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Remembering the Freddy Adu Hype, circa 2005

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Back in 2005, Freddie Adu was the face of US soccer for most casual MLS fans. Though he's yet to live up to the hype that surrounded him in 2004 when he signed with DC United, he's definitely been showing promise lately. He's scored two goals in his last two games with his current club, Aris FC, which, once again, has US fans excited about his chances of making this summer's World Cup quad.

BENFICA V. COPENHAGEN VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS, INCLUDING SOME FREDDY ADU

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I know this is a tad late but I just came across this video and haven't seen it anywhere else. It's a fairly thorough highlight segment of Tuesday's Champions League qualifier between Benfica v. FC Copenhagen. I don't speak Portuguese, but it sounded like the commentators were liking what they were seeing from Freddy Adu, who [...]

ROY KEANE HATES ‘WAGS’

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I really like Roy Keane. I've liked him so much as a player at Manchester United and now as manager of Sunderland that he has almost singlehandedly made me a fan of the team. I don't need to tell you why Keano's the man but I found these comments he made yesterday about current players [...]

STEVEN GERRARD HAS A BROKEN TOE

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It hasn't been a good week for footballer's feet. It was announced today that Steven Gerrard has a hairline fracture in his right foot, though he still believes he'll play this Sunday against Chelsea. He won't, however, suit up for the England v. Germany friendly next Wednesday, according to manager, Rafael Benitez. The injury occurred [...]

BECKHAM SCORES FIRST GOAL, CARRIES GALAXY TO VICTORY

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As soon as the free kick was called, I knew it was going to happen. There he was 27 minutes into the first half, David Beckham, in his first start with the Galaxy and wearing the captain armband, in perfect position to do what he does best. It was almost like he HAD to score [...]

THINGS GETTING INTERESTING FOR MANCHESTER CITY OWNER

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Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is a wanted man back in the country he used to be in charge of. Thailand's Supreme Court issued a warrant for his arrest today on corruption charges. Thai prosecutors have threatened to seek Shinawatra's extradition from the U.K. if he doesn't arrive in Bangkok for a court [...]

WAYNE ROONEY AND THE SANCHEZ BOYS–WATCH JACKASS MUCH?

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Have you seen this new Wayne Rooney "commercial" for Nike? It's actually more of a segment than a 30 seconds advert. The Man With The Fragile Feet is paid a visit by the Sanchez Boys who seem to be the English version of Jackass. Despite ripping Johhny Knoxville and friends off, it's still [...]

ENGLISH PREM WEEK 1: PROMOTED TEAMS IMPRESS, ROONEY HAS STRESS FRACTURE

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I've gotta say that it's so nice to have the Barclay English Premier League back again. Not only am I back to watching hours of great soccer (literally) but it also gets me up out of bed before noon on the weekends. My mom would be proud. The week 1 games certainly didn't disappoint. [...]

WHAT VICTORY SOUNDED LIKE IN IRAQ

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This will probably go down as the most famous sports call in the history of the Middle East. Here's what it sounded like when Younis Mahmoud Khalef scored his game winning goal. If this doesn't give you goose bumps every time you hear it, you're probably related to Bush or Cheney. And here's the call when [...]

IRAQ SHOCKS THE WORLD–THIS TIME FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS

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Do you believe in miracles? Iraqi's do. If there was ever an example of the power of soccer, this was it. Iraq, under incredible odds, beat Saudi Arabia today 1-0 to win the Asian Cup a victory that has, if only temporarily, turned the war-torn nation's streets into avenues of mass celebration. From the start you [...]

MANCHESTER UNITED AND ARGENTINIANS DON’T MIX

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Juan Veron was a bust. Carlos Tevez can't sign because no one knows who 'owns' him and now Gabriel Heinze is suing his own team. Argentinians on Manchester United?? No Bueno! Sir Alex Ferguson has another interesting dilemma to deal with. Gabriel Heinze wants to go to Liverpool but Ferguson won't allow it. [...]

THE NEXT MARK VIDUKA?

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A buddy of mine forwarded this to me yesterday. Have the soccer gods smiled down upon Australia and given them a Ronaldinho-like soccer prodigy? Here's a name we might be cheering for in 7-10 years. He's Rhain Davis and he's only 9. How good is he? So good that he and his [...]

A LOT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU’RE ON VACATION

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Hello footie fans, I'm back from some much needed R&R (soccer and internet free I might add) and there's a lot to catch up on. Of course, there was the most analyzed 'first game' in professional sports history. No Henry? No Freddy! Freddy Ljungberg leaves Arsenal and signs with West Ham. Is it THAT bad that you'd really [...]

VIOLENCE AT BOSNIAN UEFA QUALIFIER

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Here's the ugly and, above all, disturbing clip of hooligan violence that took place yesterday in Bosnia during an UEFA qualifying match between Zrinjski Mostar and Serbian side, Partizan Belgrade. Here's a link describing what happened.

L.A.’S OTHER IMPORTED SOCCER STAR–ROBBIE WILLIAMS

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David Beckham isn't the only famous Brit playing soccer in Los Angeles. There's also his good mate Robbie Williams. For the last couple of years Robbie has been playing in the Los Angeles Premier League, anchoring the defense for La Vale F.C., a team he founded in 2005 that's made up of Hollywood/Santa Monica [...]