Articles tagged: soccer


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The Rise of the Chinese Super League

Fredy Montero joined Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda on February 6 for €5 million. Montero, the all-time leading goal scorer for Seattle Sounders FC, left Sporting CP, boyhood club... Read more

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The Rise of Leicester City

In a Premier League season overflowing with interesting storylines, one the most intriguing must be Leicester City’s meteoric rise to the top of the table. Throughout the first half of... Read more

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Premier League Coaching Carousel

The Premier League coaching carousel is in full swing now, with five managers already sacked and a few more seemingly days away. Don’t tell them we’re only 60% of the... Read more

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Arsenal: The Beautiful, Crazy Girl Next Door

This past Sunday,  the beautiful girl you’ve been pursuing for the past few years finally attended that dance with you. This past Sunday, the girl decided to finally open up... Read more

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MLS: Professional Soccer’s Retirement Home

Today, Major League Soccer is well infused with better known players who played for most of their soccer careers in Europe before deciding to make the move to the USA.... Read more

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Living in Fear: Why FIFA Has Been Corrupt for Too Long

Last week, Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings on FIFA President Sepp Blatter, charging him with misappropriation and criminal mismanagement. This is just the most recent instance of a FIFA official... Read more

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Soccer Politics: Klinsmann, Controversy and Culture

Jurgen Klinsmann has been a controversial figure for U.S. Soccer ever since he was first appointed manager of the United States Men’s National Team in 2011. His background and credentials... Read more

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What’s a Lewandowski?

Imagine if Marshawn Lynch had a five touchdown game– and recorded each score within a single quarter– against the Green Bay Packers. ESPN would light up like it was Christmas, Pete... Read more

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My Plea to Jurgen Klinsmann: Play Lee Nguyen

The United States Men’s National Soccer team’s winner-takes-all playoff match with Mexico on October 10th for a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup is quickly approaching. The Confederations Cup is... Read more

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The Inevitable Rise of the MLS

Things are changing for professional soccer in the United States. Earlier this year, Orlando City SC and NYCFC squared off in front of a crowd of 62,538 screaming fans. Both... Read more

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The What, Where, How and When of the UEFA Champions League 2015-16

It feels like it has been years since FC Barcelona lifted the trophy in Berlin to claim victory after beating Juventus 3-1 in the Champions League final of 2015. In... Read more

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FC Porto’s Smart Business Plan

Not many soccer fanatics expected the seemingly undefeatable Bayern Munich to be on the losing side of club competition anytime soon, especially to exit as early as the quarterfinals of... Read more

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A Glance at the Premier League

This is a great week for soccer in DC. DC United host LA Galaxy in their second home game, and Messi and Co. play El Salvador in a friendly at... Read more

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Replacing a Legend

One of the more impossible acts in football is the task of replacing a club legend. This is the exact task all Arsenal strikers had to face once Thierry Henry... Read more

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The Cost(a) of Winning

“Mourinho’s teams will always be respected but they’ll never be loved.” This was Jamie Carragher’s assessment of Chelsea following their Champions League match with Paris Saint Germain. This comment attacks... Read more

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The End of Spanish Duality?

In the past 20 seasons of Spanish La Liga football, there were only five seasons where a team other than Real Madrid and Barcelona had won the title. As such,... Read more

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Four Thoughts from the Premier League

The League returned this past weekend after a break for cup ties. Some great games yielded some great results. Here are some important takeaways. The Resurgence of Liverpool? Liverpool has... Read more

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Politics of the Pitch: Racism in Football

“We are all monkeys.” This phrase was famously repeated among many football stars following an incident that occurred on April 27, 2014. It was a La Liga match between title... Read more

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This Week in Premier League Action

Last week we took a break to watch some FA Cup action. This weekend, the Premier League returns, with some important matches in the relegation battle and the fight for... Read more

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Premier League Midseason(ish) Grades: Part 2

A few weeks ago, I analyzed each of the teams the bottom half of the Premier League and graded each club’s performance in league play so far this season. Admittedly, we are currently... Read more