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Honduras needed a miracle to escape their group and it did not happen as they were beaten three times by Xherdan Shaqiri to sum up their 0-3 loss.

Even a blowout win by Honduras would not have made a difference as Ecuador would have secured the 2nd seed in the group after their draw with France. It was a frustrating day nonetheless, as they had some legitimate chances but could not finish, including a ball that looked destined to go in but was cleared off the line at the last moment. Wilson Palacios tried to draw a penalty at one point, on a foul that looked no less egregious than the one Greece received to save their tournament, but this referee wasn't convinced.
Jun 25 - 6:13 PM

Honduras XI: Valladares, Figueroa, Bernardez, J Garcia, W Palacios, Bengtson, Costly, B Garcia, Espinoza, Claros, Beckeles

Honduras are technically still alive in this tournament but it would take a flurry of goals and an Ecuador loss to catch Ecuador on goal difference. Considering how porous the Swiss defense were in their last match it isn't entirely dismissible, but it would be the most shocking development this World Cup has seen yet were it to happen. Stoke's Wilson Palacios slots back in to midfield after serving a one game suspension. Maynor Figueroa and Roger Espinoza are both starting as expected.
Jun 25 - 3:05 PM

Nigeria Starting XI vs Argentina: Enyeama; Omeruo, Yobo, Ambrose, Oshaniwa; Mikel, Onazi; Babatunde, Musa, Odemwingie; Emenike.

Nigeria need a draw from this match to go on to the next round but they face a tough task in Argentina. They can also qualify if Iran fail to win.
Source: Squawka
Jun 25 - 11:22 AM

Mark Hughes, the man who brought Steve Sidwell to Fulham, has signed him on a free transfer to bolster Stoke's central midfield.

Sidwell had his best scoring season in the Premier League in 2013-14 with seven goals but despite his efforts, Fulham were relegated. Moving to Stoke makes sense for the veteran midfielder as he will be going to a place that values the combination of physical and skilled play that he offers in addition to a manager who he knows. Whether he is a first choice starter remains to be seen as Stoke continue to transform from Tony Pulis' physicality-first philosophy to Mark Hughes blend of physicality and technical ability.
Jun 24 - 10:58 AM

Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal in Nigeria's 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Nigeria were the better team for the majority of the match and deservedly took the three points. Odemwingie scored their only goal after a slightly controversial no-call from the referee on a foul that occurred earlier in Nigeria's possession. There was also controversy when Edin Dzeko's goal was waived off incorrectly for offside. Despite the two questionable calls, Nigeria was clearly the better team. Bosnia pushed late in an attempt to equalize but Dzeko's effort was saved by Vincent Enyeama before hitting the sidebar. Bosnia are eliminated while Nigeria have a solid lead on the number two spot in group F.
Source: FIFA
Jun 21 - 7:58 PM

Honduras XI: Valladares (c), Figueroa, Bernardez, Izaguirre, Bengtson, Costly, Garcia, Espinoza, Garrido, Claros, Beckeles

Wilson Palacios is suspended from this crucial match for the Hondurans as they have to view Ecuador as the best side to try and gain points from. Maynor Figueroa once again is in at fullback.
Jun 20 - 5:14 PM

Nigeria struggled to threaten much and settled for a point in a 0-0 draw with Iran.

Peter Odemwingie started on the bench and when he came into the game with about 20 minutes to go, it was the first sign of life from the Nigerian attack. The showing was consistent with their previous match against the United States just before the tournament began. The result opens the door for Bosnia and Herzegovina to grab 2nd position in the group. Joseph Yobo of Norwich City replaced an injured Godfrey Oboabona and may be pegged to start in their next match.
Jun 16 - 5:00 PM

Bosnia XI to face Argentina: Begovic, Bicakcic, Spahic, Kolasinac, Besic, Pjanic, Misimovic, Dzeko, Mujdza, Lulic, Hajrovic.

