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The 23-player short list for the FIFA Ballon d'Or has been released. And while there are some surprising omissions (Luis Suarez chief among them), the list is undoubtedly deep. How would you rank the players? Tell us below!

Ballon d'Or Candidates

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Wales/Real Madrid


Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema

France/Real Madrid


Diego Costa

Diego Costa

Spain/Chelsea


Thibaut Cortois

Thibaut Cortois

Belgium/Chelsea


Angel di Maria

Angel di Maria

Argentina/Manchester United


Mario Gotze

Mario Gotze

Germany/Bayern Munich


Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Belgium/Chelsea


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain


Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta

Spain/Barcelona


Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos

Germany/Real Madrid


Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm

Germany/Bayern Munich


Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano

Argentina/Barcelona


Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Argentina/Barcelona


Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller

Germany/Bayern Munich


Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer

Germany/Bayern Munich


Neymar

Neymar

Brazil/Barcelona


Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

France/Juventus


Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos

Spain/Real Madrid


Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben

Netherlands/Bayern Munich


James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez

Colombia/Real Madrid


Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal/Real Madrid


Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Germany/Bayern Munich


Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

Ivory Coast/Manchester City


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Jamie Carragher is a Liverpool legend, a Merseyside native and defender who made 737 appearances for the club and helped it win the 2005 Champions League title.

But who cares about all that? During a recent autograph session with a host of Reds-loving kids, one sought the answer we all wanted: Did he ever get bitten by former teammate/serial biter Luis Suarez?

As far as we could hear, he didn't say no ...

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American soccer is getting a little English this summer, with a number of Premier League clubs making post-World Cup, preseason trips to the United States to take on MLS teams.

Coming this Saturday: 13-time English champion Arsenal, which will face former Gunner Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2/WatchESPN).

To celebrate the team's first-ever trip to Gotham, first-teamers Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Serge Gnabry and Mathieu Flamini tried their hands at Noo Yawk accents. The results ... well, you can guess. Englishmen Gibbs and Jenkinson aren't totally awful, nor is German Gnabry, but Frenchman Flamini might not want to give up his day job as midfield enforcer.

Now here's hoping manager Arsene Wenger breaks into a Travis Bickle when asked about transfers at his news conference.

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The 2014 World Cup Brazil is over, and boy were there some screamers scored during the tournament. One of the best, appropriately, won the trophy for Germany. Was Mario Gotze's winner the best of the event? Or was it bettered by someone else's goal?

More: Thoughts on 2014 World Cup?

Best Goals of World Cup

Tim Cahill

For Australia, vs. Netherlands

Giovani dos Santos

For Mexico, vs. Netherlands

Mario Gotze

For Germany, vs. Argentina

Gonzalo Higuain

For Argentina, vs. Belgium

Jermaine Jones

For United States, vs. Portugal

David Luiz

For Brazil, vs. Chile

Lionel Messi

For Argentina, vs. Iran

Lionel Messi

For Argentina, vs. Nigeria

James Rodriguez

For Colombia, vs. Uruguay

Andre Schurrle

For Germany, vs. Brazil

Xherdan Shaqiri

For Switzerland, vs. Honduras

Wesley Sneijder

For Netherlands, vs. Mexico

Robin van Persie

For Netherlands, vs. Spain

David Villa

For Spain, vs. Australia

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Germany wins 2014 World Cup

They pummeled Portugal 4-0. They beat Brazil 7-1. And although they needed 30 extra minutes in the final against Argentina, Germany managed a wondrous goal from Mario Gotze to win 1-0 and claim the 2014 World Cup. This put a cap on a tournament filled with tremendous games, intriguing storylines (including a surprising U.S. run) and, occasionally, some major controversy. What's your take?

What grade would you give the 2014 World Cup?

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  • Which of these was the most memorable moment of the World Cup?

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  • Argentina's Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball award for best player at the 2014 World Cup. Who deserved it?

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  • Does Lionel Messi need to win a World Cup to be considered an all-time great?

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  • How much of the World Cup did you watch?

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  • How will the United States' run in the 2014 World Cup affect the popularity of soccer in America?

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  • How would you characterize the United States' run at the 2014 World Cup?

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  • Would you describe yourself as a soccer fan?

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  • Will you be following European soccer this season?

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  • Will soccer ever be a major sport in the U.S.?

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  • Will the United States win a World Cup in your lifetime?

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