Eminem Can Be Soccer Star, Says U.S. National Team's Jozy Altidore

Altidore: "I would hate to guard a guy like Eminem."

As he prepares for the United States' World Cup 2014 run, Jozy Altidore spoke with XXL about his love for Hip Hop.

"Lyricism and wordplay are the best," Altidore, a 6'1" forward from Boca Raton, Florida says. "I liked people who can tell me a story and be clever through their rhymes. Look at guys like Eminem, who are unbelievable. They can take you on a lyrical ride. That's where the real talent is." 

During the interview, Altidore was also asked about which rapper he sees as a potential successful soccer player. 

"That's a tough one," Altidore says. "Soccer is a sport that's heavy in endurance, stamina and health. Hate to say it, but a lot of rappers tend to indulge themselves in things that aren't the healthiest and probably wouldn't keep their endurance in the right place. But that said, if I had to choose someone, I would hate to guard a guy like Eminem. He would just keep coming at you until both of you both had enough. He seems like the type of dude that wouldn't stop for anything." 

Beyond his appreciation for Eminem, Altidore also says he's checking for Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and Slaughterhouse, among others. 

The first World Cup 2014 game is today (June 12) as Brazil kicks things off with Croatia. The United States does not have its first game until Monday (June 16). The U.S. national team's first game is against Ghana.

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69 Comments

  • abdullah

    its called football

  • Lawrence

    1. It's not 'soccer', it's FOOTBALL !.. FOOTBALL !. 2. Jozy Altidore is genuinely one of the WORST footballers ever. 3. FOOTBALL & The World Cup >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Any American sport or sporting event.

  • So Let's Set Things Straight Around Here

    1. Soccer is homo 2. America >>>> the country you live in 3. Eminem fell off

    • Anonymous

      its called football and you dont like it becasue you suck in it.. I love the U.S., Me and many people in the whole world love the NBA. In basket ball you are untoucheable but nobody in the world is a huge fan of your "football" we know it as the much more dangerous and masculine rugby. the hole world is playing the real football, countries all over the world mess with each other on a high level.. what you want more? ure just pissed because the USA sucks in football. grow up

    • Anonymous

      why is america better than any other country? is it guns, crime and jails that makes a country better? BUT even if that were true doesn't mean your life is any good LOL!

  • Anonymous

    America isn't the only country that plays baseball you retard.

  • Anonymous

    The best rappers of all time: - Eminem - Slim Shady - Marshall Mathers - B- Rabbit - Jimmy Smith JR - The white guy from D12 Worst rappers: All the black ones.

    • Anonymous

      If you're not trolling.... THEN FUCK YOU! Also there are better white rappers than Eminem...........!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This article is not pointless at all.

  • Anonymous

    Lol at all the Americans dissing football. You're basically insultiung every single other nation. If only you americans knew how pathetic baseball and american "football" look to the rest of the globe.

    • Lmao

      American football is a pussy way to play rugby! All those pads and gay shit. All u need to be a pro American football player is be big and retarded and stand on the line.

    • Anonymous

      America isn't the only country that plays baseball you retard

    • Anonymous

      I'd like to see you get in your pads and play some american football. Your pussy ass wouldn't last two plays

    • Anonymous

      Anyone who insults any sport is a fucking idiot, yourself included.

  • Wizz

    Everybody complaining about football n shit. Take a dude like Jermaine Jones, that dude will break your legs and have no remorse.

  • lol@what HHDX has become since last year

    this was a fun little read but still a dumb article to post on your website.

  • Anonymous

    people are stupid if they try and call soccer/football stupid or anything as its the most loved sport in the world and it brings everyone together like no other

  • Anonymous

    eminem will look like a fool trying to play FOOTBALL

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  • Anonymous

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  • 1

    This guy saying its football cause its played with feet... your a fucking idiot!!

