Behavior clause? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Do you, Mario.
What will be the most challenging game of the Group stage?
Who is the player that you are most excited to play against?
Cristiano Ronaldo, Ozil, and Lahm
Who is the US player that you think will have the greatest impact on the team’s performance in Brazil?
Who do you usually room with when on the road?
Best dressed player on the squad?
Worst dressed player on the squad?
Who’s the biggest character character on the squad?
Stuart Holden, Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu
What’s the most important personal item that you’ll be bringing to Brazil?
Toiletry Bag, with prayers and pictures of close family, friends and girlfriend in it.
What’s on the playlist in the locker room?
All types. Hip-hop, R&B, House, Dance. During Gold Cup run, pregame song of choice was “Clarity” by Zedd.
One To Watch For (Brazil): Oscar - Drawing comparisons to Brazilian legend Kaka, Oscar, with a price tag of around $30 million at just 20, showed how highly Chelsea—and the world of football—rated the young South American. Capable of turning on a sixpence and with flair in abundance, Oscar, 22, is one of an exciting crop of players who helped Brazil lift the Confederations Cup on home soil in 2013. That victory means many fans of this year’s hosts now expect Oscar, Neymar, et al., to go all the way and win the country’s sixth World Cup.
One To Watch For (Cameroon) - Samuel Eto’o: With 100-plus caps and his tally still increasing as his country’s all-time leading goal scorer, Eto’o has been pivotal in any Cameroonian success for more than a decade and a half. Under the stewardship of manager Jose Mourinho, the 33-year old has enjoyed a steady season with Chelsea despite briefly going into international retirement in September after a dispute with international boss Volker Finke. Cameroon face a tough group of Brazil, Croatia, and Mexico. - by Jack Williams.
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Truly a pleasure watching Juventus win their 3rd straight Scudetti this season. Particularly enjoyed the play of their masterful mid-field and their ageless leader, Andrea Pirlo.
Illustration by Ben Kirchner from 8by8mag Issue 02.
Spent the morning watching the US U21 squad practice with Jurgen Klinsmann in LA. Thanks to US Soccer for having us!