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Author Archives: Juan Arango

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera’s age-old demons have him on the precipice of being sacked

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When he was a player, Miguel Herrera’s blonde mullet accentuated his piquant naughtiness, mixed in with a nasty mean streak. He was dogged, hard-working, and one of the peskiest defenders in Mexican soccer during a greater part of the 1990’s. … Continue reading

US Soccer’s prior knowledge of FIFA’s criminal wrongdoing raises more questions than answers

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I’m always surprised when I hear stories about how some people never knew that their closest friends were involved in corruption.  In the modern world, let’s forget about soccer for a second, how can you NOT know something is going … Continue reading

If He Joins Arsenal, What to Expect From Goalkeeper David Ospina

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Arsenal are close to a deal to sign Colombia national team goalkeeper David Ospina from French club Nice. The club president of the Nice team, Jean-Pierre Rivère, revealed, “There is still no agreement, but we are not far.” But if and … Continue reading

Juan Riquelme: The Enigma, The Idol and Prodigal Son Returns to Argentinos Juniors

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Juan Román Riquelme was always a personality that intrigued many in the soccer world.  His unparalleled skill and penchant to virtually will the ball wherever he wanted made him such an attractive footballer to watch on any pitch he played … Continue reading

Lionel Messi Didn’t Deserve to Win the Golden Ball Award at the World Cup

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The free-kick in the dying moments of extra time saw Lionel Messi in a position where he could etch himself into immortality. He was not going to win the match at that point, but if he had scored, Argentina could … Continue reading

Why there’s a Love-Hate Relationship Between Soccer Powers Argentina and Brazil

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Editor’s note: One of the less discussed topics at this World Cup has been the vocal animosity that Brazil fans have shown towards Argentina, whether it’s Brazilians booing the Argentina team and/or cheering on Argentina’s opposition. Now with Argentina in … Continue reading

RIP Armando Garcia, 1966-2014: A Tribute To A Futbol Friend

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There are no words you can give you perspective about when you lose a colleague. It gives you perspective on how blessed one is to actually be working in this “calling”.  When Argentine journalist Jorge “Topo” López passed away this … Continue reading

Germany’s Manuel Neuer is Redefining The Goalkeeper Position

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I remember fondly a Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen during the 2012-13 season. Bayern Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer runs up towards the Leverkusen goal.  He dribbles and sets up a cross that drifts into the area, and in … Continue reading

Brazil Haunted By Its Past Success In World Cup Meltdown Against Germany

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Chile had Brazil on the ropes and that was what Germany saw as they knew that the two sides would cross paths at one point in this World Cup. It was a foreshadowing of things to come, although many thought … Continue reading

Why Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is a Big Part of Argentina’s Success

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In 1990, Sergio Goycochea stepped in for the injured Neri Pumpido and would be one of the catalysts to help lead Argentina in the World Cup. Between Maradona playing on one leg and “Goico” making important saves as well as … Continue reading

James Rodriguez: The Life Story Of Colombia’s Brightest Star

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Colombia’s young James Rodriguez set up the ball. He looked up and knew exactly where he was going to place his corner kick.  What was amazing about that play was that the ball ended up in the back of the … Continue reading

Uruguay and Colombia Ready To Set Off Sparks At Maracanã

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BUENOS AIRES — Uruguayan radio personality Sergio Gorzy went off on Colombia and its soccer team after Uruguay lost 4-0 to Los Cafeteros at Barranquilla in World Cup qualifying play back in 2012. His anger was so extreme that he … Continue reading

Ecuador Striker Enner Valencia: From Milkman To World Cup Star

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Enner Valencia

Enner Valencia’s goal against Honduras this past Saturday made the small town of Ricaurte in the north of Ecuador go into a frenzy. This small town is closer to Colombia (11 miles from the border, to be exact) than it … Continue reading

Messi Can Only Rescue Argentina So Many Times Before They Slip Up in the World Cup

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BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL — Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero was one of the heroes for the Albiceleste on Saturday against Iran. Yet when he addressed the media, all his plaudits went in the direction of his captain. “The little guy rubbed the … Continue reading

How an Unconventional Chile Team Became the World Cup’s Surprise Package

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Chile was all smiles and fulfilled their potential when they defeated Spain 2-0 at the Estadio Maracanã on Wednesday.  For them it was a reconfirmation of the potential that the team had individually as well as collectively. Many looked at … Continue reading

Colombia’s Team Spirit Lifts Pekerman’s Side to Top Of World Cup Group

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When Radamel Falcao was injured in that fateful Coupe de France match back in January, the overall emotion in Colombia dipped to a low. There seemed to be a deflated sense of value to the overall squad as if the … Continue reading

Uruguay Not Just Playing For World Cup Survival; They’re Fighting to Avoid An End to An Era

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SETE LAGOAS, BRAZIL – Since Monday, there was a great deal of tension at the Uruguayan national team camp at the JN Resort in Sete Lagoas. It was tension that was intoxicating. Oscar Washington Tabárez was very short with his … Continue reading

Police Dealing With Uruguay Hotel Ordeal As Sabotage

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BELO HORIZONTE - Uruguayan national team goalkeeper had a rough time in his hotel as well as in at the Arena Castelão in Fortaleza.  When he arrived to his hotel room, he found some insects in his bed.  This whole ordeal … Continue reading