Informational/Did You Know

Once An Afterthought, Australia Has Become A Covid-Free Utopia For International Footballers

Located in the far northern reaches of the Iberian Peninsula, Basque Country is a small autonomous district in Spain (and a small sliver of France) known for its unique language and cultural practices.

Two of the biggest soccer clubs in the region, Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, feature lineups based heavily around home-grown talent, with Bilbao even enforcing a strict Basque-only policy at the club since 1912.

USMNT And Mexico Fight To Get Efraín Álvarez For Olympics

The USMNT and El Tri are considering Efraín Álvarez for the Concacaf Olympic qualifiers. The player who was runner-up in the World Cup with the U-17 Tricolor is on the preliminary rosters of both teams, which will be looking for a ticket to Tokyo 2021 in March.

Four Coaches And Seven Years Ago: The Young American Talent From FIFA 14 Was Mediocre At Best

Not long ago, the American soccer landscape was a barren wasteland devoid of talent. Americans either played for boring MLS teams or obscure European clubs, always moving laterally and rarely improving.

Kids these days have Christian Pulisic at Chelsea and Sergiño Dest at Barcelona. We had a promising central defender at Birmingham City that now works at a financial company. Man, they have it easy.

Luis Suárez's Unexpected Clause Keeps Atlético On Edge

Luis Suárez is LaLiga's top scorer with 16 goals (one more than his friend Lionel Messi), his form seems at an all-time high and his appetite for goals, which has never been in question, is more voracious than ever.

And it's all at the service of an Atlético Madrid that bet on him when FC Barcelona gave him an unpleasant exit. It is a deserved reward.

Brentford, Norwich And Watford Too? Analyzing The Premier League Promotion Picture

While the Premier League is ascribed to be the most talented league in the world, the EFL Championship might be as difficult, if not more so, than the English top flight.

In terms of talent, the Championship is just a small step below the Premier League and there is little disparity between the top and bottom of the table. 23rd place Birmingham has beaten second place Brentford and fifth place Reading this season, while Derby County beat Norwich then went winless for two months and dropped to the bottom of the table. 

PSA: CBS All Access Will No Longer Show Champions League, NWSL Next Month

CBS All Access became a big player in the world of soccer last year. The NWSL, Champions League, Europa League and Women’s Champions League gave the streaming service real legitimacy, something every U.S. soccer fan had to seriously consider subscribing to. Less than a year later all of those competitions are leaving CBS All Access for the dumbest of reasons.

Remember The Time Clint Dempsey Purposely Missed A Penalty Kick Against Mexico?

Scoring a goal against Mexico is a dream for every American soccer player. Clint Dempsey’s 57 goals for the USMNT is tied for the most in history, but none of those 57 came against America’s rival down south.

When Dempsey stepped up to take a penalty against El Tri in 2013, every fan expected him to bury it, right? This wasn’t the case, as one of the greatest players in U.S. history lasered his shot six yards wide of the goal. Why would Dempsey do this? We have a pretty good idea.

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Date: Sept. 10, 2013

15 Years Later, Jay DeMerit's Playoff Final Header Is Still The Biggest Goal Scored By An American In Europe

Most American soccer fans will remember Jay DeMerit for playing every minute for the USMNT at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but before DeMerit even dreamed of an international call-up, he overcame imposing odds just to become a Watford player. 

Every Great World Cup Red Card Record Belongs To Uruguay

The fighting spirit of Uruguay has enabled the country with a population of just 3.5 million (smaller than Connecticut) to collect two World Cup titles and the ninth-most wins in the tournament’s illustrious history. However, this combativeness has occasionally crossed the line, most notably in the collection of the fastest red card in World Cup history and Luis Suárez’s bite of Giorgio Chiellini.

Burnley Is The Antithesis Of Attacking Soccer And May Set A Premier League Record To Prove It

If you're looking to watch some high-scoring, fast-kicking Premier League football, then Burnley probably isn't the side for you.

Led by Sean "The Ginger Mourinho" Dyche, Burnley has averaged almost exactly a goal per game during its previous five seasons in the Premier League, scoring as few as 28 goals during their relegation campaign in 2014-15.

This season though, Burnley's disdain for attacking football is approaching record levels.

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