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Archives: World Cup

Champions League Better Than World Cup

Posted on by Christopher Harris
uefa-champions-league

As a tournament, there is no equal to the World Cup. It’s a 30-day magical mystery ride for teams, players, fans and TV viewers at home. That said, however, I disagree with many that this is the best tournament in … Continue reading

Excitement Building for Germany Against Italy

Posted on by Christopher Harris
Italy

Throughout the years, Germany against Italy has been a classic match. Most notably during the 1970 World Cup semi-final, when Italy defeated the Germans 4-3 despite Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer playing with a dislocated shoulder after being injured in the match. … Continue reading

Setanta Offers Italian Commentary for Remaining World Cup Matches

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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If you subscribe to Setanta in North America, you’ve got to be loving life. The Irish broadcaster announced today that, in addition to the German commentary it has been providing, the semi-finals and final of the World Cup will be … Continue reading

Death to the 4-5-1

Posted on by Christopher Harris
Arsenal

Very early in the 2005/2006 Premiership season, all of the talk was about the 4-5-1 formation and how Bolton, especially, was being effective yet boring after Allardyce used the formation to grind out results. What we’ve seen in the 2006 … Continue reading

The World Cup Gets Turned Upside Down

Posted on by Christopher Harris
Oscar of Brazil

  So, England and Brazil’s World Cup dreams are over. In both matches, the favorites were outplayed, conservative and uninspiring. England’s demise falls to Wayne Rooney. The idiotic kick by Rooney was the turning point in the match. From that … Continue reading

Photos from today’s World Cup pub crawl

Posted on by Christopher Harris
A "proper" pub on Tottenham High Road

Take a look at the photographs from today’s EPL Talk tour of South Florida pubs and restaurants. First stop was The Kings Head Pub in Sunrise, Florida for the England against Portugal debacle, followed by a trip to the Panorama … Continue reading

Western Europe’s World Cup

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Thierry Henry nets the game winner for France/AP Four short years after Soccer proved to be more of worldwide game than many Europeans would give credit for, thanks to the Quarterfinal runs of Senegal and USA as well as the … Continue reading

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
usa-belgium

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
luiz-felipe-scolari

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
miroslav-klose

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