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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Germany on top of the world as Brazil searches for a way back
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 10, 12:47 p.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Superlatives are definitely called for to describe Germany's blitzing of Brazil. No one expected anything like that. Who would, when nothing like it, even remotely comparable, has ever happened before. The host team of a World Cup being utterly humiliated, letting in seven goals right there, in front of its own fans, in a semifinal game.
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Dutch and Argentines well-balanced; For Germany, the Brazilian cauldron awaits
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 7, 10:41 a.m.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Down to the final four, and things seem to have arranged themselves pretty much as expected. The cream of South America -- Brazil and Argentina -- against the best of Europe, Germany and the Netherlands.
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Thank you, Jurgen. And good bye. Time to Move on from the Sterile Klinsmann Interlude.
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 2, 8:33 a.m.
Buried under the tumult and clamor of the USA's performance against Belgium -- most of it focused on goalkeeper Tim Howard's remarkable performance -- are some uncomfortable truths for the American game.
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