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Which World Cup knockout round team most resembles which Premier League side?


We get it: this is a weird question, but we can’t help our dreams of the Premier League popping up during any gap in World Cup play (Less than two months away!).

And it’s an interesting query, isn’t it? Rooting for which country is akin to cheering for Manchester United? Which lineup plays a bit like Tottenham Hotspur?

Let’s consider all these factors and get a little weird.

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Argentina — Considering they have 400 Citizens and wear sky blue: Manchester City

Nigeria — Promising, but capable of giving up bad goals: West Bromwich Albion

Germany — Incredibly-deep in talent, hums like a machine: Chelsea

United States — Gritty, over-achieving, validity doubted: Stoke City

Chile — Talent for a title run, but can they sustain the whole way? Everton

Brazil — Lots of titles, iconic players, capable of drama: Manchester United

Belgium — Young, flashy, capable of anything: Southampton

Uruguay — Plenty of attack, suspect defenders, a biter: Liverpool

France — Mercurial, brilliant, loaded with talent, French-led: Arsenal

Algeria — Part of you is wondering how they are still here: Sunderland

Switzerland — Have the tools, slightly overlooked, can they prove mettle? Aston Villa

Colombia — Oh boy can they attack, but can they close it down? Swansea City

Greece — Trouble scoring goals, only diehards like the style: West Ham United

Costa Rica — Wait a minute, where did this complete team come from? Crystal Palace

Netherlands — Gaggle of great players, never quite breaking through: Tottenham Hotspur

Mexico — Talented, looking good, but you just know they’re going to screw it up: Newcastle United

LINEUPS: Tim Howard starts for USMNT against Costa Rica

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01:  Tim Howard of the United States gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The United States takes on Costa Rica in a friendly tonight at Red Bull Arena, as the USMNT must put the Mexico match behind them and focus on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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The biggest inclusion in tonight’s starting XI is that of Tim Howard in goal, marking his return to the national side after taking a self-imposed sabbatical. It will be Howard’s first appearance for the USMNT since his legendary performance against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.

Klinsmann has chosen to go with a 4-4-2 tonight, and Geoff Cameron remains the only starter in the back-line from the Mexico match. He’ll partner with Michael Orozco in the center of defense, with Brad Evans and Tim Ream on the outsides.

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In the midfield, Klinsmann has put some speed on the wings through the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and recent call-up Brek Shea. Danny Williams joins Jermaine Jones as the central midfielders.

Up top, Jozy Altidore will play alongside Gyasi Zardes, who returns to his more comfortable position as forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins record fourth European Golden Boot

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 13:  Real Madrid football player Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his four Golden Boot Awards as maximun goal scorer of European leagues at The Westin Palace Hotel on October 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo has added another trophy to the collection, winning his fourth Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer for the 2014-15 season.

The award accounts for goals in league play only, which means the Champions League and domestic tournaments are not included. In La Liga, Ronaldo scored 48 goals in 35 appearances.

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Ronaldo first won the award after the 2007-08 season with Manchester United, and has now added three more with Real Madrid in 2010-11, 2013-14, and 2014-15.

With his fourth win, Ronaldo moves ahead of Lionel Messi as the only player to win the award four times. Messi has won three, while eight players have won two.

Below is a post from Ronaldo’s Facebook page reflecting on the award:

What a special moment in my professional life!

Winning four Golden Boots is a privilege for me and I’ll keep challenging myself because I want to do better every time and I want to keep chasing for more records.

I have to thank everyone in Real Madrid that made this possible and we want to keep winning more titles and more trophies. Thank you everyone.

Ronaldo alone scored more goals in La Liga play last season than 14 clubs did, which shows how prolific his season was. The only player to score more than 48 league goals in a European season was Messi, who scored 50 in 2011-12.

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While it was a successful year for Ronaldo personally, it was a very disappointing campaign for Real Madrid, who fired manager Carlo Ancelotti after finishing the season without a trophy.