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Tim Howard’s MNT Roots Trace Back to Ecuador Shutout Win in 2002

The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to host Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, marking the first home appearance post-2014 FIFA World Cup.

It is without question that goalkeeper Tim Howard was the rock star from the USA’s World Cup team, especially after recording a tournament-record 15 saves against Belgium in the knockout stage.

The upcoming USA-Ecuador matchup serves as a time capsule moment of sorts for Howard, seeing as how Ecuador was his first international opponent on March 10, 2002.

Howard earned a clean sheet during his 90-minute debut as the USA defeated Ecuador 1-0 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Howard made three saves, including a noteworthy first-half stop against Edison Mendez in the 33rd minute. The USA also had to play shorthanded for much of the second half following a Clint Mathis red card in the 58th minute.

“It was a real challenge for our players,” former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena said after the game. “We dealt with a lot of adversity with the red card early in the second half, but I think our team showed a lot of maturity and composure.”

Tim Howard

Howard was playing professionally for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars at the time, and the 23-year-old told the New York Times that he was honored for the opportunity.

“I was a little bit anxious at the beginning, but once I got into it, I felt very comfortable,” Howard said. “I’m very pleased that we were able to get the win, and hopefully I’ll get more opportunities. I just have to keep working hard and keep learning.”

More than 12 years later, Howard is now the USA record holder for goalkeeper wins (55), starts (103), caps (104), and is the most-capped U.S. goalkeeper in the modern era of the FIFA World Cup with eight appearances.

Prior to his MNT debut, Howard was a member of the Youth National Team system, appearing for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams, including the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Tim Howard

U.S. MNT Opens New Cycle Against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
International Friendly
Generali Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
Sept. 3, 2014

U.S. MNT OPENS NEW CYCLE AGAINST CZECH REPUBLIC: The U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off its new cycle toward Russia 2018 with an international friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Kickoff at Generali Arena in Prague is at 2:15 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer.

Following this trip, the USA hosts Ecuador at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut (ESPN, WatchESPN), followed by Honduras at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas). The USA is scheduled to close out the 2014 campaign on Nov. 18 against the Republic of Ireland. Broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

The USA has posted a 5-3-2 record in 2014, including a 1-2-1 mark during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil while advancing out of the “Group of Death” against Ghana, Portugal and eventual World Cup champion Germany.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)


2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

--

Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

0-1 L

--

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

July 1

Belgium **

0-0 (1-2 OT L)

Green

Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

2:15 p.m.

NBC Sports Network, UniMas

Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic

Oct. 10

Ecuador

7 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 14

Honduras

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Nov. 18

Ireland

2:45 p.m.

TBD

Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

** 2014 FIFA World Cup


USA VS. CZECH REPUBLIC:

  • The United States is seeking its first victory against the Czech Republic. The USA is 0-3-0 in the all-time series that began at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, a 5-1 loss to Czechoslovakia on June 10, 1990, in Florence, Italy.
  • In the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the Czech Republic earned a 3-0 win in the opening group match on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen.
  • Most recently, the teams met in the Send-Off Series for South Africa 2010, when the U.S. fell 4-2 on May 25, 2010, in East Hartford, Connecticut. Maurice Edu and Herculez Gomez scored for the USA. Brad Guzan started in goal and Alejandro Bedoya was a second-half sub.


U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Jozy Altidore makes his return to the U.S. MNT after seeing his 2014 FIFA World Cup cut short because of a hamstring injury in the opening 2-1 victory against Ghana on June 16. The Sunderland striker leads this U.S. roster with 71 appearances.
  • Defender Geoff Cameron, who was originally named to this roster, will not be available after suffering a groin injury during Stoke City’s Aug. 27 match against Portsmouth.
  • Nine players from the USA’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are on the roster: Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson and Nick Rimando.
  • Johnson started all four matches in Brazil, while Bedoya appeared in every game and started three.
  • Hertha Berlin defender Brooks scored the USA’s game-winning goal against Ghana on June 16.
  • Green, 19, scored in the second extra time of the U.S. MNT’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Round of 16 game on July 1 in Salvador, Brazil.
  • Chandler and Johnson started the season with new Bundesliga clubs, with Chandler moving from Nurnberg to Eintracht Frankfurt and Johnson moving from Hoffenheim to Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • Joe Corona was on the USA’s 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to a solid start, appearing in the first XI in all three games and scoring the opening goal of the club’s campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, he has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense.
  • 1860 Munich striker Bobby Wood has started all three matches to open the 2. Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old native of Hawaii and former Irvine Strikers forward made his Senior National Team debut in the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013.
  • Jordan Morris, who scored the game-winner for the U-23 MNT against Bahamas last month, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-17/18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy. He is the first active college player to be included on a roster under USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Rubio Rubin signed with Utrecht in July. The U-17 Residency alum was voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Youth Male Athlete of the Year.
  • Joe Gyau spent three semesters in the U-17 Residency program. His father Philip earned six caps with the U.S. MNT from 1989-91.
  • Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper started all three matches for the U.S. at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Cropper participated in the MNT training camp in Stanford ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cup in Brazil.
  • Emerson Hyndman is the youngest player on the roster, the 18-year-old having begun the League Championship campaign as a starter for Fulham. The grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was a part of the U-17 Men’s National Team and signed his first contract with Fulham in 2013, scoring three goals in its run to the FA Youth Cup final.


IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are fifth and sixth, respectively, on the all-time U.S. MNT caps list for goalkeepers. Guzan (11 wins) has also earned nine shutouts in his career. Rimando has yet to record a loss with the USA, posting a 10-0-1 record.
  • Guzan’s nine clean sheets rank sixth all-time, one behind Arnie Mausser (10 shutouts from 1975-1983).
  • Jozy Altidore ranks sixth all-time with 23 goals since debuting for the USA in 2007. He is one goal behind National Soccer Hall of Famer Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 appearances from 1992-2002.
  • Last year, Altidore set a U.S. MNT record by scoring in five straight games. He earned 2013 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year honors.
  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (32-13-9) ranks third on the all-time wins list. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).


USA IN CZECH REPUBLIC:

  • Wednesday’s match marks the first time the two sides have played each other on the Czech Republic’s home turf.
  • The first two matchups were on neutral ground in the 1990 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the 2010 meeting on May 25 took place in East Hartford, Connecticut.


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 9: Career shutouts by Brad Guzan
  • 18: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 23: Career goals by Jozy Altidore, sixth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list
  • 32: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 35: Czech Republic’s FIFA ranking


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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE:
Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 32-13-9 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (32), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its past 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-2-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.


IN FOCUS: CZECH REPUBLIC
Fotbalova Asociace Ceske Republiky (Football Association of the Czech Republic)
Founded: 1901
FIFA affiliation: 1907
Head Coach: Pavel Vrba
FIFA World Ranking: 35
Best World Cup Finish: 2006 (group stage)

CZECH REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bicik (Sparta Praha), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Tomas Vaclik (Basilej)
DEFENDERS (7): Pavel Kaderabek (Sparta Praha), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce Istanbul), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Prochazka (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Watford), Radim Reznik (Viktoria Plzen)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Vladimir Darida (Freiburg), Borek Dockal (Sparta Praha), Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen), Petr Jiracek (Hamburger SV), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Praha), Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Pilar (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal)
FORWARDS (1): Matej Vydra (Watford)

CZECH REPUBLIC ROSTER NOTES:

  • Czech Republic and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech leads this roster with 107 international appearances, followed by Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky (94) and defender Michal Kadlec (53).
  • Cech is the only returning player from the Czech Republic roster that defeated the USA 4-2 on May 25, 2010, the last time the two sides faced each other.
  • Rosicky is the top goal scorer on the Czech Republic roster with 22 goals. Kadlec has eight tallies in his international career and Matej Vydra with four. Everyone else on the Czech roster has scored three or fewer goals.
  • Vydra has scored twice this year for the Czech Republic – one goal during a 2-2 draw against Norway on March 5 in Prague and another during a 2-2 draw against Finland on May 21 in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Seven players represent Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic’s Gambrinus Liga, where the club earned first place twice (2010-11 and 2012-13) and was runner-up this past 2013-14 season.
  • Two players are in search of their first international cap – goalkeeper David Bicik and defender Radim Reznik.
  • The Czech Republic has qualified once for the FIFA World Cup, posting one win and two losses in group play in 2006. Prior to its dissolution, Czechoslovakia qualified for eight FIFA World Cups from 1930-1994, earning runner-up to Italy in 1934 and Chile in 1962.


LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
July 1, 2014 – Estadio Fonte Nova – Salvador, Brazil – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Round of 16

USA   1   Julian Green 107
BEL   2   Kevin De Bruyne 93, Romelu Lukaku 105

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 32), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Geoff Cameron, 4- Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Julian Green,105+2), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 19-Graham Zusi (18-Chris Wondolowski, 72)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 10-Mix Diskerud, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Brad Davis, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 17-Jozy Altidore, 21-Timmy Chandler, 22-Nick Rimando, 23-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BEL: 1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 4-Vincent Kompany (capt.), 5-Jan Vertonghen, 15-Daniel Van Buyten; 6-Axel Witsel, 7-Kevin De Bruyne, 8-Marouane Fellaini, 10-Eden Hazard (22-Nacer Chadli, 111), 14-Dries Mertens (11-Kevin Mirallas, 60); 17-Divock Origi (9-Romelu Lukaku, 91)
Subs Not Used: 3-Thomas Vermaelen, 12-Simon Mignolet, 13-Sammy Bossut, 18-Nicolas Lombaerts,19-Mousa Dembele, 20-Adnan Januzaj, 23-Laurent Ciman
Not Available: 16-Steven Defour (red card), 21-Anthony Vanden Borre (injury)
Head Coach: Marc Wilmots

On the field against Czech Republic:
May 25, 2010 – Rentschler Field – East Hartford, Conn. – International Friendly

USA   2   Maurice Edu 17, Herculez Gomez 65
CZE   4   Tomas Sivok 44, Jan Polak 58, Martin Fenin 78, Tomas Necid 90+2

Lineups:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu (28-Alejandro Bedoya, 65), 21-Clarence Goodson, 12-Jonathan Bornstein (20-Heath Pearce, 46); 22-Stuart Holden, 26-Jose Torres (14-Sacha Kljestan, 46), 19-Maurice Edu, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (25-Robbie Rogers, 46); 9-Eddie Johnson (11-Brian Ching, 46), 29-Edson Buddle (30-Herculez Gomez, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Jonathan Spector, 13-Ricardo Clark, 23-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Chad Marshall, 27-Robbie Findley
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Ondrej Kusnir, 5-Jan Rajnoch, 6-Tomas Sivok, 7-Libor Sionko (19-Jan Moravek, 85), 8-Jan Polak (12-Mario Holek, 90), 11-Daniel Pudil, 13-Jaroslav Plasil (18-David Limbersky, 90), 17-Tomas Hubschman, 15-Martin Fenin (4-Milan Cerny, 78), 20-David Lafata (9-Tomas Necid, 67)
Subs not used: 10-Tomas Pekhart, 14-Rudolf Skacel, 16-Michal Danek, 21-Jaroslav Cerny, 23-Jan Lastuvka
Head Coach: Michal Bilek

Landon Donovan to Make Final Appearance for U.S. MNT on Oct. 10 in East Hartford

CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2014) – After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati). “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”

Donovan announced in August that he would retire from soccer at the end of the Major League Soccer season. He holds several records for the National Team, including most goals (57) and assists (58).

"Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time,” said Donovan. “I'm so grateful to all the fans that have supported me and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I'm thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen."

Landon Donovan

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.]

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

The four-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year was an inaugural member of the U-17 Residency Program in 1999. He began his Senior Team career on Oct. 25, 2000, against Mexico, scoring in the 2-0 win and setting the tone for a remarkable tenure. In an international career chock full of records and highlights, Donovan added to the most iconic moments in U.S sports history when he scored the game-winner against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that sent the U.S. into the knockout phase and set off frenzied celebrations across the country.

Donovan's next and final appearance for the U.S. MNT will be the 157th of his illustrious career.

Landon Donovan

U.S. Men's National Team to Close Out 2014 Campaign on Nov. 18 Against Ireland in Dublin

CHICAGO (Aug. 12, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will close out a memorable 2014 campaign when it travels to the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 18 in Dublin.  Kickoff at Aviva Stadium is set for 8:45 p.m. local time (2:45 p.m. ET). Broadcast information will be announced at a later date. Fans can follow the match on twitter @ussoccer.

“We are absolutely thrilled to finish our work in 2014 with a game against Ireland,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They are consistently a difficult team to play against, and we welcome these types of challenges as we continue to move our team forward towards the Gold Cup next year.”

U.S. Soccer is offering a special VIP Experience for guests travelling to support the team in Ireland. VIP Experience guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity as part of the U.S. Soccer Delegation, including deluxe accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer hotel, behind-the-scenes access to a Men’s National Team Training, VIP dinner, premium tickets, gifts, ground transportation and more. Email vip@ussoccer.org for pricing and details.

Ireland has been drawn into Group D of qualifying for the 2014 European Championship, along with 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany. The Irish will face Scotland in qualifying action four days prior to hosting the United States. LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is the team’s captain and its all-time leader in appearances (134) and goals (62).

The USA holds a 2-4-2 record against Ireland in a series dating back to 1924. This is the first meeting since April 17, 2002, in Dublin, where the Irish collected a 2-1 win.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 5-3-2 record this year.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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