World Cup

These 4 semifinalists have a storied soccer history

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There have been 19 World Cups before this one. (The first was in 1930.)

Ten of those 19 tournaments were won by the teams that have fought their way into this year's semifinals.

Brazil has five World Cup trophies. (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

Germany (as West Germany) has three: (1954, 1974, 1990)

Argentina has two: (1978, 1986)

Among the present final four, only the Netherlands has yet to take home the coveted prize.

A Tale of Two Federations: How France and England Cope with Disappointment

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At the World Cup this summer, both England and France fans were dealt some disappointing blows. Sure, the details of what happened in the squads may be different. Arguably, what happened to France was by far worse. While England merely fizzled out (with a few sparks-both good and bad) during the tournament, France exploded.

Holland 3-2 Uruguay Highlights- World Cup Semifinals

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Match Preview: Uruguay v Netherlands

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Tuesday, July 6th, 19:30 GMT, Cape Town Stadium

And then there were four. Win, and that team is on to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. Lose, and that team moves on to the third-place game (yay!). Uruguay and the Netherlands will be the first two teams to play out this scenario.

Uruguay has a lot of World Cup history they've won it twice but that was back in 1930 and 1950.

Pre-game: Netherlands vs Slovakia (28 Jun 2010)

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Match Details Netherlands-Slovakia, Semi-finals, Johannesburg - JSC, Wednesday 28 June, 16.00 (local time) Why Slovakia would win? Slovakia disposed defending champion Italy and if they play the way they played in their last game then this team has a chance of winning against Netherlands. Slovakia is a young team who can run their opponents well.

Thursday Throwdown: A to Z

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Another week of Premiership action is now in the books, and Thursday means one thing: it's time for the Thursday Throwdown from A to Z. Here we go...

AÂ is for Anelka. Chelsea fans should be counting their lucky stars that both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba are in spectacular form.

Consistency - The Missing Element!

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Officiating in modern day football has already received its fair share of flak. Of course, whenever a certain team is at the receiving end of harsh refereeing decisions, its passionate fans jump at the opportunity to hit back at the match officials with great force. In this article, however, I will not go ahead with the oft-repeated idea of accusing the referees of lacking the ability to call big games without the heavily proposed use of technology.


Unsurprising stuff

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The Confederations Cup has been without surprises, and everything points to a final between the Brazilian hosts and the world champions of Spain. Both sides won all their matches in the first round, but Spain was surely the better team, winning all matches with style, except against Uruguay, but that they can only blame themselves for.

Great Germany, fantastic Italy

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As so often before, I was wrong about one thing: history repeated itself once more in last night's semifinal match between Italy and Germany. Italy was again better than Germany in an important match, much to the disappointment of the Germans that surely has been one of the most entertaining teams of the tournament, and surely it is a shame to see them out.

History in the making

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Tonight two of the greatest sides in the history of football will face one another in the semifinal of Euro 2012. Between them, Italy and Germany have 7 World Cup titles, 12 World Cup finals, 4 European Championships and 7 Euro finals. Not including Brazil, these two sides are surely the best in the history of football, although today they are both eclipsed by Spain's brilliant side.

The Iberian clash

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The first semifinal in the Euro 2012 tonight will be between the two Iberian teams Portugal and Spain. Both are great teams in their own right, but Spain, as defending World- and European champions are the ones to beat for the Portuguse side that has still never won anything, but been close a few times.

U19 European Championship: Day 3 Wrapup

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Austria celebrate their win over the Netherlands...and 3rd place in Group A.

Fans hoping to see a rematch of the Netherlands-Spain World Cup final played out on a younger stage will be disappointed to learn that they will have to wait at least another two years for the senior European Championships in 2012 after the Netherlands were elimated today.

Match Preview: Germany v Spain

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Wednesday, July 7th, 19:30 GMT, Moses Mabhida Stadium

This is what a semi-final match is all about. These two teams are clearly capable of winning the World Cup. Other than their loss to Serbia, Germany has been absolutely dominant. Spain started off a little slow, but has since shown they can play with the best of them.

Blue sweaters, Kuyt love, PPL FAQs: Read the roundup!

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From the FAQ section of PPL's website:

How can you need a rate increase when PPL is spending millions to purchase

naming rights for a soccer stadium?

PPL Electric Utilities and its customers aren't paying a penny for stadium naming rights.

Semifinal Referees Announced

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Normally this is a routine exercise in seeing and forgetting within seconds, but the stature of the game and simple fact that this tournament has been so poorly refereed the semifinal referee announcement is arguably as big as the teams themselves.

Ten officiating teams still remain in South Africa and of those, eight will be watching the semifinals from somewhere which is not the middle of the action.

Confederations Cup Semifinals Preview

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This past weekend saw one of the most exciting and dramatic ends to group action in an international tournament. While Group A was dominated by Spain, Group B was dominated by drama and action.

Spain and South Africa progressed out of Group A, while it's Brazil and the United States of America coming out of Group B.

Jozy Altidore’s Spanish…Not So Great

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The United States miraculously scraped into the Confederations Cup semifinals this past weekend, and their fixture against Spain is one of the USA's biggest matches since the 2002 World Cup. For one of the United States players, it represents a chance for him to break onto the international scene and impress his club teammates.

