Tom Goldman http://publicradioeast.org en Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina http://publicradioeast.org/post/late-game-goal-gives-germany-world-cup-win-over-argentina Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>That's the sound of celebration on a Berlin street last night after Germany celebrated its 1-0 win over Argentina. The World Cup final yesterday in Brazil was bloody, physical, a defensive struggle. And as the game was played, there was political violence outside the stadium. We'll hear about that in a moment. But let's talk about the game first with NPR's Tom Goldman. Hi, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So based on the emptiness of the streets in many cities, a lot of people were watching the game yesterday. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 46294 at http://publicradioeast.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? http://publicradioeast.org/post/can-brazil-regain-soccer-glory-beauty-over-brawn Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.<p>That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.<p>Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 46246 at http://publicradioeast.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? Brazil Wakes Up To Find Tuesday's Nightmare Was Not A Dream http://publicradioeast.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 45893 at http://publicradioeast.org Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players http://publicradioeast.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 45810 at http://publicradioeast.org Down Two Key Players, Brazilians Worry About World Cup Prospects http://publicradioeast.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 21:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 45665 at http://publicradioeast.org Continental Rivals Take Spotlight In World Cup Quarters http://publicradioeast.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 45611 at http://publicradioeast.org Belgium Ends U.S. Team's World Cup Hopes http://publicradioeast.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 45366 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Plays Belgium In World Cup's Knockout Stage http://publicradioeast.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 45282 at http://publicradioeast.org Despite Losing To Germany, U.S. Advances In World Cup http://publicradioeast.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 09:10:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44993 at http://publicradioeast.org In Loss To Germany, U.S. Escapes With A Skid From 'Group Of Death' http://publicradioeast.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 20:20:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44968 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Needs To Win Or Tie Germany To Advance In World Cup Play http://publicradioeast.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 44881 at http://publicradioeast.org World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed? http://publicradioeast.org/post/world-cup-stadium-amazon-nice-it-needed The U.S. plays Portugal in a key World Cup match on Sunday, and it is in the tournament's most exotic locale: Manaus.<p>Manaus is a teeming city of nearly 2 million in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. But it's not some remote outpost; it's the sixth richest city in Brazil, thanks to its Free Trade Zone designation bringing big business like Nokia, Honda and Harley-Davidson.<p>Sunday's game will be the third of only four scheduled in the city's new $300 million World Cup stadium, the Arena da Amazonia. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:36:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44557 at http://publicradioeast.org World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed? A World Cup Stunner: Spain Fails To Defend Its Crown http://publicradioeast.org/post/world-cup-stunner-spain-fails-defend-its-crown With an upset by Chile Wednesday, defending World Cup champion Spain has been eliminated from this year's tournament. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44310 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Soccer Hopes To Shake Shadow Of Recent History Against Ghana http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-soccer-hopes-shake-shadow-recent-history-against-ghana Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. It's game day for the U.S. men at the World Cup in Brazil. The Americans play their first game at the tournament in just under an hour. They face Ghana, the team that's eliminated the U.S. from the previous two World Cups. NPR's Tom Goldman is in the Brazilian city of Natal for that game, and he joins me now. And Tom, before we start talking about the upcoming U.S. game, let's talk about another big match that's been played today. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44104 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. World Cup Team To Take The Field Against Ghana http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-world-cup-team-take-field-against-ghana After months of analysis about America's chances in Brazil, it's time for the U.S. men's soccer team to play. Monday's game against Ghana begins a U.S. campaign through the so-called group of death. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 44040 at http://publicradioeast.org Brazil And Croatia Open World Cup Play On The Pitch http://publicradioeast.org/post/brazil-and-croatia-open-world-cup-play-pitch Brazil and Croatia face off in the first game of the 2014 World Cup. Organizers hope the start of the tournament directs attention back on the field and away from the problems in preparation. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:31:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 43818 at http://publicradioeast.org Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup http://publicradioeast.org/post/brazils-team-favored-win-problem-ridden-world-cup Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING CROWD)<p>UNIDENTIFIED FANS: (Spanish spoken) Mexico. Mexico. Mexico.<p>GREENE: Yes, excited fans of the Mexican national men's soccer team - they're getting an early start to the World Cup festivities. Mexico does not play until tomorrow. Today, it's all about Brazil, the country hosting the tournament. They're kicking things off with a match against Croatia. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 43737 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Men's Soccer Team Braces For World Cup Challenges http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-mens-soccer-team-braces-world-cup-challenges The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil. The U.S. team has its first match against Ghana the following week, the start of the so called "group of death." Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 43471 at http://publicradioeast.org A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race http://publicradioeast.org/post/campaign-bring-back-americas-distance-1-mile-race <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E-R97LShwA</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 43351 at http://publicradioeast.org A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race Miami Heat Aims To Win Legacy-Defining 3rd Straight NBA Title http://publicradioeast.org/post/miami-heat-aims-win-legacy-defining-3rd-straight-nba-title Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The NBA finals begin tonight with the numbers, three or five, figuring to play prominent roles. Here's why. Three, as in the Miami Heat are trying to win a legacy defining third straight title. Five as in the San Antonio Spurs are trying to win a fifth championship since 1999. That is dominance. That would solidify their dynasty status. These two best teams in the league are meeting for the second consecutive year in the finals. And NPR's Tom Goldman is here to tell us why Miami is already miffed before game one even starts. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 43180 at http://publicradioeast.org