Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Quickly Churned Butter News

Like I said yesterday, the sheer amount of stories on the web concerning the USA and all of the World Cup is frankly overwhelming. It is glorious to see, but impossible to keep up with. I suggest you take a little time to do some websurfing on your own, and have some fun. If you stumble on something worth sharing please let me know.
-Related to this are all the stories I read that keep saying the USA isn't really "into soccer and the World Cup". Well let me state that if that is the case, then the internet will explode, crumble and die if the USA ever decides to "get into" the beautiful game in a big way.
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The obviously brilliant Justin Fox of Fortune magazine has a new piece online today for CNN Money looking at the World Cup and Team USA's rise to their current level, from an economic point of view. We can tell the author is a genius by the time we get to the second paragraph as he makes proud reference to this very blog, du Nord. Thanks Justin. If we can return the favor (hahahahahaha), just let us know!
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Well, boys and girls, it finally happened! Steve Sampson is no longer the coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Gone daddy gone. So much for the Vote Of Confidence he received the other day. In all honesty though I do feel bad for Steve. It is always a brutal experience to get fired (I have been there myself and it hurts). Good luck to Mr Sampson on his next endeavor, and good luck to the Galaxy on finding the right man for the job. Hooray Beer indeed.
-And directly on the heels of that comes word that Frank Yallop is the new man in charge! He starts immediately! YES YES YES YES!!!! I love this!
-I am curious as to how he got out of his job as Canada's coach.
-One Big Soccer member called DoctorD had this great post of eve's dropping on a "fictitious meeting" to discuss hiring LA's new coach. It goes like this:
Alexi Lalas: Landon, who do you want?
Landon Donovan: Simple 'lexi, Frank Yallop.
Alexi Lalas: (to nearby subordinate) Make it so!

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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald predicted this news on his blog last night from Germany. (Let's hope that he will be filling us in with stuff like this during the entire World Cup with daily updates and general blabbing.)
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He also has an update in the Herald on the relative health of Team USA.
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Team USA visited Hamburg Town Hall today in a fine How-ya doin' kinda way. I have not heard why, but defender Oguchi Onyewu is not in any of the pictures.
-Turns out our massive defender is in England today negotiating his deal with Middlesbrough. What a see-saw story this has been.
-And former player Gareth Southgate has been picked as the new manager of Middlesbrough.
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Czech striker Milan Baros is listed as doubtful for the match v USA on Monday after his injured foot has failed to improve. He said, "I feel pain whenever I move fast."
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Big Italiano news via Reuters: Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has been ruled out of the Azzurri's opening World Cup game against Ghana with a thigh injury and faces a race to be fit for the second match. "Gattuso will miss one or two games," said Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci.
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It's about time the secret Italian training video surfaces again. (Thanks Zach!)
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One of my favorite futbol haunts here in Minneapolis is called The Local. And they just got a new 95" Hi-def TV for the World Cup. Yes you read that right, 95"! Insane!!! So head down to the corner of 10th & Nicollet to see all the game action and count the gray hairs on Claudio Reyna's head!
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USA Today with a feature story on USA keeper, metal head, and castle dweller Kasey Keller.
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Steve Goff of the Washington Post on the health of Captain America - Claudio Reyna.
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The Philly Daily News with a great story on one of the USA's 1950 World Cup hero's Walter Bahr.
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Soccernet has a Q & A with USA & Hannover right back Steve Cherundolo.
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cdin sent me this link to the despicable Frank Deford speaking on NPR about the beautiful game, and unbelievably he is saying something good. Or as cdin says "So when does the apocalypse start?"
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Don't forget - Thursday on ESPN Classic you can watch the USA beat Portugal and Mexico again from the 2002 World Cup. USA v Port at 1pm & USA v Mex at 3pm, both central time. This is some glorious viewing.
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US Soccer has by far the most indepth & insider photos, video and audio from our boys while in Germany.
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US Soccer is still auctioning off the game worn red shirts from the Latvia match for charity. It's looking pretty sad though. The opening bids start at $1000 ferchrisakes, and most shirts still have no bids at all. A couple have some action, but the most bids on any single shirt is 5 for Donovan's. Like I said before, if they had started the bidding at a reasonable level this could have been really really cool. ($200 would have been perfect. Just enough to keep away the flies, but plenty to raise a good amount of cash.)
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The New York Times looks at one of world soccer's next golden boys, Barcelona & Argentina's Lionel Messi.
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Der Speigel in Germany with a story on the name of the game: It's Called Soccer
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Germany captain (and du Nord's version of Where's Waldo) Michael Ballack is highly doubtful for his teams tournament opener v Costa Rica on Friday. He pulled out of training again today trying to recover from a strained right calf muscle.
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USA U-20 coach Thomas Rongen is laying some of his wisdom out for Sports Illustrated and their World Cup coverage.
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Thursday night MLS action:
Round 2 of this years LA derby - LA v Chivas at 9pm central time on ESPN2!
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This weekend FC Dallas will wear the teams 3rd kit in the match v Chivas USA. The reason? The third kit is a show of appreciation to their sister team in Mexico, UANL Tigres. They are not very exciting shirts, but I like the idea.
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Washington Post soccer writer Steven Goff was answering readers questions live on line this morning from Hamburg Germany.
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So what do readers of the Philadelphia Daily News think about having a potential MLS team in their city?
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Real Madrid will play their inbred cousins Real Salt Lake sometime in August at RSL's home field Rice-Eccles Stadium. There will be real (not real) grass placed over that nasty fake turf they have.

5 Comments:

Blogger tom said...

ESPN reports that "the father of Mexican goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez died Wednesday of a heart attack, leaving his son's status for the World Cup uncertain.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Kepper Ken said...

Bruce, if I don't get the chance to say so before you leave; you have yourself a grand old time over there in the land of sausage and beer, going to the games and rootin' on our boys. I look forward to seeing you back here and at the soccer garage on occasion to view the remainder of the tournament, and to hear all of your stories firsthand.

And props on the Fortune mention.

And I've been asking myself this question all day after hearing the Frank Deford piece on NPR on my way into work this morning: Why does this guy waste any of his precious time talking about soccer twice a year when he could be talking about real athletes? Like a horse, for instance. Isn't there some important horse out there with an injury more critical than Wayne Rooney's metatarsal that we all should know about? Now that's athletic competition worthy of mention on NPR, and bound to draw the attention and raise the passions and sympathies of sports fans the world over.

I mean, c’mon – the World Cup!! There’s an injured horse out there!! I wanna know about it! Will he start? Will he miss the next race? Will he ever be able to mount mares and produce competitive stallions? This is news my friends, and I would hope that Mr. Deford can get back to real sports commentary come next Wednesday. This may warrant a letter to NPR…

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great links - all this soccer coverage in the media makes me feel like a kid in a candy store!

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sky Sports was reporting Gooch was in England getting a physical before signing with 'Boro.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found a cool fantasy site for the upcoming games on www.careerboard.com/worldcup. It's a job site offering a 32" flat screen tv to the winner.

2:45 PM  

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