No Short Corners Archives for January 2010

So, as I was saying...

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Here is a little update on the transfer saga surrounding AGF midfielder Benny Feilhaber, a guy who looked all but set to be on the move last week, only to have bidding intensify.And as promised, a new nugget for ya: the same agent also reps Oguchi Onyewu, and he told me that the bug guy is now open to a loan move outside Serie A - a reversal I am theoretically tying to the emergence of serious

APB: Move #2 delayed. I repeat...

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I've been informed that the second forthcoming move of a U.S. international has been complicated enough (by a new competing offer? hmmm) to put its completion off until at least Monday.Have a good one, everybody.- Greg Seltzer

Video stars

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Some personal favourites from the year's trawling:*We've all been to youth soccer games with mouthy parents on the touchline, but nothing like the spectators at this U12 match in Poland...*Nothing banal when it comes to celebrating for one Icelandic team*Qatar will be a World Cup host to fear if Fahad Khalfan is still playing for them in 2022*Journalists should keep their eyes on the ball in the

Some vacation, eh?

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Can't spill yet, but I expect two U.S. internationals to secure moves by the weekend. Stay tuned...- Greg Seltzer

Who is the man, with the highest average rating on the term? Stu! Shut yo' mouth.

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I just dropped in because I had to share this.- Greg Seltzer

Yup.

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After today's Continental Shifts at S365, this is me until next Tuesday (though I surely can still post any Americans Abroad goal clips, just perhaps not quite as quickly)... - Greg Seltzer
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What's Portuguese for "the Tiger"?

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Estoril forward Tony Taylor netted the eventual winner with a sweet header (play starts at about 1:43 in the clip, right after the crazy free kick from the far sideline) as his side topped promotion chasers Arouca 5-2 to snap a three-game losing streak. Enjoy... - Greg Seltzer

Snow with the flow

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*On the last day in 2010 for most European leagues, there were slim pickings here with the heavy snow canceling many matches; Ipswich's 3-0 win over Leicester in the Championship was straight out of the playground, with blue lines and an orange ball, fiery Roy Keane versus ice-cool Sven-Goran Eriksson and the 'ghost-goal' referee Stuart Atwell stopping the game twice before continuing, in

Checkpoint Charlie - The First Last Hurdle?

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Our man Charlie Davies is on the sub's bench for the Sochaux v Bordeaux tilt that kicks off at the top of the hour (11 am ET). I will make score updates and switch to a LIVE if the #9 shirt enters the game for his first club action in over 14 months. Stay tuned...- Greg Seltzer

It's like... a theme and stuff

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[Photo: TZ]Another quick hallelujah return note: 1860 Munich forward Kenny Cooper is in uniform for the Lions today. He's on the bench, the score is 1-0 to guests Paderborn midway through the opening frame and I will report back at full time whether he gets in the game or not.- Greg Seltzer

Checkpoint Charlie - The Return

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Yup. Charlies Davies is in the Sochaux 18 for their match against Bordeaux tomorrow. I may do a mini-LIVE if he enters the match, so check back.- Greg Seltzer

Checkpoint Charlie - Psych edition

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Bah! I was putting this all together for a winter wonderland Friday reveal, and then someone at AP calls up Charlie Davies on Thursday. BAH, I say!Just kidding, it's all good news for our dude. You can smile all Christmas-y again.- Greg Seltzer

Buddlestuff

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Doesn't that sound like a box snack?I'm still waiting on comment from L.A. boss Bruce Arena for my MLSS report on Edson Buddle's Birmingham City trial, but the Brums media guy was nice enough to transcribe today's full exchange on the matter between Brums manager Ally McLeish and beat writers. It'll turn up in UK reports soon enough, but here ya go in advance:Edson Buddle on trial with you?

Well, good day to you! (updated)

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After only minor action in stage one of the fandangled MLS Re-Entry Draft, all hell broke loose in da next episode.The best bits: the L.A. Galaxy grab Juan Pablo Angel (just as Edson Buddle starts a Birmingham City trial, no less), Jeff Cunningham goes back to the Crew, Josh Wolff heads to D.C. United and four name veteran defenders get new homes.

More than a Messi

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* World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will "never play for Real Madrid", according to his dad Jorge, who looks almost younger than his son."Barcelona is the ideology of football around the world, not just in Spain," he told Marca.Is this the same F.C.Barcelona who having flaunted their commercial-free jerseys and support of Unicef for years because they are 'més que un club' (more than a

I almost forgot...

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As always, I reveal my Honda Player of the Year ballot to everyone once it's been cast. I actually sent it in last week and it slipped my mind. So here goes, flame away...#1 - Clint Dempsey#2 - Landon Donovan#3 - Michael BradleyBear in mind that my top pick rarely ends up winning.- Greg Seltzer

Who likes goals?

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It's bad enough when the internet goes in and out all day. For it to happen on a Monday is just plain rude...Let's kick off the show of shows with a peek in on the hijinx of fresh Heracles Almelo talent Samuel Armenteros (FYI: he's Swedish).So let's discuss: should Barcelona opponents be allowed to field 12 men?

Holden strikes late Bolton winner

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Stuart Holden returned to the Bolton line-up with a bang, scoring a shorthanded 2-1 derby winner over Blackburn with two minutes remaining (and less than a minute after Rovers had equalized, as you can see). - Greg Seltzer

Video Fridey

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The silly season is whipping up, so I'm already busy on the hunt. You can find this year's monster Top 5 Potential Summer Euro-Freebies over at S365, and I'll drop the MLS version here soon. A little switch from past editions. Why the change? No idea...We start with more FIFA fun. Could Qatar share hosting duties with surrounding countries?

