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Soccer News, World Cup News | March 29, 2010

 

Manchester United and Chelsea showdown is the Super Bowl of soccer

By Martin Rogers
March 29, 2010


The lack of a playoff system in the English Premier League is often a source of bewilderment to American sports fans, who argue that a sudden-death finish is the only way to cap off a season. European soccer purists defend the structure just as vehemently, claiming a straight league format is the only way to go.

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Goalkeeping slot is England's achilles

By Mitch Phillips
March 29, 2010


LONDON — If Fabio Capello were to use Fantasy Football rules to select his World Cup squad he would surely have exhausted all his changes by now in a desperate attempt to find a reliable England goalkeeper.

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Soccer News, World Cup News | March 18, 2010

 

World Cup Soccer profile: Chile

SI
March 18, 2010


Coach Marcelo Bielsa is a believer in attacking soccer with two wingers, and Alexis Sánchez on the right is the jewel in his crown. Wonderfully tricky, dangerous in one-on-one situations, Sánchez is the man Chile looks for to carve open defenses.

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Beckham blow leaves way open for young guns to fill void

By Mitch Phillips
March 18, 2010


LONDON While the injuries are beginning to mount up for Fabio Capello, the England manager can take some comfort from the fact that, in the case of David Beckham's position, he has a wealth of alternatives.

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Soccer News, World Cup News | March 14, 2010

 

English Fans Find an Unlikely Love for a Yank

By Chuck Culpepper
March 14, 2010


LIVERPOOL, England — Beside the gallant city park in perhaps the world’s most zealous sports neighborhood, an unanticipated love has sprouted this winter and ripened into wistfulness this weekend.

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Injured Beckham May Miss World Cup

Reuters
March 14, 2010


MILAN, IT — David Beckham's World Cup hopes looked to be all but over after the England midfielder went off with a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon late in AC Milan's 1-0 Serie A win over Chievo on Sunday.

Beckham was getting ready to kick a ball unchallenged when he suddenly pulled up and signalled to the bench despite second-placed Milan having used all their substitutes.

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Soccer News, World Cup News | March 13, 2010

 

Chelsea 4 - 1 West Ham United

March 13, 2010


Chelsea went back to the top of the Premier League with a comfortable win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

Brazilian defender Alex headed Chelsea in front in the 15th minute but Scott Parker levelled with a stunning volley on the half-hour mark.

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MLS players vote to strike for first time if no deal by March 25

Associated Press
March 13, 2010

New York, NY — Major League Soccer players voted to strike if a new labor contract isn't agreed to before the first season opener on March 25.

The league's first collective bargaining agreement, a five-year deal, originally was set to run out Jan. 31 but was extended twice while negotiations continued.

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Soccer News, World Cup News | Archive March 9, 2010

 

World Cup Debate: Which Of The Contenders Are In The Safest Hands?

Goal.com
March 9, 2010


While much of the cynosure ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup concerns the race for the Golden Shoe, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba and David Villa all battling for individual honours, it is only natural that the least glamourous position on the field, that of the goalkeeper, is relegated to a footnote.

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Arsenal routs Porto 5-0 to advance in Champions League

Associated Press
March 9, 2010


LONDON (AP) — Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner atoned for a poor performance over the weekend by scoring a hat trick in a 5-0 win over FC Porto for the Gunners to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Tuesday.

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Soccer News, World Cup News | Archive March 2, 2010

 

South Africa marks 100 days to World Cup

By Donna Bryson
March 2, 2010


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — With 100 days to go before the World Cup, jackhammers shuddered and bulldozers rumbled Tuesday as workers wearing "Proud to be building Soccer City for 2010" buttons readied South Africa's main stadium.

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FIFA says S.Africa ready for World Cup, 100 days away

By Marine Veith
March 2, 2010


DURBAN, South Africa — FIFA on Tuesday brushed aside lingering doubts about South Africa's readiness for the World Cup, as cities across the nation staged street parties to launch the 100-day countdown.

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Soccer News, World Cup News | Archive February 22, 2010

 

Joorabchian defends Carlos Tevez over City absence

By Harry Harris
February 22, 2010


Kia Joorabchian has defended Carlos Tevez's commitment to the Manchester City cause after Roberto Mancini "ordered" the striker to return to the club from Argentina, following the premature birth of his daughter.

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Mourinho cops three match 'handcuff' ban

By Barnaby Chesterman
February 22, 2010


ROME — Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho was on Monday hit with a three-match ban for insulting officials and making a 'handcuffs' gesture during Saturday's Serie A match against Sampdoria.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive February 14, 2010

 

Will Freddy ever be ready?

By Martin Rogers
February 14, 2010


This was always supposed to be Freddy Adu’s year. And Freddy Adu’s World Cup.

From the surreal moment in May 2003 when Nike pulled out its pocketbook and slapped a cool million dollars on the back of a precociously talented ninth-grade soccer sensation, Adu was earmarked for success in 2010. Back then, it was not a case of if the Ghana-born, Maryland-raised 13-year-old would emerge as a superstar, but when.

