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Soccer Insider: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

Poll: After U.S. loss to Ghana, did Americans meet expectations at World Cup?

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By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 26, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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USA vs. Ghana World Cup 2010: Ghana eliminates United States, 2-1

Ghana defeated the United States, 2-1, in extra time to eliminate the Americans from the World Cup. Game stats are here. Shot chart is here. Did the United States meet your expectations for the World Cup? Vote in our poll here. Fans rallied across the country in support of the...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 26, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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USA vs. Ghana - World Cup LIVE Chat

The group stages and draws are in the rear view mirror. So is Landon Donovan's fantastic last-gasp winner. Now the U.S. are here in the knockout stages and are 90 minutes away from Uruguay and the quarterfinals. Let's chat as they try to make their way there... The U.S. lineup:...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 26, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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USA vs. Ghana in World Cup round of 16

Here we go. United States vs. Ghana, World Cup round of 16. Not much more to say. Steve Goff has the Team USA lineups here. Live chat with The Post's Paul Tenorio here. For in-game commentary, click here. For live stats, click here. For a shot chart, click here. ESPN3.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 26, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Ghana , U.S. men's national team  
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U.S. lineup for World Cup match vs. Ghana

Bob Bradley's selections for the U.S. round-of-16 match against Ghana (2:30 p.m. ET; ABC, Univision, ESPN Deportes): Goalkeeper: Tim Howard. Defenders: Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein. Midfielders: Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey. Forwards: Robbie Findley, Jozy Altidore....

By Steve Goff  |  June 26, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: American soccer, U.S. vs. Ghana, World Cup  
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Uruguay vs. South Korea: Luis Suarez's two goals propel Uruguay

Luis Suarez scored twice, including a smashing shot that proved to be the game-winner in the second half, as Uruguay advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in 40 years with a 2-1 win over a game South Korea squad. Game stats are here, commentary here and shot chart...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 26, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Bob Bradley's contract details, Nike's USSF deal

Upon further examination of U.S. Soccer Federation documents, the Insider has unearthed additional details of World Cup Coach Bob Bradley's contract as well as Nike's contributions to the USSF. Bradley is earning $41,667 per month in 2010 ($500,004 overall), an increase from the $37,500 he received last year. He is...

By Steve Goff  |  June 26, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Nike, USSF, World Cup  
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Uruguay vs. South Korea in World Cup round of 16

Uruguay, the unbeaten winner of Group A, takes on South Korea (1-1-1), second place in Group B, in the first knockout-round game of the World Cup. Uruguay has yet to allow a goal; South Korea has given up more goals (6) than it has scored (5). For live stats on...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 26, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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USA-Ghana: Saturday World Cup kickaround

You might be interested in a certain match being staged in Rustenburg today. Africa's final hopes lie with the Black Stars of Ghana. Need World Cup merchandise in the States? It's going fast. Where to watch the matches in the Washington area. FIRST-ROUND CONFEDERATION RECORDS South America: 10-1-4 Europe: 15-14-10...

By Steve Goff  |  June 26, 2010; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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World Cup round-of-16 matchups are set

SATURDAY Uruguay vs. South Korea in Port Elizabeth, 10 a.m. ET United States vs. Ghana in Rustenburg, 2:30 p.m. SUNDAY Germany vs. England in Bloemfontein, 10 a.m. Argentina vs. Mexico in Johannesburg/Soccer City, 2:30 p.m. MONDAY Netherlands vs. Slovakia in Durban, 10 a.m. Brazil vs. Chile in Johannesburg/Ellis Park, 2:30...

