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PostHeaderIcon US World Cup Soccer Report

Jozy who? A few days after rather controversially dropping the in-form AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore and who is also enjoying a green patch of form with his club, from the USA squad, Klinsmann watched his team rout Guatemala to finally secure their place in the fourth and final round of Concacaf World Cup qualifying. A 3-1 win represented just the fifth time in 20 games under Klinsmann that they had scored more than one goal. The fourth had arrived last Friday, again without Altidore, in Antigua. Visit Sportsbook.ag to obtain the sportsbook.ag promo code, where you would be able to enjoy the US soccer games at an unrivalled destination.

In truth, though, these games were to serve not as a referendum on Altidore – who had seemingly wound up the manager with his attitude during a training camp earlier this year – but on Klinsmann himself. Appointed last year by US Soccer, the German was seen to be the darling of US soccer and also to convince a nation’s supporters that he was worthy of a $2.5m per year base salary, roughly four-times the sum received by his predecessor Bob Bradley. Klinnsmann, as we know, had strong US connections and also resided there before becoming the national team manager.

Entering into these final two fixtures of the third qualifying stage, Klinsmann’s men were far from assured of their progress. At this level, the US are expected to dismantle their low key opponents  with relative ease. US face  Jamaica and Guatemala in Group A with seven points from four games, they would require at least four more to be certain of going through. On a wet and windy night at Antigua’s Sir Viv Richards Stadium last Friday, they had snatched victory only courtesy of an injury time goal through Johnson header.

If that result meant the USA would need only a point from their home game against Guatemala, then that would not have been enough to satisfy a public who have come to expect more. This country had not failed to qualify for a World Cup since 1986 and had not lost any of their last 18 meetings with Guatemala. Scraping by was no longer acceptable. The fans wanted evidence that this team was not regressing under its well-remunerated manager.

There is more to take away than that, as Klinsmann will surely reflect in the coming days as he reviews his team’s performance in this game and throughout qualifying. He has, after all, pulled off at least one coup in the last few days with the recall of Johnson – who had not played for the national team since 2010 and prior to Friday not scored for them since 2008.

For some players, though, the biggest takeaway might have been the simple difference that a vocal support can make. “It was phenomenal,” said Bradley. “I can’t stress enough how big a difference that makes. When we step on the field and we feel like we’re playing in front of a crowd that is 98% American and is going to push you and support you through 90 minutes no matter what – as a player and a team we appreciate that.”

Not by chance has this team now gone its last 22 home qualifiers without a defeat.

PostHeaderIcon World Cup 2010 Top Goal Scorers

Here are the top goal scorers from the 2010 world cup in South Africa

Player Team Goals
Mueller Germany 5
Villa Spain 5
Sneijder Netherlands 5
Forlan Uruguay 5
Higuain Argentina 4
Vittek Slovakia 4
Klose Germany 4
Suarez Uruguay 3
Donovan USA 3
Luis Fabiano Brazil 3
Gyan Ghana 3
Podolski Germany 2
Elano Brazil 2
Robben Netherlands 2
Tiago Portugal 2
Robinho Brazil 2
Honda Japan 2
Holman Australia 2
Hernandez Mexico 2
Uche Nigeria 2
Eto’o Cameroon 2
Lee Jung-Soo South Korea 2
Lee Chung-Yong South Korea 2
Tevez Argentina 2
Alcaraz Paraguay 1
Beausejour Chile 1
Bendtner Denmark 1
Birsa Slovenia 1
Blanco Mexico 1
Boateng Ghana 1
Bradley USA 1
Cacau Germany 1
Cahill Australia 1
De Rossi Italy 1
Defoe England 1
Demichelis Argentina 1
Dempsey USA 1
Di Natale Italy 1
Drogba Ivory Coast 1
Endo Japan 1
Fernandes Switzerland 1
Friedrich Germany 1
Gerrard England 1
Gonzalez Chile 1
Heinze Argentina 1
Almeida Portugal 1
Huntelaar Netherlands 1
Iaquinta Italy 1
Iniesta Spain 1
Ji Yun-Nam North Korea 1
Jovanovic Serbia 1
Juan Brazil 1
Kalou Ivory Coast 1
Khumalo South Africa 1
Kopunek Slovakia 1
Koren Slovenia 1
Kuyt Netherlands 1
Liedson Portugal 1
Ljubijankic Slovenia 1
Maicon Brazil 1
Malouda France 1
Marquez Mexico 1
Pereira Uruguay 1
Rodrigo Millar Chile 1
Mphela South Africa 1
Muntari Ghana 1
Okazaki Japan 1
Ozil Germany 1
Palermo Argentina 1
Pantelic Serbia 1
Park Chu-Young South Korea 1
Park Ji-Sung South Korea 1
Pereira Uruguay 1
Puyol Spain 1
Quagliarella Italy 1
Raul Meireles Portugal 1
Reid New Zealand 1
Riveros Paraguay 1
Romaric Ivory Coast 1
Rommedahl Denmark 1
Ronaldo Portugal 1
Salpingidis Greece 1
Simao Portugal 1
Smeltz New Zealand 1
Tomasson Denmark 1
Torosidis Greece 1
Yaya Toure Ivory Coast 1
Tshabalala South Africa 1
Upson England 1
Van Bronckhorst Netherlands 1
Van Persie Netherlands 1
Vera Paraguay 1
Yakubu Nigeria 1

