How to watch the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final between England and New Zealand


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Editor’s note: Since we’re in the dog days of summer with no European soccer kicking off for a few weeks and no more Women’s World Cup, Copa America or Gold Cup, we thought we’d bring you a guide to watching Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final as a change of pace for any of you who are intrigued by the sport.

Either England or New Zealand will win their first ever Cricket World Cup when they meet in Sunday’s final (beginning at 5:30 AM eastern, and continuing throughout the day), live from London’s legendary Lord’s Cricket Ground. But if you know more about the Cricket in Times Square than about this summer’s 50-over cricket championship, then, well, that’s by design.

Cricket’s overlords have gone to great lengths to ensure that the sport stays a well-kept secret in America. Instead of making sure that this niche sport gets exposed to as many

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Africa Cup of Nations bracket: Free PDF download


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World Soccer Talk has created a bracket for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations that’s a free, printable download.

Title holders Cameroon are focused on trying to win the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations after winning the tournament in 2017. In this summer’s tournament, which was originally scheduled to be hosted in Cameroon, the competition will be held in Egypt instead.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations runs from June 21 to July 19.

All of the games will be shown live in the United States via beIN SPORTS (English-language).

Click the following link to download the Africa Cup of Nations bracket today.

Use the Africa Cup of Nations bracket to predict who will win the tournament. Plus you can print it out and hang it up on your desk or wall. And you can share it with your friends and work colleagues.

2019 Gold Cup bracket: Free PDF download


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World Soccer Talk has created a bracket for the 2019 Gold Cup that’s a free, printable download.

While the US Women’s National Team has been soaking up most of the limelight so far this summer, it’s time for the US Men’s National Team to make an impression in this Summer of Soccer. As well as USA’s goal of winning the 2019 Gold Cup, there’ll be plenty of other nations competing too including Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica and others.

The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be the 15th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial international men’s soccer championship of the North, Central American, and Caribbean region organized by CONCACAF.

The 2019 Gold Cup runs from June 15 to July 7.

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2019 Copa America bracket: Free PDF download


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World Soccer Talk has created a bracket for the 2019 Copa America that is a free, printable download.

Out of all of the soccer tournaments this summer, the 2019 edition of Copa America is the most highly-anticipated men’s competition. With teams such as Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and others competing at a high level, Copa America 2019 promises to pack more entertainment into every game. Hosted in Brazil, the 2019 Copa América will be the 46th edition of the tournament, organized by CONMEBOL.

The games will run from June 14 to July 7.

All of the games will be shown live in the United States via Telemundo (Spanish-language) and ESPN+ (English-language).

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Women’s World Cup bracket: Free PDF download


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World Soccer Talk has created a bracket for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that is a free, printable download.

The most eagerly-anticipated summer tournament of 2019 will be hosted in France from June 7 to July 7. Featuring 52 of the best women’s soccer games from the world’s best teams, the competition will be the 8th Women’s World Cup. Defending champions USA are favorites to win the competition.

All of the games will be shown live in the United States via Telemundo (Spanish-language) and FOX Sports (English-language).

Click the following link to download the Women’s World Cup bracket today.

Use the Women’s World Cup bracket to predict who will win the tournament. Plus you can print it out and hang it up on your desk or wall. And you can share it with your friends and work colleagues.

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Where and why to watch Sunday’s Major Arena Soccer League Final


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1. What’s Happening?

The Milwaukee Wave will host Mexico’s Monterrey Flash this Sunday at 6 PM Eastern in the Major Arena Soccer League final. But with MLS starting, the European season ending, and with new streaming services offering games from almost all 211 FIFA member nations, it’s easy to overlook the indoor game. Is it worth your time? If you’re down for an unapologetically Americanized action-packed spin on soccer, then yes. And that’s even with Landon Donovan’s San Diego Sockers missing out on the final.
   
Yes, that Landon Donovan. The greatest player in American soccer history borrowed a move from fellow bald eagle Michael Jordan by unretiring once again. The California-bred golden star, a 6-time MLS Cup winner with the San Jose Earthquakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy, spent this spring with a little further down the coast with the MASL’s San Diego Sockers.

He scored five goals

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How to watch the Women’s FA Cup Final between Manchester City and West Ham United


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Mighty Manchester City takes on upstarts West Ham United at venerable Wembley Stadium in Saturday’s Women’s FA Cup Final at 12:30 Eastern. While no TV network here in America will air the marquee matchup, it will thankfully be streamed on the FA Super Women’s League Facebook page.

Next month, the Women’s World Cup in France will bring the international women’s game to a growing global audience. But it’s a different story domestically. The National Women’s Soccer League has no TV broadcast home, instead their matches are available to stream via Yahoo Sports. And there’s no TV broadcast home here for the UEFA Women’s Champions League final coming up on May 18th between Lyon and Barcelona.

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World Cup 2018 bracket: Free PDF download features kickoff times and TV info


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World Soccer Talk has created a bracket for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that is a free, printable download.

