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snarky
05-30-2009, 11:55 AM
Since we periodically discuss soccer here in the general, I think we should just confine it to one thread to reduce the clutter. i know some folks are annoyed by all things soccer. Fair enough. this is a shared space so unless somebody sees a reason to do otherwise, I propose we just keep it to one thread. (Same should go for politics, IMHO).

Anyway, just noticed this and I thought it might be of interest to some folks. ESPN to provide full coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup in June. 16 matches in fifteen days.

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewAr ... 49000.html (http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_14549000.html)

USA got a bad draw but hopefully we will find a way out of the group.

Jigawatts
06-01-2009, 01:33 PM
Since we periodically discuss soccer here in the general, I think we should just confine it to one thread to reduce the clutter. i know some folks are annoyed by all things soccer. Fair enough. this is a shared space so unless somebody sees a reason to do otherwise, I propose we just keep it to one thread. (Same should go for politics, IMHO).

Anyway, just noticed this and I thought it might be of interest to some folks. ESPN to provide full coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup in June. 16 matches in fifteen days.

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewAr ... 49000.html (http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_14549000.html)

USA got a bad draw but hopefully we will find a way out of the group.

Keep stuff like this coming. Usually I don't pay enough attention to know when things
like this will be televised. With the end of the hockey season drawing near I'll need to
fill some time before the football drought ends.

snarky
06-01-2009, 02:59 PM
Well since you've asked, there are actually some games on ESPN this week. This is the schedule from ESPN360 but the US matches should be on ESPN or ESPN2.



Tue, Jun 2 2:55PM FIFA International Friendly: France vs. Nigeria (SPA)
Wed, Jun 3 8:45PM Copa do Brasil Copa Do Brasil 2009 - Corinthians (fat Ronaldo's team) vs. Vasco
Wed, Jun 3 8:50PM Copa do Brasil Copa Do Brasil 2009 - Coritiba vs. Internacional
Wed, Jun 3 10:00PM FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches: United States vs. Costa Rica
Thu, Jun 4 7:30PM MLS MLS: New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United
Fri, Jun 5 2:55PM International Friendly: France vs. Turkey (SPA)
Sat, Jun 6 10:05AM FIFA World Cup Qualifier - Uzbekistan vs. Japan
Sat, Jun 6 12:15PM FIFA World Cup Qualifier - United Arab Emirates vs. Korea Republic
Sat, Jun 6 8:00PM FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches: Honduras vs. United States

Iron Shiek
06-02-2009, 12:01 PM
LMFAO at "Corinthians (Fat Ronaldo's team)" !!!!!

USA didn't necessarily get a bad draw because in Confederation Cup all the teams are gonna be really good (for the most part). I'm kinda glad they got that brutal draw just to toughen up some of these young guys so they know what to expect in '10 Africa.

USA v Costa Rica can put icing on qualifying cake, they can cruise the rest of the way pretty much if they win tomorrow.


Good idea on the thread snarky.

ghettoscott
06-08-2009, 08:24 PM
man, Costa Rica didnt work out.....but we got Honduras! I was a little nervous when Hon. went up 1 - 0, but we rallied. Actually, we could have won that match 3 - 1

ghettoscott
06-16-2009, 09:57 PM
****in Rossi...traitor.

RuthlessBurgher
06-18-2009, 01:05 PM
I don't know anything about soccer, but I know that the U.S. getting spanked by Brazil 3-0 ain't good. But it does give me a reason to post this:

http://www.zwani.com/graphics/portuguese/orgulho_brasileiro/images/brazilian-soccer-fan.jpg

:Boobs

ghettoscott
06-19-2009, 03:58 PM
at least Egypt beat Italy, we still have a chance to qualify.....

nice photo RB. It kind of looks like a HOT Paris Hilton.....key word is 'Hot'...

snarky
06-21-2009, 04:25 PM
Wow. Just wow. Crazy escape from the group.

BTW, can we ever play Italy without getting a BS red card against us?

ghettoscott
06-22-2009, 09:39 AM
whoooooooooo, that was a great game!!! we could have won 4 - 0 if the ref would have called that handball (good no call though)....

The first goal was amazing!!

I doubt we get past Spain but at least we avoided the first round KO.

RuthlessBurgher
06-24-2009, 03:51 PM
U.S. leads World #1 Spain at the hour mark of the Confederation Cup semifinals on the basis of a Jozy Altidore goal in the 27th minute.

Since I showed a pic of a Brazilian fan when they beat us, I will have show a U.S. soccer fan this time instead.

http://www.bteambombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/american-soccer-fan2.jpg

Just kidding.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_eosGkndaIFM/SD6VIU8bMHI/AAAAAAAACsU/2FEGnyS9EFk/s400/_44697594_fan_416_pa.jpg

RuthlessBurgher
06-24-2009, 04:08 PM
Clint Dempsey goal at the 73rd minute! U.S. 2, Spain 0!!!

http://z.about.com/d/weirdnews/1/0/X/5/-/-/Olympic_Face_Painting_1a.jpg

Just kidding again...

http://img1.photographersdirect.com/img/12021/wm/pd881366.jpg

snarky
06-24-2009, 04:24 PM
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!

RuthlessBurgher
06-24-2009, 04:27 PM
IT'S OVER!!! Spain's 35-match unbeaten streak comes to an end at the hands of the upstart Americans 2-0.

http://img1.photographersdirect.com/img/12021/wm/pd881363.jpg

Just kidding for the third time...

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_aD6z3HufNnQ/SCFOFyvRa2I/AAAAAAAAFPo/oyjr7LTCLjE/s1600/Tiffany_May.JPG

snarky
06-24-2009, 04:44 PM
OK, now that I'm calmed down a bit I gotta say that I love the fact that a guy who doesn't even get to look at top flight grass in the Spanish league had the GWG.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
06-24-2009, 10:20 PM
Hey, I heard about this incredible win over Spain today. #1 in the world. They are saying this is the best victory for any US men's soccer team EVER, and it's the 2nd biggest upset by any US team, in any sport EVER, 2nd only to the 1980 Miracle on the Ice.

Wooo Hooo!

USA! USA! USA!


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U.S. Victory Was a Miracle on Grass
By GEORGE VECSEY

The stunning 2-0 victory by the United States over Spain — the best team in the world — is probably the greatest victory by the men’s national soccer team.

And when you think of it, the victory Wednesday is probably the second-biggest upset by an American team, behind only the 1980 Miracle on Ice by the hockey team over the Soviet Union in the Olympics.

Those Soviets were state-supported professionals, beaten by amateurs from the United States. On the field in South Africa on Wednesday, everybody was a professional, although just about every Spanish player is employed at a higher level than his American counterpart.

This shocking match in the Confederations Cup in Bloemfontein was the equivalent of those one-off thrillers, like Gonzaga or Davidson beating one of the giants of American college basketball. Compelling? Sure. Significant? Not necessarily.

Coming from essentially nowhere, after weeks of ragged play, the upset was exciting to watch, for Americans and presumably for the South African fans, all bundled up in winter gear, and for fans rooting for the underdog in climates and time zones all over the world.

The United States did not suddenly become a powerhouse because Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey scored hard-earned, opportunistic goals in each half against Spain, winner of last year’s European championship, and undefeated since 2006.

The inequity is what made this match such a spectacle. The Spanish players are regulars for Barcelona and Liverpool in the richest leagues of Europe. The Americans play in the earnest Major League Soccer or are role players and reserves in Europe.

But for these 90 minutes on Wednesday, the Americans were better than the Spaniards — brave and smart and lucky, too — and they always have this result, like the Americans who shocked England in the 1950 World Cup, a simpler time, and the Americans who demoralized Mexico and then nearly beat Germany in the giddy quarterfinal in the World Cup in 2002.

“Most teams respect them a little too much and back off of them,” Landon Donovan said of the Spanish players after the game. “I think we did a good job being harder and more aggressive than most teams.”

The most immediate benefit to American soccer is not even the result of the Confederations Cup final on Sunday, when they will play the winner of Thursday’s Brazil-South Africa match. That one is gravy.

The real boon to the American team will come on Dec. 4, at the World Cup draw in Cape Town, when the ayatollahs of FIFA divide the 32 qualifiers into four ranks of eight. In recent draws, the United States was seeded below its regional rival Mexico, which effectively meant the Americans would have to face two tiers of tough opponents.

Now that the Americans have held off the quick and talented Spaniards, FIFA will have to remember that the United States has drawn ahead of Mexico and is the best team in its region.

Nobody in the American soccer federation will dare to claim that this was the day the country came of age in the world’s most important sport. Not until American boys and girls play feral soccer on their own, for the love of the sport, will the nation develop its own Jordan, its own Pujols, its own Crosby or Malkin, its own Maradona.

But this was a step, the product of many intricate changes, some of them made by Bob Bradley, the American coach who was under attack in blogs in recent weeks. (Yapping about the coach is a great step forward for the United States.)

Among the reasons the United States beat Spain was that Altidore finally played himself into shape after rusting on the sideline for his club in Spain. He looked trimmer and more alert than he did in recent weeks.

Other changes were: the return of the captain Carlos Bocanegra from injury, to stabilize the defense; Tim Howard played a marvelous match in goal after getting a day off against Egypt last Sunday; Bradley had to stop using DaMarcus Beasley, not the player he used to be; the makeshift back line had to knit in the absence of three seasoned defenders; and Donovan had to dig in for the grittiest match of his national team career, much the way Claudio Reyna did against Mexico in 2002.

This was not the World Cup, but it was an important tournament in the march toward 2010. This victory needs to be savored on its own by the players and their loyal fans.

To be fair, American men and women have come up with other great victories in soccer, basketball, softball and ice hockey, most notably the memorable 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1999 Women’s World Cup in the United States. But most of the time these American teams were expected to dominate, to be a factor. The Yanks of Bloemfontein were not even expected to be in the semifinals. The No. 14 team in the world — a rating that looked quite generous — has now beaten the No. 1 team in the world. For loyal American fans, it feels so good precisely because it was an upset.

