Wednesday marks the final round of qualifying for the African Nations Cup. It will now take place in Equatorial Guinea between 17 January to 8 February next year as Morocco were officially removed as hosts due to their reluctance of hosting the tournament due to fear of the ebola epidemic. […]
Prandelli is the future: a coach with an attacking style and a mindset which understands the need of youth in a team. Now, with Prandelli’s first match as Italy coach coming up August 10th, against the Ivory Coast, the ex-Fiorentina coach has called up a provisional squad of 30 players. […]
Through some fortuitous timing on my part, and the benevolence of my wonderful wife, I was able to spend a large part of our recent honeymoon in South Africa…for the 2010 World Cup! Since arriving back Stateside, I’ve attempted to settle back into a life devoid of 24/7 football and […]
So the World Cup is now a week old, every team has played at least once. It is now becoming clear whether your team was a sound bet or as dodgy as a Northern Rock balance sheet. There have already been a few surprises, and those following a minnow may have […]
Update – ESPN.com via Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Pirlo plans to be fit by the final group stage match against Slovakia. Add Andrea Pirlo to the growing list of World Cup injuries. The Italian midfielder and AC Milan star could miss an undefined number of matches after suffering […]
You’ve got to hand it Sven Goran Eriksson. He gets some good gigs. His latest as boss of Ivory Coast for the World Cup will see him once again perform on the highest stage of all and, whisper it quietly, he might do really, really well. Ivory Coast is possibly […]
The final round of the group games saw several well fancied sides struggling for form and in danger of going out, but Group B’s final game saw Ghana edge it 1-0 to progress with Ivory Coast in to the quarter finals. It had certainly been a weird group with Mali […]
Now that’s what I call a tournament mascot. I don’t need modern interpretations of peace, harmony and good will like the dreadful trio that South Korea and Japan gave us in 2002. Dreadful mascots and a dreadful tournament. I want giant animals or characters that can play football or playing […]
Well we all know how the competition started but the tournament kicked off in earnest on Sunday evening with the host nation Angola entertaining Mali. Hopes were high after all the political wrangling that engulfed the weekend, football could return to the forefront. What no-one expected was a series of […]
So, if the only time you’ve ever come across this tournament is when certain Premiership managers whine about it, let me welcome to you to one of World Football’s best kept secrets. Over the years, the African Cup Of Nations has grown and grown to be one of the most […]
Without the season started Sevilla already bad news comes again. The biggest signing in club’s history will not be available for the rest of the year as he will have to endure a severe knee injury. Arouna Kone’s career is now in jeopardy after suffering a severe knee injury in […]
Gary Neville thinks Manchester United's defense lacks "control" and consistency. United may be on course for Champions League qualification, their defensive vulnerabilities have been exposed on many occasions this season and they have relied heavily on the excellent form of goalkeeper David de Gea. United concede an average of around […]
The BBC has reported that Alex has joined Chelsea’s growing defensive injury list and is estimated to be out of action for between 6-8 weeks with a knee injury that requires surgery.
With John Terry injured this leaves Chelsea with only one fully fit recognised centre back and a major selection headache for Carlo Ancelotti as the decisive festive period approaches.
Against Sunderland Paulo Ferreria deputised at centre back however whilst a useful bit part player he is nowhere near the standard required to play at the heart of the Chelsea defence and alternate options are a must if Chelsea are remain competitive.
There’s a TV war in our midst and it’s between La Liga and the Premier League as they both pursue the Asian market and try to become a leader on that continent. However, the war will have repercussions for football viewers around the world. Up until now, the battle between […]
In interesting news, Graham Bell and Gazza Richards from The 2 G’s have launched their own new soccer radio channel entitled Champions Soccer Radio Network. The 24/7 station is available as a streaming broadcast over the Internet at http://www.the2gs.com The network is currently airing The 2 G’s, The Treble […]
As part of our continuing commitment to bring you the best interviews on the internet related to American footy, MLS Talk will be interviewing Steven Cohen of World Soccer Daily and Fox Football Fone In next week for release the following week. It goes without saying that the opinions of […]
If you want to get a flavor for what it meant to Ecuador last night after their team beat Argentina away for the first time ever in their World Cup qualifying history, take a few minutes and savor the audio from Ecuadorian radio soccer announcer Patricio Javier Diaz. The passionate […]
Sam Allardyce has returned to club management after a short sabbatical by accepting an offer to manage Sunderland. Ellis Short, the reclusive American-based billionaire who owns the club stated the obvious when he said “Sam was the obvious best choice for the job.” Clearly Allardyce, whose record speaks for itself, […]
Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and then what? The only other sure starters for the United States might be Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones, but even then, there are questions. Fitness issues mean US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann might talk himself into an XI missing one or both of those stalwarts. And […]
After a brief courtship that began after the resignation of Dick Advocaat, Sam Allardyce, unemployed after leaving West Ham United at the end of the 2014-15 Premier League season, has been hired as the new manager of Sunderland. The former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn boss has joined the club on […]
New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions he cannot work with the club’s transfer committee. The existing set-up, implemented by owners Fenway Sports Group to ensure some sort of continuity with signings, was a constant frustration for predecessor Brendan Rodgers. However Klopp, used to a similar structure at former club Borussia […]