23 November, 2012

Shell Game

In the past week, DiMatteo was let go and replaced by Rafa Benitez as Chelsea's head coach, but now...

In the past 12 hrs, QPR has announced Hughes is out, and rumor has it Arry "Ain't no F'n Wheeler Dealer" Redknapp has agreed terms to take over.

But that's not all.

Brazil, just a few minutes ago, has announced that the Menezes experiment for Brazil is done.  Menezes spent about 2yrs in charge of Brazil after a successful but uninspiring run by defensive minded Dunga.

No replacement for Menezes has been announced, but Brazil is saying a replacement will be official in January.

3rd Time's a Charm, right?

So the last time they tried this... Okay, the last two times they tried this... Okay, the last, well, you get the idea, but after two previous failed attempts at getting women's soccer off the ground here, USSoccer is giving it another go.

The first time we saw this was in the wake of the USWNT winning a world cup.  Teams started going bankrupt within months of starting the team and when the fans didn't turn out in droves, they went under.  The second time, several poorly run clubs, most notably, MagicJack Miami and their whiny and plotting owner, Dan Barislow, decided to one up the league and besides telling the players to bring band-aids to matchs in case they got injuries, he tried to sue the league because they were mean to him.  All this second attempt was as the league had dwindled from 10 teams in the first season to 5 in the second. 

Not really an ideal business model, eh?

Well, now, USSoccer is going to step in and try to at least run, if not heavily influence the league.  Now, we've seen this before with MLS.  It took a while to get off the ground and admittedly, it took several years for clubs to start turning profits, but conceivably, if they are playing in towns with established MLS clubs, the fan base should be available to them, and the lower costs of renting stadium space should be there as well, so it COULD work.

This time around, it is going to be 8 teams, Chicago, Seattle, DC, Boston, KC, New Jersey, Portland and Western NY (what, are they going to be playing in Ithaca or something?). 

Now, here's the interesting part. 

USSF, the FMF (Mexico's football federation), and the CSA (Canadian Soccer Assoc.) are all going to subsidize several of their own NT players to play in this league.  The US will subsidize up to 24 NT members, Canada up to 16 and Mexico up to 12. 

This'll be pretty similar to the MLS foreign player subsidation where some of the foreign player salaries were paid for by the league to help them bring in bigger name talents to play and hopefully draw in a larger native fan base.

So will this third time be the charm?  Well, get back to us in two seasons.  That's how long both the WPS and the WUSA took before they both collapsed.

Photo: USSoccer

19 November, 2012

Galaxy, Dynamo Rematch in MLS Final

The MLS final will be exactly the same as it was last year, the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo. It is a strange coincidence, since the Galaxy were the #4 team in the West and the Dynamo were the #5 team in the East.

The Galaxy took an insurmountable 3-0 aggregate lead (on the strength of yet another two-goal performance by Robbie Keane) into tonight's match at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, and then, if the ball had bounced their way, Seattle could have won 3-0 today. But they didn't. Eddie Johnson scored for Seattle in the 11th minute, but the linesman (incorrectly) ruled him offsides and the goal was disallowed. Then Eddie Johnson scored his second goal of the game, but the first that counted, one minute later to put Seattle ahead 1-0. Seattle dominated the match, forcing LA keeper Josh Saunders to make what turned out to be game-saving saves in the 16th and 32nd minutes. Then, just before halftime, Sounders defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado of Colombia blocked a Mike Magee shot with his hand, but the referee chose not to call the handball. Keep that in mind; the Galaxy get the next close one.

08 November, 2012

Both MLS #1 Seeds Out

In what I am sure is the least shocking upset of a #1 seed in recent memory, the LA Galaxy knocked the San Jose Earthquakes out of the MLS playoffs in the quarterfinal round. It is a little more surprising how they did it. The Earthquakes defeated the Galaxy 1-0 in the first leg at the Home Depot Center with a 94th minute direct free kick goal by Victor Bernardez of Honduras. But, San Jose dropped the home leg 3-1 to lose 3-2 aggregate, in an impressive Robbie Keane show. Robbie Keane scored two goals to put the Galaxy up 2-0 (2-1 aggregate) and Mike Magee added a third before the first half was over at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium. Former Galaxy forward Alan Gordon scored a late goal for the Quakes to bring the aggregate score to 3-2

The Houston Dynamo also defeated the #1 team in the East, Sporting KC, by a narrow 2-1 aggregate score. The Dynamo won at BBVA Compass Stadium 2-0 with goals by Adam Moffat of Scotland and 23-year-old sophomore Will Bruin, the playoff's leading scorer with three goals. Then, Sporting KC could only manage a 1-0 win in the second leg at Livestrong Park, with the lone goal by Kansas City born and raised left back Seth Sinovic.

07 November, 2012

EPL Is Your New NFL Pregame Ritual

I know some of this got lost in the mess that was the Presidential Election the past week, but in case you missed it, EPL rights starting for the 2013 season were up for bids a few months back.

The three finalists:

ABC/ESPN (status quo)
BeINSports (Al-Jazeera's new sports channel)

So ABC put in their usual bid.  BeINSports put in the expected bid to steal it away from ABC... then NBC came and blew them both out of the water.

With a bid nearly 3x what ABC bid (ABC's was reportedly $23mil), NBC has won the bid.

So what does that mean?

Well, NBC has promised to show 6 games each week. Live.  Whether that will be split between MSNBC, USA, NBC Sports, and NBC, it's not clear.  With games on Saturday and Sunday, typically, that means we are going to be seeing some morning or early afternoon matches on primetime and then comes Sunday where NBC will be putting the EPL matches up against NFL pregame.

With NBC already doing well with MLS, how do you think they'll do with a pregame of footie followed by NFL?  I'm not sure what the British slang is for pretty freaking well, but it's that.

Game on NBC.  No word on what we can expect from ESPN now that they have no EPL or MLS.  Perhaps we'll start seeing some J-League, Bundesliga or more Series A?

Photo: NBC

04 November, 2012

EPL: Manchester City v West Ham Highlights

Not quite sure what Mancini is trying to do other than try to get all the payroll onto the pitch at once.  Fresh off a loss in CL action to Ajax running a 3 man back line, he decides to slap Tevez, Balotelli and Dzeko into the lineup all at once.  On paper and Fifa 13, that spell for a 20 goal match against West Ham.  In reality, that spells for 22 shots (5 SOG), 65% possession, and 0 goals.  This was a colossal disappointment of a game and allows Man U to move into sole possession of 1st in the EPL.  0-0 the final.

Video: BBC/Youtube

EPL: Arsenal v Manchester United Highlights

Perhaps it was that the Gunners were tired after their 7-5 Cup win over Reading.  Either way, Man U had their way with Arsenal, despite a Rooney PK miss, and it was literally in Fergie time that they gave up a token goal to keep the score line respectable.  Van Persie and Evra score for the Red Devils as they go on to win 2-1 at home.

