Top-soccer http://top-soccer.com Latest Soccer News and Opinion Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:21:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Celtic aim to prosper from UEFA reprieve http://top-soccer.com/celtic-aim-prosper-uefa-reprieve/ http://top-soccer.com/celtic-aim-prosper-uefa-reprieve/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:03:48 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5996 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Celtic FC TrainingThe bizarre events that led to Legia Warsaw’s elimination from the Champions League have left Celtic eyeing a possible £20million windfall.

The Scottish champions were comprehensively outplayed over two legs against the Polish side, slumping to a 6-1 aggregate loss. Legia fielded an ineligible player in Bartosz Bereszynski for the closing minutes of the second leg. Under UEFA rules, Celtic were awarded a 3-0 second leg victory in place of the 2-0 defeat, thus winning on the away goals rule.

Legia’s appeal to UEFA was dismissed and they have since issued a last ditch appeal to the Court of Arbitration. The revised draw has placed Celtic against Maribor with the first leg in Slovenia while Legia must now play Aktobe in Kazakhstan in the Europa League. There is a huge gulf between the top tier of European competition and the second, not only in status but also in terms of revenue.

The play-offs will decide whether Celtic enter the lucrative group stages of the competition. In 2012/13, Celtic famously beat Barcelona and progressed to the last sixteen knockout phase, earning a cool 24 million Euros in the process. This accounted for over one third of the club’s overall revenue that season.

Legia Warsaw are using every available avenue in an attempt to get the decision reversed including a direct appeal to Celtic FC for a one-off play-off. Understandably, this request fell upon deaf ears although Celtic do have sympathy with Legia.

Legia had failed to register Bereszynski in their squad list for the second qualifying round against St Patrick’s, meaning that a three-match suspension had not been served when he came on as a substitute at Murrayfield.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila is being cautious not to underestimate Maribor in the play-off. A good result this week will set up the hoops for a welcome return to Celtic Park after the Murrayfield tie lacked atmosphere. The temporary move was enforced after the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Last season Celtic were eliminated at the group stage having drawn AC Milan, Barcelona and Ajax.

The pick of the other play-off matches is Arsenal’s visit to Besiktas. The Gunners scrambled a late winner against Crystal Palace in their opening Premier League fixture on Saturday to keep the momentum going at the Emirates. Arsenal went nine years without winning a trophy before finally winning the FA Cup last season and gained further silverware when defeating Manchester City in the Community Shield. The two sides have never met before in European competition.

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Chelsea look strong after summer transfer deals http://top-soccer.com/chelsea-strong-summer-transfer-deals/ http://top-soccer.com/chelsea-strong-summer-transfer-deals/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:27:58 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5990 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Jose MourinhoThe top five in the English Premier League have all been busy in the transfer market through the summer and their new-look squads face the acid test next weekend.

After the drama of the World Cup, hostilities resume on the domestic front as the new season gets under way. Champions Manchester City received a timely reminder that they face a strong challenge this year when beaten 3-0 by Arsenal in the Community Shield at the weekend.

Just as they did after their title success in 2011, City have sat on their laurels and made only minor adjustments to their squad. Fernando and Bacary Sagna are the most significant additions with the controversial capture of Frank Lampard for the early part of the season. It remains to be seen what part Lampard may play for City but they are generally the same outfit that profited from the late collapse of their rivals in the title race last season.

Runners-up Liverpool have been jolted into a frenzy of transfer activity by the unexpected departure of Luis Suarez. Without any question, Suarez was a key figure in Liverpool’s surprising title bid last season and he will be sorely missed. Whether their raid on Southampton’s ranks will be enough to maintain such a challenge is open to question. Lallana, Lambert and Lovren are all sound squad members but not obvious match winners.

Manchester United’s major change is at the very top with the much-heralded arrival of Louis Van Gaal. His reputation has been further enhanced by Holland’s great run in Brazil but he is inheriting a team in need of drastic surgery. Herrera, Milinkovic and Shaw are not likely to bring the title back to Old Trafford but there may be more to follow. Some encouraging pre-season results may have papered over a few cracks and this will surely be a season of transition.

