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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, June 27, 2008
The English Football Association announced Friday that it will ban competitive soccer leagues for under-8s from next season in order to help improve skills and technique among young English players. FA officials said "the pressure to win leagues was more often for the satisfaction of parents and coaches than the ... Read the whole story
"Yet another cameo of utterly bewitching football" from Spanish substitute Cesc Fabregas was the key to Spain's 3-0 European Championship semifinal win over Russia, writes James Lawton. After all the pre-game talk of Russia's canny Dutch coach Guus Hiddink and his midfield conjurer Andrei Arshavin, "Spain struck out for the ... Read the whole story
The uncertainty over the true capabilities of the German team has dogged them throughout the tournament, and will follow it into Sunday's final against Spain. Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann embodies this insecurity as much as any other German player -- against Portugal in the quarterfinal he looked to be in the ... Read the whole story
The next Homeless World Cup takes place in Melbourne in December, but tryouts for the U.S. team take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend, reports Mike Wise. He caught up with some of the 100 hopefuls vying for a spot on the eight-man roster that will travel to Australia later ... Read the whole story
Soccer's conspiracy theorists love to claim that their team lost a World Cup only because a particular game was fixed in favor of an opponent, usually the host nation. The 1978 competition, hosted and won by Argentina at a time when the country was ruled by military dictatorship, usually attracts ... Read the whole story
Draw for the fourth phase of Asian World Cup qualifications puts North and South Korea in the same group again. Read the whole story
Jack Bell analyzes the swift return of the man who took Italy to the 2006 World Cup title. Read the whole story
Bob Kimball talks to TV analyst Andy Gray, taking a three-week working break in Bristol, Conn. Read the whole story


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