It was another 2014 World Cup shakeup with Spain out of the tournament in a surprisingly tough Group B. Spain lost to Chile, meaning Spain and Australia are out with Chile playing the Netherlands to see who advances out of Group B in 1st-place. This wasn’t the script for a World Cup group with two obvious favorites. The Netherlands didn’t have an easy time with Australia, putting a gloss over their 5-1 win over Spain even before Spain took the field against Chile.
With the defending champions Spain out of the World Cup, it’s now a question of how many pre-tournament favorites join them. This hasn’t been an easy World Cup for a lot of teams, including the host country.
Also in Thursday’s soccer news, the USMNT and Portugal both face injury issues for their Sunday World Cup Grouup G game (6pm ET – ESPN).
“I think it’s a bit of everything. Mentally we weren’t ready, physically maybe the same but, putting that all together, we weren’t in the best shape. Then we have played against teams that were well-prepared and at their peak, and now we’re going home. It hurts our pride a lot, but this is football. But as I said, we’ve known how to win and now we have to know how to lose.” Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso.
- Spain exits the World Cup with a game remaining in the group stage.
- Australia also exits, but makes a major statement in their loss to the Netherlands.
- US Soccer confirms Jozy Altidore will miss Sunday’s Portugal game.
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s status for USMNT vs Portugal remains questionable.
- The Fifth Round of the US Open Cup is set.
John Brooks rises from obscurity to World Cup hero with winning goal for U.S. soccer – from The Washington Post’s Steven Goff: Brooks’s inexperience in pressure situations never concerned Klinsmann.
For U.S. in Brazil, the Honeymoon Continues – from The Wall St Journal’s Jason Gay: Every Cup presents a new roadway for U.S. soccer.
Jones inspired by ‘team-first’ Spurs – from ESPN FC’s Doug McIntyre: “If you stick together like a team, and fight like a team… you will win the game.”
Spain’s stunning demise signals the end – from BBC Sport’s David Ornstein: The denouement was always going to arrive at some point….
The shock of Spain’s exit is still painfully raw but tiki-taka is not dead and new generation will arise – from The Telegraph’s Guillem Balague: just how did this band of serial winners become so hapless, so quickly?
The Highest-Paid Coaches At The World Cup – from Forbes’ Ricardo Geromel: Nonetheless, coaches in soccer clubs make considerably more than their counterparts in national teams.
Why has this World Cup been so good to watch? – from The Independent’s Glenn Moore: 1. The Ball
10 THINGS ABOUT THE 2014/15 BUNDESLIGA SEASON – from Bundesliga.com: SC Paderborn are preparing for their first ever season in the Bundesliga, becoming the 53rd side to join the top flight.
Hertha Berlin – what it tells football about tapping into a new world of riches – from Inside World Football’s Matt Scott: But with Hertha paying less than half their revenues out in wages and salaries, which is a pretty lean expense ratio for a football club, that opportunity also looks limited.
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