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  • POLL: TWO IN THREE AMERICANS NOT INTERESTED IN WORLD CUP

    04/15/2014 8:40:04 PM PDT · by kingattax · 183 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Apr 2014 | BREITBART SPORTS
    A new online poll found that Americans just are not interested in the the World Cup, which is the world's top sporting event. According to the poll, "two in three Americans do not plan to follow this year's tournament," only "7 percent said they anticipated following it closely," 86 percent of Americans "said they either know nothing or only a little bit about the World Cup, and more than two-thirds did not know Brazil is the 2014 host nation."
  • Biden to attend soccer’s World Cup tournament

    04/14/2014 10:41:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2014 7:11 PM EDT
    Vice President Joe Biden is planning to be among the crowds at this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament. The White House announced Monday that Biden would travel to Brazil for the event in June. He also plans to attend a U.S. national team game. …
  • How many deaths in Qatar is World Cup Worth?

    04/07/2014 10:33:59 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | March 26, 2014 | Digital First Media
    It’s time to call the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by its proper name: A humanitarian crisis. The latest and most compelling evidence to date arrived in a special report, delicately titled the “Case Against Qatar,” issued by the International Trade Union Commission. The report delivers a litany of shocks, including this staggering estimate: Some 4,000 migrant construction workers will die in service to the 2022 Cup before it even begins. That’s actually a conservative estimate. About 1,200 workers have died since 2010, when Qatar was first awarded the tournament. Construction is only just beginning to ramp up. The ten...
  • Pitch [soccer field] invader found dead in trash in Denizli

    04/07/2014 5:41:21 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    Ahmet Cengiz was found dead only a few hours this picture was taken. DHA Photo A man who briefly invaded the pitch during a football match between two western Anatolian clubs has been found dead in a trash bin, shortly after being released from police custody. Ahmet Cengiz, 28, jumped onto the pitch from the stands on the 45th minute of the TFF League 1 match between Denizlispor and Tavşanlı Linyitspor in Denizli on April 6. Police escorted Cengiz and briefly detained him in the stadium, releasing him after he later gave his testimony. A scrap dealer then found the...
  • FIFA Rejects Senators’ Call to Ban Russia From World Cup

    04/02/2014 12:11:57 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2:20 pm ET Apr 2, 2014 | Michael R. Crittenden
    <p>WASHINGTON–Soccer’s international governing body has no plans to ban Russia from this year’s World Cup despite calls from U.S. lawmakers to penalize the country for its aggression in Ukraine.</p> <p>FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said in a letter to a pair of U.S. senators that its rules and regulations do not apply to “entities outside the pyramidal structure of the game of football.” As such, Mr. Valcke suggested individual teams could not be banned from a competition because of actions by their parent states.</p>
  • USA to move Ukraine friendly to Cyprus

    03/03/2014 7:14:38 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 6 replies
    Fox Sports/ Fox Soccer ^ | Feb. 26, 2013 | Leander Schaerlaeckens
    The United States men’s national team’s friendly against Ukraine scheduled to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine on March 5 will be relocated to Cyprus, according to a statement on the website of the Football Federation of Ukraine.
  • Is Soccer in the United States Really Growing?

    03/01/2014 3:53:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    US Soccer Players ^ | Charles Boehm | February 26
    It's a common question: Is soccer in the United States really growing, beyond the mere literal sense of the word? Answer: Yes and no – though even some instances of “no” actually point to “yes.” Let me try to explain, starting with a brief flyover of central Virginia youth soccer. A few months ago the Richmond Strikers and Richmond Kickers youth clubs, fierce rivals and longtime members of the US Soccer Development Academy, announced that they were merging their Developmental Academy programs into a new entity called “Richmond United". This new joint venture would pool both clubs' talent and coaching...
  • World Cup Security Concerns Grow as Santos Fan is Beaten to Death...

