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[4 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Barca Barca Barca!¬
If you are not a football fan, then I have to clarify that “Barca” is pronounced just like, “Marcia”- ¬†as in the famous, quote by one Jan Brady: Marcia Marcia Marcia!¬
If you want to sound like a seasoned soccer fan, then it is these subtleties that are quite important.
Last night at Soldier Field, two famous club teams came together for an exciting friendly. Chivas Guadalajara and FC Barcelona (Futbol Club Barcelona). Of course, FC Barcelona is affectionately known as Barca. These teams are stars …

Austria, Euro 2008, Football (aka Soccer) for Dummies, Switzerland »

[24 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

It has taken a few days to recover since our vacation to Euro Cup 2008…or should I say our vacation to Switzerland and Austria. ¬†¬†I am partial to small towns in Europe-where the most active thing you do is take a stroll for a¬†cappuccino. ¬†

We balanced this trip with four days of rest and relaxation in Switzerland-taking in one exciting match in Berne and a glorious experience at the Tour de Suisse. ¬†The rest of the days were spent in the charming and peaceful town of Lucerne- enjoying the amazing …

Football (aka Soccer) for Dummies »

[8 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

This weekend is all about soccer. But, if you really want to sound like you know what you are talking about, especially to Europeans, start calling “soccer”…”football.”¬†

Tonight, the Mexican National team (or El Tricolor to the fans) will be playing a “friendly” against Peru at Soldier Field. A friendly is an¬†exhibition¬†game but don’t be mislead by the name. ¬† These matches ¬†are still fiercely competitive since the teams are the “warming-up” for international tournaments and experimenting with strategies and substitutions. ¬†For instance, the World Cup qualifiers ¬†for World Cup …

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[4 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

Women’s Professional Soccer is coming Spring of 2009. The Chicago Women’s Professional Soccer francise was unveiled as the Chicago Red Stars. The Chicago Red Stars honors the four six-pointed red stars on the City of Chicago‚Äôs Flag.
Fans had the opportunity to vote and select the team’s name from ten nomintated entries. Thank God the”Red Stars” was the winning name; the runner-ups were the less than ideal. For instance, can you imagine cheering for the Chicago “Stinking Onions”? What would their mascot be? I don’t want to think about it.
Season tickets …