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Central Winger: How Germany's destruction of Brazil broke statistical models
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Tuesday night, in the 2014 World Cup semifinal, Brazil out-shot Germany 18 to 14. So given that Brazil and Germany are the two greatest footballing nations of all-time, and given that they were the two favorites heading into this tournament, and given that the game was in Brazil itself, it’d be natural to assume it was a fairly even encounter. Context, right?

01 July 9:27 pm

Évidemment, l’essentiel de l’émission est consacré à une analyse exhaustive du match entre la Belgique et les États-Unis (victoire des Belges 2-1 après prolongation) avec, entre autres, les points suivants :

World Cup: Wall Street Journal exposes biggest floppers, injury fakers – Brazil, Honduras | SIDELINE

World Cup's biggest floppers and injury fakers: WSJ has the numbers
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An injured Honduras player lies on the ground

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Flopping, faking injuries, trying to con the referee — parts of this beautiful game of soccer and the World Cup that we all undoubtedly hate.

But how could we go about ridding the game of these nasty imperfections which turn off so many would-be soccer fans from the sport? Since FIFA, world soccer's governing body, seem uninterested in doing much of anything about it, we must resort to ridicule as a deterrant for players.

Central Winger: How Jurgen Kinsmann is using USMNT diamond to multiple outcomes

Central Winger: One diamond, different looks – inside the USMNT's tactics
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Ahead of the final World Cup "tune-up" for the US national team this past Saturday against Nigeria, coach Jurgen Klinsmann played down the effect of the sudden formation change the national team has experienced since the 2-2 draw with Mexico in Arizona on April 2.

03 June 2:32 pm

Équipe en forme du moment, New England attire l’attention de tout le monde, y compris celle de l’équipe de Coup Franc qui lui a consacré son émission de la semaine (à écouter ici) au cours de laquelle nous décortiquons le club, son jeu et de nombreux paradoxes apparents :

Brazil Bracket Challenge: Brazil huge favorites to win, calculates Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs

Brazil Bracket Challenge: Goldman Sachs calculates Brazil as overwhelming favorites
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The bankers on Wall Street might have just given you the keys to completing the perfect bracket.

A detailed analysis by international investing heavyweight Goldman Sachs has projected host nation Brazil as the odds-on favorites to win this summer's World Cup, giving the five-time world champions a whopping 48.5 percent likelihood of triumph.

Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: In Week 12, Landon Donovan tops this list, too

Castrol Index: In Week 11, Donovan tops this list, too
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Landon Donovan has been winning just about everything lately – save a trip to Brazil, it seems – and he's also tops in the latest Castrol Index Weekly rankings, outpacing his LA Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane

Donovan notched two goals and an assist, setting the career MLS goals record and racking up 1832 points in 82 minutes on Sunday. 

New England Revolution's Diego Fagundez puts team before scoring with improved defensive work

Fagundez puts team before scoring with defensive work for Revs
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Diego Fagundez has yet to turn up on the scoresheet for the New England Revolution this season, but his game is evolving anyway.

The team’s leading scorer from a year ago is showing a penchant for dropping deeper into the defensive third over the last four games, a stretch in the which the club has, not coincidentally, gone 3-0-1.

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