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Friday, September 05, 2014

OT: The Soccer Thread, September 2014

Let’s see if I did this right.

Sep. 6: Mexico v. Chile (Friendly), Flamengo v. Gremio (Brasileiro)

Sep. 7: Germany v. Scotland (Euro Qualifying)

Sep. 8: Switzerland v. England (Euro Qualifying)

Sep. 9: Czech Republic v. Netherlands (Euro Qualifying)

Sep. 10: River Plate v. Godoy Cruz de Mendoza (Copa Sudamericana)

Sep. 11: Boca Juniors v. Rosario Central (Copa Sudamericana), Cruzeiro v. Bahia (Brasileiro)

Sep. 12: Lyon v. Monaco (Ligue 1),  Seattle Sounders v. Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Sep. 13: Arsenal v. Man City (EPL), Real Madrid v. Atletico (La Liga), Dortmund v. Freiburg (Bundesliga)

(The rest after the break.)

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 852 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

OT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014

Fantasy Premier League. Code for the BTF League is 585849-148849.

 

And the games. Rumor has it a few leagues start this month:

Aug. 5: UEFA Champs. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 6: Asuncion vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, UEFA Champs. League Quals (inc. Celtic vs Legia)

Aug. 7: Europa League Quals., CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 8: Galaxy vs Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 Opens), Morelia vs Tijuana

Aug. 9: RSL vs DC United, Tottenham vs Schalke (Friendly), Cruz Azul vs Puebla

Aug. 10: Man City vs Arsenal (Comm. Shield), Liverpool vs Dortmund (Friendly), Whitecaps vs Sport. KC, Sounders vs Dynamo

Aug. 11: Carlisle vs Derby (Cap. One Cup Round 1), Napoli vs PSG (Friendly)

Aug. 12: Real Madrid vs Sevilla (UEFA Super Cup), Capital One Cup Round 1, Man U vs Valencia (Friendly)

Aug. 13: Dortmund vs Bayern (DFL Supercup), San Lorenzo vs Asuncion (Lib. Final 2nd Leg), Capital One Cup Round 1

Aug. 15: Dynamo vs Union, Querétaro vs Veracruz, Tijuana vs Chiapas

Aug. 16: BPL Opens: Man U vs Swansea, West Ham vs Tottenham, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, RSL vs Sounders

Aug. 17: Liverpool vs Southampton, Newcastle vs Man City, Bordeaux vs Monaco

Aug. 18: Burnley vs Chelsea, Barcelona vs Leon (Friendly)

Aug. 19: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Supercopa 1st Leg), CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 20: Sounders vs Earthquakes, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 21: CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 22: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid (Supercopa 2nd Leg), Bayern vs Wolfsburg (Bund. Opens), Dallas vs RSL

Aug. 23: Everton vs Arsenal, Chelsea vs Leicester City, Sevilla vs Valencia (La Liga Opens), Dortmund vs Leverkusen

Aug. 24: Tottenham vs QPR, Sunderland vs Man U, Timbers vs Sounders

Aug. 25: Man City vs Liverpool, Real Madrid vs Córdoba, Rayo Vallecano vs Atlético Madrid

Aug. 26: CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 27: LA Galaxy vs DC United, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 28: CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 29: Sporting KC vs Hous. Dynamo, Valencia vs Málaga, Augsburg vs Dortmund, Tijuana vs Univ. Guadalajara

Aug. 30: Everton vs Chelsea, Chievo vs Juventus (Serie A Opens), Roma vs Fiorentina, Schalke vs Bayern

Aug. 31: Tottenham vs Liverpool, Villarreal vs Barcelona, Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid, Milan vs Lazio

 

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Let’s see if this one works…

Link to July Thread

For those who are interested, Fantasy Premier League. Code for the BTF League is 585849-148849.

