• Soccer, luck and VAR
    Recently I started reading a book "The Numbers Game." The authors of the book are academicians. Some their findings are stunning for the lovers of our beautiful game. After analyzing tons of data, they come to the conclusion that soccer is a 50/50 game. "Half of it is luck, half of it is skill."
  • Rafa Marquez, from Designated Player to Specially Designated National
    Mexican national team captain Rafael Marquez has gone from former Designated Player in MLS to Specially Designated National, accused of acting as a front person for the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization, headed by Raul Flores, also known as "El Tio."
  • Transfer fees to make your head spin, beyond Neymar
    That $260 million Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar will continue to boggle the mind, but to see transfer fees truly spiraling out of control, look to the English Premier League. That's where a 27-year-old English right back who has played fewer UEFA Champions League games than Christian Pulisic went for $60 million.
  • Dutch women win over a nation
    That the host Netherlands won Euro 2017 was not necessarily a surprise -- the favorites Germany and France exited early -- but how it won in style, turning heads at home and across the world of women's soccer, was. Its architect's claim to fame as a player is that she was part of the most famous recruiting class in women's college soccer history.
  • FIFPro wants investigation of Neymar transfer to PSG
    Astonishing sums paid by the Premier League's broadcasting partners have triggered a severe escalation in the prices commanded by top players. Still, the skyrocketing price paid for Neymar -- $263 million, nearly three times the $96.6 million paid by Barcelona to Santos just four years ago - has shocked the world.
  • Qatar-backed PSG pushes the envelope with Neymar deal
    The Gulf boycott of Qatar doesn't prevent Qatar Sports Investments from investing money abroad in soccer, and it's set to spent almost $500 million -- yes, half a billion dollars -- on one player.
  • Even Bayern Munich doesn't have a magic formula for youth development
    It seems like only yesterday that Bayern Munich was hailed for its ability to produce stars from its youth ranks. In fact, it's been seven years since a Bayern academy player broke into the first team and remained in it.
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