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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 […]

Champions League Group Stage Draw Results

I’ll have more analysis and comments later but for now just a quick update on the results of today’s drawing. Some of the groupings, as in past seasons, was almost a bit too predictable but there are some interesting matchups ahead (Real Madrid – Juventus springs to mind as does […]

Champions League First and Second Qualifying Round Draw

The draw for the first two qualifying rounds of the Champions League was held on July 1st. One of last season’s quarter-finalists, Turkish side Fenerbahce, will begin this season’s campaign in the second qualifying round against Hungarian champions MTK Budapest. Last season’s UEFA Cup runners-up Glasgow Rangers (The club’s correct […]

Champions League Quarter Finals Second Leg Preview

from ChampionsLeagueTalk.com With their other first choice centre-back Nemanja Vidic already ruled out for three weeks with a knee injury, Manchester United now face the prospect of Rio Ferdinand missing out the return leg of the quarter-final against Roma after he limped off with 20 minutes remaining in a 2-2 […]

Champions League Odds and Sods 2 April 2008

Liverpool and Arsenal had an Oscar and Felix feel.  Both clubs are each other’s bogey teams.  Arsenal’s Frenchified fancy dans cannot break down disciplined defenses and remain prone to adept counterattack.  Lump and pray Liverpool struggle when forced to play chess on the ground rather than checkers in the air.  […]

Champions League Quarterfinal Draw Fixed?

A message posted in the Liverpool FC forum on the Liverpool Echo’s website has sparked speculation about a fixing of Friday’s Champions League draw in Nyon. The post, received at 10:28 AM (90 min prior to the draw) read as follows. “RUMOUR going around the draw has been leaked . […]

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What Future Awaits Yanks in England?

As the seasons in both the Premiership and Championship draw to a close the fate of several American Internationals lies in the balance. Some Americans including Leeds United’s Eddie Lewis and Watford’s Jay DeMerit have already been relegated. Others including Jonathan Spector, Cory Gibbs and the three Americans on Fulham […]

Champions League Preview: Schalke Travel To Lyon

Magath’s struggling Schalke side will be looking to turn their recent form around against Ligue 1 big boys Olympique Lyon, but it is likely that Schalke will really be up against it in France tomorrow night. Lyon’s home form has not been particularly spectacular, but they will surely be up […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to mask his decline

Earlier last week, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho left yet another club by mutual agreement. The story was like every other. After an initial bout of optimism, his time at the club (in this case, Fluminense) quickly turned tumultuous, and a split was in the best interest of both parties. It’s the […]

Review: Honigstein’s ‘Das Reboot’ is required reading for fans of German, US soccer

“Das Reebot,” a new book from Raphael Honingstein which hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday, is a masterful look at how German soccer broke out of its conservative traditions to create a world champion. While Germany has always from the view of outsiders been a world powerhouse, having never […]