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US to start pre-World Cup training on Jan 4

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Aarhus midfielder Benny Feilhaber and Valerenga goalkeeper Troy Perkins were among five players based in Scandinavia invited to a U.S. training camp next month ahead of a World Cup warmup match against Honduras. Twenty-five players from Major League Soccer were asked to the camp, which opens Jan. 4 at Carson, Calif. The MLS contingent includes goalkeeper Kevin Hartman; defenders...Full Story »

Spain extends coach Del Bosque contract thru 2012

Posted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by AP

MADRID (AP)—The Spanish football federation says Vicente del Bosque will coach Spain through 2012 after agreeing to a two-year contract extension. Federation president Angel Villar says Del Bosque’s extension was a unanimous decision after the 59-year-old Spaniard clinched the team’s spot in next year’s World Cup. Del Bosque replaced Luis Aragones after Spain’s Eu...Full Story »

Marta wins fourth consecutive FIFA award

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by AFP

ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) - Brazilian women's football star Marta won the FIFA world player of the year award for the fourth consecutive year here on Monday. Marta, who plays professionally for Los Angeles Sol, thus becomes the record winner of the honour awarded by football's world ruling body. American Mia Hamm won the inaugural women's award in 2001, winning again in 2002. Germany's Birg...Full Story »

Ronaldo - 'incredible, fantastic' goal

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by YAHOO Sport

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) receives the FIFA Puskas Award from the hands of Erzsebet Puskas, the widow of the legendary Hungarian attacking midfielder during the FIFA World Player Gala 2009 on December 21, 2009 in Zurich. Portugals' Christiano Ronaldo receives the Puskas Award for the "Goal of the Year" by the widow of Ferenc Puskas, Erzsebet Puskas during the FIFA World Player Ga...Full Story »

Ronaldo's 'incredible, fantastic' goal

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by FIFA.com

Though last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo finished second-best to Lionel Messi at the FIFA World Player Gala 2009 as far as the year's best men's player award was concerned, the 24-year-old did not leave the Kongresshaus in Zurich empty-handed. The Portuguese maestro won the inaugural FIFA Puskás Award for the most outstanding goal of the 2008/09 season, named after Ferenc Puskas who wa...Full Story »

World Cup 2010: Juergen Klinsmann Expects A World Cup Full Of Surprises

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by Goal.com

As Germany head coach, Juergen Klinsmann led the 2006 World Cup hosts to the semi-finals as the nation erupted in a wave of euphoria. For 2010, the former Bayern Munich gaffer expects another fantastic World Cup full of surprises. "I’m expecting a fantastic World Cup. You shouldn’t compare it with previous World Cups, because it’s literally incomparable, so to speak. It's th...Full Story »

Autumn champions Leverkusen are still tipped for a fall

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by theguardian.com

Toni Kroos celebrates victory against Mönchengladbach which earned Leverkusen the title of autumn champions. As far as silly misnomers go, "Herbstmeisterschaft" (autumn championship) is on a par with Bild's "Pop-Titan Dieter Bohlen" (Modern Talking's slightly less effeminate member does a poor Simon Cowell impersonation on the German X-Factor) and "Hoth", the snow-monster infested, Taunta...Full Story »

Donovan Named Male Athlete Of The Year By USSF

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by Goal.com

Landon Donovan collected the 2009 USSF Male Athlete of the Year award. Landon Donovan, U.S. Men's National Team (ISI) To cap off his loan move to Everton, Landon Donovan won the U.S. Soccer Federation's Male Athlete of the Year award. This is Dononvan's third win after back-to-back victories in 2003 and 2004, tying him with three-time winner Kasey Keller. Previously in the year, the 28-year-...Full Story »

Awarded FIFA World Player of the Year, 2009

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by YAHOO Sport

Argentina's Lionel Messi (R) holds the trophy, flanked by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo after Messi was awarded FIFA World Player of the Year during the World Player Gala 2009 on December 21, 2009 in Zurich. Full Story »

Lionel Messi named Fifa's World Player of the Year !

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 by theguardian.com

Lionel Messi accepts his World Player of the Year award from Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Lionel Messi has been named the Fifa Fifpro World Player of the Year. The Argentina and Barcelona forward won the accolade for the first time for helping his club win an unprecedented six trophies, including the Champions League and the domestic league title.Full Story »

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