World Cup First Round: Who is Getting Out Of The Group Stage

Official Logo of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer championship

by Tony Wyman Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka once said, “If God wanted us to play soccer, He wouldn’t have given us arms.”  Well, Mike, He gave us legs and starting on June 14th at 10AM eastern standard time, an estimated 3.2 billion people will watch the legs representing 32 nations play in the 21st FIFA World Cup, to be staged in Russia. The world’s biggest and most important sports event always generates as much excitement as it does anxiety as supporters live through the thrill of victory and the…

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2018 World Cup Preview: Soccer Reigns!

by Tim Jeffery As we draw within a month of the world’s biggest and greatest sporting event, 32 teams are set to converge on Russia full of hope and dreams, all carrying different definitions for success. It’s an event more than half the world will likely tune in to when you consider four years ago 3.2 billion people worldwide watched the 2014 World Cup – 46.4 percent of the world. Giants such as Brazil with its five World Cup Titles and Germany owning four expect no less than gaining a spot for…

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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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