Friday, October 19, 2012

Things Done Changed

That's right. We've had enough of the format we've been utilizing here at SSN Headquarters over the past several years. Frankly, we just don't have the time or desire to continue to search out every single article we think to be of note every morning. So, we're going to try something new. We'll have less posts and a bit more opinion. We'll link to a few articles, but you know how to find the shit you want to read, right? So we don't need to put everything out here every day.

Let's get started. Who knew Paolo Bandini was in KC for the USA/Guatemala match? Shouldn't he be in Italy? We just noticed his report. Here it is.

Something we always like is the Friday MLS Forecast. It keeps us updated on the local league.

Thank God the internationals are over. Real soccer returns tomorrow. The biggie in England is the London Derby between Chelsea and Tottenham. It's at White Hart Lane. How good are Spurs? How good are Chelsea? Should be a good one. The other key fixture in the EPL is the Tyne/Wyre Derby between Sunderland and Newcastle. But unless you support one of those clubs, it's not really a match that gets the heart racing.

We saw the the USA will play at Russia in a friendly next month. Let's hope nobody gets hurt. Here's a look at the upcoming Hex.

No real epic clashes on offer in Spain or Italy. Both leagues get back to business tomorrow. Here's Eduardo's Quiniela.

David Silva got hurt. Don't you love international breaks?

Scott Parker won't be back in action for a while. Here are Lawro's EPL Predictions.

Has Wayne Rooney fulfilled his potential?

A brothel is sponsoring a Greek team.

John Terry is an asshole. No article here. Just a statement.

Sid Lowe on Spain's path to Brazil. 

And we'll leave you with a Joy of Six.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Onyewu happy to wait for his day in the sun

He's moved around Europe with such frequency that Oguchi Onyewu admitted, light heartedly: "I don't know how many countries I've been in."

Let us fill you in, 'Gooch. It's seven. 

But he has good taste.

When the imposing central defender joined Malaga on loan in the summer, he completed the impressive feat of signing for teams in the continent's three powerhouse leagues - England's Premier League, Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A. Having begun his career with Metz in France's Ligue 1, the only major division missing from Onyewu's resume is Germany's Bundesliga. He still has time.

David Cameron's criticism of Serbian racism mocked by Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has accused David Cameron following the Prime Minister's comments on the racism and abuse encountered by the England under-21 team in their World Cup qualifier in Serbia.

German press bemoan 'daft' draw after Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspires Sweden's comeback from 4-0 down

German newspapers bemoaned and queried how the national football side let slip a 4-0 lead to draw a World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

2014 World Cup Qualifying: CONMEBOL Wrap

Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain struck to secure a 2-1 away win for Argentina over Chile on Tuesday, giving the visitors a three-point lead in the standings as the South American World Cup qualifying campaign takes a break until March.

Uruguay, the top South American team at the 2010 finals in South Africa where they finished fourth, lost 4-1 to Bolivia in La Paz, where striker Carlos Saucedo scored a hat-trick.

Rain washes out England's qualifying match with Poland

England's World Cup qualifying match against Poland has been rescheduled for Wednesday after heavy rain forced a postponement of the original fixture. Despite rain being forecast, officials in Warsaw decided the stadium's retractable roof would not be needed. It was finally deployed at around midnight local time, just hours after Hodgson admitted he was concerned the pitch would require intensive work if it was to be fit to host the rearranged match.

2014 World Cup Qualifying: UEFA Wrap, Briefs, and Reports

France ties Spain; Sweden erases 4-goal deficit to draw Germany; Northern Ireland almost beat Portugal; Balotelli inspires Italy

It was an incredible night of drama in the European World Cup qualifiers as Spain and Germany both conceded dramatic last-minute equalizers to end winning streaks. Meanwhile Belgium continued its positive run of form, while question marks remain over the future of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni.

Here is a wrap of Tuesday's European World Cup qualifiers:

Spain 1 - 1 France
Sid Lowe at the Vicente Calderón

Germany 4 - 4 Sweden
Sachin Nakrani: Germany in state of shock after '60 minutes heaven, 30 minutes hell'

2014 World Cup Qualifying: CONCACAF Wrap

Honduras were one of five teams to book a place in the final round of the World Cup's CONCACAF qualifying zone as they hammered Canada 8-1 in San Pedro Sula. That emphatic result ended the Canadian's hopes of reaching the World Cup and lifted Honduras to the top of Group C. The United States, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama also progressed to the final round, while Mexico had completed their qualification two rounds ago.

2014 World Cup Qualifying: USA 3 - 1 Guatemala

Hell's yeah, dogg!

Clint Dempsey is precisely the kind of scrappy player that Jurgen Klinsmann covets on his teams, an attacker who is willing to throw his body around for the greater good. On Tuesday night, the rest of the United States team played just like him. Dempsey had a pair of goals and assisted on Carlos Bocanegra's equalizer, and the U.S. finally showed some of the gritty, proactive style Klinsmann has been preaching to rally past Guatemala 3-1 and reach next year's final round of World Cup qualifying.

Grant Wahl: Three Thoughts

Racism in Serbia

UEFA is expected to start disciplinary proceedings against Serbia on Wednesday, as it comes under increasing pressure to ban the country from international competition amid warnings that it is in danger of losing all credibility on the issue. European football's governing body will receive an official report from match officials and its delegate in Krusevac for the Under-21 match between England and Serbia on Tuesday, which ended in chaos as Danny Rose was sent off amid brawls and widespread racist abuse from the stands.

