Tag Archives: football politics

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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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Everything I wanted to say last week

How ’bout them Sounders? By now, those of you who follow the CONCACAF Champions League and/or MLS are likely aware of Seattle’s historic 3-1 quarterfinal victory (3-2 aggregate) over the 10 men chosen by coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti to represent Tigres…plus one who is unlikely to ever again receive the …

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So, About Moving the Gold Cup…

When CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb acknowledged that the possibility of hosting a Gold Cup entirely outside of the United States (for the first time in its history) was under consideration, I suggested that only three countries could realistically hope to land the 2015 edition, given Canada’s unavailability: either Mexico, or …

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Calling an Audible: Changing Coaches in the Hex (Plus: Federations, Know Your Rights)

What does Jurgen Klinsmann need to save his job? After the 1-2 setback in Honduras left the US propping up the current Hexagonal table, this uncomfortable question began to circulate among the fans nervously anticipating the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica (who haven’t lost to the US since 2005) and …

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World Cup Preview: The (False) Start

Four years ago to the month, Costa Rica began the final round of continental qualifying for the World Cup finals in the best way possible: defeating archrivals Honduras 2-0 at the Estadio Saprissa. The game did not lend itself to assertions of superiority, as Rodrigo Kenton’s side labored to establish …

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Gold Cup Qualifiers: The Last Shall Be First…Or Second (Plus: Reaction to Conrad-Gulati)

When I criticized the Copa Centroamericana last year, longtime reader slaminsams reacted by counseling patience, suggesting that the eventual Fifth-Place Match would get more exciting as Nicaragua and Belize improve their competitiveness. Now that the latest edition is headed towards Matchday 3, with no fewer than four Gold Cup berths …

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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: Making Expansion Stick

For those of us who dream of seeing CONCACAF’s finest regularly test themselves against high-profile South American opponents between World Cups, the reality of football politics at both the continental and FIFA levels is clear: an expanded Copa América is the best, most feasible way to make it happen. While …

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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 …