By Steve Goff  |  June 25, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  | Tags: World Cup round of 16  
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World Cup Group H: Spain tops Chile, both advance

Spain defeated Chile, 2-1, but both advanced to the knockout round because Switzerland could only manage a 0-0 tie with winless, goal-less Honduras. Spain and Chile finished tied atop Group H with six points each, but Spain wins the group by virtue of its goal-differential edge (plus-2) over Chile (plus-1)....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 25, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Chile  
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World Cup Group H: Spain vs. Chile

This is it, the final two games of group play. Lots of possibilities in Group H. Defending European champion Spain could finish first in the group with a win over Chile...or be eliminated with a loss or even a tie (if Switzerland defeats Honduras). There's also a chance that Spain...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 25, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Chile , Spain  
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World Cup Group H: Switzerland vs. Honduras

This is it, the final two matches of group play. Switzerland could win this game and still not advance out of Group H to the round of 16 (if Spain also defeats Chile, creating a three-way tie for first place). The Swiss also could lose and still advance (if Chile...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 25, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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A few minutes with Bob Bradley

American supporters have surely grown tired of foreign observers describing the U.S. team in blue-collar terms, and while no one would suggest that the United States is on the verge of matching Brazil's individual skill, the Americans can play a bit. We saw it at the 2002 World Cup and...

By Steve Goff  |  June 25, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, World Cup  
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World Cup 2010: Brazil vs. Portugal ends in 0-0 tie in FIFA Group G

Brazil and Portugal played to a 0-0 tie, meaning Brazil takes the Group G crown and Portugal finishes second. Now they wait to see who gets to play Spain, which faces Chile at 2:30 p.m. However, there's still a chance that Spain won't make it out of group play at...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 25, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , Portugal  
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FIFA Group G in World Cup: Brazil vs. Portugal, Ivory Coast vs. North Korea

Group G's representatives in the knockout round will be decided this morning. Brazil and Portugal have all but secured berths in the round of 16, and it will take something of a miracle for Ivory Coast to overtake Portugal for second place in the group. More intriguing: The winner of...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 25, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , Portugal  
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World Cup poll: England or Germany?

England, the Group C runner-up, and Germany, the Group D winner, will meet in a World Cup round-of-16 match Sunday in Bloemfontein (10 a.m. ET, ESPN). "There is a big history, they are always big games, interesting games," German defender Philipp Lahm said of the rivalry, which counts 12 victories...

By Steve Goff  |  June 25, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , Germany , Poll  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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Friday kickaround: World Cup and MLS

From The Post: I look back and ahead with the U.S. team; former president Bill Clinton continues his excellent World Cup adventure; and TV columnist Len Shapiro admires ESPN's commitment and coverage. The Guardian has high praise for MLS, which, despite having only four representatives on the U.S. World Cup...

By Steve Goff  |  June 25, 2010; 5:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bill Clinton, South Africa, World Cup  
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FIFA Group E: Netherlands, Japan advance at World Cup

Netherlands scores a 2-1 win over Cameroon, cinching top honors in Group E. Japan bests Denmark, 3-1, to earn second place from the group. Netherlands will play Slovakia in the round of 16 on Monday at 10 a.m. Japan will face Paraguay on Tuesday at 10 a.m....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 24, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Obama extends kudos, good wishes to U.S. squad

By Liz Clarke The day after being cheered on by former President Bill Clinton, who attended the 1-0 overtime thriller against Algeria in Pretoria that clinched a spot among the 2010 World Cup's final 16, the U.S. soccer team fielded a congratulatory phone call Thursday from President Barack Obama. As...

By Liz Clarke  |  June 24, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, President Barack Obama, U.S. soccer team  
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U.S. World Cup notes & quotes

Why did U.S. World Cup Coach Bob Bradley bench central defender Oguchi Onyewu in favor of Jonathan Bornstein on the left and Carlos Bocanegra in the middle? "We thought that it was important to have both our outside backs being active and trying to get into the attack. Johnny Bornstein...

