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Sorting the World Cup Best from the Rest

November 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, France, Russia 2018, World Cup

The 32 teams are set. Last nation into the tournament was Peru, with a 2-0 aggregate victory over New Zealand in the inter-confederation playoffs. Here are the nations that will participate in Russia 2018 — 31 of them, with the host Russia making it 32. Let’s break these down into contenders, long shots, also-rans and […]

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Putting the ‘World’ into World Cup Qualifying

November 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

If you think about it, not much pertaining to the 2018 Russia World Cup has been of a global nature, so far. In qualifying competition, European nations played nations from the European confederation. Asian nations played other Asian nations. And so on. The 2018 World Cup has been a regional event, to date. That changed […]

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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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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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U.S., Syria Salvage Late Qualifying Draws

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

The United States and Syria and their national soccer teams. Concepts never before found in the same paragraph, on this blog. Each hoped today for a victory. Each would be crushed by a defeat. Each will settle for draws, late in the making, draws that keep each team on a road to the Russia 2018 […]

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Iran and Syria, Russia 2018 and a Fix Risk

September 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

We like to think sports are above and beyond politics. We know that is not true, has never been true and never will be true. Political imperatives often threaten fair and free sports events, and anti-competitive forces tomorrow have one of the greatest opportunities in modern times to take the narrative in a pre-ordained direction. […]

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