ESPN FC Press Pass was a 60-minute show which airs six times a week, Sunday to Friday, features robust soccer discussion between presenters Andrew Orsatti, Adrian Healey, Dan Thomas and analysts including Robbie Mustoe, Gabriele Marcotti, Tommy Smyth, Janusz Michallik, Shaka Hislop, Robbie Earle, Steve Nicol, Stewart Robson, Craig Burley, Sid Lowe, Julien Laurens, Raphael Honigstein, Martin Ainstein, Steve McManaman, Frank Leboeuf and Martin Keown. The show aired in Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Africa, the Middle East and the United States. Andrew Orsatti, Adrian Healey and Dan Thomas alternated as the main hosts. A personality-driven show, it featured outlandish comments involving Smyth, an Irishman fond of using the term "Auld Onion Bag" when referring to goals scored; the hosts' job was to stimulate debate on a variety of global topics. During the European club season, ESPN FC Press Pass paid particular attention to the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga.
Orsatti, Mustoe, Thomas and Michallik commentated on soccer matches shown on ESPN. Former presenters of the program include Dave Roberts and Alison Bender. Former Liverpool and Scotland player Steve Nicol became a regular contributor after leaving his post as Head Coach of MLS club New England Revolution. 1998 World Cup Winner Frank Leboeuf who collected multiple trophies in his time at Chelsea, including two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, appeared on an infrequent basis from ESPN's studios in Los Angeles
Captain (association football)
The team captain of an association football team, sometimes known as the skipper, is a team member chosen to be the on-pitch leader of the team: it is one of the older/or more experienced members of the squad, or a player that can influence a game or have good leadership qualities. The team captain is identified by the wearing of an armband; the only official responsibility of a captain specified by the Laws of the Game is to participate in the coin toss prior to kick-off and prior to a penalty shootout. Contrary to what is sometimes said, captains have no special authority under the Laws to challenge a decision by the referee. However, referees may talk to the captain of a side about the side's general behaviour when necessary. At an award-giving ceremony after a fixture like a cup competition final, the captain leads the team up to collect their medals. Any trophy won by a team will be received by the captain who will be the first one to hoist it; the captain generally leads the teams out of the dressing room at the start of the match.
A captain is tasked with running the dressing room. The captain provides a rallying point for the team: if morale is low, it is the captain who will be looked upon to boost their team's spirits. Captains may join the manager in deciding the starting eleven for a certain game. In youth or recreational football, the captain takes on duties, that would, at a higher level, be delegated to the manager. A club captain is appointed for a season. If he is unavailable or not selected for a particular game, or must leave the pitch the club vice-captain will assume similar duties; the match captain is the first player to lift a trophy should the team win one if he was not the club captain. A good example of this was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final when match captain Peter Schmeichel lifted the trophy for Manchester United as club captain Roy Keane was suspended. In the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, match captain Frank Lampard jointly lifted the trophy for Chelsea with club captain John Terry.
A club may appoint two distinct roles: a club captain to represent the players in a public relations role, correspondent on the pitch. Manchester United has had both of these types of captains. After Neville retired in 2011, regular starter Nemanja Vidić was named as club captain. São Paulo's Rogério Ceni is the player. A vice-captain is a player, expected to captain the side when the club's captain is not included in the starting eleven, or if, during a game, the captain is substituted or sent off. Examples include Thomas Müller at Bayern Munich, Marcelo at Real Madrid, César Azpilicueta at Chelsea, Sergio Busquets at Barcelona, Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur, James Milner at Liverpool and Ashley Young at Manchester United; some clubs name a 3rd captain or a 4th captain to take the role of captain when both the captain and vice-captain are unavailable. In the 1986 FIFA World Cup, when Bryan Robson was injured and vice-captain Ray Wilkins received a two-game suspension for a red card, Peter Shilton became England's captain for the rest of the tournament.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Germany had three captains. Michael Ballack had captained the national team since 2004, including the successful qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, but he did not play in the latter tournament due to a last minute injury. Philipp Lahm was appointed captain in South Africa, but due to an illness that ruled him out of Germany's final fixture, Bastian Schweinsteiger captained the team for that game, the third-place match. Lahm stated in an interview that he would not relinquish the captaincy when Ballack returned, causing some controversy, so team manager Oliver Bierhoff clarified the situation saying "Philipp Lahm is the World Cup captain and Michael Ballack is still the captain". Lahm ended up becoming the permanent captain of Germany until his retirement, as Ballack was never called up to the national team again. Captain
Little Elm, Texas
Little Elm is a city in Denton County, United States, a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It is an extended suburb of Dallas; the population was 3,646 at the 2000 census. By the 2010 census, the city total had jumped to 25,898, making Little Elm one of the fastest growing municipalities in Texas since 2000 in terms of percentage. At the entrance to the city limits, population signs reflect a size of more than 31,000 as of 2013. Little Elm is located along the northern and eastern shores of Lewisville Lake at the cross roads of Eldorado Parkway and FM 423 and includes stretches of U. S. Highway 380, its neighbors include Frisco to the east, The Colony and Hackberry to the south, Prosper and Providence to the north, Oak Point, Cross Roads, Lakewood Village to the west. Little Elm is located at 33°9′50″N 96°55′49″W. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, it has a total area of 18.6 square miles, of which 14.6 square miles is land and 4.1 square miles, or 21.83%, is water. Little Elm has more miles of shoreline than any city in DFW.
