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Messi, Ronaldo, Ribery among Ballon d’Or noms

ZURICH (AP) – Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar are among 23 candidates on the short list for the Ballon d’Or announced by FIFA on Tuesday. Ribery, who won UEFA’s best player in Europe award for the 2012-13 season, helped Bayern Munich win the Champions League and Bundesliga and German Cup titles. Messi, winner of the last four Ballon d’Or awards in voting by coaches, team captains and media, was injured late in the season and could not prevent Barcelona from being beaten by Bayern in the Champions League semifinals. The Ballon d’Or winner will be announced on Jan. 13 in Zurich. Two now-retired managers – Alex Ferguson of Manchester United and Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes ... Read More »

UEFA President Platini wants 40-team World Cup

LONDON (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini wants the World Cup expanded from 32 to 40 teams. The Frenchman was responding to FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s call for Asian and African teams to be better represented at the World Cup. Blatter has previously suggested that spots at the finals should be taken off European and South American nations rather than expanding the tournament. Platini tells Monday’s editions of The Times of London: ”I totally agree with Mr. Blatter that we need more African and Asian (countries). But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams.” Platini says the change would only require three more days of matches. Platini is a FIFA vice president and ... Read More »

Debate over World Cup spots reveals FIFA’s political, money-driven reality

If Platini’s proposal was applied to the 2014 World Cup, Uruguay would have qualified automatically instead of needing to win an intercontinental playoff against Jordan. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images) If you still regard the World Cup as the apex of the global game, a showcase for elite players and nations at which the numbers on the scoreboard are the most important, then you’re missing the big, modern picture. The World Cup represents the most effective carrot and stick available to soccer’s power brokers. By controlling access to the planet’s most popular sporting event, FIFA bends governments, national federations, media and sponsors to its will. For individual countries, hosting or competing is a matter of significant pride, not to mention millions of ... Read More »

MLS Power Rankings: Red Bulls No. 1 entering playoffs

As we head into the the playoffs, it’s the Supporters’ Shield-winning New York Red Bulls atop the Power Rankings while the New England Revolution jump up two spots. <![CDATA[ ]]> Week 35 MLS Power Rankings   New Rank Old Rank Team 1 1 New York Red Bulls (17-9-8) The Red Bulls turned in a statement second half to thrash the Chicago Fire 5-2 and claim their first Supporters’ Shield. Peguy Luyindula, of all people, played a vital role with his three assists, and Designated Players Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill continued to perform at levels worthy of their salaries to ensure New York entered the playoffs as the top seed. 2 2 Real Salt Lake (16-10-8) RSL enters the ... Read More »

Pressure’s on Red Bulls, Dempsey as MLS playoffs get underway

The MLS regular season is in the books, with the New York Red Bulls sewing up the Supporters’ Shield to enter the playoffs with their first major competitive trophy in tow and a completely new outlook on life but work still to be done to ensure that their 2013 campaign isn’t remembered solely for its regular season exploits. Mike Petke, Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill & Co. will host the MLS Cup if they can get there, but they face a host of legitimate challengers and contenders as they aim to end the LA Galaxy’s two-year reign atop the league mountain. Here are just a few of the storylines in play as the league gets set to crown its 18th ... Read More »

Italy: Juventus, Napoli, Roma continue big runs

MILAN (AP) – United States midfielder Michael Bradley scored late to help 10-man Roma beat Udinese 1-0 and set a Serie A record by winning its first nine matches of the season. Bradley came on as a substitute and broke the deadlock with his first touch of the match eight minutes from full time to keep Roma five points clear of Napoli and Juventus. Roma played the final 24 minutes with 10 men after Maicon was sent off for a second yellow card. Juventus recorded eight opening victories in 1930-31 and 1985-86, and also won nine straight matches to start 2005-06 but was stripped of its title-winning season in the ”calciopoli” match-fixing scandal. ”At the end it was three ... Read More »

Analyzing the MLS playoff bracket

Landon Donovan and the Galaxy tied Seattle in the final game of the regular season. (Steven Bisig/USA Today Sports) The 2013 MLS regular season concluded Sunday night with Clint Dempsey’s first goal in Seattle, an atrocious call that robbed the L.A. Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez of an equalizer, another gem from Robbie Keane and a 1-1 tie before more than 66,000 fans at CenturyLink Field. Now it’s really going to start to get interesting. Over the next 11 days, a playoff sprint will reduce the number of MLS Cup contenders from 10 to four. The fast and furious schedule is necessitated by the November FIFA international date, Thanksgiving, the time required to prepare for a non-neutral site final and other factors. ... Read More »

Red Bulls rout fire to clinch Supporters’ Shield

Thierry Henry scored a gorgeous goal that helped the Red Bulls over the Fire. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports) The goals that ended 18 years of frustration happened in front of the fans standing in the South Ward, the area where the New York Red Bulls’ most loyal partisans have sung and suffered for so long. One after another the goals came – four in a dizzying and delirious 35 minutes – each one further distancing a revitalized club from its maddening past. The Red Bulls/MetroStars have churned through a generation of players and coaches in search of a title. So it’s fitting that the long-awaited first was the Supporters’ Shield. Through all the agonizing defeats, lost seasons and rebuilds, New ... Read More »

PSG stays atop Ligue 1 after tie; France roundup

PARIS (AP) – Midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored a fortuitous goal deep into injury time as Paris Saint-Germain kept its unbeaten record and stayed top of the French league after coming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to Saint-Etienne on Sunday. PSG was seriously rocked by a Saint-Etienne side which played without fear and took the game to coach Laurent Blanc’s side. Last season, Saint-Etienne won away to PSG, drew at home and knocked PSG out of the League Cup quarterfinals, and it looked in complete control after goals from wingers Benjamin Corgnet and Romain Hamouma. But after Fabien Lemoine was sent off in the 58th minute, PSG pulled a goal back through striker Edinson Cavani 10 minutes ... Read More »

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