The Next Few Days Will Be Pivotal in Catalonia’s Bid for Independence

panoramic view of Barcelona

by Tony Wyman Catalonia’s bid for independence Following days of protests, riots and violent scuffles with police trying to disrupt the vote, Catalonians overwhelmingly said “yes” to a referendum demanding independence for the region found in the eastern portion of the Iberian Peninsula. Casting nearly 2.2 million votes, 91.96% supported the move to independence.  But with fewer than 43% of registered voters casting a ballot, Spaniards opposed to Catalonian independence cried foul.  They claimed the vote was illegal and backed the government’s attempt to shut it down. King Felipe VI,…

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New Premier League Transfer Window Deadline Has Critics In Pro Soccer World Concerned

Fulham FC playing against Belarus and Alexander Hleb

by Tony Wyman After spending a record amount on transfers this season – £1.4 billion, up 23% from last year – teams in England’s Premier League voted fourteen to five, with one abstention, to shorten the transfer window next year by three weeks. Each season, professional soccer teams are able to buy and sell players during two periods, called “windows.” The first window opens before the season begins and ends on the last day in August for most leagues.  The second one opens on January 1 and ends on the…

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Soccer’s Deadliest Strike Team Ever Is About To Break Up – Neymar Heading To PSG

photo of Barcelona soccer great Neymar

by Tony Wyman “Neymar is a figure in the present and future of world football. The Brazilian can beat players, score and produce moments of magic. What more could you ask for?” posits the player’s page on fcbarcelona.com.  Apparently, Barca supporters could ask for him not to abandon them. But that seems likely to happen this week when Neymar da Silva Santos Jr., the 25-year-old Brazil superstar, finalizes a deal to leave Barcelona FC and his strike partners, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Neymar, arguably the greatest player ever to take…

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Soccer’s Spending Spree is About to Shatter Records

brazil vs chile soccer match - players in goal area

by Tony Wyman Soccer’s global superpowers are shelling out money for top talent and young prospects at levels never seen before, blowing away old record transfer fees and salaries and making amounts paid for stars in the past seem like chump change in today’s new environment. During the 2014 summer transfer window, Chelsea Football Club, the West London club that would go on to win the English Premier league by eight points over second place Manchester City, sold 21-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku to Everton for £28 million, the fifth highest…

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger In Deal To Sign French Goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette

Lacazette Lyon

by Tony Wyman Like Lucy Van Pelt (no relation to Scott that we know of) – promising Charlie Brown she won’t pull the football out from under him, Arsenal has teased Gunners supporters for years with the promise of assembling a front line of world class strikers. Every year, Gooners bite and every year Arsenal pulls the football away. Names like Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema and, most famously, Luis Suarez, have been linked with moves to Arsenal over the years.  But, instead of those top flight scorers, Arsenal signed second…

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Mbappe: Soccer is About to Get a New Superstar – Remember The Name

by Tony Wyman Mbappe Remember that name.  Practice saying it and keep it handy for those moments when you need to impress the football-loving redhead in your office with your knowledge of the beautiful game, what we Americans insist on calling “soccer.” Mbappe. Soon, you will see that name on the backs of jerseys worn by kids hip to the world’s sport.  It will take the place of Barcelona jerseys with Messi’s name or Ronaldo’s Real Madrid shirts, both relegated to the closet to hang forgotten next to old Manchester…

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The Best Kept Secret In Sports Across The USA

By Tim Jeffery On Monday morning outside the work space near the water cooler, I can ask guys – how did you like Game 4 of the Rockets-Thunder series yesterday? Or mention the hot start the Orioles and Nationals have displayed the first three weeks of the baseball season. I’ll receive a good share of feedback. But let me ask how the fellas enjoyed Lionel Messi’s wonder goal propelling Barcelona’s stunning 3-2 win over Real Madrid, and it’s mostly the sound of crickets. Why can’t I find anyone to discuss…

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