Arsenal’s big name signing is Alexis Sanchez who made a good impression in the Community Shield victory over Man City. Arsene Wenger may have come very close to losing his job last season and his first silverware in nine years has bought him the opportunity to have one last crack at the title. Last season they were outclassed against their top of the table rivals and there is still a suspicion that the Gunners are a couple of players short of championship material.

The same cannot be said of Chelsea. Last season was a title that the Blues let slip away with Jose Mourinho’s consistent negativity eventually proving correct. He appeared to know the club’s weaknesses well before the end of the season and has addressed those with some disciplined buying. Diego Costa has a role to fulfil in bridging the gap in goals scored between Chelsea and their rivals. Didier Drogba’s experience will be invaluable against the lesser teams, albeit in a limited role.

Felipe Luis will slot in at the vacant number three position allowing Azpilicueta to revert to his favoured right side. Perhaps Mourinho’s greatest coup is in bringing Cesc Fabregas to Stamford Bridge. He can control the midfield in the way that Lampard did in his prime and release the likes of Oscar and Hazard into more attacking roles. If Chelsea falter this season, there will be no excuses from Mourinho who has declared himself more than happy with his squad.

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Barcelona confirm Luis Suarez move to Camp Nou http://top-soccer.com/barcelona-confirm-luis-suarez-move/ http://top-soccer.com/barcelona-confirm-luis-suarez-move/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:08:00 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5968 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

Luis Suarez much anticipated move to FC Barcelona from Liverpool has confirmed by both clubs, after a weeks of speculation about the Uruguayan future. The Read More

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SuarezLuis Suarez much anticipated move to FC Barcelona from Liverpool has confirmed by both clubs, after a weeks of speculation about the Uruguayan future. The former Liverpool star is scheduled to travel to Barcelona next week to sign a five year contract and to be officially unveil to the media and fans.

A statement from the FC Barcelona website reads:

“FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan will be travelling to Barcelona next week for a medical, to sign his five-year contract and to be officially presented to the media and fans as an FC Barcelona player.”

Similarly, Liverpool released its own statement confirming the player exit.

“Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities, which will then conclude the transfer.

We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield. Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future.”

Suarez, who will now be the seventeenth Uruguayan player to play for FC Barcelona, will be given the number nine jersey joining the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Alexis Sanchez the player who was sold to make way for the Uruguayan.

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Brazil in shock after 7-1 thrashing http://top-soccer.com/brazil-shock-7-1-thrashing/ http://top-soccer.com/brazil-shock-7-1-thrashing/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:36:11 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5951 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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David Luiz and captain Thiago SilvaWhile there was a general feeling that this Brazil team were not the greatest, few would have anticipated the dramatic collapse that unfolded in their semi-final clash with Germany.

The loss of Neymar to injury and Captain Thiago Silva to suspension weakened a team that had failed to impress in previous rounds. David Luiz, the subject of a £50million transfer from Chelsea to PSG before the World Cup, took over the captaincy and was in confident mood following his spectacular free-kick in the quater-final victory over Colombia.

The team had vowed to win it for Neymar and they sang the national anthem proudly ahead of the biggest match of their careers. Brazil were on top in the early skirmishes but the game changed with virtually Germany’s first attack. Luiz inexplicably allowed Thomas Muller time and space from a corner kick and he gleefully accepted the gift, slotting the ball home to put the Germans in front.

Brazil’s reaction to falling behind was that of a headless chicken. Whatever game plan that Phil Scolari had devised was replaced by something usually seen on the school playground. Luiz and Marcelo seemed to believe that they were given the freedom to roam, charging at the German backline more in hope than expectation.

They may have got away with this approach against a lesser side but not Germany. To the well organised German machine, Brazil were like lambs to the slaughter. Without Neymar, their attacks had no real purpose and frequently came up against a stone wall. With Luiz and Marcelo left high and dry, Germany could break at speed and rip the Brazilians apart.

