Category Archives: Soccer

US Striker Davies in Car Accident

US striker Charlie Davies is in serious condition after being involved in a one car accident that killed another person.

Here is a clip from the AP article from Yahoo Sports:Charlie Davies

The tibia and femur in Davies’ right leg were broken. He also sustained facial fractures and a fracture in his left elbow in the accident, which took place at about 3:15 a.m. in the suburbs of the nation’s capital.

Davies will be hospitalized for at least a week and additional operations will be required to stabilize his broken elbow and possibly the facial fractures.

“Injuries of this nature usually require a recovery period of six to 12 months and extensive rehabilitation,” said Dr. Dan Kalbac, a U.S. team doctor who collaborated with the doctors at the hospital. “Due to Charlie’s fitness level, his prognosis for recovery and his ability to resume high-level competition is substantially improved.”

Here is the link from yahoo.com for the entire article by AP Sports Writer Joesph White.

US Soccer Updates

Here is a sampling of the lastest articles on soccer in the US featuring the National Team, MLS and players playing abroad.

Garber: MLS fairer, more stable than European Leagues from the AP.

Beckham has chance to end career on a high from the AP.

Luring more athletes to play soccer the answer? by Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet

Dempsey to miss qualifier with sprained shoulder from the AP.

MLS Chief say Beckham may return after Milan loan by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer

Goal.com MLS Rankings: Galactic Playoff Return Leads To L.A.’s Climb by Kyle McCarthy

Finalists for the Toyota Award Announced – And Other Soccer Goodness

While most of you are probably asking; “Is an award for a fuel efficient car?”  It is not.Landon Donovan

“…the 2009 Honda Player of the Year Award that honors the best performer on the U.S. national team.” and the finalist are: LA Galaxy (MLS) midfielder – Landon Donovan, Everton (English Premier League) goalie – Tim Howard, and Hull City (EPL) striker - Jozy Altidore.

Here is the press release from ESPN.com, which I quoted earlier.

This is a great topic as US Soccer has become the “IT” team as they upset Spain and made it the finals to play Brazil in the Confederation Cup this summer, and writer Bill Simmons has become a fan of the game, which gets them even more ESPN.com front page coverage.

The three finalists have proven extremely valuable to the US National Team.  Howard and Donovan have been regulars on the first team for years, but Altidore has just recently taken hold of a starting spot.  But if you take these players off the team, the US would not have a chance of getting to South Africa in 2010.

Tim HowardEveryone knows Donovan.  He has been the “next great hope” for nearly ten years , he currently is the captain of LA Galaxy, has always been good on the national team.  But this summer has seen take his game to a new level.  He has taken over for a when the team needed him and knows when and how to use his teammates.  His creativity and pace have pushed him to new confidence and has turned in some quality goals.

Howard has firmly taken his place on top the list of talented-bald-headed-American goal keepers.  Howard has kept the US team in many games.  When he is on top of his game, he seems to be one step ahead, getting to lose balls with authority and commanding the defense like a general.  He has been one of the best keepers in England on a team that is lacking a solid back line.Jozy Altidore

Altidore is unlike the other two.  He is here because he performed well this summer, but he is younger, only 19-year-old, and does not have the body of work like Howard and Donovan.  That said, Altidore is the future of American soccer and we have seen his progress against some of the best teams in the world.  Even from the early part of the summer, he have seen his first touch get better, and his ability to hold of defenders with his strength is impressive.  At this rate, we will see on this list of finalist for many years to come.

This is not the award for the best American player, its for the player who has performed the best for the US National Team.  It is tough a decision between Howard and Donovan.  You could really argue the case for either guy and it would make sense.

If the choice were up to me, I would pick…wait for it…Landon Donovan.

Without Donovan, the US would look lost.  The don’t have another player as creative as Donovan and he can change the game quickly and is not afraid to involve his teammates.

