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Chicharito’s likelier to have learned about bicycle kicks from Hugo Sanchez than from Rooney October 12, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in International soccer, Soccer in the Americas.
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Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez is often erroneously credited with inventing the bicycle kick.

Yahoo blogger Ryan Bailey suggests Chicharito Hernandez learned to perform the bicycle kick from teammate Wayne Rooney, who scored from one against Liverpool last season.

But Hernandez has a countryman so closely associated with the move that people often mistakenly claim he invented it: the great Real Madrid striker Hugo Sanchez. In fact, below is an example of his work from a game against Athletic Bilbao that is almost identical to Hernandez’s top-corner effort in the video Bailey is blogging about:

South Africa 0-3 Uruguay: Home team effectively eliminated June 16, 2010

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in World Cup 2010.
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Well, that sucks, huh?

In theory, the hosts aren’t eliminated. They could still hope that France and Uruguay both beat Mexico, and then they beat France by more than four goals.

It’s not going to happen, even with how terrible France is. In fact, that might go against them: If Mexico beats France, then El Tri will go into the final game needing only a draw to advance — just like Uruguay. History suggests that, in situations where two culturally similar countries can eliminate rivals with a mutually beneficial draw, it happens.

Where does this leave the World Cup? Man, it’s not mine to say. Poorer for the experience, I guess.