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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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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores 2 Goals & Then Boards Flight to Grant a Dying Child’s Wish to Meet Him: Nightly Soccer Report

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a star both on and off the pitch. Tonight in the UEFA Champions League against Benfica, the Swedish striker scored two goals for Paris Saint-Germain. Then immediately after the match, the former Barcelona player boarded a flight to Sarajevo to grant a dying child’s wish to meet […]

Maund Approved For US by FIFA

Notre Dame and US Midfielder Aaron Maund/Photo from CBS College Sports Aaron Maund is a versatile player whose freshman season at Notre Dame was outstanding. The Massachusetts native represented Trinidad and Tobago in the U-17 World Cup in 2007, but has opted to switch his national team to the US, […]

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CONCACAF Cup: Mexico’s defense looks surprisingly settled ahead of USA playoff

There’s a sense of creeping dread familiar to Mexican soccer fans, that sinking feeling that occurs when the opposition progresses past the midfield and is driving at the back line: “Oh no. We can’t stop them.” Mexico has a long history of great goalkeepers and defensive midfielders. Defenders? El Tri hasn’t […]