Lakeside amenities off Eldorado Parkway include a cable wake board park, a boat ramp, a massive swim beach, a marina, an amphitheater on the water, many miles of trail. Other park attractions include the disc golf course at McCord Park on FM 423; because Little Elm is growing and expanding, most of the city is new. These new constructions not only include new parks, government buildings, businesses, but include a diverse housing mix of estate residential custom homes, traditional single-family housing, duplexes, multi-family, manufactured homes; some of the newer subdivisions include Paloma Creek, The Towers by the Park, Frisco Ranch. Little Elm's current estimated population, as of May 1, 2016, is 34,355. Including active subdivisions in the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction, that figure exceeds 45,000. Little Elm's build-out population is anticipated to be over 90,000; as of the census of 2000, there were 3,646 people, 1,210 households, 965 families residing in the town. The population of Little Elm grew by 610% between 2000 and 2010, ballooning from 3,646 to 25,898, making the city one of the fastest growing in not only the state of Texas but the United States.
According to city-data.com, the 2011 population was 26,011. As of the census of 2010, there were 898 people. According to the census, 69.3% of the population was white, 14.3% was Black or African American, 3.5% was Asian. Of the total population, 24 % was Latino. Three school districts serve Little Elm: Little Elm ISD, Frisco ISD, Denton ISD; the U. S. 380 corridor is served by Denton ISD, the FM 423 corridor and east Little Elm by Frisco ISD, the rest of Little Elm by Little Elm ISD. The Little Elm Independent School District serves most of the original parts of Little Elm. Little Elm ISD is one of the fastest growing in Denton County; the school district finished building its athletic stadium in 2006 located at the intersection of Hart Road and Eldorado Parkway. The stadium is one of the largest in the area, with a seating capacity of 7500 with great wheelchair accessibility, a 15 foot by 12 foot electronic video board, a three level state-of-the-art press box. A portion of the city is within the Frisco Independent School District.
During the summer of 2016, Denton ISD completed construction on its 4th comprehensive high school, Braswell High School, located at the southeast corner of Navo Road and U. S. 380, to serve the fast-growing University Drive corridor, part of Little Elm. The Arbor Day Foundation designated Little Elm a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry for 3 straight years; the American Planning Association, Texas Chapter, with an all-time record number of applicants, honored the Town of Little Elm with the Current Planning Award for its 2009 Commercial Design Standards Report. The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association honored Little Elm with a Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence award during the following years: 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. In 2013, the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council presented Little Elm with a Bronze Leaf Award for its commitment to urban forestry initiatives; the Dallas Business Journal selected McCord Farm as a finalist for its 2012 Suburban Multi-Family Deal of the Year award.
McCord Farm includes three phases of luxury multi-family developments along the FM 423 corridor and McCord Park, a wooded 38 acre public park along Cottonwood Creek donated to the Town of Little Elm and constructed by the developer. The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association named Chairman Michael McClellan the 2012 Planning Commissioner of the Year; this prestigious and competitive honor is awarded to only one commissioner in the State each year by the Texas Chapter. In 2010, Little Elm's Planning Department won the Texas Emerging Communities scholarship in recognition of its colossal 610% growth rate, modernized development standards, aggressive tree preservation regulations, Town Center project. In 2013, Little Elm was named the safest city in Texas by the FBI and the 18th safest in the nation for cities with a population of 25,000 or higher. In 2016, Little Elm was ranked the 13th safest by the FBI in the state of Texas for towns with a population of 10,000 or higher. Little Elm has an extensive and comprehensive parks system with 5 major community parks, including Little Elm Park, Cottonwood Park, Beard Park, McCord Park, Union Park.
