Category Archives: FIFA

COVID-19 and the Future of Football

By now, most people understand that we are in the midst of a global pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in many years. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the highly infectious virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that many people are now becoming familiar with. While I… Read More »

La Bandera LGBTQ y el Fútbol

El uso de la bandera del arcoíris del movimiento LGBTQ provocó críticas de un equipo inglés que compite en la National League North, el nivel sexto del fútbol profesional inglés. Altrincham F.C. llevó camisetas del arcoíris para apoyar a la comunidad LGBTQ y su “Football vs. Homophobia” campaña en febrero de 2019. Una fuente fuerte… Read More »

VAR: un giocatore nella partita fra l’Italia e Inghilterra

L’uso del VAR durante un’amichevole contro l’Italia e Inghilterra a Wembley ha creato una controversia, e per una buona ragione.  Da una tifosa italiana, sono obbligata di essere d’accordo con la decisione, e secondo me gli azzurri hanno meritato il pareggio dopo una seconda metà molto combattuta.  Ma come una tifosa di calcio in generale,… Read More »

With the USMNT Out of the Running, Find Out Which World Cup Team You Should Root For

I’m a big fan of Nate Silver’s For anyone interested in in-depth statistical analysis of sports, politics, economics, and culture presented in engaging and interactive formats, I really suggest you visit the site. As fans of the beautiful game, I’m sure that the site’s club soccer predictions will be particularly interesting for readers of the… Read More »

My roommate, a friend, and a FIFA betting addiction.

It started with a simple equation: TV + Xbox = FIFA. Nick (my roommate) and I came back to Duke after a semester abroad to a very familiar Central Campus apartment. I guess we lucked out this time around in the lottery because they gave us a nicer couch! We were roommates last year and… Read More »

It’s Only Business: FIFA Turning a Blind Eye to Chinese State Interference

Earlier this month, FIFA met with officials from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Spanish government to address allegations of state interference in the affairs of the country’s soccer administration. The issue surfaced last year, when the Spanish Sports Council’s (CSD) insisted that new elections be called for the presidency of the RFEF following… 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 »

Analytics in Soccer

Right now, there is a trend developing in sports. It started in baseball, then made it’s way to basketball, and has slowly integrated itself into football. Now, it is making it’s way to soccer. What trend is this? Why, sports analytics of course! What people don’t know, is that analytics have been a part of… Read More »