    02/27/2014 12:08:48 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    DAILY MAIL [UK] ^ | February 25, 2014 | by Mike Dawes
    SNIPPET: "Security concerns ahead of this summer's Brazilian World Cup have increased after a football fan was beaten to death in host city Sao Paulo." SNIPPET: "There are serious concerns about the safety of travelling supporters at this summer's World Cup after more than 30 people were killed in 2013 as a result of football-related violence. One of Brazil’s biggest criminal gangs last year promised a ‘Tournament of Terror’. The threat was issued by Sau Paulo's 'First Capital of the Command', who in 2012 was a group behind the murder of more than a hundred of the city’s police officers."
  • NFL to penalize use of racial slur

    02/22/2014 1:38:57 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 63 replies
    espn ^ | 2/22/14
    The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, anticipates that the NFL's competition committee will enact the rule at the owners' meeting next month. "We did talk about it, I'm sure that you saw near the end of the year that Fritz Pollard (Alliance) came out very strong with the message that the league needs to do something about the language on the field," said...
  • Female Iranian soccer players to undergo gender testing

    02/09/2014 2:56:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/09/14 | David Harding
    Female professional Iranian soccer players are to undergo mandatory sex tests to prove they are women. The country's covering body for the hugely popular sport is bringing in the sex checks after it was revealed that several top players were men.
  • Top 10 Reasons Why Soccer Is Better Than Football

    01/09/2014 7:21:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 163 replies
    Real Clear Sports ^ | January 9, 2014 | Brian Colella
    Soccer is, without a doubt, the world's most popular sport. Football is, without a doubt, America's most popular. Football absolutely dominates in the U.S., but once you leave North America and nobody cares about Brady vs. Manning, or Auburn vs. Alabama. Messi vs. Ronaldo? That's more like it. The new year dawns, like always, with a zillion college bowl games and the NFL playoffs, and the over-saturation of football has us puzzled as to why its popularity so outstrips soccer's in this country. Football's flaws, some unredeemable, are there for all to see: serious injuries, drawn-out replay reviews to interpret...
  • Dutch soccer team heads to Abu Dhabi without Israeli player

    01/07/2014 5:08:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 6, 2014, 2:43 pm | (JTA and Times of Israel staff)
    A Dutch soccer team is facing criticism for playing in Abu Dhabi despite the emirate’s refusal to let in the team’s Israeli defender. Two Dutch politicians and several media criticized the team, Vitesse of Arnhem, over the weekend for agreeing to play in Abu Dhabi despite the refusal Saturday to let Dan Mori into the country for matches against two German teams. Geert Wilders, leader of the rightist, pro-Israel Party for Freedom, on Sunday called the team cowardly on his Twitter account. “Vitesse shouldn’t have gone to the United Arab Emirates to protest the refusal to let Mori in. They...
  • Portuguese Soccer Great Eusebio Is Dead at 71

    01/05/2014 1:52:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    AP via The New York Times ^ | January 5, 2014
    LISBON, Portugal — Eusebio, the Portuguese soccer star who was born into poverty in Africa but became an international sporting icon and was voted one of the 10 best players of all time, has died at 71, his longtime club Benfica said. He died Sunday, the club announced on its website, without providing details. Eusebio died at home of heart failure, his biographer, Jose Malheiro, said.
  • Doku Umarov: Kremlin's enemy who aims to ruin Sochi Olympics

    12/30/2013 6:15:56 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 61 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 31, 2013 11:45AM | Roger Boyes
    HE is known as Russia's Osama bin Laden; Public Enemy No 1 for the Kremlin. Even the US has put a $5 million bounty on his head. Doku Umarov, 49, the Chechen warlord with the blackest of reputations, is assumed to be the mastermind behind a bombing campaign intended to disrupt Vladimir Putin's cherished dream of a successful Winter Olympics in Sochi. Certainly, he has set out his aims clearly enough. The Olympics, he said, were being held on "the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea".
  • Footballer Denies Gesture Anti-Semitic, but...

