Monthly Archives: December 2006

A Festivus of Non-Nations

My old comrade Dan (aka “The Hassidic Harrier”) chimed in this morning with the disappointing news that the Vatican City isn’t likely to field a football team any time soon. So the collective childlike excitement we all felt at the … Continue reading

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Barca Shoots Blanks // The God Squad

Watch this, then tell me if the Club World Cup is as meaningless as we are assured by a phalanx of Eurosnobic commentators every time it rolls around. Check out Ronaldhino’s face after Internacional goes up 1-0 on a crackling … Continue reading

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O Colorado!

Europeans don’t seem to take the World Club Championship (or FIFA Club World Cup ™, as it has been pretentiously rebranded) very seriously. I wonder why.

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Barca? Buh-Bang!

So Liverpool lands Barca in the Champions League knock-outs, and everyone’s acting like it’s some big tragedy. Wait—isn’t that why you want your club to nab a European spot? To duel the best and see the biggest clubs on your … Continue reading

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Can Team USA Discover the Americas?

The New York Sun may be one of the strangest newspapers in America, but soccer columnist Paul Gardner is worth reading for his sharp-elbowed, argumentative style. He sounds off today on the need to end the North Euro stranglehold on … Continue reading

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But Will He Buy the Timbers?

It’s not every day that we Portlanders awake to find Roman Abramovich gazing from the front page of our local paper. Seems he will soon add a substantial chunk of one of Oregon’s larger companies to his portfolio. It will … Continue reading

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ADU OUT: Brilliant? Or Just Weird?

The biggest transfer (or as they say in this country, “trade”) in Major League Soccer history just went down: Adu from DC United to Real Salt Lake, bundled with reserve (but seasoned) ‘keeper Rimando, in exchange for a “major allocation” … Continue reading

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