E-mail: geovec@nytimes.com


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snarky
06-25-2009, 09:56 AM
Nice article although i think it is very debatable as to whether this is the biggest victory by the USMNT. It is definitely top 5. But I don't think it is number 1. And I would rank it well below the 1980 Olympic hockey team.

Now, say the US beats Brazil on Sunday -- now that would make my number one.

Jigawatts
06-25-2009, 12:29 PM
USA beats Spain. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

RuthlessBurgher
06-28-2009, 03:00 PM
And now they are up 1-0 on Brazil in the Confederations Cup Final on the basis of a Clint Dempsey goal at the 10 minute mark.

:wft :Clap :mrgreen:

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/06KD0xmbP96iE/340x.jpg http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/07/02/WC_gall_4_gallery__470x316.jpg

RuthlessBurgher
06-28-2009, 03:20 PM
2-0!!! :shock: USA! USA!!!

Landon Donovan goal at 26th minute.

At this rate, she:

http://brazilwithoutborders.com/brazil-world-cup-fans.jpg

is starting to look like this:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RwmGaB6TA0s/SbBYp75K8GI/AAAAAAAACyQ/8Uf0BSHxX40/s400/brazil-soccer-fan.jpg

Okay...maybe not, but you catch my drift.

It halftime now. Wow. Just wow.

RuthlessBurgher
06-28-2009, 04:14 PM
Three unanswered goals by Brazil. 3-2 Brazil in the 84th minute.

http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm60/whistler711/BrazilSoccerCheers.jpg

Iron Shiek
06-29-2009, 12:33 PM
Made me sick...ruined my day.

Disgusted. It seems Bradley pulled the team back way too early and giving one back a minute into the 2nd half was not acceptable.

I concur with Landon Donovan, I don't care if US gets respect, I want them to win. This is the closest to a major trophy they have ever been or are likely to ever be in quite a long time.

Lets just hope they carry this into the World Cup next year.

Jigawatts
06-29-2009, 03:20 PM
It was absolutely disgusting to watch that second half.

Was that the prevent defense? :roll:

ghettoscott
06-29-2009, 08:04 PM
Made me sick...ruined my day.

:|

I agree man, i was lovin' life when we went up 2 - 0, I havent seen a half like that from U.S. in a while.....2nd half we played scared and didnt press like we did in the first..... awful....

Respect to Landy and Howard...great efforts......

Iron Shiek
06-29-2009, 11:08 PM
The second goal on that counter attack was probably the best goal I've seen the US score in my life. Not only how pretty it was, but I don't remember an effective counter attack like that. Not to mention the magnitude of it going up 2-0 and sniffing a trophy.

snarky
06-30-2009, 11:40 AM
Disappointing outcome. But the good news is that the US is running out of moral victories. At this point the only moral victory left is a loss in the semi-final or final of the WC. Also good to see some younger players move into the squad. I'm so sick of Beasley. I mean, I don't want to sound cold but it's time to thank him for his service and move on.

Also, I am going to hope that this helps a few guys get some more playing time in Europe. There's no way Altidore should be riding the pines in la segunda. And hopefully Davies will be on the move to a more competitive league.

And finally this: If the US can defeat Mexico at Azteca in the WC qualifier we should end up in Pot B next year for the seeding which would make it easier to advance to the knock-out stage.

snarky
06-30-2009, 02:04 PM
Gold Cup coverage on the Univision networks (Or should I say Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolld Cup):

http://www.univision.com/content/conten ... id=1199728 (http://www.univision.com/content/content.jhtml?cid=1199728)

Apparently, Galavision is available on DirctTV, but I haven't found it yet.

Also, you can get the US Open Cup games online (starting tonight) at the USL site:

http://usllive.com/usl/console.jsp

You have to register, but registration is free.

Here is the US Open Cup home page:

http://www.usopencup.com/

snarky
07-01-2009, 10:22 AM
New FIFA rankings out today. US is ranked 12th :shock: :shock: :shock:

So FIFA rankings are considered not all that reliable. So then I checked the World Football ELO rankings and I see that we are ranked 11th there. :Cheers :Cheers

TBH, if we can just hold steady around #10 for a few years I'll be happy. We seem to fluctuate between about #30 and #5 (yeah right). So I'd just be content if we could stay steady where we are and actually compete as a top 12 or even a top 10 team. That means getting out of the group at the next two WCs. Winning the 2011 Gold Cup (the current one doesn't really matter so much) and finishing top of the table in WC qualifying.

Iron Shiek
07-02-2009, 12:39 PM
Snarky, yeah the rankings are a joke because we play all the little concacaf teams during qualifying and rack up wins. While Europe has its share of luxembourgs and whatnot, i think the level of competition is way higher there. But when we were in like the top 6 that one year before the world cup, i was cracking up.

As for the Gold Cup...can't wait for it to start. We've got virtually an entire new squad, mostly MLS'ers, but some decent talent. Hopefully they can snag 1 or 2 guys out of this roster for the WC next year. Watch Chad Marshall from Columbus Crew, that guy is always around the net either assisting or scoring for the Crew.

Crew Stadium has a double header on July 7th. I bought tickets a few months back and can't wait. Its going to be Group B (?)...I get to see Canada v. El Salvador, then Costa Rica v. Jamaica. Outrageous deal, $30 for both games. I'm pumped.

snarky
07-03-2009, 06:37 PM
OK, did a bit of searching regarding these Gold Cup games and here is the DirectTV configuration where I am (Florida)

Galavision: Channel 404
Telefutura: Channel 69

Not sure if these will work for everyone, but there you go.

snarky
07-06-2009, 12:17 PM
Shiek, have fun tomorrow. Both games should be pretty competitive. I'd love to see Ricardo Fuller pot a few against Costa Rica.

I know it was only Grenada. But I have to say I was impressed wtih Beckerman the other night. Not sure how he would do say in the WC. But he did a lot of little things very well, I thought.

We still need to improve our dead ball game.

Iron Shiek
07-06-2009, 04:32 PM
My gosh...the bane (well one of them) of US Soccer. We suck at spot kicks and even worse at defending them. Ugh....

Beckerman is pretty tough player...i don't see enough of him unfortunately...

Iron Shiek
07-09-2009, 12:16 PM
U.S.'s "B" team looked pretty nice vs Honduras in the Gold Cup last night. I thought they controlled the ball well. Davies is such a good striker...he just needs polish his game up and work on finishes and stuff.

ghettoscott
07-24-2009, 09:07 PM
alexi lalas says "and you know what?" too much...

great 1st half to the Milan - Chelsea game...the power and skill of these players is freakin amazing. Charles Minor would be proud....

http://www.tvfanatic.com/images/gallery/charles-minor.jpg

Iron Shiek
07-27-2009, 10:44 AM
Is that Stringer Bell?

ghettoscott
07-27-2009, 07:58 PM
Heeeeeeeeell yeah! He had a guest spot on 'The Office' this season, he was a big soccer fan on the show....

ghettoscott
07-27-2009, 08:01 PM
..oh, and what a crap performance from the ****ing USA team, i mean, ****, **** **** dick....5 - 0 are you ****ing kidding me. **** **** damn damn ass........dick.

snarky
07-27-2009, 09:36 PM
Yes that was miserable. Not many bright spots coming out of the knock-out rounds. I guess the real brights spot is that that was a mix of second and third teamers.

Should be interesting when the first team goes to Azteca for WC Qualifying

Iron Shiek
07-27-2009, 10:16 PM
Yes that was miserable. Not many bright spots coming out of the knock-out rounds. I guess the real brights spot is that that was a mix of second and third teamers.

Should be interesting when the first team goes to Azteca for WC Qualifying


Exactly. Whole different story when our real team is together in a pivotal game. This was not even our full JV squad we rolled out there...it was like a mix of JV and Freshman team or something. But its all good, let them get experience. Takin an a$$ whippin like that against an almost full squad from Mexico is only going to build on their experience.

But 5-0? Geez...

snarky
08-04-2009, 12:03 PM
CONCACAF Champions League coverage tonight at 8pm on Galavision (spanish language, channel 404 on my Direct TV listing). Doulee-header beginning at 8pm. I'm guessing there are double headers Wednesday and Thursday as well. First game tonight is Toronto FC (MLS) vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (USL-1, I think).

snarky
08-12-2009, 02:39 PM
Wow I didn't realize that the Mexico game is at 4pm. I thought it was this evening.

RuthlessBurgher
08-12-2009, 04:19 PM
Landon Donovan passes to Charlie Davies for a goal at the 9 minute mark to put the U.S. up 1-0 early. Perhaps Azteca is not a house of horrors after all.

RuthlessBurgher
08-12-2009, 04:28 PM
1-1 tie. Castro goal at 19 minutes.

MeetJoeGreene
08-12-2009, 04:56 PM
1-1 tie. Castro goal at 19 minutes.


Funny ... A soccer game thread would be much less verbose than a Steeler game thread.


I will check back in another hour to see if there has been any more action.

:stirpot :mrgreen:

snarky
08-12-2009, 06:40 PM
1-1 tie. Castro goal at 19 minutes.


Funny ... A soccer game thread would be much less verbose than a Steeler game thread.


I will check back in another hour to see if there has been any more action.

:stirpot :mrgreen:

hahaha this gave me a good laugh. But are we really going to compare stuff happening in association football vs. gridiron?

Girdiron: 3 hours to play a game, ball in play about 12 minutes, Frequent breaks for chitty-chats in the huddle.
Football: just under two hours to play a game. Ball in play about 75 minutes.

:stirpot

Disappointing result despite the venue. I don't get the selection. Feilhaber + Davies has worked really well but were they even on the pitch at the same time today? And Altidore was invisible when he came on. Hopefully he gets some playing time at Hull because he has a lot of potential but seems to have a hard time getting himself involved at times.

EDIT: Oh and I don't like to complain about the officiating but WTF with the cards today?

snarky
08-12-2009, 06:54 PM
Ruthless, BTW feel free to post pics of Brazilan soccer babes during all of our games -- no matter who we are playing.

Iron Shiek
08-12-2009, 08:59 PM
1-1 tie. Castro goal at 19 minutes.


Funny ... A soccer game thread would be much less verbose than a Steeler game thread.


I will check back in another hour to see if there has been any more action.