Little Elm has many miles of hike and bike trails constructed and planned along the lake and its tributaries. Little Elm Park, located in the Lakefront district along Eldorado Parkway, of
Association football, more known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport; the game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal. Association football is one of a family of football codes, which emerged from various ball games played worldwide since antiquity; the modern game traces its origins to 1863 when the Laws of the Game were codified in England by The Football Association. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with hands or arms while it is in play, except for the goalkeepers within the penalty area. Other players use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may use any other part of their body except the hands and the arms; the team that scores most goals by the end of the match wins.
If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, which organises World Cups for both men and women every four years; the rules of association football were codified in England by the Football Association in 1863 and the name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of football played at the time rugby football. The first written "reference to the inflated ball used in the game" was in the mid-14th century: "Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe"; the Online Etymology Dictionary states that the "rules of the game" were made in 1848, before the "split off in 1863". The term soccer comes from a slang or jocular abbreviation of the word "association", with the suffix "-er" appended to it; the word soccer was first recorded in 1889 in the earlier form of socca.
Within the English-speaking world, association football is now called "football" in the United Kingdom and "soccer" in Canada and the United States. People in countries where other codes of football are prevalent may use either term, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now use "football" for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is evidence. Cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net, it was remarkably similar to modern football. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established. Phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup. Athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda and harpastum were played involving hands and violence.
They all appear to have resembled rugby football and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified "mob football", the antecedent of all modern football codes, these three games involved more handling the ball than kicking. Other games included kemari in chuk-guk in Korea. Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other ball games played around the world FIFA has recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe; the modern rules of association football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the varying forms of football played in the public schools of England. The history of football in England dates back to at least the eighth century AD; the Cambridge Rules, first drawn up at Cambridge University in 1848, were influential in the development of subsequent codes, including association football. The Cambridge Rules were written at Trinity College, Cambridge, at a meeting attended by representatives from Eton, Rugby and Shrewsbury schools.
They were not universally adopted. During the 1850s, many clubs unconnected to schools or universities were formed throughout the English-speaking world, to play various forms of football; some came up with their own distinct codes of rules, most notably the Sheffield Football Club, formed by former public school pupils in 1857, which led to formation of a Sheffield FA in 1867. In 1862, John Charles Thring of Uppingham School devised an influential set of rules; these ongoing efforts contributed to the formation of The Football Association in 1863, which first met on the morning of 26 October 1863 at the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, London. The only school to be represented on this occasion was Charterhouse; the Freemason's Tavern was the setting for five more meetings between October and December, which produced the first comprehensive set of rules. At the final meeting, the first FA treasurer, the representative from Blackheath, withdrew his club from the FA over the removal of two draft rules at the previous meeting: the first allowed for running with the ball in hand.
Other English rugby clubs followed this lead and did not join the FA and instead in 1871 formed the Rugby Football Union. The eleven remaining clubs, under
The MLS Cup is the post-season championship game of Major League Soccer. The winner is crowned champion in the same manner as in other North American sports leagues; this differs from other top soccer leagues around the world which consider the club with the most points at the end of the season to be the sole champion. MLS honors that achievement with the Supporters' Shield. A U. S.-based team that wins the MLS Cup is awarded one of that country's berths in the following year's CONCACAF Champions League. The league hosted its inaugural championship, MLS Cup 1996 on October 20, 1996. Today the MLS Cup is held in early December, featuring the winners of the Eastern Conference Championship and Western Conference Championship. LA Galaxy are the most successful team, winning a record fifth Cup in 2014. During its history, the MLS Cup has been represented by the Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy from 1996 through 1998, a redesigned Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy from 1999 through 2007, the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy since 2008.
The MLS Cup's roots trace back to the foundation of Major League Soccer, when the league decided to have a championship format similar to its contemporary North American sports leagues by having the season culminate in a postseason tournament to determine the league champion. For the first few MLS Cup finals, the championship was dominated by D. C. United, who appeared in the first four MLS Cup finals, winning three of them; the inaugural MLS Cup in 1996 was the first championship match, featuring United and Los Angeles Galaxy. The inaugural match had the Galaxy take an early 1–0 lead, double in early in the second half. However, their lead was relinquished towards the end of the match when Tony Sanneh pulled one back in the 72nd minute. Nine minutes Shawn Medved tied the match at two, resulting in overtime between the two sides. Four minutes into overtime, Eddie Pope gave United the golden goal victory. In 1997, the second league cup final was contested at RFK Stadium, where United won back-to-back titles, a feat that would not be accomplished for another decade.
