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  • usajuve 8:31 PM on August 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    A citizen of the world 

    Jurgen Klinsmann, a citizen of the world
    That Jurgen Klinsmann was more a citizen of the world than of Germany was a fact since he was wearing the white jersey of his national team. In fact during the holiday weeks that separated the end of the season from the start of the next one, Jurgen , born a few miles from Stuttgart on July 30, 1964, often travelled around the world with his backpack, at times hitchhiking, while the teammates with whom he spent eleven months a year preferred the sun of some fashionable seaside resort waiting for the paparazzi that could give even more echo to their egos.
    Klinsmann did not do such a thing; he did not respond to the conventional connotations of the successful player. He, as a boy, preferred to discover the world to learn, observe, study, learn new things. A sophisticated eye could also notice it from the way he played: technically nothing more than discreet, Jurgen worked on the offensive front where his intelligent movements created open spaces for his teammates. Instinctively he favored the dynamics of the collective game, as the subsequent coaching career will testify, he always managed to find the right tune with the offensive partner, whether it was the rough Serena at Inter or the fluffy Voeller in the national team.

    The experience at Inter

    He arrived at Inter in the summer of 1989: it was Trapattoni’s team, the one that had just won the Scudetto of records, in which with Matthaus and Brehme, he formed the German garrison to oppose to that of the Dutch on the other Milan team, the A.C. Milan.

    He had a bitter taste of Italian football a few weeks earlier with his home team, Stuttgart, lost the UEFA Cup final against Napoli. The trophy that he managed to hold two years later with his new team in a double confrontation still against an Italian team, this time Roma. Three intense seasons, where he scored galore. Three years in which he also won the most coveted trophy a soccer player may dream of: the world title that he raised to the skies of Rome with his German national team.
    A period in which Klinsmann was appreciated as a man even before as a soccer player when driven by his intrinsic curiosity, he asked his teammate Malgioglio why, at the end of each training session, he never stops to chat with his teammates and always ran away in such a hurry with his Beetle. Malgioglio explained to him that he ran a gym for motor rehabilitation of brain-injured children. Jurgen was not satisfied with that answer; he wanted to go and see for himself what it was like, as his comrade Astudillo, always serious and reserved, spent his time outside the field of play. He went, understood and, without a blink of an eye, broke a check for 70 million liras to support that activity so far from the glossy world of Serie A players.

    Monaco, Tottenham, and return to Bayern
    After the experience in Milan, Klinsmann continued his international career: two years at Monaco in France, one at Tottenham and then the return home to Bayern Munich. In Bavaria, there is time to win another UEFA Cup and find one of the best characters known in Italy, the Inter’s record-breaking Trapattoni as the coach with whom he manages to win another championship. He also won a European trophy with the national team in England. The last year of his career he played in Italy for a short time for Sampdoria, and then with Tottenham, where his last goals (4) against Wimbledon, saved the Spurs from relegation.

    Coaching career
    After leading a young Germany to a brilliant third place in the 2006 World Cup, Klinsmann led the US selection in the 2011-2016 five-year period, reaching a remarkable eighth-finals at the 2014 Brazilian World Championships. He represents today a model of a coach with a profile strongly oriented to the development of national teams in search of confirmation, being the growth of young people the scenarios in which his skills and experiences excel.

  • usajuve 9:56 AM on July 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Friendly? No really! 

    Atletico dominates Real: 7-3, brawl and two ejected.

    The Colchoneros win the Madrid derby in New Jersey. Four goals by Diego Costa who comes to blow with Carvajal: red for both. And for Zidane double defeat: Jovic injured.
    Don’t call it friendly. True, there were “only” three points up for grabs in the International Champions Cup, but when you take the field for a derby, you never mess around. Nor if after 8 minutes it was already 2-0 and after half an hour 4-0. At the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the two Diegos, Simeone and Costa dominated the noble cousins of the Real with a very heavy 7-3, also flavored by that nervousness that a derby risks never to miss.
    Hurricane COSTA