Confederations Cup semifinals

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Brazil destroyed Italy's world champions 3-0 last night, and thus prevented us from seeing a dramatic semifinal between the eternal rivals of Italy and Spain. The world champions are out, and the United States surprisingly took the spot in the semifinal against Spain by defeating Egypt 3-0.Egypt were a huge disappointing after their first two extraordinary matches against Brazil and Italy, and

Russia vs Spain Semi-final: Highlights and Livestream Euro 2008

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Spain are favourites of the big rematch against Russia, having beaten Russia 4-1 in their group meeting. But Russia have improved markedly since then, beating sensationally the Dutch in the quarter-final, creating countless chances before finally winning 3-1 after extra-time. Will Guus Hiddink and his underdog men go all the way in the European Championship, or is it [.

semi finals

Australian Open: Djokovic Strolls Past Federer to Reach Final

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Third seed Novak Djokovic strolled into his second Australian Open Final beating defending Champion Roger Federer 3-0 in the Semi-Finals this morning.

Djokovic played a near perfect game to close out the match 7-6, 7-5, 6-4. He will now meet either fifth seed Andy Murray or seventh seed David Ferrer who sent Rafael Nadal packing in the Quarter-Finals.

Domenech set to equal Hildago’s record, can Domenech supplant him in fan’s hearts?

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When Raymond Domenech leads the French team onto the field on Sunday, in their World Cup friendly versus Tunisia tomorrow, he will equal Michel Hildago's record of 75 matches in charge of Les Bleus. Â But unlike Domenech, Hildago is a revered figure in France's footballing history. Â He led the France team of the midfield "magic square" of Michel Plantini, Jean Tigana, Alan Giresse and Luis Fernandez to the 1984 Â European Championship and the semi-finals of the 1982 World Cup, where France lost to West Germany.

Petrić special sends Standard packing

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R. Standard de Liège 1-3 Hamburger SV (agg: 2-5)
Two goals from Mladen Petrić – including a sensational overhead kick – helped Hamburg cruise into the semi-finals.

A sublime overhead kick from Mladen Petrić helped Hamburger SV ease past R. Standard de Liège 3-1 and leave the German club one step away from the final in their own stadium.

Lyon hold firm to oust Bordeaux

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FC Girondins de Bordeaux 1-0 Olympique Lyonnais (agg: 2-3)
Marouane Chamakh's goal at the end of the first half was not enough to prevent the visitors reaching the semi-finals for the first time.

Olympique Lyonnais withstood a barrage of pressure to clinch a gritty aggregate win against FC Girondins de Bordeaux and book their place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time.

Manchester United

Manchester United v Arsenal: The Mega Preview

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Since it seemed to work so well last time, Wayne and I once again decided to do a dual match preview. This one is a bit epic (we both got a bit excited a bit early), so hopefully you are able to finish it sometime before the start of the match tomorrow.

1. How do you see this weekend's victory over Spurs impacting tomorrow's match?

Carling Cup Preview: United v Derby

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Carling Cup Semi-Finals
Pride Park Stadium
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
KO : 19:45 GMT (2:45 EST)

Recent Results – United

January 4 – United 3 – Southampton 0 @ St. Mary's Stadium

December 29 – United 1 – Boro 0 @ Old Trafford

December 26 – United 1 – Stoke 0 @ Britannia Stadium

December 21 – United 1 – LDU Quito 0 @ FIFA Club World Cup

December 18 – United 5 – Gamba Osaka 3 @ FIFA Club World Cup

Recent Results – Derby

January 3 – Derby 4 – Forest Green Rovers 3 @ The New Lawn

December 28 – Ipswich Town 1 – Derby 0 @ Pride Park

December 26 – Preston North End 2 – Derby 0 @ Deepdale

December 20 – Derby 1 – Watford 0 @ Pride Park

December 15 – Charlton 2 – Derby 2 @ The Valley

Points To Ponder Prior to Semi-Formulaic Derby Beating
With a looming Blue giant waiting at the weekend, Fergie will look to play a weakened squad in the first leg on Wednesday.

The Rest

European rule

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Brazil being destroyed 1-7 was beyond everything that could be imagined could happen to Brazil. It is so beyond belief one cannot help but think of some kind of match fixing...But ok, this was without a doubt the poorest Brazil side in history. Some players today were an utter disgrace for the proud yellow shirt; Fred continued to be a joke; Marcelo did not put one foot right; David Luiz must be

Girl power

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Maybe this Olympic tournament is when Women's football begins to get the respect it deserves. At least it has been much more entertaining, not to say dignified, than the men's, and it was topped today by two splendid semifinals which in terms of quality, technique, skills and drama were absolutely top level.

How to motivate the Paraguayans

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Sometimes there simply is no justice in football. Sometimes the one team that plays like a bunch of violent shits wins, and this has just happened with Paraguay, who has made it to the final of the Copa América by not winning a single match in ordinary time. Instead, they retort to defensiveness, dirty tricks and filthy provocations to make it to the penalty kicks, where their only "good" player

Matchday: Gold Cup Semifinals

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Hey everyone, I'm about to head out to Soldier Field for tonight's action. I'll be updating this post throughout the night with starting lineups and some commentary so keep your eyes open for that. Feel free to share any thoughts you have about either of tonight's matches in the comments section below.

Gold Cup Semifinalists: Cumulative Stats

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These are the cumulative stats for each of the four Gold Cup semifinalists.  I added together the individual match stats provided by CONCACAF to get these totals.

 W L D GF GA SOG SW F CKs Off Poss YC RC Costa Rica 2 1 1 9 5 26 16 49 25 12 52 4 0 Honduras 3 1 0 6 2 17 6 45 16 15 49 6 0 Mexico 3 0 1 9 1 26 12 50 33 4 58 5 1 U.

A Case of the Blues

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After all was said and done at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, one thing was certain: the game was as entertaining as it was hyped up to be.

The game was dominated in possession by Barcelona, but in opportunities by Chelsea. Michael Essien set the pace for Chelsea, with a majestic strike in the 9th minute.