What The Soccer guys Are Reading, Sept. 2, 2010

Carlos Queiroz has had a disappointing spell as Portugal's manager and the latest headlines surrounding him aren't promising. Courtesy RTPPT

The Guardian — Torquay raise ambitions after quickly completing tough turnaround — By John Ashdown

The last few years have been a long journey for Torquay. The West Country club was relegated to the Conference division and out of the Football leagues three years ago. The Gulls won promotion to League Two last season with a relatively inexperienced squad. Now, Torquay is on top of League Two and the only team in England to win its first four games in league play in any division. After all of the difficulties the club and its fans have endured over the last few years, the change and ascension of the club is remarkable.

MLSscoccer.com — For Union, friendlies part of learning process — by Shane Evans

MLS expansion team the Philadelphia Union took on 11-time Mexican champions Chivas de Guadalajara in an exhibition match yesterday. The Union scheduled the difficult exhibition match as another stepping stone for the club, a building block that manager Peter Nowak and the young squad can work with. Philadelphia won the match, 1-0, but they were far from in control of the game and have plenty of things to take away from Chivas.

Sky Sports — Masch accuses Reds of lies

Barcelona’s recent signing Javier Mascherano spoke out about his former club, Liverpool, and told reporters why he chose to leave the club in a cloud of smoke and ashes. The Argentine caption said he was disappointed by Liverpool’s comments about why he wanted to leave the club, specifically about his family, because they were false reports.

BBC — Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz banned for six months

With Euro 2012 qualifiers just days away, the Portuguese Football Federation has announced the suspension of the National team coach Carlos Queiroz for his interference with the anti-doping tests before the World Cup. Queiroz  has been on the hot seat since Portugal lost in the second round of the World Cup to eventual champions Spain. The former manager of Real Madrid and assistant to Sir Alex Fergusson at Manchester United has admitted to yelling profanity at the anti-doping team while they tried t test the Portuguese players before the World Cup.

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