Category Archives: Champions League

EXCLUSIVE DEADBLOG! Internazionale v. Barcelona

Halftime: I arrive at my neighborhood soccer bar with three distinct goals in mind: 1) Avoid making any facile written statements in the well-worn (by me) “isn’t globalization interesting” / “here is a fascinating insight into the state of soccer … Continue reading

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I! AM! SO! EXCITED! ABOUT! THE! EUROPA! LEAGUE!

My favo(u)red European soccer-football club, the Mighty Reds of Liverpool, will play a European Champions League match tomorrow—a meeting with Italy’s Fiorentina for which manager Rafa Benitez might as well send out the ball boys with his dear old mother … Continue reading

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Why Do We Secretly Love Dynasties?

I watched in only mild misery as The Filth clinched the World Series last night. I married into a Red Sox clan right when Major League Baseball’s Atlantic rivalry axis went nuclear in the middle ’00s, and beyond that I … Continue reading

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Liverpool's Season: Sponsored by Jared Diamond

As in Collapse, that is—because the Liverpool Football Club seems destined to do same by the end of this increasingly dismal campaign. The beloved battlers of Anfield Road have slipped to eighth place in the English Premier League, after the … Continue reading

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Chelsea Banned!

Brutal news for everyone’s favo(u)rite London-based, Russian-owned, internationally staffed football club: FIFA just banned Premiership leaders Chelsea from the next two transfer windows as punishment for some youth-player hanky panky with some French kid who hasn’t even played for the club’s … Continue reading

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Zlatan! Zlatan! Zlatan!

Okay, I just dig that name, with its intoxicating and under-utilized Z-L combination. But anyway…am I reading this correctly? Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic really worth Samuel Eto’o, Al Hleb and $85 million? By what reckoning?

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How To Make Obscene Fortunes the Barcelona Way (Results Not Guaranteed)

Okay, okay—this blog will not devolve into the FC Barcelona-centric equivalent of SapphicErotica.com (hello, web traffic!), nor will it be an all-soccer-all-the-time nerdfest. (Well, no promises there, actually.) But as the post-Cup praise for the new Champions of Everything that … Continue reading

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