Tom Goldman http://wvasfm.org en Brazil Wakes Up To Find Tuesday's Nightmare Was Not A Dream http://wvasfm.org/post/brazil-wakes-find-tuesdays-nightmare-was-not-dream Host country Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in epic fashion: Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 during the semifinal match. Brazilians are wondering how their beloved team could be so pulverized. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 51090 at http://wvasfm.org Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players http://wvasfm.org/post/brazil-faces-germany-without-2-its-best-players Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany? Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 51020 at http://wvasfm.org Down Two Key Players, Brazilians Worry About World Cup Prospects http://wvasfm.org/post/down-two-key-players-brazilians-worry-about-world-cup-prospects Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Hey, thanks for sticking with us on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Brazilians should be celebrating today after beating Colombia 2-1 yesterday in the World Cup quarterfinals. But instead, it is not looking good. Brazil's best player - 22-year-old striker Neymar - was injured during that game - is now out for a month with a broken bone in his back. That leaves Brazilians wondering if the end of Neymar's brilliant run in the tournament also means the end of the host country's World Cup dreams. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 50923 at http://wvasfm.org Continental Rivals Take Spotlight In World Cup Quarters http://wvasfm.org/post/continental-rivals-take-spotlight-world-cup-quarters Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Brazil, tears of joy and relief as the World Cup home team won its quarterfinal against Colombia.<p>(CHEERING)<p>SIEGEL: Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in a hard-fought game between the two South American neighbors, but as we'll hear, it was a costly victory. An earlier game today - Germany defeated France 1-nothing to move on to the World Cup final four. NPR's Tom Goldman is in Rio de Janeiro, and he joins us now. And, Tom, first of all, Brazil won. But in a way, it also lost. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 50886 at http://wvasfm.org Belgium Ends U.S. Team's World Cup Hopes http://wvasfm.org/post/belgium-ends-us-teams-world-cup-hopes The U.S. men's soccer team is out of the World Cup. For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0, but the team lost in extra time to Belgium on Tuesday, 2-1. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 50730 at http://wvasfm.org U.S. Plays Belgium In World Cup's Knockout Stage http://wvasfm.org/post/us-plays-belgium-world-cups-knockout-stage Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. It's all on the line today for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team at the World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. plays Belgium in the knockout stage of the tournament. Lose this one and America's World Cup is all over. But yesterday, some good news - a goal-scoring teammate the U.S. team has been missing nearly the entire term, maybe coming back. From Salvador, Brazil, NPR's Tom Goldman has the story.<p>(SHOUTING)<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: The U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 50670 at http://wvasfm.org Despite Losing To Germany, U.S. Advances In World Cup http://wvasfm.org/post/despite-losing-germany-us-advances-world-cup The U.S. men's soccer team moves on to the World Cup's round of 16. They lost to Germany, but advance because Portugal beat Ghana. The team will get to rest a bit before playing Belgium on Tuesday. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 50466 at http://wvasfm.org In Loss To Germany, U.S. Escapes With A Skid From 'Group Of Death' http://wvasfm.org/post/loss-germany-us-escapes-skid-group-death Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING)<p>FANS: U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A..<p>BLOCK: The sound of euphoric, American fans at the World Cup, celebrating in Recife, Brazil, after the U.S. lost to Germany today. Despite that one-nothing defeat, the U.S. will advance to the round of 16, the knockout round, because of the outcome of today's match between Portugal and Ghana. NPR's Tom Goldman was at the U.S.-Germany match and joins me now from Recife. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 50438 at http://wvasfm.org U.S. Needs To Win Or Tie Germany To Advance In World Cup Play http://wvasfm.org/post/us-needs-win-or-tie-germany-advance-world-cup-play Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In case you have not heard, David, it's perfect fine to take this day off work. The coach of the U.S. soccer team has published an excuse note for Americans to send their employers saying they were busy World Cup.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>But Steve, we don't know if employers will accept this. We do know the United States plays Germany. The game in Recife, Brazil helps determine who escapes the so-called Group of Death and moves on to the knockout round.<p>INSKEEP: A second game also makes a difference here. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 50386 at http://wvasfm.org FIFA Probes Whether Uruguay Star Bit Italian Opponent http://wvasfm.org/post/fifa-probes-whether-uruguay-star-bit-italian-opponent Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, there is good news but mostly bad news for Uruguay at the World Cup. The good news the country qualified yesterday for the round of 16. The bad news, Uruguay might be going forward without its best player. In a really physical matching against Italy, star striker Luis Suarez appeared to bite his opponent on the shoulder. World soccer's governing body FIFA is investigating the incident and does have the right to sanction Suarez, even though he wasn't penalized during the game for this alleged bite. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 50320 at http://wvasfm.org