Colossal World Cup Foul

April 20, 2010

“I have been to many a playing field in my day, and never have I seen a sports arena as breathtaking as Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa. After taking a private tour of the $457 million marvel, I left utterly stunned, for both better and worse.” (The Progressive)(Must Read Soccer)


World Cup and Poverty: Make a Difference

April 20, 2010

“This summer 32 nations will fight in South Africa to be named the world’s best footballing nation. This summer 63 international matches will take place in 10 top-of-the-line stadiums. This summer the entire country of South Africa will open its arms and embrace the world. This summer 6 billion people will come together and be united as one.” (Soccer Politics)

Neymar and Ganso the crown jewels of Santos’ new generation

April 20, 2010

“On the same day the Titanic struck that fatal iceberg in 1912, a club was founded that would raise the profile of Brazilian soccer. All around the world Santos are almost certainly the team from Brazil that most people have heard of. This is a remarkable achievement for a club representing a relatively small city. Santos is a port with a population under 500,000, an hour’s drive away from sprawling Sao Paulo, South America’s biggest city. But the seaside club have often punched well above its weight, getting the best of metropolitan rivals Corinthians, Palmeiras and Sao Paulo, and often anyone else who stood in its path as well.” (SI – Tim Vickery)

Milan’s No. 10 on the Champions League Semis, Messi and Kaka

April 20, 2010

“In his regular discussion with New York Times readers, Clarence Seedorf discusses the UEFA Champions League semifinals, some of the brightest stars of the international game, and whether or not he thinks doping is a major problem in international soccer. Read the AC Milan midfielder’s responses post your comments below.” (NYT)

Aesthetics and Justice

April 20, 2010

“The crux of the problem is the Hand of God goal and whether, if you could, you would go back in time and stop the referee from awarding it. This is where you confess to the moon that you view the sport a certain way and that you think of it as a game or a story. I think of it as a story, which is why I wouldn’t change anything about the Hand of God goal even if I had control of all dimensions. But it’s easy to understand both viewpoints.” (Run of Play)

Benitez launches staunch defence of Ngog

April 20, 2010

“Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has warned critics not to judge striker David Ngog by Fernando Torres’ standards and backed the youngster to continue improving. Ngog is likely to see plenty of action between now and the end of the season with Torres sidelined by a second knee operation in three months and he responded to his second successive start in the Spaniard’s absence by scoring a well-taken goal in last night’s comfortable 3-0 win over West Ham at Anfield.” (ESPN)

Liverpool 3 – 0 West Ham United
“Liverpool cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over West Ham at Anfield to keep their faint Champions League hopes alive and leave the Hammers with three games to secure their top-flight survival. Former West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun and David Ngog gave the hosts a 2-0 lead in a low-key first half and goalkeeper Robert Green’s unfortunate own goal finished off his side.” (ESPN)

Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United – Recap and Video Highlights – EPL – Monday, April 19, 2010
“Liverpool hosted West Ham United in a Monday night match in the English Premier League on Monday, April 19, 2010. West Ham remains in the relegation battle but would likely be safe with one more win. Liverpool is in contention for one of the Europa League spots but too far back to make it into the top four. The two teams played at Anfield in front of over 37,000.” (The 90th Minute)

World Cup Moments

April 20, 2010

“World Cups aren’t just about who lifts the trophy at the end. They’re also about the incredible moments that are shared by a global audience. In this series of feature posts, we focus in on such moments so football fans everywhere can relive (or maybe even learn about) the events of World Cups past.” (World Cup Blog)