Five soccer clubs heating up at the right time

With the break in international play now in the books, the European football leagues are set to resume play this weekend. While still early in the season, the top contenders are at or near the top of their respective tables. However, a closer look finds some storied clubs woefully underperforming. For some, however, there is reason […]

Four English Premier League managers on the hot seat

With international competition set to commence next weekend, European soccer leagues worldwide shut down play to accommodate these upcoming matches. This break in play affords team management the time to review the results of the season thus far and to prepare for the next round of matches. In some cases, strategies and field formations are […]

Ranking the teams in hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying

The United States’ 4-0 blowout win against Trinidad and Tobago earned the team the top spot in Group C and booked them a date with Group A winner Mexico at an American site (TBD) on Nov. 11. Joining the U.S. and Mexico in the hexagonal round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia are […]

El Salvador claims Honduras involved in match fixing

El Salvador’s national football team claims it has been offered a bribe to fix the outcome of Tuesday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Canada. Members of the squad played an audio recording of the alleged bribe during a news conference on Monday afternoon ahead of the game in Vancouver. The Salvador Football Federation confirmed the news […]

Five soccer clubs that were transfer window winners

While there is a break in the European football leagues to allow players time to compete for their countries, the transfer window has now come to a close. With the English Premier League easily surpassing their previous transfer spending record of $1.1 billion, only time will tell whether the clubs that spent the most received […]

Champions League group stage preview: Which teams will advance?

With the Champions League draw completed and the group stage set to kick off, 32 teams in eight groups will be involved in top-tier football competition beginning next month. In keeping with the rules of past tournaments, no teams from the same country will compete against each other in the initial stage. The top two […]

Five Fearless Predictions Entering the Upcoming EPL Season

With the 2016-17 English Premier League season getting ready to kick off Saturday, 20 teams will soon be competing for glory within the league, and for silverware outside of league play. In some cases, teams will be fighting to avoid relegation to the lower Championship division along with the loss of tens of millions of dollars […]

Winners, losers heading into 2016 Rio Olympics

With the Olympic events set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, all eyes will soon be on the competitors and their performances. With 207 nations set to compete in 306 events encompassing 28 sports, there are certainly enough events to be contested.  But the Olympics may be marred by internal and external factors that could precede the competitions. […]

Euro 2016 final preview: Who will lift the cup?

After an eventful Euro 2016 tournament, two teams remain to face each other in the final, with the winner lifting the Henri Delaunay Cup on Sunday. While we look forward to seeing Portugal battle it out against France, we also thank all of the competing European teams for showcasing some of the finest football Europe has to […]

Five managers on hot seat after Euro 2016 exits

With the Euro 2016 semifinal matches due to begin on July 6, we’ve seen some of the best football the European stage has to offer. While the players have had a lot to do with their teams’ success, the managers have contributed mightily to these efforts. However, there are some teams who have underperformed at […]

Euro 2016 semifinal predictions: Who will advance to final?

Four teams remain in the Euro 2016 tournament now that the quarterfinal round has ended. With the games scheduled for two consecutive days, beginning on July 6, which teams will be advancing to the championship game on July 10? Read on to find out. Portugal vs Wales After an early Lewandowski goal in the 2nd […]

Euro 2016 quarterfinal predictions: Who will advance?

Eight teams remain in the Euro 2016 tournament now that the first single-elimination round has ended. With the matches scheduled to begin on June 30, which teams will advance to the semifinal stage? Poland vs. Portugal After an early lead, Poland ceded its first goal of the tournament via an outstanding bicycle kick by Xherdan Shaqiri. The […]

We should celebrate Messi’s career achievements, not vilify him for retiring

With the Copa America Centenario tournament in the books, the news has not focused on Chile’s repeat victory against Argentina, but rather the announced retirement of Lionel Messi from international play. Much has been reported in the news about this, but there’s been a surprising amount of negativity and even vitriol aimed at Messi. While there […]

Copa America Final/third place predictions

We’ve reached the final matches in the Copa America Centenario tournament, and have seen some of the best players in the world competing for the glory of their country. Virtually every game has been competitive, with the best teams from CONMEBOL and CONCACAF participating in the tourney. The winner will actually receive two trophies this […]

Euro 2016 Round of 16 predictions: Who will advance to quarterfinals?

We’ve weeded out the pretenders and contenders and reached the Round of 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament. The teams remaining from group stage play are the first and second-place finishers plus the four best third-place teams from the six original groups. The winners of each of these eight matches will qualify for the quarterfinals with the […]

Copa America semifinal predictions: Who will meet in the final?

As the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament winds down, only four teams remain to compete for the coveted trophy.  Some teams have disappointed and crashed out in the initial group stage (Brazil, Uruguay), while others have exceeded expectations (Venezuela, Peru). While the players are given the opportunity to showcase their skills on the world stage, the […]

Copa America Centenario quarterfinal predictions: Who will advance?

We’ve reached the quarterfinal round of the Copa America tournament, and have seen some of the best players in the world competing for the glory of their country. Virtually every game has been competitive and hard-fought. We’ve seen a surprising Venezuelan team advance by beating Uruguay for their first win in a competitive match against La […]

Euro 2016 predictions: Who will advance past the group stage?

With the best countries in Europe set to compete in France starting on Friday, the world will be treated to top-shelf football competition. When the competition began in 2014, there were 53 teams competing (host country France receives an automatic bye prior to this stage). With 24 teams fighting to advance in six groups, the […]

Breaking down final week of La Liga season: Who will win the title?

After a grueling 37 matches played thus far this season, only one game is left to decide who will be lifting the La Liga trophy this Saturday. The top three teams could hardly be closer, being separated by three points in the standings.  They have all performed well this season, and have qualified for Champions […]

FIFA’s new president brings new hope for the game of soccer

Gianni Infantino is the new president of soccer’s corruption-scarred world governing body, winning election after promising national leaders of the sport that he would share the wealth from FIFA’s $5 billion World Cup revenues. Infantino was chosen on the second-ballot Friday to fill the unexpired term of longtime FIFA leader Sepp Blatter, who was forced […]

Power ranking the top 10 teams in European football

With roughly a dozen league matches left to play in the current campaign, there are some clubs who have shown that they are superior in both national and international competition. Let’s take a deeper dive and look at the teams who should be at the top of any European table. 10. Borussia Dortmund- While this steady performer […]

Winners, losers of European football season so far

The European football leagues have played just over half their games this season, featuring fairly predictable results. There are a handful of teams that have surpassed expectations, but others that have disappointed. Let’s take a closer look at those teams and the reasons why they have performed as they have this season. Winners Leicester City  Most […]

Jose Mourinho fired: What it means for Chelsea’s future

Chelsea FC and former manager Jose Mourinho parted ways officially on Thursday, although no one following the story can be too surprised. While Mourinho himself has gone to great lengths to reinforce his resolve to right the ship in North London, Chelsea has not shown any public support for The Special One in recent weeks. […]

MLS Cup final preview

After a nine-month long season, the MLS will hold its final match on Sunday, with the Columbus Crew hosting the Portland Timbers. At the onset of the season, the odds of the Crew to win the Cup were 15-1, while the Timbers were longer shots at 20-1. With the top four cups favored to win […]

El Clásico winners and losers

After a break for international competition, the European football leagues resumed play on Saturday. Probably the most anticipated match was in Spain, where Barcelona traveled to the Bernabeu against rival Real Madrid. Few matches elicit raw emotions quite like this one, and this game was no exception. With over 80,000 Real fans in attendance and a healthy […]