Dec 13, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT
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
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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A winger, Veron scored eight times in 52 appearances for Argentine power San Lorenzo.
Aug 4, 2015, 9:09 PM EDT
Full marks to the Sounders for not pointing out that Portland has a player named Peay.
Aug 4, 2015, 8:05 PM EDT
L’Equipe says FMF representatives met with Bielsa’s people on Tuesday morning and France, and that Bielsa is interested.
Aug 4, 2015, 7:15 PM EDT
The “end of the year” promise could be the real deal, but the nation has certainly taken its time.
Aug 4, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT
The transfer window hasn’t closed, but a lot of the names who’ve climbed through it have us salivating for Saturday’s start to the Premier League season.
Aug 4, 2015, 5:33 PM EDT
Keeping Bale and Benzema around will keep Madrid among the favorites for the UEFA Champions League, as the giants search for Undecima.
Aug 4, 2015, 4:47 PM EDT
Picking a group of five defenders is way more difficult than selecting the best goalkeepers in the league.
Aug 4, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT
McInerney, however, has disappointed in recent seasons. Perhaps a change in leader, albeit for the second time, will help.
Aug 4, 2015, 3:19 PM EDT
At Roma, Dzeko will join a loaded attack which includes Mattia Destro, Victor Ibarbo and Seydou Doumbia, as well as Francesco Totti.
Aug 4, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT
Ever wonder where the games you’re watching on TV are taking place? Here’s a guide to help you out.
Aug 4, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT
D.C. United, LA Galaxy, RSL, Vancouver and Seattle fly the MLS flag as they look to break Liga MX’s stronghold.
Aug 4, 2015, 12:50 PM EDT
This coin toss is a really, really big deal for the four teams left in the competition.
Aug 4, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT
Should a PL giant hand Zlatan a chance to strut his stuff in England’s top-flight?
Aug 4, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT
Here are the latest rumors from around the PL.
Aug 4, 2015, 10:24 AM EDT
Blues boss hugely complimentary of the PL’s other big boys heading into the new season.
Aug 4, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT
Rog, Davo, Mustoe and Earle hang out in the panic room and preview the upcoming PL season.
Aug 4, 2015, 8:37 AM EDT
Eight years after a loan spell, Gradel returns to Bournemouth.
Aug 4, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT
Dutch club reach “agreement in outline” with Bundesliga side Bremen for AJ.
Aug 3, 2015, 9:28 PM EDT
Apparently Louis van Gaal really, really wants Gareth Bale on his team.
Aug 3, 2015, 7:55 PM EDT
Could the USMNT forward be thinking about a move to the Bundesliga?
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