16
Dec

Juve faces Trabzonspor, Swansea draw Napoli in Europa League round of 32

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Not to be outdone, UEFA also announced the Europa League’s round of 32 matches on Monday, were Juventus must return to Turkey, the scene of their surprise Champions League exit, to face Trabzonspor.

Here’s the full draw below:

  • Slovan Liberec vs. AZ
  • Anzhi Makhachkala vs. Genk
  • Lazio vs. Ludogorets
  • Dynamo Kiev vs. Valencia
  • FC Porto vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Swansea vs Napoli
  • Chornomorets vs. Lyon
  • Viktoira Plzen vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Maribor vs. Sevilla
  • Real Betis vs. Rubin Kazan
  • Dnipro vs. Tottenham
  • PAOK vs. Benfica
  • Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Basel
  • Ajax vs. RB Salzburg
  • Juventus vs. Trabzonspor
  • Esbjerg vs. Fiorentina

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28
Sep

USMNT’s Aron Johansson scores superb match-winner vs PSV

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Photo: Getty Images

Aron Johansson was a relatively unknown commodity to most Americans when he declared his intention to play for the US men’s national team this summer. But now, Johansson is starting to raise more than a few eyebrows after getting off to a hot start to the season with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar (Jozy Altidore’s former club).

The Icelandic-American striker has already amassed eight goals in all competitions this season, the latest of which was this stunning, match-winning golazo against Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven:

Bet that’ll put a smile on Jurgen Klinsmann’s face.

H/T Big Lead

19
Jul

10 Questions: Jozy Altidore talks Premier League, Di Canio and more

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By Leander Schaerlaeckens, FOXSoccer.com

On July 5, Jozy Altidore sealed his transfer from AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands to Sunderland of the Barclays Premier League. The Black Cats will be the 23-year-old’s seventh club. His reported transfer fee of $13 million broke his own American record of the $10 million Villarreal paid the New York Red Bulls in 2008. On Friday, FOX Soccer caught up with Altidore to chat about his transfer and the reasoning behind the move:

FOX Soccer: During your last spell in the Premier League with Hull City in the 2009-10 season, you faced a steep learning curve. Do you think you’re better prepared this time around?

Jozy Altidore: “I don’t think it’s about being better prepared. Looking back on it, I think I was the number one striker on that team, not the greatest team in the world, I was always going to be up against it. It wasn’t easy. Now I’ve played in Europe more, I think I’m a little bit of a different type of player now than I was when I was 19 years old.”

FS: You matured rapidly with AZ. How did that help shape your career?

JA: “Just being there and training every single player day was good, you learned every single day. It was a really good two years for me, in every aspect. Just becoming a target man became a bit more natural for me.”

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26
Apr

Jozy Altidore has been tearing it up in the Eredivisie.

The USA international has now scored 30 goals in all competitions this season for AZ Alkmaar. His performance on Friday, scoring two goals and notching an assist, helped AZ defeat Heerenveen 4-0.

It also moved his club closer to survival, as they could clinch safety if Roda can’t win their match tomorrow.

15
Apr

You can probably remember the most recent own goals in the Premier League. Fabian Delph for Aston Villa against Fulham this weekend? Matt Kilgallon for Sunderland away at Chelsea? Well, we can probably forgive them as a lapse in concentration or being very unlucky! This cannot be said for Utrecht player Mike Van Der Hoorn, who inexplicably put the ball in his own net under absolutely no pressure! The Eredivisie side were 3-0 down at the time to AZ Alkmaar, before Van Der Hoorn compounded their misery. Take a look…

30
Jan

American forward Jozy Altidore was the target of racist chants Tuesday during AZ Alkmaar’s 5-0 win over second-tier Den Boscha in the quarterfinals of the Dutch Cup.

The game was stopped by referee Reinold Wiedemeijer, but Altidore himself asked for it to be continued and he scored with a penalty. He has won praise for his calm response to the situation.

Here now is a video clip of Altidore’s interview following the racial abuse that he suffered during the Dutch cup match.

26
Sep

The Netherlands love Jozy Altidore.

By Leander Schaerlaeckens

The Netherlands is enamored with its top scorer, one Jozy Altidore he of New Jerseyan and Haitian origins. So enamored, in fact, that Eredivisie Live, which broadcasts the Dutch league made a tribute video likening him to… the A-team’s B.A. Baracus.

Upon tweeting this, charges came my way that this was racially insensitive. Not all well-built black men sporting a beard look like B.A. Jozy himself, as evidenced by the video, seemed to take delight in the comparison.

Nonetheless, the comparison offers a compelling insight into the disparity between Dutch and American political correctness. Among developed countries, they seem to stand at opposite ends of the spectrum.

The average Dutchman sees this video and thinks: “That’s funny.” It doesn’t occur to him that it might be insensitive.

The average American thinks: “That’s offensive.” Probably. Or he at least wonders if it is. Because his jokes pass through a filter that is the product of decades of national incremental scrutiny on all public utterances.

This video was meant to evoke a chuckle. Please suspend your political correctness for a brief moment and treat it as such.