Golden Cup – US Defeated Honduras to Remain Unbeaten In the Tournament

The two-time defending champion of the Golden Cup, the United States team is currently unbeaten in the tournament and heading into the quarterfinals after defeating Honduras on Wednesday night 2-0; they still have to beat Haiti on Saturday to have a secure spot in the quarterfinals.

The game that was scoreless until minute 75, when Santino Quaranta opened the score when he took a pass from Charlie Davis at the beginning of the penalty zone to fire a good shot and score the first goal for the Americans. This was the first appearance of Quaranta with the United States team in more than three years. “I looked to my left and saw Santino making a good run, so I was able to lay off a good ball for him,” Davies said. “He was just like, ‘Thanks.’ I think it was gratifying for him to score in front of the home crowd.” Santino admitted publicly that he had problems with drugs and alcohol before asking for a new opportunity with the DC United, the team with whom he started his professional career back in 2001.

His road for recovery has been difficult, but conducted him all the way to the national team squad, and he has stated that he is very excited with the opportunity that has been given to him. The second goal came at minute 79th to seal the victory for the United States team with a header from Brian Ching. Both teams had good performances at the RFK stadium and both had several opportunities of opening the score until the US team did. In the 15th minute the first team on having the opportunity was the United States team when a pass from Robbie Rogers to Quaranta ended on a header that went wide into the goalpost.

In the 22nd minute the American team had another chance when Ching overpass the ball through the goalkeeper Donis Escobar, but he couldn’t regain the ball and it was cleared by the Honduras defense.

Honduras had a great opportunity of scoring at minute 30′ when Walter Martinez broke away and it was just him against the US goalkeeper, but he shoot the ball too wide and it just passed by the goal arc and hit the net in the left side.

The roster of the United States team for this tournament is completely different from the one they had in Confederations Cup last month since most of the players were given a recess before they enter into the last part of the qualifying rounds for the World Cup of next year. Coach Bob Bradley is trying to see if he has to make some more changes for the squad to be more solid since most of the players that went to the Confederations Cup are not playing.

The first ones on giving a breath of fresh air to the offense were the veterans Charlie Davies and Benny Feilhaber, and some other changes that he made in the other games they have been playing. The game against Haiti will be another test to see if he needs to make more changes in the team.

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FIFA World Cup Previews – Group G

FIFA World Cup Previews � Group G

Group G is the group of death with one of Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast definitely not making progress to the knockout stages. Which side will be going home early? Will North Korea, the fourth side in the group, be able to take any points against these three world class teams? BetRepublic previews the group here.

Outright Group Winner Odds : Soccer Betting Tip

Brazil � 4/7

Portugal � 10/3

Ivory Coast � 7/2

North Korea � 80/1

Group Qualification Odds:

Brazil � 1/7

Portugal � 4/6

Ivory Coast � 8/11

North Korea � 12/1

These odds were supplied by Betrepublic.

TheTeams:

Brazil are the most successful side to feature at the World Cup � they have lifted the trophy on five different occasions and are the only side to feature in all previous eighteen World Cup finals. They go into the nineteenth edition of the finals as second favourites at 5/1 behind Spain (4/1) to claim their sixth world crown. Their coach, Dunga, has added a defensive solidarity to the well known attacking flair of Brazil and in their qualifying run they conceded just eleven goals in eighteen matches, whilst being the top scoring side in South America with thirty-three goals.

Brazil have all of the qualities necessary to win this tournament in ability, experience and tactical know how and having just leapfrogged Spain to become the number one side in the world I will be surprised if they do not claim a sixth title. With Brazil being the most likely side to win the group who will follow them into the knockout stages? Will it be number three in the world Portugal or number twenty-seventh Ivory Coast? William Hill believe that it will be Portugal following the Brazilian side into the last sixteen stage of the tournament despite them finishing runners up to Denmark in UEFA Group 1.

The Portuguese side got off to a great start to their campaign by beating Malta 4-0 then lost to Denmark and then followed that up with three 0-0 draws to leave them out the verge of failing to qualify. However they won their last three games, scoring eight goals without conceding, to beat Sweden to second in the group by a point. They reached the finals by beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 home and away despite missing their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo for both matches. These finals will be the fifth occasion that Portugal have played in and in the previous four finals they have failed to progress from the group twice and reached the Semi Finals on the other two occasions. Should they progress from this group, and have history repeat itself, then Portugal could be on for a great run in the tournament.

However, Portugal will have to surpass the hurdle of the Ivory Coast, who are undoubtedly the most talented side in African football. Their ranks boast the likes of Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou as well as Arsenal’s Emmanuel Eboue and Manchester City star Kolo Toure amongst many players plying their trade at the top levels of European football. This is the second time that the Ivory Coast have qualified for the finals and on both occasions they have had tough qualifying groups. This time they have to get past Brazil and Portugal and on their only other appearance, in Germany four years ago, they were drawn with Argentina, the Netherlands and Serbia and Montenegro. They were beaten by both Argentina and the Netherlands last time around, but with their squad having vastly improved in the four years since Germany they have a great chance of making the knockout stage this time around.

