Friday, June 02, 2006

OK, So Sometimes Friendlies Are Not All Bad

I've been meaning to put this up since it happened a couple of days ago. Colombia versus Poland. Colombia's keeper Luis Enrique Martinez and Poland’s keeper Tomasz Kuszczak are the protagonists of this little story...

One Week Until Kick-Off !!

So here we are. One week away. And even though Day 1 next Friday doesn’t offer the tastiest of match-ups (Germany/Costa Rica and Poland/Ecuador) I’m just damn thankful that it’ll finally be the real thing. These friendlies have been driving me nuts. Yesterday the “2nd-string Dutch Team” beat Mexico. What does this mean? That Mexico is terrible? That the Dutch will play their second-string squad against opponents they judge to be inferior? It means nothing. It means as much as a 1 – 0 victory for Team USA over Latvia in Hartford. Nothing. I’m ready for the real deal. Plus, the first two matches offer the opportunity to root, root, root for the hemisphere. Vamos Costa Rica y Ecuador.

So Rooney kicked the ball around a bit yesterday. That’s exciting. I can’t stand the kid but love to watch him play. It would be a shame if he were to miss out entirely. At this point it looks like he’ll see some action if England can advance. In the same category but perhaps better positioned in terms of recovery time is Argentina’s Messi. Last we saw him he was terrorizing Chelsea in the Stamford Bridge sandbox and making me laugh out loud with glee. I hope we can see him again soon. Speaking of seeing, check out the Links section where I’ve posted a connection to the entire TV schedule, in English y en Espanol. Here it is again: Thanks have to go out to one of my favorite sites -- – for putting this together. To say I’ve relied heavily on that site over the years would be a ridiculous understatement.

I’ll be back next week with some predictions. Until then…onward!!

Curtain ready to rise on greatest spectacle

USA Send-Off Match: Becoming a tradition

U.S. men's soccer team lands in Hamburg

Dutch masters?

Gabriele Marcotti's column: How to beat Brazil

Netherlands second string downs Mexico in warm-up;_ylt=Asvlk1pMCTa2uiIAAJ1QiqMmw7YF?slug=afp-fblwc2006nedmex&prov=afp&type=lgns

The Predicted ‘Flops’ Of WC 2006

International Friendly Preview: Italy-Ukraine

FIFA Investigating Arsenal Over Beveren Links

Rooney steps up training

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Who invented football? Hamburg Museum seeks answer

Italy coach angered by strong-arm Swiss

Mourinho: Now For Carlos

Veron Confirms Inter Exit

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Lampard's vanishing act is cause for concern,,1787327,00.html

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Blow for Czechs as veteran Smicer is ruled out

Upbeat Messi making progress on injury

Chelsea Get Shevchenko For £30million

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Ever seen a 6' 7" man do the Robot?? Thank Peter Crouch.

And People Say Germans Are Not Funny (Part II)

After a lucky win over Japan at home, Klinsmann better come up with some better training than this:,2144,2028587,00.html

My greatest fear about Germany is that even though they are once again playing poorly before a major international tournament, they are the host country and have a cake walk in Group A. If my money were not already spent on my flight to the Fatherland next month, I'd throw some down on a few repeats of the no-call handball that we saw when Germany faced the USA in 2002. I can guarantee that all the hacks that the Ticos, Poland and Ecuador will be dishing out on the hosts will be called eagerly by the refs in order to set up the set pieces necessary to advance. Don't be surprised to see Germany sheparded into the semis.

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Convey's American dream

World Cup Briefs

"F-word" banned in World Cup-free hotel

Everton, Wigan Queue For Okocha

England Win But Don't Convince

Iran aim to leave with more than honour

France: Finals bow for Zidane et al

Mexican coach lambastes 'know nothing' press

Sheva set to complete Chelsea switch

Germany 2-2 Japan

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Rooney Scan Brought Forward

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Tim Vickery on Kaka

Argentine attack hides keeper problems

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Nakata Blasts Team Mood

U.S. international defender Berhalter joins 1860 Munich

Johnson still finding his feet

Rosicky set to recover for Czech Republic

Monday, May 29, 2006

England depend on all-action man not being a spent G-force,,1785256,00.html

Car capital Stuttgart revving up

Hamburg sees Cup as Olympic springboard

German police stick to plans despite stabbings

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Skipper Raul's World Cup - On The Bench?

This has been a long time coming. If you can't score, you should not play.

Vieira Wants Arsenal Return

Who wouldn't? With the problems in Serie A I don't see why any pro would want to stay in Italy.

AJ chooses to join Everton for £8.5million

This is big for the Toffees. They need a proven forward (who can stay healthy) who can score and Johnson is that man. Everton have survived with a goal-socring midfield. With a finisher up front they improve vastly.

Dutch women's group rebel against World Cup

McBride header seals win for the U.S.