Confederation Cup


Op-Ed: Cup Quests: Does The USMNT Have The Potion It Needs?

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Clint Dempsey left it all on the field that day at the Confederation Cup against Brazil. It just wasn't quite enough. US fans identified.

Jay Bell sets the stage for the final two Gold Cup games

.....or is the chalice poisoned?

It's a sobering look at the US's performance in cup competitions since the 2007 Gold Cup if you will.

Confederations Cup: Brazil vs Italy Reactions and Review

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In a premiere appearance at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and Italy clashed for the top spot in group A of the Confederation Cup. Neymar and company had their toughest challenge yet in the tournament but still defeated Italy 4-2, which placed them as first seed and left Italy to face Spain in the semi-finals.

The language of a pass

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I found this interesting video that is analyzing the fault in the following counter attack, and how the player can kill the movement of the team or stimulate it. It makes the difference between a great team and an average team. Sometimes, you find a team is trapped in the middle and just cannot penetrate to the other team to create chances.

Bob Bradley

Illuminations: Gold Cup 2011 vs. “The 5-Game Tournament”

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2011 ?

Darius Tahir bifurcates the past two USMNT seasonal campaigns using the Klinsmann hiring as the fulcrum point.

The US takes on Mexico precisely one month from today. The game is a ceremonious marker in time for the US Men's National Team Program.

Illuminations: Gold Cup 2011 vs. “The 5-Game Tournament”

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2011 ?

Darius Tahir bifurcates the past two USMNT seasonal campaigns using the Klinsmann hiring as the fulcrum point.

The US takes on Mexico precisely one month from today. The game is a ceremonious marker in time for the US Men's National Team Program.

TSG’s Official USA vs. France Preview: The Germans Are Coming!

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Storm the beach!

Remember the span of time in 2009 and towards the end of 2010 World Cup qualifying when the United States had a home match at Rio Tinto against El Salavador before going on the road against a Trinidad & Tobago side whose quality in that game was going to be a crapshoot?

If you recall that match like I do a missed clearance by Jonathan Bornstein that led to an El Salvadorian goal, a few moments of attacking pressure at the end of the first half which scantily provided the winning difference than you are quite comfy with at least the notion of new US manager Jurgen Klinsmann attempting to implement a style of play here for the United States in the friendlies leading up to World Cup qualifying.

Orange Slices: USA vs. Mexico

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Orange Slices is our game day, catch-all post that we update during the day before the match. Don't accept substitutes, imitators or copycats! Ask for fresh, wholesome Orange Slices by name.

Orange Slices! US vs. Mexico

Hello and welcome to game day!

Wait, weren't we just here?

Bob Bradley Signs to Coach USMNT Through 2014 World Cup

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Reports have come out this evening confirming that Bob Bradley will stay as coach of the US Mens National Team for another four years. Just as speculation was growing that Bradley would be out, Jurgen Klinsmann would be in, and US Soccer was going to make some significant changes before the next World Cup, it seems that everyone has chosen stability over transformation.

US Soccer Announces New 4-Year Contract for Bob Bradley

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USMNT Head Coach Bob Bradley inks 4-year contract with USSF

US Soccer announced late this afternoon that they have extended the contract of U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley. The agreement keeps Bradley working for the federation through the end of 2014.

While Bradley has his detractors his record speaks for itself: Bradley's has accumulated a record of 38-20-8 in his four years at the helm of the senior mens' team.

USA Joins the Party in Heartbreak Hotel

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It was a story that would briefly capture the sporting nation.

But in the end it would end like any other past experience for the USA national team in the World Cup.

Anyway that you break it down, the USA was flatout not a good enough team to win the World Cup this summer. Their second round exit against the lone African team left, Ghana, is more then enough proof of this mediocre result.

