Football Federations Around The Globe – A Look At The World Of Football

July 5, 2009

“The world of football is made up of 6 main football federations; UEFA, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, AFC, CAF & OFC. These governing bodies look after different areas of world football, roughly along the lines of the geographical continents of the world.” (SoccerLens)

Estudiantes and Cruzeiro will meet in this year’s Libertadores final (World Soccer – Tim Vickery)
“The Final of the 50th Libertadores Cup will be between two sides in good form. Both Estudiantes of Argentina and Cruzeiro of Brazil go into the decider after having passed through the knock out rounds unbeaten – each had earlier inflicted a heavy defeat on the other when they were drawn together in the group phase.”

For Soccer to Flourish in the U.S., Its Doors Must Open (NYT)
“In the aftermath of a strong performance by the national team in the Confederations Cup, U.S. Soccer officials are confident that the sport’s time has arrived here. They are excited about the prospect of bringing young Hispanic and African-Americans into the mainstream. But any discussion about the future of soccer in the United States is like turning over a gigantic stone that has been in place for decades. Underneath is a colony of issues, involving race, ethnicity and economics.”

Player Profile: Steve Ogrizovic (Three Match Ban)
“Steve Ogrizovic is one of those players who I have no recollection of ever being young. In my mind he has always been old and was born in goal for Coventry City. Oggy as he was popularly known, enjoyed 16 years with Coventry and he holds the distinguished club record of 209 consecutive League appearances for a Coventry City player, from August 1984 to September 1989.”

Gre-nada (That’s On Point)
“Walking into my parent’s house with a tummy full of Fourth of July fried hot dogs and fried dough to give my father some company for the all-time epic grudge match between the U.S. and Grenada in the opening match of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Saturday night, my first impressive probably summed up the ensuing 90 minutes.”

Celtic Out – The Biggest Casualty Of The Summer (So Far) (twohundredpercent)
“It was as rapid as it was unexpected. Farsley Celtic thought that they had dodged the bullet of a High Court winding up order brought by HMRC. They were forced into administration by the Australian brewing giant Coors – another one of their creditors – earlier this week to prevent the winding up order from going through today, but the Football Conference threw a curve ball at them has thrown them into an – if anything – even more serious crisis than the one that they were already in.”

Czechs show promise at Grand Prix (Czechs show promise at Grand Prix)
“The Czech Republic showed useful form ahead of January’s 2010 UEFA European Futsal Championship by reaching the semi-finals at the prestigious Grand Prix in Brazil while Ukraine ended sixth, continental finals hosts Hungary came 12th and non-qualifiers Romania took an impressive bronze.”

Shamrock Rovers to take on galacticos (WSC)
“On July 20, a modest ground in the suburbs of Dublin will become the centre of the footballing universe. In the way that UFOs appear only in out-of-the-way areas, the galácticos MKII will touch down in south-west Dublin, when Real Madrid take on Shamrock Rovers in their long-awaited new home, Tallaght Stadium.”

What Football Shirts Are Hiding In Your Closet? (EPL Talk)
“There’s something beautiful about a football shirt. It’s not just the fabric, how it looks on you or what it represents. To me, it means so much more. It’s all about memories. When you wear a new one for the first time, such as any of the new football shirts for the 2009-2010 Premier League season, it’s all about the material and the identity of your club.”

Jamie Carragher

July 5, 2009

“James Lee Duncan ‘Jamie’ Carragher (born 28 January 1978) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League side Liverpool. He is the current vice-captain and is one of the club’s longest-serving players; he made his 500th appearance for Liverpool in all competitions in January 2008.” Wikipedia, ESPN, Dailymotion