Articles tagged: International Soccer


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The World XI 2010-2019

The last decade has seen no shortage of spectacular moments in world football.  Andres Iniesta’s goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup Final kicked off the decade with one... Read more

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Champions League Reactions: The Final

I’m writing this because I really had to sit here for two days trying to figure out what to say. So, here goes nothing. Tottenham Hotspur FC 0-2 Liverpool FC... Read more

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Champions League Reactions: Semifinal Second Leg

Wow, what a week. Liverpool FC 4-0 FC Barcelona (4-3 agg.) You know what at this point I’m just going to do player ratings because I don’t think I can... Read more

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Champions League Reactions: Matchday 4

Here we go. Some teams have locked up slots in the knockout stages and others are on the ropes. The minnows also packed some punches on an intriguing Matchday, so... Read more

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Women’s World Cup Qualifying Leaves Something to be Desired

This summer, the eighth Women’s World Cup will be held in France, and the sport will once again come out of the shadows. This cycle has been a little bit... Read more

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Champions League Reactions: Matchday 2

As the groups begin to take shape, about half of my Matchday 1 reactions seem very foolish now. I’ll still try again for Matchday 2, which at first glance seems... Read more

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Arsenal fans should relax, for now

Arsenal never lost its opening two matches of the Premier League under Arsene Wenger. Yet at the end of Matchday 2 in England’s top flight, former PSG manager Unai Emery... Read more

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Champions League Reactions: Semifinals, Part 2

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... Read more

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The Case for Morocco to Host the 2026 World Cup

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... Read more

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The Rise and Fall of CONCACAF

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... Read more

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USA vs Mexico Preview

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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Euro 2016 Semifinal Recap

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... Read more

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Euro 2016: Quarterfinals Recap and Semifinal Preview

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.... Read more

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No More Chasing Shadows

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... Read more

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Copa América Centenario: Final Preview

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... Read more

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Copa América Centenario: Round Two Analysis

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... Read more

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Copa América Centenario: Round One Analysis

With the first round of this expanded, special-edition Copa América finished, it’s time to take a look at where the teams stand and how well they did. Group A USA... Read more

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The Overlooked Quality of the Bundesliga

Once it becomes clear that I am a Bundesliga fan, I am very often subjected to ridicule. One of the main arguments that I hear against Germany’s first division soccer... Read more

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The State of African Soccer

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... Read more