This they did with glee, scoring four goals in six minutes to rack up an astonishing 5-0 half-time lead. The goals were not spectacular but they didn’t need to be. Germany had got behind the Brazilian backline and could virtually pass the ball into the net.

The game was long gone by half-time and the second half was an embarrassment for all concerned. Even the Germans seemed embarrassed at the plight of their opponents and hosts but could not resist adding another couple of goals. Had Ozil not wasted yet another opportunity, the final score would have been 8-0 and not 7-1 with Oscar scoring almost apologetically on the breakaway.

It is the first time that Brazil has ever lost a World Cup semi-final and matches their heaviest defeat of all time. Had they lost 1-0, they would be lamenting the absence of Neymar. Instead, they are now looking at rebuilding a team that was always struggling to live up to its name.

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Oscar scores consolation goal for Helpless Brazil in 7-1 defeat to Germany http://top-soccer.com/oscar-scores-consolation-goal-helpless-brazil-7-1-defeat-germany/ http://top-soccer.com/oscar-scores-consolation-goal-helpless-brazil-7-1-defeat-germany/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:20:52 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5926 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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David Luiz

After watching this Brazilian team played Mexico in the group stages and Chile in the quarter-finals, one could’ve easily guessed Brazil luck would soon run out. In both games the house nation was tested by opposition with real quality and they barely passed the test, given that the scores could’ve gone against them in either matchup.

Today’s 7-1 lost against Germany just further revealed that this team wasn’t cut out to be world champions as Andre Schurrle demonstrate below how much of an unorganized unit the team is.

Sure, missing star player Neymar and captain Thiago Silva means a lot but even with both players present this game had Germany name written all over it.

Andre Schurrle

The Selecao manage to pull a consolation goal back through Chelsea midfielder Oscar, who produces a fine finish to save them from further humiliation. The goal is probably the most meaningless of his young career and one he might not want to remember.

Oscar Goal

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Watch Argentina’s Coaching Staff touchline reaction during Argentina vs. Belgium http://top-soccer.com/argentinas-coaching-staff-touchline-reaction-argentina-vs-belgium/ http://top-soccer.com/argentinas-coaching-staff-touchline-reaction-argentina-vs-belgium/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 18:56:16 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5910 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

Miguel Herrera of Mexico may be the most animated coach of all the 32 teams that takes part in this summer’s World Cup, but this Read More

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Miguel Herrera of Mexico may be the most animated coach of all the 32 teams that takes part in this summer’s World Cup, but this cameo from Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella seems to beat out all the Mexican touchline antics so far.

Alejandro Sabella Faint

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Watch Neymar slips as he tries to celebrate Thiago Silva’s goal http://top-soccer.com/watch-neymar-slips-celebrate-thiago-silvas-goal/ http://top-soccer.com/watch-neymar-slips-celebrate-thiago-silvas-goal/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:48:28 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5911 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Neymar Jr.Brazil captain Thiago Silva opens the scoring in their quarter-final match against Colombia within just seven minutes of play and ran to the sideline to celebrate. Neymar, who seems to be running a little late for the celebration party comes running, but couldn’t hit the brakes and had to settle for some sort of crash landing.

NEYMAR FALL DOWN

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Suarez World Cup joy could soon turn to tears http://top-soccer.com/suarez-world-cup-joy-soon-turn-tears/ http://top-soccer.com/suarez-world-cup-joy-soon-turn-tears/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:01:22 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5901 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez may have had the last laugh on England but his Uruguay side must still beat Italy if they are not to face an early exit.

There had been much speculation about the fitness of Suarez ahead of the crunch game with England on Thursday. He underwent knee surgery only five weeks ago and played no part in Uruguay’s opening 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.

With a win paramount against Roy Hodgson’s men, Suarez started the match and dumped England out of the tournament with a goal in each half. For England fans it was a bitter pill to swallow. No player has received more column inches in the build-up to the game that Suarez after his successful season in the Premiership.