 

And the games. Rumor has it a few leagues start this month:

Aug. 5: UEFA Champs. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 6: Asuncion vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, UEFA Champs. League Quals (inc. Celtic vs Legia)

Aug. 7: Europa League Quals., CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 8: Galaxy vs Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 Opens), Morelia vs Tijuana

Aug. 9: RSL vs DC United, Tottenham vs Schalke (Friendly), Cruz Azul vs Puebla

Aug. 10: Man City vs Arsenal (Comm. Shield), Liverpool vs Dortmund (Friendly), Whitecaps vs Sport. KC, Sounders vs Dynamo

Aug. 11: Carlisle vs Derby (Cap. One Cup Round 1), Napoli vs PSG (Friendly)

Aug. 12: Real Madrid vs Sevilla (UEFA Super Cup), Capital One Cup Round 1, Man U vs Valencia (Friendly)

Aug. 13: Dortmund vs Bayern (DFL Supercup), San Lorenzo vs Asuncion (Lib. Final 2nd Leg), Capital One Cup Round 1

Aug. 15: Dynamo vs Union, Querétaro vs Veracruz, Tijuana vs Chiapas

Aug. 16: BPL Opens: Man U vs Swansea, West Ham vs Tottenham, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, RSL vs Sounders

Aug. 17: Liverpool vs Southampton, Newcastle vs Man City, Bordeaux vs Monaco

Aug. 18: Burnley vs Chelsea, Barcelona vs Leon (Friendly)

Aug. 19: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Supercopa 1st Leg), CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 20: Sounders vs Earthquakes, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 21: CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 22: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid (Supercopa 2nd Leg), Bayern vs Wolfsburg (Bund. Opens), Dallas vs RSL

Aug. 23: Everton vs Arsenal, Chelsea vs Leicester City, Sevilla vs Valencia (La Liga Opens), Dortmund vs Leverkusen

Aug. 24: Tottenham vs QPR, Sunderland vs Man U, Timbers vs Sounders

Aug. 25: Man City vs Liverpool, Real Madrid vs Córdoba, Rayo Vallecano vs Atlético Madrid

Aug. 26: CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 27: LA Galaxy vs DC United, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 28: CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 29: Sporting KC vs Hous. Dynamo, Valencia vs Málaga, Augsburg vs Dortmund, Tijuana vs Univ. Guadalajara

Aug. 30: Everton vs Chelsea, Chievo vs Juventus (Serie A Opens), Roma vs Fiorentina, Schalke vs Bayern

Aug. 31: Tottenham vs Liverpool, Villarreal vs Barcelona, Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid, Milan vs Lazio

 

” cols=“100” rows=“20”>Link to July Thread

For those who are interested, Fantasy Premier League. Code for the BTF League is 585849-148849.

 

And the games. Rumor has it a few leagues start this month:

Aug. 5: UEFA Champs. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 6: Asuncion vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, UEFA Champs. League Quals (inc. Celtic vs Legia)

Aug. 7: Europa League Quals., CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 8: Galaxy vs Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 Opens), Morelia vs Tijuana

Aug. 9: RSL vs DC United, Tottenham vs Schalke (Friendly), Cruz Azul vs Puebla

Aug. 10: Man City vs Arsenal (Comm. Shield), Liverpool vs Dortmund (Friendly), Whitecaps vs Sport. KC, Sounders vs Dynamo

Aug. 11: Carlisle vs Derby (Cap. One Cup Round 1), Napoli vs PSG (Friendly)

Aug. 12: Real Madrid vs Sevilla (UEFA Super Cup), Capital One Cup Round 1, Man U vs Valencia (Friendly)

Aug. 13: Dortmund vs Bayern (DFL Supercup), San Lorenzo vs Asuncion (Lib. Final 2nd Leg), Capital One Cup Round 1

Aug. 15: Dynamo vs Union, Querétaro vs Veracruz, Tijuana vs Chiapas

Aug. 16: BPL Opens: Man U vs Swansea, West Ham vs Tottenham, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, RSL vs Sounders

Aug. 17: Liverpool vs Southampton, Newcastle vs Man City, Bordeaux vs Monaco

Aug. 18: Burnley vs Chelsea, Barcelona vs Leon (Friendly)

Aug. 19: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Supercopa 1st Leg), CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 20: Sounders vs Earthquakes, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 21: CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 22: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid (Supercopa 2nd Leg), Bayern vs Wolfsburg (Bund. Opens), Dallas vs RSL