USA Roster – Honduras/Costa Rica from USSoccer.com

Players Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Club/College Caps/Goals
Altidore, Jozy F 5-11 175 11/06/89 Boca Raton, Fla. Hull City (England) 19/8
Bocanegra, Carlos D 6-0 170 05/25/79 Alta Loma, Calif. Stade Rennais (France) 72/11
Bornstein, Jonathan D 5-9 145 11/07/84 Los Alamitos, Calif. Chivas USA 22/1
Bradley, Michael M 6-2 175 07/31/87 Manhattan Beach, Calif. Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) 36/6
Casey, Conor F 6-1 170 07/25/81 Gilpin, Colo. Colorado Rapids 14/0
Cherundolo, Steve D 5-6 145 02/19/79 San Diego, Calif. Hannover 96 (Germany) 54/2
Ching, Brian F 5-11 195 05/24/78 Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston Dynamo 43/10
Clark, Ricardo M 5-10 150 05/10/83 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo 25/2
Conrad, Jimmy D 6-2 185 02/12/77 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards 26/1
Cooper, Kenny F 6-3 210 10/21/84 Dallas, Texas 1860 Munich (Germany) 9/4
Davies, Charlie F 5-10 160 06/25/86 Manchester, N.H. Sochaux (France) 16/4
Dempsey, Clint F 6-1 170 03/09/83 Nacogdoches, Texas Fulham FC (England) 59/17
Donovan, Landon M 5-8 150 03/04/82 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy 118/41
Feilhaber, Benny M 5-9 150 01/19/85 Irvine, Calif. AGF Aarhus (Denmark) 26/2
Goodson, Clarence D 6-4 170 05/17/82 Alexandria, Va. IK Start (Norway) 6/1
Guzan, Brad GK 6-4 210 09/09/84 Homer Glen, Ill. Aston Villa (England) 13/0
Holden, Stuart M 5-10 160 08/01/85 Houston, Texas Houston Dynamo 8/2
Howard, Tim GK 6-3 210 03/06/79 North Brunswick, N.J. Everton FC (England) 46/0
Onyewu, Oguchi D 6-4 210 05/13/82 Olney, Md. AC Milan (Italy) 49/5
Rogers, Robbie M 5-10 165 05/12/87 Huntington Beach, Calif. Columbus Crew 6/1
Spector, Jonathan D 6-0 180 03/01/86 Arlington Heights, Ill. West Ham United (England) 20/0
Torres, Jose Francisco M 5-7 135 10/29/87 Longview, Texas Pachuca (Mexico) 6/0

Bradley Names 22-Man Roster To Prepare For Final CONCACAF Qualifying Matches For The 2010 FIFA World Cup Against Honduras and Costa Rica.

Info from USSoccer.com.

Other American Soccer Articles

Destination 2010: America’s quest to play in World Cup 2010 all hinged on one week in Septemberby Luke Cyphers for ESPN the Magazine

Donovan ‘proud’ of Beckham’s MLS progress by Martin Rogers from Yahoo Sports.

Donovan should headline MLS’ Best XI lineupby Kristian Dyer for ESPNsoccernet.

Random David Beckham Thought

As I have stated before, I am almost done with Grant Wahl’s books, The Beckham Experiment. And after reading and watching some clips, I need to ask a question to all soccer fans out there.

Why has nothing been said about the fact since leaving ManU, he has always signed with clubs that have Adidas as thier kit/jersey provider?

Everyone knows that Beckham has been an Adidas guy for years, but I find this very interesting, for lack of a better word.  Maybe this is more commonplace than I thought.  But since he left ManU – jerseys made my Nike – he has been with Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan – all have their jerseys provided by Adidas.

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Quick Hits: 8/28/09

NBA Puts the Brakes on Smith and Richardson

OK.  Lame title.

The NBA had to suspend Denver Nugget’s J.R Smith and Golden State Warrior’s Jason Richardson for being horribly stupid drivers.

Smith will be on the bench in street clothes for seven games after pleading guilty for reckless driving and Richardson gets a two game suspension for driving drunk.

Both guys have had issues driving.  Smith was in an accident that caused the death of a passenger in his car in 2007  and Richardson drove 90 mph in a 35 mph zone with his three year old son in the back seat WITHOUT a car seat.

Richardson is the bigger idiot, but Smith seems to find his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.  Either way, suspensions were warranted.

Arsenal Vs. Manchester United

For thosCesc Fabregase of you who did not know, the English Premiere League started up again.  And this Saturdays match-up at Old Trafford, is the first real test of the season for Arsenal and the first match-up of any of the “Big Four” – ManU, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

United has already had a bump in the road in the form of recently promoted Burnley, but a match-up against another major squad, may set the Red Devils back on course.

