<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - World Cup 2014]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcbayarea.com/feature/world-cup-2014http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.pngNBC Bay Areahttps://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usTue, 12 Dec 2017 16:16:04 -0800Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:16:04 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[LeBron Captures World Cup Streaker in Instagram Video]]>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:56:23 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Streaker-LeBron.jpg

Basketball star LeBron James posted an Instagram video of a streaker who ran onto the field during the World Cup final showdown between Germany and Argentina.

The game was briefly delayed in the second half when a fan ran onto the field with the words “Natural Born Prankster” written on his chest, according to USA Today Sports.

The incident did not make it on air, as broadcasters cut away to a shot of Christ the Redeemer. James, however, managed to capture the moment and post it on Instagram, which you can see below.

The NBA star captioned the video: “Hahaha!! We're going streaking! Everyone's doing it. Man that was hilarious. #WorldCupFinal #Brazil”

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup.

Recently, James announced he will be leaving the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

<![CDATA[Social Media Reacts to World Cup Stunner]]>Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:22:58 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP18289346253.jpg

Social media erupted in disbelief as Germany routed Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup on Tuesday, as fans tried to make sense of the stunner by mourning, celebrating and mocking all things #GER and #BRA.

As the Germans scored an early onslaught of goals, their forward Miroslav Klose broke a World Cup scoring record with his 16th career goal — and while the Brazilians eked out a single goal in the final moments, they suffered for their missing key players Neymar and captain Thiago Silva.

Fans wasted no time in posting to Twitter during and after the historic game, whether they were painting a witty thought or a priceless picture.

 One young Brazil fan's reaction captured what thousands of fans were feeling: 

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<![CDATA[Brazil Aghast: Fans Shocked at World Cup Rout]]>Wed, 09 Jul 2014 05:32:10 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP406353255179.jpgLivid Brazilian fans reacted in horror as Germany routed the World Cup host nation 7-1 in their semifinal match.

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<![CDATA[Tim Howard: "We Gave As Good As We Got"]]>Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:35:36 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP297709455032.jpgAmerica's star goalkeeper Tim Howard said he's proud of his team's effort in Tuesday's 2-1 loss against Belgium. Howard is being celebrated for his 16 saves in the game, the most in a World Cup game since 1966. Howard spoke to the hosts of "Today" about Tuesday's loss, praising his teammates and remarking on the skills of the Belgian team. "I think we gave as good as we got," Howard told Matt Lauer.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Goalie Tim Howard Lights Up Twitter ]]>Sat, 05 Jul 2014 04:46:37 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-AP862473252031_0.jpg

Belgium may have defeated the United States in their World Cup match Tuesday, but as far as Twitter was concerned, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was the winner, with his extraordinary 16 saves — the most since World Cup record-keeping began in 1966.

Twitter exploded with admiration for Howard's super saves as the match went into extra time. Tweets ranged from calling Howard the "next American sports hero" to a "machine" to pics of him as president of the U.S.

By the end of the match, "Tim Howard" was trending atop the social media site, with users in disbelief of the New Jersey 35-year-old's ability to lean the correct way almost every time the ball was fired at his goal.

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<![CDATA[World Cup Action: USA vs. Belgium ]]>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:52:22 -0800Click through to see more dramatic photos from the nail-biting match.]]>Click through to see more dramatic photos from the nail-biting match.]]>https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP297709455032.jpgCheck out the top moments from the World Cup game between USA and Belgium.

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<![CDATA[SF Hosts World Cup Viewing Party in Civic Center Plaza]]>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:35:09 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-01-2014-world-cup-crowd.jpg

Crowds of fans clad in red, white and blue gear packed San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza this afternoon to watch the U.S. face Belgium in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

The city's Recreation and Park Department hosted the free public screening in partnership with American SCORES Bay Area and sponsorship from Twitter and Visa.

Mike Pendergast, 45, sat comfortably in his lawn chair watching the match on the massive screen from midway down the plaza. He traveled from Oakland on his day off to watch the World Cup with "like-minded folks."

"I'm a typical American," Pendergast said. "I'm interested in soccer every four years."

Die-hard fans cheered alongside office workers catching a few minutes of the 1 p.m. match during their lunch break. Food trucks conveniently lined the back of the plaza to provide nourishment for hungry fans.

With the U.S. and Belgium tied 0-0 at halftime, Pendergast was circumspect about the U.S. team's chances.

"I'm always optimistic, but I like to think I'm reality-based as well," Pendergast.

Elizabeth Ramos, 24, watched the match draped in an American flag even though she had been rooting for Mexico before they were knocked out of the tournament.

