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Home >Soccer America Daily > Tuesday, Dec. 1, 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
[ANALYSIS] Now that FIFA has seen fit to pull rank, pun intended, to seed teams for the European World Cup playoffs based on its rankings of national teams, could it perhaps incorporate those rankings to group teams for the tournament itself on merit, rather than geographical and political considerations? Not ... Read the whole story
[MLS] Will the championship won by Jason Kreis, who ended his playing career in 2007 to take the Real Salt Lake head coaching job and won the title in his third season, encourage other MLS teams to try the same approach? If so, who would the candidates be? Read the whole story
[MLS] A three-game swing through South Africa began for the MLS Generation adidas team Monday when it beat the reserve team of the Orlando Pirates, 2-0, at the University of Johannesburg Soccer Grounds in Auckland Park. Read the whole story
[SPAIN] You can forget the talk of Rafael Marquez coming to MLS to play for the Red Bulls. On Monday, the Mexican international defender extended his contract with Barcelona until 2012, becoming the eighth player to renew his contract with Barca this season. His buyout clause for those thinking of ... Read the whole story
[MAKING A LIST] Looking for a lucrative profession? Try English Premier League player agent. In the last year (Oct. 1, 2008-Sept. 30, 2009), the 20 EPL clubs paid agents $115.9 for their services representing players or serving as middlemen between teams. Manchester City spent the most, $21.1 million, on deals ... Read the whole story
[NASL] The Rochester Rhinos, three-time USL-1 champions and U.S. Open Cup winners in 1999, became the latest team to leave the USL First Division when they announced on Monday that they will be joining the new North American Soccer League. Read the whole story
[TELEVISION WATCH] David Sternberg, who oversaw the rise of Fox Soccer Channel, is leaving his position at Fox at the end of December. Read the whole story


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"I'd like to welcome Uwe Rosler into the Manchester United Hall of Fame." -- Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook at a 60th anniversary dinner for the Manchester City's Official Supporters' club. Cook was roundly booed for the gaffe of confusing his club with its archrival and will be writing to the club's fans to apologize. (Mirror) ...More


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