:stirpot :mrgreen:

hahaha this gave me a good laugh. But are we really going to compare stuff happening in association football vs. gridiron?

Girdiron: 3 hours to play a game, ball in play about 12 minutes, Frequent breaks for chitty-chats in the huddle.
Football: just under two hours to play a game. Ball in play about 75 minutes.

:stirpot

Disappointing result despite the venue. I don't get the selection. Feilhaber + Davies has worked really well but were they even on the pitch at the same time today? And Altidore was invisible when he came on. Hopefully he gets some playing time at Hull because he has a lot of potential but seems to have a hard time getting himself involved at times.

EDIT: Oh and I don't like to complain about the officiating but WTF with the cards today?


Seriously needs to be some sort of investigation with all the crap cards we've been getting lately. It wasn't just this game, but going back to confed. cup vs italy, brazil...ridiculous. How does Gooch get a card on that play...then mexico intentionally wasting time and diving at the end doesn't warrant a warning.

US looked like shiite all day except for first ten mins.

RuthlessBurgher
08-12-2009, 10:24 PM
Ruthless, BTW feel free to post pics of Brazilan soccer babes during all of our games -- no matter who we are playing.

Nah...today, I will give credit to the Spanish speaking fans...not the Portuguese speaking fans.

http://dailycostume.com/images/mexicansoccerfan.jpg

snarky
08-13-2009, 01:01 PM
DUCK!!

http://195.225.107.218/wm-babes/world_cup_mexico_babe_13.jpg

Anyway, so much for this being a nice comfortable qualification. We are in it now and only one loss away from trouble.

Iron Shiek
08-13-2009, 11:57 PM
Yeah i don't know if it was good or bad that Honduras beat the Ticos.

At least we got two games against the bottom two...and another chance at the top two. Mexico isn't going away quietly...this ought to be interesting.

We really shot ourselves in the foot the last couple outings...

Discipline of Steel
08-14-2009, 06:40 AM
Doesnt look good for our guys even if we do pull out a bid for the big dance.

snarky
08-16-2009, 07:28 PM
Doesnt look good for our guys even if we do pull out a bid for the big dance.

Not sure I'm ready to jump off a bridge quite yet. I think if we make the WC we will be fine. Part of the problem on Wednesday was that most of the first team was coming off their one month off-season. So, it's tough to go straight in and play a game at altitude -- especially at Azteca. The WC, on the other hand will come after a slight break following a full season. So the guys should be on form. So I think there is reason for optimism.

And yes we will probably make it but right now it looks precarious and there really isn't much room for error at this point. Would have been nice if Costa Rica had won on Wednesday but as it stands there's log jam of four for those first three spots. Can you imagine if we finished fourth and had to play argentina? ouch.

On the bright side, Charlie Davies is looking like a beast. Two goals as a sub yesterday for Sochaux.

snarky
08-16-2009, 07:55 PM
OK this was odd. I was watching (well not really watching just had it on while I worked) the KC vs. Chicago game today on Telefutura. I don't really speak much Spanish but they were talking about Hines Ward and the Steelers. Could really figure out what they were saying.

Iron Shiek
08-17-2009, 12:18 PM
Even footy announcers know the power of Hines. :tt2

And playing in a playoff, while interesting in itself, would be terrible for us. But the country would be encapsulated I bet...fringe fans would defnitely be all in for the make it/break it scenario and it would be huge news here.

Jigawatts
08-18-2009, 02:04 PM
Ruthless, BTW feel free to post pics of Brazilan soccer babes during all of our games -- no matter who we are playing.


You must have missed my Babes of Euro 2008 thread. :nono

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=988&hilit=babes+of+euro+2008 (http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=988&hilit=babes+of+euro+2008)

roman12003
08-27-2009, 11:34 PM
The stuff is good, keep throwing it here. Sometimes, I miss it when it is televised.

snarky
09-05-2009, 01:27 PM
Sorry I've been letting this slide. I know there have been some CONCACAF Champions League games on the Univision networks, but I've been super busy the last few weeks.

Anyway, big game tonight against El Salvador. ESPN Classic at 8 pm and probably on one of the three spanish networks also.

Can't find a salvadoran soccer babe so this will have to do:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2oq2bSN-S9o/SBTMWHm28MI/AAAAAAAABN0/7gp7Jwr4KVU/s400/soccer%2Bbabes2.jpg

snarky
09-05-2009, 01:28 PM
BTW, I've herad on other boards the EPL games have shown up on ESPN2 on saturday mornings. That might have been a one off now that college football is underway. But I'll try to check next match day.

RuthlessBurgher
09-05-2009, 02:06 PM
Sorry I've been letting this slide. I know there have been some CONCACAF Champions League games on the Univision networks, but I've been super busy the last few weeks.

Anyway, big game tonight against El Salvador. ESPN Classic at 8 pm and probably on one of the three spanish networks also.

Can't find a salvadoran soccer babe so this will have to do:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2oq2bSN-S9o/SBTMWHm28MI/AAAAAAAABN0/7gp7Jwr4KVU/s400/soccer%2Bbabes2.jpg

I'm sure Chadman would be so proud of such a fine specimen from his great nation.

Iron Shiek
09-08-2009, 08:14 AM
BTW, I've herad on other boards the EPL games have shown up on ESPN2 on saturday mornings. That might have been a one off now that college football is underway. But I'll try to check next match day.

No Snarky...Setanta went bankrupt or something and ESPN picked up the EPL contract. I thought it was only for Europe, but they suddenly started showing games and didn't really promote it til a week before the season. I was stunned! In addition to this, they've also picked up the La Liga contract, so they are showing those games also on weekends.

The weird thing is Setanta is still alive and kicking so I don't know all the details of the contract, but I thought they were ceasing to exist. Not the case I guess.

Iron Shiek
09-09-2009, 10:22 PM
Wow, well USA looks poised to advance to the World Cup after the sloppy win over Soca Warriors. The midfield is non existent and there is no ball control lately. I like Bradley and he shows up at times, but it seems we can't kill clock and move the ball fluidly like the best in the world.

Anyway, Argentina is freakin struggling. I equate Maradona to Art Shell...great player but not so great coach. They are in trouble. But they will likely get 5th place and have to playoff with 4th in CONCACAF. Imperative for USA to not be 4th!!!

Discipline of Steel
09-09-2009, 11:32 PM
On an unrelated note, I scored 4 goals tonight. Hope its a premonition for our Steelers tomorrow :Beer

snarky
09-10-2009, 10:03 AM
Yes definitely some good results last night. My back of the envelope calculations says if we beat Honduras or draw Costa Rica we are through.

I don't like how we play when we have the lead. Way too much hoof-ball and not enough knocking it around and making the opposition run a little bit. It's like as soon as we get a lead we go into defend/counter-attack mode. I think that would be right against stronger teams. But against a side like T&T I think its a mistake to not try to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Iron Shiek
09-11-2009, 12:47 PM
Its not a sound strategy against anyone. Look what happened against Brazil and almost against Spain. They took the foot off the pedal and got pounded down the stretch in those games. And they play the same way all the time. Cmon Bradley!

Iron Shiek
09-14-2009, 11:34 AM
I went to the Crew game last night...not sure if you saw what happened.

The ref was terrible the entire game...it was very poorly officiated. Well he caps it off with awarding the Crew a penalty in stoppage time (which he really had no choice, all the bad calls were going against the Crew) which ended up deciding the game. 2-1 Crew over Dynamo. Good game...all the stars were back from their national teams. Hejduk had a nice goal. Ricardo Clark got Red Card (along with someone from the Crew on the same play). Tons of action...I lucked out.

snarky
10-11-2009, 10:09 AM
Well, I dind't manage to catch the game last night but I thought i should at least honor the occasion of the USMNT qualifying for WC2010 with a

USA USA USA

Iron Shiek
10-12-2009, 08:39 AM
Haha...right on snarky. I don't think the game was televised on Directv from what I could tell. I'm sure I could've found it on justintv or something.

But congrats to US! :tt2 (only pretend he's waving an American flag!)

ghettoscott
10-15-2009, 09:58 PM
U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!

Iron Shiek
10-15-2009, 11:49 PM
Ugh, Onyewu tore his patellar tendon and is out for 4 months. May be a blessing as he could be fresh for the WC, but who knows, could be out of form also.

snarky
10-16-2009, 10:45 PM
This is why I don't but the FIFA world rankings. We have very little room for error (injuries). Yes we have some quality but we need more depth. Davies being out is a massive blow. There's absolutely nobody that can replace him and Bradley will probably moving Dempsey out of his natural position and plugging him in for Davies.

Iron Shiek
11-30-2009, 06:02 PM
Forgot to comment on how utterly ridiculous it was seeing Landon Donovan shank that PK in the MLS Cup which led to an even more ridiculous and unpredictable Salt Lake championship. WTF!? But I do like that Findley kid on Salt Lake up front...he might make a run for Charlie Davies' spot on the MNT.

Anyway...World Cup Draw is Friday. I'm stoked to see who USA get...but fear we are going to end up screwed again with some crazy Argentina/Serbia/Nigeria type group. Ugh...give us a chance!!

Iron Shiek
12-04-2009, 02:51 PM
USA/England/Slovenia/Algeria

USA has to get through this group!!

ghettoscott
12-04-2009, 07:24 PM
USA/England/Slovenia/Algeria



:Clap :Beer

Iron Shiek
12-06-2009, 11:39 AM
I've already worked it out in my head that if chips fall right, we got a fairly straightforward path to semis. I know, I will get off the drugs now. But this scenario isn't impossible if they play tough.

Winning the group is a must because coming in second likely pairs us with Germany in knockout round. Not good. But we win the group and then get whoever comes in second out of Serbia, Australia (I hope them so I can get into a verbal war with Chadman about soccer instead of Steelers!), or Ghana. Those teams are all beatable for the US. Then in quarterfinals, depending on what happens in Group A, it could be that we get France or Mexico vs Greece (or whoever comes in second in Argentina group). I think we can play with France...but even so, there's a possibility they don't win that group and someone like home South Africa or Mexico pulls off upset and win the group. That is very formidable for us and I want it to be Mexico. That puts us in Semis vs Brazil likely.

