• FIFA Needs to Change its Rankings System, Again
    Since it began ranking its member countries in 1993, FIFA has updated the scheme it uses for determining its world rankings on two separate occasions, making major changes in 1999 and 2006. In May of 2006, prior to the Germany World Cup, news that FIFA was to revamp its rankings again was met with cheers across Europe and South America, in particular. Why, because at the time, most soccer pundits thought that CONCACAF giants USA and Mexico, ranked fifth and fourth in the world ahead of that tournament, were ranked too high. The argument was that the old system unfairly …
  • Blatter Distances Himself From Confederations, Reality
    In a new interview with right-wing Swiss publication Weltwoche, FIFA president Sepp Blatter maintains that he has done nothing wrong as head of world soccer's scandal-ridden governing body. Coincidentally, the interview came out on the same day (Thursday) that FIFA's ethics committee banned former CONCACAF head Chuck Blazer from soccer for life.
  • Raheem Sterling Has No Idea What He's Doing
    Sometimes, you feel for youngsters for being nave. Perhaps Raheem Sterling was being nave when, back in April, he started talking about his contract negotiations with Liverpool in an interview with BBC Sport. At the time, the 20-year-old English-Jamaican indicated that he had no intention of signing the five-year contract extension his club was offering him, worth 100,000 pounds ($153,700) per week. He insisted that his main goal was trophies and not money. To be sure, talking about contract negotiations with the press is a bad move-any professional player would tell you that. It follows, then, that Sterling came under …
  • Carli Lloyd: Best Hat-Trick in Soccer History?
    It's less than two days since Carli Lloyd led the USA to a record third Women's World Cup triumph on the back of her first-half hat-trick in Sunday's 5-2 win against Japan in Sunday's final, and Off The Post can't stop thinking about it. Not the win itself, necessarily-OTP thoroughly expected revenge to be exacted upon the Japanese for that 2011 heartbreak-, nor even the resounding score-line, really-although 1-0, or even a shootout win would have sufficed-but the performance of Lloyd was truly something special in the history of soccer, if not sports in general. But where, exactly, does it …
  • Poor Final or Not, Chile Deserved the Copa America
    If you picked just one game to watch this Fourth of July weekend, you would be sad if you chose to see the Copa America final between Argentina and Chile on Saturday instead of the Women's World Cup final between the USA and Japan on Sunday night. In the end, the fight for the South American championship, which brought together the tournament's two-highest scoring teams-contained a couple of good chances, a couple penalty claims, and maybe one glaring miss sprinkled across 120 minutes of pure stalemate.
  • A Mouth-Watering Copa Final for Neutrals
    Could there be any better game for neutrals than the Copa America final between Argentina and Chile on Saturday? The contest pits the favorite against the tournament's high-scoring host in a game that feels like a must-win for both countries. As AFP says, it is a true clash of a pair of golden generations. Despite boasting the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano (among others), Argentina has not won a major competition since the 1993 Copa America, which means that none of the richly talented players on its current roster has ever lifted an …
  • Klinsmann's Clever Dempsey Demotion
    U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann executed a tricky piece of player diplomacy on Thursday by stripping forward Clint Dempsey of the captain's armband and handing it to center midfielder Michael Bradley ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which begins for the USA on July 7 against Honduras. Dempsey, of course, has been at the center of a media storm since his confrontation with referee Daniel Radford during a U.S. Open Cup match with his club, the Seattle Sounders, on June 16. Following the awarding of a red card to teammate Michael Azira deep in extra-time, the former Fulham …
  • American Pride in Montreal
    Notwithstanding the long lines at the Canada-USA border, it's a great feeling to be re-entering the country with the knowledge that the U.S. women just convincingly beat FIFA's No. 1-ranked team in the World Cup semifinal. The fact that it was the Germans, who as we know hold the world title on the men's side, makes it all the sweeter. If Jill Ellis' women play like that against either Japan or England, a record third world title should be coming home. Perhaps FIFA will let the U.S. women keep the trophy this time, just like it did the Brazil men …
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