Confederations Cup 2009

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Five Predictions [10.8.11, vs. Honduras] (GRADED)

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1. Â Much like the Project 2010 Blog, Oguchi Onyewu will rise from the ashes today, getting a rare start. Â He won't quite look like his old self (see: Â Oguchi Onyewu, Confederations Cup 2009), but it will be promising. Â He'll get beat where he shouldn't on a couple of occasions, but he'll show some ability to recover, which he's been lacking for a while.

Five Predictions [10.8.11, vs. Honduras] (GRADED)

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1. Â Much like the Project 2010 Blog, Oguchi Onyewu will rise from the ashes today, getting a rare start. Â He won't quite look like his old self (see: Â Oguchi Onyewu, Confederations Cup 2009), but it will be promising. Â He'll get beat where he shouldn't on a couple of occasions, but he'll show some ability to recover, which he's been lacking for a while.

Five Predictions [10.8.11, vs. Honduras]

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1. Â Much like the Project 2010 Blog, Oguchi Onyewu will rise from the ashes today, getting a rare start. Â He won't quite look like his old self (see: Â Oguchi Onyewu, Confederations Cup 2009), but it will be promising. Â He'll get beat where he shouldn't on a couple of occasions, but he'll show some ability to recover, which he's been lacking for a while.

Five Predictions [10.8.11, vs. Honduras]

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1. Â Much like the Project 2010 Blog, Oguchi Onyewu will rise from the ashes today, getting a rare start. Â He won't quite look like his old self (see: Â Oguchi Onyewu, Confederations Cup 2009), but it will be promising. Â He'll get beat where he shouldn't on a couple of occasions, but he'll show some ability to recover, which he's been lacking for a while.

Lionel Messi

Video-Villarreal 3-1 Mallorca Highlights

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Villarreal 3-1 Mallorca ( Santi Cazorla, Giuseppe Rossi penalty, Nilmar/ Jonathan Guzman) Villarreal handed Mallorca their third successive defeat by beating them 3-1 at home. All the four goals of the game came in the first hour itself. Villarreal vs Mallorca 1-0 ( Santi Cazorla) Villarreal vs Mallorca 1-1 ( Guzman) Villarreal vs Mallorca 2-1 [.

Video:South Africa bow out fighting..

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Bafana Bafana scored first but only after 73 minutes of goalless play. Katlego Mphela (video) scored off a cross from very close to the goal .Dani Guiza's equaliser for Spain took only three minutes more.Spain's second goal came off what was meant to be a cross by Dani Guiza.

World Cup

Writing for The USA 10 Kit

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As I alluded to yesterday, the folks at The USA 10 Kit are giving me a chance to join them. I'm really excited about this opportunity and look forward to your continued support.

My first story, What Made Charlie Davies Great?, is up on the site now. It is a comparison of Davies' stats from the Confederations Cup and Robbie Findley's stats from the World Cup.

MNTs: 2002 vs. 2010

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In reading the reactions to the Ghana loss, the discussion commonly returns to the 2002 team, the one that actually advanced out of the Round of 16. Over the past year, the topic's been addressed by a variety of sources. Rather than rehash those articles, I'll post links to them here for you to peruse at your leisure.

The 2010 World Cup: Good Things from the U.S.

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Last summer, the United States made it to the Confederations Cup final. Now, one year later, the U.S. won its group and advanced to the Round of 16 at the World Cup. It might be hard to look at the U.S.'s performance: falling short against a team that it could (perhaps should) have beaten as a good sign, but perhaps it was.

The World Cup on Just Football

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For me I think it was about a year ago. The Confederations Cup 2009 got underway in South Africa, the negative press about safety, organisation and such subsided for a brief minute, and as the mini-tournament began in Johannesburg with a game between South Africa and Iraq, and it was all about the football again, it hit me.

World Cup 2010: Yes, I Can!

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The call has been put out. The FIFA World Cup 2010 needs volunteers! Are you up for the challenge? If you can speak excellent English and one additional language, you can answer the call to action. Here's an overview of the open call courtesy of Chad Thomas at African Soccer Renaissance. Make sure you check out his international radio show on SABC 2000.

Confederations Cup 2009 Rewind: USA! USA! USA!

