World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2009

World Football Team Of The Week: #17 = June 22-28

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What a week of exciting football action, MLS, Superliga, Recopa Sudamericana, Copa Libertadores, Asian Champions League, and of course FIFA Confederations Cup. You know summertime is just as busy as the fall, spring, and winter in football. Thankfully for us football lovers, its a year round sport.

2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Preview - Group A

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The most important national team tournament in the CONCACAF region is here. The 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup will spread across the US with 13 cities hosting matches. It will all culminate with the final on July 26 in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Let's begin our preview of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup with Group A.

Brazil Defeats US in Confederations Cup Final

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After the dramatic 3rd place match, no one expected the FIFA Confederations Cup final to follow the same script. However, this matchday in South Africa was special as was Brazil's amazing comeback performance against a United States side with massive heart.

The U.S. did to Brazil what they did to Spain as the Americans jumped out to an early lead on Clint Dempsey's fabulous twisting shot from a Jonathan Spector service into the box to shock the Brazilians and give the Americans the 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.

Confederations Cup 3rd Place Match Is A Thriller

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The exciting 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup is unfortunately over as the final matchday witnessed 2 dramatic matches with identical scorelines that justify football's place as "The Beautiful Game." The 3rd place game was a Thriller.

La Furia Roja and Bafana Bafana played an extra time affair whose drama started in the 2nd half with some fire from a couple of subs.

World Football Team Of The Week: #16 = June 15 - 21

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Its that time once again to give praise to the football team that caught our attention more than any other squad. To let the world know that MAF recognizes their accomplishments. The World Cup Buzz Team Of The Week played matches and/or made headlines during the calendar week of June 15-21.

Buzzing about Vuvuzelas

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Americans Shock The Footballing World

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It was supposed to be a butt whippin, it was supposed to be like that supermodel that bitched Terrell Owens on the new NBC show, Superstars. The FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal between Spain and the USA would set US Soccer back 20 years. Everyone who watches football thought that La Furia Roja would embarrass the Stars & Stripes (including myself).

Surprise Semifinalist In FIFA Confederations Cup

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The expression "That's why they play the games" was never more fitting than the last round of matches in Group B of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. The United States look DONE. The Stars & Stripes had scored 1 goal and allowed 6 in their first 2 Group B matches, they had more red cards than goals, U.

African WCQ Roundup: June 20 - 21

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African World Cup qualifying is halfway to its conclusion as the Motherland continues to give the footballing world more to talk about as this round of matches ranged from the hardly interesting 0-0 draws like Morocco v Togo to 5 goal thrilers like Burkina Faso v Côte d'Ivoire. Interestingly, the visiting team took at least 1 point in all but 3 matches this weekend.

Asian Sides Set For South Africa 2010

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The Asian Confederation has finalized its automatic places for South Africa 2010 and it took some fantastic last match drama to fill the last automatic spot. The drama centered around the match between Saudi Arabia and Korea DPR. The winner would advance and the loser was in jeopardy of missing out on the playoff with 3rd place of Group 1.

Top 5 - Edition VI: June WC Qualifiers

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This edition of the World Cup Buzz Top 5 will breakdown the Top 5 Things Observed From The June World Cup Qualifying Matches. Let's begin with CONCACAF's best team.


Los Ticos have established themselves as the best team in CONCACAF after their impressive displays against the United States and Trinidad & Tobago.

World Football Team Of The Week: #15 = June 8 - 14

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The drama never ends in the world of football especially when it comes down to qualifying for the World Cup. This past week was mostly about South Africa 2010 but MLS, Argentine Clausura, Campeonato Brasileiro, and other leagues were also in action and from those matches we will chose the World Cup Buzz Team Of The Week.

World Football Team Of The Week: #14 = June 1 - 7

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Its the beginning of June and its time for World Cup qualifiers. Teams fighting for a place in South Africa 2010 were either packing their bags, getting one step closer to going, or officially dreaming of 2014. The World Cup Buzz Team Of The Week played matches and/or made headlines during the calendar week of June 1 - 7.

Ronaldo Might Miss Out on South Africa 2010

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With all the hype surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's £80m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid, a harsh reality is being forgotten. For a man who craves the spotlight, while he may be basking in the glory at the moment, there is a very real possibility that next summer, as all eyes turn to South Africa, that Ronaldo will become the forgotten man of world football.

African WC Qualifying Roundup: June 6 - 7

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The African continent is still in the early stages of World Cup qualifying and its looking like Africa will continue to surprise the footballing world. Gabon continued its perfect start to qualifying with their 3-0 home win over Togo. Turkish based striker Roguy Meye scored his 2nd goal in as many games in the final group stage as the Azingo Nationale lead Group A.

Brazil looking shaky in qualifying rounds

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It may seem strange given that Brazil saw off Uruguay 4-0 but they didn't particularly look comfortable in the match. Before Dani Alves' speculative strike somehow beat the Uruguayan goalkeeper Sebastian Viera the Brazilians were definitely not in control and the game could have gone either way.

CONMEBOL WC Qualifying Round 13 Roundup

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Round 13 of South American World Cup qualifiers has passed and surprisingly 4 of the 5 road teams won their matches. Only Argentina defended their home turf after "El Cata" Diaz scored in the 56th minute to keep Los Albicelestes in 4th place.

Brazil moved to the top of the standings with their impressive 4-0 win versus Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.

World Football National Team Rankings: June 2009

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With World Cup qualifiers on the horizon FIFA has released its world rankings and that means World Cup Buzz released their own rankings as well. The big news was Netherlands now in pursuit of top-ranked Spain after the Dutch leapfrogged over Germany into the #2 spot. The WCB Rankings had the Dutch ahead of Germany since the April 2009 rankings.

Asian WCQ Roundup - June 6

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This weekend's round of Asian World Cup Qualifiers witnessed the filling of 3 of its 4 automatic spots. In Group 1, Australia secured its spot in South Africa with a 0-0 draw against Qatar. 2010 will mark the 3rd time that the Socceroos will appear in The Great Tournament.

Japan also locked up the other automatic spot from Group 1 after their 1-0 road win against Uzbekistan.

Lippi Sets Azzurri Roster For Confederations Cup

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Marcelo Lippi finalized his Azzurri squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the big news is that Inter's teenage sensation Davide Santon. The youngster played mostly left back for Inter but is seen as a player who can play on both sides.

Three red-hot attacking players with breakout seasons in the 08-09 Serie A campaign were left off the list in favor of more veteran Azzurri players.

World Football Team Of The Week: #13 = May 25 - 31

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Last week was the end of the European club season and history was made. I think you know where I'm going with this week's World Cup Buzz Team Of The Week. Remember that the winner made headlines and/or played matches during the calendar week of May 25 - May 31. The winner is:


Was there any doubt about this week's winner?

Brazil 2014 Update: Cities Finalized For World Cup

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After an extensive inspection from FIFA officials the venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil have been decided. The cities that were chosen to host matches of The Great Tournament were jubilant at the opportunity. Because of the massive size of Brazil, FIFA agreed to have 12 host cities instead of the usual 10.

Portugal in danger of falling at the first hurdle

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As a continent with such a wealth of excellent footballing nations there will, inevitably, be a few so-called 'big boys' from Europe who don't make the final tournament in South Africa in 2010. One nation that is in very real danger of being such a casualty is Portugal. They may not be the most decorated or respected side in Europe but they made it through to the semi-final stage of the last tournament in 2006 and have some talented players amongst their ranks, not least Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.