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  • Top 10 reasons to watch the World Cup | FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 Blog | CBC Sports
    year s world cup players are embedded in social media blogging for various media outlets on their own personal websites and tweeting to their fans about their 2011 World Cup experience Amoung others you can follow Canadian players Kaylyn Kyle kaylynkyle Rhian Wilkinson rhirhi8 Mary Eve Nault menault20 Carmelina Moscato cmoscato4 Jonelle Filigno jfiligno Emily Zurrer emme z Christine Sinclair sincy12 and Karina LeBlanc karinaleblanc 6 Down with the Dirty There s rough play in women s soccer but don t expect the theatrical diving and rolling around in agony of the men s game These girls are tough and will play on 5 Controversy Everyone likes a little controversy and this World Cup is already brimming with it From the Nigerian coach expelling players for being lesbians to Equatorial Guinea s players being accused of being men it s enough to get Germany s activists on their feet In fact they are marching to celebrate diversity today during Berlin s Gay Pride Parade 4 No vuvuzelas Although I ve seen Germany s own version of the cheap plastic horns in shops see my photo essay there s talk on the streets that the noisemakers won t be allowed into the stadiums 3 The technical game Between Marta s fancy footwork and Christine Sinclair s perfect first touch this World Cup is set to show how much the woman s game has grown over the last years As Canadian keeper Karina LeBlanc says under coach Carolina Morace her team has gone from being athletes who knew the game to having a deeper tactical awareness of the game It also makes for exciting soccer 2 The Big Opener The Canadian team is the strongest it s been in history coming off a very successful run of results They are up against the hosts and two time World Cup champs Germany in front of approximately 73 000 fans on Sunday Noon ET Germany s oracle octopuses are split on who could win three predict Germany two predict Canada and three say it will be a tie It will be an exciting game 1 Did I mention no vuvuzelas Follow Anjali Nayar on Twitter at http twitter com anjalinayar Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Prev Sinclair s star first shone 11 years ago in Edmonton Sinclair goal highlight of opening day Next About the Author Anjali Nayar Canadian journalist and soccer aficionado Anjali Nayar will be on the heels of some of the World s top female players at the 2011 FIFA Women s World Cup in Germany Every day she ll discover the world of women s soccer as it intersects with politics religion and social stigmas around the world During her whirlwind across Germany she ll carry the essentials on her back camera flip video camera and computer So whether she s sitting in on pre game locker room talks or surfing through crowds of soccer fans in Berlin s Turkish market Anjali hopes to bring CBCSports ca readers home

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  • UEFA Champions League Preview: Groups A-D
    season and trips to Russia and Turkey are not for the faint hearted Inter are onto their fourth coach in just over a year so Gian Piero Gasperini has plenty to prove in his first season at the helm His cause is not helped by the loss of the prolific Samuel Eto o but the arrivals of Diego Forlan and Mauro Zarate will help fill the void The continuing presence of Wesley Sneijder will keep the Nerazzurri moving in the right direction Russian League leaders CSKA and French champions Lille will dispute the runners up spot Visitors don t get much change out of Moscow s artificial playing surface while Lille will be keen to follow in the recent footsteps of Lyon and Bordeaux in proving French football is better than you think Trabzonspor have already been eliminated from the competition but were reinstated after Turkish champions Fenerbahce were thrown out in the wake of a match fixing scandal It s a second chance for a club which has never survived beyond the tournament s first round Don t expect that to change in the course of the next three months Prediction 1 Inter Milan 2 CSKA Moscow 3 Lille 4 Trabzonspor Previous Winners 2011 FC Barcelona Spain 2010 Inter Milan Italy 2009 FC Barcelona Spain 2008 Manchester United 2007 AC Milan Italy 2006 FC Barcelona Spain 2005 Liverpool England 2004 FC Porto Portugal 2003 AC Milan Italy 2002 Real Madrid Spain 2001 Bayern Munich Germany 2000 Real Madrid Spain 1999 Manchester United England 1998 Real Madrid Spain 1997 Borussia Dortmund Germany 1996 Juventus Italy 1995 Ajax Amsterdam Netherlands 1994 AC Milan Italy 1993 Olympique Marseille France European Cup becomes Champions League in 1993 1992 FC Barcelona Spain 1991 Red Star Belgrade Yugoslavia 1990 AC Milan Italy 1989 AC Milan Italy 1988 PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 1987 FC Porto Portugal 1986 Steaua Bucharest Romania 1985 Juventus Italy 1984 Liverpool England 1983 Hamburger SV Germany 1982 Aston Villa England 1981 Liverpool England 1980 Nottingham Forest England 1979 Nottingham Forest England 1978 Liverpool England 1977 Liverpool England 1976 Bayern Munich Germany 1975 Bayern Munich Germany 1974 Bayern Munich Germany 1973 Ajax Amsterdam Netherlands 1972 Ajax Amsterdam Netherlands 1971 Ajax Amsterdam Netherlands 1970 Feyenoord Netherlands 1969 AC Milan Italy 1968 Manchester United England 1967 Celtic Scotland 1966 Real Madrid Spain 1965 Inter Milan Italy 1964 Inter Milan Italy 1963 AC Milan Italy 1962 Benfica Portugal 1961 Benfica Portugal 1960 Real Madrid Spain 1959 Real Madrid Spain 1958 Real Madrid Spain 1957 Real Madrid Spain 1956 Real Madrid Spain Group C FC Basel Switzerland Benfica Portugal Manchester United England Otelul Galati Romania Reed Not even Sir Alex Ferguson could find reason to complain about this draw Manchester United is in a class of its own and will comfortably win Group C The race for the runners up spot meanwhile could be an altogether more interesting storyline to follow United s pedigree and experience cannot be questioned and Ferguson will take the opportunity to give fringe

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  • UEFA Champions League Preview: Groups E-H
    behind them and recent Champions League history seems to support the claim Since reaching the semifinals in 2009 there has been a gradual decline Last season Arsene Wenger s team bowed out in the round of 16 The loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri is going to hurt Players of that calibre are virtually impossible to replace in the short term though the arrival of Mikel Arteta somewhat softens the blow Robin Van Persie must stay healthy and be clinical if Arsenal is to make a significant impression In an open group Marseilles will give any team a run for its money Coach Didier Deschamps believes Borussia Dortmund will be a force to be reckoned with on its return to the Champions League and thinks the Germans will be particularly tough on home soil Olympiacos accompanied Arsenal into the knockout stages last season but I think the Greeks will find the going much tougher this time around They will certainly play spoiler at home and earn some points along the way but it is difficult to see them surviving the group phase this term Prediction 1 Arsenal 2 Marseille 3 Borussia Dortmund 4 Olympiacos Previous Winners 2011 FC Barcelona Spain 2010 Inter Milan Italy 2009 FC Barcelona Spain 2008 Manchester United 2007 AC Milan Italy 2006 FC Barcelona Spain 2005 Liverpool England 2004 FC Porto Portugal 2003 AC Milan Italy 2002 Real Madrid Spain 2001 Bayern Munich Germany 2000 Real Madrid Spain 1999 Manchester United England 1998 Real Madrid Spain 1997 Borussia Dortmund Germany 1996 Juventus Italy 1995 Ajax Amsterdam Netherlands 1994 AC Milan Italy 1993 Olympique Marseille France European Cup becomes Champions League in 1993 1992 FC Barcelona Spain 1991 Red Star Belgrade Yugoslavia 1990 AC Milan Italy 1989 AC Milan Italy 1988 PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 1987 FC Porto Portugal 1986 Steaua Bucharest Romania 1985 Juventus Italy 1984 Liverpool England 1983 Hamburger SV Germany 1982 Aston Villa England 1981 Liverpool England 1980 Nottingham Forest England 1979 Nottingham Forest England 1978 Liverpool England 1977 Liverpool England 1976 Bayern Munich Germany 1975 Bayern Munich Germany 1974 Bayern Munich Germany 1973 Ajax Amsterdam Netherlands 1972 Ajax Amsterdam Netherlands 1971 Ajax Amsterdam Netherlands 1970 Feyenoord Netherlands 1969 AC Milan Italy 1968 Manchester United England 1967 Celtic Scotland 1966 Real Madrid Spain 1965 Inter Milan Italy 1964 Inter Milan Italy 1963 AC Milan Italy 1962 Benfica Portugal 1961 Benfica Portugal 1960 Real Madrid Spain 1959 Real Madrid Spain 1958 Real Madrid Spain 1957 Real Madrid Spain 1956 Real Madrid Spain Group G APOEL Cyprus FC Porto Portugal Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine Zenit St Petersburg Russia Reed Two questions spring to mind regarding Group G Can the Ukrainians repeat what they did last season and how will FC Porto fair without the man who brought so much success Time will tell of course but both will have high hopes of advancing beyond the group stages Shakhtar topped its section and famously beat AS Roma home and away last term before being brushed aside by Barcelona

