The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be a highly contested one, representing the major chance of footballing glory for most of the nations involved.
The USMNT go into the tournament on home turf looking to avenge a 4 - 2 final defeat to Mexico in the previous edition. On this occasion there is an extra incentive as the winner will secure a chance to play-off for Confederations Cup 2017 qualification.
The other main favourite, Mexico, have already got off to a terrible start as they were shocked 2 - 1 in their opening match against Panama. This is following a disappointing World Cup qualifying
campaign and going out in the first round of the Confederations Cup. Manager José Manuel de la Torre is now under serious pressure.
Players will be auditioning
Updated 27th July 2013 at 08:35 AM by Statisticus
In the history of the tournament, the Confederations Cup has not always been held in the highest of regard. In the past we have even seen Germany and France pull out. Teams such as Brazil have elected not to send a full strength squad.
Do not expect to see a repeat of this at Brazil 2013. Above all, Brazil will want to show expectant fans that they have a team capable of winning the World Cup next year. For them, winning is the only option. Failure next year would be close to a national disaster.
European giants Italy and Spain will not be holding back either. Italy have brought a full strength squad which includes a blend of youth and experience whilst Spain will be sticking to the same formula which has brought them three major championships in the last five years.
Updated 16th June 2013 at 05:06 PM by Statisticus
Reaction to Luis Suárez biting Branislav Ivanovic on the arm has varied from Simon Burnton describing the Liverpool striker as responsible for a “perfect storm of evil” in the Guardian to Jim Edwards in Business Insider arguing Suárez is “probably not a psychotic man-child racist” but rather a hyper-competitive player who is all about “winning, at all costs” - just the attitude Liverpool require to escape from the mid-table mediocrity into which they have fallen.
But what of the business consequences of Suárez’s bite? In the context of the match itself, Suárez escaped punishment, and although he failed to draw a penalty out of Ivanovic’s reaction, he did score in the dying minutes to significantly dent Chelsea’s Champion League ambitions. However, after Suárez accepted a charge
Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith did no favours for himself or his club with his faux pas at Wembley on Sunday prior to the JPT Final..
As the two teams jogged out of the tunnel the custodian spotted a cameraman, just doing his job, filming the teams coming out.
Mr Smith took it upon himself to issue a `one finger` salute in the direction of the lens. Whether or not it was to the cameraman, probably, or to a wider audience, only Mr Smith will know.
Never the less it was tasteless and I`m sure when gesture is brought to the attention of Mr Brown, manager, Mr Smith, goalkeeper will feel like he should, ashamed.
When Bobby Zamora needlessly and foolishly tried his Eric Cantona, though to be fair to Eric his infamous kung-fu assault was
In an unexpected escalation of tensions, FIFA today responded to Costa Rican plans to play the return leg of the USA-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier in La Guayaba de Talamanca, by awarding a 3-0 walkover to the USA.
Costa Rica had petitioned FIFA to schedule a rematch of the first game, citing player safety concerns and inhospitable conditions. The U.S. beat Costa Rica 1-0 in the blizzard at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in near whiteout conditions with half a foot of snow on the field.
Costa Rica’s protest on the ground of players’ safety, the fact the grounds crew were allowed on the field during play, that the lines were not visible, and that the ball was unable to freely travel over a layer of snow was refused.
Updated 2nd April 2013 at 07:56 AM by 11v11
Manchester United has today (15 January) agreed three-year sponsorship deals with China Construction Bank (CCB) and soft drinks manufacturer Wahaha.
As part of the deal with CCB, the Chinese bank will hold the exclusive rights to produce the official Manchester United branded credit card in mainland China. CCB will market the card to its almost 102 million personal banking customers in mainland China offering a range of United based incentives.
United’s commercial director Richard Arnold said: "Through our relationship with CCB we hope not only to give fans an excellent product, but also bring them closer to the club they so passionately support.
“As China’s fiscal and industrial strength continues to grow, it is establishing itself
Wilson Raj Perumal is regarded by investigators as a member of a major fixing network possibly funded from Hong Kong and China. The fall-out from his activities led on Sunday to the South African Football Association (SAFA) asking its President and four other officials to take voluntary leave of absence prior to answering questions raised by possible interactions with Perumal’s company, Football 4U International.
Perumal, a Singaporean citizen, was arrested after entering Finland on a fake passport in February 2011. He was convicted on July 19 2011 and sentenced to 2 years. The case in which he was convicted involved players from Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS) who Perumal bribed into manipulating 24 games, achieving the intended score in 11 of them.
Updated 18th December 2012 at 04:29 PM by 11v11
Corinthians send-off from the airport - imagine the welcome home.
The only sensible reaction to Chelsea’s sacking of Roberto Di Matteo today is - utterly ridiculous.
Utterly ridiculous, because he guided the Blues to Champions League triumph just six months ago and winning Europe’s premier club competition had been the Holy Grail for Roman Abramovich since the Russian billionaire took over as Chelsea owner in 2003.
Utterly ridiculous, because in less than ten months in charge, he also led Chelsea to only their seventh ever FA Cup Final success.
Utterly ridiculous, because Di Matteo was in charge for just 23 Premier League games for Chelsea. Only David Webb and Guus Hiddink managed fewer (13 each).
Utterly ridiculous, because under the Abramovich regime, even before today’s dismissal, Chelsea
Updated 22nd November 2012 at 11:46 AM by 11v11
We have made the step of setting up the facebook commenting system on 11v11 for the first time.
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Updated 28th October 2012 at 07:27 AM by 11v11