The two big names here are goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and striker Edin Dzeko. Dzeko is expected to lead Bosnia through this World Cup in the country's first time at the tournament.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 5:12 PM

Honduras were consistently under attack by France all day long but did not concede until a penalty was awarded as a second yellow card for Wilson Palacios left them with 10 men and France would cruise to an eventual 3-0 win.

It took until the final minute in the first half for France to finally break through but once Palacios was sent off, they began converting their chances and easily disposed of the Hondurans. So far Group E is the only one going as expected.
Jun 15 - 4:57 PM

No, it isn't THAT Diouf that Stoke are pursuing but former Manchester United forward Mame Biram Diouf who has scored 33 goals over two seasons for Hanover in the Bundesliga.

With Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch and Jon Walters all on the wrong side of 30, it makes sense that Stoke are looking to refresh their options at forward this summer. Mark Hughes is never far from a connection to Manchester United when scouring the transfer market and Diouf fits the pattern as a former United player (granted one who only appeared 5 times for the Red Devils). Since leaving the Premier League, Diouf has flourished and could be a solid acquisition in the prime of his career at the age of 26.
Jun 3 - 4:52 PM

Yohan Cabaye was so good that Newcastle may need to sign two players to replace him with Steve Sidwell and Clement Grenier the names linked to the Magpies.

With Steve Sidwell out of contract at Fulham, the Magpies may jump on a proven Premier League player coming off his best season productivity-wise. While Sidwell isn't likely to be the creative force that Cabaye was for Newcastle. That hope would lie with a player like Grenier who could team with Sidwell to create a new central midfield for Newcastle. Grenier would be a stretch but Sidwell seems like a very achievable acquisition.
May 26 - 10:08 AM

Stoke have confirmed the signing of defender Phil Bardsley from Sunderland on a three-year deal.

It is understood Sunderland manager Gus Poyet tried to persuade Bardsley to sign a new deal with the Black Cats, but the full-back felt the time was right to move on after a controversial six years at the Stadium of Light. After a difficult start to the season, Bardsley was one of the team's most consistent performers as they escaped relegation, with numerous strong defensive and attacking displays down the right flank, and his capture on a free transfer is a terrific bit of business by Stoke manager Mark Hughes.
Source: Sky Sports
May 23 - 3:15 AM

Stoke City midfielder Maurice Edu and LA Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan were left off the US National Team roster announced today.

It was rumored that the all-time US scorer Landon Donovan and Stoke City midfielder Maurice Edu were at risk of being left off the roster for Brazil. Edu was certainly more at the edge of the roster than Donovan but neither is an insignificant absentee. If the US performs poorly then Jurgen Klinsmann will be open to massive criticism given Donovan's profile over the past three World Cup cycles.
Source: ESPNFC.com
May 22 - 7:02 PM

Charlie Adam scored a late goal to give Stoke City a 2-1 away win against West Brom.

Ryan Shawcross impressed in what was an overall poor match and fans were chanting for him to be sent to Brazil as part of England's World Cup squad. Adam's game winning goal was enough to bring Stoke to 10th place in the Premier League table, a position which will surely be considered a success this season. Despite the loss, West Brom managed to stay in the Premier League after a dreadful season. They will need to improve drastically next season if they want to remain in the Premier League again.
Source: Sky Sports
May 11 - 12:17 PM

Peter Odemwingie was a major part of a menacing Stoke City attack that carved up the Fulham defense as he contributed a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Cottagers.

The Odemwingie-Kenwyne Jones swap with Cardiff City certainly worked out well for the Potters. After scoring just once in the first half of the season for Cardiff, Odemwingie's goal today gives him six for Stoke. He scored today's opener, tapping in a rebound that shot straight up into the air off of a Stephen Ireland shot, he then linked up with Marco Arnautovic on one of several successful counter-attacks to pick up an assist. Arnautovic would receive an assist as well, finding Oussama Assaidi with a low cross for the third goal. Two substitutes, Jon Walters and Charlie Adam would figure in the final goal, with Walters bagging his 5th of the season thanks to Adam's through ball. It has been a solid season for the Potters who have a good shot finishing in the top half of the table.


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