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MLS can improve the All-Star Game by having a skills competition

The MLS All-Star Game is upon us and the game itself features differing opinions among fans. Some love it, some hate it and some feel MLS shouldn’t even have the game at all. The MLS All-Star Game isn’t perfect but it’s still great for the league to have. MLS receives some great PR and some positive comments from the big name European team they face by saying MLS is improving...
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Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus: What does this mean for Serie A?

Now that Gonzalo Higuain is off to Juventus, we can begin to analyze what this deal does for the rest of Serie A. Without a doubt, this is an incredibly impactful transfer that will ripple throughout the league. Not only that, it will have a great deal of significance within Juve as well and reaching implications throughout Europe. The first thing was have to look at is how this...
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Five young soccer players to keep an eye on at Rio Olympics

One of the, shall we say, charms of the Olympic soccer tournament is the inclusion of young talent. For the men’s tournament, teams are only allowed to bring three players over the age of 23. While the Olympics might not have the same prestige for the men as the World Cup or even regional tournaments like the Euros or Copa America, it is a great chance for some of the world...
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A too early preview of UEFA World Cup 2018 qualifying

While the expansion of the European Championships from 16 to 24 teams may have given us a bit of a letdown at Euro 2016, it did give us one very big positive. While some may have said that the new format diluted the competition, the expanded format showed us that Europe is more than just 14-15 really good teams. It actually has closer to 18-20 really good teams, and that’s not...
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‘Big’ Sam Allardyce takes over England: What now?

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Sam Allardyce, manager of Sunderland gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium on April 30, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images) Sam Allardyce has now officially taken over the England National job. In one of the more unnecessarily protracted...
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Mario Götze returns to Borussia Dortmund after disappointing stint in Munich

Bayern Munich’s signing of Mario Götze in 2013 was seen as a major coup for the Bavarian’s and for Götze is was a chance to firmly plant himself as one of Germany’s brightest stars. Unfortunately for him, it hasn’t worked out the way he might have imagined. He’s now on is way back to the Signal Iduna Park, and has swapped red and white for black and yellow. It will be...
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Lincoln Red Imps look to complete Champions League shocker against Celtic

When the draw for the second round of Champions League qualifying was done, Celtic fans were probably confident heading into a two-legged tie against the champions of Gibraltar, Lincoln Red Imps. After all, despite a 14-year run of domestic titles in Gibraltar’s 10-team first division, the gap in talent between the two teams is a considerable one. But a 1-0 win on home soil for...
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After only selling 11 season tickets, Lazio is having a rough summer

It’s fair to say that Lazio isn’t having a great summer. The midtable Serie A team launched their season ticket campaign and whatever their goals were, I am going to assume they spectacularly failed. As Gazzetta World reported, Lazio only sold 11 season tickets in the 70,634 seat Stadio Olimpico. The team reached record low sales last year when only 11,000 season tickets were...
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How N’Golo Kante will fit in with Chelsea

N’Golo Kante, after much speculation of where he was to go, finally has made his decision and it looks like he will trade his Leicester blue for a Chelsea blue for five years to the tune of £32 million. With this move, Chelsea now has a very formidable midfield that will try and erase the memory of finishing 10th place in last year’s Premier League season. Kante was ecstatic...
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Who would win: Copa America Best XI or Euros Best XI?

This question comes up very often. Who would win if you gathered the best players from Europe and the best from the Americas. With the Euros and Copa America Centenario now complete, we can look at the Best XI’s from both tournaments and compare. The Best XI’s below are courtesy of WhoScored.com, who build their teams based on statistical and tactical output instead of the narrative...
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Choosing a more appropriate lineup for the MLS All-Star Game

Last week, MLS fans voted the 11 players they felt deserved to be on the MLS All-Star team to take on Arsenal on July 28. Like with any sport, the Fan XI was more a popularity contest mostly based on USMNT players and big name DP’s. So this is is a more appropriate XI based on what players have done this MLS season. Just like with the Fan XI, this doesn’t match up with any specific...
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Five players that saw their transfer value take off after Euro 2016

Death, taxes and clubs overspending for players after a major tournament. It’s inevitable that following EURO 2016 the rumor mill would kick into high gear and many of the world’s biggest clubs would open up their checkbooks. Many players and their agents use the big summer tournaments as a job interview. In 2014, James Rodriguez caught Real Madrid’s eye and soon after the...
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The 32 Flags staff gives our best and worst of Euro 2016

