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Postby CielOnTap on Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:09 pm

Germans, Koreans complete line-up
(FIFA.com) Tuesday 2 December 2008
A thrilling day under the Chilean sunshine ended with the holders and their predecessors completing the line-up for the last four at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2008. Korea DPR edged past Japan in an all-Asian showdown, while Germany held firm to progress at Brazil’s expense.

The results mean a farewell to two of the teams whose dashing approach had won them a place in the hearts of many spectators. Elimination comes as an especially bitter blow to the Brazilians, who miss out on the last four at this tournament for the first time since its inception.

A combination of dynamism and adroit tactics paid off for both the North Koreans and the Germans, who will now more than ever believe in their chances of lifting the prestigious trophy again. The Asian powerhouses take on surprise package France in Temuco on Thursday, with the titanic struggle between long-time foes Germany and the USA in Coquimbo taking place on the same day. http://www.fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/news/newsid=966440.html#germans+koreans+complete+line

Women's soccer tournament update-intriguing outcome for teams. At least the games are played in a sunny climate and the spectators can still sit outdoors to watch the action on the fields.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:37 pm

Steely Koreans book final place

Holders Korea DPR needed late heroics from Ri Ye Gyong to see off a brave last-four fight from the French in Temuco, and book passage to their second consecutive FIFA U-20 women's final.

The Europeans started the contest in fine form, moving the ball around the pitch with seeming ease and dominating possession to the tune of 66 per cent in the first half. Melissa Plaza and Nora Coton-Pelagie both had decent chances to score inside the opening five minutes, but couldn't quite find the final touch. At the other end, Choe Un Ju saw the Koreans' first real chance - in the tenth minute - saved by French goalkeeper Meline Gerard.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:59 pm

A tale of records and revenge
The eagerly-awaited first quarter-final at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008 in Tokyo pits CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly against Pachuca, who qualified for the intercontinental showdown in Japan by virtue of their triumph in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. It is the Mexicans’ second consecutive appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup, while Egypt’s most successful club side feature at the event for the third time in the last four years.

The game
Al Ahly-Pachuca, Tokyo, Saturday 13 December, 13.45 (local)

The stakes
The winners earn themselves a semi-final meeting with Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito. Pachuca will be doubly keen to atone for a below-par showing last year, when they started as favourites against Tunisians Etoile Sportive du Sahel but lost their quarter-final clash 1-0. A second premature exit to the African Champions League winners is a fate the Mexicans are determined to avoid this time round. http://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/matches/round=252217/match=300073123/preview.html#a+tale+records+revenge

I have really not kept up with the various soccer tournaments going on. Imagine, a Fifa Club World Cup event in Japan this month!

Late news on how the Women's Under 20 tournament ended on Monday:
Clean sweep for USA in Chile
(FIFA.com) Monday 8 December 2008
Six years on from their triumph at Canada 2002, USA defeated the reigning champions to take the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup crown, as well as the lion's share of individual and team accolades.

The North Americans downed Korea DPR 2-1 in the final at Chile 2008, an event where more goals have been scored than at any previous edition. The distinction of finishing third went to Germany, who defeated France in a pulsating encounter.

FIFA.com brings you a summary of the final day's action from Chile 2008.

The final
Korea DPR 1-2 USA
Goals: Sydney Leroux 23, Alex Morgan 42 (USA); Cha Hu Nam 90+2 (Korea DPR).

The defending champions set out resolutely to hold onto their throne, to such an extent that the Americans were pinned back for the opening quarter of an hour. However, the deadly duo of Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux both found the net to justify their individual awards and pave the way towards a gold-medal success for the Stars and Stripes.

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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:44 pm

Red cards? Poland and Ukraine struggle as soccer hosts
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By Nicholas Kulish and Michael Schwirtz Published: December 11, 2008

WARSAW: It seemed like the perfect plan, if a slightly risky one. Give Poland and Ukraine, two of Europe's largest emerging economies, the chance to hold the Continent's premier soccer tournament, build on the Continent's fan base and help secure the sport's future in Eastern Europe.

After nearly two years plagued with disorganization, corruption and now a global financial crisis, the former Soviet-bloc countries' future as co-hosts of the Euro 2012 tournament is looking far from secure. What ideally would be a pretty straightforward process - getting national teams together to play soccer in front of fans and television cameras - has turned into a multinational melodrama that could have sprung from the pages of Gogol.

