Monday, December 07, 2009

Some News for Mon Dec 7, 2009


Flamengo has won the Brazilian Championship!


There's a new DaMarcus Beasley interivew today from Yanks Abroad. See it in the Americans In Europe section.


Cruz Azul & Monterrey have advanced to the Mexican Primera finals, with the later knocking off current champs Toluca to get there.


Canada will wisely announce Stephen Hart as their full time head coach.
-The reason it seems like a pretty good choice is that he has had better success running the team then anyone else in the past decade, during in his 2 stints as interim.


Amy Lawrence of the Observer writing about Team USA: "There are some natural differences between the US-based players and those who earn their living in Europe. The contrast in everyday coaching and facilities is marked, and sometimes manifests itself in friction." Where is she getting this from? There has never been the slightest hint of friction from this team. See entire article in World Cup Draw section.


The National of the UAE with an article that says North Korea is only going to show positive highlights of their own team from the World Cup and nothing more. If they lose, it will not be reported! Nice!


It could have been a lot worse for our team thats fore sure, but this group is a lot tougher than most people's first reaction to it seems to be.


GROUP C (with FIFA rank #)
England - #9
USA - #14
Algeria - #28
Slovenia - #33


Here was Beckman's reaction when the USA was drawn into position C2, thus facing England in the first match, "It figures."


US Soccer gives us plenty of quotes from USA players after the draw.


US Soccer also has quotes from USA coach Bob Bradley and England coach Fabio Capello also after the draw.

dN has Group C analysis.


Many pundits are saying that the USA got drawn into the easiest group, but to my way of thinking its Italy who have by faaaaaaaaaaaaar the easiest group.


Group Matches:
-Sat Jun 12
USA v England - in Rustenburg at 20:30
-Sun Jun 13
Algeria v Slovenia - in Polokwane at 13:30
-Fri Jun 18
USA v Slovenia - in Johannesburg/Ellis Park at 16:00
England v Algeria - in Cape Town at 20:30
-Wed Jun 23
USA v Algeria - Pretoria at 16:00
Slovenia v England - Port Elizabeth at 16:00


Many of du Nord's favorite writers have chimed in with their opinions on the draw:
-George Vecsey of the New York Times.
-Steve Davis at ESPN Soccernet.
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune.
-Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports.
-Tim Vickery of the BBC.
-Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.
-Chros McDougall at
-Henry Winter of the Telegraph.
-Kevin McCarra of the Guardian.


Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian on Slovenia.


Amy Lawrence of the Observer on the importance and meaning of the draw for the USA.

dN talks to Landon Donovan.


Greg Seltzer of Soccer 365 gives us 10 keys to beating England.


Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald on the USA draw.


Stephen Brunt of the Toronto Globe & Mail on the draw, with emphasis on USA 1-0 England in 1050.


Reuters with words from the North Koreans on their draw.


The Telegraph talks to our own Jay DeMerit!


England are trying arrange a game with Mexico in prep for the WC. And if not them, then Honduras.


Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports on the awakening of the mass numbers of American soccer fans.


Richard Snowden of Soccer 365 is fired up about this draw for the USA.


Former France great Marcel Desailly for ESPN Soccernet looks at the draw.


Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune on the USA draw and thoughts on others.


Jack Bell of the New York Times collects some notes from outside the USA, and looks at the psychology of Tim Howards big PK save this weekend.
-Is this a sign of the apocalypse?: Wal-Mart will carry official World Cup merchandise.


Here are some reactions I picked up from the English press:
-Daily Mail: Dream draw for England as they face USA, Algeria and Slovenia in South Africa next summer.
-The Sun (who loves bad puns): Yanks a lot! Fab draw glee
-England manager Fabio Capello: "The most difficult part is the first, with the United States."
-Former England manager Terry Venables: "We could have hand-picked that draw"


Algerian English language newspaper Ennahar with words from all 4 managers in Group C.


