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World soccer in need of a wake up call

By Kevin Koczwara

The world’s biggest sport is in danger of falling apart, collapsing on itself and losing its global grip because those trusted with the keys to the most luxuries and lucrative sport in the world have failed their fans, players, managers and the owners.

FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, is losing legitimacy one day at a time. News continues to seep out about bribery, voting buying, and in-house who-knows-whats. FIFA president Sepp Blatter won his fourth consecutive term as President of FIFA, but his time in charge keeps creeping closer to becoming a time FIFA would like to forget as more and more news comes out of Zurich.

Blatter’s time in time hasn’t been easy but he certainly hasn’t helped himself either. Blatter has pushed aside any and all opposition with barely any recognition. He’s shuttled men (because no women are apparently allowed to be inside the old men’s club of FIFA) out of their posts because they question him, because someday they may want his lucrative job, maybe. He has preferred to ban and not explain. And best of all, he has decided to present the world with mythical stories of a perfect world inside the FIFA compound when questioned about possible turmoil.

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The World's Best Play for Barcelona; Xavi Tops the List

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has been a remarkable career at the Camp Nou, and it is about time he be rewarded for his play by winning the Ballon d'Or as the best soccer player in the world. (Courtesy of Wikicommons)

By Kevin Koczwara

Barcelona plays soccer the right way, and they do it with a style no other team can copy. The Catalan club may be “more than a club” to the people of Barcelona in a historical and social sense, but for the rest of the soccer loving crowds, Barcelona is more than a club because the team plays like no other.

Any 11 players that walk out on to the field for Barca understand how this game was meant to be played: beautifully.

Spain’s National Team has been playing the Barcelona way for a few years now.

Spain’s dominance in the Euro’s of 2008 through the subsequent winning of the World Cup this summer looked much like that of Barcelona’s global dominance. Both the national team and Barca play the ball on the ground, pass it quickly, run into space, dominate possession, play a high defensive line, and try to score goals. Neither Spain nor Barcelona sit back, and play on the defensive for a draw. No, both teams out play and out class their opponents. The way the game wasn’t meant to be played.

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Who Will Host The Wolrd Cup in 2018 and 2022

Sepp Blatter announced today the winning bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host countries. (Courtesy PanARMENIAN Photos)

By Kevin Koczwara

Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup. The South American country won the right to hold the next World Cup in the last round of voting. Brazil will also host the next Summer Olympics in 2012. The Brazilians have some hefty partying to plan, good thing the country is well known for its partying skills already, which should make the transition a breeze — if we are to believe the crime problem many of the major cities pose is being fixed up properly.

This round of FIFA’s World Cup voting was to settle the destination for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Those years may be far off in most peoples’ minds, but the planning needs to begin now if the elected hosts of 2018 and 2022 want to be 100 percent ready for their time in the soccer spotlight.

Allegations of corruption in the FIFA voting committee swirled in the news this week, but the bidding war went on uninterrupted. The bidding nations splashed out the cash on advertising campaigns and presentations. Countries pithed their country as the perfect place to host a World Cup, and as the next best place for the game of soccer to grow and develop in the world.

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What The Soccer Guys Are Reading — Sept. 9, 2010

Didier Drogba was snapped up by Chelsea from Marseilles in 2004 when Jose Mourinho took over as manager for his brief spell in charge at Stamford Bridge. Marseilles will have t pay a hefty price if they want to bring the striker back to France. Courtesy United Nations Development Programme

FIFA.com —  Blatter: Encourage free-flowing football

President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter sits down and talks about this summer’s World Cup in South Africa and what changes could be made to how games are played. Blatter says rules for extra-time could be changed before the next World Cup to either include a shoot-out without any extra-time played or the the golden goal could return to encourage teams to play to win rather than draw during the earlier stages of the World Cup. Too bad the interview doesn’t mention anything about the use of technology in the future or the missed calls by some of the referees.

Sky Sports — Marseille reveal Drogba bid

Marseilles will try to defend its top-spot in Ligue 1 this summer the club’s manager Didier Deschamps had some disagreements with sporting director Jose Anigo over signings and transfers, but there was one move the two agreed on: An attempted signing of Chelsea’s prized striker, Didier Drogba. Drogba was sold by Marseilles to Chelsea in 2004 for £24 million and the club looked to bring their former ace after selling last season’s top scorer, Mamadou Niang, to Fenerbahce. The club’s bid for Drogba fell through as Chelsea values the player too much to let him leave without a suitable replacement.

The Guardian — John Toshack resigns as Wales manager

Wales hasn’t had the best start to its Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and the Welsh FA and manager, John Toshack, have agreed its in the best interest of the national team if Toshack resigned after six years in charge. Wales lost to Montenegro on Friday in a Euro 2012 qualifier and after the game Toshack and the Wales FA board met and decided on the fate of the manager. Toshack has been in charge of the national team since 2004 and had previously manager Real Madrid. Stoke City manager Tony Pulis looked to be the front runner to take over the spot as Wales’ manager, but he has already stated it is too soon for him to take over.