Ukraine has played the part of the down-on-his-luck guy, Poland the corrupt official and Germany the ready opportunist, prepared to sweep in and take over part of the tournament if Ukraine stumbles. After a series of harshly critical reports and comments by officials, there has been a flurry of activity as the two countries try to prove that they have their acts together so that the European soccer federation, UEFA, does not pull the plug. http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/11/sports/eurosoccer.php

Germany has upgraded facilities due to its recent Euro Cup hosting duties. Would be a shame to not see Ukraine and Poland sites if the countries are unable to get their fields ready. Maybe there are other considerations not mentioned as to the reasons that delays exist?
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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:31 pm

'Lawless thugs in suits' hold SA to ransom
13 December 2008, 15:30

South Africa can "kiss the 2010 Fifa World Cup goodbye" if it does not deal decisively with the minibus taxi industry.

This is the view of an expert in the taxi conflict, who asked not to be named because of death threats in the past. He questioned why the government was allowing the industry to hold the entire country to ransom.

"It's time to take the taxi industry and turn it on its head and it's got to be done forcefully."

He described the industry as being run by thugs. "They might be thugs in suits but are thugs nonetheless." http://www.capeargus.co.za/?fSectionId=3571&fArticleId=vn20081213084211756C886043

Another 2010 sporting event having local issues to contend with in the preparation stage. It is always connected to money matters.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby yukon on Sun Dec 21, 2008 3:34 pm

ROONEY NETS LATE GOAL TO WIN CLUB WORLD CUP FOR MAN U

YOKOHAMA, Japan - Wayne Rooney scored late in the second half Sunday to lead Manchester United to a 1-0 win over
Ecuador's Liga de Quito in the final of the Club World Cup.

Rooney, who was named player of the tournament, took a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 73rd minute and fired an
angled right-footed blast into the bottom corner past diving Liga goalkeeper Jose Cevallos.

"It was a very difficult game especially after going down to 10 men," said Rooney. "I'm very happy to have scored and for
us to become the best club in the world is something we can be very proud of."

United was reduced to 10 men when defender Nemanja Vidic was given a red card in the 49th minute for elbowing
Claudio Bieler in the face.


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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby dreamon on Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:13 pm

Soccer ace sent off after three seconds

London - Footballer David Pratt has secured his place in the record books for the wrong reasons after receiving
the world's fastest-ever red card.

The 21-year-old striker for non-league Chippenham was sent off after three seconds for a lunge at Bashley's
Christopher Knowles, 22, reports The Sun.

Bashley boss Steve Riley said: "It was a potential leg-breaker."

Chippenham secretary George McCaffrey admitted: "You could normally not meet a more milder man - but David
lost it on this occasion."


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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby smitty on Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:00 pm

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No wonder I do no have a Cellular for the darn keys are impossible to reach without hitting the wrong key(s). Even have trouble with a normal home phonw which I had to purchase to meet the demands of buinesses in their words of Press such & such a key for some other dim witt I might be connected to while i have to suffer with so called modern music considering I prefer Classical to Classic Jazz.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:34 pm

Couple of soccer items to start the week off:

Beckham set for Milan debut
(AFP) Monday 5 January 2009

David Beckham is set to make his much anticipated debut for AC Milan in a friendly against German side Hamburg on Tuesday, coach Carlo Ancelotti has said.

Speaking on Monday from Dubai, where the squad is at a training camp, Ancelotti said: "There has been a lot of curiosity surrounding David Beckham. And I can calmly say that he is available and that he can therefore play."
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Tickets on sale from autumn 2009
(LOC) Monday 5 January 2009
The first year on the road to the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™ was certainly a busy one for the tournament's Organising Committee. A look back at the past 12 months reveals a number of important measures and decisions that will form the basis of the continued preparations for the first FIFA Women's World Cup to be held on German soil.

The year 2009 will also see the tournament continue to take shape - visually, atmospherically and in organisational terms - with important decisions and events such as the putting on sale of some one million tickets.

Jones following Beckenbauer's lead
Like Franz Beckenbauer before her in his role as Organising Committee (OC) supremo for the FIFA World Cup 2006™, Steffi Jones has become the face of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 during the first 12 months of her tenure. The former international, who has no fewer than 111 caps to her name, has used all her charm and charisma to raise the profile and prestige of the OC that was put in place by the German Football Federation (DFB). World Cup 2011

Given Germany's co-hosting of the Men's World Cup recently, I expect soccer fans will see the same stadiums used from that Cup event for the one in two years' time. I did feel sorry for any soccer players trying to play on wet artificial turf-the turf seemed to be like a shifting carpet that dragged the soccer plays.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby fishandchips on Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:00 pm

More women's soccer to anticipate-good. For a 35-year-old to lead the organizing committee is an achievement. Does Ms. Jones take no as a final answer?
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