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
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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 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 CÃ´te d'Ivoire. Interestingly,
the visiting team took at least 1 point in all but 3 matches this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
With all the hype surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's Â£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.
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.
It may seem strange given that Brazil saw off Uruguay 4-0 but they didn't particularly look
comfortable in the match.Â 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.Â
One nation that is in very real danger of being such a casualty is Portugal.Â 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.