Lets hope!

Iron Shiek
05-11-2010, 12:10 PM
Had to bust out the Soccer Thread with prelim World Cup squads getting announced today. England's squad looks pretty tough with all Premiership players making the squad. USA has yet to announce as far as I know.

CHADMAN! USA v Australia in a tuneup match, June 5th in South Africa. Outstanding! You Aussies are goin' down!

Discipline of Steel
05-11-2010, 04:42 PM
Im trying not to think about it so it comes quicker.

RuthlessBurgher
05-11-2010, 05:51 PM
The roster (no Charlie Davies)

Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)

Defenders (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

Midfielders (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)

Forwards (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

http://xad.xanga.com/00bc940628236169899137/z128844998.jpg

Chadman
05-19-2010, 09:12 PM
Hmm...not sure how I missed this post!

Australia has picked a strong squad for the WC, but it still sits at 31 names at this point. Playing fellow WC qualifiers New Zealand on Monday night before heading over to South Africa to play, of all teams, the USA & Denmark.

Tough group for the Aussies (20th World Ranking) with giants Germany (6th World Ranking) in the group along with Ghana (32nd) & Serbia (16th).

Injury could be Australia's biggest hurdle, however, as there are a number of leading players on the recovery trail. Only 1ember of the squad actually plays in Australia, with most of the top Aussies now plying their trade in Europe.

The squad, as it stands right now, is:

GOALKEEPERS-
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham), Brad Jones (Middlesborough) & Adam Federici (Reading)

DEFENDERS-
Craig Moore (Unsigned), Lucas Neill (Galatasary), Luke Wilkshere (Dynamo Moscow), Scott Chipperfield (FC Basel), David Carney (FC Twente), Mark Milligan (JEF United), Jade North (Tromso), Michael Beauchamp (Al-Jazira), Shane Lowry (Aston Villa), Rhys Williams (Middlesborough)

MIDFIELDERS-
Jason Culina (Gold Coast United), Tim Cahill (Everton), Brett Emerton (Blackburn), Mark Bresciano (Palermo), Vince Grella (Blackburn), Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar), Carl Valeri (Sassuolo), Mike Jedinak (Antalyaspor), Richard Garcia (Hull), Nicky Carle (Crystal Palace), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht), James Holland (AZ Alkmaar)

STRIKERS-
Harry Kewell (Galatasary), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Scott McDonald (Middlesborough), Dario Vidosic (FC Nuremberg) & Nikita Rukavytsya (FC Twente)

You will notice a strong Dutch influence in the squad with 6 players plying their trade in Holland. Aussie Coach Pim Verbeek is also of Dutch origin, so it's a natural move. Plenty of Premier League experience there, and a nice mix of young and old talent.

Chadman
05-19-2010, 09:29 PM
Australia's "Key Game" might just be Game 1 on the 14th against Germany. Both sides play a similar style of football- disciplined, structured, strong defensive tendancies. With key German playmaker Michael Ballack out of the World Cup, Australia might be copping Germany at the right time- before they can build momentum. A 0-0 draw, whilst dull, would be a great result for Australia as Germany will likely defeat both Serbia & Ghana. This will mean the Aussies could be in a great position against 2 sides I'm pretty comfortable going against. A win over Ghana on the 20th could put Australia in a "must not lose" game against Serbia on the 24th- an assignment I believe they are capable of. 2 draws and a win would give Australia a 50% chance of going through. A win over Serbia would guarentee it. I can't see any team in the division beating Germany.

2nd place would put the Aussies on a collision course with the Old Blighty- and I can tell you, knowing how Aussies are in regards to beating the Pom's, the English are no certainties of beating Australia.

If Australia can get to this point, they'll have had a successful World Cup campaign. After getting dudded by Italy on a dive last time around, this would be the kind of World Cup journey that wold satisfy us over here.

RuthlessBurgher
05-26-2010, 09:16 PM
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5222503/ce/us/united-states-sets-23-man-roster-south-africa&cc=5901?ver=us



U.S. sets 23-man World Cup roster
May 26, 2010
Associated Press

BRISTOL, Conn. -- The phones started ringing at 2 a.m., and players were told to come down to the third floor for a meeting. As Herculez Gomez pressed the elevator button on 17, his mind raced.

Were his dreams about to be fulfilled -- or crushed?

This is the way the U.S. World Cup team was finalized, in the dead of night in a Hartford hotel.

"It's been such a crazy and unbelievable journey," Gomez said.

And the big trip hasn't even begun.

For Gomez, it was good news. He and Edson Buddle went from long shots to the American roster Wednesday, joining veterans Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard on the 23-man U.S. team headed to South Africa.

While there was joy and relief for the chosen, there was only heartache and anguish for the seven players called downstairs a few minutes earlier, the players leaving the group selected May 11 for the preliminary roster, only to be cut four days before departure.

Donovan consoled Brian Ching when his roommate found out he wasn't going. Ching was on the 2006 World Cup roster but never got into a match. Having turned 32 on Monday, this was his last chance.

"It's hard to imagine your lifelong dream not coming true, someone telling you that it's not going to happen," Donovan said.

Players on the bubble were nervous before and after Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic, the first of three exhibitions ahead of the U.S. team's World Cup opener against England on June 12. Before the game, the squad scheduled a nationally televised announcement for Wednesday afternoon at the ESPN campus.

After the final whistle, coach Bob Bradley still wasn't ready to tell players, wanting to first review the DVD with his coaching staff.

"Bob told us to give him some time and he'd give us a call," Gomez said. "It was one of the most nerve-racking couple hours of my life."

Then Pam Perkins, the team's general manager, started calling players. She only told those who sounded awake they had made it. The groggy-sounding ones, Gomez included, were left in the dark until they reached the meeting room and Bradley greeted them.

"He congratulated each and every one of us," Gomez said. "He definitely made us sweat it out, that's for sure."

On Thursday morning, Gomez will be with the team at the White House to receive personal congratulations from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton ahead of Saturday's sendoff game against Turkey in Philadelphia.

At the start of the year, Gomez and Buddle weren't even afterthoughts. One named after a hero of Greek mythology and the other after soccer's greatest player -- Pele's real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento -- each played themselves onto the team with outstanding club seasons. Neither was listed in the team's 2010 media guide.

A 28-year-old from Las Vegas, Gomez scored 10 goals for Puebla to tie for the Mexican scoring lead, becoming the first American to top a foreign league. The 29-year-old Buddle leads Major League Soccer with nine goals for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Before Tuesday, Buddle's only national team appearance was 11 minutes in 2003. Gomez, who scored the second goal against the Czechs, had played in just two games, both three years ago.

Buddle, whose father Winston played professionally in Jamaica, didn't believe he made it even when Bradley congratulated him.

"I thought he was messing around," Buddle said.

Gomez only went to Mexico after the Kansas City Wizards made no effort to re-sign him after the 2009 season.

"I wasn't good enough for the Wizards last year, so to be where I am today is amazing," he said.

They were chosen over Ching, who only returned May 13 from a hamstring injury sustained while playing for Houston on April 1.

"Plain and simple, Edson and Herculez have had real good stretches, scored a lot of goals," Bradley said. "Brian has been such an important player, but it's tough when you have an injury at an inopportune time."

Beasley also had a remarkable turnaround and will be going to his third World Cup. He teamed with Donovan to spark the Americans to a quarterfinal appearance in 2002, their best finish since reaching the semifinals at the first World Cup in 1930. Then he was part of the disappointing team eliminated in the first round four years ago.

He was exiled from the national team after poor play at the Confederations Cup last June, but returned for the March exhibition at the Netherlands.

"I like being one of the old guys. I get called grandpa now," said Beasley, who turned 28 on Monday.

Beasley made a strong showing at the training camp that began May 17.

"He certainly had to prove himself," Bradley said. "He needed to make a renewed commitment to the team, a renewed commitment to doing things as a player that make his team better. We've seen that."

Bradley selected three goalkeepers, seven defenders, nine midfielders and four forwards -- one midfielder more and one defender fewer than the average.

Seventeen players are based in Europe, with just four from Major League Soccer and two from Mexican clubs. Of the European group, eight play in England, three in Germany, two in Scotland, and one each in Denmark, France, Italy and Norway.

Forward Jozy Altidore at 20 is the youngest player, and backup goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, who turns 38 next month, is the oldest. The average age is just under 27, down from 28.5 at the 2006 tournament.

Donovan, with a U.S. record 42 goals in 121 appearances, is the most experienced player and Buddle the least, becoming the 92nd player to appear for America since Bradley replaced Bruce Arena as coach in December 2006. Of the 43 players in qualifying, 19 made the roster.

Cut in addition to Ching were defenders Chad Marshall and Heath Pearce; midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan and Robbie Rogers; and forward Eddie Johnson.

Donovan, Beasley and defender Steve Cherundolo earned their third World Cup trips, although Cherundolo got hurt in South Korea in 2002 and didn't make it into a game.

Injured players can still be replaced up until 24 hours before the U.S. opener.

"It doesn't stop here," Beasley said. "We have a lot of work to do."

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England).

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England).

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus, Denmark), Stuart Holden (Bolton, England), Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull, England), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles), Robbie Findley (Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla, Mexico).


http://comps.fotosearch.com/comp/WTD/WTD221/female-american-soccer_~LMF00147.jpg

Chadman
05-31-2010, 05:42 PM
Can you hear it? that distant sound of the beating drum is getting closer.....closer...

Chadman
06-03-2010, 10:19 AM
Getting to the pointy end of the stick now- only a handful of days before the WC begins.

Australia vs USA this weekend!!

Harry Kewell set to join rest of Socceroos squad in full training
By Guy Hand
June 03, 2010 .The cotton wool is set to come off Harry Kewell as he looks to test his fitness ahead of Australia's FIFA World Cup opener against Germany.

With the final 23-man squad settled and Kewell named despite his groin concerns, the star attacker was set to train fully after nearly a fortnight being nursed gently through the Socceroos' two camps in Melbourne and Johannesburg.

The Socceroos' other major weapon, Tim Cahill, has been in full training since Melbourne, but coach Pim Verbeek has restricted the Everton midfielder to 45-minute appearances in both Socceroos' friendlies.

