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  • June 16, 2010 at 11:07 am Brett

    John Mensah is definitely NOT 19 years old. He’s got to be at least 26 or 27.

  • June 16, 2010 at 11:16 am Tom Dunmore

    Yeah…Looking Mensah up, I think someone on Twitter might have confused you on that one, Peter.

  • June 16, 2010 at 11:18 am Micah

    I must be the one person that isn’t turned off by Harkes. He does okay for an American soccer announcer. Though I wish that an Al Michaels or a Brent Musburger or even a Marv Albert could lend a voice to a soccer match. Until then I’ll settle for the Brits and Scots.

  • June 16, 2010 at 11:24 am Tom Dunmore

    I’ll say this about John Harkes: I’d rather be forced to listen to him than Ally McCoist.

  • June 16, 2010 at 11:24 am Tim Vickerman

    According to World Soccer, John Mensah’s birthdate is 29/11/82, making him 27 at present.

    As for the Super Team made up of non-qualifiers and rejects, it’s a nice idea in theory. But who really benefits? And which federation would the place come from? Europe or South America? Unlikely. Asia, Africa or Central America where teams could really benefit from the interest stirred up by World Cup qualification. I personally think it would devalue the World Cup.

  • June 16, 2010 at 11:28 am Peter Wilt

    Ah HAH!! That explains it…hmmmm Freddy is REALLY 21 though, right?!? i’ll edit Mensah factoid. Does this mean i have to return my Mensa card? 🙂

  • June 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm FootballMS

    some great facts there, John Motson’s twitter page is good for some random facts

  • June 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm 1871

    The John Mensah thing…

    There’s both a John Mensah, a 27 year old 64 caps, and a Jonathan Mensah, a 19 year old with just 5 gaps in Ghana’s squad.

  • June 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm Tony B

    Peter, another minor factoid / oddity is that 2010 Group B has 4 teams that all played at Foxboro in 1994: Nigeria, Argentina, Korea and Greece. Probably not noticeable to anyone that didn’t attend the Foxboro games.

    Fwiw, John Harkes has actually improved a bit since someone evidently pointed out that he was saying “as well” about 50 times per game.

  • June 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm Peter Wilt

    1871, Ah HAHHHH!!!!!!! THANK YOU! That makes me think i REALLY did hear that. on the espn telecast…anyone know who the commentators were for that game? Anyone else hear the same thing? Anyone bored enough to go back and listen to the broadcast to find out whether or not it was said to see if i was truly led astray?

    Tony B, i absolutely agree. My wife and i used to play the JH “as well” drinking game when he co-hosted FSC’s weekly MLS highlight show.. Even though he was only on for about 20 minutes an hour, we were usually trashed by the half hour. It was literally 40+ every week. i tried playing it the other day during a WC telecast and i was sober as a judge at halftime by which time i switched to the “compliment the officials” drinking game to make things more interesting. Sincere kudos to Harkesy for improving this aspect of his commentating.

  • June 20, 2010 at 10:44 am Peter Wilt

    Thank you to Ted Prezelski who sent me this email responding to my query above re: any brothers ever playing for the USMNT:


    You asked in your column about brothers that played for the US Nats. I can only think of one pair: Otto and Rolf Decker. Rolf had four caps in the mid fifties. Otto had only one, despite his scoring two goals against England after coming off the bench in a match in 1953.

    While you are poking around trying to find other brothers, here are some things to keep in mind. Clarkie and Ed Sousa, who played for the storied 1950 US squad, were not related. Although Chris and Sean Henderson both played on the Rapids, Sean was never capped by the national team. Same goes for Alexi and Greg Lalas.

    Ted Prezelski

  • June 20, 2010 at 11:26 am Savannah Beckett @ Hot Top Deal

    Soccer fans certainly grow a lot for last 15 years. Too bad the main tv channels don’t show the soccer matches. You have to have cable tv to watch the matches.

  • June 22, 2010 at 1:02 am chimney caps

    But I believe that Argentina will rise the cup of this year world cup football.

  • June 23, 2010 at 7:01 am Champagne

    I like your idea of the 32nd team. I guess they could name their team ‘The Outcasts of WC 2010’. Before you came up with this, I was thinking that there should have been a competition with 1 team from each continent including Australia, plus one more team from the rest of the world (all the little islands that are not a part of a continent). They should change the rules somewhat by having more substitution – so that more people can actually participate, etc.

    You have a splendid idea.

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