World Cup

FIFA World Cup Official Songs/Music Anthems From 1990 to 1998

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1990 FIFA World Cup Italy

In 1990 the FIFA World Cup held in Italy gave us the official anthem "Un'estate italiana" which translates english to "To Be Number One". The song is sung by Italian artists Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini. West Germany (yup it was still West Germany in 1990) beat Argentina 1-0 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, it was also the World Cup game Diego Maradona would lace his cleats up for.

Top five Carling Cup final conclusions

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1. All the pre-match talk was of the Gerrard cousins pretending to be Hristo Stoichkov in their nan's garden during the 1994 World Cup. It would seem they caught a bit of Diana Ross' performance at the opening ceremony too. 2. Dirk Kuyt's determination to win a medal should not have been underestimated.

Win a World Cup shirt of your choice

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It's competition time, our friends at are giving you the chance to win a World Cup shirt of your choice.

Every four years, the Golden Boot is awarded at the FIFA World Cup to the player who is the tournament's top goal-scorer. The award was first given in 1930 and has been a part of the tournament ever since.

USA 1994 – When Soccer was reborn

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Four years after my football inauguration at Italia 90, my education continued when the World Cup travelled to a place where it had boldly never been before. The England-less World Cup full of glitz, glamour, bookmarked by of the worst penalties misses you'll ever see that was USA '94. They were supposed to get it, it was meant to be a tournament that the host fans would shun but ultimately the good people of the US of A embraced the good game of soccer for the first time in decades.

1994 U.S. Team: Where Are They Now?

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The summer of 1994 will always be remembered as a defining moment in the history of American soccer. The World Cup brought the game's international talent to a curious nation's doorstep in the form of Baggio, Batistuta and Stoichkov as legions of budding American soccer fans began to learn what soccer at its highest level was all about.

Manchester United

Bulgarian Prime Minister Wins Player Of The Year Award, Easily Outpolling Dimitar Berbatov

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By Alan Duffy

"It was a game of two halves, but the boys done good"

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has won the Bulgarian Player of the Year award after polling 44% of the votes in the fans' poll. The 52-year-old, who occasionally plays for third tier team Vitosha Bistritsa, comfortably beat Dimitar Berbatov into second place, with the Man Utd striker polling 24% of the votes.

Dimitar Berbatov Delivers Worst ‘Award Acceptance’ Speech Ever

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By Chris Wright

Misery, thy name is Berbatov

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has been bestowed with the prestigious 'Bulgarian Player of the Year' award for the fourth consecutive year (thus equalling Barca legend Hristo Stoichkov's record for successive wins) and for the seventh time in his career overall though he used his acceptance speech to plead with the country's journalists to cease and desist voting for him, as he never wants to be landed with the gong again.


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Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov ; born 30 January 1981 is a Bulgarian footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United of England and is the all-time leading goalscorer for the Bulgarian national team. He has won the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award six times, surpassing the number of wins by Hristo Stoichkov.

FC Barcelona

Ferguson Vs. Guardiola Chess game

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Manchester United or Barcelona?
Messi or Rooney?
Alex or Pep?

These must be the most debated questions in the world of the game in past two weeks. No doubt, we are witnessing one of best ever and most critical finals in the history of the league. I will start from the final of both teams two years ago, when I saw that look in Alex Ferguson face.

Ferguson Vs. Guardiola Chess game

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Manchester United or Barcelona?
Messi or Rooney?
Alex or Pep?

These must be the most debated questions in the world of the game in past two weeks. No doubt, we are witnessing one of best ever and most critical finals in the history of the league. I will start from the final of both teams two years ago, when I saw that look in Alex Ferguson face.

Top five Manchester United v Barcelona moments

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Damn you, YouTube users. We can't embed some of these. 1. Rivaldo's overhead kick (1998) The highlight of two pulsating group stage 3-3 draws between the two sides in 1998. The Brazilian controls a Sergi cross on his chest before pulling off an incredible bicycle kick. Watch it. 2. Hristo Stoichkov and co.

Barcelona Legend Praises NB52 * Last Years Goal Video*

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Ahead of Arsenal's trip to Catlunya next week, Ex Barcelona shadow striker Hristo Stoichkov of Bulgaria, has lavished praise on featured player Nicklas Bendtner. Bendtner has a chance to start through the middle when The Gunners' travel to the Camp Nou. Last season Bendtner played the central role and scored early on to give Arsenal a suprising 0-1 lead but the game ended 4-1 to Barcelona after Lionel Messi took the spotlight by scoring 4 goals on the night.

Lionel Messi Wins Another Ballon d’Or, Now Needs A Trophy House

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He's the best player in the world. Individually, he was the best for club throughout 2010. Individually, he was the best player in the World Cup until his team was dumped out. '

And for all this, they've handed him the Ballon d'Or for the second year straight, last done by Marco van Basten in '88-'89, and doing do as the first non-World Cup winner in a World Cup year since Hristo Stoichkov in '94.

El ganador del balón de oro fue Lionel Messi

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En una polemica decision de la FIFA el jugador argentino fue nombrado el jugador del año 2010 a pesar de que no anoto ni un solo gol en la copa del mundo y su selección fue eliminada y humillada por Alemania en cuartos de final.

Las apuestas apuntaban a que Xabi o Andres Iniesta compañeros de Messi en el fútbol club Barcelona y actuales campeones del mundo, serian los ganadores.

Ballon d’Or: Who should win it?

