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Futbol

Lille 3 – Nantes 0

Top flight football is back, with France’s Ligue 1 being the first major European league to get underway. Although the talk of the league is all about Neymar’s transfer to PSG and Kylian Mbappe’s potential departure from Monaco, there are several Ligue 1 sides that are in for interesting and exciting seasons. Two of those… Keep Reading

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Futbol/PL Recaps

Welcome Back

The game of the season thus far highlighted the enthusiasm of Jurgen Klopp, the complacency of Arsene Wenger and, ultimately, two squads that will vie for a Champions League spot come April and May, but likely not more than that. Liverpool were mostly lifeless in the first half; their press was far from organized or disorienting and… Keep Reading

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Futbol

Kickoff

The Premier League is back. Back because the league starts another season today, but also back because the addition of star talent on the pitch and on the sideline has rejuvenated a league that saw 5,000-to-1 underdogs Leicester City capture the title. The Foxes were amazing story, but the traditional powers have reloaded and retooled and… Keep Reading

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Futbol

Close Call

Top flight European football is back, with the French Ligue 1 kickoff a day before the Premier League gets underway. The reigning French champs PSG opened the season on the road against Bastia, playing its first league game since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester. Here are my observations from PSG’s season opener. I was underwhelmed… Keep Reading

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Futbol

Finishing Touch

Gerard Pique’s winning goal in Spain’s victory against the Czech Republic on Monday was a thumping reminder of Spain’s persistent goal-scoring drought. After Spain was held scoreless for 86 minutes and with the team fresh out of ideas, Pique and Sergio Ramos were summoned forward to provide aerial threats for one final barrage of crosses. It didn’t take long for… Keep Reading

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Futbol

Payet’s World

France 2 – Romania 1 The 2016 Euros kicked off with a rather tense opener in Paris, with the host nation looking less than dominant in a game many expected them to seize. Luckily for France, it had Dimitri Payet on its side. Payet was brilliant and would have been the man of the match even… Keep Reading

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Futbol

Quite An Arrival

Sparse crowds and inflated ticket prices have been the talk of the Copa America Centanario during its opening week. With Neymar out, Luis Suarez sidelined and the United States not quite to the level where they can draw sold out crowds even against the No. 3 team in the FIFA rankings (Columbia), only two nations have… Keep Reading

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Futbol

Let Down

Edinson Cavani must feel cursed. Blessed with an incredible knack for scoring goals, ideal size for a target man and good skill on the ball, Cavani has the makings of a player who can lead the line for some of the top clubs and countries around the world. But in his two most high-profile roles, better… Keep Reading

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Der Bayern Dusel

Juventus, along with their Spanish spirit animal (Atletico Madrid), are the perennial thorn in the side of the Champions League. In an extravagant competition designed to pit star-studded sides that play fast and fluid attacking football against each other, Juve are the antithesis: A defensive-minded side with a speciality in tactics and tackles rather than flicks… Keep Reading

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Parisian Prominence

For the second straight season, Paris Saint-Germain eliminated Chelsea from the Champions League with an impressive performance at Stamford Bridge, though this time the Parisians’ triumph was less surprising and more convincing. With their 2-1 victory against the Blues last week, the Parisians booked their place in the quarterfinals with a tactical and spirited performance… Keep Reading

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