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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006
Interim U.S. coach Bob Bradley named a 29-man squad for the national team's first international match since the World Cup on Jan. 20. Twenty-eight of the 29 are from Major League Soccer. Bradley named 10 uncapped players to his first U.S. training camp as coach, including 2006 rookies Jonathan Bornstein ... Read the whole story
In the world of soccer, FIFA's word is law. What it says goes, usually without exception. This is not so in the real world, however, and FIFA was dealt a heavy dose of reality recently, as U.S. district judge Loretta Preska founded in favor of MasterCard over a case in ... Read the whole story
"Things just seem to happen to Marco Materazzi," writes James Richardson of the Guardian. As such, he's become such a cult figure in Italy, that his actions this weekend nearly overshadowed Fabio Cannavaro's award as FIFA's World Player of the Year. The man they call "Matrix," who was responsible for ... Read the whole story
Advantage Chelsea, or so it seems. In truth, English Premier League leader Manchester United fell away rather limply to West Ham United on Sunday, while Chelsea before it seemed to be headed for a similar fate until two fantastic out-of-the-blue strikes from Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. The Premiership champions ... Read the whole story
Fabio Cannavaro feels that any doubts surrounding his Ballon d'Or award earlier in the year were quelled Monday as the Real Madrid and Italy defender was named FIFA's World Player of the Year, with a resounding 498 points. France's retired midfielder, Zinedine Zidane, came second, and Brazil's two-time defending winner ... Read the whole story

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