June 30, 2010
REALIZING that being smug may work in his world but not in ours, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced yesterday that soccer's world governing body will "reopen the file" on the use of technology in FIFA-sanctioned matches. This comes only a day after FIFA banned the use of instant replays on jumbo screens at World Cup stadiums, fearing violence from bad calls and backing a referee's right not to explain bad calls. Mistakes have been evident in a pair of group games for the United States (against Slovenia and Algeria)
June 29, 2010
That was fun. But, with the U.S. out, we turn our attention to other teams. I started out thinking Spain would win, but Dunga has Brazil playing as a real team rather than the soccer Globetrotters, so I'm wavering. Uruguay could spring a major surprise. And maybe Maradona's Magic Hand Signals actually mean something: Argentina looks very strong. What's your Final Four as of now? I also started out picking Spain. Uruguay looks like it has a passable road. But I'll take the winner of the Argentina-Germany match to not only make the Final Four, but reach the finals and win it all. Both teams are playing extremely well.
July 26, 2012 |
Chelsea has long been one of the most popular soccer teams in England. But for most of their history, the Blues were only that. They were a big deal at home, but worldwide played in the shadows of teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, and London rival Arsenal. In recent years, though, the West London-based club has become a global giant. This year marks a high point. Chelsea has come to the United States on the heels of winning its first-ever UEFA Champions League title in May. Contributing to Chelsea's success have been the deep pockets of its billionaire Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, an oil tycoon who bought the club in 2003.
May 22, 2008 |
Manchester United beat Chelsea, 6-5, in a rain-soaked penalty shoot-out to win the European Champions League last night after a 1-1 tie. In the first final between two English teams, Edwin van der Sar batted away Nicolas Anelka's drive on the 14th kick to give Manchester United its third Champions League title. It also won in 1968 and 1999. Cristiano Ronaldo had scored in the 26th minute for Manchester United, his 42d goal of the season. Frank Lampard tied the game for Chelsea in the 45th at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
January 16, 2005 |
Marlon Smith, a starting guard for the Penn State men's basketball team, is expected to miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a partial blockage of an artery in his brain. Smith, who is from the Bronx, N.Y., will be on a blood thinner for three months, preventing him from playing in any kind of contact sport, the university said. The sophomore collapsed in practice last week and complained of weakness in his extremities. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's director of athletic medicine, said the condition was not life-threatening.
June 12, 2010 |
RUSTENBURG, South Africa - Filing out of Royal Bafokeng Stadium, the English fans appeared the losers. Distraught and disappointed, having swallowed on Saturday perhaps the most disappointing 1-1 tie in the country's history - and to the Americans, no less - a stream of white-and-red clad folks walked to cars and busses knowing victory was left on the grass behind them. In each team's World Cup opener, the U.S. and England played to a draw. The U.S. next plays on Friday against Slovenia.
June 10, 2010
England FIFA world ranking: 8 World Cup appearance: 13th Best appearance: World Cup champions in 1966 World Cup record: 25-13-17 vs. the U.S.: Saturday, 2:30 (ABC) For kicks: The "Three Lions" are the beasts of Group C without question. Led by forward Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and defender John Terry (Chelsea), England boasts a formidable side even with the loss of defender Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
June 26, 2006 |
David Beckham was feeling nauseous. England's offense was just as sickly, with nothing to show for an hour of aimless passing against Ecuador in the 90-degree heat. Then Beckham's right foot lived up to its fame, squeezing England into the World Cup quarterfinals. Beckham curled a trademark 25-yard free kick just inside the post in the 60th minute yesterday, his first goal for England in nearly 15 months - and the lone highlight in an otherwise ugly, 1-0 victory over Ecuador in Stuttgart, Germany.
December 9, 2009
OF COURSE, IT won't be easy. It's never easy for the United States when it comes to competing in the World Cup. But the USA got a good draw for World Cup 2010 in June in South Africa. The Red, White and Blue got a tough opener against England on June 12 in Rustenburg. But overall, playing in Group C, which includes Slovenia (June 18 in Johannesburg) and Algeria (June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria), could be the most favorable draw ever. Coming off a disheartening performance at World Cup 2006 where it went 0-2-1 and failed to move out of group play, Team USA is looking to replicate the quarterfinal appearance it made at World Cup 2002.