That may change in the last friendly against the United States in Roodepoort on Saturday as Verbeek looks to get miles into the legs of his best available 11

Any lingering doubts over Kewell's participation in some form in the World Cup opener against Germany appear to have vanished, despite the Galatasaray frontman having only played five minutes of football since January.

It means Australia's two most potent attacking weapons should be front and centre against Germany in Durban on June 13.

Teammates are sure that if Kewell can return to the form he was in before groin surgery gone wrong earlier this year, he could light up the World Cup.

“Harry up until he got injured was on fire,” said Socceroos midfielder Mile Jedinak, who plays against Kewell in Turkish club football.

“He was easily the in-form player in Turkey, scoring goals in all competitions, and it was a real pleasure to watch him play.”

“The whole of Turkey was talking about him which was great.”

If Kewell can play some role against Germany, it gives an attacking third scarily devoid of teeth in the 1-0 friendly win over Denmark on Tuesday a serious look.

Cahill's ability to get goals from anywhere combined with Kewell's talents has Verbeek excited at what might be.

But he cautioned the Socceroos need to be able to provide the supply for Cahill to unleash his best.

“Timmy's a special talent because he's always scoring goals, not only for Australia but for his club,” Verbeek said.

“He's a very good footballer with a very special talent.”

“He's always at the right time in front of the goal and he's a tremendous header.”

“That's a very specific quality. For us he's an important player.

ricardisimo
06-03-2010, 04:21 PM
This is Spain's year... mark it down.

Chadman
06-06-2010, 11:09 PM
Well, that was a very un-Australian like performance on the weekend. If they play like that against Germany, they'll get handed a whomping for sure.

That said, the field looked poor- but it was the same for both teams.

For the USA, you guys looked fast. If you play like that in your group, you should get through to the next round. I thought Dempsey looked particularly dangerous in attack.

Sad story- Australia's #2 GK Brad Jones has left camp after finding out his son has cancer. The news broke for the team on the day of the friendly, so understandably, the players were a little down. The FFA has asked FIFA if they can draft in a replacement leading up to the WC on compasionate grounds- all looks good for that request.

Now- on to the 'real' stuf.. Good luck to the USA, hopefully they'll do you guys proud & progress after last WC's disappointment. For the Aussies- here's hoping Saturday was an out of character performance & not a sign of things to come.

RuthlessBurgher
06-12-2010, 03:30 PM
And we're off!!! USA and England are tied 1-1 at the half in the opening match for each team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

D Rock
06-12-2010, 04:09 PM
what is with all the background humming noise? It's like I'm watching a video of people playing soccer in the middle of a devastated European city during WWII.

RuthlessBurgher
06-13-2010, 12:00 AM
what is with all the background humming noise? It's like I'm watching a video of people playing soccer in the middle of a devastated European city during WWII.

It's these ridiculous horns, that actually make someone long for the good old days of the God-foresaken Thunderstix. :HeadBanger

http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2009/06/19/sp-88511217ck002_0500276729.jpg

To me, it sounds like the soccer pitch is located in the middle of damn hornet's nest.

Chadman
06-13-2010, 10:42 AM
Great result for the USA, if a little lucky. They should be able to see off both Algeria & Slovenia...'should' being the operative word. Pressure is really on England now in that group.

Australia up in a few hours....nervous anticipation- expecting a loss, hoping for a draw, dreaming of a win...will check in later..

snarky
06-13-2010, 04:29 PM
Jeez, Chadman. Sorry about that result. The Cahill sending off was bull****x10

Discipline of Steel
06-13-2010, 07:53 PM
Germany was firing on all cylinders. They are definately looking like one of the favorites to win.

Australia on the other hand, have to rebound against Ghana without Tim Cahill. Ghana looks determined so i wish the Aussies lots of luck.

Chadman
06-13-2010, 09:10 PM
Dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Totally outclassed. Cahill's sending off was a joke, but it would have made no difference.

The defense looked old & slow & too busy worrying about offsides instead of where their man had gotten too.

If they play like that gain- they won't win a game.

RuthlessBurgher
06-13-2010, 09:24 PM
what is with all the background humming noise? It's like I'm watching a video of people playing soccer in the middle of a devastated European city during WWII.

It's these ridiculous horns, that actually make someone long for the good old days of the God-foresaken Thunderstix. :HeadBanger

http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2009/06/19/sp-88511217ck002_0500276729.jpg

To me, it sounds like the soccer pitch is located in the middle of damn hornet's nest.


June 13, 2010
Chief organizer: Trumpet ban possible
ESPN.com news services

The soundtrack to the World Cup has been a steady buzz, but the noise could soon be coming to an end.

South Africa's World Cup organizing chief Danny Jordaan said Sunday there is a chance vuvuzelas may be banned from inside stadiums after numerous complaints, BBC News has reported.

Asked whether he'd consider getting rid of the trumpets, he said: "If there are grounds to do so, yes. We did say that if any land on the pitch in anger we will take action."

France captain Patrice Evra has already blamed the noise generated by the vuvuzelas for his team's poor showing in its opening 0-0 draw with Uruguay.

"We can't sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas," Evra said. "People start playing them from 6 a.m. We can't hear one another out on the pitch because of them."

Jordaan said organizers are doing everything possible.

"We've tried to get some order," Jordaan said. "We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or stadium announcements. It's difficult, but we're trying to manage the best we can."

"I would prefer singing," he said.

The first-round contests introduced most of the world to the vuvuzela, a plastic trumpet carried into the matches and blown on incessantly by thousands of fans. On television, it sounds as if the game is being played before a nest of angry bees.

It's louder at the games than it is on the telecast. ESPN is altering the sound mix on its broadcasts to minimize the crowd noise, network spokesman Bill Hofheimer said. The network has accepted it as part of the atmosphere and has made no complaints about the vuvuzelas, he said.

The sound is driving others crazy, though.

"The constant drone of cheap and tuneless plastic horns is killing the atmosphere of the World Cup," wrote John Leicester, an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. He wrote that it is drowning out the oohs, aahs and cheers that lend excitement to the matches.

Plainly, many of the fans take pride in the tradition.

A website informing visitors about South Africa, http://www.safrica.info, describes the vuvuzelas as "a beautiful noise for the beautiful game."

Despite the noise the World Cup is causing quite a buzz on U.S. television.

Preliminary estimates indicate the quadrennial soccer tournament is off to a fast start with viewers, even with the odd, horn-blowing soundtrack that ESPN has sought to minimize on its broadcasts.

Saturday's first-round tie by the U.S. and English teams was seen by an estimated 13 million on ESPN, the Nielsen Co. said on Sunday. It was the nation's most-watched soccer telecast since the 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France, and the most-watched involving the U.S. men's national team since 1994.

San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas were the cities most interested in the game, according to the Nielsen figures.

A viewership estimate for the U.S.-England game on the Spanish-speaking Univision network was not immediately available.

An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. watched the tournament's first game Friday between Mexico and the South African home team on Univision, Nielsen said. ESPN's telecast of that game had 2.9 million viewers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5282269/ce/us/organizers-consider-silencing-vuvuzelas?cc=5901&ver=us

Discipline of Steel
06-15-2010, 06:46 AM
Surprising results for Korea and Japan, congrats Asian if you're listening. It really sux trying to follow the games online while im working...id love to watch every single one!

RuthlessBurgher
06-15-2010, 12:22 PM
Surprising results for Korea and Japan, congrats Asian if you're listening.

The Philippines does not have a team in the World Cup Tournament in South Africa. :x

flippy
06-15-2010, 02:54 PM
I heard Steve Nash on Mike and Mike this morning and I found out he started out a soccer player which I never realized. They asked him if he could play soccer and he said if he did, Canada would have already won and would be the favorite now.

flippy
06-15-2010, 02:58 PM
Anyone else have a hard time getting into soccer? I try to watch games and it looks like slow-mo hockey to me. I'll watch any sport and I do watch some of the games. But I get easily distracted with soccer.

Maybe it's my American blood? I have an easier time with lacrosse which I've really gotten into the last couple years.

I do like the world competition aspect to soccer.

MeetJoeGreene
06-15-2010, 04:44 PM
Anyone else have a hard time getting into soccer? I try to watch games and it looks like slow-mo hockey to me. I'll watch any sport and I do watch some of the games. But I get easily distracted with soccer.

Maybe it's my American blood? I have an easier time with lacrosse which I've really gotten into the last couple years.

I do like the world competition aspect to soccer.


Did you see that exciting, high-scoring game the other day? Oh wait, there wasn't one.

I admit that I am not glued to a soccer game. I can watch it for a while. I can watch it with half of my attention, but I just don't get the "beauty" of the game.

My idea for improving it would be to have 3 different colored balls in play a the same time - a white one, red one, and blue one. If you score with the white one it is worth a point, the red one is 3 points, the blue one is 5.

that would shake things up.

NJ-STEELER
06-15-2010, 04:52 PM
i dont understand why they introduce a "new" ball as the tourny is about to start

they qualify with the same ball for 2 years (or however long it it) and they think the players get to used to the ball so they throw them for a lil loop.

well, durr. if they are used to it, then they know how it curves and such. dont you want offense when the whole world is watching these games??

how do you expect to gain new fans with scores like 0-0 // 1-0

Chadman
06-15-2010, 06:25 PM
Hahahahaha....


You guys complain that not much happens in soccer & that you lose concentration, yet we all follow a game that takes a 60 minute contest & turns it into a 3 hour contest.

If you replaced the word soccer with gridiron- the arguments you put forward are almost the exact arguments I have over here with Australians that don't watch the NFL- they find it dull, elongated, dragged out...

It's all about conditioning. If you grew up with soccer (real football) playing around you, then you 'get it' easier than a newbie off the street. If you grew up with the NFL on TV, you 'get it' easier than someone that never watched it.

Lucky for me- I admire all football codes & can appreciate that different skils & tactics prove more effective in different codes.

Soccer is far more about tactics, breaking down opponants, and exploiting weaknesses than it is about high-octane excitement. My wife will never get it- she's a rugby league fan (which I am too- Go Wests Tigers!), and I've tried to explain that the skills used by these soccer players are incredible- the control & precision they have with just their feet & heads is amazing- but I still get "but they had a 0-0 draw!"