Last year he received a lengthy ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during the League clash at Anfield but he bounced back with a superb season for his club side. He formed a lethal partnership with England centre forward Daniel Sturridge but they fell short of the title when letting a three-goal lead slip at Crystal Palace.

Suarez was apparently so distraught that he could not face the cameras at the end of the match and had to be escorted from the field with his face under his shirt. Those amateur dramatics put him right up there with Cristiano Ronaldo and it is going to be interesting to see if the tears will be flowing for both players this week. Portugal opened their World Cup campaign with a disastrous 4-0 defeat against Germany to leave their hopes hanging by a thread.

Suarez cited comments made by England boss Roy Hodgson as having been the inspiration for his two-goals. Hodgson had apparently declined to put Suarez in the same class as Messi and Ronaldo. Most players would take it as a compliment to be mentioned in the same sentence as those two but apparently not the Uruguayan.

Rumours continue to circulate that Suarez could yet leave Anfield this summer with Barcelona and Real Madrid interested in securing the striker. Last summer, Liverpool turned down an offer from Arsenal believed to be in excess of £40 million. His 31 goals last season have now sent his contract release clause up to £68 million. Should he turn his back on Liverpool, it seems safe to say that Suarez shirts will decline in value on Merseyside.

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Watch Spain’s Sergio Busquets awful miss on goal http://top-soccer.com/sergio-busquets-awful-miss-goal/ http://top-soccer.com/sergio-busquets-awful-miss-goal/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:45:10 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5895 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Spain and Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets had the chance to convert an easy tap-in to revive Spain’s hopes of advancing from the group stages but he fails miserably. Had he taken his chance, the goal would have certainly boosted the confidence of his teammate to push on for an equalizer.

The game ended 2-0 in favor of the Chileans and in the process eliminates the World Champions from the tournament with one match still to play.

Sergio Busquets

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John Boye nasty Kick to the face of Clint Dempsey http://top-soccer.com/john-boye-nasty-kick-to-the-face-of-clint-dempsey/ http://top-soccer.com/john-boye-nasty-kick-to-the-face-of-clint-dempsey/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:09:23 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5888 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Clint Dempsey goal against World Cup rival Ghana was a beauty to watch, but there is nothing beautiful about this nasty kick in the face of the American captain. Luckily, the incident turns out to be much better than what the GIF below shows.

Kudos to Clint for taking it like a true warrior and carry-on to help his troops secure the three points.DEMPSEY FACE

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Can Spain bounce back from Dutch humiliation? http://top-soccer.com/can-spain-bounce-back-dutch-humiliation/ http://top-soccer.com/can-spain-bounce-back-dutch-humiliation/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:33:28 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5876 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Spain Goalkeeper Iker Casillas

There had been a feeling going into this World Cup that Spain’s reign was coming to an end but nobody expected it to be in such dramatic circumstances. A humbling 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands has put the skids under the World and European champions who must now win both of their remaining group matches to guarantee a place in the knockout phase.

A controversial penalty had given the Spaniards a first-half lead and there appeared little danger from the Dutch until a spectacular diving header from Robin Van Persie levelled the game on the stroke of half-time. Spain looked visibly rattled as they headed in for the interval but few would have expected their complete capitulation in the second period.

With Chile their next opponents, Spain are in real danger of exiting the tournament at the group stages. Chile produced a solid display to see off Australia 3-1 and need only a draw on Wednesday to gain a clear advantage over the Champions. Holland had gone into this tournament as 40-1 outsiders but those odds were hastily reassessed after Van Persie and Robben took the Spanish defence apart with some lethal finishing.

The defeat had echoes of a shock defeat in their opening 2010 match against Switzerland. They managed to bounce back from that to go on and win the trophy but the manner of this defeat was far more worrying. There were poor performances all over the pitch from goalkeeper Casillas to striker Diego Costa.

Spain training session

Costa has been linked with a possible £32million move to Premiership side Chelsea and had been struggling with injury prior to the tournament. His performance will certainly not have impressed Jose Mourinho if he has not yet put pen to paper. Costa was lucky to escape action after a senseless attempted headbutt and the penalty that he earned for his side looked very dubious.