Aug. 23: Everton vs Arsenal, Chelsea vs Leicester City, Sevilla vs Valencia (La Liga Opens), Dortmund vs Leverkusen

Aug. 24: Tottenham vs QPR, Sunderland vs Man U, Timbers vs Sounders

Aug. 25: Man City vs Liverpool, Real Madrid vs Córdoba, Rayo Vallecano vs Atlético Madrid

Aug. 26: CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 27: LA Galaxy vs DC United, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 28: CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 29: Sporting KC vs Hous. Dynamo, Valencia vs Málaga, Augsburg vs Dortmund, Tijuana vs Univ. Guadalajara

Aug. 30: Everton vs Chelsea, Chievo vs Juventus (Serie A Opens), Roma vs Fiorentina, Schalke vs Bayern

Aug. 31: Tottenham vs Liverpool, Villarreal vs Barcelona, Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid, Milan vs Lazio

 

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Let’s see if this one works…

Link to July Thread

For those who are interested, Fantasy Premier League. Code for the BTF League is 585849-148849.

 

And the games. Rumor has it a few leagues start this month:

Aug. 5: UEFA Champs. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 6: Asuncion vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, UEFA Champs. League Quals (inc. Celtic vs Legia)

Aug. 7: Europa League Quals., CONCACAF Champs. League

Aug. 8: Galaxy vs Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 Opens), Morelia vs Tijuana

Aug. 9: RSL vs DC United, Tottenham vs Schalke (Friendly), Cruz Azul vs Puebla

Aug. 10: Man City vs Arsenal (Comm. Shield), Liverpool vs Dortmund (Friendly), Whitecaps vs Sport. KC, Sounders vs Dynamo

Aug. 11: Carlisle vs Derby (Cap. One Cup Round 1), Napoli vs PSG (Friendly)

Aug. 12: Real Madrid vs Sevilla (UEFA Super Cup), Capital One Cup Round 1, Man U vs Valencia (Friendly)

Aug. 13: Dortmund vs Bayern (DFL Supercup), San Lorenzo vs Asuncion (Lib. Final 2nd Leg), Capital One Cup Round 1

Aug. 15: Dynamo vs Union, Querétaro vs Veracruz, Tijuana vs Chiapas

Aug. 16: BPL Opens: Man U vs Swansea, West Ham vs Tottenham, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, RSL vs Sounders

Aug. 17: Liverpool vs Southampton, Newcastle vs Man City, Bordeaux vs Monaco

Aug. 18: Burnley vs Chelsea, Barcelona vs Leon (Friendly)

Aug. 19: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Supercopa 1st Leg), CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 20: Sounders vs Earthquakes, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 21: CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 22: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid (Supercopa 2nd Leg), Bayern vs Wolfsburg (Bund. Opens), Dallas vs RSL

Aug. 23: Everton vs Arsenal, Chelsea vs Leicester City, Sevilla vs Valencia (La Liga Opens), Dortmund vs Leverkusen

Aug. 24: Tottenham vs QPR, Sunderland vs Man U, Timbers vs Sounders

Aug. 25: Man City vs Liverpool, Real Madrid vs Córdoba, Rayo Vallecano vs Atlético Madrid

Aug. 26: CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 27: LA Galaxy vs DC United, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 28: CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Sudamericana

Aug. 29: Sporting KC vs Hous. Dynamo, Valencia vs Málaga, Augsburg vs Dortmund, Tijuana vs Univ. Guadalajara

Aug. 30: Everton vs Chelsea, Chievo vs Juventus (Serie A Opens), Roma vs Fiorentina, Schalke vs Bayern

Aug. 31: Tottenham vs Liverpool, Villarreal vs Barcelona, Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid, Milan vs Lazio

 

Howling John Shade Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:50 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Monday, August 04, 2014

OT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014

Link to July Thread.

Fantasy Premier League. Code for BTF League is 585849-148849.


