• Klinsmann: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
    At the age of 50, the story of Jurgen Klinsmann's career as a coach likely still has a long way to run. Aside from guiding his home country to an unlikely third-place finish at its own World Cup in 2006, Klinsmann's only other noteworthy achievement is winning the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which his USA achieved with a squad of largely second-string players. Wedged in between the Germany and USA jobs was a one-season stint at the helm of Bayern Munich, which resulted in his premature dismissal. Assuming he remains USA coach through the 2018 World Cup, this will have …
  • Are The Feds Closing in on Blatter?
    As of Monday afternoon, resigning FIFA President Sepp Blatter still has not been charged with anything, despite ongoing investigations into FIFA-but that could all change, soon. Many of the scandal's biggest revelations over the past couple days have come from South Africa's Sunday Times, which is in possession of a 2007 email from FIFA secretary Jerome Valcke that says that both Blatter and former South African President Thabo Mbeki had held "discussions" over the $10 million that ultimately went from South African taxpayers to a fund controlled by disgraced former CONCACAF president Jack Warner. The Department of Justice is alleging …
  • UCL Final: How Juve Can Beat Barca
    There are some big questions heading into this year's UEFA Champions League final, but none is bigger than: Does Juve stand a chance? Indeed, most soccer-watchers and critics feel that despite having trounced the competition in Italy this season, Juve doesn't really stand a chance this year because Serie A is not as strong as La Liga and Barca's front-three is just too good to be contained.
  • FIFA's Unraveling Really is a Mafia Tale
    Things are moving fast in the FIFA investigation: on Wednesday, court papers containing the full testimony of former CONCACAF general secretary and FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, who has become an informant in the FBI's ongoing investigation into corruption at FIFA, were released. As expected, Blazer admitted that he and other unnamed executive committee members accepted bribes in exchange for World Cup votes.
  • Sepp Blatter Has No Intention of Stepping Down as FIFA President
    As it turns out, the story of Sepp Blatter's resignation as president of FIFA isn't over yet. On a day when Russia and Qatar both defiantly maintained that they would go on to host soccer's showpiece event in 2018 and 2022, respectively, Reuters reported that the FBI, after handing out indictments to current and former FIFA officials as well as five sports marketing and broadcasting execs last week, is now turning its attention to the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. While there are now most likely zero people left in the world who actually believe that this …
  • What's Next for Blatter, Jail?
    So, Soccer Czar Sepp Blatter is finally stepping aside. In the end, it was all very Watergate-esque: a leading newspaper, in this case The New York Times, on Monday quoted American law enforcement sources claiming that in 2008, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke diverted $10 million from the South African World Cup organizing committee budget to accounts controlled by disgraced former CONCACAF president Jack Warner, who was among the 14 indicted by the FBI last week, in exchange for the votes of both he and fellow former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer in favor of South Africa winning the …
  • What the Gunners Really Need to Challenge for the EPL Title
    Arsenal players, staff and fans soaked up the club's FA Cup triumph in pouring rain on Sunday, one day after easing to a 4-0 win against Aston Villa in the final at Wembley. During the parade, Sky Sports asked several Gunners to reflect on their season and tell fans what to expect in 2015-16. To a man, they almost all said that winning silverware is great, but that next season, they want the Premier League title. Which brings us to our question of the day: can Arsenal challenge the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United for the Premier …
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