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    the sixth game I watched Canada versus Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Women s U 17 Championship Posted Sunday March 21 2010 01 09 PM Soccer Nothing but good news for Montreal Impact The Montreal Impact made some major announcements this week including the acquisition of a Canadian Soccer League CSL franchise and the creation of the Montreal Impact Academy more on that in a minute The Impact has agreed contracts with three more players forward Reda Agourram goalkeeper Andrei Badescu and midfielder Pierre Rudolph Mayard have all put pen to paper on new agreements with the club Posted Thursday March 18 2010 08 28 AM Soccer Carl Robinson reveals reason for Toronto FC departure Last week in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2011 Toronto FC traded veteran Welsh midfielder Carl Robinson to the New York Red Bulls Media reports suggest that New York will only have to pick up 125 000 of Robinson s salary with Toronto responsible for the remainder of his contract Posted Sunday March 14 2010 12 20 PM Soccer Toronto FC 2007 versus 2010 During a recent golfing trip three friends of mine all Toronto FC supporters and I discussed all things TFC related Arrivals departures and prospects for the coming season were all dissected and examined Posted Thursday March 11 2010 03 15 PM Soccer TFC s poor defending cause for concern Reading too much into pre season results can be a dangerous thing On many occasions teams I have played on have gone on to have successful seasons after poor performances and surprising losses during pre season From a player s perspective pre season is all about getting your match fitness and ensuring that you are in peak condition when the season gets under way Results are always important but building up an understanding with your teammates takes precedence when there are no points at stake Posted Tuesday March 2 2010 01 09 PM Soccer Congratulations to Christine and the CBA conundrum Canadian women s national team star Christine Sinclair set not one but two remarkable milestones this week She is now the most capped player in Canadian soccer with 133 games to her credit and she also reached the 100 goal mark for the national team In true Canadian fashion Sinclair deflected the praise for her remarkable achievements Posted Monday February 22 2010 06 29 AM Soccer MLS salary cap unlikely to go up considerably The only way to make a small fortune owning a football club is to start with a large fortune or so the saying goes Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber will be very familiar with that expression and it is one he will be reinforcing over and over again as MLS negotiates a new collective bargaining agreement with its players union Posted Monday February 15 2010 03 16 AM Soccer Derby delight for Liverpool Chelsea There were some great match ups this weekend in the English Premier League with a number of local derbies taking place Liverpool faced Merseyside rivals Everton Birmingham battled with Midlands foe Wolverhampton while Chelsea hosted fellow London club Arsenal There are always plenty of full blooded challenges in derby games as the players realize that those matches more than any others mean the most to the supporters As a player it is important to treat those games with the same reverence as the fans Posted Monday February 8 2010 09 46 AM Soccer No pain no gain and other thoughts on Canadian soccer Toronto FC gave the media its first glimpse of pre season training on Wednesday and for probably the first time ever in a pre season Danny Dichio was there with a big smile on his face Now part of the coaching staff after retiring as a player last season Dichio was not required to don his running shoes and hop on one of the treadmills to do his VO2 max a test that calculates an athlete s ability to deliver oxygen to the muscles That is enough to put a smile on anyone s face Posted Thursday February 4 2010 09 29 AM Soccer Big money owners threaten to ruin game Why do ordinarily intelligent successful businessman become illogical irrational fanatics as soon as they own a soccer club You ve heard the story countless times A wealthy individual rides in on his white horse promising financial prudence and stability Posted Tuesday January 26 2010 11 30 AM Soccer Whitecaps put right building blocks in place I used to love playing Monopoly as a kid There was a certain satisfaction to be gained from the slow methodical acquisition of assets and you could almost sense the moment when your holdings would put you out in front for the long haul Posted Wednesday January 20 2010 11 12 AM Soccer A missed opportunity for U S Soccer Federation MLS Last week the United States Soccer Federation USSF stepped in to resolve a dispute between the United Soccer Leagues USL and a group of breakaway USL teams who wanted to start up their own league called the North American Soccer League NASL The USSF announced a compromise in which they would create a yet to be named second division league with two conferences one called the USL and the other the NASL While I am glad to see that the USSF stepped in to take action and this move is a good one in the short term I think they missed an important opportunity Posted Tuesday January 12 2010 02 12 PM Soccer Is gambling among teammates common in professional sports A few weeks ago during a locker room dispute over a reported unpaid gambling debt NBA all star Gilbert Arenas allegedly pulled a gun on Washington Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton Not to be outdone Crittenton returned the favour resulting in a standoff As shocking as the incident was I have to admit I wasn t that surprised Posted Tuesday January 5 2010 11 01 AM Soccer My New Year s wish list As 2009 draws to a close I ve decided to forego the usual ritual of a New Year s resolution I don t see the point in waiting until tomorrow to do what you can do today so I ve never really been into that tradition Posted Tuesday December 29 2009 10 15 AM Soccer Landon Donovan making the right move Last week English Premier League side Everton finally completed their protracted loan move for Landon Donovan The American forward will join the Toffees as soon as his work permit is approved and he will remain with them until mid March when he will rejoin his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates for their MLS season opener on March 27th While it may seem like a dream move for Donovan I am left scratching my head as to the logic behind the decision Posted Tuesday December 22 2009 10 30 AM Soccer Offside Fixing Canadian soccer New coach new board With Monday s announcement that Stephen Hart is having the interim tag removed from his job as men s national team coach the Canadian Soccer Association is taking a step forward It might not be the step forward that some people were looking for but it is a step forward nonetheless Posted Tuesday December 8 2009 11 53 AM Soccer Offside Fixing Canadian soccer Governance Of all the feedback I received in the last six months surrounding the state of soccer in Canada the most heated centred on the Canadian Soccer Association s Board of Directors Most fans in Canada believe that the CSA s board is out of touch with the game in our country and that its sole purpose is to maintain the status quo It is not difficult to come to that conclusion as the board is a vague group of individuals who are rarely given any publicity Who better to vent your frustrations on than those who choose not to respond Posted Monday November 30 2009 02 58 PM Soccer Offside An update on fixing Canadian Soccer Back in the summer I wrote a series of blogs examining the state of Canadian soccer Posted Monday November 23 2009 08 09 AM Soccer Time to bring in video replay with a condition Scandalous Absolutely scandalous That is the only way to describe the goal that clinched a berth in the World Cup for France on Wednesday night in the Stade de France in Paris Posted Thursday November 19 2009 10 57 AM Soccer The CSA s side of the Asmir Begovic story As I wrote earlier in the week there are always two sides to every story The Asmir Begovic saga is no different The other day I relayed to you Asmir Begovic s side of things Now I m going to tell you the story according to the Canadian Soccer Association Posted Wednesday November 11 2009 03 17 PM Soccer The other side of the Asmir Begovic story There are always two sides to every story and often times those two sides don t match up Posted Tuesday November 10 2009 02 38 PM Soccer What defines a captain Wearing the captain s armband is widely regarded as a privilege in soccer yet there is no clear definition as to what the job entails Posted Friday October 30 2009 10 31 AM Soccer Toronto FC s playoff failure is an embarrassment Toronto FC s 5 0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night and the inevitable playoff failure that accompanied that result was nothing short of an embarrassment Everyone who has followed this team since its inception three years ago will now weigh in with an opinion about where it all went wrong and who is to blame Was it the fault of the players Chris Cummins or Mo Johnston Was it a combination of all three Was it a lack of technical ability on behalf of the players or were the tactics that were employed the reason for their capitulation in the most important game in the history of the franchise Posted Sunday October 25 2009 06 44 PM Soccer One week changes TFC fortunes A week is a long time in soccer It is a saying that I used often as a player when trying to lift the spirits of my teammates after they had been dropped from the starting line up or suffered an injury Things can change very quickly from one moment to the next and it pays to keep a level head no matter the circumstances Never get too high when things are going well and never get too low when things look desperate Posted Sunday October 18 2009 06 51 PM Soccer Plenty of storylines in World Cup qualifying World Cup qualifying is coming to an end with only a few places still up for grabs We ve gained some interesting insight into the contenders and pretenders for next year s big event in South Africa so here s the lowdown on a few things I ve seen over the qualifying process Posted Thursday October 15 2009 09 46 AM Soccer Canada faces challenges with long term player development plan The Canadian Soccer Association held a press conference on Wednesday to announce BMO as the presenting partner for the Wellness to World Cup initiative as well as to introduce Sylvie Beliveau as the new LTPD long term player development manager Posted Wednesday September 30 2009 11 32 AM Soccer Intrigue builds in World Cup qualifying The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa is just around the corner and the race to qualify is tighter than ever There are some fascinating matches coming up in the month of October to whet your appetite Posted Friday September 25 2009 12 36 PM Soccer So much going on in the wide world of soccer It has been an interesting week in the wide world of football and there is plenty to comment on Posted Friday September 18 2009 02 11 PM Soccer De Guzman doesn t cure all of Toronto FC s problems The signing of Julian de Guzman as Toronto FC s first ever designated player can be nothing but a good one for the struggling club Any time you can pick up your country s best player in the prime of his career it has to be considered a good bit of business Posted Friday September 11 2009 09 23 PM Soccer Making a case for and against Mo Johnston Football is a game of opinions and whether you are a player coach pundit or a fan you likely have a strong opinion when it comes to your own team Posted Tuesday September 8 2009 09 20 AM Soccer Young Ipswich goalkeeper wise beyond his years Is being a