Foto Focus: Allianz Arena

Munich Allianz Arena
“This week marks the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Allianz Arena (or Fußball Arena München for UEFA-organised matches), home to FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München and made famous during the 2006 World Cup.” (Pitch Invasion)

Topple Every Statue (The Run of Play)
“I’m pleased to announced that—thanks in part to readers just like you—we came home with a pretty decent haul from the inaugural EPL Awards sponsored by EPL Talk.”

A troubled tournament looks forward (ESPN)
“A tournament with a troubled history, the Confederations Cup is arguably the second most prestigious competition – behind the World Cup – staged by FIFA, but was only recognised as such in 1997. The first time a competition of this type was seen was in the Mundialito (Spanish for ‘little World Cup’) in 1980, when six teams from two confederations (UEFA and CONMEBOL) met in Uruguay, with the hosts beating Brazil 2-1 in the final.”

U.S. team overwhelmed in every facet by Costa Rica (ESPN)
“When the U.S. national team’s lineup versus Costa Rica was first revealed Wednesday night, it was easy to think the Americans were ready to attack and try to deliver their first-ever victory in a World Cup qualifier played in Costa Rica. A three-forward formation coupled with a pair of superfast fullbacks gave the impression the U.S. team would attempt to overwhelm Costa Rica with pace and attack down the flanks.”

A Response to Barry Glendenning on Gareth Barry (A More Splendid Life)
“Barry Glendenning doesn’t often write feature articles for the Guardian Football website, so when he does it means something is jammed deep in his craw, usually one of football’s false idols.”

England goalkeeper crisis (WSC)
“Injuries to David James and Ben Foster leave England forced to choose between Scott Carson, Robert Green and Paul Robinson to face Kazakhstan today. Three goalkeepers that many would accuse of lacking that oft mentioned, never defined quality of ‘international class’.”

FIFA can’t control agents (WSC)
“Wayne Rooney seems to be bearing up quite well considering that he is involved in a bitter conflict that has rumbled on for seven years. The warring parties are his current agent Paul Stretford and Streford’s former company Formation that he left last year.”

Leadership, consistency key for Aguirre in return as Mexican coach (SI)
“Once again, Mexico will usher in a new era and again it will start with a World Cup qualifier. Much like last August, a new coach will debut in a qualifying game in charge of El Tri and he’ll either be crowned the conquering hero or will leave many wondering why a change was made in the first place.”

Club down, Messi turns to country (SI)
“If there were still any doubts, Lionel Messi last week proved he is the best player in the world after playing a key role in Barcelona’s victory over Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final. Messi wasn’t at his best that day, but he still made the difference, scoring Barça’s second goal with a spectacular header.”


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