Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2010

Will the MLS Lose Their Hero?

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Despite the MLS stance on Donovan being the savior of the league, it is still very much of a possibility that the USA national team star will return to England this season.

Several English Premier League teams have reportedly gained interest in the midfielder since his successful stint with Everton last spring and the biggest name among the bunch is who other then Manchester World or I mean Manchester City who scouted the Galaxy man during each of his World Cup matches.

Should Ronaldo Be Given The Number 7 Jersey?

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Absolutely not! In fact, i think Real should retire the shirt number in honour of one of its greatest players. Raul spent an incredible 15 years with Los Blancos winning numerous titles and making history on a number of occasions and it is only fair for the club to respect his contributions.

Debating the MLS All Star Game

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The first six seasons in the MLS' existence, the All Star game was mostly played in typical American style of the East verses the West with the exception of one season in which they played MLS USA VS the MLS World. But in 2003 the MLS began its shift towards playing a foreign squad every season and the first league team to ever play the All Stars was Mexican league's Guadalajara.

Manchester City deal for Inter Milan star Balotelli stalls

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Sicilian born Mario Bolatelli now appears to be stuck between staying with Internazionale Milan, and apologising for his conduct, and moving to Manchester City and fighting for a first team place.

There are two factors that seem to be preventing the deal from being concluded.

Manchester United Impresses in MLS All Star Game

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It would be a talented performance from a cast of all star caliber players as Manchester United impressed in this year's installment of the MLS All Star game. And in front of a sold out Houston crowd of over 70,000 fans (an MLS record for the All Star game), the top tier English club wowed the audience by displaying brilliant goals in a variety of forms.

Man United Hammer MLS All-Stars

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The MLS All-stars have never had a night like this.They had won five of their last six matchups against international competition, including a 1-0 win over Chelsea in 2006. And after seeing Man United struggle against the Philadelphia Union and Kansas City Wizards, there were quite a few people who expected Man U to lose for the second time on their U.

Bundesliga’s Appeal Catching On

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Real Madrid's golden boy and captain Raul Gonzales ended his 15 year association with the Spanish giants early this week in what had to be the saddest moment for him, the club and their fans.

The 33 year old striker had a glittering career with Madrid where he made history as being the only player never to have been red carded in his 15 seasons with Los Blancos.

Transfer rumours on the 28th July

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Luke Young, once of Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic, currently of Aston Villa, is close to sealing a £2.5 million move to Liverpool. The right back, who has featured for the England national side, is expected to take the place of Phillip Degen in the Liverpool squad, acting as an alternative to Glen Johnson, the first choice right back.

Inter’s new Revelation

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There is no doubt that Mario Balotelli is a talented player and that Manchester city might be on the verge of signing a future star. However, his transfer from European champions Inter Milan seems to be taking a different direction every single day.

A deal with the EPL club has not been agreed on despite his agent stating that everything would be complete by Tuesday this week.

Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea sign Ramires for €20 million

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On Thursday there is likely to be confirmation of the deal. Ramires, the Brazilian central midfielder, is leaving Benfica to sign for Chelsea. Ramires has only recently turned 23 but is highly thought of by a number of prominent coaches. Established in the Brazilian national squad, Ramires is the third choice central midfielder after Gilberto Silva and Felipe Melo.

Diego Maradona is no longer the Argentina manager

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Diego Maradona is no longer the manager of Argentina. The AFA, Argentinian Football Association, has decided not to offer Diego Maradona a new contract. Diego Maradona has been in charge of the Argentina national football team since November 2008, appointed when qualification for the 2010 World Cup appeared in doubt.

Iranian President Verbally Attacks Paul the Octopus

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Has an octopus ever created such a ruckus before?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, is incensed with the actions of the genius squid. The man with an eleven letter last name claims that Paul the Oracle Octopus is yet another example of evil "western propaganda and superstition.

Barcelona announces massive loss

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The financial problems that have plagued La Liga in recent years have stretched now to one of the two biggest clubs in Spain. Today Barcelona announced that they lost more than 77 million euros last season.

Sandro Rosell took over from Joan Laporta as Barcelona President and one of the first things he did was have Deloitte come in an audit the books.

Time For Man City To Sell Players

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Manchester City have been on a summer spending spree, but now they must offload 12+ players in order to comply with new Premier League rules.

The Premier League this season has added a new rule that all teams in the EPL must have a maximum 25-man squad, eight of which must be 'home grown'.

Menezes Names 24 Man Squad For August Friendly

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In his first major action as Brazil coach, Mano Menezes has released the names of his 24 man squad that will face the USA in a friendly next month. I have to warn you though, it is not short of surprises. Of course what everyone wants to know is whether Dinho made the cut.

