What do you know? I have some links on the World Cup.
The final FIFA rankings before the World Cup came out yesterday and the US moved up to #13. Germany stayed at #2 while Portugal dropped one spot to #4 and Ghana moved up one spot to #37.
SB Nation decided to rank all 32 teams based on their World Cup kits. I can’t really complain with #1 or #2 as France and Holland have some solid shirts. I know Bosnia’s are pretty basic (they are ranked #28 on this list), but I like the “classy” look, especially their blue shirts.
Someone over at Yahoo thought it was wise to have Maxi Rodriguez write for them and talk about the World Cup stadiums. I kid, I kid. Maxi is good people.
Noah Davis decided to rank the 10 US teams to appear in the World Cup. I know it was a much different time and people nowadays don’t really know much about them, but the 1930 team never seems to get much respect.
The Guardian has a funny little video animation on the US’s World Cup history.
Apparently Alexi Lalas is writing a song for every day of the World Cup and here is his first song and it is about Landon Donovan.
This year’s This is SportsCenter commercial for the World Cup features Michael Bradley. The Guardian is also doing player profiles of various players and here is one on Mikey.
Fabian Johnson and Michael Bradley talk about Fabian’s goal against Turkey in this video.
ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle enlightens us a little more on Timothy Chandler and what he was going through when he was away from the USMNT over the past two years. It looks like Nurnberg were playing a little head games with him.
In the it-totally-sounds-like-a-bad-British-newspaper-transfer-rumor department, The Metro are reporting that Tottenham are about to make a £5 million bid for Julian Green. The silly season has begun.
Jonathan Bornstein (remember him?) is staying in Mexico after making a loan move to Queretaro. He has played in a total of 10 league games since leaving Chivas USA in 2010.
We have yet another American to follow in the German Regionalliga after Iona product Charlie Butte signed with Regionalliga West club Sportfreunde Siegen.
And finally, apparently Beats by Dre took that new Apple money and made a commercial that is up there with the Nike one (Jozy Altidore sighting!)