Jun 13, 2012, 7:00 AM EST
Soccer birthdays: Well isn’t this precious: two days before his team gets back on the field, facing co-host Ukraine in a Euro 2012 contest, French international Florent Malouda turns 32.
Big Important Story of the Day (North American version): How about that result last night from Guatemala City? You know, we should probably talk about that.
Big Important Story of the Day (Global version): A pre-tourney favorite at Euro 2012 (and a longtime favorite of fans who favor soccer that’s easy on the eyes) may be done by the time you pack up at the office today. We’re looking at you, Netherlands.
Ahead on the blog today*: Plenty of reflection on the U.S.-Guatemala match, plus a crazy-massive match from Euro 2012, where one of the tournament favorites, the Dutch, will go crashing out ingloriously if they lose today to the Germans. And since the Germans are another of the tourney favs, don’t be shocked it if happens. Richard Farley, our point man on all things EUFA European Championship (pictured, you know, fans and all), will be your guide on this one.
Meanwhile, I’m sure we’ll be talking about this, sorry upheaval in Warsaw.
Plus, our man on the crazy Ukrainian streets of Kiev, Noah Davis, will check in with his latest dispatch – assuming he and his buddies have remained in the good graces of the Ukrainian authorities, that is. Ahem. I’m sure everything is fine.
What we should all be watching on TV:
Denmark-Portugal, noon ET, ESPN
Germany-Netherlands, 2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Joe-Max Moore
Twitter daps: ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas): Good morning. I sense a disturbance in the force. Must be the return of the Group of Death. #Euro2012
Houston Dynamo and U.S. international center back Geoff Cameron (@GeoffCameron), who returned early this morning to the States, along with the rest of his national teammates: Headed back to H-Town! Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed but not so much the Houston heat! #HOUSTON
We’ll leave you with this: You forget how long ESPN analyst Kasey Keller was around the game as a player until you hear him at one of the Euro 2012 matches – and listen to the man talk about how many of these guys are former teammates. Well done, sir.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
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Antoine Griezmann breaks out with three goals in Atletico’s 4-1 result over Athletic Bilbao.
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Dec 21, 2014, 9:07 PM EST
The sky continues to fall in Dortmund.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:17 PM EST
Tim Howard converses about his recently released autobiography, “The Keeper.”
Dec 21, 2014, 7:40 PM EST
Jeremy Menez has done a fantastic job as AC Milan’s primary attacker, and he’s primarily aiming for the French national team call-up.
Dec 21, 2014, 6:20 PM EST
Ally McCoist has left Scottish Championship team Rangers, as the club has recognized the former star striker is now on “gardening leave.”
Dec 21, 2014, 5:30 PM EST
Catch up on Premier League Round 17 action from this Sunday.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:55 PM EST
According to Brendan Rogers, Liverpool’s prime attacker, Daniel Sturridge, will make his return from a multi-month injury in early January.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:05 PM EST
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson on game-winner and Tyne-Wear derby triumphs: “Three years in a row, they must hate me here!”
Dec 21, 2014, 3:39 PM EST
Brendan Rodgers gives his thoughts after a 2-2 draw despite what he called “dominance” on the ball.
Dec 21, 2014, 3:12 PM EST
With polarizing halves separating the teams, Arsene Wenger said a draw was the correct result based on performance.
Dec 21, 2014, 2:29 PM EST
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to bring a grudge with him to Morocco.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:44 PM EST
With Newcastle yielding late, Alan Pardew thinks he may have left his team a little too exposed as the clock ticked towards the final minute.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:08 PM EST
Martin Skrtel returned from a nasty injury and took full advantage of the resulting stopptage time.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:58 AM EST
A day to forget for the American central defender in Germany’s top flight.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:26 AM EST
The boyhood Newcastle fan scored at St. James Park for the third year in a row as Sunderland stole the Tyne-Wear derby late.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:16 AM EST
Raheem Sterling looks to be the lone attacking option for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has left both his available strikers on the bench.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:52 AM EST
A magnetizing first touch leads to a meaningless but nonetheless beautiful goal by the man who gives us magic weekly.
Dec 21, 2014, 7:53 AM EST
The heated Tyne-Wear derby has brought us goals and fireworks of many kinds, and will be no different today as Sunderland looks to win four in a row over Newcastle for the first time ever.
Dec 20, 2014, 10:54 PM EST
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