Pietro Bartoli

The State of African Soccer

The State of African Soccer

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02/11/2015

There is little debate that the World Cup is the world’s premier soccer event. Some might argue that the Champions League, especially the final, takes precedence, but that happens every year, and is strictly European. The World Cup is, as the name suggests, global and only takes place every 4 years.  Our alliances are, for…

Serie A Transfer Window Roundup

Serie A Transfer Window Roundup

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02/04/2015

The winter transfer season has now officially come and gone, and the focus of this piece is on Serie A, Italy’s top flight, where many intriguing transfers are likely to shake up the rest of the league season. Juventus made few moves in their attempts to strengthen their hold as they hurtle towards a fourth…

Four Reasons Why Super Bowl XLIX Won’t Disappoint

Four Reasons Why Super Bowl XLIX Won’t Disappoint

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01/21/2015

When the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots reported to training camp in the last week of July 2014, each had high hopes for the 2014-15 NFL season. The 2013-14 Patriots, after capturing the #2 seed in the AFC for the second consecutive season, fell to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the AFC…

The African Cup of Nations’ Ebola Problem

The African Cup of Nations’ Ebola Problem

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11/19/2014

Due to fears of the spread of Ebola, Morocco has refused to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations, asking that the tournament be postponed to 2017.  In response, the Confederation of African Football has decided to expel Morocco from the tournament as a whole and now faces the question of finding a new host,…

Champions League: Who’s Hot/Not

Champions League: Who’s Hot/Not

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10/23/2014

The second bunch of the Champions League groups have now played half their matches. We take this moment to examine who’s hot and who’s not, taking into account both the teams’ current standing in the group as well as its form. Group E Hot: Bayern Munich Fresh off a 7-1 win away at Roma, Munich…

Politics and Soccer Collide as Drone Flies Over Game

Politics and Soccer Collide as Drone Flies Over Game

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10/16/2014

On Tuesday, during a European 2016 Championship qualifying match between Serbia and Albania, a small drone flew over the pitch carrying a low-hanging flag that depicted an image promoting the idea of Greater Albania.  The match, played in Belgrade, Serbia, had to be abandoned soon after the flag’s appearance in the 43rd minute.  Much of…

Raising the Specter of Corruption in Serie A

Raising the Specter of Corruption in Serie A

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10/08/2014

I am writing this because I am bitter. I am bitter about a league that has been diminished by corruption.  I am bitter about the blatant disparity with which teams in Serie A are treated, specifically the exceptional favoritism shown to Juventus.  There is a reason they are not-so-affectionately referred to as ‘Rubentus’ (rubare meaning…

Champions League Preview: Groups E-H

Champions League Preview: Groups E-H

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09/11/2014

Today, we continue with the next and last four groups of the Champions League draw.  Group play starts next week, with all teams playing their first game between Tuesday and Wednesday.  All group play will end by December 15, when the Round of 16 draw will take place. With that in mind, let’s see who…

Champions League Preview: Groups A-D

Champions League Preview: Groups A-D

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09/04/2014

On August 28th in Monaco, the representatives of 32 teams from across Europe joined to witness the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League Draw.  For those who don’t know, the Champions League pits the top teams from across Europe’s top leagues against each other in a season-long tournament.  The 32 are divided in 4 pots of 8….

The National League: A Month To Go

The National League: A Month To Go

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08/28/2014

While the NL only has one divisional race closer than five games, the wild card spots are so up for grabs that the Marlins, I repeat, the Marlins, are in the hunt with a record of 65-67.  Although we all know it ain’t over til it’s over, let’s take a look at the current state…

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