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Blatter Quits, Leaving Hope And Leaving FIFA Reformers At Critical Juncture

Blatter Quits, Leaving Hope And Leaving FIFA Reformers At Critical Juncture

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon “One makes a lot of mistakes in life.” – Sepp Blatter, on Qatar 2022 This had to happen, sooner rather than later. People are dying in Qatar. Sepp Blatter quit his post as FIFA President Tuesday, ending- or marking the beginning of the end- of a seventeen year Machiavellian reign over […]

Despite Legal Questions, FIFA Indictments A Turning Point For Soccer

Despite Legal Questions, FIFA Indictments A Turning Point For Soccer

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon writing from Brooklyn The news broke twelve minutes before midnight on the east coast and jolted many from the early stages of slumber, leaving many wondering if they had slipped into a dreamworld or alternate universe. First reported by four reporters at the New York Times, ten high-ranking soccer officials who […]

International Breaks, FIFA, and the MLS Playoffs

International Breaks, FIFA, and the MLS Playoffs

Tweet Andrew Marcinko Alright FIFA, who do we have to bribe to get some more conveniently scheduled international breaks around here? Ok, I’ll admit, I’m still a little sour about the Qatar thing. I’m teetering between ‘Anger’ and ‘Bargaining’ on the five stages of grief. I’m told ‘Depression’ is up next, which can only mean […]

Lack of August USMNT Friendly Marks End of Idiotic Era

Lack of August USMNT Friendly Marks End of Idiotic Era

Tweet Jon Levy There’s no US Men’s National Team match this week, and I’m absolutely overjoyed about it! Am I still burnt out from the World Cup? As a writer? As a fan? No and nope and nuh-uh. In fact, it’s already been a great week for the USMNT. The right back of the future, […]

Barcelona's Handling of Busquets Situation Proves It's No Longer "Mas Que Un Club"

Barcelona’s Handling of Busquets Situation Proves It’s No Longer “Mas Que Un Club”

Tweet By Neil W. Blackmon “Mas Que Un Club” — Club Motto of FC Barcelona This article was originally going to run Sunday or Saturday evening, before the announcement by FIFA that Barcelona midfielder and Spanish international Sergio Busquets was cleared of wrongdoing for alleged racist statements made to Real Madrid’s Marcelo in the second […]

 C'mon Man ! Open Letter to FIFA Regarding Club World Cup

C’mon Man ! Open Letter to FIFA Regarding Club World Cup

Tweet Dear FIFA, First, let me start off by saying I’m a big fan! I love that World Cup thing you put together once every four years, and y’know, a bunch of other soccer and such. Recently I see you’ve been real busy doing things like picking sites for future tournaments and dealing with issues […]

 Qatar. Americans Should Remember 1994 and Get Over It.

Qatar. Americans Should Remember 1994 and Get Over It.

Tweet At the risk of sounding like American-hating, socialist-sympathizing, Hispanic-espousing, nothing-new-to-be-saying Paul Gardner…it’s time for U.S. soccer fans to get over it. This decision that FIFA made on the 2022 World Cup: holding the World Cup in a country that could not qualify on its own, a country without a world-class player from inside its […]

Puck's Friday Happy Hour: Russia ? Qatar ?What The Hell Happened Edition ?

Puck's Friday Happy Hour: Russia ? Qatar ?What The Hell Happened Edition ?

Tweet Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome back into another Happy Hour. I hope your Turkey day was excellent, but enough of the pleasantries, it’s time to get down to brass tax. Yesterday was clearly the worst day in US soccer since the devastating loss to Ghana last summer. First, a quick comment on the 2018 selection. […]

 Qatar 2022 The Culmination of Blatter's Flawed, Corrupt Personal Ambition

Qatar 2022 The Culmination of Blatter’s Flawed, Corrupt Personal Ambition

Tweet “Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville – mighty Casey has struck out.” –Ernest Lawrence Thayer, from Casey At the Bat The United States […]

Rehashing World Cup Memories

Rehashing World Cup Memories

Tweet The first World Cup I can remember watching in earnest was Spain in 1982. I was nine years old and was given my first World Cup wall chart from my dad. This was an incredible device in itself and I got many hours of fun before the tournament recreating my own tournaments with dice […]

England Bemusings By A Brit

England Bemusings By A Brit

Tweet Like nasal hair, seemingly incomprehensible candy bar prices and bafflement at acronyms; another part of growing older is seemingly antipathy towards sporting stars – particularly footballers. When I were a lad (queue Dvorak’s New World Symphony – used in a British bread commercial and as musical shorthand for anything, grim, northern or nostalgic since) […]

History Of The World Cup (2002)

History Of The World Cup (2002)

Tweet This is the 17th in a weekly series of World Cup history lessons brought to you by our very own “Professor” Guy Bailey. He is not actually a professor; the only professor on staff is Jamie Clary. Well, sort of. The 2002 World Cup The 2002 World Cup was the first to be hosted […]

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