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The making of a legend

By Brett Taylor
February 14, 2010


The special thing about being part of a relatively new competition such as the A-League is that you get to create its history.

The clubs certainly lack tradition by international standards - that's to be expected when the league is only five years old. Some casual observers find it hard to get engaged by teams that feel more like 'franchises' than clubs, and rivalries that at times seem manufactured compared to the world's famous derbies.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive February 6, 2010

 

First XI: Potential World Cup stars

By Robin Hackett
February 6, 2010


The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Kaka, Franck Ribery, Fernando Torres, Xavi and Wayne Rooney are all expected to light up the stage this summer, but World Cups have had a habit of producing unexpected heroes.

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FIFA: Ref who missed Henry handball to work in World Cup

Associated Press
February 6, 2010


ZURICH — FIFA has included Martin Hansson in its squad of World Cup referees despite the Swede missing Thierry Henry's handball during France's decisive qualifier against Ireland.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive January 23, 2010

 

Good news on Donovan, Dempsey

By Martin Rogers
January 23, 2010


CARSON, Calif. — The storm clouds gathered over the United States national team in Southern California this week, with uncharacteristically torrential rain, lightning and even a tornado warning causing head coach Bob Bradley to tinker with training plans.

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Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 2 Leeds United

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January 23, 2010


Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford was the FA Cup hero again when he slotted home a last-gasp penalty at White Hart Lane to earn a fourth-round replay against Tottenham.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive January 10, 2010

 

Togo soccer team leaves Angola

By Samuel Petrequin
January 10, 2010


CABINDA, Angola — Togo withdrew from a continentwide soccer tournament and its players reluctantly left Angola on Sunday, two days after a deadly ambush on the team bus killed three and injured eight. A separatist leader warned, however, that violence would not likely end.

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Angola draws 4-4 with Mali in African Cup opener

Accociated Press
January 10, 2010


LUANDA, Angola —Mali roared back from being 4-0 down in the 79th minute of the opening African Cup of Nations match to earn a sensational 4-4 draw with host Angola on Sunday.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive December 23, 2009

 

The Lion King: Lionel Messi's Reign Has Begun

By Gian-Tomaso Mazzocchi
December 23, 2009


With the official affirmation of the FIFA World Player of the Year award, Leo Messi has his crown firmly in place as king of the soccer world. An unprecedented season both personally and with respect to his club team FC Barcelona has led to well deserved accolades.  Messi has proven to be a great team player capable of mesmerizing feats as well as instinctive and unselfish brilliance.

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Hargreaves still has World Cup shot - Capello


LONDON — England manager Fabio Capello is adamant there is still enough time for Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves to earn a place in next year's squad for the World Cup in South Africa.

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What Mancini really needs to succeed

By Martin Rogers
December 23, 2009


Splashing out hundreds of millions of dollars perhaps gives you the right to get a little impatient. So it was with clinical finality that Manchester City’s Arab ownership group called time on Mark Hughes’ reign on Saturday.

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Allure of Soccer in Europe May Be Too Strong to Deny

By JEFFREY MARCUS
December 23, 2009


Since the close of the Major League Soccer season, a number of American players have either joined European clubs, are about to join European clubs or are trying to engineer a move across the Atlantic. (Update | 2:00 p.m. | Landon Donovan received approval for a British work permit in advance of his loan to Everton, which is set to begin Jan. 2.)

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive November 19, 2009

 

Road to South Africa: Regarding Henry

By Martin Rogers
November 19, 2009


The defining moment of World Cup qualifying’s final day was one that had no place being associated with the greatest event in international soccer.

Thierry Henry’s deliberate handball that set up France’s playoff victory against the Republic of Ireland has already sparked heavy and heated debate across the soccer globe. However, there is only one thing that needs to be known about the incident, and now, about Henry.

He is a cheat.

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World Cup soccer qualifier offers Americans something to relate to

By Laurent Rebours
November 19, 2009


Ireland's coach Giovanni Trappatoni, front, reacts with player Glenn Whelan during their World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match against France. A handball by French player Thierry Henry kept Ireland out of the World Cup.

The world today is united. Football needs replay.

No, no. Not that football. Not the one where the Jets coach needs a Kleenex and the Patriots coach goes all-in on fourth down and the Bengals celebrate their new respectability by hiring a running back who has been accused four times of assaulting women.

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Algeria beats Egypt 1-0 to reach 2010 World Cup

November 19, 2009


KHARTOUM, Sudan — Algeria qualified for its first World Cup in 24 years with a 1-0 win over Egypt on Wednesday, triggering wild celebrations in Algiers.

A stunning first-half strike by defender Antar Yahya gave Algeria victory in the playoff match.

