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one day Freddy Adu will be playing for the US Team and he was not born here either.

Freddy Adu has said he's seriously considering playing for Ghana rather then the USofA.

He can't, as he has already played for the US in a World Cup qualifying match. Muahaha ;)

On Sportsnet they said he could still opt toplay of Ghana, seeing as he never played a second for the US in the World Cup Finals.

Right, I remember him saying on PTI that he would play for the US or Ghana. I do think that Ghana is on the rise in terms of international soccer, and how they made it to the round of 16, unlike the US. So maybe Freddy would be more inclined to play for Ghana since they had a better World Cup than the US.

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one day Freddy Adu will be playing for the US Team and he was not born here either.

Freddy Adu has said he's seriously considering playing for Ghana rather then the USofA.

He can't, as he has already played for the US in a World Cup qualifying match. Muahaha ;)

Man, FIFA changed the rules (again!). If you when young played for a country in teams sub 15, sub 17 or sub 20 but never the top national team and later the other country invites you for its top national team, you can accept to play for it.

If Abu had played for USA sub 17 and later would play for Ghana's major national team, he can do it. But... he can't back to any USA team.

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anyway....france beat portugal.....1-0.......i liked at the end when ricardo went up for portugal for the corner kicks.....very intense for the last couple of minutes...

yeag, they only won by a goal kick. real intense matchup. but the Italy vs. France one is one im looking foward to see. it should be real good

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Only 3 of the French players were born outside of France, and the latest anyone of them came to France was the age of 14.  And what do you mean pure metropolitan descent?  The US team is made up of all non-natives, same with Brazil, Australia too, I could go on and on.

Brazil and Australia are states founded by sons of immigrants, not natives like the original aboriginals. Same thing with the USA.

Thats rediculous, I see where you were going with that

But by that logic I, along with a majority of America could then each play for a handfull of European teams

If your born within the geographical boundaries of a nation, you are a full-fledge citizen of that country. No loop holes or anything. :rolleyes:

ANYWAY BACK TO THE ACTUAL SOCCER TALK

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one day Freddy Adu will be playing for the US Team and he was not born here either.

Freddy Adu has said he's seriously considering playing for Ghana rather then the USofA.

He can't, as he has already played for the US in a World Cup qualifying match. Muahaha ;)

On Sportsnet they said he could still opt toplay of Ghana, seeing as he never played a second for the US in the World Cup Finals.

Right, I remember him saying on PTI that he would play for the US or Ghana. I do think that Ghana is on the rise in terms of international soccer, and how they made it to the round of 16, unlike the US. So maybe Freddy would be more inclined to play for Ghana since they had a better World Cup than the US.

Well, there's something else to it as well...

Adu & Bruce Arena didn't see eye to eye on a bunch of things, which kinda brought the whole "I could play for Ghana" thing into play.

However, seeing Arena's probably on his way out, I think there's a chance Adu will be playin for the US in 2010...

Besides, he's only 17 for cripes sake...very very very rare to see someone that young on a team (and even still, it's even rarer for them to play....how many minutes did Theo Walcott play for England in this World Cup? Thought so...)

Anyways, getting back to players being able to play for multiple nationalities, it's not that uncommon...

Examples:

--Owen Hargreaves (stalwart in England's midfield, born in Canada)

--Deco (Portuguese striker, originally from Brazil)

--Alex (Brazilian born, but naturalized Japanese citizen)

--Joao Ricardo & Figureido (Portuguese citizens, but both chose to play for the place they were born...Angola (as in they were born there when it was still a colony of Portugal, but left after indepenence in 1975).)

--Miro Klose & Lukas Podolski (German stars, but both born in Poland)

Heck, a good chunk of Australia's roster could have played for Croatia and vice versa.

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anyway....france beat portugal.....1-0.......i liked at the end when ricardo went up for portugal for the corner kicks.....very intense for the last couple of minutes...

yeag, they only won by a goal kick. real intense matchup. but the Italy vs. France one is one im looking foward to see. it should be real good

Wow what an achievement! I watched the game and didn't see it. Wow Barthez has quite a foot.

Just givin' you a hard time. I know what you meant. :P

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Man, FIFA changed the rules (again!). If you when young played for a country in teams sub 15, sub 17 or sub 20 but never the top national team and later the other country invites you for its top national team, you can accept to play for it.

If Abu had played for USA sub 17 and later would play for Ghana's major national team, he can do it. But... he can't back to any USA team.