Ennahar with a second article full of quotes from those involved in Group C, but with a fiery headline calling the Americans arrogant. Of course I am biased but the only one who comes off arrogant in these quotes is Englishman Alan Shearer. Everyone else is very respectful. So politics has its say in the headline.


Algeria's previous trips to the World cup were in 1982 and 1986.


The Guardian on Algerian reaction to the draw.


All Africa calls it a tough draw for all the African teams.


Football 365 with a few words from Slovenian coach Ivan Simic.


John Ashdown of the Guardian analyzes the draw using the FIFA rankings.


The Wall Street Journal did a Q & A with US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, the day before the draw. (thanks to JJ for this one)


New York has made it official with the hiring of Eric Soler as technical director. Here is the official press release.
-And the teams official blog has video of an interview with Stoler.
-The team he ran in Norwary, Start, has 2 American players as their starting centerbacks, Clarence Goodson & Hunter Freeman. So he knows something about American players.


Keep up with all the best Red Bulls news and rumors at Metrofanatic.


Adam Spangler of This Is American Soccer [corrected] writes all about his trip to Seattle for MLS Cup weekend. Loads of photos too!


Noah Davis at does an interview with now retired DC great Ben Olsen. What comes next?


FC Dallas has launched a new website call We Are Not Spectators to attract season ticket holders. One word: inane.
-Why not go with the more obvious: We Have No Spectators?
-And moved into first place ahead of


A group of MLS youngsters are in South Africa playing friendlies under the Generation Adidas moniker. They have one game left to go.
Matches & Scores:
-Sun Dec 6
Ajax Cape Town (reserves) 0-2 MLS-GA - MLS goals by Patrick Nyarko & Roger Espinoza.
-Michael Lewis at MLSnet reviews the team's trip to South Africa, and says it "surpassed [the players] wildest dreams."


The current deal expires on Jan 31, 2010 [corrected].

Kristian Dyer of ESPN Soccernet with the latest on negotiations between management and labor over a new work contract.


Jeff DeVeronica of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that after US Soccer met on Sunday with representatives from both USL and NASL that they have imposed a Wednesday deadline for both leagues to submit their plans for the 2010 season. US Soccer needs to sanction the NASL before they would be allowed to play in a FIFA legal league.
-Inside Minnesota Soccer on the lead up to that meeting.


Akron goes to 23-0-0 and moves into the Semifinals.

But North Carolina and Wake Forest will both have huge home field advantages with the games being played in nearby Cary.

The tournament concludes next weekend with the Semifinals and Final on Friday and Sunday respectively at WakeMed Park in Cary NC.

Quarterfinal Matches & Scores:
-Fri Dec 4
North Carolina 2-1 Drake - NC goals by Alex Dixon & Kirk Urso. Dra goal by Kenan Malicevic.
Virgina 3-0 Maryland - Vir goals by Jordan Evans, Will Bates & Neil Barlow.
-Sat Dec 5
Akron 1-0 Tulsa - Akr goal by Kofi Sarkodie.
Wake Forest 2-0 Duke - WF goals by Andy Lubahn & Zack Schilawski.

Semifinal Matches & Scores:
-Fri Dec 11
Akron v North Carolina
Wake Forest v Virginia

-Sun Dec 13


Here is the full official bracket for the tournament.


Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad has a big interview with DaMarcus Beasley. Its a pretty important time in his career.


It looks like Marcus Hahnemann has now won the starting job at Wolverhampton, and bagged another win this weekend. Fantastic for him!


Tim Howard was a savior for Everton stopping a Penalty Kick in the 90th minute to hold a 2-2 draw, which for them is practially a win right now.


Even though he didn't play, Jay DeMerit was on the bench for Watford this weekend. Great news for him.


Game Action: (only those that played are listed)

DENMARK - Superliga
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland - played the entire match and won 3-0 at home over Midtjylland.
Marcus Tracy - AaB - started and played 77 minutes but lost at Sonderjyske 2-0.

