Zinedine Zidane Shows His Futsal Skills in France ‘98 vs Algeria ‘82/’86

March 3, 2010


“Relations between France and Algeria have always been a bit tricky. This isn’t the place to discuss the specifics, but there’s a whole Wikipedia page about Algeria–France relations if you want to read up. Despite said trickiness, there is one man who can claim to be loved in both countries: Zinedine Zidane.” (World Cup Blog)

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Peru’s national-team failure stands in stark contrast to club success

March 3, 2010

“These are strange, bittersweet times for soccer fans in Peru. Other national teams and their players will seize this week, the last FIFA date for international friendlies until the end of the season, to prep for the World Cup. Not Peru. (SI – Tim Vickery)


Frugality Is European Goal

March 3, 2010

“Faced with their toughest opponent for a generation, Europe’s leading football clubs have been forced to adopt a new tactic: frugality. Creditors have caught up with the beautiful game in recent weeks, raising fears that spiraling wages and reckless spending could put the future of some of the world’s most iconic teams at risk.” (WSJ)


Should This Move Be Banned?

March 3, 2010

“Here’s the thing about soccer: When it comes to innovation and creativity, there’s Brazil and then there’s everybody else. To stop the Brazilians, you can try to overwhelm them (good luck with that) or try to steal their techniques. If that doesn’t work, all you can do is change the rules. This weekend in Zurich, as it makes final preparations for June’s World Cup, soccer’s main rule-making body will discuss the latest controversial bit of Brazilian magic: a devastating penalty-kick maneuver known as the paradinha.” (WSJ)


The Netherlands vs. U.S.

March 3, 2010


Landon Donovan
“The United States on Wednesday will be decked out in its new threads, courtesy of Nike, for its friendly match against the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena. The day before, the calendar clicked below 100 days until the start of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.” (NYT)


Slovakia’s popular coach

March 3, 2010

“On March 3 Slovakia play Norway in a friendly. There should be a sell-out crowd in Zilina in full patriotic voice since the match will be Slovakia’s last at home before their first appearance as an independent nation at the final stages of a major tournament. That they are going to the 2010 World Cup is in no small measure down to the hard work and occasional genius of their coach, Vladimir Weiss Senior.” (WSC)


Keith Alexander

March 3, 2010

“Just hours after England manager Fabio Capello cited the large amounts of money paid to top players as a cause for concern in the modern game, football fans all over the country were shocked by the sudden death of Macclesfield manager Keith Alexander. Whilst he had previously suffered health problems, his death at just 53 years of age puts the hyperbole surrounding every aspect of our national sport into perspective.” (thetwounfortunates)