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World Cup 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 3 Review

Perhaps reports of the Caribbean footballing demise have been somewhat exaggerated. Cuba did continue to fulfill the whipping boy role in Group C, this time by succumbing to a new-look Honduran attack featuring Jerry Bengtson and Georgie Welcome (although I remain unconvinced of their effectiveness against a higher-quality defense). Antigua …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 3

How much panic is justifiable after a rough start? Following the first two matchdays of the semifinal round in June, Honduras and El Salvador found themselves in third place in their respective groups, three points away from safety, with fans from both countries openly worrying about a premature end to …

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World Cup 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 2 Review

Before we look back at what information can be gleaned from Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying matches in our region, I should address the lack of a preview article for the same. As it turns out, consuming fried food prepared by a street vendor in another country can be a risky …

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World Cup 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 1 Review

Costa Rica are favorites to move on, they said. Honduras are the best team in Group C, they said. Of course, there are plenty of fixtures left in this round for conventional wisdom to win out. Friday’s results, however, replenished my confidence in the prognostications I offered last year. The …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 1

If this is the first time that you are paying attention to World Cup qualifying in our region (for the 2014 tournament, that is), you may be surprised to find out that more than half of the fixtures have already been played. Between the first and elementary rounds, the smaller …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Last Call (…Part I?)

As our qualifying list reveals, there remain only five berths to be filled in the next CONCACAF Champions League. Depending on results, only one could be left vacant by Thursday, but we can already be sure that (weather permitting) the mainland entrants will be determined by Wednesday evening. The midweek …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Long Live The Table

I doubt it will cause too much controversy to assert that since Chuck Blazer’s departure on New Year’s Eve, CONCACAF’s new management has been notably tardy with official announcements vis-à-vis its major tournaments. An example for those who regularly follow the CONCACAF Champions League, like myself: when was the last …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: One More Step

I should start this entry by apologizing for having let the second matchday in Group Five of the CFU Club Champions Cup slip under the radar. Unfortunately, the end of the (graduate) school semester got in the way of what, I can assure you, is much more enjoyable work here; …

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CCL 2012-13 Qualifiers: Welcome to the Midweek Playoff Overdose

Yesterday, 24,000 Monterrey fans packed the Estadio Tecnologico to watch as the team paraded its new CONCACAF Champions League trophy. I repeat: yesterday, twenty-four thousand Monterrey fans packed the Estadio Tecnologico to watch as the players celebrated their second-straight continental title, for those of you still wondering if the CCL …

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Champions League 2011-12: Semifinals, Second Leg Review

In our region, the word of the day is “symmetry”. The last CONCACAF Champions League winners, Monterrey, will end their continental campaign the same way they started it: facing off against Santos Laguna in a two-leg Final. The norteños dismissed the rest of the competition in a similarly aesthetic manner: …