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The Confederations Cup 2009 was a great tournament. Especially for US National Team supporters, the Cup provided lows, highs, and highs that quickly turned into despair.

Here at Advantage Played, I like to look to do some of my analysis after the games have all been played. Now that we are moving rapidly away from the Cup, it is easy to look back as the US National Team feed of each other's negative energy to create something wonderful.

Brazil compares this comeback to other historical ones

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Any chance that this Confederations Cup victory was anything but business as usual for the Seleccao should be dispelled. The USA pushed them very hard. The win is being compared to some of the great all time comebacks in Brazil's storied footballing history.

1958 World Cup: Sweden lead 1-0 through Liedholm just 3 minutes into the game.

Some conclusions on this Confederations Cup

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The Confederations Cup has ended with a great match between Brazil and the surprising US, and I guess it is time for some conclusions:I have to admit that the tournament was not such a bore as I had initially predicted it would be. There were some very dramatic matches, surprises and good goals, promising well for the World Cup.

Mighty mighty Brazil

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That USA defeated Spain in the semifinal of the Confederations Cup was perhaps the best that could happen, since the USA contributed to a quite exciting final against Brazil, where two outstanding counter-attacks in the first half made them believe that they could actually do it. 2-0 at half-time was probably more than most dared believe!

FIFA 2009 Confederations Cup Recap and Video Highlights: Spain defeats South Africa 3-2 for 3rd place

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Spain defeats South Africa 3-2 to take 3rd place - Video Highlights - Spain recovered from a disappointing semifinal match against the United States to defeat South Africa for 3rd place in the 2009 Confederations Cup. The match was a thriller to the end with several goals in the final minutes.

Soccer History

Can Mano Menenez find Brazil's Lost Samba?

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After a bit of an embarrassment, the Brazilian federation asked the Corinthians coach to take over the reins and guide the Seleção back to the beautiful game.

Earlier, Fluminese's Muricy Ramalho turned down the job, in what might be called a slap in the face of federation president Ricardo Teixeira.

Stand with Haiti

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Next Generation: Altidore: A star or another Adu?

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La Gazzetta Dello Sport profiles Jozy Altidore under this headline.

It is the usual missive on his massive presence.

What's intriguing is that he is juxtaposed against Freddy Adu.

Altidore's move to Hull is seen as a step in the right direction whereas Adu's European perambulations are going nowhere.

Wenger pays tribute to Robson

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The Emirates pays tribute to the legend

Arsene Wenger on Bobby Robson:

"It was a shock because Bobby was a man of exceptional stature and someone I loved because he had an optimistic view of mankind and a positive vision for football," said Wenger.

"We will miss him badly because people miss people of his stature and vision.

Confederations Cup final: Brazil show true grit

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I can only shake my head at what we can expect from Brazil in the 2010 World Cup. That really should be what we take back home. We know their talent but today showed a team that would not go away. Hats off to the USA for pushing them to the limits but if the meme pushed by Alexi Lalas and John Harkes is "we let one get away" then I am sorry, that really is the wrong message.

Tim Howard

Confederations Cup Final Rounds: The Statistics Review

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What a ride! The South Africa Confederations Cup 2009 has been extremely entertaining. As the tournament progresses, it has played its part in providing the twists, cliffhangers and high dramas crucial to any cup tournament success.

As for the final rounds itself, we have had some great games from the semifinals right up to the final match itself.

Some pernicious themes that undermine the US team

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An international conspiracy:

John Harkes in the Brazil vs USA final said at one point that US defenders will have to be careful with their tackles given how the referees have been carding them. The Italy match got the ball rolling on that controversy. Thereafter, it was a cumulative process as the US picked up their share of yellows and reds generating a buzz that FIFA did not want to see the US succeed against the bigger teams.

Landon Donovan

Confederations Cup Final: Review

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Final
USA 2 Brazil 3
Johannesburg

The 2009 Confederations Cup Final lived fully up to expectations last night. From the moment we heard the distinctive sound those vuvuzelas to the moment when Brazil lifted the trophy for a record third time, everything seemed to be perfectly predictable and ultimately satisfying.

Video: Brazil 3 USA 2

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USA win the moral victory but Donovan says it isn't nearly enough.

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Bob and LD on the Final

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Here's what U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley and midfielder Landon Donovan had to say after the tough loss. Let us know your thoughts after the game.

