There was never any doubt was there? Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the 2009 Ballon D’Or by French magazine France Football.
Reuters Soccer Blog
Argentina coach Diego Maradona will appear in person before a disciplinary hearing at FIFA headquarters on Sunday to explain his foul-mouthed outbursts (plural) following the win over Uruguay in Montevideo last month.
Unusually, the final night of European World Cup qualifying is a bit of a damp affair. Most of the groups have been decided, with by and large just the second-places, and play-off berths, up for grabs.
Marcelo Bielsa’s feats — leading Chile’s national team to the third spot in the World Cup qualifiers and just one win from a ticket to South Africa 2010 — have turned him into one of Chile’s most beloved figures. Men say he should run for president; women rank the introverted coach a sex symbol.