The World Cup, one of, if not the greatest sporting event in the world is upon us once again. But, sadly, for the first time in a long time USA did not make it. So, what is a soccer fan, even a casual one, to do? Don't worry - the World Cup is still full of passion, excitement and compelling story lines. I'm not the biggest soccer fanatic on mgoblog, but I LOVE the World Cup. Some of my fondest memories growing up and even in adulthood involve the World Cup.
You read that correctly. A South African businessman named Tokyo Sexwale is one of five men approved to run for FIFA's presidental vacancy in 2016.
I know we all love a good name on our MGoBoard, as well as a chance to mock the sport of soccer.
All hail president(ial candidate) Sexwale!
(Photo credit to the Daily Mail UK)
P.S. His name is pronounced "Sex-Wall-Ay", but in my brain it will always be "Sex-Whale".
And the Swiss are evidently playing along with plans to extradite them to the US. Right now we don't know if Blatter is among the indicted. Jack Warner's name unsurprisingly pops up.
At the least, this is a nice black eye and extended middle finger to Sepp Blatter.
At the most hopefully the World Cup moves out of Qatar.
Links (the NYT article is a little more in-depth)
Edit: damn, doesn't look like they nailed Blatter
sources tell me sepp blatter is not among the fifa officials who are being arrested— Michael S. Schmidt (@MichaelSSchmidt) May 27, 2015
The U.S. Men's National Team heads to Estadio Azteca on Tuesday, March 26, to face Mexico in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in Mexico City. The game kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
Click HERE for ussoccer.com's match preview.
It's been a slow day on the board.
They are looking into the recent Argentina v Nigeria friendly and a few of the Gold Cup matches.
Here's the interesting part:
Der Spiegel reported Saturday that three unidentified CONCACAF Gold Cup matches are under scrutiny because of suspicious betting patterns in Asia. The bets were made on high-scoring games, and two of the matches ended 5-0, with the other finishing 4-0.
Mexico beat El Salvador and Cuba 5-0 while Costa Rica also beat Cuba by that score. Two games, Jamaica and Guatemala's wins against Grenada, finished 4-0.
It'll be interesting to see how this ends up especially with Mexico and the banned substances incident. Some of these Gold Cup teams are just bad, so I don't think some of these score lines are unusual.
I also think FIFA investigating shady activity is laughable.
Apparently the shadiness of Qatar getting the 2022 World Cup bid hasn’t gone unnoticed, and someone from their bid team is about to confess with evidence of bribing. The US always seems to be the readymade back-up for the last few World Cups with our facilities and infrastructure, and this would be awesome if we could get it.