U.S. head coach Bob Bradley

On the match:
"It was a tough one. Obviously, a good first half, but we give up the first goal so early in the second half that we put ourselves in a tough spot.

FIFA 2009 Confederations Cup Recap and Video Highlights: Brazil beats the USA 3-2

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;Brazil scores 3 second half goals to beat the United States 3-2 - Video Highlights - Brazil overcame a 0-2 deficit to beat the United States 3-2 to win the FIFA 2009 Confederations Cup. It was a match where the United States took control in the 1st half only to give it away in the 2nd half.

Unbelievable: Half time USA 2 Brazil 0

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Did you rub your eyes your eyes in disbelief?? It is true. Dempsey's flick into the net in the 10' from a swerving right on the money cross by Jonathan Spector.

And then a breakout started by Ricardo Clark feeding the ball to a speeding Landon Donovan who dishes off left to Charlie Davis as they eat up the turf past the threadbare Brazilian defense.

Donovan Makes it 2-0!!!!!

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The U.S. capitalized on a counter attack that started in their own half ... Clark touched ahead to Donovan who played it wide to Davies. Davies did well to get it back to Donovan as he was entering the box. Landon touched it around the lone defender and finished past Julio Cesar to double the USA lead in the Confed Cup Final!

Live Game Blog: United States v Brazil - FIFA 2009 Confederations Cup Final - Sunday June 28, 2009

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The United States faces Brazil in the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Live coverage will begin around 2:20 PM EST.

United States v Brazil - Confederations Cup Final - Sunday - 14:30 EST (20:30 local time) -Â Can the US stop Brazil, who've yet to lose a game in the tournament?

Confederations Cup: USA vs Brazil: Key match ups

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Kaka vs Landon Donovan

On the face of it. No comparison. Real's $90 million for the Brazilian to $1 million for Donovan's DP status at the Galaxy. However, when it comes to influencing their national squads, Donovan's role is far more important. In this match itself, Donovan has to do what he did against Spain, not just prove to be the creative spark on attack but help the defense neutralize Kaka.

Brazil

Kaka: "Yes, we can!"

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Barack Obama's motivational influence now extends to soccer matches.

Kaka, the player of the Confederations Cup reveals that the Seleccao took the two goal deficit to the locker room and rallied using Obama's now famous campaign slogan. "Yes, we can!" It worked as they fought back and won scoring two goals by Luis Fabiano and the match winner by Lucio in the second half.

Brazil Wins FIFA Confederations Cup

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A valiant effort from the U.S. eventually fell just short as a 2-0 lead became a 3-2 halftime loss... Brazil scored in the 46th, 74th and 85th minutes in their come-from-behind effort in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The U.S., however, still took its best-ever finish in a major international championship, finishing in second place.

Brazil Makes it 2-1 Early in the Second Half ...

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Brazil scored just seconds after the start of the second half, cutting the U.S. lead in half ... The Americans have been able to hold on to the 2-1 lead since then, as we're in the 73rd minute in Johannesburg ....

The Rest

America votes for Soccer

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The ESPY "best moment" of the last 12 months......

FIFA World Player of the Year

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(Summary is not available.)

Studio 90 News for July 2

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Here's today's Studio 90 News, which features brief interviews with Michael Parkhurst and Steve Cherundolo:

Stephen Colbert Chimes in on the USA's Run

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The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cIs it Time to Care About Soccer?www.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorJeff Goldblum

Brazil 3-2 USA – Brazil Confederations Cup winners 2009

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Brazil celebrate

Brazil picked up their third Confederations Cup after coming back from two goals down against the United States.

The USA took a shock lead when Dempsey's snap shot caught out Brazil's static defence on the 10th minute.

With 27 minutes on the clock, the US doubled the score after a superb counterattacking move from their own half, ended with Donovan outfoxing Ramires before hitting a perfect shot past Júlio César.

Dempsey Makes it 1-0!

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Clint Dempsey gave the U.S. an early lead when he finished off a Jonathan Spector cross beautifully. Spector lifted it into the box, where Dempsey had found a small bit of space, and the Fulham man touched it just enough to bounce it into the far post.

The Americans have a 1-0 lead in just the 10th minute!