    • The Brazilian naturalized Spanish gets undoubtedly the MVP of the game, for better or worse. After less than sixty seconds the scoreboard lights with the first goal, and then leaves to Joao Felix and Correa the task to stun the cousins and then Costa takes the stage with three other goals that definitively bury the honor of the Blancos with a terrifying partial of 6-0. Costa closes with a penalty that is worth the hat-trick at the end of the first half, and at the beginning of the second half, he scores his fourth personal goal, before staining his outstanding game with a saloon fight with Dani Carvajal, which gets them both ejected. In the second half the Galacticos find some pride scoring three goals (Nacho, Benzema on penalty and the young Hernandez), but the final 7-3 capped off by Vitolo’s goal is not heavy, but much, much more.
  • usajuve 1:23 PM on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Women’s World Cup 

    Created in 1991 by the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association João Havelange, [2] the first edition of the tournament (then known as the Women’s World Championship) took place in China in 1991. This first inaugural tournament, in which 12 national teams took part, was dominated by the United States, dragged by the three strikers Michelle Akers, Carin Jennings and captain April Heinrichs, who scored 20 goals in the 6 games played. The United States faced Norway in the final, already defeated 4-0 in the opening game by China, but then able to reach the final by winning all the remaining games. The game for the title was balanced and decided in favor of the Americans only in the last minutes, thanks to a goal by Akers, the second of the game and the tenth in the competition, which delivered the trophy to her national team and consolidated her top scorer title.

  • usajuve 8:42 PM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Rapinoe unconfortable candidate 

    The FIFA Best Player 2019 struggles to find a favorite, but on the female side, the American Rapinoe looks like a shoo-in even if she embarrassed herself with the anti-Trump campaign.

    TURIN – The race for the FIFA Best Player, a prize which has returned to shine with its light and in competition with the France Ball Golden Ball, is enriched with even more significant doubts after the conclusion of the international tournaments that have been played this summer. The gala evening is scheduled for Monday, September 23 in Italy, at the Teatro La Scala in Milan.
    Putting aside the totems like Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who for the first time managed to win their respective national titles at the same time, further upgrading their already robust palmarés, the results of club competitions have proposed the names of other players, see for example Mo Salah, who has won the Champions League competition with Liverpool, but has been disappointing with his national team Egypt eliminated in the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations. Scrolling through the names of the candidates we cannot go beyond the “usual suspects”, that is Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, to whom we should automatically add the goalkeeper Alisson who has had a fantastic 2019 because in addition to winning the Champions League with Liverpool has also been able to win the Copa America with Brazil. The position though, and it is a story that we know well since it involved Dino Zoff and Gigi Buffon in the past, does not help, but it seems impossible for the voters – journalists, coaches, and captains of the national affiliates – not to consider Allison’s exploits.
    The analysis of the female trophy’s contenders becomes intriguing, at least on paper: FIFA awarded Megan Rapinoe, the tournament’s MVP. Her name, perhaps, is the only one capable of getting a favorable consensus from the voting members. However, there is a “but” that borders on the political front, an aspect on which FIFA has always shown itself to suffer from a strong allergy. Rapinoe has become one of the most heartfelt voices of the anti-Trump campaign, above all to defend the values of the LGBT community: she is the champion of the movement and her rejection of a possible visit to the White House has become a must for those who dispute the US president. Will FIFA be able to split the two fronts, sports, and politics, without transforming the evening at the Teatro LA Scala in an uncomfortable and unwanted meeting?

  • usajuve 2:44 PM on July 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Ibrahimovic “I am a Ferrari among Fiats” 

    The Swede continues to be talked about even for his off-field declarations: “The American championship is not at the European level, I do not accept that the ball does not reach me or that it arrives too late. The teammates must be at my level.”
    LOS ANGELES – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who moved from Manchester United to Los Angeles Galaxy in March 2018, continues to be talked about not only for his feats on the field of play pitch but also for being outspoken out from the green rectangle. The Swedish giant, speaking to ESPN, talking about his experience in the American championship, does not spare criticism and goes down heavy: “I am like a Ferrari amid Fiats.” The 39 years old who wore the top European club uniforms are not at all happy with the third place in the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference: ” The American championship is not at the European level. You have to be honest. Before coming to the, US, I played with players at my level, or almost. And I experienced a similar thing with Sweden. I do not accept that I do not receive the ball or that it arrives at me too late. My teammates must be at my level. The games here could be faster, more tactical, and with higher pace “.

