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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, June 6, 2008
[EURO '08 PREVIEW] Portugal is one of the favorites to win Euro '08, but its preparations for its Group A opener against Turkey have been overshadowed by the talk of its star, Cristiano Ronaldo, and his apparent intention to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid. Perhaps the only thing that ... Read the whole story
[EURO '08 PREVIEW] Despite miserable showings at the last two European Championship, Germany is the heavy favorite to win Group B, which begins Sunday. Featuring talented playmaker Luka Modric, Croatia is considered a darkhorse, while co-Austria -- arguably the worst team ever to host a major international tournament -- and ... Read the whole story
[OFF THE POST/EURO 2008] Poland's national team coach has apologized to the German people after two Polish tabloids "declared war" on Germany in their preview of the nations' European Championship clash on Sunday. In photo montages, Super Express depicted Poland's Dutch coach Leo Beenhakker carrying the severed heads of German ... Read the whole story
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Neven Subotic, who was born in Bosnia before moving to Florida and representing the USA at the 2005 U-17 World Cup, has signed a five-year contract with German First Division club Borussia Dortmund. Subotic, who was discovered by the U.S. U-17 coaching staff while playing pickup games, spent ... Read the whole story
[MLS] In the 75th minute of a stalemate between his New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA Thursday night, Juan Pablo Angel showed why goalscorers are so dearly valued around the world. Read the whole story
Newly promoted German Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach has canceled its summer training camp in the USA after club and Bundesliga representatives visited training facilities in Colorado and deemed them unsatisfactory for a preseason camp, according to the Bundesliga's official Web site. Gladbach was slated to play against the Colorado Rapids ... Read the whole story
Action kicks off on Friday when New England hosts FC Dallas, whose Kenny Cooper is the league's second leading scorer with six goals. ... On Saturday, Columbus, which hasn't scored in three games, hosts San Jose. ... Chicago, which has the league's best goal differential at plus-13, hosts last-place D.C. ... Read the whole story
[TELEVISION] The European Championship kicks off Saturday. All matches will be televised live on U.S. television. ESPN2, ESPN, ESPN Classic and ABC will combine to present all 31 matches live. For the complete television schedule ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"It was a national trauma. Penalty kicks had just become this huge mountain that the players were incapable of scaling." -- Geir Jordet, a sports psychologist at the Norwegian School for Sports Sciences who has worked with the Dutch national teams in recent years to improve penalty-kick shooting. The Dutch, who open their Euro 2008 campaign on Monday, have exited four major tournaments on botched penalty kicks. Among the advice given Dutch players is to pull up their socks and breathe deeply before taking the spot kick. (Wall Street Journal) ...More


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