professional footballer the best job in the world Ask anyone who has ever had the privilege of earning an income playing the game they love that very question and they will probably answer Absolutely Posted Wednesday August 26 2009 04 08 PM Soccer A coach s legacy After Canada was eliminated from the Gold Cup by Honduras last month I was asked by numerous individuals if I thought we should give Stephen Hart the full time position of head coach of our men s national team Posted Wednesday August 12 2009 12 28 PM Soccer Gold Cup proves it Give Stephen Hart the job Once again soccer fans across the country are licking their wounds after Canada was eliminated from another major competition as our men s national team was bounced out of the Gold Cup by Honduras on Saturday Posted Monday July 20 2009 11 09 AM Soccer A sad tale about the state of youth soccer in Canada A friend of mine from high school told me a disturbing story the other day It provides some insight into the state of youth soccer in our country so I thought I would share it with you Posted Friday July 10 2009 10 30 AM Soccer Winners and losers at the Confederations Cup With the Confederations Cup ending on Sunday with Brazil defeating the United States 3 2 in the final it is time to take an alternative look at the winners and losers of the tournament Posted Monday June 29 2009 09 55 AM Soccer Bafana Bafana lacked finishing touch Despite a valiant effort South Africa was unable to pull off a second upset in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup falling 1 0 to Brazil on Thursday A brilliant Dani Alves strike was all that separated the two sides at the end of 90 minutes But more on that in a minute The Bafana Bafana very nearly followed up the USA s miraculous victory over top ranked Spain with a shock victory all their own That they didn t was more down to poor finishing rather than a particularly brilliant defensive display from Brazil Posted Thursday June 25 2009 09 46 PM Soccer Group A was a prognosticator s dream It isn t often that pundits get all of their predictions correct More often than not there is an upset or two along the way that throws a wrench in the works The inability to correctly predict the future usually gets explained by something along the lines of It s a funny old game isn t it When we do manage to get everything right there is usually a sense of validation that comes along with those accurate predictions There is generally a sense of satisfaction that comes in knowing you have actually learned something about the game you have worked so hard at for so many years Posted Sunday June 21 2009 02 52 AM Soccer Bora wins despite result A few days ago I wrote that there were only a handful of teams in the world capable of containing Spain the world s No 1 ranked team when they are on form Well Iraq nearly made me eat my words For the majority of today s game between these two Group A combatants in the Confederations Cup Iraq stifled and stymied the stylish Spaniards Posted Wednesday June 17 2009 08 21 PM Soccer Defending El Nino a maddening task If before Sunday there existed a football supporter in New Zealand who had never before seen Fernando Torres score goals well let s just say that s probably no longer the case Posted Sunday June 14 2009 11 40 PM Soccer Confederations Cup could be a coming out party for some There will be stars aplenty on show in South Africa during the Confederations Cup with the likes of Brazil Italy and Spain all sending strong line ups Posted Wednesday June 10 2009 09 32 AM Soccer Fond memories of Japan By virtue of winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup the Canadian men s national team qualified to play in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup in Japan It was at the time and remains to this day Canada s greatest achievement in men s football Posted Monday June 1 2009 02 23 PM Soccer Offside Fixing Canadian Soccer Getting to the World Cup CBC Sports soccer commentator Jason de Vos examines the state of Canadian soccer in Offside a multi part blog series exclusive to CBCSports ca In this final installment de Vos a former captain of Canada s national team takes a look at what Canada has to do to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Canada has only qualified for the World Cup once the 1986 tournament held in Mexico Since then we have made six attempts to qualify for that elusive festival of football and on every occasion we have come up short I was involved in three of those qualifying campaigns I played sparingly in the 1998 campaign but I had two full attempts at reaching the World Cup in 2002 and 2006 I have been asked many times over the years if I

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    be made when the two go head to head on the opening weekend of Major League Soccer s 2011 season Posted Wednesday December 22 2010 09 42 AM Soccer Keep the jokes to yourself Mr Blatter Billy Connolly Jackie Mason and Rick Mercer are among a group of comedians I would pay to see perform Sepp Blatter is not on my list of the world s great comics So why does the most powerful man in world football think he s funny Posted Wednesday December 15 2010 10 08 AM Soccer Keane should be keen on Whitecaps He s opinionated arrogant and at times petulant He wears his heart on his sleeve and has passion to spare He could be just what the Vancouver Whitecaps need to make a splash in Major League Soccer Posted Monday December 6 2010 12 06 PM Soccer Canada can make progress in Germany Canada will face the ultimate test in the host Germans at next year s FIFA Women s World Cup and will have to hit the ground running Posted Tuesday November 30 2010 08 03 AM Soccer What price another North American World Cup If MLS commissioner Don Garber is attempting to curry favour with FIFA s top brass he can be sure they got the message Posted Tuesday November 23 2010 08 40 AM Soccer Rapids may have to jump through Hoops in Toronto It doesn t exactly set the pulses racing It can hardly be described as a must see event Yet MLS Cup 2010 might just be a cracking game of football In the red corner FC Dallas the sole remaining MLS original franchise never to have appeared in the end of season showpiece In the burgundy corner the Colorado Rapids who made it to the big dance in 1997 only to play second fiddle to the then indomitable DC United Posted Tuesday November 16 2010 10 01 AM Soccer Canada the True Strong North Go ahead celebrate The mission has been accomplished with panache Canada is going to the 2011 Women s World Cup and on recent evidence not just to make up the numbers Canada s qualification is not a surprise Indeed it would have been more of a shock had this team failed to secure one of the two automatic berths on offer from the CONCACAF tournament in Mexico After all Canada has been to each of the last four World Cups Posted Monday November 8 2010 02 27 PM Soccer Galaxy Bulls charging towards Toronto Edson Buddle insists he meant it He would wouldn t he It doesn t matter a jot whether he did or didn t What does matter is Los Angeles have done the hard part as a result of Buddle s speculative intentional long range winner in Seattle Posted Tuesday November 2 2010 02 18 PM Soccer MLS playoffs are a farce I must be going soft in the head Maybe it s an age thing or perhaps I have been in North America too long Whatever the reason and against my better judgment I am prepared to admit I have become a fan of Major League Soccer s end of season playoffs Just not the way they are currently constructed It is plain wrong and needs fixing Posted Sunday October 24 2010 10 50 PM Soccer Hesmer s heroics will live long in the memory It s soccer s equivalent of a blue moon It s totally unexpected it s instant headline news and it s a moment you ll remember as long as you live Posted Monday October 18 2010 05 09 PM Soccer Toronto FC must clear the decks They knew it was over before a ball was kicked So what exactly was Toronto FC playing for at the Home Depot Center last weekend Pride in the jersey and contracts for next year I must have missed it A series of scoring opportunities were wasted before one of the worst teams in Major League Soccer which had lost its previous three games took control and gave the visitors a lesson in finishing Posted Tuesday October 12 2010 05 08 AM Soccer Making Canada matter I walk a fine line I am both a journalist and a fan but I am neither a cynic nor a cheerleader I am a close observer but I am not interested in getting too close To do so would risk forfeiting my objectivity Thus I choose to keep it respectfully at arm s length Maintaining balance and neutrality is sometimes easier said than done The last few days have reminded me once again of the incredible almost irresistible captivating power of sport There is no age race class or creed barrier dividing us just a mass of humanity pulling in a single direction Posted Wednesday October 6 2010 08 21 AM Soccer Toronto FC needs urgent upgrade It was a landmark day in Canadian soccer For the first time in MLS history Canadian coaches were in charge of both teams Pity a few for more Canadian fans didn t bother to show up Nick Dasovic and Frank Yallop were once teammates on the Canadian national team Yallop earned 52 caps while the last of Dasovic s 63 appearances at the age of 35 coincided with Yallop s first game in charge of the national team early in 2004 Posted Sunday September 26 2010 10 46 PM Soccer Toronto FC must do the right thing It occurred to me over the weekend Toronto FC is for the first time being run by Canadians The British American Serbian power base has been cast aside All the men entrusted with the immediate future of the franchise are from around here I hope it makes a difference I hope like Terry Fox they are proud Canadians determined to do the right thing Earl Cochrane Jim Brennan and Nick Dasovic among others have been given the mandate and authority to change the fortunes of the franchise Posted Monday September 20 2010 02 06 PM Soccer Problems persist for Toronto FC When it came the end was as swift as it was surprising The dark toxic cloud finally lifted and the sun beamed down At last the air had been cleared and the fear factor removed It was a year late but as they say better late than never Posted Tuesday September 14 2010 07 42 PM Soccer The Canadian national team an overlooked attraction It is the final weekend of the Canadian National Exhibition It is Labour Day weekend the last few hours of freedom before children return to school One last chance to enjoy the retreating summer before the