The USA isn't in the tournament anymore, but the Quarterfinals still kick off on the Fourth of July. (http://dianegottsman.com/)

The Quarterfinals are about to begin, starting with a huge all-Europe match between France and Germany. With a great performance to win a tough group, and as the only team left not from Europe or South America, Costa Rica could be fun to watch, despite a tough game against the Netherlands. Argentina and Belgium look to build off tough elimination wins, while host Brazil faces Columbia in the round’s all-South America game.

This round, it was easier for our experts to choose the winners, with differences in finals scores to make the most difference in scoring before the Semifinal Round. As before, choosing the winner of each game is worth two points, while picking the goals scored by each team is worth one point.

So check below for everyone’s picks for this round, and check back once the round is complete for updated results. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Quarterfinals »

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1. Game Stuff:

* Amazing, amazing sporting event – almost broke my clicker, hand and TV – tantalizing, agonizing, what sports are all about – the ultimate in competition
* An indication of the respect FIFA has for USA – they were put in the Group of Death and had to travel more than any other team 5,900 miles to less than a 1,000 for Belgium
* Are we sure Landon Donovan couldn’t have helped at all?
* The team did the country proud they fought hard

2. Stats:

* Belgium 38 shots to 14
* Belgium 27 shots on net to 9
* Belgium 19 corners to 4 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Tim Howard Heroic Efforts Not Enough in Classic »

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Belgium eked its way through against a late US rally to win the final spot in the Quarterfinals. (http://www.brusselspictures.com/)

The Round of 16 is complete. Host Brazil had to work harder than anticipated to get by. Team USA couldn’t keep things together in extra time of the final game. After all eight group winners advanced, we’re left with four European squads, three from South America and one from Central America. Two games were decided by two goals, four by one goal and two had to go to penalty kicks.

In our Pick ‘Em, Columbia over Uruguay was the one big surprise, with Belgium over USA being a split decision. Points from guessing each team’s final goal tally also provided a great avenue towards points, especially with the lower scoring teams.

So check below for the updated results, and come back on Independence day for the Quarterfinal selections. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 Results »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Shaughnessey’s article has inspired Pedroia
* Can you believe its 4th of July week
* How about a TV reality show where the best World Cup soccer floppers compete in a diving competition against Subban
* After World Cup what am I going to do – watch poker or WNBA?

2. World Cup:

* The tension in Brazil is so high – a loss could be a loss of hundreds of lives
* Why do back up goalies wear their gloves during the game on the bench
* Every flopper should be forced watch the Greg Campbell broken leg video 100 times
* Any penalty kick rolled on the ground shouldn’t count
* A full game and two extra periods and a shootout is faster than a Red Sox – Yankees game Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: World Cup Drama Versus Red Sox Marathons »

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The bracket is set for the knockout games with a very good field. (http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/)

The knockout bracket is set and underway. Brazil continues their quest to win as host country. USA looks to beat a European opponent (after a tie and loss in the group stage) to move on. And of course, there are plenty of great games in between.

Our picks provide an interesting view, with group winners favored in general, though with blowouts kept to a minimum. For each pick, choosing the winner of each game is worth two points, while picking the goals scored by each team is worth one point.

Check below for the complete pick set, and come back once the round is complete for the updated results. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Like every draft – over hyped bore
* Red Sox stink – please unload players now
* We are desperate for Patriots training camp

2. World Cup:

* If Uruguay loses Suarez family better be careful
* Germany could have won that game 5-0
* Michael Bradley should be disgusted with his play so far
* Colombia vs. Brazil in the semi finals could be a great game and get ugly
* If you wear dreds – you better be really good Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Knockout Round Will be Exciting »

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Defending champs Spain met with an inglorious end, but there are plenty of worthy new champions. (http://marbellamarbella.es/)

After the Group Stage, the field has gotten more open with defending World Cup champion Spain not even making it past two games while in contention. The U.S. held off Portugal to advance despite giving up a game-tying goal against Portugal itself. Costa Rica won a group with three former World Cup winners.

With some big surprises, some of our experts were thrown for a loop. There were plenty of games that led to leads being opened up, but plenty more to come to make up the deficit. But for now, check below for the updated results, and check back Saturday for the Round of 16 picks. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Group Stage Results »

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