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[1 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Since their first meeting in 1950 the US has managed to win one other match against England.  The US holds the lead in world cup group wins; since the clubs have only met one time in world cup qualifying play.  England has managed to defeat the United States mens team in almost every outing managing a record of seven wins, and just two losses.  Many people on both sides of the pond are saying that 2010 could be the year for the US.  I am not quick to jump on …

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[17 Nov 2009 | 7 Comments | ]

With George Burley rightfully getting the boot as Scotland manager yesterday, it is now time to move forward instead of backwards, as the Scottish Fa will try to appoint the right manager who can take the country in a positive direction. I will look at some of the early front runners, and some outsiders who could well possibly get the all important job.
Craig Levein
Levein is the early front runner for the Scotland job, however if he is appointed will the job be too much to take on? He has had …

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[2 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

The World Cup trophy has returned to South America on 9 occassions; Brazil with 5, Argentina with 2 and Uruguay with an early 2 in the history of the biggest football competition on the planet. In 2014, the World Cup competition will be hosted by the Brazilians and is sure to be a festival of colour and passion. South American football is troubled with a lack of investment, clubs depend on their Youth Academy to produce the Kaka’s, Ronaldo’s & Robinho’s of tomorrow.
I’m a huge follower of the Argentinian Primera …

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[27 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

Too many who follow African football, Santana’s recent sacking did not come as a surprise, the “Bafana Bafana” (The Boys) have lost 8 out of their last 9 games, with only one player scoring during this run. Santana’s only competitive wins came against Equatorial Guinea and New Zealand, hardly powerhouses in world football. 

Carlos Alberto Parreira is a man most will have heard of, he is one of only two coaches to go to 4 world cups with different teams, and 2010 will be his 6th world cup in total!
So clearly …

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[15 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Qualifying is over for England and after last nights match, some of the fringe players got their taste of action. Wayne Bridge, Peter Crouch, Ben Foster and Gabriel Agbonlahor are some of the players who played last night. However there are four more friendly matches lined up before England fly off to South Africa. Capello said last night that he has a good idea of who he is taking on that plane. He said he has around sixteen names on his list already, who look more than likely to be on …

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[19 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

Job Safe
After Scotland came so close to qualifying for Euro 2008 many people expected the Scot’s to come even closer this time. In their Euro 2008 qualifying group they had the 2 World Cup finalists. In their World Cup qualifying they had Holland and Norway, so no wonder the Scottish public expected more. On Wednesday 9th September Scotland were beaten 1-0 at home by Holland, that meant Scotland had no chance of qualifying. After the game there was alot of talk in the papers about George Burley, should he stay …

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[9 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

As the International games are upon us, I have decided to do a top 10 feature every week for the view from the stands blog. As the Netherlands were the first European team through to World Cup 2010, I will review their top 10 stars of today.
10)Joris Mathijsen
Joris Mathijsen is one of Holland’s first choice centre backs, and also the Hamburg star can play left back aswell. Mathijsen was called up to the Netherlands squad for Euro 2008, and hopefully Bert Van Marwijk will pick the Centre Back for World …

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[3 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

     My country, The United States of America, was fortunate enough to host the World Football Challenge.  Four clubs; six matches, and an average attendance of 60,000.  The clubs from around the world did a spectacular job showcasing the excitement of football.  The success of the tournament has already spurred talk of another tour in 2011; no tour 2010 due to the World Cup.  In addition to The World Football Challenge;  Everton FC, Barcelona FC, and Real Madrid have all scheduled preseason friendlies within the United States.  2 August …

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[18 Jul 2009 | One Comment | ]

     In The USA there has been great discussion of David Beckham’s return to the LA Galaxy.  The media coverage of the return of Beckham from AC Milan has intensified due to the fact that noted sportwriter Grant Wahl coincidentally timed the release of his book, The Beckham Experiement, with the return of David Beckham.  Flames of contoversy were fanned when critics and sports shows started quoting LA Galaxy fordward Landon Donovan’s passage from the book.  Donovan criticized Bekham’s committment to the LA Galaxy, and challanged his professionalism.  The fire from the book has helped to once …

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But will they play?
[13 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

With the success seen at the Confederations cup European clubs have shown an increased interest in acquiring US players. Center Back Oguchi Onyewu made the jump from Standard Liege to Serie A powerhouse AC Milan. Charlie Davies has left his Swedish club Hammarby IF for French side FC Sochaux-Montbeliard. Jozy Altidore is rumored be sent to Olympiacos for a one year loan. English Premier league side Everton FC has signed unknown Anton Peterlin from what amounts to a fourth tier club; the Ventura County Fusion of the USL Premier League. …

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