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Posts tagged ‘Soccer’

8
Jun

Euro 2012 Group Stage Predictions and Betting

The beautiful game is finally back on an international level. It was a shocking year in the European domestic leagues. Surprising teams like Manchester City and Real Madrid shocked the superpowers like Manchester United and Barcelona to take the Premier League and the La Liga championships. Chelsea stunned Barcelona in the Champions League and beat Bayern Munich to take the title. Everything in the soccer world is upside down right now. Will Euro 2012 international play provide us with as many shocks as the domestic and champions leagues did? Here are my predictions for the Euro 2012 Group Stages. Read moreRead more

24
Jul

The Scoop on TFC and Major League Soccer

After reading the article on u be the critic entitled “Toronto teams woes” I felt obligated to take the writers advice and touch upon Toronto FC and Major League Soccer (MLS) as a whole. Established in 1993, MLS was formed as part of the United States bid to host the world cup, which they subsequently won and hosted in 1994. The creation of MLS ended a nine year professional soccer drought in the US, as the original professional soccer league, the “North American Soccer League” (NASL) folded due to rapid expansion and lack of funds. In the early years MLS suffered from similar issues as the NASL such as low attendance, financial problems, and a Dynasty club which took away from the overall competitiveness of the league. The MLS was further impacted negatively when the American national soccer team, made up of primarily American MLS players, came dead last in the 1998 World cup. Read moreRead more

3
Jul

South American Powerhouses Sent Packing

Now that the quarter finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup are over, we can begin looking forward to the semis.  The dream South American final, Brazil vs Argentina, is now over. Read moreRead more

24
Jun

Arrivederci Italia

Both World Cup finalists from 2006 are going home.  First the French were sent home by South Africa, and now the Italians, winless after two group games, have their tickets to Rome booked by a lively Slovakia squad. Read moreRead more

23
Jun

The Field Gets Narrower..The Picture gets clearer

Several weeks into the tournament the picture is getting clearer.  Pretenders like France have booked their flights home from South Africa, while contenders like England have booked their tickets into the knockout round. Read moreRead more

19
Jun

A Cup Full of Upsets

Now that most of the teams have played their second game, we have a better understanding of how the teams are faring at this 2010 World Cup. Read moreRead more

15
Jun

Brazil 2, North Korea 1

To the delight of soccer fans across the world, the #1 ranked Brazillians played their first match of the 2010 World Cup today. Many people expected a blowout, with supposed “experts” predicting a 4 – 0 win by the South American powerhouse. The “experts” were wrong. Read moreRead more

13
Jun

World Cup Commentary: England blows it. AGAIN

With the World Cup 2010 officially underway, I thought it was a good time to comment on the biggest game yet.  Perennial soccer power England, faced off against an upstart USA squad in South Africa yesterday.  Many thought that the Americans would pose no challenge to the star studded British squad.  They were WRONG. Read moreRead more