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By Thomas F. Schaller | June 28, 2010
The World Cup usually offers some post-colonial story lines, but with three rounds yet to play this one has already been particularly rife with historical subthemes. Some are obvious. In a matchup of two of the best sides in the entire tournament, Brazil and its former colonizer, Portugal, drew to a scoreless tie Friday in the final game of Group G. Both teams advanced to the final round of 16 and could meet again in the final. The first match in Group C for the United States was a much-anticipated rematch 60 years in the making against none other than England.
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By David Horsey | July 8, 2014
Ann Coulter has, once again, done what she does best: poke a stick in the cages of the liberal menagerie to rile up the beasts. This time she has done it with an all-out assault on soccer. Right in the middle of a World Cup in which the American team has done well enough to attract the attention of people who aren't sure of the difference between futbol and football, Ms. Coulter has gone and pooped on the pitch by writing, "Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay.
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January 18, 2010
Kathrin Zettel of Austria won Sunday's women's World Cup slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, for her second victory in as many days. Maria Riesch of Germany took the overall lead from Lindsey Vonn by finishing third. Vonn struggled throughout the first leg, losing the ideal line several times and never threatening to equal the pace of the leaders. She finished 4.55 seconds back in 46th place. The American star, who won three straight races last weekend, has now failed to score points in three straight races.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Marin Alsop, who led a vigorous account of Beethoven's Ninth last month with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra , will conduct that same iconic work on Sunday with her ensemble in Brazil, the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, as a World Cup salute. This performance will be streamed live for free on the terrific classical Web site, medici.tv , at 4:30 p.m. EST on July 6. Joining the Sao Paulo orchestra and two choirs (Coro Academico da OSESP and Coro da OSESP)
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By Glenn Graham and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 21, 2010
A huge hit last year, and with the prospect more interest thanks to the World Cup, international soccer will return to Baltimore this summer when Italy power Inter Milan takes on England's up-and-coming Manchester City in an exhibition match set for July 31 at M & T Bank Stadium. Last July 25, a sellout crowd of 71,000 fans packed M & T Bank Stadium to watch Chelsea play AC Milan, which showcased two of the most storied franchises as well as Baltimore's passion for soccer. With this year's World Cup set to begin in June in South Affrica, the soccer buzz should help bring another sellout crowd for the July's friendly in Baltimore.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Every morning, we'll break down the coming day's World Cup action in Brazil. What's on tap: Brazil vs Croatia, 4 p.m., ESPN Group preview:   Group A . What you'll see: There's only one game on the opening day of 2014 World Cup, but it'll go a long way to determining the fate of Group A. The physical advantage Brazil has over Croatia will only be magnified in Sao Paolo, where the opening ceremony will work the home crowd...
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2010
Alex Johnson never questioned that his honeymoon in Jamaica had to end on Friday, because he knew that come the next morning, he'd be parked at his favorite pub in Fells Point. The U.S. was set to play his beloved English national team in the World Cup, and that's not something you mess around with if you're one of the regular patrons at Slainte, where the bar motto proclaims, "Soccer is religion!" "I'll put it this way," said Johnson, a native of Sheffield, England, who moved to Baltimore four years ago. "I'm way more nervous about this than I was about my wedding."
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence: Sunday is basically irrelevant because all I can think about is the U.S. game, but since this is a regular feature, yesterday was proof the Europeans can beat non-European teams (even if they aren't good ones) and Lionel Messi is so, so good. What's on tap: Germany vs. Portugal, 12 p.m., ESPN; Iran vs. Nigeria, 3 p.m.; ESPN; Ghana vs. United States, 6 p.m., ESPN. What you'll see: It's finally here. After an undercard that features a tasty (and to the United States, very important)
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June 29, 2010
Goal met; now raise bar Paul Doyle Hartford Courant The minimum expectation, set by U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, was to survive group play. So the U.S. achieved its most basic requirement at the World Cup. But even Gulati admitted everything changed when the U.S. was left with a winnable path to the semifinals. The team had the attention of its country, the bracket was favorable and there was an opportunity to make history. Instead, the U.S. squandered its chance to march deep into the tournament and the opportunity to bring a nation of new fans along for the ride.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Marcelo Salles' food truck is getting a little more attention now that all eyes are on the World Cup games. But despite the fact that Brazilian culture is in the spotlight, Salles is not convinced that Baltimoreans are ready to embrace what is standard fare in his home country: chicken hearts. So his truck, called Darua, instead serves other classic Brazilian dishes like feijoada , a hearty stew of black beans and meats, and pastel , fried dough pockets with sweet and savory fillings.