European Update: How Xavi changed Barcelona

Last November, FC Barcelona, one of the most popular clubs in the world, was in total shambles.  Barcelona, who has won 10 league titles and four Champions Leagues since 2000, sat in ninth place in La Liga, mired in financial difficulties and playing unexciting, unsuccessful soccer. After a 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano Oct. 27, […]

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European Update: Breaking down the fireworks between Liverpool and Manchester City Sunday

What Liverpool and Manchester City matches lack in the traditional intensity and mutual hatred of other rivalries, they make up for in pure competitive spirit. Over the past five years, Liverpool vs. Manchester City has become the defining Premier League rivalry of the late 2010s and early 2020s simply because they are possibly the two […]

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European Update: The impact Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has on soccer

If you have followed any sport for the past decade or so, you have probably heard an ignorant fan or political commentator echo some version of the refrain: “Keep politics out of sports, they shouldn’t mix.”  While certain spectators might prefer their sports depoliticized, such fans do not seem to realize that their campaign against […]

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European Update: Recapping Sunday’s El Gran Derbid

In the south of Spain, almost at the Mediterranean and the Strait of Gibraltar, lies a city that lacks the international reputation of Madrid and Barcelona but, in recent seasons, has made quite a name for itself in the soccer world.  Seville, the capital of Andalusia and Spain’s fourth-largest city, hosts two of the nation’s […]

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European Update: Ranking the most competitive European title races

After a packed December and first few weeks of January, European soccer enjoyed a quiet weekend while taking an international break — except, no European countries are actually playing international fixtures. While the African Cup of Nations and World Cup Qualifiers took place on other continents, many players from European national teams the opportunity to […]

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