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Giuseppe Rossi: The Great American Paradox

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Watching Giuseppe Rossi is exhausting for American soccer fans. On the one hand, as witnessed in Villareal’s Champions League triumph against Danish side Odense FK on Tuesday, where the Teaneck, NJ native scored twice, Rossi has established himself as one of the game’s elite strikers. Last year he scored 32 times in all competitions, behind […] [Read More]
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Samuel Eto’o Becomes World’s Highest Paid Player

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And we thought American athletes made too much loot. Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o, 30, has reportedly left Inter Milan, one of the world’s most accomplished clubs, for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, say reports in Italy. Anzhi Makhchkala. That sounds like a side dish you would get a falafal joint doesn’t it? Either way, Russian money […] [Read More]
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El Clásico: Barcelona and Real Madrid Predictably Get into Fight Again

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After five hotly contended meetings between the two teams last season, soccer fans already witnessed two Clasico’s between Spain’s top two teams this year as they contested the Spanish SuperCopa in a home-an-away series. After a 2-2 draw over the weekend in Madrid, the second leg went north to Barcelona on Wednesday. The play was […] [Read More]
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When Soccer Gets Too Real: Father of Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel Abducted

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Hundreds of millions of us on this planet love soccer. We can’t get enough of it. Sometimes, even I forget that it’s just a game and that what happens on the soccer pitch should be taken for what it is. Let me say this again: Soccer is just game. Often, however, especially considering the sport’s […] [Read More]
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The (Un)Predictable, Hypocritcal Life of Joey Barton

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And think, I really liked Joey Barton before Saturday’s match. I thought he just got a bad rap. I was wrong. For those of us that watched the Newcastle vs. Arsenal game on Saturday, the real show came not from the play. but from the antics of Newcastle’s Barton. Barton, a 29 year-old midfielder, who […] [Read More]
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Adu For a Return: Freddy Adu Back In MLS

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He’s Ba-ack. Freddy Adu returned to MLS on Friday, signing a contract with the Philadelphia Union on a free transfer from Portuguese club Benfica. We all know about Adu’s trials and tribulations since signing a professional contract with MLS when he was 14 years old. He was hyped as the next worldwide soccer sensation, and […] [Read More]
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And We Though Our Referees Were Bad: Ref Holds His Own, Then Runs For His Life From Angry Mob In Soccer Match

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In light of a meeting I attended this week for my local men’s league, the Amateur Soccer League of CT (ASL-CT), in which referees were a major talking point, I want to share this YouTube video I found on the Yahoo! soccer blog, Dirty Tackle, of an Argentine 5th division match. After calling a foul […] [Read More]
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MLS Rookie Report: Portland Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe

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Even the casual American sports fan has seen his goal. It has gotten 1.5 million hits on YouTube and won ESPN Sports Center’s Best of the Best for over a week, usurped only by Abby Wambach’s last-gasp header against Brazil in the WWC last month. His July 2nd goal was brilliant. Nagbe, at the top […] [Read More]
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