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World Cup in Qatar sets record breaking TV audience

Now that we're in the knockout stages of the World Cup, soccer’s highest governing body, FIFA, has claimed that the tournament in the Gulf Nation is already delivering record breaking audience across the globe. In the United States, the coverage of the national team's encounter against England amassed the record of the most watched […]

Germany

/ 2 days ago

Germany fly home early after crashing out of World Cup

The World Cup’s latest demolition derby of emotional turbulence ended with Japanese elation, Spanish relief, Costa Rican wonder at what might have been, and a German soccer nation limping painfully into introspective despair. The inquest – for the third time in four-and-a-half years – began immediately. German public broadcaster ARD brutally interrogated an exhausted Hansi […]

Germany

/ 2 days ago

Japan, Spain survive explosive World Cup group, Germany out

In a simply wild 45 minutes, Japan and Spain made their way into the World Cup knockout stage. Meanwhile, Germany won on the day, but failed to advance due to a poor goal differential. At halftime of the games, both Germany and Spain were in a position to advance. By the time each game reached […]

Luis Enrique

/ 4 days ago

Luis Enrique case for being the best coach in the world

Spain’s progression to the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup is almost secure, despite Sunday’s draw with Germany, but is Luis Enrique the best coach in the world? This may seem like a rather bizarre question. However, these were the exact words used by the Spanish coach to describe himself. Luis Enrique took the […]

Germany

/ 5 days ago

Germany-Spain: the best game of the World Cup, so far

This was arguably the game of the World Cup so far. With a respectful nod to Argentina–Mexico, the reason we love soccer is contests like this.  The World Cup is not the World Cup without the best facing the best. And Spain's draw with Germany was its nearest tie yet to a heavyweight classic. Both […]

Costa Rica

/ 10 days ago

Spain lay down a marker with Costa Rica victory

It was clear prior to the 2022 World Cup that Luis Enrique had his Spain team organized. They had been progressing well since Euro 2020 and expected to reach the semi-finals in Qatar. Whilst it’s not always wise to draw conclusions from one match, the 7-0 dismantling of Costa Rica was eye-opening. So dominant was […]

Japan

/ 14 days ago

Japan World Cup 2022 preview

Japan’s national team navigated a mediocre group in 2018 (Colombia, Senegal, and Poland) to earn four points and a trip to the knockout rounds. How will they fare at World Cup 2022? Even with a better squad – their FIFA ranking has improved from 50 to 24 in four years – the draw provides a […]

Spain

/ 14 days ago

What is success for Spain at the 2022 World Cup?

Spain head to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a settled squad and coaching setup. After the catastrophic bereavement process Luis Enrique had to go through in his personal life, the Spanish coach returned to lead La Roja into Euro 2020. It was a tournament that didn’t start especially well. The former Barcelona coach […]

Leagues: LaLiga

/ 15 days ago

Real Madrid theme park sounds fake, but is real

A Real Madrid theme park is coming to the Middle East late in 2023. The Spanish super club announced an agreement with Dubai Parks and Resorts for the launch of the park in the fourth quarter of next year. Real Madrid described it as an innovative experience for fans of all ages. They can immerse […]

LaLiga warns of impending European Super League

Spain's LaLiga has released a new video slamming the potential reintroduction of the European Super League. The failed league previously made formation attempts in April of 2021. A dozen top teams attempted to break away from their domestic league to create the Super League. However, plans quickly deteriorated and the league never quote got off […]

Barcelona

/ 30 days ago

Gerard Piqué announces retirement from Barcelona

Gerard Piqué announced his plan for retirement from FC Barcelona after the club's fixture on Saturday against Almería. The 35-year-old spent the majority of his youth and senior career with the Catalan club. Arriving in 2008 from Manchester United, Piqué has 396 appearances in the Blaugrana kit. Piqué's announcement is a surprising one, and one […]