Yahya’s 39th minute winner came against the run of play when he took advantage of a lapse in concentration by Egypt’s defenders to hit a perfect volley in off the underside of the crossbar with his right foot from an acute angle.

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Donovan wins MLS MVP award for first time

By TIM BOOTH
November 19, 2009


SEATTLE, WA — Long considered the best player in the U.S., Landon Donovan is now the best player in Major League Soccer.

The Los Angeles Galaxy forward and six-time national player of the year was named the MLS most valuable player on Thursday for the first time in his career.

Despite all his accolades as the leader of the U.S. national team, Donovan had yet to be recognized by his own league until this season when he helped the Galaxy race to the MLS Cup final and overcome some of his own off-the-field distractions.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive November 8, 2009

 

Barcelona, Real Madrid still finding their stride

By Martin Rogers
November 8, 2009


Two Spanish giants, two hated rivals and two unexpected Champions League headaches for Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Both teams began the new campaign with rightfully lofty European expectations. Barca’s imperious march to last season’s trophy was so impressive that it was impossible to foresee any slipups in the early stages this season. For Real Madrid, the combined talents of newcomers Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema were thought to be enough to give the team a legitimate shot at dominating at Champions League level.

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Chicago 2, New England 0

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO
November 8, 2009


BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — A dramatic comeback capped by a late goal assured the Chicago Fire of their third consecutive appearance in the Eastern Conference final.
This time, however, they’ll host it.

John Thorrington and Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored to help Chicago beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Saturday night, taking the two-game semifinals series 3-2 on aggregate.

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Nashville continues to pursue World Cup soccer tournament
Biggest sporting event anywhere could enrich city for years to come

By Chas Sisk
November 8, 2009


One might compare it to a month of Super Bowl Sundays. Or to the Olympics, without as much hassle or expense.

The World Cup soccer tournament, by some measures the globe's biggest sporting event, brought hundreds of thousands of people to the United States in 1994. When those fans left a month later, after Brazil beat Italy in a tense final and the U.S. team made an improbable run, the tournament had dispelled any doubt that this nation could ever be friendly to soccer.

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Mwanika receives free ticket for soccer World Cup

By Norman Katende
November 8, 2009


JOHN Mark Mwanika was the lucky winner of the final ticket for the 2010 soccer World Cup due in South Africa as the MTN Fever2010 promotion concluded in Soroti on Saturday.

Mwanika, a Tororo-based social worker, joined Grace Mwanje, Adam Ntanda, Joseph Ito and Edward Kaddugala who won their tickets earlier for the life time trip.

On top of earning return air tickets to watch soccer’s biggest show, the five winners will each get a visa card credited with $10,000 (sh19m).

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive October 27, 2009

 

Can the English Premier League succeed in the United States?

By Chris Chase
October 27, 2009


On Sunday, the NFL played a regular season game in front of a sellout crowd at London's Wembley Stadium for the third straight year. In recent months, the English Premier League has openly discussed returning the favor to the United States by adding a 39th game to its schedule and holding it at various sites around the world, including in the States. This begs the question: If the Brits are so accepting of American football, would Americans be interested in English football?

If it's done right, there's no reason to think why playing one EPL game per season in the United States wouldn't be a rousing success.

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Mexico World Cup soccer squad bets on victory over Brazil

By www.chinaview.cn
October 27, 2009


MEXICO CITY — The coach training Mexico's under-17 soccer World Cup team told Mexican media on Monday that he was betting the team would bounce back from its 2-0 defeat by Switzerland to beat Brazil.

"We are very embarrassed what happened but we are going to turnover a new leaf," Jose Luis Gonzalez told media from Nigeria's capital Lagos, where the competition is taking place. "I know we can get the right result against Brazil."

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Storm clouds part momentarily for Liverpool

By Martin Rogers
October 27, 2009


After three weeks of beach balls, booing and basic errors, the world of Rafa Benitez got a whole lot less gloomy on Sunday.

Benitez’s Liverpool ended its drastic four-game slump with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United, yet the pain relief may only be temporary. Signature victories such as Sunday’s will not rescue Liverpool’s season or change the fact that this is still a club mired in chaos and in genuine danger of slipping out of English soccer’s elite circle.

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Real Madrid upset 4-0 by third-division team

The Associated Press
October 27, 20009


MADRID — Real Madrid was upset 4-0 by third-division side Alcorcon in a Copa del Rey round of 32 match.

The result reflected the run of play, with the tiny team from a Madrid suburb outplaying the European giant.

Earlier, Atletico Madrid ended its recent run of dire results by beating third-division Marbella 2-0. La Liga contender Sevilla beat third-division Atletico Ciudad 4-2 with two goals from Luis Fabiano, and Recreativo Huelva drew 1-1 with Sporting Gijon.

