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2019 Gold Cup

The Gold Cup is the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football national team championship. The 2019 edition is the 15th edition and takes place in United States, Costa Rica and Jamaica. The latter two will host two games to open their respective groups, B and C. The Gold Cup features 16 teams for the first time and...

Nations League Final

Portugal won the first UEFA Nations League by beating Holland 1-0 at home, at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao. The Dutch had failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia and were in decline until a new batch of Ajax bred youngsters and other rising or in form players were blended together by new national coach Ronald Koeman. Frenkie de...

2018-2019 Team of the Season

Alisson is the Brazilian national team starter and ex-Roma goalkeeper. He had a big hand in Liverpool finishing second in the EPL and winning the Champions League. Ferland Mendy is a soon to be 23 year old left back. Another Lyon prospect but not from Lyon’s own academy. Mendy grew up at Le Havre’s famous production line which has included...

Champions League Final

The 2018-2019 Champions League final will take place in Madrid’s 67,000 capacity Metropolitano Stadium, the home of Atletico Madrid, on June 1, 2019. Tottenham and Liverpool will complete the all English final – he Europa league featured Chelsea beating Arsenal 4-1 in Azerbaijan. Tottenham finished fourth in the 2018-2019 premiership a big 26 points behind Liverpool who finished second. Liverpool...

Europa League Final

The 2018-2019 Europa League final takes place between Chelsea and Arsenal on May 29 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Not without controversy. The distance and the scarcity of direct flights will mean less fans in the stadium. Also, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is an Armenian and it has been decided that he will stay home fearing for his safety in the neighbouring rival country....

European Leagues: Gap Between Top Two

One of the effects of money in football has been the gap between the rich and the poor. As in society there is some evidence that the gap keeps increasing. Several factors including how TV rights money is distributed contributes to this gap. Somewhat unrelated to the aforementioned gap is the gap between first and second placed teams. This gap...

Second Division Leaders

As the 2018-2019 season comes to a close the picture is almost clear as to which teams will join the top division in Europe’s major leagues. A few new names and a few more bigger names are headed to the top for 2019-2020. Starting in England‘s Championship Norwich and Sheffield United won the automatic promotion spots. The latter were last...

Relegation In Europe’s Top Leagues

It is late April and the football season is drawing to a close in almost every country. Disappointment time is up on many teams, some of which spent or over spent to stay in the top division. Here’s the status of the relegation fights across some of Europe’s top leagues. In the English Premier League Huddersfield are going back down...

Value Tracker: Champions League Quarter Finals

The Champions League quarter finals produced more drama of the VAR variety. The introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the Champions League for the first time was bound to create questions as it has done at various leagues like the Serie A it hasn’t failed in doing so. A separate long read is required to point out the faults and...

Youngest Coaches In Europe

Coaches (or managers) seem to be getting earlier starts as many former and not former players get to coach teams at highest levels inside their thirties. The following is a list of some of the youngest coaches in Europe’s biggest leagues. In the English Premier League Jan Siewert at Huddersfield is the youngest at 36, he took over after David...