he said nothing directly critical of Jurgen Klinsmann, his comments made it VERY clear that he feels he deserves to be on the US World Cup team. He said not only did he expect to make the team, he expected to be vying for a starting spot based on his performance in camp, fitness, and dedication to the team.  To read exactly what he said, click here....

AS IF there wasn't enough drama about Donovan's snub, Jurgen Klinsmann's 18-year-old son, Jonathan, a goalkeeper with the US youth program, made it even worse by Tweeting a joke about Donovan being left off the team. Read about that here...

Here is my column on the Donovan snub, in case you missed it.

Here is a story by Linda Robertson on the evolution of the US national team and whether the federation is doing a better job of tapping into minority talent pool.

Finally, before you throw out your Sunday Miami Herald, or put it in the birdcage, be sure to pluck out your FREE page of Panini World Cup trading stickers!!


Friday, May 23, 2014


Our beloved Ray Hudson goes nuts on Landon Donovan World Cup snub. Be SURE you listen from start to finish. I just love Ray's passion. I wish he did all soccer commentary in our country. He is so wonderful.

Poll: Do you agree with decision to cut Donovan?