Euro 2016 has come and gone with Portugal somehow leaving France as champions. There was a lot of good and a lot of bad that went down over the past month in France. Here is our staff’s recaps of all the highs and lows this tournament had to offer.   Phillip Bupp (Managing Editor)  MVP: Antoine Griezmann (France)Easily the best player in the tournament and while he didn’t...
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Top five to stay same, USMNT expecting big rise in FIFA rankings update

The July FIFA rankings come out tomorrow and it is expected to have some wild changes. With the Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016 counting this month, it’s a prime time for teams to move up and down as they look forward to World Cup Qualifying in a couple months. While the rankings officially come out tomorrow, we can tally up the point totals every team is expecting to have...
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European title victory alters perception of Cristiano Ronaldo

Before Euro 2016 got underway, there were already many adjectives that suited Cristiano Ronaldo. Some positive, like talented, transcendent or best in the world. Others, less so — diva, diver or selfish. Following Portugal’s stunning 1-0 win over France in the final, it might be time to update those lists. Before that historic day, however, Ronaldo showed his mettle as the captain...
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How does France’s future look after Euro 2016

When the dust finally settled at the Parc des Princes in Paris Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal were holding the European Championship trophy while the hosts were left holding their heads. At the end of the day France, a team with much talent and flair, was just the latest victim to Portugal’s sweltering defense and very unattractive style of play. The question now becomes, what...
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How does winning Euro 2016 shape Portugal’s future

Portugal has finally broken through in the international stage and have won their first-ever hardware in Portuguese football history. The Portuguese can finally put the heartbreak of losing to Greece in the 2004 Euro finals away and rejoice that they can call themselves European Champions. The future of Portugal going forward from here looks bright, as they showed that they have...
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Cristiano Ronaldo forced to leave Euro 2016 final with injury

The one thing you don’t want to see is a star player forced to leave a major final with an injury -- especially when that injury comes early in the game and can have a major effect on the rest of the game. That’s exactly what happened to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar picked up a knock on his knee in the eighth minute of the Euro 2016 Final against France on Sunday...
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The five best European Championship finals in history

On Sunday, France and Portugal will fight in the 15th final of the European Championships. Ever since 1960, there have been great finals contested by some of the biggest teams in the world, and there have been some snoozers as well. But in this list, we look back on only those matches that live on in our memories. On Saturday, France can win its third European title, while Portugal...
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Euro 2016 final: Breaking down Portugal vs. France

“The summer of soccer” hits another high note Sunday when Portugal and France meet in the Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). Man in the middle: English referee Mark Clattenburg will draw the referee assignment on Sunday, just a few weeks after working the Champions League final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Assistant referees Simon Beck, Jake...
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France makes Euro 2016 final after knocking off Germany

The French must love hosting international tournaments. A 2-0 victory over Germany in today’s semifinal gives Les Bleus a chance to win their third major championship on home soil. They head to Paris to take on Portugal on Sunday. Didier Deschamps elected to keep the same lineup that successfully dispatched Iceland in the quarterfinal, and for a time it looked like it was going...
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Watch: Antoine Griezmann gives France a 1-0 lead with a perfect penalty

Germany spent most of the first half in Marseille pinning the French in and keeping them from creating many chances, but a late handball called against Bastian Schweinsteiger gave Antoine Griezmann the chance to give France a 1-0 lead heading into the interval. France won the penalty from a corner kick when Schweinsteiger contested a header but appeared to hit the ball with his...
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England needs to eliminate its 'English-centric' attitude

It’s no secret that English football is trapped in a vicious cycle that isn’t doing the country any good right now. It dominates qualification to major tournaments, gets overhyped by the media, then crashes out of the tournament in embarrassing fashion and leaves the manager with all the blame. This cycle isn’t helping everyone, especially since the problems are usually not...
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2016 midseason grades for the MLS Western Conference teams

We just passed the July 4th weekend and that unofficially means the 2016 MLS regular season is half complete. Because of the uneven schedule, most teams have played more than 17 of their 34 games while some have played as low as 15. But we are literally 17 weeks into this 34 week schedule so it’s an appropriate time to grade each team is as they go into the second half of the...
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Portugal defeat Wales to advance to Euro 2016 final

You’ll never believe this but Portugal actually won a game in 90 minutes! Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani scored three minutes apart early in the second half to give Portugal a 2-0 win over Wales in the Euro 2016 semifinals in Lille. Just like every other game Portugal has played in this tournament the quality of play at the start of the game could best be described as poor. Both teams...
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