Tuesday, July 18, 2006

World Soccer News - July 18, 2006

The World Cup is over, but news from around the world continues to pour in, so why not share it.

If you have the desire to learn about Cristiano Ronaldo, tears and all, Rob Hughes gives you the chance as he looks at the possibility that is the Ronaldo from Portugal.

Germany's new coach Joachim Loew has said that Jens Lehmann will remain as the team's number 1 goalkeeper. Loew also said his goal is to win Euro 2008.

Sweden striker Henrik Larsson has become the latest player to retire from international soccer. The 34-year old earned 93 caps and 36 goals in his 13-year international career.

The Soca Warriors of Trinidad & Tobago will face off against Japan in Tokyo on August 9th. This will be the first game for T&T coach Leo Beenhakker and Japan coach Ivica Osim.

Africa Cup USA 2006 will be played in Columbus, Ohio on Sept 1st and 2nd (Labor Day weekend). Some of the teams scheduled to play are Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Ethiopia. The event will also include an Africa Festival made up of African dance, music, fun and more.

Montreal's Olympic Stadium is all but ready to play host to Group D of next year's FIFA U-20 World Cup. All the stadium needs is an artificial grass playing surface.

Spanish league team Racing Santander wants two Mexican soccer players. Manager Miguel Angel Portugal is trying to get Jared Borgetti and Omar Bravo. Borgetti currently plays for EPL's Bolton while Bravo plays for Mexico's Chivas Rayadas. Chivas President Jorge Vergara says he is open to transfer negotiations.

Argentine defender Nicolas Sartori has joined Universidad de Chile club, nicknamed 'The U.'

Iran’s Club Teen of Radio Javan is proving they have a sense of humor by holding a contest where critics use exactly 18 words to satirize their national team's failure in Germany. In other Iranian news, midfielder Andranik Teymourian was named "Christian star of the World Cup" by a Dutch ecumenical Christian group. Teymourian is the only Christian on Iran's squad. His reward is a golden Jesus kicking a soccer ball statue (just so you know, I'm lying about the Jesus statue).

Italy's Juventus is getting ready for the exodus of the ages as they have been relegated to the second division and will start the season with a 30-point penalty.

The University of Richmond will host English Champions League's Crystal Palace as they take on MLS Champion the LA Galaxy tomorrow night. The big question, will Landon Donovan be able to show up against this European competition?

FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper was selected as the MLS Player of the Week for Week 16. Cooper got the game winning goal for Dallas in their 3-2 victory over Chicago on Saturday. This is the first time since Week 9 of 2005 that a FC Dallas player has won the award. He edged Real Salt Lake's Jeff Cunningham and Chicago Fire's Andy Herron to take the prize.

The US Women got their run to the 2007 World Cup off to a fantastic start over the weekend with a 3-2 victory against Sweden. The women get back to action this Sunday against Ireland. To catch up on the team, give Nick Green's article a read.

Talking about women's soccer, young ladies in India are using the game to secure admission in college or get a job. Most of the girls participating in the U-17 competition are from poor families and soccer is their chance out. ‘‘It’s more a necessity than motivation that girls from villages come to play football. For they feel that by making it to the state team, they will be able to earn some money and get a scholarship in college." No matter who plays, the game is the same the world around.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber meet with people seeking to bring a team to St. Louis yesterday as well as government officials from St. Louis and the Metro East area. MLS would not comment on the meeting but it seems the big question is, wait for it, wait, here it is, can you build a stadium? If the answer is yes, and they can prove their work, then an expansion team might be theirs in time for 2008.

Lysiane Gagnon explains why soccer beats hockey in Québec.

Yesterday, University of Texas head women's soccer coach Chris Petrucelli announced the hiring of Matthew Mott as an assistant coach with the Longhorns soccer program. Petrucelli had been involved with the program at Auburn since 1999.

Finally, if you want to have the body of the top World Cup stars, the Houston Chronicle has the workout for you.

Just 116 days till MLS Cup 2006...


Blogger Nick and Dan said...

Here's the statue that Iran's Christian star won... haha: http://catholicshopper.com/products/media/DE_3977.jpg

11:53 PM  

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