Soccer en Polish hooligans put fear into Euro 2012 organizers <p> WARSAW &mdash; Street fights are just one in a laundry list of illegal activity connected to Polish fans.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Donald Tusk Soccer Sports Entertainment Europe Poland Thu, 05 May 2011 10:37:11 +0000 Jan Cienski 5641781 at Report: Libyan soccer stars "defect to rebels" <p> &quot;I am telling Colonel Gaddafi to leave us alone and allow us to create a free Libya,&quot; the Libyan national soccer team&#39;s goalkeeper told the BBC.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab Spring Libya Muammar Gaddafi NATO Soccer Sports Conflict Zones Military Middle East Sat, 25 Jun 2011 08:05:57 +0000 News Desk 5655108 at One killed, 10 injured in Dutch football stadium collapse <p> A witness who saw the incident from an office next to the stadium told Dutch news agency ANP that the roof &ldquo;collapsed with a huge noise like a house of cards&rdquo;.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Soccer Europe Thu, 07 Jul 2011 13:30:00 +0000 News Desk 5669699 at North Korea: Does lightning cause steroids? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It's one thing after another for the North Korean women's soccer team. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Remember last week when the North Korean women&#39;s soccer coach offered up the excuse of a lifetime?</p> <p> To account for his team&#39;s loss against the United States in the opening match of the Women&#39;s World Cup, coach Kim Kwang Min said that at least eight members of his team had been <a href="">struck by lightning</a>.</p> <p> Ouch.</p> <p> Well, now the question seems to be: Can lightning cause steroids?</p> <p> According to FIFA, soccer&#39;s international governing body, two North Korean defenders &mdash; Song Jong-Sun and Jong Pok-Sim &mdash; both <a href="">tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid</a>, AFP reported.</p> <p> The two players were benched before a match with Colombia yesterday, which ended in a draw.</p> <p> Because there are two instances of alleged steroid use on one team, FIFA said it would test the entire team.</p> <p> Theo Zwanziger, president of the football federation in Germany, which is hosting is the Women&#39;s World Cup, said the incident reveals how far North Korea would go in the name of a win.</p> <p class="rteindent1"> This incident underlines the impression of the inhumane system in North Korea where attempts are made to give athletes success by any means possible.</p> <p> We are eager to hear Kim Kwang Min&#39;s excuse after this one.</p> <p> Oh wait, that&#39;s him on the phone ... something about a UFO and a dog eating his ...</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs North Korea Soccer Sports Entertainment Offbeat South Korea The Rice Bowl Thu, 07 Jul 2011 16:40:33 +0000 Emily Lodish 5669737 at After death, Peru targets soccer hooligans <p> LIMA &mdash; The death of a young man in a soccer stadium has sparked a crackdown on hooligans, and the sporting establishment that allegedly backs them. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peru Soccer Sports Americas Peru Culture & Lifestyle Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:21:00 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5679184 at He's back!!!!!!! Hero Thierry Henry returns to Arsenal All time Arsenal great returns to the club for two months<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arsenal Arsenal Invincibles Arsene Wenger David Beckham football George Best Home Manchester United New York Red Bulls Paris St. Germain Regions Soccer Thierry Henry Entertainment France Europe Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:37:19 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5685470 at France: Eric Cantona enters race for president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Former Manchester United soccer star, film actor and committed social activist Eric Cantona declares as an independent candidate. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <strong>UPDATE:&nbsp; IT TURNS OUT THE FRENCHMAN ISN&#39;T SERIOUS.&nbsp; HE WAS USING HIS CELEBRITY TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE WORK OF THE ABBE PIERRE FOUNDATION, A FRENCH HOUSING CHARITY. </strong></p> <p> &quot;He isn&#39;t looking for signatures to be a candidate for the presidency, but to pass on the message of the Abb&eacute; Pierre foundation in support of better housing policy, and to make housing, which is a priority for French people, a priority for the presidential candidates,&quot; Lib&eacute;ration&#39;s deputy editor, Paul Quinio, told the I-Tele news channel.</p> <p> But the original item is still worth reading, because Eric Cantona is one interesting mec (dude).</p> <p> Ooh-ahh Cantona - that&#39;s what the crowds at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, used to chant when the Frenchman was leading their team to victory - and occasionally kung-fu fighting opposing fans (video <a href="">here</a>).</p> <p> Since retiring as a player Cantona has had a remarkably interesting career: as an actor, a poet, a product spokesman and social activist. Now, according to a <a href="">report</a> in Liberation, he is garnering the necessary 500 signatures of mayors around France that will allow his name to be on the ballot for this April&#39;s presidential election.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eric Cantona football French presidential elections Home kung-fu Manchester United Old Trafford Regions Soccer Elections France Europe Politics United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:35:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686630 at Barcelona beat Real Madrid again and other soccer news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barcelona victory in Madrid proves they remain the greatest. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Bliss it is to be alive when Barcelona are redefining the possibilities of their sport. Last night they played Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, the knock-out competition, similar to England&#39;s FA Cup, that runs at the same time as the league championship. The <a href="">scoreline</a> was 2-1</p> <p> It wasn&#39;t as if Real Madrid played badly. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal. But thereafter it was all Barca, Barca, Barca.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Barca Barcelona Copa del Rey Cristiano Ronaldo football Home LA Galaxy La-La land Real Madrid Regions Soccer Americas Europe Spain United States Europa GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 19 Jan 2012 08:26:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5688046 at AC Milan midfielder allegedly sidelined by too much sex <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Move over, Ruby the Heart Stealer. Here comes Melissa the Thigh Wrecker. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Without Silvio Berlusconi&rsquo;s belle du jour &ldquo;<a href="">Ruby the Heart Stealer</a>&rdquo; dominating the front pages of local newspapers, it was about time Milan found itself a new resident nymphet.</p> <p> This week, the honors would have to go to the girlfriend of Kevin-Prince Boateng, AC Milan soccer star, who <a href="">suffered an injury to his left thigh and had to be sidelined</a> for at least a month.</p> <p> His girlfriend, model <a href="">Melissa Satta</a>, however, had turned him into an instant demigod by reportedly calling the accident a sex injury.</p> <p> &quot;The reason why he is always injured is because we have sex 7-10 times a week,&rdquo;<a href=""> she told Italian Vanity Fair</a>.</p> <p> &quot;I hate foreplay, I want to get straight to the point. My favourite position is on top so I can take control,&quot; she told Vanity Fair.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AC Milan Berlusconi Kevin-Prince Boateng melissa satta Ruby the Heart Stealer Soccer Italy Offbeat Wanderlust Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:00:59 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5688932 at Egypt: Soccer riot dead remembered with 3 days of national mourning <br /> Security forces have been accused of failing to stop, or even deliberately provoking the violence.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt police Soccer Military Politics Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:55:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5690033 at Brazil's World Cup, Olympics upgrades spark criticism <p>As Brazil gears up for the 2014 soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympics, government ministers have become fond of proclaiming how the tournaments will boost economic development.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> football Soccer Sports Travel/Tourism World Cup 2014 Emerging Markets Brazil Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5691868 at Ghana soccer coach Goran Stevanovic accuses players of witchcraft <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A leaked report on the Black Stars' failures at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations revealed coach Goran Stevanovic's comments on the Ghana team, according to the BBC. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; Ghana soccer coach Goran Stevanovic has blamed rifts in the national squad on players using witchcraft against each other, <a href="">according to a BBC report</a> from Accra.</p> <p> A leaked report on the Black Stars&#39; failures at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations revealed the Serbian&#39;s comments, the BBC said.</p> <p> Ghana had been a favorite at the soccer tournament, but the team was beaten by eventual winners Zambia in the semi-finals.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ghana Soccer Sports Fri, 24 Feb 2012 23:40:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5693354 at Egypt: 75 people charged over deadly Port Said soccer riot The defendants include nine police officers and three officials from the Al Masry soccer club, at whose grounds the match was played.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt justice Soccer Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:59:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5696225 at Didier Drogba signs with Shanghai Shenhua, Chinese football club Shanghai Shenhua — the name means "Flower of Shanghai" — were the first football club in China to become independent of government control.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Soccer Sports World At Play China United Kingdom Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:41:00 +0000 News Desk 5708613 at Euro 2012’s England vs. Ukraine match is freighted with past disappointments <p>When England plays in a major tournament, the country comes to a standstill. Hope with an asterisk triumphs over experience. People fill the pubs, supermarkets are denuded of cans of lager as those with family responsibility sit down in front of the telly and fervently try to believe that this time will be different.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> England English football Soccer Europe United Kingdom Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:47:20 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5708650 at