PostHeaderIcon World Cup Websites

There are several websites dedicated to the World Cup and here are only some of the websites we consider authority sites, and worth visiting.

http://www.fifa.com/

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/index.html

http://dir.yahoo.com/Recreation/Sports/Soccer/Tournaments/International/FIFA_World_Cup/History/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/default.stm

PostHeaderIcon Canada in Shock after Honduras loss – long term fixes are required

Canada was earlier this week humiliated by an average footballing team in Honduras. The eight one score line says it all.

Bad pitch? Hostile atmosphere? A referee intimidated by the home crowd? A couple of missed chances early in the game? Unfortunately none of these factors could easily buy an excuse for the humiliation suffered.

The performance could be easily described as ‘gutless’, there was ‘no heart’, no pride, no sense of belonging. All players seemed disorientated. The only thing the players failed to do was to wave the white flag before kickoff whereby Honduras would have relaxed a bit more and not score as many goals as they did.

Interestingly enough, Canada managed to hold Honduras to a goalless draw at BMO field last June, in the two instances (Panama and Honduras) when the team knew it would be faced with adversity, knew that it would have to deal with hostile surroundings, in Panama City and San Pedro Sula, it meekly rolled over, and then bolted for the airport. Everyone understood that it would be a tall order to get a result in either of those matches, but at least you have to fail nobly in the attempt. This was just not the case.

As reported by Sportsbook.ag, the online betting experts expected a Honduras win, but they were not absolutely clear favorites, and they had to put on a fight. If it was a boxing match Honduras were favorites to edge it on points.

For those Canadian soccer enthusiasts and for the sake of knowledge, Canada’s three MLS teams are all operating academies with top notch facilities that you would expect from any MLS side and the signs are indicating that they are already beginning to bear fruit. But the buck stops with the Canadian Soccer Association, whose membership earlier this year opted to ignore the wishes of those MLS teams, to ignore pleas for reform, for new blood, and to award the presidency to Victor Montagliani, whose fingerprints are all over the current Men’s National Team program.

There is no magical fix not even if Canada brings in a Fabio Capello or Guus Hiddink are they guaranteed to improve a little. The fact is that rebuilding must start from the grass roots level. Canada must forget the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and aim to have for Qatar 2022 with a strong emphasis on youths and the 7-11 year old brackets. There are countries with a fraction of Canada’s resources and resources and they are speeding by without even getting noticed.

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PostHeaderIcon 1966 World Cup Final Highlights

It was the greatest day in England’s football history. On 30th June 1966, Wembley hosted the World Cup final between two of the game’s oldest and fiercest rivals – England and West Germany. This is the full length video of the game.



PostHeaderIcon England 1990 World Cup Song World In Motion by New Order

Here is the fantastic World Cup song from England – World In Motion by New Order



PostHeaderIcon Official World Cup Song 1994

The 1994 World Cup was played in the United States and the official world cup song was known Gloryland by Glory



PostHeaderIcon Official World Cup Song 1998

Official world cup song of 1998 by Dario G called Carnival de Paris



PostHeaderIcon Official World Cup Song 2002

2002 World Cup song by Anastacia with the song Boom



PostHeaderIcon Official World Cup Song 2006

2006 official world cup song ‘The time of our lives’  by Il Divo with Toni Braxton



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