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The Enigmatic Case of Mario Götze

by Randall Hauk

It was a scene and dialogue which could have been scripted in Hollywood. The underachieving golden boy with the silver-screen looks gets the terse and pithy motivational speech from the embattled veteran coach needing just one more big moment to complete a widely unexpected legacy-rehabilitating championship run. “Prove that you are better than Messi. You […]

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Europa League: FSV Mainz learns it will host first leg of qualification round tie

by Randall Hauk

The first competitive match for new FSV Mainz 05 coach Kasper Hjulmand has a date and locale, thanks to Friday’s Europa League draw for the third round of qualifiers, though there are still two possible visitors for the July 31 match that gets things started for last year’s seventh-place finisher. Greek side Asteras Tripolis FC […]

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A celebration captured: Germany’s post-match celebrations

by Randall Hauk

Is there any disputing that one of the great developments in how we follow sports via the internet is our favorite athletes sharing information directly with their fans via their various social-media outlets? For me, the answer is a clear and crisp “NEIN!” But, just in case you don’t care to spend too much time […]

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Germany is Champion of the World !!!

by Randall Hauk

It was not always the memorable destruction that was the semifinal against host Brazil, but the extra-time goal by Mario Götze that secured Germany’s fourth star on its crest will long be remembered as the deciding moment of the 2014 World Cup. Germany finally has its fourth world championship, as does all-time leading World Cup […]

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Germany happy with romp over Brazil, but real prize still awaits in Rio

by Randall Hauk

Hello Germany. Are you quite done scoring on Brazil yet? You are? Great. Can I have a word? Your job is not done. I realize this makes me the bartender who cuts you off when you’re feeling at the peak of your evening, but I assure you that when you sober up, you’ll come to […]

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World Cup Scoring by Club League: Group Stage Round Two

by Randall Hauk

 With the second round of the group stage completed, it’s time for an update to our World Cup scoring-by-club-league table. The clustering of the big boys is a lot more clear as we head into the last group matches. The English Premier League maintains its spot on top of the charts, but will certainly be […]

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Germany 2 – 2 Ghana: Klose’s Historic Goal Grabs Point for Germany

by Randall Hauk

Toni Kroos’ kick from the corner, at the start, looked like a lot of corner kicks you’ve seen before. The Brazuca traced an arc through the oppressively hot air from where Kroos’ right foot broke the ball’s inertia toward the edge of the goal area, sailing well above all 1.92 meters of a leaping Per […]

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Club Scoring Table: First Round of Group Stage

by Randall Hauk

Without taking a stand on “club versus country,” we decided to filter World Cup scoring by domestic club league through the first-round of group-stage matches. It’s fairly self-explanatory, but feel free to hit me on Twitter with questions or concerns (@odroku) should you have questions, concerns, or objections that land outside my inability to manipulate […]

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John Anthony Brooks: Instant American Sports Hero via Hertha BSC Work-in-Progress

by Randall Hauk

In the United States hyperspeed popular culture, a perfect storm of circumstances can create the right environment for an individual to skyrocket to stardom in just a moment’s time. John Anthony Brooks stepped into the swirl of the sports world’s biggest stage at halftime of the United States opening group-stage match to replace the injured […]

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All is (man)Well! Neuer returns to full training; will start Monday against Portugal

by Randall Hauk

By the time you’ve rolled your eyes over the poor pun I played on Manuel Neuer’s name, Germany’s number one will have already rejoined his teammates as a full-participant in Wednesday’s training at Campo Bahia, the first time he’ll have done so since arriving to national-team service with a shoulder injury picked up in the […]

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