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Monday Kickaround

*The surprising top scorer in the Bundesliga struck again over the weekend for the surprising top club in the German league. Perhaps some credit needs to be given to Missouri youth soccer and Saint Louis University.

Bosnian international Vedad Ibisevic, 24, has 17 goals in 15 matches for first-place Hoffenheim, a club from a village of 3,200 citizens. He had the first goal in a 3-0 victory over Bielefeld the other day, setting up a showdown at second-place Bayern Munich this Friday. Ibisevic and his refugee family spent a few years in Missouri and he played one season at Saint Louis University, scoring 18 goals in 22 games for the Billikens in 2003. His final game ended with a red card in the final minute at Ludwig Field in College Park, a 4-2 NCAA quarterfinal loss to Maryland. (You'll notice several familiar names in that box score.) He then signed with PSG, was loaned out in France, joined Aachen in Germany and now stars for Hoffenheim.

*The USA women advance to the Under-20 World Cup semifinals in Chile with a 3-0 victory over England. They'll face Brazil or Germany on Thursday. France meets Japan or North Korea in the other semifinal.

*MLS's Philadelphia expansion club (2010) breaks ground on a stadium at Seaport Drive in Chester, Pa., at 2:30 p.m. today. The public is welcome.

*"Cool" video: snow, orange ball and a bicycle kick in Willem II's 3-0 Dutch league victory over Groningen last week.....

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2008; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  Bundesliga , College Soccer , MLS , Women  
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Comments

I guess we can't blame USSF for not capping Ibisevic. So I'll blame the then-Secretary of State Colin Powell for not naturalizing him.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 1, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Good find on that old boxscore Goff. Off the top of my head, I counted six current and former MLSers.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | December 1, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of which, British Columbia youth soccer deserves much of the credit for developing Sydney Leroux, a fact that must be causing considerable chagrin north of the border. (She was representing Canada in youth international play until a couple of years ago.)

Posted by: universityandpark | December 1, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

3200? And I thought Villarreal was small. I thought Hoffenheim might be some suburb, but it isn't even near a major city.

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm so happy Philadelphia is breaking ground on a stadium while DC United...

Posted by: mmathai1 | December 1, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Hoffenheim is building a new stadium to meet Bundesliga and UEFA standards.

Ibisevic is terrific (maybe the best player ever to come out of the NCAA?), but he's got some help, including a brilliant young Nigerian striker who goes by the moniker "Edu".

Posted by: fischy | December 1, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else hear the Beastie Boys being played over the stadium sound system in that video?

Posted by: davemcl | December 1, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Also -- while I have enjoyed playing in the snow, it seems absurd to play professional soccer in snow.

Posted by: fischy | December 1, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

What makes matters worse were the white unis -- as bad as the Argentina/US game last year when both unis looked the same.

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

You gotta FIGHT for your right to PARTY!!!!!!

fischy: In the Juventus game, in Italy, it was snowing too. Pretty cool to watch. Even more fun to play in!

Posted by: strago | December 1, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Nothing like looking over Terp box scores and playing 'count people with caps.'

God I wish I could be at Ludwig for the round of eight match. Go Terps!

Posted by: Colm1 | December 1, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

It's really not Hoffenheim as much as its the Greater Zuzenhausen-Hoffenheim-Sinsheim Metroplex :-)

New stadium is being built in Sinsheim

http://www.rheinneckararena.de/

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

It's really not Hoffenheim as much as its the Greater Zuzenhausen-Hoffenheim-Sinsheim Metroplex :-)
Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2008 12:35 PM
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Is there a Mastodon Johann who will chime in on how the Bundesrepublik recognizes Hoffenheim as a major metropolitan area?

And they may be the first team to play on a single-stranded molecule (RNA). Talk about nanoteknologie!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 1, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

*moan*

Posted by: Reignking | December 1, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

hey, when your money comes from national and international television, size doesn't matter nearly as much.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 1, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

hey, when your money comes from national and international television, size doesn't matter nearly as much.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 1, 2008 2:41 PM

And Hoffenheim average 26,000 fans per match. That's pretty good for any league (only 14th in the fabulously attended Bundesliga - that's what fair prices and standing areas get you). Guessing, like Schalke and a few others, they draw really well from a wide region.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Hoffenheim is building a new stadium to meet Bundesliga and UEFA standards.

Ibisevic is terrific (maybe the best player ever to come out of the NCAA?), but he's got some help, including a brilliant young Nigerian striker who goes by the moniker "Edu".

Posted by: fischy | December 1, 2008 11:24 AM

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Looks like Bayern may already be after Ibisevic. Maybe Landon will have to get in line behind him...

I watched Hoffenheim on GolTV a few weekends ago and they were exciting to watch. I believe the "Edu" you mention is none other than Obasi - the Nigerian who bedeviled the US (and other teams) in the Beijing Olympics.

Kicker's page for Chinedu Obasi:
http://www.kicker.de/news/fussball/bundesliga/vereine/spielersteckbrief/object/46479/saison/2008-09

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 1, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I guess we can't blame USSF for not capping Ibisevic. So I'll blame the then-Secretary of State Colin Powell for not naturalizing him.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 1, 2008 10:54 AM

Are you sure? Check this quote from a NYT piece last week on Ibisevic:

“I was happy in St. Louis, got a green card, but I never really heard from anyone from the U.S. national team. I would have considered it.”

Posted by: fischy | December 1, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

See if this link works. Here's a picture of "Edu" or "Obasi" w Stuart Holden from last August 13 somewhere in China:

http://www.ussoccer.com/sights/slideShow.jsp_719-2.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 1, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I was in Hoffenheim this past May. It is a tiny village near a small town Sinsheim in Kraichgau, an area as remote as Eastern MD or NC. Zuzenhausen is equally tiny and receives the talent overflow that cannot make Hoffenheim's top two teams (#2 is on top the Amateuroberliga B/W). The youth academies of H.beat almost everybody, incl. Bayern, VFB,etc.;increcible to the outsider. The new stadium is being finished near Sinsheim on the Autobahn. What makes all this possible is the leadership of Dietmar Hopp, a Hoffenheim native and founder of SAP,and a sort of German Bill Gates on a smaller scale. He has brought his management team to run the Fussball operation.(What an idea, my DCU!!) They play with 3 strikers(YEAH!!) and 2 attacking MF.So far,almost nobody can stop them,maybe this Friday in the Munich Arena? When Hopp took over in 1990 Hoffenheim played in the Kraichgau county league:8th tier!

Posted by: bechtoldpk | December 1, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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