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Referees Need Steady Support, Even Against Cristiano Ronaldo

August 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Football, soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo is not above the law of soccer. Neither is his club, Real Madrid. Any player who shoves a referee deserves whatever ban he is given — in this case, five matches. The game has a serious problem with players, coaches and fans heaping verbal abuse on officials, especially the referee. And sometimes the […]

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MLS: ’28th Strongest’ Soccer League in World

August 13th, 2017 · No Comments · English Premier League, Fifa, Football, soccer, Spain

Not exactly a rousing endorsement of Major League Soccer. The data guys at the FiveThirtyEight website have come up with a batch of calculations they believe indicate the “relative strength” of soccer leagues in Europe, North America and South America. (See the rankings, about a third of the way down the page.) In simplest terms, […]

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The Agony and Ecstasy of the Arsenal Fan

August 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, soccer

Being an Arsenal fan is the worst idea in sports. Being an Arsenal fan is the greatest idea in sports. No team in the world can look so elegant, so beautiful. And no team of Arsenal’s pedigree can look as shiftless and feckless. Which is by way of introduction to the first Premier League match […]

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Neymar and Irving: 25 and Taking a Chance on Themselves

August 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Basketball, Football, soccer

The NBA has fans outside of North America, but not tons of them. So the stunning similarity of what soccer’s Neymar has done and what the NBA’s Kyrie Irving wants to do may have gone largely unnoticed in the vast realm of global sports. In short, it is this: Each is is a star, each […]

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From Bora to Caio, Wandering Soccer Coaches I Have Known

July 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Football, soccer, UAE

If it sometimes seems as if American sports tend to cycle through the same few dozen coaches … well, it’s pretty much the case. How else to explain Larry Brown, Buck Showalter, Marty Schottenheimer, et al? But international soccer coaches take it to a whole ‘nother level. Some of these guys have coached at 10, […]

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Women’s Soccer and How It Is Better Than Men’s

July 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Fifa, Football, soccer

This post was inspired by a piece that appeared in The Telegraph, a British newspaper, in 2015, during the Fifa Women’s World Cup. In it, the author came up with “11 reasons why women’s football is better than men’s” I have been watching women’s soccer for the past few weeks, and thinking about it, as […]

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Breaking Down 57 Goals for Dempsey and Donovan

July 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

Not long after Landon Donovan was pushed into giving up international soccer, by U.S. national soccer’s blundering coach Jurgen Klinsmann, I took a look at Landon’s record 57 goals for the U.S. national soccer team and broke them down by categories. That parsing of his production appeared on this blog on August 9, 2014 (along […]

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And Then a Water Polo Match Broke Out

July 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, soccer, World Cup

Things got weird in the U.S. versus El Salvador soccer match in the Gold Cup last night a game won 2-0 by the Americans. Both Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez alleged they were bitten by Salvadoran players and Altidore said he also had his nipple twisted by his biting attacker, Henry Romero. (Embedded at this […]

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Fifa’s Confederations Cup Matters Now

July 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, soccer, Spain

I remember the 2009 Confederations Cup, in South Africa, where the U.S. national team nearly won a global competition. Bob Bradley’s Yanks shocked world-No. 1, unbeaten-in-35-matches Spain 2-0 in the semifinals (go back and read that again), then faced Brazil in the championship match and led 2-0 at half … before losing 3-2. I noted, […]

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Legalized Sports Gambling: A Sucker’s Bet

June 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NBA, NFL, soccer

This depresses me — the notion of legal betting on sports in most, if not all, U.S. states. It could happen, perhaps as soon as next year. The Supreme Court this week decided to hear the state of New Jersey’s appeal on legalized sports gambling — which Jersey, always a leader in taste and good […]

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