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Updated: 2018-03-06T05:42:43.545-08:00


Flawless Spain march on


Spain continued their record-breaking form in South Africa’s World Cup rehearsal, the Confederations Cup, as they chalked up 15 successive wins on Saturday.The European champions became the first international side to claim 15 straight victories after their 2-0 triumph over South Africa, eclipsing the mark jointly held by Brazil, Australia, and France. The result also saw Spain equal Brazil's

Pearce can take credit from England win


England stumbled their way to a 2-1 win in their opening match at the European Under-21 Championships in Sweden on Monday – a victory which owed much to boss Stuart Pearce. Pearce was brave enough to switch his formation at the break with England down to 10 men after the dismissal of Michael Mancienne. England had taken the lead through Lee Cattermole, but after Mancienne was caught out by

Forget Giggs, Murphy’s the man


Ryan Giggs might have won the PFA Player of the Year award this season, but one man who has had his best ever campaign and not been awarded the praise he deserves is Danny Murphy.Giggs controversially edged out Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Edwin van der Sar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Steven Gerrard to the top gong but the Fulham man has been on a par with the big names, if not better.Murphy has

Lehmann takes a swipe at German officials


Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has stoked the fires of controversy once again after pointing the finger at German officials. The Stuttgart number one has claimed his side would have wrapped up the Bundesliga title had it not been for some controversial refereeing decisions.The 39-year-old believes league leaders Wolfsburg, who need only a point to be crowned champions for the first time

Don't mention the treble to Lampard


Frank Lampard has revealed he 'hates' talk of the treble after propelling Chelsea into the FA Cup final on Saturday.Lampard was the driving force for Guus Hiddink's blue machine as Chelsea recovered from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win over Arsenal and a place in the final against Everton.The England midfielder was man-of-the-match at Wembley, but he was quick to play down talk of a trophy treble

Cool-headed Macheda set for stardom


Not too many people had heard of Federico Macheda before Sunday, but the Manchester United youngster looks like being in the headlines for several years to come.The 17-year-old was introduced as a second-half substitute as the champions chased the game at Old Trafford against Aston Villa and what an introduction to English football the Rome-born youngster made.With the game in stoppage time at

Mutu acts, Kissinger on the World Cup and some bad kits


Some interesting stats on squad size in the Premier League. [Daily Mail]Henry Kissinger loves the beautiful game. [NY Times]The Gaffer has some stipulations for FSC's airing of the Champions League [EPL Talk]Some truly terrible kits. [Telegraph]Musings over the Champions League. [ESPN]

Passionate Bellamy brutally honest


As long as you're not John Toshack or one of the 20,000 or so brave souls who watched Wales' 2-0 defeat to Finland at the weekend then Craig Bellamy's post-match comments on Saturday were refreshingly honest.After the weekend's horror show at the Millennium Stadium skipper Bellamy faced up to the sad reality of constant failure in big tournament qualification and instead of trotting out the

Bayern Munich, Tata, seducing Goldenballs, and Asian footballers


Bayern Munich are sick of bailing out 1860 Munich. [Independent]The world's cheapest car and the planet's biggest club. [Reuters India]Another Gunner gets his head turned by the Rossonieri. [Daily Mail]Manchester City don't give up the hope of attracting some of Europe's best. [Times]Posh worries as Italian ladies love the Beckham. [Bild]If your taste in cinema includes movies like Goal II,

Goal II: Living the Dream


I spent roughly two hours watching Goal II: Living the Dream on Netflix last night and normally I'd be bitching about how I'm never going to get that hour and fifty-six minutes back, when I could have been sleeping.Although I have to say, as shit as the movie may be, I love the game enough to watch every minute, from the ridiculous cut and paste La Liga and Champions League play to the

Liverpool gain on Manchester United and dent Villa's hope for Europe


AP Photo/Paul ThomasUnlike previous weekends, when Manchester United's grasp on first place was only solidified by disappointing results from the remaining top four, this weekend belonged to Liverpool. Hosting fifth place Aston Villa at Anfield provided the most compelling match of the weekend, discounting a poor result from Chelsea at Spurs and a multi-faceted collapse by Manchester United at

Arsenal and Aston Villa jockey for fourth


As interesting as Liverpool presumes it has made the race for first, or perhaps as Manchester United deigns to flatter them, the race for the fourth and final Champions League spot in the Premier League is just as compelling. With Aston Villa off to a great start, and Arsenal stumbling with inconsistency, the Gunners hold a slight edge over the Villans by virtue of seven goals. Yes, seven goals

Manchester United fall to Liverpool at Old Trafford


ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty ImagesIt's down to four points now in the Premier League as Liverpool beat 10-man Manchester United at Old Trafford 4-1. Given the amount of coverage surrounding Rafa Benitez's comments about Sir Alex Ferguson getting all the advantages in the title race, as well as Ferguson's dismissal of the Spaniard's words, this was another banana peel for Liverpool.Throw in a

