Skip to content

ProSoccerTalk’s daily soccer re-set

Dec 19, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

1974 ball

Soccer birthdays:

Chelsea center back Gary Cahill, last seen walking off the field in Japan, having been ejected from the FIFA Club World Cup final, turns 27.

Dutch international Ryan Babel turns 26.

Real Madrid and French international striker Karim Benzema turns 25.

Big Important Stories of the Day:

The last FIFA world rankings for 2012 are out – if you are into those things. (Spoiler alert: Spain is on top. Again.)

And U.S. international Michael Parkhurst is apparently on the move, out of Denmark and into the German Bundesliga. If so, that’s a nice move up the European hierarchy.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day:  Erin O’Grady

*Ahead on the blog today:

We’ll talk Parkhurst and, hopefully, U.S. World Cup venues.

Twitter daps:

source:

What you should watch on TV today:

If you have Univision Deportes, set that DVR for 2:30 p.m. ET, because any chance to catch Borussia Dortmund right now should be exploited. The third-place team in the German table meets Hannover (with U.S. international Steve Cherundolo) in German Cup play.

For anyone with beIN Sports, there’s a nice Capital One Cup contest out of Leeds, whose fans can recall some better days in top flight soccer during today’s meeting with Chelsea. Coverage starts at 2:40 p.m. ET.

Background noise while blogging today:

Way behind on soccer podcasts. But also feeling behind on college football bowl season knowledge. May be some competing interests there.

We’ll leave you with this:

Everybody noticed that the FIFA Club World Cup came and went with no goal line technology needed, right? (This was the first official event with the modern methods for goal detection in place.) I suppose it’s like insurance. Most of the time, you don’t need it. But when you need it, you really need it.

*Always subject to change; you know how it is

Latest Posts
  1. Barcelona’s Xavi set to sign deal in Qatar; will not join New York City FC, MLS

    Mar 26, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT

    Barcelona's midfielder Xavi Hernandez ce Barcelona's midfielder Xavi Hernandez ce

    Xavi is heading to Qatar on a three-year deal, will get paid $11 million per season.

  2. Soccer’s rich list: Who are the top 20 highest earning players?

    Mar 26, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT

    Lionel Messi, Neymar Lionel Messi, Neymar

    Here’s a look at the players with the highest revenue in 2014.

  3. VIDEO: Watch Alexis Sanchez play the piano to John Legend song

    Mar 26, 2015, 12:50 PM EDT

    Sanchez piano

    When he’s not ripping apart Premier League defenses, Sanchez loves to unwind by tickling the ivory.

  4. Report: Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano interesting Liverpool, Arsenal

    Mar 26, 2015, 11:28 AM EDT

    Turkey v Brazil International friendly match Turkey v Brazil International friendly match

    Shakhtar’s star striker set to leave in December when his contract runs out.

  5. Morgan Schneiderlin wants Southampton exit if they fail to make UEFA Champions League

    Mar 26, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT

    Schneiderlin Getty Images

    Saints midfielder speaks of his desire to play in the UCL, reassess his future this summer.

  6. Theo Walcott denies fall out with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over contract talks

    Mar 26, 2015, 8:45 AM EDT

    Arsenal v Leicester City - Premier League Getty Images

    Walcott denies a “bust-up” with Wenger over contract talks.

  7. Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil believes he can win Ballon d’Or award to silence critics

    Mar 26, 2015, 7:58 AM EDT

    Britain Soccer Premier League AP

    The German international playmaker is aiming to join the Messi’s and Ronaldo’s of this world.

  8. Union’s Zach Pfeffer given 2nd game for elbow, Manneh also suspended

    Mar 25, 2015, 11:31 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 11.20.07 PM

    The MLS disciplinary committee was busy after this last weekend.

  9. Messi, Argentina attend Wizards vs Pacers NBA game

    Mar 25, 2015, 9:54 PM EDT

    Argentina AP

    All the priceless images and marketable moments from the Argentinian national team’s visit to the Verizon Center.

  10. Sami Khedira confirms he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season

    Mar 25, 2015, 9:01 PM EDT

    Khedira Getty Images

    Having won just about every possible trophy in his five years at the Bernabeu, the German is moving on.

  11. Perry Kitchen not suspended for apparent stamp at Red Bull Arena

    Mar 25, 2015, 7:58 PM EDT

    Kitchen AP

    The D.C. United midfielder appears to be getting off lightly, and the Red Bull captain isn’t pleased.

  12. Late Podolski goal gives Germany 2-2 draw with Australia

    Mar 25, 2015, 7:19 PM EDT

    Podolski Getty Images

    Germany nearly fell disappointingly to the Asian Cup winners but Podolski’s 48th international goal brought them level.

  13. Postgame reaction: Bradley disappointed, Klinsmann unmoved

    Mar 25, 2015, 6:32 PM EDT

    Klinsmann Getty Images

    Michael Bradley was disappointed, but Jurgen Klinsmann somehow took positives from the game.

  14. Player ratings: How did the USMNT fare in defeat to Denmark?

    Mar 25, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT

    Another USMNT friendly, another second half collapse.

  15. Denmark 3-2 USMNT: Defensive folly reel, Bendtner’s hat trick undo Altidore’s star turn

    Mar 25, 2015, 5:12 PM EDT

    FBL-EURO-2016-FRIENDLY-DEN-USA Getty Images

    Jozy Altidore deserved better for his goal and assist, but the United States again looked porous at the back in a one-goal loss to 28th ranked Denmark.

Featured video

Week 30: Headline PL moment