FIFA's world rankings show world champion Spain remaining at the top of the list, followed by Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, England, Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal and Greece. While it's fun to scan the full results, they should, as usual, be taken with a pinch of salt. (Croatia and Greece in the...
FIFA makes no major changes to 2014 World Cup bids: CONCACAF again with 3 automatic slots, one playoff entry
CONCACAF, the region encompassing North and Central America and the Caribbean, will receive three automatic berths in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and send an additional team to a qualifying playoff -- no change from recent tournaments. The organization had been lobbying FIFA to eliminate the playoff stage and...
Thursday kickaround: FIFA rankings, Robbie Findley, Americans abroad, Charlie Davies, D.C. United, Andy Najar
*In the latest FIFA rankings, the United States holds steady at No. 18. The top nine is unchanged, led by Spain, Netherlands and Germany. The Americans' next opponents, Argentina and Paraguay, are fifth and 24th respectively. The biggest jump in the top 25: Asian champion Japan, 12 slots to No....
| February 3, 2011; 9:12 AM ET |
Categories: Americans Abroad, D.C. United, Egypt, England, FIFA, Honduras, U.S. men's national team | Tags: Andy Najar, Charlie Davies, D.C. United, FIFA, Robbie Findley
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On Sunday, CONCACAF bosses announced that they would lobby FIFA for a fourth automatic slot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In the two most recent cycles, the region received three guaranteed berths while a fourth nation was sent to a playoff. Before you vote, let's examine how CONCACAF...
The finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the best player of 2010 were announced today -- all three are from some little club in the Catalan region and two helped Spain win its first World Cup title: FC Barcelona MF Andres Iniesta (Spain) FC Barcelona MF Xavi Hernandez...
Saturday kickaround: Maryland Terrapins, NCAA tournaments, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Jose Torres, World Cup decisions
*Read my feature about Zac MacMath, the University of Maryland and U.S. under-20 goalkeeper who is ready to turn pro. The Terrapins face Michigan at 1 p.m. today in the NCAA quarterfinals. *One quarterfinal is already in the books, and it had a familiar ending. For the third consecutive week,...
| December 4, 2010; 10:15 AM ET |
Categories: 2018 World Cup, 2022 World Cup, Americans Abroad, College Soccer, FIFA, MLS, Mexico, U.S. men's national team, USA 2nd division, Women | Tags: FIFA, MLS, college soccer
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