By Steve Goff  |  June 24, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Landon Donovan, World Cup  
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World Cup Group E: Denmark vs. Japan and Netherlands vs. Cameroon

Denmark vs. Japan is the match to watch this afternoon in Group E: Japan advances with a win or a tie, while Denmark needs to win. The Netherlands has already clinched a spot in the round of 16 and has all but clinched first place in the group because of...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 24, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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World Cup Group F: Italy stumbles out vs. Slovakia, Paraguay takes first

If you had Italy going out in the first round for the first time since 1974, kudos to you. If you had Italy finishing last in its group, behind New Zealand, you are truly a seer. But that's what happened after a zany 3-2 loss to Slovakia, which will play...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 24, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Italy  
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World Cup: Jabulani is put to the test

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology tested the controversial Jabuluani to see if it behaves differently than other soccer balls....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 24, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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World Cup on The Colbert Report

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cUS Defeats Algeriawww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorFox News...

By Steve Goff  |  June 24, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Stephen Colbert, World Cup  
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World Cup Group F: Italy vs. Slovakia and Paraguay vs. New Zealand

Group F's representatives will be decided this morning with Italy vs. Slovakia and Paraguay vs. New Zealand. Defending champion Italy needs a win or a tie and some help to advance. Italy-Slovakia live stats are here, and in-game game commentary is here. Paraguay-New Zealand live stats are here, and in-game...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 24, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Landon Donovan scores for U.S. soccer, chaos ensues

UPDATED 10:31 WITH ANDRES CANTOR AUDIO! Sally Jenkins wrote about the scene at Nevada Smith's in New York, and we showed you video of the bedlam at Lucky Bar after Landon Donovan's goal. And how can we forget about Andres Cantor? GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! Click for audio of his call. Who wants...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 24, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Former President Clinton on U.S. soccer: Count me in for the next round!

By Liz Clarke As honorary chairman of the committee that's working to bring the World Cup back to the United States in 2018 or 2022, former President Bill Clinton had planned for some time to attend Wednesday's final first-round match between the U.S. squad and Algeria in Pretoria. But after...

By Liz Clarke  |  June 24, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , FIFA , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, 2018/2022 U.S. World Cup bid, Bill Clinton, U.S. national team  
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US soccer World Cup rewind: First place in Group C

My match report. Liz Clarke's piece on Landon Donovan. Columnist Sally Jenkins' observations from Nevada Smith's bar in New York. Images of the front page from the main news section and sports section. My audio contribution: Okay, show of hands, who had the USA, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in...

By Steve Goff  |  June 24, 2010; 4:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: American soccer, South Africa, World Cup  
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After World Cup Group D finales, USA to play Ghana

Germany defeated Ghana, 1-0, to win Group D, but Ghana still advanced based on goal differential over Australia, a 2-1 winner over Serbia. The United States will face Ghana on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Rustenburg....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 23, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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USA-Algeria: The scene at Lucky Bar

At least I'm pretty sure that's Lucky Bar. Great video from the AP, showing the celebration touched off by Landon Donovan's goal. I've watched it about five times and it gets better each time....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 23, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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World Cup: Germany vs. Ghana, Serbia vs. Australia

The United States' opponent in Saturday's round-of-16 game will be decided this afternoon when Germany plays Ghana, and Serbia faces Australia. For scenarios on the United Stats' opponent, click here. For in-game stats on Germany vs. Ghana, click here. For in-game commentary, click here. For in-game stats on Serbia vs....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 23, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Germany , Ghana  
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And the United States' Group D opponent will be...

After the huge win over Algeria, the United States won Group C. It will play the second-place team from Group D, which will be decided with two matches, Germany vs. Ghana and Serbia vs. Australia, at 2:30 p.m. today. The scenarios: Ghana, Serbia win: U.S. plays Serbia. Ghana, Australia win:...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 23, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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World Cup USA: Live video chats

Video chat with D.C. United's Ben Olsen here. Video chat with "Soccernomics" author and Financial Times soccer columnist Simon Kuper at 1:30 here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 23, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Landon Donovan's goal leads U.S. to World Cup victory (video)

