Female Canadian soccer sensation Kara Lang is retiring from the game of soccer at the age of twenty-four due to a right knee injury. Persistent knee injuries have hampered Lang’s return to full form and she spent much of the past season as a substitute for the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Canadian national team. Unfortunately, Lang retires at an age where many players just begin to enter the prime of their soccer careers. Nevertheless, we must bring attention to the many incredible feats this young soccer talent has achieved throughout her career.
Manchester City striker and captain Carlos Tevez recently lashed out in a verbal confrontation with manager Roberto Mancini while being substituted in a game versus Bolton Wanderers. Within days of this event, he handed in his transfer request only to have it turned down by the club. This event was the culmination of a series of events surrounding the life of Carlos Tevez.
Growing up in Canada where hockey dominates the interest of athletes, I’ve often been asked – and even ridiculed – as to why I love soccer so much. How can I love a game that is so slow and so boring in comparison to the upbeat sport this country has fallen in love with? How hard can it possibly be to just kick a ball around? My answer is this…
I am disappointed to announce that my favorite player, Zinedine Zidane, was a supporter of the 2022 Qatar bid. Not only did he support the bid but he campaigned for it…and was paid a hefty sum of money. The agreement was Zidane would receive 3 million dollars for allowing his name to support the Qatar bid. And if Qatar won the bid then he would receive 15 million. Not a bad pay cheque for doing relatively nothing.
The FIFA “Ballon d’Or” – aka the “Goalden Ball” – award is headed to Barcelona. In previous years, the Ballon d’Or was awarded by France Football magazine and given to the best player in Europe. A similar trophy was awarded by FIFA (the FIFA player of the year trophy). The two awards have now been merged to create one trophy: FIFA Ballon d’Or.
Qatar cannot sustain the entire world for a month. Smaller countries (i.e., Spain & Portugal) do joint bids because they know they don’t have the capacity to sustain the entirety of an event like the World Cup. What qualifies Qatar as equipped? This is a short sited vote that is doing NOTHING for the game of soccer. All it’s doing is promoting Qatar – and ultimately the middle east – as more than just a conservative oil-rich region. FIFA is helping advertise the new middle Eastern brand, which is fine, but what about its central concern: promoting soccer?
The votes for the 2018 World Cup are taking place in the coming days in Zurich Switzerland. It is becoming more clear that Russia, England, Spain/Portugal and Qatar are all in the running. However, the entire process is a roller coaster with emotions running high. Each day one of the countries appears stronger in their chances of winning the bid and then they take a sudden blow due to something new popping up in the news. In the coming days the world will know who is going to host the biggest sporting event in the world and Goalden will weight in on it.
There has been a whirlwind of news surrounding the 2018 World and the 2022 World Cup. On December 2, 2010, it will be decided who will host each. Why you would have the voting for these two events occur on the same day is beyond me. While the likes of England and Russia make their bids for 2018, the only bid that truly has me interested is the 2022 bid. This bid is close to home…this bid could be in my backyard. The US are making a bid for the 2022 World Cup. Will they get it?
A biography of Sir Alex Ferguson written by Patrick Barclay, Football – Bloody Hell!, talks about the history of a player that failed, but is now a managerial genius. The painful memories as a player are what catalyzed his determination to become the best manager in the world. A great book and definitely worth the read!
Each of us watches professional soccer players on tv. We read about them online and we try to learn from them. However, the true details behind their success is often not discussed. Recently, Goalden was fortunate to interview Honefoss Bk goalkeeper Steve Clark about his success in division one college soccer at Oakland University in Michigan and his transition to the professional game. Honefoss Bk is a club in the professional Norwegian league. Clark’s story is a great example of hard work, dedication and the passion for pursuing a dream no matter the challenges ahead of you.