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Belgians Bid U.S. Adieu In World Cup's Knockout Round

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

In its first game in the knockout round, the U.S. soccer team played Belgium. The Americans defied expectations by escaping group play, but they've now been eliminated with a loss against Belgium.

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5 Things To Know For The U.S. Vs. Belgium Game

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Two key questions are whether the U.S. can strike early, as it did against Ghana, and whether Belgium can pull away late, as it has in all its games so far in Brazil.

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PRI's The World

When did a simple goal become a 'Goooooooooooooal'?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Soccer announcers the world over cry out an elongated form of 'gooooooooooooal!' when a team scores. But that cry originated in Brazil in the 1940s. Reporter Fernanda Santos dug into the origins of the cry.

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PRI's The World

Some of Brazil's most fanatic soccer fans are in a Pakistani slum

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Cricket is king in Pakistan, but one downtrodden neighborhood is mad for soccer — and the Brazilian national team. Lyari has produced some of Pakistan's biggest soccer stars, and its residents feel a special kinship with the World Cup host country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fútbol - and Slurs - in Spanish

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

After watching World Cup matches in Spanish on Univision, Felix Sanchez, co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, called attention to the language some commentators used to describe players. Univision has responded, and the dialogue has inspired a conversation about race, language and Spanish.

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On The Media

ESPN and Univision are Filing Takedown Notices for Vines of Soccer Goals

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The U.S. has World Cup fever (pending the results of today’s game) and ESPN and Univision probably couldn’t be more thrilled, at least as long as you aren’t watching any goals online.

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Features

The Waffle Wars: Which Side Are You On?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

As the U.S Men’s National team prepares for its match with Belgium later today, a fight has already begun between the two nations...over waffles. Waffle House, an American fast-food franchise, tweeted yesterday morning that they “don’t believe in [Belgian] waffles.” A representative told TMZ that they support a boycott ...

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U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Having escaped the "Group of Death," the Americans are poised for their first game in the knockout stage of the World Cup. The victor heads to the quarterfinals.

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Listen to Lucy

Summer, sports and strategies for avoiding work

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Summer, sports and strategies for avoiding work

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WNYC News

We Still Don't Know Everything Lou Gehrig Said in His Famous Speech

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WNYC

Yankee slugger Lou Gehrig said he was the luckiest man alive despite being diagnosed with a fatal illness. But little of his farewell speech beyond that has survived 75 years later.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Plays Belgium In World Cup's Knockout Stage

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The U.S. men's soccer team is back in action on Tuesday at the World Cup in Brazil. There is no room for error in the match against Belgium — lose and the U.S. team is finished.

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Morning Edition

Rivalry: Spanish Speakers Flood Portuguese-Speaking Brazil

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Most Brazilians speak English and Spanish with an accent. But Brazilians seem to take great offense to World Cup visitors speaking Portuguese with an accent.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Readies To Step Onto Stage For Knockout Round Drama

Monday, June 30, 2014

In its first match of the knockout round, the U.S. soccer team plays Belgium on Tuesday. NPR's Tom Goldman previews the game, explaining what to expect from the matchup.

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PRI's The World

We're getting ready for a World Cup showdown between USA and Belgium

Monday, June 30, 2014

The World's William Troop is cheering for USA. The World's Clark Boyd is cheering for Belgium. It could get ugly in our offices.

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Altidore Will Be Ready For Belgium, U.S. Soccer Says

Monday, June 30, 2014

Forward Jozy Altidore, who missed the U.S. team's last two World Cup games with a strained hamstring, is "ready and available" to play Tuesday, U.S. Soccer has announced.

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Luis Suarez Apologizes For Biting Rival At World Cup

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Uruguayan striker was banned by FIFA for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini in last week's World Cup soccer game.

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PRI's The World

Izzy picks Belgium over the USA for World Cup victory

Monday, June 30, 2014

Izzy, our World Cup-predicting ocelot, says Tuesday's game against Belgium will be the last one for the US at the World Cup.

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PRI's The World

How one American in Brussels is dealing with the upcoming World Cup clash between the US and Belgium

Monday, June 30, 2014

No more ties. No more "losing," but still "winning." All bets are off at the World Cup in Brazil, and if you lose, you're going home. So now that it's serious, it means that Americans overseas have to decide where their loyalties lie. From his perch in a Brussels cafe, The World's Clark Boyd comes to terms with Tuesday's clash between the US and Belgium.

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Morning Edition

1950 World Cup Ticketholder Gets Tickets For 2014 Game

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sanch Belmot, 85, missed the 1950 World Cup final to be with his dying mom. Brazil lost that match. His old ticket will go into a museum in exchange for 3 tickets to this year's final.

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All Things Considered

Colombia Advances In World Cup, Two Decades After Infamous Murder

Sunday, June 29, 2014

In 1994, star player Andres Escobar was killed just weeks after he scored an own goal in the Cup. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Colombian-American journalist and novelist John Rojas about the crime.

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