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U.S. Soccer: Happy Days Are Here Again!

March 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Landon Donovan, Russia 2018, World Cup

Wow. It feels like the American soccer world emerged, in a span of 24 hours, from a dark and forlorn place and back onto the light and airy part of the global stage. A changing of the guard even as a veteran was back in the coaching box. … The goal-laden return of Clint Dempsey. […]

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World Cup Qualifiers: A Sinking Feeling, Twice

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Olympics, Russia 2018, soccer, The National, UAE, World Cup

I follow two national soccer teams, the United States and the UAE. Both play twice in the coming week in crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers. I don’t feel good about either national team’s chances. For reasons that apply to both — key injuries, the pressure to produce results and competent opponents. First, the U.S.

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Fear of Relegation Prompts Midseason Ouster of Champion Coach

February 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · English Premier League, Fifa, Football, soccer

The financial ramifications of failure in England’s Premier League are the most dramatic in sports. The difference between income inside the league … versus income outside it for the three clubs who will be relegated in May … appears to be something north of 400 million pounds. Maybe around half a billion. Per club, per […]

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World Cup Expansion: Following the Money

January 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, soccer, World Cup

And you thought it was difficult to keep track of 32 World Cup teams … Starting with the 2026 tournament, Fifa will give Planet Soccer 48 national teams for its quadrennial event. If it seems like overkill, it is. Nearly one in four of Fifa’s 209 members will be at the 2026 World Cup, which […]

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Time for Klinsmann to Go

November 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

It’s time. Jurgen Klinsmann must go. He now is inflicting real damage on the U.S. national soccer team. The U.S. Soccer Federation really has only One Job that fans insist it complete: Qualification for the Fifa World Cup. A limp and lifeless U.S. team was crushed 4-0 in Costa Rica tonight. The U.S. has lost […]

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Key Date for U.S. and UAE World Cup Qualifying

November 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Fifa, Football, Italy, soccer, UAE, World Cup

I follow two national soccer teams. The U.S., of course, but also the UAE, after working six years in Abu Dhabi. Both teams have key matches in 2018 World Cup qualifying tomorrow. The Yanks play at Costa Rico, trying to avoid a second defeat to open Concacaf qualifying, following the 2-1 home loss to Mexico. […]

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When World Cup Dreams Begin to Fade

October 11th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Fifa, Football, soccer, UAE, World Cup

Aside, perhaps, from the return of oil to $100 a barrel, the United Arab Emirates would like nothing more than to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The UAE played in the 1990 World Cup, a remarkable achievement at the time, given the country had not existed 20 years earlier. But they have not been […]

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Syria 1, China 0 … and How Is This Possible?

October 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, soccer, World Cup

That was the result this week of an Asian Football Confederation third-round qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup. Mahmoud Al Mawas scored in the 54th minute to give Syria the one-goal victory before 37,000 at Shaanxi Province Stadium in China. The match is unlikely to have a bearing on which four or five Asian […]

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48-Team World Cup? Crazy Talk from Sepp’s Successor

October 4th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Fifa, Football, soccer, World Cup

Gianni Infantino, who grew up one Swiss town away from his infamous predecessor as Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, seems to be equally prone to silly or unworkable ideas. (We can only hope he does not prove as venal.) Infantino campaigned for the presidency earlier this year on a platform that called for the World Cup […]

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The UAE and Russia 2018

September 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Fifa, Football, London 2012, soccer, The National, UAE

Only one sport really matters among the citizens of the United Arab Emirates. And, actually, it is a subset of one sport. The men’s national soccer team. Not necessarily the domestic soccer league those guys play in; Emirati fans are far more interested in club soccer in other countries, particularly in England and Spain. No, […]

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