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Published: 07/9/10

Germany, Uruguay Playing for 'Empty Cup'?

By  David Moye - AOL News
Germany, Uruguay Playing for 'Empty Cup'?

(July 9) -- If some people call the World Cup championship the biggest sporting event on the planet, what should the tournament's third-place game be called? The "Empty Cup"? Germany and Uruguay face off Saturday in the not-so-big game, and each country will be fighting for the right to yell "We're No. 3! We're No. 3! We're No. 3!" for the next four years. Along with ties, using points instead of wins to determine standings, and trying to draw penalties on the other team by faking injuries, the third-place game is yet another one of those things about soccer that Americans just don't get...

Published: 07/8/10

VIP Jets Clog Airport, Stranding World Cup Fans

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
VIP Jets Clog Airport, Stranding World Cup Fans

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (July 8) -- With the likes of Paris Hilton, Mick Jagger, Bill Clinton and Britain's princes gracing the stands of World Cup games, South Africa has seen its share of private jets over the past few weeks. So many, it turns out, that some less-famous fans have been reduced to sobbing in frustration. A traffic jam of VIPs' private jets -- some of them parked on Tarmac normally reserved for commercial airliners -- blocked the landing of several passenger planes carrying fans to Wednesday night's semifinal between Germany and Spain in Durban. More than 700 passengers...

Published: 07/6/10

World Cup Action: The Netherlands Beats Uruguay

By  not in system - AOL News
World Cup Action: The Netherlands Beats Uruguay

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (July 6) -- T Uruguay made a game of it. They defended well, scored a great goal in the first half and left many in the crowd of more than 62,000 here at Green Point Stadium wondering if the tiny South American' country's impossible World Cup fairy tale, one in which they were the villain for some, would continue....

Published: 07/1/10

US Tourist's Shooting Revives Crime Fears at World Cup

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
US Tourist's Shooting Revives Crime Fears at World Cup

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (July 1) -- An American tourist was trailed by a gang of criminals, then robbed and shot on a Johannesburg street just after dark, reviving fears of South Africa's high crime rate among jittery soccer fans here for the World Cup. David James Bueche, 35, flew from Los Angeles and landed in South Africa on Wednesday evening. He was traveling alone and had planned to backpack around the country, and didn't come specifically for the World Cup, police spokeswoman Sally de Beer told AOL News. But within minutes of getting off a new train from the airport designed specially...

Published: 06/26/10

US Team Is Losing World Cup Name Game

By  Ben Muessig - AOL News
US Team Is Losing World Cup Name Game

(June 26) -- The United States men's national team has surprised the world with its clutch World Cup play. But there's one soccer contest the U.S. team has already lost: the name game. While other World Cup clubs are known to fans by beloved nicknames like England's "Three Lions," the Ivory Coast's "Elephants," and South Korea's "Taeguk Warriors," the U.S. national team goes by a handful of unofficial and half-baked monikers, like "The Yanks," "The Nats," "The Amerks" and, worst of all, the United States men's national team abbreviation "USMNT." Hard to chant and harder to cheer for,...

Published: 06/25/10

Acting Lessons Should Be Goal of World Cup Players

By  David Moye - AOL News
Acting Lessons Should Be Goal of World Cup Players

(June 25) -- The U.S. national team's World Cup success has many Americans looking at soccer with fresh eyes. Unfortunately, some fans aren't sure if they're watching a world-class athletic competition or miserably bad community theater. Though the sport is known for its dramatic goals, it's also a stage for bad acting. Players often fake injuries in hopes a sympathetic ref will feel sorry for them and penalize the other team. If Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal hadn't acted like he had been hit with a Mack Truck in a scuffle with Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami, the Swiss player might not...

Published: 06/18/10

Vuvuzelas: Banned, Blown, Embraced!

By  Larry Knowles - AOL News
Vuvuzelas: Banned, Blown, Embraced!

(June 18) -- Those bloody -- dzzzzzzzz -- vuvuzelas are -- dzzzzzzzz -- driving the world batty. These days, you can't enjoy a proper football match -- dzzzzzzzz -- (or article) without the incessant, cloying buzz of the South African plastic trumpet in the background. It's like the South Africans have given the world a case of tinnitus. Now, fearful that the trumpeting might spread to Coney Island, organizers of the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, held July 4, have permanently banned the instrument from the event. Richard Shea, president of Major League Eating, issued a terse...

Published: 05/29/10

Soccer, Racism and Israel's Unlikely World Cup Hero: Abbas Suan, Arab Muslim

By  Sarah Wildman - Politics Daily
Soccer, Racism and Israel's Unlikely World Cup Hero: Abbas Suan, Arab Muslim

In 20th century America, sports became the great equalizer, a chance for athletes to meet in a context outside of inequality, away from discrimination. But meeting that lofty goal required sportsmen and women to break down barriers, to convince the public through deed, and sometimes word, of their worth and ability. It also required teams and owners and facilitators, who enabled integration and discouraged racism in the stands, among fans. As World Cup 2010 frenzy begins, turn, for a moment, to an unlikely Jackie Robinson in a Diadora jacket, bouncing a soccer ball on his knee. In the...

Published: 11/18/09

Slovenia Shocks Russia to Qualify for World Cup

By  Michael Cardillo - AOL News
Slovenia Shocks Russia to Qualify for World Cup

Guus Hiddink has been hailed over the last decade as a Dutch Master, working wonders at the last two World Cups with South Korea and Australia, respectively.Wednesday in Maribor, Slovenia, Hiddink's luck finally ran out as his Russian team was stunned by Slovenia 1-0, to advance after the two-leg UEFA playoff ended 2-2. Slovenia gets through on the basis of its away goal scored in the closing minutes Saturday in Moscow. For Slovenia, it's the nation's first trip to the World Cup since 2002.Slovenian striker Zlatko Dedič became an instant hero as he scored the game's only goal in the 44th...

Published: 10/19/09

France vs. Ireland Highlights UEFA World Cup Playoffs

By  Michael Cardillo - AOL News
France vs. Ireland Highlights UEFA World Cup Playoffs

Update: Follow France vs. Ireland live blog.Most of the intrigue that could have resulted from Monday's draw for the second-place playoffs for the final four 2010 World Cup berths from Europe was eliminated when it was decided the eight remaining nations would be broken up and seeded via their FIFA ranks near the end of the qualification process. So instead of creating some possible Cinderella scenarios from smaller nations like Slovenia or Bosnia-Herzegovina would have a good chance to qualify for their first World Cup, the underdogs now face an uphill battle. This is no more the case than...

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