If you find some of the World Cup games dull, I suggest you don't try to watch the Serie A games...

RuthlessBurgher
06-15-2010, 06:41 PM
I grew up with baseball all around me, but I'd rather watch grass grow than an entire baseball game on T.V. Same thing with soccer, golf, tennis, auto racing, etc. I'll try to watch a bit of the Lakers-Celtics game tonight (watched nearly half of it on Sunday, but it has probably been a good 15 years since I have watched an entire basketball game all the way through). On the other hand, I watch every minute of Steeler football and Penguin hockey all season long...the only spectator sports that I really get into are collision sports like football and hockey. The others I enjoy playing, but watching them for more than a few minutes is simply boring.

flippy
06-15-2010, 07:05 PM
Hahahahaha....


You guys complain that not much happens in soccer & that you lose concentration, yet we all follow a game that takes a 60 minute contest & turns it into a 3 hour contest.


That's pretty funny, I guess.

I can appreciate the athleticism it takes to run around that field for 60+ minutes without 2 hours of resting and play calling.

And having played soccer for fun, I can appreciate the athleticism on running and controlling the ball simultaneously.

But everything develops so slowly on such a big field. I've wondered if they could shrink the fields to create more action. Or add more players or something.

0-0 :HeadBanger

Do something to give me 6-4 on occassion. or speed up the action.

I can enjoy 3 periods of scoreless hockey because of the frentic pace..

I seriously get bouts where I want to like soccer. But I easily go back to bored.

RB pretty much nailed my thoughts to a t.

I played baseball and basketball in high school, but even have a hard time watching those sports other than Pitt in the NCAA.

Discipline of Steel
06-15-2010, 07:38 PM
Surprising results for Korea and Japan, congrats Asian if you're listening.

The Philippines does not have a team in the World Cup Tournament in South Africa. :x

True, but his name IS Asian so i figured he would appreciate notable Asian performances like those Japan and Korea put down. The other Korea didnt look all that swift today against Brazil. The ball was in their side of the field all day except for the late goal they got against a lax defense.

PS - I can personally attest that soccer is a collision sport.

RuthlessBurgher
06-16-2010, 11:26 AM
I can personally attest that soccer is a collision sport.

Soccer and basketball are contact sports. Players bump into each other occassionally, and every so often it happens at high speeds and someone gets hurt. But contact sports aren't the same as outright collision sports like football or hockey, where you have to worry about going over the middle and having someone like Ryan Clark or Hines Ward knock you the #*@% out, or have a guy try to check you through the boards and then drop the gloves and punch you in the face bare-fisted.

RuthlessBurgher
06-16-2010, 01:13 PM
This is Spain's year... mark it down.

The Swiss forgot to mark it down.

Jigawatts
06-16-2010, 04:59 PM
I grew up with baseball all around me, but I'd rather watch grass grow than an entire baseball game on T.V. Same thing with soccer, golf, tennis, auto racing, etc. I'll try to watch a bit of the Lakers-Celtics game tonight (watched nearly half of it on Sunday, but it has probably been a good 15 years since I have watched an entire basketball game all the way through). On the other hand, I watch every minute of Steeler football and Penguin hockey all season long...the only spectator sports that I really get into are collision sports like football and hockey. The others I enjoy playing, but watching them for more than a few minutes is simply boring.

I played soccer from the youth leagues through college and still play indoors in the winter
months. As much as I love to player soccer, I find it very difficult to watch. I do enjoy
the World Cup competition, but other than that soccer is pretty much unwatchable for me.

I did catch a game in Columbus once, only because the wife of "Tall Dude" got us free
VIP seating and food. I missed the lone goal when I got up to get a turkey sandwich.
BTW, soccer is much better live. It's all about the atmosphere.

Revenue sharing has made baseball a joke for most small market teams.

Steelers football and Penguins hockey I can watch all day. :tt2

Discipline of Steel
06-16-2010, 09:19 PM
I can personally attest that soccer is a collision sport.

Soccer and basketball are contact sports. Players bump into each other occassionally, and every so often it happens at high speeds and someone gets hurt. But contact sports aren't the same as outright collision sports like football or hockey, where you have to worry about going over the middle and having someone like Ryan Clark or Hines Ward knock you the #*@% out, or have a guy try to check you through the boards and then drop the gloves and punch you in the face bare-fisted.

Well, i have to agree with you regarding the contact vs collision arguement. I just may be in more soccer collisions than normal. :Beer

RuthlessBurgher
06-17-2010, 01:49 PM
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5297052/ce/us/south-african-man-killed-wife-kids-changing-tv-germany-australia-game?cc=5901&ver=us


S. African killed by wife, kids in TV spat
Associated Press
June 17, 2010

JOHANNESBURG -- Police say a South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup match instead of a religious program was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country.

David Makoeya, a 61-year-old man from the small village of Makweya, Limpopo province, fought with his wife and two children for the remote control on Sunday because he wanted to watch Germany play Australia in the World Cup. The others, however, wanted to watch a gospel show.

"He said, 'No, I want to watch soccer,'" police spokesman Mothemane Malefo said Thursday. "That is when the argument came about.

"In that argument, they started assaulting him."

Malefo said Makoeya got up to change the channel by hand after being refused the remote control and was attacked by his 68-year-old wife Francina and two children, 36-year-old son Collin and 23-year-old daughter Lebogang.

Malefo said he was not sure what the family used to kill Makoeya.

"It appears they banged his head against the wall," Malefo said. "They phoned the police only after he was badly injured, but by the time the police arrived the man was already dead."

All three were arrested Sunday night, but Lebogang was released on $200 bail Tuesday, Malefo said. The other two are still being held in custody.

Malefo said the mother and son will reappear in the local Seshego Magistrates Court on July 27.

"He was always a happy man, never violent," Makoeya's nieces, Miriam and Anna, told the Daily Sun newspaper. "On Saturday, we saw him the last time at a funeral."

The World Cup, being played in Africa for the first time, started Friday and runs through July 11.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

flippy
06-17-2010, 04:02 PM
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5297052/ce/us/south-african-man-killed-wife-kids-changing-tv-germany-australia-game?cc=5901&ver=us


S. African killed by wife, kids in TV spat
Associated Press
June 17, 2010

JOHANNESBURG -- Police say a South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup match instead of a religious program was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country.

David Makoeya, a 61-year-old man from the small village of Makweya, Limpopo province, fought with his wife and two children for the remote control on Sunday because he wanted to watch Germany play Australia in the World Cup. The others, however, wanted to watch a gospel show.

"He said, 'No, I want to watch soccer,'" police spokesman Mothemane Malefo said Thursday. "That is when the argument came about.

"In that argument, they started assaulting him."

Malefo said Makoeya got up to change the channel by hand after being refused the remote control and was attacked by his 68-year-old wife Francina and two children, 36-year-old son Collin and 23-year-old daughter Lebogang.

Malefo said he was not sure what the family used to kill Makoeya.

"It appears they banged his head against the wall," Malefo said. "They phoned the police only after he was badly injured, but by the time the police arrived the man was already dead."

All three were arrested Sunday night, but Lebogang was released on $200 bail Tuesday, Malefo said. The other two are still being held in custody.

Malefo said the mother and son will reappear in the local Seshego Magistrates Court on July 27.

"He was always a happy man, never violent," Makoeya's nieces, Miriam and Anna, told the Daily Sun newspaper. "On Saturday, we saw him the last time at a funeral."

The World Cup, being played in Africa for the first time, started Friday and runs through July 11.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press


Did you mean to post this in the other thread?

Nevermind, the words were small and the article was straightforward. You were right.

RuthlessBurgher
06-17-2010, 04:14 PM
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5297052/ce/us/south-african-man-killed-wife-kids-changing-tv-germany-australia-game?cc=5901&ver=us


S. African killed by wife, kids in TV spat
Associated Press
June 17, 2010

JOHANNESBURG -- Police say a South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup match instead of a religious program was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country.

David Makoeya, a 61-year-old man from the small village of Makweya, Limpopo province, fought with his wife and two children for the remote control on Sunday because he wanted to watch Germany play Australia in the World Cup. The others, however, wanted to watch a gospel show.

"He said, 'No, I want to watch soccer,'" police spokesman Mothemane Malefo said Thursday. "That is when the argument came about.

"In that argument, they started assaulting him."

Malefo said Makoeya got up to change the channel by hand after being refused the remote control and was attacked by his 68-year-old wife Francina and two children, 36-year-old son Collin and 23-year-old daughter Lebogang.

Malefo said he was not sure what the family used to kill Makoeya.

"It appears they banged his head against the wall," Malefo said. "They phoned the police only after he was badly injured, but by the time the police arrived the man was already dead."

All three were arrested Sunday night, but Lebogang was released on $200 bail Tuesday, Malefo said. The other two are still being held in custody.

Malefo said the mother and son will reappear in the local Seshego Magistrates Court on July 27.

"He was always a happy man, never violent," Makoeya's nieces, Miriam and Anna, told the Daily Sun newspaper. "On Saturday, we saw him the last time at a funeral."

The World Cup, being played in Africa for the first time, started Friday and runs through July 11.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press


Did you mean to post this in the other thread?

Nevermind, the words were small and the article was straightforward. You were right.

My personal metanarrative informed me that the soccer thread was the place for this story. However, if the guy happened killed by a teapot travelling over 1000 mph as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, then I would have put it in the other thread instead. :wink:

For what it's worth, the last time I read the Eni/Shawn/Ricardismo/Preacher (and flippy) thread was when it was only 11 pages long. Now that is has nearly tripled in size, I may have to check it out again in lieu of going to church.

flippy
06-18-2010, 10:57 AM
The US should stop wasting money on a national soccer team. When you're getting schooled by Slovania, who has less than 1% of your population, it's a sign you shouldn't be playing soccer.

Why does ESPN cover the World Cup here? Put it on ESPN Europe and be done with it. No one in the world wants to watch Solvenia beat the US other than the Taliban. Let's not give them this pleasure.

