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Copa America Preview

June 3, 2016

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Traditionally, the Copa America is held every four years among 12 South American countries. The 2016 special edition will feature ten South American teams and an additional six from North America/Caribbean. This 45th rendition will be hosted by the good ol’ U.S. and A. (ten venues), and will run three weeks beginning June 3rd.

 

Lets take a look at the competing nations and groups, and take a stab at how the oldest international tournament may unfold, with some additional insight*

*making his Sports Cult debut, hardened 50-year football pundit Dick Crovitz will be giving his two cents (more…)

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WANTED: AMERICAN SAVIOUR

January 11, 2015

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The United States Men’s National Team made some progress last summer at the World Cup. They made it out of a tough group, captured the nation’s attention, and gained some international respect. Individually, Tim Howard stood out as a world-class goalkeeper. But the question remains: what will it take for the U.S. to develop a formidable roster whose results demand respect as a legitimate footballing country?

The answer is as simple as it is complex. (more…)

World Cup Group Projections

June 12, 2014

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Group A

Brazil, of course, is the strong favorite to top this group. They have two things going for them: a ton of skilled players as usual, and they’re playing at home. Only South Africa four years ago failed, as a host nation, to get out of their group. Cameroon has had considerably better WC teams in the past. Unless ageless Captain Samuel Eto’o pulls a Roger Milla, they are three games and out.

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USA’s World Cup Draw Not as Bad as It Seems

May 22, 2014

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With the World Cup finals fast approaching the United States finds itself in Group G—what most pundits are considering this year’s Group of Death—facing first round matches against Ghana, Portugal, and Germany. When the groups were drawn back in December there was a good deal of handwringing from commentators and fans about the USA’s bad luck. I spent a good twenty minutes on the phone myself talking my dad off the conspiracy ledge once the groups were settled. (more…)

Owen Coyle Got What He Deserved

May 27, 2012

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Bolton Wanderers Football Club were relegated from the English Premier League two and a half years after Owen Coyle took over as manager. It took a while, but it finally happened.

Coyle helped Burnley gain promotion to The Prem from the Coca Cola Football League Championship in 2009, and had the team looking impressive in their first Premier League season.       (more…)

Six Reasons Why Manchester City FC Deserve to be Champions

May 15, 2012

Manchester City beat Queens Park Rangers with two goals in stoppage time to win their first Barclays English Premier League title in 44 years. Coincidentally, they recorded 44 shots in the match.

Although I am a Manchester United fan, I have to congratulate The Citizens on their hard work and a well deserved championship.

In light of their accomplishment, I have analyzed the key factors in their championship-winning season.     (more…)

Roy Hodgson the Right Man for England?

April 30, 2012

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Roy Hodgson was born in 1947.

His playing career started in ‘63 when he joined the Crystal Palace youth team. Hodgson played with 7 teams before retiring in ‘76 but Palace is the only team worth mentioning.

As soon as he retired he went right into coaching and has now coached 18 teams. Of the 15 club teams the most notable were Inter Milan, Blackburn, Copenhagen, Udinese, Fulham, and Liverpool. He is currently managing West Brom. His national teams were Switzerland, UAE, and Finland. He hasn’t actually been hired by ‘The Three Lions’ yet.    (more…)

Association Football World Best XI (4-5-1 with 7 subs)

February 23, 2012

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Goalkeeper

Joe Hart – Loads of talent and still more to come.

Defenders

Maicon – If he gets picked over Dani Alves by the national team coach, he must be better.

Gerard Pique – He doesn’t have to defend much against La Liga teams but still is able to avoid complacency. He earns his money in the big games and performs so well you start thinking that maybe he isn’t being overpaid as a defender on a Barcelona team that doesn’t defend much.     (more…)

Welcome to The Cult

January 20, 2012

The primary purpose of this blog is to discuss sports; focusing mainly on the

NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA football & basketball, & international soccer. My hope

is that we can keep this original and thought-provoking; and that this will be a

place that sports junkies can come to the get their fix.


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