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Messi’s celebrates birthday with a colorful cleat

What do you get the game’s most prolific striker for his birthday? A new pair of cleats of course. Lionel Messi sported these colorful adidas birthday boots in training today, ahead of Argentina’s final group match tomorrow against Nigeria in Porto Alegre. A version of the adizero f50 Messi Battle Pack, only 27 versions of…

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Tracking every goal from every game in Brazil

Here at SOCCER.COM we’ve been camped in our 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Headquarters for 13 days now, during which we’ve witnessed 3,240 plus minutes, 36 matches and 105 glorious goals (and three own goals). We’ve tracked and charted each successful strike in our Brazil 2014 Goal Tracker, noting the player, cleat, national team, club team and…

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Neymar gets golden Hypervenom

Created in honor of Brazil’s phenom, Nike has created a golden version of the Hypervenom that Neymar Jr. will wear the rest of the tournament. As a young player on the streets of Brazil, Neymar Jr. used to spray paint all of his cleats gold. “When we met with Neymar he told us that when…

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Brazil, Mexico advance from Group A for effort

It’s difficult to be eliminated from the FIFA World Cup™ if you concede but one goal in the Group Stage. It’s also nearly impossible to crash out when you host the event, especially if you have the pedigree of Brazil, which has been to every Knockout Round since 1966. True to from, Mexico and Brazil…

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Oranje crush, Chile advance from Group B

Holland got two goals from substitutes to defeat Chile and top Group B in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ action today. Leroy Fer scored with his first touch, a glancing header, and Memphis Depay sealed the 2-0 victory via a tap-in from Arjen Robben’s exquisite square ball. GOAL! 77' Fer whips in the header! #NED 1-0…

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Make or break time for El Tri

adidas takes us behind-the-scenes – into the locker room, on the bus, and plane – as Mexico makes their way to the Arena Pernambuco in Recife for their 4 pm match against Croaita. Today can mean Mexico goes through to Knockout Round or goes home. Are you ready to cheer? Find all the official Mexico…

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#AskZlatan offers USA fans a shoulder to cry on

Don’t laugh. Some of us still need it. In the latest installment of the Nike’s “#AskZlatan series”, Zlatan offers soccer-sad USA fans  his condolences and a pep talk after yesterday’s heartbreaking draw against Portugal. Feeling soccer sad, America? Have a cry on Zlatan’s shoulder. https://t.co/kV6KpdkqXw — Nike Soccer (@nikesoccer) June 23, 2014 Relax, everyone. Zlatan…

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SOCCER.COM’s Starting XI of Round Two

With all 16 games of Round Two now in the books, we take a look at the 11 men who stood out most in an enthralling second set of matches at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. GK: Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico, Nike Mercurial Vapor X Why he made our list: The El Tri No. 1 did…

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What’s on the line in Brazil?

As we watch the action in Brazil, it’s easy to note the bright and bold cleats that are putting the ball in the back of the net, but, what about those gloves that are blocking shot after shot after shot? Some of the best moments of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ so far have come…

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A point a piece as USMNT, Portugal play thriller

Few but the bold and brave thought the USMNT had a chance to advance out of the Group of Death when the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ draw was made, but Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have performed with such profoundness that now Americans everywhere are stunned to only net a draw with Portugal, a result that…

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USA adds good luck charm to jersey

This morning US Soccer added a good luck charm/inspiring mantra to the inside of the team badge on the 23 jerseys the US squad will wear to take on Portugal. “The American will to win is stronger than any opponent in your way.” The game kicks off at 6pm on ESPN.

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Belgium bound for next round with late winner

Substitute Divock Origi, a little-known teenager who plays with Lille in France, found the winner today for Belgium as the Red Devils downed Russia in Group H play to seal a spot in the Round of 16. The 19-year-old striker came on for Romelu Lukaku and combined with Belgian attacking brain Eden Hazard to grab…

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The most popular USMNT players by state

When the USMNT kicks off against Portugal at 6 p.m. ET Sunday, citizens across the continental USA and abroad will join as one to support not only their favorite player, but the entire Starting XI and 23-man roster. Still, we wanted to know which players enjoy the most support state by state using data we…

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Germany, Ghana delight neutrals in deserved draw

Germany and Ghana shared the points and each made history in a jaw-dropping, scintillating 2-2 draw Saturday in Group G action in Fortaleza. It was a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ contest for the ages with all goals coming within 20 minutes in the second half. Die Mannschaft looked like world beaters in their 4-0…

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Messi the Magnificent hits last-gasp winner

It had to be Lionel Messi. For much of the day this story seemed certain to be about the inspired resistance of the Iranians who had defended in numbers and with honor for 91 minutes. Then, the four-time world player of the year cut inside on his left and unfurled a curling drive that found…