If you want the richest eyeballs in the world to like soccer, the world should let us win. Otherwise, keep your silly sports to yourselves. :D

flippy
06-18-2010, 11:06 AM
Anyone see the Slovenian goalkeeper flinch on the 1st US goal.

All you goalies, take our shots!!!!!! Go USA!!!!!

flippy
06-18-2010, 11:10 AM
Anyone else think goalies look like they're wearing Mickey Mouse hands?

flippy
06-18-2010, 11:39 AM
For some reason, this soccer stuff is getting better 2-2....

all you slovenians, take our shots!!!!!!

flippy
06-18-2010, 11:44 AM
WTF!!!!! We just scored the game winner and the refs made another BS call. Worst ref'ing in any sport I've ever seen. Soccer's starting to suck again.

Jigawatts
06-18-2010, 12:34 PM
Anyone else think goalies look like they're wearing Mickey Mouse hands?

I said the exact same thing to Mrs. Jigawatts last week.

She said I was crazy.

I said that if I had those gloves on, I'd pimp slap her with them. :lol:

flippy
06-18-2010, 12:45 PM
Anyone else think goalies look like they're wearing Mickey Mouse hands?

I said the exact same thing to Mrs. Jigawatts last week.

She said I was crazy.

I said that if I had those gloves on, I'd pimp slap her with them. :lol:

:lol

If I were a goalie, I'd come out onto the field wearing mouse ears.

Jigawatts
06-18-2010, 12:47 PM
Anyone else think goalies look like they're wearing Mickey Mouse hands?

I said the exact same thing to Mrs. Jigawatts last week.

She said I was crazy.

I said that if I had those gloves on, I'd pimp slap her with them. :lol:

:lol

If I were a goalie, I'd come out onto the field wearing mouse ears.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

fordfixer
06-19-2010, 12:11 AM
Source: FIFA may sit Slovenia-U.S. referee
Martin Rogers
http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world- ... 61810.html (http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world-cup/news/source-fifa-may-sit-slovenia-u-s-referee--fbintl_ro-referee061810.html)
By Martin Rogers, Yahoo! Sports

JOHANNESBURG – The referee who disallowed a potential game-winning goal for the United States will face an expedited performance review from FIFA and is likely to be excluded from the rest of the World Cup, according to a FIFA source.

Koman Coulibaly from Mali disallowed Maurice Edu’s 86th-minute strike that would have given the USA a 3-2 lead over Slovenia at Ellis Park and likely would have led to a thrilling comeback victory Friday. Coulibaly appeared to rule that American midfielder Michael Bradley had impeded a Slovenian defender, even though video replays showed no infringement.

FIFA’s refereeing committee will review footage from the Group C clash on Saturday to evaluate Coulibaly’s performance after several USA players complained about the way he had struggled to control a fiercely contested match.

Every World Cup match is viewed live by an on-site assessor who monitors the referee’s performance. However, in this case, a deeper assessment will take place at the earliest possible opportunity. That this is happening so quickly suggests FIFA is taking the complaints about Coulibaly seriously and is likely to leave him unassigned to referee further matches, according to the source. He could still appear as a line judge or other supporting role.

“If he is found to have made a serious mistake, especially one that affected the outcome, then he would be highly unlikely to play any further part in the tournament,” said the source, who is close to senior figures on the refereeing panel. “FIFA is determined to keep refereeing standards high and does not want high-profile mistakes.”

Coulibaly came under heavy criticism from the U.S. team and head coach Bob Bradley, but it was not just the Edu no-goal that will come under scrutiny.

Assessors also are likely to be concerned at the highly physical nature of the match. American striker Jozy Altidore was repeatedly involved in tussles with the Slovenian defense, and an ugly incident took place midway through the second half when Slovenia’s Marko Suler appeared to throw Altidore to the ground. Coulibaly issued Suler a yellow card, but the strong infraction was enough for a red card and an ejection.

FIFA chooses its referees and assistants for each game from a list of elite officials specially selected for the tournament. They are evaluated before the World Cup to ensure that they meet standards of fitness and knowledge.

Coulibaly’s mistake will only increase calls for the introduction of instant replay for controversial decisions, something FIFA has strongly resisted up to this point.

“It is up to FIFA for what they do about him,” USA star Clint Dempsey said. “But it wasn’t just the goal. They were holding and pushing and grabbing and putting themselves in there. What are you supposed to do?”

SanAntonioSteelerFan
06-20-2010, 04:22 PM
Seems like a lot of upsets this year - France, England, Italy.

Just read that the French team is on strike, refusing to practice today. They are apparently angry because one of their players was kicked off the team for swearing and verbally abusing their coach during half time of their last game. The director of the French soccer team then decided he should quit.

These guys make TO look like Rocky Bleier ...

AngryAsian
06-20-2010, 04:25 PM
The French are a bunch of whiney prima donnas. They had turmoil prior to the World Cup and only got in because of completely bobo "tarnished" win against Ireland. I think karma has done bitten them in the buttocks.

Discipline of Steel
06-20-2010, 04:37 PM
Seems like a lot of upsets this year - France, England, Italy.

Just read that the French team is on strike, refusing to practice today. They are apparently angry because one of their players was kicked off the team for swearing and verbally abusing their coach during half time of their last game. The director of the French soccer team then decided he should quit.

These guys make TO look like Rocky Bleier ...

I dont know whats worse, that or the italians famous flops every time someone from the opposition brushes against them. Three different players today did the hands in the air, spinning to the ground, academy award winning performances...Turrible! and they needed one of those just to draw even with New Zealand. Then fabiano from brazil started in with it on practically every play...the announcers rightly called him a diva.

Chadman
06-20-2010, 10:57 PM
No team can unravel like the French can.

Pretty sure the Aussies must have run across about 50 black cats on their way to the World Cup- 2 games, two red cards- both times on our best players- Cahill against Germany & Kewell against Ghana. And yet, with 10 men, Australia outplays Ghana on every level but the scoreboard. Somehow, Serbia has a deliberate handball the other day & gets a yellow- Australia have an unintentional handball & get a red. Against Ze Germans Cahill gets marched for tackling from behind, but against Ghana, the Ghanian player takes out Neill from behind- yellow. Something is amiss here...

Now we need something of a miracle- Ghana to beat Ze Germans, and Australia to beat Serbia.

Is it too much to ask for??

Writing to Santa as we speak...

By the way- here's hoping the Poms "do a France" and lose to Slovakia while you Yanks get a win.

flippy
06-23-2010, 10:55 AM
Gotta give US fans some props. Those fans go all out. Steeler Nation could learn a thing or 2. I'm dressing up for next game.

Can't give the team props though. We should have a JV a and JV b team that could easily beat algeria and slovenia. :wft

flippy
06-23-2010, 11:52 AM
WoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Landon Donovan is da man!!!!!!!!!

Did I mention....


WooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!


God bless America and no one else....just kidding, but I'm not kidding about....

WooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Did I mention I love soccer?

Sweet 16 baby.

It all starts over.

Let show the world why we're gonna dominate a sport we only play on the weekends....

And

WoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!


U S A

U S A

U S A

U S A

Let's go!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now break sh!t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


WoooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!

RuthlessBurgher
06-23-2010, 12:08 PM
http://www.oleole.com/media/main/images/wallpapers/79225/landondonovanusa_124201.jpg http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/grant_wahl/09/13/landon.donovan/p1_donovan_0913.jpg

flippy
06-23-2010, 12:14 PM
http://www.oleole.com/media/main/images/wallpapers/79225/landondonovanusa_124201.jpg http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/grant_wahl/09/13/landon.donovan/p1_donovan_0913.jpg


got one of him sliding into the corner head first after the most recent goal? it was a fine celebration.

RuthlessBurgher
06-23-2010, 12:30 PM
got one of him sliding into the corner head first after the most recent goal? it was a fine celebration.

Could only find a tiny thumbnail of the slide so far, but got other pics of the celebration:

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/48155000/jpg/_48155952_donavan_goal640.jpg

http://soccernet-assets.espn.go.com/design05/images/2010/0623/landondonovanceleb20100623_350x197.jpg

http://sports.cbsimg.net/u/photos/soccer/img13555945.jpg

http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2010/soccer/world-cup-2010/06/23/us.algeria.ap/algeria-us-tx3.jpg

http://nbcsportsmedia1.msnbc.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/0623-donovan-grid3.grid-8x2.jpg

flippy
06-23-2010, 12:33 PM
I was thinking his celebration was an airplane going in for a Landon (landing).

snarky
06-23-2010, 01:52 PM
And that, IMO, is why it is called the beautiful game. For all the complaining that you see in the press about scoreless draws, the potential of a scoreless draw makes dramatic outcomes like today's possible.

snarky
06-23-2010, 07:48 PM
I'm pretty much a francophile, but this cracks me up. France got the double-whammy in this World Cup

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/fairpl ... efeat.html (http://www.vanityfair.com/online/fairplay/2010/06/violence-erupts-in-paris-following-algerias-world-cup-defeat.html).

flippy
06-23-2010, 11:38 PM
I'm pretty much a francophile, but this cracks me up. France got the double-whammy in this World Cup

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/fairpl ... efeat.html (http://www.vanityfair.com/online/fairplay/2010/06/violence-erupts-in-paris-following-algerias-world-cup-defeat.html).

That French tennis player, Mahut, is becoming one of my favorite athletes. Hopefully he'll lose though.

snarky
06-25-2010, 04:47 PM
European superstar praising team USA. Now I've seen everything.

http://www.goal.com/en/news/1863/world- ... the-united (http://www.goal.com/en/news/1863/world-cup-2010/2010/06/25/1994513/world-cup-2010-spain-midfielder-cesc-fabregas-the-united)

This tournament really seems to be turning out to be a sort of watershed moment for US soccer. Normally, US players are the butt end of jokes so these comments by Fabergas are somewhat remarkable if you ask me.

snarky
06-25-2010, 04:57 PM
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NJ-STEELER
06-25-2010, 06:34 PM
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U.S. Gaaay

stlrz d
06-25-2010, 09:58 PM
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The world's reaction? :lol: They showed Americans in Lyon, France celebrating and Americans in Durbin, South Africa celebrating...the rest was Americans in the US celebrating. :D

flippy
06-26-2010, 12:48 AM
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The kid on the stairs and the dad running over the kid were the closest to my house. My dog ran behind the couch to avoid my celebration.

