Monthly Archives: May 2012

The 2014 Brazil World Cup: I’m in

It’s only two years and a bit away. It’ll go by fast. I wanted to get this post out before the Euro hits and that absorbs everyone’s attention. The World Cup is coming to Brazil for the first time since … Continue reading

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Best goals of 2011/12

Hard to argue with 101greatgoals.com when they put a compilation together. Bit heavy on  Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar but interesting to see Hatem Ben Arfa and Carlos Vela with multiple entries. Funnily, Eric Hassli’s strike against the Sounders made it … Continue reading

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(Updated) Hassli’s goal against Toronto: unstoppable

I was at the game tonight and actually had a great vantage point for Hassli’s (once again) stunning injury time equalizer against Toronto tonight in the Amway Canadian Championship thingy. My immediate reaction was exactly the same as my nine … Continue reading

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More pie? Inherent and learned traits of elite players

Something @JoeRReid said on Twitter made me think that it would be interesting to perhaps first define what traits most of us would see an elite level player as needing or having. And by the way, when I say elite … Continue reading

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What are the ingredients to make an elite soccer player?

So much goes into making a really good soccer player. Beyond the players involvement are many other agents in the formula from coaches to parents to peers. Which ones matter and which ones matter most? Hard to say and undoubtedly … Continue reading

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Messi scores 50, thanks Pep. Class.

But really has any manager brought as much to the game in a four year span as Pep Guardiola? He took over Barcelona at a time when they had just finished third in La Liga, 18 points behind champion Real … Continue reading

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Kompany v Smalling: no contest

When you spent most of your playing days competing for headers, you tend to recognize little things that suggest one player wanted to get a head on the ball considerably more than the other. Vincent Kompany wanted to win that … Continue reading

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