On Wednesday defending champion Barcelona will play Cultural Leonesa.
The return legs will be played on Nov. 10.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive October 6, 2009

 

Spanish Inquisition: Reflections On Real Madrid’s First Test — Raul, Guti, Marcelo Under The Microscope

Cyrus C. Malek
October 6, 2009


If there is one thing to take from Real Madrid’s five victories thus far in La Liga, it is that they have been misleading. That is to say that predominantly through Ronaldo’s individual efforts or the relative weaknesses of the opposing teams have Madrid been superior to their opponents.

With ‘CR9’ unable to regain fitness in time for Sunday’s match and Madrid facing one of the stronger teams in La Liga - an exciting Sevilla side that is beginning to remind many of the championship squad that won so many trophies under Juande Ramos - Los Blancos would be required to assert their dominance through a balanced team effort.

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Ferguson crossed the line with ref rant

By Martin Rogers
October 6, 2009


If, as they say, a minute is a long time in soccer, then 14 days must be a lifetime. So would it appear to be in the world of Sir Alex Ferguson, where time and timekeeping seem to be the primary conduits of his mood.

The Manchester United manager’s ire was fully cranked on Saturday when he launched into a bitter rant against referee Alan Wiley. Ferguson claimed that Wiley was lacking in sufficient fitness to manage an English Premier League game and that he had conspired to take extra time to yellow card a player in order to allow himself to “rest.”

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Diego Maradona Threatens To Quit The Argentine National Team

By Gregory Sica
October 6, 2009

El Diez' will evaluate whether he will remain at the helm at the conclusion of the World Cup qualifiers.

Diego Maradona, the coach of the Argentine national team, affirmed that he hasn't liked several things since he was appointed, and that he will have to evaluate whether he will continue in the position at the conclusion of the World Cup qualifiers.

"I have a commitment with the guys, having said yes to Julio [Grondona] when he invited me to his house asking me to coach the national team was something very nice, but then came lots of things that I didn't like, and we will discuss them later on," said Maradona.

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Bullard makes goalscoring comeback

October 6, 2009


Hull's record signing Jimmy Bullard made a spectacular goalscoring return to action in a Tigers reserves match on Tuesday evening.

Bullard, who has played just 37 minutes of first-team football since his £5million move from Fulham in January, struck a long-range opener in the second string's 2-1 home loss to Bolton.

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Top 10 Infamous World Cup Quotes

By Carlo Garganese
October 6, 2009


With the penultimate World Cup qualifiers taking place in many regions this weekend, Goal.com looks back at 10 controversial World Cup quotes from years gone by.


10. England to rule the world – The Sun
When England were eliminated on penalties by West Germany in the semi-final of Italia ’90, The Sun newspaper was so enthusiastic about the country’s future that they boldly printed the following:

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive September 23, 2009

 

Ronaldo, Kaka give Real 2-0 win at Villarreal

By Iain Rogers
September 23, 2009


MADRID — A superb early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and a second-half Kaka penalty gave Real Madrid a 2-0 win at 10-man Villarreal in La Liga on Wednesday.

Real paid around 160 million euros ($236 million) for the Portuguese winger and Brazilian playmaker in the close season, including a world record 94 million euros for Ronaldo, and the gulf in class was evident from the start.

The home side were rocked back in the second minute when Ronaldo sped down the left wing, cut inside and struck with a low shot from just outside the penalty area for his fifth league goal in four matches.

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The next Kings of Egypt

By Bruce Petruzalek
September 23, 2009


The 17th FIFA Under-20 World Cup begins in Egypt on Thursday as 24 countries compete for the right to be named the best youth side on the planet.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten and Luis Figo who all made an impression in previous tournaments, 504 young hopefuls have gathered in Egypt in an attempt to showcase their talent to the watching world, and no small amount of scouts.

Argentina, reigning champions after their victory in Canada in 2007, have won three of the past four tournaments and both Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi have graduated to the senior side having been named player of the tournament in the past two installments.

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Sunday's hero becomes best supporting actor

By Richard Jolly
September 23, 2009



Within three days, a full circle was completed. The match-winner in the 96th minute on Sunday departed after 69 tonight. Scorer had become provider, euphoria was replaced by relief, the most meaningful game of United's season followed by one in a competition they almost won as an afterthought last year.

It was an anti-climax for Michael Owen, but then virtually everything else would have been. Having decided the Manchester derby, he nonetheless helped determine the first game of Manchester United's defence of the Carling Cup by assisting Danny Welbeck for the winner. It ensured his second start for United ended rather more happily than his full debut, the defeat at Burnley, with an evening of frustration ended by a well-placed pass.

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Debunking latest United conspiracy theory

By Martin Rogers
September 21, 2009


The conspiracy theorists never salivate quite as eagerly as when there is a whiff of controversy surrounding Manchester United.

Sunday’s spectacular derby provided endless fodder for conjecture.

The six minutes and change of injury time that was allowed at Old Trafford – giving Michael Owen just enough precious seconds to seal a 4-3 United victory over local rival Manchester City – will be debated and examined for years to come.

