Tim Howard Stands On His Head Against Belgium
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that USA goalkeeper Tim Howard has a penchant for the spectacular; after all, he was the 2013 CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year and has been the starting goalkeeper for Everton of the Barclays Premier League since 2006. But even so, this was not expected. Making a World Cup record 16 saves, Howard single-handedly kept the USA in their Round of 16 match against Belgium even as the Belgians peppered him with shots for all 120 minutes. While the Americans ended up losing 2-1, Howard’s spectacular play made him one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.
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Miroslav Klose Ties The All-Time World Cup Goals Record
The goal Miroslav Klose scored against Ghana to tie the all-time World Cup record was classic Klose. A true poacher, the 37-year-old German striker stuck his foot out and popped in a cross at the far post, his 15th goal in his fourth World Cup. He is now tied with the great Ronaldo for the all-time record, and with Germany primed to make a deep run it is entirely possible that he could become the all-time leader before the tournament is done.
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With the Group Stage and Round of 16 complete, the 2014 FIFA World Cup (shockingly) has only a few games left to be played. The tournament has already been a memorable one, and through these opening weeks we’ve seen a host of marvelous displays of skill, breathtaking goals, and at least one act of attempted cannibalism. It has truly been a tournament of stars, too, with names like Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Arjen Robben playing their best at the most pivotal times.
While there are many stories left to be told — the most important of which is crowning our new champion — now is a great time to pause and take a look back at the 10 best moments so far.
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