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Today’s List: Ten Thoughts on U.S./World Cup

October 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Lists, Russia 2018, soccer, Sports Journalism, World Cup

It’s time for a list. A lot of information and opinions banging around out there about the U.S. loss at Trinidad and Tobago, and subsequent failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Let’s see if we can pick out a few of the most interesting notions — and maybe introduce a few new ones.

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Populous Countries and Their World Cup Soccer Woes

October 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

China is the world’s most populous nation, with 1.38 billion people. India is second, at 1.28 billion. The U.S. is third, at 325 million. Indonesia is fourth, at 260 million. Further down the list, Pakistan is No. 6 with 203 million and Bangladesh is No. 8 with 158 million. Q: And what do those six […]

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U.S. Soccer: A Deep Disappointment, Not a Disaster

October 10th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Football, France, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

OK, we can stop whining. A couple of hours of cursing and gnashing of teeth is understandable, but after that … time to move on. Weird things happened tonight and the U.S. national team is out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986. A 2-1 defeat at Trinidad & Tobago; Honduras and […]

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A Little Help, Please?

October 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Brazil 2014, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

That’s what you say when the ball gets away and rolls into another court, in tennis or basketball. “A little help, please?” A request, not a demand. Which is what the U.S. national soccer team is asking of Mexico and Costa Rica. “A little help, please?”

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Srecko Katanec: A Big Deal in Slovenia

October 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, soccer, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE, World Cup

As the ultimate international sport, one might expect soccer would offer all sorts of odd and interesting connections. This guy played for that guy, and later became coach of this team that I covered … It really is rather amazing, in a sort of “three degrees of separation” way. And I have noticed a few […]

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U.S. Soccer: Greatest Challenge Since 1990

October 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

The U.S. national soccer team has played in the past seven World Cups and qualified for six of them. The Yanks hosted the 1994 World Cup and did not have to qualify. From the outside, it looks like light work. A massive country of 300 million people needs only to finish in the top three […]

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Time to Fret Over the U.S. National Team?

October 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

You bet. Start worrying now, if you are not already doing so. Only four days till the U.S. national team plays host to Panama, only eight days until an away game with Trinidad & Tobago, as Concacaf hexagonal qualifying for the 2018 World Cup concludes. At stake, the U.S. streak of seven consecutive World Cup […]

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Catalonia, FC Barcelona and Football Chaos

October 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, English Premier League, Football, France, Italy, soccer, Spain, Sports Journalism, UAE, World Cup

Catalonia took another step on the road to sovereign status in a referendum today. And, as we typically do in reflecting the world of sports, we make it about us. To wit: “If  Catalonia leaves Spain … what does this mean for FC Barcelona and the Spanish league and the Spanish national team?” The short […]

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Press Credentials from a Simpler Time

September 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Golf, Sports Journalism, Tennis, The Sun, World Cup

For all I know, journalists covering major sports events these days have an ID chip in their arms. Nobody gets into the media areas unless the sensor picks up your biometric data. At minimum, credentials for an Olympics or World Cup  or French Open, over the past decade or two, have featured increasingly sophisticated and […]

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Pressure on Playing Fields Can Be Mind-Bending

September 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Champions League, Football, soccer, Sports Journalism

We cannot know what it is like, at the remove that is the TV in your living room. Radio can convey some of the noise but little of the energy. Even inside the stadium, the nervous tension does not always register up into the seats. To gauge the real impact of a big and painfully […]

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