Video: RUtube

EPL: Chelsea v Swansea Highlights

Pablo Hernandez scores late for Swansea to earn a point at home as Chelsea look surprisingly tame this match.  Swansea 1 - Chelsea 1.

Video: BBC/Youtube

EPL: Tottenham v Wigan Highlights

Bale returned to the lineup, but Spurs looked lost at home and were booed off at halftime as they went on to lose to Wigan, 1-0 behind a decent display by Wigan and a horrible one by Spurs.

Video: BBC/Youtube

29 October, 2012

MLS Playoffs begin Wednesday

Sorry, it has been a long time since I've posted an update. Been busy watching playoff baseball and the NFL, but now that the MLS playoffs are here, and baseball is over, it is time to focus on American Soccer, the only sport that really matters. has posted the playoff brackets in a format familiar to fans of knockout tournaments everywhere.    The San Jose Earthquakes won the Supporter's Shield with the league's best record. Led by probable league MVP Chris Wondolowski, the Quakes are the top team in the West. US Open Cup champion Sporting Kansas City has earned the top seed in the East. Both teams will face the winner of a one-game playoff between the #4 and #5 seeds, set for this Wednesday October 31 and Thursday November 1.

28 October, 2012

EPL: Arsenal v QPR Highlights

It was the Julio Ceasar show as the Brazilian goalkeeper single-handedly kept QPR in the match.  A late goal by Arteta saw Arsenal just barely get the points, but as my old coach told me, points are points, and you don't care how you get them, just get them.  Arsenal wins at home, 1-0.

Video: Myspace

EPL: Fulham v Reading Highlights

It came fast and furious in the final 13 minutes of regulation as the two teams scored 4 times between them as Fulham dominated possession.  Just to spite FFC, this one ends in a 3-3 draw.

Video: Myspace

EPL: Manchester City v Swansea Highlights

A 61' goal by Tevez manages to save Man City the 3 pts as they squeak by Swansea at home, 1-0.


13 October, 2012

WCQ: Antigua v USMNT Highlights

The US limped into this match missing 3 top choice players at left back and needed to win or at worst, draw to keep qualifying hopes alive.  They did it... 2-1... because Eddie Johnson?!

Yeah, I didn't believe it either until I saw the highlights and we scored in the last minute of regulation... wow.  When we play down, we really play down, but we are at least winning the games we should.  Not quite sure how to take this.  We're now exactly level on points and goal differential with Guatemala, but since we drew them 1-1 at Guatemala, we've got them on away goals at this point.  Our last match till the hex?  Guatemala... at KC.  We need a 0-0 draw and or for Jamaica to beat Antigua by less than 3 goals.

Video: USSoccer

WCQ: New Caledonia v Solomon Islands Highlights

Just cause you don't get to see some of the Oceania highlights often, and it appears they had a pretty decent crowd on the island for the qualifier...

3 goals from Gope-Fenepej as New Caledonia sees off Solomon Islands 6-2. 

Right now, New Zealand leads the Oceania group on goal differential over New Caledonia with 3 more matches for each team to play.  Because the WC is in Brazil for 2014, the usual 4th place CONCACAF team will not play a CONMEBOL team to qualify, but instead will play the Oceania winner...

Highlights: FIFA

WCQ: Scotland v Wales Highlights

When you are down 1-0, with 10 minutes left to play in a qualifier, as Wales, who do you turn to?  Gareth Bale...  penalty goal in the 81' and then the game winner as time was expiring and Wales gets the 3 pts in Cardiff.


WCQ: Belarus v Spain Highlights

The two teams involved tell you it's going to be a lopsided match, but who scored may be a little surprising.  Barcelona's Pedro scored the natural hat-trick as Spain rolls easily to a 4-0 win in an obviously one sided match.


07 October, 2012

EPL: Chelsea v Norwich City Highlights

Apparently, a fight with the FA can't keep Chelsea players down as Torres, Lampard, Hazard and Ivanovic all answer Norwich's early goal as the Blues dominate possession and shots in this lopsided affair.  Chelsea win, 4-1.


EPL: Manchester City v Sunderland Highlghts

Kolarov, Aguero and Milner all score as Man City roughs up Sunderland mightily at Etihad Stadium, 3-0.


EPL: QPR v West Brom Highlights

Morrison and Gera score for West Brom as they came out firing.  Taarbat answers for QPR, and a late goal by Granero wasn't enough as West Brom gets 3pts at home. 3-2.

Video: Dailymotion

EPL: Arsenal v West Ham Highlights

Diame netted earlier for West Ham... then Arsenal brought out the highlight reel.  An EPL first goal for Giroud, and goals by Cazorla and Walcott finished off any hope of points at home for West Ham.  Arsenal wins, 3-1.

Video: Dailymotion

29 September, 2012

EPL: Manchester United v Tottenham highlights

3 goals in 3 minutes, and Dempsey with the game-winner as Spurs fight back and win at Old Trafford for the first time in 23 years!  Spurs move up the league, 3-2 winners.  Perhaps now AVB will get a little reprieve.


EPL: Liverpool v Norwich City Highlights

Suarez with the hat-trick as Norwich is let back into the game with two late goals.  Liverpool puts them down, regardless, 5-2.


EPL: Fulham v Manchester City Highlights

 Man City dominates on possession and shots, but an early pk from Petric keeps the score line respectable for Fulham as Man City wins, 2-1 over Berba-less FFC.


EPL: Arsenal v Chelsea Highlights

Torres and Mata sandwich Gervinho's lone goal for Arsenal in this tight match as Chelsea holds onto the EPL lead with this 2-1 win.

Video: videa,hu

EPL: Newcastle v Reading Highlights

Demba Ba scores another 2 as Newcastle and Reading ride out a 2-2 draw.


23 September, 2012

EPL: QPR v Tottenham Highlights

Brutal night for QPR.  They looked the tougher side in the first half and had several shots parried wide by Friedel, although Spurs right back foolishly kept QPR onside for their lone goal.

It wasn't over though and a unlucky redirect equalized it for Spurs on an own goal by QPR.  Just 90 seconds later, a break away by Bale and Defoe saw a Bale shot deflected down off the crossbar... right to Defoe, who expertly slotted it home.  Game, set, match Spurs. 2-1.

szólj hozzá: Tottenham vs QPR 2:1 MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


21 September, 2012

Europa League: Lazio v Tottenham Highlights

Pretty brutal referee last night.  Spurs dominated and Lazio managed to smack a nice dipping shot into the crossbar, but this ended 0-0, much to the disappointment of everyone.  There was even a Miroslav Klose sighting.

Why?  You might ask?

3 disallowed goals for Spurs.

The first, Dempsey was offsides, close, but offsides.  Despite that, it would have been a beautiful goal.

