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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

English WAGS dropped from Miami travel plan

World Cup Countdown: 63 Days to Go!

England's national team will have a 1-week training camp in Miami before heading to Brazil for the World Cup. Wayne Rooney and Co. are scheduled to fly to Miami June 1, play friendlies against Ecuador June 4 and Honduras June 7, and then head to to Brazil.

Initially, the WAGS (wives and girlfriends) were invited to Miami with the team. But that plan changed. Read about it here...

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Poll: Should Tevez be on Argentine World Cup team?

World Cup Countdown: 64 days! Carlos Tevez has been on fire for Juventus in Serie A this season, tied for the league lead with 18 goals, but he is still being overlooked for the Argentine national team. Coach Alejandro Sabella clearly doesn't like Tevez, who hasn't played in his national jersey since 2011. Argentine fans are furious about Tevez's exclusion from the World Cup, and are protesting through social media and banners at games. Fans are organizing a protest march for Friday at 5pm in Buenos Aires. They will meet at in Plaza de la Republíca and march to the Argentine Football Association's headquarters. More than 1,500 people have said they will participate. What do YOU think? Should Tevez be on Argentina's World Cup squad? Vote below.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Julian Green to make US debut?

72 Days to go the World Cup...

The US plays Mexico Wednesday night (11 p.m., ESPN) and there is much buzz about Julian Green, an 18-year-old Bayern Munich phenom who has dual citizenship and has decided to play for the USA. He is expected to make he debut.

“We don’t want to put any type of pressure on [Julian] or too high of expectations,” Klinsmann told reporters at USMNT training on Monday. “At the end of the day, he’s a player to be developed. Developed mainly in his club from one point to the next, and we are going to help this development. How everything can then proceed is up to him. We take his pace, we take his development there and have a very close eye on him.”

“When I was at Bayern Munich, he was in the Under-14s probably, so I’m not saying that I watched the Under-14s train every day,” Klinsmann joked. “Obviously we have a lot of good, valuable information about a lot of the players coming through the dual citizenship path.

“We want to start communicating with them as early as possible and then show them how the path with the US or how it could be with the other side that they can choose. [Julian’s] family on both sides really appreciated that we were very open and honest with everything we did.”

Monday, March 31, 2014

Klinsmann adds Vogts, Ramos to US staff

73 Days to Go to the World Cup!

News from US team: Klinsmann adds Berti Vogts, Tab Ramos to staff.

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed former World Cup winner Berti Vogts to be a Special Advisor to the U.S. Men's National Team from now through the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

A part of the Germany team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Vogts brings a tremendous track record of success to the National Team. Having coached the squad to the 1996 European Championship - on which Klinsmann was a player - he is the last head coach to lead Germany to a trophy.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have Berti join us as an advisor," said Klinsmann. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both as a player and a coach, and he knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. He was my coach for Germany in the 1990s and we have a great relationship. Through his time as the head coach of Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan, he is obviously very familiar with our opponents in the group stage of the World Cup, and for us this is a huge bonus."

In his role as Special Advisor, Vogts will aid in the development of training plans, help prepare scouting reports, and travel to observe matches of the USA's opponents in the lead-up to the tournament and in Brazil.

Along with the announcement of Vogts, Klinsmann has added U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos to the coaching staff and is transitioning Martin Vasquez to other responsibilities within U.S. Soccer.

"As we move toward the World Cup, we are shifting some responsibilities within the technical staff that we believe will put individuals in areas of strength and provide us with the best opportunity to be successful," said Klinsmann.

Vogts earned 96 caps for Germany, playing a total of 19 matches spanning three World Cups. Nicknamed "Der Terrier," he famously marked Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in the 1974 World Cup final that Germany won 2-1 in Munich. He served as team captain from 1977-79, taking over for Franz Beckenbauer.

During a 14-year professional career in which he was twice named Germany Footballer of the Year, Vogts was an integral part of the Borussia Moenchengladbach squad that won five Bundesliga titles (1969-70, 1970-71, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77) and two UEFA Cups (1974-75, 1978-79).

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98, compiling a record of 66-12-24. In addition to the title in 1996, he had a second-place finish in the 1992 European Championship and led Germany to the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Having coached the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08), he has served as the manager for Azerbaijan since April of 2008 and will continue in that role.

Puebla won't release Beasley, Orozco

73 Days to Go til the World Cup!

In today's news...

According to a release from the US Soccer Federation, Puebla has refused the request to release U.S. Men's National Team defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco for the match between the USA and Mexico on April 2. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will not add any replacements, reducing the roster to 20 players available for selection.

"We are very disappointed in the decision by Puebla," said Klinsmann. "When the match was scheduled, it was with the spirit that both teams would have access to their domestic-based players for what is a very important game for those competing for spots in the World Cup. Both MLS and most clubs in Liga MX honored that idea. While we understand their position, it's a huge opportunity lost for DaMarcus and Michael and doesn't contribute to the continuation of this respected rivalry."

The U.S. squad began gathering Sunday in advance of USA-Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the USA's final match before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp.

US Roster...

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)