classroom demands their attention and stress levels skyrocket among adolescent students Posted Sunday September 5 2010 05 02 PM Soccer Give Canada time to play The club versus country monster is on the prowl again For once this is not a problem of Canada s making But it is a major problem in North America that needs addressing and fixing No sooner is the European season underway than it is closing its door for a fortnight No English Premier League no La Liga no Serie A no Bundesliga until nearly mid September You can put away your Manchester United Juventus Barcelona or Bayern Munich scarf You won t need them in the near future Instead it s time to break out your flag of choice for the first time since the World Cup Posted Sunday August 29 2010 04 43 PM Soccer Toronto FC has a mountain to climb Perhaps I should go away more often Hang on Before you ignore the rest of this blog and rush to the comment section to add And don t bother coming back let me first confirm it s a rhetorical suggestion My sporadic absences though seem to have had a positive effect on Toronto FC In the summer of 2007 the Reds hammered FC Dallas 4 0 a result which still stands as the team s biggest margin of victory in Major League Soccer I missed the match due to a family vacation Posted Sunday August 22 2010 07 02 PM Soccer Toronto FC savour the moment What just happened We may just have witnessed the finest week in the history of Toronto FC Either that or they survived against a pre season Honduran team and wobbled before beating one of the weakest clubs in Major League Soccer Posted Sunday August 8 2010 12 45 PM Soccer Stars start to descend on Major League Soccer The once level playing fields of North America may be gone for good All of a sudden parity appears to be a dirty word The post World Cup transfer market is in full swing and veterans of South Africa are arriving by the boatload to sign on for Major League Soccer Posted Monday August 2 2010 01 46 PM Soccer Toronto FC carries Canada s hopes They display the maple leaf on their arms for a reason Never will the symbol mean so much as when Toronto FC represents our nation in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday Posted Thursday July 29 2010 01 23 PM Soccer Old habits die hard for Toronto FC It was like catching a rerun of an old TV show we never liked in the first place All the original characters were there trotting out their predictable lines It wasn t funny enough to be comedy nor compelling enough to be drama The passing of time made it no more watchable Posted Sunday July 18 2010 07 53 PM Soccer Toronto FC must learn from history A third of the way through the 2009 MLS season I penned a blog entitled Is TFC on track for the playoffs A year ago I mused that after 10 games with 13 points on the board Toronto might finally accumulate 39 points The prediction proved accurate one point short of the post season Posted Monday May 31 2010 04 36 PM Soccer Defence is the key for TFC If it s good enough for Inter Milan it s perfectly acceptable for Toronto FC The standard of play might be oceans apart but the philosophy is identical Keep your opponent at arm s length for as long as possible and ensure adequate cover is available when necessary It is not by chance that after Saturday s 1 0 win over New England Toronto FC has now played four and a half games without conceding a single goal Posted Sunday May 23 2010 07 35 PM Soccer Toronto FC showing signs of strength For a time it was like watching a sapling in a storm The branches swayed and bowed under the force of the gale but despite its intensity did not snap The roots young but strong survived intact To the immense credit of Toronto FC the tempest was relatively short lived For the entire first half and a decent portion of the second half the visitors made themselves at home in Los Angeles When the going finally got tough the rearguard action stood up to the test Posted Monday May 17 2010 09 32 AM Soccer Chelsea s celebrations have a hollow ring I am not a prophet nor would I ever claim to be one I am however a passionate and concerned supporter of the game who can t help feeling the wrong team is celebrating Three men are chiefly responsible for Chelsea becoming champions of England They are Carlo Ancelotti Didier Drogba and Simon Beck If the final name on the list is unfamiliar it should be Yet Mr Beck s role is as important as any of Drogba s Golden Boot winning 29 goal haul Allow me to refresh your memory In my blog of April 5 I bemoaned the fact Drogba s blatantly offside winning goal against Manchester United was allowed to stand Simon Beck was the assistant referee who unbelievably failed to raise his flag Posted Monday May 10 2010 08 56 AM Soccer Canada s pride of ownership The applause was already building as I attempted to continue the story People began standing and cheering as I described Canada s dramatic victory at the 2010 CONCACAF U17 women s championship Posted Tuesday May 4 2010 10 35 AM Soccer Pluses and minuses for Toronto FC First and foremost a win s a win When we remember the spring in the fall the record book will tell us Toronto FC won its first two home games and earned its first clean sheet against Seattle Three points on the board and goal difference improved Case closed Posted Monday April 26 2010 05 49 PM Soccer Toronto FC needs rapid improvement Here is the good news Adrian Cann is a keeper and Toronto FC sits just three points off a playoff place End of good news except to say Preki and his players have 26 games to get their act together The new coach wants to make his team tough to play against and hard to beat As of right now it isn t close to being either as was clearly demonstrated in the morale sapping 3 1 defeat to the Colorado Rapids on Sunday It s hard to legislate for individual errors but Toronto FC is fast turning them into an art form Posted Monday April 19 2010 10 30 AM Soccer Highs and lows for Canadian rivals It has been suggested primarily by my wife that I show symptoms of manic depression For example I get stupidly excited when one of my daughters visits from the old country By the same token I am inconsolable after slicing my approach into the lake having hit the perfect drive Posted Tuesday April 13 2010 12 19 AM Soccer Do assistant refs need assistance For the record I am not a fan of either Manchester United or Chelsea Nor do I experience wild mood swings depending on the results of either Bayern Munich or Fiorentina I am simply a fan of fair play And some of what I ve been watching recently just ain t fair Something has to be done perhaps something radical But we have a problem which needs fixing once and for all Posted Monday April 5 2010 09 33 AM Soccer Vancouver Whitecaps Paul Barber is a cut above MLS He must be stark raving mad and I told him so How could he leave the team he s supported all his life enjoying its best season in a generation to join a club that isn t even yet part of the big league He is Paul Barber the recently hired CEO of the Vancouver Whitecaps We have never met face to face but recently had an illuminating conversation on my weekly radio show He left his post at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month to lead the Whitecaps transition into Major League Soccer next year Posted Tuesday March 30 2010 09 15 AM Soccer 2010 MLS Eastern Conference predictions CBC Sports commentator Nigel Reed breaks down Major League Soccer s Eastern Conference for the 2010 regular season Posted Thursday March 25 2010 08 47 AM Soccer Video technology must wait another year Quietly without ceremony it has slipped into history The chance to change the rules of football has gone for another year The annual meeting of the International Football Association Board custodian of the Laws of the Game came and went recently in Zurich It will perhaps be remembered for what it did not do rather than what it did Posted Monday March 15 2010 09 30 AM Soccer Return stop for Beckham stop start for MLS Had the tie still been alive the reception might have different though somehow I doubt it The biggest cheer of the night was not reserved for one of Manchester United s four goals It was saved for a member of the opposition For the first time in seven years David Beckham was back at Old Trafford Posted Thursday March 11 2010 03 06 PM Soccer A big year ahead for Canadian soccer It s OK to jump on football s bandwagon in a World Cup year If you want to drive around with a flag of choice adorning your vehicle honking your horn in pride and celebration I have no problem with that on the understanding you don t honk outside my house at two in the morning or behind me at a red light It will be a memorable year not only in South Africa but also in our own backyard Posted Wednesday March 3 2010 09 11 AM Soccer Communicate don t bellyache It was two in the morning Any hope of a solid night s sleep was over I fumbled for my dressing gown in the darkness and gingerly made my way downstairs to the kitchen I filled the kettle and reached for the remote Half an hour s channel surfing would surely dull my senses enough to allow a return to the bedroom Posted Tuesday February 23 2010 05 35 AM Soccer Will Toronto FC kick off with Dickov I am certain I am not the only one who remembers Mo Johnston s first year pledge to the Toronto media He promised not to sign aging vets in their mid 30 s for this franchise I am assuming the goal posts have not shifted even though 37 year old Paul Dickov is on trial for a second time Dickov currently in Florida with the rest of Preki s playing staff almost signed in 2008 but ultimately chose to return to the UK and rejoin Leicester City on a two year contract That contract was recently cancelled after he returned from a loan spell at Championship rivals Derby County allowing the Scotsman freedom of movement Posted Tuesday February 16 2010 04 59 AM Soccer 5 reasons why Toronto FC will make the playoffs in 2010 All things come to those who wait or so it is written For all we know it was actually written by a crusty old hermit who won the lottery married a surgically enhanced bimbo 60 years his junior and died of gluttony within a year of his good fortune Posted Monday February 8 2010 01 11 PM Soccer A painful journey for Canadian soccer Sometimes this column writes itself sometimes it does not At times the subject matter is so obvious I cannot type quickly enough to keep pace with my thoughts On other occasions I pace around the home office searching for inspiration distracted and unable to focus on a particular theme Among the topics I considered this week were John Terry s