Unfortunately the Milan star along with Ronaldo and Adriano were not so lucky.

New Premier League Squad Rules

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Last September the chairmen of the Premier League teams agreed to new squad rules changes andit seems that managers have only know started to realize the consequences of the new rule.

Basically the squad rules says that each Premier League club must name their 25-man squad by September 1, the day after the summer transfer window shuts.

Tottenham Hotspur – White Hart Lane to the Olympic Stadium

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Tottenham Hotspur are allegedly working on a plan to move from White Hart Lane to the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Olympics. This move arrives after local police and heritage groups in Tottenham, North London, rejected proposals by Tottenham Hotspur football club to develop a new stadium next to their current one on White Hart Lane.

Defending Champions USA Crash Out In Germany

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Mention Women's Soccer in the USA and the first thing that comes to many people's mind is Mia Hamm. For as long as i can remember Mia Hamm was the face of American Women's soccer and rightfully so because the 38 year old former striker's career is one of the most decorated not only in the women's category, but in the entire history of the sport.

Casillas, Ronaldo, Kaka to play for Real Madrid on US tour

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When Real Madrid played the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005, they brought a star-studded lineup that included stars like Ronaldo, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Luís Figo.

Five years later, the faces have changed, but Real Madrid will once again bring an all-star cast when they return to California next month on tour.

Raul’s Real Madrid Career Comes To An End

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Raul will go down as one of the best players to ever wear a Real Madrid shirt. He scored 323 goals in 741 games for Real Madrid and helped them win three Champions League trophies and 16 titles in total while at the club.

But the 33 year-old has bid farewell to Real Madrid fans saying in his farewell press conference:

"It's a hard day for me.

College Soccer Player Involved in Mistaken Identity Case

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You never really hear of the University of Evansville when it comes to world or even national news in the sport of soccer. In fact I have never heard of the University of Evansville at all for that matter.Â

But recently the school's women's soccer team made the sporting news in a rather strange and unfortunate way.

Ronaldinho Will Play for AC Milan

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Ronaldinho has gotten the Landon Donovan treatment from his AC Milan side this summer and the Italian club recently expressed their desire to place an embargo on any and all potential transfer offers for the Brazilian superstar.

Apparently no amount was enough for the team's MVP last season and the club's vice-president Adriano Galliani recently stressed that Ronaldinho is hopefully going to remain a member of the Serie A family for life:

He is a Milan player, we will not give him up, the hypothesis should not even be considered.

The Wizards defeat the Red Devils

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Davy Arnaud had put the Kansas City Wizards ahead before Jimmy Conrad, from the Kansas team, was sent off after 41 minutes for a last ditch tackle gone wrong which resulted in Manchester United being awarded a penalty. Dimitar Berbatov nonchalantly scored from the penalty spot but the lead lasted only a minute.

Meet Brazil’s New Coach

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The CBF has named Mano Menezes as Brazil's new coach. The 48 year-old replaced Carlos Dunga as the Selecao's new coach after he accepted the Brazilian football confederations offer yesterday morning.

Now, i will be frank and say that i do not know anything about Mano. In fact the first time i heard of him was only a few days ago.

My Not-So All Star Team For the World Cup

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Yesterday I featured the 16 players that were All Star worthy. Today I will highlight 16 All Star caliber players that didn't live up to their billing this summer.


Robert Green: England

Enough has been said about Butterfingers Green and the infamous fumble against the USA.

Sir Alex Ferguson signs up Nemanja Vidic for 4 more years

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Nemanja Vidic has signed a new contract with Manchester United. It will mean he is tied to the club until 2014, a further four seasons, and is paid an increased wage. It appears his weekly wage will be close to £90,000 a week. Apparently this is still substantially less than Rio Ferdinand is paid but Nemanja Vidic has to appreciate he does not have the same public profile or status that Rio Ferdinand, the England captain, enjoys.

It Was Not For The Money

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When it comes to splashing the cash, only one club can match Real Madrid cent for cent. Big spending Manchester City have yet again opened their cheque book to sign Lazio's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov for a reported 19 million Pounds.

The owners of the club, the Abu Dhabi United Group have added Kolarov to their ever growing list of world class players which includes Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, David Silva and former Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure.

France Ban World Cup Flops For One Game

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New France coach Laurent Blanc wasted no time laying down the law to France's underachieving World Cup stars. He has dropped them ALL for France's friendly against Norway in Oslo on August 11.

A French FA statement read:

"Laurent Blanc met this Friday with the federal council, to whom he presented his staff and his sporting project.

