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Women’s Soccer @2012Olympics #USA-CAN

In Olympics, Soccer, Uncategorized on August 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

By Rwany Sibaja

The Twitter-verse was ablaze for a few hours on Monday as it became clear that the USA-Canada match in women’s soccer was something special.

  • @NathanLoomis: USA-Canada is intense
  • @JorgeMondacaFOX: Think Americans don’t care about soccer? Check out the trending charts – Rapinoe, Sinclair, and many other soccer terms in top 10

Like a boxing match, both sides delivered body blows for 120 minutes at Old Trafford. The Americans countered each goal by Canadian legend Christine Sinclair, whose hat trick on any other day would have put away most rivals. Instead, Megan Rapinoe, whose pinpoint passing on crosses and set pieces flustered the Canadian defense, scored two goals (one of which can be considered the goal of the tournament, the other a true “Olympic” goal off of a corner kick) to keep the US in the game.

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The end of nightmares

In Fandom, NASCAR, Soccer on July 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

by Rwany Sibaja

363 and 1462. Two numbers that some fans in Argentina and the United States knew all too well.

Trezeguet and River celebrate

For fans of River Plate, one of the major soccer clubs in the world and Argentina, 363 days of playing in the “Nacional B” division was unthinkable. It was bad enough that the club was relegated for the first time in its 111-year history last July, but the possibility of being unable to ascend back to the first division was too much. How could a club that won 34 national championships struggle to defeat teams playing in stadiums that looked more like practice facilities? Yet, here was River Plate suffering through a 0-0 tie against Almirante Brown in front of 60,000 of their own fans who were on pins and needles. Outside the stadium, irate fans clashed with the police during the first half of the match. Inside the “Monumental” a collective sense of disbelief created a tense situation by halftime, with many fans holding back tears.  In a “nightmare” season, many River fans wondered what they did to deserve such punishment…despite the fact that they entered the final day of the season tied for first place.

1462 days also seemed like a long nightmare for fans of “Junior Nation”. Read the rest of this entry »

Spain v. France: Blueprints for Developing Soccer Talent?

In Soccer on June 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm

By Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

The author is a historian in the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State.  Her forthcoming book, “The Making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010,” (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books) examines the history and evolution of French soccer and basketball development.

France plays Spain in the Euro quarterfinals tomorrow inUkraine.  Both sides have demonstrated results in recent memory:Spain’s Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 titles, andFrance’s 1998 World Cup and 2000 Euro victories.  Much is made of each side’s Generation ’87, players born in 1987 who are prominent fixtures in this year’s tournament.  For Spain, this includes Gerard Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas, and Pedro Rodríguez, and for France, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri, Jérémy Ménez, Blaise Matuidi, and Hatem Ben Arfa.  While indeed gifted athletes, they (and their teammates) are products of similar yet different youth programs.  By the late 1990s, the French development system was acclaimed as the best in the world, a bragging right Spain has since taken over.  This begs the question: what happens in Spain and France to create “winning” soccer players? Read the rest of this entry »

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