Spain 3-2 Saudi Arabia – Video Highlights and Recap – Friendly – 29 May 2010

May 29, 2010

“The 2008 European Champions, Spain, began their 2010 World Cup warm-up with a friendly against AFC side Saudi Arabia. They still have some injury concerns with Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas but both are expected to be ready by the World Cup. Saudi Arabia are gearing up for the the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.” (The 90th Minute)

Greece: lightning probably won’t strike twice

May 29, 2010

“It seems foolish to write off Greece after the miracle of 2004, but both on paper and on the pitch, this seems a fairly weak side – albeit on that is well-organised and has a good understanding between players. Otto Rehhagel is still in charge, and having played a variety of systems throughout qualification, appears to prefer a fairly defensive 4-3-3 shape that has generally been his favoured formation throughout his nine years in charge.” (Zonal Marking)

The Sound of Nations Gasping

May 29, 2010

“Compared with the American version of football, soccer doesn’t seem all that rough. There are no helmets, no blind-side hits. Just a bunch of con-artists who howl in fake agony to the referees whenever they go down. Here’s the thing, though: A lot of them aren’t getting up. As the June 11 opening of the World Cup approaches, injuries are clouding the tournament. From England to Germany to Ghana, teams are breathlessly awaiting last-minute word on whether key players can play—or are already resigned to the likelihood that they can’t.” (WSJ)

World Cup winners

May 29, 2010

“It now seems normal for nations to obsess about the football World Cup. Yet when the English did so in 1990, Jonathan Wilson notes in his scholarly Anatomy of England, it ‘was unprecedented and unexpected’. Only quite recently have World Cups turned into occasions for countries to debate who they are. Those 11 young men in their team shirts have become the nation made flesh, and the tournament the foremost contest for prestige among countries. Twenty years ago, very few serious studies of football existed. Today there are enough to fill a mid-sized library. The four books under review here build on this body of knowledge, add to the library’s tiny African room, and distil patterns from that knowledge.” (FI – Simon Kuper)

World Cup 2010 – Which Team Wants it the Most?

May 29, 2010

“I know. Everyone wants to win the World Cup. That’s why they call it the World Cup. But which of the 32 World Cup teams has the biggest reason for wanting to win it? Read on for a list of the 32 teams and my best guess at what’s driving them to victory. Feel free to add/argue different reasons in the comments.” (World Cup Blog)

Lucio matures into the outstanding Brazil defender of his generation

May 29, 2010

“One down, one to go for Lucimar Da Silva Ferreira, or as he far prefers to be known, Lucio. On May 22 the combative and classy center back helped Internazionale to the big club prize, Europe’s Champions League. And now he’s in South Africa, preparing and hoping to scale the summit of the international game and bring home the World Cup.” (SI – Tim Vickery)

The Supporters Trust Movement Reaches Serie A

May 29, 2010

“Yesterday was an important day in Italian Football Culture, as Serie A’s first Supporters Trust – Azionariato Popolare AS Roma – was formed, as the first attempt to run a football club by the fans in Italy. Azionariato Popolare AS Roma are the second Trust to be formed it Italy, after Società Cooperativa Modena Sport Club was formed in 2008, by fans of Serie B Modena.” (twohundredpercent)


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