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Archives: World Cup 2010

Xavi Retires From International Football

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Xavi

Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has announced his retirement from international football. The 34-year-old alerted the media to his decision during a press conference this morning. “I’ve taken the decision to leave the national team. My time there has … Continue reading

Zinedine Zidane Reveals His Thoughts On Headbutts And Penalties

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Final Italy v France - World Cup 2006

Earlier today, Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane presided over his first training session as the new coach of Real Madrid Castilla, otherwise known as the club’s ‘B’ team. Zidane was most recently part of Carlo Ancelotti’s coaching staff that won … Continue reading

2010 World Cup Injury Stats and Why Fouls Need to be Tackled at World Cup 2014

Posted on by Alex Muller
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The stats from the 2010 World Cup are a good predictor of what we can expect at this 2014 World Cup. At the 2010 World Cup, there were 229 injuries, of which 126 happened during matches instead of training. 71% … Continue reading

Didier Deschamps, France and the Rebirth of Les Bleus

Posted on by Dave Trotter
France

In 2010, France was the laughing stock of the World Cup. With a dismal performance, Nicolas Anelka being sent home, the team opposing the coach, and then the so-called “strike”, France was doomed. But if anyone knows French national team … Continue reading

Honduras 1-2 Ecuador: Ecuador Stays Alive; Match Highlights (VIDEO)

Posted on by Ron Preston Jr
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Tonight in Curitiba we had a match between two teams who didn’t seem to get the memo that this was supposed to be the World Cup of the Americas, Ecuador and Honduras. With both teams suffering opening match losses both … Continue reading

Four Years On, South Africa’s World Cup Has Failed to Live Up to Promises

Posted on by John Vincent Fieno
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Four years ago, South Africa was on the eve of hosting the continent’s first FIFA World Cup.  Questions abounded about South Africa’s preparation: would the stadiums be ready? Would crime abate as to allow everyone to focus on the football? … Continue reading

View a Gallery of Soccer Balls Used by FIFA Since the First World Cup in 1930

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
1930 World Cup - Tiento

Below is a gallery of every soccer ball used in the World Cup since its founding in 1930. Beginning with leather balls throughout the ’30′s then transitioning to balls with seams in 1938 and eventually landing on the iconic black … Continue reading

FOX Sports 1 Announces World Cup Coverage Plans

Posted on by Dan Adu-Gyamfi
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Even though FOX Sports does not have the rights to show World Cup matches this summer, the sports network will still be down in Brazil providing analysis and commentary during the tournament. Last week, the channel detailed how FOX Sports … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 9 – Andres Iniesta Wins It For Spain [VIDEO]

Posted on by Matt Jones
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds up the World Cup trophy.

No.9: Andres Iniesta Wins It For Spain (South Africa, 2010) Spain lost their opening game of the 2010 World Cup against Switzerland. There were stratospherically high hopes for Vincent Del Bosque’s side after their win in the European Championships had … Continue reading

World Cup 2010 Head Coaches; Where Are They Now?

Posted on by Abe Asher
USA v Algeria: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup

For a manager, the World Cup is often one long heart attack. These men often prepare four years to lead their team into the biggest tournament in sport, and all that’s guaranteed is 270 minutes of soccer and a lack … Continue reading

ESPN Debuts New 30-Second Ad to Promote Its Coverage of FIFA World Cup 2014 [VIDEO]

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Today marks 100 days until the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil. To coincide with the 100 days mark, ESPN has debuted a new 30-second ad to promote its coverage of the World Cup. The 30-second ad, currently … Continue reading

Italy will fall to 11th in FIFA rankings

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Italy has been punished, thanks to their poor performances Italy has lost ground in the FIFA and UEFA rankings. La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Italy has fallen all the way down to 11th in the FIFA rankings, behind … Continue reading

Which Market Has the Highest World Cup TV Ratings In the USA?

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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World Cup fever has swept the United States in the past few weeks. Everywhere you look, it seems to be there. In fact, Nielsen is reporting that World Cup soccer telecasts aired on all English and Spanish language networks have … Continue reading

Italy’s Mistakes of 2010

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

With Italy out of the 2010 World Cup, we have plenty of time to plan for the future and avoid any mistakes we made in this tournament. So it’s important to know what Italy did wrong, the mistakes that cost … Continue reading

No Eye-catching Italian players?

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

As the World Cup is attracting all headlines related to soccer, there’s always a small echo of transfer market news which now, after Italy’s elimination from the World Cup, becomes much more than an echo for Italy fans. And as … Continue reading

Spain Effective If Unspectacular As They Win Group H in FIFA World Cup 2010

Posted on by Andy Pineda

With an unfathomable yet realistic possibility of an unceremonious exit from FIFA World Cup 2010, the Spanish national football team tussled with a Chilean side that has been one of the most impressive teams in this tournament thus far.  Marcelo … Continue reading