Potential Progress Against Homophobic Chant at Mexico Soccer Games?

Today marked the first day that FIFA’s updated disciplinary code went into effect and along with it harsher punishments for discrimination on the pitch, whether it’s from supporters or players. The global federation is seeking to stamp out the ugliness of racism and homophobia that exists within the beautiful game, and one of the main targets is a certain chant that you’re bound to hear, at least a few times, if you attend a Mexico national team game or watch it on television.

When the opposing goalkeeper kicks the ball away on a goal kick, all at once in a massive chorus, Mexico fans scream at the top of their lungs: “Eeeeeehhhhhhhhhh Puuuutoooo!”

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Fire acquire Freddie Ljungberg, gearing up for 2007-esque late season surge?

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In a week where the team traded veteran midfielder Justin Mapp and unveiled new Designated Player Nery Castillo, the changes keep coming for the Chicago Fire- yesterday, the team announced the acquisition of midfielder Freddie Ljungberg from the Seattle Sounders.

Ljungberg, 33, brings with him one of the most impressive resumes in MLS. He rose to fame playing on the wing for Arsenal of the English Premier League, enjoying a legendary nine year spell for the Gunners. Ljungberg played an integral role in winning two league titles- most famously in 2003-2004, when the “Invincibles” went the entire league season without losing a match- and three FA Cups. He also scored 15 goals in a ten year career international with Sweden, captaining his country in the final two years before his international retirement in 2008. The midfielder impressed after coming to MLS last year as well, being named captain of the 2009 MLS all-star team.

by Sam Svoboda

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Mexico Blanco’s PK seals the victory over France

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France has never lost to a CONCACAF (North American, Central American and Caribbean) soccer team and Mexico is 0-11-5 against countries that have won the World Cup…until now.

Mexico showed the world that they have the talent to play with anyone, beating France 2-0. In the meantime, the curse of Zinedine Zidane continues to haunt France, as they have failed to score a goal in the World Cup since the 2006 Final.

by Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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