The second, Caulker's goal off a corner was disallowed for "pushing off".  If you watch the replays, they both had hands out, but the defender is clearly tugging Caulker's jersey down, and last time I checked, trying to play the player and not the ball puts you in a dangerous position.  Regardless, the ploy worked and a good goal was disallowed.

The third, Bale was ruled offsides, wrongly, on a through ball by Dempsey.  Dempsey later even had a shot blocked by a handball in the box that was waved on.

Honestly, I can't remember the last time I saw so many disallowed goals in a match.  The Romanian ref, apparently was having an "off" night.  As many Spurs fans will say later, though, "I hope he was paid well".

Video: footytube

19 September, 2012

CL: Manchester City v Real Madrid Highlights

Wow.  Two teams I dislike, but damn if they don't put on a good show.  And if you missed the first half, no worries, it was 0-0 going into the half.


5 goals and a last second game winner.

Real Madrid wins 3-2.

Jose Mourinho shows his best "poop" face.  Awesome.

szólj hozzá: Real - Manchester City  Highlights CL HD


18 September, 2012

EPL: Reading v Tottenham Highlights

Jermaine Defoe.  He's fast, he's little.  He'll score right up the middle.

Spurs finally get their first win, 3-1.  Now if only they can do it against a real team.

Video: dailymotion

17 September, 2012

EPL: Chelsea v QPR Highlights

Bit of a testy match, what with the reunion of Cole and Terry.  That said, a well earned 0-0 draw seeing 1st place Blues being held scoreless.

Video: GSMInsider

EPL: Arsenal v Southampton Highlights

Arsenal scored 4 times, but they didn't need to score at all this match to win.  Southampton did all the work for them. 

Two own goals by Southampton in the first half were all that were needed as Arsenal run roughshot 6-1 in this win.

Video: BBCsport

EPL: Manchester United v Wigan Highlights

Chicharito may have missed an early pk, but 4 goals later, Man U easily won.  Scholes scores on his 700th appearance for the Red Devils and Wigan were hardly a threat in this one.

Man U wins, 4-0.

Video: BBCSport

EPL: Manchester City v Stoke Highlights

We have some Peter Crouch sightings. 

Stoke clear the lines and hang on tight to draw Man City despite only having 4 shots and being completely out possessed.  Perhaps Man City was looking ahead to CL action against Real Madrid.  Either way, Stoke walks away happy.

Video: BBCSports

13 September, 2012

Hillsborough Independent Panel Report Released

April 15th, 1989.

The most horrific sports related incident in UK history.

96 people died that day in a match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool in a FA Cup semi at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday FC.

While it's too long to reprint it all here, below are two links that may make it worth your time:

The summary findings

The full report download (PDF file)

Even if you don't have the time to read the full report, please take the time to read the summary findings.

Links: Hillsborough Independent Panel

12 September, 2012

Michael Owen's Facebook Page


Video: Talksport

CONCACAF WCQ: Jamaica v USMNT Highlights

On a night, 11 years after the US faced one of the most horrific acts of terrorism it has ever known, the USMNT players were in a somber mood.  The crowd was electric.  And the US saw a handful of infrequently used players start.

It all worked out.

With a nod to start in the middle, Graham Zusi found the woodwork, and put several shots on frame only to be denied by the Jamaican keeper time and again.  In all, the US hit the woodwork 3 times and going into the 2nd half, Jamaica had to be feeling lucky.

But just like an old man talking to an empty chair, you knew it was all over.

On a set piece, of all things, Herculez Gomez found the net.  It wasn't the prettiest shot, nor the best, but it was one that the Jamaican keeper didn't keep out.  And the US won.  1-0 the final score.

For those that had been wondering if this was some sort of make or break for Klinsi, it wasn't.  The final straw would have been if we didn't qualify.  Some of our players are getting older (Landycakes, Howard, Bocanegra, etc).  Some of our players are in their stride (Dempsey, Gomez), some will never see the WC (Jones).  So it was a given that we have to blood some of the kids now, for better or worse.

Next up for the US (they are in a 3 way tie in their group with Guatemala and Jamaica but lead Jamaica on goal dif. and are tied with Guatemala), is ironically, Guatemala.  Top two teams in each group move onto the hex where the top 3 finishes automatically qualify while the 4th of 6 plays a play-in qualifier.  So far, Mexico is the only team to qualify for the hex, while the rest wait till the final match of the group stage on Oct. 12.

Video: USSoccer

08 September, 2012

WCQ: Jamaica v USMNT Highlights

If you were looking to catch the game last night and couldn't find it on FSC or ESPN, you weren't alone.  As we mentioned earlier, all US home qualifiers got bought up by BeinSport which is available on several cable providers, and part of a sports package usually, so it's not quite pay-per-view like we get stuck with for away games at Guatemala.

So, maybe it's good you didn't catch this match.

Dempsey scores in less than 36" but that is the last time the US finds the net, and they fall to Jamaica, 2-1.  Ironically, it's the US who is usually great at set pieces, but here, Jamaica scores both of theirs from about 30yrds out.

Video: USSoccer

03 September, 2012

John Henry's Open Letter to Liverpool Fans (A Parody)

I am as disappointed as anyone connected with Liverpool Football Club that we were unable to buy anyone of talent in this summer transfer window, but that was not through any lack of desire or effort on the part of all of those involved. They pushed hard in the final days of the transfer window on a number of forward targets and it is unfortunate that on this occasion we were unable to conclude acceptable deals to bring those targets in, but hey, we're cheap and just like we have done this season with the Boston Red Sox, when we go on a losing streak, we sell, sell, sell, not buy, buy, buy.

But a summer window brought in three young, but significantly talented starters in Joe Allen at an over the market price, Nuri Sahin on loan and Fabio Borini, an Italian you've never heard of and if he does see the pitch, you'll wish that it was Rossi or someone of note.

Nor should anyone minimise the importance of keeping our best players during this window. We successfully retained Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez. We greatly appreciate their faith and belief in the club. If nothing else, because no one came sniffing around for them, we figured we had to tie them up to contracts or we wouldn't even field a full team. And if you believe these are truly our best players, then feel free to peruse our Liverpool FC shop where everything is now 50% off.

No one should doubt our commitment to the club. In Brendan Rodgers we have a talented young manager at a cut rate price and we have valued highly his judgement about the make-up of the squad while ignoring him completely. This is a work in progress. It will take time for Brendan to instill his philosophy into the squad and build exactly what he needs for the long term. It will also take time for us to raise any capital to pry any good players away from other teams as well. In the meantime, feel free to again, peruse our Liverpool FC shop and buy a lot of stuff as that may be the only way the club can afford to buy any new players under the new Fair Play rules.

