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Home >Soccer America Daily > Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
[GOLDEN BALL] Argentine Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) as the 2009 Player of the Year in a landslide. The Barcelona star beat out 2008 winner Cristiano Ronaldo by 240 points in a vote of sports journalists from around the world -- the largest margin in the 54-year ... Read the whole story
[DERBY DAY] Sunday's Barcelona-Real Madrid match was the first El Clasico for Real stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, but Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, another player making his El Clasico debut, stole the show, coming off the bench to score on a volley and give Barcelona a 1-0 win that propelled the ... Read the whole story
The 2009 Golden Ball winner will be announced this week. Of the 10 finalists, who is your pick to win the Player of the Year award? Read the whole story
[AMERICAN ABROAD] Jonathan Spector's West Ham and Michael Bradley's Borussia Moenchengladbach won, and Clint Dempsey's Fulham, Brad Friedel's Aston Villa and Jozy Altidore's Hull City (at Man. City) tied, but Tim Howard's Everton suffered its third straight loss and dropped into the relegation danger zone. In Portugal, Freddy Adu saw ... Read the whole story
[DERBY DAY] Chelsea's physical play and ruthless finishing were the difference as the visiting Blues beat Arsenal, 3-0, and restored their five-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the English Premier League. The game was decided late in the first half on almost identical plays. On the first ... Read the whole story
[DERBY DAY] For a change, luck was on Liverpool's side, and the Reds used it to brush aside Merseyside rival Everton, 2-0, on Sunday. The  Toffees controlled play for most of the match but lost for the third straight game, leaving them only three points out of the relegation zone. Read the whole story
[USA] In his first interview since being seriously injured in a car accident that killed another passenger, U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies said he expected to make a full recovery. Asked by Jeremy Schaap on ESPN's "SportsCenter," "By the World Cup?", Davies responded, "By the World Cup." Read the whole story
[OBITUARY] When I met Mike Penner in 1994 it was back when sports columnists from mainstream newspapers rarely wrote about soccer with respect and appreciation. Penner was part of the Los Angeles Times staff that, for a month during the glorious days of the USA-hosted World Cup, covered soccer to ... Read the whole story


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