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2014 World Cup draw simulator: USMNT destined for tough group


When flicking through this vast thing we call the internet, I came across something both addicting and extremely worrying at the same time.

Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you the 2014 World Cup Simulator. Okay, only 21 of the 32 teams have qualified so far, but this simulator predicts the highest seed will win through to the World Cup, so it is a pretty accurate estimation on who will be paired together next June.

Happy Friday folks, this should give you hours of fun.

Essentially all you do is click a few buttons and this simulator kindly selects every group that will take place in Brazil. And if these clearly computed calculations are anything to go by, it’s going to be one tough World Cup for Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. side.

Chances are you knew that already because, let’s face it, every World Cup is difficult and just making the dance is a massive achievement for most teams these days.

However, take a look at the images below to see how I single-handedly brought stress and fear to my Friday morning by grouping the USA in the dreaded “Group of Death.” Spain, France and the Ivory Coast… jeesh. And throughout my incessant clicking, the Ivory Coast, Uruguay and Croatia kept cropping up as the USA’s potential opponents. An omen?

And finally, there could almost be a repeat of the 2010 group where the U.S. will face Algeria, England but Switzerland instead of Slovenia.

Enjoy the endless clicks this simulator is sure to provide.

Exhibit A – Group of Death


Exhibit B – A reoccurring theme…


Exhibit C – Close to a 2010 repeat


EURO 2016: Spain, Switzerland earn qualification

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Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.

Spain 4-0 Luxembourg

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.

Switzerland 7-0 San Marino

Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.

[ MORE: Thursday’s EURO 2016 roundup — Northern Ireland qualify ]

England 2-0 Estonia

England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group C

Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus

Group E

Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania

Group G

Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria

Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.