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What The Soccer Guys Are Reading — Sept. 8, 2010

Theo Walcott becomes the latest Gunner toadd himself to the injury list. Arsene Wenger is surely tired of international breaks during the Premier League season. Courtesy khanh_coltech

The Telegraph — Parents of prostitute linked to Wayne Rooney apologise to Coleen

It’s not the apology that Wayne Rooney’s wife, Colleen is waiting for, but it’s a start. In the last week the rumors of Rooney’s affairs have pooped up all over the Internet and in ink across England, but the England striker has yet to acknowledge them and his wife has been left reeling. The high-school sweethearts have been the darlings of the English press because they were different than the rest of the soccer players and the WAGS, guess somethings never change. How does it compare to some of his England teammates affairs?

New York Times — FIFA Begins Tour of Sites in U.S. Bid — by Jeff Z. Klein

Americans bought more tickets to the World Cup this year than any other country, and the single largest television contract for this year’s World Cup in South Africa was in the United States. Impressive stats from a country not known for its love of the beautiful game. With those stats the U.S. hopes to win a bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup in the states. The U.S. has the infrastructure to hold the games, but does the country show the desire that say England, the Netherlands or Australia and Japan have? The officials in charge are trying their best to show FIFA the U.S. has soccer fever and deserves one of the two bids.

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What The Soccer Guys are Reading – August 26, 2010

Tottenham striker, Peter Crouch, might have made his signing all but worthwhile as the England international tallied a hat trick to guarantee his team's advancement into the group stages of the Champions League. (Photo Courtesy premierleagueinsider)

The Guardian – Spurs cruise into Champions League – Kevin McCarra

Despite falling in the first leg, 3-2, Tottenham roll to a 4-0 trouncing of Swiss team, Young Boys, in the second leg at White Hart Lane. With a new air of confidence surrounding the club, the Spurs believe they have what it takes to make it deep into the tournament.

The Independent – FIFA officials praise England for 2018 bid

Among the topics England proved above expectations were the level of government support and passion for the game in the country. Other such aspects were called “perfect”; giving the country a moral boost ahead of the decision. England faces tough competition in try to host the World Cup in countries as Russia, Belgium and the United States.

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Mr. Blatter, Something Needs to Change

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announcing the 2014 World Cup host winner Brazil. Courtesy Ricardo Stuckert

By Joe Meloni

Being a soccer fan in the United States means learning to deal with a few things. We understand a portion of our friends, co-workers and anyone else likely to stumble upon our Facebook pages thinks soccer is boring, un-American game. It is, after all, predicated upon not screwing up more than it’s about trying to strike as frequently as possible.

Unfortunately, the World Cup provided more ammunition for my narrow-minded cohorts as overworked officials continually failed to make proper calls or keep matches — even Sunday’s final — in line. Naturally, the blame falls on their shoulders rather than the FIFA officials consistently placing too heavy a burden upon them.

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FIFA and English football still in the Dark Ages

By Mark Duckworth

Fabio Capello is one of the most successful managers of the past decade. He was successful in Italy and Spain, but now his CV is blotted by his time managing the England national side. And it’s not just an insignificant blot, it’s England’s heaviest defeat in a World Cup and a last 16 knock-out. Even Sven made the quarter-finals. So, is it all Capello’s fault or has he just become another victim of the English game and the false promise of talent and success?

Everyone seems to know the score, they’ve seen it all before, and in Bloemfontein Fabio Capello realised what it means to be the England team manager as Germany ran riot over his sorry side.

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World Cup Preview Pt. 6: Group H

By Kevin Koczwara

This will be the final entry into what was suppose to be a four part series on the group stage of the World Cup, but it has turned into a drawn out 6 part series. After this post I will write up a quick post with all of my predictions for winners of the group stages and let anyone disagree with me.

For this final entry I will talk about Group H — the last group. This may be the easiest group to predict. Continue reading

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Cheating: An Epidemic

Cheating doesnt just happen on the playing field, it happens in everyday life as well. Tiger Woods may be the best golfer on the planet, but his cheating has lead him to be the black sheep of all cheating husbands and wives. (Courtesy WikiCommons/Keith Allison)

Cheating doesn't just happen on the playing field, it happens in everyday life as well. Tiger Woods may be the best golfer on the planet, but his cheating has lead him to be the black sheep of all cheating husbands and wives. (Courtesy WikiCommons/Keith Allison)

By Ryan Fleming

We have seen it in soccer and other sports. And we’ve seen spouses do it to each other, most recently Tiger Woods to his  wife, Swedish model, Elin Nordegren. Cheating unfortunately is almost a part of life, a part that a great majority of us would like to remove sooner rather than later. It’s also a part that many like to hide for fear of repercussion and humiliation. Why do it then?

Unfortunately,  the terrible deed is spreading like a contagious disease with no end in sight. The football world is now being effected and FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) is now conducting their investigation.

Match fixing has spanned through nine countries and has reared it’s ugly head in over 200 known Champions League and Europa League matches. Again, the question arises, why? As the investigation continues it’s teams in the lowly bottom divisions of countries like Croatia, Switzerland and Germany where football is a part of life and so much, perhaps too much, money can be made.

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