England's Danny Rose: Racists threw stones at my head. Serbia have to be banned

John Brewin: Time for UEFA to get tough on racism

Henry Winter: Time to ban the Serbs

Serbian FA denies racism and brands England's Danny Rose 'vulgar'

Paul Doyle: Serbia's roll of shame


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Georgina Turner: European World Cup Qualifying Update

There are nine groups battling for Europe's 13 places at the next World Cup; the nations in each group play one another home and away. Here's your guide to how things stand between this month's fixtures:

Dominic Fifield: England hoping to shrug off history – and Poland – on way to World Cup

England are a team moving on with very little time even for fond reflection. Hodgson's team will attempt to impose themselves on Group H on Tuesday evening, making up for a missed opportunity against Ukraine back at Wembley last month and, away from the contrasting five-goal thrashing of the section's also-rans San Marino, injecting real conviction into their qualification campaign.

Football Weekly: England off to Poland as Edgar Davids arrives at Barnet

It's an old school line-up for Football Weekly, with James Richardson joined in near-earth orbit by Barry Glendenning, John Ashdown and James Dart. Vintage.

We begin by looking ahead to England's trip to Poland before marvelling at a cracking game between Wales and Scotland, while Rafa Honigstein is on the line to describe the Republic of Ireland's abject humiliation at home to Germany.

Next, we find out what Edgar Davids has got himself into after joining Barnet, the team rock bottom of the Football League.

Finally, Neil Sherwin, editor of, describes what happened when Alessandro Del Piero's Sydney FC came face-to-face with Emile Heskey's Newcastle Jets in what some people are calling El Classic-Oz.

Enjoy. It's almost the end of the international break.

Senegal disqualified from 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after crowd trouble

He's obviously pleased...
The disqualification ensures Newcastle strike duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will not have to attend the tournament in South Africa in January, while Premier League stars who will miss club matches include Manchester City's Yaya and Kolo Toure, Arsenal's Gervinho and Newcastle's Cheick Tiote.

Joey Barton fights with opposition during Marseille friendly after diving into heavy tackle

Joey Barton's famous temper has clearly followed him to France with the controversial midfielder at the centre of angry exchanges during a friendly for new side Marseille.

Martin Rogers: KC soccer stadium needs to drop Livestrong name after Lance Armstrong scandal

On Tuesday night, the U.S. men's soccer team will play a game that carries seismic repercussions for the sport's immediate future in this country. And it will do so at Kansas City's Livestrong Sporting Park, a stadium tainted by an association with cheating that could not be more obvious.

United States vs. Guatemala: Previews

What: 2014 World Cup Qualifying

When: 7:15pm EDT

Where: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas


Tuesday's 2014 World Cup Qualifying: U.S. TV Information

All times EDT

2:00pm  Romania vs. Netherlands  ESPN3

2:45pm  Belgium vs. Scotland  ESPN3

2:45pm  Germany vs. Sweden  ESPN3

3:00pm  Poland vs. England  ESPN3

3:00pm  Spain vs. France  ESPN2/ESPN Deportes

7:15pm  USA vs. Guatemala  ESPN2

8:00pm  Chile vs. Argentina  beIN Sport I

9:00pm  Mexico vs. El Salvador  Univision

Most of the other UEFA matches can be found on ESPN3

Sid Lowe: Spain face crunch clash with France

Spain are preparing to play France in Madrid, the first leg of what amounts to a play-off for first place in Group I.

Spain aim to take 'very big step' towards 2014 World Cup against France.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic branded arrogant, dirty and childish by Faroes captain

"He elbowed me just before the interval and when we left the pitch for half-time I asked him what he was doing," he said. "Just when we got inside he grabbed hold of me … He was belittling our team and me. What he said was not nice. He talked about where he is playing and how much he is earning. It was so childish."

Abby Wambach To Get Free Chipotle Burritos For Life?

Wambach tweeted that chain restaurant Chipotle Mexican Grill has offered her its gold card -- a gift that Wambach claims will get her free burritos for life. The two-time Olympic medalist announced her alleged good fortune on Twitter Sunday:

Monday, October 15, 2012

International Football: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

Carrick is a specialist in a specialised position, diving is counterproductive and Fifa should help improve unsafe stadiums.

Eddie Johnson rescues U.S. against Antigua & Barbuda

Last Monday, Eddie Johnson was a surprise call-up to the U.S. national team. After the Americans' 2-1 win over Antigua and Barbuda, there was another label fixed to the U.S. forward: savior. Johnson scored two goals, the second of which came in the 90th minute, allowing the U.S. to escape with a critical World Cup-qualifying victory that puts it firmly in control of Group A. All the Americans need now is a tie against Guatemala on Tuesday and they will qualify for next year's Hexagonal.

Didier Drogba and Premier League players caught up in Senegal riot

The former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and seven Premier League players were caught up in a riot as Senegal's Africa Cup of Nations tie with Ivory Coast in Dakar was abandoned after police fired teargas inside the packed stadium when thousands of fans lit fires and threw rubbish in protest at the home team's show.

The rioting forced the referee to abandon the second-leg qualifying tie with 20 minutes left and Ivory Coast leading 2-0 thanks to two goals from Drogba, the second from the penalty spot.