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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Cincinnati Is Becoming A Soccer Powerhouse In The Middle Of Football and Baseball Country

group photo of youth league girls' Soccer club, Cincinnati United

by Tony Wyman   Cincinnati – Soccer Powerhouse It isn’t unusual to see the U.S. Women’s National Team, arguably America’s favorite soccer team, fill the stands wherever they play.  So it wasn’t shocking when 30,529 people filled the seats at the University of Cincinnati’s venerable Nippert Stadium to watch the United States, led by Alex Morgan and Cincinnati native Rose LaVelle, crush the New Zealand team, 5-0.  On a Tuesday night.  During the school year.  When the city had been pelted by rain, lightning and thunderstorms all day.  And when…

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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 Spending Spree is About to Shatter Records

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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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