Aug. 4: Man U vs Liverpool (ICC Final), MLS Homegrown Team vs Timbers U23

Aug. 5: Champ. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champ. League (inc. Montral Impact vs FAS)

Aug. 6: UEFA Champ. League Qual., Nacional vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, Napoli vs Barcelona

Aug. 7: Europa League Qual., CONC. Champ. League

Aug, 8: LA Galaxy vs SJ Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 opener)

Aug. 9: Tottenham vs Schalke, RSL vs DC United, Col. Crew vs Toronto FC

Aug. 10: Man City vs Arsenal (Comm. Shield), Liverpool vs Dortmund (Friendly), Sounders vs Dynamo

Aug. 11: Carlisle United vs Derby (Cap. One Cup), Napoli vs PSG (Friendly)

Aug. 12: Real Madrid vs Sevilla (UEFA Super Cup), Man U vs Valencia (Friendly), Capital One Cup Round 1

Aug. 13: Dortmund vs Bayern (DFL Supercup), San Lorenzo vs Nacional (Liber. Final 2nd Leg), Capital One Cup Round 1

Aug. 15: Dynamo vs Union, Tijuana vs Chiapas, Queretaro vs Veracruz, Barcelona vs Leon (Friendly)

Aug. 16: PL Starts! Man U vs Swansea, Tottenham vs West Ham, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, RSL vs Sounders

Aug. 17: Liverpool vs Southampton, Newcastle vs Man City, Bordeaux vs Monaco

Aug. 18: Burnley vs Chelsea

Aug. 19: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Supercopa Leg 1), CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 20: Rapids vs Galaxy, Sounders vs Earthquakes, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 21: CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 22: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid (Supercopa Leg 2), Bayern vs Wolfsburg (Bund. Opener), Dallas vs RSL

Aug. 23: Everton vs Arsenal, Chelsea vs Leicester City, Dortmund vs Leverkusen, Sevilla vs Valencia (La Liga Opener)

Aug. 24: Tottenham vs QPR, Sunderland vs Man U, Timbers vs Sounders

Aug. 25: Man City vs Liverpool, Real Madrid vs Cordoba, Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid

Aug. 26: CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 27: LA Galaxy vs DC United, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 28: Monaco vs Lille, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 29: Augsburg vs Dortmund, Sporting KC vs H. Dynamo, Valencia vs Malaga, Tijuana vs Guadalajara

Aug. 30: Everton vs Chelsea, Schalke vs Bayern, Chievo vs Juventus (Serie A Opens), Roma vs Fiorentina

Aug. 31: Tottenham vs Liverpool, Leicester City vs Arsenal, Villareal vs Barcelona, Milan vs Lazio

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Link to July Thread.

Fantasy Premier League. Code for BTF League is 585849-148849.


Aug. 4: Man U vs Liverpool (ICC Final), MLS Homegrown Team vs Timbers U23

Aug. 5: Champ. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champ. League (inc. Montral Impact vs FAS)

Aug. 6: UEFA Champ. League Qual., Nacional vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, Napoli vs Barcelona

Aug. 7: Europa League Qual., CONC. Champ. League

Aug, 8: LA Galaxy vs SJ Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 opener)

Aug. 9: Tottenham vs Schalke, RSL vs DC United, Col. Crew vs Toronto FC

Aug. 10: Man City vs Arsenal (Comm. Shield), Liverpool vs Dortmund (Friendly), Sounders vs Dynamo

Aug. 11: Carlisle United vs Derby (Cap. One Cup), Napoli vs PSG (Friendly)

Aug. 12: Real Madrid vs Sevilla (UEFA Super Cup), Man U vs Valencia (Friendly), Capital One Cup Round 1

Aug. 13: Dortmund vs Bayern (DFL Supercup), San Lorenzo vs Nacional (Liber. Final 2nd Leg), Capital One Cup Round 1

Aug. 15: Dynamo vs Union, Tijuana vs Chiapas, Queretaro vs Veracruz, Barcelona vs Leon (Friendly)

Aug. 16: PL Starts! Man U vs Swansea, Tottenham vs West Ham, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, RSL vs Sounders

Aug. 17: Liverpool vs Southampton, Newcastle vs Man City, Bordeaux vs Monaco

Aug. 18: Burnley vs Chelsea

Aug. 19: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Supercopa Leg 1), CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 20: Rapids vs Galaxy, Sounders vs Earthquakes, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 21: CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 22: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid (Supercopa Leg 2), Bayern vs Wolfsburg (Bund. Opener), Dallas vs RSL

