Comparing World Cup teams to Premier League sides; pick a club

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With the 2014 World Cup over and just a month until the 2014-15 Premier League season begins, we got a bit creative.

If you loved watching the tournament down in Brazil this summer and want to adopt a PL team for the upcoming season, here’s a quick guide on which teams to follow.

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PST’s Nick Mendola had a go midway through the World Cup and now it’s all done and dusted, below is a list of which nations can be compared to the 20 PL teams.

Remember, you can watch every single PL game live on NBC Sports and NBC this season as well as online or on the app via NBC Sports Live Extra.

August 15th can’t come soon enough!

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COMPARING THE 20 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS TO WORLD CUP SIDES

USA: Dependable. Commited and they already have an American in Geoff Cameron. = Stoke City

Germany: Stacked with talent and both have won the biggest titles available to them. = Chelsea

Argentina: Both wear Sky Blue, plus the Citizens have three Argentines on the books.  = Manchester City

Netherlands: They play sexy soccer and are always there or there abouts. Talented. = Arsenal

Brazil: The heavyweights historically but both are going through transition. = Manchester United

Spain: Love to play attractive soccer but both teams came up short when it mattered. = Liverpool

Chile: High-pressing, fun to watch and always pushing the top teams all the way. = Everton

Colombia: Teams who possess plenty of young talent, neutrals love to watch both. = Southampton

Belgium: Star-studded talent who are robust, good going forward and have plenty of options. = Tottenham

France: ‘Le Toon’ have a huge number of French stars, both are on the cusp of a breakout. = Newcastle

Costa Rica: The surprise package, Palace shocked everyone last season, Los Ticos this summer. = Palace

Mexico: The type of team you hate playing against. Tough tackling. Grinders. = Sunderland

Ecuador: Regimented and on their day, can be lethal. Topsy-turvy teams who are unpredictable. = Hull City

Uruguay: Attractive style of play, don’t let up too many goals but never score that many either. = Swansea

Australia: The hardest-working team out here. Low on quality, high on effort. Proud. = Leicester City

Bosnia: Upstarts who are just getting established. Nobody really knows what to expect. = Burnley

Switzerland: Some would argue watching paint dry is more riveting, but capable of shocks. = Aston Villa

Ivory Coast: A real mix of experience and youth, both tend to underwhelm after promising plenty. = QPR

England: Solid. Rigid. Lack of creativity. What you see is what you get from these two. = West Brom

Croatia: You will have the bruises to prove it when you play these guys. Tough. = West Ham

Porto, Watford, Hull? Marco Silva in demand

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Marco Silva is one of the hottest properties in management, months after eliciting cries of “Who?” following his appointment at Hull City.

While those cries may have been a tiny bit myopic given his time at Sporting CP and Olympiacos, the 39-year-old is now visible to the world despite Hull’s relegation.

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Silva will be back in England to meet with Hull on Wednesday, but a clause in his contract that said he could leave if the club was relegated gives the Tigers very little hope.

Rumors have him wanted at Watford, and he’s also been linked with a number of other jobs including Southampton (should the club part ways with Claude Puel).

However, the former right back is also reportedly a target of one of the biggest clubs in his home country: Champions League side Porto.

UEFA Europa League Final preview: Manchester United vs. Ajax

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Jose Mourinho’s big European gamble takes center stage on Wednesday in Sweden, when Manchester United attempts to topple young Ajax in the UEFA Europa League Final.

United’s chances for UEFA Champions League qualification, a magnificent opportunity, are overshadowed by the pall cast over Manchester by sinister terrorist attacks at a pop concert that killed and injured many on Monday night.

Alas, there’s soccer to be played, and Mourinho is looking to make it a trio of shiny items in his first year on the job. United beat Leicester City for the Community Shield, then topped Southampton in the EFL Cup Final en route to Sweden.

United’s well-documented dearth of healthy defenders will march out one more time on Wednesday, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones tasked with manning the center of the back line. Expect Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian out wide.

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Despite the injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho’s attack is going to give Ajax fits. Marcus Rashford has been next level for most of the second half of the season, and United will also likely feature Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba atop Ander Herrera.

If someone is going to break United down, it could be midfield wizards Davy Klaassen and Lasse Schone. The creative middle men have a variety of options to find with the ball, including on-loan Chelsea man Bertrand Traore and Danish teenager Kasper Dolberg.

But how will they deal with United’s attack? Sure Ajax has stopped Lyon, Schalke, Copenhagen, and Legia Warsaw, but United and Mourinho? That’s another challenge for Peter Bosz and his men.

Ajax won the 1992 UEFA Cup, and this is United’s first ever trip to this particular final. The Red Devils are heavy favorites, and we expect United to prevail. Don’t sleep on Juan Mata heroics. Call it 3-1.

Allardyce resigns, opening up intriguing vacancy at Palace

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Sam Allardyce is walking away on top outside the relegation zone.

The veteran Premier League manager, 62, resigned his post as Crystal Palace on Tuesday, weeks after leading another team to safety.

The move ends a tumultuous eight months for Allardyce, who was fired as England manager after an undercover sting exposed unethical dealings with agents.

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It also comes about an hour after somebody wrote that Crystal Palace should move on from Allardyce. What a jerk, that somebody.

Rarely at a loss for words, here’s Big Sam from cpfc.co.uk:

I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager.

This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”

All kidding aside — and I’m far from a Big Sam fan — congrats to the man on walking away to enjoy the finer things in life. He had a heck of a run, and we’ll see how long he can resist being away from the fray. Cheers, Sam.

Coach Valverde leaves Athletic, will reportedly join Barca

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MADRID (AP) Athletic Bilbao says Ernesto Valverde will not remain as the team’s coach next season, clearing the way for his expected move to Barcelona.

Athletic said Tuesday that the coach will give more details about his departure in a news conference on Wednesday.

The Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported that Valverde has already reached a deal with Barcelona to replace Luis Enrique, who announced earlier this year that he would not continue with the Catalan club.

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Barcelona ends its season after the Copa del Rey final against Alaves on Saturday.

The 53-year-old Valverde reportedly will sign a two-year contract with Barcelona, with an option for a third season. The announcement is expected next week.

A former forward, Valverde played two seasons with Barcelona in the late 1980s.

He previously coached Espanyol, Olympiakos, Villarreal and Valencia.