World Cup Preview: Colombia v Japan

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As Colombia are set to take on Japan in the first game in Group H,  we take a look at the sides to see if we can expect any revenge from Japan after the Colombians beat them 4-1 at this stage in the last World Cup thanks to a James Rodriguez masterclass. Colombia v Japan Location: Mordovia Arena […] READ MORE


Which African Team Looks Best-Equipped for Russia 2018?

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“Russia 2018 World Cup” by Александр Вильф (CC BY-SA 3.0) The World Cup draw for Russia 2018 has been made and we now know who will play each other in the group stages when we finally reach Russia next summer. Five teams have made the finals from Africa, although perhaps not the five you would […] READ MORE


The Five Finest Performances by Ten Men

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When France defeated England 3-2 in their friendly match this week, what made the loss particularly painful for England players and fans was that the French had played for nearly the entire second half with ten men, after Raphael Varane was controversially sent off. And yet all true football fans know that the loss of […] READ MORE


A Brief History of the Confederations Cup

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Where the Confederations Cup is concerned, a brief history is all that is required. Although the tournament has existed in some form or other since 1992, it is only in the last dozen years that it has settled on its current format – as a World Cup warm-up, held in the country that is hosting […] READ MORE


Gianni Infantino is Overthinking the 48 Team World Cup

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From Last Word on Soccer, by Joe Hojnacki One of new FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s pet projects has been the expansion of the World Cup Finals. It started off as a modest growth to 40 teams to get a little more money into FIFA’s already stuffed coffers. It has since expanded to a 48 team […] READ MORE


Sacha Kljestan on USMNT: Why He is Needed

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Sacha Kljestan has had an absolutely fantastic year so far for the New York Red Bulls.  The central attacking midfielder has been the foundation of the New York’s offensive success this season.  Don’t believe me, just have a look here   Five times this year he has put the ball in the back of the […] READ MORE



The Beautiful Game's Referees and Officiating

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Football or soccer, whatever you call it- we all refer to it as the beautiful game. A game with the richest history in all of sports- it just means so much more to so many more than every other athletic event in the world. However, after watching this incredible sport for so many years, it’s hard […] READ MORE


Pakistan v India: A Repeated show of Strategic Ineptitude

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‘Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. Perhaps in his great wisdom, Einstein was talking about Pakistan cricket’s aversion to strategizing cricket. Pakistan lost to India for the 11th time in World Cup competitions yesterday. Although the script is becoming increasingly similar with regards to the level of competition put […] READ MORE