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A World Cup final is the type of game a player wants to remember every minute of. Unfortunately, Germany’s Christoph Kramer, who took a blow to the head yesterday in a collision with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay, now says he can’t remember much of it at all.
Kramer took a blow to the face…
Oh, the dreaded third-place playoff match.
Dismissed by many and craved by few, the “consolation final” actually took on more importance this time around. It offered Brazil a chance to pick up the remnants of their dignity which was so brutally smashed into pieces by…
In case you haven’t heard, the 2014 World Cup final is set: Germany vs. Argentina. Or, Lionel Messi vs. THE MACHINE, as Jon Champion so eloquently put it.
One thing immediately became clear: Just 24 hours after Germany handed Brazil its most humiliating defeat of all time, the hosts couldn’t jump on Germany’s bandwagon quick enough. Funny how this game goes sometimes:
We are a nation of 200 million Germans.— Fernando Duarte (@Fernando_Duarte)July 9, 2014
Speaking of, Wednesday’s semifinal (or should I say, zzzzzz-emifinal) between Argentina and the Netherlands was NOTHING like Germany’s rout.
All you really need to know is that the Dutch and Albiceleste combined for five shots on goal for the entire 90 minutes and extra-time, the same number of goals Germany scored in 19 minutes of the first half on Tuesday. Yeah…
So how did we get to this World Cup final rematch of 1990 and 1986, the “rubber match” if you will between Germany and Argentina? Check out the best tweets:
The big story of the first half was Javier Mascherano visibly seeing stars after a head-to-head collision, then being allowed to play on. Yet another concussion controversy in soccer. Ho-hum:
Replay is awful. Delayed reaction. You can see Masch losing consciousness.— Richard Whittall (@RWhittall)July 9, 2014
That replay was horrible. No idea where he was at that moment.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven)July 9, 2014
It’s OK. Mascherano just got his bell rung. … …. …. …. …— Mike Foss (@themikefoss)July 9, 2014
I mean obviously Mascherano looks concussed. I have no idea if he was. Problem is neither does his team or anybody else.— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G)July 9, 2014
FIFA needs new regulations regarding concussions. It cannot be the player’s decision if they can continue— Yael Averbuch (@Yael_Averbuch)July 9, 2014
Honest to God soccer: when a guy clearly has a head injury could we maybe take five seconds to look him over first?!?!?!— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT)July 9, 2014
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman)July 9, 2014
It’s kind of neat, actually. FIFA’s official position on concussions was conceived by someone in the middle of experiencing one.— Brian Phillips (@runofplay)July 9, 2014
Absolutely unacceptable. Pereira, now Mascherano. FIFA is playing with fire. Forget team physicians, time for independent medical advice.— Andrew Orsatti (@AndrewOrsatti)July 9, 2014
Somehow, that was literally the only talking point of the first half
Just a friendly reminder: at this point yesterday we had already seen five goals. Let’s go, #NEDvsARG— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer)July 9, 2014
Remember the good old days when stuff used to happen in World Cup semifinals? You know, yesterday?— Ryan Bailey (@RyanJayBailey)July 9, 2014
THAT, my friends, is what a World Cup semifinal looks like.— Alexander Abnos (@AnAbnos)July 9, 2014
This game needs a German.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider)July 9, 2014
Alas, the second 45 minutes were much like the first:— Frases de Canciones (@PhrasesMusicES)July 9, 2014
— Paul Kennedy (@pkedit)July 9, 2014
There’s a very real danger here that Ron Vlaar could be the MOM. That’s not necessarily a good a thing.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)July 9, 2014
I have seen 26 World Cup semifinals, and this might be the worst ever.— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping)July 9, 2014
I’ve never seen so much standing on the ball in a WC match. The two Semi Final matches couldn’t be more opposite. #NEDvARG— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13)July 9, 2014
Netherlands. Argentina. Brazil. Germany.
These four juggernauts, who’ve reached 21 World Cup finals between them and won 10 of the 19 previous titles, make up the semifinal field in Brazil. Even without the injured Neymar in the fold, this has all…
Netherlands. Argentina. Brazil. Germany.
These four juggernauts, who’ve reached 21 World Cup finals between them and won 10 of the 19 previous titles, make up the semifinal field in Brazil. Even without the injured Neymar in the fold, this has all the makings to be one of the greatest “final fours” in World Cup history.
