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Author Archives: Robert Hay

The Other World Cup Story – The Brazil Protests and FIFA’s Future

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When Brazil and Croatia kickoff on Thursday, the eyes of the world will be on the host nation for the world’s most watched sporting event.  The events outside the stadium, however, could be just as closely watched and the implications … Continue reading

Top 10 Lines to Use if You Want to Sound Smart About the World Cup

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Chances are that if you are visiting World Soccer Talk, you know enough about the World Cup to hold down a semi-intelligent conversation about the tournament at a cocktail party.  However, if you are new to the sport and trying … Continue reading

The Best of the Non-World Cup Qualifying Players: Would This Team Win the World Cup?

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Every four years, 32 nations come together to determine which country has the best soccer talent in the world.  The limitation to 32 nations, however, leads to a simple problem – sometimes the world’s greatest talent is on a national … Continue reading

USMNT Fans Must Be Realistic About United States’ World Cup Chances

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We are less than one week away from the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup but the hype machine has been churning for the U.S. national team: “We are due for a win over Ghana, we should have won the … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Global(ized) Game’ By Harrison Stark: A Geopolitical Guide to World Cup 2014

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With the World Cup so close after such a long wait, now is the time for the release of numerous pieces, books, and articles about the participants, each one vying to be the authoritative source.  Besides some of the more … Continue reading

Inzaghi Will Not Solve Milan’s Woes

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  Recently, I wrote a piece pointing the finger for AC Milan’s woes at one man, Silvio Berlusconi.  While I hope you read and comment on the article, the short summary is that Milan needs new ideas (and more money) … Continue reading

Why Arsenal Need to Build Off The FA Cup Triumph

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On Saturday, I did the unthinkable. I left my open beer sitting on the table next to me untouched for 75 minutes in the second half and stoppage time of the FA Cup. Like many soccer fans, I tend to … Continue reading

Why Silvio Berlusconi Needs to Leave AC Milan For the Betterment of the Club

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By the time the final whistle blows on the Serie A season this Sunday, the odds are that AC Milan will be without European football next season.  There is a chance they can jump a few clubs into sixth, but … Continue reading

‘Papers in the Wind’ By Eduardo Sacheri: Book Review

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One of the things that bugs me most about popular culture is the lack of quality fictional moves about soccer. Bend It Like Beckham may have been the last good fictional account where soccer played a prominent role, and even that … Continue reading

Coppa Italia Final Overshadowed By Fan Violence [VIDEO]

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The spectacle that took place outside and inside the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday was probably missed by most soccer fans.  The lead-up to the Coppa Italia final was full of anticipation – both Fiorentina and Napoli play an open and … Continue reading

Why We Should Care About “We Are All Monkeys,” Even If It Was A PR Campaign

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It is easy to be cynical in the modern sports era, so it is easy to have doubts about the spontaneously wonderful viral social media campaign “We Are All Monkeys”.  The campaign sprung up last weekend after a banana was … Continue reading

Book Review: Distant Corners By David Wangerin

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As MLS and the U.S. Soccer Federation try to create a modern soccer history, complete with its heroes, stories, and even villains, they often set aside our nation’s soccer past to complete their narrative. We often forget that the United … Continue reading

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Why Serie A Needs The Azzurri To Be Successful

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At first glance, all seems right in Serie A this season.  Traditional power Juventus is atop the league table with the scudetto seemingly in hand, a resurgent traditional power in A.S. Roma sits behind them, and in third is big-spender … Continue reading

A Review of ‘Always Managing, the Harry Redknapp Autobiography’: An Enigma Who’s Always Puzzled

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Autobiographies always tell a story.  Just like the newest John Grisham lawyer drama, an autobiography is an attempt to weave a story out of common human experience and present the reader with a linear series of events meant to entertain … Continue reading

NBC Highlights Two of MLS’s Best Rivalries to Mixed Results

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Despite some of the more odd pairings for MLS Rivalry Weekend/Day (you can just taste the hatred between the Union and Revs!) the attempt by MLS and its TV partners to drive attention and viewers on a crowded sports weekend … Continue reading

Columbus Could Kick Off MLS Stadium Project 2.0

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(New England and DC fans, avert your eyes.  This could hurt). The Columbus Crew hold the distinction of opening MLS’s first soccer specific stadium when Crew Stadium was opened in 1999.  Since then, the stadium has hosted one MLS championship … Continue reading

MLS ’13 – The End of the Western Conference’s Dominance

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For the past three years, the gulf between the two MLS conferences has seemingly been as deep as the Grand Canyon.  In 2011 and 2012, the East’s representative in MLS Cup was Houston, a convert from the West.  The last … Continue reading

MLS ’13 – Accepting MLS as a Feeder League

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In the United States, we are used to the best.  The best cars, the best electronics, the best TV shows, everything we have is the best.  Even if we did not make it or create it, we still want it … Continue reading