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Uefa Champions League Final: The World’s Super Bowl?

June 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Champions League, NFL

Many Americans seem to think the NFL’s Super Bowl is the world’s most-watched sports event. To be sure, 114 million television viewers, thereabouts, is a big crowd. But the Uefa (European) Champions League final easily wins the “most viewers” statistic with what has been around 380 million watchers, in recent years. Tonight’s final pits soccer […]

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The Deeply Compromised ‘Epic’ Barcelona Comeback

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Champions League, Football, soccer

Isn’t it grand when someone writes a piece taking a position you wholeheartedly endorse? Especially when you begin to wonder if you are the only one who feels that way? That is what happened today when a staffer at The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, published a commentary pointing out the “dark arts” (that is, […]

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End of Line for Arsenal’s Wenger?

February 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Arsenal, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, soccer

This has been an oft-revisited topic over the past five or six years. Has Arsene Wenger, on the job since 1996, stayed on too long as coach of English Premier League side Arsenal? Increasingly, the answers have come back, from fans and pundits, “Yes. It is time for Wenger to go.” The criticism of his […]

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U.S. World Cup Qualifying Exit: Worth It if Klinsmann Is Fired?

March 25th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Champions League, Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

The United States plays in the soccer world’s cupcake federation. Concacaf, the North and Central American and Caribbean federation, is guaranteed three berths in the World Cup, and the Americans should earn one of those three berths Every Single Time. After Mexico, the only Concacaf side that can be anticipated to be reasonably competitive is […]

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Soccer Diplomacy Fails Saudi and Iranian Clubs

March 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Champions League, Dubai, Football, soccer

Just the other day I was thinking about how remarkable it is that nation states that don’t like each other often manage to go on playing soccer matches. I was thinking in particular of the Asian Champions League, which this year has three groups that include clubs from both Saudi Arabia and Iran — which […]

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Arsenal Angst, as Always

March 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · Arsenal, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, soccer

I am a semi-serious Arsenal fan, over these past six years, and the club drives me crazy. I can only wonder how it feels for those who have been cheering on — and wincing at — the club since said fans were in diapers. Arsenal, would-be contenders for the Premier League championship nobody seems to […]

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A Champions League Convert

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, Barcelona, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, Italy, Paris, Rome, soccer, Spain, The National, UAE

After six years on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean, I can safely identify two additions to Sports Competitions I Follow. The English Premier League … which is a subdivision of the ultra elite European Champions League. This is where the world’s most famous sports teams come to play because, really, we must concede […]

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Paris Saint-Germain Apparently Not Germane to Parisians

November 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Champions League, Football, France, Paris, soccer

In recent years, Paris Saint-Germain by some distance has become the most formidable soccer club in France. And now it has aspirations to win a first European continental club title. Paris, then, ought to have been in a froth tonight, as PSG played at 10-time-European champion Real Madrid, with the winner all but guaranteed a […]

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The ‘Special One’ Melts Down

October 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Champions League, English Premier League, Football, soccer

Jose Mourinho. Probably hasn’t forced his way into the American consciousness yet, but he is probably the most famous/infamous coach in world soccer. He may well be brilliant. On arrival at Chelsea in 2004, he told English media that as a coach he was a “special one” — and the nickname has followed him around […]

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Broadening the Champions League Footprint

September 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Champions League, Football, NFL, soccer, The National, UAE

The European Champions League is a very big deal in most of the world. Especially once we get down to the group stage, which boasts 32 of the best club teams in Europe — which generally means 32 of the best teams in the world. We at The National hold deadline an additional 90 minutes, […]

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