[VIDEO PICKS: Year in Review] As our faithful readers well know, each Soccer America Daily e-letter features a Video Pick. As we bid farewell to 2013, we bring you the top clips of the past year based on viewership figures and entertainment value, pared down by various categories.
Animals: Top Dog
This dog had his day when he
met a cross and made no mistake during a 5-v-5 game in Argentina -- then trotted to the sidelines to celebrate in the canine section. ...
Fightin’ Ref: Punching and Carding
In Kuwait, referee Saad Al Fadhli resorts to extreme but
effective self-defense measures when attacked by Al Naser players.
Pregame Warm-up: Klinsmann recalls Maradona
Asked to name the best player he faced during his playing career while speaking to the teenage finalists of the 7Up Sueno Alianza National Finals, Jurgen Klinsmann named Diego Maradona and recalled watching the
Argentine warm up before a UEFA Cup final clash in 1989. We dug up the clip for SA Daily and it was one of the year's most popular -- understandably because it's simply delightful …
Youth: From tears to cheers
Our most popular youth video of
the year was this example of how to help a teammate after he misses a penalty kick -- from a Barcelona U-12 game ...
Best Commentary: 'We love you forever and ever, Estados Unidos'
The biggest hit of 2013 -- TV Azteca announcer
Christian Martinoli as the games were winding down on the final day of Concacaf qualifying for the 2014 World Cup