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Warm up for World Cup 2014 by looking at 18 photos of John Kerry playing with a soccer ball

By ANDREW TAVANI

When does the 2014 World Cup start? The FIFA World Cup kicks off on Thursday at 4 p.m. EST, and if you're not in the spirit for the month-long soccer tournament yet, warm up for it by fixing your gaze on the below 15 photos of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry kicking and playing with soccer balls. Kerry has apparently been warming up for the 2014 World Cup since at least May 5th when he posted a photo of himself kicking a soccer ball on Twitter along with the message, 'Ready for #2014WorldCup to start!'

The secretary of state is a noted soccer enthusiast. He played varsity soccer during his years at Yale University and has briefly recounted on numerous occasions, including to ESPN a decade ago, what appears to be the crowning athletic achievement of his lifetime: scoring a hat trick in a 6-3 victory over Harvard back in 1965. He was even in the middle of playing a soccer game when he learned the news that JFK had been assassinated, according to Sports Illustrated.

In a profile published last year, the Boston Globe went so far as to describe Kerry as a 'lifelong' soccer player. Photographic evidence of the soccer skills honed over that lifetime are below. Kerry, now 70, looks as nimble and agile handling the ball as he ever has. Some of the photos below are from the the campaign trail in 2004, and others are from recent weeks. A few commonalities you might notice is that if Kerry is playing with a soccer ball in front of a crowd, he commands rapt attention from young and old alike -- whether he's reaching his long legs to boot the ball, or making it appear to levitate after he's pulled off a header. And he seems to take the same pleasure in playing with the soccer ball in solitude as he does performing for an audience. Enjoy the amusing photos and get ready for the World Cup.

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ducklakeman June 12 2014 at 10:52 AM

Kerry is as useless as jimmy carter, hillary clinton, and liar obama all are, rolled into one.

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jvinylman502 June 12 2014 at 10:53 AM

Just days after Kerry leaves Mexico .. we have one thousand of illegals entering the U,S. a day. Coincidence ? No ! This administration is doing all it can to destroy our country. But to be " fair " .. Kerry has to play with a ball and O has to worry about his next vacation.

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supermolar June 12 2014 at 10:42 AM

seems like lots of people can do a lot of cool stuff. They just can't run a country(in other words, do their JOBS).

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jvinylman502 supermolar June 12 2014 at 11:00 AM

Obama pulls our troops out of Iraq .. now it's falling to terrorists , Kerry leaves Mexico and we are over run with illegals , Hillary claims " responsibility " for Benghazi.. then says it's not her fault , Susan Rice keeps going on Sunday news shows and lies to Americans , Obama releases 5 terrorists for 1 traitor , Obama sicks his dogs at the I,R,S to attack those with a differing opinion , Dept of injustice goes after Gibson guitars after they supported Mitt , Obama lied about obamacare , ect. ect. ect. It just doesn't end.

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scorpian777 supermolar June 12 2014 at 11:38 AM

Good comment so true!!

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dwain051 June 12 2014 at 11:04 AM

Good for him! At least there is ONE thing he is somewhat good at....even if it is just being a clown.

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scorpian777 dwain051 June 12 2014 at 11:39 AM

More like a show off!!!

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rwgebo1889 dwain051 June 13 2014 at 2:33 AM

One thing he's good at? Really? He gives clowns a bad name.

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ms75c June 12 2014 at 11:09 AM

Looks like lipstick on a pig....Hey you high kicking idiot. Why aren't you doing anything about a real military hero held by our "friends" the Mexicans? What about Mariem and her child languishing in a jail in the middle east, just because she is a Christian? I think it's you who needs your balls kicked.

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Dean ms75c June 12 2014 at 12:41 PM

You are of course assuming he has any ! (chuckle} After observing Kerry in Viet Nam as well as in his political career, I am quite sure that he never did "grow a pair" !

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craftlaw Dean June 12 2014 at 5:01 PM

so did you get shot in Vietnam, like he did?

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davidrkelly928 Dean June 12 2014 at 5:04 PM

no he re-grew his foreskin

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Daniel June 12 2014 at 11:21 AM

And suddenly he appears even less cool than before. Amazing.

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postofficemike Daniel June 12 2014 at 12:45 PM

Kerry, Obama, Biden, Reid, Sharpton, Jackson, and Pelosi as the ball girl. Now there's a team to be dealt with!

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frank cutler June 12 2014 at 11:18 AM

what is he doing practicing kicking this country in the butt again ?

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jdhegnes frank cutler June 12 2014 at 1:17 PM

It looks disturbingly like the Nazi goosestep. I think he's giving it a final test before turning it over to homeland security for implementation.

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eg8tr jdhegnes June 12 2014 at 3:09 PM

I am sure he was told to teach us that by Adolph Hussein Obummer.

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eaglephoenix2 June 12 2014 at 1:10 PM

I didn't realize Lurch could move so fast.

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Tom June 12 2014 at 11:24 AM

That piece of crap, elitist traitor...looks like a wooden dummy with that lousy facelift...hope someone, smoking, accidentally gets too close to that wooden face and lights him up like a pile of kindling.......

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ganderrrr Tom June 12 2014 at 12:38 PM

Show us YOUR medals, you douche.

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craftlaw Tom June 12 2014 at 5:02 PM

He has never looked better, and it is driving you nutzo

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rwgebo1889 craftlaw June 13 2014 at 2:36 AM

You smoke'n one of Bill's Hand Dipped cigars; Hillary dippin with you?

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leslie June 12 2014 at 1:17 PM

Too bad he didn't have any balls that size when he was in Nam!

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