If you think kids’ soccer is just about mini-vans and snack time, think again.
Beginning Tuesday, September 24, SI Kids and Magnet Media will present Soccer Academy, an intense five-part series starring some of the best child players in the league from New York's Blaus Weiss Gotschee. With in-depth features that go beyond the pitch, get inside the lives of the players, their parents, and the high-pressure world of kids soccer.
Soccer Acadmey is sure to appeal to both die-hard and casual lovers of the beautiful game. Check out a sneak preview of the series below, and stay tuned to SIKids.com for the full series next week!
Heading into Sunday’s Confederations Cup final in Brazil, the host nation was the defending Confed Cup champions. Brazil won the last two tournaments, actually. But its opponent was the mighty Spain — reigning world champion and winners of 29 straight matches.
But in the final Confed Cup match, none of that mattered. Brazil dominated España, 3-0, to win its third straight title and set up an epic 2014 World Cup (also hosted by Brazil).
Mia Hamm, meet Abby Wambach. In the record books, that is. Last night, Wambach scored four goals in a game against South Korea to became the new all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer.
These two legendary soccer players were former teammates, playing together on Team USA in the 2004 Olympics. They won gold that year, and Hamm retired as the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer with 158 goals in 275 games. Her record stood for nine years, until Wambach scored goals number 159 and 160.
Earlier today, Spain met — and absolutely destroyed — Tahiti in a Confederations Cup match in Brazil (the site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup). Powerhouse Spain — defending World Cup and European Cup champions — shut out Tahiti, 10-0, and set the record for largest margin of victory in the Confederations Cup. The previous record was six goals.
Most television networks have a rule that when fans run onto the field during a game, that they don't broadcast it because it might inspire others to do the same. But when two dogs that take the field during a game in Turkey, the results were just too cute not to air. We have no idea what the TV commentators said during the interruption of a game between Turkish club Galatasaray and the German team VfR Aalen, but we imagine it went something like this:
Commentator 1: Two dogs have run onto the field.
Commentator 2: Awww, that is so cute. Look at the little puppies.
Commentator 1: Go, boy, go!
Commentator 2: Oh yeah, I guess we should get back to the game. But those dogs really were adorable.
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Mario Balotelli is known is somewhat of a strange character. The Manchester City striker (he's the one in the hat in the photo above) has used his iPad while sitting on the bench, had his house set on fire during a fireworks mishap, and built a race track for four-wheel all-terrain vehicles in his backyard. Given all that, it actually seems somewhat normal (or at least normal for Balotelli) that he wrapped his Bentley Continental GT in camouflage. Since the car costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe Balotelli was trying to keep it out of sight from would-be thieves. Or perhaps he hoped to use the sports car on bird watching expeditions and needed it to blend in with his natural surroundings. Or maybe this was just Balotelli being Balotelli.
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From a very early age, athletes hear the phrase, "It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game." No one knows that more than the soccer players on Madron FC in Britain. The team lost 30-straight matches before getting its first-ever win last year including one game where they got trounced by a score of 55-0. But what the members of Madron FC lack in winning they more than make up for with sportsmanship. The players still love the game and want to work hard to help out their teammates. It's a spirit that would be nice to see on some of the more successful teams in sports.
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