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[color=#FF0000][color=#000000][size=5]Capello might give Green second chance

[/size][b][size=1]June 18th, 2010 1:41AM[/size][/b][/color][/color]
[color=#FF0000][ENGLAND-ALGERIA][/color] Coach [b]Fabio Capello[/b], whose player selections for England's opening game against the USA came under attack when he had to substitute [b]James Milner[/b] in the first half and [b]Ledley King[/b]at the break, won't reveal his starting lineup for Friday's game against Algeria, but he seems to be leaning to sticking with [b]Robert Green[/b] in goal.

“Everyone can make mistakes, a goalkeeper, defender, a midfielder or a forward,” Capello said in apparent reference to Green. “Every player that makes a mistake deserves a second chance. I judge a player on his quality and not on his mistakes.”

Capello backed up Green, who let [b]Clint Dempsey[/b]'s long-range shot slip through the goal, more directly by saying the World Cup ball was a problem for goalkeepers.

"I think one problem of the keepers -- and I saw some keepers make mistakes -- is a problem with the ball," the Italian said. "Sometimes the bounce is higher than normal. For this reason, I have to justify the keeper."

Capello added he won't tell his players who's starting until Friday.

His other options in goal are [b]Joe Hart [/b]or [b]David James[/b]. [/quote]

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[color=#FF0000][color=#000000][size=5]New yellow-card rule: Good for the game

[/size][b][size=1]by [/size][url="http://www.socceramerica.com/author/40/mike-woitalla/"][size=1]Mike Woitalla[/size][/url][size=1], June 18th, 2010 2:03AM[/size][/b][/color][/color]
[color=#FF0000][MY VIEW][/color] Two yellow cards in two games still result in a one-game suspension, but FIFA has changed the stage at which a player's yellow-card slate is wiped clean. The new rule on accumulated yellow-card suspensions was designed to prevent stars from missing the final, but it could have an even deeper impact on the tournament.

At past World Cups, a single yellow card received during the group stage was deleted before the knockout stage and the count began anew at the round of 16. At the 2010 World Cup, a yellow card isn’t expunged from a player's record until after the quarterfinal.

A player who receives his second yellow of the tournament in the quarterfinal will be banned from the semifinal. But players face no consequence for a single yellow card in the semifinal. FIFA wants to ensure that teams in the final are at full strength.

The example commonly cited on this issue was [b]Michael Ballack[/b]missing 2002 World Cup final. Germany’s best player received his second yellow of the second round in the semifinals, forcing him to miss the final, a 2-0 Brazil win.

(Under the new regulations, Ballack would have missed Germany’s quarterfinal against the USA, in which he scored the winner, because he was cautioned in the final group game and round of 16 game. And Germany may not have gotten to the final. But anyhow ...)

Under the previous format, the longest stretch a player would have to go without getting cautioned twice was three games (either in the first round or knockout stage). That shouldn't be too difficult.

Now a player must go five games without two yellows to avoid a ban.

There's big positive to the new format: it could rein in thuggish defenders.

The majority of yellow cards are handed out for fouls that stifle an attacking player. We know well enough that most defenders will scythe down a threatening dribbler if the consequences aren’t dire.

Among the promising aspects of the tournament during the low-scoring first 16 games of the group openers was that referees didn’t hesitate to pull yellow cards for the cynical fouls that plague the game.

As the tournament progresses and the cautions become more costly, defenders will have to rely on fair means to battle the skillful and creative players. That should give us more entertaining soccer and more goals. [/quote]

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[b][size=5]North Korean Soccer Coach Talks to 'Dear Leader' Via Invisible Phone[/size][/b]

[b]Hundreds of Chinese Hired to Root for North Korea at World Cup[/b]
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[font=arial, verdana, sans-serif][size=4]The North Koreans know a thing or two about [url="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Media/north-korea-helping-myanmar-secret-nuclear-program/story?id=10823439"]secret programs[/url], and the country's latest claim is a mysterious phone that allows Dear Leader [url="http://blogs.abcnews.com/theworldnewser/2010/04/kim-jong-il-global-fashion-icon.html"]Kim Jong-il[/url] help coach the team from afar.[/size][/font][font=arial, verdana, sans-serif][size=4]North Korean manager [url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/manager/_/id/140/kim-jong-hun?cc=5901&ver=us"]Kim Jong-Hun[/url]reportedly gets coaching advice directly from the country's diminutive dictator via an invisible cell phone.

