Posts Tagged Argentina

5 reasons why Messi stands out in football world

Argentina's Lionel Messi pumps his fists after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie after extra time to advance to the finals after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A four-time world player of the year, Argentina’s Lionel Messi is gifted with talents that most footballers can only dream of. What makes him special is that he possesses not just one or two but a combination of special skills that give him an edge over just about everyone.

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The World Cup’s big winner? Merchandise

The adidas miCoach Smart Ball is seen at adidas’ North American headquarters in Portland, Ore., on June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Anne M. Peterson)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wondering how to drive it like Dempsey, move it like Messi or rip it like Ronaldo?

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A look at some of the best goals at the World Cup

In this Friday, June 13, 2014 photo, Netherlands' Robin van Persie heads the ball to score during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. The Dutchman's header that looped over a stranded Iker Casillas in the Spain goal was not only very special but historic. By taking his tally to 45 goals for his country, the Manchester United forward also became the first Dutch player to score in three consecutive World Cups. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament’s most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from outside the area.

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World Cup online: Brazil’s shock shatters records

Brazil supporters hold a poster depicting Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger wearing a Germany shirt prior to the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

NEW YORK (AP) — As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network’s history.

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Argentina, Germany have rich World Cup history

In this June 29, 1986, file photo, Diego Maradona, holds up the trophy, after Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in their World Cup soccer final match, at the Atzeca Stadium, in Mexico City. On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Germany and Argentina will face each other again in the final of the 2014 soccer World Cup.(AP Photo/Carlo Fumagalli, File)

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) — Diego Maradona was reportedly so struck by stage fright that he called for his mother’s help as Argentina players sat in silence in their changing room before the 1986 World Cup final against West Germany.

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