Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Some News for Tue Dec 14, 2010

STARTERS

Real Espana has won the Honduras Liga Nacional Apertura championship. Huge congratulations to them!

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

Semifinals in the United Arab Emirates - The club champion from each of the 6 federations (plus the host) face off for the world title.

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A big upset happened today as the African champs knocked out the South American champs. Mazembe is in the final! They are the first non-European/South American team to reach the final ever!

The Upsetters: Tout Puissant (French for Almighty) Mazembe Englebert from the Democratic Republic of the Congo!
-The team has a big aligator on their badge.
-But the team nickname is The Crows.
-DRC is the second poorest country on the planet. Zimbabwe is the only country worse off.

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Semifinals
-Tue Dec 14
TP Mazembe 2-0 Internacional (Brazil) - Maz goals by Dioko Kaluyituka & Mulota Kabangu.
-Wed Dec 15
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma v Inter Milan (Italy)

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Tim Vickery of the BBC sees real value in the Club World Cup.

Vickery writing for Sports Illustrated sees Internacional's loss to Mazembe as further decay of South American football.

FIFA.com does a Q & A with Inter Milan forward Samuel Eto'o about his team's stuggles so far this season, and this tournament.

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Final
-Sat Dec 18
Mazemba v Semifinal Winner #2

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

Matchday 6 will be played Dec 15 & 16.

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24 teams will advance after this round, and will be joined up 8 more teams who finished in third place in the Champions League group stage, for the knock out rounds.

The following teams have already advanced: Manchester City, Lech Poznan, Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting, Villarreal, Dynamo Kyiv, BATE Borisov, CSKA Moskva, Sparta Praha, Zenit St Petersburg, Stuttgart, Young Boys, PSV Eindhoven, Metalist Kharkiv, Paris St Germain, Liverpool, Porto & Besiktas.

6 places left to be had.

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Matches & Scores

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Group Standings

PODCASTS

The folks at Seeing Red kick into the off season by bringing us an interview with Red Bulls director Erik Stover.

VIDEO CLIP OF THE DAY

A nice prank pulled by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on our man Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.

And then Ricky gets payback on Klaas-Jan.

Thanks to Jay for the great clips.

IMAGE OF THE DAY

What a badge!





















MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

General News

Wed Dec 14 will see the second phase of the player re-entry draft. This is for veteran players who are looking to move to different teams.
-Teams who select these players are then able to negotiate a new contract with the player.
-Here are the players on that available list:
Juan Pablo Angel
Preston Burpo
Ryan Cochrane
Nico Colaluca
Jimmy Conrad
Jeff Cunningham
Fred
Nick Garcia
Cory Gibbs
Frankie Hejduk
Dema Kovalenko
Claudio Lopez
Tyrone Marshall
Jaime Moreno
Richard Mulrooney
Ciaran O'Brien
Pat Onstad
Duncan Oughton
Gino Padula
Marcelo Saragosa
Luke Sassano
Dario Sala
Guillermo Barros Schelotto
Chris Seitz
Adrian Serioux
Chris Sharpe
Khano Smith
Khari Stephenson
Carey Talley
Peter Vagenas
Josh Wolff
Alex Zotinca

Would you select any of them for your team?

And here is the order in which the team's will select (team's can pass if they so chose):
1 DC
2 Chivas
3 Philadelphia
4 New England
5 Houston
6 Toronto
7 Chicago
8 Kansas City
9 Seattle
10 Columbus
11 New York
12 Salt Lake
13 San Jose
14 Los Angeles
15 Dallas
16 Colorado
17 Vancouver
18 Portland

The picks will continue until teams are finished. After all picks are made, then a club can re-draft their own players, but not before then.

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CD CHIVAS USA

Hold on to your hats! Scott French of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Juan Carlos Osorio is a candidate to become the team's new head coach!
-Osorio is currently head coach of Once Caldas who are playing a home and away series this week to determine the Colombian champion.

FC DALLAS

Steve Hunt at MLSsoccer.com does a Q & A with head coach Schellas Hyndman.

DC UNITED

DCU has signed their 4th academy player - centerback Ethan White.

MLS/SUM BUSINESS

MLS has announced that they are building a player scouting network in Asia.

MLS RUMORS

Add Fulham to the list of team's said to be looking for a loan deal with Landon Donovan.

SOCCER IN AMERICA

Fox has bought the rights to three more years of UEFA Champions League broadcasts in the USA. The new deal runs through the 2014-15 season.

USA U18 TEAM

The team is in Israel for a tourney.

