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Friday, June 18, 2010

Referee! Dodgy officiating is a World Cup tradition

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Andy Mead/ YCJMichael Bradley looks for an explanation from Koman Coulibaly after he disallowed Maurice Edu's goal.RICHMOND, VA—The biggest shame of the seemingly inexplicable decision by Malian referee Koman Coulibaly to disallow Maurice Edu's apparent winner for the U.S. against Slovenia today may not have been the fact the U.S. did not grab all three points. Rather, it's that we will be talking about the referee and not the fact that for the first time in my life, I saw a U.S. soccer fan crying at a match, after Michael Bradley's goal to tie the game at 2. That level...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mexicans rattle the hot sauce at Torero's as their team defeats France

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 6:36 PM

DURHAM — Ismael Ibarra Esparza grabbed a handcarved, handpainted chair and motioned as if he was going to hurl it out of the window Thursday afternoon as Mexico netted what would be the game winner against France. Up to then, he was sitting just about as peacefully as one can sit while his country plays in the World Cup, enjoying the match with a half dozen of his painting colleagues who got the afternoon off to come to Torero’s on West Main Street in Durham. “We just told [our boss] it was like a Duke-Carolina game, and he understood,” said...

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Reviewing Argentina-South Korea and other things, like stadiums

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Andy Mead/ YCJSoccer City, Johannesburg, South AfricaRIO DE JANEIRO—The irony of the name Soccer City is probably lost on FIFA. From the air, the stadium looks to be surrounded by nothing, a world apart, a huge bowl of money, a colorful tip jar sitting in isolation from the dichotomous reality of Johannesburg. FIFA is an increasingly savage and rapacious beast, gnashing its teeth at the slightest provocation. During the Holland—Denmark match, 20 female Dutch fans were forcibly removed from the stadium because they were suspected of engaging in some kind of guerrilla marketing campaign, when in reality they were just...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So far, South America owns the world's game

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Andy Mead/ YCJDiego Forlan goes forward during Uruguay’s 3-0 victory over South Africa.RICHMOND, VA—Tuesday's matches marked the completion of round one in the World Cup, and the start of round two. The biggest headline is the dispiriting defeat hosts South Africa suffered at the hands of Uruguay, 3-0. That result leaves the Bafana Bafana needing a seemingly impossible sequence events to qualify out of the group: namely, a) a draw in Wednesday's pivotal Mexico-France match; b) a victory against France in their final group game and c) Mexico failing to defeat Uruguay in the other final group A match. There...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

American soccer fans find a new voice in South Africa

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Brian Fobi, a Yale graduate student based in South Africa, is attending all three U.S. matches, all three Brazil matches, 2 round of 16 ties, 2 quarterfinals and a semifinal. After getting past our immense jealously, we asked Brian to post his thoughts for us. RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Walking away from the impossibly rustic and comically rural Royal Bafokeng Stadium, I took in the scene and felt a sense of redemption after years of something like shame. No, I refer not to the gutsy 1-1 draw that the U.S. took from Rustenburg; rather, I have in mind the apparent...

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This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

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