The game ended 2–1 in United's favor over Colorado Rapids, who would not win a championship until 2010. Jaime Moreno was declared Man of the Match for his goal in the 37th minute of play; this season was the first time in league history any MLS team won the regular season and postseason title in the same season. D. C. United's run ended the third year, when they made a third run to the MLS Cup finals, only to lose to the expansion-side Chicago Fire by 2-0; however the following year, United repeated their "double" of winning both the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup the same season. This time, it was a 2–0 win over the Galaxy in the 1999 MLS Cup final. For the first time since 1997, the 2000 MLS Cup final saw a new club reach the finals along with the Fire; this time the Kansas City Wizards won their first MLS Cup with a 1–0 victory over the Fire. From 2001 through 2004, the MLS Cup finals saw a rising of the California Clásico when stateside rivals, L. A. Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes clashed together in the 2001 final.
The match saw the rise of U. S. national Landon Donovan who won a Newcomer of the Year award and tallied the equalizer in the Earthquakes 2–1 championship victory over the Galaxy. With the largest crowd in MLS Cup history at hand, the New England Revolution took on the Galaxy in the 2002 finals. For the match, over 61,000 fans were in attendance at Gillette Stadium to witness the final. In the second period of sudden-death overtime, the Galaxy nabbed their first MLS Cup title, sparked the start of a string of MLS Cup losses for the Revolution; the 2003 final saw. Two clubs that had MLS Cup experience, the Fire and Earthquakes, played for the final that year; the two clubs had successful regular season campaigns with the Fire winning their first Supporters' Shield, the Earthquakes being the Western Conference regular season and post-season champions as well as having the second best overall regular season record. In a hotly contested match, the Earthquakes won with their second MLS Cup title with a 4–2 score making it the highest scoring MLS Cup final in league history.
After a four-year absence, United made their fifth trip to the MLS Cup final, playing against the Wizards for MLS Cup 2004. The match had four goals scored in the first 25 minutes, with United rallying for a 3–1 lead. Midway through the second half, United had relinquished a penalty kick. Josh Wolff scored for Kansas City. D. C. United was able to retain the lead, by winning their fourth MLS Cup title, by a score of 3–2; until 2005, the MLS Cup championship games had been dominated by clubs that had either won or had come close to winning the Supporters Shield. In the 2005 MLS Cup championship, the match was won by the Los Angeles Galaxy, who won the league title by having a 9th-place overall record; the Wizards had a better record, but did not qualify for the playoffs because they finished 5th in the Eastern Conference, in spite of an 8th-place overall record. The result prompted MLS to create new wild-cards that were used starting in 2006, where only a certain number of clubs per conference could qualify, the next best overall teams regardless of conference would qualify.
That in itself prompted debates about the league switching to a single table and a balanced schedule. The single table has yet been instituted, but in 2010
Bobby Rhine was an American soccer player who last played for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. Rhine played college soccer at the University of Connecticut from 1994 to 1998. In 1997, he redshirted his senior season. In 1998, he returned for his last season. In February 1999, the Dallas Burn selected Rhine in the first round in the 1999 MLS College Draft. During his Dallas career, Rhine filled a variety of positions as an on-and-off starter playing up front or in the midfield, his versatility led to a switch to defense for the 2005 season. His best season came in 2002, when he scored seven goals and six assists and added another goal in the playoffs. In eight MLS seasons, Rhine's regular-season totals stand at 33 assists. In 1999, he went on loan to the Milwaukee Rampage of the USL A-League. In 2000, he played one game on loan with the Tennessee Rhythm. Rhine played his final career game against Los Angeles Galaxy on October 26, 2008, a game in which normal team captain Duilio Davino insisted Rhine take the captain's armband.