It was a nightmare for Keeper Casillas who could do nothing about the brilliant opener from Van Persie but was clearly at fault in presenting the former Arsenal man with his second goal. He has had only limited first team action this season and looked a long way from his best.

The ease with which the Netherlands sliced through Spain’s midfield once they were forced to chase the game was alarming. Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has a huge task on his hands to turn this team into one capable of beating Chile to restore their World Cup ambitions. It will be fascinating to see whether he makes drastic changes or gives the same team a chance to restore some pride.

The Netherlands look certain to book their place in the next round by beating Australia on Wednesday. Their counter-attacking style has seen them cut to as short as 10-1 to win the World Cup with Spain now pushed out to 12-1.

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Watch referee spray Vanishing Spray on Martins Indi shoes http://top-soccer.com/referee-spray-bruno-martins-shoe/ http://top-soccer.com/referee-spray-bruno-martins-shoe/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:14:14 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5866 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

Watch the shoes Mr. Referee, these aren’t cheap!! That’s our best guess of what Bruno Martins Indi saying to the referee.  Give us your best Read More

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Watch the shoes Mr. Referee, these aren’t cheap!! That’s our best guess of what Bruno Martins Indi saying to the referee.

THE-SHOES

 Give us your best guess of what you think Martins Indi saying.

GIF: [Gifulmination]

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Pic: Scenes from England v Honduras match at Sun Life Stadium http://top-soccer.com/pic-scenes-england-v-honduras-match-sun-life-stadium/ http://top-soccer.com/pic-scenes-england-v-honduras-match-sun-life-stadium/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 22:20:00 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5813 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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England final warmup match at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami halted due to a lightning strom forcing the players and refrees to leave the pitch.

A notice on the big display board read: “The referee has stopped the match for 30 mins due to lightning. Please exit the bowl. The match will resume shortly.”

Scenes from Sun Life Stadium England v Honduras

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Adidas F50 Adizero Crazylight – The missing Gem from your Boot collection http://top-soccer.com/adidas-f50-adizero-crazylight/ http://top-soccer.com/adidas-f50-adizero-crazylight/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 17:46:17 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5822 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

The Germans have always been known for a certain obsession with detail and design that few other nationalities can or bother to compete with. Their Read More

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adizero CrazylightThe Germans have always been known for a certain obsession with detail and design that few other nationalities can or bother to compete with. Their incredible attention to detail has resulted in the lightest pair of soccer cleats the world has ever seen. Weighing in at just 135 grams, the Adidas F50 adizero Crazylight is already turning into every speed player’s dream shoe and a true collector’s item.

If you’ve been following news about the Crazylight’s development, you may already be aware that Adidas premiered a soccer boot back in May of last year known as the “99 grams boot.” While the Crazylight is 36 grams off the mark, Adidas has still managed to give the shoe a 20% reduction in weight compared to the previous F50 adizero market release. A feat worth noting and a step closer to making soccer cleats that weigh in under the 100 gram mark.

adizero Crazylight

The Adidas F50 adizero Crazylight are decidedly bold cleats. They come in only one colorway, Solar Slime / Solar Zest / Black, and it offers excellent visibility. You would have no problem getting recognized with these cleats on. Black and green arrows adorn the cleats all over to symbolize movement and speed.

Read Also: Adidas Launched Limited Edition Copa Mundial in White

Testing out a pair of the Crazylights cements belief in Adidas. The cleats are incredibly light, fully living up to their name. What’s more to note is that comfort has not been sacrificed for weight in this pair, a common trade-off in soccer cleats designed for speed. The Crazylights have great comfort fit right out of the box. The upper, made of ultralight yet durable Pebax, contributes significantly to the cleats’ amazing ball feel. It’s incredibly thin and coated with sticky material that gives better ball grip and control.

