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  1. The Reducer: The World Cup Is Finally Here

    Chris Ryan

    Lionel Messi gets sick before soccer matches. He threw up at the beginning of a game between Argentina and Romania in March. He dry heaved during a match against Slovenia this past Saturday. Nobody knows why this happens - not Mess...

    Blog | June 12, 2014
  2. Up in the Air: Did Lionel Messi Over-Travel Himself to Injury?

    Chris Ryan

    Lionel Messi is going to miss up to two months after the Barcelona forward tore his hamstring in a game against Real Betis over the weekend. Messi has battled hamstring injuries throughout his career. In fact, his career is something of a medical mir...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  3. Video: Lionel Messi vs. Robot Goalkeeper (!!!)

    Chris Ryan

    I for one welcome our shot-stopping overlords....

    Blog | April 08, 2013
  4. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: Cristiano Ronaldo's La LigaWin...

    Chris Ryan

    He could have celebrated, he could have expressed relief, he could have run over to his teammates or made a bee line to the visitors' bench to embrace his manager. Instead, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 73rd-minute game-winning goal (his 42nd in ...

    Blog | April 23, 2012
  5. Pepe, the Destroyer

    Chris Ryan

    On Saturday, Real Madrid will play Barcelona in El Clasico. The prize, ostensibly, is the Spanish Primera Division title. (If Madrid wins, they go seven points clear of Barca; lose and their lead shrinks to one.) Jose Mourinho will gesticulate. Pep G...

    Blog | April 20, 2012
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo: Yeah, He's Pretty Good Too

    Chris Ryan

    Not to be outdone by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo just scored his 99th La Liga goal for Real Madrid in a match against Villareal. Psych, he's totally being outdone by Lionel Messi. Still ... nice goal, CR7....

    Blog | March 21, 2012
  7. The Sound of Messi

    Chris Ryan

    You know what one of the best sounds in sports is? The sound of the Camp Nou crowd reacting when Lionel Messi scores a goal. There are other sounds: The rising volume of a gallery watching a putt roll toward the hole to clinch a major, or that metall...

    Blog | March 21, 2012
  8. Messi! Messi! Messi! Messi! Messi!

    Chris Ryan

    Lionel Messi scored five goals Wednesday in Barcelona's 7-1 razing of Bayer Leverkusen, sending the defending Champions League trophy holders through to the quarterfinals. When Messi is on his game (which is usually), he is completely unplayable. ...

    Blog | March 08, 2012
  9. True or False: UEFA Champions League

    Chris Ryan

    This Is The End Of English Rule False: It is incredibly likely that no English clubs will advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Arsenal have an insurmountable deficit to make up against A.C. Milan and Chelsea will have to play out of...

    Blog | February 23, 2012
  10. Six Lessons From Barca vs. Madrid and Liverpool vs. Man City

    Chris Ryan

    At around 2:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Manchester City and Liverpool kicked off the second leg of their Carling Cup semifinal at Anfield. At about 6 p.m., a whistle blew, ending the second leg of Barcelona and Real Madrid's Copa del Rey quarterfinal t...

    Blog | January 26, 2012
  11. Real Madrid Might Own La Liga, But They Belong to Barca

    Chris Ryan

    Jose Mourinho has pulled off some pretty impressive feats in his time - winning the Champions League with both Inter Milan and Porto, going unbeaten at home for 60 games as boss of Chelsea - but perhaps the greatest trick he's ever pulled was getting...

    Blog | January 19, 2012
  12. Rankonia: The Triangle Power Rankings

    Chris Ryan

    1. Lionel Messi, Best Athlete in the World We dole out a lot of false praise in Rankonia. So understand that I'm saying this with the intensity of 1,000 Daniel Day-Lewises: Lionel Messi is the best athlete alive right now. Last season, he scored 51 ...

    Blog | January 11, 2012
  13. Your Weekend Soccer Guide: El Clasico Edition

    Chris Ryan

    Here's your guide to all of this weekend's best soccer action from around the globe. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Where: Santiago Bernabeu When: Saturday, 4:00 p.m EST (GOLTV, ESPND) What's At Stake: According to Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff,...

    Blog | December 09, 2011
  14. Your Weekend Soccer Guide

    Chris Ryan

    Here's your guide to all of this weekend's best soccer action from around the globe. Newcastle vs. Chelsea Where: Sports Direct Arena (even though St. James' Park sounds better) When: 7:45 a.m. EST Saturday What's At Stake: Andre Villas-Boas' e...

    Blog | December 02, 2011
  15. Wrapping Up Euro Qualifiers and International Soccer Friendlies

    Chris Ryan

    Tuesday saw a ton of international football action, as European nations wrapped up the initial qualifying stages for the Euro 2012 Finals and non-Euro national teams played some high-profile friendlies. So fire up "Sweet Georgia Brown" and let's do s...

    Blog | October 12, 2011
  16. Champions League: Match Day 1 Wrap-Up

    Chris Ryan

    Like getting through a gorgeous wedding ceremony only to find out the reception has no open bar, the first matches of the UEFA Champions League group stages start with a lot of pageantry and wonder, only to be brought back to sobering reality. It ...

    Blog | September 15, 2011