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Colombia vs Brazil: World Cup Re-Match Comes to Sun-Life Stadium

By: Adriana Correa
Previously posted on NBCMiami.com/LatinBeat 

South Florida soccer fans are getting a chance to relive the excitement of the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals between rivals Brazil and Colombia right here at home.

The two South American powerhouses are coming together this Friday at Sun Life Stadium for the much-anticipated rematch of the World Cup, where Brazil ended Colombia’s historic quarterfinal appearance by beating them 2-1.

Brazil’s return to the pitch since their humiliating 7-1 loss in the semi-finals against Germany will give them a chance to defend their win against the Cafeteros.

Colombia’s squad lead by coach Jose Pekerman, includes some of its biggest international soccer starts like striker Radamel Falcao Garcia (Manchester United) who missed the World Cup due to a knee injury, Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), defender Pablo Armero (AC Milan), Teofilio Gutierrez (River Plate), Juan Caudrado (Florentina), and goalie David Ospina (Arsenal).

While many fans feel the re-match here in Miami is a chance for Colombia to seek revenge against Brazil, World Cup top scorer James Rodriguez said he feels different.

“This is just another game, I think we shouldn’t take this as a revenge game,” Rodriguez said. “Our job is to go out and play, and win that’s all.”

Leading the Brazil side will be team manager Carlos Verri better known as “Dunga” who brings back only 10 of the 23 players who made up the World Cup squad.

Among them is star striker Neymar (Barcelona) who left the World Cup early with a back injury, defender David Luiz (Paris Saint Germain) Oscar (Chelsea) and last minute additions are Fernandinho (Manchester City) and Marcelo (Real Madrid). Hulk and Thiago are injured. Dani Alves and Fred are off the team.

This is Brazil’s first of two friendly games that will be played in the U.S the second will be played against Ecuador on September 9th in New Jersey.

The game is set today September 5th at 8:30pm at Sun Life Stadium and NBC6 will be there to bring you all the latest on this exciting FIFA re-match playing out right her at home.

Real Madrid Debuts Pink Kits in Dallas

By: Adriana Correa

Last night, Real Madrid fans all over the world got an eye-full when their team stepped onto the pitch at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, sporting their brand new fuchsia colored away uniforms at the International Champions Cup match against AS Roma .

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The Club unveiled their 2014/2015 kits last June, and although the white design for home games was up to par with previous Madrista styles, it was their eye-catching all-pink road digs that broke away from all Real Madrid tradition causing an a surprising uproar among the critics.

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The new away kits inverts the colors of the white home kit with vibrant fuchsia as the predominant color, something never seen before in the 112-year history of the club.

The updated design by Adidas  celebrate the team’s achievements of the past 10 seasons with a catchy new slogan “Wear it or Fear it.”

According to Adidas the garment incorporates Climacool technology which helps regulate body temperature during play.

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FIFA’s 2014 World Cup Golden Boot and other awards

By Adriana Correa

In just a couple of hours Germany and Argentina will battle it out on the field at the final match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil’s Maracanã stadium.

As speculation mounts about which team will take home the golden cup, the anticipation and excitement is also building as to which of the top scoring players in the tournament will be winning the Golden Boot Award.

golde boot adidasFirst introduced in the 1930 World Cup, the Golden Boot is the award given to the player who scores the most goals at the tournament.

Should there be a tie, the rules state the player with the most assists would win the tie-breaker. If there is still a tie, the player who has played the least amount of games wins the award.

This year the top contenders for the 2014 Golden Boot are: James Rodriguez from Colombia, Thomas Müller from Germany and Lionel Messi from Argentina.

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With six goals in five matches, Colombia’s James  Rodriguez leads the way followed by  forward and 2010 Golden Boot recipient Thomas Müller with five, and Lionel Messi with four.

Previous winners of the coveted accolade have been Miroslav Klose, Brazilian Ronaldo, Gerhard Müller, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, Just Fontaine, Sándor Kocsis.

The award is also called the Golden Shoe or the Adidas Golden Shoe.

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In the 1994 United States World Cup two other awards were introduced the Silver Boot and the Bronze Boot. The awards follow the same guidelines as the Golden Boot Award.

Other FIFA trophies awarded to players are; Man of the Match, Adidas Golden Ball, Adidas Golden Glove, Fair Play Award, Hyundai Young Player Award.

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Another exciting award is the the Most Entertaining Team award that can very well very well go to Colombia’s National team for providing its audience with a dance celebration after each goal they scored.