This is also the match of the EPL two longest-term tenured coaches in Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, who has been there since 1996, and United Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been the head of this giant since 1986.

My Prediction – Arsenal 2 – United 1*  United is having issues with the back four and Wayne Rooney has yet to convince me that he is the team leader, but Arsenal needs Cesc Fabregas to be fit.

Dick Vitales Top-40 Teams

I like this list - Short, sweet, and to the point.   Here is a quick hint: Kansas is No. 1 and Kentucky is No.2.

Should be a interesting year.

LeBron by LeBron

Here is a sold write about LeBron James’ documentary by Fanhouse’s Will Bronson.

World Football Daily

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After much thought and public feedback, Steven Cohen has decided to move in a new direction.   Changing the branding from World SOCCER Daily to World FOOTBALL Daily, the new show will be viewed and heard by paying a monthly subscription.

On a short show today Steven, with co-host Kenny Hassan, explained the changes that are taking place.  Highlighting the new shift in programing, the creation of a new company, the revamped focus of the show, and how the show intends to “stay afloat”.

The brief broadcast showcased the greater investment in the show that has been made by the hosts, with a few other, to validate the $9.99 monthly subscription.   The greater investment was obviously seen in the higher quality cameras, closer and improved camera angles, and improved sound equipment.  Side note: the sound still needs to be worked out however.

Cohen had decided to stop production of World Soccer Daily after threats of all kinds, from a certain group of Liverpool Supporters, had become too intense and were not only directed at Cohen, but also his step-children and their friends.  The backlash was from the Liverpool supporters, was based on comments Cohen had made about the tragedy that took place in 1996 known as the Hillsborough Disaster, which involved the death of 96 Liverpool fans.

As I have stated in prior posts, I do not have enough knowledge to have an opinion on the events that took place in 1996 or Cohen’s comments.  Either way, the show will have it’s last free broadcast on Monday, August 31st.

www.worldsoccerdaily.com

You can listen to Friday’s podcast by heading to this page.

Quick Hits: 8/24/09

DTP Gets a New Face – Just call me Joan Rivers

I needed something new and I like the look of this layout.  Nothing too flashy and yet lighter than the older face.

The old layout was good to us  but it was time for step in a new direction.  So, here it is.

NBA Notes

  • No one in the NBA wants Allen Iverson – Can you blame them?  While this guy is a crazy athlete – he is the NBA’s version of Terrell Owens – A.I. can not fit into a system that does not have him dominating the ball.
  • Jason Williams- last seen playing the Miami Heat in ’07-’08 - has signed with the Orlando Magic.  He should add some veteran leadership – but that’s about it.
  • Fox Sports put tother a list of the Top 10 NBA Coach’s of All-Time: take a look.
  • The NBA chatter has slowed down.  So here is a Top-Ten of LeBron from last season that NBA.com  put together.  Just ignore all the traveling. – sidenote:  NBA.com is a much better site than it used to be.

Brett Favre Plays All of Heaven Rejoices

He went 1-for-4 for 4 yards!  Woohoo!  Plan the parade! 

I do not put much stock in preseason and this is a perfect example of the exact reasoning behind that thought.  I did not pay much attention to the game, but I did see Taravis Jackson go 12-for-15 for 202 yards and two touchdowns.  You can call his an audition for another team.

Here is ESPN.com’s Kevin Seiffert’s write on Favre’s debut.

POP Culture Moments

  • Millon Dollar Idiot

My wife and I have an agreement.  Granted, it is one that will likely never be needed, but we have discussed that if one of us were to be so lucky to get on a game some, i.e. Millionaire or Deal or No Deal, and we had the chance to walk away with a “lot of money”, we would.  

The reason I bring this up.  On Sunday, ABC had Regis Philban back to host a prim-time 10th Anniversary Show (he had been hosting all week).  After guy with awesome money vest, answered wrong, here came this 24-year-old – Harvard Law graduating – entertainment lawyer.  

He breezes through a ton of questions and is looking at the three final questions with four life lines left. Nice!  He had already made a blind guess at what seemed to be an easy question and was sitting at the Million Dollar Question!  It felt like this guys whole round was easy and ABC just wanted a winner on their 10th Anniversary Show.  Anyway, he guessed at the question and was wrong.  Lame – his ego took over for his logic and he lost $475K.