    12/29/2013 12:29:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/13
    French footballer Nicolas Anelka denied, Sunday, that a gesture he made during a Saturday match was Anti-Semitic, according to Agence France Presse. Using the Twitter social Website, Anelka argued in his tweets that the gesture - in which he thrust his straightened right arm downwards while tapping his bicep with the other hand - was merely "anti-establishment". adding, "I don't know what religion has to do with it. Of course I'm not an anti-Semite or racist and (I) stand by my gesture." Anelka did assert that the gesture was a dedication to French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala who has made...
  • Futsal wizard shows off dizzying move

    12/21/2013 8:10:13 PM PST · by albasun · 15 replies
    albasun portal ^ | 21.12.2013 | albasun
    Futsal wizard shows off dizzying moves in Belgian match. His name is Ismael. Ismael Hamdaoui. Ismael "The Hitman" Hamdaoui can do things with the ball that human eyes can barely comprehend. The kind of stuff that requires repeat viewing in slow motion to fully appreciate what's happening. In a recent Belgian futsal match, he punished his opponents with these skills, giving them little chance to fight back. read more and video here
  • 2014 World Cup Draw

    12/06/2013 9:26:06 AM PST · by Peter Vollmer · 70 replies
    Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon Group B: Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras Group F: Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, United States Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea
  • Arsenal Fan in Uganda Left Homeless After Losing Bet on Manchester United Game

    11/13/2013 12:52:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Wednesday 13 Nov 2013
    Arsene Wenger may have been left seething by Arsenal’s loss at Old Trafford on Sunday, but the result was a whole lot more damaging for one reckless supporter in Uganda.Gunners mad Henry Dhabasani has been left homeless after betting his house on the result of the game with Manchester United fan Rashid Yiga. In return Yiga staked his new car, and his wife, that David Moyes’ men would triumph. However, it was Dhabasani who came out on the short end of the result after Robin Van Persie’s first-half header settled the match in United’s favour. Arsenal fan left homeless after...
  • Wife of kidnapped soccer star finds his severed head

    11/01/2013 7:19:05 AM PDT · by dead · 40 replies
    The wife of a kidnapped soccer star was left horrified after discovering her husband’s severed head on her doorstep. Brazilian Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos was last seen getting into a car earlier this week and his wife and police became concerned for his welfare after he failed to return home.... His head was found inside his own backpack with the eyes and tongue removed.
  • Swedish Goalkeeper Injured in Bear Attack

    10/26/2013 3:34:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 20 Oct 2013
    A top Swedish bandy goalkeeper has been left badly injured after he was mauled by a bear when he was out elk hunting in eastern Sweden.Henrik Karlström, 20, who plays with Edsbyns IF in the elite series is more used to defending himself against bandy balls but was competing against a much larger opponent on Saturday - a bear. "It was like a wrestling match. I lay on my back and had the bear over me," Karlström told Aftonbladet. The attack left the shot stopper nursing deep wounds to one of his hands, injuries to his arms, a severe scratch...
  • French Soccer Goes Galt

    10/24/2013 6:02:48 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 10/24/2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals, including a rocket volley that clocked in at 93mph, yesterday as his team, Paris St. Germain, triumphed over Anderlecht and put one foot in the next round of the Champion’s League. But “the Zlatan,” as he is sometimes called, and his team have a serious problem: François Hollande. “Clubs in France’s top two divisions have called a strike at the end of next month in protest against the government’s plan to introduce a 75 percent tax rate for players,” ESPN reports. Nearly half of the projected revenue from the tax would come from PSG’s players....
  • Mexico stays alive in World Cup qualifying by topping Panama

