Looking back at the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League group stage

The UEFA Champions League group stage has come to a close with 32 teams being narrowed down to 16. As usual it was an action filled group stage, complete with goals, comebacks, and upsets. Let’s look back at some of the highlights. Who advanced? Arsenal, Napoli, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City, and […]

World Cup Qualifying: Rounding up the situation in every confederation

International breaks come hard and fast at the start of the league Calendar. There has been one every month as the World Cup Qualifying landscape has begun to take shape. Now that November is halfway done, and qualifying is now taking a break until March, it’s worth looking at some of the major storylines from […]

How does winning Euro 2016 shape Portugal’s future

Portugal has finally broken through in the international stage and have won their first-ever hardware in Portuguese football history. The Portuguese can finally put the heartbreak of losing to Greece in the 2004 Euro finals away and rejoice that they can call themselves European Champions. The future of Portugal going forward from here looks bright, […]

Portugal and France to meet in Euro 2016 final

“The summer of soccer” hits another high note Sunday when Portugal and France meet in the Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). Man in the middle: English referee Mark Clattenburg will draw the referee assignment on Sunday, just a few weeks after working the Champions League final between Atletico […]

Watch: Renato Sanches scores sensational equalizer

Robert Lewandowski did his job. The Polish captain got his team on the board with an early goal. Now it was time for Portugal’s star to answer. We waited and waited and waited until finally, Portugal played a great one-two getting the ball on the left foot of their star player at the top of […]

WATCH: Jerome Boateng gives Germany 1-0 lead in Euro 2016 Round of 16

What a start for Germany. The current World Cup champions are looking for European glory to tack on to their illustrious trophy case. They had a great start in their Euro 2016 round of 16 game against Slovakia as Jerome Boateng as he scored a fantastic goal to give Germany the 1-0 lead early on […]

First day of knockout round at Euro 2016 features plenty of forgettable soccer

After the group stage featured too many teams playing passive soccer so as to not hurt their goal differential, we kept telling ourselves that when the knockout rounds began things would open up. That certainly did not happen Saturday. Northern Ireland and Wales played what you would have thought was the worst game you’ve ever […]

Why expanding the Euros to 24 teams was the right move

Behind the World Cup, the next best international soccer tournament is the European Championships. You may think that’s an opinion, I think it’s a statement of fact. The Euros used to seemingly be perfect, there were 16 teams, half the number that are in the World Cup. Four groups of four teams gets filtered down […]

UEFA watered down the Euros by expanding to 24 teams

Euro 2016 is the first Euro tournament where the field was expanded from 16 to 24 teams. This has caused some debate in terms of whether it was the right decision to go to 24 teams or stick with 16. I 100% understand why UEFA has decided to go to 24 teams, I just believe […]

Who will advance in the EURO 2016’s ‘group of death’ — Group E

Many pundits consider Euro 2016’s Group E as the “Group of Death” with no team being below 35 on the FIFA Rankings, which says something about the group. Also, with such teams as Belgium, Sweden and Italy in the group it’s not hard to see why this is being considered one of the toughest groups […]

What we can learn after Patrick Ekeng’s unfortunate passing

On May 6, the footballing world lost a brother in Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng, when in the 70th minute of a televised Romanian league match between Dinamo and Viitorul he collapsed on the pitch. He was pronounced dead two hours later in a hospital of a suspected heart attack. Less than 24 […]

Could UEFA Champions League games be played on weekends in the future?

Over the weekend, it was revealed that UEFA was discussing the possibility of putting some more Champions League games during the weekend starting in 2021, when the new broadcasting window begins. The current situation is that games are played on Tuesday or Wednesday night in Europe and the Final played on a Saturday afternoon. UEFA has […]