Monday, July 03, 2006

Fur Covered Tea Cup News

World Cup Semifinals:
Tuesday July 4 in Dortmund - Germany v Italy at 2pm central time on ESPN
Wednesday July 5 in Munich - France v Portugal at 2pm central time on ESPN
World Cup Final:
Sunday July 9 in Berlin - the semifinal winners meet at 1pm central time on ABC
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In case you missed it, USA team captain Claudio Reyna has announced his retirement from international soccer. He will continue on at his club Manchester City.
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The Washington Post has an article on South Africa, host of the next World Cup in 2010.
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I mentioned a few posts back that I made a pilgrimage to St Pauli FC in Hamburg. So did Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
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Greece has been suspended from International football by FIFA for an undetermined amount of time due to government interference in the countries football association.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times looks at the negativity surrounding the Italians. Does it fuel their winning?
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune with a couple great stories at the WC:
-France's facially scarred new star Frank Ribery.
-Germany charges into the semifinals
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Peter Berlin also of the International Herald Tribune talks about the diversity of family heritage in the players of the nations still fighting for the big trophy: Nationalism in Soccer - Identity's changing face
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Phil Ball on the end of Spain's World Cup dreams again: Tragic Heroes?
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For the 3 straight World Cup, the Financial Times picks their Worst Team. In 98 it was not surprising that our own USA got the award. In 02 it was the sucky Saudi's. Read on to find this year's deserved winner.
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The FT also got the great writer Alex Bellos to cover Brazil's exit from the Tournament for them: Brazil universe of stars fails to make a team
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MLS Saturday scores and Tuesday schedule:
-July 1 scorecard:
New England 3-2 New York - Clint Dempsey returns from the World Cup and looks far superior to any player on either team, scoring 2 in the win. After his second goal there was a TV shot of teammate Taylor Twellman looking at Dempsey with a facial expression that said "Wow! This guy is a lot better than even me." Twellman also scored another TT classic diving header. And New York played terrible, yet got two really great goals, one from Edson Buddle, who seemingly beat 3 or 4 New Englanders to the goal, and Mike Magee. NE's Avery John's play in the World Cup for Trinidad and Tobago will be remembered for getting red carded, and he reprised that effort with a late red card in this match too.
Kansas City 0-2 Los Angeles - Another World Cup returner Landon Donovan was the star here with both goals. His post game interview clearly showed how relieved he was to put his miserable trip to Germany in the old memory basket. Jimmy Conrad of KC celebrated his World Cup return with a red card too. Two LA youngsters I want to mention - both showed fantastic footwork with the ball - right winger Quavas Kirk and defender/midfielder Nathan Sturgis.
Chivas 3-0 Dallas - And then a third World Cup returnee nabbed 2 goals as Mexican defender Claudio Suarez headed home two consecutive corner kicks for Chivas as they embarrassed Dallas. Chivas youngster Jonathan Bornstein also had a great game on the left wing and nabbed his first ever goal on an incredible give and go with Loco Garcia. This should be the MLS Goal of the Week.
-July 4 matches (all 12 teams are involved):
Dallas v DC United - 5pm on Direct Kick
Chicago v Kansas City - 7pm on Direct Kick
Houston v Columbus - 7:30pm on Direct Kick
Colorado v New England - 8:30pm on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v Chivas - 9pm on Direct Kick
Los Angeles v New York - 9pm on Direct Kick
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The newest member of the LA Galaxy is set to be Canadian Ante Jazic. Obviously new coach Frank Yallop's Canada connection in full effect here. Jazic played midfield and defense for first place Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian 1. Division (the second division behind the Premier League) last year after 4 years with Rapid Vienna (same club as one year LA wonder Andreas Herzog). No word on when he will officially join LA.
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Also from last week, the Wash Post with a feature on the disastrous season (and career?) of DC United's Santino Quaranta. It fails to mention that he turned up at the USA camp in January as the only player completely out of shape.


Anonymous angelo said...

I do not know if the criticism fuels their winning but I can assure you that their behaviour in certain situations fuels my shame (I am an Italian citizen).

I hope it ends soon and I hope the people do not forget about the biggest scandal that ever hit the italian football. Believe it or not someone even had the nerve to talk about an amnesty :-(

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Just got back from the Galaxy v Red Bulls match. I wanted to echo your comment about Sturgis and Queavas Kirk: I think they are both the real deal. Very talented, great poise with the ball and a Dempsey-esque fearlessness. I hope these kids continue to develop... South Africa 2010?

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

I realize it's Quavas, without the
"e"... too much Free Beer Movement!

2:00 AM  

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