“It’s what they call the luck of the champions. When it’s come to the crunch things have always gone our way: against Paraguay in the World Cup, Italy at EURO 2008, Portugal a few months ago and against Croatia in the same tournament too. We’ve had luck. Of course we have. But we’ve also got a competitive streak, and that’s helped us make the most of it.” Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez.
- Dempsey’s equalizer.
- Altidore’s hat-trick.
- Cup of Nations.
- Philadelphia’s player moves.
- New York’s coach.
Galaxy is ready to open camp, but will Landon Donovan be there? – from The LA Times’ Kevin Baxter: “But that’s only a feeling.”
Major League Soccer’s player personnel system becomes a little more transparent – from Philly.com’s Jonathan Tannenwald: And they discussed how youth players progress through a club’s academy en route to the senior team.
MLS SuperDraft: How 2013 went, by the numbers – from MLSsoccer.com: California led the way with 4 players
Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s new hard line on racism wins cautious approval from anti-discrimination campaigner – from The Telegraph: “There has been enough talking without decisive action.”
Will 2013 be Mexico’s year in the Copa Libertadores? – from Goal.com’s Tom Marshall: In sum, the club means business.
Playing the long game – from Soccerex’s Frank Dunne: But the road to profit can be a long and risky one.
Atlético Madrid’s facelift is complete. It’s time to take them seriously – from The Guardian’s Sid Lowe: Hang on a minute, which gap?
David Moyes’ dilemma… take the Chelsea cheque or fight on at fragile Everton? – from The Independent’s Sam Wallace: Everton are the exception to the rule.
The Boy Who Fell To Earth – from In Bed With Maradona: The following season Lentini continued his ascent towards Serie A superstar.
Match Of The Past Special: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – from Two Hundred Percent: we thought we’d bring you some matches played on pitches covered with a thick layer of snow from down the years….
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