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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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Is the Future of U.S. Women’s Soccer … in Europe?

February 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, soccer, World Cup

U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, twice the Fifa women’s world player of the year, said this week she will spend three months this year playing for Manchester City of England’s Women’s Super League. This is the same Manchester City organization that has been competing for championships on the men’s side, in England, for the past half-dozen […]

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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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The English Premier League and Serious Fans

February 13th, 2017 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, NFL, soccer

I take a few long looks at the crowd whenever I watch an English Premier League soccer match. I am always impressed at what appears to be a person sitting in every seat. At every match. For every minute of every match. No matter the weather. In the winter, the fans stand out a bit […]

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Ah, the ‘Go to Hospital, See a Match’ Scam

February 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, UAE, World Cup

Great story out of Italy. FC Crotone, a small club from the south of Italy, qualified to play in the top-flight Seria A this season — a first for the team from the ancient city in the deep south of the country. As one might imagine, the local fans of calcio were quite excited, for […]

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Landon Donovan May Be Retired, After All

February 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Galaxy, Landon Donovan, soccer

Is Landon Donovan’s playing career over? It may be, and not necessarily because he prefers it that way. First, the LA Galaxy in December said Donovan had retired — after the club could not come to terms with him. Donovan remained quiet, however, and then came a reported offer from Real Salt Lake. That alleged […]

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Donovan and Real Salt Lake: Still on Hold

January 20th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Football, Landon Donovan, soccer

This must be a time of some anxiety for Landon Donovan. The top scorer in the history of the U.S. national team, as well as Major League Soccer, is thought to be on the verge of extending his playing career with MLS side Real Salt Lake. But it has been nearly a month since it […]

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Today’s Earworm: Beats by Dre Commercial

January 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Earworm, soccer

This is an earworm of the worst kind. The inescapable, empty-headed, athletes-flogging-stuff, music-based advertisement that turns out to be nearly inescapable. I despise it, but it for weeks now it comes up ahead of every video clip shown on espn.com. I go to a story, and I have to hover over the “pause” key for […]

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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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Waiting for the Next Big Soccer-Celebration Injury

December 30th, 2016 · No Comments · Angels, Football, soccer

Someone will get hurt. Actually, lots of someones already have. OK, then. Someone else will get hurt. Seriously hurt. This weekend or next. Or both. Soccer’s goal celebrations. Out of control. Mindless, actually. Exuberance perhaps is to be expected, following something as rare in many soccer games as a goal. However, in their enthusiasm to […]

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