- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 hrs ago
Missing out on a World Cup final because of a penalty shootout is difficult to take and Arjen Robben's five-year-old son Luka simply wasn't having it after Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties. Once it was over, Robben went over to his wife Bernadien and son Luka, who endured the scoreless match from their front row seats. Luka was bawling as a TV camera caught his mother and father trying to comfort him and as a result, he quickly became the star of the match.
The television broadcast couldn't pick up the audio of what young Luka was shouting, but it was probably something along the lines of "Why does he keep diving?!" or "I don't want to go to the third-place match!"
- Maxi Rodriguez at Dirty Tackle3 hrs ago
- Sean Leahy at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago
The U.S men’s national team are back enjoying their summers or have already re-joined their club sides just over a week since their elimination from the 2014 World Cup at the hands of Belgium. With the team’s performance capitvating America, captain Clint Dempsey appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night and received a standing ovation from the audience inside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
The two chatted about the U.S.’s showing in Brazil, the difficulties of scoring on a soccer net, diving and more.
Here’s the entire 12-minute interview:
Dave makes a good alternate point about diving. If you’re running approximately 11 kilometers a match, trying to draw a call by rolling around on the pitch for a few minutes is a nice way to give everyone a breather.
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle6 hrs ago
If there's one element of soccer that keeps the majority of anti-futbol Americans on the far side of the fence, it isn't the low scoring or the foreign-sounding names. No, it's the flopping — the overly dramatic, theatrical, bad-high-school-play-style imitations of actual injury that halt play. Flopping runs counter to classic American values like "play hurt" and "rub some dirt in it, you'll be fine," and thus infuriates a certain subset of American fans.
That subset now has its justification. A film company named Fourgrounds Film — they're from Canada, but we won't hold that against them yet — has created a lovely short film titled "Everyday Football Fouls." The premise is: What if the rest of the world flopped like soccer players? Simple premise, delightful execution. Enjoy, and make sure to watch through to the very end.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle14 hrs ago
As everyone watching on television has come to realize, the World Cup is really just an elaborate ploy arranged so camera operators can film the mix of attractive and oddly dressed people who fill the stands during the matches.
One fan who caught the attention of several photographers was 17-year-old Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere . Pictures of her in the stands at Belgium's group stage matches against Russia and South Korea were used on websites and in newspapers around the world. She set up a Facebook fan page (which currently has more than 21,000 likes) and when she returned to Belgium at the conclusion of the group stage, she was booked for television appearances as her sudden fame grew.
- Alex Baker at Dirty Tackle19 hrs ago
It was the defeat that shocked the world as Brazil slumped to a shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday's World Cup semifinal at the Estadio Mineirao. The 2014 World Cup was supposed to be the one that healed the wounds of the "Maracanazo," the lingering feeling of tragedy that's haunted Brazil since losing the 1950 World Cup at home to Uruguay.
Unfortunately, now the Brazilians have arguably an even more dispiriting loss to contend with as they saw their team undone by a German side that scored four goals in six minutes to put the match beyond the favored hosts.
While Brazil were without their attacking talisman, Neymar, and their defensive lynchpin, Thiago Silva, there is little that can explain such a complete collapse. The shock, awe and horror of the defeat are well-represented in headlines from around Brazil.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle19 hrs ago
Simply put, the World Cup semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina was terrible.
The 120 minutes of scoreless muck in which both teams were wholly consumed by the desire to not concede a goal, completely forgetting the concept of mounting an attack, would best be described with a blank page. The Netherlands' Ron Vlaar continued the futility by having his shot to the begin the penalty shootout saved. Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero went on to save Wesley Sneijder's attempt as well, helping his side to a 4-2 shootout win. Romero was named Man of the Match not for his two important saves, but because he finally ended the match and allowed everyone to move on with their lives.
This was the first World Cup semifinal ever to end scoreless before going to penalties. And now Argentina will face Germany in the final having scored eight goals in the entire tournament (half by Lionel Messi) — one more than Germany scored in their semifinal against Brazil.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dirty Tackle23 hrs ago
Join us for the second semifinal match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Lionel Messi has found a way to lead Argentina to victory despite little help from his teammates, but will get even less help Wednesday without Angel Di Maria. Meanwhile, the Dutch are aiming for a second straight World Cup final appearance. The winner goes on to play Germany on Sunday, the loser plays Brazil on Saturday in the third-place match. The game will be televised on ESPN and Univision, and streamed online on Watch ESPN and Univision.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago
FIFA has taken the extreme measure of immediately suspending the Nigeria Football Federation for government interference following the arrest of the NFF's president. As a result of the ban, no team from Nigeria can compete internationally, even at the club level. If the ban is not lifted by July 15, this will prevent Nigeria from competing in the upcoming U-20 Women's World Cup.
- Sean Leahy at Dirty Tackle1 day ago
Before Tuesday’s 7-1 victory by Germany over Brazil in the first World Cup semifinal, you would have likely predicted it was going to be a low-scoring, physical game. As we found out, that wasn’t the case and it cost one bar in Ireland heavily.
Ahead of the match, the Roisin Dubh in Galway held a drink promotion offering 50 cents off pints of Brahma if Brazil scored and the same discount off Erdinger's if Germany found the back of the net. Eight goals later, pints of Brahma’s were going for €3.50, while most of the bar was enjoying Erdinger’s that dropped to the bargain price of 50 cents.