Aug. 23: Everton vs Arsenal, Chelsea vs Leicester City, Dortmund vs Leverkusen, Sevilla vs Valencia (La Liga Opener)

Aug. 24: Tottenham vs QPR, Sunderland vs Man U, Timbers vs Sounders

Aug. 25: Man City vs Liverpool, Real Madrid vs Cordoba, Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid

Aug. 26: CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 27: LA Galaxy vs DC United, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 28: Monaco vs Lille, CONCACAF Champ. League, Copasudamericana

Aug. 29: Augsburg vs Dortmund, Sporting KC vs H. Dynamo, Valencia vs Malaga, Tijuana vs Guadalajara

Aug. 30: Everton vs Chelsea, Schalke vs Bayern, Chievo vs Juventus (Serie A Opens), Roma vs Fiorentina

Aug. 31: Tottenham vs Liverpool, Leicester City vs Arsenal, Villareal vs Barcelona, Milan vs Lazio

Howling John Shade Posted: August 04, 2014 at 04:18 PM | 1041 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Monday, July 14, 2014

OT: The Soccer Thread July, 2014

Link to June Thread

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Finally we get to talk about what really matters: transfer rumors!

Oh, and there are some games too:

July 15: KR Reykjavik vs Celtic & other Champions League Qualifiers

July 16: Lanus vs Atletico Mineiro (Recopa Sudamericana Leg 1), Philadelphia Union vs NY Red Bulls, Champions League Qualifiers

July 17: Europa League Qualifiers, Hearts vs Man City (Friendly)

July 18: RB Leipzig vs PSG (Friendly), Tijuana vs Puebla, Querétaro vs Pumas UNAM

July 19: Seattle Sounders vs Tottenham Hotspur (Friendly), Sporting KC vs LA Galaxy, León vs América

July 20: DC United vs Chivas USA

July 22: Champions League Qualifiers 2nd Leg, Club Nacional vs. Defensor Sporting (Libertadores)

July 23: Liverpool vs Roma, Toronto FC vs Spurs, Sporting vs Man City, LA Galaxy v. Man U (All Friendlies)

July 24: Olympiakos v. Milan (Int. Champions Cup), Europa League Qualifiers

July 25: Sacramento Republic vs West Brom (Friendly), Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul

July 26: Man U vs Roma (ICC), Real Madrid vs Inter (ICC), NYRB vs Arsenal (Friendly), Chicago Fire vs Spurs (Friendly)

July 27: Milan vs Man City (ICC), Liverpool vs Olympiakos (ICC)

July 28: Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy

July 29: Defensor Sporting vs Nacional (Libertadores)

July 30: Real Salt Lake vs NYRB, Bolívar vs San Lorenzo (Libertadores)

Link to June Thread

Howling John Shade Posted: July 14, 2014 at 03:02 PM | 608 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

Friday, July 11, 2014

Brooks: Baseball or Soccer?

Is life more like baseball, or is it more like soccer?
...
Most of us spend our days thinking we are playing baseball, but we are really playing soccer. We think we individually choose what career path to take, whom to socialize with, what views to hold. But, in fact, those decisions are shaped by the networks of people around us more than we dare recognize.

If life were anything like that Argentina-Netherlands semifinal, I would have swerved into oncoming traffic years ago.  That was 120 minutes of coaching visits at the mound and guys stepping out to adjust their batting gloves.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Will soccer’s gain be baseball’s loss?

When the 2014 World Cup concludes, soccer isn’t going to disappear the way it typically has. Major League Soccer is growing in influence and popularity in traditional sports cities. More significant, major networks such as ESPN, Fox, and NBC Sports have adopted the sport.

In particular, ESPN’s awesome communications machinery is committed, to an unprecedented extent, to growing the world’s most popular game in America.

And if the 21st century has taught us any important sports lesson, it’s that it’s futile to fight ESPN.

Baseball, meanwhile, appears to have the same demographic problems with its base as the Republican Party: It’s too old. It’s too white. It’s perceived as too square.