Mondiali 2010: L’analisi del Girone C. Esordio contro i maestri inglesi per gli Usa di Bradley

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È una formazione decisamente interessante quella statunitense che si accinge a scendere in campo in Sudafrica. L'esordio di sabato a Rustemburg la vedrà opposta ai maestri inglesi e tra le fila americane tale sfida è ormai un assillo. Un match sicuramente sentito, quasi un derby, se si tiene conto della storia dei due paesi e se si considera inoltre che ben nove elementi della rosa giocano in Premier.

Soccer History

Update: Fabrice Muamba remains in "critical" condition

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Statement from Bolton and London Chest Hospital where Fabrice Muamba was admitted after he collapsed on the pitch during the Spurs vs Bolton FA quarter-finals match.

"Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and on route to The London Chest Hospital, where his heart eventually started working.

Howard turning focus to Gold Cup while preparing for familiar friendly foe

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CARY, N.C. - Over the last few years, Tim Howard has had no shortage of memorable moments in a United States jersey. His performance in the 2-0 upset of Spain in the 2009 Confederation Cup, a kick in the ribs courtesy of Emile Heskey during the World Cup in Rustenburg last June, and, nine days later, the throw that initiated perhaps the most famous moment in American soccer history spring quickly to mind.

Write the Future Indeeed - Preview and Open Thread for USA v England

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My most loyal readers know that I rarely get emotional. They know that I look at games in terms of match-ups, in terms of tactics, strategy and formations. Today, I can not, and will not do this. The match between the USA and the England is just too important, and too emotional.

Thankfully Richard Farley wrote this kick ass preview here.

World Cup

Is 2011 Goal of the Year Best Ever?

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Tough to answer. Many people will be upset to see a Mexican goal against the U.S. in a championship as goal of the year and possible best goal ever, but it is what it is. It's controversial to say, but, there is an argument to be made.

Will the Saudi football take a U-Turn or continue sinking?

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I could not find a better picture to represent the conditions of the Saudi football today better than this one
Saudi Arabia officially was the first team to exit Asian Cup 2011 after two defeats from Syria 1-2 and Jordan 0-1. It is not a big issue to lose a game or two, but, the way Saudi lost and the whole set-up of the team and the journey this team has taken since 1994 World Cup till today, is the real issue.

Tattered Reputations

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In my experience, predictions made by the ‘expert pundits' have a success rate equal to that of Bangladesh in Test Cricket. Factor in that even a draw counts as a success to the Bangladeshis and it makes this statistic infinitely bleaker. All sooth saying that have been done with Reputations as a frame of reference this time around in South Africa have fallen flat; as flat as Russell Peters' stand up shows are when you watch them for even just the second time.

Spain fail to banish the demons of USA after Switzerland defeat

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Switzerland emulated USA's Confederation Cup tactics against Spain to shock the European champions.

The statistics before the game were almost perfect; Spain had recorded 45 wins in 48 matches.

World Cup Preview

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Group A Preview
When France was paired along with Uruguay, South Africa and Mexico, everyone believed that Lady Luck was shining on France. In FIFA ranking France is ranked at number nine, Mexico at 17, Uruguay at 16 and South Africa at 83. From the numbers it should be a cake walk for France and the second spot should be a fight between Uruguay and Mexico.


Egyptian support - 2

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Today is Friday, which is witnessing the biggest day for the protests on what is the called "The Friday of the Departure". Just as a support for Egypt and Egyptian, I will post some wonderful goals from Egypt

This goal was from Emad Moteb, a wonderful striker, in a goal with Al-Ahli vs. Suez team

And this is one of most interesting games for Egypt, in Confederation Cup 1999 in Mexico.

The sticky conundrum of America’s second striker

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It's interesting that the U.S. men's team should be in this curious situation on the eve of this great stage next weekend.

Striker, at one point in the not-too-distant past, was a locked down position. It was a non-issue. In the wake of the Americans' stunning 2-0 defeat of Spain which I'll remind you is still Spain's only loss in 40+ games striker appeared to give way to the central midfield and the back line as points of worry.