    10/12/2013 10:47:30 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 55 replies
    sportsillustrated.cnn.com ^ | October 12, 2013 | Eduardo Verdugo/AP
    (AP) -- Mexico needed a spectacular Raul Jimenez goal in the 85th minute to beat Panama 2-1 on Friday and revive its hopes of qualifying for the World Cup. The result moved Mexico into fourth place in CONCACAF qualifying, three points ahead of Panama and three points behind third-placed Honduras with one game to play. The top three teams qualify automatically for the World Cup, while the fourth team faces an intercontinental playoff against New Zealand. In the last round of games, Honduras is away to already-eliminated Jamaica and needs only a draw to secure a World Cup berth, while...
  • Lionel Messi Could Face Six Years In Prison If Convicted For Tax Evasion By Spanish Court

    09/28/2013 11:44:47 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 2 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 27, 2013 | Christopher Harress
    The world’s best soccer player, Lionel Messi, arrived at a Barcelona court Friday morning to face allegations of tax fraud that could put him behind bars for six years if he's found guilty. The 26-year-old Argentinian and his father, Jorge, are charged with using foreign companies in Belize and Uruguay to sell his image rights, defrauding the Spanish taxman of 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in the process. The four-time FIFA World Player of the Year, widely known for his mastery of so-called Tiki-Taka tactics, denies the allegations, which date to 2007.
  • (Retired Germany soccer goalie Oliver) Kahn to gay footballers: “Don’t come out”

    09/12/2013 2:15:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Sep 2013 12:29 CET
    Football legend Oliver Kahn has warned gay footballers in Germany to keep their sexuality a secret. … Kahn added that homosexuality was no longer a “big deal” in society, but said it would be “naïve” to think that it was the same in professional sport. He said that a player who did come out would have to deal with opposition fans every Saturday in the stadium. …
  • Republican Hatred for Obamacare Undermined by Republican Hatred for Soccer

    09/12/2013 12:07:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    D.C. United, a Major League Soccer team, is going to be helping to publicize Obamacare's new exchange. Wait, you may be asking — how can this be happening? Earlier this summer, the Obama administration, attempting to copy a Massachusetts campaign to use the Red Sox to publicize Romneycare, floated a plan to enlist the National Football League to raise awareness of the new health care exchanges. In response, Republican leaders sent a threatening letter to the NFL warning it to stay out. And, for good measure, it sent the same letter to all the other major leagues: Major League Baseball,...
  • U.S. beats Mexico, 2-0, to qualify for 2014 soccer's World Cup

    09/11/2013 6:38:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/11/2013 | Kevin Baxter
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Needing a victory over Mexico and a little help from Honduras to punch its ticket to next summer's World Cup, the U.S. took care of business Tuesday, riding second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan to a 2-0 victory in front of a raucous 24,584 at Columbus Crew Stadium. Then the Americans retired to their locker room, where they watched Honduras and Panama play to a 2-2 tie, assuring the U.S. one of CONCACAF's three berths in Brazil. So when the dressing room opened again an hour later, it smelled of champagne.
  • Dog Scores With Header In Pick-Up Soccer Game (Video)

    09/10/2013 11:40:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Post Game ^ | Monday, September 9, 2013
    Sometimes, succeeding in sports is all about being in the right place at the right time. A group of pickup soccer players in Argentina learned that lesson recently as they watched a dog scamper onto their field and actually score a goal. As you'll see in the video below, a young man swings the ball past the goalie and (accidentally, we think and hope), hits the dog standing at the far post. The dog, of course, heads the ball home for a score
  • 2013-14 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw

    08/29/2013 10:21:20 AM PDT · by Peter Vollmer · 23 replies
    GROUP A - Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk,,Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad GROUP B - Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, FC Copenhagen GROUP C - Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Olympiakos, Anderlecht GROUP D - Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen GROUP E - Chelsea, Schalke, Basle, Steaua Bucharest GROUP F - Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli GROUP G - Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg, Austria Vienna GROUP H - Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic
  • What Might Happen If A Football Coach Coached Soccer [video]

    08/05/2013 11:24:29 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 7 replies
    DEADSPIN ^ | Samer Kalaf
    This skit features Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, an American football coach hired to manage Tottenham Hotspur in England. Look at all the differences! It's a dumb premise, but the jokes are legitimately funny. Who knew so many football clubs were just like the Dallas Cowboys? h/t Aaron
  • Photo Quiz: What the Hell Is John Kerry Doing?