[url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/manager/_/id/140/kim-jong-hun?cc=5901&ver=us"]According to ESPN.com[/url] the coach has claimed he gets "regular tactical advice during matches" from Jong Il "using mobile phones that are not visible to the naked eye."

[font=arial, verdana, sans-serif][size=4][/size][/font][font=arial, verdana, sans-serif][size=4]"Jong Il is said to have developed the technology himself," coach told ESPN.com.[/size][/font]
[font=arial, verdana, sans-serif][size=4]While the stealth phone might be the latest of the North Korean leader's inventions -- in 2004 he claimed to have [url="http://www.redorbit.com/news/oddities/70622/north_korean_leader_claims_he_invented_hamburgers/index.html"]invented the hamburger[/url] -- it's just one in a series of oddball details to emerge from the country's first presence at the [url="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Media/north-korea-helping-myanmar-secret-nuclear-program/story?id=10823439"]World Cup[/url] tournament in 44 years.

Trying to recreate some of the magic that led them to an historic [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GVUS-M3_fo"]victory over Italy the in 1966 World Cup[/url], the North Koreans played No.1-ranked Brazil on Tuesday.

While losing to Brazil, the underdogs managed a face saving showing,[url="http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=10923063"] 2-1 score[/url].

Cameras caught a contingent of North Korean supporters in the stands cheering eagerly, each dressed exactly the same in a red shirt and cap and waving North Korean flags.

It's not certain, however, that any of those flag waving fans were North Korean.

In May, 1,000 Chinese nationals were essentially rented by the government of North Korea to sit in the stands and cheer, according to Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency.

Given that few citizens of the impoverished nation could afford to attend the games, or would be allowed to leave the country, the North Korean Sports Committee gave tickets to Chinese nationals, many of them actors and singers, to attend the event, Xinhua reported.

Additional tickets were sold to Chinese willing to support [url="http://topics.abcnews.go.com/topic/Korea-DPR-national-football-team"]North Korea[/url], according to Reuters.

In addition to the fans, the team's star player is also a foreigner impersonating a North Korean.

On Tuesday, striker [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1kusL894tM"]Jong Tae-se[/url] became the international symbol of North Korean patriotic fealty when a television camera caught him weeping as the North Korean anthem played before the game. The only problem with that story: Tae-se isn't North Korean.

Born and raised in Japan to South Korean parents, the striker has never lived in North Korea and plays for a Japanese pro team. Each time he plays for the North Korean side, he goes to the North Korean embassy in Tokyo and turns in his South Korean passport for a North Korean one.

When he returns to Japan, he goes back to the embassy and switches passports again.

Nevertheless, North Koreans are proud that at least their coach is one of their own, said Han Park, director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues at the University of Georgia.

"They are proud of fact they did not employ a foreign coach. They didn't spend a dime on that. It is their own knowledge of the game, their own skill," he said.

A mixture of what Han called "the principal of self reliance" and just "not having any money" led the North Koreans to become inadvertent viral video stars.

Where many of the foreign teams who arrived in South Africa arranged for private training facilities with state of the art equipment, the broke North Koreans opted for using a public health club.

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYm_b5ZQMCI"]A video posted to YouTube[/url] shows the team working out at a South African gym, as confused patrons look on and fascinated players ask South African gym-goers to pose for photographs.

So far no North Koreans back home have seen any of the games, and those hoping to catch a glimpse of the competition must wait as the deal to bring live coverage of the cup came apart in the wake of a military dispute between North and South Korea.

South Korea yanked its agreement to provide free television broadcasts of the games to the North following the sinking of a South Korean navy ship in March.

A tape of Tuesday's game against [url="http://topics.abcnews.go.com/topic/Brazil-national-football-team"]Brazil[/url] will likely be shown on state-run television since North Korea secured broadcast rights to World Cup telecasts from the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

"The hype around the World Cup is not the same in North Korea as in open societies," said Han Park, director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues at the [url="http://topics.abcnews.go.com/topic/University-of-Georgia"]University of Georgia[/url].

"The average person is not very well informed of these games," Han said. "To the extent that they have a reason to be proud, the leadership will selectively reveal information to the people."

