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Ronaldinho Futera Promo Star of Brazil and Milan August 21, 2010

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Ronaldinho star of Brazil, Milan and Barcelona. Captured in a cool limited edition Futera Promo Stars card which gives you a special code to play online.

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Thierry Henry drops into the US with the Red Bulls team July 19, 2010

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Thierry Henry becomes one of the many soccer stars to make the move to the US clubs.

Hopefully this will help to bring the US interest in soccer up another step and help them build up their local talents for the next World Cup.

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The US team this round gave some of the best matches in this years World Cup in South Africa. With some of the team playing in some of the best clubs in the BPL and Europe like Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, they seem to absorbed the playing styles and skills that made the team perform so well against the traditional stronger sides.

Portugal turns on the heat in the second half June 21, 2010

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Portugal turns on the heat in their second half of the match with Korea DPR when they came out blazing and nailing the Korean DPR team 7:0 ! They must have had their hot sauce during the break as they came back out full of fire grabbing 2 goals in a space of 5 minutes and from then on it was a torrent of goals.

Portugal faced a stiff defence from the Korean DPR team in the first half and although had several opportunities, could only get 1 goal in the first half. Portugal has shown that they are more then Cristiano Ronaldo and have a great pool of talents in their team and most importantly, they showed how a football performs as a team…please take note England and France.

Numerous times Ronaldo was in a position to take a shot at goal passed the ball instead to a team member who was in a better position instead of trying his luck and blasting the ball. This is truly the action of a true star and team player rather then an attention grabber. This is truly his value as the most expensive player. And yes he did finally get his first international goal in 2 years as he grabbed the last goal of the match. The amazed look on his face as well as the relief was priceless.

With this amazing form and performance, the match up with Brazil is definitely going to be a superb match to watch.

Portugal seems to be in the right gear to take the world cup home this round

USA inspired come back ! June 19, 2010

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An inspired never give USA team came back from a 0:2  score line during half time to equalize 2:2 against Slovenia in a much more thrilling match up then England vs Algeria.

The highlights of this crucial match can be caught on FIFA.com here

A superb goal from a crazy angle from Landon Donovan brought them back into the game with an equalizer from Michael Bradley bringing them square on with the Slovenians and possibly putting them in contention for the next round.

Tim Howard made some remarkable saves to keep the US team’s hope alive.

Compared to the uninspired England team’s performance against Algeria. I’m so glad I went to bed instead of waking up to watch the match. England seems to have a lot of names but not much team to really be truly this year’s World Cup winners.

Back to reminising on 1966….
Robert Green cannot be blamed for this match.

Le Blur France goes out to Mexico June 18, 2010

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A very lack lustre French team went out to a more cohessive Mexican side, in a game which the former World Cup winners never showed the sparkle that made them world champions before. And what is Thierry Henry doing on the bench ! Maybe rumours of disquiet within the team has some merit as they never seemed to play as a team, with wild individual shots at goal and some appalling free kicks.
Au revoir France…

Now that the Mexican side needs a draw with Uruguay will we see a lack lustre match with both teams going for the draw which will take both to the last 16 ? We shall see…

England my England – Ode to Robert Green and the World Cup June 16, 2010

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England my England
Oh how you fare
For Football is a team game
Tis not one person to solely blame
Yes poor Robert Green
Did let it slip through his hands
That wild shot from Patrick Dempsey
From the New World
Called the US of A

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Yes old Steve Gerrard did score the first shot
Into goal
And gave England the lead
But 10 good men
With HUGE reputations
Of skill and history
Did have lots of time to put right
The wrong that Green made
Where were the goals ?
Did they exert the dominance that Germany showed
Against Australia
In a similar David vs Goliath arena ?

Step up step up
Football is a team game
All are to blame
If you did not win the game

So fast you forgot
All the good saves
That he has made
When Green saved your butts
Now you wish to put the blame
Solely on one man
Tis tis
Shame on you
Get your heads out of ’66
And into the 2010 game
The Lions of BPL
We still have not heard you roar…

 

Brazil vs Peoples Republic of Korea June 16, 2010

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Australia can learn a lot about not being intimidated by a higher ranking opponent and giving all you got from the Peoples Republic of Korea as they held off the Brazilian team ranked No 1 in the FIFA rankings. Being the 105th ranking team, they were expected to be steamed rolled by the “superior” Brazilian side. But the PRK team came out with guns blazing and have put up a good fight frustrating the Brazilian team at every corner. Until half time the score has been 0:0. Maicon managed to score the first goal just after half time but the PRK team are not lying down to give up yet and are still attacking the Brazilian goal.

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Brazil has shown some of their usual flair but I feel they are looking for that great impressive out of the box goal rather then passing the ball to get into a position to score the goal. Unlike the German side which exhibited more cohessive playing with precision passing and more mechanized game, it will be interesting to see what happens if these two meet up. Brazil has not shown the dominance of the No 1 ranking team.

German Football machinery overwhelms the Australians June 14, 2010

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The German soccer machinery seems well oiled and ready for this World Cup with an extreme display of team work and great passing in today’s match against Australia. Firing off their World Cup opening match with a resonding 4:0 victory against Australia, they served notice that they are ready to take back their crown at this World Cup.

Australia was simply out classed and the sending off to Tim Cahill with an immediate red card was just the nail on the coffin.

Argentina vs Nigeria World Cup match up June 12, 2010

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Nigeria has a tough task ahead facing the previous world champions Argentina in todays match up. Nigeria has some experienced players in

Joseph Yobo

 
but will they be able to stand against the onslaught of Argentinian talent like

USA vs England David vs Goliath World Cup match up June 12, 2010

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Tonight sees one of the most anticipated face off in this years World Cup in South Africa, USA vs England.
Can the US team pull another “Miracle on grass” and recreate a major upset as before ? Previously the US team consisted of mainly semi-professionals. Now the US team consist of some formidable players like :

Landon Donovan who has been playing with Everton and Bayern Munich

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Clint Dempsey has been playing for Fulham

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Carlos Bocanegra who has also played for Fulham

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Michael Bradley who has played in the German League with Borussia Mönchengladbach
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Tim Howard who has played with Everton
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Facing them are some of the giants of the BPL like:
Liverpool’s Glen Johnson
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Tottenham Hotspurs Aaron Lennon
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Tottenham Hotspurs Ledley King
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Chelsea’s John Terry
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Chelsea’s Ashley Cole
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Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard
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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney
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Seems like a lot of Chelsea players in the England squad …but that is for a differrent discussion.
An truely hot match up highly anticipated by football fans everywhere.