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Thursday, August 31, 2006

CABO VERDE EM BANJUL COM OLHOS NA VITÓRIA

SECÇÃO: Desporto

31 Ago, 20:04h

Primeira jornada da fase de qualificação CAN 2008

CABO VERDE EM BANJUL COM OLHOS NA VITÓRIA

Praia, 31 de Agosto - A Selecção Nacional de Futebol partiu na tarde de hoje, com destino à Banjul, onde vai defrontar a sua congénere da Gambia, num jogo a contar para a jornada inaugural da fase de qualificação para o Campeonato de África das Nações, Gana 2008.

O seleccionador interino Zé Rui garantiu que a equipa está preparada para ganhar o jogo e consequentemente os três pontos que “servirão de motivação suplementar para os outros embates”. O técnico considera que os jogadores não estão ainda no pique da performance, mas garante que a equipa está bem preparada para o jogo de domingo.

Lito, um dos titulares indiscutíveis da selecção garantiu que a equipa tem todas as condições de vencer o jogo. “Temos que começar logo a conquistar pontos para podermos alcançar o objectivo de marcar presença na Copa de África das Nações”.

Dos 18 convocados inicialmente por Zé Rui, Veiga e Tubola não compareceram ao estágio por motivo de lesão. Para os seus lugares foram chamados Cachito dos Travadores e Body da Académica da Praia.

DA

SELECAO DE FELIPE SCOLARI GANHA MAIS UM CABO-VERDIANO

SECÇÃO: Desporto

31 Ago, 17:16h

Selecção de Scolari ganha mais um cabo-verdiano

NANI CHAMADO À SELECÇÃO A DE PORTUGAL PARA JOGO COM A DINAMARCA
Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha (Nani), ex-praticante de capoeira, foi promovido dos juniores há menos de um ano e desde logo se revelou pelas suas características como médio ala. Com a sua naturalização, já este ano, foi chamado à selecção de Sub-21, para a qual de resto estava agora convocado. Todavia, dado Simão Sabrosa (Benfica) e Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto) se encontrarem incapacitados por lesão, Scolari não teve dúvidas em chamá-lo

Lisboa (Delegação de Liberal), 31 Agosto – Nani chamado à selecção de Luís Filipe Scolari. O jogador cabo-verdiano, de 19 anos de idade, foi convocado à selecção A de futebol de Portugal para os jogos que a “equipa das quinas” vai disputar – com a Dinamarca (amanhã) em preparação do embate com a Finlândia, no qual os portugueses iniciam a sua campanha no Europeu de 2008.

Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha (Nani), ex-praticante de capoeira, foi promovido dos juniores há menos de um ano e desde logo se revelou pelas suas características como médio ala. Com a sua naturalização, já este ano, foi chamado à selecção de Sub-21, para a qual de resto estava agora convocado. Todavia, dado Simão Sabrosa (Benfica) e Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto) se encontrarem incapacitados por lesão, Scolari não teve dúvidas em chamá-lo. Assim Nani, nascido em Novembro de 1986, está na eminência de ganhar a sua primeira internacionalização A, juntando-se a outros jogadores nascidos na “cantera” leonina: Caneira, Carlos Martins e João Moutinho (de resto, também Simão e Quaresma foram formados nas camadas jovens do Sporting).

A eventual estreia de Nani na selecção A de Portugal esteve, todavia, ameaçada: a FIFA dispunha-se a afastar as selecções portuguesas das competições internacionais, medida que podia ser extensiva aos clubes que ficariam banidos das competições da UEFA devido ao Gil Vicente ter recorrido aos tribunais administrativos para tentar evitar a despromoção para a Liga de Honra, violando com isto os regulamentos da FIFA. No entanto, diligências feitas hoje em Zurique pelo presidente da Federação Portuguesa de Futebol, Gilberto Madail, terão evitado (para já) que essa punição se abatesse sobre o futebol português. Assim sendo, o Portugal-Dinamarca, com Nani, acaba mesmo por se realizar amanhã.

BBC SPORT / GOSSIP & TRANSFERS

Monday, 28 August 2006, 05:16 GMT 06:16 UK

Monday's gossip column


TRANSFER RUMOURS


Manchester United are confident Bayern Munich will accept their £17m offer Owen Hargreaves. (Times)

Tottenham will turn their attention to Fulham's Steed Malbranque after giving up on signing Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing. (Times)

But Tottenham face competition from West Ham, who are poised to seal a £2m deal for Malbranque. (Sun)

William Gallas says Chelsea's threat to freeze him out of the team will not stop him wanting to leave. (Sun)

Jonathan Woodgate arrives at Teesside Airport on Monday, with Middlesbrough and Newcastle battling to sign him on loan from Real Madrid. (Sun)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has targeted Juve striker David Trezeguet. (Guardian)

Tottenham still have not given up hope of signing unhappy Wigan defender Pascal Chimbonda. (Mirror)

Manchester City defender Sylvain Distin will see out the final year of his contract at Eastlands. (Mirror)

Manchester United, Blackburn, Bolton, West Ham and Leeds are all tracking £3m-rated IK Start midfielder Kristoffer Haestad. (Mirror)

Kilmarnock boss Jim Jefferies insists he's under no pressure to sell Steven Naismith - now on trial at Arsenal. (Record)

Thomas Gravesen will tell Celtic on Monday afternoon whether he will join them from Real Madrid. (Record)

Nacho Novo will find out on Monday if he has a future at Rangers. (Record)



OTHER GOSSIP


Roy Keane will become the best paid manager outside the Premiership when he takes over at Sunderland on a three-year deal worth £6m. (Star)

And Keane will get £15m to spend on new players at the Stadium of Light. (Sun)

Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher is to undergo a course of anger management. (Mail)

England boss Steve McClaren could upset Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson if he risks the fitness of Rio Ferdinand. (Mail)


FUNNIES


Researchers have revealed that the size and shape of a person's lips determines their personality. Ashley Cole's large mouth and full lips suggest he is an expressive and emotional man with expensive tastes. Wayne Rooney's small mouth and thin lips show independence and a strong will. (Star)

DEFENDER GEORGE DOS SANTOS - ANOTHER CAPE VERDEAN FOOTBALLER PLYING HIS FOOTBALLING TRADER IN THE ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE

DEFENDER GEORGE DOS SANTOS - ANOTHER CAPE VERDEAN FOOTBALLER PLYING HIS FOOTBALLING
TRADE IN THE ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE

Mowbray may bolster defence with Santos

DARREN JOHNSTONE

HIBS manager Tony Mowbray has refused to rule out a move for experienced defender George Santos, despite completing the signing of centre-half Shelton Martis earlier this week.

Former Ipswich player Santos, who worked with Mowbray at Portman Road, trained with the Leith club last week but is currently on trial with English League One outfit Brighton.

Mowbray has been looking to bolster his defensive options following the departure of Gary Caldwell and Gary Smith during the summer and Santos, who turned 36 on Tuesday, would also bring vital experience to a young Hibs side.

And, while Martis has been added to the squad from Darlington, Mowbray insists that Santos has not completely vanished from his radar.

"George Santos was training with us last week so we could get a look at him but he's away now," explained Mowbray. "Whether we do something depends on quite a few different things, but bringing in Shelton isn't one of them. The two things aren't connected."

Santos, who was born in the Cape Verde Islands, was brought to English football in 1998 when he signed for Tranmere. The versatile player has also turned out for West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United, Grimsby and Queens Park Rangers.

Meanwhile, Mowbray yesterday explained the reasons behind Paul Dalglish's move to America to sign for Dallas-based club Dynamo.

The 29-year-old striker spent four days on trial with the MLS side last week and impressed manager Dominic Kinnear. Dalglish was signed by the Easter Road club in January earlier this year on an 18-month contract but has recently been utilised mainly from the bench.

Mowbray said: "At the end of January we had a predicament in that players such as Scott Brown ad Dean Sheils were injured and, we believed at that time, out for the rest of the season.

"We were pretty thin on the ground for attacking options and Paul was someone we knew could come in and play wide on either side or down the middle.

"He's a good lad, very enthusiastic about his game but now times have moved on, we have a lot of options and his opportunities have become restricted."
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FUTEBOL INTERNACIONAL - FIFA CONTRA AS ASSOCIACOES EUROPEIAS

FUTEBOL INTERNACIONAL - FIFA CONTRA AS ASSOCIACOES EUROPEIAS

17h05

Futebol: Associação de ligas europeias contra redução de clubes nos campeonatos nacionais A Associação das Ligas Europeias de Futebol Profissional (EPFL) mostrou-se hoje discordante com a mais recente medida da FIFA em limitar para 18 o número de clubes participantes nos campeonatos nacionais. Sem ter sido consultada sobre a matéria e sendo a representante das ligas europeias de futebol, a EPFL mostrou-se desagradada com a decisão da FIFA, tomada no último congresso, e salientou estar preocupada com a limitação do número de clubes e com a interferência daquele organismo na organização interna das competições. Em declarações à agência “Lusa”, o director-geral da EPFL, o português Emanuel Medeiros, considerou preocupante a medida e explicou que este assunto apenas diz respeito aos organizadores nacionais das competições, sejam eles ligas ou federações. "Todas as ligas estão preocupadas com esta medida e não só aquelas que têm 20 clubes nas competições, como é o caso de Espanha, Inglaterra, Itália e França. Esta decisão poderá ter consequências graves para as ligas e clubes", disse. Emanuel Medeiros explicou que as Ligas gerem e exploram as competições a médio/longo prazo, salientando que, a verificar-se a implementação da medida, os prejuízos serão evidentes. "Discordamos em absoluto com a medida da FIFA. Não pode imiscuir-se na gestão interna das competições. Além disso, a EPFL não foi ouvida, quando deveria ter sido, já que se trata do organismo representante das ligas europeias", explicou Emanuel Medeiros. O director-geral da EPFL revelou ainda que a gestão a médio/longo prazo das competições internas obriga ao registo de vários contratos de patrocínios ou transmissões televisivas e que, com essa limitação, poderão acontecer renúncias e que alguém terá de ser responsabilizado por isso. "A base do futebol assenta nas competições dos clubes. O número de clubes deve resultar da reflexão e da decisão responsável de cada uma das ligas e federações envolvidas. Só assim será respeitado o princípio da autonomia nacional. É vital a existência de competições fortes e pujantes". Emanuel Medeiros, no entanto, admitiu esperar que o "bom senso" impere no seio da FIFA, aquando da reunião marcada para 7 de Setembro, em Zurique. Neste encontro, a EPFL estará representada ao mais alto nível, com Emanuel Medeiros e os presidentes das Ligas espanhola, inglesa e italiana. O encontro acontece depois da EPFL ter convidado a FIFA a marcar presença numa assembleia geral do organismo, na qual este e outros assuntos foram debatidos. "A EFPL está sempre disponível para trabalhar em prol do desenvolvimento do futebol e apta para se reunir com a FIFA e todas as outras instâncias desportivas da Europa", finalizou Emanuel Medeiros.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Monday, 28 August 2006, 22:47 GMT 23:47 UK
Tuesday's gossip column