African football

CAF: FUS and Sfaxien hold one goal leads (+video)

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The Confederation Cup, Africa's second club competition, is at the semi-final stage and for Moroccan side FUS Rabat the dream of a first continental title is still strong following their 2-1 away victory in Libya against Ittihad. Two-time champions CS Sfaxien of Tunisia have a narrow one goal advantage to take into their second leg tie against Sudan's Al-Hilal.

CAF: TP Mazembe and Al-Ahly gain first leg leads; ConFed Cup Review (+video)

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In the CAF Champions League semi-finals this weekend defending champions TP Mazembe made the most of home advantage as they fought out a 3-1 win over Algerians JS Kabylie whilst in Cairo Al Ahly, also at home, got the better of Espérance by two goals to one.

TP Mazembe are hoping to defend the title they won last season and, thus, win a fourth title overall.


Mondiali, Finale: Spagna-Olanda. L’analisi di Stadio Goal (II Parte)

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Passiamo allora ad analizzare le due finaliste. Se per quanto riguarda statistiche e tradizione, l'arrivo in finale di Olanda e Spagna ha sorpreso un po' tutti, per quel che si è visto in campo, per gioco e risultati, l'approdo a Johannesburg di olandesi e spagnoli non può sorprendere più di tanto.

Mondiali 2010: Al via i quarti di finale, supersfida Olanda-Brasile e un inedito Uruguay-Ghana

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Dopo due giorni di riposo, si torna a fare sul serio in Sudafrica. Oggi (ore 16) al Nelson Mandela Bay di Port Elisabeth Olanda e Brasile apriranno il quadro dei quarti di finale.

Mondiali 2010: L’analisi del Girone H. Spagna completa, dopo l’Europa in arrivo il Mondo?

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Chiudiamo la nostra rassegna di presentazione delle finaliste con il girone H che sarà l'ultimo a scendere in campo Mercoledì 16 Giugno. E non possiamo non partire dalle "Furie Rosse".
Sarà il tredicesimo mondiale per la Spagna che, mai come questa volta, potrebbe trasformare il sogno di vincere la Coppa in realtà .

The Rest

Persidafon's Experience Not Showing

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Newly promoted Persidafon have become the ISL's whipping boys. Back to back thumpings, 5-0 at Sriwijaya, 5-2 at Persiram, have left them 15th in the 18 team league with nine points from their opening 11 games. Of concern to Sergei Dubrovin will be a defence that has leaked 30 goals in that time; an ignominy they share with fellow Papuans Persiram.

RIP Telkom Charity Cup

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Guest blog post by Mohlomi Maubane in Soweto, South Africa

One of South Africa's iconic tournaments, the Telkom Charity Cup, is no more. PSL chairman Irvin Khoza's announcement this week brought down the curtain on what was arguably one of the most loved tournaments in the country.

Kidiaba stars in Mazembe Super Cup win

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Veteran goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba starred as Club World Cup runners-up TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo collected a seventh African title Saturday. Kidiaba saved a shootout kick against FUS Rabat from Morocco in southern Congolese city Lubumbashi and then converted a penalty to give his team a 9-8 victory [.

GroupC. Northern Ireland v Italy Preview

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Matchup: Northern Ireland v. Italy
Fixture: Windsor Park - Belfast
Time: 20:45CET

Introduction: The last time the Azzurri lined up against Northern Ireland was during the lead up to the 2009 Confederations Cup. It was quite possibly the greatest showing by the Lippi helmed squad since he took over from Donadoni in the summer of 2008.

Reds Aid South African Charity

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A team of 12 UK police officers took time out of their duties at the World Cup to support a local charity.
The group visited the TLC orphanage in Eikenhof, a town 20 kilometres from Johannesberg, to provide the local children with gifts donated by the likes of Liverpool, Stoke City, Manchester City, Tranmere Rovers, Newcastle United and Shrewsbury Town.

World Cup Daily Ticker: June 2

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All-Whites Shock Serbia

New Zealand defeated Serbia 1-0 in a World Cup warmup casting serious doubt on a Serbian side looking to advance deep into the tournament. Shane Smeltz put the visitors ahead in the 22 minute and the Europeans could never find the equalizer.