Author Archives: John B.

Euro 2012: England and France draw, Shevchenko leads Ukraine to victory

By JOHN BOSCHINI For England and France, Monday's Group D opener provided an acceptable, if not ideal, start to their European Championship campaign. A first-half opener from Joleon Lescott was canceled out by a superb strike from Samir Nasri as … Continue reading »

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Uruguay, Chile roll in World Cup qualifying

The road to World Cup 2014 is a third of the way complete for CONEMBOL as the proverbial powers find themselves in good position to qualify after Matchday Six. Uruguay remained unbeaten in qualifying with an thrilling 4-2 victory over … Continue reading »

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Thursday Kickoff: Blazer investigated, Chelsea releases two players and more

  The turmoil in CONCACAF has spread and Chuck Blazer may be in trouble. The USA representative on the FIFA Executive Committee has been accused of overseeing financial irregularities and is also considering a lawsuit against FIFA over unpaid TV … Continue reading »

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UEFA Champions League: Short-handed Bayern Munich, Chelsea tangle for title

By JOHN BOSCHINI There hasn't been any shortage of excitement on the road to Munich, and Saturday marks the final chapter in what has been a UEFA Champions League that will be remembered as one of the more unpredictable tournaments … Continue reading »

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Tuesday Kickoff: Balotelli to return to City, Villa begins coaching search & more

By JOHN BOSCHINI It looks like Mario Balotelli isn't going anywhere. In a complete reversal from barely a month ago, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed that the unpredictable Italian striker will return to the Etihad next season. Mancini had … Continue reading »

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European Rewind: City’s thrilling title win, Juventus’ unbeaten season and more

By JOHN BOSCHINI At the kickoff of Survival Sunday in England, most believed that Manchester City would be champions for the first time since 1968. What they couldn't have predicted, however, was the hysteria that was to follow over the … Continue reading »

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European Look Ahead: Man. City on cusp of title, Italy’s race for third and more

By JOHN BOSCHINI For Manchester City, the Premier League title is within their grasp, but standing in the way is a familiar face. Former City manager Mark Hughes takes his Queens Park Rangers side into Etihad Stadium on Sunday with … Continue reading »

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European Rewind: Juventus clinch title, Guardiola wins home finale and more

It's been a long and difficult road but Juventus are finally, legitimately, champions of Italy again. Six years after Calciopoli threatened the very existence of the Turin-based club, Juventus wrapped up their first Serie A title with a game to … Continue reading »

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European Look Ahead: Milan Derby looms, Race for EPL title and more

  By JOHN BOSCHINI As Real Madrid and Ajax officially wrapped up their league titles in midweek, three of the six major leagues in Europe have already crowned their champion. The question of who will raise the Scudetto hinges on … Continue reading »

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European Rewind: Inter Milan surge into contention, Newcastle stumble and more

By JOHN BOSCHINI Italy's race for third place and the final spot in the Champions League has an unexpected contestant. Inter Milan, largely counted out as little as a month ago, have surged with a six-game unbeaten streak since the … Continue reading »

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European Look Ahead: High-stakes Manchester derby, races intensify & more

By JOHN BOSCHINI The Manchester derby is always a tense affair, but when the Premier League title is on the line it becomes one of the must-see games of the season. Manchester United have seen their eight-point lead from two … Continue reading »

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UCL Rewind: Bayern Munich shocks Real Madrid in PKs to reach final

By JOHN BOSCHINI Two days of breathtaking UEFA Champions League semifinal play are complete, and with the dust settled, neither of the two Spanish favorites will be playing for Europe's greatest prize. Bayern Munich defeated Real Madrid on penalty kicks … Continue reading »

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