Posts Tagged ‘ENGLAND’

JULY 12 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

July 12, 2010

JULY 12 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

FABREGAS HAPPY TO STAY AT ARSENAL

Cesc Fabregas has been hinting at a move to Barcelona all summer , but he seems to have changed his tune regarding his current club Arsenal.

The Spanish international has called his North London side a “world-class club” and suggested he is ready to stay put for the coming season.

“All I can say is that this World Cup victory is for all the Arsenal players and fans. They are a world-class club.” the 23-year-old told reporters after Spains World Cup Triumph. “I had a text message of congratulations from Arsene Wenger. He said I deserve it. I just think this is for everyone at Arsenal who helped me get to where I am now. I am an Arsenal player and proud to be.”

Fabregas had previously made no secret about his desire to move to Barcelona for the coming campaign, the club he loved as a kid and managed by his boyhood hero Pepp Guardiola.

STUTTGART DENY MADRID BID FOR KHEDIRA

Rumors of German international Sami Khedira moving to Real madrid from Bundesliga side Stuttgart have yet to become reality, according to club director Jochen Schneider.

“We have no offer. That is based only on speculation in Spanish sport newspapers,” Schneider told Bild. “And after his holiday we will sit down together and see whether we can extend his contract beyond 2011.”

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JUNE 26-SHORT CORNERS:SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 26, 2010

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JUNE 26 – SHORT CORNERS-INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

BALLACK RETURNS TO LEVERKUSEN

Michael Ballack has returned to his former club, Bayer Leverkusen, on a two-year contract.

The German International is returning to his old Bundesliga side, with whom he reached the Champions League final in 2002.

“With my transfer to Bayer Leverkusen a circle is complete. I had a beautiful and successful time here, on which I like to look back on a lot,” Ballack told the club’s website. “That was a factor in my decision.”

“But above all the good sporting potential of this young and attractive team were persuasive.

“I am especially looking forward to the great fans, who naturally have been key in my decision to return to Bayer.”

Rudi Völller, Bayer sporting director, is excited to see what a player of Ballack’s experience can bring to such a young side.

“With Michael Ballack our team is getting an enormous boost in quality,” he said. “Especially our many young players will benefit from his abilities and his experience.

“We did everything to convince Michael. That his preference was for Bayer despite our limited financial possibilities in comparison to the competition, shows his emotional attachment to the club.”

ALLEGRI TAKES HELM AT MILAN

AC Milan confirmed Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager replacing Leonardo who quit after just one season in charge at the San Siro.

Allegri, who has signed a two-year contract with Milan, comes from a Cagliari club he had great success with, but was released after a disagreement with the club in April.

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JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

June 24, 2010

JUNE 24 – SHORT CORNERS-WORLD SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

FRENCH PRESIDENT TO INVESTIGATE L’IMPLOSION
French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to hold a government meeting on Wednesday to get to the bottom of the implosion of the national team and their disgrace at the World Cup.

“The President wants any decisions to be taken calmly and without haste,” a government spokesman told the press. “Knowing the interest he has in football, you can imagine that he isn’t indifferent to what happened.”

Sarkozy is scheduled to hear striker Thierry Henry’s side on Thursday, as the government investigation begins.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon, sports minister Roselyne Bachelot and junior sports minister Rama Yade will join the president to discuss the events that took place in South Africa.

“Those responsible for this disaster must accept the consequences, first the players, then the team management and after them the football federation,” Bachelot told Europe 1 radio on Wednesday.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: VENTURA COUNTY FUSION v CRUZ AZUL, PORTSMOUTH

June 22, 2010

PDL SIDE VENTURA COUNTY FUSION TO TAKE ON CRUZ AZUL & PORTSMOUTH

Premier Development League side Ventura County Fusion have scheduled two high-profile International Friendlies for July. The amateur side, based between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara California has locked in Mexican giants Cruz Azul and English League Championship club Portsmouth.

Ventura County currently sit in third place with 16 points in the PDL’s Southwest Division and were recently eliminated from their first ever US Open Cup.

Cruz Azul, who will also be in the Los Angeles area to take on Mexico City rival Club America at the Rose Bowl ten days later, will be entertained by the Fusion on July 1st at Ventura College. Tickets are $8.

Recently relegated from the Premier League, Portsmouth FC will battle the Fusion at Oxnard College on July 17. Tickets are $15.

Portsmouth also has pre-season matches scheduled against Club America in San Diego and Canadian side FC Edmonton before moving to the East Coast to take on DC United.

HUGE US TV RATINGS FOR WORLD CUP BROADCASTS

June 15, 2010

HUGE US TV RATINGS FOR WORLD CUP BROADCASTS

Saturdays much hyped World Cup battle between US and England drew the fifth-best rating ever for a World Cup game in the United States, falling behind the 1994 Brazil-Italy Final, the 1994 Brazil-U.S. game and the 2006 Italy-France final and the 1994 Romania-U.S. game.

The match drew higher numbers than all of the Stanley Cup Finals Games, including the impressive Game 6 numbers, which had 8.3 million viewers, the highest in the NHL for 36 years.

Combined with Spanish language Univision’s telecast numbers, the match reaches 17 million, according to Sports Media Watch, and thereby had a large audience than the first four games of the NBA Finals.

The South Africa-Mexico opening game had an audience of 5.3 million on Univision alone, making it the most watched soccer game ever on Univision.

Through the first five matches of the 2010 World Cup, ESPN and ABC averaged 3,427,000 households and 4,937,000 viewers — up 95% and 108% from the 2006 tournament numbers.

ESPN3’s numbers are also astonishing, the broadband network had 73.6 million minutes generated on the site in the tournaments first three days, more than the entire month of June 2009.

US v ENGLAND – IN OTHER WORDS (…AND NUMBERS)

June 14, 2010

US v ENGLAND – IN OTHER WORDS (…AND NUMBERS)

UK PERSPECTIVE

HISTORY INSISTS WINNERS DO NOT APPEAR IN BLAZE OF GLORY (JAMES LAWTON-THE INDEPENDENT)

ENGLAND SHRANK WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN AIMING HIGH (KEVIN MCCARRA-THE GUARDIAN)

US NEGATES ENGLAND MIDFIELD (JONATHON WILSON-SI.COM)

NORTH AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE

USA 1, ENGLAND 1 – POST GAME THOUGHTS (GRANT WAHL-SI.COM)

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM ENGLAND-USA (JEFF CARLISLE-SOCCERNET.COM)

WC: ENGLAND 1 – USA 1 (USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

US REBOUND AGAINST ENGLAND AFTER EARLY SETBACK TO EARN DRAW (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

DEMPSEY, DEFENSE INSPIRE US TO DRAW WITH ENGLAND (BRIAN STRAUS-FANHOUSE)

HOWARD, CHERUNDOLO HELP US RIGHT SHIP, FORGE TIE WITH ENGLAND (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)

‘RESILIENT’ US TEAM AGAIN FINDS A WAY TO RALLY (KELLY WHITESIDE-USA TODAY)

US GOT LUCKY AGAINST ENGLAND; IT MUST BE BETTER AGAINST SLOVENIA IN MUST WIN (JOHN SMALLWOOD-PHILLY.COM)

TIME FOR USA TO CAPITALIZE ON GIFT (JAY MARIOTTI-FANHOUSE)

REACTIONS TO US-ENGLAND (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN)

GROUP C NEWS

FIVE THINGS FROM GROUP C (J HUTCHERSON-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

WORLD CUP FOOTBALL BUSINESS

FOR USA’S WORLD CUP OPENER, ESPN WENT BRITISH WITH MARTIN TYLER (MICHAEL HIESTAND-USA TODAY)

LOTS OF PEOPLE SATURDAY WERE WATCHING USA v ENGLAND (JOSHUA MAYER-SEATTLE TIMES)

USA-ENGLAND DRAWS RECORD CROWD FOR ABC (ANTHONY CRUPI-MEDIA WEEK)

WORLD CUP 2010: ORGANIZERS WILL NOT BAN VUVUZELAS (BBC)

VUVUZELA: LONG LIVE THE HORN, DESPITE EUROPEAN SCORN (KEVIN BLACKISTONE-FANHOUSE)

AMERICAN FANS TAKE THE WORLD CUP PUBLIC (CLEMEMTE LISI-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

2010 WORLD CUP – USA 1-1 ENGLAND HIGHLIGHTS (SORT OF…)

June 14, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP – USA 1-1 ENGLAND HIGHLIGHTS (SORT OF…)

PUGET SOUND-OFF – JUNE 14

June 14, 2010

PUGET SOUND-OFF – JUNE 14

Our man in the Pacific Northwest gives us his occasional opinions on the football world. Today’s take is on the World Cup, four days in…

PUGET SOUND-OFF – THE WORLD CUP, SO FAR…

Mike Mulvihill

Here’s my take on the World Cup, so far –

·         Still getting used to waking up at 4:30 – now going to bed at 9:30 to see if that makes it easier.

·         Seen most of all games…even watching at work via this web site… http://www.channelsurfing.net

·         Just an opinion but the ESPN radio crew is really good. SHEP Messing is very loud like he’s got the mic halfway down his throat but the play by play man is really good (can’t find his name)

Opinions So Far:

o   Group A: France sux, Uruguay could/should have won. Would have loved SA to beat Mexico and (more…)

2010 WORLD CUP – INJURY UPDATE JUNE 14

June 14, 2010


2010 WORLD CUP – INJURY UPDATE JUNE 14

LEDLEY KING RULED OUT OF WORLD CUP

Ledley King’s World Cup appears to be over after the England Center back injured his groin during Saturday’s draw with the United States.

The England medical team is continuing to monitor the Tottenham defender and England manager Fabio Capello’s initial comments that King’s injury would only prevent him from missing Friday’s Group C encounter with Algeria, now seem optimistic.

Capello, already dealing with the loss of Rio Ferdinand to an injury sustained in training, will be concerned about his backline’s attrition, with only Jamie Carragher, Michael Dawson and Matthew Upson remaining in his squad to partner John Terry in the heart of his defense.

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2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BEST FINISH

England – Champions (1966)

United States – 3rd (1950)

UNITED STATES

The United States, like South Korea, Japan and Mexico are teams that are better than most in the World except maybe the top 15. The States have a solid starting XI and good subs, and even have a bit of a style and tactical acumen. None of these attributes, as any longtime fan of the United States will tell you, were present 20 years ago.

The States even have gifted individual talent in the wonderful vision of Landon Donovan, the grit of Clint Dempsey, the sheer power and finesse of Jozy Altidore and the raw speed that is present amongst so many of the forwards in the US side.

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JUNE 11 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 11, 2010

JUNE 11 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

‘NO NERVES’ FOR SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa captain Aaron Mokoena said his team would have no nerves when they walk out in front of an expectant 85,000-strong home crowd at the Soccer City stadium for their World Cup opener against Mexico on Friday, in one of the biggest matches in the nations history.

“We are looking forward to the game,” said Mokoena. “It’s going to be important that we go out relaxed, but of course not too relaxed, and enjoy it.”

Mokoena, who recently became the first South African to earn 100 caps, thinks the team will live in the moment and not feel the pressure of expectation.

“It’s about us, it’s about what we want and about making our country proud. The moment of truth has arrived.”

DROGBA RETURNS TO PRACTICE

Didier Drogba has returned to training just days after surgery on a broken arm and (more…)

BBC REPORT ON MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

June 8, 2010

BBC BUSINESS OF SPORT REPORT ON MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER & SOCCER IN THE US

SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 7 – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 7, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 7 – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

INJURIES PLAGUE WORLD CUP

It was a black weekend in many World Cup camps as Rio Ferdinand, Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben and Andrea Pirlo were all injured a week before the start of the World Cup.

More than just ‘big names’ some of the players that went down over the weekend were key to their teams success and will not be easily replaced

Ferdinand who was to be captain for England and a staple on the backline, suffered a knee ligament injury in training and will join David Beckham in the VIP box to watch the opening match with the United States June 12. Ferdinand has already been rep[laced in the squad by Michael Dawson.