...which differs from the IIHF completely. Generally, as soon as you're on a national roster, you're stuck with that country unless you do some real negotiating, like Evgeny Nabokov, who was finally allowed to play for Russia after he played for Kazhakstan in a single U-18 tourney. All of these federations need to get onboard for a single standard. It hurts the mind. :)

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one day Freddy Adu will be playing for the US Team and he was not born here either.

Freddy Adu has said he's seriously considering playing for Ghana rather then the USofA.

He can't, as he has already played for the US in a World Cup qualifying match. Muahaha ;)

On Sportsnet they said he could still opt toplay of Ghana, seeing as he never played a second for the US in the World Cup Finals.

Right, I remember him saying on PTI that he would play for the US or Ghana. I do think that Ghana is on the rise in terms of international soccer, and how they made it to the round of 16, unlike the US. So maybe Freddy would be more inclined to play for Ghana since they had a better World Cup than the US.

Just a response to your comment about Ghana being on the rise; I think all African natioins are making huge strides in soccer. There were no blowouts this year (unless you count Serbia-Montenegro being beat 6-0 by the Argentines) and all teams were competitive. Even Togo with all the fiasco around their money issues lost by no more than 2 (against the now finalists France). We all know what Ghana did eliminating the States and the very good Czech team.

Ghana, Ivory Coast (very nice win in their last game) and Senegal (a team not even in this tourney) all have (I believe) real shots at competiting in 2010.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that an African nation will be in the Finals in South Africa during the first ever World Cup held on the African continent!

PS Go Italy!

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I'll tell you what. You could be right (though that would be one heck of a cinderella story) but unless South Africa's national team improves like 5000% I don't see it being them. Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana...perhaps. SA? No way.

BTW...what's this I hear about Shakka Hislop signing with FC Dallas? Moving from the EPL to the MLS?! What's next? Dean Ashton signing with Columbus?

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anyone else who watched it on ESPN notice how biased the commentators were.....they complimented Germany on EVERYTHING and criticized the Italians or didnt show one compliment to them. Hm. so much for calling it down the middle. Oh well......thats why i watched the spanish channel :D

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

i noticed that and at the end the announcers looked pissed that Germany lost. Well Sucks for them ITALIA

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--Owen Hargreaves (stalwart in England's midfield, born in Canada)

And played for Wales at under 17 level

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BTW...what's this I hear about Shakka Hislop signing with FC Dallas? Moving from the EPL to the MLS?! What's next? Dean Ashton signing with Columbus?

Dean Ashton's a whiny bitch. He doesn't deserve to wear any sort of yellow. :P

But, yeah, that seems odd, moving from West Ham to FC Dallas. I didn't think the Hoops were particularly desperate for keepers, not in the Columbus sense at least.

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Anyways, getting back to players being able to play for multiple nationalities, it's not that uncommon...

Examples:

--Owen Hargreaves (stalwart in England's midfield, born in Canada)

--Deco (Portuguese striker, originally from Brazil)

--Alex (Brazilian born, but naturalized Japanese citizen)

--Joao Ricardo & Figureido (Portuguese citizens, but both chose to play for the place they were born...Angola (as in they were born there when it was still a colony of Portugal, but left after indepenence in 1975).)

--Miro Klose & Lukas Podolski (German stars, but both born in Poland)

Heck, a good chunk of Australia's roster could have played for Croatia and vice versa.

Add them to Olivier Neuville from Germany. He's a compatriot of mine, a Swiss born.

Being Neuville a Frenchspoken Swiss (like me) playing for the Germans is like a kind of treason.

Now, the World Cup final match will have 5 Argentineans! An Italian (Camoranesi, born in Argentina), a French (Trezeguet, born in France from an Argentinean father but with French grandparents), the referee and linesmen.

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i hope germany wins 5-nil over the diving portuguese and christinio "i have sand in my vagina" ronaldo today :P

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Go France! Beat those diving Italians!!!

Hell yes! :cursing:

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Go France! Beat those diving Italians!!!

Hell yes! :cursing:

HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!

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I dont want the two faced backstabbing French to win Go Italia

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I dont want the two faced backstabbing French to win Go Italia

s0 you'd rather have a diving team full if :censored:ing cheaters and match fixers win then, tank? wouldnt suprise me.....

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Well Im also Italian

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I dont want the two faced backstabbing French to win Go Italia

AMEN

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