TRANSFER RUMOURS


Manchester United want to sign Juventus' want-away striker David Trezeguet for £10m before the transfer deadline. (Various)

Arsenal are poised to make a £17m bid for Argentina's World Cup star Carlos Tevez, who plays for Corinthians in Brazil. (The Sun)

Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate has shaken hands on a deal to spend the season on loan at Middlesbrough. (The Sun)

Blackburn defender Andy Todd wants to leave Ewood Park after being dropped for the defeat against Chelsea. (The Times)

Chelsea and AC Milan are on red alert after Ronaldinho was left out of Barcelona's La Liga opener with Celta Vigo on Monday after a row with coach Frank Rijkaard. (The Sun)

Tottenham are set to sign Egyptian striker Mido on a permanent deal from Italian giants Roma. (The Sun)

Portsmouth have offered £4.2m for Younes Kaboul, a 20-year-old Auxerre defender. (The Times)

Spurs have also made an increased bid of £13.5m for Real Madrid's Brazilian forward Julio Baptista. (The Sun)

Manchester United have lost their battle to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves. (Various)

Everton's year-long pursuit of Brazilian midfielder Anderson Da Silva looks like ending in frustration. (Daily Mail)

Celtic will pay Thomas Gravesen £45,000 per week as part of his £2m transfer from Real Madrid. (Various)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to launch a £4m bid for Southampton teenager Gareth Bale. (Daily Mirror)

Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock will make a £4m bid for Preston striker David Nugent. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers will restart negotiations today to sign Bosnian defender Sasa Papac from Austria Vienna. (Daily Mail)

Sasa Papac has pleaded with Austria Vienna to allow him to join Rangers. (Daily Express)

Rangers have been linked with Sochaux's Senegal defender, Souleymane Diawara. (The Herald)

Aberdeen and Falkirk are chasing Dundee United striker Lee Miller. (Daily Express)

Falkirk are set to sign Arsenal midfielder Anthony Stokes on loan. (Daily Record)

Dunfermline still hope to sign Stevie Crawford from Aberdeen, despite Greg Shields rejecting terms with the Dons. (Various)

Dunfermline have set a noon deadline for Motherwell to agree to striker Jim Hamilton's move to East End Park. (Daily Express)

Motherwell have failed in an attempt to persuade Cork City to sell defender Danny Murphy. (Daily Express)

Dundee United have ended their interest in Chris Katongo after the midfielder turned out for his present club, Jomo Cosmos. (The Sun)



OTHER GOSSIP


Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon insists David Beckham's new contract to keep him at the club until 2009 will be signed next month. (The Sun)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ordered William Gallas to explain publicly why he wants to leave Chelsea. (The Sun)

Hibs captain Kevin Thomson said he threw up on the pitch after fearing he had broken his jaw. (Daily Record)

Chelsea striker Didier Drigba was spotted talking to AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliano in a Milan restaurant on Monday, sparking speculation of a possible move for the Ivory Coast international. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Brazil striker Ronaldo has pledged his future to Real Madrid after talks with club president Ramon Calderon. (Marca)

Manchester United have tabled a take-it-or-leave-it bid of £15m for Juventus' France international David Trezeguet. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Tottenham have been rocked by a clash between team-mates Edgar Davids and Didier Zokora following the club's 2-0 defeat to Everton.

GOSSIP & TRANSFERS: INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL MARKETS

GOSSIP & TRANSFERS

Wednesday, 30 August 2006, 21:56 GMT 22:56 UK

Thursday's football gossip

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Arsenal are close to securing a season-long loan for Real Madrid's Julio Baptista, with Jose Reyes returning to Spain for a year. (The Times)

Arsenal may also be about to sign the two finest young players in South America - Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez - from Corinthians. (The Times)

Tottenham will offer £5m for Liverpool's Harry Kewell and also wrap up a £5.25m deal for Wigan's Pascal Chimbonda. (The Sun)

More to follow from later editions.

OTHER GOSSIP

Kevin Keegan could make an extraordinary return to management with Doncaster Rovers, as replacement for Dave Penney. Doncaster chairman John Ryan is a close friend of the former England boss. (The Times)

Didier Drogba has told William Gallas: Stop tearing Chelsea apart. (The Sun)

FUNNIES

Fulham right-back Moritz Volz believes David Hasselhoff could play a role in solving the world's ills. "People laughed when he tried to claim that Baywatch had played a part in brining peace to the world but I think he had a point," Volz tells FourFourTwo magazine.

England midfielder Steven Gerrard says a team bonding trip to a comedy club has done wonders for the spirit within the squad. "It was a good night. We all enjoyed it," he said. "One of the comedians was a Manchester United fan and he was right after me - then there was a Scouser and some of the United boys got a bit."






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PAULO DOS SANTOS, ANOTHER CAPE VERDEAN FOOTBALLER PLYING HIS FOOTBALLING TRADE IN THE EUROPEAN FOOTBALL ARENA WITH AALESUND FK,

PAULO DOS SANTOS, ANOTHER CAPE VERDEAN FOOTBALLER PLYING HIS FOOTBALLING TRADE IN THE EUROPEAN FOOTBALL ARENA WITH AALESUND FK, IN THE NORWEGIAN TOP FLIGHT:

Paulo Dos Santos, Midfielder

Club: Aalesund FK (NOR 1) College: Rhode Island
Age: 32 Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Sam's Army Rating: 0.00 Nickname: none
Caps: 0 Goals: 0
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 160
Prior Clubs: Boston Bulldogs (A-League) from 1/95 to 12/95, New England Revolution (MLS) from 3/96 to 11/96, Connecticut Wolves (A-League) from 1/97 to 12/97, Rhode Island Stingrays (USL-D3) from 1/98 to 12/98, New England Revolution (MLS) from 3/99 to 3/00

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Belgium
Onyewu, Oguchi - Standard de Liege
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Denmark
Califf, Danny - Aalborg BK
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England
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Simek, Frank - Sheffield Wednesday
Whitbread, Zak - Millwall

France
Westberg, Quentin - Troyes

Norway
Borchers, Nat - Odd Grenland BK
West, Brian - Fredrikstad FK

England
Bocanegra, Carlos - Fulham
Convey, Bobby - Reading
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DeMerit, Jay - Watford
Friedel, Brad - Blackburn Rovers
Gibbs, Cory - Charlton Athletic
Hahnemann, Marcus - Reading
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Germany
Berhalter, Gregg - 1860 Munich
Casey, Conor - FSV Mainz 05
Cherundolo, Steve - Hannover 96
Feilhaber, Benny - Hamburg SV
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Holland
Beasley, DaMarcus - PSV
Bradley, Michael - SC Heerenveen
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Former Warrior All-American Playing Professional Soccer in Sweden!

Almir Barbosa finished his soccer season playing for the New Hampshire Phantoms and was packing to come home when he received a call from Sweden, a call to play professional soccer. This coming weekend he will be playing his first match for Kristianstad.

Almir played two years for the Warriors and was an All-American selection. He was a student-athlete in 2000 and 2001. He finished his academic requirements and was the Assistant Soccer Coach during the 2002 academic year. In 2003 he accepted a scholarship opportunity and transferred to the U of South Carolina-Spartanburg."

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Former Warrior All-American Playing Professional Soccer in Sweden!

Almir Barbosa finished his soccer season playing for the New Hampshire Phantoms and was packing to come home when he received a call from Sweden, a call to play professional soccer. This coming weekend he will be playing his first match for Kristianstad.

Almir played two years for the Warriors and was an All-American selection. He was a student-athlete in 2000 and 2001. He finished his academic requirements and was the Assistant Soccer Coach during the 2002 academic year. In 2003 he accepted a scholarship opportunity and transferred to the U of South Carolina-Spartanburg.

TECNICIL REVOLUCIONA FUTEBOL CABO-VERDIANO

SECÇÃO: Desporto

25 Ago, 22:15h

FCF recebe apoio para incentivar a competitividade

TECNICIL REVOLUCIONA FUTEBOL CABO-VERDIANO

Praia, 25 de Agosto – O Grupo TECNICIL vai revolucionar o futebol cabo-verdiano com a introdução de estímulos que incrementarão a competitividade, a solidariedade, a inovação e o espírito empreendedor, dos clubes que vão participar nas competições regionais, nacionais e internacionais da próxima época desportiva.

De acordo com o contrato de doação assinado hoje, com a Federação Cabo-verdiana de Futebol, a empresa de imobiliária e construções doa para as actividades do futebol sénior, a quantia de 8 mil contos, que serão rateados para todas os clubes campeões das diversas Regiões Desportivas.

Os campeões de Santiago Sul, São Vicente e Sal dividirão a quantia de 1200 contos e os restantes vencedores das provas regionais dividirão o montante de 1600 contos.

Uma quantia de 3 mil contos será destinada ao Campeonato Nacional, como prémios em função dos resultados: vitória – 70 mil escudos vitória e 30 mil escudos empate, na primeira fase; nas meias-finais da prova o prémio aumenta para 100 mil escudos por vitória e 50 mil escudos empate. Na final do Campeonato Nacional a equipa vencedora levará 200 mil escudos e o empate 100 mil escudos.

Os dois finalistas do campeonato nacional de futebol dividirão ainda a quantia de 700 mil escudos. O primeiro classificado fica com 450 contos e o vice-campeão terá direito a 250 mil escudos.

A Tecnicil disponibiliza ainda no âmbito do contrato, o montante de mil e quinhentos contos para a participação do campeão nacional nas competições africanas.

