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U.S. wants forward thinking from slumping Jozy Altidore

SAN FRANCISCO — As Jurgen Klinsmann walked onto the field at Candlestick Park before the start the U.S. team's open training session, someone from the stands shouted, "Where's Landon?"<p>At a park famous for its wind and fog, the U.S. team enters Tuesday's exhibition game against Azerbaijan in a state …

Michael Bradley needs help and the USMNT's diamond needs another game

Jurgen Klinsmann's diamond midfield makes sense as a concept, but only if the right players are around Michael Bradley.<p>Michael Bradley is the United States' best and most creative player. He's great on the ball, he's an excellent passer, he's exceptionally fit and he works hard defensively. Jurgen …

Brazil to win World Cup, according to Goldman Sachs

One would think that in the wake of their lamentable failure to predict the financial crash of recent years, institutions such as Goldman Sachs would refrain from forecasting future events.<p>But, as sure as bailout follows bust, the one thing you can rely upon from the big players in the financial …

Landon Donovan knows World Cup spot must be earned

He has been the face of American soccer for more than a decade, but Landon Donovan says he's not sure he even has a place on the U.S. roster for the World Cup.<p>Probably the greatest player this country has produced, the 32-year-old forward for the LA Galaxy said Monday that there are no assurances …

World Cup 2014 squads: Belgium name 24

Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has named an extremely talented, Premier League-heavy 24-man provisional squad for this summer's World Cup.<p>Belgium, one of the official Dark Horses of the summer, have today named a 24-man squad ahead of the World Cup.<p>Manchester United teenager Adnan Januzaj makes the …

Bosnia World Cup 2014 squad: Edin Dzeko and Asmir Begovic get the nod

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko has been named in Bosnia-Herzegovina's provisional World Cup squad. Dzeko, fresh from winning the Premier League title, is in a 24-man squad who will have to be reduced to 23 players by 2 June.<p>Bosnia, who will be making their first appearance at a major championship, …

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Fabio Cannavaro: The street urchin who became a World Cup 'legend' - CNN.com

<i>CNN's Human to Hero series celebrates inspiration and achievement in sport. Click here for videos and features</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- "When you win the World Cup, you start to become a legend -- for the people around the world, you are different."<p>For Fabio Cannavaro, this legendary status was hard earned.<p>At just …

Puma Launch EvoPOWER World Cup Boots with Mario Balotelli, Cesc Fabregas

The big players are unveiling their World Cup lines, and here, we have Puma's evoPOWER boots, which will be worn by the likes of Mario Balotelli and Cesc Fabregas at the World Cup.<p>Check out these ads featuring the Italy striker and Spain midfielder.<p>Here are some more pics of the product.<p>Do you like …

Australia World Cup 2014: Team Guide for FIFA Tournament

National team coach Ange Postecoglou has named a young, inexperienced Australia squad ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.<p>The 30-man preliminary squad revealed on Wednesday will be pruned to 23 on June 2.<p>The Socceroos are rank outsiders to qualify for the knockout stages, as they face three …

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Spain World Cup squad: Fernando Torres and Juan Mata included

Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Manchester United's Juan Mata have both been included in Spain's preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup. Neither player has had the best of seasons but Vicente del Bosque picked both of them for his provisional 30-man squad, together with the uncapped Ander Iturraspe …

World Cup 2014: England exclusion upsets Jermain Defoe

<b>Striker Jermain Defoe says he is "devastated" not to be part of England's World Cup squad.</b><p>The 31-year-old, who moved from Tottenham to MLS side Toronto FC in February, has played 55 times for his country and scored 19 goals.<p>"It's hard to find words to describe the feeling," he told BBC Radio 5 live.<p>…

World Cup 2014: Can the FBI help stop Brazil's World Cup protesters? - CNN.com

In April, demonstrators hit the streets in Sao Paulo to protest against Brazil's hosting of the 2014 World Cup, which begins on June 12.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>'You are not going to have the Cup'<p>Anger and frustration<p>Belo protests<p>Fireball<p>Stop and stare<p>Eyes in the sky<p>To the streets<p>Support not flagging<p>Fire burns …

Spain name squad for 2014 World Cup

Barcelona and the two Madrid sides dominate a powerful provisional squad, as Spain prepare to defend their World Cup trophy.<p>Spanish manager Vicente del Bosque has today announced a provisional squad of 30 players ahead of the 2014 World Cup, where Spain will defend the trophy they won in 2010.<p>As …

Nike Ad Induces World Cup Fever Without Mentioning the Tourney Once

Nike released a new World Cup ad on Friday, and predictably enough, it's freaking excellent.<p>Let's take a deeper dive.<p>Starring Cristiano Ronaldo, …

World Cup Kick-off Times in Brazil Turn Up Heat on Leading Nations

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been the focus of much attention due to the potential conditions on and off the pitch in the heat of the Middle East summer.<p>Of course, focus has also shifted to issues of vote fixing and human rights abuses. However, there are many who believe that the need to play …

5 Players Jurgen Klinsmann Will Mistakenly Leave off USMNT Roster

Much time has been spent over the past few months speculating over who United States men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will name to his 23-man World Cup roster.<p>On the other hand, not nearly enough attention has been paid to the players that likely aren't even under consideration for a …

Neymar backs 'peaceful' World Cup protests - CNN.com

Brazil forward Neymar is tipped to be one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup. But the Brazilian international is not only concerned about events on the pitch...<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>The face of the 2014 World Cup?<p>Golden Boy<p>Protests<p>Emulating Pele<p>Past and Present<p>Family Affair<p>'More than a Club'<p>A bumpy</i> …

Andros Townsend World Cup hopes in jeopardy after sustaining ankle injury

Tottenham's Andros Townsend will undergo further assessment on an ankle injury that could jeopardise his World Cup spot.<p>The winger sustained an ankle injury after coming on 12 minutes from time in Saturday's 1-0 win at Stoke.<p>Townsend left the Britannia Stadium in a protective boot and underwent an …

Kevin Mirallas Told to Shut It over Adnan Januzaj World Cup Spot by Marc Wilmots

<b>Update from Wednesday, April 30</b><p>Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has told Everton's Kevin Mirallas to keep his mouth shut over the potential inclusion of Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj in his World Cup squad.<p>Mirallas has questioned whether Januzaj has done enough to prove his quality this …

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