  • usajuve 4:52 PM on July 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Copa America – This is not Soccer 

    Colombia, Tesillo threatened with death after missing the penalty. The father is scared: “We can only pray.”
    Colombia defender William Tesillo was threatened with death after having missed the penalty that cost his national team the qualification for the semifinals of Copa America. And, given Escobar’s precedent, the family is pretty scared.
    One of the most famous soccer advice, “ You don’t need to be afraid of taking a penalty.” Although unfortunately is very important when the penalty is missed. Both from a sporting point of view, because sometimes a penalty represents the thin line between victory and defeat, but also from a psychological one, as told by the stories of many players who have never fully recovered after having missed a decisive penalty. And then there are stories that you would never want to tell, but that unfortunately from time to time they come up.
    PRAY – As the Associated Press reports, Colombia defender William Tesillo has been threatened with death after having missed the penalty that cost his national team the qualification for the semifinals of Copa America. The Colombian’s wife published a post on Instagram with the screens of some threats to her husband and her family, claiming they could go on for a long time given the number of messages received. The player’s father said he was quite scared, claiming, as Marca reports, that “regarding the threats my son received, we can only pray. We must remember that this is just soccer, a game where we can win, and we can lose. ”

    ESCOBAR – Exaggerated? Certainly not, because in the memory of soccer fans there is still what happened to Andres Escobar, author of the own goal that cost Colombia to the USA ’94 elimination. The defender, considered the “culprit” of the defeat against the hosts, was killed by machine-gun fire a few days after returning from the World Cup. And it is also and above all for this, given that in the threats there were references to Escobar, the family of the player is terrified. Perhaps at this point, Tesillo would do better not to spend the holidays at home, but go back to Mexico, since he plays in the Leon. Given the precedents, trusting is good, but not trusting is better.

  • usajuve 5:04 PM on July 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Italian Connection – Alexi Lalas 

    Alexi Lalas, how many memories! From the dialect (Venetian) of Pippo Maniero to the goal against Milan: “It was a magical time.”
    The Alexi Lalas day is a blast from the past, in the mid-90s when in Padua soccer was on everyone’s lips. Also thanks to the red goatee of this extravagant player from the USA, the country that had just hosted the World Cup. Twenty-three years later here he is again at the Euganeo (The stadium), short hair with wife Anne and his two sons Henry and Sophie. Still with the desire to joke and smile reminiscing. Loaded with memories, which in its path between locker rooms and camps, have become increasingly more evident: “Here a teammate of mine was coming to smoke – Lalas jokes with the journalists present, pointing to a hole in the lockers – it seemed to me so absurd! “.
    And again: “Franceschetti was the only one who chewed a little English, and helped me with the Italian verbs in the hotel during my travels.” It was a series A that frightened for its coat of arms and great champions who, then, trod the Italian fields: “In those days it was a dream to play in Italy, today maybe it’s not like that anymore. But when they offered me the chance to play here, I accepted without thinking “. The goals of Vlaovic, the Venetian dialect of Pippo Maniero (“He used to say: Come xea?” “How are you?). The lessons of Nanu Galderisi, Lalas remembers that group and all its members: “It was a magical time, it was not easy for me to play in a team where all the Italians and only three foreigners, but my teammates welcomed me and made me feel like a real player. We had fun. In Padua, I grew up as a player but above all as a man ”.
    On the goal to Milan: “Maybe it was offside – and he bursts out laughing – today with the Var it might have been disallowed. What a joy though, it was an incredible moment to score in Serie A and do it at the Milan I saw on television “. On his rock style: “In 2000 I decided to change my look, then today I work on television: I talk, I talk … But music continues to be part of my life, I play, and I make records”. On the women’s movement and the World Cup won by the USA: “I saw the Italians, they played an incredible, offensive football, which is not in the Italian soccer DNA. It is vital that this movement continues growing. I like soccer. I do not care if men or women, for me, they could also play coed Pay equality? Easy to talk about parity in the press, but the reality is different, more complicated. There are contracts and a market “.
    Finally, a thought on today’s Padua: “The category can change, the owner, but that emblem remains, Calcio Padova is something that goes beyond the results, it is part of life.”

