Soccer Break Tuesday

March 29, 2011

SOCCER-FRIENDLY/Spring is here and love should be in the air, but instead all we’re left with is bickering managers.

Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho are no strangers to controversy, so it’s no surprise to see them at it again, though the timing is odd. Mourinho still has it all to prove at Real Madrid over the next two months, while Capello has yet to truly inspire confidence in England fans.

What do you make of Capello’s captaincy decision after handing the armband to Gareth Barry, days after excluding him from the squad to face Wales?

And Real fans, does it annoy you to see Mourinho flirting so openly with other jobs?

Back to action on the pitch, and on Tuesday there will be a special reason to watch England’s friendly against Ghana. Read more here.

Another special occasion will take place in Japan when the national team play a J-League select team to raise funds for the stricken victims of the tsunami and earthquake earlier this month.

A Different League takes a look at Ireland and whether they are strong enough to qualify for Euro 2012 from a formidable group including Slovakia, Russia and Macedonia. Thoughts?

And finally, more US related news after the huge crowd that flocked to see Argentina on Saturday. Will the US ever fall in love with soccer?

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Picture: England manager Fabio Capello attends a media conference at Wembley Stadium in London on March 28, 2011 ahead of the international friendly against Ghana in London on Tuesday. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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Mourinho wants the United job, no question

Posted by mark-meadows | Report as abusive

I think Mourinho wants any job rather than the one he’s got – can’t blame him either!

Posted by Redcoat64 | Report as abusive

Thanks Redcoat..but what if the Special One wins a trophy this season at Real? Would he stay or he would he jump ship with a better offer?

Posted by Tom Pilcher | Report as abusive