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  • Tuesday, February 09

    Leverkusen vs. Werder Bremen, 1pm ET, ESPN Deportes & ESPN3

  • Tuesday, February 09

    West Ham vs. Liverpool, 2:30pm, FS1 & FOX Soccer 2GO

  • Tuesday, February 09

    Stuttgart vs. Dortmund, 2:30pm ET, ESPN Deportes & ESPN3

  • Wednesday, February 10

    Heidenheim vs Hertha Berlin, 1pm ET, ESPN3

  • Wednesday, February 10

    Bochum vs Bayern Munich, 2:30pm ET, ESPN Deportes & ESPN3

  • Wednesday, February 10

    Peterboro vs. WBA, 2:45pm ET, FS1 & FOX Soccer 2GO

  • Wednesday, February 10

    Valencia vs. Barcelona, 3pm ET, beIN SPORTS & fuboTV

Tactically, the US Need DaMarcus Beasley

The last time many of us saw DaMarcus Beasley, his miss on a corner launched a Brazilian counter-attack that led to the eventual trouncing of the US in the group phase of the Confederations Cup.  It was the culmination of a number of mediocre and lackluster performances from him in […]

US vs England – A Soccernomics Analysis

Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski titled the American version of their new book Soccernomics (review is here), but their title for the release in the UK is Why England Lose.  In the book, Kuper and Syzmanski identified the US as a rising power in soccer and England as a permanent disappointment […]

Italy Named World Cup Top Seed

In an announcement Wednesday that will not come as much of a surprise to followers of soccer, Italy was named one of the top seeds for the 2010 World Cup, joining host nation South Africa, Brazil, England, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and Argentina. The big news coming out of this announcement […]

Why is Defense So Reviled in Football?

The theory is that because of the low amount of scoring in football, using particularly protective and cynical tactics ruins the sport whose nature inhibits a high amount of goals per match.  Football’s common nickname is “The Beautiful Game,” but from where did that phrase initially originate?  Credit is usually […]

Italy: Confederations Cup Disaster

As the final of the Confederations Cup approaches, the tournament for one team in particular has been an unmitigated disaster. Coming into the competition, as World Champions would surely mean an easy route to the semi-finals at least, however Italy capitulated in almighty fashion. A somewhat fortuitous victory over the […]

Italy Meets Brazil Today In London

Kickoff for today’s international friendly will be at 7:45 pm London time, and 2:45 pm on the east coast in North America as the Azzurri take on Brazil in a high profile friendly at the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal Kaka will miss this encounter as well as compatriot Amauri […]

Amauri Finally Gets The Call

Juventus’ goal poacher, Amauri finally received the call to play for A Seleção. Dunga called Amauri to the team for the friendly against Italy on February 10th after original call up Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano ruptured two ligaments in his left knee in the 2nd leg Copa del Rey quarterfinal […]

Surprises on Brazil Roster For Italy Friendly

VS. The 5-time World Champion (and official national team of the Metellus Family) Brazil announced their roster for the highly anticipated Feb. 10th friendly vs. 4-time and current World Champion, Italy. Its a roster that was surprising due to its omissions and additions. The most glaring omission is the red-hot […]

Another Reason To Hate NBC's Olympic Soccer Coverage

Watching Brazil against Argentina in the semi-final of the Olympic games this morning, I felt like I was in a timewarp back to the late 1980’s. That’s because NBC, in their infinite stupidity, are breaking for TV commercials in the middle of the game. And just as it routinely happened […]

Rafael and Fabio Da Silva: Players To Watch

This week, two Manchester United players made their debut for the club in quiet circumstances during a 2-0 friendly win against League One side Peterborough United. The match was noteworthy because of the debut for two of United’s rising stars, Rafael and Fabio Da Silva. The two 18-year old Brazilian […]

Liverpool Does the Right Thing: German Clubs Do Not

On the European Continent and on the British Isles the view of the Olympic football Tournament is completely different than in the rest of the world. In Europe the tournament is seen as more of a nuisance than anything, while among those in the Western Hemisphere and in Africa it […]

Ronaldo, I’m so ashamed

Reuters – Brazilian football star Ronaldo admits being ashamed after a motel run-in with three transvestites in Rio de Janeiro.In his first public appearance since the scandal broke Ronaldo described the episode as the “worst decision in his personal life.” Police are considering charging one of the transvestites with extortion. […]

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Europa League Round of 16 2nd leg: TV schedule and open thread

Here’s today’s TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States: Dinamo Moscow vs Napoli, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2GoRoma vs Fiorentina, 2pm, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer 2GoDynamo Kiev vs Everton, 2pm, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Soccer 2GoSevilla vs Villareal, 4:05pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer 2Go & ESPN DeportesTorino vs Zenit, 4:05pm, FOX Soccer […]

Shock Scores In Friendlies, But Do The Results Really Matter?

Hull City, Bolton and Newcastle all suffered surprising friendly defeats against lower league sides in England on Saturday afternoon, but do the results of these pre-season fixtures really matter? Crewe, Macclesfield and Doncaster may be reveling in their victories over their Premier League counterparts, but will Phil Brown, Gary Megson […]

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Bundesliga nets 318,000 viewers on FOX Deportes for Leverkusen-Bayern Munich

Saturday’s broadcast of Bayer Leverkusen versus Bayern Munich was watched by an average viewing audience of 318,000 people on FOX Deportes, according to data from Sports TV Ratings. FOX Deportes televised the game live on Saturday, February 6th from 12:30pm to 2:30pm ET. The Spanish-language network is in 22 million […]

Premier League fans plot mass walkout, says report

Football fans in England are considering a mass walkout in protest at rising Premier League ticket prices, the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday. An estimated 10,000 Liverpool supporters left Anfield in the 77th minute of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland in protest over plans to introduce a most expensive match […]