Soccer / Football News

Christine Sinclair: The face of Canadian Women’s Soccer

Canada’s women national team is lucky to have Christine Sinclair as a player. Not only is she player and captain but she’s been part of the national program for a decade now. All of that and she’s only 28 years old. Some of Sinclair’s career highlights include being selected as the winner of the Canadian Player of the Year award in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has played a total of 19 games for Canada’s U19 and U20 team having scored 27 goals in those games. 

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Neymar – The New Pelé

With much action to occur in the transfer market this summer we take a look at one of the best athletes set to grace the European stage. His name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior but he is better known simply as Neymar. The not so tall, skinny but lightning quick forward has a bright future ahead of himself. He is able to attack any defender with extreme pace and smooth step overs that are mesmerizing to watch.

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Opportunities in Women’s Soccer

If you’re looking for opportunities to advance your career in women’s soccer then you’re in luck because there are plenty!  Soccer is the fastest growing sport in North America, along with basketball. Not only that but more girls are being registered than boys. With that being the case there are an abundance of opportunities to move your way up not only as a player, but as a referee in the women’s game.

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2011 Champions League Final

Now that this year’s Champions League winner has been crowned, we can learn a little from the teams that competed in this competition. First off, between Man United and FC Barcelona, the two best teams in Europe were in the final. Both teams deservedly made their way to the final and each spoke with tremendous respect for one another prior to the match which is great to see in professional football.

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Soccer, purity &…racism?

The modern game of soccer is diluted.  In many of my blogs, I’ve talked about my frustration with the path the game has taken.  Rather than developing the game to embody its purist form, the focus has been on developing bigger, faster and stronger players.  As the French National head coach put it, when referring to his French domestic league, players are relying on brute strength. 

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Canada to host 2015 Women’s World Cup

Good news for the growth of soccer in North America: Canada will be hosting the 2015 Women’s World Cup. The exact makeup of host cities will be determined after a series of FIFA reviews. The CSA says there will be a minimum of six venues including Halifax, Montreal, Moncton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Edmonton.

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End of a Phenomenon

Brazilian star Ronaldo has confirmed in a press conference that he has scored his last goal in a prolific and storied career in football that saw him become the top scorer in the history of the World Cup.

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Manchester City’s latest signing

In case you don’t know about Manchester City’s latest signing his name is Edin Dzeko.  Dzeko is a Bosnian footballer who plays the position of striker.  He spent the past three seasons playing in the Bundesliga with VfL Woflsburg where he scored an impressive 66 goals in 111 apperances.

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The best soccer player in the world is…

Lionel Messi of FC Barcalona and Argentina has been awarded the 2010 FIFA Ballon D’Or award.  This is the second time, and second year in a row, that Messi has won the award.  The three nominees for the award were (1) Xavi Hernandez, (2) Andres Iniesta and (3) Lionel Messi.  The reason this is such a special year is because all three players play for the same club team: FC Barcalona.  What’s even more special is that all three players were brought up in the Barcalona youth system.  If you ask me, this is incredible and speaks volumes about Barcalona’s entire program.

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Toronto FC take Dutch football approach

Toronto FC of Major League Soccer have hired former Dutch national star Aron Winter as their head coach and technical director. This is a major step in steering the only MLS team in Canada in the right direction. Instead of following the likes of many other MLS clubs where the style of play is kick, chase and fight; Toronto has hired a successful coach who understands the Dutch way of soccer inside out. Not only is having Aron Winter a positive step for Toronto but the players will enjoy a more free flowing attacking game. And the fans will love their team even more. Winter recently discussed more of his plans for the future of the club.

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