Landon Donovan's goal in extra time pushed the United States into the knockout round of the World Cup. And then there was much rejoicing. The U.S. will next play Saturday at 2:30 in Rustenberg against Ghana, the second-place team in Group D. Germany defeated Ghana, 1-0, to win Group...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 23, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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LIVE Chat: World Cup USA vs. Algeria

Huge game today, obviously, and USA Coach Bob Bradley made some interesting lineup changes, most notably inserting Jonathan Bornstein into the starting lineup. With a win, the U.S. is in. With a tie, it's a bit mucky. A loss eliminates them. Here's the lineup, courtesy of Goff. Let's chat starting...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 23, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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At World Cup, England could be sent home today by Slovenia

And then there's England vs. Slovenia, that other game going on. The Three Lions likely need a win over Slovenia to avoid a rather shameful World Cup exit. Live stats are here, game commentary here. The game is streaming here, in case you want to keep tabs on it during...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 23, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England  
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USA vs. Algeria: World Cup group fate will be decided for Americans

Good morning! In case you somehow haven't come down with that curious case of hantavirus and have to be at work today, here are some USA-Algeria links to get you through the match. Follow along with us, won't you? Live game stats can be found here, while up-to-the-minute commentary is...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 23, 2010; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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USA lineup for World Cup match vs. Algeria

Bob Bradley's choices for the decisive match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria: Goalkeeper: Tim Howard. Defenders: Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein. Midfielders: Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Clint Dempsey. Forwards: Herculez Gomez, Jozy Altidore. Onyewu out -- coach's decision, not an injury. Edu replaces Torres....

By Steve Goff  |  June 23, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: South Africa, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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Sign of the times: France's World Cup fiasco

A newspaper headline on a utility pole outside the Pretoria stadium. Note the well-placed trash can....

By Steve Goff  |  June 23, 2010; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , France  | Tags: France, South Africa, World Cup  
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World Cup matchday: USA-Algeria

So this is it. Win and they're in (and perhaps finish first). Draw and, well, maybe. Lose and they're out. What else is at stake? The reputation of the program, which should beat Algeria and fulfill expectations of finishing in the top two in Group C. Bob Bradley's employment. TV...

By Steve Goff  |  June 23, 2010; 4:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: American soccer, Bill Clinton, South Africa, World Cup  
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World Cup Group B standings: Argentina, South Korea advance

Argentina scores a 2-0 win over Greece to win the top spot in Group B with nine points. South Korea barely hangs on for a 2-2 tie with Nigeria, takes second place in the group with four points. The first two round-of-16 matchups are set: Uruguay will face South Korea...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 22, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Argentina  
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World Cup roundtable with D.C. United

Here's the second installment of the World Cup roundtable with Comcast's Russ Thaler, D.C. United Coach Curt Onalfo and assistant Ben Olsen....

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 22, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Argentina vs. Greece, Nigeria vs. South Korea to decide World Cup Group B

Group B's representatives in the knockout round will be determined this afternoon. Because of its six points and plus-four goal differential, Argentina is pretty much a lock for advancement. Only a blowout loss to Greece and a big South Korea win over Nigeria will keep the Albiceleste out of the...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 22, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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World Cup: France goes out meekly

Not only was France put out of its misery by South Africa in the final game of Group A play, but its own supporters booed the team at a public watch party near the Eiffel Tower....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 22, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Mexico, Uruguay advance to World Cup round of 16 from Group A

Uruguay tops Mexico, 1-0, to win Group A. But Mexico earns the second spot from the group by virtue of its goal-differential edge over South Africa, which scored a 2-1 win over the collapsing French....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Uruguay  
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Planet football, animal planet

Several U.S. journalists visited Lion Park near Johannesburg this morning. As notorious jackals, we felt quite comfortable in the surroundings. However, no sign of Emilio "Vulture" Butragueno, Ariel "Little Donkey" Ortega, Hakan "Bull of the Bosporous" Sukur, Eusebio "The Black Panther", Lionel "Flea" Messi, Michael "Bison" Essien, Carlos "Little Fish"...

