Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA approves goal-line technology, Cuba upsets Canada U-20s, and more

Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA approves goal-line technology, Cuba upsets Canada U-20s, and more

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Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA approves goal-line technology, Cuba upsets Canada U-20s, and more

By IVES GALARCEP

The days of goal-line controversies could be coming to an end after FIFA approved the use of goal-line technology ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA made the decision on Tuesday, clearing the way for goal-line technology to be used in the 2013 Confederations Cup and then the World Cup.

As many as four different companies are expected to make bids for the contract to design and implement the technology, which will be expected to be able identify when a ball has gone completely over the goal line.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter cited Frank Lampard’s controversial non-goal in the 2010 World Cup (a shot that clearly bounced over the goal line before bouncing out of the net against Germany) as the impetus for FIFA finally deciding to act on a subject that has been controversial for years.

Here are some other stories to get your Tuesday going:

CUBA U-20s beat CANADA

Having already been eliminated from 2014 World Cup qualifying, Canadian soccer has set its sights on the 2018 World Cup, which makes the current Under-20 World Cup cycle an important one.

That cycle is off to a nightmare start after Cuba shocked the Canadians, 2-1, in their opening match of CONCACAF Under-20 qualifying on Monday in Mexico. Cuban forward Maykel Reyes scored both goals for the Cubans, while Canadian substitute Stefan Vukovic scored a 90th minute goal to give the Canadians some hope. That’s has close as Canada would come though.

The loss means Canada will likely need to defeat Nicaragua on Friday to ensure a place in the quarterfinal round. Canada could qualify with a draw if Nicaragua loses to Cuba on Wednesday, either 1-0 or by multiple goals. A Nicaragua win or tie vs. Cuba would mean Canada would need a victory on Friday to advance.

ROMA SET TO MAKE MANCINI BIG OFFER

Roberto Mancini’s season with Manchester City has been disappointing to say the least. A group stage exit from the UEFA Champions League (and a last-place finish at that) coupled with a failed run at a repeat of the English Premier League title has City on the verge of finishing without a trophy, which could leave Mancini unemployed.

If City does fire him, he won’t be unemployed long. Italian power AS Roma is prepared to make Mancini a big-money offer to become the team’s new manager. Roma recently fired manager Zeman after a roller-coaster season, and are now looking for a long-term replacement.

Mancini won three Serie A titles as manager of Inter Milan, and has no previous ties to Roma. In fact, he has played for, and managed, Roma arch-rival Lazio.

QUICK KICKS

Dani Alves believes Jack Wilshere would be a great fit for Barcelona. (REPORT)

Blackpool has hired former England international Paul Ince as the team’s new manager.  (REPORT)

West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium in London has hit another snag. (REPORT)

Speaking of West Ham,  legend Paolo DiCanio is being rumored as a potential replacement for Sam Allardyce, who is in the final year of his deal as Hammers boss. (REPORT)

As if the recent bogus red card to Neymar wasn’t bad enough, now Brazilian side Santos has been hit with a one-match home match ban after fans threw coins at former Santos player Paulo Ganso during a recent match against Sao Paulo. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these developments? Hoping pro leagues around the world start using goal-line technology? Surprised by Canada’s shocking U-20 qualifying loss, or have you come to expect Canadian disappointments by now? Think Mancini would be a good fit for Roma?

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