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Dec 18, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

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Soccer birthdays:

Anyone who has ever seen German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher absolutely pummel poor Patrick Battiston in the 1982 World Cup knows who should have been the first goalkeeper ejected from a World Cup finals contest. For whatever reason, he wasn’t. Instead, that dubious distinction belongs to Gianluca Pagliuca, who was dismissed from the a World Cup 1994 match against Norway for handling a ball beyond his 18.

Pagliuca, who returned for Italy’s last three matches in that runner-up summer, turns 46 on Tuesday.

Speaking of turning 46: Les Ferdinand, whose best days came at Spurs in the late 1990s and thereabouts, also turns 46 on Tuesday. He had 17 full England caps.

Just for fun, though … let’s look back at Schumacher’s assult:



Big Important Stories of the Day:

Lionel Messi, Xavi and Carles Puyol have agreed new deals with Barcelona.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day:  Richie Williams

*Ahead on the blog today:

Since U.S. final round World Cup qualifier venues seem to be topical, we’ll have more to say about that.

Twitter daps:


What you should watch on TV today:

Slim Pickins’. So watch this instead: It’s the Red Bulls video Christmas card. (Which you may have already seen; I posted it last night at ProSoccerTalk.)

We’ll leave you with this:

Noticed someone asking this randomly on Twitter this morning: Has Leo Messi offered the most return on investment for any player ever? Interesting question, eh?

  1. Dan - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Oh come on now… While it may not be top-notch stuff, Augsburg hosts Bayern in the DFB Pokal this afternoon. 2:25 p.m. on The Bavarians (the ones at the top of the table) are seeking to head into the winter break on a positive run of form after a lackidasical draw at home to Gladbach last week. So, there is that…

  2. ndnut - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Thanks Dan! I need something to watch when my semester finals are done. Yay for half days!

  3. adslazaro - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Ferdinand’s best days were most assuredly not at Spurs. They were either at QPR or Newcastle.


  4. charliej11 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    What did M Paulson mean ? Is the Mix deal a dead deal ?

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