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CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: Yes, There Are Still Games Going On

The current year is in the books as far as MLS, Mexico and regional competitions are concerned. And before we move on, congratulations are in order for Cuba, winners of the 2012 Caribbean Cup (although withdrawing from the 2013 Gold Cup now appears impossible, what with the Caribbean Football Union’s …


CCL 2013-14 Qualifiers: End of the Road

Monterrey’s 2012 Club World Cup run will finish just like their previous one: in a consolation match against North African opposition. Such an assertion admittedly overlooks the clear improvement in the rayados’ performance over last year. Yes, Chelsea threatened to play them off the field in the first 20 minutes; …


CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: Costa Rican, Honduran Finals

The second leg of the Saprissa-San Carlos series merits the kind of question that the reporters on ESPN’s Around the Horn would consider: did San Carlos win the series (with two golazos, to be fair), or did Saprissa lose it (by failing to score at home)? Either way, el Monstruo …


CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: Costa Rican Semifinals

All of the quarterfinal series in the Torneo de Verano finished today, leaving the four teams listed below still in contention. They will play each other home-and-away over the next two weekends, with the first team listed hosting the second leg: LD Alajuelense vs. Herediano Deportivo Saprissa vs. San Carlos …


CCL 2011-12 Qualifiers: Alajuelense, Take 2; and River Plate May Be Coming to a City Near You

In an earlier post, I mentioned that the majority of the articles in The Regional Review would take the form of “Round-ups” keeping track of movement towards Champions League qualification all over CONCACAF. Because of the considerable overlap in competitions here, however – the Portland Timbers recently won a US …


World Cup 2014 Qualifying: A Pseudo-Update (Plus, Costa Rica’s Fixture Overdose)

Futbolextremo.com, a website dedicated to following Panamanian soccer, published an article about the new FIFA rankings under the cheeky heading, “Ahora s


CCL Qualifiers Round-up: Alajuelense to the Group Stage, Take 1

This weekend, no club finds itself on the verge of qualifying for next CONCACAF Champions League. However, la Liga Deportiva Alajuelense is tantalizingly close to breaking the longest streak of automatic group-stage entries to date in the CCL, Saprissa having held the honor on each of the last three occasions. …


Part 4: We’ve Seen Better: The Local View on the Local Game

By: Paul-Denys Calixte June 2009 On a Saturday, at noon in the Street of Bitterness (“la calle de la amargura”) right next to the University of Costa Rica, the Omar Khayyam restaurant is packed to well beyond sitting capacity. Fans of the teams getting ready to contest the national clásico …