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  • Barça Is Human, Which Is Beautiful

    Reliable greatness can be a bit predictable and frankly, kinda dull, which is why this year’s version of FC Barcelona is one of the most interesting teams we have had to watch in some time. At its apogee, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona was reliably excellent, and great fun from a fan’s perspective. But the matches weren’t…

  • Why More English Footballers Should Follow in Jadon Sancho’s Footsteps

    Within the cutthroat realm of the Premier League, money reigns supreme, and survival can hinge on a single stretch of results. There’s a pantheon of elite teams, four of which can obtain that coveted Champions League football each season, all of whom feel they are a “right” season away from challenging for a title. Below them,…

  • Newcastle United’s Dire Straits Stem From Mike Ashley

    Several elements are needed in the quest for success in football, and the overall efficiency of a club in conducting their business (on and off the pitch) is a critical component. Ownership must have a clear plan and vision for what is ahead, but unfortunately, this has not taken place for Newcastle United during recent…

  • Liverpool Have Everything It Takes To Win The Champions League

    For any football club with lofty aspirations, signing the right type of players for a coach’s tactics is absolutely critical. There are also different paths that can be taken, in terms of winning league titles and making a run in a cup competition. For Liverpool and manager Jürgen Klopp, a Champions League triumph feels within…

  • Real Madrid’s Lack of Goalscoring Threat Isn’t Due to Julen Lopetegui, but Florentino Pérez

    It’s been 409 minutes – across all competitions – since Real Madrid last managed to score a goal. Real Madrid has gone through the past four and a half matches without scoring a goal. And while failing to score against defensive juggernauts like Atlético Madrid would be acceptable, Real Madrid has failed to find the…

  • One Year On: How the USMNT can finally rebuild from the failure in Couva

    A few months ago, I was explaining to a Colombian classmate the topic of this paper — how key stakeholders can push aside the wreckage of U.S. soccer’s World Cup qualification failure, and stimulate meaningful soccer development in America. She laughed at the premise that soccer could ever become a major sport in America, noting…

  • Juventus’ statement on Cristiano Ronaldo is offensive, embarrassing, and heinous

    Public relations are a difficult thing to master, but they’re fairly simple to handle if one uses their common sense. Yesterday, Juventus completely dropped the ball and embarrassed themselves with their comments regarding Cristiano Ronaldo. For those who have been out of the loop, Kathryn Mayorga has come forward to claim that she was raped…

  • Neymar: The Complete Embodiment of 21st Century Football

    The phrase “footballing Gods” has been circulated among the wielders of football clichés for decades, now. It, of course, refers to the higher powers of football; an act asserting some control over what is an innately chaotic game. But what if the Gods were the players themselves? Lionel Messi reigns over all as the God…

  • The Apprentice and the Master

    The great Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” It is often stated that the relationship and the bond developed between the apprentice and the master has always been special. The master’s infinite wisdom is met through the apprentice’s naivety. Often times, the relationship that gets forged…

  • The FIFA awards aren’t just a popularity contest; they’re a laughingstock

    Football’s top awards have long been prestigious and admired, but FIFA have somehow turned one of the sports’ most decorated award shows into a laughing stock. In this year’s edition of FIFA’s “The Best” awards, we saw the end to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance in FIFA’s Men’s Player of the Year race. While…