Dider Drogba, football history and ethic

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Rumours have circulated in the past fortnight not only that Manchester City were interested in acquiring Didier Drogba but that Chelsea were also considering selling him. With a transfer bid for Neymar of Brazil in the reckoning and the urge made public to trim the squad playing size, wage bill and transform the club into a self efficient business, it appeared Chelsea might actually sell one of their prized assets.

My World Cup All Star Team

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Since FIFA decided not to select an All Star team this summer (for whatever reason) I took the initiative and selected the first ever STO World Cup All Star Team.



Iker Casillas: Spain

Casillas gets the nod because his side not only prevailed in the final, but the Real Madrid man was able to overcome the early criticism following that Switzerland loss and by the end of the tournament no defense was as impressive as a whole.

Neymar’s Father Furios With Santos

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The father of Brazilian Starlet Neymar reacted angrily to Santos rejection of Chelsea's 17 Million Pound offer for his son. I can only imagine how the senior Neymar must be feeling. With the many of his fans still coming to terms with his exclusion from Brazil's World Cup Squad, Neymar Da Silva was at least hoping that Chelsea's interest in his son would materialise without any glitches.

Harry’s having a laugh

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Harry Redknapp today said his Tottenham team are capable of mounting a title challenge. His reasoning was simple enough. A year earlier he had insisted his team were equipped to finish in the top four of the Premiership and the players responded to the challenge and achieved just that.

Man City Show They Have A Heart

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Manchester City gets a lot of bad press for the almost £300million that Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has paid on new players since he brought the club a little less than two years ago.

But Thursday in New York City, we saw the other side of Manchester City. City are in New York for The New York Football Challenge, and today they stopped by the Spanish Harlem section of NYC and in particular the PS72 Elementary School.

No All Stars At This World Cup

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And they say that the NFL is the No Fun League.

FIFA announced yesterday that they will not name an All Star team this World Cup and the organization didn't even explain or list any reason why this decision was made.

Some reports are claiming that the lack of honoring a world's best team was due to the All Star team's old sponsor MasterCard no longer being an advertisement option with the World Cup and the company has been recently replaced by Visa in 2007, but to tell you the truth nobody really knows why they wouldn't have one considering the fact that they told nobody a reason why the choice was made.

U-20 Women’s World Cup Quarter Finalists Known

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The FIFA U-20 women's World Cup quarter finalists are now known. The 8 teams that will battle it out for for a place in the semi finals are: hosts Germany, Colombia, Sweden, Korea DPR, Mexico, Nigeria, USA and People's Republic Korea.

Going into the last match day for the group fixtures, a lot of focus was on Group C and Group D where all teams stood a good chance of qualifying.

Arsenal and deja vu – The fans are demanding changes

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Before the start of the season Arsene Wenger insists his squad is talented, hungry and ready. During the season Arsene Wenger declares the players are now mature enough to maintain the title challenge until the end. Towards the end of the season Arsene Wenger laments his squads inability to finish off teams, grind out results and failure to display their maturity.

Barcelona and Arsenal Head to Marriage Counseling

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Barcelona have been awfully aggressive this off season with their attempts to sign young Spanish sensation and Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. And Fabregas would be the perfect fit, well, anywhere in the world for any team and the fact that the twenty year old midfielder is from Barcelona, Spain should only assure a future move considering he grew up idolizing the La Liga squad and hoped to one day sport the red and blue jersey.

Robinho Happy In Brazil

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Once touted as the next Pele, Robson De Souza has failed to live up to many people's expectations since his big money move to Europe 5 years ago. Robinho is on course to make history and be remembered as one of if not the only Brazilian player to have been unfairly judged.

To be honest, contrary to what many pundits and all the reports have to say, Robinho was not a European flop.

Is Rafa Marquez heading to New York Red Bulls?

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In what would be a huge signing for Major League Soccer, Soccer America is reporting that Mexico star Rafa Marquez is close to signing for the New York Red Bulls.

Marquez who was one of Mexico's stars in the World Cup will sign a three or four year deal worth around $2.8M a year.

From the Soccer America article:

Rafa Marquez to the New York Red Bulls?

Freddie Ljungberg experiment in Seattle coming to an end

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When he signed for the Seattle Sounders in October 2008, Freddie Ljungberg became the face of the new MLS franchise. Less than two years later Ljungberg is on his way out od Seattle/

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid confirmed yesterday what blogs have been reporting for weeks. That Ljungberg was looking for a way to get out of Seattle.

Benzema and Ribery – Charged with soliciting under age prostitute – Both deny guilt

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Perhaps now we know why Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, so quickly ended his pursuit of Karim Benzema this summer, when everybody was expecting him to pounce, and continually ruled out an approach for Frank Ribery, despite applauding his talents.

