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: Recapping a solid January transfer market

Liverpool FC made a key transfer market move signing FC Porto’s Luis Díaz. The Colombian midfielder has 16 goals and 6 assists on the season. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons) For the uninitiated, the January transfer window might seem a little strange from a distance, but really, it works similarly to the NBA trade deadline […]

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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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Women’s tennis approaches last fall tournament before their winter break

Junior Eryn Cayetano earned a semifinal birth in the ITA All-American Championships Oct. 4-10. (Andrew Kerner | Daily Trojan) Women’s tennis returns to action this weekend with three simultaneous tournaments, headlined by the ITA Fall National Championships, where No. 18 senior Salma Ewing, No. 56 junior Eryn Cayetano and redshirt freshman Snow Han will compete. The […]

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Trojans have standouts in ITA Southwest Regional

Senior Salma Ewing reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Southwest Regional tournament Oct. 21-25. (Andrew Kerner | Daily Trojan) Following strong performances in both the Women of Troy Invitational and the ITA All-American Championships at the beginning of October, redshirt freshman Snow Han headlined another tournament for women’s tennis at the ITA Southwest Regional in […]

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Women’s tennis successful in early-season tournaments

The Trojans will travel to North Carolina for their upcoming tournament. (Andrew Kerner | Daily Trojan) Women’s tennis opened its season by competing in two tournaments. At the California Tennis Club in San Francisco, in the Battle in the Bay Classic, the Trojans faced players from fellow Pac-12 contestants Colorado as well as many of […]

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