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Why Americans Should Root for Giuseppe Rossi

The name “Giuseppe Rossi” makes American soccer fans shake their head in disgust and Italian fans smile in anticipation.  The 23 year old striker has made the Italian national team provisional roster and, even if he is only a reserve in this World Cup, he will likely star on future Azzurri […]

Vicente del Bosque Announces Spain’s Provisional 30-Man Squad For FIFA World Cup 2010 Part Three

On Tuesday, the goalkeepers and defenders were discussed, and Wednesday, the midfielders were discussed.  With all of the creative talent in the midfield, that will bring the pressure on the forwards to convert the multitudes of chances that Xavi, Xabi Alonso, etc. will create for them.  Obviously, the two starting […]

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 […]

Which Team is Better – 2002 or 2009?

There has been some talk lately about how the USMNT has regressed from its best teams of the past decade – that a lack of veteran leadership has made this team shakier and that Bob Bradley is making do with a hand full of poor cards.  I don’t believe that […]

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 […]

Giuseppe Rossi to Manchester United?

One positive to come out of Italy’s disastrous Confederations Cup adventure was the emergence of Giuseppe Rossi. Having been on the fringes of the Azzurri squad for some months, he finally made his breakthrough against the nation of his birth, putting himself firmly in the shop window this summer. Having […]

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2015/16 Premier League team preview: Stoke City

In his two years at the helm of the Britannia Stadium, Mark Hughes has made understatedly excellent progress with Stoke City Taking over from Tony Pulis, who forged the side in his own gnarly image, was never going to be an easy task. But Hughes has preserved the pragmatic principles […]

Zambrano Out At Recre

Manolo Zambrano saw the writing on the wall after his side lost at the weekend in disheartening fashion against Málaga 4-0.  Prior to this match, the Boquerones (Anchiovies) were the team with the most water in their gunpowder in the entire league.  Prior to their match against Recre, they had […]

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