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Tag Archives: World Cup

Watch ‘Mike Bassett England Manager,’ the Hilarious Mockumentary [VIDEO]

Posted on by Marshall Norbal
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It’s every Englishman’s dream to be the person who leads their country to World Cup success from the pitfalls of despair to the tears of joy and open-top bus parade around Central London. If you aren’t one of the managers … Continue reading

Landon Donovan’s Final USMNT Game Will Celebrate a Legend

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Since Landon Donovan’s final USMNT game is Friday night in East Hartford, CT, it’s time to talk about legacies. Yes, the well will certainly run dry on this topic in short order, but before it goes as bare as the … Continue reading

Women’s World Cup Players Submit Lawsuit Over Turf Issues

Posted on by Jacquelyn Brazzale
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It wasn’t an empty threat. And it certainly wasn’t a joke. 40 of the top international world players have made good on a threat to take legal action against FIFA for its use of artificial turf in next year’s Women’s … Continue reading

New Rules Needed To Safeguard Players Health On International Duty

Posted on by Robert Hay
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The tug-and-pull situation the world’s top soccer players find themselves in is an enviable one for 99% of the sport’s players. These players have to balance between playing for their employer club and representing their country at the international level … Continue reading

USA’s World Cup Run Ends Too Soon, But Future Looks Promising

Posted on by Tom Moore
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When a team enters into a tournament format like the World Cup knockout stage, you always know that the next game very well may be your last. But that doesn’t mean it is any easier when the end finally comes. … Continue reading

England’s Central Midfield Dilemma

Posted on by Richard Sunley
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For years England’s central midfield zone was consumed with one conundrum summed up by two names: Steven Gerrard and  Frank Lampard. Both were great players for their clubs. Powerful, charismatic,adept in front of goal, and decent passers. Both had won … Continue reading

Why MLS is Not Immune From Match Fixing

Posted on by Robert Hay

Joe Thomas is a (fictional) 23 year old defender who is in his second year playing in MLS.  He was drafted out of a local university in the second round.  He is from a blue collar family and his father … Continue reading

The Warning Signs in a Big Win for U.S. National Team

Posted on by Robert Hay

This morning, U.S. soccer fans are again wearing their rose-colored glasses and celebrating the home team’s necessary 1-0 win over Jamaica last night at Crew Stadium.  With the win, the Yanks sit atop Group A and control their destiny in … Continue reading

How the U.S. Can Really Win Their First Qualifier

Posted on by Robert Hay

To be blunt, the U.S. national team will probably face a stiffer challenge from the weather than from their opponents in their opening match of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.  Antigua & Barbuda has a population small enough to fit … Continue reading

The Dempsey Conundrum: Promotion or Status Quo?

Posted on by Robert Hay

On the eve of the much-anticipated American Civil War between Everton and Fulham, American soccer fans are relishing the chance to see three of their best players take the pitch at the same time at the highest level of competition. … Continue reading

Whitecaps Looking Up for 2012

Posted on by Robert Hay

The Vancouver Whitecaps’ first season in MLS ended as so many other “expansion” teams’ season have ended in U.S. leagues throughout the years: basement and struggling to build for the future.*  After the near immediate success of recent MLS additions … Continue reading

Stuart Holden Gone for Six Months

Posted on by Robert Hay

Bad news struck an all-around good guy today in a way that, in another situation, would have seemed almost comical.  Bolton and U.S. national team midfielder Stuart Holden is out for six months, according to his club.  The initial reports … Continue reading

Should FIFA Revote on the 2022 World Cup?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Ok, it’s time to revive the dead horse and ride it some more.  Trust me, I don’t want to but I have to. Since the December 2 vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup, I have made peace with … Continue reading

Enzo Bearzot Dies At 83

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Enzo Bearzot, a legend of Italian coaching, died today. While I can’t say much about what I remember of him, I can say that he is certainly one of the greatest influences on Italian football. Although many coaches focus on … Continue reading

New Venues Highlight 2011 Gold Cup Sites

Posted on by Robert Hay

The list of the 2011 Gold Cup sites was unveiled yesterday and there were two story lines coming out of the announcement: the number of venues that would be hosting their first Gold Cup matches and the number of cities … Continue reading

Are England And The USA FIFA’s Contingency Plan?

Posted on by James Beckett

The dust is just beginning to settle on a week that could forever change the footballing world. The decisions to send the 2018 and 2022 World Cup’s to Russia and Qatar has left a sour taste amongst all the unsuccessful … Continue reading

Where Will You Watch the World Cup Announcement?

Posted on by Robert Hay

EPL Talk Network Live Blogging can be seen by clicking here. The time for waiting is over.  The final arguments are being made during the night in Zurich (and I’ll leave it to your imagination what “persuasion” means in Zurich) … Continue reading