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Archives: World Cup

England Poised to Defeat Portugal

Posted on by Christopher Harris
English defender Gary Neville  acknowled

England is just hours away from their crucial match against Portugal. On paper, this is one of the finest England teams to grace the international stage in years. But can they play as a cohesive unit and defeat Scolari’s men? … Continue reading

Anticipation Building for Germany-Italy Match

Posted on by Christopher Harris
Germany

When the American founding fathers named July 4th as Independence Day, little did they know that in the year 2006 soccer fans in this country would watch a game invented by their arch-enemy: the English. For most Americans, July 4th … Continue reading

Looking Ahead Part 2 of 2: The US Player Pool

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Thanks to Michael Haley for his contributions The results of the 2006 World Cup in Germany clearly demonstrated that while our national team remains talented, the player pool is not as deep nor as experienced as the pool was in … Continue reading

ESPN Responds to Criticism

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Tokyo Toffeeman, an EPL Talk reader from Japan, sent me this very interesting link about ESPN’s response to the criticism it has been receiving regarding its coverage of the World Cup. Read the piece here. Most newspapers typically have ombudsmen … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Where does US Soccer go from here? Part 1 of 2

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
Soccer: World Cup Qualifier-Mexico at USA

A few short years ago a former German National Team attacking player living in Southern California called up his friend, the manager of the USA National Team for an internship so that he could learn the ropes of coaching on … Continue reading

Wide Awake In America

Posted on by Christopher Harris
Gold Cup US Honduras Soccer

  We’re one day away from the Quarter Finals stage of the World Cup and the excitement is reaching a fever pitch among soccer fans around the world, including America. Tomorrow’s Germany against Argentina match would have been a perfect … Continue reading

Scolari Made The Right Decision

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Imagine what if Scolari had accepted the England job before the World Cup? If you remember, the FA wanted Scolari to agree to the job before the tournament began and to start his new position immediately after the World Cup. … Continue reading

Quarterfinal Matchups and Other Thoughts

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
10 - Zidane

France’s leading midfield players: Zidane, Makelele and Vierra have a great understanding of one another’s game and the experience that comes from playing together for so long. For example, Zidane and Vierra always know where one another are going to … Continue reading

Where Have All the Heroes Gone?

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Only seven games remain in the World Cup. Yet many of the heroes we were expecting to see on the big stage haven’t showed up: Rooney, Henry, Ronaldinho, Messi, Ballack, Van Nistelrooy, Toni, Tevez, and Donovan. The players getting the … Continue reading

World Cup Losing its Fizz?

Posted on by Christopher Harris
Soccer - 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany - Quarter Final - Germany v Argentina - Olympiastadion

Seven of the eight second round matches have been played, with just this afternoon’s France versus Spain match left. But out of the seven thus far, how many of them have been entertaining and had you sitting on the edge … Continue reading

England Rides Lady Luck

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Having been seeded into the easiest group of the 2006 World Cup, England has continued to ride lady luck during this tournament. Consider the following: Against Paraguay, it was an own goal. Versus Trinidad and Tobago, it was a goal … Continue reading

Semi Final Matchups Becoming Clearer

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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After the final second-round matches conclude Tuesday, only eight World Cup matches remain (and that includes the meaningless third-place match). Could we be destined for the following semi-final matches? Italy against Germany, and England versus Brazil? Or do you fancy … Continue reading

Britannia Rules The Waves

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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It wasn’t pretty. They didn’t play the best, but the win was what was important. How many times have we heard that this World Cup about England? But it’s true. The gutsy performance was what was needed to ease the … Continue reading

Rodriguez Volley Gives Argentina the Edge

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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What an unbelievably sensational goal by Argentina in extra time by Maxi Rodriguez. A beautiful chest trap, and a scintillating left foot volley into the corner of the net. There are still 16 minutes to go in the match. Can … Continue reading

How Does Univision Compare?

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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While watching the Argentina against Mexico match, here are just a few of the differences I noticed between Univision’s coverage of the match versus ABC/ESPN: 1. The crowd volume on Univision is much louder. 2. You can hear the passion, … Continue reading

Argentina v Mexico: Best Yet?

Posted on by Christopher Harris
Mexico

Without a doubt, this has got to be the best match of the World Cup thus far. In the first 10 minutes, there’ve been two goals (Argentina 1-1 Mexico). The pace is frenetic. The crowd is loud and passionate. This … Continue reading

ABC and ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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I’m not sure which is worse. With ESPN partnering with ABC for the World Cup coverage in America, does this drag the ABC name through the mud? Or is the other way around?

ABC Drops Another Clanger

Posted on by Christopher Harris
2010 -- Dave O'Brien

I have to admit that ABC commentator Dave O’Brien’s work is improving as each match unfolds, but the man is as passionate as a dead fish. Perfect example was one of the key moments of today’s Germany against Sweden second-round … Continue reading