 

MikeTorrez Posted: June 29, 2014 at 06:35 PM | 205 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer, world cup

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Manfred: US Soccer Team Coach Makes A Blunt Kobe Bryant Analogy That Explains Why He Cut Landon Donovan

OK, it’s not a baseball story but we should always applaud a coach/manager who understands his club’s need to focus on future, not past performance.

In what was the most controversial roster move in U.S. soccer history, coach Jurgen Klinsmann left Landon Donovan off the team ahead of the 2014 World Cup. ...

He said he doesn’t believe that past accolades should be taken into account when planning for the future.

He used a Kobe Bryant analogy to illustrate this point. He said the two-year $48.5-million extension that the Los Angeles Lakers gave Kobe last fall was insane. From The New York Times:

“‘This always happens in America,’ Klinsmann told me, waving his hands in the air. ‘Kobe Bryant, for example — why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?’”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: bad contracts, basketball, sabermetrics, soccer

Monday, June 02, 2014

OT: The Soccer Thread June, 2014

It’s go time!

June 12th Brazil v Croatia

June 13th Mexico v Cameroon, Spain v Holland, Chile v Australia

June 14th Colombia v Greece, Ivory Coast v Japan, Uruguay v Costa Rica, England v Italy

June 15th Switzerland v Ecuador, France v Honduras, Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina

June 16th Iran v Nigeria, Germany v Portugal, Ghana v USA

June 17th Brazil v Mexico, Belgium v Algeria, Russia v South Korea

June 18th Cameroon v Croatia, Australia v Holland, Spain v Chile

June 19th Colombia v Ivory Coast, Japan v Greece, Uruguay v England

June 20th Italy v Costa Rica, Switzerland v France, Honduras v Ecuador

June 21st Argentina v Iran, Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany v Ghana

June 22nd USA v Portugal, Belgium v Russia, South Korea v Algeria

June 23rd Cameroon v Brazil, Croatia v Mexico, Australia v Spain, Holland v Chile

June 24th Greece v Ivory Coast, Japan v Colombia, Costa Rica v England, Italy v Uruguay

June 25th Ecuador v France, Honduras v Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran, Nigeria v Argentina

June 26th Portugal v Ghana, USA v Germany, Algeria v Russia, South Korea v Belgium

June 28th Group A winner v Group B runner up, Group C winner v Group D runner up

June 29th Group B winner v Group A runner up, Group D winner v Group C runner up

June 30th Group E winner v Group F runner up, Group G winner v Group H runner up

 

Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 02, 2014 at 10:03 AM | 9133 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer, u-s-a u-s-a, world cup

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

OT: The Soccer Thread May, 2014

Real and Atletico go two rounds. Can Liverpool come back? Will Arsenal finally win a trophy?

May 7: Man City v. Aston Villa, Valladolid v. Real Madrid, Copa Liberatadores Quarterfinals (1st legs)
May 8: Copa Liberatadores Quarterfinals (1st legs)
May 10: Inter v. Lazio
May 11: Liverpool v. Newcastle, Man City v. West Ham, Atletico v. Malaga, Celta de Vigo v. Real Madrid, Roma v. Juventus
May 13: Germany v. Poland
May 14: Sevilla v. Benfica, Copa Liberatadores Quarterfinals (2nd legs)
May 15: Copa Liberatadores Quarterfinals (2nd legs)
May 16: Barcelona v. Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid v. Espanyol
May 17: FA Cup Final (Arsenal v. Hull City), DFB Pokal (Dortmund v. Bayern)
May 24: Champions League Final (Real Madrid v. Atletico Madrid)
May 27: USA v. Azerbaijan, Scotland v. Nigeria
May 28: Denmark v. Sweden, Mexico v. Israel, Cameroon v. Paraguay, Honduras v. Turkey
May 29: Chile v. Egypt, Spain v. Bolivia
May 30: England v. Peru, Portugal v. Greece, Netherlands v. Ghana
May 31: Mexico v. Ecuador, France v. Paraguay

Howling John Shade Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:40 AM | 1176 comment(s)
  Beats: soccer

 

 

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