sordid secrets and why he should resign as England captain Wayne Rooney s 100th EPL goal and why he s currently the world s best striker and the return to pre season training of Toronto FC and why Year Four will finally yield playoff soccer Posted Monday February 1 2010 11 17 AM Soccer Is fair play a thing of the past When David Beckham gets booked in the first five minutes you just know there s going to be trouble Referee Rocchi singled out the England midfielder in the opening exchanges of a highly charged Milan derby By the time he blew his final whistle the official had issued six yellow and two red cards prompting Inter manager Jose Mourinho to suggest a conspiracy was afoot to prevent his team winning the game Posted Monday January 25 2010 12 27 PM Soccer Who s to blame for the Reds ruin There wasn t long to sing and celebrate Just long enough to tease and taunt the visiting fans with a couple of rousing choruses of You re not singing anymore and send Rafa s Reds back up the motorway with a bloody nose The point with which Liverpool escaped the Potteries proved scant consolation as the other three members of The Big Four found the requisite gears to accelerate further away from last season s runner up Posted Sunday January 17 2010 09 35 PM Soccer MLS Draft Day Turning prodigies into pros It s the ultimate game of Pick Me The old schoolyard has been replaced by the plush Convention Center in Philly but for the participants the inner emotions are much the same Posted Monday January 11 2010 08 30 AM Soccer That old Cup magic strikes again Unless you are a member of the clergy there is rarely a compelling reason to set your alarm on a Sunday morning We are taught it is a day of rest but soccer fans know better An early rise on the first Sunday of the new year was well worth the effort While other leagues lie dormant English football goes back to basics Some argue the FA Cup has lost its sparkle that the tradition and heritage of the tournament has little relevance in the modern game Yet for one weekend a year the world s oldest competition continues to produce unparalleled drama Posted Sunday January 3 2010 06 54 PM Soccer Christmas comes early for EPL ref Tis the season even for the man in the middle Christmas it appears came early this year for Mark Halsey In truth it couldn t come early enough for one of the most experienced referees in the English Premier League Not that Mark s been doing much refereeing of late Indeed he took charge of only one game this season before the bottom dropped out of his world At the age of 48 and embarking on his final season before retirement Halsey was suddenly an indiscriminate victim of cancer Posted Sunday December 27 2009 11 04 PM Soccer Hughes a victim of the power play It s an old soccer joke Unfortunately the joke isn t funny Knock knock Who s there Mark Mark who That s football Mark Hughes abrupt departure from Manchester City was as inevitable as it was indecent The Welshman has been a marked man since the day the Middle Eastern millions came pouring through the doors at Eastlands 15 months ago Posted Monday December 21 2009 11 27 AM Soccer A little bit of history repeating for the Reds I have searched high and low in every nook and cranny I can imagine to the extent I can now assume only the worst It must have got lost in transit I have never been a hoarder of things in general With the exception of some much loved but scratched 1970s vinyl featuring such luminaries as Elton John and Stevie Wonder in their heyday and a handful of books including The Pythons autobiography my home office is not a place cluttered with memorabilia The sea foam walls are decorated with a mixture of framed photos depicting family and work colleagues with one area devoted to a potpourri of cherished written documents including a touching send off from the BBC and my official Canadian Landing paper dated December 2005 There is a unique memory I would like to add to the collection Alas it is nowhere to be found Posted Monday December 14 2009 11 21 AM Soccer Major League Soccer s winter of discontent It all ended in a glorious upset It could yet all end in tears 2009 was very nearly the year in which Major League Soccer s shining star walked away with the glittering prize It was also the year in which Team USA confounded its critics with a defiant performance at the Confederations Cup David Beckham will if he has his way return to MLS in July 2010 after a winter in Milan and a month in South Africa But what kind of League will he rejoin with the clock ticking down to the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement Posted Sunday December 6 2009 07 17 PM Soccer Boring lifestyle leads to soccer longevity There s an online petition containing nearly 20 000 signatures It s addressed to the Queen with a simple request Knight Ryan Giggs Posted Monday November 30 2009 11 22 AM Soccer MLS wins despite Beckham s loss Oscar Wilde once observed The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about Finally people have stopped not talking about Major League Soccer The Beckham bandwagon breezed through Seattle and from the summit of the Space Needle specially repainted to resemble a soccer ball MLS peered down took a deep breath and enjoyed the view The big experiment which took almost three years to ferment had finally been brewed to perfection Like it or loathe it David Beckham is news The brand sells everything from newspapers to sunglasses and Major League Soccer needed Beckham to compete for its trophy like a dog needs a lamppost It wasn t a luxury it was a necessity Posted Monday November 23 2009 11 04 AM Soccer Beckham bounces back again It has taken three years but Major League Soccer has finally got David Beckham where it wants him Two coaching changes numerous hair styles a detour via Milan and a controversial book later the league s biggest star gets to play in the year s biggest game Posted Wednesday November 18 2009 01 37 PM Soccer Trio of Canadians feature in MLS Final Four Will Johnson could cycle to work this weekend Chances are he ll accompany his teammates on a coach to Toyota Park past his family home in Woodridge Ill It s less than 20 miles down Route 66 from the Chicago stadium where the Eastern Conference champions will be crowned on Nov 14 Posted Wednesday November 11 2009 02 19 AM Soccer Toronto FC must catch a good coach So now we know Mo Johnston is staying Deal with it Toronto FC s director of soccer has accepted his portion of the blame for the team s failure to make the 2009 MLS playoffs He s also accepted an extended and presumably improved contract to remain in charge at BMO Field for another couple of years Posted Tuesday November 3 2009 08 54 PM Soccer No awards for Toronto FC I checked the forecast It s going to be a long cold harsh bitter winter in Toronto There will be no halcyon days on which to reflect while shovelling the driveway no glorious recollections to force a smile as the wind chill bites at your face and brings water to your eyes In those short days and long nights will you risk the ridicule of co workers and friends by wearing your TFC scarf and toque in broad daylight to protect yourself from the ravages of Mother Nature The recriminations are in full flow as the wailing and gnashing of teeth rises to a crescendo among those who admit to being fans of Toronto FC Posted Tuesday October 27 2009 01 17 AM Soccer Canadian pride rests with Toronto FC Back in the old country and the cradle of the global game there s a colloquial expression for just about every soccer scenario Now we know what we know which is precisely nothing as regards who gets a wildcard invite to the Major League Soccer post season and who doesn t the phrase Hey Lads Hey springs to mind for the situation now facing Toronto FC To the best of my knowledge and I stand to be corrected on this the expression from the ancient Geordie dialect of North East England roughly equates to It s all or nothing now with a touch of it s win or bust thrown in for good measure Posted Tuesday October 20 2009 10 32 AM Soccer Down to the wire for Toronto FC All soccer fans can agree on one thing Regardless of gender race class or creed those who follow the sport appreciate it is nothing if not a game of opinion Posted Wednesday October 14 2009 02 26 PM Soccer Hope springs eternal for Toronto FC The soccer gods are doing their best to keep smiling down on Toronto FC With three games remaining their playoff hopes have marginally improved despite a weekend of inactivity Their prayers have not exactly been answered but nor have they been dumped in the celestial shredder Before you abandon this week s blog and head to the bottom of the page to chastise me for my outlandish optimism please allow me to share my two cents of realism TFC s chances remain slim but I do believe a strong finish is there for the taking Posted Monday October 5 2009 12 03 PM Soccer The good the bad and the inevitable Who needs 30 games when one tells you everything you need to know All the necessary information about Toronto FC was contained in a single chapter in Chicago this past Saturday The game was a microcosm of not just this season but perhaps the franchise to date Posted Tuesday September 29 2009 05 06 PM Soccer No Hollywood ending for Toronto FC I resorted to a guessing game over the weekend I had no choice I was out of town out of touch and there were more pressing needs to attend to Posted Tuesday September 22 2009 05 55 PM Soccer Toronto FC still alive and upgraded To contort one of the more memorable lines from The Godfather series Just when you thought they were out they pull themselves back in As we have come to expect Toronto FC presented us with a paradox of positive and negative messages but there is only one message which is important now a win s a win and the door to the post season remains ajar Posted Tuesday September 15 2009 02 54 PM Soccer Inconsistency the poison that is killing Toronto FC Saturday night I went to bed angry and frustrated Sunday morning I woke up feeling much the same This I admit was due in part to the fact my golf game had just been cancelled but mostly it was a direct result of Saturday night Posted Sunday September 6 2009 08 30 PM Soccer Toronto FC needs rapid improvement One of my favourite Canadian artists once mused about life s little ironies Had she waited a few years Alanis Morrisette could have written an extra verse about the ongoing toils of Toronto FC Posted Wednesday September 2 2009 10 40 PM Soccer No more road rage for Toronto FC Successful relationships rely on a number of factors Love honesty