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Victor Obina celebrates a goal against Japan/Foto.net The United States enters the third and final group match of the Olympic Football Tournament needing a draw to guarantee advancement to the knock out stages of the competition. Sunday’s heartbreaking turn of events against a totally outclassed Holland team means that the […]

US 2 Holland 2

Jozy’s goal appeared to win the game for US/foto.net PRE GAME (4-4-1-1) Guzan Wynne – Edu – Parkhurst – Orozco Rogers – Bradley – Kljestan – Holden Adu McBride Rogers and Holden swap flanks to play on owing itself to the bad linkup play between Orozco and Rogers. Otherwise Nowak […]

Holland Preview

Ryan Babel has World Cup and Champions League experience/photo from the BBC The Netherlands entered the Olympic Men’s Football Tournament as the favorite in Group B. However, following a scoreless draw against Nigeria, the other highly touted side in this draw, Holland needs at worst a draw and ideally a […]

Japan’s Olympic Team

The first opponent for the United States in group play will be the Japanese. The US defeated Japan in the 2000 Quarterfinals of this same event, a match which the Japanese still feel hard done by. Peter Vagenas converted a spot kick in stoppage time to send the match to […]

Thoughts About the Olympic Selection

Peter Nowak’s selections for the 2008 US Men’s Olympic Team where fairly straight forward. However I was somewhat surprised by a few decisions. However none of these decisions can be filed away as shockers. With only 15 available U-23 spots from the legitimate pool of 40 plus possible players I […]

Olympic Team Thoughts

Charlie Davies Hat Trick vs Gais Can Davies produce this again?/You Tube Video US U-23 Manager Peter Nowak will choose the squad for this Summer’s Olympic games on Thursday. Here are the possible U-23 players to be selected: Players I consider locks are bolded (club releases assumed) GK: Chris Seitz, […]

U-23s: Work Left to Be Done

Peter Nowak is getting what he bargained for at the Toulon Invitational: A good look at his side and who has the grit and mettle to make an impact in this summer’s Beijing Olympics. Having selected what amounts to an experimental squad for the competition, Nowak seemed to be playing […]

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New World Association of Leagues aims to help FIFA rebuild

A group of professional soccer leagues from all over the world have decided to create a ‘World Association of Leagues’ following a meeting in Paris, the French Professional Football League (LFP) president said on Tuesday. The English, French and Spanish leagues are joined by 20 others from around the world […]

Rafa Benitez backs under-fire Karim Benzema: ‘He is very important for us’

Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has restated his support for French striker Karim Benzema amid increasing criticism of Benzema’s off-field behavior in his homeland. Benzema has been charged in France for his alleged participation in a blackmail case involving international teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. French Prime Minister […]