adizero Crazylight

Building for less weight and more speed, Adidas sacrificed a few studs and rearranged the rest for this F50 adizero release. The outsole for the Crazylight is still the Sprintframe 2.0 with TRAXION studs. The studs, however, have been given more grinding than usual to make them thinner and lighter. But no sacrifices here as the studs have anodized coating for added strength and some shine, too.

adizero Crazylight

The Adidas F50 adizero Crazylight is overall a very good pair of soccer cleats for speed. They really are crazy light. And they come equipped with a thin upper optimized for ball striking accuracy and a unique stud configuration that will let you slip past opposing players with ease. Another detail to mention about the Crazylights that may seem minor is that the laces tend to stay put. Unlike other soccer shoes I’ve played in previously, Crazylight laces don’t loosen often and become a general nuisance during play.

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Beats by Dre sensational World Cup commercial http://top-soccer.com/beats-dre-world-cup-commercial/ http://top-soccer.com/beats-dre-world-cup-commercial/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 04:33:50 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5814 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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NeymarThe World Cup’s global appeal is the ideal platform to place any brand in front their targeted audience and Beats By Dre seems to seize the opportunity with this sensation commercial.

Arriving just in time for the world’s biggest event, the popular headphone maker releases this captivating advert featuring a host of European football stars like Neymar, Cesc Fabregas, Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie all rocking Beats by Dre headphones.

Watch and enjoy!

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WC Team Profile: Cameroon National Team led by Samuel Eto’o http://top-soccer.com/world-cup-team-cameroon/ http://top-soccer.com/world-cup-team-cameroon/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:37:33 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5801 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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World Cup Team ProfileCameroon will be looking to repeat the success of the 1990 FIFA World Cup that saw them become the first African country to reach the quarter-finals. If they’re to repeat the success of 1990 and progress this time around, they will need to get pass host Brazil, Croatia, and Mexico in Group A.

With the word Cup just a few days away, FIFA TV takes a look at their current squad, past World Cup history and qualification leading up Brazil 2014.

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USA‘s World Cup squad reveals, Donovan not included http://top-soccer.com/world-cup-squad-reveals-donovan-not-included/ http://top-soccer.com/world-cup-squad-reveals-donovan-not-included/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 01:58:55 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5785 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Landon DonovanThe 2014 World Cup in Brazil hasn’t even started yet and surprises are flowing in from all angles with national team’s coaches making all the waves.

Just over a week ago England manager, Roy Hudgson created headline when he informed Chelsea and England international Ashley Cole he will not be taking any part in the upcoming World Cup, many were shocked by his decision to leave the consistent full-back out.

Fast forward to today and here we go again, this time the USA national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann makes the headline after he cut USA poster boy Landon Donovan from his 23-man World Cup Roster.

The LA Galaxy star exclusion from Klinsmann’s World Cup Roster comes as a surprise to many, including the player himself, and he took his Facebook page to express his feelings towards the decision as seen below.

Landon Donovan

United States’ 23-man squad – 2014 FIFA World Cup:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC).

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

What are your thoughts on Donovan’s exclusion for the final 23-man squad and do you think he deserves to be on the plane to Brazil?

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Pic – Arsenal team celebrating their FA Cup triumph http://top-soccer.com/arsenal-fa-cup-triumph/ http://top-soccer.com/arsenal-fa-cup-triumph/#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 12:35:27 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5774 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Arsenal team strikes a pose with the famous FA Cup trophy after successfully ending their trophy–laden run with a 3-2 win over Hull City.

One player from this picture who anyone can argue deserve it most is Backary Sagna, the club’s long serving full back who has been waiting for this moment for years.

Now he can finally enjoy a trophy winning season with Arsenal before leaving in the summer when his contract runs out.

Arsenal Team

Via: @Arsenal

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Liverpool must learn from Palace nightmare http://top-soccer.com/liverpool-must-learn-palace-nightmare/ http://top-soccer.com/liverpool-must-learn-palace-nightmare/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 03:46:39 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5769 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Steven GerrardEverything seemed to be going so well for Liverpool with just three games remaining in the Premier League. Their title rivals had both made expensive slip-ups to hand the initiative to the Merseyside club and the title was now theirs to lose.