The transfer policy was not about cutting costs. Yeah, you got us. It was. We can't afford to go swinging all balls deep like Chelsea always does or skirt rules like Man City can do. Even Spurs were able to sell off some of their surplus 500+ midfielders to fund a purchase of French keeper Lloris and even managed to offer $2mil more for the all time US EPL scoring leader and someone that has a huge work ethic in Dempsey, because, hey, we thought we had him until he realized we weren't going to be playing in Europe next year, and were only in it this year by default.

We are still in the process of reversing the errors of previous regimes. At least, that's what they tell us in business schools in the US. Sounds pretty impressive, right? Heck, you even see it in our politics. Ask Mitt Romney and Barack Obama...

Spending is not merely about buying talent. Well, yeah, it actually is, but since our ambitions do not lie in cementing a mid-table place with expensive, short-term quick fixes that will only contribute for a couple of years. Our emphasis will be on developing our own players using the skills of an increasingly impressive coaching team. That way, when we continue on this downward spiral you are already seeing, we can blame it on a lack of depth. Pretty neat trick, right?

After almost two years at Anfield, we are close to having the system we need in place. What that system is, we're not sure. Actually, we're waiting for Theo Epstein to become available again after the Cubs fail to reach the playoffs in the MLB for yet another season, and then we hope to bring him over here and see what he can do when we give him a paper clip, a tooth brush, and some bits of lint.

 It will not be easy, it will not be perfect, but there is a clear vision at work. We will build and grow from within, buy prudently and cleverly and never again waste resources on inflated transfer fees and unrealistic wages. We have no fear of spending and competing with the very best. Because, hey, that is the job of any team and manager. We figure if we distract you you won't care... hey look, is that Andy Carroll and a stripper?

We will never place this club in the precarious position that we found it in when we took over at Anfield. This club should never again run up debts that threaten its existence. Mostly that is because of the aforementioned Fair Play rules, but if we keep repeating it, you might think to trust us with your mum. We want to win. That is the Liverpool way. Hey, isn't that Joe Cole naked over there in the bushes?

Finally, I can say with authority that our ownership is not about profit. Contrary to popular opinion, owners rarely get involved in sports in order to generate cash. Just look at the Glazers. They didn't bring on all that debt to Man U because they were trying to find a tax shelter or saddle a foreign club with debt so they could keep their precious Buccaneers. And those stock shares at 150 times earnings? Psshhh that's just financial mumbo jumbo. Just you run out and buy. In our case we work every day in order to generate revenues to improve the club. Did we mention the Liverpool FC shop has 50% off right now?

We have only one driving ambition at Liverpool and that is the quest to win the Premier League playing the kind of football our supporters want to see. If you don't like the way we play, then obviously, you were never a fan even though you've mortgaged your house to pay for the exhorbinant prices we charge for tickets or the fact that you've doled out all that money for each and every new kit we roll out. Which reminds me... I think we need a 5th and 6th kit as well...

We will deliver what every long-term supporter of Liverpool Football Club aches for, one day.  


Photo: Liverpool FC

02 September, 2012

EPL: Aston Villa v Newcastle Highlights

Clark and Ben Arfa score on either side of the break as Aston Villa and Newcastle draw, 1-1.  AV did the majority of the fouling, and there was a Eric Lichaj sighting for AV as the American gets the nod to start.

Video: Foxsports

EPL: Arsenal v Liverpool Highlights

Podolski actually scored.  Wow. Don't get used to it Arsenal fans, cause he scores a lot more for country than club.  That said, Liverpool off to their worst start in nearly 50 years as they fall 2-0 to the Gunners.

Video: RTL

EPL: Manchester United v Southampton Highlights

You don't need Rooney when you have Van Persie.  Despite missing a pk in the 2nd half, Van Persie saves Man U from an embarrassing fate as he scores twice in the final 5 minutes to pull 3pts out of nothing.  Man U wins, 3-2.

Video: gsminsider

01 September, 2012

EPL: Manchester City v QPR Highlights

Toure, Dzeko and Tevez all score as Man City dominates QPR.  For QPR's part, they didn't get to play all 8340 of their new signings over the summer break.

Video: Hoofooty

EPL: Norwich v Tottenham Highlights

New signing Dembele took 23 minutes to get his first shot for Spurs, and what a shot as he scores in his debut.  Dempsey and Lloris didn't see the pitch and for the 2nd time in as many weeks, Spurs got nervous late and gave up a last second goal.  1-1 the final. 

And for you Huddlestone fans... he came in and got sent off in less than 15'.

Video: footytube

EPL: Fulham v West Ham Highlights

What happens when your team gets stripped to the bones during the transfer window? 

See for yourself:

Nolan scored in under a minute and West Ham rolled Fulham 3-0 in what looked like a dominating first half and a sit back and laugh second.  Jol has got to be hating life right about now.

Video: footytube

EPL: Sunderland v Swansea City Highlights

Fletcher scores twice for Sunderland and your recommended fantasy player pickup, Michu scores his 4th in 3 matches for Swansea as this one ends in a 2-2 tie.

Video: footytube

Pia Sundhage To Step Down from USWNT Head Coach Position

The USWNT Post-Olympic Tour, to quote ESPN, "Will also be a farewell tour," as after 5 years in charge, Pia Sundhage will be stepping down from the manager role of the USWNT.

“It was an honor to be able to coach these players for five years and I learned a tremendous amount from them,” said Sundhage. “I want to thank all the players and all of my assistant coaches for making me better. Before I took this job, I always admired the spirit and character of the U.S. team, but to experience that first-hand on the training field and from the bench as their coach was truly special and something I will treasure for the rest of my life. Although it is time to move on, I’d like to thank U.S. Soccer for this wonderful opportunity and I wish this team and the players all the best in the future.”

 The leaving of Sundhage to return home to Sweden was expected by US Soccer for some time now and she hopes to finish out her tour with the USWNT as they take on Australia and Germany in two matches each, wrapping up in October.

As head coach, Sundhage lead the US to a 88-6-10 record including making the finals in all three major tournaments it played in including winning a rematch, for Olympic gold, of the WC finals against Japan which they had lost.  During that time, Sundhage won 11 tournament titles, including three Algarve Cup titles in Portugal, two Olympic qualifying tournaments and two Olympic gold medals.  Not too shabby.

Whoever should take over for her will have huge shoes to fill as the US always goes into matches as a favorite.

As an aside, in her first part of her farewell tour, Pia managed to see Wambach move into 2nd on the all time scoring lead for the US.  US lead at the half on Costa Rica, 5-0.

Photo: USSoccer

31 August, 2012

Dempsey for the win

As a Spurs fan, I think I just had a wet dream today.  We talked about having a fee agreed for Moutinho, but apparently terms fell through.  Then word came through that Lloris was going to be allowed by his club to travel to England and have a medical ahead of any possible agreement.

Lloris is the FFF #1 keeper and for a reported fee of around 12mil Euro, he is signing now with Spurs.  In his mid 20s, he represents a long term goal for Spurs for the future between the pipes.  Especially since Friedel is getting long in the tooth, Cudicini will never be more than a backup and Gomez is either stellar or stinky.

