Quote of the Week

I couldn’t resist this comment from Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva via AP regarding his nation’s behind the curve preparations for the 2014 World Cup:

“The World Cup in Africa is over and now everybody is asking, ‘Where are the Brazilian airports? Where are the Brazilian stadiums? Where are the Brazilian trains? As if we were a bunch of idiots who didn’t know how to do things and define priorities.”

Da Silva was responding to a report by the government’s own budget watchdog, known as the Brazilian Court of Audit, that warned work on improving airports needed to start as soon as possible or the “risk” exists that it would not be completed in time for the World Cup.

Uh oh.

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Paris Hilton scores (dope) at World Cup


She shoots, she scores!

I know, I know, I’m taking undue pleasure in this.

But let’s face it, when it comes to Hilton there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

The Los Angeles socialite pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 45 days in LA County jail, you’ll recall (that’s her booking mug shot, right).

Question: Will they always have Paris?

(Sadly not, I’m sure we’ll get her back).

But that’s what happens when you hang around with the Dutch, I guess.

Could be worse. She could have made a hash of things.

OK. I’ll stop now.


Case closed, according to TMZ.com.

(Don’t you just hate having problems with your entourage).

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Thursday Kicks: World Cup weekend & more

i-0992015a7aa8c2f2efe8fa7e326deebd-maradonaqfinals.jpgDiego Maradona and Argentina are ready for the quarterfinals. Are you? (AP Photo)

*Will there be four South American teams in the World Cup quarterfinals?

The schedule:

7 a.m. Friday ESPN Netherlands-Brazil
11:30 a.m. Friday ESPN Uruguay-Ghana

7 a.m. Saturday ABC Germany-Argentina
11:30 a.m. Saturday ABC Paraguay-Spain

Click at top right for recommended places to watch in Southern California.

*Also, some World Cup stars could soon be coming to play in Ventura County.

*Is this the reason “bubbly” Bob Bradley hasn’t resigned yet?

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Expect fireworks in Carson this weekend (times two).

From today’s Daily Breeze:

*Chivas USA and Major League Soccer-expansion team Philadelphia Union meet for the first time in history at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot Center, 18400 Avalon Blvd., on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a 15-minute firework display at its conclusion. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com. Tickets range from $20 to $200.

*An even bigger fireworks display is on tap for Sunday after the 7:30 p.m. Galaxy-Seattle Sounders game. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 877-3GALAXY (877-342-5299).

For those just wanting to view the fireworks after the Galaxy game, a free shuttle bus will be available from the parking lot of the Carson Community Center to the Home Depot Center. A grass picnic area next to the Velodrome has been set up as a viewing area. The bus will make at least two round-trips and will depart from the community center for the first time at 7:30 p.m., make a stop at the South Bay Pavilion and transport spectators back to the community center after the fireworks show.

Families are welcome to bring lawn chairs and food to enjoy the evening’s festivities. Admission is free to view in the public viewing area, but parking fees apply if spectators drive in to the Home Depot Center. Call 310-952-1000, Ext. 1712, for more information.

*Finally, the Galaxy will play Seattle twice in four days next week.


ESPN2 added Sunday’s Galaxy-Sounders game to its schedule today citing “the excitement surrounding the 2010 FIFA World Cup.”

Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle are both expected to return from World Cup duty for the game.

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Gospel music show 1 World Cup soccer 0

Sadly, truth is stranger than fiction in this case:

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Police say a South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup match instead of a religious program was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country.

David Makoeya, a 61-year-old man from the small village of Makweya, Limpopo province, fought with his wife and two children for the remote control on Sunday because he wanted to watch Germany play Australia in the World Cup. The others, however, wanted to watch a gospel show.

“He said, ‘No, I want to watch soccer,'” police spokesman Mothemane Malefo said Thursday. “That is when the argument came about. In that argument, they started assaulting him.”

Malefo said Makoeya got up to change the channel by hand after being refused the remote control and was attacked by his 68-year-old wife Francina and two children,
36-year-old son Collin and 23-year-old daughter Lebogang.

Malefo said he was not sure what the family used to kill Makoeya.

“It appears they banged his head against the wall,” Malefo said. “They phoned the
police only after he was badly injured, but by the time the police arrived the man was
already dead.”

All three were arrested Sunday night, but Lebogang was released on $200 bail Tuesday, Malefo said. The other two are still being held in custody. Malefo said the mother and son will reappear in the local Seshego Magistrates Court on July 27.

“He was always a happy man, never violent,” Makoeya’s nieces, Miriam and Anna, told the Daily Sun newspaper. “On Saturday, we saw him the last time at a funeral.”

Lovely story of domestic bliss, isn’t it? Guess the family that prays together, — oh, never mind.

If you need a good laugh after that, enjoy this revealing profile of Landon Donovan.

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Monday Night Kicks: Press Release of the Week & More

A few items to pass along this evening include:

*MLS delaying today’s roster compliance date, absent a new labor agreement. It has to, of course, because without a new labor agreement the old squad size of 20 senior and four developmental players essentially doesn’t exist. The new roster compliance date will be set “in the next few weeks.” That gives a breather to clubs who don’t have to make decisions over players now.

*Tony Sanneh wasn’t invited to Galaxy training camp, but he hasn’t cut ties with the club; he’s off to Haiti Tuesday with the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation to deliver soccer equipment and supplies to the L’Athletique d’Haiti sports program.

The program gives poor children an opportunity to get off the streets, play a sport and receive a daily meal. The foundation will also provide food, soap, coolers and other items (such as 3,000 sticks of Degree Men deodorant, I kid you not).