DA


COMENTÁRIOS


1. òtima notícia para o desporto nacional. Mais uma vez parabens a Tecnicil e a Federação, temos que louvar as boas iniciativas e parabenizar as pessoas que fazem coisas boas. Por esse caminho que essa parceria já abriu, tou vizualizando os clubes num futuro trabalhando como empresas ou micro empresas, o que ajudaria e muito na organização do nosso desporto. Acredito também que em breve surgirão ligas patrocinadas por empresas nas diversas modalidadeso que nos pode fazer caminhar para um profissionalismo na nossa medida. Valeu FC, Valeu Tecnicil Marcos Fonseca (Presidente do Corinthians de São Vicente)

nome: Marcos Fonseca

email: marcosfonseca_cv@yahoo.com

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2. Queria dar os os parabens as duas instituições en causa (Tenicil, FCF)por terem dado um grande passo para o desenvolvimentom do desporto caboverdiano, Temos muito potencial humano so faltava os meios materiais coeçando a chegar os finaceiros que faz muita falta. Obrigado Tecnicil.Que outras empresas tenham mesma eniciativa

nome: Leonel

email: andradetava@hotamil.com

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3. Ena ... que iniciativa louvável! Como estudante no Brasil, estou aprendendo com Darwin dois princípios que vejo aqui aplicados: 1. Igualdade de oportunidade (nascemos todos iguais) 2. Competitividade (dependemos de nós próprios) É pena os prémios não serem maiores! E quem vai fazer o mesmo para as outras modalidades? (Eduardo Baessa, Curitiba)

nome: Eduardo Baessa

email: Eduba@yahoo.com.br

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4. eu me sinto muito satisfeito , louvado , emocionado diante de tao nobre iniciativa.pra que que se encontra longe do pais , vendo ele avançado de longe é um motivo de vitoria para que todos nos possamos compartilhar desse mesmo espirito de irmandida solidariedade para com o povo e o desporto caboverdiano... com cidadão caboverdiano amante do esporte caboverdiano eu agradeço pelo apoio e que novas portas se abrem para que o nosso esporte possa ocupar um lugar de destaque!!! um abraço a todos , os esportitas caboverdianos estao de parabens junto coma tecnicil e federação ...

nome: nuno fortes da fonseca

email: nunatcha@hotmail.com

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JOGOS DA LUSOFONIA "MACAU 2006" - CABO VERDE MARCA PRESENCA COM 54 ATLETAS

SECÇÃO: Desporto

30 Ago, 19:28h

Jogos da Lusofonia “Macau 2006”

CABO VERDE MARCA PRESENÇA COM 54 ATLETAS
Praia, 30 de Agosto - Cabo Verde participa nos os primeiros Jogos da Lusofonia, que se realizam em Macau de 07 a 15 de Outubro, com 54 atletas, que vão competir nas modalidades de atletismo, basquetebol, futebol, taekwondo, voleibol de praia e voleibol, em masculinos e na categoria de femininos a representação é feita no atletismo, basquetebol e voleibol de praia.

Cerca de 700 atletas participam nos jogos, representando Cabo Verde, Macau, Angola, Brasil, Moçambique, Portugal, Guiné-Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe, e Timor-Leste, como membros efectivos, e da Guiné- Equatorial, Índia e Sri Lanka, como membros associados.

A maior delegação a estar presente nos jogos é a de Macau com 155 atletas, que participam em masculinos nas modalidades de atletismo, basquetebol, futebol, futsal, taekwondo, ténis de mesa, voleibol de praia e voleibol. Em femininos, Macau participa no atletismo, basquetebol, futebol, futsal, ténis de mesa, voleibol de praia e voleibol.

A segunda maior delegação aos jogos será a de Portugal com 140 atletas, que participam em masculinos em todas as modalidades e em femininos nas modalidades de atletismo, basquetebol, ténis de mesa, voleibol de praia e voleibol.

O Brasil, que não se faz representar em futebol, far-se-á representar nos jogos com uma delegação de 74 atletas, que deverão participar em masculinos nas modalidades de atletismo, futsal, taekwondo, ténis de mesa e voleibol de praia e em femininos no atletismo, ténis de mesa e voleibol de praia.

Angola estará nos jogos com 58 atletas, que participam em masculinos no atletismo, basquetebol, futebol, futsal, taekwondo e voleibol de praia e em atletismo e voleibol de praia em femininos.

Com 57 atletas, Timor-Leste apresenta-se nas modalidades masculinas de atletismo, basquetebol, futebol, futsal, taekwondo, ténis de mesa e voleibol de praia, enquanto que em femininos estará representado nas modalidades de atletismo, ténis de mesa e voleibol.

Com 46 atletas, Moçambique concorre em masculinos no atletismo, basquetebol e futebol e em femininos no atletismo, basquetebol e voleibol de praia.

A Guiné-Bissau estará representada em masculinos nas modalidades de atletismo, futebol, basquetebol e voleibol de praia e em femininos no atletismo com um total de 39 atletas. Com um total de 32 desportistas, São Tomé e Príncipe estará presente em masculinos no futebol, atletismo, taekwondo e voleibol de praia e em femininos no atletismo.

A Índia, representada pelo comité olímpico de Goa, vai trazer aos Jogos da Lusofonia 43 atletas, que vão disputar em masculinos o futebol, taekwondo, ténis de mesa, voleibol de praia e voleibol em no atletismo e voleibol de praia em femininos.

A Guiné Equatorial, com 23 atletas, participa em atletismo e futebol masculino e em atletismo feminino.

O Sri Lanka, que se apresenta em Macau com 12 atletas, participa em atletismo e voleibol de praia em masculinos e femininos.

As delegações desportivas dos 12 países e territórios representam um total de 949 elementos, dos quais 733 são atletas.

INÁCIO DE CARVALHO DG DOS DESPORTOS APRESENTA “DIRECTRIZES PARA O DESPORTO COMUNITÁRIO”

SECÇÃO: Desporto

26 Ago, 13:25h

Fórum das Instituições

INÁCIO DE CARVALHO APRESENTA “DIRECTRIZES PARA O DESPORTO COMUNITÁRIO”
Praia, 26 de Agosto - O director-geral dos Desportos, Inácio da Carvalho, participa de 31 deste mês a 5 de Setembro, em São Paulo – Brasil, no Fórum das Instituições, cujo objectivo é estabelecer um sistema de comunicação e apoio ás politicas públicas aplicadas às Ciências do Desporto e Educação Física dos países de língua portuguesa.

No fórum onde serão desenvolvidos vários temas ligadas à educação física e desporto, Inácio de Carvalho apresentará uma comunicação sobre “Directrizes para o Desporto Comunitário”.

Para além de participar no Fórum das Instituições, o Director-Geral dos Desportos marcará presença no XIº Congresso de Ciências do Desporto e Educação Física dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, que realizar-se-á, também em São Paulo -Brasil, de 6 a 9 de Setembro próximo. O tema central do congresso é “Renovação e Consolidação”, como missão na permanente construção de um projecto colectivo.

DA


COMENTÁRIOS


1. O DGD é formado em história!!! Vai lá fazer o quê? já chega de pôr pessoas em cargos que não têm nada a ver só por favores politicos.

nome: BB

email: BB@BB.COM

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2. No XIº Congresso de Ciências do Desporto e Educação Física dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, o director Geral do Desporto de Cabo Verde vai ser um espetador. Ele não vai apresentar tema nenhum. Vejam a programação neste link: http://www.usp.br/eef/xipalops/programa.htm El bai São Paulo pa passá sabi e más nada. É ka sta bai trabadja.

nome: SPEED

email: speed@hotmail.com

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SECCAO: DESPORTO

SECÇÃO: Desporto

25 Ago, 11:05h

Sorteios ontem e hoje

FUTEBOL PORTUGUÊS NA EUROPA
O Sporting deve ter o caminho mais difícil na Liga dos Campeões (com Inter, Bayern e Spartak Moscovo), enquanto que Porto e Benfica saíram em grupos mais moderados. Na taça UEFA, Braga vai a Itália na eliminatória mais complicada para os portugueses.

Lisboa (Delegação de Liberal), 25 Agosto - Um adversário italiano no caminho do Sporting de Braga, na Taça UEFA e o Inter de Milão, campeão de Itália, no grupo do Sporting, na Liga dos Campeões. São os jogos mais complicados para as equipas portuguesas nas competições europeias de futebol.

O sorteio da primeira eliminatória da Taça UEFA, realizado esta manhã, emparelhou o emblema da cidade dos arcebispos com o Chievo, de Verona, Itália. Primeiro jogo em Braga. O Vitória de Setúbal, de Janício e Sandro, teve em sorte os holandeses do Heerenveen e também começa a disputar eliminatória em casa. O Nacional da Madeira tem pela frente o Rapid de Bucareste e vai primeiro à Roménia.

A primeira-mão da Taça UEFA joga-se a 14 de Setembro.

Na Liga dos Campeões, o Sporting é, dos três clubes portugueses o que tem a tarefa mais complicada, estando integrado no Grupo B, juntamente com Inter de Milão (Itália), Bayern de Munique (Alemanha) e Spartak de Moscovo (Rússia).

Na primeira vez em que Portugal conseguiu colocar três equipas no sorteio da fase de grupos, que se realizou ontem em Monte Carlo, o FC Porto ficou no Grupo G, com Arsenal (Inglaterra), CSKA Moscovo (Rússia) e Hamburgo (Alemanha), três equipas provenientes da terceira pré-eliminatória. O sorteio ditou que o Benfica disputasse o Grupo F, juntamente com o Manchester United (Inglaterra), Celtic (Escócia) e FC Copenhaga (Dinamarca).

A primeira jornada, a 12 de Setembro, marcará o regresso oficial de Luís Figo (Inter) a Alvalade, a casa que o viu nascer para o futebol. Além dos transalpinos, campeões europeus em 1964 e 1965, a turma «leonina» vai ainda defrontar os alemães do Bayern de Munique, que ergueram a Taça dos Campeões Europeus em 1974, 1975, 1976 e 2001. Só o Spartak de Moscovo parece ser a equipa teoricamente mais fraca.

O FC Porto tem um osso duro de roer chamado Arsenal, vice-campeão europeu, mas os campeões portugueses reencontram ainda o CSKA de Moscovo e o Hamburgo que terminou a Liga alemã na terceira posição e foi a única equipa a impor duas derrotas ao campeão Bayern de Munique.

Quanto ao Benfica, que na última época chegou aos quartos-de-final, volta a encontrar o Manchester United, depois de na época passada ter afastado os ingleses da Europa. A segunda jornada, a 26 de Setembro, marca o regresso do português Cristiano Ronaldo após o gesto obsceno para os adeptos «encarnados» na última jornada da fase de grupos da época passada, que lhe valeram um jogo de suspensão, que cumprirá na primeira jornada, frente ao Celtic. Neste grupo, o Copenhaga foi uma das surpresas da terceira pré-eliminatória, ao eliminar o Ajax com uma vitória por 2-0 em plena Arena de Amesterdão.

CACHITO SUBSTITUI VEIGA NA SELECAO NACIONAL DE CABO VERDE

SECÇÃO: Desporto

28 Ago, 20:28h

Cachito substitui Veiga

Selecção Nacional de Futebol entra em estágio

VEIGA É BAIXA DE VULTO
Praia, 28 de Agosto - Veiga é a grande baixa para o jogo frente à Gambia agendado para o próximo fim-de-semana em Banjul. O guarda-redes titular da Selecção Nacional de Futebol, que está sem clube lesionou-se num dos treinos promovidos pelo Sindicato de Jogadores, em Portugal.

Para ocupar a lugar de Veiga foi chamado o jovem guarda-redes Cachito da equipa dos Travadores, que assim se estreia nas lides da Selecção nacional de Futebol, que entra em estágio a partir de amanhã no Centro Técnico da Federação Cabo-verdiana de futebol na cidade da Praia.