All media in North Korea is tightly controlled. Only a small number of people own televisions. In the capital [url="http://topics.abcnews.go.com/topic/Pyongyang"]Pyongyang[/url], all homes come equipped with state-produced radios which cannot be turned off.

North Korea was selected to play in Group G, the so-called "Group of Death" that includes some of the world's best squads including Brazil, [url="http://topics.abcnews.go.com/topic/Portugal-national-football-team"]Portugal[/url] and Cote d'Ivoire.

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It's all shit. We wait four years to watch a 3 and out. Jesus.

Onyewu and DeMerit look like shit together. Findley is god-awful terrible. We don't hold possession. Were getting our asses spanked by Slovenia. It doesn't feel good.
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I'm sick to my stomach. Bullshit. We fight back that hard and get that goal and its stolen from us. We fought Slovenia and the Refs and still get dicked. Absolutely sick. That man should never see another match.

Anyways. We are in a good position. All we need is a win against Algeria, likely the worst team in the group and were moving through.

I cannot believe Jozy getting taken down by the box wasn't a straight red. Just horrendous. I cannot believe Edu's goal didn't count.
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Please correct me if I'm wrong, but we're still in control of our own destiny, yes?

If we win by 2 goals in our next match, we should go through no matter what.

Assuming England wins tonight, they would be on 4 points with Slovenia. If either of them win their next game, they would win the group on 7 points, and we'd get through on 5.

If England and Slovenia were to tie, Slovenia's goal differential would be +1, and ours (assuming a 2-goal win in our next game) would be +2, and we'd go through on goal differential.

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Magictouch, you're killing me with the articles. Who cares what they say? I want to know what yall think.

USA with a magical comeback, should have been a win, but they are still alive.
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LOL, just passing on the stuff I get from my Soccer America subscription. They send out daily emails with what's going on in soccer. During the WC it's fish in a barrel with soccer news.

This 0-0 draw with England/Algeria is probably best case scenario. Everything hinges on winning Tuesday, but we actually can still win the group on goal differential...if it's in our favor. We win we have 5. Slovenia draws with England they have 5, England has 3, Algeria 1. Is it goals scored or differential? I here them on ESPN talking about that. FIFA changes things all the time. They changed how long you carry yellow cards for this year.

Dude, getting ready to post some articles...

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[color="#FF0000"][color="#000000"][size="5"][size="2"][b][size=5]Americans furious over mystery call[/size][/b]

[/size][/size][b]June 18th, 2010 3:02PM[/b][/color][/color][size=1]
[color="#FF0000"][U.S. REACTION] [/color]U.S. players were livid with Malian referee [b]Koman Coulibaly[/b] for his call that disallowed [b]Maurice Edu [/b]a potential winning goal in its 2-2 tie with Slovenia.


"Honestly I think that the set piece, most of what took place was that Slovenia players were holding our players. One player had his arms around [b]Michael (Bradley)[/b], Michael was trying to break loose and a foul was called. I don't know if that's accurate. But that's one version. There are moments when you are frustrated because you feel that situations have not been handled 100 percent correctly or fairly. But that's how the game works sometimes. You move on."


"I am assuming it was a foul somewhere. It could not have been offside. We asked him where the foul was but he did not say. I don't know what to think of the call. To be honest I don't know how much English he speaks. When we asked him numerous times in a non-controversial manner he ignored us.


"We were the best team in the second half, we scored three goals and I would be really interested to find out what the referee called on that last one. As far as I am concerned we should have been leading 3-2. We are disappointed that we didn't come up with a win when we scored three goals." [/quote]

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[color=#FF0000][color=#000000][size=5]Soccer has a secrecy problem

[/size][b][size=1]by [/size][url="http://www.socceramerica.com/author/40/mike-woitalla/"][size=1]Mike Woitalla[/size][/url][size=1], June 18th, 2010 2:28PM[/size][/b][/color][/color]
[color=#FF0000][MY VIEW] [/color]The USA scores what looks like its third goal for an incredible comeback victory over Slovenia. Referee [b]Koman Coulibaly[/b]rules no goal. Why? The players don't know nor do the coaches. Nor do 45,573 fans in the stadium, nor hundreds of millions watching on TV. It's the ref's little secret and just one more example of a major problem with soccer refereeing.
U.S. forward [b]Landon Donovan[/b] said the U.S. players asked the Malian referee in a non-confrontational way about the call, “And he ignored us.”