Chelsea’s home defeat by Sunderland had all but extinguished their title hopes and they seemed distracted by a Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid. Speculation was rife that Jose Mourinho would field a weakened team against Liverpool at Anfield rather than risk further injuries. Liverpool only needed a point to maintain their advantage at the top and faced a defensive wall of blue shirts.

Chelsea were seemingly intent on time wasting, even at 0-0. This was to break up Liverpool’s rhythm and it worked to perfection. The home team created precious little going forward and a costly slip from Gerrard allowed Demba Ba to put the visitors ahead. Chelsea then had something to defend and their makeshift defence was more than up to the task, a late goal from Willian securing the three points.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers followed the traditional path of castigating the visiting team for playing negative football but insisted that his side would always try to win games. The defeat was not a fatal blow to their title chances but their capitulation against Crystal Palace may well prove to be so.

Having gone 3-0 up and apparently secured the victory, Liverpool had only 11 minutes to see out safely to keep the pressure on Manchester City. A deflected strike gave Palace hope and triggered widespread panic in the Liverpool ranks. The home side then sliced through the Reds’ defence twice more to draw level to complete an astonishing comeback. Amazingly, Liverpool still had time to win the game but Victor Moses missed the ball completely with the goal at his mercy.

The devastation hit Liverpool’s players at the final whistle with Suarez reduced to tears along with many of their shocked supporters. Rodgers has attempted to put a brave face on the result by insisting that they can be stronger next season. His defence will certainly have to be.

The much maligned Chelsea have conceded just 26 goals this season while Liverpool have shipped 49. They may have been more entertaining but sooner or later the 3-2 victories will turn into 3-3 draws which is exactly what happened at Palace. Liverpool must learn to be more tactically astute if they are to become champions next season.

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Manchester City given title lifeline by Chelsea http://top-soccer.com/manchester-city-given-title-lifeline-chelsea/ http://top-soccer.com/manchester-city-given-title-lifeline-chelsea/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 02:54:26 +0000 http://top-soccer.com/?p=5762 Originally posted on Top-soccer.com

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Etihad StadiumMuch of the talk in the build-up to last week’s epic encounter between Liverpool and Chelsea had been of the likelihood of Jose Mourinho fielding a weakened team. He had made it clear that his priorities were now firmly with the Champions League, believing that his side had blown any lingering title hopes with a home defeat by Sunderland.

In the event, Chelsea sent out a team more than capable of holding its own against the league leaders. Only the inclusion of Kalas at centre-half raised any eye-brows but the move was enforced with the mounting list of injuries and suspensions at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have a superb record against the top sides in the Premiership this season and they raised their game for the big occasion once again.

Liverpool dominated possession but fell victim to two counter-attacking goals from the Londoners. The result kept Chelsea’s faint title hopes alive but, more significantly, left the clear advantage with Manchester City at the expense of the Merseysiders. If City win all of their remaining games, they will be champions by virtue of a better goal difference.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been drawn into some confrontational exchanges with Mourinho this season but wisely kept quiet prior to the Liverpool game. Sceptics may have believed that Chelsea were not going to give 100% at Anfield but they showed more commitment with their supposedly weakened side than they were able to muster against Atletico Madrid in midweek with their front-line players restored.

The title is far from a foregone conclusion for Manchester City who travel to Everton this weekend. The Toffees may have seen their Champions League hopes dashed by Arsenal in recent weeks but they still remain a threat, especially with on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku leading the attack. There have been a number of occasions this season when the title race has taken a seemingly definitive turn. Was last week’s Anfield match the key to the outcome or yet another twist in the tale?

City eagerly wasted no time in despatching Crystal Palace last weekend to close to within three points of Liverpool. If they can overcome Everton at Goodison Park they will be very close to lifting the title. Their last two matches are at home against Aston Villa and West Ham, teams with little left to play for this season. Ironically, it may have been Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea that inadvertently opened the door for them.

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