Exceptuando o guarda-redes Veiga, o técnico Zé Rui conta a participação dos seguintes jogadores para o estágio de preparação que começa amanhã: Ernesto (Estoril); Cachito (Travadores); Nelson Veiga (Naval 1º de Maio); Loloti (Sporting da Praia); Pelé (Southampton); Zé Piguita (Qatar); Nando (Tunísia); Lito (Naval 1º de Maio); Emerson (Beira-Mar); Néné (Desportivo das Aves); Sandro (Vitória de Setúbal); Moreno (Vitória de Guimarães); Tubola (Derby de São Vicente); Rodolfo Lima (Portimonense); Mendes (Académico do Sal); Caló (Qatar) e Cafú (Freiburg Alemanha).

Lito (Naval) e Hernâni (Aves) que se estrearam a marcar na edição 2006/2007 da Superliga Portuguesa de Futebol vão transmitir motivação suplementar aos jogadores da selecção nacional, que neste curto período de preparação vão dar uma certo ênfase à alguns aspectos tácticos ligados à finalização.

DA

O ESTRANHO "CASO EDSON"

SECÇÃO: Desporto

24 Ago, 12:54h

O estranho “caso Edson”


DAÚTO FAQUIRÁ (FINALMENTE) “EXPLICA-SE”
Daúto tem este método: primeiro “compra-se”, depois “experimenta-se”, se não gostar “manda embora”. Em consequência, o Estrela da Amadora está neste momento com cinco casos por resolver: além de Edson, Paulo César, Saavedra, Manuel Curto e Castro. Os estrelistas querem que eles rescindam, eles não estão pelos ajustes

Lisboa (Delegação de Liberal), 24 Agosto – É um caso que se arrasta no futebol português: Edson, cabo-verdiano contratado pelo Estrela da Amadora ao vice-camopeão egípcio, Zamalek, não chegou a jogar. Veio, treinou-se, até demonstrou qualidade (escreveram os jornais portugueses), mas acabou por ser dispensado e o clube da Reboleira pretende a rescisão do contrato: o porquê? Nunca houve explicações. Finalmente, o treinador Daúto Faquirá falou: “sem beliscar o valor de ninguém”, disse ele ao jornal desportivo “Record” a sua razão – “Há jogadores que chegam como opções nossas, mas que devido aos condicionalismos já referidos, depois observamos não encaixarem no perfil do jogador que pretendíamos”. Quais os “condicionalismos”? Fala Daúto: “quero que a equipa consiga jogar no campo todo, seja capaz de defender bem com poucos homens e que discuta o jogo, independentemente do adversário ou campo onde estivermos”. Tal e qual qualquer outro treinador o diria. Mas Daúto tem este método: primeiro “compra-se”, depois “experimenta-se”, se não gostar “manda embora”. Em consequência, o Estrela da Amadora está neste momento com cinco casos por resolver: além de Edson, Paulo César, Saavedra, Manuel Curto e Castro. Os estrelistas querem que eles rescindam, eles não estão pelos ajustes.

A estranha “filosofia” de Daúto Faquirá acarreta agora uma situação complicada: o Estrela (que entretanto dispensou Santamaria e outros jogadores de qualidade razoável) procura no mercado um central, um médio-defensivo e um avançado. Se os encontrar (tem até ao fim do mês), terá que os registar na Liga de Futebol, o que só conseguirá caso resolva a situação dos cinco “em suspenso”. É bicudo.

Mas Daúto está confiante: promete ter “uma equipa de cinco estrelas” para ficar nos 10/11 primeiros lugares da SuperLiga portuguesa. Pode ser que sim... Talvez...

NR


COMENTÁRIOS


1. Essa semana começa a queda do tal Daúto. Ele é atrevido, dispensou o Edson, como o Quinito que não quis o Romário. Azar dele. O Edson vai brilhar noutro clube. Ele já foi treinado por Gus Hiddink que acredita muito no seu potencial. Agora que é esse Daúto?

nome: Marcos Fonseca

email: marcosfonseca_cv@yahoo.com

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2. O Dauto Faquira esta para o Hidink, asim com o Edson esta para o Romario.Milhoes de leguas, ou melhor milhoes de dolares.

nome: Jesualdo Ferreira

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3. Estranho o sr Zé Pedro, Dôn Sabi tudo não ter feito nenhum comentário.

Daúto já vai com uma derrota.

nome: Marcos Fonseca

email: marcosfonseca_cv@yahoo.com

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AMERICAN SOCCER HISTORY TIMELINE

American Soccer History Timeline


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Dating back to 1620 this is a brief view of chronology of United States soccer history.

1620
American folklore asserts that Pilgrim Fathers, upon settling at Plymouth Rock found American Indians along the Massachusetts coast playing a form of soccer. The Indians called it "Pasuckquakkohwog," which means "they gather to play football."

1820
Many American colleges played soccer, but there was no intercollegiate competition. Rules were casual and changed often.

1862
The Oneidas of Boston, the first organized soccer club in America, were formed by Gerritt Miller Smith. The Oneidas were undefeated from 1862-65. A monument now stands in Boston Common, where the Oneidas played their home matches.

1865-1876
Soccer was initiated as an organized college sport in the USA in the years following the Civil War. Princeton and Rutgers Universities engaged in the first intercollegiate soccer match November 6, 1876, in New Brunswick, N.J. Rutgers won the match 6-4. The game was more similar to both rugby and soccer than gridiron football.

1876-1880
Thousands of British immigrants arrived in the metropolitan areas of the East, Midwest and Pacific Coast. Communities with textile mills, shipyards, quarries or mines also had soccer teams among its immigrant population, a pattern occurring all over the world during the time of the Industrial Revolution.

1884
The American Football Association was organized in Newark, NJ, uniting the numerous metropolitan area enclaves of the East to maintain uniformity in the interpretation of rules and provide an orderly and stable growth of soccer in America.

1885-1886
The U.S. and Canada played a game a year against each other, representing the first "international" soccer games to take place outside of the British Isles.

1904
The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was formed in Paris on May 21. Charter members included: France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The International Board, the authority over the rules and their interpretation continued under the jurisdiction of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, even though they were not affiliated with FIFA. The Olympic Games of 1904 in St. Louis included soccer as an official Olympic sport where club teams competed under the national team banner. FIFA did not become active in Olympic soccer until 1908.

1913
FIFA became a member of the International Board, increasing their influence on the interpretation of rules. The United States Football Association (USFA) was granted provisional membership by FIFA on August 15.

1914
The United States Football Association (USFA) was incorporated under the laws of the state of New York, May 30, and was granted full membership in FIFA at the annual congress at Oslo, Norway, June 24.

1916
The first United States Football Association (USFA) Men's National Team traveled to Norway and Sweden. The Americans played six matches on this tour, finishing 3-1-2.

1919
Bethlehem Steel (PA) became the first American professional team to play in Europe when they toured Sweden.

1920
The Dick-Kerr's Ladies Professional Team, which toured the United States in 1920. They outscored their male opponents 35-34, and left with a 3-3-2 record.

1921
The original American Soccer League (ASL) began. Franchises were granted to Fall River (MA), Philadelphia, Jersey City Celtics, Todd Shipyard of Brooklyn, New York FC, Falco FC of Holyoke (MA), and JP Coats of Pawtucket (RI).

1923
The world's first indoor soccer league with 11-a-side teams on a full-sized field opened the winter season at the Commonwealth Calvary Armory in Boston.

1926
The Hakoah team from Israel played before 46,000 fans at the Polo Grounds against an ASL select team. The ASL won, 3-0.

1930
The USA was one of 13 nations to compete in the first FIFA World Cup competition in Montevideo, Uruguay. Bert Patenaude (Fall River, MA) was the third leading scorer of the U.S. team was the third-leading scorer in the tournament. He also was the first player to tally three goals in a World Cup match. At the first World Cup, 90,000 electrified fans watched as Argentina beat the US in the semi-final. The United States team, who was favored to win, finished third overall.

1932
At the 10th Olympiad in Los Angeles, soccer was eliminated due to a controversy between FIFA and the IOC over the definition of amateur and the reluctance of most of the strong soccer countries to travel to California because of the expense involved.

1933
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), governing body of college athletics in the United States, released their official rulebook covering all intercollegiate soccer in the United States.

1934
The United States Men's National Team took part in their second consecutive World Cup, going winless in Italy.

1938
West Chester State College and Salisbury College played in the first intercollegiate soccer game under floodlights.

1941
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) was organized by 10 coaches attending the annual meeting of the intercollegiate Soccer Football Association of America in New York.

1945
The USFA changed its name to United States Soccer Football Association (USSFA).

1950
Joe Gaetjens' goal lifts the USA over England 1-0 at the World Cup in Brazil. It was called the biggest upset ever in international soccer. The first college bowl game was played in St. Louis January 1. Penn State tied the University of San Francisco 2-2. The National Soccer Hall of Fame is organized by the Philadelphia Old-Timers Association. There were 15 inaugural inductees.

1953
In an agreement with the Old-timers Soccer Association, the USSFA assumed administration of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

1958
The American Soccer League (ASL) was granted permission from the USSFA assumed to create an International Soccer League (ISL), made up of top-class European, South American and United States professional league teams that would operate in the cities throughout the United States.

1959
The first National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics college championship was held in Slippery Rock, PA. Pratt Institute was victorious over Elizabethtown College 4-3. The first NCAA championship tournament is held in Storrs, CT. St. Louis University defeated Bridgeport University 5-2.

1960
The International Soccer League (ISL) began play under the sponsorship of William Cox and the ASL. For more than a decade foreign teams visited the USA to play American teams. The new league, composed of first class European, British and South American teams, was an attempt to test the support of American soccer fans for a top-flight league.

1961
The North, Central American and Caribbean Football Confederation (CONCACAF) was formed as the successor of the Central American and Caribbean Confederation on September 18 in Mexico City. Later that year, the CONCACAF was officially recognized by FIFA as the governing body of soccer in this part of the world.

1967
Two new major professional leagues made their debut in the USA, the USSFA-sanctioned United Soccer Association (USA) and the independent National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). By the end of the year, the leagues merged at the request of FIFA and the North American Soccer League (NASL) was established. The Hermann Trophy award for the college player of the year was initiated. Dov Markus of Long Island University was the first recipient.

1971
Pelé retired from international competition after Brazil tied Yugoslavia 2-2 before 150,000 at Rio de Janiero's Maracana Stadium.

1973
Kyle Rote, Jr. became the first rookie and the first American to win the NASL scoring title with 10 goals and 10 assists for 30 points.

1974
The USSFA changed its name to the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The NASL reached a membership of 18 teams. Kyle Rote, Jr. won the first of his three victories on ABC-TV Superstars competitions against elite athletes from other major sports.