Once again, it seemed as if United had been the beneficiary of dubious refereeing. Owen’s dramatic goal brought back memories of United’s title-turning triumph over Sheffield Wednesday 16 years ago when Steve Bruce headed in the winner seven minutes into injury time.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive September 4, 2009

 

Soccer - Brazil eye profit in Argentina's need

By Rex Gowar
September 4, 2009


ROSARIO, Argentina — Brazil can take advantage of Argentina's desperation for points when the great South American rivals clash in Saturday's World Cup qualifier, goalkeeper Julio Cesar said.

There are two reasons why Argentina, precariously placed in qualifying, could feel the pressure more than Brazil, Julio Cesar told a news conference on the eve of the match at Rosario Central's stadium.

"One, they are playing at home, and two, they need a result and that's positive for the (Brazil) national team," he said.

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Soccer - Race to stage 2018 World Cup toughest ever say England

By Mike Collett
September 4, 2009


LONDON — The race to stage the 2018 World Cup finals is going to be the most competitive ever, Andy Anson, chief executive of England's bid, said on Friday.

Playing down any idea that England were favourites to win the right to host the event, he said with 11 nations competing for the votes of just 24 FIFA Executive Commitee members, it was impossible to say who was likely to win.

As well as England, there are bids from Spain, Russia, Australia, the United States, Netherlands-Belgium, Qatar, Indonesia, Mexico, Japan and South Korea for either 2018 or 2022.

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Argentina squad set for Brazil epic

August 31, 2009


Sebastian Dominguez have been given his first call-up to the Argentina national squad as coach Diego Maradona added seven home-based players to his party ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers against Brazil and Paraguay.

The defender of Argentinian champions Velez Sarsfield will join the Albiceleste along with team-mates Nicolas Otamendi and Emiliano Papa, Boca Juniors midfielder Sebastian Battaglia, Lanus star Eduardo Salvio, Estudiantes playmaker Juan Sebastian Veron and Huracan midfielder Mario Bolatti.

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Spain close gap on Brazil

September 2, 2009


The September edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking sees Brazil unmoved at the top of the table ahead of Spain and the Netherlands. The Spaniards are gaining ground on the Brazilians, however, and they now have a significant lead over the third-placed Dutch.

World champions Italy (4th, up 1) have also made inroads and are now joint fourth with Germany. Croatia (9th, up 1) and France (10th, down 1) have also traded places. Mexico, who comfortably defeated the USA in the final of the Gold Cup to take the CONCACAF title in August, recently repeated the feat by overcoming the Americans in a FIFA World Cup™ qualifier, a victory that sees the Mexicans (24th, up 6) climb the world ranking.

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Soccer-S.Africa urges "football fever" ahead of World Cup

By Gordon Bell
Septermber 4, 2009


JOHANNESBURG, SA — World Cup officials, worried about a lack of enthusiasm over next year's tournament, launched a campaign on Friday to spark "football fever" by urging South Africans to wear soccer shirts to work once a week. Officials from world governing body FIFA earlier this year complained about a lack of buzz ahead of the World Cup, the most watched sporting event on the planet, which is being held in Africa for the first time starting next June 11. The local organising committee called on supporters to wear shirts of the national team Bafana Bafana every Friday until the tournament starts.

"An initiative that aims to build support and enthusiasm as the countdown to Africa's first FIFA World Cup gains momentum, Football Friday aims to encourage South Africans to wear the jersey of the national football team, Bafana Bafana, every Friday," the committee said.

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Soccer Capsules: U.S. hosts El Salvador in World Cup qualifier

By DOUG ALDEN,
September 4, 2009


SANDY, Utah — The United States is not quite in second place and barely ahead of fourth as the World Cup qualifying stretch run begins.

Points are precious with only four games remaining and a very slim margin between being in or out of next summer’s tournament in South Africa.

The Americans host El Salvador on Saturday, clinging to one of the three guaranteed spots in the region with only three points separating the top four teams.

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Chelsea ignored warnings about poaching talent

By John Leicester
September 4, 2009


PARIS — When Chelsea dangled its wealth and star players in front of him, Gael Kakuta did what any teenage footballing prodigy from a modest background might do: He lost his head. The contract he had signed with the French club that nurtured him from age 8 was cast aside. For that, Kakuta and Chelsea are now paying a very heavy price.

"He cracked, as one would crack for a pretty woman," says Eric Assadourian, who coached the preciously talented and swift Kakuta before Chelsea snapped him up at age 16. "He fell — quote, unquote — in love. It was a bolt of lightning."

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Kaka: Messi best soccer player in world right now

By Tales Azzoni
September 4, 2009


SAO PAULO — Brazilian star Kaka remains hopeful he will be crowned the best soccer player in the world again. For now, he acknowledges Lionel Messi deserves that title.

"He is a player who makes a difference," Kaka said on Thursday, just two days before meeting Messi in a World Cup qualifier between South American rivals Brazil and Argentina. "I would vote for him for all he has done, leading Barcelona to all these titles."

