Asia · Confederations Cup 2009 · Oceania · South America · World Cup 2010

Confederations Cup: five first-round findings

What did we learn after the first round of games in the Confederations Cup? Though you should always be careful not to take much away from a single game by a team, we didn’t see much that we haven’t seen before.

Football History · Managers · South America · Transfer Market

Building the perfect team: the Spirit of 1970

This Kaká business got me thinking about team building. This whole “galáticos” concept has been making the rounds for decades. Even the Real Madrid of the 1950s with Alfredo DiStéfano, Ferenc Puskás and Paco Gento was built on that concept. But if one team is to blame more than any other, I think it’s the 1970 Brazilian World Cup squad, And the biggest problem with them is that they won.

Argentina · Asia · Concacaf · Europe · South America · World Cup 2010

FIFA WC Qualifiers: Brazil is back, Asia’s nearly done and wins that don’t impress

A brief round-up of the weekend’s World Cup qualifiers as the journey on the road to South Africa continues. This weekend saw several teams clinch a spot in the finals. In Asia, Australia, Japan and South Korea are all set for a return engagement in the World Cup; while Netherlands become the first Europeans to clinch a place (with England close behind); and the South American picture gets a bit clearer with wins from Brazil and Argentina.