Cup competitions, Sir Alex Ferguson on retirement, and Cheryl Cole's a good person


With the FA Cup quarter finals taking place this weekend, ahead of a crucial European week, it's time to question the relevance of the competition. [Guardian]Chasing the dream in football's academies. [Telegraph]Two of Buenos Aires' finest get knocked out of the Libertadores Cup. [Reuters]While many on the big island may agree with Michel Platini's opinions on the English footy, it may not be

Rebecca Lowe, Ian Wright's spawn, and David Beckham


Er, yeah . . . how many of these did you make?While SMiA loves anything footie-related, Rebecca Lowe may be the main reason we tune into Football Matters every week. [Guardian]Ian Wright Wright Wright has a kid that likes to fight fight fight. [The Sun]Becks finally sorts out the rest of his Galaxy career. [Daily Mail, Examiner]Mein Gott! The EPL is getting too big. [Reuters]Klinsmann feels

Bobby McMahon on the EPL and more


Bobby McMahon is the analyst for the Fox Soccer Report, a nightly soccer news show on Fox Soccer Channel. For many of us here in North America (and around the world), McMahon is an authority when it comes to what's going on in the world of footie.With a lifetime of experience playing, organizing and studying the game, he's a valuable voice in the coverage of world soccer. He can be seen on the

Weekend Reading


Diego Maradona's arrival at Hampden for his first game in charge provides an opportunity to reflect on the man. [Telegraph]Elano gets fined 40K GBP (about $64K), a week's wages for the Brazilian, for publicly expressing his dismay at riding the pine. It looks like the other Brazilians don't seem to smiling as much as Robinho. [Guardian]An excellent piece by ESPN's Wright Thompson about soccer

Top clubs crash out of League Cups


Many of the big guns have been knocked out of domestic league cups lately, perhaps the most notable, Real Madrid's loss to the Basque 3rd division side Real Union. Another one bit the dust tonight, as Villareal crashed out to Polideportivo Ejido, also a 3rd division side, which they deserved after drawing 1-1 at El Madrigal after losing 5-0 away.Now it's Chelsea and Liverpool's turn. The Blues

Real Madrid: What A Mess


In what is easily one of the the biggest upsets in Spanish soccer, if not European or world soccer, Real Madrid were beaten today in the 4th round of the Copa del Rey by 3rd division Real Unión. Over two legs, the small Basque club won the tie 6-6 on away goals, the first time los Merengues have lost out to a 3rd division club. Just to put this into perspective, this was the Real Madrid

Picture Of The Day


Skin pigment specialist Silvio Berlusconi hosts Brazilian president Lula da Silva, as well as six Brazilians he has on the payroll at AC Milan. From left, Dida, Leonardo (Milan Technical Director), Kaka, Ronaldinho, Lula, Berlusconi, Pato, and Emerson.Ronaldinho almuerza con Lula y Berlusconi (in Spanish) [El País]-ac

Organized crime in the beautiful game


Declan Hill's book The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime details the Canadian journalist's investigation of match-fixing in some of the world's biggest competitions. An excerpt of his book ran in the Sunday Telegraph and is available here.Hill spoke on the CBC television show The Hour. His interview is here.[Examiner, CBC]-bl

Picture Of The Day


Diego Simeone, moments after telling his River Plate squad that he is stepping down as the club's head coach. Just over four months after leading River to their first domestic title in four years, Simeone has had a terrible Apertura tournament, collecting just nine points through 13 games. He will coach his last game for the Argentine giants tomorrow against fellow stugglers Huracán.Se quebró (

Quote Of The Day


"If you think that I will use Iniesta as an excuse then think again. He's not here, and that's all there is to it. We will cope without him for two months as we have several alternatives in that position."-Pep Guardiola, making it perfectly clear that he will not tolerate any let off from his Barcelona side against Valladolid tomorrow afternoon. The Catalan giants will likely be without Andrés

Pay Up, Or Else It's Luxembourg For You


That's the story coming out of The Scottish FA, "any future glamour games will be based on the fact that fans can afford the ticket levels." With eyes toward Argentina's visit to Hampden Park, there have been murmers about how much Scottish fans are willing to pay to see their side play host some of the world's best teams.Moneyquote:Scottish soccer executives say that future games with Brazil

Interview with The Gaffer, Founder of EPL Talk


A cornucopia of information, soccer blog EPL Talk is the site for fans of the English Premier League. Loaded with straight news, opinion, great podcast interviews, and the skinny on how the world's richest league is broadcast here in the States, EPL Talk cuts no corners in it's coverage of England's top flight. While there's plenty to praise founder Christopher Harris (a.k.a. The Gaffer) for,