1. Euro 2008: France Lost Without Zidane

    It’s clear the party is now over for the French. Although the country still produces a great deal of talented players, they have yet to generate a clone of the one that they need--Zidane Zidane...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 1,084 reads 1 comments

  2. Euro 2008: Michael Ballack's Brilliance Saves Dull, Unimpressive Germans

    A classic it was not. But, Germany’s 1-0 win over Austria was just enough. Kind of like the Germans themselves. Just enough to be dangerous, not anywhere enough to be attractive...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 749 reads 1 comments

  3. Euro 2008: Petr Čech's Blunder Caps Unexpected Weekend

    To paraphrase a line from the seminal '90s movie Reality Bites, "Euro soccer is a bit like pizza. Even when it’s bad, it’s good."Make no mistake, much of what the weekend brought was bad...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 539 reads 1 comments

  4. Euro 2008: Italy Survives, But For How Long?

    Two inches.That’s all that separated the disappointing Italians from elimination yesterday. Tied at one and staring down a penalty (another off a tugging call that has never been ...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 394 reads 5 comments

  5. Euro 2008: Old Man Ivica Vastic Shows He Still Has a Sense of the Dramatic

    “…(a) bizarre game between two mediocre teams…” That’s how the Toronto Globe and Mail’s TV critic come soccer columnist John Doyle described yesterday’s clash between Austria and Poland...

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  6. Euro 2008: No Denying Cristiano Ronaldo’s Brilliance

    This is going to be hard. First of all, I’m a City fan. That alone makes it difficult to appreciate anything tainted by the other team in Manchester and its fak, er, large fan base. So, that’s strike one...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 316 reads 4 comments

  7. Peter DeBoer Is Senators' Apparent Choice for Coach, and a Refreshing Change

    Just days after the Toronto Maple Leafs recycled, Provincial rival Ottawa is apparently looking a bit outside the box (just a bit, as the NHL is very much firmly inside the box on most matters) for its next head coach...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 169 reads 0 comments

  8. Euro 2008: Dull Greece No Match for Zlatan Ibrahimovic Magic

    Soccer is a game of patience and teamwork. Well-organized teams can be successful, occasionally very much so—witness Greece four years ago or, to use a North American example, Canada at the 2000 Gold Cup...

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  9. Soccer: Toronto FC Hooligans and Other Myths Of The Modern Media

    Normally, it's best to ignore ignorance. However, there comes a time when one must speak up against the madness. Such is the case with the Toronto Globe and Mail's Leah McLaren's hackery...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 692 reads 3 comments

  10. Euro 2008: The Only Thing Offside Was Italy's Play

    Let's get this out of the way off the top: Rule 11.11 - DEFENDER LEGALLY OFF THE FIELD OF PLAYA defender who leaves the field during the course of play and does not immediately return must still ...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 914 reads 4 comments

  11. Euro 2008 Previews: Holland, Germany, Croatia, France

    #4 - Holland Oh, the Dutch. If Holland didn’t invent sexy football, it perfected it. And, in doing so have become the hottest bridesmaid in international football. Everyone has a secret crush on the Dutch...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 1,248 reads 1 comments

  12. Euro 2008 Preview: Part 3

    #8—Switzerland It’s not the most inspiring host pairing at Euro 2008. The Austrians, as outlined earlier, are a disaster and the Swiss are…well...disappointing.Two years ago it was so much different...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 599 reads 2 comments

  13. Soccer: Euro 2008 Preview, Part 2

    #12 – Poland Things are kind of ugly in Poland right now—scandal, poor results and even worse performances have put expectations at impossibly low levels.There is history to back-up those fears...

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  14. Soccer: Euro 2008 Preview, Part One

    The World Cup is sexier. It’s a World Cup, after all. And, it must be said that the samba beat of a Brazil doesn’t hurt either. But, the hardcore soccer fan understands that the European championship is the better tournament...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 675 reads 1 comments

  15. Running: Forced to Run a 10K Without a Burrito In Sight

    The assignment landed on my desk with a thud. Well, at least it felt that way. Like most things these days, it actually came to me via e-mail, but in my mind there was a dramatic thud...

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  16. Canadian Soccer Has Weekend to Remember

    It was just a friendly. In the end, the Canadian soccer team's strong performance in a 3-2 loss Saturday night doesn't really mean much...

    Duane Rollins Written by Duane Rollins about over 6 years ago 279 reads 3 comments