Taiwo Attracts Premier League Interest

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Olympique Marseille's Nigerian defender Taye Taiwo is attracting a lot of interest from some of the of the EPL's top clubs. The 25 year old burst onto the scene with the talented Nigerian u-20 World Cup squad back in 2005. The Flying Eagles however, lost out in the final to an equally talented Argentina that included Lionel Messi.

La Liga Schedule Released

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La Liga has released it's 2010/2011 schedule and Barcelona will begin their bid for a third consecutive La Liga title at Racing Santander on the final weekend of August.

Real Madrid, and new coach Jose Mourinho, face a potentially tricky trip to Real Mallorca, fifth last campaign and beaten only three times at their Ono Estadi.

FIFA Will Review Goal Line Technology

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The issue of goal line technology is no emergency in FIFA‘s eyes. The debate and possible institution of a goal line video ruling will be assessed in October and wasn't pushed up to this week's meeting like many fans of the most beautiful game were hoping.

FIFA, who remained rigid and unapologetic on the poor officiating performed early in the Cup, know that something needs to be done and FIFA president Sepp Blatter broke the silence late in the World Cup when he apologized to Mexico and England for poor officiating that resulted in losses for the two teams.

Barcelona’s Final Offer For Fabregas

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Barcelona have weighed up what seems to be their final offer for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. After their initial offer was turned down, the Catalans returned with an improved offer of 40 million Pounds which they are hoping can land them their main target.

The La Liga champions are experiencing some financial troubles and although Fabregas might be the club's main target, Sandro Rosell should think twice before going all out for the 23 year old.

MLS Names Squad to Face Manchester United

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Major League Soccer has named it's squad to play Manchester United in Houston on July 28th.

2010 MLS All-Star Game Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders (7): Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire), Kevin Alston (New England Revolution)

Midfielders (9): Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC), Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew), Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union), David Ferreira (FC Dallas), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids)

Forwards (5): Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jaime Moreno (D.

Bradley Heading To England?

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With Roy Hodgson leaving Fulham a month back to coach Liverpool, many names were brought up to replace the former manager. And one that really surprised me was Bob Bradley the head coach of the USA men's national team.

Although Bradley has done a fine job overall of watching his side climb up the FIFA rankings over the last month and knows all about the pressure of performing well in critical matches, could a English Premier League club ever seriously consider hiring a Yank?

Joe Cole Signs For Liverpool

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In what has to be considered a mild surprise, Joe Cole signed today with Liverpool on a four-year deal believed to be worth nearly £90,000 a week.

I had expected Cole to sign for Arsenal or Spurs so that he could stay in London but the chance to play every week at Liverpool looks to be the deciding factor in the deal.

Mixed Weekend For MLS Against European Opposition

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It was a mixed weekend for Major League Soccer as the Seattle Sounders lost to Celtic 2-1, while the San Jose Earthquakes drew 0-0 with Spurs.

The Earthquakes versus Tottenham game was played in front of a record capacity crowd of 10,712 at Buck Shaw Stadium, and the fans saw plenty of action, if not any goals, as both teams combined for 31 shots on goal.

Joe Cole and Liverpool, a deal that suits both

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Liverpool's finances are not in the best of shape. The club's American owners purchased the club with the idea of developing a new stadium, increasing turnover and then selling the club on at a substantially larger price. As a consequence of the failure to develop a new stadium, plus the extra unexpected disappointment of not qualifying for the 2010/2011 Champions League campaign, the owners plans have truly fallen apart.

Race For FIFA U-20 Womens Quarter Finals Slots Heats Up

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The just concluded FIFA Mens World Cup was a major success much that it stole the limelight from another equally important FIFA tournament that begun only days after the historic 2010 Finals.

The FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup in Germany has already seen the likes of Korea Republic , Korea Democratic People's Rupublic and hosts Germany qualify for the Quarter finals.

Chelsea set to stick with the trusted old guard again

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Despite their reputation as big spenders Chelsea have been relatively quiet on the transfer front for three seasons now. Just this summer the likes of Michael Ballack and Joe Cole have been ushered out whilst Deco appears to be leaving too. Only Yossi Benayoun has been brought in. It appears the team that won the Premiership in the last campaign, and was so close in the previous three seasons to that, is going to be trusted again.

Tweet This!

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First there was Myspace. Then that became a little bit too creepy and everyone moved over to Facebook. Now its all about Twitter and the non-stop "tweet"ing action.Â

And in America the top four pro-sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) are also in the top four for most twitter followers, but what is truly shocking is what sport came in fifth place.

