Saturday, September 06, 2014

Scenes from Brazil-Colombia

A state of Florida record crowd of 73,429 showed up at Sun Life Stadium last night for a spicy showdown between Brazil and Colombia! It was a rematch of their contentious World Cup quarterfinal. Brazil won on Friday, 1-0, on a free kick by Neymar.

Here is the story...

And here are some photos...





Friday, August 22, 2014

Neymar, Hulk in Miami!

In case you haven't heard, Brazil and Colombia are playing a friendly Sept. 5 at Sun Life Stadium, and the game will feature many World Cup stars.

The Brazil roster announced by new coach Dunga features 10 of the 23 World Cup players, including Neymar, Hulk, Oscar and David Luiz. It will be their first match since their humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals.

Tickets for the match are available at or by calling the stadium box office at 305-943-6311.

 Brazilian National Team Roster

 Goalkeepers -Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)

 Defenders - David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Maicon (Roma), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Alex Sandro (FC Porto), Danilo (FC Porto)

 Midfielders - Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Oscar (Chelsea), Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool)

 Forwards - Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Hulk (Zenit), Neymar (Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico MG)


Chilean roster for Sept. 9 Haiti game

Got this press release re: Chilean roster for Sept. 9 game vs. Haiti at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale...

Chilean Coach Jorge Sampaoli unveiled the list of 18 players from abroad who will participate in the two friendlies scheduled to be played in the United States during the month of September.

 The biggest surprise was the inclusion of the 19 year old Chilean-Swiss midfielder Francisco Rodriguez from FC Zurich who is being called up to the Chilean National Team for the first time.  His brother, defender Ricardo Rodriguez, played for Switzerland in the World Cup.

 The list also includes 16 players who were part of the 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil and Rodrigo Millar, who missed out on the final cut.


1 Claudio Bravo - F. C. Barcelona (Spain)

2 Miiko Albornoz - Hannover 96 (Germany)

3 Mauritius - Queens Park Rangers F.C. (England)

4 Gary Medel - F. C. Internazionale (Italy)

5 Eugenio Mena - Santos F. C. (Brazil)

6 Gonzalo Jara - FSV Mainz (Germany)

7 Charles Aránguiz - Sport Club Internacional (Brazil)

8 Marcelo Díaz - Basel F. C. (Switzerland)

9 Arturo Vidal - Juventus F.C. (Italy)

10 Fabian Orellana - Celta de Vigo (Spain)

11 Eduardo Vargas - S.S.C. Napoli (Italy)

12 Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal F.C. (England)

13 Mauricio Pinilla - CFC Genoa (Italy)

14 Carlos Carmona - Atalanta Calcio (Italy)

15 Francisco Silva - Club Atlético Osasuna (Spain)

16 Rodrigo Millar - Atlas de Guadalajara (Mexico)

17 José Pedro Fuenzalida - Boca Juniors (Argentina)

18 Francisco Rodriguez - F. C. Zürich (Switzerland)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

For the love of Argentina...

Found these Argentine fans, who came 37 hours in a taxi from Buenos Aires to Rio (one of the guys owns the taxi) and they don't even have tickets!! They were pumped to arrive in front of Maracana Stadium. Two of the guys said their girlfriends gave them permission to come on the condition that if Argentina wins, they will get married. Writing more about them, and the scene here in Rio before the Argentina-Germany final for Sunday Miami Herald.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Touring Museu do Futebol

SAO PAULO -- If you ever find yourself in this city for any reason, be sure to take some time to visit the Museu do Futebol, a terrific interactive museum of soccer history embedded in the Pacaembu Stadium (Municipal Stadium), site of 1950 World Cup matches. And yes, there is a gift shop!

Rather than tell you about it, you can see for yourself...




This man in the moustache is Charles Miller, the Brazilian of English roots who brought soccer to Brazil after studying in England...




Guess who's jersey this is???


Evolution of the soccer ball (early one looks like American football)


Loved this exhibit! In Brazil, EVERYTHING's a ball..socks, a doll's head, ball of string, etc..



Romario: I don't want to play well. I want to make goals.


View of the stadium from museum balcony...


Kids used to sneak peeks of matches through the fences...


Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Monday, June 02, 2014

World Cup tix on sale!

World Cup Countdown: 10 Days to Go!

Want to make last-minute plans and head to Brazil for the World Cup? A new stash of tickets is for sale at midnight Wednesday. Here are the details from FIFA...

Close to 180,000 tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be up for sale this Wednesday, 4 June

Football fans have one more chance to experience the 2014 FIFA World Cup live in the 12 stadiums. As of midnight of Tuesday, 3 June 2014, about 180,000 tickets will be up for sale on, in addition to those tickets that are currently available. There will be tickets for all 64 matches.

In order to give an equal chance to all fans who are interested, no matter if they are based in one of the 12 FIFA World Cup Host Cities, in other areas of Brazil or international fans who plan to come to Brazil for the event, these additional tickets will be made available on

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Honduras loses to Turkey

World Cup Countdown: 13 Days to go!




WASHINGTON -- Mevlut Erdinc and Caner Erkin scored in the second half to help Turkey beat World Cup-bound Honduras 2-0 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.

Erdinc opened up the scoring in the 70th minute, one-timing a shot right in front of goalkeeper Noel Valladares after Ishak Dogan dribbled around Bryan Beckeles.

In the 83rd minute, Erdinc was again involved, this time providing the perfectly weighted ball to Erkin down the left hand side. Erkin riffled a shot into the back of the net.

Honduras travels to Houston to face Israel on Sunday before playing England in Miami on June 7.

Turkey, which failed to qualify for the World Cup, will travel to New Jersey to face the United States on Sunday at RedBull Arena.


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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ronaldo, Landon, etc...

World Cup Countdown: 18 Days to Go!!!!

So much soccer news this weekend...I love how much airtime The Beautiful Game is getting on ESPN these days. My, have times changed.

Let's catch up...

Yesterday's Champions League final was one of the ages, and for Atletico fans, a reminder of how cruel this sport can be. They were 2 minutes from winning the European crown and a Sergio Ramos goal in extra time changed everything. Real Madrid went on to dominate for the next 30 minutes, Bale scored off a gorgeous, athletic header; Marcelo outsprinted a tired Atletico defense, and then Cristiano Ronaldo knocks in a PK to make it 4-1. I could have done without Ronaldo's endless shirtless Hulk preening poses, but hey, the guy was playing in Portugal and it was a huge win -- Real's 10th CL title -- so I guess I'll cut him a break. What did you think of the game? Ronaldo's celebration?

As for Landon Donovan, he spoke out yesterday, and though he said nothing directly critical of Jurgen Klinsmann, his comments made it VERY clear that he feels he deserves to be on the US World Cup team. He said not only did he expect to make the team, he expected to be vying for a starting spot based on his performance in camp, fitness, and dedication to the team.  To read exactly what he said, click here....

AS IF there wasn't enough drama about Donovan's snub, Jurgen Klinsmann's 18-year-old son, Jonathan, a goalkeeper with the US youth program, made it even worse by Tweeting a joke about Donovan being left off the team. Read about that here...

Here is my column on the Donovan snub, in case you missed it.

Here is a story by Linda Robertson on the evolution of the US national team and whether the federation is doing a better job of tapping into minority talent pool.

Finally, before you throw out your Sunday Miami Herald, or put it in the birdcage, be sure to pluck out your FREE page of Panini World Cup trading stickers!!