The most eagerly-anticipated sports tournament of 2018 will be hosted in Russia from June 14 to July 15. Featuring 32 of the best national soccer teams from around the world, the competition will be the 21st World Cup, and will be the first World Cup held in Europe since 2006.

In the United States, viewers will need to adapt to a less friendly than usual TV schedule where most of the games will air at 8am ET, 11am ET and 2pm ET.

All of the games will be shown live in the United States via Telemundo (Spanish-language) and FOX Sports (English-language). As we get closer to the tournament, more details will be released about the World Cup TV coverage.

Click the following link to download the free World Cup bracket today.

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Africa Cup of Nations US TV schedule in infographic and printer-friendly formats


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We’re into the final 8 of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, DR Congo, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Morocco remaining in the competition.

For soccer fans in the United States, all of the quarterfinals will be shown on US television and/or streaming this weekend (see the full schedule at the bottom of the screen for links).

To make things easier, World Soccer Talk has created a downloadable file for you to download and print from your computer, or save it to your computer, tablet or smart phone.

Download the Africa Cup of Nations TV schedule (PDF format).

Also, here’s an infographic featuring the TV schedule that you can view (or click on it for a larger version) to print:

 

Here’s the Africa Cup of Nations schedule (including links to watch the games for free):

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4 of the most famous droughts in world soccer as well as worst MLS teams


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Soccer fans love belting out jaunty and uplifting tunes, like “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at Anfield and Parkhead, “Glory Glory Man United” at Old Trafford, “Delilah” at the Britannia, “No One Likes Us We Don’t Care” at the New Den, and “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” at West Ham’s new Olympic home. But unless you’re fortunate enough to support a trophy-gobbling upper crust club then the truest song to sing is Tom Petty’s “The Waiting.” Nothing defines the fan experience more – the near-misses the standing in the rain, the heartbreaks, the eons of drudgery, the fleeting bits of glory, the abject failures, the misery, the vain fleeting hopes that this could be the year – than the words “the waiting is the hardest part.”

Of course, some fans wait a lot longer than others. The Chicago Cubs just won their first World

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Brief guide to the Aussie Rules Grand Final, Gaelic football and NRL Grand Final


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Landon Donovan, David Villa, and Carli Lloyd are in a Heineken ad campaign called “Soccer is Here” that’s all about how America now loves the sport that was once an unwanted and unloved import. But the truth is that most of our sports were imports to some extent. Baseball was brewed from arcane and baffling British ingredients like cricket, stoolball, and rounders. Nineteenth Century kids at the Ivy Leagues, along with New Jersey’s Rutgers and Montreal’s McGill, transformed Britain’s rugby into the football we love. Hockey came down from our polite northern neighbors. And James Naismith was a Canadian immigrant whose invention of basketball puts him on par with other illustrious Canadian-Americans like Leslie Nielsen, Drake, Ryan Gosling, and Pamela Anderson.

Still, it hasn’t been easy for foreign sports to crack the American market. It took soccer decades to make it to the mainstream. A crucial step was

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A brief history of the World Cup, European Championship and Copa America on US TV


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As Christopher Harris reported here at World Soccer Talk, the final ratings for Euro 2016 were, much like the quality of play, decent but not spectacular. Copa América Centenario, thanks to Univision’s reach and the USMNT’s run, captured a slightly bigger audience. But by putting the numbers for the two tournaments into context, we can see just how far the sport has come in this country.

With the ability to now stream every match, whether scarfing a slice on Coney Island or sipping a cortadito on South Beach while chasing Pikachu on our phones, it’s easy to forget just how abominable soccer coverage here once was. As with World Soccer Talk’s essential history of Premier League TV availability, remembering what American soccer coverage was like reminds us of how the sport’s slide into the mainstream was a monumental struggle.

 

“Given the ratings, I don’t think anyone will

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Newspaper reactions to Portugal winning Euro 2016 against France [PHOTOS]


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It was a night when history trumped beauty in a European Final that didn’t come to life until late. In time, few will remember the torpid tenor that preceded the late-stage drama. This was a night to join in Portugal’s jubilation at finally breaking through after so many close calls while marveling at France’s missed chances. Let’s see how the world’s papers reacted to it all:

Portugal’s O Jogo captures how this team is now forever part of the nation’s fabric with “Eternal”

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A Bola declares “We are the European Champions” and gives props to “The Pride of Portugal”

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Before last night Portugal could rightly claim to be the best nation in the world to never have won a major trophy. No longer, Jornal de Notícias announces “It’s ours!”

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April 25th is Portugal’s “Freedom Day,” commemorating the 1975 Carnation Revolution that swept the authoritarian dictatorship Estado Novo out of

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Newspaper reactions to France’s victory against Germany in semi-final [PHOTOS]


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Germany vs. France. The rare marquee matchup that delivered on its massive potential. How would Europe react to such an epic night and rare result? Let’s take a look.

Germany’s Bild forlornly shouts the name “Weini!” as one of its most accomplished players failed his country. The subheadline incredulously exclaims, “Of all people Schweinsteiger, of all people our captain! A handball, a penalty, IN THE SEMIFINAL AGAINST FRANCE! Schweini, we suffer with you!”