Oh, and we’ve got an absolute cracker of a final promised for next Sunday.
Looking ahead, whatever happens, Maracana Final will be historic. Bra/Arg 1st time; Bra/Neth 1st time; Ger/Arg 86/90 (West); Ger/Neth 74— Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster)July 5, 2014
Getting excited? Us too.
So, how did we get here? Skim through Saturday’s top storylines in our latest World Cup social media roundup:
First up on Saturday was Lionel Messi and the Albiceleste taking on Belgium, a rematch of the 1986 semifinals. All tournament long it’s been Messi who carried his side from win to win (his back must be killing him!), but on this day he got a little help from his friend Gonzalo Higuain:
Wonderfully Instinctive finish from Higuain. Glad he’s finally decided to take part in this World Cup.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)July 5, 2014
— Ray Hudson (@RayHudson)July 5, 2014
Belgium defenders were making the sign of the cross on their chests when #Messi picked up the ball….GENIUS again from La Pulga MAGIC PIPITA!— Ray Hudson (@RayHudson)July 5, 2014
That’s how you do it Wondo— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)July 5, 2014
Too soon, Men in Blazers, too soon…
After Argentina’s narrow win, it was time for a goalkeeper duel (sorry, truel) between the Netherlands and Costa Rica. Actually, it was mostly just 120 minutes of Keylor Navas making save after save, rescuing the Ticos to their second straight penalty shootout …
I’ve been told by my Costa Rican friends that Keylor Navas is pronounced Tim Howard in Costa Rica.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch)July 5, 2014
Tuesday was a day of mixed emotions at the World Cup, to put it lightly.
First, we watched a snooze-fest of a quarterfinal between European foes Germany and France. Hours later, we took in an absolute thriller between Brazil and Colombia. On the one hand, we got the dream semifinal match we hoped for; on the other, we lost arguably the two best players of the World Cup to get there.
Fourth of July provided plenty of fireworks, albeit in Brazil. To recap what you may have missed, check out our “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” from Day 20:
Brazil vs. Germany for the right to play in the World Cup final. Do we need to say more?— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX)July 4, 2014
Brazil v Germany: Bravo FIFA Screenwriters, Bravo— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)July 4, 2014
— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus)July 4, 2014
— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari)July 4, 2014
How did we get to this tasty treat of a semifinal?
First, Germany toppled rival France on Mats Hummels’ textbook header in the first half. And when we say textbook, we mean Germany literally wrote the book on headers. “Fact of the Day:”— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping)July 4, 2014
So Germany, again, “head” to the semifinals. In fact, it is the first country to reach four straight World Cup semis:
The thing about the Germans is that they’re Germans.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)July 4, 2014
#GER's World Cup record is ridiculous: 3rd, 10th, banned, 1st, 4th, 7th, 2nd, 3rd, 1st, 6th, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 5th, 7th, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, ?— Dale Johnson (@dalejohnsonESPN)July 4, 2014
Must be nice to be German. Strong economy with durable manufacturing base, excellent public services, great cars, World Cup semis a given— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy)July 4, 2014
Oh yeah, and this is still happening:
Congrats #GERMANY— Rihanna (@rihanna)July 4, 2014
Later, Brazil and Colombia collided (literally) in what was one of the most wide-open, free-flowing games of football we’ve seen thus far. It was chaos, it was physical, and it was A LOT of fun:
Martial Arts movie more than a football game. Love it— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)July 4, 2014
This is soccer interpreted by a bunch of angry six-year-olds in bumper cars.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell)July 4, 2014
This is insane. Like a Rocky Movie, all uppercuts with no blocking whatsoever. #WorldCup2014— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino)July 4, 2014— Soccer Gods (@soccergods) July 4, 2014
Diego Costa, 25, the Brazil born Spain International, is now moving to Stamford Bridge after the Blues met the 40 million euro (£32m) buy-out clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea, the Premier League club, announced the news in a short statement on their official website published on Tuesday night.
The statement read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause for the Spanish international.”
He lead Atletico’s attack in a memorable 2013/14 campaign in which they won La Liga after 1996 and reached the Champions League final under Argentine manager Diego Simeone.
Costa scored 36 goals in all competitions before heading to his native Brazil for the World Cup with Spain, although he failed to make an impact and called as “FLOPPED” as the defending champions made an early exit from the tournament.