A comprehensive update of the latest transfer rumours – 17 July 2010

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Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow is seemingly very close to signing Joe Cole on a free transfer. Having left Chelsea after finding that the club were unwilling to offer him the type of contract that he wanted Joe Cole has been linked with Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus, Internazionale and AC Milan.

Chelsea Eye Brazilian Wonder Kid Neymar

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Reigning English champions Chelsea are lining up a bid to land Brazil's hottest talent Neymar. The 18 year old has been the talk of the samba nation ever since he burst into the limelight with Brazil's youth team in last year's u-17 World Cup finals staged in Nigeria.

Now i won't pretend and say that i have watched any of Neymar's games because i haven't , but just for the record, this is definitely not the first time i am hearing of Neymar.

MLS Says Donovan is “Greatest Player of Our Generation”

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Landon Donovan is a popular name on the transfer list these days. Premier League club Manchester City scouted the American midfielder this summer and wanted to land him before the start of the 2010/2011 season. His loan club Everton has also expressed interest in having the star return next season (even if it is for a brief loan) and several other top tier organizations have been linked to Donovan as well.

Manchester United – In Toronto we saw the future

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On Friday night in Toronto Manchester United fielded an impressive defensive back four against Celtic but with the captains of Serbia, England and France forming part of the defensive ensemble at Manchester United it is hardly surprising. Only against Celtic Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra didn't feature.

Au revoir Henry

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The FIFA South Africa 2010 World Cup was a tournament of firsts and lasts of many sorts. This tournament was to be the last major international event for many stars and so it should not come as a surprise to hear the number of players who have decided to retire from their national teams.

Just yesterday, France international Thierry Henry and England striker Emile Heskey retired from their national teams after a disastrous World Cup performance in South Africa.

Davies Returns To Sochaux

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Charlie Davies nearly made the comeback of a lifetime this summer, but the twenty year old forward was overlooked by Bob Bradley for the United States 30 man roster. And a huge part of the reason why was because of the medical request sent by Davies' league team Sochaux. The club claimed that although Davies was willing to play, he shouldn't.

Manchester United – the rejuvenation continues

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As Sir Alex Ferguson today said in the USA, as his club begin their north American summer tour, Manchester United are a club known for its policy towards youth. Finding talented young players and then training them and watching them mature into good footballers is what nearly all top football clubs do.

The Best of the Rest of My Soccer Blogs

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It is time for me to hang up my sack of metaphorical soccer blogging balls (I couldn't resist just one last bad bawdy pun), and it is with sadness that I say goodbye to you today. I enjoyed sharing my passion for soccer with you on this site, and I hope you enjoyed my Best US Soccer Blogs and my Best World Soccer Blogs.

Rajevac Keen On Staying On As Ghana Coach

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Ghana's history making national football team coach Milovan Rajevac has voiced his desire to stay on as the Black Stars manager despite receiving lucrative offers from a number of European club's. It was rather obvious that after such a successful display from his youthful squad, the 56 year old Serbian international would attract offers from the games finest club's and countries.

Philadelphia Union beat Celtic 1-0

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I don't think it is too much of an overstatement to call tonight's Union win over Celtic the biggest win in the franchises short history.

Celtic were the first British team to win the European Cup and they have been named Scottish champions 42 times.

The Union have not even played 42 games in their history.

Everything about Ashley Cole to Real Madrid

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The transfer move is not certain but it appears more and more likely that Ashley Cole will be heading to the Bernabeau to join his old Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. It is quite obvious that Chelsea did not need the money from the transfer but it appears that neither Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, or Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea coach, are making too much of a fuss about the move at the moment.

Thierry Henry Signs With New York Red Bulls

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It has been rumored for weeks, but it is not official. The New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer have signed French star Thierry Henry to a "multi-year contract".

Henry, who is 32, is expected to make his debut for Red Bulls in a friendly against Tottenham on 22 July. Buy Red Bulls v Spurs Tickets.

My Best World Soccer Blogs

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Over the last 30 months, I have provided you with plentiful posts about the world and the way people play that crazy game with your feet all over it. Whether you call it soccer, football, futbol, calcio or kick the kiwi, it is the same beautiful game. Over the years, I have written about all the earth's major leagues and tourneys, like the Champion's League and the World Cup, and I have always done so with integrity.

Ronaldinho’s Agent Rubbishes Transfer Rumours

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I never once believed that Ronaldinho would leave the San Siro so confirmation from his brother and agent Roberto de Assis  that the Milan star is staying put, has definitely put a smile back on my face. Yeah, i know your probably asking yourself why there is so much talk surrounding Dinho's transfer and you might have even read my post here http://www.