and trust are three essentials but to my mind even these key ingredients are not enough A relationship will not work in the long term if it is missing the glue which binds it all together Posted Wednesday August 26 2009 02 13 AM Soccer Reds rookies are still raw Alan Hansen has never been allowed to live it down His bold but flawed prophecy that You ll never win anything with kids is now the stuff of football folklore Posted Tuesday August 18 2009 04 57 PM Soccer Toronto FC needs to find new gears It s funny how we get used to things how we condition ourselves to both accept and react in a certain way When I was back in the old country last week not only did I have to remember to drive on the left in a right hand drive but also to reacquaint myself with a manual gearbox The hire car was perfectly adequate for my needs though things have changed a little Instead of a parking handbrake I found myself pushing or releasing a simple knob between the front seats and instead of five forward gears I noticed there are now six Posted Wednesday August 12 2009 11 50 AM Soccer Toronto FC remains in the danger zone This is not the way I planned it I m coming home empty handed There is no excess baggage to check and there is no point making a fuss about what might have been I had my chance and I blew it Around this time of year I make an annual pilgrimage to the old country to visit family and friends This year s tour has been a veritable road trip featuring stops in London Leicester Yorkshire Southampton and the Isle of Wight Posted Friday August 7 2009 08 50 AM Soccer It s time to love Toronto FC One of the first things I ever learned about Toronto was that all Canadians except Torontonians despised the city It s so expensive it has no spontaneity it s not very friendly the public transit is unreliable it s choked by smog the media is Toronto centric the list of moans and groans goes on and on And so it is with some trepidation I come to you this week with a simple appeal Wherever you are across this vast country give your love and support to Toronto Posted Monday July 27 2009 11 08 AM Soccer Toronto FC youngster seizes his chance On this day two years ago Toronto was abuzz with noise colour and celebration as a packed BMO Field staged the final of the 2007 FIFA Under 20 World Cup Argentina s young guns led by Sergio Aguero Mauro Zarate and the diminutive Maxi Moralez came from behind to beat a spirited and determined Czech Republic team with a dramatic late winner on a warm summer s afternoon For some the tournament was a coming out party a passport to European riches and soccer stardom For others it was anything but Posted Thursday July 23 2009 12 55 AM Soccer Toronto FC must wait for real rewards It s good to be recognized by yours peers It s a tangible reward for a job well done sometimes against the odds It means you went above and beyond and achieved success It also means you ve just bought yourself some time In the case of Chad Barrett the recognition has been a while coming Posted Thursday July 16 2009 12 48 AM Soccer Canadians spoiled for choice Take a moment before you plunge into this week s offering Go to your Happy Place and dream of your perfect moment No hurry here Transport yourself to that once in a lifetime self indulgent experience which would leave you with aching cheeks simply because you could not stop smiling Personally I would land somewhere between playing a leisurely 18 holes with Nicklaus at Augusta in full bloom and singing on stage with Sinatra at a sold out Carnegie Hall Posted Friday July 10 2009 11 24 PM Soccer Toronto FC s half term report In all honesty I was never a great student From French to history my parents got used to a similar tone running through my invariably disappointing report cards Sometimes I wondered if my teachers were ganging up on me ready to send me home to face the music I didn t want to hear With the odd exception the remark most often used was Tries hard could do better Posted Friday July 3 2009 11 07 AM Soccer Farewell South Africa see you next year Farewell South Africa thanks for having us See you next year The finale was fitting Had it been the World Cup Final it would have become an instant classic Had I been watching it at home I wouldn t have been able to tear myself away from the screen It was first and foremost a great game of football which had everything drama controversy and a cliff hanging climax Posted Monday June 29 2009 09 30 AM Soccer A real No 10 for Toronto FC Jersey numbers are pretty much meaningless in modern day soccer The current professional is merely a digit or two on the roster in terms of the number on his back Twas not always thus Before the days of garish shirt sponsorship surnames emblazoned across the shoulders and endless 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    she let it be known her intention to step down after this summer s FIFA World Cup in Germany citing differences with the Canadian Soccer Association Posted Thursday February 17 2011 11 05 AM Soccer Canada vs Greece poor result good effort Some random thoughts on Wednesday s international friendly between Canada and Greece that saw the Reds lose 1 0 in Larissa Posted Thursday February 10 2011 11 42 AM Soccer Udinese is the talk of Serie A Like the current Premiership season this year s Serie A campaign is one of the most exciting in recent memory with plenty of interesting stories Posted Wednesday January 26 2011 08 11 AM Soccer CONCACAF living in a fool s paradise CONCACAF may not have a firm grasp on reality but it does have plenty of chutzpah CONCACAF the soccer confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean made headlines earlier this week when it stated it planned to lobby FIFA for a fourth spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Posted Wednesday January 19 2011 09 42 AM Soccer Xavi deserved the Ballon d Or It s ridiculous to be perfectly honest to even make an issue out of it Sort of like arguing which is the better painting Picasso s The Old Guitarist or Leonardo da Vinci s The Last Supper Or who is better looking Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie Still A minor injustice was done Monday in Zurich when Lionel Messi was awarded the FIFA Ballon d Or as the world player of the year for 2010 Posted Tuesday January 11 2011 01 04 PM Soccer Playoffs not enough for Toronto FC in 2011 You could forgive Toronto FC fans if they re a bit sceptical because they ve been here before four times to be exact Posted Friday January 7 2011 02 02 PM Soccer Fulham has lost its way without Hodgson How did it go so pear shaped in such a short period of time That s the question fans in West London are asking themselves as Fulham sits mired in the Premiership s relegation zone coming out of the Boxing Day schedule Posted Monday December 27 2010 09 27 AM Soccer Bearzot will be fondly remembered World soccer lost one of its true managerial legends with the passing of Italian Enzo Bearzot who died Tuesday in Milan at the age of 83 Posted Tuesday December 21 2010 10 11 AM Soccer PSG s Nene is Europe s in form scorer Neither snow nor ice shall keep Nene from tearing opposing defences to shreds The Paris St Germain star was at it again on Saturday wielding his special brand of magic in what is turning out to be season to remember by scoring a pair of sensational goals in a 2 2 draw at home against AS Monaco Posted Monday December 20 2010 07 54 AM Soccer Manchester City lies down with dogs gets up with fleas There is a lesson to be learned by Manchester City in the Carlos Tevez affair If you lie down with dogs you will get up with fleas Posted Monday December 13 2010 12 03 PM Soccer Golden Oldies reign in Serie A The top of the Serie A scoring chart makes for some unusual reading Edinson Cavani leads the way with nine goals in 14 matches for Napoli the 23 year old building on the promise he displayed the previous two years while playing for Palermo by tallying 27 total goals Posted Wednesday December 8 2010 10 13 AM Soccer Victory for 1 MLS leader agony for another How can the game be so kind and so cruel at the same time The Colorado Rapids 2 1 win over FC Dallas Sunday in the MLS Cup final at Toronto s BMO Field saw Pablo Mastroeni finally taste success and Daniel Hernandez s unbearable suffering continue Posted Tuesday November 23 2010 02 01 PM Soccer Big clubs keeping close eye on Pastore Nothing fuels wild transfer speculation like scoring a hat trick and being in the form of your life Such is the burden that Javier Pastore must bear at the moment Posted Monday November 15 2010 12 54 PM Soccer Capello should put faith in Davies The best English star in the world today doesn t play for one of the Premiership s big four clubs He doesn t practice his trade at Old Trafford Stamford Bridge the Emirates or Anfield Posted Tuesday November 9 2010 12 46 PM Soccer After all these years Del Piero sill a class act The passage of time has not slowed down Alessandro Del Piero one bit Posted Monday November 1 2010 01 32 PM Soccer New GM is right under Toronto FC s nose Don Garber is a wise man The MLS commissioner was in Toronto last week for an informal lunch with a select group of journalists to talk about the state of the league and the MLS Cup which is scheduled to take place at BMO Field on Nov 21 Posted Monday October 25 2010 12 01 PM Soccer European soccer power rankings Every Tuesday CBCSports ca senior writer John F Molinaro breaks down the balance of power in European soccer Posted Tuesday October 19 2010 10 11 AM Soccer Racism in Serie A merely a reflection of Italy It s a scene that has become all too familiar in soccer stadiums across Europe but in Italy in particular Sunday s Serie A contest between Cagliari and Inter Milan at Stadio Sant Elia in Sardinia was marred by a section of local fans who hurled racial abuse at Inter s Cameroonian striker Sameul Eto o Every time Eto o who is black touched the ball he was serenaded by a chorus of boos coming from supporters sitting in the northern end of the stadium Posted Monday October 18 2010 11 38 AM Soccer Punish Serbia s fans not its national team Tuesday was a dark day for soccer A Euro 2012 qualifying match in Genoa between Italy and Serbia was abandoned after seven minutes when Serb fans threw flares and fireworks onto the field The Serb hooligans also wreaked havoc in the stands tearing apart the stadium and clashing with local police outside after the game was called off Posted Wednesday October 13 2010 11 51 AM Soccer European soccer power rankings Every Tuesday CBCSports ca senior writer John F Molinaro breaks