"This World Cup has been very different," said Ramos, who came from Concord to watch in the company of a big crowd. "I think at this point anything goes."

Ramos, who is a fan of the Mexican soccer team Chivas, recently quit her job.

"This is my fun-employment activity," Ramos said.

U.S. fan Austin Roach, 20, sported full American flag face paint. He traveled from Antioch with a large group of spirited friends to watch the match in San Francisco.

"We decided to make a day out of it," said Roach, who took the day off of work.

When asked of the U.S. team's chances, he said, "I believe."

Alas, belief was not enough. The U.S. lost to Belgium 2-1 in extra time and were eliminated from the tournament.

The Recreation and Park Department will screen the World Cup semifinals on July 9 and the final on July 13.

<![CDATA[Really? Most Americans Don’t Care About World Cup]]>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:10:41 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/fans-451274140.jpgSix-in-10 Americans say they have either very little interest or no interest in the World Cup, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll. Just 22 percent said they have a “great deal” or “quite a bit” of interest. Among those with interest in the World Cup, 86 percent backed Team USA. The poll was conducted June 23-29 with the tournament well underway.
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<![CDATA[Live Coverage: U.S. Vs. Belgium at World Cup]]>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:52:50 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/us+fans.JPGBelgium may have the edge against the U.S. on paper, but they haven’t blown away their opponent as regulation time has ended with a tied score of 0-0 and will now head into extra time. Click through to keep up with a live blog of the game
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<![CDATA[Landon Donovan Initially Rooted Against Team USA]]>Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:35:38 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_landondonovan.jpg

Landon Donovan admitted that at first he wasn't rooting for his former teammates in the World Cup send-off series.

"I'll be completely honest, watching them play Azerbaijan, inside, part of me was thinking, I hope the game doesn't go very well today," Donovan told the LA Times. "In my heart of hearts, I thought, if we get a 1-0 win and the team doesn't perform well, that would feel good."

Donovan, 32, and U.S. soccer's all-time lead scorer, was cut from the World Cup roster in May. He had hoped to play his fourth World Cup in Brazil.

The LA Galaxy forward said his initial ill-will toward the American team didn't last long. He woke up the next day and realized his negativity wouldn't help himself or the energy of the team. 

NEWS: Landon Donovan Cut From U.S. World Cup Team Roster

Donovan holds the American scoring record with 57 goals in 156 international appearances and has won five Major League Soccer titles. He took a four-month sabbatical after the 2012 season, but when he returned U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said his spot on the national team wasn't guaranteed.

Still, when news broke that he was cut from the roster, Donovan, his fans, and even those who used to root against him, were disappointed and shocked.

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Donovan has scored three goals for the LA Galaxy in the three games he's played this season.

He told the Times that playing his first game with the Galaxy after being cut from the national team was difficult and emotional.

But he said "this is what they pay me to do" and he didn't want missing the World Cup to define him.

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<![CDATA[Police Prepare for Mexico Match]]>Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:08:35 -0800https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/huntington-park-world-cup-june-23.jpg

Police in Huntington Park are ramping up security in anticipation of Mexicos' World Cup match Sunday after several people were arrested during a rowdy victory celebration earlier this week.

Authorities will have a "visible presence" in Huntington Park on Sunday when Mexico plays the Netherlands at 9 a.m., the Huntington Park Police Department said in a news release. Police are also closing a three-block stretch of Pacific Boulevard, between Florence and Gage Avenues, to cars when the game begins.

Businesses will remain open and officials said they will monitor the street after the game to decide whether to reopen it.

Officials said there will be extra police on hand, and they'll be backed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, as well as officers from the nearby cities of Bell and Bell Gardens if needed.

After Mexico beat Croatia on Monday, five people were arrested in Huntington Park. Police wore riot gear and rode on horseback as they ordered the crowds to disperse.

"Of course it's fine that you celebrate, but just organized, in peace," said Jasmine Tiznado, the owner of an arts and crafts store in Huntington Park.

The city of Huntington Park has a history of "large scale civil unrest" during World Cup games, Huntington Park Police Lt. Neal Mongan said earlier this month.

Huntington Park police said they "appreciate our community's enthusiasm for Mexico's performance in the World Cup," but advised fans to act responsibly.

The Los Angeles Police Department is also preparing for any disturbances. On Monday night, revelers filled the streets in the Pacoima area, where they set off fireworks and waved Mexican flags to celebrate Mexico's victory over Croatia earlier that day. Seven people were detained and released shortly.