But not only do the players deserve to know what the call is, so do the fans. Why should the whole world be left in the dark?

Up until 1997, the FIFA rulebook included, "... it is not the duty of the referee to explain or mime any offense that has caused him to give a particular decision ..." That phrase has been taken out, but no action has been taken to require or enable referees to share the reasons for their calls.

What should have happened by now is the creation of a universal set of signals that referees must use whenever they blow the whistle. Soccer America columnist [url="http://www.socceramerica.com/article/34381/referees-have-some-explaining-to-do.html"]Paul Gardner[/url], who has advocated for such a policy for decades, recommends that MLS take the lead on this, because the USA is a country where sports fans are used to and expect clear referee signals. Americans, from their other sports, have experience in this and would likely do a good job with it.

The replays of [b]Maurice Edu[/b]’s goal didn’t help reveal why Coulibaly nullified it. Edu was not offside. Pairs of Slovenian and U.S. players were caught in wrestling matches that actually indicated cause for a U.S. penalty kick call, if anything. But referees tend to rule in the favor of defenders in such goalmouth tussles.

This goal-area tussling is epidemic in soccer, and serves as another reminder of soccer’s ridiculously inadequate ratio of officials to players. One hopes that UEFA’s current experimentation with two extra officials to monitor the goal areas leads to implementation and ultimately deters players from scrapping for position with their hands and arms.

Regardless, there’s no excuse for not requiring referees to explain their calls. First, they should signal the offense -- and the offender -- after they blow the whistle. This may also keep players from surrounding the referee after a call, as they so often do.

After the game, refs should make a statement to explain their crucial calls. In many cases, referees are likely to prevent unnecessary controversy from brewing if they enlightened us about the decisions.

Maybe if they didn’t discipline without explanation like junta police, refs would get more respect.


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[quote name='Bunghole' date='18 June 2010 - 03:38 PM' timestamp='1276893532' post='893768']
The top two teams come out of a group, not just one, right?

Correct, top 2. We win, we go on no matter what happens with England-Slovenia. If Slovenia wins, they are first, we would be second with a win over Algeria. England wins and we both have 5 points and would go on but first and second would be decided by tie breaker. It matters because 1st from our group plays 2nd from Group D. Our 2nd plays their 1st.

Edit: Sounds like it is goals scored. which right now we are ahead of England 3 to 1.
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[quote name='MAGICTOUCH' date='18 June 2010 - 04:41 PM' timestamp='1276893708' post='893771']
Correct, top 2. We win, we go on no matter what happens with England-Slovenia. If Slovenia wins, they are first, we would be second with a win over Algeria. England wins and we both have 5 points and would go on but first and second would be decided by tie breaker. It matters because 1st from our group plays 2nd from Group D. Our 2nd plays their 1st.

Edit: Sounds like it is goals scored. which right now we are ahead of England 3 to 1.

So even if England and the USA both draw in their next games, as long as we maintain our goals scored advantage we get in ahead of them, correct?
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[b][size=6]Report: Coulibaly to get FIFA review[/size][/b]


[color=#333333][size=3]Malian referee Koman Coulibaly, criticized for disallowing a potentially U.S.-winning goal off a free kick in Friday's U.S.-Slovenia World Cup clash, may be dropped by FIFA for the rest of the World Cup, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]Citing a FIFA source, the report says Coulibaly is poised to face an expedited performance review from the refereeing committee of world football's governing body. Officials plan to review footage on Saturday from the Group C, 2-2 draw to evaluate Coulibaly's performance after several U.S. players blasted his handling of the match, Yahoo said.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]Second-half sub [url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/140173"]Maurice Edu[/url] appeared to put the U.S. ahead in the 86th minute, poking in a close-range shot after [url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/19107"]Landon Donovan[/url]'s free kick to him. But the goal was waved off by Couilibaly, though it was not clear on whom the foul was called or what the foul was.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]After the match, Donovan said he asked the referee what the call was but did not get an answer.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]"We asked the ref many times what it was or who it was on and he wouldn't or couldn't explain it," Donovan said. "I don't know what to think of the call because I didn't see any foul, just a normal free kick and a goal."[/size][/color]