From the Galaxy press release:

Following January’s devastating earthquake, the children did not return to L’Athletique d’Haiti for almost ten days at which time 150 of the program’s participants showed up at the field with their families. Currently, L’Athletique d’Haiti has approximately 500 displaced families living on their two fields that are being provided food, water and tents and more than 700 children returning for the soccer program each day.

“My heart goes out to the children of Haiti ,” Sanneh said, who has also founded a nonprofit group, The Sanneh Foundation. “As soon as I heard of the disaster, I knew I had to help. I am pleased the Galaxy and Galaxy Foundation invited me to be a part of their outreach efforts.

More information on L’Athletique d’Haiti is here and The Sanneh Foundation is here.

*Enhanced soccer offerings from Foxsoccer.tv include England National Team games beginning with England-Egypt at noon Wednesday, EPL, UEFA Champions League et al. A monthly pass is $14.95; a 24-hour pass (available for limited time) $4.95.

*Finally, chew on this – Extra, “El Chicle Oficial de la Seleccin Mexicana” (that’s the Official Chewing Gum of the Mexican National Soccer Team, gringos) has invited us media types in a press release to an “African-themed night” Tuesday that will feature African dancers, mariachis (y’know, African mariachis) along with retired El Tri goalkeeper Jorge Campos as master of ceremonies and a “Countdown to South Africa Clock” at L.A. Live on the eve of the team’s friendly against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl.

Luckily, “Jorge, along with representatives from Wrigley, makers of Extra gum will be available for interviews to discuss Mexico’s chances and strategies for a successful bid at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.”

I have no idea what wisdom and insight Extra reps will provide on Mexico’s World Cup chances. Nor do I know what flavors of gum (if any) they will serve.

Nor will I be going.

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Friday Football: USWNT win & More

Busy today so I’ll keep this brief:

*The USWNT beat Norway 2-1 today at the Algarve Cup and plays Sweden Sunday Monday with a berth in the championship game on the line. More details here.

*Chivas USA single game tickets for the upcoming MLS season went on sale today starting at $15. Galaxy single game tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Monday; their cheapest seat is $20.

*Here’s one for Fantasy Island. David Beckham could have played for the world’s oldest club, England’s Notts County, now languishing in the lower divisions and almost penniless. Apparently Beckham is available in October. Read more here.

*Mexico has announced its roster for Wednesday’s game against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl:

goalkeepers – Luis Ernesto Michel (CD Guadalajara), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)

defenders – Efran Juarez (UNAM), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Hector Moreno (Az Alkmaar), Rafael Mrquez (FC Barcelona)

midfielders – Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (UNAM), Andres Guardado (La Corua), Jonathan Dos Santos (FC Barcelona), Luis Miguel Noriega (Puebla) Braulio Luna (San Luis)

forwards – Aldo Jesus De Nigris (Monterrey), Carlos Vela (Arsenal), Javier Hernandez (CD Guadalajara), Giovanni Dos Santos (Galatasaray), Cuauhtmoc Blanco (Veracruz)

*Click to the right for complete TV listings; sadly no Landon Donovan on TV this weekend, but if you like drama don’t miss Chelsea-Manchester City at 4:30 a.m. Saturday on ESPN2 where we’ll see if Wayne Bridge and John Terry go in studs up if the two tackle each other.

*Fox Soccer Plus replaces Sentanta Monday. The channel announced Friday it has reached carriage agreements with DIRECTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS.

*Finally, wanna see even more EPL on U.S. TV? It could happen: LONDON (AP) -English Premier League channels are set to start broadcasting across the world next season when a new 24-hour service is launched, a league executive with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

The league will provide a continuous international feed of programing for broadcast rights holders outside Britain to form their own Premier League channels, the executive said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because a public announcement is yet to be made.

International broadcasters are set to pay around $1.6 billion to show live Premier League matches for the three seasons starting in August 2010 – an 80 percent increase on the current TV deal.

Local networks will be able to pick and choose content from the league’s official feed, which will include news and feature shows along with classic matches. The networks will be able to include local advertising and live matches.

While it is a de facto Premier League TV channel, the continuous feed officially is being called a “content service” so that it doesn’t impede the ability of clubs, including Manchester United and MUTV, to sell their own channels around the world.

It will be run by Premier League Productions, a joint venture between the league and TWI, the sports production part of International Management Group. The Premier League is searching for a recognizable anchor to be the face of the content

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Thursday Kicks: The “Adorable” Chris Klein & More

More on the Galaxy’s Mr. Klein later in this post, but you should know:

*The Galaxy had their first general media availability Wednesday (although loyal 100 Percent Soccer readers got the inside scoop here a couple of days ago). And while the waived Tony Sanneh and Leonard Griffin weren’t around to answer questions, plenty of other players were to reflect on the coming season.

*That Chivas USA will host a benefit event for Haiti tonight at Grunions in Manhattan Beach.

*What the English papers are saying about Landon Donovan’s stellar performance Wednesday for Everton courtesy of the Soccer Insider blog.

*One game stands between the U.S. U-20 Women and a World Cup berth, an 11:30 a.m. clash against Costa Rica live on Fox Soccer Channel.

*About that promised Klein item. Here is an exchange between Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena and an apparently hard of hearing reporter at Wednesday’s training session regarding veteran Klein via colleague Phil Collin:

Arena: It still demonstrates a guy who’s been a good player, a durable player, a fit player and a good player.

Reporter: Adorable player? I’ve never heard that adjective used.

Arena: Durable.

Reporter: Oh, durable! I thought you said adorable, I apologize.

Arena: Adorable, wow. Well, he is that as well, I might add.

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