The Europa League may be the lesser known than the Champions League but it is more unpredictable and this year is no different. After a thrilling round of 16, which saw some notable upsets. As the road to Lyon becomes clearer we preview the upcoming quarterfinal match-ups. RB Leipzig v Marseille In the last round, […]Read more "2017-18 Europa League Quarterfinals Preview."
Talking to my friends who love American sports I am often hear about at how much they don’t want politics involved in sports. For the first time since the Cold War, political discourse in sports was displayed during last year’s NFL season when notable black NFL players didn’t stand for the anthem due to the […]Read more "Why is soccer so politicized?"
It’s safe to say, 2017 wasn’t the best year for US soccer. The US men’s national team missed the first time since 1986, potentially throwing the “soccer movement” in the States into disarray. Since the loss to Trinidad, the US soccer landscape has shifted dramatically with Sunil Gulati announcing his retirement from the USSF presidency […]Read more "Why we should care about the World Cup but not obsess over it.."
With the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 match ups coming up in just under a month, it is pretty clear that most American sports fans who support MLS and/or any other form of soccer don’t really care about the CONCACAF Champions League, even if their team is in it. This is due to the […]Read more "How to make the CONCACAF Champions League relevant from a marketing perspective."
As always the transfer window brings with a lot of drama. Clubs from all around the world in the month of January look to strengthen squads with new signings to either avoid relegation or compete for the title. As squads rebuild and transfer fees are paid, the prowess of soccer’s global player market is once […]Read more "Top Stories from the 2018 January Transfer Window."
After a three week break, the Eredivise returned with a treat this weekend as 2nd placed Ajax took on defending champions Feyenoord in another installment of De Klassieker. The last time these two giants met in this season’s Eredivise, Ajax embarrassed Feyenoord 4-1 at De Kuip with goals coming from former Schalke target man Huntelaar and […]Read more "Game of the Week: Ajax 2 Feyenoord 0. Week 19 of the 2017-18 Eredivise season."
Almost a year ago, UEFA changed the Champions League format to ensure that the top four countries of the UEFA (England, Germany, Spain, and Italy) would earn half of the Champions League group stage berths (sixteen of the thirty two) for the next three editions of the competition. Ultimately meaning that half of all group […]Read more "Balancing “inclusivity” and “exclusivity” of international club competitions in the modern age."