Tag Archives: concacaf

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CONCACAF Expansion: How Much Could Change?

Back in February, on the eve of the Hexagonal, I briefly addressed news from the previous week involving a meeting between CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and the Francophone associate members. Unsurprisingly, the representatives from the latter voiced their interest in becoming full members of both CONCACAF and FIFA; importantly, the …

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Champions League: The Folly of Forgiveness

The team that scores the most goals wins. An analysis based only on that fundamental maxim of football admittedly borders on naivete; but in the case of this week’s CONCACAF Champions League matches, it offers the best and simplest explanation for why the remaining US sides will have to fight …

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On the Potential Panamericana, Revisited

In the spirit of holiday-season sloth, let me simply begin with an earlier quote on the future of a joint CONMEBOL-CONCACAF tournament. The second drawback affects CONMEBOL in particular: the South Americans would have to decide whether to continue the Copa América or the Copa Panamericana, because European clubs would …

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On American Integration: The False Promise

Previously, we addressed the institutional and political reasons for which a partial exodus to CONMEBOL is unfeasible. One option left on the table, however, is that of a total union: one in which both CONCACAF and CONMEBOL dissolve in favor of a new confederation with 45 FIFA-affiliated members (and hopefully …

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On American Integration: Getting Rid of CONCACAF

On yesterday’s edition of the Fox Soccer Channel program “Goals on Sunday”, Rob Stone asked Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl how arrangements for the special 2016 edition of the Copa América are progressing. Wahl started by recounting what is now common knowledge: CONMEBOL made the initial announcement prematurely, given that …

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Part II: Bill Archer Weighs In

No discussion of football in our region is complete without the input of my colleague Bill Archer. For longer than I have been a member of BigSoccer, he has diligently and thoroughly uncovered the political entrails of CONCACAF, exposing far more about how Jack Warner and co. ran things than …

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Part I: Alfredo Hawit, In His Own Words

When various Spanish-language news outlets published articles based on comments by interim President Alfredo Hawit, they latched onto his remarks concerning an expanded 2016 Copa América in the United States, a topic of clear interest to every football fan in the New World. However, Hawit differed with Ecuadoran Football Federation …

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A New Era in CONCACAF

In any football tournament that features both group and knockout stages, the majority of matches take place in the former. Think about the World Cup finals: by the time the last games in Group G or H are done and the Round of 16 is set, 75% of the fixtures …

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Gold Cup 2011 Wrap-Up

Al grito de guerra, Mexico overturned an early 2-0 deficit to win tonight’s Gold Cup final 4-2 at “home” in the Rose Bowl. The aztecas had cooled off after scoring goals at will in the group stage, with Guatemala and Honduras forcing them to sweat out wins in the knockout …

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WC 2014 First Round: "New Dawn", Suspension for Belizean Football

It goes without saying that I did not expect to write so much about Belize on The Regional Review, but once again the smallest member of UNCAF has seized center-stage. The last time we discussed the showdown between the Belizean National Sports Council and the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), …