What’s wrong with Italian soccer?

May 4, 2009

“Serie A’s status suffered another blow with the failure of any Italian clubs to make the last eight of this season’s Champions League. Is Italian soccer on the slippery slope of irreversible decline and fall?” (SI)

Honoring the Voice of Dutch Soccer (NYT)
“The Netherlands will come to a halt at 8 p.m. Monday when it observes Remembrance of the Dead (Dodenherdenking in Dutch) in honor of those who have died in wars since the start of World War II.”

Ahead of the season-defining clasico, Real defender Pepe reflects on a moment of madness (World Soccer)
“Real Madrid president Vicente Boluda misjudged the mood of the country when he disputed Pepe’s 10-game ban for a shocking attack on an opponent. When Vicent Boluda called it ‘savage’, most people would have agreed with him but for one rather important thing: he was not talking about what Pepe did.”

Aguirre: I need commitment (FIFA)
“It must feel like déjà vu for newly appointed Mexico coach Javier Aguirre who, just as in 2001, has been charged with dragging El Tri up by the bootstraps and ensuring their place at the next FIFA World Cup finals.”

Swine flu plays havoc with Copa Libertadores (BBC – Tim Vickery)
“The group phase of the Copa Libertadores has come to an end – and two of the results have left the South American Federation with a problem to solve. By the skin of their teeth, two Mexican sides made it through to the knockout stages. Chivas Guadalajara needed a draw away to Everton of Chile. They were hanging on grimly at the end, but got the 1-1 they needed.”

Mexicans In Europe 4/2-3/09 (World Cup Blog)
“It’s all about scoring this weekend in England…”

Video of the Day – Rafael da Silva (World Cup Blog)