Below is a list of all 31 teams the United States can face in the World Cup in order of how difficult a matchup each opponent would be. The rankings account for individual matchups, style of play, the tournament's location, U.S. history against the opponent and overall quality. Blue teams are seeded teams in Pot 1.
In an open letter to season ticket holders, Sakiewicz and Hackworth say resources have been allocated to bring in "final key pieces." Slight drop in Union attendance average. Playoff schedule change? More news.
Michel Platini is "only" the head of UEFA, but the odds are solid he's next in line for the top job when Sepp Blatter finally descends into the fires of hell relinquishes his seat atop the football pyramid at FIFA. So while right now they're just words of a man without enough power to do anything about it, his idea to expand the World Cup to 40 teams and rather soon is one worth listening to.
Clubs across Europe are trying to get their house in order to ensure compliance with UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations are adhered to. But there appears less concern in Paris and Monte Carlo than in most other cities over the continent. The continued lavish spending of the Ligue Un clubs appear on the face of it to suggest an imminent suspension for PSG and Monaco in next seasons European competition.
The report in the Mail on Sundaynewspaper that QPR could run afoul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play standards and face a fine in the £60 million range is no surprise. Harry Redknapp has a history of pushing clubs beyond their economic means and, in QPR's case, he took an already bad situation and made it unsalvageable.
Real Madrid drew 2-2. Juventus took the lead (similar to the Real Madrid's home leg) through a penalty and Vidal did not hesitate to put it past Casillas. Real Madrid came back in the second half, Ronaldo scored with a neat finish after a perfect through ball by Benzema. Bale gave Real Madrid the [..
UEFA President Michel Platini has demanded an internal investigation look into why the UEFA protocol wasn't followed by the referee in the Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City earlier this week.
The new UEFA protocol to combat racism says that the referee should stop the game if he receives a complaint of racism (which City captain Yaya Toure informed the referee about during the game), and the referee must then instruct the public announcer to tell supporters to refrain from the racial abuse.
Why The World Cup Is Better Than The Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
For many, this is another Champions League week. The competition is heating up, and on Wednesday night, we'll be at the halfway point of the group stage. It has been an interesting few days, two of the countless Champions League match-days.
Manchester City's captain last night, Yaya Toure, has demanded that UEFA reacts to the awful racist chanting that he and his teammates received from the supporters of CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League match.
Toure informed the referee regarding the racist chanting, but no action was taken.
While Manchester City defeated CSKA Moscow, 2-1, on a dilapidated field in Moscow on Wednesday evening, much of the focus from the following the match centers on reported racist chanting from the CSKA ultras.
At one point in the second half, Man City midfielder Yaya Toure was reportedly the subject of racist chanting and following the game, Toure called on UEFA to punish the club and the fans for their actions.
Real Madrid won 2-1 thanks to two goals from Ronaldo. Both goals were pretty standard ones considering the talent of Ronaldo but nonetheless he took them well. First goal was a clever chip into the goal after Ronaldo had faked a shot from Di Maria's through ball and had beaten buffon. He did well to [.
Real Madrid will play Juventus tonight. At home, in the Champions League is always a nice thing to hear when Real Madrid is involved. For some reason, whether Real Madrid is playing good football or bad, opponents just come here and play even worse. Rarely have I seen a team play to their full [...]
Despite many English football fans claiming to be disgruntled with their national side, they are the best supported side in Europe. Although England didn't always fill Wembley Stadium during qualification for the World Cup, they normally got pretty close and come out top of the attendances ladder for Brazil 2014 qualification.
Enough of the empty promises. It is long past time for UEFA to prove whether or not they are as serious about punishing racist behavior from fans in club competitions across Europe as they claim to be. And with another incident occurring on Wednesday in which Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure revealed after his club's victory over CSKA Moscow that he was targeted with racist chanting by the Russian side's home supporters, now is the perfect time to for UEFA lay down the hammer.
England qualified in the very last match of UEFA's Group H World Cup qualifiers after a 2-0 over Poland. Now not only the 53 million plus English people would hope that the Three Lions can taste the championship once again, but also current Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny shares the same feelings.
European teams have played their last big night of qualifiers with a handful of tickets to Brazil 2014 given out. The big names – Germany, Italy, Spain, England and the Netherlands all made it through as group winners and Switzerland kept up their recently consistent record in qualifying for major finals.
It's been a long while since I did one of these, let alone one that wasn't in UEFA tourney action. But today seems a great day to give to all those stuck at work, seeing how a certain Jozy Altidore is starting. I will also be keeping some stat tallies for peculiar categories I dreamed up. I'll be back in a moment with the line-ups, kickoff is in about 10 minutes.
Arbeloa was and probably is a good defender. Before the match against Galatasaray he was always known as a good defender. Just good. Not brilliant or highly athletic. That was the main problem why he was always considered as a player who would not win you matches but just be there to hold things [...
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In order to make amends for its disastrous and laughable campaign in 2010, France must make history by becoming the first ever UEFA national side to overturn a 2-0 deficit in its home leg versus Ukraine.
After being stunned by goals from Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko in Kiev, the Stade de France in Paris will be on a knife's edge.
After the latest string of firings, Halloway included, I felt I needed to enlighten some of you as to what it takes to coach in the EPL. In the US, most in the coaching ranks are familiar with the USSF standard ratings, E, D (state and national), C, B, and A licenses. Typically, you won't see a D1 school being coached by someone with anything less than an A license.