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US vs England – A Soccernomics Analysis

Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski titled the American version of their new book Soccernomics (review is here), but their title for the release in the UK is Why England Lose.  In the book, Kuper and Syzmanski identified the US as a rising power in soccer and England as a permanent disappointment […]

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First Impressions of Liverpool's Anfield Ground

In the continuing series of articles about my recent trip to England’s football stadia, today I reminisce about my trip to Liverpool’s Anfield ground.Unable to get a ticket to the recent Champions League match between Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven (it was harder to get one than the Man United v […]

Hoffenheim Sign Reading Youngster Gylfi Sigurdsson

Hoffenheim have snapped up Iceland and Reading wonderkid Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee believed to be around 5 million euros. Sigurdsson had recently made himself a key player for Reading, impressing especially during Reading’s FA Cup run where they defeated Premier League side Liverpool in dramatic fashion. Sigurdsson has been […]

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CONCACAF Cup: Mexico’s defense looks surprisingly settled ahead of USA playoff

There’s a sense of creeping dread familiar to Mexican soccer fans, that sinking feeling that occurs when the opposition progresses past the midfield and is driving at the back line: “Oh no. We can’t stop them.” Mexico has a long history of great goalkeepers and defensive midfielders. Defenders? El Tri hasn’t […]