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Home >Soccer America Daily > Saturday, July 10, 2010
[PORTRAIT] Xavi, Spain's 30-year-old midfield maestro, has played with just one club, Barcelona, since age 11. His memory of one youth coach helps explain the smooth passing style of Spain's World Cup team, which is stocked with products of Barca's youth program. Read the whole story
[SPAIN-NETHERLANDS] A few days before the 2010 World Cup final, with two nations bubbling in anticipation of a potentially classic meeting between the Netherlands and Spain, a legendary figure steeped in the culture of both countries encapsulated the quirky psyche of his homeland and its place in the world's game. Read the whole story
[GERMANY-URUGUAY] Germany has dominated Uruguay with six wins and two ties heading into Saturday's third-place game in which it is given the edge (TV: ABC/Univision, live, 2:30 p.m. ET). For more on the game and the predictions of Soccer America editors ... Read the whole story
[PREDICTIONS] Having already successfully predicted the winner of six World Cup matches so far, Octopus Paul, the wiggly mollusk from Germany's Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium, was the center of attention when it came time to make his final picks. With millions on television in Europe and Asia watching, the "Oracle ... Read the whole story
[AWARDS] Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Spanish forward David Villa, who lead the World Cup with five goals apiece, are among the 10 nominees for the adidas Golden Ball, the World Cup MVP award. Read the whole story
[AWARDS] Germany's Thomas Mueller is the favorite to win the Hyundai Best Young Player, given to the best under-21 player at the World Cup. Read the whole story
[WORLD CUP VIEWING] Soccer America's list of soccer viewing establishments where you might be able to catch the World Cup games now numbers in the hundreds. Please be sure to check for opening times. Read the whole story
[MLS] The New England Revolution pulled off the biggest upset of the MLS season when it ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Los Angeles. The loss was only the second of the season for the league-leading Galaxy, which was playing without World Cup star Landon Donovan, ... Read the whole story


What They're Saying

"My personal opinion is we have grown a lot since Bob [Bradley] has been here. I know it's easy for people afterward to point blame and say you should have played this guy and done this and why did you do that? The reality is that we all believed and bought into what Bob is doing, and that's why we were successful. If Bob is around I think everyone will be very happy. If Bob's not around because he wants to leave or because U.S. Soccer wants to hire a new coach, I think everyone is fine with that too. ...More

World Cup 2010 in brief

[SCOREBOARD] The 2010 World Cup finished with an average of 2.27 goals a game, the second lowest in history. Spain's eight goals in seven games were the fewest of any team to win the World Cup. For all the World Cup results and leading scorers ... ...More



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