October 10, 2014
UEFA confirms plans to change Champions League seeding system

Basically, UEFA has finally decided that naming the tournament the “Champions League” should mean that the actual CHAMPIONS of the European leagues should be in the top pot for the draw. This would have meant extremely bad news for Barcelona, Arsenal, and Chelsea this past season as all of them would have been in lower-seed pots instead of Pot One. Pot One will now contain the previous year’s winners and the champions of the top seven leagues (by UEFA’s coefficients), which hey, makes TOTAL SENSE.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

October 8, 2014

meninblazers:

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"Soccer. Still America’s Sport of the Future…"

Courtesy of GFOP Kyle Sjarif

Follow up to the Flacao jersey?

October 3, 2014

This is an interview (all in German) of Jurgen Klopp, manager of Borussia Dortmund, in which he gives short answers to questions such as “Which athlete would you like to be for a day?” and “Tell us the plot of the first pornographic movie you watched?”

You can turn on English subtitles by clicking the CC button at the bottom right to read along with his responses. 

Let it be known that Jurgen Klopp is a treasure and could manage my club any day of the week.

October 2, 2014
Using the 2015 Women’s World Cup as a “test case" to see if artificial turf is viable as a playing surface is an absolute disgrace.
#becauseFIFA

Using the 2015 Women’s World Cup as a “test case" to see if artificial turf is viable as a playing surface is an absolute disgrace.

#becauseFIFA

October 1, 2014
thebroadcastblog:

FIFA continues to insist that the Women’s World Cup will be played on artificial turf, despite the threat of legal action on behalf of dozens of top players. This week, FIFA officials began visiting the stadiums where the World Cup is to be held, including the new TD Place Stadium in Ottawa.
"No plans to change that decision," FIFA’s deputy director of the competitions and head of women’s competition Tatjana Haenni said. “I can’t answer if that is fair but that is the way it is going to be. It is according to the competition regulations, it is according to laws of the game so all matches will be on artificial turf.”
[…]
photo by don brennan for the ottawa sun

Friendly reminder FIFA is still terrible.

thebroadcastblog:

FIFA continues to insist that the Women’s World Cup will be played on artificial turf, despite the threat of legal action on behalf of dozens of top players. This week, FIFA officials began visiting the stadiums where the World Cup is to be held, including the new TD Place Stadium in Ottawa.

"No plans to change that decision," FIFA’s deputy director of the competitions and head of women’s competition Tatjana Haenni said. “I can’t answer if that is fair but that is the way it is going to be. It is according to the competition regulations, it is according to laws of the game so all matches will be on artificial turf.”

[…]

photo by don brennan for the ottawa sun

Friendly reminder FIFA is still terrible.

September 30, 2014
Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and an underwear model decided to take in tonight’s match between PSG and Barcelona.

Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and an underwear model decided to take in tonight’s match between PSG and Barcelona.

(Source: twitter.com)

September 18, 2014
Major League Soccer is updating it’s logo after 19 years of the logo on the left. The new logo is undoubtedly more modern, but is it better? Let us know what you think.

Major League Soccer is updating it’s logo after 19 years of the logo on the left. The new logo is undoubtedly more modern, but is it better? Let us know what you think.

(Source: si.com)

September 17, 2014
Ajax fans showed their dislike of Paris Saint-Germain with a very interesting sign today.

Ajax fans showed their dislike of Paris Saint-Germain with a very interesting sign today.

September 17, 2014
Champions League Group Stage Week 1 Contd.

What an exciting bunch of matches we had yesterday!

Here’s the set of matches slated for this afternoon.

Group E:
Roma v CSKA Moskva
Bayern v Manchester City

Group F:
Barcelona v APOEL
Ajax v PSG

Group G:
Chelsea v Shalke
Maribor v Sporting

Group H:
Porto v BATE
Athletic v Shakhtar Donetsk

What’s going to be the biggest upset?

WHO YA GOT?

September 16, 2014
Adventures in terrible mispellings

Adventures in terrible mispellings

(Source: twitter.com)

September 16, 2014

The UEFA Champions League begins today. This will get you in the right frame of mind. Via the Guardian, we have Paul Quinn’s choir of acoustic guitars playing the UEFA CL anthem.

(Source: youtube.com)

September 16, 2014
The Return of the Champions League

The group stage of the Champions League kick off in just under 3 hours. We’ve got a great set of matches to look forward to today.

Group A:
Olympiacos v Atlético
Juventus v Malmö

Group B:
Liverpool v Ludogorets
Real Madrid v Basel

Group C:
Monaco v Leverkusen
Benfica v Zenit

Group D:
Galatasaray v Anderlecht
Dortmund v Arsenal

Which match are you most looking forward to? And as always…

WHO YA GOT?

September 12, 2014

meninblazers:

Soccer had more mentions in the New York Times last year than baseball, basketball and hockey. #SportofTheFuture

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From @RogerPielke by way of @sportingintelligence.

September 9, 2014
As if the start of the season for Manchester United wasn’t already bad, their own shop couldn’t even get the name of their latest high profile signing right. 

As if the start of the season for Manchester United wasn’t already bad, their own shop couldn’t even get the name of their latest high profile signing right. 

(Source: espnfc.com)

September 3, 2014
meninblazers:

"What do you think this smells of?  Futility?"  Asks eagle-eyed #GFOP Eleanor McConnell who found this on eBay for $32.59 and describes herself as "new Everton fan, c. July 2014."

Clearly a new Everton fan, as old Everton fans have cases of Eau de Moyes in reserve. 

meninblazers:

"What do you think this smells of?  Futility?"  Asks eagle-eyed #GFOP Eleanor McConnell who found this on eBay for $32.59 and describes herself as "new Everton fan, c. July 2014."

Clearly a new Everton fan, as old Everton fans have cases of Eau de Moyes in reserve.