    08/02/2013 11:31:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/2/2013 | Dan Amira
    <p>A) Performing the cancan for a group of underprivileged youths.</p> <p>B) Stretching out the ass of his sweet new pair of dad jeans.</p> <p>C) Following through after kicking a soccer ball with his hands in his pockets for some reason.</p> <p>D) Failing a field sobriety test.</p>
  • Panama - USA in Gold Cup Finals (Adios, Mexico!!!!)

    07/24/2013 9:03:20 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 26 replies
    07/24/2013 | me
    Panama beats Mexico 2-1, to face the US in Sundays' Final. Always a great night when Mexico loses.
  • Youth Soccer Tournament at Disney Turns Violent [Punks From Miami Assault Game Winners]

    07/23/2013 5:35:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 7/23/13 | GILMA AVALOS
    A Miami team's good sportsmanship during a youth soccer tournament at the happiest place on Earth is coming into question. On Saturday, Pachuca FC from Miami played against the Orlando EC/QPR Academy at the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament. The Miami team was vying for the number one spot but lost 2 to 1 to the Orlando team. Instead of handshakes, the players apparently exchanged kicks and punches. "[He] comes to me and punch me and scratch me in the face, and I punch him and I said 'Don't touch me!'," said Jesus Albornoz, the Miami team's center back....
  • Who's your new neighbor?

    07/14/2013 6:52:48 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | July 14, 2013 | Barbara Simpson
    Exclusive: Barbara Simpson decries 'progressive teachings that all cultures are equal' Do cultural differences matter? Consider: The exhibition soccer match two weeks ago in Las Vegas between Mexican rivals Chivas and Club America hadn’t even begun when fans swarmed the parking lot and the crowd erupted into massive brawl of rock and can throwing and bloody fighting. Despite police presence, fighting continued through halftime and after the game, involving players and fans. One was quoted in the Las Vegas Sun as saying the rivalry is “deadly,” and “We don’t like each other.” Could’ve fooled me. The first week of July...
  • Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Operating Out of Colombia

    07/10/2013 1:56:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2002.aspx Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Operating Out of Colombia 7/9/2013 Trade Based Money Laundering Network Supported Narcotics Traffickers Ayman Joumaa and Evaristo Linares Castillo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of Colombian nationals Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz and his son, Henry Guberek Grimberg, as well as 29 other individuals and entities, including companies located in Colombia, Panama, and Israel, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). These 31 individuals and entities together form a money laundering network responsible for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in...
  • Qatar network muscles its way onto U.S. TV

    07/07/2013 4:06:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 7, 2013 | PHIL MUSHNICK
    Last week, the same day the New York Times reported the oil-rich Islamic republic of Qatar continues to fund and arm Muslim terrorists throughout the Middle East (and beyond), a press release arrived, another designed to publicize all the top-flight international soccer that now can be seen on our local cable systems as delivered by the beIN Sports network. Omitted — read: carefully hidden from view — in the press release, as usual, was the fact beIN is owned by Qatar and the royal Al Thani family — rulers of Qatar for more than 150 years — as a division...
  • Brazilian mob decapitates soccer referee after he stabs player

    07/07/2013 7:00:01 AM PDT · by Dartman · 17 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 6 2013 | REUTERS
    SAO PAULO - One man has been arrested in northern Brazil after a referee who fatally stabbed an amateur player over his refusal to leave the field was decapitated by a mob, police said on Saturday. Referee Octavio da Silva, 20, stabbed player Josenir dos Santos, 30, on June 30 after dos Santos refused to heed his order to leave, police spokesman Kena Souza told Reuters. A mob then turned on da Silva, killing him before severing his head in the remote town of Pio XII, named after a former pope. A 27-year-old man was arrested on July 2 and...
  • Brazilian referee quartered and beheaded by fans after killing a player

