If you've got a couple minutes free and you want to see some kids playing soccer really well, and playing soccer the right way, then take a look at this video. This is Barcelona-USA's Under-11 team, playing in the Cal South State Cup semifinal against Arsenal FC. All I can say is, poor Arsenal FC...More »
Tonight's MLS All-Star Game (ESPN2, 8:30 p.m.) between the Major League Soccer's top players and Chelsea FC of the Premier League is being called the world's first "smart soccer" game. This doesn't mean that all previous MLS games have been dumb, it's just that tonight's contest will incorporate adidas's miCoach Elite System for the first time. More »
I’m a longtime EA Sports FIFA Soccer fan. I have multiple editions of the franchise and it’s probably the game that finds its way into my Xbox 360 the most. But I’m always a little worried when I’m about to try out the latest edition. Back around 2004, they changed the game big time and we had a disaster on our hands. The gameplay slowed to a crawl and I didn’t enjoy it as much as previous editions. The franchise eventually rebounded and I grew to love FIFA again, but I still hold my breath each year until I get my hands on the new one.
I had no need to worry. Yesterday the Wizard (Gary Gramling) and I got to battle each other on an early build of FIFA 13, due out this fall, and the new version was solid. EA has delivered a game with crisp and fluid gameplay, which is important because if you don’t have that, all the bells and whistles don’t mean much. More »
Each day this week we’re getting you ready for Euro 2012, the European soccer championships, hosted by Poland and Ukraine. On Monday we previewed Group A and on Tuesday Group B, Wednesday Group C and today Group D
GROUP D (England, France, Sweden, Ukraine)
No matter who else is in the group, when you put France and England together in pool play at a major international soccer tournament, compelling theater results. Unfortunately for France in 2010 and England in 2012, the theater remained largely off the field. France couldn’t overcome their distractions in 2010, but are back for redemption and England hope they can overcome the strife of the last five months. More »
Each day this week we’re getting you ready for Euro 2012, the European soccer championships, hosted by Poland and Ukraine. On Monday we previewed Group A and on Tuesday Group B, today we break down Group C.
GROUP C (Croatia, Ireland, Italy and Spain)
When Italy and Spain, the last two World Cup champions, were drawn into Group C, it seemed assured what teams would advance into the knockout rounds. But this group is far more competitive than at first glance. More »
Each day this week we’re getting you ready for Euro 2012, the European soccer championships, hosted by Poland and Ukraine. Yesterday we previewed Group A, today we check out Group B.
GROUP B: (Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Portugal)
In every World Cup or European Championship, there is one group disproportionately stacked with a wealth of talent, which pundits call “The Group of Death.” In Euro 2012, Group B unquestionably qualifies for that title. Three of the teams have lifted the European Cup before—only Portugal has yet to do so. With all four teams currently ranked in the Top-10 in the world, it may be the strongest group in tournament history. More »