The Internationals

Breaking news out of Manchester has forced me to rescind on my recent promise: Manchester City are willing to help him go back to Argentina if he spends the best years of his career with them. Actually, I don’t consider that breaking news. Look at this and you’ll know why.

Spain are the favorites for the upcoming tournament. You’ve probably heard that a lot recently (almost as much as the words “Carlos Tevez”). Well, guess what. You’ll be hearing it a lot more in the next ten years. Because Spain are the favorites for the U-21 UEFA European Cup.

But where is Germany? They didn’t qualify for the eight team tournament, despite their loads  of young talent. Is it similar to England’s case of simply not caring? Here is a list of 23 and under recent  internationals for Germany. Several are under 21:

D: Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels, Holger Badstuber, Benedikt Howedes, Christian Trasch, Jerome Boateng

M: Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle, Thomas Muller, Sebastian Rudy, Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze, Lewis Holtby, Sven Bender, Marco Reus, Kevin Grosskreutz, Marko Marin

There was an amazing game yesterday in the Gold Cup with Panama stunning the U.S. 2-1. The United States was poor for 60 minutes and great for the last 30, but it wasn’t enough. Great refereeing, too. Throws the entire group into confusion. I’ll be in Kansas City’s new Livestrong Park to watch how everything turns out.

I don’t think Mexico’s suspensions hurt them that much. They should still beat every except for the U.S. How the backup goalie fares should be interesting to watch.

But the big event of the summer is undeniably the Copa America. Brazil announced their 22 man squad, while hosts Argentina and Sergio Batista have narrowed it down to 26. Full team previews as the tournament gets closer.


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