  • usajuve 6:22 PM on June 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    From Best to Puskas, the Legends beyond Soccer. 

    I found this article by Federico Boffa in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. It brought back memories of some of the old soccer icons, and I enjoyed it very much. I hope you will as well.

    The portrait of six soccer artists. In addition to Northern Irish and the Magyar, I will also focus on Rivera, Di Stefano, Cruyff, and Cristiano Ronaldo, doing it from the places where they grew up as men and players narrating suggestive anecdotes

    George Best, Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskas, Gianni Rivera, Alfredo Di Stefano, Cristiano Ronaldo. They share the fact that they have won at least one European Cup (or Champions League) and a Golden Ball. Above all, they have in common the fact that they went beyond the concept of star players, to have become testimonials of their era. I will tell their story from a privileged point of view, in the places that have seen them grow as men and players. Considering football as a simple game is as reductive as it can be. On a field, nothing happens by chance; everything has its logic, perhaps irrational but has it. Because soccer has been the true Esperanto of the world since the 1900s, so much so that there are plenty of episodes in which politics influenced it and have been affected by it, but even here we can go far beyond politics. It is impossible for example to talk about Uruguay-Argentina without referring to Carlos Gardel, a character so important in the history of tango as to be disputed by the two countries. In soccer, nothing is forgotten, not even if we want to. It is as if sometimes characters from the other century reoccur, to somehow influence the progress of this or that game. At the recent World Cup, before Brazil-Germany, finished 7-1 for the Germans, I had noticed a man who reminded me of Barbosa, the cursed goalkeeper of the decisive match lost – a national tragedy – by the Seleçao in 1950 against Uruguay.
    Returning to the magnificent six, we start with George Best had been in Belfast to tell it was an exceptional privilege. Belfast, a city that has lived full of bitterness, full of stories of death and toil. But also with a couple of solid points. The Titanic was launched from here, George Best was born there. He is an utterly compelling character, the first player to have shifted his image from the pages of sport elsewhere, a breeding ground for spectacular anecdotes. But it is also the most transient in the whole history of the champions, a romantic hero, one who, when he reaches the top, is not able to stay there: the depths of his psychology, his modus vivendi, do not allow it. I went to Best’s grave, one of the few cases where the epitaph could be written 25 years before his death. I also visited his home. In Belfast where there is the sofa where George’s father saw the 1968 final against Benfica, being there is a unique sensation.

    I hope I will be able to go to Argentina to tell the story of Alfredo Di Stefano, from the oratory in which the legend of Real Madrid started.

    All six, however, are the perfect expression of their country. Johan Cruyff, for example, is by far the most famous Dutchman in the world. He and others have replaced the actors, the competition for football myths is now reserved only for rock stars. And yet, on Ferenc Puskas, there are extraordinary stories. I will tell about the bet that he had with Picasso, who gave him his paintings based on goals, or of his delays in the shower. Not seeing him return for a long time in the locker room, the very fast Gento went to see what had happened, finding him to make amazing balls joggling with the soap.

    I suffered a lot in telling Gianni Rivera for a simple reason: personal involvement. It was, in fact, the uncontested idol of my childhood, I a Milanist and raised in Milan. Of course, Rivera, I remember my mother’s love for him, an almost passionate cheer. He was a cold guy, but able to catch fire and set fire to the crowds in the blink of an eye.

    I’m writing now from Madeira. I’m here for Cristiano Ronaldo, and I don’t deny the difficulty in telling the story of a player that you know practically everything, always under a hundred thousand media spotlights. I admit to being a bit romantic and having an affinity for telling legends of the sixties and seventies, inimitable periods for narrative cues. It is constructive for me to be here, to see the people, the way of life, even poverty. Christopher Columbus, before embarking on the journey that changed the world had stopped in Madeira to talk to the sailors, understand their concept of ‘beyond.’ Here Cristiano Ronaldo represents the ‘beyond’ of our times.

