World Cup

Spain Crashes Out Of World Cup 2014

Chile continues to impress at World Cup 2014 by defeating defending champion Spain 2-0, which shockingly eliminates the Spanish from the competition. Entering the tournament not only as the defending World Cup champion, but also the two-time defending European Champion, Spain was expected to be a serious contender for the title. Instead, after getting outscored 7-1 in its first two matches, Spain's last match against Australia will be for pride only.

He Shoots, He...Raps?

Soccer and hip-hop fans, rejoice! Clint Dempsey, or should we say “Deuce,” will be coming out with a 13-track rap album after the World Cup. Deuce isn’t completely new to the rap game. The U.S. Captain already has a single out called, “Don’t Tread.” Here it is, for those who haven’t seen it.

What A Save: Mexico Comes Up Big In Goal

This was purely an advertisement for football. There are fans and critics alike who decry the fact that 90 minutes can end “nil-nil,” but we’d happily watch football of this caliber for hours and hours – let alone on a stage such as this. Almost everything the beautiful game has to offer was captured in Fortaleza between the home side and a Mexican team that is peaking at precisely the right time.

Group C Highlights: Colombia and Ivory Coast Emerge Winners

Did you miss highlights from the World Cup this weekend? Sure, you probably watched England take on Italy, but we're guessing there's a few matches you missed. Here at The18, we want to make sure you stay up-to-date on all things World Cup. Here's our recap of the action from Group C over the weekend.

Ivory Coast and Japan: 2-1 Ivory Coast

Cardiac Americans

Take a breath U.S. fans, we made it. Now we can turn our focus to Portugal.

After an unreal start, which included a Clint Dempsey goal in the first 30 seconds, the USA really didn’t show much. Let’s cut to the chase and take a look at the American captain's goal which was the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history.

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Who Are Those Masked Men? The American Outlaws.

Don't worry. 

You're not in the middle of a bank or train robbery. You haven't stepped onto the set of a Western movie remake. There hasn't been an outbreak of that SARS thing. 

If you happen to see more than the normal amount of American Flag bandanas today (and by "normal amount" we do mean "zero") - you've just had the good fortune to cross paths with a member of the American Outlaws on a World Cup game day for the USMNT. 

Germany Makes A Statement

This was not the start Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal were expecting. However, one thing is for sure: The 4-0 loss to Germany in the first game of Group G will go a long way in helping Ghana or the United States get to the knockout stage. 

While Portugal started off well enough, a counter led by Cristiano Ronaldo yielded no results. The Real Madrid man had a rip from a tough angle, which was saved easily. Then disaster struck for Portugal. 

Messi's Magic Enough…For Now

With the great ones, the magicians, it only takes a moment. Momentum means nothing - only the moment. 

For the first hour of the match, Bosnia-Herzegovina had kept Lionel Messi contained (no shots on goal in the first half). They had shaken off an unimaginably bad start to control play for the better part of the game. 

And then, it happened. 

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