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The Neue Westfälische sadly proclaims “The End of the Title Dream”

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The Rheinische Post soberly runs a stark picture of a solo Manuel Neuer with the words “Germany says goodbye”

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L’Equipe succinctly captures France’s jubilant mood with “Ecstasy”

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La Dépêche showcases hero Antoine Griezmann flashing Winston Churchill’s famous “V for Victory” as the paper hails a “Beautiful Win”

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Even Libération, a leftist paper co-founded by Jean-Paul Satre, got in on the fun as it

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Newspaper reaction to Portugal’s semi-final win against Wales [PHOTOS]


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Both Wales and Portugal are relatively small coastal nations that have spent much of their history tangled up with their larger and more powerful neighbors to the east. But whereas rugby-mad Wales has accomplished little as a team in football despite producing world-class footballers like John Charles, Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs, and now Gareth Bale, football-mad Portugal has traditionally ridden stars like Eusébio, Rui Jordão, Luis Figo, and now Cristiano Ronaldo to the very brink of glory at international tournaments. Each country came into yesterday’s semi-final with different expectations. For Portugal it was pure nerves over whether their team would finally cash in on its talent, for Wales it was profound respect and gratitude for an unprecedented adventure. Let’s take a look at how the papers reacted:

Portugal’s O Jogo celebrates the team reaching its 2nd Euro Final in 12 years with “Beautiful.” The quotes reflect a country already

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Newspapers reaction to Wales defeating Belgium in Euro 2016 [PHOTOS]


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Wonder in Wales, awe in England, bitterness in Belgium, and shock across the Continent, these were the reactions across Europe after the legendary result in Lille. Let’s take a look at how European papers covered footballing history.

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Wales’ Western Mail leads with a euphoric photo and a headline that perfectly sums up the national mood:

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Hal Robson-Kanu has a name made for headlines and his Cruyff-ian goal inspired many to play off of his name, starting with The Times:

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The Mirror did the Times one better by slyly referencing the late Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest:

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The mood was more incredulous across the pond.

France’s L’Equipe spoke for many neutral observers by declaring “What Madness!”

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Belgium’s Le Soir, a French language paper, asked for “consolation” as its “Devils leave with their heads hung low.”

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The Gazet Van Antwerpen, one of Belgium’s Dutch papers,

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Newspaper back covers on Iceland’s victory against England [PHOTOS]


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The aftermath of England’s devastating and deplorable loss to Iceland is no time for quiet reflection and understated contemplation. A ruinous result like this one deserves the height of hyperbolic reaction found only in England’s titillating tabloids and brilliant broadsheets.

The Sun’s back page plays on the Iceland supermarket chain’s one-time slogan “Mum’s gone to Iceland,” accompanied by a picture of Wayne Rooney’s sobbing son Kai.

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The Daily Star appeals to a fishier power:

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The Daily Mail speaks for many who were uninspired by the Roy Hodgson hire in the first place:

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The Daily Mirror went the easy route:

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The Daily Express captures what Hodgson’s strategy was in one word:

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The Independent runs with a sober picture of a solo Hodgson while referencing England’s infamous 1-0 defeat to the United States in 1950:

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The Telegraph respects photography’s “rule of thirds” with this perfectly-framed pic:

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Iceland’s papers were jubilant yet displayed

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Euro 2016 bracket


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Download our free Euro 2016 bracket. With it, you can stay on top of all of the scheduled games from June 10 to July 10. Euro 2016 features many of the best teams on the planet that will be vying to win one of the most competitive tournaments in the world.

Unlike other Euro 2016 brackets, we’ve created one that is printer-friendly (formatted in PDF). It’s easy to read, and includes the TV listings for all of the games.

The bracket features all of the teams participating in Euro 2016 including Spain, Germany, Italy, England, France, Belgium and many more.

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Here’s how to get the Euro 2016 bracket designed by Aram Gyan:

Download the Euro 2016 bracket, save it to your desktop and then print it out and stick it to your wall or office.

Then throughout the tournament, stay updated on Euro 2016 with

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5 destinations for John Terry to consider for the next phase of his career


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As a frustrated and forlorn John Terry soaks in the Chelsea faithful’s appreciative applause while the club closes out its annus horribils, it’d be befitting to hear the Stamford Bridge tannoy play The Beatles’ “Two of Us.” Because at age 35 and with a possible summer departure looming, Terry and the club have, as Paul McCartney put it, “memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.”

If Chelsea and England’s Brave JT do indeed part ways then it will slam The Shed door shut on an era in which the club transformer from fashionably roguish underachievers to coldly corporate global giants. When a 17-year old Terry made his blue debut in 1998 the club hadn’t won the league since 1955 and were only nine years removed from rubbing elbows with the likes of Walsall, Plymouth Argyle, and Brighton & Hove Albion in the second division. He’d Continue reading “5 destinations for John Terry to consider for the next phase of his career”