Now comes word that since terms couldn't be agreed with Moutinho, Spurs have hijacked Liverpool's efforts for Dempsey.  And won. Reportedly, the deal is 6mil for 3 years with salary undisclosed.  Either way, a steal since he had 1 year left on his deal at Fulham.

In a complete rebuilding of the team, Spurs are getting younger and surprisingly better.  VDV is going back to Hamburg, Dos Santos (despite his obvious talents for country, never really produced for club... any club... even on loan) is sold to Mallorca, and AVB now has a team that seems faster, and more skilled.

With just over an hour left before the deadline, there is still talk that Spurs are after another forward, but to that extent, we'll see, and which I highly doubt now.  After a disappointing start for Spurs (loss to Newcastle and draw with West Brom) these are huge moves that should pay off in the long run.  COYS!

Photo: Tottenham

27 August, 2012

Soccer Warmup

Got a new season.  Got some new montages to show you.  Enjoy

Video: strike57

26 August, 2012

EPL: Liverpool v Manchester City Highlights

Manchester City squeek back the point after seeing themselves go down early and Tevez comes up big for them as City avoids the loss.  2-2 the final.

Video: Dailymotion

EPL: Arsenal v Stoke Highlights

Arsenal dominated Stoke everywhere but the scoreline as Arsene and the Gunners fail to impress yet again.  If they don't improve soon, this could be a long wait till the Winter transfer market for them.  0-0 the final score.

Video: Myspace

25 August, 2012

EPL Tottenham v WBA Highlights

Well this can't be reassuring for Spurs fans.  A late goal by Morrison steal a point away at White Hart Lane as Spurs find their early going muddle yet again.  Will they be able to wrap up some signings to get their scoring going again?  Or will AVB be yet another quick in and out manager for them?

Video: Dailymotion

EPL: Fulham v Manchester United Highlights

Man U needed only the 1st half as they dominated Fulham.  Fulham for their part scored an early 3rd minute goal by Duff and were gifted by an own goal from Vidic to keep an otherwise lopsided game resembling some decency.  Man U win, 3-2.


EPL: Swansea v West Ham Highlights

Don't look now, but Swansea are coming out STRONG!  Rangel, Michu and Graham all score as Swansea go 3-0 and move back into 2nd place without having conceeded a goal in their first two matches.

Video: Dailymotion

EPL: Chelsea v Newcastle Highlights

In a matchup of teams that seem destined for the top 4, if early indicators are to be believed, Chelsea scored on an early pk by Hazard and then doubled the score as Torres put another one into the back of the net.  Chelsea win, 2-0.

Video: myspace

23 August, 2012

EPL: Chelsea v Reading Highlights

When you see such a disparity in the stats as 72/28 possession and 27/7 on shots, you know there is going to be a blowout of some sort.  Well, thanks to two quick goals by Reading before the end of the 1st half, Chelsea and DiMatteo were a little worried that's what would happen. 

Lucky for them, that 2-1 lead dissolved and Torres, Cahill and Ivanovic all stepped up to push Chelsea to the top of the league (it's early, I know) with a 4-2 win.

Video: Vik2003/

22 August, 2012

EPL: Everton v Manchester United Highlights

Moral of the story, all you need is a dude with a cool afro to beat Man U...  Fellani scores the lone goal as RVP failed to impress and Man U dominated for long stretches.  But if you think possession and shots mean everything, ask Chelsea how they won the CL...  Everton in the upset, 1-0.

Video: vik2003/

21 August, 2012

Spurs Form Up

It was only a matter of time... and how much they were willing to pay up front to keep their weekly wage bill low as Adebayor signs with Spurs from Man City for a £6mil fee and his 170K/week salary sees a cut to keep it in line.

With this signing, Spurs finally have the pair up top they want, quick little Defoe (who finds goal frequently) and big bad Ade (who finds goal frequently).

The next question is who do they bring in to replace the outgoing Modric?

In other news, Spurs send Dawson packing after recent lackluster and injury filled games to QPR, Bassong to Norwich (they seem to like Spurs defenders lately, don't they?) and talk of Huddlestone (who hasn't featured for Spurs in quite some time) off to join Crouch at Stoke.  No word yet on Dos Santos (who impresses everyone but his club), Bentley (who only impresses himself) and Jenas (who impresses no one).

Photo: Tottenham Hotspurs

20 August, 2012

EPL: Chelsea v Wigan Highlights

All Chelsea seem to do now is bunker defense... oh and win.  Two goals in the first 10' and Chelsea sat back and watched as Wigan threw everything AND the kitchen sink at them, only to come up short.  This was a quick and nasty affair as Chelsea win, 2-0.

Video: MySpace/FootyDream

EPL: Manchester City v Southampton Highlights

Despite holding the lion's share of possession and shots, Man City barely scraped out a last second win at home against EPL fresh faces, Southampton in this 3-2 winner.  It only cost them Aguero, who tore an ACL, to win.  Question now is, will Man City buy him a new body and transplant his brain, or make him into the $1mil man?

Video: Footyroom

19 August, 2012

EPL: Arsenal v Sunderland Highlights

Arsenal fans, welcome to a life of no RVP, no Song, no Vela, no Miyachi and a new striker named Podolski.  In this 0-0 match that saw Arsenal dominate everything but the score sheet (70% possession, 23 shots to 4), Gunner fans were treated to a lackluster Podolski that always seems to fail club, but rarely country.  Can he get back the spark he had the first time he was with 1. FC Koln or will he be the one we saw when he had his second stint there? 

Video: RuTube

EPL: QPR v Swansea highlights

Wow, twice in one day we see a lopsided 5-0 result.  In this case, Cuesta, the former Rayo Vallecano mid, and Dyer both score a brace and QPR is embarrassed at home.

Video: RuTube

EPL: Fulham v Norwich Highlights

Dempsey who? 

Damn Fulham, don't hurt them too bad.  Norwich got slapped and slapped hard today.  Duff scored in the middle of the first half on the way to 5 goals (2 by Petric) by FFC in this huge route to open the season.  Fulham were looking tough, but it was only Norwich... right?

Video: RuTube

EPL: Newcastle v Tottenham Highlights

Newcastle came out strong again this season.  Demba Ba is on the sheet again (if you don't have him in your FL, you are missing out) and Defoe was back to his old ways when given a chance to start for Spurs.  The problem for Spurs is their lack of scoring now that Modric is out (soon to be officially transferred) and they no longer have Ade up top after last season's loan.  They better hope they rectify it soon or expect them to finish mid table at best.

Newcastle wins this on a late penalty, 2-1.

Video: RuTube

EPL: Liverpool v West Brom Highlights

And so the season begins anew.  Perhaps Liverpool would like last season back.  What could have been a 4-0 result against luckily was only a 3-0 against.