  • usajuve 7:17 PM on June 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Rule Change 

    FIFA makes penalty shootout rule change during World Cup

    VALENCIENNES, France (AP) — The debut of video review in women’s soccer is causing confusion and has pushed FIFA to make a rule change heading into the knockout phase of the World Cup.
    FIFA received approval from the game’s lawmaking body to suspend the rule that goalkeepers must be shown yellow cards for stepping off the goal-line during penalty shootouts.
    With video assistant referees able to keep a closer eye on infringements, FIFA feared more goalkeepers could be penalized — and sent off if it’s a second booking with no substitute allowed during shootouts. But the penalty kick will still be retaken.
    The International Football Association Board granted the temporary dispensation on Friday which means goalkeepers can only be booked at the tournament for stepping off the line with both feet during a penalty kick in normal time.
    “The caution for a goalkeeper who commits an offense was introduced in the laws as a deterrent,” FIFA refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina said in comments provided by the governing body.

  • usajuve 10:55 AM on June 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    From penalties to substitutions: the new rules that change the world of soccer. 

    The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is the self-described “guardian of the Laws of the Game.”
    It is made up of the four British associations (the FA, SFA, FAW, and IFA) and FIFA.
    It is the only organization that has the authority to review and change the rules governing the game of football. The four British associations have one vote each and FIFA – representing the remaining 207 national associations – has four votes.
    These rules have been set. Here are some of the changes that will go into effect this summer.
    Free kicks: No attacking players in the wall
    The IFAB has approved a rule change which prohibits attacking players – i.e., those from the team on attacking from the free kick – from being in the wall. Specifically, when there is a wall of three or more players, attackers are not allowed within one meter of it.
    Any attacking player found to be less than one meter from the wall when a free kick is taken will be penalized, and the other team will be rewarded with an indirect free kick.
    The idea behind the change is to avoid time-wasting and disturbances between players that may result in physical altercations.
    Substitutions: Players must leave at the nearest point of the pitch
    Players who are being taken off and replaced must now leave the pitch by the closest location on the touchline, which means we will no longer be forced to endure preposterously slow walks to the half-way line.
    So players will have to think twice about how they exit the pitch and, not only that, they must make their way straight to the technical area or dressing room otherwise they risk being sanctioned for unsporting behavior.
    Yellow & red cards for coaches
    The Era of Coaches constantly nagging at referees or touchline fracas happening is going to reduce after this new rule drastically.
    To clamp down on challenging behavior from coaches who don’t see eye to eye with the referee or their opposite number, officials will be able to show them yellow or red cards, in the same way, they do with players.
    If in the event of a touchline melee, for example, the offending individual cannot be identified for punishment, the senior coach who is in the technical area will be the default recipient.
    The likes of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola won’t be happy with this new declaration.
    Penalty kicks: Goalkeepers must have at least one foot on the goal line
    The issue of penalty kicks has cropped up a few times in recent years, and the trend has been towards reducing the freedom of the goalkeeper.
    That hasn’t changed with the latest update to the rules, which dictate that the shot-stopper must not be moving or touching the goalposts.
    The new rule changes also say that the goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on or in line with the goal-line.
    As well as those points, the penalty taker will now be permitted to receive a quick treatment if necessary before taking the kick.
    Handball: Accidental offenses deemed free kicks
    The IFAB has attempted to provide more clarity on the handball offense for occasions when the offense is considered to be ‘non-deliberate.’
    Essentially, the changes will mean that there will be no goal in cases where the ball accidentally strikes a player’s hand before crossing over the line.
    Similarly, if a player has accidentally handled the ball and created an advantage or subsequently scores, they will be penalized with a free kick.
    Drop ball no longer competitive. The dropped ball is no more.
    If play is stopped inside the penalty area, the ball will simply be dropped for the goalkeeper.
    If it is stopped outside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped for a player from the team that last touched the ball. In all cases, players will have to be at least four meters (four and a half yards) away.
    A lot of these rules will be sources of argument from next season considering their volatile nature.

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