Category Archives: International

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SAF Puts the Kibosh on Chicharito’s Olympic Odyssey

In a somewhat surprising, yet understandable announcement yesterday, FEMEXFUT announced that Javier Hernandez will not be part of Mexico’s Olympic plans. The decision came all the way from the top, as in Sir Alex Ferguson, who decided that Chicharo the Younger would be better served not having to participate in …

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Liguilla Starts Tonight

The Wild and Wooly Liga Mexicana’s post season starts tonight. The eight teams that have qualified for la fiesta grande have been paired into some tasty match-ups. Here in the US, one channel is leveraging the league’s popularity in hopes of adding its newly christened sports channel to more content …

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Vela at Full Sail (Finally)

I am not going to lie. Living in Austin is pretty damn nice. Occasionally my professional obligations would afford me the opportunity to visit with one Darrell K. Royal, a venerable Texas legend. For those who are not familiar, Coach Royal was the man in charge of the University of …

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Mexico Gets Hot, Easily Secures Olympic Spot

After last week’s US U23 calamity, the us soccer blogosphere reacted in a variety of ways. Most were disappointed, of course. The first waves that came in tried to discount the importance of the event: Olympic soccer is a throwaway tournament, we were told. No one takes it seriously, so …

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Pulido Adds Punch Mexico was Sorely Lacking

Four years ago, Mexico’s U23 team looked like just about every other Mexico team – dominating in possession from box to box. Unfortunately, playing keep away, although an effective tactic, doesn’t always translate into goals. It has historically been Mexico’s problem, and the ’08 Olympic qualifying campaign was no different. …

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Can Mexico Erase Memories of Failed Olympic Runs?

Four years ago, Mexico’s Olympic qualifying campaign was so poorly exceuted from start to finish, , it led to the demise of the national team coach, scarred some players so much, they have yet to recover (some even retired), and (most importantly for FMF and their TV partners) made the …

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Same as it Ever Was

No one can really be surprised that there are 3 Mexican teams in the Concacaf Champions League semi-finals. The real surprise, of course, came at the expense of the North American Galácticos. Monterrey, Santos, and even Pumas were favorites to advance past their quarterfinal opponents. But hardly anyone could have …

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Gag Factor

With tails tucked firmly between their legs, members of both Mexico’s senior side and the U23 team returned to Mexico after both teams lost, 2-0, to Colombia and the US respectively. As is always the case, they were mobbed by the members of the press the minute they cleared customs …

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As Vela is Welcomed Back, Nery Keeps Waiting

Since the start, the play (or lack thereof) of several of the Mexican expatriates had a lot of folks wondering what there status in the eyes of Mexico National Team Coach, Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre was. Like many coaches before him (and surely just as many after), Chepo fed …

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3-0 – The Most Misleading Score in Soccer?

So it was Super Bowl and Puppy Bowl Sunday yesterday. A television porgrammers dream, and a counter-programmer’s nightmare. As for the footiephiles, we got a special treat. Chelsea-Manchester United on over the air TV. And when the Blues went up 3-0…. I’ll admit I am somewhat of a neophyte when …