By Steve Goff  |  June 22, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Mexico vs. Uruguay, France vs. South Africa to decide Group A

Group A's representatives in the knockout round will be determined this morning. Mexico and Uruguay will both advance with a tie, or with a tie in the France-South Africa game. France and South Africa have very slim hopes of advancement: Both would need to score a blowout victory, and hope...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 22, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , France , Mexico , Uruguay  
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Spain vs. Honduras in World Cup 2010

David Villa scored twice to lead Spain to a 2-0 win over Honduras. Game stats can be found here here, while here you can find live commentary from the match....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 21, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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North Korea shows live TV coverage of 7-0 loss

UPDATED 3:52 P.M. WITH VIDEO North Korean state TV, which doesn't usually show live World Cup matches, provided coverage of today's game against Portugal. Oops. When the game ended, the studio announcer stated: "The Portuguese won the game and now have four points. We are ending our live broadcast now."...

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Chile vs. Switzerland in World Cup 2010

Chile was able to break through for a 1-0 win over Switzerland, which played for much of the game with only 10 men after Valone Behrami was assessed a red card in the 31st minute. Switzerland also set a World Cup record by going 551 minutes without allowing a goal....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 21, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Portugal vs. North Korea: The rout of the tournament

Portugal scored six second-half goals to thrash North Korea, 7-0 and all but secure advancement to the knockout round. Stats here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 21, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bafana Bafana turns to special assistance

Bafana Bafana needs help. A lot of help. With the team holding just one point through two matches and needing to beat the French infants in their finale Tuesday, South Africa supporters are turning to desperate measures: burning, brewing and smoking muti (traditional medicine). From the Sowetan newspaper: Traditionalists believe...

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup, muti  
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Referee boss addresses World Cup calls

By Liz Clarke Declining to address the controversial call that denied the U.S. soccer team a potential game-winning goal against Slovenia, the head of FIFA's refereeing department on Monday gave high marks to the officiating of the World Cup to date while conceding that there have been some decisions "that...

By Liz Clarke  |  June 21, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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World Cup TV viewing heats up

Monday is the final standard day of World Cup first-round viewing with the usual three matches at separate times. Starting Tuesday, make sure your remote control and DVR/TiVo are in working order for group games taking place simultaneously. The last set of second group games take place today: MATCHDAY 11...

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Kaka's red card 'totally unjust,' Dunga says

Brazil Coach Dunga said the red card assessed to Kaka in Brazil's 3-1 win over the Ivory Coast was "totally unjust." Kaka received his second yellow card in the final minutes for pushing Kader Keita, who sold the foul by falling to the ground and grabbing his face. Said Kaka:...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 20, 2010; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Brazil vs. Ivory Coast in World Cup 2010

Brazil defeated Ivory Coast, 3-1, to clinch a spot in the second round. Game stats can be found here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 20, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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2010: Year of the World Cup underdog?

By Liz Clarke If a theme has emerged from the early-going of the 2010 World Cup, it's that pedigree doesn't count for much. Four-time World Cup champion Italy struggled to simply draw with New Zealand Sunday. Two-time World Cup champion Germany, of course, was shut out by Serbia. The handsomely...

By Liz Clarke  |  June 20, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Italy vs. New Zealand in World Cup

Cue the "New Zealand defeats Italy, 1-1" headlines, because the All Whites have pulled off a stunning tie with the defending champions. Match stats here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 20, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Vera, Riveros pace Paraguay past Slovakia

Enrique Vera and Cristian Riveros scored for Paraguay in a 2-0 win over Slovakia. With four points, the Paraguayans are in good shape to advance to the next round. Check out the game stats here....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 20, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Sunday kickaround

*Although FIFA will allow reporters to interview referees Monday, don't expect to hear any explanations concerning Koman Coulibaly's controversial call during the USA-Slovenia match. Sepp and Co. announced this morning that neither the game officials in attendance at the event nor the head of the officiating department, Jose Maria Garcia...

By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2010; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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