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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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What The Soccer Guys Are Reading – August 25, 2010

Claudio Pizzaro (center) celebrates with teammates after he scored in the 105th minute against Sampdoria on Tuesday to send Werder Bremen through to the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League. (Photo Courtesy Deutsche Welle)

Deutsche Well – Werder Bremen completes massive comeback to qualify for Champions League Group Stage

Werder Bremen completed massive come back against Sampdoria on Tuesday to earn a bid to the UEFA Champions League Group Stage. After defeating the Italian club 3-1 in the first leg last week, Bremen fell behind 3-0 on Tuesday, which put them behind 4-3 on aggregate. However, a strike in the 93rd minute from Markus Rosenberg tied the clubs 4-4 and sent the match to extra time. In the 105th minute, Claudio Pizzaro scored for Bremen to seal the its place the 32-team group stage.

The Guardian – Robinho refuses to play in Turkey

Brazilian Robinho has turned down contracts Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Besiktas after deciding life in the country was not for him. The forward spent most of the summer embroiled in a struggle to remain with Brazilian side Santos before Manchester City demanded he return from extended loan spell. However, City’s summer spending spree deemed him expendable. After refusing to sign in Turkey, Robinho claimed he prefers to sign with an Italian or Spanish side, as many of his countrymen have succeeded in both nations.
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Champions League Still Probable for Spurs

Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale a pair against Stoke on Saturday, but many believe his performance on Wednesday against Young Boys will decide a lot in his young career. (Photo Courtesy TottenhamFan)

By Ryan Fleming

The English soccer world was up in arms one week ago over one of their most exciting, young clubs, Tottenham. But, for no good reason.

In its first European Cup appearance since 1962, the Spurs were upset, 3-2, by Swiss side Young Boys in the first leg of their Champions League Playoff. However, a pair of second half goals to shorten a three-goal deficit gave Spurs some confidence going into their second leg Wednesday at White Hart Lane.

The frenzy that the English tabloids have themselves caught in is utterly ridiculous.

Tottenham, thanks to the likes of striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, find themselves in a awkward, yet positive position despite coming back to England with a loss.
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Please, No More Excuses, Mr. Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, seen here celebrating with players and fans after winning the 2008 FA Cup with Portsmouth, was unhappy after Spurs fell to Young Boys, 3-2, in the first leg of their Champions League qualification tie on Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy Sir Pix-A-Lot)

By Joe Meloni

When they were done laughing about it, many English soccer fans whose allegiances lie outside of White Hart Lane wondered if any top-flight English sides had suffered defeats as “humiliating” and “embarrassing” as Tottenham’s 3-2 loss to Swiss club Young Boys in the first leg of the final UEFA Champions League qualifying round.

Yes, Spurs fell 3-2 to the squad from Bern, and the adjectives quoted above were just some of the barbs tossed toward Totts following the defeat. To answer the question, there was one defeat I could come up with off-hand that seems far worse than losing to perfectly fine mid-level squad. In 1988 University College Dublin AFC qualified for the European Cup Winners Cup and pulled a scoreless draw with English side Everton in the first leg of the tournament’s opening round. While the Toffees didn’t fall to UCD, it’s seems like the more improbable result than Young Boys beating Spurs on Tuesday. Continue reading

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What The Soccer Guys are Reading – August 17, 2010

Geovanni becomes the MLS's 14th designated player after he signed with the San Jose Earthquakes. Courtesy SJEarthquakes.com

The Guardian – Mistakes cost Newcastle season opener – Daniel Taylor

Mistakes by newly-promoted Magpies sacrifices a rare win at Old Trafford, falling 3-0 to Manchester United in the season opener. Berbatov stared in beating with one goal and an array of chances to boot.

MLSsoccer.com – Geovanni slotted as 14th Designated Player in MLS – Frank Stranzi

Former Barcelona and Hull City midfielder joins San Jose Earthquakes as team’s first-ever DP. The creative midfielder will be depended on immediately to make plays for a team that is starving for goals.

The Daily Record – Hoops add Swedish stopper to shore up defense

Dainel Majstorovic signs a two-year deal with Celtic from Swedish club, AEK Athens. The 33-year-old international vows to make a difference at Parkhead. Majstorovic marks Neil Lennon’s eighth signing this summer.

Irish Times – Young Boys to play Spurs with utmost confidence

Despite the talent that Tottenham possess, the Swiss side seem to be heavy with belief and even respect of their oppenent ahead of today’s Champions League leg. The cup tie will be Spurs’s first since 1962.

Sky Sports – Liverpool look to Holland for more firepower

New manager Roy Hodgson is prepared to bid over £10 million for Ola Toivonen, the Swedish international and PSV striker. With five goals in his team’s first two games, the Reds see the 24-year-old as another asset up front.

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