Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson helped Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to battle depression, the Frenchman has admitted. Cabaye revealed he turned to Wilkinson's book for advice as he struggled with depression after Euro 2012. The 27-year-old said: said: "Depression? I am not afraid to say that.
There's finally a chance to move on from a considerable amount of nothings to a month worth of
somethings worth paying attention to, with Euro 2012 kicking off in Poland and continuing
throughout the month. There'll be two matches per day for the next week and a half, allowing us a
chance to shift our focus from Liverpool to supposedly meaningful international competition.
One of the best parts of coming together and bonding at an international competition is the
memories to take with you forever. And the best way to leave a legacy? By taking a team portrait,
of course! You can bet that Thomas Mueller wants to dust off the framed photo from
2012 on his mantelpiece in the year 2050 and mutter: "Das beste Team aller Zeiten" ("The
Best Team Of All Time) to his eleven grandchildren.
Euro 2012 Betting Guide Five top bets for the Euros - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With Euro 2012 less than a month away, the participating nations are starting to name their
squads for the tournament and the fans' enthusiasm is beginning to build. As with any international
competition, games thick and fast allow the punters to gamble on a daily basis in the search of
profits, and many will be reaching for the Euro 2012 betting guide to find a bargain price or
Enough with the doom and gloom, it's time for the news and notes. See what I did there? Yeah, I
know, sorry. Plus one of the items we've got for today involves "Steven Gerrard," "injuries," and
"English national team." Which doesn't bode well for moving on from said doom and gloom, but what
Rooney Not Helping England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Last night Wayne Rooney's astonishing moment of stupidity ensures that Manchester United star is
set to miss the start of Euro 2012 next year. It remains to be seen whether he is handed more than
a single match ban by UEFA for his act of madness.
The U.S. women's national team's hopes for another Olympic gold medal are still alive, and so is
its shutout streak.
Abby Wambach scored in the first half, and substitute Sydney LeRoux ended all doubt with a late
clincher, as the U.S. women held off New Zealand 2-0 and advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic
tournament at St.
It should have been a dream return for Andy Carroll to St. Jame's Park, instead it turned out to
be a nightmare as Liverpool lost 2-0 to further complicate their chances of playing in Europe next
season. Sunday's loss makes it the third consecutive loss for Dalglish who is starting to feel the
heat of the job.
Time is winding down for Robin van Persie to make a move away from Arsenal, but the question
that remains is: Where exactly will he go?
The list of reported interested suitors in the Dutch international are some of the premier clubs
in the world. From Manchester United to Manchester City to Juventus, van Persie has attracted a
number of top teams who not only have an eye on their respective domestic leagues, but also on the
UEFA Champions League.
It's a good thing that this weekend is surrounded by two weeks of great matches coming from the
UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Copa Libertadores because this weekend's action is crap.
You know how much I enjoy telling you about all of the great matches coming up every weekend.
A sense of history is always relative, and in Australian sport any team, venue or personality
that has been around for more than a couple of decades is venerated as a hallowed asset to society.
Australia played a rugby international against Wales at the Sydney Football Stadium in mid-June, a
venue that had not seen international competition featuring the Wallabies since 1998.
While in Princeton, N.J., for the USA's May training camp, Studio 90 sat down with 21-year-old
Kristie Mewis, one of the top young players in the national team programs. Mewis saw quite a bit of
training time with the full U.S. team this year, but has yet to earn a cap.
She knows that she has been brought in just to learn and get a taste for the intense level of full
international competition, and for the rising senior at Boston College, it's been a soccer
experience of a lifetime.
The Euro's are my favorite international competition. At 16-teams you don't get some of the
lightweights that reach the World Cup FInals, which means that every game in the Euros is close,
with makes for compelling drama and must-watch TV.
The competition kicks off tomorrow and here is look into my crystal ball to see who will be
crowned European Champions.
Wales versus Paraguay at the Millennium Stadium, March 2006. A warm up match for Wales'
opponents ahead of the World Cup and a match I remember well for typifying John Toshack's Wales.
The performance was satisfactory, Wales didn't have as many shots as their opponents, but held
possession reasonably well.
In one of the biggest surprises in all of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, the tiny island nation of
Antigua and Barbuda have reached the semifinal round for the first time in history after defeating
Haiti and capturing the top spot in Group H. They won each of their first five matches in the
second round by a combined margin of 25-3.
Oct. 7, 2001, is a day that lives in U.S. Soccer history on many levels. Being the first team to
represent the United States in international competition since Sept. 11, the U.S. pulled out a
thrilling 2-1 victory against Jamaica, and with the other results in CONCACAF qualifying improbably
going their way, the team qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup that day.
The Portland Timbers trained as usual at the Timbers' training facility in Beaverton this
morning. Players stayed out on the field until well after noon today, taking advantage of the
almost-summer sun. We were not allowed to see any of the players' post-training activities, so I
don't have anything to report on that footing.
The Philadelphia Union announced today that they will host Aston Villa at PPL Park on Wednesday,
July 18 at 7:30pm, confirming an earlier announcement on the Premiership club's website.
Tickets for the event are included in full season ticket packages at no additional cost.
"Card-carrying season ticket holders will have the game loaded on their season ticket card and
those with printed tickets will have tickets for this match mailed to them by mid-June," said the
As reported originally on Soccer by Ives a couple of weeks ago, the Chicago Fire have signed 17
year-old striker Kellen Gulley as a Home Grown Player. Gulley comes from the Chicago Fire Juniors -
Mississippi and becomes the first player from the three Juniors programs based outside of
Chicagoland to sign with the club's first team.
The MLS returns to action this evening, now that the FIFA-mandated international break has
mostly passed. The European Championships continue, but nearly every other international
competition has wrapped up this past week. So that means we're back to MLS soccer. All but one of
the Western Conference teams will be in action this weekend, with the San Jose Earthquakes waiting
until Wednesday to get their restart.
The Philadelphia Union announced on Tuesday that they will play Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj's Aston
Villa at PPL Park on July 18th. "It's our ongoing commitment to bring world-class international
competition to Philadelphia," Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said. "We are very proud to
host Aston Villa in what will be a challenge for our club and a treat for our fans.
Mohamed Abou-treika whose accomplishments as a humanitarian are as luminous as his
accomplishments on the soccer pitch announced his retirement from his beloved Al Ahly club. He was
joined by fellow icons Emad Moteab and Mohamed Barakat, all stalwarts of the club as they made
their announcement on Ahly TV.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN: On Jermaine Jones and what went in to decision to make captain:
"It was certainly a difficult situation for Jermaine with the suspension in Germany.
Since we're in the throes of international competition and most of the domestic league action is on
hiatus (save South America, where we are still getting a full slate of action), this week's Weekly
Club Rankings are being postponed a week in order to bring you the WCR International RPI Rankings
for September 2011.