1975
In April, the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League signed Pelé for a reported $4.5 million.

1977
The NASL signed a seven-game contract for national television. On October 1, Pelé participated for both sides in his farewell game at Giants Stadium between the Cosmos and FC Santos (his former team from Brazil), in front of a crowd of 77,202.

1978
The Chicago Sting played the Cuban National Team in an exhibition game in Havana, the first time since 1959 that an American professional sports team had visited Castro's island. The New York Cosmos became the first NASL team to break one million in home and away attendance. In September, the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) debuted with six franchises: Cincinnati Kids, Cleveland Force, Houston Summit, New York Arrows, Philadelphia Fever and Pittsburgh Spirit.

1981
The United States Under-20 National Team competed in its first World Youth Championship in Australia. The U.S. team lost to Uruguay 3-0, tied Qatar 1-1, and lost to Poland 4-0.

1982
The United States made a formal bid to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The MISL season opened with 14 teams, including three teams participating for a season from the NASL (San Jose, Chicago and San Diego). The National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum opened in the Wilber Mansion, Oneonta, NY.

1983
FIFA awarded the 1986 World Cup to Mexico, rejecting the bid from the United States.

1984
Four NASL teams permanently joined the MISL (New York, Chicago, San Diego and Minnesota). The ASL canceled what would have been its 50th season. The American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA) was formed. The United Soccer League (USL) was formed.

1985
The first U.S. Women's National Team competes internationally in August in Italy. The North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League both ceased operations.

1986
At the UNICEF All-Star game in Pasadena, CA, FIFA officials suggested that the USA should bid for the 1995 World Cup. The Western Soccer Alliance (WSA) kicked off with seven teams.

1987
New 4,000 sq. ft. interim National Soccer Museum opens in Oneonta, including the Hall of Famer's from USSF, NSCAA, and NISOA (National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association).

1988
The ASL began play with 10 teams. On July 4, the United States was awarded the 1994 World Cup during the FIFA Congress in Zurich.

1989
The United States Futsal National Team won the bronze medal at the inaugural FIFA World Championship in the Netherlands. Paul Caligiuri scores the biggest goal in U.S. Soccer history since Gaetjens goal in the 1950 World Cup against England. Referred to as the "shot heard around the world," Caligiuri's 35-yard dipping shot found the net in a 1-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago Nov. 19, in front of 35,000 red-clad Trinidadians, clinching the USA's first appearance in the World Cup since 1950.

1990
U.S. Men's National Team competed in the World Cup for the first time in 40 years. The WSL and the ASL merged to form the American Professional Soccer League.

1991
The United States Men's National Team won its first-ever regional championship July 7 when it captured the CONCACAF Gold Cup defeating Honduras 4-3 on penalty kicks. The U.S. Women's National Team captured the first-ever FIFA Women's World Championship in China with a 2-1 win over Norway November 30. This is the only time an American team had ever won a world title. The women qualified for the world championship by defeating its five CONCACAF opponents by a combined score of 49-0. The United States Under-23 team won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Cuba. The National Soccer Hall of Fame dedicated the Wright National Soccer Campus.

1992
The U.S. Men's National Team won the inaugural U.S. Cup '92 in June. The USA defeated Ireland 3-1, Portugal 1-0, and tied three-time World Cup champion Italy, 1-1. The Major Indoor Soccer League folded after 15 years in existence. The U.S. Fustal Team won the silver medal at FIFA World Championship in Hong Kong.

1993
In February, U.S. Soccer held first-ever Strategic Summit where more than 250 soccer leaders and personalities met in Chicago for four days to plan the development of soccer into the 21st century. U.S. Cup ''93 was used as a dress rehearsal for World Cup organizers, officials and volunteers, as well as U.S. National Team. The USA's 2-0 defeat of England made headlines around the world. Attendance and media interest were high, with 286,761 people attending the tournament's six matches, and ABC-TV broadcasting the June 13 U.S./Germany match. The United States Under-20 National Team defeated Europe's number one seed, Turkey, 6-0 in the first game of the FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia. FIFA officials called the trouncing one of the most extraordinary results in the history of the tournament. The APSL was declared a Division II professional league. The United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL) was given Division III status. Plans for Major League Soccer - a Division I league to follow the legacy of World Cup '94 - were presented by Alan Rothenberg. Pelé, the most recognizable soccer figure in the world, is inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame along with John Nanoski and Dennis Long bringing the total to 194.

1994
The United States served as host national association for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, staging the greatest event in FIFA history. More than 3.5 million fans flocked to stadiums - still a World Cup record - and soccer fever in the United States was at all-time high. The U.S. team advance beyond the first round for the first time in 64 years, falling to eventual champion Brazil 1-0 in a July 4th round of 16 showdown at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, CA. On June 4th, 91,123 fans jammed the Rose Bowl to watch the U.S. defeat Mexico 1-0, in its final tune-up prior to the World Cup. Match proceeds netted $1million in the U.S. Soccer contributions to UNICEF/Children's Defense Fund. The Women's National Team won the Chiquita Cup, a four-team international tournament in which the United States hosted Germany, China and Norway. The U.S., went on to successfully defend its CONCACAF championship, qualifying for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Championship by outscoring the opposition 36-1 en route to winning all four qualification matches. Women's National Team Head Coach Anson Dorrance announced his resignation and U.S. Soccer named assistant coach Tony DiCicco to succeed him.

1995
U.S. Women's National Team placed 3rd at the Women's World Cup in Sweden, falling to eventual champion Norway in the semifinals 1-0, then defeated China in the 3rd Place Match. U.S. Soccer announced in February its intention to host the 1999 Women's World Cup and began the formal bid process with FIFA. U.S. Men's National team won U.S. Cup '95 in June, defeating Nigeria and Mexico and tying Colombia. The 4-0 victory over Mexico during the U.S. Cup was the most lopsided U.S. victory in the rivalry's history. In July, the men's team made international headlines by advancing to the semifinals of Copa America, one of the world's most prestigious tournaments. The U.S. scored its first-ever victory over Argentina, 3-0, and advanced via penalty kicks (over Mexico) into the semifinals before falling 1-0 to defending world champion Brazil. Steve Sampson, who had served as interim national team coach since April, was named full-time head coach in August.

1996
U.S. Women's National Team won the first-ever gold medal in Women's Soccer in the Olympic Games in Atlanta defeating China 2-1 in the championship game. The Women posted a 21-1-2 overall record and won the Brazil Cup and the U.S. Women's Cup '96. The United States men's Olympic team narrowly missed advancing to the quarterfinals with a 1-1-1 record. Major League Soccer was launched, providing the United States with its first Division I outdoor pro league since the North American Soccer League ceased operations n 1985. MLS averaged more than 17,000 fans per game. The A-League and USISL merged to form a larger and stronger Division II outdoor league. FIFA awarded the 1999 Women's World Cup to the United States and the U.S. Soccer pledged it would be the biggest and most successful women's sporting event ever.

1997
U.S. Men's National Team qualified for their third straight World Cup, completing their grueling 16-game run with just two losses and advancing with a game to spare. Women's World Cup Organizing Committee had awarded the '99 games to seven U.S. locations: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. The United States Women's National Team continued their impressive play by winning their fourth straight Nike U.S. Cup. The Continental Indoor Soccer League ceased operations on December 23 after five years of competition.

1998
A disappointing World Cup finished with the United States in last place after two difficult match-ups against Germany and Yugoslavia, and a heartbreaking loss to Iran. Brian McBride scores the team's only World Cup goal. The tournament concludes with the resignation of head coach Steve Sampson, who is eventually replaced on October 27, by Bruce Arena. Dr. Bob Contiguglia took over as U.S. Soccer's new president, replacing Alan Rothenberg, who had reached the eight year term limit. The women's team continued their impressive play. losing just twice in 1998 while playing in front of record crowds all across the country.

1999
In front of over 90,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, the United States Women's National Team won the 1999 Women's World Cup by playing Chian to a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime and then defeating them 5-4 on penalties. Their road to victory incited soccer hysteria in Ameria as the women appeared on every top news program, at the White House, on the cover of Time, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and People. U.S. Women's National Team head coach Tony DiCicco resigned in November as the winningest coach in in U.S. Soccer history with a record of 103-8-8. National Soccer Hall of Fame opened its doors to its new $5 million hall of fame and museum on June 12. In Bruce Arena's first full year at the helm of the U.S. Men's National Team, the team records triumphs over Germany (twice), Argentina, Chile, and earns the Bronze medal at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico. The Under-23 Men's National Team beat Canada for the bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg. The Under-20 advanced to the second round of the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in April, with their only two losses coming to eventual finalists Spain and Japan. Taylor Twellman scored four goals to earn himself the Bronze Boot, the first American male in the modern era to earn FIFA scoring award. In November, the Under-17s extended their record unbeaten streak to 24 games, advancing to the semifinals of the World Championship before losing on penalty kicks to Australia. In addition to the fourth-place finish, forward Landon Donovan and midfielder DaMarcus Beasley earned the Gold and Silver Balls as the tournaments top two MVPs. The Under-18 Women's National Team captured the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winninpeg. The Under-21 Women's National Team also earned the 1999 Nordic Cup title. The Premier Soccer Alliance, which began in 1998 with four teams, was renamed the World Indoor Soccer League.

2000
Bruce Arena's squad continued to advance toward their ultimate goal of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup. The team secured 10 out of a possible 12 points in its last four qualifying matches - all shutouts - to win their semifinal qualifying group. The United States women maintained the momentum from their historic Women's World Cup title with a record 41 matches in 2000, posting a 26-6-9 record. The U.S. won a whopping six tournament titles in 2000, however had to settle for a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, losing in overtime to archrival Norway in the Gold Medal Match. The American men and women put on an impressive display for the world at the Sydney Games, as the U.S. is the only nation to have both teams advance to the semifinals. The men are the surprise team of the tournament winning their group and advancing to the semis before grabbing fourth place, the highest Olympic finish. The United States Futsal National Team fails to qualify for the 2000 FIFA World Championship, coming in third place at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

2001
The United States Men qualified for a fourth straight World Cup appearance, boosted by four wins and a draw to open the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. For the first time in United States Soccer history, the Men's National Team clinched a spot in the World Cup at a home qualifier, topping Jamaica 2-1 behind two goals from Joe-Max Moore in front of 40,483 fans at the last soccer match played at Foxboro Stadium. The United States Women play only 10 international matches in 2001 as the new Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) begins play, with the Bay Area CyberRays winning the inaugural Founders Cup. Mia Hamm is named the first-ever FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, beating out teammate Tiffeny Milbrett and Chinese superstar Sun Wen for the historic award. The United States Under-21 Women won their third straight Nordic Cup with a 6-1 rout over of Sweden in the final. The United States Under-19 Women's National Team prepared for the 2002 U-19 Women's World Championship by going undefeated in five international matches, outscoring opponents 23-1. The United States Under-17 Men's National Team advanced to their ninth consecutive FIFA U-17 World Championship, but were drawn into the Group of Death in Trinidad & Tobago with Japan, Nigeria and France, and were eliminated in the first round. The United States Under-20 Men's National Team qualified for their third straight FIFA World Championship, where the team finished second in their group in Argentina and were eliminated in the second round by Egypt. The National Professional Soccer League, in existence since 1984-85, merges with the WISL and is renamed the Major Indoor Soccer League.

