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Author Archives: Juan Arango

Bolivar’s Win Against León in the Copa Libertadores Is A Victory For Azkargorta

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Xabier Azkargorta

Bolívar manager Xabier Azkargorta was always a motivator and a coach that maintained a positive outlook on things no matter how they were playing out on the pitch. In his office, he had a sign that read “Never Stop Going Forward. … Continue reading

The Story Behind One of Soccer’s Greatest Embraces

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There are soccer fans all over the world of all shapes and sizes. The beauty of it all is what helps many of us gravitate towards this most magical of all sports. The passion of soccer fans is limitless. Yet … Continue reading

Argentine Soccer Sinks to New Low After Rash of Violence

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Fans of Argentina's Independiente celebrate after defeating Brazil's Goias to win the Copa Sudamericana in Buenos Aires

The wave of insecurity in Argentina is reaching an alarming level. Much like any other aspect of society in that country, soccer is directly or indirectly involved. When you read soccer news from Argentina, it sounds more like a daily … Continue reading

Worrying Signs for South American Teams In Their Preparations For World Cup 2014

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Last week’s international friendlies featuring South American teams revealed some trends and issues that could become major problems if they’re not remedied soon especially with the World Cup less than 100 days away. Here’s what we learned from the most … Continue reading

Argentina’s Crazy Relegation System Could Relegate Top 2 Teams

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If you looked at Colón three months ago in Argentina’s top league, they were dead in the water. Many had gone as far as already putting them in the second division after they were docked six points after the Falcón … Continue reading

Magic, Medicine, Myths and the Reality of Falcao’s Injury

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People always are enamored with the impossible storyline.  You know the one I’m talking about; that plot in which the protagonist, with tangible characteristics that are overshadowed only by their immeasurable intangibles, overcomes an incident that had the potential to … Continue reading

Uruguay’s Ghost Of 1950 Returns To Haunt Brazil In New Puma World Cup Campaign [VIDEO]

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As soon as the final whistle blew Wednesday night in Montevideo, Puma launched one of their most ambitious marketing campaigns of the last few years. The German sportswear company had the perfect client to be able to mix history and football … Continue reading

Miami Is A Complex Market, But Beckham’s MLS Team Can Be A Success Here

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The Independent newspaper recently published an article about the forthcoming announcement of David Beckham opening a MLS franchise in Miami. The author spewed lazy stereotypes that many US soccer journalists, bloggers and fans have hurled at Miami for years. They … Continue reading

Brazil To Change Calendar for Club Soccer In 2015

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If you’ve heard managers of European players complain a lot about their grueling schedule, spare a thought for the managers and players in Brazil. The hosts of next year’s World Cup have arguably the most grueling club soccer schedule in … Continue reading

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Speculation Increases That Marcelo Bielsa Could Become the Next Coach Of Peru

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Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa is without a doubt one of the hottest commodities in soccer right now.  Many teams and national sides will be making an offer soon to obtain his services for the upcoming World Cup, or even as a … Continue reading

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Brazil to Return to South Florida After 10-Year Absence

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After a decade-long absence, Brazil returns to Miami. The Brazilian national team is scheduled to face Honduras at Sun Life Stadium on November 16th as part of their World Tour. The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) as well as promoters Kics … Continue reading

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Newell’s Old Boys Poised to Emulate One of Their Greatest Eras

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With the middle of the Argentine Inicial upon us, Newell’s Old Boys are showing that a system is more important than the sum of all parts. More importantly, when those parts are functioning well within a system, things can change and … Continue reading

Abidal To Play In Benefit Match In Miami

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Miami will be part of the summer international soccer scene outside of the Gold Cup this summer. Some of Europe’s big stars and their Caribbean counterparts will convene there in order to raise money for the development Haitian youth soccer. … Continue reading

Bilbao Looks For Revindication With Special Jersey

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When stepping on to the pitch at Mestalla, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will both have 24 conquests in the Copa del Rey. In an effort to begin the campaign to become once again the undisputed Cup King, the Basques presented … Continue reading

Barca vs. The Madrid Media

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For nth time this season the Madrid press have come out with cover pages stating how Barcelona were once again aided by referees. For the nth time this season, the Catalans respond by saying that Juande’s Madrid won with coma-inducing … Continue reading

La Liga Week 30 Wrap

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Numbers seemed down this week in La Liga mostly due to the Easter holiday, but that did not reduce the excitement in the league. Barcelona continue their ways en route to their 19th league title. The Blaugrana Ballet showed offense, … Continue reading

Senna Out Of Midweek Clash

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Last week it was Santi Cazorla that was being lamented prior to Villarreal’s away leg match against Arsenal. News got worse for Manuel Pellegrini when Spanish international Marcos Senna would be ruled out of the return leg of the Champions … Continue reading

Guti Refuses To Warm Up?

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José María Gutiérrez was always a players with a temperment. Now that same temperment has him on the outside looking in with Madrid coach Juande Ramos. This rivalry has become part of the subplots in the Madrid media as the … Continue reading