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Tuesday kickaround

*Germany's World Cup goalkeeping situation took a turn for the worst with the news that Bayer Leverkusen's Rene Adler will not be available.

*Japan has abandoned its 2018 World Cup bid but remains in contention for 2022. "We were told European countries would be in a fierce tussle for 2018 and that aiming for 2022 would the best choice," a Japanese federation official said. Bid documents for both tournaments are due at FIFA headquarters in Zurich by May 14.

*Americans abroad:
MFs Maurice Edu, DaMarcus Beasley for Rangers at Celtic

*Soccer on TV:
Spain, Barcelona-Tenerife 2 p.m. ET, GolTV
Spain, Almeria-Villarreal 2 p.m. DirecTV (Channel 456)
Spain, Xerez-Valenica 4 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Libertadores, Sao Paulo-Universitario 6:30 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
LIbertadores, Velez Sarsfield-Chivas 8:30 p.m. FSE

LA LIGA RACE
Barcelona 90 points
Real Madrid 89

Remaining matches
Today: Barcelona vs. Tenerife (18th place)
Wednesday: Real at Mallorca (4th place)
Sunday: Barcelona at Sevilla (5th), Real vs. Bilbao (8th)
May 16: Barcelona vs. Valladolid (19th), Real at Malaga (17th)

*In the tightly contested Serie A race, it's complicated as Roma and Inter Milan go down to the wire amid controversy involving Lazio and its notorious supporters.

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By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2010; 9:02 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Barcelona , FIFA , Germany , Italy , Real Madrid , Spain , TV  | Tags: Barcelona, FIFA World Cup, Germany, Glasgow Celtic, Glasgow Rangers, Inter Milan, Japan, La Liga, Lazio, Maurice Edu, Real Madrid, Roma, Serie A  
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Comments

I'm more interested in the Gerard conspiracy theory than the Lazio thing

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 4, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The big game is Barca at sinking Sevilla...

Posted by: Reignking | May 4, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Man, I am baffled at the fact that the Japanese Federation even believes it has a shot at 2018 or 2022. They just hosted the World Cup in 2002 (and needed a partner to do it!).

And with Australia now a member of the AFC, they (the Aussies (maybe with a token site in Wellington - joint AFC/OFC bid?)) would have to have a better chance at landing the thing than Japan...that is, if FIFA decides to snub CONCACAF in the so-called rotation. Is Canada making a run? Are they even eligible without a first division league?

Posted by: combedge | May 4, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

ooh, i get to play grammar pedant today and point out that it should be "turn for the worse". or, since Germany is involved, use the punny "turn for the wurst". hilarity ensues.

does Japan think it has a legit shot at 2022 when it just hosted in the past decade? i can't believe FIFA would pick them over the US or Australia. maybe Japan is prepared to offer Sepp his own island kingdom or something.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 4, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

FYI: DC United is doing a United Drives collection for Wednesday's game.

Posted by: nairbsod | May 4, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Where have I been? I didn't even know Australia had a dog in the race...

Posted by: swampdogoh | May 4, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Lazio sucks!!!

Posted by: torrey151 | May 4, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Losing Adler sucks, but Neuer is a stud in the making. They should be fine.


FYI: Covernty sacked Chris Coleman. That's who DC United should be thinking about to replace Onalfo after a few more losses in the upcoming weeks...

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=781494&sec=england&cc=5901

Posted by: alan19 | May 4, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Wow -- Mr. Pedant taught me a new word today, in addition to being correct about worse vs. worst. Is this a great blog or what!!

Posted by: kaynfred53 | May 4, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

i cant watch anymore barcelona games. I get too emotional haha.
After Milito's Offside goal was allowed in the first leg, and puyol getting the yellow card ban for no reason what so ever, i couldnt stop yelling at the ref for the rest of the game. The linesman/ref in the first leg were horrific. Andy Gray's voice just became more and more annoying. lol

Posted by: g3impreza | May 4, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The Italy thing is a bunch of conspiracy theory gone awry. Lazio being mediocre and Inter being Inter -- not to mention playing some fairly inspired football of late -- it was going to take a confluence of events for Lazio to make a game of it, and that didn't happen. No real surprise.
And while the club's fans are a little demented for choosing to revel in their rival's disappointment rather than cheer their own side, they are still well behind Roma's "fans" when it comes to violence. No fewer than four English clubs have had supporters stabbed at European matches against Roma (ManU, Arsenal, Liverpool, Boro).

Posted by: mjhoya12 | May 4, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

(Warning: unsafe assumptions ahead)

Given that a 2nd place group finish is likely for the US, and that Germany is a good bet to be our next opponent, Rene Adler's absence is potentially a good thing for our boys, correct?

Or is the drop off to Schalke's Manuel Neuer pretty slight? (don't follow the Bundesliga enough to know)

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | May 4, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

FYI: DC United is doing a United Drives collection for Wednesday's game.

Posted by: nairbsod

FYI: DC United does a United Drives collection before every regular league match. No Beckham= United Drives even when LA come to town this year... I donated at Saturday's game and got my wife and I in to the game at half price.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 4, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Turn for the worse" is what people usually say, but it's not as if "worst" instead is incorrect. You could even argue it's fresher and better. Just like you could say "turn for the trash pile." "Turn for the ash bin." "Turn for the offal heap."

For something like "came within a hare's breath of winning," then yes, call the grammar police.

"Wurst" would have indeed been ideal, though, I agree.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | May 4, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

(Warning: unsafe assumptions ahead)

Given that a 2nd place group finish is likely for the US, and that Germany is a good bet to be our next opponent, Rene Adler's absence is potentially a good thing for our boys, correct?

Or is the drop off to Schalke's Manuel Neuer pretty slight? (don't follow the Bundesliga enough to know)

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | May 4, 2010 12:05 PM

I think Neuer was going to be the starter anyway... His play this year in the Bundasliga has been excellent.

Posted by: alan19 | May 4, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

not to over-argy the point, but to me "turn for the worst" would mean absolute disaster. as in "DC United's latest loss represents a turn for the worst for this once-proud franchise."

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 4, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

For something like "came within a hare's breath of winning," then yes, call the grammar police.

There's no grammar issue with that either. In fact, "came within (insert noun phrase here) of winning" is always grammatical, but will be make more or less sense depending on the chosen noun phrase. I can think of worse choices than "a hare's breath".

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 4, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

dimes, Losing Rene Adler is indeed a turn for the worst.

-Rene Adler's mom

Posted by: fallschurch1 | May 4, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

It used to be funnier when you could sign in with the fake user name.

Anyway, BooThis, fine then, let the grammar police refer him to the Nonsense Gestapo.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | May 4, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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