In two weeks, viewers in the U.S. will be able to tune in to ESPN and watch the future of American soccer. Almost a year after its founding, the US Soccer Development Academy -- consisting of 64 teams from across the country -- will showcase its best eight teams at U-18 and U-16 levels in front of the television cameras for its inaugural national finals. How has this new venture fared in its first year?
Seventy years ago next month, the first ever World Cup goal was scored on a wintry day in Uruguay. The goalscorer's journey to the tournament was a world away from today's jamborees, as Michael Oliver explains.
When Russia and the Netherlands square off today, there will be more than a semi-final birth at Euro 2008 at stake: the rhetorical prize of being today's instantiation of Total Football is also on the line.