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The Greatest Losers in World Cup History

The Greatest Losers in World Cup History

Feb 23, 2021Tom Weber

“History is written by the victors” and “no one remembers who came in second” are old adages that don’t always ring true. The best example of that is...

Alan Shearer: The Quintessential Hometown Hero

Alan Shearer: The Quintessential Hometown Hero

Feb 16, 2021Tom Weber

Alan Shearer was never a one-club man like Paolo Maldini, nor could he boast the same silverware as some of his compatriots and peers. What he did have,...

The Brief, Cursed Existence of Chivas USA

The Brief, Cursed Existence of Chivas USA

Feb 09, 2021Tom Weber

As football becomes ever more cutthroat and profit driven, brand exposure has developed into a prominent aspect of the business. Clubs can take different approaches: some sign players...

The Rise and Fall of Roberto Baggio

The Rise and Fall of Roberto Baggio

Feb 02, 2021Tom Weber

Few players divided opinions quite like Roberto Baggio. Beloved by some, hated by others; unquestionably talented, yet rarely utilized to his full potential. Baggio was one of the...

Reviving a Fallen Giant: Steven Gerrard at Rangers

Reviving a Fallen Giant: Steven Gerrard at Rangers

Jan 26, 2021Tom Weber

When Rangers entered administration and plummeted out of the Scottish top flight all the way down to the fourth division, it had hit rock bottom. Now, eight and...

BOCA ’00 vs. RIVER ’18

BOCA ’00 vs. RIVER ’18

Jan 19, 2021The Sideliner

This is a collaboration with La Copa Imposible. The original version was written in Spanish by Daniel Arcucci and Ezequiel Fernández Moores--- This is a surreal Superclásico. Nothing could stop...

Franz Beckenbauer: Football’s Emperor

Franz Beckenbauer: Football’s Emperor

Jan 12, 2021Tom Weber

There are good players who will always be fondly remembered by supporters, and there are great ones who transcended rivalries and changed the game forever. Franz Beckenbauer is...

New Year, New Signings

New Year, New Signings

Jan 05, 2021Tom Weber

Silly season is upon us. The Premier League transfer window is open, and clubs can wheel and deal as much as they like for the entirety of January....

Football: The Flag, the Temple, and Eternity

Football: The Flag, the Temple, and Eternity

Dec 29, 2020The Sideliner

“Of the three ingredients that soccer offers, the most essential to its success is neither the ball nor the players but the flag. . . .” Soccer captures...

Harry Kane: The King of Boxing Day

Harry Kane: The King of Boxing Day

Dec 22, 2020Tom Weber

For a lot of people, the holidays are a rare opportunity to spend some quality time with friends and family, but there is one team—and one man in...

The Young Team Taking Spain by Storm

The Young Team Taking Spain by Storm

Dec 15, 2020Tom Weber

While the big clubs in La Liga have been plagued by inconsistency, one team has taken full advantage of the situation. Real Sociedad finds itself embroiled in a...

Spain's Four Years of Global Domination

Spain's Four Years of Global Domination

Dec 08, 2020Tom Weber

This year marks the tenth anniversary of one of football’s greatest dynasties reaching its zenith. The Spanish national team of the late 2000s and early 2010s dominated the...

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