[color=#333333][size=3]Referees must submit a written report to FIFA after each match, but it is not specified in the rule that he must fully explain a ruling such as this.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]FIFA refereeing rules state: "The referee shall hand over to the FIFA general coordinator a match report at the stadium immediately after the match. On the report form the referee shall note all occurrences such as misconduct of players leading to caution or expulsion, unsporting behavior by supporters and/or by officials or any other person acting on behalf of an association at the match and any other incident happening before, during and after the match in as much detail as possible."[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]Coulibaly could still appear, according to the source, as a line judge or other supporting role, but is unlikely to be given assignments to referee further matches.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]"If he is found to have made a serious mistake, especially one that affected the outcome, then he would be highly unlikely to play any further part in the tournament," Yahoo quoted the source as saying. "FIFA is determined to keep refereeing standards high and does not want high-profile mistakes."[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]The controversial call comes four years after the 2006 finals in Germany where the refereeing was roundly condemned after a spate of controversies.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]It led to FIFA setting up a special referee's assistance program to better train top officials for the 2010 finals.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]Among those refereeing in South Africa are Benito Archundia of Mexico, who handled the 2006 semifinal between Germany and Italy, and Italian Roberto Rosetti, who also officiated the Euro 2008 final in Vienna.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]The 39-year-old Coulibaly has been officiating in African soccer competitions for 17 years and called the final of the African Cup of Nations between Ghana and Egypt earlier this year.[/size][/color]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][color=#333333]For its part, the U.S. is moving on, with no way to appeal the disallowed goal. "There is no process for appeals for a decision on the field," team spokesman Michael Kammarman said Saturday. "We have not asked for any official comment from FIFA in regards to the call."[/color][color=#333333][size=3]Replays show that more Slovenes were holding Americans than vice versa. [url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/140587"]Aleksandar Radosavljevic[/url] held [url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/41952"]Michael Bradley[/url] in a bear hug,[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]Bradley had his own theory: Coulibaly might have regretted his decision to award the free kick. [url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/84915"]Valter Birsa[/url] had been called or a foul on [url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/21633"]Steve Cherundolo[/url].[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]"I think it's a good goal, first. I think the only things really that could be called would be penalty kicks for us," coach Bob Bradley said. "There are times when a referee, for whatever reason, blows a foul and now thinks either he didn't make the correct call on the foul or from a previous play, and then literally as soon as the free kick's taken, he blows his whistle, OK?[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]"So you can speculate all you want about which guy and everything, I think it's a waste of time. All right? I think there was nothing there. I think it's a good goal. And that's that."[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]The U.S. team has been besieged with questions why soccer referees don't publicly explain controversial decisions, as umpires and referees do in U.S. sports.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]"We're all accustomed to the fact that if it's an NFL playoff game and there's a call that's in question, there will be a statement by the league from the referees, but FIFA operates differently," Bradley said. "There are some aspects of it that are not made 100 percent clear. That seems to add to the discussion about the game. So from our end we get used to that. And we all have friends and family who ask us the same questions that most of you ask, and you end up saying that's just how it is sometimes, and then you move on and you get ready for the next game."[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]The U.S. would advance from the group phase if it beats Algeria on Wednesday or even with a tie as long as England loses to Slovenia. If the U.S. and England both draw, the Americans would advance if they maintain their goal advantage over the English, currently 3-1.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]But if England draws and scores two more goals than the U.S. does in the final game, the United States and England would finish even on all tiebreakers. FIFA would conduct a drawing of lots -- it's unclear whether that means a coin flip or another method -- to determine which team goes to the second round.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]The only time lots were used in a World Cup was in 1990, when the format was slightly different and 24 teams competed. Both Ireland and the Netherlands advanced with exactly the same results, and FIFA used lots to determine the Irish would finish second in Group F and the Dutch would be third.[/size][/color]

[color=#333333][size=3]In the next round, the Netherlands lost to eventual champion Germany, while Ireland won a shootout over Romania to get to the quarterfinals, where it fell to host Italy.[/size][/color]

[/font][color=#333333][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"I don't think anyone really wants that, to be honest" defender [url="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/43948"]Jay DeMerit[/url] said. "I think as players and as a team and for fans, it should never really come down to things like that, but unfortunately that's the rules we live by. There's still a lot of soccer to be played between all four teams. And like I said, it will be very interesting to find out how the chips fall. And now we just have to make sure that we take care of things of our end and hope that it doesn't come to something like that."[/font][/color] [/quote]

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