Monday, June 02, 2014

Qatar World Cup Thrown Into Doubt, USA Defeat Turks, Transfer Rumors, World Cup Previews, Italy Squad, Germany Squad, The Honigsteins, David Villa To New York

Clint thinks this Turkey defender is zooted...

What a glorious Monday! 

As everyone who cares knows, it's completely asinine to hold a World Cup in Qatar and the only reason it was awarded to said country is because of bribes. Here's the latest on the brouhaha that will hopefully lead to a new host nation for 2022.

You want transfers? Speculation? Hearsay? Here: The Mill. Plus One. Plus Plus One.

The U.S. looked a lot better yesterday in New Jersey. The defense was ass but it was a few guys who hadn't played together. Jozy looked better. Chandler looked awful. The Yanks won 2-1 and that leaves only the Nigeria match between them and Ghana. Here's some additional info on yesterday's affair:

Grant Wahl: Three Thoughts
Kevin McCauley: Five Observations

It looks like...England...have Miami...YEEEEAAAAHHHH!

The England squad has arrived in Miami and Phil McNulty says they've been able to stay under the radar so far. Just as long as they don't piss off a certain Horatio Caine...

Here's your final 23 for Italy. You'll notice that New Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi didn't make the cut. Too bad, pal.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (PSG), Mattia Perin (Genoa).
Defenders: Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorigo Chiellini (all Juventus), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Ignazio Abate, Mattia De Sciglio (both AC Milan), Matteo Darmian (Torino).
Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio (both Juventus), Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti (both Paris St Germain), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Marco Parolo (Parma), Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina).
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).

Want more Italy? How about the secrets behind the players. Ooooooo...

We've gotten Paolo's round-up of Serie A, Sid's round-up of La Liga, and now it's time for Raphael's round-up of the Bundesliga. It's The Honigsteins!! Despite Bayern’s procession to the title, there was still plenty of unpredictability, from Hamburg’s struggles to Hoffenheim’s headless mascot and Leverkusen’s phantom goal.

Sticking with Germany, they're down to 23 as well and only named one striker! And it's Miroslov Lose who will turn 53 next month. Wow.

Remember Bojan Krkic? What happened to that guy? He was supposed to be the next great Barcelona wonder-kid. The next Messi. What went wrong? Where the hell is he now? Ajax? Geez.

And finally...West Ham are celebrating The Treble in style! Wait, what treble? Three wins over Spurs this season? Oh. Congrats. (cue sarcastic clapping)



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