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Steve is a freelance writer, editor and translator from Washington, D.C. He was the founder of World Football Commentaries in 2006. He has written for AC Cugini Scuola Calcio (Soccer School), Football Media, Italian Soccer Serie A, International Herald Tribune 2006 World Cup Fan Blog, Keeper Skool and Soccerlens. Steve has also created three football-related sites: World Football, Italian Calcio and History of the Azzurri, and The Amoias of the Americas. Steve translated player and manager quotes from Italian and Spanish to English for Soccerlens during the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

Immortalised Ibrahimovic ready to say goodbye MLS, hello Italy?

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Sky Sports' interview with Zlatan Ibrahimovic by Alessandro Alciato on October 8, 2019. Translated from the Italian by Steve Amoia for Sportslens. The importance that...

Cristiano Ronaldo: “Juventus? As a group, it is better than Real Madrid”

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La Gazzetta dello Sport Interview with Cristiano Ronaldo by Luca Bianchin on 10 December 2018. Translated from the Italian by Steve Amoia for Sportslens. Luca...

Maradona: “Julio Grondona lied to me. Carlos Bilardo betrayed me.”

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The almost two-year management reign of Diego Armando Maradona ended swiftly on Tuesday night in Buenos Aires. Despite providing fans and enemies alike with...

Andres Iniesta: “It was an incredible job by everyone.”

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The last man to lift the World Cup trophy, Fabio Cannavaro, carried the sculpted golden figure into Soccer City. The Netherlands was on a...

David Villa: “We aren’t going to leave a drop of sweat.”

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The Netherlands will try to win the World Cup final on their third attempt. Czechoslovakia (1934 and 1962) and Hungary (1938 and 1954) are...

Sneijder: “We will take special care not to lose the ball.”

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The Dutch are known for expressing strong opinions about football or anything else. Whether it be in their native Dutch, English or in this...

Vicente Del Bosque: “The players were superb in defense and in attack.”

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La Furia Roja of Spain booked their first appearance in the World Cup final after decades of disappointment. They will face the Netherlands who...

Forlan: “What I feel more than anything is impotence.”

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Diego Forlan has been one of the brightest stars at the World Cup. The former Manchester United and Villarreal man, who now plays for...

Frank Lampard’s Denied Goal – Linesman explains his position

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Mauricio Espinosa, the referee's assistant during the England vs Germany quarterfinal match, gave an interview to Ovacion, an online portal of the El Pais...

Diego Lugano: “Uruguay is going to play one of the most important games in...

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Uruguay has arrived at the semi-final stage of the World Cup for the first time since 1970. They are the last hope of South...

Maradona: “I don’t believe that anybody is happy with this in a country that...

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The road ended abruptly for Diego Maradona and Argentina at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. The roadblock was called Germany. For the second...

Dunga: “I consider myself the first person to blame for this elimination.”

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Brazil manager, Carlos Dunga, who played for many years in the Italian Serie A, responded directly after the elimination by the Netherlands to the...

Gonzalo Higuain: “I live to score goals.”

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Gonzalo "el Pipita" Higuain is chasing history. He currently is the leading goal scorer in South Africa and hopes to emulate fellow Argentine, Mario...

Cesare Prandelli: “The Italian shirt isn’t mine or yours but belongs to everyone.”

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Cesare Prandelli was presented today in Rome as the new Italy boss after the South African embarrassment. Mr. Prandelli had been named to succeed...

Cristiano Ronaldo: “I am suffering and I have the right to suffer alone.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal side were eliminated by Spain after only conceding one goal in four matches. It is said that misery loves...

Diego Maradona: There is a method to his madness

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Diego Maradona has been the headline maker at this World Cup. From his elegant suits, to his animated gestures in the technical area, to...

Messi: “I thought that they would negate the goal by Tevez because they were...

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After the impressive victory by Argentina over Mexico in the round of 16, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez provided news conference comments...

Kobe Bryant: “I love soccer since the time I was a boy.”

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Kobe Bryant has an interesting history that many fans might not know. His father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, played professional basketball in Italy where Kobe...

Ian Blanchard: “We need to be open to anything that assists the match officials...

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Despite Germany's clinical elimination of England, we had a controversy with regards to Frank Lampard's potential equalizer in the first half. Two years ago,...

Scoring Statistics for the 2010 World Cup

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We have seen some great goals so far. David Villa of Spain, Landon Donovan of the USA and Maicon of Brazil have stood out...

Rafael Marquez: “I have the keys to shut down Messi.”

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Mexican international, Rafael Marquez, is a teammate of Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona. During an interview with Univision.com, who are broadcasting the World Cup...

Maradona: “My dream is to manage Napoli.”

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On the eve of Argentina's key elimination round match with Mexico, Diego Maradona provided his thoughts to the Milan sports daily, La Gazzetta dello...

Gattuso: “Italian football has to examine its conscience.”

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Earlier, I translated candid post-match comments by Marcello Lippi. In the aftermath of Italy's elimination from the World Cup, here are additional quotes from...

“They had terror in their legs, heads and hearts… I didn’t prepare them well.”...

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Italy became only the fourth defending champion to exit at the group round phase (Italy in 1950, Brazil in 1966, France in 2002) after...

Fabio Cannavaro: “The best is yet to come.”

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In what will be his 136th and potentially final appearance for the Azzurri, Fabio Cannavaro commented ahead of the key match with Slovakia in...

Martin Palermo: “It was as if all of the Argentineans scored the goal with...

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Martin Palermo, 36, became the oldest Argentinean player to score at the World Cup. He also became the oldest player to ever score in...

Kaka’: “Maradona’s goal was an intentional handball”

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Ricardo Kaka' was probably the last person we would expect to see red in South Africa. "They'd been talking to me about a kid in...

Maradona: “I didn’t see the referee smile after the goal against England.”

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Argentina boss, Diego Maradona, commented on recent controversies with UEFA President, Michel Platini and his long-time nemesis, Pele'. Both had questioned Maradona's management credentials...

Marcello Lippi: “New Zealand is a very physical side and closed us down well.”

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After the historic draw by New Zealand against Italy yesterday afternoon from Nelspruit, Italian boss, Marcello Lippi, had to face his critics with the...