Category Archives: Europe

Farewell, Tinkerman: Looking back at the Claudio Ranieri sacking one year later

Last Spring, I wrote a research paper for Professor Ed Tiryakian’s Business of Sport class here at Duke that focused on the source and implications of rampant managerial turnover in the English Premier League. I had become passionate about the topic after Leicester’s February 2017 sacking of prolific Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, who had defied all… Read More »

UEFA Nations League – The Model for Future Friendlies?

Many of the club team competitions played throughout the year garner more attention than today’s international friendlies. As a matter of fact, there is heated debate regarding how players should balance their time between both sets of matches. For some club managers, international friendlies seem like an unnecessary and dangerous distraction, putting their players at… Read More »

Yugoslavia’s ‘What If’ Moment Lives On

In 1992, the Yugoslav national team finished first in their qualifying group for EURO92 and was one of the favorites to win the tournament.  Many were left in shock when a tearful Ivica Osim (Yugoslavia’s manager) resigned from his post during a press conference in Belgrade.  As the country descended into war and chaos, the… Read More »

El Milagro en Merseyside

En mi primer blog post, hablé de la temporada milagrosa de Leicester City, destacando el golazo de Jaime Vardy contra Liverpool como un momento que representa la magia del equipo y del fútbol. En ese día, Liverpool simplemente fue un actor secundario en el cuento de Leicester, un papel recurrente para ellos en los últimos… Read More »

[Europa League] The amazing comeback of Liverpool

Gooooooooaaaalllllllll!!! Liverpool scored at the 90 +1 minute as Milner crossed the ball from the right wing to the far post headed in by Dejan Lovren. This goal has led Liverpool to the semi-final of the Europa League. The king of comeback has done it again! Both Liverpool and Dortmund has scored 1 goal in the first quarterfinal… Read More »

What If? An Exploration of Kobe Bryant’s Soccer Roots

    Despite a lackluster 17-65 farewell season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant capped off a stunning NBA career with authority on Wednesday April 14th. In front of a sold-out Staple Center crowd against the Utah Jazz, the Black Mamba ended the 1,346th and final game of his 20 year career (1) with 60 points… Read More »