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Author Archives: Andrew Puopolo

Reasons Why The League Cup Still Matters

Posted on by Andrew Puopolo
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The Football League Cup (also known as the Capital One Cup or the Carling Cup or the Worthington Cup in recent years) has often been held in very low regard amongst managers and pundits alike. Notable examples include Sir Alex … Continue reading

Examining Champions League Group Stage Issues

Posted on by Andrew Puopolo
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Match Day 6 of the Champions League has come and passed. Besides winner take all clashes between Manchester City and AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico and Liverpool and Basel at Anfield, there really was not much drama on hand. … Continue reading

First-Hand Experience Recount of Tottenham Away at Stamford Bridge

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Away days; a tradition cherished amongst sports fans in Europe but almost unheard of in the United States. To be put quite simply, there is no experience for a sports fan that can compare to an away day in the … Continue reading

Analyzing The Fans’ Experience Between NFL And England Matches At Wembley

Posted on by Andrew Puopolo
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Wembley Stadium, London, England. The home of English soccer, having hosted England internationals, cup finals and promotion playoffs since the original Wembley opened in 1923. However, the stadium has recently become the home of a different type of football, American … Continue reading

Experiencing USA vs Colombia Friendly in London With the American Outlaws

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Once a month every fall, the dreaded international break forces itself on the domestic soccer calendar, and it always seems to foist the ages old club vs country debate into the limelight. Last month, Raheem Sterling was thrown into the limelight … Continue reading

An American In Germany: Watching Die Mannschaft Win Their Fourth World Cup

Posted on by Andrew Puopolo
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When Italy won the World Cup in 2006, my father took me, then aged ten, to the Little Italy section of Manhattan to witness the celebrations. I thought it was the most electrifying experience, as I had never been to … Continue reading

Projected Lineups for Argentina-Belgium Quarterfinal

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Saturday’s early match pits Argentina and Belgium, two teams that required extra time to overcome their round of 16 opponents. Both come into this quarterfinal matchup on very little rest, but I do not expect to see much alteration in either … Continue reading

Belgium and Algeria Preview: Noon ET/9am PT Kick-Off in Belo Horizonte

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Tuesday’s Noon ET/9am PT kick-off pits European dark horses Belgium against north African underdogs Algeria in both team’s respective group H opener in Belo Horizonte. Unlike many of the other World Cup venues, Belo Horizonte does not provide challenges in … Continue reading

How I Fell In Love With Tottenham Hotspur

Posted on by Andrew Puopolo
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I started watching soccer just one year ago. I was flipping through the TVchannels one night, bored, when I got to channel 124, some obscure channel I had never heard of called Fox Soccer Channel (FSC). I watched some of … Continue reading