How the once mighty Liverpool have fallen

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Liverpool have won the European Cup / Champions League five times. Liverpool have won the English First Division title / Premiership eighteen times. Through association with the likes of Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Kennedy, Kevin Keegan and John Barnes the club has always had an identity that said the best of British.

My Best US Soccer Blogs

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Over the last 30 months, I have written several hundred blogs about soccer in the US. I have provided you with posts about the history of soccer in the US, and I have produced for you up to date information about the US MNT, the Lady Nats, and MLS. As a soldier of Sam's Army and an MLS (and MFLS) diehard fan, I have followed the beautiful game here in the US as it has gone from cultural obscurity to its recent relevance.

Serie A Bad Boy Balotelli Likely To Move To The EPL

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Inter Milan and Italy international Mario Balotelli will no longer wear the Nerazzurri's famous blue and black strip next season if talks between his agent Mino Raiola and either of Manchester based clubs city or United bear fruit.

Super Mario has long been linked with a move away from Inter with many expecting him to join their fierce rivals Milan-the club he has adored and supported ever since his childhood, however, interest from City and United is set to turn this transfer into a battle of financial prowess as Raiola has stated that whichever club meets or surpasses Balotelli's 40 million Euros asking price, will inevitably land the 19 year old's signature.

Premiership or La Liga – Which players performed better at the 2010 World Cup? (Part 3 – the final results)

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In the first part of this series, completed at the end of the group stage, we concluded that the representatives of La Liga had out performed their Premiership equivalents. We took four of the most prominent players from each league, with no more than one country represented in each league, and aggregated their scores.

Premiership or La Liga – Which players performed better at the 2010 World Cup? (Part 4 – the final results)

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Premiership – Part 1 – 15/40

Florent Malouda -

France had a slight chance of making the first knock-out round but did not make it as a result of such a poor performance against the hosts, South Africa.

All Good Things Must Come To An End

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Ladies and gentleman, the World Cup has come to an end. Across the globe, our brightest soccer light will not shine for nearly four years. I am even more despondent, you see, because alas my blogging career is now ending as well. That's right, the Yank will retire after a mere three more posts.

Curtains Come Down On A Historic World Cup

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As the dust settles on the historic South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup, this year's edition will no doubt be remembered as one of the tournament's that provided immense excitement and surprises right from match day 1.

An African World Cup has been the dream of Current FIFA President Sepp Blatter and LOC (local organising committee) CEO Danny Jordaan for the past 16 years and last night's final was the icing on the cake for their tireless efforts.

2010 World Cup Final Rewind

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"Soccer" is defined by some Ivory Tower types as "a game played on a rectangular field with net goals at either end in which two teams of 11 players each try to drive a ball into the other's goal by kicking, heading, or using any part of the body except the arms and hands." I don't define it that way though.

The Phenom Praises Klose’s Efforts

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Luiz Nazario Da Lima aka Ronaldo is FIFA's all time leading World Cup goal scorer with 15 goals to his name, however, that record was almost matched and may be even broken by perennial German striker Miroslav Klose.

Just one goal shot of equaling Ronaldo's record, fate dealt the 32 year old a cruel blow as a back injury kept him on the bench during Saturday's 3rd place play-off against Uruguay.

NE Revolution v LA Galaxy – A fans view

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It was  hot and humid Saturday night in New England as I headed to Foxboro to watch the New England Revolution take on the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer action.

The Galaxy were without two key players, as Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez both missed the match. Donovan rested after his World Cup efforts while Gonzalez was suspended for the game.

Will this Germany team actually improve?

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With an average age in the early 20′s and a third place spot to boast this time around the whole world is expecting this Germany side to improve and go a step further at the next World Cup. Only football doesn't always work as simply as that. Just as four years ago Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira were not names any football fan would be familiar with we know in four years time there will be other players who are making a name for themselves in the same way.

World Cup Having A Positive Impact On MLS Attendance

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ESPN has seen a 36% increase in its ratings compared to the World Cup four years ago as suddenly soccer became a sport that the mainstream media covered. But the question that Major League Soccer probably wanted answered was did that interest in the world cup translate to more fans going to MLS games?

2010 World Cup Final Preview

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Tomorrow, the Netherlands will take on Spain for all the proverbial marbles at the 2010 World Cup Final. They have bested the rest from around the world in order to make it to this match, and the winners will not just become heroes to their fellow citizens, they will become legends before the entire globe.

Why are Spain the favourites for the World Cup final?

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Holland played 8 matches in their group section for World Cup qualification. They won all 8 matches. At the 2010 World Cup proper Holland have played 6 matches so far and have won them all. 14 matches 14 victories and yet Spain, not Holland, will begin the final as favourites. Many will be wondering why.

