Posted tagged ‘Soccer’

Workers Hurt in Dutch Stadium Roof Collapse

July 7, 2011

At least one person has died and 14 are injured after part of the roof collapsed at the De Grolsch Veste soccer stadium in the Netherlands.

From CNN:

Sniffer dogs are being used to search for any others who may be trapped in the wreckage, Moniek Eberhard in the mayor’s office for the town of Enschede told CNN.

Those injured are thought to be construction workers. It is not known how many people were working in the area when the collapse occurred, at midday local time.

Two people were seriously injured and have been taken to hospital, while three were treated at the scene, Eberhard said.

The club has grown over recent seasons, and was working to expand the seating at its stadium.

Russia and Qatar Selected to Host World Cup

December 2, 2010

Congratulations to Russia and Qatar who have been selected to host the FIFA World Cup  in 2018 and 2022. This will be the first time hosting the event for each country.

From CNN:

Russia headed off 1966 host England and joint presentations from Spain-Portugal and Holland-Belgium in Thursday’s vote at FIFA headquarters in Switzerland.

Qatar won the right to host the 2022 tournament ahead of bids from the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia.

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin decided against attending the ceremony in Zurich, but his deputy Igor Shuvalov was present to accept the first successful bid from Eastern Europe.

“You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I can promise that you will never regret it. Let us make history together,” he told the assembled delegates.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, the son of Qatar’s emir and head of the emirate’s bid team, said he was looking forward to the first time a Middle Eastern nation hosts the event.

“Thank you for believing in change, for expanding the game and for giving Qatar a chance. You will be proud of us – and you will be proud of the Middle East. I promise you this,” he said.

When a Tie is as Good as a Win…

June 12, 2010

That would be today!

Team USA and England fought to a 1-1 draw this afternoon which, even though not a win, is still a great accomplishment for our boys!

The game probably would have ended 1-0 England if not for an embarassing mistake by England goalkeeper Rob Green, who let a shot by Clint Dempsey of Team USA get past him, after he appeared to have it under control, for the game tying goal. (Sorry, the highlight is in Spanish…)

Overall, I’m satisfied with the result. We got in, got a point, and got out. Now, let’s just get a “W” in the next one to get us up to 4 points!

Did you watch? What did you think? Are you satisfied with a tie?

Manchester United A Target of Hotel Bombers

July 30, 2009

Reports today state that the Manchester United football team was a main target of Al Qaeda hotel bombers two weeks ago.

From the Daily Mail:

Today, an internet message emerged purporting to be by South East Asia’s most wanted terror suspect and claiming responsibility for the carnage.

The author, claiming to be Noordin Mohammed Top, ‘leader of Tandsim Al Qaeda Indonesia’, attacked the Ritz as warning to Indonesians ‘against the arrival of the soccer club Manchester United’ at the hotel.

‘These players are Christians, so Muslims should not honour and respect these enemies of Allah,’ he wrote.

He also said Manchester United manager Alex Fergusson and his squad were targeted because they were ‘Crusaders’.

It is unknown whether the group knew the players were arriving a day after the blasts.

From the Telegraph:

The messages justified the attack on July 17, in which seven people died, as an attack on American interests and labelled Manchester United, which was due to book into one of the hotels, as “crusaders”.

It said the attack was a warning to Indonesians “against the arrival of the soccer club Manchester United” at the Ritz-Carlton.

“These players are Christians, so Muslims should not honour and respect these enemies of Allah,” it said.

The posting, which has not been independently verified, was purportedly written by Mohammed Noordin Top, South-East Asia’s most wanted man.

It referred to the “American chamber of commerce” as a target, apparently confirming that a breakfast meeting of Western businessmen at the Marriott, hosted by US lobbyist James Castle, was the focus of the attack.

US Men’s Soccer Team Shocks Spain

June 24, 2009

It’s not the “Miracle on Ice” but this is definitely a huge win for the US!

From Reuters:

United States ended Spain’s record winning streak with a shock 2-0 victory on Wednesday to advance to the final of the Confederations Cup.

Striker Jozy Altidore muscled past the Spanish defence to score the opening goal in the 27th minute and Clint Dempsey pounced on a mistake by Sergio Ramos to grab the second with 16 minutes left.

It was the first defeat in 35 internationals for the European champions, a run stretching back to November 2006. It also ended Spain’s world record of 15 successive wins.

Who Are the World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams?

January 23, 2009

As a sports fan, I’ve often asked myself this question. Today, Forbes had a great article which gives more insight into the answer to this questions.

It turns out that in 2003, no pro sports team in the world was worth a billion dollars. By the end of 2008, there were 24, led by European soccer powerhouse Manchester United.

From Forbes:

It begs the question: Is pro sports a bubble? That’s hard to say. But with the economy in peril, the days of skyrocketing growth appear to be over, at least for now.

“We’re in for some trying times for the next year or so,” says Larry Grimes, a Washington, D.C.-based mergers and acquisitions consultant who specializes in the sports industry. What he sees ahead is not so much the bursting of a bubble, which by definition would include a wave of selling at distressed prices, but a leveling off of franchise valuations to reflect the current reality. With prospective buyers having trouble lining up financing, many current owners will have little choice but to sit tight and ride out the storm.

The $1 billion-and-up club isn’t particularly broad-based. By Forbes’ count, it consists of the New York Yankees, a handful of European soccer clubs and, well, most of the NFL. Spearheaded by the Washington Redskins, which became the first NFL team to break the billion dollar barrier in 2004, the league now boasts 19 of 30 clubs valued above the magic number. The Redskins have since been surpassed by the Dallas Cowboys, whose lucrative merchandising business and (starting next season) new stadium have pushed their value to $1.6 billion, second overall to Manchester United.

Other NFL teams in the top 10 include the New England Patriots (three recent Super Bowl titles), the New York Jets and Giants (a shared new stadium on the way) and the Houston Texans (the league’s biggest stadium naming rights deal). Even the NFL’s least valuable franchise, the Minnesota Vikings, is knocking on the door of billionaire row at $839 million.

Other than the Yankees, no baseball team has managed to crash the sports’ billionaire club. The most valuable NBA franchise, the New York Knicks, checks in at $613 million. In the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs lead the valuation standings at just over $400 million. But while businesses of the NHL, NBA and MLB don’t stack up to the NFL, the average team value has grown at a pace that doesn’t figure to be sustained much longer.

Major League Baseball’s 30 clubs are worth a collective $14.1 billion, up from $6.6 billion in 1999. Growth rates are similar in the NBA, to $11.4 billion from $5.3 billion, and in the television-challenged NHL, to $6.6 billion from $3.6 billion.

Belgium Stuns Italy in Olympic Soccer Quarterfinals

August 17, 2008

In the biggest upset of the Olympic soccer tournament, Belgium defeated soccer powerhouse Italy today 3-2. Medal favorite Italy, featuring New Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi, will be sent home while Argentina, Brazil and Nigeria advanced to the semifinals.

From MSNBC:

Moussa Dembele scored two of Belgium’s three goals after it was reduced to 10 men, giving his country a 3-2 victory over Italy on Saturday and moving it within one win of its first Olympic soccer medal since it won gold at home in 1920.

Italy, the bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Games, had been playing in its seventh straight and 15th overall Olympics, more than any other nation.


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