Bob Bradley is definitely the man of the hour here - but hold on, Bob - let the man you so soundly beat have the first say: "They had huge energy, were very quick in attack, and caught us by surprise," - the words of Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque.
Lust for Goals Propels USA Into Semifinals
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 21, 11:49 p.m.
Stunning is the word, I think, for the USA's rebirth at the Confederations Cup. Did I think the USA could beat Egypt? Maybe, but certainly not by 3-0.
The Boring Bora Way
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 18, 2:02 a.m.
There are, I suppose, a whole bunch of different reasons for enjoying a soccer game -- but aside from the obvious one of seeing your own team win, they probably all boil down to one thing: exciting action.
U-17 World Cup Must Be Moved from Nigeria
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 15, 10:54 p.m.
What on earth is FIFA waiting for? The reports out of Nigeria make it alarmingly clear that to stage the Under-17 World Cup there Oct. 24-Nov. 15, as currently scheduled, would be exposing the young players to considerable risk.
On Song Spain and Off Key Horns at Confeds Cup
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 15, 12:25 a.m.
So the Confederations Cup got itself moving -- rather sluggishly -- with a 0-0 tie, a scoreline that is now virtually traditional for opening games at international tournaments.
Dunga's Euro-Brazil Not a Joy to Behold
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 11, 1:28 a.m.
Brazil, of course, will qualify for the World Cup in South Africa. Of course -- for a whole bunch of reasons: because it's Brazil, because it has been present at every World Cup so far played (and no other country can match that), and because a World Cup without Brazil is simply unthinkable, it wouldn't be a World Cup at ...
Phony Hysteria over U.S. World Cup Quest
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 8, 1:37 a.m.
It would seem that, with the USA's 2-1 victory over Honduras on Saturday, sanity and justice and decency and common sense have returned to the soccer world.
Foreigners, Agents & Minors: FIFA's Take
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 4, 10:31 a.m.
Uncertainty would seem to be the only certainty on the soccer scene as I write this. The doubts start at the very top where the normally confident Sepp Blatter has reluctantly admitted that the plans for his treasured 6+5 scheme will have to be put on hold for the moment.