Arguably the best striker in the world, Ivory Coast’s Drogba dislocated his elbow in a friendly against Japan on Friday. Coming off his best season ever, the Chelsea striker was the key element and talisman for the Elephants as they prepared for a tough Group G battle against Brazil, (more…)

ESPN ADVERT: 2010 WORLD CUP: GLORY (ENGLAND v UNITED STATES)

June 1, 2010

ESPN ADVERT: 2010 WORLD CUP: GLORY (ENGLAND v UNITED STATES)

ENGLAND NAME 23-MAN ENGLAND SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP

June 1, 2010

ENGLAND NAME 23-MAN ENGLAND SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP

ENGLAND have named their 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup. There
were few surprises, though West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker and
Asenal’s Theo Walcott, missed out on Fabio Capello’s 23.

Leighton Baines, Darren Bent, Michael Dawson, Tom Hudderstone and Adam
Johnson also missed out of the squad.

ENGLAND’S OFFICIAL 23-MAN ENGLAND SQUAD:
GOALKEEPERS
Rob Green – West Ham United
David James – Portsmouth
Joe Hart – Manchester City

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JUNE 1 – SHORT CORNERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 1, 2010

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JUNE 1 – SHORT CORNERS

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

JOSE MOURINHO OFFICIALLY BECOMES REAL MADRID BOSS

Jose Mourinho was unveiled Monday as the new manager of super club Real Madrid, becoming the teams ninth manager in 6 years. Needless to say, the ‘Special One’ referred to himself quit a bit in his debut press conference.

“I don’t know if I was born to coach Real Madrid but I was born to be a football coach.” Mourinho said at the press conference. “I love important challenges. I am Jose Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.

“My attraction to Real Madrid is due to its history, its frustrations in recent years and its expectations to win. It’s a unique club and I believe that not to coach Real leaves a void in a coach’s career. Luckily, I’ve had a beautiful career and it makes me proud to have come here.”

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WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP – US wins send-off, Japan scores every goal in England win, Group C News

May 31, 2010

WEEKEND WORLD CUP WRAP

UNITED STATES WINS SEND-OFF AGAINST TURKEY

The United States won their final World Cup tune-up on home soil Saturday, coming from behind to beat Turkey in front of 55,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Second half goals by Altidore and Dempsey put the United States on top and capped off a thrilling final 45 minutes for the US, who trailed after Arda Turan put the Turks up in the 27th minute.

Landon Donovan set up both goals in the comeback for the US who hadn’t looked in sync in the first half.

“We’re going to be as good as we want to be,” Donovan said. “And if we play the way we’re capable of (more…)

SOCCER ON THE BOX: Soccer on TV this Weekend

May 28, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: Soccer on TV this Weekend

Tons of World Cup tune-ups on the box this weekend, but don’t bother looking for the Ireland v Algeria match on the ‘ol Box, because you won’t find it.

Why didn’t any network pay for the rights to show American fans a rare glimpse an unknown Group C team? Plus, I just want to see Ireland play, stupid Thierry Henry. Very frustrating.

Other tune-ups include the US v Turkey on Saturday in a match that not only will be the last on American soil until after the World Cup, but it will be the first time we might see the United States play at ‘Fully Armed and Operational’ levels.

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SHORT CORNERS: Soccer News and Notes From Around the World

May 24, 2010

SHORT CORNERS: SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

INTER MILAN: CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE

Inter Milan won the 2010 Champions League Final in Madrid on Saturday calmly and confidently, emulating their manager Jose Mourinho, by beating Bayern Munich 2-0 and thus claiming their first European title in 45 years.

The win over Munich was powered by Diego Milito who scored both goals for Inter in the 35th and 70th minute. “Il Principe” Milito’s composure, confidence and skill personified Inter’s play and he walked away with a deserved Man of the Match award.

Though Bayern had chances, they never looked like challenging after Milito’s first strike and Inter Milan were happy to pack the back and keep ten men behind the ball at all times.

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SOCCER ON THE BOX: Soccer on TV this Weekend

May 22, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX: Soccer on TV this Weekend

It’s really a can’t miss weekend on the box. MLS Week 9, Summer Friendlies, International Friendlies, the 2nd Leg of Mexican League Final.

Oh, and did I mention the 2010 Champions League Final featuring Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan up against Bayern Munich, managed by the ‘Special One’s’ former mentor, Louis Van Gaal’s. There is no shortage of drama surrounding this Final, taking place on a Saturday for the first time in the history of the competition. It really is must see TV for any fan of the game, and a (more…)