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A look at the latest in International Soccer:
The only thing I can say about Arsenal’s 6-1 thrashing of Everton is that Tim Howard can’t be blamed for any of the goals. If Shrek stays healthy, Shrek will score a lot of goals this season. And Man U may be slower, but will still be touch to beat. Chelsea had no big summer signings, but this is a team that has played together for a while, and should be right at the top of predictions for winning the EPL. There are three types of people in the world – those that want to see Man City fail, those that want to see Man City succeed, and those that just want to see Man City play.
This just in: Barcelona players will win every major soccer award for last season’s exploits. No one’s surprised. There are two kinds of people in this world – those that hate Real Madrid, and those that want to watch Real Madrid play. Many are counted in both categories. The biggest off-season move in Italy? Diego going to Juventus. He’s ready to shine. Is the newly-married Pato ready to carry a bigger load at Milan? That’s the question.
Ronaldo was showcasing his normal scoring touch with Corinthians until a broken hand sidelined him. Will the Phenom also get stomach surgery to keep his weight down? Two other top Brazilian strikers – Fred and Adriano – have done little to impress during their return to Brazil, for Fluminense and Flamengo respectively. Sao Paulo has won three consecutive Campeonato Brasileiro titles. And with six victories in a row, the Tricolor seem on their way for a fourth. Thus far, the addition of huge goal-scorer Washington has paid off well for Sao Paulo. Palmeiras currently is on top the leaderboard as the season nears the halfway point. If Palmeiras holds on, it will give coach Wanderley Luxemburgo his third league title with three separate teams (Santos, Cruzeiro).