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Saturday Night Football, and De Bru

Messagepar lw789 » 21 Déc 2017, 01:33

The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in what appears to be the most difficult first-round group at next years World Cup, one that will take the Americans on a 9,000-mile trip around Brazil. Making its seventh straight appearance at soccers showcase, the U.S. was drawn Friday into Group G and opens on June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans at the 2006 and 2010 tournaments. The U.S. meets Portugal and 2008 FIFA Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo six days later in the Amazon rain forest city Manaus. The Americans have just three off days to recover before closing group play on June 26 in Recife against three-time champion Germany. "I think we have the quality, if we play our best ball, to get out of the group," U.S. captain Clint Dempsey said. "You cant think about, Am I the favourite? Am I the underdog? Whats it going to be like playing in the heat? Whats it going to be like with the travel? Those are factors that come into it, but at the end of the day both teams have to deal with it." Statistically, the U.S. group has the top average FIFA world ranking. "Its definitely one of the tougher groups, if not the toughest, but at the same time, this is what the World Cups all about. You go there to play against the best," American forward Jozy Altidore said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I think the boys will be excited, will be up for it." U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann played for Germanys 1990 World Cup championship team and coached his native country to third place in the 2006 tournament, commuting to Europe from his California home in Orange County. "Obviously its one of the most difficult groups in the whole draw, having Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo and then Ghana, who has a history with the United States. It couldnt get any more difficult or any bigger," he said at the draw in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil. "Its a real challenge. And well take it. Well take it on, and hopefully were going to surprise some people there." As the draw pot the U.S. was in was emptied, the Americans and South Korea were the last remaining teams. While the Americans were drawn into the group with an average FIFA ranking of 11.25, South Korea wound up in Group H, creating a group with the poorest average at 28.25. "I think the teams mentality is that we can go and play with anybody," American defender Matt Besler said. "Now were going to have to prove it." "I kind of had in my stomach that we were going to get Germany," Klinsmann said. Germany beat the U.S. 2-0 in in 1998 World Cup opener in Paris -- with Klinsmann setting up the first goal and scoring the second -- the edged the Americans 1-0 on a controversial goal in the 2002 quarterfinal in South Korea. Die Mannschaft is coached by Klinsmanns former assistant, Joachim Loew. The Americans beat a second-tier German team 4-3 in a June exhibition at Washington. "With Jurgen Klinsmann, they have another mentality," Loew said. "I learned a lot from Jurgen, so this is special." Ranked 14th in the world, the U.S. has alternated quick exits with advancement since returning to soccers showcase in 1990. After the draw four years ago, one British paper used a headline "EASY" for England, Algeria, Slovenia and the Yanks, and The Sun called it the "best English group since the Beatles." The Americans wound up atop a group for the first time, and England advanced as the second-place nation. This time, second-ranked Germany and fifth-ranked Portugal are the favourites to advance to the second round. If the U.S. reaches the round of 16, it would face Belgium, Russia, Algeria or South Korea from Group H. "I guarantee you Jurgen knows more about Germany than Jogi Loew knows about the U.S," U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said. The U.S. will feel pressure to open with a win against Ghana, ranked 24th. The Black Stars defeated the Americans 2-1 in the 2006 stage in Germany and by the same score in overtime in the round of 16 at the last World Cup in South Africa. "Theyre the team that beat us, kind of crushed our dreams of being in the World Cup, so I think were due a little bit of luck and were due a win against them," Dempsey said. At the 2002 tournament, the U.S. opened with a 3-2 upset of Portugal after taking a shocking three-goal lead in the first 36 minutes. The Americans will train in the U.S. from mid-May on and plan a series of exhibition games, which likely will include England as an opponent, before heading to Brazil. After having the shortest group-play travel in South Africa, the U.S. will have the longest in Brazil. The Americans will be based in Sao Paulo and face trips of 1,436 miles to Natal, 1,832 miles to Manaus and 1,321 miles to Recife. They also will play all three matches in the tropics, with the second and third matches in the afternoon. "Everybody is saying that this is the Group of Death and its such a hard challenge," former American captain John Harkes said. "I still think that the U.S. can rise to the occasion." In other groups, it is: Group A--Brazil, Cameroon, Croatia, Mexico; Group B--Australia, Chile, Netherlands, Spain; Group C--Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan; Group