10 Greatest Wins in United States Soccer History

October 28, 2009

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USA vs. Portugal (2002)
“Throughout the years, the United States National team have had many great games. From the World Cup to cup finals, the United States have been able to become a strong international team within the last 20 years, and the sport continues to grow in America.” (Bleacher Report)

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Fan Diary # 13: 2-0 Over United

October 28, 2009

“My normal pre-match bravado wasn’t at full strength after the four-game losing streak (Liverpool’s worst run since the Spring of 1987) and going into the fixture against Manchester United Sunday I was a sleepless bag of frenetic nerves. We tend to play our best against the strongest opposition (I thought our outing against Chelsea was one of our best performances of the season except for – of course – the two moments that led to their two goals) and Fernando Torres was on the starting team sheet. These thoughts came as desperately needed consolation as did the return of Glen Johnson. But still: this was United. Even if they were on a forty match losing streak and we’d just broken Arsenal’s unbeaten record, I’d still lose sleep the night before fretting over the outcome of this match.” (EPL Talk)


Déjà vu strikes Ramos’ Russian reign

October 28, 2009

“October 26 is a date that may send a shiver down Juande Ramos’ spine. Exactly a year to the day since his unceremonious sacking from Tottenham, the Spanish boss was relieved of his duties at CSKA Moscow, after just 47 days, although the reasons for his exit are slightly more complex than the poor run of results that saw his tenure at White Hart Lane come to an end.” (ESPN)


A Brief History of Football Kit Design in England and Scotland

October 28, 2009

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“The first rules of football were laid down by English public schools to govern inter-house competition and fell broadly into two groups; the handling game developed at Rugby School and the dribbling game that emerged from Eton, although other schools such as Harrow, Winchester, Uppingham, Shrewsbury, Marlborough and Charterhouse all had their own versions. When the young men from these schools went up to university they formed football clubs but games descended into chaos as there was no consensus on the rules. The first attempt to draw up a uniform set of rules took place at Cambridge University in 1848.” (Historical Kits)


Valero and Vieri: the future and the past

October 28, 2009

“West Brom fans, and indeed many others, may be a bit surprised about what they are about to read next, but on Saturday night I think I might have seen the next great European midfielder. His name is Borja Valero and he plays for Real Mallorca. Yes, you did read that right. The very same Borja Valero who was the Baggies’ record signing for £4.7 million from Mallorca at the start of last season before enduring a miserable dysfunctional season which ended with West Brom being relegated.” (BBC)


Football Cup Primer: The CONCACAF Champions League

October 28, 2009

“We’re usually busy during Champions League weeks writing about, well…the Champions League. Like most soccer fans, the purveyors of this establishment watch UEFA’s iteration of this tournament pretty intently. While doing this, however, we’re mostly ignoring CONCACAF’s version; being an off week (and because I already did one of these on the Carling Cup, which resumes today), I figured we’d spend a little time getting our learn on. Your subject: the CONCACAF Champions League.” (Avoiding the Drop)