down the balance of power in European soccer Posted Tuesday October 5 2010 10 41 AM Soccer Nigel de Jong is a thug Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong is in the news again and for all the wrong reasons Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa is the latest victim of de Jong s thuggery suffering a broken left leg courtesy of the Dutchman Manchester City earned a 2 1 win at home on Sunday a game marred by de Jong s over the top tackle on Ben Afra in the third minute that sent the Frenchman crashing to the turf in agony Watch a video of the tackle HERE Posted Monday October 4 2010 10 07 AM Soccer Weekend watch Ronaldo set to return for Real Madrid There s good news this weekend for Real Madrid fans Cristiano Ronaldo is on the mend Posted Friday September 10 2010 11 04 AM Soccer Weekend watch Easy schedule sees Chelsea off to a flying start Every Monday CBCSports ca senior writer and soccer expert John F Molinaro will recap the weekend s European soccer action examining the key developments in the continent s top leagues Posted Monday August 30 2010 12 14 PM Soccer Weekend watch La Liga Serie A kick off Every week CBCSports ca senior writer and soccer expert John F Molinaro will preview the weekend s European soccer action pointing out key things to watch out for in the continent s top leagues Posted Friday August 27 2010 09 46 PM FIFA World Cup Blog World Cup fraternity set to welcome new member Spain did soccer fans all around the world except in Germany of course a big favour Wednesday night Not only did La Roja s 1 0 victory over the Germans send them through to Sunday s final against the Netherlands in Johannesburg but it also ensures that we will see a new name etched on the World Cup trophy Posted Thursday July 8 2010 09 35 AM Road to Recovery Spain s Fabregas fit but will he play Durban South Africa Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been cleared by team doctors and is available to play in Spain s World Cup semifinal clash with Germany on Wednesday CBC CBCSports ca 1 30 pm ET Posted Wednesday July 7 2010 07 07 AM Road to Recovery Uruguay hurting ahead of seminal showdown with Dutch Uruguay was going to have a tough time to begin with on Tuesday in its World Cup semifinal match against the Netherlands CBC CBCSports ca 1 30 p m ET But now it looks as though injury and suspension problems are going to make the task even harder for La Celeste Posted Monday July 5 2010 09 50 PM FIFA World Cup Blog Maradona s buffoonish image unwarranted It s unfashionable to give Diego Maradona any kind of credit because he is as we ve been told ad nauseam by the English press for the past 24 years a dirty no good cheat Posted Saturday July 3 2010 01 05 PM FIFA World Cup Blog Dutch have mastered the art of winning ugly What will Johan Cruyff have to say about this Cruyff s beloved Netherlands continued its impressive run at the World Cup on Friday coming from behind to beat Brazil 2 1 in Port Elizabeth to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 1998 This makes it five wins in a row for the Dutch who have booked their spot in the final four by abandoning the open attacking and adventurous soccer they are renowned for and replacing it with a more pragmatic and dogmatic style Posted Friday July 2 2010 01 23 PM FIFA World Cup Blog Shattering the myth of England Surely the myth has been shattered once and for all We were told by England time and time again in the build up to this World Cup that the trophy was finally coming home 44 years of hurt ended courtesy of the Golden Generation the greatest collection of Premiership stars ever assembled on one national team The Golden Generation More like cheap tin Posted Sunday June 27 2010 11 02 PM Road to Recovery Kroldrup expected to replace Kjaer Forward Nicklas Bendtner hampered by groin problems inthe first two games will likely play again for the Danes With defender Simon Kjaer suspended Per Kroldrup will likely take his place Posted Wednesday June 23 2010 10 09 PM Road to Recovery Klose out Cacau in for Germany Veteran striker Miroslav Klose is banned so Cacau who scored against Australia will likely play up front Posted Wednesday June 23 2010 08 27 AM Road to Recovery Anelka s dismissal opens door for Henry France will be without Nicolas Anelka after the star forward was sent home for insulting coach Raymond Domenech Either Andre Pierre Gignac or Thierry Henry will likely replace him in the starting line up Jeremy Toulalanis suspended after picking up two yellow cards Posted Monday June 21 2010 10 02 PM Road to Recovery Honduras s Palacios has to be careful Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios earned a yellow card in Honduras s previous match If he receives another against Spain he will be suspended for his country s final game of the group stage Posted Sunday June 20 2010 10 25 PM Road to Recovery Drogba expected to start for Ivory Coast After coming off the bench in the second half against Portugal Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba is expected to return to the starting line up Drogba was used as a sub against the Portuguese just 11 days after breaking a bone in his arm Posted Saturday June 19 2010 10 42 PM Road to Recovery Tomasson doubtful for the Danes Danish forwards Jon Dahl Tomasson thigh and Mikkel Beckmann toe are questionable for the team s big game Saturday against Cameroon CBC CBCSports ca 2 p m ET Posted Friday June 18 2010 11 40 PM Road to Recovery Gareth Barry returns for England Midfielder Gareth Barry will start for England against Algeria on Friday CBC CBCSports ca 2 p m ET having recovered from ligament damage to his ankle suffered six weeks ago Posted Thursday June 17 2010 09 23 PM FIFA World Cup Blog Loss of Buffon may be good for Italy Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon s World Cup may be over but that may not necessarily be bad news for the Azzurri The Juventus shot stopper a key member of his country s World Cup winning team four years ago was substituted at halftime of Italy s 1 1 draw against Paraguay He was later diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back and has been ruled out of Italy s next game against New Zealand on Sunday Posted Thursday June 17 2010 07 47 AM Road to Recovery Rodriquez to replace injured Veron Veteran playmaker Juan Sebastian Veron is nursing a calf injury and might be replaced in the starting line up by Maxi Rodriquez when Argentina takes on South Korea on Thursday CBC CBCSports ca 7 a m ET Posted Wednesday June 16 2010 11 23 PM Road to Recovery Will Ivory Coast risk using Drogba Striker Didier Drogba remains a doubtful starter ahead of the Ivory Coast s opening World Cup match against Portugal on Tuesday CBC CBSports ca 9 30 a m ET leaving coach Sven Goran Eriksson with a tough decision to make Posted Monday June 14 2010 01 36 PM Road to Recovery Danes hurting but so are Dutch Both Denmark and the Netherlands will be missing key players when the two nations square off Monday at the World Cup in a crucial Group E game CBC CBCSports ca 7 am ET Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner was already doubtful for the Danes with a groin problem but now news has emerged that veteran striker Jon Dahl Tomasson and midfielder Daniel Jensen could also be sitting out the match due to minor injuries Posted Sunday June 13 2010 12 56 PM Road to Recovery Injury update Argentina vs Nigeria Breaking down the injury situation for the Argentina Nigeria match on June 12 in Johannesburg Posted Friday June 11 2010 01 32 PM Road to Recovery Injury update England vs United States Breaking down the injury situation for the England United States match on June 12 in Rustenberg Posted Friday June 11 2010 01 07 PM Road to Recovery Injury update South Korea vs Greece Breaking down the injury situation for the South Korea Greece match on June 12 in Port Elizabeth Posted Friday June 11 2010 12 27 PM Road to Recovery Injury update Uruguay vs France Breaking down the injury situation for the Uruguay France match on June 11 in Cape Town Posted Thursday June 10 2010 05 42 PM Road to Recovery Injury update South Africa vs Mexico Breaking down the injury situation for the South Africa Mexico match on June 11 in Johannesburg Posted Thursday June 10 2010 05 08 PM Road to Recovery Loss of Nani a blow for Portugal The list of players who have been knocked out of the World Cup due to injury continues to grow Portugal winger Nani is the latest star to have his dreams crushed the Portuguese football federation confirmed Tuesday that the Manchester United star has failed to recover from a bruised left collarbone and is unfit to play in South Africa Posted Tuesday June 8 2010 09 49 AM Road to Recovery Nigeria will be lost without Mikel The carnage continues Nigeria s Jon Obi Mikel was ruled out of the World Cup on Saturday becoming the latest top name to be knocked out of the tournament with an injury Posted Saturday June 5 2010 01 12 PM Road to Recovery Pirlo an injury concern for Italy When it rains it pours After news broke earlier on Friday about injuries to England s Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast came word that Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo is nursing a calf injury Posted Friday June 4 2010 02 39 PM Road to Recovery Loss of Drogba would decimate Ivory Coast Will he or won t he play Didier Drogba s participation in the World Cup is in doubt after the Ivory Coast captain broke his arm on Friday during a friendly against Japan Posted Friday June 4 2010 01 58 PM Road to Recovery England can survive without Rio On paper the loss of injured Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand appears to be a massive blow for England s World Cup hopes Not only does Ferdinand 31 wear the captain s armband but he is also a guaranteed starter in the centre of defence alongside John Terry for England Posted Friday June 4 2010 01 30 PM Road to Recovery Spain wise to rest Torres Vicente Del Bosque has been accused of being a lot of things most notably boring and lacking charisma But one thing he s not is stupid The Spanish national team coach revealed that he plans to rest Fernando Torres when La Roja take on South Korea in a World Cup tune up match Thursday in Austria Posted Thursday June 3 2010 10 39 AM Road to Recovery Italy hedging its bet on Camoranesi So it would appear that Mauro Camoranesi is not seriously injured and will be fully healthy in time for Italy s World Cup opener against Paraguay on June 14 in Cape Town Or maybe not Italian manager Marcelo Lippi named his 23 man roster on Tuesday that included