    07/06/2013 12:34:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:43 EST, 6 July 2013 | Rik Sharma
    One man has been arrested on suspicion of decapitating a referee at an amateur football match in Brazil. The referee was supposedly quartered and then had his head cut off before it was stuck on a stake. This shocking act of violence was in retaliation after he “stabbed” one of the players on the pitch in the Pius XII stadium, Maranhao. …
  • Brazilian referee reportedly butchered, decapitated after killing player

    07/05/2013 8:26:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | July 5, 2013
    An amateur soccer match turned outright barbaric, leading to the deaths of a match referee and player in northeastern Brazil. According to multiple reports from Maranhão, match referee Octavio da Silva Catanhede Jordan allegedly stabbed Josenir dos Santos Abreu to death after an argument with the player during a game on June 30. The 20-year-old referee reportedly had a knife with him at the match and attacked Santos Abreu. The 31-year-old footballer was pronounced dead on arrival by a local hospital.
  • The French National Sport Is Taxation, not Soccer

    06/26/2013 8:35:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve never figured out why soccer is so popular in some parts of the world. What’s the point of watching people run up and down a field for 90 minutes when the result is usually a 0-0 tie? But non-Americans generally don’t get the point of baseball, so I guess it’s all a matter of background and taste. I mention soccer because it’s an excuse to write about competitiveness and taxation. Except I’m not going to write about low tax rates and job creation, orlow tax rates and capital formation. Instead, today’s topic is tax competitiveness and French soccer. And since...
  • Turban ban prompts suspension of Quebec (soccer) federation

    06/11/2013 3:11:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2013 10:08 PM EDT
    The Canadian Soccer Association says it has suspended a provincial association over its refusal to let turban-wearing children play. … Quebec’s federation says it’s concerned about safety and points out that the rules of the world governing body, FIFA, don’t specifically allow turbans. Critics of the Quebec decision point out that FIFA’s rules don’t explicitly ban turbans, either. …
  • United States now in great shape for World Cup qualification

    06/09/2013 10:17:32 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 20 replies
    ProSoccerTalk (NBC) ^ | June 8, 2013 | Steve Davis
    There is still a long way to go, and things can certainly go wrong. But the United States is in wonderful shape to qualifying for Brazil 2014 and extend that ongoing streak, to find its way into a seventh consecutive World Cup.Given the U.S. history in World Cup qualifiers on home soil – basically, they don’t lose at home – and given that Jurgen Klinsmann’s team has already gained four of a possible nine points on the road, there is no other way to see it.Remember when the CONCACAF draw came out? We all looked at the schedule and, exhaled...
  • Altidore snaps drought as Klinsmann's USA tops Germany

    06/02/2013 5:18:28 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 8 replies
    Sporting News ^ | June 2, 2013 | Avi Creditor
    WASHINGTON—Jozy Altidore's drought is over, and the U.S. men's national team has a boatload of momentum heading into three vital World Cup qualifiers later this month. Altidore's first-half goal—his first for the USA in 19 months—set the tone for a 4-3 win over Germany in the Centennial Celebration match in front of 47,359 at RFK Stadium on Sunday. Clint Dempsey scored two goals in the second half to put away the result, as the Americans beat Germany for the first time since the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Altidore broke his drought in the 13th minute, hitting a wondrous first-time volley...
  • Robbie Rogers signs with LA Galaxy, becomes first openly gay player in MLS

    05/25/2013 8:06:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | May 24, 2013 | Brooks Peck
    Three months after coming out as gay and stepping away from the game, midfielder Robbie Rogers has signed with the LA Galaxy according to multiple reports. MLS rights to Rogers, who previously played in the league for Columbus Crew from 2007 to 2011, were owned by the Chicago Fire, but Rogers didn't want to play for them. So after casually training with the Galaxy over the last several weeks, a trade was finally worked out, sending midfielder Mike Magee to Chicago in exchange for Rogers, who is now the first openly gay player in MLS. And according to ESPN, he...
  • [David] Beckham to retire from soccer at end of season

