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  1. What’s the Matter With These World Cup Full-backs?

    Spike Friedman

    The 2014 World Cup has been something of a nightmare for the world's best attacking full-backs. With all the goals - we're on pace for the highest scoring Cup ever - no neutral fans are complaining abou...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  2. World Cup Players to Know: Costa Rica's Keylor Navas

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    There's a famous bit in Eduardo Galeano's brilliant Soccer in Sun and Shadow about what a joyless vacuum being a goalkeeper is. "Never leaving the goal, his only company the three posts," Galeano write...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  3. Zlatan's Revenge!

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The year is 2010. The La Liga offseason. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is grappling with his late-season outburst at Barça manager Pep Guardiola - and plotting his way out of one of the most storied clubs in European Football. What follows is a...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  4. The True Reason for Atletico Madrid's Miracle Success: MONO ...

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    On Saturday, Atletico Madrid fought back from a 1-0 deficit against Barcelona, in the Camp Nou, to earn a 1-1 draw and clinch the club's first La Liga title in 18 years. Despite first-half injuries to Diego Costa and Arda Turan, the team sc...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  5. About Last Weekend: Chrome Turns Two

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy getting swept up in Bortle-mania, here are the top six stories you missed in sports last weekend: California Chrome eased to a win at the Preakness, setting up a Triple Crown bid that may be derailed because of his use of nas...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  6. Fear the Underdog?

    Brian Phillips

    Atletico Madrid is the third-most successful club in the history of Spanish soccer, which is a little like being the third-most famous khan in the history of the Mongol horde. Good job by you, but you're never going to stop hearing a...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  7. Bendita Camino: Why I Love Atletico Madrid

    Jake Appleman

    I ambled into a random bar near the center of the Spanish capital on September 18, 2005, looking to catch Atletico Madrid, which was hosting Barcelona at Vicente Calderon Stadium in a Sunday nightcap. There was a television bolted in the upper-lef...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  8. No Messi? No Problem! Neymar Grows Into Role at Barcelona

    Spike Friedman

    I realize the snake eating its own tail that is a member of the media writing about the lack of positive attention given to Barcelona by the media, but it does feel like the Catalan club have not quite gotten the attention they deserve this season. O...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  9. About Last Weekend: Revenge of the A-Rod

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy taking in that new Woodsy Allen movie because it doesn't have that nervous fellow who is always in them, here's what you missed in sports last weekend: Alex Rodriguez responded to being hit by a pitch by Red Sox starter Rya...

    Blog | August 19, 2013
  10. The Shape of the Premier League to Come

    Chris Ryan and Mike L. Goodman

    A survey of the players, managers, ideas, tactical developments, and themes to watch out for in the 2013-14 Premier League season. Something Special Chris Ryan: The above video is of William Gallas scoring a game-winning goal for Chelsea, aga...

    Blog | August 16, 2013
  11. Gareth Bale and the $120 Million Question

    Mike Goodman

    There's something timeless about the stories surrounding Gareth Bale's rumored transfer to Real Madrid. It's not only the fact that Madrid seemingly does this every year, but that this is now the third summer in a row that has seen long drawn-out neg...

    Blog | July 30, 2013
  12. How Will This Season's Bayern Munich Pep Squad Compare to Barcelo...

    Mike L. Goodman

    I don't really know why I'm bothering to show up for soccer season this year. Bayern Munich's complete dominance is, after all, a fait accompli. Last season's Champions League winners only went out and added their biggest rival's best player, Mario G...

    Blog | July 26, 2013
  13. Champions League Underdog of the Week: Malaga

    Spike Friedman

    In European football, this is the era of the petro dollar. Manchester City was purchased by Sheikh Mansour, of the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates, and over the next two seasons acquired forwards Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, ...

    Blog | February 19, 2013
  14. Hat Tricks for Sale: Ranking Europe's Top Strikers

    Dermot Hunt

    January is nearly upon us! Or at least it feels that way if you spend any time reading the words of the soothsayers who try to predict what will happen when European football's transfer window reopens on January 1, 2013. Speculation is particularly r...

    Blog | November 07, 2012
  15. Al Jazeera's New Sports Network Changes the Soccer-Watching Lands...

    Noah Davis

    Last week, watching soccer in the United States changed forever. While ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel still have the biggest matches — American World Cup qualifiers in the U.S., the English Premier League, and the Champions League — a networ...

    Blog | August 27, 2012
  16. Real Madrid Bring Hollywood to Los Angeles

    Andrew Lewellen

    In January 1992, when I was 11 years old, I piled into my travel soccer coach's conversion van with a bunch of teammates and set out from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to watch the U.S. National Team play the Commonwealth of Independent States (better known a...

    Blog | August 07, 2012