The agreement with my wife – would have allowed me to see the million dollar question, use my life lines, and then walked away with $500K.  Paying off all out debate, setting our kids up, buying a house and looking at a nice sized pot to grow interest and that want wait until retirement.         

But 24-year-old entertainment lawyer is thinking he needs to guess on a question that he said “either you know it or you don’t”.  There is no process of elimination or logic behind it, but he dove head first and lost.  National TV FAIL!

  • Dancing With Who?

Did anyone know that Congressmen Tom DeLay, Kelli Osbourne, Aaron Carter and UFC Fighter Chuck Liddell are on Dancing with the Stars?  There are probably more, but that’s as far as I could get before I became lighted headed thinking of all the horrible that will take place!

Sad Day for Soccer

World Soccer Daily has been canceled.  It is a very completcated story and appartenly has gotten extremely serious very fast.  For a good non-biased recapping the issue, read over this article from goal.com.  

I am only entering my third season of English Premier League Soccer and try to get my soccer fix when and where I can.  I found this podcast only a few months ago and it daily opens the world of soccer to a nation fans that have a hard time finding soccer news in the main stream. 

I do not know enough to have an opinon on Steven Cohen’s claims and the events that happened in the Hillsborough Disaster. Even many of the veiwers disagree with Cohen’s claims and do not agree with the actions of the Liverpool supporters.  Please listen to the last podcast to come to your own conclusion.

Quick Hits 7/14/09

So I have taken a couple days off, mostly because I was not moved to write.  But with the shocking news of Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo splitting-up, I felt compelled to voice my concerns.

Jessica and Tony

So, you’re saying there is a chance?  No, there is not.

Timberwolves Coaching Search

The rumors out there is that the TWolves are looking at Mark Jackson, Kurt Rambis and Rockets assistant Elston Turner.  I would be OK with Rambis or Turner, but not Jackson.  HE HAS NO HEAD COACHING EXPERINCE!!

Maybe Jackson will have the respect of the players, but still, I am not ready to throw the team Mark Jackson.

NBA Summer LeagueJonny Flynn

The TWolves rookies have been playing well and Jonny Flynn looks legit.  Wayne Ellington is playing well.  Check out the highlights at ESPN.com.

Ellington has scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in two games.  Ellington pulled down 8 rebounds in the first game and then scored 22 points in the second.

In two games Flynn is averaging 11.5 points, 10.5 assists and 6.5 turnovers.  But looks to be able to control a team and get to the basket and finish against bigger players.

I just wish they would trade Rick Rubio.  Say good bye to the Spanish wonder and get some draft picks or young talent.

Blake Griffin had a steller debut. 27 points and 12 rebounds.

I am putting it out there – Rookie of the Year comes down to Griffin, Flynn, Steph Curry at Golden State, James Harden at Oklahoma City and Tyreke Evans at Sacramento.  Girffin may not get as much PT with other bigs in his way. file_23_8

Soccer T-Shirt

I am eagerly awaiting this original Landon Donovan inspired soccer t-shirt I bought at www.objectivo.com.

They have some pretty original shirts.  Check them out.

FIFA Rankings

In the ranking releases on July 1st, Brazil claimed the No. 1 spot after their championship in the Confederations Cup in South America.  Moving up from No. 4

The US moves up two spots to No. 12 while the Spainish team fell to No. 2.

Ranking Team Pts
Jul 09
+/- Ranking
Jun 09
+/- Pts
Jun 09
1 Brazil 1672 4   384
2 Spain 1590 -1   -171
3 Netherlands 1379 -1   -63
4 Italy 1229 0   -63
5 Germany 1207 -2   -171
6 Russia 1161 3   -6
7 England 1135 -1   -90
8 Argentina 1091 -1   -112
9 France 1082 1   15
10 Croatia 1031 -2   -169
11 Greece 1001 6   79
12 USA 983 2   36
13 Switzerland 930 3   -1
14 Serbia 925 6   55
15 Denmark 909 9   73

www.fifa.com

Random Basketball Awesome Fact of the Day

Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson are a part of what elite group that Carmelo Anthony has the possibility of joining?

If Carmelo wins an NBA title, they will be the only three players since 1979 to win a NCAA, NBA and Olympic Championship – I think.  I am trying to find info to say other wise.