  • Anonymous

    Let them brazilian nikkas have this gay ass sport, we got NBA and NFL already

    • lmao

      That's why Brazilians have been dominated MMA for a long ass time now cuz they pussies right? Why do you need all that gear in football? in fucken Basketball its a foul if u touch someones hand the fuck is that? In soccer people break eachothers legs trying to get the ball. USA has pussy sports!

    • Anonymous

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    • nasirjones

      nfl is the shittest sport..bunch of pussies wearing all this protective gear and even helmets.u play for 6 seconds and then stop.6 seconds then stop..

    • Anonymous

      i could see the nfl argument, but the nba is the absolute pussiest sports league in the world

    • Anonymous

      Whatever, then both brazilian and brittish fags can have it, us americans are gonna be watching the NBA finals like real men

    • Alan John

      FOOTBALL (SOCCER) ISN'T BRAZILLIAN. IT'S BRITISH. THE FIRST FOOTBALL TEAM AND LEAGUE WAS CREATED IN SHEFFIELD AND YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND. HENCE THE FOOTBALLS COMING HOME SONG.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ LMAO ok then, y'all gon die of malaria or some third world ass desease before I even get there LOL malnourished ass nikkas

    • Anonymous

      Come down to Brasil and say that shit, you pussy. We'll murder your ass. Brasil don't play!

    • Anonymous

      NFL is straight b!tch made.... Rugby is where its at

    • J

      Yup. in the famous words of hank hill "Soccer was invented by European ladies to keep them busy while their husbands did the cooking."

  • TeeYousAColdMackPlayaAndUKnoDat

    Enough of this faggot ass white boy. With his faggot ass white, sheltered raised, priveledged lifestyle having Eminem sick fantasy having fanatics. For real, gimmick ass fucking rapper, sellout fuck. Eminem interview in early 2k talking about "I diss pop rappers because I don't want to be associated or put in the same category as them" Those obnoxious clowns were right all along about this queer. Talk about I hate Rick Martin, Britney Spears, Carson daly, faggot fits right in with those homos. And fuck hiphopDX, bunch of uncle Tom ass black dudes, whitewashing this beautiful culture by giving exposure to fag shit. Wack miller, wacklemore, riff whatever, iggy who, and all those trash Chicago and southern ignorant blacks putting out trash. Shitty battle rapper opinions too, no name, never can make a song to save their life corny ass wack shit. Fuck all who disagree

    • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      Tell them, my nigga! I was gonna break it down why you are so right, but these mutha fuckas biased and need to feel that they are special and do things on a level nobody else can so I wont even waste my time, but preach!

    • J

      Lord Jamar. Is that you? But seriously go back into your hole.

    • Illmortal

      Privileged life? Lol he grew up in Detroit. I'm not an Eminem fan dont get it twisted, but thats just ignorant.

  • Jim

    First thing that came to mind "But don't nobody want to play with me, so I'm taking my ball and going Hooome, hoooome"

  • Anonymous

    Sure and Rick Ross could be an NBA star.

  • Anonymous

    Lol I could see Macklemore playing some club soccer

  • TalentDisplay

    Bug Pun was an incredible soccer player prior to his weight issues. #KPNMW

  • Anonymous

    Eminem would be laughed out of the U.S. soccer team.

  • j

    if i saw eminem coming after me id just give him the ball

  • Big Dick Shawty

    Soccer is the most popular sport in tha world. NBA sucks

    • georgel

      I'm white and i love the nba, i really don't see why anyone would care. football is dominated tbynon whites too and baseball has tons of dominicans etc.. nba has the best athletes in the world out of the major sports. football they just run then stop, baseball they hardly ever run and just stand around most of the game. nhl is a joke of a sport played mostly by canadians.

    • Anonymous

      man shut the fuck up with that bullshit. if nba was dominated by whites you'd love that shit! FOH running after a ball ass nigga

  • drake runs rap

    drake can be a star of anything. Feminem is only a pop star thats all

  • Anonymous

    Soccer sucks. Drake can be an nba all star.

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