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Hat Trick Helps Drogba Silence Critics

Chelsea forward Didier Drogba scored three goals against West Brom in the Blues' 6-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy Lynchg)

By Joe Meloni

There were questions. Oh, were there questions about Didier Drogba’s health entering Saturday’s match with West Bromwich Albion. Following a summer of surgery to repair a broken arm before the World Cup and a second trip to the surgeon to mend a nagging hernia in late July, the fitness of the Ivorian striker changed every pundit’s opinion regarding Chelsea’s chances to defend its Premier League Crown.

Saturday afternoon, we got answers. Oh, did we get answers. Drogba netted three of Chelsea’s markers in its 6-0 laugher against West Brom. Demonstrating the skills responsible for his status as the best Premier League front runner since Thierry Henry, Drogba snuck a first-half free kick through the West Brom wall and past goalkeeper Scott Carson. In the second half, Drogba cleaned up a loose ball in front of the West Brom net with an emphatic left-footed strike before finishing his day with a right-sided blast from distance. Continue reading

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Fabiano Looks To fill Big Brazilian Boots

By Mark Duckworth

The No. 9 shirt and the striker role arguably carry the most pressure and expectation of any position on the football pitch. For the Brazilian No. 9, the digit may carry even more than most.

For years the Brazilian No. 9 has been worn by the world’s best and World Cup winners – most notably Ronaldo. Ronlado wore the number nine of Brazil for three World Cups and at the moment sits atop the World Cup all-time scoring chart with 15 goals. Hoping to fill those big boots – and even bigger jersey – is Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano.

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Most and Least Impressive Teams of Round 2

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By Kevin Koczwara, Ryan Fleming, and Joe Meloni

We have already looked at the teams that performed the best and the teams that played the worst in the first round of play of the World Cup. Now it is time for us to pick the teams that overachieved and the underachieved in the second round of play.

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Who Won’t Win the World Cup Part 7: Group G

By Ryan Thies of the Long Beach Post

As a Group, group G is the most difficult to dismiss. It is undoubtedly the group of death and while other groups may run four deep, this group has three teams that could win the whole thing. But one of them won’t even make it to the elimination round. And the other two won’t win it all, because even they have their fatal flaws.

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