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Francesco Totti: He Made Rome Laugh and Cry

May 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Italy, soccer

Francesco Totti ended his 25-season Italian football career over the weekend, getting in his 786th match for Roma, the only club he has ever known. By the time it was over, Totti, 40, and many of his legion of fans were in tears, shattered by the end of an era. The New York Times suggests […]

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U.S. Soccer and an Age-Group Success?

May 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Arsenal, Fifa, Football, France, Italy, London 2012, Rio Olympics, soccer, Spain, UAE

In 1999, a U.S. team led by Landon Donovan got to the semifinals of the Fifa Under 17 Championship, in New Zealand. The young Americans played Australia to a 2-2 draw but lost the shootout 7-6 when Kenny Cutler missed his penalty and Oz’s Joshua Kennedy converted. Brazil won the tournament and the Yanks finished […]

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Key Date for U.S. and UAE World Cup Qualifying

November 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Fifa, Football, Italy, soccer, UAE, World Cup

I follow two national soccer teams. The U.S., of course, but also the UAE, after working six years in Abu Dhabi. Both teams have key matches in 2018 World Cup qualifying tomorrow. The Yanks play at Costa Rico, trying to avoid a second defeat to open Concacaf qualifying, following the 2-1 home loss to Mexico. […]

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Michael Bradley: A Deserving Winner of U.S. Soccer Award

December 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Football, Italy, Landon Donovan, Rome, soccer, World Cup

I have voted for the Futbol de Primera award — formerly the Honda Award — for most of two decades. The award, voted on by journalists, goes to the U.S. national team player judged to have been the best performer in a calendar year. Michael Bradley is the winner, for the first time, over Clint […]

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A Champions League Convert

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, Barcelona, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, Italy, Paris, Rome, soccer, Spain, The National, UAE

After six years on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean, I can safely identify two additions to Sports Competitions I Follow. The English Premier League … which is a subdivision of the ultra elite European Champions League. This is where the world’s most famous sports teams come to play because, really, we must concede […]

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The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Juventus

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Barcelona, English Premier League, Football, Italy, soccer, The National, UAE

In much of Eurasia, Italian soccer was the first external brand seen on local TV. This was in the 1990s, when Europe’s other big leagues were still pretty much off the air. Certainly overseas. Italy, then, filled a programming void, and soccer fans all over the Middle and Far East of Asia, for instance, regularly […]

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Jazira: The Goal-Oriented Team for UAE Expats

December 19th, 2014 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Dubai, Football, France, Italy, soccer, The National, UAE

Al Jazira is an Abu Dhabi club that has been pretty good for most of a decade but hasn’t been particularly good at sealing deals at the end of the UAE soccer season. In 40 years, the club has one league title (2011), two President Cup championships (2011, 2012) and one Arabian Gulf Cup (2010). […]

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Witness to the ‘Shot Heard Round the World’ — 25 Years Ago

November 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Fifa, Football, Italy, Landon Donovan, Newspapers, soccer, Sports Journalism, World Cup

I had forgotten the date. A former colleague sent me an email about it, and yes, he was right. It was 25 years ago today that the U.S. national soccer team recorded the most important victory in the history of American soccer. We can say that without reservation, actually, because soccer was languishing in the […]

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Missing a Soccer Opportunity

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Football, France, Italy, NFL, soccer, UAE

It is abundantly clear on which days the UAE domestic soccer league should play. Thursday night and Friday night. Yet, over the first nine weeks of the current season, only once did the league actually plan for a Thursday-Friday schedule. Which is crazy, and here is why.

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‘The Miracle of Castel di Sangro’

September 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Books, Football, Italy, soccer

How I managed to be nearly unaware of this book (and not read it) for 15 years is something of a mystery. I should have heard of it, made note of it, bought it and read it in 1999, when it was published. The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, by Joe McGinniss. McGinniss died earlier […]

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