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Oh You Beauty!: Top 5 Goals of the Week 9/15/2014

1) Jeremy Menez vs. Parma This goal is just something special. Not only does Jeremy Menez beat the keeper like he wasn’t even there, he finishes the move off with a wonderful backheel. Cheeky. It’s a magnificent goal, through and through, and thoroughly deserving of this week’s top spot.   2) Alexis Sanchez vs. Manchester City Your browser does not support iframes. This goal...
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Send off Senderos: The Case for the 5th Official

This Saturday saw Liverpool lose to a composed and sturdy Aston Villa side. It also saw some fairly dirty play, notably from Villa defenders Philippe Senderos and Alan Hutton. While there is a place in the game for rough play and ‘gamesmanship’, there is no room in the modern game for some of the play that we saw. Specifically, Senderos’ thuggish tackle on Mario Balotelli early...
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Weekend Soccer Roundup – 9/15/2014

Throughout the season, we at 32 Flags will be giving you a complete recap of the action at the end of the weekend in our Weekend Soccer Roundup.  Not only will we run down the biggest winners and losers, but the highlights and most talked about moments of the weekend. 1) Biggest Winner – Inter Inter were literally the big winners this weekend. They trounced Sassuolo 7-0 in league...
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Gus Johnson Steps Down as Head FOX Soccer Broadcaster

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reported tonight that Gus Johnson is stepping down as FOX’s top soccer broadcaster. Johnson cites a packed college football and college basketball schedule causing him to not be able to devote as much time as he felt was needed to be a top soccer broadcaster. Johnson’s life also changed this summer due to his mother dying of cancer and getting...
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VIDEO: Jeremy Menez Of AC Milan Cheekily Scores on a Backheel

AC Milan won in a thriller against Parma 5-4 and no goal was better than Jeremy Menez’s backheel goal. Menez took advantage of a botched back pass to Parma’s goalkeeper, maneuvered around the keeper and the post to the other end of the goal and finished it off with a backheel goal. Simply stunning.
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REPORT: US Soccer Head, Sunil Gulati, Refuses Gift $25k Watch While Sepp Blatter And Others Accept

In a report from The Sunday Times in England, an investigation conducted by them discovered that three members of the FIFA Executive Committee including US Soccer President Sunil Gulati, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan and Moya Dodd of Australia refused $25,000 watches from FIFA sponsor Parmigiani during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The three Committee members reported...
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VIDEO: ICYWS-Arsenal Scores Two Beautiful Goals; Draw Against Manchester City

In case you were sleeping, Arsenal and Manchester City engaged in an early classic this morning. This was a game where both teams looked horrible, both teams looked great and both teams had their chances to win. The game ended in a 2-2 draw but these wonderful Arsenal goals were all anyone could talk about. Your browser does not support iframes.
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UEFA Champions League Preview: Group F

Every day, we at 32 Flags will preview each group in the UEFA Champions League as we build up to the first group stage games of the competition. Today, we are previewing Group F. Group F might be the group of the tournament. Here we have Barcelona and Ajax, two of the spiritual Meccas of total futbol. Next is a financial powerhouse of PSG, a team that can spend 50 million on David...
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UEFA Champions League Preview: Group E

Every day, we at 32 Flags will preview each group in the UEFA Champions League as we build up to the first group stage games of the competition. Today, we are previewing Group E. If you’re wondering why they call this competition the Champions League, then look no further than Group E for that definition. This group features the English, German and Russian champions from last season...
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Carlo Ancelotti: “Football is not a game for girls”

It’s been such a crappy week in American sports, especially when it comes to women’s issues, that the world just felt like it had to get in on the action. FIFA and world soccer are no strangers to seriously head-scratching behavior when it comes to the standards of equal rights in 2014.  Heck, even the official FIFA magazine perpetuates stereotypes from several decades ago that...
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Uefa Champions League preview

Every day, we at 32 Flags will preview each group in the UEFA Champions League as we build up to the first group stage games of the competition. Today, we are previewing Group G. Group G looks to be a two horse race but their could be a surprise at who grabs the Europa spot. The top two in the group will be the boys from the big leagues Chelsea and Shalke 04  respectfully. The English...
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UEFA Champions League Preview: Group D

Every day, we at 32 Flags will preview each group in the UEFA Champions League as we build up to the first group stage games of the competition. Today, we are previewing Group D. Group D looks set to be one of the more straightforward groups of this Champions League season. The biggest question will be who is going to win the group and possibly get a more favorable draw for the knockout...
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UEFA Champions League Preview: Group C

Every day, we at 32 Flags will preview each group in the UEFA Champions League as we build up to the first group stage games of the competition. Today, we are previewing Group C. Finally, we get to the real fun of the Champions League Group Stage, as the first two groups we’ve previewed (Group A and Group B – see a pattern unfolding) are pretty straightforward. Group C is anything...
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UEFA Champions League Preview: Group B