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Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta are the the final three shortlisted for the award. If it wasn't for the women's award, the ceremony will probably be held at Nou Camp to save the traveling cost.

The last time a non-World Cup winning player to win the Ballon d'Or in a World Cup year was in 1994 and the player was Hristo Stoichkov while he was playing for Barcelona.

FIFA Ballon d’Or Shortlist Announced – And It’s Short

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So short it's got an average height of 169.33 cm. That's almost a real person.

And it's decidedly Barcelona heavy. Actually, they might as well just hold the ceremony at the Camp Nou in their training tracksuits during a lull in cone work, with Pep making speeches scratched on scrap paper next to tactical notes whilst everyone's sucking on orange slices.

La Liga Jornada 2 Review: Hércules Proves Its Strength Against Barcelona

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Before this current season, Hércules CF had tasted top flight football only twice in the past twenty-five years: the 1985-86 season, when their neighbors to north, Valencia, also suffered relegation for the first time in its illustrious history; and the 1996-97 season, when the Alicante club spent one campaign in La Liga before subsequent relegation to the Segunda División.

Goodbye, Samuel

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Samuel Eto'o now is in the company of Hristo Stoichkov, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, and a host of others that were superstars while wearing the blaugrana who ended up shunned and escorted out the back door of the Nou Camp. Eto'o's was among one of the more despicable ones. He wasn't allowed into the .

PICTURES: United vs Barca 1991

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Cup Winners Cup 1991: Manchester United 2 - 1 Barcelona

After the ban on English clubs competing in Europe, the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup final in Rotterdam was United's opportunity to end a 23-year European trophy drought. Johan Cruyff's great Barca side - who were to win their first European Cup at Wembley a year later - were without goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta and key midfielder Guillermo Amor through suspension and star striker Hristo Stoichkov through injury.

Congratulations Barca

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It may have been coming for a while but you have to pay tribute to Pep Guardiola's Barcelona for their achievements so far in a season that could still get even better.

Champions and Copa Del Rey winners, his side have dominated the Primera Division this year and are worthy winners. They can, of course, claim a treble with a win over Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome next Wednesday.

El video Previo Barcelona Real Madrid el clasico español

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El clásico mas esperado por todos los aficionados del fútbol mundial es el derbi español.

He visto este vídeo en el cual hay de todo: broncas,golpes,goleadas y un drama futbolero.Jugadores como Laudrup, Figo, Luis Enrique, Hierro, Rivaldo, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Ivan Zamorano, Raúl, Hugo Sánchez, Cruiff, Maradona, Stoichkov, Koeman aparecen haciendo historia.

The Rest

Gerrard’s Cousin Set For Cardiff Start, and Other Tuesday Notes

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Today we've got news on Toni Silva's Northampton Town loan being extended and Craig Bellamy's words being sensationalised in a weighty Wednesday notes to help carry you through the mid-week doldrums. But first things first, if this is the first you're hearing there's likely to be two Gerrards playing at Wembley on Sunday, well, by the time BBC and Sky are done with you on the weekend it certainly won't be the last.

Chicago vs RSL: Let's Fight!

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What in Hristo Stoichkov is going on around here? So the Fire walk in to Salt Lake City and punk the uh Royals (?) at their once impenetrable fortress. Against their first choice eleven even. That happened without the midfield's security blanket Sebastian Grazzini. Wait a second do we actually have a good squad now that can win anywhere?

The Bard’s 100 Best Soccer Players: Curtain Call

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In my post "The Bard's 100 Best Soccer Players: Series Preview", I promised you that I William J. Shakespeare (aka "The Bard") would offer up unto you 100 posts about the most gifted gents to ever play the greatest game on the globe: soccer. But, alas, the Final Act of the Bard's blogging career is now upon us, and I must forge on to other literary endeavors without finishing my magnum opus.

Tweet editorial del día

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Pienso que con Manolo le irá bien al América, pero duele que Bauer lo haya puesto sobre Koeman o Stoichkov, quienes estaban dispuestos. (@macamt83)

Por Copa, África do Sul muda datas de torneio local

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O campeonato sul-africano de futebol corre contra o tempo para permitir que a seleção treinada por Carlos Alberto Parreira ganhe três meses de preparação para a Copa do Mundo do ano que vem.

Segundo os dirigentes da federação local, a intenção é fazer com que o campeonato local termine em 28 de fevereiro, mas a ideia de antecipar jogos irritou alguns técnicos de equipes do país, como Hristo Stoichkov.

Em 95, Zamorano, Laudrup e o jovem Raúl devolviam os 5 a 0 ao Barcelona

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Na Espanha, a "alternância de poder" entre Barcelona e Real Madrid é histórica e ficou mais intensa recentemente, com o equilíbrio financeiro e, consequentemente, esportivo entre os clubes. Mas nunca esse sobe e desce ficou tão claro como no meio na década de 90.

No meu post anterior, eu mostrei uma goleada de 5 a 0 aplicada pelo Barcelona em janeiro de 1994, com três gols e show de Romário.

Little Italy is present in the Bulgarian First Division

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This was an interesting story I came across today. Apparently there is a "Little Italy" of sorts in the Bulgarian First Division (official named the Bulgarian TBI A Professional Football Group, which is ridiculous), as Bulgarian club PFC Botev Plovdiv is owned by an Italian owner, has an Italian chairman, an Italian-Congolese sporting director, an Italian manager, and a roster that contains 10 Italian players (soon to be 11).