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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, June 26, 2009
Bob Bradley, normally the grave and all-business type, showed unusual levity at a press conference ahead of the biggest match in his career - the Confederations Cup final against Brazil (Sunday, 2:30 pm ET; ESPN & Univision). Bradley got the media laughing before the first question. He sat down at ... Read the whole story
Iran soccer federation (IFF) President Ali Kafashian denied reports that four national team players were banned for wearing green wristbands during a World Cup qualifier to show their support for presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. FIFA, which prohibits political displays during games and responds with fines, had requested the IFF ... Read the whole story
Reports out of Buenos Aires indicate Diego Maradona will earn $1.2 million dollars for his first year (November 2008 to October 2009) at the helm of the Argentine national team. Maradona, who had been working without a contract, is thus making more than twice as much as his predecessors, Daniel ... Read the whole story
Betfair, an online betting emporium, received only $51 of wagers on the United States winning the Confederations Cup in South Africa, at 999-to-1 odds. That means that for every $1 bet, the bettor will make out with $999 if the United States should beat Brazil on Sunday. The prospects of ... Read the whole story
Even the most talented MLS rookies have to learn the ropes, pay their dues and win the respect of veteran teammates. This season, however, several newcomers around the league have vaulted the traditional learning curve, as the likes of Steve Zakuani, Stefan Frei, Kevin Alston and Rodney Wallace have made ... Read the whole story
Tony Beltran quickly became the fall guy following Real Salt Lake's season-opening loss at Seattle. The second-year player seemed overwhelmed by the moment of playing in front of over 30,000 fans, struggling in the opening half of a 2-0 loss in which a defensive miscue contributed to the first goal. ... Read the whole story


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