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World Cup History: Bora Bora Bora … What Could Have Been?

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The stage was set for one of the greatest World Cup upsets of all time. The U.S. was playing Brazil in the second round of the 1994 World Cup. The U.S. was playing at home on July 4 and then they were playing a man up. Still they lost thanks to ultra-conservative head coach Bora Mulitinovic. Bora, Bora, Bora!

Is there a New Torres in Town?

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Spain's Torres and America's Torres. Both play for their respective national soccer teams. Spain's Fernando Torres is much better known. However, due to injuries, this year's World Cup may belong to America's Jose Francisco Torres.

U.S. Men’s International Soccer Has Come a Long Way

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The U.S. is relatively new to the World Cup scene, now having qualified for the last seven World Cups. Who knows how they will do in 2010. However, should they advance out of Group C, they have a good chance to go far. Good luck U-S-A!

World Cup Flags

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Country flags are great until you begin to realize how many of them look like each other. For the 32 countries in this year's World Cup, a number of them look alike. Check it out for yourself.

World Cup East Bay 2010

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This year, soccer fans of all ages living in the San Francisco's East Bay will have an opportunity to watch, play, experience, and enjoy the World Cup in their own backyard by attending World Cup East Bay 2010 (WCEB2010).

Follow-up to the Reporter Article

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The youth reporter program that I wrote about earlier and implemented with my son's U12 team has been a big success. I share with you some tips I learned along the way and proudly present the reports that have been written to date.

When a Goal is not a Good Goal

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It is important for players to know and coaches to reinforce good scoring habits. The ideal areas of the goal that players should aim for are the two lower corners of the goal. Goal production is sure to go up.

Want to Get Noticed at a Tryout? Try a Bicycle Kick

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The key to a soccer tryout is to get noticed, preferably for something good. One sure what to get noticed and turn heads is to perform a successful bicycle kick.

Passive Defending

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Passive defending is a great way to have attacking players work on their moves without fear of having the ball taken away. Passive defending is also a great way to eliminate bad defensive habits.

Responding to an Embarrassing Loss: Learn from the San Jose Sharks

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No one likes to get blown out in a game. It is embarrassing. However it can be much easier to get over this type of loss compared to a hard-fought and perhaps unlucky 2-1 loss. A blow-out loss is easier to forget.

Simple Tips that will Significantly Impact Games

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I have written 20 articles for coaches who tend to over-coach, place too much importance on the X's and O's, and don't let their players go out and have fun and make mistakes. Since the articles were written during the first few months of the blog, they don't get the visibility they deserve. The articles are valuable for players and parents alike.

Don’t Retaliate

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Life and soccer are not fair. It always seems like the retaliator, and not the perpetrator, is getting punished for his/her actions. While it is easier said than done, don't retaliate.

Referees Are Teachers Too

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When referees are involved in games whose players, coaches, and fans are new to the sport, they should also assume the role of teacher and educator for everyone.

Scoring an Own Goal … Join the Club

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Scoring an own goal in soccer is inevitable. There is no way to avoid it. It is important to respond in a positive manner when it does happen. Respond like Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks did when he scored in his own goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Reputations: Easy to Gain, Difficult to Change

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It is great having a good reputation. It is not so great having a bad reputation. Reputations are earned and are usually correct. If you don't like yours, the start of a new season is a great time to change it.