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive July 26, 2009

 

Mexico wins Gold Cup, routs US 5-0

By BARRY WILNER
July 26, 2009


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Vindication. Satisfaction. Domination.
After finally earning a win against the Americans on U.S. soil, Mexico’s players used all of those words Sunday to describe the 5-0 romp that gave them their fifth Gold Cup championship.

Oh, and one other noun: pride.

“I believe this is a great win for Mexico because we showed the pride we have in our hearts today,” Giovani Dos Santos said. “This is a huge step for us in the process.”

That process had included no progress this decade when the United States hosted its southern rival. The Mexicans were 0-9-2 since a March 1999 victory at San Diego.

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Top soccer official to invite Obama to World Cup

By BARRY WILNER
July 26, 2009


NEW YORK — FIFA president Sepp Blatter has specific ideas on upgrading the popularity of soccer in the United States. He hopes he has an eager listener in President Barack Obama.

Blatter plans to extend a personal invitation to Obama to attend the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when the two meet at the White House on Monday.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Blatter said the invitation has been extended and that he will "confirm it" at the meeting.

"I know there are people around the president who are football fans, and that they will make everything possible in his agenda that the president be at the opening of the World Cup or the final," Blatter said.

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Angry fans say Beckham wanted to fight

By Josh Peter
Jul 25, 2009


LOS ANGELES — Fans involved in the confrontation with David Beckham during halftime of Sunday’s exhibition game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and visiting AC Milan refuted the player’s account of events and said Beckham was an aggressor.

Beckham said after the 2-2 tie at the Home Depot Center that he told one fan who “was saying things that wasn’t very nice” to “calm down and come shake my hand.” A fan then jumped from the stands onto the field and was met immediately by security and ejected from the stadium.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive July 1, 2009

 

World Cup of soccer a tough sell to Afrikaners

By Paul Logothetis
July 1, 2009


BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - In the first few months after apartheid finally ended, a single sporting event in 1995 turned a nation of soccer fans into rugby followers and helped begin a movement of atonement.

Wearing a Springboks jersey, Nelson Mandela's presentation of the rugby World Cup trophy to South Africa on home soil was a defining moment for a country barely removed from its segregated past, with Mandela's gesture accelerating racial reconciliation in a country that had been divided since 1948.

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Ten years after soccer World Cup win, women's sports gain respect

By Christine Brennan
July 1, 2009


We're in the midst of a historic sports anniversary, but if you're thinking hard about what it might be and coming up empty, that's not only all right, it's actually rather fitting. The three-week-long event snuck up on most people in the summer of 1999. Now its anniversary is creeping up on us too.

Ten years ago, much of this nation cared about soccer. Yes, you read that right. That fact alone makes it one for the history books.

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Soccer-S.Africa acknowledges work to be done for World Cup

By Tiisetso Motsoeneng
July 1, 2009


JOHANNESBURG, July 1 (Reuters) - South Africa cannot rest on its laurels after a positive FIFA appraisal of the Confederations Cup and must address outstanding problems before next year's World Cup, organisers said on Wednesday.

Derek Blackensee, Head of Competitions for the local organising committee said problems included the widely-criticised park and ride system which left fans stranded for long periods during the Confederations Cup.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive June 9, 2009

 

Questions remain for U.S. squad

By Martin Rogers
June 7 2009


A year plus change to go until the World Cup and the stars are aligning for the USA.
Despite its often tortuous stagger to the halfway point of the 10-game Hexagonal pool that will decide CONCACAF’s representatives in South Africa next year, there is something inevitable about Bob Bradley’s team’s qualification for soccer’s biggest show.

Bradley can reflect on a campaign that has produced plenty of mediocrity after a flying start and the five matches so far have offered little in the way of real perspective as to the team’s chances of making a splash at the World Cup.

This week marks 12 months remaining before the tournament’s big kickoff yet USA fans are no nearer to getting answers from the side than they were a year ago.

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South African soccer culture goes global in preparation for World Cup

By Celean Jacobson
June 9, 2009


JOHANNESBURG - Helmets and horns - the colourful, crazy core of South Africa's soccer fever - are going global as the nation gears up for the Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.

South African streets may be crime-infested and violent, but its stadiums are filled with raucous joy and harmony. The aggression that plagues European soccer is unknown here as rival fans cheer and dance together and compete against each other for the most colourful costume.

There is a homegrown feel to this outpouring of sporting enthusiasm. The signs and outfits are handmade, often stitched together from recycled materials. The creations are unsophisticated but imaginative and humorous.

None more so than the outlandish transformed miners helmets called makarapa and plastic trumpets called vuvuzela that have come to reflect the face of soccer on international ads and local billboards.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive February 19, 2009

 

Left Back Misery: Can Heath Pearce Really Start in a World Cup?

