Not that they matter one iota, but England have moved up into third place in FIFA's World
Rankings an all-time high despite not playing a single competitive game in the month of July.
Yep. Due to whatever ridiculous¬ algorithms¬ FIFA use to construct their pointless dung heap,
now only Germany and all-conquering reigning World and double European champions Spain are above
Roy Hodgson's boys in the standings.
As foreseen Didier Drogba makes the move to the Chinese League joining Shanghai Shenhua for a
cool $15 million per year on a two year contract. He joins former Chelsea compatriot Nicholas
Anelka and the club's new coach Sergio "Checho" Batista, last seen as Argentina's manager in their
2011 Copa America misadventure.
New director of international player development officially announced. More from Hackworth on getting a goalscorer, Adu. Karmic justice prevails as New York goes yet another year with no cups. More news.
South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL will hold a special Copa America tournament in 2016 in the United States to commemorate the organization's 100th year.
CONMEBOL said at a meeting of its executive committee in Argentina Wednesday that the tournament would include the 10 South American teams, plus the United States, Mexico and four others from the CONCACAF.
CONMEBOL announced plans to hold a special edition of the Copa America tournament in the United States in July 2016 to mark the South American confederation's 100th anniversary. Dubbed the Copa America Centennial, the special tournament will include the U.S. and Mexico as fixed participants along with four other CONCACAF teams, which will be decided through the Gold Cup, and 10 CONMEBOL teams.
The newest Clint Dempsey rumors having him trading the Craven Cottage for Anfield as Liverpool
are reportedly interested.
It appears that new Vancouver Whitecaps designated player Barry Robson may not be the best
public relations ambassador. Once rumored to becoming a Vancouver Rapid (uh, really, that's what an
English paper said) Carlos Bocanegra returning to MLS could still happen.
The next Copa America will be in Chile in 2015, but when the Confederation of CONMEBOL celebrates
its 100th anniversary in 2016 they want to hold a special tournament and it won't be on the South
American Continent. Reports coming ...
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So much for that big party in three and a half years.
Tuesday's big news that a revamped Copa America was coming to the United States was the talk of the town, and had American soccer fans drooling at the prospects of a high-profile tournament coming to our shores in 2016. After years of rumors about the possibility, it was easy to fall in love with the news of it actually happening.
On Wednesday, CONCACAF announced that president Jeffrey Webb and vice-president and Mexico Football
Federation president Justino Compean were in Brazil to meet with the executive committee of
CONMEBOL, South American soccer's governing body. On the agenda is "a special Copa America in 2016
to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL that would involve CONCACAF's partnership and
participation, referee development, technical programs and other synergies.
beIN Sport, the newest 24/7 soccer channel in the United States, has announced an agreement with
cable company Comcast. It's the first cable company to carry the channel and third major carrier as
it's currently available on DirecTV and Dish Network.
Details of the agreement were sent in a press release.
In the only story of real importance in MLS this weekend, Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso
died early Sunday morning after being rushed to the hospital. Regardless of the details that may
emerge about the circumstances of Urso's passing, this is real tragedy. The Crew players and staff
share memories of Urso in this piece on the MLS website.
ANALYSIS: Does Cristiano Ronaldo do it in the big games? is a post from: Just Football
In his own mind he's the best player in the world, while in the minds of others he isn't even in
the top 10. No matter which way you look at it, Cristiano Ronaldo divides
After a season in which the one-time World Player of the Year won La Liga for the first time
since joining Real Madrid in 2009, Ronaldo was criticised intensely after
Portugal's first two games at Euro 2012.
There's something quite satisfying about seeing a top class player live up to the hype at a
major tournament be it Maradona in '86, Zidane at '98 or (the Brazilian) Ronaldo in '02. And while
the world's number one player, Lionel Messi, is yet to explode all over a World Cup or Copa
America, his nearest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is starting to hit those stratospheric heights at
For Portugal's all-important final group stage match against the Netherlands, Cristiano Ronaldo
sent underachieving twin brother Barry home and continued to live up to comparisons to Fernando
Torres (who had a brace against Ireland) by scoring both goals in his side's 2-1 win. That
confirmed Portugal's place in the quarterfinals and served as a final piece of evidence that this
Netherlands team, which lost all three of their Group of Death matches after scoring more than any
other team in qualifying, was terrible.
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is a strange man. We've already established this. He
denounces his Italian citizenship and storms out of fixture draws before catching a ride on a
stranger's scooter and he introduces new players to the press by putting them in lion masks. So it
should come as no surprise that De Laurentiis has gone back on his previous opinion that Lionel
Messi was a "cretin" and decided that he wants the brilliant Argentine to make like Maradona and
move from Barcelona to Napoli.
There is little doubt that both Ronaldo and Messi have been the best two footballers on the
planet the last five years. So, why do many followers of the beautiful game, especially those over
the age of 30, myself included, bristle at the "he may be the greatest ever player" comments
periodically laid, particularly at Messi's feet?
Copa America: All-time Records - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Copa America is the world's oldest international championship with the first tournament held in 1916 and the latest in 2011. Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have fought for the coveted trophy.
About five months from now, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have some serious decisions to make. A trio of World Cup qualifiers will be looming in June, a mini-tournament of sorts that will go a long way in determining how well the USMNT qualifying campaign is going.
One of the stranger stories to emerge over the last day was the announcement that a 2016 version of Copa America would be played in the United States. The possibility was greeted with great enthusiasm, but before the day was out, the United States Soccer Federation was quick to douse the excitement , by stating that no deal was in place.
Mexico fully deserved their 2-1 victory against Brazil today in the Olympic final, and seals
Mexico's strength in youth football, where they are U-17 World Champions and did well in the last
Copa America with a team that looked very much like the one that won gold today. But in spite of
Mexico's superiority, what will be most discussed in this final is Brazil.