ENGLAND - Premiership
Jozy Altidore - Hull City - started and played 54 minutes of a 3-0 drubbing at Aston Villa.
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - played the entire match as they won 1-0 at home over Sunderland.
Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - went the distance and earned another clean sheet dropping Hull 3-0 at home.
Marcus Hahnemann - Wolverhampton - in goal again(!), saw the Yellow Card, and got the win at home 2-1 over Bolton.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the full match, saving a PK in the dying seconds and drew 2-2 at home against Tottenham.
Jonathan Spector - West Ham - played all 90 miserable minutes as they lost at home 0-4 to Manchester United.

ENGLAND - League One
Jon-Paul Pittman - Wycombe - came on as a sub in the 77th minute as they won 2-1 at home over Stockport County.

FRANCE - Ligue 1
Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes - played all 90 winning at home 1-0 over Lorient.

GERMANY - Bundesliga
Michael Bradley - Monchengladbach - started and played 79 minutes, getting a Yellow Card, and losing 2-1 at Bayern Munich.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - went the full 90, got a Yellow Card, and got a point going 0-0 at home against Bayer Leverkusen.

GERMANY - 2 Bundesliga
Matt Taylor - Frankfurt - came on as a sub in the 85th minute but they lost 2-0 at Augsburg.
David Yelldell - Koblenz - in goal the whole game unfortunately as they got beat 1-5 at home by St Pauli.

NETHERLANDS - Eerste Divisie
Charles Kazlauskas - Helmond Sport - went the full 90 but lost 2-4 at home against MVV Maastricht.

SCOTLAND - Premiership
DaMarcus Beasley - Rangers -
hey hey! came on as a sub in the 62nd minute as they won 1-3 at Falkirk.

Coming Up:

ENGLAND - Championship
Jay DeMerit - Watford - Mon Dec 7 v QPR

DENMARK - Superliga
Benny Feilhaber - AGF Aarhus - Mon Dec 7 v Esbjerg
Jeremiah White - AGF Aarhus - Mon Dec 7 v Esbjerg


Primera Division Liguilla

#5 seeds Monterry pulls off the huge upset of top seeded Toluca in the Semifinals.

All playoff rounds are 2 Legs.

Semifinal Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Wed Dec 2
Morelia(3) 0-0 Cruz Azul(2)
-Thu Dec 3
Monterrey(5) 2-0 Toluca(1) - Mon goals both by Jesus De Nigris.
2nd Leg (with first leg scores included)
-Sat Dec 5
Cruz Azul(2) 2-1 Morelia(3) (0-0) - CA advance 2-1 on aggregate. CA goals by Javier Orozco & Emanuel Villa. Mor goal by Miguel Sabah.
-Sun Dec 6
Toluca(1) 1-1 Monterrey(5) - Mon advance 3-1 on aggregate. Tol goal by Issac Brizuela. Mon goal by Dario Carreno.


Final Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sun Dec 13
Monterrey v Cruz Azul
2nd Leg
-Sun Dec 20
Cruz Azul v Monterrey


The 2 biggies this weekend were both from Italy. I bet that really pleased the majority of you. Hahahahahahaha.

Matches, Scores & Notes:
-Sat Dec 5
Juventus v Inter - Inter got hacked by an offside goal that was allowed to stand and caused their manager Mourinho to be Red Carded, and ended up losing 2-1 at Juventus in the Derby of Italy.
-Sun Dec 6
Roma v Lazio - the Capital Derby was won by Roma and left Lazio on a couple points out of the relegation zone.


Barney Ronay of the Guardian gives us Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend.


Phil Ball of ESPN Soccernet ponders - would you like to be bottom of the first division or top of the second division? Plus a round up of the weekend in La Liga.


Simon Kuper of the Financial Times on the relationship between Barcelona and their precious Lionel.


Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian on the disaster at Stuttgart, where the hardcore fans are threatening violence, and the rest of the Bundesliga from the weekend.


Milan won their 5th game in a row to move within 4 points of first place Inter who lost at Juventus! I guess Leonardo has learned how to manage a team after all.