By Kartik Krishnaiyer
February 19, 2009


Two years ago, Heath Pearce declared himself the best left back in the US National Team player pool.  This came after an outstanding Janaury camp in 2006 which saw Pearce enter the discussion for a spot in Germany 2006 only to see an injury and lack of experience thwart his chances to make the final World Cup squad for manager Bruce Arena.

Arena instead counted on Eddie Lewis, a star of the 2002 World Cup who had shifted from his natural left midfielder position to play left back for national team, and Carlos Bocanegra, whose left foot made it possible for him to play outside on the left, but whose lack of speed and recklessness eventually doomed the idea to failure. Cory Gibbs, a left footer who can play outside back or in the middle suffered a devastating injury in a friendly just prior to the World Cup, and has still not returned to his previous form.

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World Cup tickets to hit the web

February 19, 2009


Johannesburg - Ticket sales for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup will open on Friday, the international soccer body said.

We hope that you will come and enjoy the game!" said Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke on Thursday.

"The fervour is already palpable within South Africa and all around the world: everyone wants to take part in this extraordinary event."

The first phase of ticket sales would be between 20 Feb to 31 March 2009.

Tickets to the "biggest single-sport event in the world" would be available online from 1.00pm on Friday (South African standard time).

SA residents can also register through ticket application forms available at First National Bank branches.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive December 8, 2008

 

Afghanistan Crowned Homeless World Cup Champions
The Homeless World Cup is an annual international tournament, which provides the opportunity for people who are homeless to represent their country and change their own lives.

By Salem News
December 7, 2008


MELBOURNE - Today Afghanistan defeated Russia 5-4 in the final of the Melbourne 2008 Homeless World Cup. And in the final of the first Women’s Homeless World Cup, Zambia had a comfortable win over Liberia, 7-1.

In a thrilling match in front of 50,000 spectators packed into Federation Square throughout the day, the Afghanistan and Russian teams battled it out for the sixth Homeless World Cup Trophy.

Russia opened the scoring, but Afghanistan responded quickly and at the end of the first seven-minute half were ahead 3-2. The two teams traded goal for goal in the second term, with Afghanistan holding the lead. Despite some intense last-second attacks by the determined Russians, the Afghan defence held up to take victory.

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Maradona magic on show


By The Hindu
December 7, 2008


KOLKATA: Diego Maradona still prefers to do that which has bestowed on him the status of a god — showing off his skills with the football.

On his maiden visit to India, Maradona reminded the soccer-crazy city of Kolkata why he is worshiped the world over. Making his last public appearance on the concluding day of his two-day trip, Maradona put on display his magical abilities at the Mohun Bagan ground on Sunday.


Spell-bound crowd

The maverick genius of soccer enthralled the nearly 10,000 people thronging the galleries of the 119-year-old club with some sublime jugglery with the ball. This performance lasting seven minutes eternalised an evening for those who had trooped in to have a look at the most enigmatic character of soccer. The surge of emotions sparked by the Maradona show washed away the dejection of the proposed football clinic being scrapped

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Vidic stars for Manchester United

By The Hindu
December 7, 2008


THE SAVIOUR: Nemanja Vidic’s injury-time goal saw Manchester United beat Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday.


MANCHESTER (England): Nemanja Vidic’s injury-time goal finally saw Manchester United overcome a spirited Sunderland to win 1-0 in the English Premier League at the Old Trafford, here on Saturday.

Victory ensured the reigning champion remained in third place, six points behind leader Liverpool.

Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo made a bizarre exit, substituting himself midway through the second-half due to an apparent rib injury.

The Portugal winger, recently crowned the European Footballer of the Year, appeared in some distress as he signalled to the bench, but instead of waiting for a replacement to be readied, he simply limped off the pitch and disappeared up the tunnel in the 65th minute.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive November 5, 2008

 

Soccer by the numbers: Chapter One

By Grahame L. Jones
November 3, 2008


Sports is all about numbers, financial and otherwise, so here are a few to ponder on an an election-eve Monday:

0 -- What remains of the Mapaches (Raccoons) of Nueva Italia after the Mexican soccer federation expelled the third-division team from the league and expunged all its records because of the club's alleged ties to drug trafficking.

1 -- The number of professional players on the East Timor national team, which recently tied Cambodia in Phnom Penh to earn its first point in six years as an independent nation. The lone pro is Portuguese-born defender Alfredo Esteves, who used to play in the U.S. with the Minnesota Thunder and New Hampshire Phantoms.

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Soumare's choice is rooted in his homeland

By Ridge Mahoney,
Novembr 5, 2008


[MLS] In deciding to accept a callup from Mali for its friendly later this month against Algeria, Chicago defender Bakary Soumare is paying homage to his homeland, not snubbing his adopted country.

