- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle14 hrs ago
With just two matches left to be played in the 2014 World Cup, the time has come to look back on an excellent and often insane month of football. And, as Lionel Messi will tell you, there is no better way to do that than to recreate many of the tournament's standout moments with Lego pieces.
The Guardian has been producing Lego highlights of World Cup matches throughout the tournament and now they have put together a compilation that serves as a delightful recap for anyone who might be joining late or blacked out sometime around Luis Suarez's bite on Giorgio Chiellini.
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Be sure to watch for Pepe's headbutt on Thomas Muller, David Luiz's free kick against Colombia and the assortment of celebrating Lego men that will make you wish the final would be carried out entirely in Lego form. Enjoy.
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- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle15 hrs ago
FIFA has announced the nominees for the World Cup's individual player awards and while all of them are deserving of the recognition, one name was noticeably absent. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was left off the three-man goalkeeping award shortlist despite his record setting performance against Belgium in the round of 16 that ultimately wasn't enough to keep his team's improbable World Cup run going.
But before naming those who were included, here are the nominees for the Golden Ball award, which goes to the tournament's best overall player:
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle16 hrs ago
The budding modeling career of a 17-year-old Belgium fan who scored a deal with L'Oreal after being photographed in the stands at World Cup matches seems to have ended just as quickly as it began.
- Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle17 hrs ago
Before he set off for his relaxing four-month break in Catalunya, the Uruguayan met with Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan.
As you can see, there was some mild confrontation.
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- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle18 hrs ago
No one took Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany harder than defender David Luiz. With captain Thiago Silva suspended for the match, Luiz wore the armband for the day and, in his over exuberance to lead, it seemed as if he tried to play every position at the same time.
After Germany's humbling of an entire nation was complete, Luiz offered a tearful apology to his country on TV, saying, "I just wanted to see my people smile."
Seeing this prompted nine-year-old fan Ana Luz to write Luiz a letter letting him know that everything would be OK.
Here's the translation of what she wrote (via The Mirror):
Hi David Luiz,
My name is Ana Luz.
I saw all of the Brazil games in the World Cup and I liked it a lot watching you play.
- Maxi Rodriguez at Dirty Tackle20 hrs ago
In a move that seemed inevitable since the start of the summer, Liverpool confirmed in a statement released on Friday that star striker Luis Suarez would be sold to Barcelona for an undisclosed fee that journalists believe to be in the region of $130m.
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle20 hrs ago
There were times during Tuesday's German whitewashing that Brazil barely seemed to be present on the pitch at all. Some enterprising YouTuber has taken that conceit to its logical and highly believable conclusion, creating a version of the match in which Brazil isn't even there. The moody, tragic piano only heightens the sense of dread, desperation and inexorable fate.
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Really, this should be the video that Brazil uses to sustain itself in the coming years. Of course the Germans won 7-1! They started the match before Brazil even showed up! Scoring seven goals? That couldn't possibly have really happened.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago
Neymar returned to Brazil's training center after spending several days recovering from his back injury at home. While his teammates prepared for the cruel chore that is Saturday's third-place match against the Netherlands, Neymar, wearing his Brazil shirt autographed by the other players, gave a press conference in which he discussed what he described as "the worst week of his life."
On the subject of the knee to the back from Colombia's Carlos Zuniga during Brazil's quarterfinal win that fractured a vertebra in his back and ended his World Cup, Neymar said that Zuniga later called him to apologize and that he forgave him.
From The Associated Press:
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago
Belgium and Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has changed his most beloved and recognizable attribute: his glorious and free flowing afro.
After an underwhelming first season at Man United in which the only benefit he offered was to the novelty wig vendors around Old Trafford, Fellaini agreed to cut the 'fro he's been growing out since 2008 if Belgium won the World Cup. But they only made it to the quarterfinals, so he seems to have compromised by trimming his hair and having it braided.
- Ryan Bailey at Dirty Tackle1 day ago
Boffins at Cambridge University Press have compiled a multi-billion word database in order to find the terms most associated with each 2014 World Cup football team.
By scouring a broad range of English-language media sources throughout the tournament, the study has produced a list of the top three words used in conjunction with each team in Brazil. Here's the full list, as per the BBC:
While some terms are quite unsurprising (Belgium "dark horse"; Honduras "physical"; Cameroon "hapless"; Spain "humiliation") there are plenty that don't seem to quite fit. The top word for England, for example, is "exciting." That really couldn't be any further from reality. And Portugal's second most popular word is "ego", but that appears to have been accidentally inserted in place of the word "Ronaldo."
The USA's terms are typically patriotic ("determined, heroic, courageous") and Uruguay's are at least 66% dictated by the actions of Luis Suarez ("bite, disgrace, doe-or-die").