Camoranesi a key figure from Italy s 2006 World Cup winning team Posted Wednesday June 2 2010 11 14 AM FIFA World Cup Blog Lippi made right call to omit Grosso In the space of four short years Fabio Grosso has gone from hero to also ran Grosso was cut Tuesday from Italy s 30 man preliminary World Cup squad in a move that caught a lot of folks off guard driving home the point how far the Juventus left back has fallen in such a short period of time Grosso 32 was a pivotal player for Italy four years ago scoring the winning goal in extra time against Germany in an epic semifinal match and then the decisive spot kick in the penalty shootout against France in the final Posted Wednesday May 19 2010 02 31 PM FIFA World Cup Blog Ronaldinho snub not a surprise Fans and media pundits all across the world were shaking their heads in disbelief Monday when they found out that Ronaldinho wasn t included in Brazil s preliminary squad for next month s World Cup Yesterday was deadline day as all 32 World Cup coaches had to submit a preliminary 30 man squad to FIFA Teams must now trim down their rosters to 23 players by June 1 although substitutions can be made up until 24 hours before a team s first match of the tournament and coaches technically speaking can pick someone who isn t on their provisional squad But the fact is that Brazilian coach Dunga stated his intentions Monday as to which players he was looking at making in plainly clear that Ronaldinho won t be on the plane to South Africa by omitting him from his provisional roster Posted Wednesday May 12 2010 12 07 PM Soccer Lazio fans should hang their heads in shame What a shameful spectacle in Rome on Sunday Inter Milan all but wrapped up the Serie A title thanks to a 2 0 victory over Lazio a result that put them firmly in the driver s seat as the campaign nears the finish line Inter holds a two point advantage over second place AS Roma with only two games left in the season one game against mid table Chievo Verona the other versus already relegated Siena so it was a huge result for the Nerazzurri on Sunday Posted Monday May 3 2010 03 10 PM FIFA World Cup Blog The World Cup Trophy and I I m a pretty low key guy by nature Ask my co workers They ll tell you that I keep my head down at the office barely saying a word during the course of the day and rarely looking up from computer screen I m all business and don t show much emotion to the point that I ve been accused of being a snob But on Wednesday I was a like a little kid on Christmas Day bouncing around the CBC Building as though I d just ripped the wrapping off a pile of presents Posted Friday April 30 2010 11 32 AM Soccer Unnecessary sportsmanship is ruining the game It happened again on the weekend During the second half of Saturday s 2 2 draw between Lyon and Bordeaux in Ligue Un a Bordeaux player went down injured during the second half with the result still hanging in the balance Lyon had possession of the ball but kicked it out of bounds at the fervent imploring of the Bordeaux players and fans But instead of giving the ball back when play resumed Bordeaux launched an immediate attack from the ensuing throw in and nearly scored Needless to say Lyon wasn t too happy with Bordeaux s actions and a bout of pushing and shoving ensued amongst the players during the next stoppage of play Posted Monday April 19 2010 03 41 PM Soccer Bordeaux s Abdoulaye Keita is one to watch As far as debuts go Abdoulaye Keita s Ligue Un career could not have gotten off to a worse start Keita 19 came on for Bordeaux in the 30th minute during Saturday s 3 1 loss to Paris Saint Germain and was promptly beaten by Sylvain Armand s deflected free kick Posted Monday April 12 2010 11 59 AM Soccer Messi or Rooney The choice isn t so clear It s not often that I answer a question without really thinking about it before I open my mouth But I was guilty of doing just that last week when I was a guest on The Soccer Show on the FAN 590 Toronto based all sports radio station hosted by my CBC Sports colleague Nigel Reed At the very end of the program Nigel threw out a question to the panel if you were a club chairman and you could buy either Lionel Messi or Wayne Rooney but not both who would you spend your money on Messi I replied in an instant Posted Monday March 22 2010 10 08 AM FIFA World Cup Blog A shame for Beckham but England will survive Before we go any further let me say for the record I take absolutely no joy or pleasure out of the fact David Beckham will be unable to play for England at the World Cup this summer Regular readers of this space know my stance on Becks that he is vastly over rated and that the attention he receives is grossly incommensurate with his skills as a footballer But even though I ve been critical of Beckham over the years I wouldn t wish what happened to him on anybody That Beckham s playing career might be over is a tragedy because he still has a lot to give especially in North America where he can help grow the game while playing in MLS Posted Monday March 15 2010 11 30 AM Soccer Carl Robinson deserved a proper send off from TFC And then there was one Toronto FC s decision to release veteran Welsh midfielder Carl Robinson means that there is only one player captain Jim Brennan remaining with the Reds who played in the team s very first game against Chivas USA in April of 2007 Robinson is currently on trial in New York where he hopes to earn a contract with the Red Bulls If he does catch on in the Big Apple Toronto will receive compensation in the form of draft picks but would still be on the line to pay a portion of his salary for the upcoming season Posted Monday March 8 2010 03 29 PM Soccer Remember the name Sergio Canales He will be a major and 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07 PM FIFA World Cup Blog 2010 will be the year of Iniesta Andres Iniesta may just be the best midfielder in the game today his sublime passes exquisite playmaking ability and overall versatility making him a crucial player for both club FC Barcelona and country Spain Indeed Iniesta was a key figure in Barcelona s treble winning season scoring important goals including one against Chelsea in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League and earning praise from Rooney after helping the Catalan club defeat Manchester United in the Champions League final in May Posted Sunday December 27 2009 02 50 PM Soccer Manchester City trades up from Hughes to Mancini My fellow colleagues Nigel Reed and Paddy Agnew had their say on the Mark Hughes Roberto Mancini Manchester City affair earlier this week If you haven t already read what they had to say go check it out now Now it s my turn to weigh in Posted Tuesday December 22 2009 08 48 PM Soccer Bordeaux turning heads in France and Europe It wasn t that long ago that Olympique Lyon ruled French soccer like an iron fisted dictator brushing aside everyone who stood in their path as they won a record seven league titles in a row Posted Monday December 14 2009 01 40 PM Soccer Non reaction to Gerrard exposes English hypocrisy over diving Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is one of the best players in the world but he s also a diving cheat Posted Monday December 7 2009 02 17 PM FIFA World Cup Blog England gets an easy group Brazil the toughest My CBC Sports colleague Nigel Reed was working in a TV studio five floors above me when the World Cup draw was over but I swear I heard him screaming at the top of his lungs You could hardly blame Nig for responding in such an enthusiastic manner as England was placed into the easiest of the eight first round groups alongside the United States Algeria and Slovenia Posted Friday December 4 2009 03 44 PM Soccer Puyol a one of a kind defender Memories of Sunday s El Classico are still fresh in the 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    confidently dispatched by Brad Evans Some would say that there was a touch of misfortune about the call as DeMerit was attempting to block a shot from Alvaro Fernandez But a defender of DeMerit s experience should know that he can t raise his arms to protect his face in front of goal There were chances at both ends but defensive mistakes once again cost the Whitecaps A poor clearance from DeMerit landed at the feet of Seattle s Fredy Montero on the edge of the Whitecaps box Some clever footwork from Montero gave the Colombian just enough space to pull the trigger and he sent a left footed strike into the top corner of Joe Cannon s goal Minutes later Montero was given time on the edge of the Whitecaps box to pick up the ball turn and strike on goal DeMerit attempted to block the shot but the deflection simply carried the ball over Cannon before it dipped under the bar and into the back of the net Again there was a touch of misfortune about the goal as the deflection left Cannon powerless to prevent the goal But a player of Montero s calibre can never be given time on the edge of the box to turn and face goal It was slack defending from the Whitecaps and they paid the ultimate price New coach coming in Incoming boss Martin Rennie must know that if the Whitecaps are to improve next season they must be better defensively Too many times this season the Whitecaps have started games brightly only to let their good work slip away through sloppy defending In hasn t helped that the Whitecaps have suffered from injuries and suspensions But that is something that all MLS teams must deal with and cannot be used to justify Vancouver s poor results The question that Rennie needs to ask himself is this Can we train the players we currently have to be better or do we need to move players out to bring better players in All coaches have a philosophy about how they want to play the game and Rennie will be no different If the players currently on the Whitecaps roster do not fit Rennie s mold and he doesn t feel he can make them fit he will have no choice but to move them on The Whitecaps have some of the ingredients needed for success goal scorers in Hassli and Camilo a very promising youngster in Koffie a reliable experienced defender in Rochat but they are a long way from being a playoff contender in MLS They need to make big improvements defensively if they are to be successful next season and they need more from their highest earners players like Mustapha Jarju Davide Chiumiento and Jay DeMerit MLS is a league where getting value for money is crucial and players on big salaries need to earn their wages week in week out If they don t they will soon find themselves

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