Maybe Liverpool is just saving up goals for when they play Man City and Man U...

Video: Dailymotion

10 August, 2012

Google For The Win

I gotta give it to Google today. Their search engine is offering a shootout game.

Give it a try if you get some time.  All you need is your left and right arrow keys and the space bar.  Good luck.

Link: Google

09 August, 2012

US Women Win Gold

I know you probably stumbled across this in your mad search to see who won between US v Japan, that'll come later today. In the mean time, perhaps you haven't been paying attention to the other women's NT team playing. In Turkey. At the World Deaf Championships.

The ladies started their journey on July 18th, in a close 1-0 win versus Russia. They ended with the title, 10 days later against the same team and with the same result.

In their wake, the US Women beat Russia 1-0 (twice), Japan 4-1, Germany 8-0, and Poland 3-1. The US Women went 5-0-0 in their title run.

In the final, Stacy Messner scored a first half goal and managed to hold onto the lead through strong defense and keeping.

Check the US Embassy in Turkey's interview of the team during their Cup title run:

The men's NT also traveled to Turkey and competed. While they fought bravely, their run was a little less distinguished. The men's format was set up like the Euro 2012 competition, i.e.- 4 groups of 4 teams each, with the top two teams advancing out of each group. 

"Because most deaf national teams end up paying their own way to the tournament, the tournaments usually guarantee more games. Thus, the bottom two teams in each group go on to play for places; third place teams play for 9th through 12th place, and 4th place teams play for 13th through 16th place." - Mark Sorokin, US Deaf Soccer NT player/US Deaf Soccer Board VP.

Despite opening with a 6-4 win v. South Korea, the US dropped 2-0 to Germany and drew the hosts, Turkey, 1-1.  With that final result, the US dropped to third in the group (had they won, they would have advanced and Turkey finished 3rd in the group).  Their consolation match, they unfortunately lost narrowly, 1-0 to Uzbekistan. In the final match the US lead Greece only to give up 3 unanswered goals after leading 3-1. The result wrapped up the tourney for the US.  Their final record was still a respectable 1-0-3 against strong competition.

Photo/Link: US Deaf Soccer

04 August, 2012

Olympic Final Four

The unlikely quarterfinal run of Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza (pictured) and the Honduras Olympic team has come to an end. Honduras seized a 1-0 lead over Brazil, and then a 2-1 lead in the second half on a goal by Roger Espinoza, but Brazil would equalize and then take a 3-2 lead on a pair of brilliant plays by Neymar. Mario Martinez scored in the 12th minute for Honduras, then Leandro Damiao tied the game a little before halftime. Roger Espinoza put Honduras back on top early in the second half, but then Neymar, playing attacking midfield, delivered the ball to the big goal scorer Leandro Damiao, who was fouled in the box. Neymar converted the penalty kick to tie the game 2-2, and then the magic happened. In the 60th minute, Neymar delivered a truly beautiful pass to Leandro Damiao near the penalty spot, and Leandro Damiao scored his second goal of the match. All credit for the second two goals should go to Neymar, however, and he is without a doubt the best player of any age at the Olympic games. The crowd at St James Park in Newcastle gave Roger Espinoza a standing ovation when he left early with his second yellow card, and gave the entire Honduras team another standing O when they left the field. As did I, watching at home. Congratulations, Honduras. It is not known whether Roger Espinoza will re-join Sporting KC by the 8th of August for the US Open Cup final at Livestrong Sporting Park against the Seattle Sounders.

02 August, 2012

Cool Stuff of the Day

We know you are looking for something to do when not watching the Olympic soccer or Women's Gymnastics, so here you go:
This is a concept design by Swedish/English design firm, Oscar & Ewan. Pretty damn cool even if you can't eat off it... possibly slap a class top on there and you got yourself a pimp dinner table. Better start convincing the wife.

Photo: Oscar & Ewan

01 August, 2012

Olympic Men's Quarterfinal Matchups

I am literally pressing "publish" as soon as the final whistle blows in this Olympic soccer match between the combined team of Great Britain and Uruguay, which will determine the quarterfinal pairings in the Olympic games. Great Britain leads 1-0 in Cardiff, with a first half strike from Daniel Sturridge standing up as the game's only goal, and Group A runner-up Senegal is tied 1-1 againt United Arab Emirates for the second quarterfinal place.

The quarterfinal matches will all take place Saturday, August 4. First, Group D winner Japan will play against Group C runner-up Egypt at Old Trafford, Manchester. The second match is Group B winner Mexico against Group A runner-up Senegal at Wembley Stadium, London. The third match is Group C winner Brazil against surprising Group D runner-up Honduras at St James Park, Newcastle. Finally, the host Great Britain team, winners of Group A, will remain in Wales to play against Group B runner-up South Korea at Millenium Stadium, Cardiff.

31 July, 2012

US Women Perfect

I just watched the US Women's Olympic team defeat North Korea 1-0 at Old Trafford. The TV commentators mentioned that Hope Solo (pictured) and the US Women have not allowed a goal in 256 minutes, since the 14th minute of the opener against France when France seized an unlikely 2-0 lead en route to a 4-2 US victory.

Today, in the 25th minute, Alex Morgan broke away into the North Korea penalty area to beat everyone else to a long ball, drew the defense, and then found a wide open Abby Wambach who easily netted the game's only goal.

Congratulations to the US Women for their best start in group play of any Olympic games, even though they have won three of the four Olympic Gold Medals awarded in Women's soccer, this is the first time they have finished group play with three wins.

Photo: Getty

30 July, 2012

Abby Wambach Breaks US Olympic Record

On Saturday, the US Women clinched a quarterfinal spot after only two games with a 3-0 win over Colombia. Megan Rapinoe scored first for the US in the 33rd minute, and then the headlines were written six minutes later when Lady Andrade of Colombia, frustrated at the aggressive play by the much stronger US women, punched Abby Wambach in the face. Yesterday, Abby twittered this picture of her black eye. She stayed in the game and, in the 74th minute, Abby scored her seventh career Olympic goal, breaking the US record for most career Olympic goals, over Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett, who are tied with six apiece. Carli Lloyd added one more goal and the US women have already won the group with a match still remaining against North Korea.


Honduras Eliminates Spain from Olympics

All of a sudden, losing the second CONCACAF Olympic qualifying spot to Honduras doesn't look so bad. After losing their opening match 1-0 to Japan on a first half goal by Yuki Otsu followed by a red card to Inigo Martinez (you killed my father, prepare to die) reduced Spain to ten men, Spain lost their second Olympic group stage match by the same score, 1-0, to Honduras. The two losses officially eliminate the favored Spanish team. Jerry Bengston of Honduras easily out-jumped Spanish defender Jordi Alba to head a Roger Espinoza cross into the net in the seventh minute. Spain, being the superior team, attacked far more throughout the rest of the game, but Honduras goalkeeper Jose Mendoza preserved the shutout with a little help from the goal frame, as Adrian Lopez and Iker Muniain both struck the woodwork for Spain in the second half.