D--Costa Rica, England, Italy, Uruguay; Group E--Ecuador, France, Honduras, Switzerland; Group F--Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria. Custom Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys . "I just think what it does for everybody in life is real simple," said Babcock early on Friday afternoon. "You dont give in. You just keep on keeping on. Is it going to go your way every time? No. But you choose your attitude and how you perform and how hard you dig in." Nearly four years to the day of the 2010 gold medal match in Vancouver, his team dug in with its best effort of these Olympics, snuffing out the high-powered Americans for another opportunity at gold. Keenan Allen Jersey . The 36-year-old Colts receiver is going back to the playoffs as a division champion. http://www.chargersprofansshop.com/Blac ... ml?cat=888. -- Navy football player Will McKamey, who has been hospitalized since collapsing at practice three days ago, has died while in a coma. Dan Fouts Jersey .com) - Even-money favorite Liams Map proved a little too tough down the stretch and won Saturdays $100,000 Harlans Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Antonio Gates Jersey . Coming off a 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea on Saturday, Arsenal endured another demoralizing result after rallying for a 2-1 lead -- only to concede a fluke equalizer.Kevin De Bruyne is happy with his goalscoring return to fitness ahead of an exciting finish to a fully loaded season for club and country. The City attacker continued his comeback from a two-month injury lay-off against PSG on Wednesday, leaving manager Manuel Pellegrini to describe him as a difference-maker after his second goal in as many games.Despite the injury, the Belgium international has thrived in his first season since joining from Wolfsburg last summer, scoring 14 and setting up nine more in 33 appearances for the club. De Bruyne found the net in Paris as City drew 2-2 against PSG in their Champions League quarter-final first leg He has had a busy 12 months, including a move from Germany to England and the birth of his first child, and is set for a hectic few weeks with Euro 2016 on the horizon and the imminent arrival of new manager Pep Guardiola at City.But after his enforced injury absence, De Bruyne insists hes not thinking too far ahead.Im just happy to be back playing again, and in a couple of weeks the Euros will be here so its event after event, De Bruyne told Sky Sports News HQ.These days you cannot think about whats going to happen in four or five months because a lot of things can change. Its the same in a World Cup year, and now the Euros are coming. The season is fully loaded. De Bruyne suffered a knee ligament injury in the Capital One Cup You couldnt predict my injury, but it happened and I worked hard to come back as good as possible. I am happy to be back a little bit quicker than expected, and Im pleased with how things have gone the last two games.Physically Im a strong player - its been one of my strengths - so Im happy with the way Ive come back. I didnt expect to be able to do 75 minutes against PSG, and obviously the day after there was a bit more stiffness.I need more games because playing football is the only thing you can do to increase your fitness level. De Bruyne enjoyed an excellent season with Wolfsburg in 2014-15 De Bruyne enjoyed a spectacular campaign in his one full season with Wolfsburg, scoring 10 and assisting 20 as they finished runners-up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.dddddddddddd.Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking largely built his team around the Belgian, and De Bruyne admits its been an adjustment playing alongside superstars at City.My confidence was high after an incredible year last year, but Im almost doing the same as I did then, he continued. The difference now is I play more positions. De Bruyne returned to the City team with a goal against Bournemouth Its more difficult doing that because last year I played 90 per cent in one position and the team was more around me. More people looked at me over there [in Germany] than maybe they do here [in England].My team in Wolfsburg was not as good as my team here because we have a few superstars that Wolfsburg didnt have.There it was get the ball to Kevin and well see what happens, and here I can go out of the game for 10 minutes and come back into it. That was never possible in Wolfsburg.But I felt really good at Man City from the beginning. You need to adapt to the team and to the life at home, but I think everythings gone very well from then until now - apart from the injury. I think you can see that on the pitch. City, who hold a one-point lead over fifth-place Man Utd in the Premier League, face West Brom at the Etihad on Saturday Night Football, and De Bruyne sees it as an opportunity to put the onus back on their rivals for a top-four place.Its a tricky weekend and if we win we can put pressure on a lot of teams because there a huge games coming up, he continued. Our schedule is not that easy also, so the most important thing is to get the three points to stay in fourth and put pressure on the others. Also See: Man City v West Brom preview Pellegrini firm on Kompany Charlies top four forecast Le Tiss: City will deny Utd Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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