Rhine retired at the end of the 2008 season. Upon retiring, he accepted the position of Manager of Community Development with the FC Dallas front office. In addition, Rhine worked as the color commentator for the team's television broadcasts. On September 5, 2011, while vacationing with his family in Florida, Rhine died from a sudden heart attack at the age of 35
Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was a Nigerian football defender and manager. During his playing career, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian national football team, making him the nation's second-most capped player at the time of his retirement, he represented the country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, captaining the Super Eagles to victory in the latter. He played club football in five countries, most notably Belgium, where he won the Belgian league championship with R. S. C. Anderlecht in 1991; as a manager, Keshi achieved success by qualifying Togo for the only FIFA World Cup appearance in its history in 2006. However, he was replaced by Otto Pfister, he coached his native Nigeria, where he became one of only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach. After a playing career with Belgian clubs, Keshi went to the United States to be educated in coaching. In 1996, he was joined by Augustine Eguavoen.
They played together in California as the backbone of the defence for the short-lived Sacramento Scorpions. Keshi has been a part of the coaching staff for the Nigerian national team, most notably as head coach for the Junior Eagles at the 2001 African Youth Championship which served as qualification for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, without success. Between 2004 and 2006 Keshi coached the Togo national football team bringing them to their first World Cup tournament, Germany 2006. Having secured Togo's unlikely qualification, he was promptly replaced by German coach Otto Pfister prior to the World Cup finals, after Togo showed a dismal performance and failed to advance to the knock-out stage in 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. However, Pfister did not last beyond a controversial World Cup campaign that nearly resulted in a player's strike over pay and Togo remained without a manager until February 2007 when they re-engaged Keshi in time for a friendly against Cameroon, he worked as manager of the Mali national football team, after being appointed in April 2008 on a two-year deal.
Keshi was sacked in January 2010, after Mali's early exit in the group stages of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Keshi became coach of the Nigerian National Team in 2011, he led Nigeria to qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which they went on to win, defeating Burkina Faso 1–0 in the final. The following day Keshi handed in his resignation. Keshi led Nigeria to the 2013 Confederations Cup, defeated Tahiti 6–1, lost 1–2 to Uruguay in the second game, lost 0–3 to World Cup winners, Spain in their final group game. On 16 November 2013, Keshi's Nigeria secured qualification to the 2014 World Cup by beating Ethiopia 4–1 on aggregate in a play-off. Keshi set a record in African football by being the first African coach to qualify two African nations for the World Cup Finals, he helped Nigeria become the first country to achieve an African Cup of Nations trophy and World Cup qualification, both in 2013. Nigeria progressed to the knockout stage of 2014 World Cup, they started the tournament with a 0-0 draw against Iran, followed by a controversial 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
They lost the final group stage match 2-3 against Argentina, but progressed to the knockout stage, courtesy of a 3-1 win by Bosnia and Herzegovina over Iran. The Super Eagles lost to France in the first knock-out round. After the match, Keshi announced his resignation as Super Eagles coach but reversed the decision after the Nigerian Football Federation renewed his contract, his team failed to win a single game in the Morocco 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying series and he announced he would move to another job if pressure continues to mount because of certain people, whom he refused to name, were trying to "sabotage" him. However, he stated that he will continue to coach the Super Eagles because he loves the team and he loves his country. In July 2014, following Nigeria's exit from the World Cup, Keshi's contract with the Nigeria Football Federation expired and was not renewed. A statement by the NFF Executive Committee said the decision was made, having reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inaction of Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles' Head Coach, which NFF found to lack the required commitment to achieve the Federation's objectives as set out in the Coach's employment contract.
Keshi was born on January 1962 in Azare, Bauchi State. He was of Igbo descent. Keshi had his early education at Saint Paul’s Catholic Nursery and Primary School, Apapa Road, Lagos State, he proceeded to Saint Finbarrs’ College, Lagos in 1976. He subsequently received his high school certificate at Saint Gregory’s College. Keshi was married to his wife Kate for 30 years, she died on 10 December 2015, after battling cancer for three years. They had four children. Keshi had a heart attack and died en route to hospital on 7 June 2016 in Benin City, aged 54. ClubNew Nigeria Bank FC West African Club Championship: 1983, 1984Stade d'Abidjan Coupe Houphoet Boigny: 1985, 1986Africa Sports Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division: 1986 Côte d'Ivoire Coupe: 1986Anderlecht Belgian Cup: 1988, 1989 Jupiler League: 1991InternationalNigeria Africa Cup of Nations: 1994 InternationalNigeria Africa Cup of Nations: 2013 Confederations of African Football – African Coach of the Year 2013 On what would have been his 56th birthday if he were