USMNT manager Jürgen Klinsmann named his provisional 23-man squad for the World Cup finals on 22nd May.
Four of the players play their domestic football in England, four in Germany but almost half the squad play in the MLS.
The main shock of Klinsmann’s selection was the dropping of Landon Donovan, the highest scorer for the USMNT and in MLS history.
Klinsmann’s decision was undoubtedly ruthless, but will it bring any benefit?
The honest answer to that question has got to be “highly unlikely.”
Though the US journeymen should defeat Ghana, and have managed to achieve a respectable ranking of 14th in the world, according to the latest FIFA ranking, they are in a "Group of Death" with the teams ranked 2nd and 3rd in that same ranking
Updated 12th June 2014 at 09:54 AM by 11v11
Uruguay today announced their 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup on their official Facebook page.
The majority of the Uruguay players ply their trade in Europe, with one notable exception being veteran Diego Forlan who is currently in the J-League with Cerezo Osaka.
Uruguay have a glorious World Cup history, and any team with Luis Suarez in it is going to give opposition defenders the jitters.
Uruguay World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martín Silva (Vasco da Gama) and Rodrigo Muñoz (Libertad).
Defenders: Diego Lugano (WBA), Diego Godín (Atletico Madrid), José María Giménez (Atletico Madrid), Martín Cáceres (Juventus), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Jorge Fucile (Porto) and Sebastián Coates (Nacional).
Updated 31st May 2014 at 10:01 PM by Statisticus
Croatia have the unenviable task of taking on Brazil in the opening match of the tournament on June 12th.
The Croatian players play their domestic football in 9 different countries (and that’s not counting the Donetsk Peoples’ Republic).
Croatia’s World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco) and Oliver Zelenika (Lokomotiva).
Defenders: Daio Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Domagoj Vida (Dinamo Kiev) and Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa).
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Oanjen Vukojevic (Dinamo Kiev), Mateo Kovacic (Inter), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb),
Spain’s manager Vicente Del Bosque has announced the World Cup holder’s squad for the 2014 World Cup.
Del Bosque has taken a punt on Diego Costa despite a muscle injury to the striker’s right thigh. Although Spain have a marvellous attacking midfield, they will hope the Brazilian-born Atletico Madrid player will recover to start ahead of Fernando Torres and David Villa.
The Spanish World Cup roster includes 14 Spanish-based players, A magnificent seven play for Barcelona, including Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. Six of the players are based in England, 2 in Italy and one in Germany.
Iker Casillas is both first-choice goalkeeper and captain of a side which must again be amongst the favorites to lift the trophy.
Full Squad (Roster):
Netherlands manager has Louis van Gaal has announced his final squad for the 2014 World Cup.
With Rafaael van der Vaart and Kevin Strootman already ruled out due to injury there are no real surprises in van Gaal's 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Dutch will depend heavily on Robin Van Persie to score their goals although Dirk Kuyt (the squad’s oldest player) may chip in whilst Arjen Robben will provide strength on the right wing.
The squad has plenty of experience, with Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar having starred in the 2010 World Cup runners-up squad.
10 of the players ply their trade at domestic level in the Netherlands, 6 in England (and Wales), 3 in Germany,
Updated 31st May 2014 at 09:09 PM by 11v11
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As construction work begins on the first stadium for Qatar 2022 and ahead of a European Parliament hearing in Brussels on Thursday, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar (SCDLQ) has issued a press release regarding another worker’s charter – this one called “Workers’ Welfare Standards.”
The charter was immediately blasted by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as reinforcing the system of forced labour in place in the oil-rich fiefdom and doing nothing to prevent further avoidable deaths of thousands of migrant labourers. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) was quick to issue a press release confirming that (contrary to impression given by Qatar’s press release) ILO comments, on the text “in particular concerning fundamental
Updated 8th April 2014 at 09:43 AM by Statisticus
The Team Base Camps for all 32 teams to have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil were announcedhttp://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2267880/ on Friday.
Here is the complete list:
Belgium: Mogi das Cruzes
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Guaruja
Chile: Belo Horizonte
Cote Ivoire: Aguas de Lindoia
Costa Rica: Santos
Croatia: Mata de Sao Joao
England: Rio de Janeiro
France: Ribeirao Preto
Germany: Santa Cruz Cabralia
Honduras: Porto Feliz
Joseph Owona, caretaker president of the Cameroon football federation, has confirmed Volker Finke will be leading the Indomitable Lions to the World Cup in Brazil, ending speculation fuelled by Roger Milla, that he would be replaced.
On Wednesday Owona told reporters
“We reiterate our confidence in Volker Finke. He has the merit of having qualified the Lions to the World Cup in Brazil. It is now up to him to carry out a good preparation to enable our team perform satisfactorily at the competition.”
The 65-year old Finke became the fourth German to manage Cameroon when he took over on 22 May 2013 - following in the footsteps of Karl-Heinz Weigang, Otto Pfister and Winfried Schafer.