Not a G'Day....

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Spare a thought for Australia, whose ambitious bid, ticking all the right FIFA boxes for 'legacy' and 'new lands', came in dead last for 2022 with only one vote, even worse than England's 2018 shipwreck. They had been expecting six in the first round.Soccer is Oz could have done with a World Cup as it is still considered an immigrant sport by many fans of the longer-established Aussie Rules and

Just Jack

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I disagree - Our FIFA Vice-President & CONCACAF boss is the most decent and honorable man in the history of world soccer: He provides us with World Cup tickets at no personal cost to himself and has promised us all World Cup votes, in 2026 - he just accidentally mis-laid some last week.Here's our Jack, after getting stuck in traffic, bringing hope to Haiti (skip to 6:25), and here's a reminder of

Suffice it to say, sir, you are an asshole.

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Cover your ears. The Jack Warner wah-mbulance is screaming down our street. I'm wondering what is more pathetic; that a grown man would hold this attitude or that he can freely admit it in public without losing job/organizational face."Suffice it to say the Fifa exco as a body could not have voted for England having been insulted by their media in the worst possible way at the same time.

Coming attractions

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Next up on the soccer movie production line is what sounds like a hoot: Russell Brand as a whacked out pro footballer who comes to America for his final big contract. So... if he's going to Texas, does that make him a Dynamo? An FC Dallas-er? Is MLS going to be involved?I'm asking around and will report back.

The finest Swiss cheese

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*Too little, too late - We now learn Switzerland's sports minister had ordered an investigation into "corruption in sport" a month before the controversial World Cup hosting decisions. "It is clear that Switzerland is obliged to do something," Ueli Maurer announced in response to the growing allegations of FIFA wrongdoings, which led to the suspension of two Ex.

Who likes goals?

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I delayed this a little so as to get out of Sean's FIFA-questioning way, but now let's enjoy some circus acts...Let's begin with the adventures of Mr. Wiggly Hypnotizement, more commonly known as Zlatan. I love the music.At a time, Groningen chased the services of Vitesse's Marcus Pedersen. And then they were winning 4-0.

My FIFA wish list

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It has been a sobering time since FIFA's Executive Committee binned our bids. Often it is better not to react at once to things that make you emotional, but as the mist clears from Thursday's decision in Zurich, it is clear the sport's governing body needs reform.Russia had some case - it might be a 'mafia state' according to the Wikileaks cables but has a long soccer heritage and is an important

Speer-to-Speer in Qatar

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Here's a question for you: What links the The Third Reich and the 2022 World Cup? Nazis and Arabs both hate Jews? Not the right answer, although the Sunni Muslim nation of Qatar refuses to recognise the state of Israel, does not let Jews worship openly and has a worrying toleration of anti-Semitism in its newspapers.

Carlito's Way (updated)

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Saint-Étienne defender Carlos Bocanegra's first goal for the club looks to be a 2-1 winner against Bordeaux, but there's a few minutes left still. The U.S. skipper nodded home a Dmitiri Payet service with 21 minutes left, potentially taking Les Verts from 11th to eighth and to within four points of the top.

Let's just hope Zlatan doesn't see this.

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He'd tackle The Onion. Ohhhh, The Onion... so wrong, yet so right.I look forward to the day when this topic can be more accepted as normal or mainstream, and not ridiculed as lesser or illegitimate. I'm referring to the image of soccer in America, of course. Soccer Officially Announces It Is Gay- Greg Seltzer

Mikey had liked it, at the time...

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For the second straight season, Michael Bradley scored as 'Gladbach hosted Hannover 96 - albeit this time in a losing cause. Pardon my tardiness here; the goal was originally given to Igor De Camargo and I just now noticed the change. Since Steve Cherundolo's Reds are up to third with the win, I figured just drop the full highlights.

Ladies and gentleman, the photoshop stylings of Mr. Poul-Henrik Worm...

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- Poul-Henrik Worm

FIFA = dirty scum

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I'll have a full blast later on, but let's just not pretend that awarding World Cups to Russia and Qatar was based on strength of proposals. Mmmmkay?- Greg Seltzer

D-Day in Zurich

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Not long to go now before we know the hosts for World Cups 2018 & 2022.I've been concentrating so much on the European fist-fight for 2018, forgive me if I haven't studied the following one in-depth; it seems harder to pin down all the 22 Executive Committee voters' intentions for 2022 as it is for 2018, but I have a feeling the US' superb bid has the edge over the Spanish-Qatari pact,

Spector night - a celebration

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Jonathan Spector must have dreamed of scoring for Manchester United, so yesterday was probably the next best thing.Spec has had a frustrating 2010, failing to find playing time at the World Cup while being stuck with superglue to the West Ham bench as the Thames Irons languish at the foot of the table.

Reminisicing (not affiliated with the Little River Band)

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Why not have a longer look back at Jonathan Spector's big night. We have extended highlights, which you can follow with the match star's post-game interview and a few remarks about his old boy from Sir Alex.West Ham United v Manchester UnitedGeüpload door paScali300. - Ontdek de laatste en beste sport fragmenten.

Busy, busy, busy

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[Photo: Tom Tomsk]With my transfer window chase now firmly on, it's been hectic around here lately. Let's get you caught up with my latest, just in case you missed something.- Today's MLSS Postcard From Europe: Eugene Starikov- A bit of winter break Benny buzz, with a Mexican league player- My MLS Expansion Draft Week Winners & Losers- Oguchi Onyewu could change his mind about a loan spell-