June 17, 1994 |
Carlos Valderrama was dancing, throwing the defenders of Bayern Munich off guard, rolling pinpoint passes onto the feet of his forwards. The television cameras feasted on him. Valderrama, two-time South American player of the year, is the best of what Colombia's national coach, Francisco Maturana, calls "the party" of Colombian soccer.
July 5, 1994 |
The 1972 Olympics will never be remembered for world records, non-winning fractions or general brotherhood of the athletic community. It will be remembered for the slaughter of a dozen fine athletes by a band of terrorists. It will forever be the "Massacre" Olympics. The 1919 World Series will never be remembered for called shots, spectacular catches, base-stealing splurges or brilliant pitching.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1994 |
It was the most incredible of victories, a whipping of odds so large that the only question before the game was not whether the United States would lose, but how badly. And then the minutes of the second half began to tick away and the fans began to realize that the impossible might actually happen--that the United States might win a World Cup soccer game for the first time since 1950.
February 27, 2000 |
Today's Gold Cup final between Canada and Colombia at the Coliseum is going to be different than the four championship games that preceded it for a number of reasons. The noon game will be the first, for instance, that features neither Mexico nor the United States. It also could be the first that features an almost nonexistent crowd.
June 24, 1994 |
Grim-faced Colombian soccer players milled about the packed lobby of the Fullerton Marriott hotel Thursday, signing autographs for star-struck youngsters, granting interviews to swarms of reporters and looking for answers. How did they lose to the United States team? What has become of their World Cup dreams? And, perhaps most troubling, who threatened the life of one of their star players, demanding that the player--Gabriel Jamie Gomez--be benched?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1994 |
Despite the frenzied play in what some called the most exciting game yet of World Cup '94, much of the emotional energy was focused on two of soccer's fallen heroes Sunday, as Romania scored a 3-2 victory over Argentina at the Rose Bowl.
November 24, 1989
Colombia canceled the remainder of its soccer season following the murder of a referee after a game last week in the violent, drug-plagued city of Medellin. The Colombia Football Federation, known as Dimayor, announced it would cut the season short "because of the gravity of problems plaguing Colombian soccer and the impossibility of solving them immediately."
July 3, 1994 |
Colombia's fall from widespread consideration as one of the favorites to win the World Cup to being one of eight teams that failed to qualify for the second round was typified by a misplay in the 34th minute against the United States on June 22 at the Rose Bowl. HOW THE PLAY UNFOLDED 1) U.S. midfielder John Harkes, after taking a pass from Mike Sorber 10 yards inside the Colombian side of the field, dribbles up the left sideline and spots U.S. striker Ernie Stewart on the right wing.
July 3, 1994 |
Maybe I'll stop apologizing to all these English guys about not knowing much about soccer. Maybe I don't want to know all that much about a sport that seems to foster hooligans and murderers. Or maybe Andres Escobar's murder had little to do with soccer. This isn't sport. This is insanity. It strikes me that we in the United States, as sickeningly violent as some elements of our society have become, have no clue about something like Escobar's death.