FIFA's Scandalous Snub of Costa Rica
Posted by Paul Gardner on Oct. 28, 11:50 p.m.
Should there be any lingering doubts about the total domination that Europe now has over the global game they have surely been put to flight by the announcement of the short list of candidates for the most prestigious individual awards in men's soccer in 2014: the Ballon d'Or (best player), and the FIFA World Coach of the Year.
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A Tale of Two Clasicos: From Madrid to Seattle
Posted by Paul Gardner on Oct. 26, 12:03 a.m.
It seemed like a good idea -- to compare and contrast Sunday's big games. Two clasicos really: From Spain, Real Madrid-Barcelona, and right here the Seattle Sounders-Los Angeles Galaxy. Maybe it's stretching things a bit to dub the MLS game a clasico, if only because clasicos surely need a history. The American rivalry dates back only to 2009, a feeble ...
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How I referee Garber vs. Klinsmann
Posted by Paul Gardner on Oct. 16, 3:19 a.m.
That MLS Commissioner Don Garber should be upset by Jurgen Klinsmann's thoughtless and really rather peevish comments on Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey is understandable. By coming back to the USA to play in MLS, Dempsey and Bradley are -- according to Klinsmann -- lowering their standards. Because MLS is an inferior league.
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To Landon Donovan: Ave atque Vale!
Posted by Paul Gardner on Oct. 12, 2:16 a.m.
So Landon Donovan has had his special day ... and I cannot think of anyone involved in soccer in this country who more deserves to be honored in this way.
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The Need for a Holistic Approach to Soccer
Posted by Paul Gardner on Oct. 6, 8:38 p.m.
One of the stranger things about soccer is that it is rarely, if ever, considered as a whole. There are, of course, endless discussions of its myriad details, from tactics to head dress, from simulation to offside calls ... but when was the last time you heard of a serious seminar on The State of the Game? The whole game, ...
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England -- belatedly and hesitantly -- begins to accept Latin talent
Posted by Paul Gardner on Oct. 3, 5:46 p.m.
LONDON -- Change -- important, fundamental change -- seems to be arriving at last in English soccer. Slowly and reluctantly, of course. I'm tempted to say this is going to take time, but that overlooks the fact that the change I'm talking about has already taken up an enormous amount of time. About a hundred years, roughly speaking.
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Tactical fouls and studs-up tackles dangerously overshadowed by diving hysteria
Posted by Paul Gardner on Sep. 30, 2:02 p.m.
LONDON -- This fatuous business of turning simulation, or diving, into the worst crime that a player can commit continues -- and continues to have ridiculous side effects.
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Magath's cheese poultice -- maybe not so whacky as it sounds
Posted by Paul Gardner on Sep. 23, 7:50 p.m.
LONDON -- There's not much to be said -- well, nothing good -- about the short time that Felix Magath spent coaching Fulham. Seven months in charge, 20 games played, only four of them won.
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Coaches, Doctors or Refs: Who to trust with players' health?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Sep. 21, 6:14 p.m.
LONDON -- You may have noticed that Jose Mourinho has plenty to say. You may also have noticed that virtually everything he says has Jose Mourinho as its focal point.
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Mad Dog and Fighting Pig find home in MLS -- in a good way, of course
Posted by Paul Gardner on Sep. 10, 12:20 p.m.
Hard on the heels (and that phrase may soon acquire literal meaning) of the arrival of Jermaine Jones in MLS, comes the news that the Columbus Crew have signed Austrian defender Emanuel Pogatetz. Two players who can -- and I'm picking my words carefully here -- be described as hard men.
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Mystery surrounds Hugo Perez's USSF status
Posted by Paul Gardner on Sep. 8, 3:38 p.m.
A strange business, this Hugo Perez affair. He is no longer the coach of the U.S. U-15 boys national team. The USSF has -- well, what has it done? Fired him? No, not that. Perez is still a full-time Technical Advisor to the USSF.
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Toronto's Comedy of Errors Not That Funny
Posted by Paul Gardner on Sep. 3, 2:14 p.m.
What is the appropriate response to the Great Purge in Toronto? Does one weep for an apparently doomed franchise as it goes through yet another desperate shake-up? Or is laughter the only way to respond, laughter in disbelief that the club has managed to find so many different ways of screwing things up.
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Where others fear to tread: Soccer Moms sue FIFA
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 28, 2:52 p.m.
Maybe it doesn't sound like a big deal, this business of "soccer moms" suing FIFA over concussion injuries. Maybe it is something that the FIFA biggies can laugh off. At any rate, you know that's what they'll try to do.
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Mourinho Brainwave: Forget About It
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 27, 3:05 p.m.
Here comes Jose Mourinho again. He's had an idea that he says will "make the game much better."
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As expected: permissive, English-style refereeing comes to MLS
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 19, 6:15 p.m.
Diego Costa, the man Chelsea hopes will solve its goalscoring problems, got off to a great start in his debut game on Monday, scoring after just 17 minutes.
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