Matches & Scores:
-Tue Dec 14
USA v France
-Thu Dec 16
USA v Israel
-Sat Dec 18
USA v Germany

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Roster:
G:
Jonathan Kempin - Sporting Kansas City
Andrew Wolverton - Concorde Fire
D:
Michael Ambrose - FC Dallas Academy
Jonathan Campbell - North Carolina Fusion
Bryan Gallego - NY Red Bulls Academy
Juan Pablo Ocegueda - UANL Tigres
Boyd Okwuonu - FC Dallas Academy
Walker Zimmerman - GSA Phoenix
M:
Connor Hallisey - California Development Academy
Jordan McCrary - Concorde Fire
Daniel Metzger - NY Red Bulls Academy
Victor Pineda - Chicago Fire
Marcus Salandy-Defour - DC United Academy
Will Trapp - Columbus Crew Academy
Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler - CASL Chelsea
F:
Villyan Bijev - Cal Odyssey
Sean Okoli - Seattle Sounders Academy
Luis Rendon - FC Richmond Magic
Khiry Shelton - Lonestar SC Academy
Jonathan Top - FC Dallas Academy

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

Goalkeeper Dominic Cervi has been sent out on loan by Celtic to Dundee FC (not United.)

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Coming Up: (all possible players are listed)

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - Group Stage - Matchday 6
Jozy Altidore - Villarreal - Wed Dec 15 at Club Brugge - already qualified for the next round.
Sacha Kljestan - Anderlecht - Thu Dec 16 v Hajduk Split - They need a win, a loss for AEK Athens to already qualified Zenit, and make up a goal differential of 1 goal (which would happen naturally if Ander won and AEK lost.)

CENTRAL AMERICA

Honduras - Liga Nacional:

We have an Apertura champion! Real Espana of San Pedro Sula beat Olimpia of Tegucigalpa 3-2 on aggregate to claim the title.

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Guatemala - Liga Nacional:

The Apertura Final is this week. Home and away.

Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Thu Dec 16
Comunicaciones v Municipal
2nd Leg
-Sun Dec 19
Municipal v Comunicaciones

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Costa Rica - Primera Division:

The second leg of the Torneo de Invierno Final will be played this Sunday.

Final
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Sun Dec 12
Herediano (Heredia) 0-0 Alajuelense (Alajuela)
2nd Leg
-Sun Dec 19
Alajuelense v Herediano

ENGLAND

Does the Carlos Tevez "I want to leave Manchester City" story smell exaclty like the Wayne Rooney "I want to leave Manchester United" story or is it just me? That is a rotten smell too. Smells like greed.

SOUTH AMERICA

This week will see the Colombia Primera A crown a new Clausura champ.
Final
Matches & Scores:
-Wed Dec 15
Deportes Tolima v Once Caldas
-Sun Dec 19
Once Caldas v Deportes Tolima

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And Peru has a new champion! Universidad San Martin de Porres beat Leon de Huanuco 3-2 on aggregate. This is their 5th title in the past decade.

JACK WARNER/SEPP BLATTER/FIFA ODDITIES

If you are gay and going to the World Cup in Qatar, where being gay is illegal, our fearless leader Sepp Blatter has simple advice for you: Keep your gayness to yourself. Keep it in your pants. No public displays of affection, or anything remotely like that. Don't hug anyone of the same sex when your team scores a goal or wins a game. Just leave no doubt in anyone's mind about whether or not you are guy, keep them in wonderment of your complete lack of gaiety. Can't you silly gays, stop acting gay for one month! Just one month. Heed the great man's words and you won't have any problems in Qatar. Unless of course you are a woman, or want to drink alcohol (No "Hooray Beer" in Qatar.) Or are Jewish.
-I just realized that our fearless leader is a nit-witted moron.

ENDERS

And you think the Sporting Kansas City badge is bad. Check out the one for new USL Pro team the LA Blues (as if the name isn't lame enough):

5 Comments:

Blogger Salim said...

Absolutely awful.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The future of football IS feminine!!!

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for speaking up on Bladders comments...homophobia is quite rampant in South Africa(Russia too) but GLBT folks weren't given any behavioral instructions by the Bladder. Maybe Qatar can pay the gays a 15 million non-appearence fee...apiece. Since , of course, there are no gay people who live in Qatar OR work for FIFA. Ridiculous and heinous.dang

9:28 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Wait wait wait. LA Blues were "est 2007"? Really?

9:52 AM  
Anonymous keeperken said...

speak it dang.

9:50 AM  

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