Every day, we at 32 Flags will preview each group in the UEFA Champions League as we build up to the first group stage games of the competition. Today, we are previewing Group B. Group B is as straight forward as Group A. Maybe on paper, the UEFA Coefficient’s show something else, but in reality, Real Madrid and Liverpool will both run away in the group stage. Basel should comfortably...
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UEFA Champions League Preview: Group A

Every day, we at 32 Flags will preview each group in the UEFA Champions League as we build up to the first group stage games of the competition. Today, we are previewing Group A. Group A is a group that shouldn’t have too many surprises. That’s not to say this group isn’t good, but the top two should far and away comfortably make it into the group stage. La Liga champions and...
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Reporter Questions Asamoah Gyan If He Ritually Sacrificed Rapper and Gets Beaten for It.

Okay, so this is one of those stories that happens once in awhile that causes people to stop in their tracks. A Ghanian journalist, Daniel Kenu, was recently severely beaten by the brother of Ghana’s national team captain, Asamoah Gyan, along with a small mob of men. This is needs a little context, I’m guessing. Well, it all started with the disappearance of Ghanian rapper, Castro...
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Sepp Blatter says Replay Challenges May Only be a Year Away

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has come out in support of a TV replay challenge system today at Manchester’s Soccerex. The system would be similar to the NFL’s challenge system and could be trialed as early as 2015 at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Blatter, who also unsurprisingly announced he would be running for reelection, claimed that it could only be trialed at...
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FIFA Bidding Report In

So the investigation in to the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups is in. Today Chairman Michael J. Garcia and Deputy Chairman Cornel Borbély of the Investigatory Chamber of FIFA submitted their 350 page investigative report on the bidding process. In the statement Garcia recommended to take action against certain individuals. The biggest question revolves around Qatar...
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International Round Up 9/3/2014 and 9/4/2014

Here is a round up of the international friendlies that took place yesterday. We will discuss the biggest winners and losers as well as other important highlights and moments from the days events. 1) Biggest Winners – Argentina Well it didn’t take long for Argentina to get revenge on Germany just two months. Argentina’s display in this friendly was phenomenal. Angel Di Maria...
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VIDEO: Bedoya scores follow up to put USMNT up 1-0 against Czech Republic

The first half didn’t see a lot of attacking opportunities inside the Czech Republic, but thanks to an awkward pass from Petr Czech to the midfield and timely play by Mix Diskerud the United States got a major opportunity. Diskerud’s shot was saved, only to see Alejandro Bedoya knock home the rebound.
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England vs. Norway a tough draw at Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium is a massive venue, seating 90,000 people at capacity. However, there’s little worry about finding a ticket for England vs. Norway on Wednesday. Henry Winter, who is on the scene for the contest twitted out a picture of the contest just 20 minutes prior to kickoff. Now, we know that English fans are notoriously late to their seats, but there’s little worry you...
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Top 10 International games for week of Sept. 2

After three weeks of English Premier League action and the rest of Europe just getting underway we’ve all started to get back in to the normal routine of getting up early on the weekends and enjoying a match or two. However, that comes to an abrupt end this week, as international soccer takes center stage for friendlies and various championship qualification rounds throughout the...
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USA vs Czech Republic Preview

USA vs. Czech Republic Preview   Today September 3rd @ 2:15 ET   TV; NBCSN   Location: Prague, Czech Republic   Potential Lineups USA: Guzan, Chandler, Brooks, Ream, Johnson, Bedoya, Diskerud, Corona, Shea, Green, Altidore   Czech: Cech, Reznik, Kaldec, Suchy, Kaderabek, Rosicky, Jiracek, Pilar, Kolar, Dockal, Vydra   This game should be very interesting for both squads. The...
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32 Flags European Power Rankings-9/2/14

Every week, the staff at 32 Flags will each rank their top 15 European teams of the week. Each staffers list is compiled and tabulated and results in a final top 10 that make up our Power Rankings. #1) Chelsea – England Phil: 1st, Marc: 1st, Andy: 2nd, Jeff: 1st Last Week Power Ranking Position: 4th League Position: 1st in EPL Last week results: Defeated Everton in EPL Last year...
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Oh You Beauty!: Top 10 Goals From this Weekend

1. Wayne Routledge vs. West Brom Routledge Goal What a hit, son. What a hit. ‘Nuff said.   2. Diego Costa vs. Everton, 89th min Costa Goal 89th Min It wasn’t just the backheel pass from John Obi Mikel that lands this goal so high, although it helps. It was Costa’s stuttered stepover that put this a step above the average goal.   3. Nathan Dyer vs. West Brom Dyer Goal What...
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