    05/16/2013 9:44:00 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 18 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 16, 2013 | Rob Harris
    LONDON (AP) — David Beckham is retiring from soccer, ending a career in which he became a global superstar who transcended the sport. The 38-year-old Beckham, who recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain, said Thursday he will retire after the season. ‘‘I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level,’’ the former England captain said in a statement. Beckham, whose forays into fashion and marriage to a pop-star wife have made him a riveting international...
  • Alex Ferguson retires

    05/08/2013 6:26:30 AM PDT · by Peter Vollmer · 35 replies
    Manchester United have confirmed Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season after 27 years at the club. Fergie, 71, walks away from Old Trafford having secured United’s 13th Premier League title. Along with 13 league titles, Ferguson also guided United to two European Cups, five FA Cups and four League Cup triumphs. His last last game in charge will be at West Brom on May 19.
  • Silence and black armbands at Arsenal-Everton soccer match for Boston tragedy

    04/16/2013 8:53:28 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    Goal.com ^ | 17th April 2013 | Goal.com
    'A moment of silence was observed at the Emirates Stadium before kickoff in Arsenal's match against Everton to mourn the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy as well as Monday's bombing of the Boston Marathon. Three people, including eight-year-old child Martin Richard, were killed in Massachusetts after explosions at the event's finishing line. Players for both Arsenal and Everton wore black armbands to honor the dead and more than 150 others who were injured in the blasts. The attack came coincidentally on the same day, April 15, as 96 fans were killed at Sheffield Wednesday's ground in 1989, with tributes...
  • Football has got a lot to learn from soccer

    03/31/2013 3:08:31 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 61 replies
    03/31/2013 | WesternCulture
    Over here in Europe, we call it "The beautiful game". Okey, nothing much happens for 72 minutes or so, but I'd say this is worth waiting for: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx8qNKbC4go By the way, This player is from the ill-famed Muslim ghetto of Rosengård, Malmö, Sweden. But actually, Ibrahimovic is not a Muslim - he's a Buddhist.
  • Mexico Soccer Coach Chepo de la Torre Urges Home Fans Not to Boo U.S. National Anthem

    03/27/2013 1:12:50 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 4 replies
    NESN ^ | Mar 26, 2013 | Zack Cox
    Nationalism will certainly run deep when Mexico hosts the United States in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday night, but the home team’s head coach wants to make sure fans know where to draw the line. “I ask the fans to respect the national anthem of the away team,” Mexico coach José Manuel de la Torre said Monday (via MLSsoccer.com). “It feels very bad to be in an away stadium in another country and not even hear the anthem, so if there is something I can ask, it is to respect the national anthem of the visitors.” “El Tri” have been...
  • U.S ties Mexico, 0-0, in World Cup qualifier — and U.S. is happy

    03/27/2013 3:05:30 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    latimes.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | Kevin Baxter
    MEXICO CITY — Officially the game ended in a tie. But try telling that to the U.S. and Mexico, which fought to a scoreless draw in a World Cup qualifying match that left both teams heading in different directions. For the U.S., Tuesday's result felt like a win — especially since it came at a sold-out Estadio Azteca, a place where the Americans have never won a World Cup qualifier. Plus it leaves the U.S. in third place three games into the six-nation, 10-game qualifying tournament for Brazil 2014. For Mexico, meanwhile, the tie was as humiliating as a loss....
  • Portland Thorns women's soccer team pulls T-shirt from sale

    03/25/2013 8:48:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | March 22, 2013 | Allan Brettman
    The Portland Thorns are removing a T-shirt from store shelves and the team's website in response to criticism that its slogan "Feelin' Thorny?" was sexist. The T-shirt was gone in slightly less than 24 hours since the controversy broke on Facebook and was fueled on other social media platforms.