Now prior to the high school revolutiona and the one-and-dones, it was seen more often.  But I am struggling to find others in the last 30 years.

Rick Reilly

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My mom used to say, “What you do comes back to you.” She would’ve loved the final of the UEFA Champions League. Manchester United — the team with the giant AIG across its jerseys — got beat by FC Barcelona, the team with the UNICEF logo across its, 2-0. How cool is that? Barcelona does it all backwards. It blew off a jersey sponsorship deal worth tens of millions, like the best UEFA teams sign, and instead decided to donate $2 million a year to UNICEF for the privilege of wearing its name. And Barcelona will do it for two more seasons. Manchester, meanwhile, is wearing the logo of one of the world’s greediest — and most ruinous — corporations in history. Karma. Who says you can’t love soccer?

ESPN Seeking English Premier League TV Rights. Do They Deserve Them?

On September 15th, there was an article on http://www.si.com/—click here to read it—about Fox Soccer Channel getting rated by Nielsen starting in October. The article quickly moved to ESPN trying to acquire the TV rights to the English Premier League.
Now the first part of that article is not that exciting. Yet the second part is something to talk and write about.

At first thought, ESPN and EPL seem like a match made in heaven. The most popular, and largest, sports network in the US and the most popular soccer league in the world in High Definition would be an amazing way to watch the beautiful game on a Saturday morning (the MLS looks great on ESPN2 HD, even if the play is so-so).

To be able to see Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool (and all the other stars of the league) play, would be a great tool to elevate the game to the masses in the US.

It might have the “flash in a pan” feel of David Beckham, but would most likely have a greater long-term effect. It would be the first time ESPN has added a solely international league to its regular schedule. They have showed the World Cup, the Ryder Cup in golf, and other World Championships, but never had an international league with only international teams. That alone is a great reason to sign the contract.

But I am not convinced that ESPN deserves it and FCS deserves to have it taken away. Here is a quick look at some of my issues.

1. FSC is Soccer ONLY! ESPN is not.
Let me first make this statement. This whole “issue” is void if ESPN comes out with an ESPN Soccer Channel.

Imagine, waking up Saturday morning. Sitting in your chair or favorite spot on the couch. Eating breakfast, showered or not. The remote in your hand and Manchester United playing on EPSN in HD.

It would be fantastic to see match-ups of the some of the best clubs in the world. It would be pure soccer bliss. Until college football comes on and then what happens on Sunday?  NFL preview shows. They start early and run until kick-off. We would miss out on matches. Now, maybe the EPL would rework the schedule to have less appealing games on Sunday and then not be televised. But, I watch those games for a reason. To see those unfamiliar faces, to see those players who will be bought by the big boys in the next transfer window and then play on Saturday. The EPL season is very long and could find more time filling the holes between football, basketball, and baseball. But that is not good enough.

ESPN is spread out in so many directions that you will never get the coverage you do with FSC, at least not in its current situation. An “ESPN Soccer” channel might evolve down the road. But as it stands right now EPSN has five major channels; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, ESPN Classic, and now ESPN U.

At any moment you can have any sport on any network. ESPN U focuses on college athletics; ESPN Classic relives great games, players and events, new and older. ESPN News has continuous Sport Center type programming. So that leaves ESPN and ESPN2.

Depending on the time of year, soccer will be hard pressed to find time out side of the Saturday morning slot and occasional UEFA Champions League game on ESPN Classic. There will be converge, but not like that of FCS.

2. Knowing the Game.
I know this is going to come off extremely picky of the “sports leader”, but it is an example of a bigger issue that will be there from the beginning.

I have watched two very recent broadcast of Sportscenter and every time a soccer player was mentioned, the name was said wrong. Two of the biggest names in all of soccer, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, were pronounced wrong. Gerrard was turn into Steven “Jared” and Lampard was “Lamp-ard”. Even my wife, who knows very little of soccer, laughed. AND THOSE ARE THE EASY NAMES!

What will happen during the highlights of Arsenal versus Chelsea? What with players like; Manuel Almunia, Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor, Cesc Fabregas, Petr Cech, Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Franco Matias Di Santo and Didier Drogba?

Granted, in the games ESPN will have Tommy Smyth, Julie Foudy, and Allen Hopkins to keep the names and soccer termanolgy straight, but the Sportscenter folk are going to need to learn quickly.

