Friday, July 08, 2011
At first they didn’t let little Marta, 6 years old and with the hint of a shy smile, play with the boys. It wasn’t that she was too small, or because she wasn’t good enough, but for the simple fact that she was a girl. And in the impoverished town of Dois Riachos, and indeed across Brazil, soccer was not only the national game, but a game for men.
Craig Bellamy on leaving Manchester City for Cardiff City and his colourful life in and out of football
Last year, after a decade in the Premier League, Craig Bellamy played for Championship side Cardiff City. In an in-depth interview, the Welsh striker explains his reasons for leaving Manchester City and why he chose to go to Cardiff, as well as shedding light on all aspects of the Welshman's life in football.
From Tom Watson to Dave Mackay, via Harry Potts, here's a selection who rarely get the wider recognition they deserve.
Round 17 in Major League Soccer is under way, which means the league rounds the halfway point this weekend. That's a fine time to start tracking league awards. Clearly, lots can change between now and November, but here's how races are shaping up for now.
After two weeks, 24 matches and no little drama eight teams are left standing at the Women's World Cup. Predictions are pretty futile when it comes to knockout football, but they're fun, so here's how I think the quarter-finals may turn out:
Off The Ball never rests in its mission to scratch around the underbelly of professional football to find the most bizarre, humorous and inexplicable stories.
This week, female Sweden pin-up Josefine Oqvist swaps shirts with a lucky fan, little-known Argentine playmaker Dario Conca joins the world's highest paid players, Owen Hargreaves embraces irony with his very own fitness video and Paraguay model Larissa Riquelme vows to get naked again.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
When the albiceleste underperform with Messi in the side, he's the one blamed. Against Colombia, they underperformed again.
Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates were booed off the pitch by supporters after being held to a 0-0 draw with Colombia in the Copa America group stages on Wednesday. Although Argentina did at least manage to avoid defeat to keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals they are clearly in a hole after another terribly disjointed performance on the back of their previous draw with Bolivia.
Grant Wahl: Three Thoughts
Quarterfinal Schedule (all times Eastern Daylight):
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. -- England vs. France (ESPN/ESPN3.com)
Saturday, 2:45 p.m. -- Germany vs. Japan (ESPN/ESPN3.com)
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. -- Sweden vs. Australia (ESPN/ESPN3.com)
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. -- Brazil vs. United States (ESPN/ESPN3.com)
Despite match-fixing allegations against the club, the coach is focused on the tactics that could make Inter champions.
Inter's new coach Gian Piero Gasperini shrugs off Calciopoli scandal.
Part of a stadium roof has collapsed in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede, killing one person and injuring 13.
The collapse happened during building work at the FC Twente football stadium. The victims are thought to be construction workers.
Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam is on the verge of completing his move to Liverpool after passing a medical at the club's Melwood training complex on Thursday. The Reds agreed a transfer fee, reported to be around £7 million, with Blackpool on Wednesday and Scotland international Adam is expected to agree personal terms within the next 24 hours.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
It all seemed so simple for U.S. soccer supporters in the 90s and into the next decade: the national team was marching inexorably forward. The boys in red, white and blue weren't "there" yet, but they were en route, speeding down the highway toward a bigger place in the global order.
But lately it seems more like the U.S. is sitting on the side of the road, stalled. Maybe even missing a tire, gazing backward to spot the next truck that might roll by with valuable replacement parts.
The reaction at Manchester City to their captain's desire to leave is one of weary disdain and, in some quarters, open contempt.
Unlike the Copa America there are plenty of goals in this year's Women's World Cup. England found some form with two goals against Japan, including an exquisite opening goal, while the Germans marched ever onwards.
England 2-0 Japan
Germany beat France
Slim pickings so far today in the EPL - we already knew that Savic and Gervinho were as good as signed by Manchester City and Arsenal, respectively. Likewise, that the Cesc transfer is complicated and that Sneijder would suit Man U [which club wouldn't he suit?]. A failed Downing bid and Newcastle's spending is scraping the barrel, but the day is young, so there's plenty of time for photos to surface of Fergie in bondage gear giving Gary Neville a deserved whipping.
Man City sign Savic on four-year deal
Good news at last for Arsenal after Gervinho deal
Fábregas frustrated over fee haggling
Liverpool fail in Downing bid
Sneijder would be 'perfect' for United
Newcastle defend use of £35m Carroll fee
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Winning the Gold Cup didn't help Mexico much as they lost 2-1 against Chile, who are now only the second team to have won a game in this year's Copa America. The draws continued though, as Luis Suarez won his team a point against Peru. Sam Kelly looks at the success the smaller nations have enjoyed so far in the competition.
Minnows impress at the start of the Copa
Chile 2 Mexico 0
Uruguay rescue point against Peru
It seems to be all about talking today in the EPL. Carlos Tevez is talking to the press about leaving Man City. Haven't we heard that before? Modric is talking to Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy, Fabregas to manager Wenger [which says a bit about who holds the power at each club], both about how best to find the exit door. Likewise, Asamoah Gyan wants a natter with Brucie at Sunderland, while Palmero tell Chelsea to bid for Pastore. The most surprising chatterbox of the day is Paul Scholes. The redhead who normally wouldn't say boo to a goose, has decided to further endear himself to Man U fans by breaking his code of silence in order to put the boot into Arsenal.
Tévez stance revives City's Aguero interest
Scholes labels Arsenal 'pointless'
Modric heads for crunch talks with Spurs
Fábregas to meet Wenger as Arsenal exit draws closer
Palermo urge Chelsea to bid for Pastore
Gyan to hold Bruce talks
Monday, July 04, 2011
There's perhaps been a surfeit of Arsenal articles on the blog recently, but when the top journo writes a piece on Gunners' present situation, I thought I'd squeeze in another one...
Face it, Arsenal can no longer attract a genuine superstar
If proof were needed that Eufa's financial Fair Play regulations really are being taken seriously by England's leading clubs, the logjam of cast-offs, misfits and outcasts preparing to return to pre-season training this week says everything about the new reality dawning over the Premier League.
Fair Play leave clubs with unwanted players in a dormant market.
Fair-play rules mean we can't break the bank, admits Mancini
The most interesting thing that seems to have happened at the Copa America so far is a dog running on to the pitch during the Brazil game. Perhaps he could teach the players to avoid the post. The Guardian looks at why the two big teams have disappointed home supporters and bored the socks of everyone else.
Argentina and Brazil stutter out of the blocks
Paraguay delighted with Copa America draw
Brazil 0 Venezuela o
Colombia 1 Costa-Rica o
Slow news day today in the EPL, but with managers returning for pre-season training perhaps they'll realise the crap they've got to work with and head for the transfer market.
'No excuses' for Chelsea insists Di Matteo
City close in on Clichy
Arsenal expect Fábregas and Nasri back – but not for long
Wigan agree Al Habsi fee
West Ham vow action over stadium