Written by Travis Clark

_76239690_germanytrophyliftIn a World Cup lacking a standalone, runaway favorite, with each contending team showing obvious chinks in its armor, it was most fitting for the 2014 tournament’s most consistent (and best) side to hoist the trophy on Sunday’s

Mario G├Âtze’s 112th minute winner edged Germany past Argentina 1-0 in a final that wasn’t exactly one for the ages, yet it didn’t skirt near the edges of the drabbest affairs that are often generated by the high stakes of the world’s most prestigious sporting event. It was a deserving win, a result that can be hard to come by in the smash and grab nature of soccer.

After pummeling Brazil in the semifinal, casual observers might have expected more from Die Mannschaft; however, those following Argentina knew that the Germans wouldn’t have the same time and space afforded them by the sieve-like defending of the generous hosts last week. The shutdown defense approach coupled with Messi magic had essentially fueled the South American side to this point, and it was more of the same from La Albiceleste for long stretches of Sunday’s final.

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Written by Travis Clark

During Tuesday’s 7-1 loss against Germany, Brazil played like some of its players weren’t even on the field.

Now, thanks to the Internet and the power of technology, some kind soul decided to show us what that literally would look like, producing a video that scrubbed the Brazilians from the screen on each German gold.

Not much difference, right?

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

World Cup Memes

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It saddens me to say that the World Cup will be over on Sunday. This has been one of the best World Cup’s in recent history and it’s a shame we have to wait four more years for the next one. Thanks to the internet we have some images that will live on forever. Enjoy…

 

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Written by Travis Clark

TYP1Still surly about the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup exit?

Let the dulcet tones of TDS staffers Travis Clark and Will Parchman soothe the pain with the latest episode of the Young Professionals, TopDrawerSoccer.com’s weekly podcast. This week’s episode is USMNT centric, discussing Tuesday’s loss to Belgium and much more regarding the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

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Look, I know. Projecting the trajectories of youth national team prospects is tricky work. There is little science to it beyond the discernment of the eye and the hope that the growth process continues apace as it has. There is no guarantee the mental makeup fits the physical maturation, or even that the player continues to improve in any substantive way at all. But we do what we can with what we have.

In this case, what we have is a fair bit. With the U.S. adventure in Brazil over, the spyglass swings to newer shores, younger players, more exciting ventures. And in this case, there’s plenty to be excited about. The current crop of attacking players currently in YNT setups in the U.S. is among the best ever produced, which is evidenced by the names missing from the list you’re about to see. No Haji Wright. No Emerson Hyndman. No Kyle Gruno. No Junior Flores. No Luca de la Torre. No Nick Taitague. Not a bad bench.

So what would a U.S. cross-age YNT Best XI (that is, only players U20 eligible and younger and who haven’t yet been cap-tied to the senior team) look like if you’re projecting a future World Cup roster? Maybe something like this.

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Written by Travis Clark

2385191_full-lndHeading into the World Cup, it didn’t take a genius to figure that Argentina’s chances of a deep run in Brazil rested on the shoulders of Lionel Messi.

The pressure probably hasn’t been higher on one of the game’s greatest players heading into this tournament. Coming off an injury-plagued, disappointing campaign at Barcelona (at least by the club’s ridiculously high standards), at 27 years old, this might just be the best chance of securing that ever-elusive World Cup title.

And what better place to accomplish that feat than at a tournament hosted by their arch-rivals Brazil? A common refrain echoed through the Argentine camp that often resonates prior to major competitions: they’ve got a bunch of good players and Messi, therefore, they could win it, right?

Through three games, Argentina hasn’t separated itself from the pack, but neither has it damaged its chances either. Nine points, four goals from Messi, punctuated by Wednesday’s display against Nigeria — his best performance to date.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

WCtopGoals

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 Travis Clark

world-cupIt’s here. It’s finally here.

The 2014 World Cup kicks off Thursday afternoon, as 32 nations vie for glory, looking to navigate through all the twists, turns and challenges that a few weeks in Brazil will throw at them.

Before the tournament officially begins, the TopDrawerSoccer.com staff came together and picked who might end up winning the whole thing. Hint: if any of us are close to right, things are looking very, very good for either Brazil or Argentina when all is said and done.

Full picks are after the jump.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

If you’ve never seen a GoPro commercial before, now is the time to fix that.

Purveyors of some of the best videos on the Internet, the GoPro team setup shop down in Brazil ahead of this week’s World Cup, taking to the streets to do what they do best.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

Here is a little something to help you get ready for the 2014 World Cup. Someone wake me up on June 12.


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