Japan leads Group D with 6 points after two games, with Honduras coming up next. Honduras is currently second in the group with 4 points after two games, so a win over Japan gives the group to Honduras. The winner of Group D avoids probable Group C winner Brazil in the knockout round.

The other CONCACAF entry, Mexico, is tied atop Group B with South Korea, with 4 points each, as they tied each other 0-0 in their opening match. Mexico has a +2 GD and faces Switzerland in their final Group Stage game, while South Korea has a +1 GD and faces last place Gabon in their finale. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal knockout round, so the four teams (Japan, South Korea, Honduras, Mexico) have all but clinched quarterfinal positions. However, the Japan/Honduras match determines who must face Brazil in the round of 8.

26 July, 2012

USA 4-2 France

The United States women opened the Olympics with a come-from-behind 4-2 win over France. Gaetane Thiney scored first for France in the 12th minute, and then a France corner kick bounced around in the US penalty area for way too long until Marie-Laure Delie finally put it in the US net in the 14th minute. France led 2-0 at the 15 minute mark. They wouldn't score again. Abby Wambach headed in a corner kick in the 19th minute, and then Alex Morgan tied the game in the 32nd minute off an assist from a long ball by goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Carli Lloyd scored in the 56th minute to give the US a 3-2 lead, and then Alex Morgan added her second goal in the 66th minute to complete the scoring. Next for the US women is group doormat Colombia, on Saturday, July 28.

Pictured: Alex Morgan

12 July, 2012

Seattle, KC in Open Cup Final

The Seattle Sounders will travel to Kansas City's Livestrong Sporting Park on August 8, 2012, to take on Sporting KC in their attempt to become the first ever team to win four consecutive US Open Cup titles. Seattle defeated Chivas USA in the semifinal by a 4-1 score with four different goal scorers: Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Sammy Ochoa, and Eddie Johnson. The Sounders are the third team to reach four consecutive finals in the 99 year history of the US Open Cup. Bethlehem Steel appeared in five consecutive finals from 1915-1919, winning four out of the five finals, only losing the middle 1917 final. In addition, the club known as Stix, Baer, and Fuller won three consecutive US Open Cup titles from 1933 to 1935, with a significant number of the United States 1930 and 1934 World Cup squads. The club went by their sponsor name, Central Breweries, in 1935, and appeared in a fourth consecutive final in 1936 as "Shamrocks SC" but lost to the New York Americans.

Sporting KC will host the final after defeating Philadelphia Union 2-0 on the road in yesterday's other semifinal. Jacob Peterson scored for Kansas City in the 65th minute, on a header from a Graham Zusi free kick, and the game was 1-0 until Graham Zusi scored on an empty net from 55 yards away in second half stoppage time, when Union keeper Zac MacMath had pushed forward in a desperate attempt to equalize.

10 July, 2012

Deschamps Takes Over for the FFF

Taking over a team full of over talking and under producing, former 1998 World Cup winner and Juventus/Marseilles coach Didier Deschamps, has a huge task ahead of him. In recent years, France has underwhelmed many with early exits from South Africa and constant reported disruptions in the locker room. Now, with a 2 year contract in hand, and a daunting WC qualifying group including Euro and WC champ Spain. France gets underway September 9th at Finland.

02 July, 2012

Who is on Sergio Ramos' T Shirt?

I received an e-mail from one of our readers today. "Hey Professor," it said, "Sergio Ramos wore a T-Shirt with some guy's picture on it. Who is that guy?" and I realized not everyone knows who Antonio Puerta was.

Sergio Ramos and Antonio Puerta both came up together through Sevilla's youth system, from the time they were little boys of around 10 years old or so. By 2004, both played for Spain's U-21 team and started with Sevilla's full squad. Around that time, in 2005, Sergio Ramos was well on his way to becoming a fixture on the Spanish National Team back line, and was signed by Real Madrid. Antonio Puerta kept starting for Sevilla. In the spring of 2006, Puerta scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Schalke 04 to put Sevilla in the UEFA Cup final.

Euro 2012 Final: Italy v Spain Highlights

This was a clinic. Spain destroyed not only their critics of the previously 'unbeautiful' style of play, but also Italy. Torres even managed to score off the bench, and his play earned him the Golden Boot. Spain rolls 4-0. Video: rutube

28 June, 2012

Euro 2012: Portugal v Spain Highlights

A rather boring affair. Portugal played a very good tactical game and kept Spain in check. It took penalties before Spain put it away. Video: footytube

27 June, 2012

US Open Cup Final Four

Yes, I'm watching the Euro intensely (bummer for Bruno Alves hitting the inside of the crossbar in the shootout today), but I want to remind you that there is still a big tournament going on right here in the USA. Of the 16 MLS teams that entered the US Open Cup in the round of 32, 12 are eliminated, 4 remain, and of the 12 that were eliminated, 9 were eliminated by minor league teams.

The Harrisburg (PA) City Islanders of USL Pro (that's Division III) had an outstanding run, eliminating the New England Revolution in the round of 32 in a shootout in one of the craziest games I've ever heard about. The score at the end of regulation was a 0-0 draw. New England scored three goals in the first overtime session to take a 3-0 lead after 105 minutes. Then, Harrisburg somehow scored three goals in the final 15 minute session to tie the game 3-3 and send the match to penalties at Hersheypark, PA. Harrisburg made 4 out of 5 penalties, and New England had 3 out of 4, when the fifth kicker, Benny Feilhaber, stepped up for the Revolution. Harrisburg goalkeeper Nick Noble (formerly of the Chicago Fire, zero MLS appearances) saved the penalty to advance.

25 June, 2012

Euro 2012: England v Italy Highlights

Wow. Not sure England even deserved to be on the pitch for this one after that display. In a seemingly surprising move by Hodgson, England looked like they were playing to get to penalties. Even a token bicycle kick by Rooney that was well off the mark couldn't lift the English fans as Italy had 2/3 of the possession and five times the number of shots. Had Italy's midfield actually put a pass to Balotelli's feet, the game would have ended much much sooner. Instead, he was forced to dig out errant passes sent behind him and despite this, looked extremely dangerous against the tepid British. This went to penalties, and Italy finished while England did not. 0(2)-0(4). Video: Footytube

24 June, 2012

Euro 2012: France v Spain Highlights

This was all Spain. With talks of more discord in the French locker room, France came out flat. France were outpossessed, outshot, and outclassed. Xabi Alonso put an early goal away and Spain rode that to a solid win in which France never seemed to challenge. A last minute penalty goal for Xabi finished the French off as Spain wins this one, 2-0. Spain now gets nextdoor neighbors in Portugal. Video:

23 June, 2012

Euro 2012: Germany v Greece Highlights

It's the Euro vs. Austerity... not really, but the country suffering through financial difficulties takes on the country most likely footing a majority of the bill... It wasn't even close. A great Samaras goal for Greece, but it was all Germany who went up 4-1 before giving up a token penalty by Boateng on a handball in the box late in the game. The funny part was that Boateng just shrugged and went "oh well" and so did Germany as they cruise through 4-2 winners. Video: Footytube

22 June, 2012

Euro 2012: Czech Republic v Portugal Highlights

C. Ronaldo sighting as Portugal squeeks by the Czechs 1-0. Winner will take on France v Spain winners. Video: Footytube

20 June, 2012

Euro 2012: England v Ukraine Highlghts

And so, both hosts have been eliminated in the group stages. England fans were warned before and during the match to not stick around when the match finished possibly due to the fact that there would be some upset home team fans mulling about. Rooney returned to the pitch and scored the lone goal of the match off a redirect off a cross that clipped some Ukraninan player's junk. Poor guy. Coupled with the France loss, England strolls into the elimination rounds in 1st. England 1, Ukraine 0. Video: Footyroom

Euro 2012: France v Sweden Highlights

Not sure what France was trying to accomplish here, but they laid down for Sweden like they were being invaded yet again. This game wasn't even close except that France couldn't score while Sweden had no problem. Definitely worth watching the replay if you get the chance. Ibrahimovic with an early 2nd half goal and Larsson putting the nail in the coffin just before the whistle. Sweden goes home happy, 2-0. Video:

19 June, 2012

Euro 2012: Ireland v Italy Highlights

Italy would move on if either a) Croatia and Spain draw and they win, or b) they win and either Spain or Croatia win. As a further bonus, if Croatia and Spain draw, Italy can go through in 1st place in the group on GD... Interesting. Ireland, already eliminated, were just fighting to save face. Italy got an early goal from Cassano and Balotelli made a late appearance to run up the score. He made a fantastic side volley shot and seemed ready to talk trash to his own coach but was calmed down by the players on the pitch. This could be interesting in the future. Italy wins, 2-0, but finishes behind Spain. Video: Footytube

Euro 2012: Croatia v Spain Highlights

With the score tied 0-0 late into the game, Spain finally decided to stop playing with the ball and put it into the net. Guess someone told them that Italy was up 1-0 in their match and they needed to ensure they got a 2nd team seed. Navas with the lone goal. Spain wins, 1-0. Video: Footytube

18 June, 2012

Euro 2012: Denmark v Germany Highlights

Germany scored first with a strike from hot/cold Podolski (he's really on his 100th CAP?!) but Denmark tied it up just minutes later. In the second half, as the score from the Portugal v Netherlands game came through, some substitutions were made by Germany. One, was the winning sub. A late overlapping run and poor marking left an easy tap in for Bender as Germany win this one and 1st in the group, 2-1. Video: Dailymotion

Euro 2012: Netherlands v Portugal Highlights

Netherlands got shredded. Despite an 11' goal by RVV, their defense was lacking and Cristiano Ronaldo finally decided to show up. Portugal moves on 2-1 winners. Video:

17 June, 2012

Euro 2012: Czech Republic v Poland Highlights

Another match highlight I will apologize for. Great video, but on short notice, this one is a bit on the long side. Either way, enjoy another dominating match as the Czech Republic knocks Poland out of the tourney they host. 1-0. Czechs and Greeks move on from Group A. Video: Dailymotion

Euro 2012: Greece v Russia Highlights

If you were wondering why both the Greece/Russia match and Czech Rep./Poland match kicked off at the same time, it's because they didn't want a team throwing a match. Guess you can't trust footballers anymore, eh? Well, regardless, this was a stunning day of football. Not because of how big a score they had, but rather, who won. Greece gets an early goal and goes on to upset Russia, 1-0, knocking them out of the tournament. Not that the Russians didn't try this match, it might have been they just couldn't focus on the pitch with all their hot fans in the stands. Video: RUtube

15 June, 2012

Euro 2012: France v Ukraine Highlights

It was all France on this one. Ukraine couldn't get anything going, and one of the hosts is now left on the precipice of getting bounced from the tourney they are hosting. France wins, 2-0. Video: Dailymotion

Euro 2012: England v Sweden Highlights

Great game. We had everything. There was a goofy looking Andy Carroll sighting, several goal lead changes and England came back to win off of perhaps the goal of the tourney, a backheel flick from Walbeck. Video: footyroom

14 June, 2012

Euro 2012: Ireland v Spain Highlights

Fernando Torres, where have you been? Torres scored the fastest goal (by 2 seconds) ever by Spain in Euro play and puts away another as Spain cruises and puts Ireland out of the competition with 1 game still to play. Video: sportnetworld

Euro 2012: Croatia v Italy Highlights

Despite a first half stunning free kick goal by Italy, Croatia held on and pulls a late equalizer and earn a point. Croatia and Spain now sit on 4pts and if Italy are to move on, they need to win their next match and big or they go home. Video: Dailymotion

No More Wheelin' Dealin' from Spurs

Arry is gone.  Four years, with a year left on contract.  Levy tends to not just cut managers loose unless he has viable alternatives available (see Juande Ramos and Martin Jol as examples).

Not long ago, Harry was THE manager.  He was the top possible candidate for England going into Euros and the Olympics.  His team was in the top 3 in the EPL with CL action almost a given.  His team just couldn't seem to lose. 

Now Harry Redknapp has not NT position for England, and now no EPL job to speak of.

Despite finishing Top 4 and having a solid record against clubs like Chelsea, there was no silverware of real import.  No FA Cup while he was in charge.  And with the freakish luck Chelsea had finishing in 6th, Spurs should have been going to at least group action in the Champions League, but having won the CL Trophy, Chelsea gets the nod because of parity and Spurs are relegated to Europa League yet again.

Can't really fault Levy on this one.  Rumors of financial misdealings by Harry hurt Spurs and with talk of Modric, Bale and RVV leaving this offseason, they had to make a move. 

Current talk is of Everton's Moyes taking over for Spurs.  It seems a good fit as Moyes makes do with little (a big hit with Levy), has a good playing career, and consistently produces.  Add the fact that Moyes also has a year left on contract and has been prolonging re-upping with Everton, and you have a possible match.

Will it happen?  Will it happen soon?  Those are the questions for Spurs fans, because if they can't settle on a great coach and soon, three of their best players are gone and they will be rudderless going into next season with a suspect backline and many old players.

Photo: Tottenham

Euro 2012: Germany v Netherlands Highlights

Gomez was on fire, and sure the Dutch were a bit lacking on anything resembling defense for stretches of time, but this result sees Germany through to the next round and the Dutch may just crash out early after this 2-1 loss for them.

Video: Dailymotion

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