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A Review of the UCL at the Halfway Mark

Reading Time: 5 minutesWith the international break in progress and just some time before club football returns, most importantly the UCL, it’s important to look at what has happened so far in this season’s UCL. Here’s a breakdown of each group and their current standings and performances halfway through the group stage. Group A – Bayern, Atletico, Lokomotiv, RB Salzburg At the start of the draw, Bayern were favorites to top the group, with Atletico coming second and possibly threatening Bayern. Halfway through, Bayern are still favorites to top the group as they have dominated their opponents, and Atletico...

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American Soccer Fans Should Finally Get Excited — Not Scared — For The National Team

Reading Time: 2 minutesWith Gregg Berhalter, many fans have felt fear and anger as the USMNT has struggled with minuscule teams like Trinidad and Tobago.  But, since upcoming friendlies for the team are Europe-based, the team’s schedule does not accommodate players in the MLS. Now, Berhalter was forced to look into Europe, where countless Americans thrive.  This has led to him choosing a squad akin to a mirage of water for American fans that have become lost in the desert. The squad is composed of 24 players not based in their homelands and is promising for just that reason....

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The Top Three UCL Matchups To Watch This Season

Reading Time: 3 minutes With the ’20 / ’21 UCL group stage draw having taken place, it’s time to look at the hottest fixtures and matchups happening in this season’s Champions League. Chelsea-Sevilla: Chelsea have come off a historic summer spending spree, as they brought in high-class players in Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, and several others. Spending over 200 million to improve their team, which already had American superstar Christian Pulisic and World-Cup winning defensive-mid N’Golo Kanté, Chelsea will be hoping to move past the 7-1 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in last...

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Champions League 2019-20: Tournament in Review

Reading Time: 2 minutesEnding in a win for Bayern Munich against Paris Saint-Germain, and therefore securing their second European treble, this UCL season truly had it all. Upsets, big stars, dark horses, and disappointments was all in store this past season. What made this year so great exactly: Football that highlighted raw talent and excitement all the way through. What better way to end the season than with a final that surely lived up to the hype, especially after last year’s lackluster matchup between Liverpool and Tottenham. Bayern did not cave, and because of that, kept good form until Kingsley...

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Barcelona Have Hit Rock Bottom: The Steep Road

Reading Time: 2 minutesLast Friday, Spanish-side Barcelona have finally reached rock bottom, conceding eight goals in 90 minutes to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter finals.  This leaves manager Quique Setien to suffer from the same fate Ernesto Valverde did only in January: a sacking. Despite Valverde winning a few trophies, neither carried on the Barcelona name.  To the trained eye, it has been a long time coming. There have been a few tell-tale moments in Barca’s downfall within the past two years. One of the first moments was the horrendous loss to Roma in the second leg...

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