Author Archives: DAVID M.

Latin American Weekend Rewind

By DAVID MOSSE Mexican striker Guillermo Franco can't stop scoring, but suddenly Velez Sarsfield has stopped winning with Sunday's 2-1 loss to Olimpo representing the third straight match without a victory in all competitions. The reigning Clausura champions showed more … Continue reading »

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Latin American Weekend Preview

By DAVID MOSSE Boca Juniors looks to get back in the win column on Sunday (5:10 p.m. ET) against Independiente after being very fortunate to salvage a 1-1 draw with San Lorenzo last time out. Goalkeeper Agustin Orion has earned … Continue reading »

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European Weekend Rewind

By DAVID MOSSE Arsenal supporters hope Sunday’s embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Manchester United represents rock bottom with Arsene Wenger finally motivated to react in the transfer market. The Gunners were without several first-team players, but there was no excuse for … Continue reading »

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Latin American Weekend Rewind

By DAVID MOSSE The first half of the Brazilian Championship came to a close this weekend with a number of local derbies highlighting the schedule. It’s all part of a strategy to avoid teams fielding second-string lineups in the final … Continue reading »

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Latin American Weekend Rewind

By DAVID MOSSE Ronaldinho confirmed his good form by scoring a goal and helping set up another, but Flamengo was held to a 2-2 draw by Internacional on Sunday thanks to the brilliance of Leandro Damiao. The Internacional hitman is … Continue reading »

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A look back at the Under-20 World Cup

By DAVID MOSSE Brazilian soccer was recently pronounced dead by British magazine FourFourTwo, and, frankly, the senior team did very little to dispel that notion at the Copa America, but Ney Franco's Under-20 side salvaged the summer by capturing Brazil's … Continue reading »

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Latin American Weekend Preview

By DAVID MOSSE The last unbeaten in the Brazilian Championship fell on Thursday night, as Flamengo was thrashed at home by Atletico Goianiense. Next up is a high-profile clash with Internacional on Sunday (3 p.m.), one that Wanderley Luxemburgo hopes … Continue reading »

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FIFA Under-20 World Cup final: A Look Ahead

By DAVID MOSSE If Brazil intends to avoid the drama of another penalty shootout on Saturday when it takes on Portugal in the final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, Ney Franco's side must become the first team to find … Continue reading »

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FIFA Under-20 World Cup semifinals: A Look Ahead

By DAVID MOSSE No country has been more irritated by the emergence of Spain in recent years than Brazil, which always took for granted being the main attraction at every tournament and the great purveyor of The Beautiful Game. A … Continue reading »

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Latin American Weekend Rewind

By DAVID MOSSE The Uruguayan Apertura Championship kicked off this weekend with a marquee matchup between River Plate and Clausura champions Nacional headlining the slate of games. It was the debut on the Nacional bench fo Argentinean playmaker Marcelo Gallardo … Continue reading »

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SBI’s Latin American Weekend Preview

By DAVID MOSSE Boca Juniors had a disappointing debut in this Apertura Championship, being held to a scoreless draw by Olimpo last weekend. Julio Falcioni is already under pressure, especially with a possible presidential election looming, and would love a … Continue reading »

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FIFA Under-20 World Cup: Spain, Brazil set for headliner in quarterfinals & more

By DAVID MOSSE It would be disrespectful to six-time champions Argentina to call the upcoming quarterfinal clash between Spain and Brazil the decisive match of the Under-20 World Cup, but the winner will have incredible momentum heading into the semifinals. … Continue reading »

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