Group G 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer Betting Tip North Korea are really the forgotten side in this group, with all the attention being focused on who will qualify out of Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast. They faced a gruelling qualification battle that spanned twenty months and sixteen matches, but they managed to finish as runners up behind their more illustrious neighbours, South Korea, in the final qualifying group to book their return to the World Cup for the first time since 1966. The finals in England was the only time before now that North Korea have qualified for a World Cup and they reached the Quarter Finals but were beaten 5-3 by Portugal, despite leading 3-0. Unfortunately for them this time around they have gotten an extremely difficult draw and I cannot see them progressing past the group stages. Who will progress to the last sixteen stage? North Korea will not make it past the group stages in South Africa.

They have gotten the toughest possible draw and they will be lucky to get anything at all from their three matches. This leaves the big three sides to fight it out for the two qualifying places. I feel that Brazil are the most balanced side at the finals and will win the group, and very possibly the tournament outright. In their eighteen qualifying matches they scored three goals for every one they conceded and finished with the most goals scored and least conceded.

So who will follow them through? Will it be Portugal who struggled through their qualifying group, but can be sure that Cristiano Ronaldo will shine on the world’s biggest stage? Or will it be the Ivory Coast with their all round squad strength and expert Premier League marksman Didier Drogba? I feel that the Ivory Coast are a better overall side than Portugal and they will take the second spot in the group. BetRepublic Recommends: Back Brazil to win the group @ 4/7 with the Ivory Coast to qualify @ 8/11.

The Liga BBVA Continues to be a Matter of Two

The yawning gap financially and successfully speaking that separates Barcelona and Real Madrid from the rest in the Spanish championship is clearly reflected in the standings.

A matter of two. This is the phrase that could easily describe what is going on in the Liga BBVA after match day 18. And it is not an unusual picture in Spain, as this has been the pattern since the 2004-2005 season when Barcelona and Real Madrid began to monopolize titles among themselves. Instead of increasing the competitiveness among the others by demanding them to perform at a higher level to be among the best, the only level of competitiveness that has increased has been among the two of them. It was no coincidence that last season they starred a championship that required the record sum of 99 points to clinch the title.

This season everything is starting to look as if those 99 points won’t be sufficient to clinch the 2010-11 Liga, and that just these two teams have enough arguments to pass that mark. Only 18 games have been necessary for the defending champions Barcelona (49) and Real Madrid (47) to create a +10 point difference from the third place Villareal (36), when there is still one game to go before the first of two rounds is completed.

Their offensive power is demolishing as well, and it looks like the new champion will not only need more than 99 points to win the title, but also more than 99 goals. Barcelona is closer to cross that line with 57 goals already that make them the top scorers in Spain and Europe as well, with an average of 3.2 goals per game. Behind comes Real Madrid with the not inconsiderable average of 2.6 goals per game.

Defensively speaking, they also have enviable records that confirm how solid their defenses are for opponents. The defending champions have only suffered 10 goals in 18 games, while Real Madrid has taken the ball out of their goal 16 times, five of those against Barcelona in the past edition of “El Clasico”.

These numbers make of the Liga BBVA two championships instead of one: the first one composed of Real Madrid and Barcelona fighting head to head towards the title, and the second made up from those fighting for the non-despicable leftovers of four tickets at stake for UEFA competitions: two for the Champions League and the same number for the Europa League.

And it is in these “other” championship -if it can be called that way- that things are more even an unpredictable. Only an eight point difference separates the third place Villareal from the tenth Sevilla (26), where all those in between -including them two- have serious chances to clinch an UEFA championship berth.

Valencia follows Villareal real close, just two points behind (34) them, and along with Espanyol (31) they are starring a pretty tight fight for a Champions League seat, where they can’t afford to relax due to the proximity of their contenders. These contenders are Atletico de Madrid, Getafe and Mallorca with 27 points, as well as Athletic de Bilbao with the already mentioned Sevilla with 26 points, teams that rally for a Europa League berth at this time.

Barcelona is after its third Spanish championship in a row, while Real Madrid is looking forward to end with their three year wining draught. Who the champion will be is still unknown, but the options aren’t many as like we said early this is “a matter of two”.

3 Simple Steps To Soccer Conditioning

Permit it be known with the aim of a soccer tame program is the very basis proceeding which the success of any set depends. Soccer exercises build strength, nimbleness, and endurance without which performers cannot even think of nature in shape for a living match, forget about prize-winning it.

However, there may be sites when you and your set do not get enough time to train before a match. But you don’t penury to compromise on the tame exercises since of this. You don’t want your performers to get injured before otherwise during the game.

