Category: Soccer-Football

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...

FIFA U-20 World Cup

The FIFA under 20 World Cup takes place every two years. The 2019 edition is the 22nd and will take place in Poland – who beat India’s bid – between May 23rd and 15th June. England are the defending champions. The English beat Venezuela 1-0 in South Korea two years ago but failed to qualify for Poland. Six venues have...

Champions League Quarter Finals

The 2018-2019 Champions League quarter finals are set for April 9 and April 10 with the return legs one week later. The first leg match up are as follows: April 9 April 10 Liverpool – FC PortoTottenham Hotspur – Manchester City Ajax – JuventusManchester United – Barcelona In the round of 16 Ronaldo and Juventus overcame Atletico Madrid. Manchester City...

The Canadian Premier League

The Canadian Premier League will start its inaugural season on April 27 2019. The first season will feature seven teams spanning almost the full width of the country. The founding teams span Pacific FC on west coast’s Vancouver Island to Halifax as HFX Wanderers FC on the easy coast with York 9 FC, Forge FC, Valour FC, Cavalry FC, FC...

2019 Women’s World Cup

The 2019 edition of the Women’s World Cup is the eighth of its kind. It will be held in France between June 7th and July 7th in nine cities around France with the smallest venue being Grenoble’s Stade des Alpes and the biggest Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais. The stadium capacities range from just above 20,000 to 59,000. One hundred and...