Monthly Archives: August 2006

Soccer Gods Spare Timbers International Humiliation

It is rare for any media outlet to take note of the United Soccer Leagues’ First Division—the 12-team, three-country (if you count Puerto Rico, which FIFA does) loop of anonymous-to-the-wider-world clubs in which the Portland Timbers ply their humble (especially … Continue reading

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Continental Op

The Champions League draw: international intrigue abounds. Group A: Barcelona (Spain), Chelsea (England), Werder Bremen (Germany), Levski Sofia (Bulgaria). —No free pass for either Chelsea or Barca: Bremen is 100-percent for reals. Group B: Inter (Italy), Bayern Munich (Germany), Sporting … Continue reading

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Kup Krazy!

Now, I know that a lot of y’all soccer fans prefer to concentrate on the Vegas show that is the Premiership—you prefer your matches lightning-fast, your clubs steeped in tradition and cash, your championships for sale to shadowy Russian oligarchs. … Continue reading

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Who Likes Money? We Like Money! Who Likes Money? EVERYONE LIKES MONEY!

Liverpool’s multimillionaires have saved their future paychecks by fending off a hellfire challenge from Maccabi Haifa, clinging to a 1-1 draw in Kiev that yields a 3-2 series win. That means the Big Payoff that the Merseysiders cleverly wrote into … Continue reading

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Thoroughly Glazered

XIDevils is decidedly lazy in its reliance on the Guardian football site to spark the barely detectable synaptic crackles that pass for inspiration around here. But as I sit anxiously trying to “work” while awaiting the minute-by-minute commentary on the … Continue reading

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Rendezvous in Kiev

A lovely swirl of shady cosmopolitan intrigue surrounds tomorrow’s crucial Champions League qualifier pitting Liverpool against Maccabi Haifa. Haifa nicked an away goal at Anfield, meaning a crafty 1-0 win would send them through to the cash-crazy group stage. That … Continue reading

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Mediocrity Erupts!

Ah, sometimes indifference makes all the difference. I watched Liverpool, to whom I’ve sworn provisional Premier League allegiance, play a thoroughly forgettable opening day draw against newly promoted (and, really, on a man-for-man basis, shockingly ugly, and I mean physically) … Continue reading

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