Tough Start To The Season For Bayern Munich

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The Bundesliga did Bayern Munich no favors when it released its fixture list this week. The German season kicks off on the 20 August when Bayern will meet the 2009 league winners VfL Wolfsburg at home. .

"The opening Bundesliga match between the current and former champions boasts a certain tradition since last season," commented FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Schweinsteiger Speaks Out On Germany’s Exit

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Bayern Munich and Germany play maker Bastian Schweinsteiger has for the first time spoken out on his country's shocking semi final exist to Spain. Germany's fairy tale World Cup campaign was ended by a Carles Puyol header in the 73rd minute in a match which La Furia Roja dominated right from kick-off.

Who Has The Best 2010 World Cup Coverage?

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Well, other than STO and its sister sites, of course! In all seriousness, the media coverage of the 2010 World Cup has exceeded the exposure of perhaps any other sporting event in world history. Every player, manager and match has been analyzed ad nauseum by journalists and bloggers all over the world.

Will the real transfer season begin after the World Cup on Monday?

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Manchester United have been linked with Wesley Sneijder, Mario Balotelli, Rafael van der Vaart, Sami Khedira and Stephen Ireland, among others. Chelsea have been linked with Fernando Torres, Kaka, Mesut Ozil and Sergio Aguero, among others. Manchester United and Chelsea, much like Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, have yet to realise any of these deals and are yet to excite their fans with their transfers this summer.

Laporta Leaves Barcelona In Debt

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Outspoken former Barcelona President Joan Laporta might no longer be active in the management of the club's affairs however, his 7 year tenure in Catalunya will fondly be remembered as the club's most successful.

It was during his tenure that the Catalans were crowned champions of Europe twice.

2010 World Cup Semifinals Rewind

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The 2010 World Cup Final has now been set, and regardless of the outcome we will have a first time winner. Of course, neither of the two teams in the Final are historically poor sides. In fact, both have been traditionally dominant but simply failed to win the "Big One." But, before I preview the Final later this week, let us first take a look back at the two Semifinals, each of which was decided in thrilling fashion by a solitary goal.

Spain – An expected surprise

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Spain began the World Cup as everybody's favourites for the trophy. Since 2008 their football was expansive, fluent, charismatic and effective. The team had a coherent collective strategy supplemented with individual brilliance. Reliable and organised in defence, confident and capable in midfield and efficient and occasionally brilliant in attack, Spain had it all.

Doc Brown’s 2014 World Cup Predictions

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Great Scott, Marty!

It's me once again, Doctor Emmitt Brown... and I am back... from the FUTURE!

I have recently returned from the year 2014 where I watched the thrilling World Cup Final between... What's that Marty? You want to know who killed JR on Dallas? But you don't need to have gone to the future to know the answer to that question!

Holland – are they any good or is it all luck?

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After Holland defeated a capable Denmark team 2-0 in the group stages of the competition the Denmark coach, Morten Olsen, remarked that he fancied the Dutch team might win the Jules Rimet trophy. Most analysts saw the comment as trivial, a typical most match quip expected from a losing coach.

The Special One On Vacation In Mombasa

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For those of you who have never heard of Mombasa, let me give you a little background information on this ageless city. Mombasa is Kenya's second largest city after the capital Nairobi and it is located in the Southern region of Kenya in the Coast Province along the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean.

2010 World Cup Semifinals Preview

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200 of the 204 teams who wanted to win the 2010 World Cup have now fallen by the wayside. Only four squads still have the unfettered hope to hoist the Jules Rimet, and the question on everyone's mind now is which one will rise above the others to claim its spot in soccer history. Many of the teams that traditionally win the title are now gone, and it looks like we will have a surprising winner no matter who takes the trophy (well, other than the Red Fury).

Does Barcelona Have Cash Flow Problems?

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In the last couple of seasons Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona have splashed money on players and wages like they had their own euro printing press. But it seems that all that spending has caught up with Barcelona.

In an amazing radio interview today, new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell stunned listeners in a radio interview this morning by revealing the club were seeking a 150 million euros loan to cover 'short-term liquidity' problems.

Toure Signs Staggering Deal With Manchester City

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Manchester City really do live in a different financial world than any other Premier League team. According to the News of the World, Man City have made made Yaya Toure the highest earning Premier League player in history.

City finally completed the deal with Barcelona last week for Toure, after both clubs agreed on a transfer fee of around £24 million.

Chelsea Offer £40million For Fernando Torres

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He has not impressed at all during the World Cup, but that has not discouraged Chelsea from submitting a formal £40million offer to Liverpool for Fernando Torres.

