April 29, 1999 |
It could be a carnival, this kaleidoscopic parade of jumbo buses streaming off the Harbor Freeway, the pickup trucks snaking through gridlock, the people blowing horns, waving Mexican flags, hurrying down the street with children clutching their hands and running to keep up. In a few minutes, Mexico will face Argentina on the soccer field, and these ardent Latino fans know the 92,000-seat Coliseum will sell out, as it has before.
December 12, 1997 |
International soccer clubs could visit Anaheim Stadium next year as part of a two-game exhibition series Major League Soccer hopes to stage in partnership with the Walt Disney Co. MLS Commissioner Doug Logan met this week with Tony Tavares, president of Disney's Anaheim Sports division, to discuss playing two exhibition games in the renovated stadium in 1998 and perhaps four in 1999, Logan said Thursday.
January 10, 1996 |
Football returns to Anaheim Stadium tonight, but not the kind between teams of helmet-headed players. After all, the Rams have gone to St. Louis and they aren't coming back. No, this is the football played with your feet, the game the world--and more recently and to a far lesser extent the United States--embraces. Beginning tonight, soccer returns to Anaheim Stadium for the first time since 1981 as the Southland hosts the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
November 30, 1995
Colombia twice had to come from behind to earn a 2-2 tie with Mexico in front of an estimated 50,000 fans in an international soccer match at the Coliseum Wednesday night. The Mexican team took the lead in the 13th minute on a superb 25-yard free kick by midfielder Victor Ruiz. Referee Arturo Angeles awarded the free kick after Colombia's Freddy Rincon fouled Jose Maria Higarreta.
April 29, 1995 |
John Campbell was hoping for a coming-out party. Instead, he got a lonely feeling Friday night. For that matter, so did everyone else at Moorpark High. Campbell, owner of the Valley Golden Eagles, had said earlier in the week that he would be "astonished" if the U.S. International Soccer League team didn't draw 1,000 fans for its Ventura County debut. But only about 150 showed up to watch the L.A. Salsa beat the Eagles, 3-2, on Bobby Bruch's goal three minutes into sudden death overtime.
February 13, 1995 |
There's only so much bad news a person can take. Murder among the fans, drug-abuse among the players, match-fixing among the coaches--it's been one depressing headline after another. Despair not, however, international soccer does have a lighter side. . . . * Consider, for example, the strange case of Nicky Papavasilou. A native of Cyprus, Papavasilou desperately wanted to play in England's Premier League.
October 31, 1994 |
What really happened at the FIFA meetings in New York last week? On the surface, all seemed to go smoothly, and the leaders of international soccer's governing body said as much at their closing news conference. "There was no rivalry between the confederations," said FIFA President Joao Havelange. "There was a discussion (on allocating World Cup '98 places) and a final decision was reached. It was unanimously adopted, so there was no rivalry."
June 7, 1994 |
Al Gold's sign business is getting only a small piece of the economic bounty that Southern California is expected to collect from the World Cup. But that piece may have kept his business alive. Gold Graphics Manufacturing Co. in Pacoima produces "point-of-purchase" advertising for everything from gas stations to banks. Late last year, his firm won a contract to supply promotional banners for the soccer extravaganza.
April 4, 1994 |
He is autocratic. He is boastful. He is cunning. But what Joao Havelange, the 78-year-old Brazilian who has ruled international soccer for the past 20 years, also might be is unbeatable. For the past few weeks, an intense, behind-the-scenes struggle has been going on within soccer's corridors of power in Zurich, Switzerland, to see whether Havelange could either be tempted to step down or tossed out as president of FIFA, international soccer's governing body.