Posts Tagged "United States of America"

The 2011 Womens World Cup Final: USA 2-2 Japan (Japan Win On Penalties)

By on Jul 17, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

It started slowly, before rising to a beautiful tumult and ended with a penalty shoot-out which ended in a victory for the team of the aesthetes. And then, on top of that, the crowd had the good sense to roundly boo Sepp Blatter. To that extent, this evening’s Women’s World Cup final was, in other words, a series of small victories for football and the...

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The 2011 Womens World Cup: A Possible Revolutionary Encounter

By on Jul 13, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Back in 1950, Harry Keough perhaps summarised best the general attitude toward the quality of the American game that might still hold true in some quarters of the international football community. After the postal worker and semi-professional defender considered England’s now legendary 1-0 loss to the US in Belo Horizonte, he quipped, “Boy, I feel sorry...

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World Cup 2010: United States 1-2 Ghana (aet)

World Cup 2010: United States 1-2 Ghana (aet)

By on Jun 26, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

When Ghana becamse independent in 1957, the first of the wave of sub-Saharan countries to do so in that period, there’s a nice story about then Vice-President Richard Nixon attending their Independence Day celebrations. The US were broadly supportive of countries seeking to cast of the yoke of the old European colonial powers, and a beaming Nixon was shaking...

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World Cup 2010: The United States Of America 1-0 Algeria

World Cup 2010: The United States Of America 1-0 Algeria

By on Jun 23, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

This match isn’t, as Gary Lineker insists twice, just for “you Americans and Algerians.” England’s struggles to date have turned this into a tight group where three teams need a win, so the natural choice for the neutral is surely the match with two of them. Such are the vagaries of the group that both sides are likely to still need the win right to the end, which...

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