It seems that Torres is Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's top target and Roman Abramovich is ready to bankroll the deal.

The bid puts new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson in a tough situation.

Wesley Sneijder – One game away

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A consensus is developing. Sneijder is the front runner for World Player of the Year recognition. The trophy is soon to be known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or as the two awards, Ballon d'Or and Fifa World Player of the Year, combine into one. In only 12 months Wesley Sneijder has transformed himself from a Real Madrid outcast who was struggling to find another major club interested in signing him into the front runner for the most prestigious award available for individual performances.

Kaka To Replace Ballack

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Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos Leite aka Kaka might be leaving Spain after only one season. The world's second most expensive player failed to live up to expectation at Spanish giants Real Madrid after his whooping 65 million Euro transfer from AC Milan last summer.

With Jose Mourinho taking over from Pellegrini, drastic changes are expected at Real.

2010 World Cup Quarterfinals Rewind

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And then there were 4. That's right, only four squads left in this solar system (unless Saturn has a team we don't know about) can still win the 2010Â World Cup after the Quarterfinals Round provided us with more drama than TNT during a 22 hour Law & Order stretch (or as they call it, a Wednesday).

Tips to Winning the WC: #5 Play Host

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Did you know that South Africa is the first hosting nation to fail to make it past the first round of competition? And did you know that only two other hosting nations (USA & Spain) have ever failed to advance past the second round of competition? That means out of the 19 World Cup finals only 3 teams that hosted the event have ever failed to make it to the final 8 spots of the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes a Dad

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Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo shocked the world yesterday when he announced via his twitter and facebook pages that he has become a father. Ronaldo's management  have also confirmed the news this morning.

A direct quote from everyone's favourite chronically over-tanned midfielder: "It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy.

Ghana’s Loss Shatters African Dream

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The scene was perfectly set for the Black Stars to make their first appearance in the penultimate stage of football's biggest show, the FIFA World Cup. Holding the much fancied Uruguayan side to a 1-1 draw and with 119 minutes on the clock, Ghana were handed a lifeline when Luis Suarez deliberately handled what would have been one of the most important goals in World Cup history.

2010 World Cup: US MNT Player Ratings

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Assigning a player a rating for his performance over just 400 minutes (or even less) is not an easy task. In the end, the judge's score will be flawed due to the subjectivity of his perception. Yet, I – the Yank – have undertaken to rate all 23 players who showed up in South Africa to play for the US.

Brazil Crash Out of World Cup, Netherlands through to the Semi-Finals

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An own goal and a foolishly acquired red card spelled the difference between winning and losing in today's quarterfinal clash  between football titans, Brazil and Holland.

After a few offside mishaps, Robinho managed to nab an early lead for the Brazilians and the rest of the first half seemed to come along fairly similarly: Brazil dominated.

Dunga – Manager or Captain?

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Dunga has quit as Brazil's manager. After a reign of four years the Brazilian public finally have what they want. Dunga has, according to the majority of Brazilian fans, stopped the national team playing in the way the country wants them to. The fans wanted to see Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo attacking in tandem, not Kaka, Robinho and Luis Fabiano defending from the front.

Roy Hodgson – Over Twenty Years in the Making

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Roy Hodgson began his coaching career in 1976 with Halmstad. Twenty four years and sixteen jobs later, including a very successful stint in charge of Switzerland, he is in charge of Liverpool. He has been working towards this position for two decades. He has had two spells in charge of Internazionale Milan but at neither stage, 1995 or 1999, were the team the type of force they are now.

2010 World Cup Quarterfinals Preview

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204 teams wanted to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but now only 8 are left who have a chance to actually do it. The Round of 16 did not produce many surprises and few upsets, so the question now is whether the top dogs of world football can continue to advance against their rivals.

Nigerian President Bans Super Eagles For Two Years

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Apart from Ghana progressing through to the Quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's decision to ban the Super Eagles from international football for two years is the best thing that ever happened to African football.

After a disappointing 2010 campaign, President Jonathan arrived at this decision with the help of his advisers.

The Business Of Football

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There was a time when money never really mattered to a player. All that counted was heart and passion. Those days, i am sorry to write are long gone. With the commercialisation of the sport, players can afford to perform poorly for their national sides and still be comforted to know that a five and for some six figure salary will be deposited in their accounts every Friday.

2010 MLS Power Rankings: Week 14

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MLS Power Rankings (07/01) – Last Week's Rank In Parenthesis

  1. LA Galaxy (1): Sure, they only picked up one point, but they're still #1.
  2. Columbus Crew (3): The "Hand of GBS" helped lift CMB up one spot.
  3. N.Y. Red Bulls (5): A dominating road win over KCW has NYRB rising.