FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup final comes down to Nigeria and Germany

African nation first to show in this tournament’s final match Just as this year’s World Cup in South Africa did not treat the men’s USA team very kindly, so too did the females suffer in the U-20 World Cup, which is currently being held in Germany. The women’s youth team lost to Nigeria on July 25 during penalty kicks after an exciting match that concluded 1-1 at the end of regulation time. Nigeria is now continuing on to the final match against Germany after barely defeating Colombia 1-0. Nigeria claimed the lead over Colombia after a quick two minutes of play on Thursday, July 29, but the Africans were then forced to defend vicious offense by Colombia for the rest... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010
(Posted in: Football, WP)

IFBA to trial additional match officials

In response to the plethora of erroneous goal line rulings during this year’s World Cup, those who decide the rules of the football have witnessed harsh scrutiny from fans, member associations, and confederations. On July 21st, 2010, proposals from Coupe de la Ligue, the UEFA Champions League, and seven other member associations and confederations were accommodated when the International Football Association Board (IFBA) voted in favor of the expansion of the experimental use of two additional field officials, positioned at each goal. This is not a novel experiment. Every match of 2009-2010 UEFA League tournament (previously the UEFA Cup) was officiated by one main ref, two sideline refs, and two goal refs.  At a special meeting in Zurich earlier in... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
(Posted in: Articles, Football, WP)

Serena Williams to miss out on upcoming tournaments due to foot injury

According to the WTA tour, Serena Williams – the world’s premier female tennis player – will miss the upcoming tournaments in Istanbul, Cincinnati, and Montreal due to ‘a necessary procedure on her right foot’. The foot injury – a laceration caused by a piece of broken glass – is reportedly bad enough to require major surgery. Said injury occurred just days after Williams decimated Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 in the Wimbledon finals, resulting in her fourth Rosewater Dish and thirteenth grand slam title overall. This unfortunate injury (and the resultant surgery) will also keep Williams from competing in the year’s final grand slam, the US Open. The decision to have the surgery, though, came out of Brussels, Belgium – just... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
(Posted in: Articles, Tennis, WP)

They think its all over… it is now (well at least until 2014)

After a full month of head-to-head match-ups, heartbreaking losses, exciting victories and unbelievable flops, the 19th FIFA World Cup has come to its dramatic finish, with Spain reigning victorious for the first time in history. The final match itself, which saw Spain defeat the Dutch national team 1-0 after extra time, was a historical event because the entire football-watching world knew that regardless of who took home the World Cup trophy this year, it would be a team that had never done it before. The 2010 World Cup saw many other interesting firsts, the most significant of which started before the players ever stepped foot on the field. In 2004, FIFA announced its selection of South Africa as the host... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
(Posted in: Articles, Football, General, WP)
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