Football (Soccer)

Football (Soccer)

Arise my Group of Death

So I’m on the phone discussing seriously important soccer matters with a seriously important soccer celebrity. I’m looking for a job but all I’m getting is congratulations for being a great volunteer. “Youth soccer needs more people like you,” the celeb says. “That’s great,” says I, like Jerry Seinfeld only[…]

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C for Champions – C for Yourself

So now you’re telling me the winner is going to come from Group C. And of course, you could be right. The results of the opening games – Saudi Arabia v Denmark and France v South Africa on June 12 – will not tell us all the answers and I[…]

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How About That Group B Then?

Did I hear you say the winner is going to come from Group B? You must be Italian. Sure, it’s possible. Anything is possible. The cow jumped over the moon, remember. And the Italians should jump over Cameroon this time around. But hold on a minute. This time, Cameroon is[…]

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Let’s kick-off Group A

It’s June 10th, 1998, 4 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time or even not so mean time. Thirty minutes from now, a shrill whistle will be heard around the world and holders Brazil will kick-off against Scotland the Brave in the Stade de France. Sixty-eight years after 13 teams contested the first[…]

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Cincinnati Reds, Blues, etc.

How’s it going, Michel? This week’s topic centres around the National Soccer Coaches of America Association convention held in Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago. The first thing to know about this is when you fly into Cincinnati, Ohio, the plane lands in Kentucky and you have a river to[…]

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Joy & Heartbreak Barely Split by Time

So you were warned two weeks ago about cup fever and how it can strike. Now far be it from me to tell you “I told you so” but did you watch Manchester United orchestrate the most unlikely comeback from the dead last Sunday? What is the opposite of “far[…]

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The Greatest Team Ever?

There could be a lot of candidates for team of the century. Just who is the “greatest team ever”? Well, I’m going to give you my opinion, as usual. The greatest team ever to play soccer is the World Cup-winning Brazilian team. Hold on a minute Joe, that only narrows[…]

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Perspective is a Wonderful Thing

[For my regular worldwide audience, this week’s column is Vancouver-specific. But don’t let that stop you from reading it and bookmarking for two weeks later when I’ll be talking about Brazil 1970.] Trust me, this is a soccer column. All right, then why am I jumping on the “let’s complain[…]

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