Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Glorious Post-Breakfast Backrub News

Italina defender Marco Materazzi: "I did insult him, it's true. But I categorically did not call him a terrorist. I'm not cultured and I don't even know what an Islamic terrorist is."
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FIFA will open an official investigation into the head-butting by Zinedine Zidane of Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final Sunday.
- The New York Times World Cup weblog has some crazy stories about English tabloid newspapers hiring lip-readers to figure out what the two were saying to each other. And that same papers reporter Jere Longman has a story on what was supposedly said to provoke Zidane's idiotic retort.
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The Times also reports that 16.9 million Americans watched the World Cup final on ABC and Univision. Not bad. And some of the viewing comparisons are quite interesting.
-BBC and ITV in England combined for 20.5 million viewers. 17 million on BBC1 and 3.5 million on ITV1.
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Simon Kuper writes about the player I thought dominated the World Cup - Italian defender Fab Cannavaro. And also a story on the man who flipped his non-wig - of course I mean ZiZou.
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Andrea Canales writes for Soccernet on who Team USA will turn to for their next on-field leader (aka coach).
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times looks at coaching openings and options worldwide.
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The elder Trecker (Jerry, aka the one who got all the common sense) looks at US Soccer and thinks it need changes.
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A wild and crazy rumor over at Matchnight has Klinsi named Captain of the Team USA ship with Sigi Schmid as First Mate, while The Bruce takes over a new role as Skipper Of Youth Development.
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The latest ELO world football rankings were released today. This is the same company that ranks the world chess players. USA is sitting at #27, with Italy and France at 1 & 2.
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John Henderson of the Denver Post recalls the best and worst from his German World Cup adventures.
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Greg Lalas at Sports Illustrated: To Italia, with apologies
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And our guy Jonah Freedman at SI has 10 steps to help with World Cup withdrawal.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune looks 4 years down the road to South Africa. Will they be ready?
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Wade Jackson has a photo of Brian McBride getting elbowed in the face by Daniele DeRossi of Italy.
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The Guardian's The Fiver with their World Cup Awards. (The Fiver, as always, is brought to you by the Live Nude Weblog!)
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In the English Premiership, Charlton signed veteran forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink from Middlesbrough on a free transfer.
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Another English team, Middlesbrough, are NO LONGER pursuing USA defender Oguchi Onyewu.
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One of my favorite Mexican players Pavel Pardo has left his beloved Club America to sign with Stuttgart in Germany. A second Mexican player Ricardo Osorio is also expected to sign with that same team.
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The readers of Yanks Abroad ask 11 questions of Danny Califf who currently suits up for Aalborg in Denmark.
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Wash Post star soccer reporter Steve Goff chatted with regular readers yesterday before he flew home from Germany. His chats are always worth the read.
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Can you believe this!
The 06-07 UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round 1st leg matches are TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT!!!
Already! Just like that! Shazam!
(Return leg matches are next week.)
Here we go -
Pyunik (Armenia) v Sheriff (Moldova)
Sioni (Georgia) v Baku (Azerbaijan)
Dudelange (Luxembourg) v Rabotnicki (Macedonia)
Elbasan (Albania) v Ekranas (Lithuania)
Linfield (Northern Ireland) v Gorica (Slovenia)
TVMK (Estonia) v Hafnarfjordur (Iceland)
Birkirkara (Malta) v B36 (Faroe Islands)
Cork (Ireland) v Apollon (Cyprus)
Metalurgs (Latvia) v Aktobe (Kazakhstan)
Shakhtyor (Belarus) v Siroki Brijeg (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
MyPa (Finland) v The New Saints (Wales)
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And UEFA Cup First round action on Thursday.
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Niko Hernandez of Colorado was named MLS Player Of The Week. He scored 2 goals and tagged 2 assists in the teams 2 wins.
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The latest words from the ridiculous merry-go-round ride of building a stadium in Salt Lake City, from the Desert News.
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Jason Endres of NYNJSoccer picks his MLS most-under-appreciated 11.
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The US Open Cup 3rd Round launches with one game tonight and the rest tomorrow night-
Salt Lake v Virginia Beach
Columbus v Michigan
Seattle v Carolina
Atlanta v Wilmington
Chivas USA v Dallas Roma
Kansas City v Des Moines
Rochester v New Hampshire
Portland v Charleston
(the 8 winners of the above matches will join 8 more MLS teams in the 4th round draw, with those games taking place on August 2)
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I got word in an email today that Landmark Theatres Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis will begin showing the New York Cosmos documentary film, Once In A Lifetime on Friday July 28 (but.... "The opening date could get changed, up or back. The date is a tentative date."). Anyone in the Twin Cities should stay tuned to this space and we can arrange a time for a whole ton of people to arrive at one showing en-masse. Should be a lot of fun.


Anonymous bq said...

Count me in on the showing of Once In A Lifetime.

Wish I had a Kicks shirt to wear.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Josh said...

I got word in an email today that Landmark Theatres Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis will begin showing the New York Cosmos documentary film, Once In A Lifetime on Friday July 28.

Dude, how do you get these nuggets?!? I've been searching for a Twin Cities showing for a week and I've found nothing.


5:19 PM  
Blogger Kevin-- said...

"Goalkeeper- Preston Burpo (Chivas USA): After taking over in the net for Brad Guzan, Burpo has quietly led the Goats on their best run of form in the history of their franchise. In eleven games, the former Seattle Sounders 'keeper has had four shutouts and ranks second in the league in goals against average. One can make the argument he has been the best goalie this season in MLS. If Burpo can continue his form, Chivas USA has a realistic chance to raise the Alan I. Rothenberg trophy in November."


If this isn't a sign of the apocalypse, i don't know what is...

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Ziga Zoga said...


Thanks for the overview and snapshot from around the World. Did you hear Klinsi quit today? Could he be headed here? I know you are a big Bruce supporter but something has to be said for the way our boyz failed to perform under his leadership this year.



12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Gol TV televise any of the Champions League matches from these earlier rounds?

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

correction: not Gol TV but Setanta, does Setanta televise these Champions League games?

8:02 AM  
Blogger kebmodee said...

bruce arena has been great but i think its time for the ussf to move on and hire a premier coach. it seemed to me that arena had hoped to parlay this WC into a coaching position in europe, maybe in the premiership. i wonder what kind of offers, if any, he might be getting now. this new us soccer coach must be a top dog (ie. proven winner at the top level) who demands immediate repsect from the players. and to boot, he must have the gonads to bench primadonnas like donovan. who will be the new captain? gooch perhaps?

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

All the way at the bottom of this page is proof that Once In A Lifetime is playing at the Lagoon.

4:37 PM  
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