Today on the Florida Roundup, we're talking special session, soccer and Spanish.
At 1 p.m. Monday afternoon gavels will fall in the Florida House and Senate, calling to order a special session of the state Legislature. Lawmakers have only one piece of business to take care of: pass a budget before July 1 or risk a state government shutdown.
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter is speaking at the beginning of the 65th Congress of soccer's worldwide governing body. Blatter faces a re-election vote Friday, in the face of new corruption and bribery charges against senior members of FIFA.
"These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA," Blatter said. "The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this league's congress."
It was a somber opening to FIFA's meeting of international sporting bodies, an assembly that was celebrated with flag-bearers and other pageantry.
Yes, David Beckham's people are back in Miami to talk about a stadium. No, there's still no answer as to whether or not a deal is ready to be made.
Beckham's group is meeting with University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and MLS Commissioner Don Garber today to talk about another possible site for a stadium. This time they're looking at a possible partnership between Beckham's group and the University of Miami.
Almost a year has passed since retired soccer star David Beckham announced he would make Miami the home of his new team. So far, there are only rumblings concerning the franchise’s status.
In hopes of eventually settling Beckham's Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, the Miami-Dade County commission voted Tuesday on a resolution that would allow the team to negotiate with Florida International University. The school's football stadium would serve as a temporary home for the franchise.
Landon Donovan, arguably the greatest American soccer player, will be the captain of United States Men's National Team when he makes his final appearance in a friendly against Ecuador on Friday.
Donovan, who holds the U.S. men's record with 57 goals scored and announced his retirement in August, was famously left off this year's World Cup roster. His relationship with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been icy ever since.
I’m as speechless as any sports fan on this planet. Seven-to-one. That’s how badly Germany defeated – no, demolished – Brazil in the semi-finals of the soccer World Cup on Tuesday.
Granted, Brazil was without two of its best players, team captain Silva and star striker Neymar. But even so: 7-1? The Bloodbath in Belo Horizonte – at a World Cup Brazil is hosting, no less – was the worst humiliation South America’s soccer superpower has ever and probably will ever suffer.
David Beckham and his partners looking to build a Major League Soccer stadium still want to settle down with Miami-Dade County.
But while the two sides haggle over a site, the Miami Herald reports that Beckham's group may be interested in seeing someone else: Broward County. Broward officials said they expect to talk details with Beckham soon.
Beckham has no shortage of suitors. One Miami-Dade commissioner wants him to consider a Florida International University site. Florida Atlantic University in Palm Beach County has also shown interest in the team.
For six years, Little Haiti residents have been waiting for Emmanuel “Manno” Sanon Soccer Park, known as Little Haiti Soccer Park, to live up to its promise for neighborhood kids.
Many believed the $36.9 million park, built in 2008 and named after a renowned Haitian soccer player, would host a year-round youth soccer program. A newly formed youth soccer league is looking to fill that void.
The only consistent youth sports program at soccer park is a pee-wee American football team, Little Haiti Optimist.
From Chile to China, soccer fans like to think their teams reflect their national characters.
That’s a delusion, of course. These are jocks, not exchange students. But if international fútbol really is the continuation of war by other means, you at least want to believe your soccer soldiers share your values.
Which is why Uruguay – a nation whose progressive values are so often applauded these days – should follow this advice: Lose Luis.
David Beckham's stadium is yet to find a home in South Florida -- and Major League Soccer officials are kicking aside locations that aren't in downtown Miami.
MLS recently rejected the proposal to build Beckham's stadium next to Marlins Park, the former Orange Bowl site. MLS president Mark Abbott says the stadium needs to be downtown to be successful, the Miami Herald reports. But six years ago, MLS seriously considered the former Orange Bowl location.
06-/11/14 - The FIFA 2014 World Cup kicks off Thursday in Sao Paulo Brazil. Please join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when our resident soccer enthusiast, Andy Wagner speaks about the British origins of the sport in the late 1800’s and its spread across the globe to become a part of everyday life in Latin America. He visits with Joshua Nadel,
Like a flock of confused snowbirds, the English national soccer team flew into the furnace of South Florida hurricane season.
The first match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is next Thursday, between the home team, Brazil, and Croatia. No European team has ever won a World Cup hosted in Latin America. Many would point to climate as one of -- if not the -- major obstacle.
Taking no chances, England is trying to acclimatize by training in South Florida.