Written by Will Parchman

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The 2014 World Cup’s been in the ground for more than six months now. Morose thought, and even worse when you consider the vast carpet of days and months and years stretching out to the horizon between now and the next one. But a handful of monumental moments live on in the retelling, and these five deserve a special place on the top shelf of the World Cup’s panoply of memorable moments.

Pirlo’s dummy against England

Andrea Pirlo is the coolest damn dude on the planet. He’s also world soccer’s on-field equivalent of Rico Suave. Pirlo had his wine and cheese moments in Brazil, namely a nearly brilliant free kick that donked the crossbar against England. But the true crucible of his careless brilliance came earlier in that England game when he dummied a cross that led to Claudio Marchisio’s opening salvo.

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2014 World Cup Best XI

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The 2014 World Cup is officially in the books.

Germany’s 1-0 win in Rio ended the latest campaign, lauded by many as one of the best tournaments in recent memories, thanks in large part to an action-packed group stage.

The Germans were worthy winners, hands down the best team on a game-by-game basis during the month long tournament.

Here is TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Best XI from the the 2014 World Cup:

GK Manuel Neuer, Germany: The heroics of Costa Rican Keylor Navas caught a lot of headlines, although his run came to the end in the quarterfinals. That opened the door for Neuer, often in the discussion for the impossible to label “best goalkeeper in the world” tag. Neuer helped pave the way to Germany’s triumph, and while he may not have had much to do in Sunday’s final, he was immense throughout.

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Written by Travis Clark

I miss it already. ESPN put together this video looking back at the best moments during the last month in Brazil.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

Over the Fourth of July weekend, Eric Wynalda made an appearance on the Dan Patrick show to rail against Jurgen Klinsmann’s management of his side in the 2014 World Cup. It may have been something you’d expect to hear out of Wynalda, a historically feisty commentator, but it gave voice to a wide range of issues that’ve been trumpeted over the last week on a national scale. Some more valid than others.

You have to get beyond Wynalda’s initial moment of self-aggrandizement when he sounds vaguely like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite (I’D TAKE STATE) to get to the real meat, but there are some morsels worth pausing over here. Let’s go blow-by-blow through Wynalda’s 10 minutes of Dan Patrick glory and see what we can find.

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Written by Travis Clark

2384429_full-lndTake a deep breath, everyone. We’re well past the halfway point.

A two-week whirlwind of highly-concentrated World Cup action breaks for Friday in preparation for the knockout stages. Little by little, teams return home (if they haven’t already) as the chase for glory goes on in Brazil.

A couple weeks remain of a tournament that so far, has surely surpassed expectations from an entertainment perspective. Here are four thoughts on the World Cup group stages:

Is there a favorite?

The last two World Cup champions have been sent packing, as Italy and Spain couldn’t muster their way out of their groups. Pre-tournament favorites such as Germany, Brazil and Argentina all finished first in their respective group, but none were incredibly convincing. Every team that has a decent claim as a contender also possesses at least a flaw or two.

So of the 16 teams remaining, who wins this thing? Brazil is going to be there or thereabout for a good long while, as it’s not difficult to see them riding the wave of both home support and the golden legs of Neymar, who can do no run in the yellow jersey. Messi has provided moments of magic for Argentina, but a creaky defense doesn’t inspire confidence.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

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We’re counting down the top 5 goals from the World Cup to this point. Find out if Cahill or RVP grabs the number one spot.

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Written by Will Parchman

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You’re going to want to save this one.

The World Cup is exactly two weeks away, which means you’d better be ready. This should help. Sports Interaction created a beautiful interactive schedule that breaks down the time and location of each World Cup game from group stage to the final. So you can get better acquainted with the U.S.’s meat grinder of a path to the final. Which they’ll definitely navigate!

 

 

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Written by Will Parchman

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So you thought the World Cup draw was tough? Group G was the Group of Death? And that the cosmos had to lighten up on the U.S. once (if) it got through that three-game murderer’s row?

This is going to sting a little.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

Things you need to know about this album.

  • Clint Dempsey’s decision to cut his hair was a win for everyone.
  • Iniesta, Drogba, Klose, Eto’o & Lahm apparently don’t age.
  • Wayne Rooney, lol.
  • Xavi’s has kept the same hair stylist all these years.

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Swanson

Dedication to a dream comes in different forms.

A man who wished to go to the 2014 World Cup was willing to dribble a ball the 10,000 miles it took to get from his Seattle home to the stadium in Brazil.

He had hoped his journey would bring awareness and promote the One World Futbol Project, an organization that donates soccer balls to less than fortunate countries all around the world.

But Wednesday morning, 42-year-old Richard Swanson was tragically hit by a truck in Oregon, and his dream looked as if it came to a halt.

His legacy seems to live on.

A foundation is in the works for Swanson, while his family friends are looking to help send his two sons, Devin and Raven, to the World Cup in his memory.

One World Futbol Project donates a carefully designed, durable and dependent soccer ball for every ball that is purchased. You can find out more about the project HERE.

 

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