Paolo Bandini of the Guardian looks at 3 derbys, one of them at the top of the Serie A table, and all the other news from the weekend in Italy.


The New York Times with an article on the ever growing fear of rampant match fixing going on in Europe.


Here we go for the final group stage matches!

Matchday 6
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Dec 8
Juventus v Bayern Munich
Maccabi Haifa v Bordeaux
Besiktas v CSKA Moskva
Wolfsburg v Manchester United
Zurich v Milan
Marseille v Real Madrid
Chelsea v APOEL
Atletico Madrid v Porto
-Wed Dec 9
Liverpool v Fiorentina
Lyon v Debreceni
Inter v Rubin Kazan
Dynamo Kyiv v Barcelona
Stuttgart v Unirea Urziceni
Sevilla v Rangers
Olympiacos v Arsenal
Standard Liege v AZ Alkmaar


Group Standings


The Big Finish - Flamengo have won the Campeanato Brasileiro! It is their first big title in 17 years!!

Standings, Matches & Scores - after 38 of 38 games played:
67 Flamengo (GD: 14) - W 2-1 v Gremio
65 Internacional (GD: 21) - W 4-1 v EC Santo Andre
65 Sao Paulo (GD: 15) - W 4-0 v Sport
62 Palmeiras (GD: 13) - L 2-1 at Botafogo

ARGENTINA has a Q & A with Lionel Messi.


Just 2 rounds left in the Primera Apertura, and 4 teams want the crown. First next round is mid-week and the final round is next Sunday!

Standings, Matches & Scores - after 17 of 19 games played:
38 Banfield - Last: W 0-1 at Huracan - Next: Wed Dec 9 v Tigre - Finale: Sun Dec 13 at Boca Juniors
36 Newell's Old Boys - Last: L 1-2 at Arsenal de Sarandi - Next: Wed Dec 9 at Gimnasia La Plata - Finale: Sun Dec 13 v San Lorenzo
33 Velez Sarsfield - Last: W 3-1 v River Plate - Next: Thu Dec 10 at Chacarita Juniors - Finale: Sun Dec 13 v Rosario Central
32 Independiente - Last: W 1-2 at Boca Juniors - Next: Tue Dec 8 v Argentinos Juniors - Finale: Sun Dec 13 at Lanus


Yahoo Sports with an article on 10 Players to watch at the World Cup.
-Here is a photo slideshow of the players.
-It's a little too early for this kind of article, isn't it?
-Former USA youth international Nevin Subotic makes the list.


La Gazzetta dello Sport of Italy reflect on the draw for their country.
-To my way of thinking Italy got the easiest group.


Deutsche Welle looks at Germany's very tough group.


The Wall Street Journal on the refereeing of the tournament.


The tournament starts next Wed, Dec 9.


Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune on a real showing of what fair play is all about.


FIFA has announced the names of the 5 finalists for their big award:

Xavi Hernandez - Spain & Barcelona
Andres Iniesta - Spain & Barcelona
Ricky Kaka - Brazil & Real Madrid
Lionel Messi - Argentina & Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal & Real Madrid

The winner will be announced on Dec 21.


WTF is this? Seems to be some sort of team mascot. I shit you not.

-Actually, its a Desert Fox painted in Algerian national colors. The team is known colloquially as Les Fennecs.


Anonymous AO Seattle said...

CBA doesn't end till Jan 31st, 2010, not Dec 31st, 2009, no?

TIAM? Inside joke?

Great roundup of articles. The best around, thanks.

4:02 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks for the date correction

and for the kind words, that means a lot to me

9:47 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

"TIAM? Inside joke?" - i don't understand what this means...

9:55 AM  
Anonymous AO Seattle said...

"Adam Spangler of This Is American Music writes all about his trip to Seattle for MLS Cup weekend."


10:58 AM  
Anonymous joe j said...

bruce is a big fan of Violent Femmes.

2:18 PM  
Blogger brucio said...


2:30 PM  

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