2002
The United States Men's National Team advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, the team's best World Cup showing since 1930. The United States shocks the world with a stunning 3-2 opening game upset of Portugal before eventually finishing in second place in Group D. The United States the posts their first-ever victory in the World Cup knockout stage, blanking CONCACAF rival Mexico 2-0 in the Round of 16. The World Cup run ended in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 loss to Germany. Midfielder Claudio Reyna was named to the All-Tournament Team, while Landon Donovan earned World Cup Honorable Mention. The United States began 2002 by winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup in January with a convincing 2-0 victory over Costa Rica for the first Gold Cup title for the United States since 1991. The United States Women's National Team qualified for their fourth consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup after capturing the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 2-1 overtime victory over Canada at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The United States Under-19 Women's National Team topped the host Canadians 1-0 in overtime to win the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. Forward Kelly Wilson won the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third MVP and the Silver Boot, while forward Lindsay Tarpley earned the Bronze Boot. For the men, the United States Under-20 National Team qualified for their fourth consecutive FIFA Youth Championship. The United States National Futsal Team played their first-ever home matches, defeating Canada and tying Mexico in March in Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC, respectively.

2003
Due to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, FIFA relocates the Women's World Cup out of China. The United States' bid to host the tournament is successful, and United States Soccer faces the unprecedented task of hosting the tournament with just four months of preparation. The United States Women's National Team, now defending their title on home soil, easily won Group A and then got past Norway in the quarterfinals 1-0. But in the semifinals, Germany stunned the United States with a 3-0 victory, which led the United States to top Canada in the third-place match. Shannon Boxx, Joy Fawcett and Mia Hamm all earned all-star honors from FIFA. The Men's National Team, preparing for World Cup qualification in 2004, finish in third place at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Costa Rica. The Men also compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup in France, but cannot get out of their group in losing to Turkey and Brazil, and drawing with Cameroon. The United States Under-21 Women's National Team won their sixth Nordic Cup title in seven years. The United States Under-17 Men's National Team bowed out in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Brazil in Finland. The Under-17s finished fifth. The Under-20 Men's National Team made an improbable run to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Youth Championship before being stunned by Argentina who came from behind with stoppage and overtime goals for a 2-1 win, denying the United States a spot in the semifinals. The Under-20s finished fifth. The Women's United Soccer Association suspend operations.

2004
The United States Women's National Team won every tournament entered, culminating with the 2004 Olympics. Other tournament titles included the Algarve Cup, the Four Nations Tournament and the CONCACAF Regional Olympic Qualifying tournament, as the team set a record with 28 victories on the year (against four ties and two losses). At the youth level, the Under-21 Women won their seventh Nordic Cup in eight years and the Under-19 Women finished third at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship.

Under head coach Bruce Arena, the U.S. Men's National Team qualified for the final round of World Cup Qualifying for the CONCACAF region. The U.S. Men also finished the year with an 8-1-6 record losing only to Holland in Amsterdam and going a record 13-games undefeated. The U-23 Men failed to qualifying for the Olympics for the first time since 1976, losing 4-0 to Mexico in Guadalajara after winning their group only match against the second place Mexicans in the single-elimination qualifier.

The U.S. National Futsal Team won the 2004 CONCACAF Championship and qualified for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship, where the team had a strong showing with a seventh-place finish.

2005
The United States Women's National Team win their third consecutive Algarve Cup.

FOREIGN TEAM TOURS TO THE USA - FROM 1905 - 1968

Foreign Team Tours: 1905-1968


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In the years before and just after World War II, many teams from Europe and South America criss-crossed North America by train playing in both the United States and Canada. In addition some teams played exclusively in the United States others exclusively in Canada. With the increased availability of air travel most teams stopped traveling by train and as a result tours were not as long. As a result more teams visited and it became increasingly difficult to keep track of all the games.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame offers the following list as a guide to the tours or single games up to 1968 and does not claim that the list is complete but it is an indication of most of them. This list does not include teams that played in the International Soccer League of the early 1960's or in the United Soccer Association and NASL of 1967 and 1969.

Argentina
1930 - Sportivo of Buenos Aires.
1931 - Velez Sarsfield of Buenos Aires

Austria
1926 - Vienna Hakoah
1927 - Vienna Hakoah
1953 - Rapid Vienna
1954 - Wacker
1955 - Wacker
1956 - Austria Vienna
1958 - Austria Vienna
1959 - Austria Vienna
1960 - Austria Vienna
1960 - Rapid Vienna

Brazil
1936 - Botafogo (Rio de Janeiro)
1941 - Botafogo (Rio de Janeiro)
1954 - Olaria
1957 - Vasco da Gama (Rio de Janeiro)
1967 - Santos
1968 - Santos
1970 - Santos

Chile
1933 - Audax Italiano S.C. (Santiago)

Cuba
1941 - Puentes Grandes F.C.
1946 - Puentes Grandes F.C.
1949 - University of Havana

Czechoslovakia
1926 - Sparta (Prague)
1934 - Kladno
1948 - Bratislava F.C.
1960 - Red Star (Bratislava)

England
1905 - The Pilgrims
1907 - Corinthian F.C.
1909 - The Pilgrims
1911 - Corinthian F.C.
1922 - Dick Kerr Ladies (Preston)
1924 - Corinthian F.C.
1926 - English F.A. (Canada only)
1929 - Preston North End
1931 - English F.A. (Canada only)
1937 - Charlton Athletic (London)
1938 - Islington Corinthians (Canada only)
1946 - Liverpool
1948 - Liverpool
1949 - Newcastle United
1950 - Manchester United
1950 - English F.A. team
1951 - Fulham (London)
1951 - English F.A. team
1952 - Manchester United
1952 - Tottenham Hotspur
1953 - English national team
1953 - Liverpool
1954 - Chelsea (London)
1954 - Plymouth Argyle
1955 - Huddersfield Town
1955 - Sunderland
1956 - Everton
1957 - Tottenham Hotspur
1958 - Manchester City
1959 - West Bromwich Albion
1961 - Birmingham City
1962 - Sheffield United
1963 - Wolverhampton Wanderers
1964 - Liverpool
1966 - Tottenham Hotspur

France
1955 - Sochaux
1961 - Rheims

Germany
1950 - Hamburg S.V.
1951 - Eintracht Frankfurt
1952 - Stuttgart Kickers
1953 - Nurenberg F.C.
1954 - Borussia Dortmund
1954 - Fortuna Dusseldorf
1954 - Rot-Weiss Essen
1955 - Nurenberg F.C.
1956 - Police Stars
1956 - Schwaben (Augsberg)
1957 - Kaiserslautern
1958 - Kickers Offenbach
1959 - West Berlin All-Stars
1960 - Munich 1860
1961 - Karlsruher
1962 - North German All-Stars
1962 - A.S.V. Nuernberg
1962 - 1st Saarbruecken
1963 - Schalke 04 (Gelsenkirchen)
1964 - Hamburg S.V.
1968 - Borussia Dortmund

Hungary
1929 - Sabaria (Budapest)
1930 - Hungaria (M.T.K.) (Budapest)
1947 - Ferencvaros (F.T.C.) (Budapest)

Israel
1927 - Maccabi Tel Aviv
1936 - Maccabi Tel Aviv
1947 - Hapoel Tel Aviv
1948 - Israeli National Team
1956 - Israeli Olympic team
1957 - Hapoel Tel Aviv

Italy
1928 - Palestra Italia
1949 - Inter Milan
1959 - Napoli
1967 - Inter Milan

Mexico
1930 - Marte F.C. (Necaxa)
1940 - Atlante F.C. (Mexico City)
1942 - Atlante F.C. (Mexico City)
1948 - Atlante F.C. (Mexico City)
1950 - Atlas
1955 - Occidente
1956 - Occidente

Northern Ireland
1949 - Belfast Celtic
1953 - Irish F.A. team

Poland
1959 - Legia Warsaw

Portugal
1957 - Benfica

Scotland
1921 - Scottish F.A. team (Third Lanark)
1928 - Glasgow Rangers F.C.
1930 - Glasgow Rangers F.C.
1930 - Kilmarnock
1931 - Glasgow Celtic F.C.
1935 - Scottish F.A. team
1939 - Scottish F.A. team
1949 - Scottish National Team
1951 - Glasgow Celtic
1954 - Glasgow Rangers
1956 - Aberdeen
1957 - Glasgow Celtic
1958 - Hearts (Edinburgh)
1959 - Dundee
1960 - Hearts
1960 - Kilmarnock
1961 - Third Lanark
1962 - Dundee
1964 - Hearts (Edinburgh)
1965 - Hibernian (Edinburgh)
1966 - Glasgow Celtic
1967 - Dundee

Spain
1927 - Real Madrid
1931 - Racing Club Madrid
1937 - Barcelona F.C.
1961 - Real Madrid
1968 - Real Madrid

Sweden
1948 - Djurgarden F.C. (Stockholm)
1949 - Kamraturna F.C. (Goteborg)
1950 - Jonkopping
1951 - A.I.K. Stockholm
1957 - A.I.K. Stockholm
1958 - Norkopping
1959 - Halsingborg

Switzerland
1953 - Young Boys (Berne)
1955 - Grasshoppers (Zurich)

Turkey
1950 - Besiktas (Istanbul)

Uruguay
1927 - Nacional F.C. (Montevideo)
1931 - Bella Vista (Montevideo)

U.S.S.R.
1956 - Moscow Lokomotive (Canada only)
1960 - Leningrad Zenit (Canada only)

Wales
1929 - Welsh F.A. team (Canada only

HISTORY OF SOCCER IN SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI

History of Soccer in St. Louis
Maintained by Dave Litterer spectrum@sover.net
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St. Louis has a long history as one of the major hotbeds of soccer in the United States. During the early years of soccer, St. Louis was the western outpost of the major soccer regions, as immigrant communities brought their game to the major industrial centers of the country. Unlike other regions, St. Louis was known mostly for the major amateur clubs that achieved national distinction in the US. Open Cup and National Amateur Cup during the middle part of the 20th century. Between 1920 and 1957, six different teams won the US Open Cup. Later, as the amateur circuit faded in prominence, St. Louis enjoyed distinction as a hotbed for college soccer as St. Louis University won a string of consecutive NCAA titles during the 1960s. Success at the amateur level paid off in bigger ways, as St. Louis players had a prominent rule on the National Team. Five of the 11 players on the team that defeated England in the 1950 World Cup were from St. Louis, and every World Cup squad had at least one St. Louis player on its roster. In addition, twenty St. Louis soccer personalities are enshrined in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

When the North American Soccer League began play in 1967, the St. Louis Stars, a charter franchise, pioneered a developmental policy that emphasized recruitment and development of local American talent, bucking the league’s trend towards employing aging international stars. More recently, St. Louis has been primarily known for its indoor soccer teams, and the city’s importance in the national soccer scene has been muted as fans look for the possibility of a Major League Soccer team to bring the region back into prominence. But the city still enjoys a reputation as a key part in the development of US soccer throughout the early years of the sport in the country.

