World Cup XI

About 3 years ago, I posted a list of players for my dream soccer team. Of course it’s horribly out of date as most of the players are in their mid-30s now. So, instead of a “dream team,” I’ll post my World Cup XI here the day before the final.

FW – James Rodriguez (Colombia)
FW – Thomas Muller (Germany)
MF – Paul Pogba (France)
MF – Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
MF – Xherdan Shaqiri (Swizerland)
MF – Javier Mascherano (Argentina)
DF – Thiago Silva (Brazil)
DF – Phillip Lamb (Germany)
DF – Jan Vertonghen (Belgium)
DF – Matt Hummels (Germany)
GK – Tim Howard (USA)

Honorable Mention
GK – Kaylor Navas (Costa Rica)
FW – Karim Benzema (France)
MD – Kyle Beckerman (USA)
DF – Mario Yepes (Colombia)

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The Beautiful Game!

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We are a week into the 2014 World Cup, and it hasn’t disappointed! Yes I know I’m an American and the stereotype is Americans don’t like soccer, but I’m not your typical American, I love soccer. And not just the US team, the entire tournament is exciting and fun to watch. Number 34 on my bucket list is attending a soccer match in Europe (where the big money stars and clubs are).

I love the World Cup so much that, even though I don’t have cable or easy access to ESPN, I watch Cup games on Univision! I would rather watch an entire broadcast in Spanish than miss a Cup game because I don’t have ESPN! But not having ESPN won’t stop me!!

Go Team USA!

Prediction: Brazil

Jabulani!

Jabulani means “to celebrate” in isiZulu (a major language spoken in South Africa). Jabulani is the name that Adidas gave to the soccer ball that they designed specifically for the World Cup this year.

Jabulani is probably a perfect word to describe the feeling that the majority of the world will be feeling tomorrow as the first game of the 2010 World Cup is going to be played later today.

Now I’ve always been sort of a fan of soccer, but over the past year I have really become a big fan of soccer. I’ve even got myself a few favorite teams and players (especially in Europe). So probably for the first time in my life, I’m excited for the World Cup!

I’m going to be busy on Saturday so I won’t be able to watch USA vs. England live, but you better believe that I’m DVRing that game and watching it as soon as I get home!

JABULANI! Go USA!!