As the USA stumbled upon a second place finish in the Confederations Cup, ESPN surely reaped the
benefits. Although the team were lucky to be in the final, every "soccer" fan in the United States
of America was jumping up in down as the US took a two goal lead, only to suffer a heartbreak in
the second half.
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Brazil is close to sealing qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, if they can beat
Argentina on the road on the 5th and Chile at home on the 9th then Brazil will be on their way to
The big news was the call up of Adriano of Flamengo to the national team.
This round of World Cup qualifiers are a must 6 points for Diego Maradona's Argentine squad. Los
Albicelestes face Brazil at home in Rosario on the Sept. 5th and then travel to Asuncion to take on
Paraguay on the 9th.
19 players were called up with 3 domestic players to be named before the team gets together for
practice on August 30th.
How would someone characterize US Soccer's Summer of 2009? The extreme optimist would say that the
US made a non-CONCACAF tournament major final for the 1st time by ending Spain's world record
streak, then with a "B" side made it to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The extreme pessimist would say that the United States squad blew a massive opportunity to
establish themselves as a major world footballing nation with their collapse in the 2nd half
Confederations Cup final.
The World Cup is known for amazing miracles on the pitch, but there has also been several major
controversies over the years. Here are ten of the most controversial incidents to have happened at
previous World Cup finals:
1930. Uruguay, as dual official world champions, were invited by FIFA to host
the inaugural World Cup tournament in 1930.