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Landon Donovan

As we’ve already noted twice (and won’t be noting again, promise) the big names in the Nike ad all failed to produce at World Cup 2010. But they’re really part of a larger trend, in that no single superstar has yet emerged to dominate this tournament in the way that Ronaldo (the original Ronaldo) did in 1998 and 2002, or do something to be talked about for generations, as Roger Milla did in 1990.

There have been some impressive performances though. So I’m wondering, if Nike had waited until this point of the tournament to make their Write the Future… Continue reading

Who is playing Voodoo on the World Cup’s stars?

While rumors of looming disaster in South Africa have been swirling around for a few years, rumors of the World Cup being cursed are running amok in both the blogosphere and in twitterland as the sport’s biggest stars are dropping like flies before the tournament has even begun!  The alleged cause of the bad luck ranges from an Irish-hex to a fashion disaster with unexpected consequences.  So, dear readers, which theory (or theories) do you subscribe to? Options below the jump…

Smithy and “Wayne” get down.


  • Breaking down England’s golden oldies. (SoccerLens)
  • Tom Cruise talks English football. (The DA)
  • Anything involving ‘gi-normous douchesack’ and Landon Donovan is worth reading, frankly. (Futfanatico)
  • A real illness epidemic about to sweep England. (BBC)
  • Breaking down Holland’s fab four. (Zonal Marking)
  • What’s in a name? (Studs Up)
  • Franco Baldini punk’d Jermaine Defoe. (England WCB)

As we’ve mentioned (a few times now), this is going to be the first World Cup of the social media age, and everyone is expecting it to be the biggest thing ever to hit Facebook and Twitter, as well as the other social networks. We’ve set up Twitter accounts for each World Cup team, and will be using it as another tool to get the word out on our posts during the tournament. But as much as we do hope you’ll follow us for World Cup news, sometimes you want to get it straight from the horse’s mouth… Continue reading

The USA have been drawn into Group C at World Cup 2010, where they’ll face Algeria, Slovenia and former colonial overlords England. No prizes for guessing which game has everyone excited.

With more American players playing in Europe than ever before, this might be the most accomplished team the USA has ever sent to a World Cup. They’ll be hoping this adventure is more 2002 then 2006, but whatever happens they can’t do any worse than the 1998 team.

Nickname: The Yanks or The Stars and Stripes.

FIFA World Ranking as of March 31st 2010: #16

Coach: Bob Bradley replaced… Continue reading


Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, bringing to an end a two-decade career on the pitch adorned with medals, trophies an [read]

Trinidad and Tobago will be the setting for the ninth edition of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, which begins on Thursday, with three places at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup up for [read]

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 moved a step closer on Wednesday 17 January, with the announcement of the match schedule. [read]

In the hunt to win the first ever MLS Cup, New York Red Bulls have already made a new signing – two-time Grand Finalist Michael Labelle. [read]

As they chase a first FIFA Women's World Cup in the wake of humbling two-time champions Germany, Iceland are reaping the benefits of significant FIFA Forward-supported investment. hears [read]

Having evolved from a supreme penalty box poacher to a recognisable sports broadcaster and social media heavyweight, we sat down with former England striker Gary Lineker to talk FIFA World Cup memorie [read]

Argentina star Angel Di Maria speaks with (the website of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the body responsible for delivering the infrastructure and host country operations [read]

Former Dutch international and current FIFA Chief Officer for Technical Development Marco van Basten speaks to ahead of the Fifth FIFA Executive Football Summit in Amsterdam. [read]

Captain of the USSR team at Sweden 1958, who also scored the Soviets' first ever goal in FIFA's most prestigious competition, Nikita Simonyan speaks with to revisit the World Cup 60 [read]