I'm gonna buy a video camera one day and film myself watching sporting events so I can share how crazy I get.

I usually get half-hearted into soccer, but this game really pushed me over the edge of excitement. I needed this game after all the 0-0 games and other ties.

snarky
06-26-2010, 11:24 AM
The world's reaction? :lol: They showed Americans in Lyon, France celebrating and Americans in Durbin, South Africa celebrating...the rest was Americans in the US celebrating. :D

Hey buddy, I don't make the videos, I just post them. :lol:

snarky
06-26-2010, 12:56 PM
Off to a pub in Palo Alto to watch this one. Go USA!!

flippy
06-27-2010, 05:11 PM
RIP US Soccer

snarky
07-02-2010, 01:29 AM
That outcome sucked. Bob Bradley blew it big time by starting Clark.

BTW, Brazil == Steelers? http://bleacherreport.com/articles/4036 ... on#page/26 (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/403655-if-each-world-cup-team-were-an-nfl-team-a-cup-companion-by-comparison#page/26)

SanAntonioSteelerFan
07-19-2010, 11:44 PM
And to end it until 4 years from now - caption this!

http://www.hawtmag.com/wp-content/gallery/10_Pictures_Taken_Exactly_At_The_Right_Time/10_pictures_taken_exactly_at_the_right_time-0912313038.jpg

flippy
07-20-2010, 04:59 PM
And to end it until 4 years from now - caption this!

http://www.hawtmag.com/wp-content/gallery/10_Pictures_Taken_Exactly_At_The_Right_Time/10_pictures_taken_exactly_at_the_right_time-0912313038.jpg

I don't think a caption could make that pic any funnier.

Nice find :lol

snarky
12-08-2010, 10:57 AM
Hey. just wanted to point out that the FIFA Club World Cup begins today. I finally got FSC so I am no longer looking at Univision for listings. But given that Pachuca is playing in this tournament, there might be some games on the univision networks.

The fixtures are on the wiki page for the event:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_FIFA_Club_World_Cup

Subtract 9 hours for EST.

Iron Shiek
12-23-2010, 10:52 AM
Hey. just wanted to point out that the FIFA Club World Cup begins today. I finally got FSC so I am no longer looking at Univision for listings. But given that Pachuca is playing in this tournament, there might be some games on the univision networks.

The fixtures are on the wiki page for the event:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_FIFA_Club_World_Cup

Subtract 9 hours for EST.


Hey snarky, just saw this post. So Pachuca huh? What'd you think of that cinderella Mazembe team? What a run they put on...

snarky
01-12-2011, 11:29 AM
Shiek,

I thought it was incredible to see them reach the final. Great job by them. The night after they beat Internacional, I was at dinner with some internationals and there was a Cameroonian guy there, he hadn't been following the tournament but was floored to learn that an African team was in the final.

SidSmythe
01-18-2011, 08:12 AM
SOCCER SUCKS!!
:Agree :moon

Iron Shiek
01-18-2011, 09:27 AM
:moon :HeadBanger

snarky
01-19-2011, 11:27 AM
2011 Gold Cup dates/venues were announced last month -- though no draw yet so it isn't known yet where the US will play group games.

Quarter finals are in DC
Semis in Houston
Final in Pasadena

This being the GC that 'counts' it will be interesting to see what sort of attendance these games get. Definitely better venues than last time around.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_CONCACAF_Gold_Cup

Iron Shiek
01-19-2011, 11:57 AM
Snarky,

Did you see how Concacaf is trying screw everything up with qualifying? Basically their attempt to gain extra votes in FIFA or something to that effect by changing up the groupings to allow more of the smaller countries into the later rounds of qualifying. The side effect of this is that US-Mexico could get completely bypassed. This is terrible. USA needs to be playing some "World Cup like" games in qualifying to get ready. Them playing extra games against cupcakes does them no good. Dumb.

http://www.the90thminute.com/soccer/2010/09/concacaf-proposing-change-to-world-cup-qualifying-usa-v-mexico-wouldnt-exist-in-new-format/

snarky
01-20-2011, 02:42 PM
Jack Warner is probably behind this. The guy is an idiot.

Did you see where he wants the DigiCup put on the international calendar?

RuthlessBurgher
03-16-2011, 04:27 PM
Chad Ochocinco to try out for MLS team
Associated Press
Updated: March 16, 2011, 3:10 PM ET

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chad Ochocinco will try to play a different kind of football during the NFL lockout.

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Chad Ochocinco kicked an extra point in the 2009 preseason. Now he'll use his feet to try to impress Sporting Kansas City of MLS.

Never short on publicity-grabbing ideas, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is set for a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer starting Tuesday.

The club said Wednesday that after the tryout, it would determine whether to extend the trial period.

"We're always searching for players who can help our team and bringing in new talent," Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said. "We know that Chad is an exceptional athlete and that he loves the sport of soccer, and he did play a lot when he was younger. We're excited to see how his skills will translate once he arrives next week and begins training with our team."

Ochocinco started playing soccer at age 4 but chose to focus on football in high school.

"Due to the NFL lockout, I'm excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team," Ochocinco said.

The reality TV star is friends with such big names in soccer as Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. In January, Ochocinco visited Ronaldo, Kaka and the rest of Real Madrid's squad and was introduced to manager Jose Mourinho.

He has said he uses a soccer ball to warm up for NFL practices and games.

Sporting Kansas City, which changed its name from the Wizards in conjunction with moving into a new stadium, opens its MLS season Saturday. It narrowly missed the playoffs last year.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6224036

Discipline of Steel
03-21-2011, 07:56 PM
Thats cool. I wish good luck to any player who wants to migrate to other sports due to the lockout, esp soccer.

snarky
04-05-2011, 10:08 AM
Programming reminder. Real Salt Lake has the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tonight at 10. It's on Fox Soccer Channel (or if you don't get FSC, you can watch it with Spanish commentary on Telefutura).

snarky
06-17-2011, 06:05 PM
Programming reminder. USMNT plays Jamaica in the Gold Cup QF on Sunday @ 3. Coverage by Fox Soccer and Univision (spanish commentary).

hawaiiansteel
07-29-2011, 11:48 PM
Updated: July 29, 2011

Juergen Klinsmann hired as coach

Associated Press

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U.S. Soccer moved quickly to name a replacement for fired coach Bob Bradley, announcing Klinsmann's hiring Friday. The former standout player and coach for the German national team will be a familiar name to American fans, given that U.S. Soccer almost hired him twice -- first after the 2006 World Cup and again last year before giving Bradley what turned out to be a short-lived contract extension.

Now, with the U.S. team's progress seemingly stalled, it's time to see what Klinsmann can do.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati got his man, but now Klinsmann is faced with fulfilling lots of high expectations, writes Jeff Carlisle. Story

"We are excited to have Juergen as the head coach of our Men's National Team," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Juergen has had success in many different areas of the game, and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field."

Klinsmann will be formally introduced Monday at a news conference in New York. His debut as coach will come Aug. 10, when the U.S. team faces archrival Mexico in an exhibition match in Philadelphia. Qualifying for the next 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins next year.

"I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team," Klinsmann said in a statement. "I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I'm excited about the challenge ahead. I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico and starting on the road toward qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup."

Although the U.S. federation has discussed the job with Klinsmann in the past, the coach's desire for extensive authority over the entire U.S. program had been considered a point of contention, preventing a deal.

Germany coach Joachim Loew, who was Klinsmann's assistant before becoming his successor, wished him well -- and expects big changes.

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Juergen Klinsmann scored 11 goals in three World Cups, including then-West Germany's championship team in 1990.

"I am happy for Juergen, that he has found a new challenge and I wish him a lot of success," Loew said. "The way we know Juergen, he'll go into the job with power and shake up a lot of things."

The German soccer federation said Loew, federation president Theo Zwanziger and three other top officials were told by Klinsmann by telephone that he was about to sign the contract with U.S. Soccer.

Klinsmann, who turns 47 Saturday, has a considerable World Cup pedigree.

As a player, Klinsmann scored 11 goals in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998). That ties him for sixth on the all-time scoring list, just behind Pele.

"He is an experienced coach and a great former player," Pele said of Klinsmann on Friday in Brazil. "Without a doubt he can be a very good coach because of his international experience."

Klinsmann was a key cog for then-West Germany's 1990 World Cup-winning team and European championship-winning German team in 1996.

He retired in 1998 and moved to the U.S. shortly afterward. Klinsmann and his wife, Debbie, reside in California with their two children, Jonathan and Laila.

Klinsmann took over as coach of the German national team July 2004, after the team had a poor showing in the 2004 European championships. Klinsmann led the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup, which was hosted by Germany. In 34 matches, Klinsmann's record was 20-8-6.

He went on to coach German club Bayern Munich, but lasted less than a full season after falling out of favor with management. He has worked as a consultant since then, most recently with Major League Soccer's Toronto FC.

U.S. Soccer fired Bradley in a surprise move Thursday.

Bradley led the U.S. team to considerable success and several big moments, including an appearance in the round of 16 at last year's World Cup in South Africa and a victory over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

But the U.S. team seemed to take a step backward this summer, and a stinging 4-2 loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup final last month -- the U.S. blew a 2-0 lead -- appears to have convinced U.S. Soccer officials it was time to make a change.

Last year, U.S. Soccer gave Bradley a contract extension through 2014.

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_ ... ional-team (http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/6815761/juergen-klinsmann-hired-coach-us-men-soccer-national-team)

snarky
08-04-2011, 05:42 PM
Hopefully this means the next wave of players for the USMNT will have some creativity. It will be interesting to see if this is good news or bad news for Freddy Adu.

NottinghamForest_UK
09-01-2011, 05:05 PM
Man alive, what on earth is "soccer"??

Having said that the way you Yanks play the game ....

Although always an exception to the rule SUPER ROBBIE FINDLEY ...USA, USA, USA!!!!

snarky
09-03-2011, 05:32 PM
"soccer" is some word the English came up with for association football.