If you are in a job interview and you mess up the company’s name, you probably are not going to be offered the job. ESPN needs to build a resume that shows interest and expertise in understanding soccer, not just showing a couple games and talking about Beckham.

They will use their experts in the beginning to cover the ignorance factor, but the whole network has to show it is as much about soccer as any other sport. ESPN has to show it wants the EPL, because the EPL is watching.

3. What will happen to FSC?
The EPL is only one league, but it is the biggest league with the easiest crossover to the US audience. But what does FSC do to fill the void? Maybe they will get some of the games not including the “Big Four” (maybe now five?). That will depend on the contract between ESPN and EPL.

Meaning FSC may not be able to show any games.

Typically on a weekend you can see four to five EPL matches, plus another three to four from Serie A in Italy, and then a couple from either Spain or Argentina. But the majority of non-match programming is about the English; Sky Sports broadcasts, match day preview and review shows, English fan broadcasts, and various other shows.

So much of their programming is based on the fans interest of players in the EPL and every aspect of those clubs. What then happens when you take those matches away?

While I love to watch them both, in my opinion Serie A and La Liga are nowhere near as popular in the US as EPL. So filling those games slots with matches from Italy and Spain probably won’t be a saving grace. But adding other top-tier soccer by way of the German League Bundesliga and French League Ligue1 could help bring new viewers and maybe, just maybe, retain some of the soccer die-hards.

While my interest in following soccer has been rather a new venture, I do have great respect for what FSC has been able to do in bring soccer of every sort to the masses. They know the game, the history, the rivalries, and most importantly they understand the importance of soccer in other countries.

ESPN has to show that it cares enough to be able to meet the needs of us soccer folk who wake-up Saturday to catch the early game and then watch Fox Football Fone-In to get the latest news and rumors.

ESPN has to learn to understand the energy, excitement, and passion of a game that has long been seen as a lesser sport to American football. As much as American football is culture in the US, soccer is even more so everywhere else in the world.

Good Luck ESPN. Do well by the fans and the sport we love.

Chelsea, Ronaldinho, or Spain: Five Things to Watch in the 2008-09 Season

5. Americans in Europe
Even as the Americans exit the 2008 Olympics a little earlier then hoped and tie a decade low in FIFA rankings, there is hope for the future of American soccer. Young players have been given a chance to play in the hotbeds of top-level soccer.

Jozy Altidore is playing in Spain with Villarreal and Freddy Adu is on loan with AS Monaco in Ligue 1 in France. These two are not only two of the most talented Americans, they are also the most well known.
Their success this season will either open the door even more for Americans to make the move over seas or slam the door shut…maybe not completely.

4. The Reign of Spain
I am not sure I have been so excited to watch a team play as I was to see Spain play in the Euros (I did pick them prior to the start…I swear). Spain finally delivered what they have long had the talent to do.
In England, Fernando Torres gave Liverpool what they paid for in his 24 goals in his first season with the team. His Euro clinching goal was not too shabby either. David Villa and David Silva (and the majority of their forwards) have had serious looks from top tier teams in England and Italy, Xavi continues to show his class, and Cesc Fàbregas has cemented himself as the face of Arsenal.

Will the Spanish continue to extend their kingdom of stellar play throughout Europe? Or has the best already taken place? That national team was too deep not to affect the world even more!

3. Capello and England: Mission Possible?
Fabio Capello may not have known what he was getting into. He might not agree with every player that has previously taken the pitch for the English. The main objectives for Capello is to get back to previous glory quickly and build for the future with the younger players.

Who are the players he looks to to help solidify a country that has been a powerhouse? What do you do with players like Beckham and Michael Owen? Where is the young talent? I am glad he is making the decisions and not me!

2. Chelsea or Man U or Arsenal or Liverpool?
With all the moves some made and the lack of moves from others, the chase for silverware will be intriguing from the beginning with the big four. Don’t count out Tottenham either!

1. Ronaldinho and AC Milan
Everything about this transfer scares me. The risk or reward factor is VERY high. Teaming up with Brazil countrymen Kaká and Ronaldo could be the core of an unstoppable attack. But the potential for disaster is just as amazing as the potential for greatness (see last season at Barça).

Even so, I think Serie A is a great fit for him. His creativity and vision will allow Milan to again push to the top of the league with Inter, Roma, and Juventus.