Soumare, 22, holds a U.S. green card and has researched the procedures for obtaining citizenship, but that process usually takes a minimum of five years, and in the post 9-11 era, could take even longer. Rather than being 18 months or two years away from obtaining citizenship, as he believed earlier this year, he could be facing a much longer wait. The callup from Mali and the prospect of playing next year in the African Nations Cup qualifiers, which will also be used for determine 2010 World Cup participants, proved too good an opportunity to pass up.

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Certifiably controversial, Maradona is the man

By Mark Zeigler, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
November 5, 2008


He scored a goal in a World Cup semifinal with his hand and was kicked out of another World Cup for a positive drug test. He has battled longtime cocaine and weight problems. He's been linked to the Mafia and allegedly still owes millions of dollars in back taxes in Italy.

He suffered a heart attack in 2004 from an apparent cocaine overdose and spent 10 days in intensive care. He had his stomach stapled in 2005 in Colombia. He was on his death bed again in 2007 with alcohol-induced hepatitis.

He pals around with Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and he told Venezuelan TV: “I hate everything that comes from the United States. I hate it with all my strength.” Several countries refuse him entry.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive October 1, 2008

 

Messi Bails Out Barcelona

By STUART CONDIE
October 1, 2008


LONDON (Oct. 1) - Lionel Messi scored two late goals Wednesday to give FC Barcelona a 2-1 victory at Shakhtar Donestsk and AS Roma also avoided a shock defeat in the Champions League by rallying to win 3-1 at Bordeaux.

Things were more straightforward for Liverpool, which defeated PSV Eindhoven 3-1, and Atletico Madrid, which beat Marseille 2-1. But Chelsea drew 0-0 at unheralded CFR Cluj in another of the day's eight group matches.

Shakhtar looked set to embarrass two-time European Champion Barcelona when Ilsinho scored in the 45th minute, but Messi struck in the 87th and then deep into injury time to take his team clear at the top of the Group C standings.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive Septembr 25, 2008

 

South Africa’s political drama and World Cup 2010

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer
September 25, 2008
 

The South Africa official 2010 mascot, a leopard known as Zakumi, with Danny Jordaan, CEO of the Local Organising Committee during a launch in Johannesburg on September 22 2008. Fifa opted for a leopard for the showpiece football tournament's first visit to Africa. ‘Zakumi is young, vibrant, energetic, smart, self-confident, sociable and ambitious, but also warm-hearted,’ Jordaan said at the televised launch.

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Cecafa boss: We are on track

NASONGELYA KILYINGA
September 25, 2008


Colonial legancy on urbanisation in Eastern Africa COUNCIL of East and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa), Chairman Leodegar Tenga has said the region was on the right track in its endeavour to develop the sport. Tenga has also refuted suggestion that Cecafa, which is considered the oldest sub-regional football organization, was probably the weakest region in the continent.

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French soccer federation president backs Domenech to beat Romania

September 25, 2008


BORDEAUX, France — French football federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes is "optimistic" that a win for France in next month's World Cup qualifier against Romania can save beleaguered coach Raymond Domenech's job.

Domenech has been under pressure since France exited the European Championship in the group stages without winning a game, and then stumbled to an upset 3-1 loss away to Austria in its opening World Cup qualifier on Sept. 6.

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Soccer News, World Cup News - Sports News | Archive August 13, 2008

 

Arsenal ride their luck to spoil McClaren's debut

August 13, 2008


FC Twente Enschede player Elia Eljero reacts after missing an opportunity during their champions league qualifier against Arsenal in Arnhem. Arsenal won 2-0.

Arsenal ruined Steve McClaren's FC Twente debut as goals from William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor secured an unconvincing 2-0 win in the Champions League third qualifying round, first leg on Wednesday.

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Inter Milan's Adriano risks missing start of season

August 13, 2008


Inter Milan striker Adriano, seen here in 2007, could miss the start of the season after suffering a right calf strain in training, the Serie A champions said on Wednesday.

Inter Milan striker Adriano, seen here in 2007, could miss the start of the season after suffering a right calf strain in training, the Serie A champions said on Wednesday.

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Argentina, Brazil and Italy lead way to quarter-finals

August 13, 2008


Diego of Brazil celebrates after scoring against China in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games first round Group C men's football match at the Qinghuangdao Olympic Stadium. A brace from Thiago Neves helped Brazil beat China 3-0 to end any hope the host nation had of making the Olympic quarter-finals.

Diego of Brazil celebrates after scoring against China in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games first round Group C men's football match at the Qinghuangdao Olympic Stadium. A brace from Thiago Neves helped Brazil beat China 3-0 to end any hope the host nation had of making the Olympic quarter-finals.

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Fiorentina take control over Slavia Prague with 2-0 win

August 12, 2008


Strikers Adrian Mutu, pictured in June 2008, and Alberto Gilardino scored as Fiorentina took a big step towards the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Slavia Prague.

Strikers Adrian Mutu, pictured in June 2008, and Alberto Gilardino scored as Fiorentina took a big step towards the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Slavia Prague.

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