Tag: International Soccer

Champions League Reactions: Semifinals, Part 2

Champions League Reactions: Semifinals, Part 2

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05/10/2018

Let me get the scores out of the way, because I want to depart from the usual formula.   Real Madrid 2-2 Bayern Munich (4-3 agg.) Ulreich messed up, and Bayern’s front three couldn’t finish. Real had no business moving on, but they’re in the final. Good for them. Roma 4-2 Liverpool (6-7 agg.) Liverpool…

The Case for Morocco to Host the 2026 World Cup

The Case for Morocco to Host the 2026 World Cup

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05/02/2018

As amazing as the Super Bowl, NCAA Tournament – Women’s if we’re being real –  and Winter Olympics were, the greatest sporting event of the year is still two months away. In June, 32 nations will face off in the World Cup for the title of the greatest international soccer team. The World Cup offers…

The Rise and Fall of CONCACAF

The Rise and Fall of CONCACAF

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09/18/2017

The start of the 21st century was good for CONCACAF. The United States made the World Cup quarterfinal in 2002, only narrowly losing to eventual runners-up Germany. In 2005, Mexico and the US reached fifth and eighth, respectively, in the FIFA rankings. And then there was 2009. At South Africa’s Confederations Cup, the United States…

USA vs Mexico Preview

USA vs Mexico Preview

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11/11/2016

College basketball may be dominating the sports world this week, but this month’s international break means the beginning of the final stage of 2018 World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF. This round is known as the Hexagonal round, given the six teams that make it up. CONCACAF couldn’t have asked for a better start than the…

A Look Back at Euro 2016: Grades for All 24 Teams

A Look Back at Euro 2016: Grades for All 24 Teams

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07/19/2016

Now that this summer’s international soccer competitions are over and the European club seasons haven’t started yet, there is a lull in the soccer world filled only by ridiculous transfer rumors. To help take your mind off of the lack of soccer, let’s look back at the recently concluded Euros and see how each team…

Euro 2016 Semifinal Recap

Euro 2016 Semifinal Recap

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07/09/2016

Two games with many similarities. Both ended 2-0, both changed drastically from half to half, and both sent teams full of hope tumbling out of the tournament. Here is a look back at the two Euro 2016 semifinal matchups, with a look ahead to Sunday’s final.   Portugal 2 – 0 Wales For the first…

Euro 2016: Quarterfinals Recap and Semifinal Preview

Euro 2016: Quarterfinals Recap and Semifinal Preview

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07/06/2016

Sadly, only three games remain in Euro 2016. Many of this tournament’s stories have already come to a close, some in disappointment, others with pride at making it so far. But four teams are still alive, hoping that their stories end with the lifting of a trophy on Sunday. Here is a recap of these…

No More Chasing Shadows

No More Chasing Shadows

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06/28/2016

Lionel Messi is, if nothing else, memorable. His Barcelona debut was marked with a well taken goal and his club career since has been nothing short of remarkable. His first hat trick was at the Santiago Bernabeu against rival Real Madrid. His Champions League header against Manchester United was part of the first full soccer…

Copa América Centenario: Final Preview

Copa América Centenario: Final Preview

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06/26/2016

It’s a rematch of the round one matchup between Argentina and Chile, but more importantly it’s the rematch of last year’s Copa América final. For Argentina, it’s their third major tournament final in as many years. For Chile, it’s their chance to defend their crown against the best team in the world. Last year’s final…

Copa América Centenario: Round Two Analysis

Copa América Centenario: Round Two Analysis

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06/11/2016

Round two is officially complete. Where the teams stand, and what they must do to survive, are clearer now. Group A   USA 4-0 Costa Rica This was much better going forward for the United States than what they showed against Colombia. Clint Dempsey looked like the player that scored in thirty seconds against Ghana,…

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