It has long come as a mystery to soccer fans: how can India, with a population of 1.2 billion and a burgeoning passion for football, be languishing at 162nd in the world rankings below Madagascar and Nepal?
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho, is World Soccer's Player of the Decade. Based on the votes cast by readers in the 10 annual votes between 2000 and '09, the Brazilian -- who was our World Player of the Year in '04 and '05 -- is the outstanding performer of the past 10 years.
If it's international-tournament time, that means Spain is officially on red alert. For all of the quality players and international prestige Spain has earned over the years, its national team still can't win when it counts. Its best finish at the World Cup was way back in 1950, when La Furia Roja finished fourth.
When Real Madrid hired Fabio Capello last summer, it was looking for a "sure thing" -- a big-name coach who would cut through the B.S., tame the Galácticos (or what was left of them) and deliver some kind of silverware. Any kind.