The Equalizer: The glory of the World Cup

It’s here, it’s happening and I know, we’re not going, but we were never going to make it past the round of 16 anyway, right? The FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14, thus commencing the most popular sporting event in human history. There are too many storylines to count. This is Messi’s last […]

On The Spot: Who’s favored in Russia?

The short answer, despite the usual media hype in England, is: No, not the Three Lions. We’re slightly less than two months out from the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia on June 14 in Moscow. Ultimately, you’d expect most of the usual suspects to make it […]

The Equalizer: Pay-to-play is the symptom, not the problem

When Brazilian phenom Neymar was 15 years old, he was making almost $2,800 a month at Santos FC. Outside of the United States, young international soccer players are paid for their labor once they make well-known youth clubs because they are treated as investments. If and when they are sold to professional teams later in their teenage […]

Outside of the Boot: What has happened to Barcelona?

One month ago, Barcelona were atop La Liga, nine points clear of second place Atletico Madrid and in the quarter finals of the Champions League after defeating Arsenal 5-1 on aggregate. It had been 39 games since they had lost in any competition. In their previous 20 league games, they had won 19. In their […]