Soccer Royals Advance to World Cup Semi-finals

In yesterday’s penalty kick shootout victory over Costa Rica, Netherlands star striker Robin Van Persie was held in check and failed to find the back of the net in 120 minutes of action.

Ironically, so were other celebrated scorers from the three other high powered teams whose recent victories enabled their countries to also advance to the 2014 World Cup Semi-finals.

Neither Thomas Muller of Germany, Lionel Messi of Argentina nor Neymar of Brazil were able to score in their sides’ respective wins. Like Van Persie, Muller, Messi and Neymar were heavily marked during their entire matches.

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2014 World Cup: Argentina’s Lionel Messi

No one disputes that this tiny Argentine is the greatest soccer player in the world. Sorry, Ronaldo, Neymar and Muller.

Lionel Messi’s collection of four Ballon d’Or Trophies for FIFA Player of the Year testifies to why #10 is the most watched player in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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The Old Sports Cliche: Team Has Lots of Weapons

In all of sports, there may not be a more intimidating warning than hearing that the opposing team has lots of weapons.

In this comic, this armed and dangerous metaphoric expression is readily apparent.

In the sport of soccer consider closely the prowess on the pitch of club teams teams like Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich or national teams like Brazil, Argentina, Germany and The Netherlands.

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Undersized World Cup Stars Prove Bigger Not Always Better

The extraordinary play in this year’s World Cup of some of international football’s best players refutes a timeless adage.

On the soccer pitch of Brazil’s stadiums, Lilliputians like 5’6″ Lionel Messi of Argentina, 5’7″ Philipp Lahm of Germany, 5’7″ Alexis Sanchez of Chile, 5’7″ Dries Martens of Belgium, 5’8″ Giovani dos Santos of Mexico and 5’9″ Neymar da Silva Santos of Brazil have made a mockery of the common misconception in sports that “bigger is always better.”

These scintillating stars have proven that if we used the same logic that “bigger is always better,” then we’d want bigger headaches, bigger holes in our pockets and even bigger cases of jock rash.

This weekend’s World Cup games showed that you can never measure the indomitable spirit that drives athletes, regardless of their physical size.

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All-Time FIFA Favorites Comic Book: Available on Amazon

While soccer fans across the globe focusing on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, this sports comic book on my all-time FIFA Favorites should pique their interest.
My soccer selections include five former footballers, four current stars and probably the most passionately debated play in the history of the World Cup.

All ten selections positively impacted international football. Even the diminutive, chubby Argentine striker responsible for the most famous botched call of World Cup play gets a spot in FIFA Favorites.

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Second FIFA Ballon d’Or

Yesterday, the brilliant Real Madrid striker known for his Magic Feet enjoyed another magical moment in his storied career.

Cristiano Ronaldo won his second Ballon d’Or Trophy as the best FIFA player in the world for his incredible 2013 individual accomplishments on the soccer pitch.

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MIKE’s 2nd Release of FREE Soccer Comic Book

Incredible athletes, iconic coaches and passionate fans cause both the wealthiest and poorest nations of the world to bask in the brilliance of the Beautiful Game.

In this FREE soccer book, you won’t need to fear the sport’s most frightening characters, aptly nicknamed Scarface and The Cannibal.

You’ll enjoy reading about the cleverly named and highly entertaining British soccer players Spice Boy and Calamity James.

You’ll even discover there really was a Fifth Beatle.

You’ll look up to the goal scoring exploits of taller, long-necked stars The Giraffe and Two Meter Peter.

You’ll relish in the allure of the Beautiful Game, the cleanliness of a goalie’s extra-tidy clean sheet and the “joie de vie” that a Frenchman named Va Va Voom exudes.

References to monarchs, leaders and twentieth century politics are captured by this sport. Expect to meet a Kaiser, a Child of the King and come face to face with soccer’s impenetrable Berlin Wall.

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MIKE Releases FREE Soccer Sports Comic Book

The sports world’s ultimate talking head, MIKE shares 25 of his all-time favorite soccer comics.

MIKE’s clever comics capture the moments, people and clichéd expressions that encompass the world’s most popular sport.

Enjoy this FREE book on MIKE’s 25 all-time favorite soccer comics.

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MIKE’s FIFA Soccer Favorites Sports Comic Book Now Available on Amazon!

    In FIFA Favorites, I share my 10 all-time international football (soccer) selections. They include five former players, four current stars and probably the most passionately debated play in the history of the World Cup. Order MIKE’s FIFA Favorites on Amazon. … Continue reading