By Dave Nevison

The hugely interesting autobiography punter and having a bet pundit Dave Nevison. a well-known, revered and well known determine either at the racecourse and on tv, Nevison is that rarest, so much envied of racing characters - a really winning gambler.

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This came in a World Cup qualifier four and half years earlier to the day. The opposition (yes you have guessed it) Trinidad and Tobago, the goalkeeper, the same Maurice who was to wander just a little too far off his line as Caliguiri swung his left foot that day. Let no one doubt the soccer gods! com - licensed to University of California, Los Angeles - Biol Chem - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-14 You’re Playing the World Cup Where? Star-Spangled Soccer that clearly highlighted just how unprepared and naïve the US National Team were to the scale and intensity of “big time” international soccer.

Americans love the Globetrotters, but do not treat them seriously or lose sleep when they lose (which of course they never do) and they also love the circus but would not follow one abroad to watch it. For soccer to gain meaning and importance it had to distinguish itself as more than just a touring sideshow – it needed identity, it needed structure, it needed meaning and it needed people to care if it lost, go crazy if it won and understand if it gained a hard fought and valuable draw. Off the field, it also needed a clear identity and marketing position.

The World Cup had to gain importance and relevance in the minds of America or risk an embarrassing failure in 1994. I attended the Soviet game in my capacity as Publisher of Soccer International Magazine and was horrified at the post-game reception to see the USA team turn up in jeans and sneakers in a show of disrespect and unprofessional behavior that could not have gone unnoticed. com - licensed to University of California, Los Angeles - Biol Chem - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-14 Selling Soccer!

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