Cheerful Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has last laugh on critics

December 26, 2009


Heurelho Gomes
“Heading towards a potentially momentous 2010, Tottenham’s Brazil international certainly has plenty to smile about. Gomes is going to the World Cup in South Africa and is definitely going places with Harry Redknapp’s Spurs, who lie fifth in the Premier League table, even though they face a tricky Boxing Day trip to Fulham.” (Telegraph – Henry Winter)


1938 World Cup, held in France

December 26, 2009

“A Austria, one of the great football powers of the era, was now no longer a country, swallowed up by the Anschluss. They qualified in October, but by April the FA ceased to exsist. So some of the Austrian squad was added to the Germans. Not Matthias Sindelar though, who now had to wear the Star of David on his clothing. B The first player that played on his birthday at the finals was Emile Veinante – on his 31st. C Coach Vittorio Pozzo was again the Italian manager, and the only one to win 2 World Cups back to back. He also sent his team out v France in an all black fascist kit. …” (midfielddynamo)


A Decade In The Premier League

December 26, 2009

“As we approach the end of a decade which has seen the popularity of world football and the Premier League increase ten-fold, we look back upon what an incredible past ten years it’s been with appreciation and maybe even a little bit of nostalgia. As I’m sure we’ll say again in ten years time, the Noughties have been an incredibly important decade for the growth of the world’s game in America. The potential remains endless.” (EPL Take)


U.S., England back at it

December 26, 2009


“The World Cup has not been kind to the Americans. They’ve never been past the semifinals – and that was 80 years ago – and they have losing records against Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy and Germany. But there was that one moment, long ago, when the U.S. team knocked off a major soccer power: mighty England. Next June, get set for the rematch.” (Boston Herald)


Pick of 2009

December 26, 2009

“In the uefa.com Magazine’s final edition of the year we look back over a memorable 12 months in European football and take our pick of some of the highlights from previous episodes.” (UEFA)


Video Of The Week: Brighton vs Liverpool – 1984

December 26, 2009

“This week’s ‘Video Of The Week’ is one that we have done goes back to the 1982/83 season for a complete episode of “The Big Match Live”. The previous season, Brighton had beaten Liverpool at Anfield on their way to an FA Cup final defeat at Wembley against Manchester United. The following season, they drew the English champions again, this time at The Goldstone Ground, although this time they were a Second Division team, having contrived to get themselves relegated at the same time as getting to the cup final.” (twohundredpercent)