Phil Woosnam: A Great Soccer Pioneer
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 20, 6:14 p.m.
You never can be sure how history will interpret life, but let us hope that it acknowledges Phil Woosnam, who died on Friday at age 80, as one of the key pioneers of American soccer.
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English FA's ref review revamp falls short
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 20, 11:29 a.m.
Once in a while, a glimpse of undeniable reality disturbs the comfortable certainties of English refereeing attitudes. The least acceptable -- and the least explicable -- of those certainties is the notion that whenever a referee is uncertain about a call, he gives the benefit of his doubt to the defending team.
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England's search for flair: no end in sight yet
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 14, 11:47 p.m.
A month ago we had Harry Redknapp telling the world what he thought of English soccer: "We do not know how to play football." An extraordinary statement, particularly coming from a guy who is often cited as one of the few top-level, genuinely English coaches (of the English Premier League's 20 coaches, only four are English; Redknapp is not one ...
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The importance of Tab Ramos
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 10, 8:16 p.m.
At last, the USA has a coach with vision. For the first time in my experience of U.S. national team coaches -- an experience that reaches back over 45 years -- I am looking at a coach, Tab Ramos, who has the vision to take in the full extent of the rather tangled American soccer scene, and who has the ...
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The Latest Wrongheaded Ref-Bashing
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 1, 12:55 a.m.
Here we go again, alas, alas. And, for me, it really is alas, because once again we've got a good young American coach losing it and berating the referee. A few weeks back, it was John Hackworth and Caleb Porter. This time it's D.C. United's Ben Olsen erupting after his team's 1-0 loss to Vancouver on Saturday.
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Battle of the Giants: Charged-up Brazil faces smooth Spain after scrappy semifinals
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 28, 2:09 a.m.
There's not much point in trying to make out that the Confederations Cup semifinals gave us sublime soccer. Both games were rather ragged affairs. The problem in the Brazil-Uruguay semi was the endless series of mistakes, by both teams -- mistakes that usually led to the ball being lost, which in turn led to scrappy attempts -- fouling and borderline ...
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MLS Referees and the Concussion Problem
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 25, 12:46 p.m.
I was thinking that the sport of soccer had surely, by now, come to understand that head injuries are dangerous. Just that -- a simple understanding that concussions cannot be dismissed lightly, that they must be treated with great seriousness.
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Brazilians challenge the myth of Big Soccer
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 21, 1:18 a.m.
A mere seven years ago, you may remember, we were being invited -- though at times it seemed almost like being commanded -- to appreciate the wonderful social benefits of soccer.
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Hoping for high-scoring at the Confederations Cup
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 14, 1:04 p.m.
The Confederations Cup has taken a good deal of abuse in its short lifetime, mostly because it has seemed to be an unnecessary tournament, a money-making event imposed on already overworked players.
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Spain still reigns over Germany
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 10, 1:42 a.m.
We have recently been asked to contemplate the idea that the future of soccer will belong to the Germans, rather than the Spanish who rule the roost at the moment.
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What's Klinsmann's vision for this team?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 9, 1:09 a.m.
So, another shapeless, luke-warm performance from Jurgen Klinsmann's team. Of course he'll take it, three points on the road, in Jamaica where points have always been hard to come by.
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Time runs out on Klinsmann
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 1, 2:10 a.m.
I don't see how losing 4-2 on your home field, can be viewed as anything other than an acute embarrassment. Even when the opponent is Belgium, currently one of the better European teams, playing with virtually a full squad.
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Rating Goals -- Not That Easy
Posted by Paul Gardner on May. 30, 8:29 p.m.
Deciding what is a great goal and what is merely a good goal -- even to the point of defining the greatest goal in the history of soccer -- is all part of being besotted with the sport. It leads to discussions, disagreements, heated arguments, maybe fisticuffs. And of course nothing is ever resolved because there is no objective way ...
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Promising start in New York City, except for the FC
Posted by Paul Gardner on May. 25, 4:55 p.m.
It looks like the 20th MLS team will be Manchester City FC. The name will be changed, of course it will. MLS plus ManCity -- plenty of expensive brainpower involved in that discussion, one would think -- have decided that the new club is to be New York City FC. Which is fine. Except for one thing. You will not ...
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Cahill's 'rough up' comment calls for response from MLS
Posted by Paul Gardner on May. 21, 1:17 a.m.
An interesting game -- I'm talking about this past weekend's Red Bulls-L.A. Galaxy game. A 1-0 win for the Bulls, a win they probably didn't deserve, but a win they snatched at the very last moment of the game, pouncing on a bad mistake by the Galaxy's 39-year-old, and very experienced, Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.
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