FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was named FIFA’s World Player of the Year on Monday at a gala ceremony in Zurich. Messi was the obviously choice after a campaign in which his club won a trio of Spanish and European titles. In the voting, Messi received 1,047 points. Cristiano Ronaldo was second with 352 points, followed by Xavi Hernandez with 196 points.
Messi also sealed his team’s first Club World Cup on Saturday as he nailed an extra time goal to beat Estudiantes 2-1.
“It is beautiful to achieve a year that cannot possibly be improved,” Messi said through a translator, calling the FIFA award “the icing on the cake.”
All the 22-year-old Argentinean wants now is a World Cup title.
On the women’s side, the award went to Marta, the 23-year-old Brazilian, for the fourth year in a row.
The FIFA rankings of world teams have been released and Spain toped all the charts as the overall best team in the world. Not bad considering the competition – every other team in the world! In a close second was Brazil followed by The Netherlands.
The United States were placed at a decent 14, not bad for a team that only just recently created a competitive soccer league. Canada has also made impressions as they moved from 90th place to tie with Bolivia for 56th place. At 56th place they may not make it into the South Africa World Cup but …read more
The Toronto FC of the Major Soccer League has been through some major changes after the end of this season. With a new head coach scheduled for the 2010 season much has been done to shake things up. Today they have announced that they will be replacing their assistant coach as well.
John Carver will be replaced by Leo Percovich, who acted as a goal-keeper coach for Chivas USA. Carver decided not to renew his contract after getting an offer from Nike to work for them in Beaverton, Oregon. Percovich has worked with Preki before as the two were coaches for …read more
David Beckham has reported that he would play in the 2014 World Cup if he’s still able to. Beckham, who would be 40 years old in 2014 might be a little too old. Though if he were still in shape and able to why not?
Despite being one of the world’s most recognized soccer players, Beckham has yet been able to grasp a World Cup title for his country. Despite these shortcomings Beckham has been able to use his celebrity status to get England into a 2018 World Cup bid. At 44, he would definitely be too old to play.
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Why do soccer players choose head butting as their aggressive attack of choice? It has become so commonplace on the field that after a guy accused his coach of head butting him in the locker room after a game no one seems to think twice.
The Queen’s Park Rangers manager Jim Magilton has been accused of head butting midfielder Akos Buzsaky after confronting him after a match that went poorly for them. Magilton has denied any wrongdoings and is fully cooperating with authorities who are looking into the matter.
Sounds to me like Buzsaky didn’t like the tong lashing he was receiving …read more
Canada’s head coach Stephen Hart has high hopes for Canada and their drive towards the World Cup. The Canadian National Soccer team never seems to make it through the World Cup qualifying rounds. In fact the last time Canada even played in the World Cup was in 1986.
Hart plans on changing all of that and has promised to give more power and authority to their strong players and build their team to a level they would be comfortable with.
With Toronto in the MLS and Vancouver soon to follow, the game od soccer is emerging as a sport for Canada. It …read more
Just when you thought that the Donovan/Beckham fued was over another one starts up. The two just learned last Friday that they will be playing against each other in the opening round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup games in South Africa this June. Donovan will be playing for team USA with Beckham on the opposing team England.
Beckham has made it very clear that his biggest ambition in life is to win his country a World Cup Title. Something that has only been done once and only back in the 60’s. Many find it strange that England doesn’t have more …read more
More teams are going to be included into the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup games. With the games expanding in the world it makes more sense to add more teams to the World Cup so that that more teams are given the chance to play.
The World Cup is the biggest sporting even in the world, yet the women’s version of the game is more humble. That however is changing as more and more women are taking to the field professionally.
FIFA organizers have said that the current cap of just 16 teams will be bumped to 24. Having …read more
FIFA officials are now considering adding extra referees or using TV replay to help officiate important games. Currently decisions have to be made on the spot and because of this many infractions slip past the eyes of the refs or are simply miss-called.
The decision to change FIFA’s officiating rules comes after France’s Henry deliberatly touched the ball to send France into the lead against Ireland in an important World Cup Qualifying match.
Personally I don’t see what the big deal is in allowing cameras the chance to replay to officials certain plays that come into question or are challenged by the …read more
Defending French League Champions, the Bordeaux Girondines make playing soccer look easy. After wining the title last season and wipping the floor with Montreal over the summer the Girondines have been working hard to stay on the top of the France Ligue 1. After slipping there for a while they finally made it back out on top after defeating Nancy in a surprising victory of 3-0.
Yeah their uniforms look like the old sailor suites buy they play like it’s nobody’s business. Hopefully they will be able to keep up their momentum and win another victory for the people of Bordeaux.
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