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Dec 13, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

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Soccer birthdays:

A fairly glum year around fabled Arsenal might be darker still but for Santi Cazorla, the little Spaniard who has exceeded expectations around the Emirates. Arsenal’s playmaker turns 28 on Thursday.

Past that, on a fairly meager day for soccer birthdays, we can give you Taylor Swift (pictured) – and that’s about all. The American singer turns 23.

Big Important Stories of the Day: 

Expect the fallout to be intense over the sorry happenings Wednesday night in Sao Paulo, where the team by the same name was awarded the Copa Sudamericana title on Wednesday after violence broke out inside and outside the stadium. Argentine club Tigre refused to play the second half of the contest in Brazil’s largest city. The “other shoe” falling here is that Sao Paulo and Brazil are scheduled to host World Cup 2014 in less than two years.

So, yes … expect to read more on this one.

Meanwhile, Monterrey’s clash with European champion Chelsea at FIFA’s Club World Cup will steal the early headlines. And you never know when that goal line technology now in use during the tournament in Japan will be called into action.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day: Brian McBride

*Ahead on the blog today: 
The next in a series of conversations based on a long conversation with U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. That will drop at about noon ET.

We’ll have highlights from Wednesday’s U.S. women’s match in Houston.

We’ll have more from the wild scenes in Sao Paulo,  plus news from Major League’s Soccer intense, compressed off-season, which will continue to churn.

What you should watch on TV today:

Hopefully we all DVRed that Chelsea-Monterrey clash (played in the pre-dawn hours here). Because otherwise, this is a “slim pickin’s” zone, live soccer-wise.

We’ll leave you with this:

This nasty stuff down in Brazil is truly disturbing. If officials there cannot get hold of one match involving a relatively small club visiting from Argentina, what will come of the far, far larger event set to unfold inside that troubled country in less than two year’s time? Truly, FIFA needs to have a people on the ground right now, looking into all this.

*Always subject to change; you know how it is

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