Even more shocking than the sales themselves is that reportedly Whelan and Fofana - and possibly Match itself, it's not clear - were selling hospitality packages for an astonishing $24,000 per person and the only acceptable form of payment was cash in US dollars. How this amount of money got into (and out of) the country without being declared is another topic Brazil is interested in pursuing.
in our case, while there are still some people saying that "CONCACRAP" gets too many representatives, the current 3 1/2 seems unlikely to change for 2018. This is because the current arrangement really amounts to four as long as a) we share it with hapless, hopeless Oceania and b) New Zealand has more sheep than people.
My Hot Instant Sports Take was that this was probably the most evenly-matched final since 1966. Yes, I'm including the one actually decided by penalty kicks.
FIFA has a rule preventing government interference in the national soccer federations, because they don't want the game to become politicized. I could live to be a trillion and never write a funnier sentence.
I've sat through a lot of games where my high hopes were dashed to smithereens within smithereens. Although this is very much a case of the man with no shoes meeting the man with no feet. Or, in this case, 23 men with no feet.
The nice thing about parking the bus is that it's right there handy when you want to throw your players under it.
The real issue is that I don't understand how the USMNT progresses from here. When we get to Russia in 2018 we need to able to steadily generate valid goal scoring chances. Playing rope-a-dope and hoping to get lucky on a counter isn't a viable system against the class of teams we play at the World Cup Finals.