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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, July 29, 2010
Diego Maradona blasted Argentina soccer federation (AFA) president Julio Grondona and national team manager Carlos Bilardo (who coached him on Argentina's 1986 World Cup championship team) for plotting to get him fired as national team coach. "Grondona lied to me. Bilardo betrayed me," Maradona claimed. Read the whole story
Members of the British press like to snub their noses at American soccer, but Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail, who followed Manchester United on its tour of the United States, was impressed how Middle America has taken to the game. Read the whole story
The U.S.-financed Radio Free Asia reported that North Korea players were forced to reprimand their coach, Kim Jong Hun, at the end of a six-hour meeting at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on July 2 to review the team's three losses at the World Cup. Read the whole story
France coach Laurent Blanc suspended all 23 World Cup players for the Bleus' Aug. 11 friendly at Norway as punishment for their mutiny at the World Cup. Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk rewarded his players by resting all but one player for the Netherlands' game at Euro 2010 co-host Ukraine ... Read the whole story
He scored 323 goals in 741 matches for Real Madrid, yet Spanish striker Raul is perhaps prouder of the 16 titles he won with the famed club. Upon signing a two-year contract with Schalke of the German Bundesliga, the 33-year-old expressed a desire for more trophies. Read the whole story
During the holy month of Ramadan, devout Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining even from water. But a Muslim group and German soccer authorities have determined that professional Muslim players may break their fast to be fit for games. Read the whole story


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