Monthly Archives: June 2010

Fun Facts About The Players In The Last 16 Of The World Cup

Just because I was curious, I thought I’d check to see which countries, leagues and clubs had produced the most First XI players among the countries who made the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup. Those 16 countries started a total (obviously) of 176 players in their round of 16 games. Among those 176 […]

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Revised US Men’s National Team TV Ratings Chart

With the USA having set ESPN records twice in the span of a week, here’s the latest table of USMNT TV broadcast/cable ratings of World Cup matches since 1990. Net Day Date Game Time Rtg TVHH ESPN Wed 6/23/2010 USA/Algeria 10:00a 4.6 4,582,000 ESPN Fri 6/18/2010 USA/Slovenia 10:00a 3.9 3,906,000 ABC Sat 6/12/2010 USA/England 2:30p […]

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Yeah, About That Foul Call….

From Robert Evans‘ For The Integrity Of Soccer blog, this look at the goings-on during the disallowed third goal by the US in last Friday’s 2-2 draw with Slovenia:

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Taking Attendance, 6/21/2010

Major League Soccer will be back from its group stage break this weekend, but the other outdoor leagues have continued their seasons unabated (with drops in attendance, more on that later). Here’s a look at each league’s attendance figures through games of June 20. These are unofficial and incomplete (because many lower-level teams can’t be […]

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Happy Anniversary, Pele

It was 35 years ago today that The Black Pearl made his NASL debut for the New York Cosmos. Pele assisted on one goal and scored the other in a 2-2 friendly draw with the Dallas Tornado at Downing Stadium on Randalls Island in New York. That was the start of Pele’s two-and-a-half year run […]

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USA-England Ratings, Plus Numbers For All US World Cup Matches

With the news that the USA-England match Saturday drew one of the biggest TV audiences for soccer ever in this country, I thought I’d update the list of ratings for US National Team games going back to their 1990 appearance in Italy. I don’t have every bit of data for this chart, and I welcome […]

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This Sort Of Thing Wouldn’t Happen In A Real Footballing Nation

You know how Americans kvetch when EPSN or Fox Soccer Channel do anything that’s screwy when it comes to soccer on television (trust me, they do)? Good to know it happens in other countries, as well. Per Soccer Insider, here’s what the folks watching ITV in the UK saw just as England was about to […]

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A World Cup Preview From Someone Who Admittedly Has No Idea Who’s Going To Win

I have no idea who’s going to win the World Cup. Neither does anybody else, but I’ve at least just admitted it. Some people’s predictions may, in fact, come true (when only seven countries have won the thing in 18 events, picking one of the usual suspects isn’t exactly Nostradamus-like), but nobody actually knows. Which […]

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Zizou Would Be Proud

But Austrian TV officials weren’t, as they quashed a series of ads reminiscent of Zenedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt in the 2006 World Cup Final. To be honest, this was the best of the lot: The Spoiler tells us the ads were kiboshed because “they convey that violence can be used to solve conflicts.” Next thing […]

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A Kicker Indeed

It came from the third division….Sascha Goerres of the USL’s Richmond Kickers with a beauty last weekend against the Charleston Battery.

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