We’ll be providing full coverage of tonight’s friendly match in Chicago between the US and Poland. Keep it here for all the pre-match and in-match commentary, and we’ll follow it up with a post-match recap.FINAL WHISTLE: An entertaining match between USA and Poland ends in a 2:2 tie. That’s all from the press box. Look for post match reaction in a separate post.
90+2 One last free kick chance for Holden.
90′ Corner from Holden starts a pinballing sequence in front of goal–but no luck for the US. Of course, it’s at the goal opposite my position,… Continue reading
Austria celebrate their win over the Netherlands…and 3rd place in Group A.
Fans hoping to see a rematch of the Netherlands-Spain World Cup final played out on a younger stage will be disappointed to learn that they will have to wait at least another two years for the senior European Championships in 2012 after the Netherlands were elimated today. Because only the top three teams in each group qualify for the U20 FIFA World Cup next year, the Dutch team’s elimination in last place in their group also rules out their participation along with Italy. Each group’s third… Continue reading
Soccer rules are not difficult to understand, and the simplest rule is that the team that scores the most goals in the course of the game wins. Soccer is a straightforward game with simple rules to understand. The maximum length of the ground is 200 yards and breadth is 100 yards. Referee in the game ensures that all the players follow the set rules.
A soccer game lasts for two separate half, and each period lasts for forty-five minutes. As per official soccer rules, each team can have ten outfield players and one goalkeeper on… Continue reading
The hype, the media circus, the promise of a renewed power and a plucky upstart and it was all defined by one man, one ball, one howler.
The World Cup is hours old and we’ve already had what may reign as the tournament’s biggest blooper – it’s really hard to imagine worse. In the 40th minute, Clint Dempsey shot a harmless bounder in to goal and Robert Green just fumbled it, all the way into the back of the net. A cruel goal on England and a cruel goal on Robert Green, who will endure… Continue reading
Flair midfielders are as varied as they are valued. You can discuss the merits of anyone from Hoddle to Rivaldo, as there is no fixed position for the role. Perhaps the only qualification is the ability to turn a match from deep with a piece of individual brilliance. Paul Gascoigne and Steven Gerrard are two driving forces who could influence a match in any number of ways and two of England’s most renowned flair midfielders in the last quarter century. Anyone over the age of 30 will remember Paul Gascoigne’s tears at Italia ‘90 – born of frustration… Continue reading