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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, June 30, 2008
There's barely a soccer journalist alive who doesn't think that Spain deserved to win the European Championship Sunday, its first title for 44 years. The Spanish won the final with a moment of brilliance that epitomized their "flair, panache and style," writes Sam Wallace. Fernando Torres' sweet winning goal "was ... Read the whole story
Paul Wilson's only quibble with Euro 2008 is that too few people saw the games live because of the relatively small capacity of all but two of the stadiums. But the tournament should be remembered not just for the entertaining games and some unexpected results, but also for "an uncommonly ... Read the whole story
Sunday's game between D.C. United and the L.A. Galaxy promised rich entertainment thanks to the array of storied offensive talent on display. Not only that, writes Pat Walsh, it was going to feature United's Zach Wells and L.A.'s Steve Cronin, "the worst two goalkeepers in MLS."   But the weekend's ... Read the whole story
FIFA President Sepp Blatter admitted Sunday that he has a "Plan B" should South Africa be unable to host the 2010 World Cup, "but it will only be used if a disaster makes holding the tournament impossible there."   Speaking in Vienna before the Euro 2008 final, Blatter said he ... Read the whole story
The Columbus Crew's veteran Argentine midfielder, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, has shown many fine touches since arriving in MLS last year. He's also not been slow to express his exasperation at the shortcomings of some of the players around him.   Saturday was a case in point. According to Shawn Mitchell, ... Read the whole story
Spain's 28-year-old Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez won the Euro 2008 Player of the Tournament award. The 23-man 'best of Euro 2008' roster includes nine players from champions Spain. Read the whole story
Europe's soccer governing body says it will decide in September if Poland and the Ukraine are fit to host Euro 2012. Read the whole story


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