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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CAS confirms Suarez ban, UEFA victimizes Legia Warsaw
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 15, 1:25 a.m.
So the four-month ban on Luis Suarez, imposed for his biting of Giorgio Chiellini, will stand. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) turned his appeal down. No surprise there, really.
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Landon Donovan: The Most Gifted. By far.
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 11, 4:20 p.m.
It will not do to elaborate on Landon Donovan. As a soccer player, I mean. Words will simply cloud the simplicity and the beauty of his talent.
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Churlish Guardiola snubs Porter and exposes problems of MLS All-Star game
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 7, 11:24 p.m.
There are some rather important lessons to be learned from this week's MLS All-Star game. As these occasions go, this was one of the better games, featuring, for most of the time, Bayern Reserves rather than Bayern Munich.
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Walton's fantasy referee world: No guesswork, please.
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 4, 12:21 a.m.
Michael Bradley has had his say about MLS refereeing. He doesn't think much of it, and says that making it better should be the league's No. 1 priority. We, and Bradley, await the inevitable fine.
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KC's Aurelien Collin -- the great escape artist
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 28, 1:39 a.m.
Some seven months ago, writing on the day before the 2013 MLS Cup final between Real Salt Lake and Kansas City, I commented that KC defender Aurelien Collin "... is physical to the point of recklessness and seems to lead a charmed life right on the edge of red-card territory."
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Cheating and violence win top games -- does FIFA even care?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 26, 1:24 p.m.
One's patience with FIFA begins to run out. By which I mean, of course, my patience.
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World Cup final ref gets big call wrong, punishes the victim, neglects concussion dangers
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 17, 3:08 p.m.
Of course there were concussion-incidents during the World Cup. Given that there are head-clashes in virtually every game of soccer that is ever played, that was to be expected.
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Soccer needs a Brazilian revival
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 14, 1:41 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- It took nearly two hours of often rather trite soccer for Germany to win this World Cup. The one goal that decided the final, from Mario Goetze, was a beauty ... in a game that, while it had plenty of tension and a sufficient number of near-misses and other highlights, was sadly lacking in that precious ...
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Alfredo Di Stefano: The complete player. Maybe the best, too.
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 12, 3:39 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- As Argentina was making its laborious way to the 2014 World Cup final, the word came from Spain: Alfredo Di Stefano was dead, at the age of 88. Di Stefano, the Argentine who many regard in awe as the greatest of them all.
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