Manchester United hosts Newcastle United on Monday as both teams kick off their 2010-2011 campaigns. Kick off is at 3:00 PM EST at Old Trafford. After finishing second to Chelsea by only one point last season, the Red Devils are once again a favorite for the championship. Wayne Rooney will be looking to build off of the best season of his career, and the Newcastle defense does not have enough to prevent Rooney from picking up where he left off at the end of last season. Along with returning most of the first team from 2009-2010, Manchester will also depend on several strong off-season acquisitions. In addition to the already established offense, the addition of young players like Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez will improve what was already one of the most devastating attacks in the Premiership.
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South Korea gave Uruguay a tough fight, but the South Americans prevailed in the end. Luis Suarez continued his great run at the World Cup and scored twice to give Uruguay the win. He scored an amazing goal in the 80th minute to put the Uruguayan side up 2-1. Uruguay’s strong defense gave up its first goal, but prevented any further damage.
Soccer is the ultimate team sport. Every player on the field has a specific set of tasks, and if they fail to do them properly then their team is going to suffer. The game is so low scoring that mistakes can be massive, and players need to work together. That being said, there are some players who are more important to their success than others. In football terms, it doesn’t really matter how the rest of the offense plays if the quarterback throws five interceptions. Here’s a look at the five most important players at this year’s World Cup. Their play could be the difference between success and failure for their team: