Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Flippin Burgers Fer A Livin News

A Note From good ol' Joe: Don't forget to set your TIVO to watch this year's holiday train wreck: Barbara Walters interviews the Beck-Mans – Thursday on ABC.

Word is beginning to leak about next seasons MLS home openers:
-The New San Jose Earthquakes will start their season at home on March 29 v New York.
-New York will play their first home game a week later v Columbus.
-Columbus will host Toronto March 29.
-Then Toronto goes to DC on Apr 5 for United’s home opener.
-When does TFC get theirs?
-KC v DC on Mar 29. I will be there!
-And Houston goes to New England to show off their new rings on March 29.
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The Andriy Shevchenko to MLS rumors were re-lit by the English tabloids again yesterday. They say January transfer window.
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The Colorado Rapids has a Q & A with their goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul, who just returned from his first time playing with his national team in Senegal. He got his first cap v Mali.
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Houston dynamo team President Oliver Luck wrote an end of season article to all the fans on the state of the team. (from last week, sorry I missed it)
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MLSnet has a review of the FC Dallas season, and ask Five Big Questions for next year.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald News says Red Bull fans are already beginning to look ahead to a day when their team will have a real home.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times with an article on Freddy Adu, and his time so far at Benfica in Portugal. Plus other MLS & world soccer news.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer with an article on the viability of soccer in America in the 21st century. The author is a skeptic, the kind who uses NASL references as his argument. Won't it be a great day when this article is never written again.
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The Trinidad Express talks to former great Shaka Hislop about the Tribute tournament that was played in his name last weekend.
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Greg Seltzer of American Soccer Daily talks to American Lee Nguyen about his return from injury for PSV.
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Seltzer also talks to USA & Hansa Rostock defender Heath Pearce after another tough loss. The team currently sits one place about relegation.
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3 Americans in Europe were in league action last night - how'd it go:
-Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - dressed by did not get into his teams 2-0 loss at Manchester United.
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - started and went 64 minutes of a 2-0 loss at Manchester United.
-Neven Subotic - Mainz - played all 90 minutes in defense and won 0-3 at Alemania Aachen.
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Champions League
2 of the Matchday 6 games are being played today. While all the rest will be played in the 11th & 12th. This is so Milan can head off to Japan for the World Club Championship which starts on Thursday.
-Tue Dec 4
Milan v Celtic
Shakhtar Donetsk v Benfica
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One American is playing a match in the Champions League this week:
-Freddy Adu - Benfica at Shakhtar Donetsk - but Benfica have already been eliminated from advancing.
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The Top 5 Teams in each of Europe's Top 4 Leagues:
36 Arsenal
33 Manchester United
31 Chelsea
30 Liverpool
30 Manchester City
-La Liga
32 Real Madrid
28 Barcelona
28 Villareal
27 Atletico Madrid
26 Espanyol
-Serie A
31 Inter Milan
28 Roma
26 Juventus
25 Udinese
24 Fiorentina
34 Bayern Munich
33 Werder Bremen
30 Hamburg
27 Bayer Leverkusen
26 Karlsruhe
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Reuters with an article on the state of the game in Kenya.
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Reuters also talks to Holland & Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf who wants to stop fan violence in Italy.
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The New York Times with an article on the return of the top Iraqi football league after 18 months off.
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Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian sees new cream rise to the top of the Romanian league. Yes, Romania has cream.
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Kevin McCarra of the Guardian says that if Milan want to capture the big big headlines then they will have to make themselves much more attractive, like Real Madrid & Barcelona.
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The Guardian also has a story of Lyon in France, who after a change in coach during the offseason, they are finally back on track to steamroll the league and claim a 7th consecutive title. Wow.
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World Soccer has a Q & A with a big fave of du Nord's, Man U & Argentina forward Carlos Tevez aka Modern Man.
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Another big du Nord fave, Samuel Eto'o, has been given the go-ahead by team doctors to get back to live action with Barcelona!
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The Brazilian government has said that they will not spend any money building new stadiums for the 2014 World Cup. So the funds will have to be raised privately I guess.
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Paul Gardner of the New York Sun is mad because not everyone is in love with the Brazilian style of futebol.
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Former Juventus great Gianluca Vialli writing for the Telegraph of London on the differences in football for kids between Italy and England.


Anonymous ibra said...

The matter is... Usa soccer players don't feel hungry!!

6:47 PM  
Anonymous tps said...

Enjoy your trip to Kansas -- this DCU fan expects a full trip report!

On that Philadelphia Inquirer story: Yeah, the guy uses silly NASL examples, but then he delivers statistics and lets people talk on why MLS is different. We've seen a lot worse; bashers usually just use the NASL examples.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Nidal Baba Superstar said...

Gardner, while as monothematic and whiny as ever, is right. Ancelotti's comment was idiotic.


2:46 PM  
Blogger Derek said...

in regards to that philly article, who in the right frame of mind considers lacrosse to be ahead of soccer? granted it's a nice niche sport, but it is definitely not bigger than soccer, not by a long shot.

6:06 PM  

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