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Nike iD World Cup Gear @ 255 Studio

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Last night, I had to giggle when I read one of <a href="http://twitter.com/djjaycee/status/18323313864">Jaycee's tweets</a> that read "now that the World Cup is over, who's gonna keep frontin like they REALLY like soccer.

THE NETHERLANDS

The Oranje Vs. The Golden Generation

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/zee-germans-are-zee-best-but-so-is-david-villa"> As the World Cup draws to a close today, we’ve seen a tournament defined by strikers: the disappearance of Rooney, Messi and Drogba. The emergence of Germany’s Thomas Müller & Miroslav Klose’s run at history. Diego Forlán’s <a href="http://footytu.be/v13ru">one-man show</a> and <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/david-villa">David Villa’s</a> consistent excellence.

VIDEOS

Zee Germans Are Zee Best, But So Is David Villa

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/zee-germans-are-zee-best-but-so-is-david-villa"> Win or lose, the Germans have made their mark. By <a href="http://www.footytube.com/video/germany-v-england-50914">steamrolling over England</a> and obliterating Argentina, they haven’t just beaten top sides, but rather demoralized them for years to come, causing both nations to question the overall direction of their footballing associations.

Wesley Sneijder

Dream-Killers & Giant-Slayers: Uruguay Vs. Netherlands

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/dream-killers-and-giant-slayers-uruguay-vs-netherlands"> Yeah, the Netherlands beat Brazil. But should that have been all that surprising? Considering the world-class attackers wearing <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands_national_football_team">the Oranje</a> (Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie), not at all.

SPORTS

Colombian Drug Dealers Caught World Cup Fever

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/us-vs-ghana-5-things-to-watch-for"> Their country may not have made the World Cup, but that didn't stop a group of enterprising group of Colombian drug dealers from trying to smuggle a replica model of the World Cup trophy through the Bogata airport. A replica of soccer's most famous statue was found over the weekend during a routine check of a mail warehouse at Bogota's airport. It was inside a package bound for Madrid, insulated with World Cup jerseys from the four teams still competing in the tournament's semi-finals, police said. Details were reported by Colombian newspapers and picked up by international media. The fake statue measures 14-inches tall, the same size and with the same engravings as the original. Colombia's anti-drug chief, Col. Jose Piedrahita, told reporters it was likely made by mixing 11 kilos (24 pounds) of cocaine with a molding agent like gasoline, and then painted gold. As stands now, someone's World Cup party just became a lot less grandiose as they'll have to do coke lines like regular people. Having been sucked into <a href="http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/cake-boss/">TLC's Cake Boss</a> over the summer, I'd love to see a rouge version called Coke Boss where million dollar playboys travel through the Colombian jungles to get elaborate cocaine statues made.

TEAM USA

US Vs. Ghana: 5 Things To Watch For

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After their dramatic late show against Algeria, the US now has a legit shot at making a run deep into the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Spotlight

Brazilian Booty Brilliance

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<a href="http://coedmagazine.com/2010/06/17/168-booty-ful-reasons-to-root-for-brazil/"> If this post can't liven up your day, the Internet signal in your coffin is pretty good. Thanks to this ever-so-home-wrecking pic-list of <a href="http://coedmagazine.com/2010/06/17/168-booty-ful-reasons-to-root-for-brazil/">168 Brazilian behinds</a> comprised by those philandering folk over at <a href="http://coedmagazine.com/">COED Magazine,</a> we can all now relieve our manliness without having to clear the cache.

SPORTS

Why Has Europe Sucked In The World Cup?

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/judgment-day-for-united-states-and-britain"> There’s Germany, Netherlands, and Spain sitting atop their respective groups. But then there’s <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/france">France</a> and <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/italy">Italy</a> sitting rock bottom of theirs.

VIDEOS

Judgment Day For U.S. & Britain

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/group-c-wraps-up"> Well, it certainly wasn’t supposed to play out like this in Group C. Slovenia leads, England looks the worst, and the U.S. could actually come out tops. For the boys in red, white, and blue, it’s all very simple: win and they’re in. After needing <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/england-and-usa-play-to-a-1-1-draw">a miracle</a> to pull out the tie against England, only to have luck (and a ref with an ax to grind) work against them in the match against Slovenia, their destiny, it seems, is finally in their own hands in a more than manageable match against Algeria.

VIDEOS

The World Cup Vs. Sobriety

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/the-world-cup-vs-sobriety"> Only a week into the World Cup, I’m pretty certain I’ll soon need a recovery period break. You see, this is my first as a conditionally legal alcoholic. It also marks the first time in my short life that drinking at 7am daily has been considered normal, even admirable behavior (in the sense of physical endurance and accomplishment). It’s been quite the vicious cycle. By the time the day’s second match kicks off at 10am, the taste of $6-a-pack Sapporos (quite the steal in NYC, mind you) and Newports is stained in my teeth. Then, the countdown begins until I can race over to the $1-a-slice pizza spot on St. Mark’s that opens at 11, praying that they got an early start on the pepperoni pies (they hardly ever do). And the cycle-within-a-cycle continues for the third match at 2pm—all the while I try to conduct a normal workday and later strive to chase after the women wearing next-to-nothing at nighttime in NYC. Thank god I’m “working from home” this summer. It goes without saying then that my beloved Three Lions need to win against Algeria. The disturbing lack of dental hygiene, the packing on of the pounds (four already *pats self on back*), the lost iPhone amidst a drunken stupor, and the dwindling bank account this week must have some greater justification. If “my team” continues playing until July 11th and thus the cycle keeps going, too, then so be it. The 20 pounds of pizza fat that will have boosted my cup size and the mounting debt that will have prevented me from paying my cable bill (Mad Men, next month!) will have been worth it and all will be forgiven. Any fan of any squad would agree. Assorted Recap -- France sucks (and props to Mexico). But just like ’06, they can qualify for the knockout stage with a decisive win in their last group game (against South Africa) and with some help in the other match. Then, who knows what French squad will show. -- Greece may have won their first World Cup match ever, but this ain’t <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8-NBs-e4ak">Euro ’04</a>.

Wesley Sneijder

A Tale Of Two Rivals

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/england-and-usa-play-to-a-1-1-draw"> Historical rivals dating back to the days of World War II, neighbors Holland and Germany have had frosty relationship on the futbol field as well, culminating in the ’74 World Cup final when a favored Dutch squad boasting the likes of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vRH412rUUU">Johan Cruyff lost to Franz Beckenbauer</a> and company.

vinnie jones

And So We Begin On A World Tour…

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Now you can begin to get those bets in order.


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