Any on form laid down soccer fitness schooling plan can lead to schooling players completely in precisely 3 days time. All you penury to do is be sincere in carrying out the proposal based on some good coursework. These are some guidelines with the aim of lead to short but nifty conditioning plans.

Warming up: Order the players to start in the midst of any of the subsequent; a five minute jog, high laps, jumping, or heel flicks. Purloin enough rest for a record or so in between. Next do some stretching for an extra 5 minutes that will quality up the strengths. These soccer workouts must include every of great magnitude muscle group in it.

Operation: Some coaches have a inclination to make the players prepare constant running. While with the aim of is not bad, I recommend with the aim of you make the players prepare soccer-specific running. It process that for about 30 record, they do a order of running, jogging, walking, and race in no set regulation.

This form of running at several speeds helps the players perceive strong and have more oppress over their bodies. Moreover, they do not get fatigued in view of the fact that a walk after a race balances things out.

Permit the decision making to the person players about what to prepare and when. If they have the benefit of doing sprints new than jogging, that is OK. Such as the stamina of the kids mushroom, you can increase the period of the soccer tame program slightly.

Stretching: Persuade the performers to do stretching exercises mutually after the training session such as well as a match. Ponder on working out the total body specially the cramp, groins, quads, calves and lower put a bet on. Keep in mind with the aim of the stretching positions should be slow than the warm-up meetings. In general, 20 on the road to 30 seconds is recommended.

A generation before the match, make up the players rest. This will permit the muscles to recover next also prevent the option of an injury. It is moreover a time to go into the strategy with them along in the midst of boosting their confidence.

Share particular lighter moments as well subsequently that they get interested in a great mental shape in extra to the physical single.

For Second Time in a Row Messi is The Number One

Despite having a discrete World Cup in South Africa 2010, the Argentinean’s performance with Barcelona has been sufficient to withhold his crown.

The first edition of the FIFA Ballon d’Or was celebrated in Zurich on Monday, where the Argentinean striker Lionel Messi from Barcelona repeated the two awards that he had won last year -Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the year- in its new fusion version. The French magazine France Football and the ruler football entity in the world, FIFA, decided to merge their awards for the first time in history to create this individual recognition.

A group composed of 154 journalists along with the 208 coaches as well as their respective team captains that represent the countries members of the FIFA had the tough mission of choosing the number one player in the planet. World Cup champions Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta where the other two nominees and Spain’s hope of receiving the award over their club teammate Messi. Unfortunately for the Spaniards their World Cup title wasn’t going to have as much incidence as it did in previous editions.

Messi’s 47 goals in 53 games in all competition during the past 2009-10 season, added to the 28 goals in 26 games of this current one had more influence in the judges decisions, and 22,65 percent of the votes reflected it. Behind was left Iniesta with 17,36 percent and scorer of the goal that was worth Spain’s first World Cup title, and playmaker Xavi with 16,48.

The Argentinean has now tied his fellow countryman Alfredo Di Stefano (1957 and 1959) as the only players from this country that have won the award in two occasions. Behind has been left Omar Sivori with one in 1961, who completes the select group of three players from that nationality that have received it. If you happen to be wondering why such a legend as Diego Maradona is not part of that group is not because of a lack of recognition, but because before 1995 the award was only eligible for European players, and he didn’t have a double nationality like Di Stefano (Spanish) and Sivori (Italian) did.

With this recognition Messi also joins Johan Cruyff (1973 and 1974), Kevin Keegan (1978 and 1979), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1980 and 1981) and Marco Van Basten (1988 and 1989) as the only players to have been crowned consecutively with this award.

In other awards Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal won the election over the Spaniards coaches Vicente del Bosque from the Spanish national team and Joseph Guardiola from Barcelona with 35,92 percent of the votes.

As far as the dream team is concerned it had a strong presence from Barcelona players, just like in the podium of the Balon d’Or. Spaniards Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique and David Villa joined teammates Xavi, Messi and Iniesta, as well as the also Spaniard but Real Madrid goal keeper Iker Casillas. The starting 11 is completed by Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, Brazilians Maicon and Lucio from Inter, and Dutch Wesley Sneijder from Inter as well.

The best goal was for the Turkish Hamit Altintop, who scored against Kazajstan on September 3 the award winner goal during the 2012 Euro qualifiers. The fair play award went to the U17 Haiti national team whose country suffered a devastating earthquake on January of 2010.

And last but not least the ladies also got their recognitions: Marta from Brazil was voted over Germans Birgit Prinz and Fatmire Bajramaj as the best female player in the world. Their countrywoman and German national team head coach Silvia Neid did run with a better luck and clinch the best coach award over the also German Maren Meinert (U20 German national team coach), and Pia Sundhage (US national team head coach) from Sweeden.