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence : The gap between the Americans' loss and these matches didn't really help anyone's World Cup fever sustain itself, as France and Germany was kind of boring and Brazil won the battle against Colombia but lost the war as Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament with a fractured vertebra. What's on tap : Argentina vs. Belgium, noon, ABC; Netherlands vs. Costa Rica, 4 p.m., ESPN. What you'll see : Hopefully, better matches than yesterday's slugfest in Rio or snoozefest in Fortaleza.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence : The gaps in the World Cup schedule, as a very smart person pointed out to me, need to be filled with something, even if it's MLS games. It was too weird without soccer this week, and now there are more days without it than with it until the end of the World Cup. What's on tap : France vs. Germany, noon, ESPN2; Brazil vs. Colombia, 4 p.m., ESPN. What you'll see : Sure, the United States has been eliminated for days, but seeing these matchups should only make everyone, even on this most patriotic day of days, understand why the United States is out and these teams are in. France and Germany have been the class of the European teams so far, while Brazil and Colombia (with respect to Argentina, which hasn't looked great)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence: Neither had it as easy as they might have hoped, but Germany and France set up a showdown in the quarterfinal with wins over Algeria and Nigeria. What's on tap: Argentina vs. Switzerland, noon, ESPN; Belgium vs. United States, 4 p.m., ESPN. What you'll see: In short, you'll see a lot of white-knuckle Americans. People like me who, despite my momentary lapse in confidence after Portugal, have been beating the U.S. drum for well over a year want so desperately to be proven right and have this team join soccer's elite.
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By Cody Goodwin, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
A few hundred soccer fans gathered at Power Plant Live! on Tuesday to watch the United States play Belgium in the 2014 World Cup's round-of-16 game. While the U.S. lost a heartbreaker, 2-1 in extra time, ending their 2014 World Cup campaign, each soccer fan in attendance sported Red, White and Blue gear in support of the U.S. The USA garb came in all shapes and sizes. There were plenty of hats and scarves and jerseys and flags worn as capes in Leinenkugel's Beer Garden, where employees set up a huge screen to show the game.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The knockout round of the World Cup is usually the best part. So far, though, two games have been decided by penalty kicks, which is a darn shame, in my opinion. They should go back to golden goal. There'd be a loooooot more tension that way, and that's always fantastic. If you weren't able to catch any World Cup action, we'll catch you up here at the Coffee Companion, where we recap this weekend's sports headlines. - The Orioles had a rough final 3 ½ innings yesterday in a 12-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays , during which the bullpen surrendered nine runs.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence: The nation of Brazil let out the world's largest sigh of relief after a win in penalties against Chile, and Uruguay proved (wait for it) toothless in attack when held up against Colombia and its star forward James Rodriguez. What's on tap: Netherlands vs. Mexico, 12 p.m., ABC; Costa Rica vs. Greece, 4 p.m., ABC. What you'll see: If Saturday was decidedly South American, here's to a Sunday that is decidedly CONCACAF-y. Along with the United States, a record three teams from the North and Central American federation advanced to the knockout rounds, with Mexico and Costa Rica fighting to move on today.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2010
Colin Barclay spent much of the early summer of 1994 in the basement of his family's Annapolis home, glued to the television with his older brother Devin watching the World Cup. Unable to get tickets themselves, they were searching for channels showing the world's biggest soccer event being played in the United States for the first time. The Barclay boys, then 9 and 11, sons of a former college soccer player, were so fixated on the game they videotaped any match they could find.
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July 9, 2010
Dutch finally arrive Bob Foltman Chicago Tribune The safe pick would be Spain. It's hard to go against the reigning European champions, who also were one of the favorites heading into the tournament. Spain also has turned around an image of not showing up for big games. So Spain would be the easy pick, which is why I'll back the Dutch. The Netherlands knocked off Brazil in the quarterfinals and a determined and organized Uruguay in the semis. The Spanish have done the minimum to get through, posting three straight 1-0 scorelines.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence: There were no matches and it was much sadder than I thought it would be; I survived. What's on tap: Brazil vs. Chile, 12 p.m., ABC; Colombia vs. Uruguay, 4 p.m., ABC What you'll see: The knockout rounds are typically better than the group stage, which is kind of unfathomable considering how much fun the groups were. The first day features four of the five South American teams, which is only sad considering they will be knocking themselves out and weaken the tournament in that sense.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
This was supposed to be the World Cup in which a swashbuckling U.S. men's national team shed everything American about it and announced itself as elite at the World Cup. It very well still could be. But the 1-0 loss Thursday to Germany that sent the United States into the last 16 of this year's World Cup - its second straight trip to the knockout rounds - was as American as they come. That's OK, too. In 2002, the United States advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1930, but only after the same group-stage record it posted in Brazil - a win, a draw, then a loss that ultimately didn't matter.
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