Beginnings
The earliest record of organized soccer in St. Louis date to 1881. In 1891, the St. Louis Soccer League was organized, and before long, amateur soccer was flourishing in the city. Unlike other cities where clubs were often associated with immigrant working communities and sponsored by ethnic social clubs, many of the major clubs in St. Louis were associated with churches and parishes, and later with manufacturing & retail companies. The catholic parishes in St. Louis, through the CYC chapters, adopted soccer as an inexpensive mass participation sport for their recreational programs, and it wasn’t long before the top teams were winning national honors. One result of this is the long history in St. Louis of developing home grown talent rather than attracting foreign players to the top level professional leagues.

The Kensingtons won the first two league championships, followed by Blue Bells and St. Teresa’s. Later, the first dynasty was established by St. Leo’s who won nine consecutive championships between 1905/06 and 1913/14. St. Leo’s was originally composed entirely of members of the St. Leo’s Sodality, a church men’s organization. After the team opened its memberships to outsiders, it began its championship run. They were also the first team to tour the East, as they played a series of New Jersey teams in tours during this time. St. Louis soccer grew very early on, and the leagues have been strong from the beginning, but the city also had a very independent tradition, and even after the local association joined the United States Soccer Federation, it remained somewhat aloof, not fully integrating itself into the national body until 1918.

The First Amateur Golden Age
The St. Louis Major League adopted a semi-professional status in 1906 and merged with the St. Louis Association Foot Ball League in 1915. They continued as the primary circuit for the region, with the St. Louis Municipal League operating as a junior circuit in a purely amateur status. By this time, Ben Millers had begun their run, winning three consecutive league championships from 1915-1918. Once the St. Louis leagues fully integrated with the USSF, they entered U. S. Open Cup competition; this happened in 1918. They made their mark fairly quickly, with Ben Millers becoming the first area soccer club to enter the US Open Cup in 1920. Their winning team was composed entirely of St. Louis based players, while their opponents, Fore River Shipyard of Quincy, MA featured 11 British born players. The Ben Millers continued to win city titles in 1925, 1926 and 1927, and also reached the US Open Cup final in 1926, losing to Bethlehem Steel 7-2.

Scullins Steel followed Ben Millers, as they made the Open Cup finals in 1921 and won it the following year, and were co-champion in 1923. Like many other industrial teams, they had a short life. Such teams were often dropped when team performance did not mesh with corporate bottom lines; this trend would be endemic throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Sometimes they were dropped when the profit margin fell, regardless of team performance. Later in the 1920s, the St. Louis League became more of a purely amateur circuit, but clubs continued to do well in the national scene. St. Leo’s and Ben Millers continued playing, folding in the early 1940s. In 1929, the St. Louis Madison Kennels lost to New York Hakoah in the Open Cup 2-0 and 3-0. The US squad at the first World Cup in 1930 featured Raphael Tracey of Ben Millers, who played in the first three games. St. Louis clubs were at a disadvantage due to the lack of stability resulting from their reliance on corporate sponsorship rather than the more stable ethnic social organizations prevalent in other metropolitan areas. This is not to say that there were no ethnic influences in St. Louis Soccer. The Carondalet region featured many Spanish-American teams, particularly in the Municipal League, St. Abrose Parish featured a number of Italian-American squads, and the St. Louis Kickers were dominated by German players.

During the 1930s, the pre-eminent club of the St. Louis Major League, reached the US Open Cup finals six straight years, from 1932-1937, but under three different names. As Stix, Baer & Fuller (the department store), they were runnerup in 1932 and champions in 1933 and 1934. As Central Breweries they took the gold in 1935, and were again runners-up as St. Louis Shamrocks in 1936 and 1937. In 1934, three of their players were on the USA Squad at World Cup 1934: Bill McLean, and hall of famers Billy Gonsalves and Werner Nilsen. This was the first major club to rely primarily on players outside of the St. Louis area. In 1933, following the demise of the first American Soccer League, they made a wholesale importation of players from the New England Whalers, including Billy Gonsalves, Alex McNab, Werner Nilsen, Bill McPherson and Bob Watson. This was fitting revenge on the team that had defeated them the previous year in the Open Cup final, and the players had a pivotal role in the club’s Open Cup triumphs over the next few years. Beyond these standouts, many St. Louis teams made good runs in the earlier rounds of the US Open Cup.

The depression eventually made its impact felt on the corporate-sponsored St. Louis teams, and they receded in the late 1930’s, with the St. Louis Major League suspending play in 1938. The War had a major impact as many players were called off to serve in the armed forces.

The amateur clubs began their return to prominence in the St. Louis Municipal League as the war was winding down; St. Louis Rafferty’s reached the finals of the National Amateur Cup, losing to Eintrach FC of New York 1-0 in 1945. St. Louis Carondelets made the finals two years later, only to lose to Fall River Ponta Delgada in 10-1. In 1949, St. Louis Zenthoefer became the third team in five years to lose in the finals, as they fell to SC Elizabeth of New Jersey under an onslaught of six goals.

St. Louis had its next foray into semi-pro soccer in 1947, when the St. Louis Raiders joined the North American Soccer League, an organization that attempted to establish professional soccer throughout the Midwest, as a complement to the American Soccer League which operated on the east coast. The league was popular, with strong teams, but financially it could not make ends meet and folded after two seasons. The Raiders finished at the bottom of the standings in their only season, and returned to the amateur ranks where they would go on to future success.

The second amateur golden age
With the rebirth of the St. Louis Major League in 1948, a new golden age commenced. The Major League quickly became a regional powerhouse, with two teams standing out in particular: Simpkins-Ford and Kutis. Simpkins-Ford was originally known as Correnti Cleaners until taken over in 1947 by the Joe Simpkins Ford Auto dealership. The team quickly assembled a roster of simply amazing talent in players such as Gino Pariano, Charlie Colombo, Frank Borghi, Bob Annis, Frank Wallace, and Bill Bertani, who led the squad to U. S. Open Cup in 1948 and 1950. Of these players, Pariani, Colombo, Bertani and Annis, were on the 1948 Olympic Squad, while Anis, Borghi, Wallace, Colombo and Pariano were on the 1950 World Cup team that shocked the world by upsetting England.

St. Louis had an interesting footnote in the history of women’s soccer. The first organized women’s soccer league was established in 1951 by Father Craig of St. Matthew’s Parish of North St. Louis. The Craig Club Girls Soccer League consisted of four teams with names like the “Bobby Soxers”, and played full schedules for two seasons. Although their history was short, it was a milestone in the history of women’s soccer, although it would be over a decade before the sport began to make a true start in the colleges.

Sadly, an important era came to an end in 1953 as the St. Louis Major League folded due to a lack of sufficient playing fields. Nevertheless, the junior league continued on, picking up teams, and in 1954, Simpkins-Ford made their final national title run against Pittsburgh Beadling in the National Amateur Cup. Simpkins won the opener 5-2, but lost the 2nd leg 1-5, to lose the title on point differential. In a kind of changing of the guard, a new franchise, St. Louis Kutis, made their first appearance in the US Open Cup final, losing to the ASL’s New York Americans 1-0 and 2-0. The Municipal League folded in 1957, but was immediately succeeded by a new St. Louis Major Soccer League which continued on well into the late 1960s. During the 1940s and 1950s, a number of foreign teams touring the US played against All-Star squads in St. Louis, as well as against major St. Louis amateur clubs such as Simpkins and Kutis.

Kutis went on to become the most successful amateur team in St. Louis history, and was arguably the best club in the nation during the 1950s, and is still playing today. Kutis was originally the St. Louis Raiders, who had won the National Amateur Cup in 1952. Shortly after that feat, the team was taken over by Tom Kutis, owner of the Kutis Funereal Home. The team was headed for many years by national team mainstay and hall of famer Harry Keough, a veteran of the 1950 World Cup. Frank Borghi joined the team after helping lead Simpkins-Ford to their national titles. Kutis won six consecutive National Amateur Cup titles from 1956-1961, also taking the 1957 US Open Cup, becoming only the third team to that time to win both cups in the same year. Other Kutis players of renown include hall of famers Bob Kehoe and Bill Looby, as well as Ruben Mendoza, Russ Murphy, and Herman Wecke.

So successful was Kutis that the entire squad was picked to comprise the roster for the US National Team in two 1958 World Cup Qualifying matches. Bob Kehoe went on to captain the National Team in 1965 World Cup qualifying and coached the team in 1972. Although the glory days were pretty much over after that 1961 triumph, St. Louis teams continued to have an impact in the Amateur Cup. St. Louis Ambrose played in the final in 1963 and 1965, as did Kutis in 1967, 1969 and 1971, winning the last one. In 1972, St. Louis Busch won it all in 1972, and Big Four Chevrolet lost to Philadelphia Inter in the 1974 edition.

College Dynasty - St. Louis University
In the 1960s, St. Louis soccer began a noted shift towards the college ranks and pro ranks. St. Louis University added soccer as a varsity sport in 1959, the same year that the NCAA established its first true national championship tournament. St. Louis U. immediately took command of the national tournament, and won national titles in 1959, 60, 62, 63, and 65, becoming the first national Dynasty. Hall of Famer Harry Keough took over the reigns in 1967, and took the team to the final his first year, where the squad played Michigan State to a 0-0 draw and was declared co-champion. Harry won undisputed NCAA titles in 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1973, and reached the finals in 1971 and 1974 in valiant losing efforts.

The Professional Era - North American Soccer League
St. Louis finally got its first fully professional soccer team in 1967 as the St. Louis Stars were established as a charter franchise in the National Professional Soccer League. The NPSL was one of two rival leagues that were formed in the wake of the 1966 World Cup’s surprising TV success in the States. The USSF was committed to having a FIFA-sanctioned Division league, but the organizing efforts were rivalrous and edgy. The end result was two leagues, one sanctioned, and the other operating in an “outlaw” capacity - the NPSL. The Stars were headed by Bob Hermann, who would later establish the Hermann Award, given to the NCAA’s Division 1 Most Valuable Players (men and women). The two leagues merged in 1968 to form the NASL when it became clear that neither circuit would survive a bidding war. The Stars played for ten seasons before they were moved to Anaheim, California in 1978.

