As Cup looms, Brazil hopes to extend magic ride that began in ’94

August 4, 2009

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“Fifteen years ago last month, the U.S. played host to an important moment in soccer history. Of all five of Brazil’s World Cup wins, USA 1994 was probably the least glamorous. The team didn’t play with the style and swagger of 1958 or ’70, and for all the superb strike combinations of Bebeto and Romário, there was no one to touch the heights of Garrincha in ’62, or to match Ronaldo’s magnificent and touching comeback 40 years later.” (SI – Tim Vickery)


UEFA Square Up To The Premier League. Again.

August 4, 2009

“It’s all in the timing. The BBC couldn’t have chosen a better time to run a special report on the state of finances in English football. The eve of the new English season is a time of optimism at most clubs, but in an interview with Radio5’s Dan Road, the UEFA general secretary David Taylor expressed concerns about many aspects of the way that Premier League clubs in particular are running themselves, singling out the saddling of clubs with debt and the transfer activity of some (hello, Manchester City) as having a destabilising effect on the health of the transfer market.” (twohundredpercent)


10 for 2010: Ten Dark Horses for England’s World Cup Squad

August 4, 2009

“With less than a year to go until the World Cup, England are sitting pretty in their World Cup qualification group. With qualification all but assured, now attentions will turn to who could be in England’s plans for South Africa. English World Cup squads have a history of featuring late-comers to their squad who go on to play starring roles in their respective tournaments.” (Soccer Lens)


German Bundesliga 2009-10 Season Preview and Predictions: Bayern and Wolfsburg the favorites

August 4, 2009

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“The 2009-10 German Bundesliga season is set to begin on Friday August 7, 2009 as Wolfsburg look to defend the league trophy. The Bundesliga was very competitive last season with the gap between the top 6 teams at only 10 points. Bayern Munich finished a disappointing 2nd but will be looking to regain the league trophy as they have retained most of their top players. Here’s a preview of the upcoming season along with predictions (which will likely be wrong but its worth a shot to try).” (The 90th Minute)


ThreeMatchBan 2009/10 Season Predictions

August 4, 2009

“At the beginning of every season, as the kick-off edges ever closer, my anticipation of the excitement to come can rarely be contained and I am compelled to make my predictions for the coming season, in the vain hope that it will bring the start just a little bit closer.” (Three Match Ban)


Scotland ‘in danger of becoming a footballing backwater’ warns Craig Burley

August 4, 2009

“After all, Burley was the last player to score for Scotland in the finals of a major tournament – in the 1-1 draw against Norway at France 98 – and, on top of having been enlisted by ESPN as a match analyst for their SPL coverage next season, he is also the nephew of Scotland’s current manager, George Burley.” (Telegraph)