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Ballon d’Or shortlist should give Premier League pause for thought

October 26, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/England performed well below expectation at the World Cup in South Africa and judging by the FIFA Ballon d’Or list announced on Tuesday the stock of the Premier League is not at its highest either.

Calling time on extra-time

September 10, 2010

OLYMPICS/YOUTHFIFA president Sepp Blatter is well known for coming up with some odd ideas and this latest seems as strange as any.

Community blog: Life without ’2010′

July 8, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/2010 is almost over – the 2010 Soccer World Cup, that is. In South Africa, we simply referred to the greatest sporting event to hit our shores as 2010. For years since it was first announced that South Africa would organise the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the country has been collectively, and sometimes not, looking forward to the day when the world would see what the rainbow nation is about.

Did the punishment fit the Suarez crime?

July 3, 2010

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When Uruguay’s Luis Suarez handled the ball in the final seconds of extra-time in the World Cup quarter-final against Ghana, the ball was heading across the line for a dramatic winning goal.

Tougher action needed on soccer ‘simulation’

June 23, 2010

SOCCER-WORLDChile’s Group H game against Switzerland was wrecked as a spectacle by the dismissal of Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami for what the referee saw as a serious foul on Chile’s Arturo Vidal — to the disbelief of Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and his players.

Community Blog: Closing in on the counterfeits

By Reuters Staff
June 23, 2010

Police and customs officials confiscated counterfeit soccer merchanidise sold by traders in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape on Tuesday. Counterfeit Manchester United scarfs, beanies and England soccer team jerseys, among other gear, were confiscated.

Don’t blame the referees, blame the players

June 21, 2010

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I watched the Brazil v Ivory Coast match in the bar of a Cape Town media hotel on Sunday and, not that it was really needed, was given another reminder of what an impossible job referees have in modern football.

Community Blog: The “other” World Cup!

By Zaheer Cassim
June 10, 2010

 

SOCCER-WORLD/In townships throughout South Africa, young boys and girls first learn to play football in the streets. And as fans and footballers from across the globe gather here for the 2010 World Cup, the townships are also vying for the world’s attention.In Alexandra township, which stands across the motorway and the skyscrapers of its more glamorous cousin Sandton, this world cup promises to bring something positive to the community. 

FIFA cannot afford another ticketing mess in 2014

April 30, 2010

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One of the strangest experiences I ever had in a football stadium was at the Club World championship in Brazil in 2000.

FIFA made fundamental errors on World Cup tickets

April 19, 2010

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FIFA is guaranteed massive revenue from the World Cup, primarily through billions of dollars in commercial and television rights, that will fill its coffers for the next four years. But that doesn’t hide the fact that soccer’s governing body has made basic errors in the ticketing structure for the first African edition of the world’s most watched sporting event.