The team immediately stole the spotlight from the amateur clubs and attracted many mainstream sports fans to the game, people who previously would never have been distracted from the Cardinals (baseball and football) or Hawks (NBA). They led the league in attendance that first year, averaging over 7,000 fans per game.

St. Louis Stars began a unique tradition among NASL teams in that they focused much of their player development on recruiting American players, many from the St. Louis area. Although this was merely a continuation of the process among St. Louis amateur teams earlier in the century, this contrasted markedly with other NASL franchises who mostly signed aging foreign players. Although some were true superstars, many were not, and the financial overspending eventually bankrupted the league. Although the stars were stable, they were often mediocre and throughout much of their history they drew poorly and were near the bottom in the standings. The one exception was in 1972 when they led the league in attendance with nearly 8,000 per game, won the southern division title and lost to the New York Cosmos in the championship match 2-1. They won the central division in 1975, but were mediocre in other seasons, with paltry fan support. After the 1977 season, they packed their bags and moved to California.

Two players of note for the Stars were Pat McBride and Al Trost. Pat McBride was a two time All-American at St. Louis Univ., and played in the 1964 Olympics and earned 6 Caps with the National Team. He joined the Stars in 1967 and played for their entire existence in St. Louis. Al Trost was a two-time Hermann Trophy winner at St. Louis University, an Olympian and National Team member (14 caps) who played five seasons for the Stars from 1973 to 1977, and captained the National Team in 1976. Trost and McBride were easily the top midfielders ever for the Stars.

The Indoor Era
St. Louis entered the indoor age in 1979 when the St. Louis Steamers joined the Major Indoor Soccer League. St. Louis again emphasized local talent, including favorites such as Dan Counce, Steve Pecher and Tom Galanti. The Steamers also pioneered the concept of indoor soccer as a total entertainment package with elaborate theatrics including dramatic team entrances through dry ice, booming music, mascots and promotional giveaways.

Although soccer purists derided the intrusion of music and live announcers during game play, the spectacle caught on with fans and the Steamers averaged 13,000 fans per game despite 12-20 for the season. Next season the fans were rewarded, as St. Louis won their division and made it to the championship game, losing 6-5 to New York. These two teams met the following year, only this time they went the distance in a best of five series that featured to overtime decisions. Alas, this was the peak for the Steamers. Although they remained popular with the fans, the team never did finish much above .500, and in 1988 the team folded, mired as were several other teams, in substantial red link. Despite their premature end, the Steamers put on a show which has never been equaled by indoor teams to this day. On the amateur front, St. Louis again won the US Open Cup in 1986.

St. Louis returned to the MISL in 1989 with the Storm. This team had one good year and two bad ones and the folded with the league in 1992. But the city was not bereft for long. In the National Professional Soccer League, the Tulsa franchise moved to St. Louis, and the Ambush went on to provide exciting soccer for the local crowd until 2000. Although the NPSL was never as big as the MISL, it was the top indoor league at the time, and St. Louis was in several championship series during their eight year run, winning it all in 1994-95.

The Ambush folded in 2000, due to leasing problems at the Kiel Arena, but the World Indoor Soccer League stepped in, awarding a franchise which revived the Steamer moniker. The Steamer finished third in their first season. Days before the end of the playoffs, it was announced that the WISL would merge with the MISL II (formerly the NPSL), and once again St. Louis had a team named the Steamers in the MISL, and fans again had hope that the glory days might be revived.

On the outdoor front, St. Louis soccer has kept a fairly low profile since the NASL days. St. Louis Busch won the National Amateur Cup in 1980 and 1981, and placed second in 1986, and St. Louis Kutis made two return trips to the US Open Cup in 1983 and 1985, losing to New York Pancyprian Freedoms and San Francisco Greek-Americans respectively. Most recently, St. Louis Scott-Gallagher made two Amateur Cup finals, winning in 1991 and losing in 1994. The most recent attempt at an outdoor team was the St. Louis Knights who played in 1994 and 1995. Since then, St. Louis fans not already involved in the municipal leagues or college squads have turned their eyes to Kansas City as the Wizards have struggled for fan attention despite winning MLS Cup 2000. Clearly, a region with so much soccer history should be represented at the highest level. But a lack of suitable stadia with grass fields and a spotty record at the top professional level has worked against attempts to first division soccer back to St. Louis.

Major Players in St. Louis Soccer History:
The following are some of the more notable players (and a few administrators) in St. Louis soccer history. All but the two NASL players are currently enshrined in the U. S. Soccer Hall of Fame.

Robert Annis played fullback for the St. Louis Simpkins-Ford in the late 1940s, including their appearances in the 1948 and 1950 US Open Cup finals.

Frank Borghi, goalkeeper with St. Louis Simpkins during their 1948 and 1950 US Open Cup titles. Also played for the National Team in the 1948 Olympics and 1950 World Cup. Shut out England in the famous World Cup upset.

Joseph Carenza Sr., a center-half, played for numerous teams in the St. Louis Major League in the 1940s and 1950s, including Steamfitters, Patterson-Ford, and Zenthoefers, before winning acclaim with Kutis in the late 1950s, and coaching college teams.

Fernando Clavijo , popular player for the St. Louis Storm indoor team, Clavijo played for the National Team throughout the early 1990’s and in the 1994 world cup before landing a role as head coach of Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution.

Charlie Colombo, a center-halfback, had a long career with Simpkins-Ford, helping them win the 1948 and 1950 titles, before coaching at St. Ambrose.

Jimmy Dunn, Forward with Ben Millers throughout their glory years from 1916-1927, and remained active in St. Louis area soccer through the 1970s.

Billy Gonsalves, Inside Right. One of the all-time top forwards in US history, Billy had several successful years with Boston Wonder Workers, Fall River Marksmen and New Bedford Whalers in the first American Soccer League. When the Whalers folded in 1932, he was signed with several other players by Stix, Baer & Fuller, leading the team to six consecutive Open Cup finals. In 1939, he was off to Chicago, playing for the Manhattan Breweries, before finishing his career with Brooklyn Hispano in the 2nd American Soccer League.

Bob Guelker - Hall of Fame coach who founded highly successful soccer programs at St. Louis University and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Bob won NCAA titles at SLY in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1965, and coached at SIU-Edwardsville from 1966-1983. In 27 years, he had a career record of 311-76-26 with 22 tournament bids. Also coached the Pan-American team in 1971 and the 1972 Olympic team, and was the first USA Youth coach in CONCACAF, for the U-19 team. Also secretary of the CYC Youth council, where he was actively involved in soccer programs from 1946 to 1969.

Bob Hermann, longtime administrator, he was owner of the St. Louis Stars of the NASL from 1967-1981, and inaugurated the NCAA’s first MVP award.

Bob Kehoe - a longtime star for St. Louis Kutis, he later captained the US National Team in 1965 qualifying, and was the first NASL American-Born coach, running the Stars from 1969-1970. Bob Kehoe pioneered the use of American players in the NASL. While other teams recruited foreign players almost exclusively, Bob had rosters of over 75% American heritage, even fielding all-American lineups at times. He was willing to put up with poor won-loss records because he believed in providing American players a place to perfect their game. Later coached several local high schools and was color commentator for St. Louis Steamer (MISL) indoor games during the 1980s.

Harry Keough, His first team, the St. Louis Schumachers, won the U. S. Junior Cup in 1946. Had a long career with St. Louis Kutis, winning numerous National Amateur and US Open Cup titles from 1956 - 1962. Was selected to the world cup qualifying squad in 1949, playing all three games at the 1950 World Cup. After retiring, he won five NCAA titles during his 15 year tenure as head coach at St. Louis University (1967-1982). At SLY, he had a 213-50-23 record.

Ty Keough -- Son of Harry Keough. Played four seasons with the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League, and eight seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League, primarily with the St. Louis Steamers. He also played 8 full internationals for the US National Team from 1979-1980, including three World Cup Qualifiers. Is currently a well known US soccer broadcaster.

Bill Looby, forward who played for Kutis during their run at the Nationals in the 1950s. Also played in the 1959 Pan-American games for the US, the 1956 Olympics and 1960 Olympic qualifying.

John Marre, longtime manager and organizer of regional amateur teams, who played a major role in keeping the sport alive during the depression years.

Pat McBride, A two-time all-American midfielder at St. Louis University in 1965 and 1967, McBride played for the St. Louis Stars in the NASL for the team’s entire ten year existence. McBride played in the 1964 Olympics and made his full international Debut in 1969, eventually earning 6 caps for the National Team.

Dent McSkimming, longtime sports writer for various St. Louis newspapers, including the Star and the Post-Dispatch. His writing career extended from 1913-1961.

James Moore, played for many amateur teams through the 1930s, including St. Thomases, Marske Produce, Gebken Undertakers, South Side Smoke Shop, Anderson’s and Eugene A. C. After retiring in 1939, became a referee for 17 years and ultimately president of the Referee’s Association. Formed the new St. Louis Major Soccer League in 1948, and was later chairman of the Missouri Soccer Commission.

Gino Pariani, Forward who played for the USA in the 1948 Olympics and 1950 World Cup. During his career with Simpkins-Ford, he helped them win the 1948 and 1950 US Open Cup.

Jimmy Roe, Played inside left for Stix, Baer & Fuller during their successful Open Cup campaigns of the 1930s. Played for the USA National team in 1937 at the Castilla Najera Cup in Mexico, where an injury ended his playing career.

Raphael Tracey, Center Halfback who played for Ben Millers throughout the 1920s, including their 1926 Open cup final, and on the 1930 USA World Cup squad.

Al Trost, One of the best midfielders ever produced in the United States, Trost was a two-time winner of the Hermann award while with St. Louis University (1969, 1970). After playing for the National Team in the 1972 Olympics, he starred for five seasons with the St. Louis Stars in the NASL, before moving with the franchise to Anaheim, California. Was captain of the National Team in 1976.

Frank Vaughn, Full Back and longtime teammate of Raphael Tracey on the Ben Millers team. He was also named to the 1930 World Cup squad although he did not play.

Frank “Pee-wee” Wallace, Forward who played on several St. Louis area teams, including Wildcats, Rafferty’s and Simpkins-Ford where he helped them win the 1948 and 1950 Open Cups.

Prudencio “Pete” Garcia, Played for Garcia F. C. of East St. Louis before becoming a long time referee for St. Louis leagues as well as in 1950 World Cup qualifying matches.

Walter Giesler, a longtime force in St. Louis soccer, he played for Ben Millers before moving to coaching and refereeing. Coached the 1948 US Olympic Team and managed the 1950 World Cup squad. Later he become an administrator, serving as chair of the Missouri Soccer Commission, president of the US Soccer Federation and chair of the 1952 USSF Olympic Committee.


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