World Cup

[OP-ED]: The Middle East morass

 06/13/2017 - 14:50
Si la administración Trump desea estabilidad en el Oriente Medio debería ayudar a mediar un nuevo equilibrio de poder. Esto no puede suceder puramente en términos sauditas. Irán es un gran jugador en la región, con influencia real y su rol deberá ser reconocido. EFE
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Donald Trump returned from his first overseas trip convinced that he had unified America’s historic Arab allies, dealt a strong blow against terrorism and calmed the waters of an unruly Middle East. Since then we have seen a series of terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East, and an open split within the Arab world. What is going on?

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 2:30pm
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If the Trump administration wants stability in the Middle East, it should help broker a new balance of power. This cannot happen purely on Saudi terms. Iran is a major player in the region, with real influence, and its role will have to be recognized. EFE

[OP-ED]: Mbappé: present of Monaco and future of France

 05/19/2017 - 15:59
Kylian Mbappé who was born on December the 20th of 1988 showed his great speed and ability to score in the Under-19 European Cup held in Germany in 2016. Monaco’s striker led France to the championship, scoring five goals in five contests. EFE
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No European soccer player has improved in one year as much as French forward Kylian Mbappé (l), who was born in Paris less than 20 years ago. The young striker has led Monaco to its best season ever. 

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Friday, May 19, 2017 - 3:45pm
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Kylian Mbappé who was born on December the 20th of 1988 showed his great speed and ability to score in the Under-19 European Cup held in Germany in 2016. Monaco’s striker led France to the championship, scoring five goals in five contests. EFE

[OP-ED]: All Spain has fallen in love with midfielder Isco

 05/12/2017 - 12:33
Real Madrid midfielder Isco Alarcón celebrates his goal, first of the team against Atletico Madrid, during the return leg of the Champions League semifinals. EFE
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Nobody doubts the skill level of Francisco Alarcón “Isco” since he was selected in 2012 as the Golden Boy: Europe’s top Under 21 soccer player. Despite being born in Benalmádena in Málaga, the finesse midfielder was developed in Valencia’s farm system, but the club let him go back to his native province not wanting to renew his contract in 2011.

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:15pm
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Real Madrid midfielder Isco Alarcón celebrates his goal, first of the team against Atletico Madrid, during the return leg of the Champions League semifinals. EFE

[OP-ED]: Paulo Dybala: The Emerging Argentinean Jewel

 05/05/2017 - 15:13
Juventus player Paulo Dybala (l) fights the ball with Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko (r) during a game for one of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals between Monaco and Juventus at the Luis II stadium of Monaco (Monaco). EFE
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There is no doubt. In Argentina, just by looking at the qualifying South American standings for the 2018 Russia World Cup people get nervous. The white and light blue squad ranks fifth with 22 points behind Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile.

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Friday, May 5, 2017 - 3:00pm
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Juventus player Paulo Dybala (l) fights the ball with Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko (r) during a game for one of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals between Monaco and Juventus at the Luis II stadium of Monaco (Monaco). EFE

[OP-ED]: Finally FIFA succeeds with instant video review

 03/31/2017 - 15:46
German referee Felix Zwayer (r) during an international friendly match against Spain at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris (France). EFE
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Geoff Hurst’ goal in the championship game of the 1966 World Cup or Diego Maradona’s hand score in the 1986 World Cup. Without going that far in time everybody remembers Sergio Ramos’ goal in an offside position in the last Champions League final contest or, less than a month ago the penalty kick awarded to Barcelona for a non-existing foul on Luis Suárez by a Paris Saint-Germain defender…

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 3:30pm
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German referee Felix Zwayer (r) during an international friendly match against Spain at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris (France). EFE

Hope is not Lost

 03/29/2017 - 22:49
James Rodriguez after scoring a goal in last years Copa America Centenario. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
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With four games left, can Colombia capture a place in the 2018 World Cup?

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:45pm
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James Rodriguez after scoring a goal in last years Copa America Centenario.  Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News

What a Messi!!!

 03/28/2017 - 16:08
Lionel Messi during his World Cup qualifier game against Chile. Photo: EFE

Offside: U.S. Travel Ban Would Damage 2026 World Cup Bid

 02/27/2017 - 04:46
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Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, has said the United States bid to host the 2026 World Cup could be hampered by travel restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, as reported in The NY Times.

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 4:32am
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U.S. Travel Restrictions Would Damage 2026 World Cup Bid, UEFA President Says.
Tottenham played against KAA Gent at Wembley stadium, London, on February 23, as part of the European Champions League.  EFE/SEAN DEMPSEY

[OP-ED]: Christian Pulisic: German Cup Champion

 06/02/2017 - 15:06
Frankfurt's Slobodan Medojevic (L) in action against Dortmund's Christian Pulisic (R) during the German DFB Cup final soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. EFE
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I still remember it very well. It happened in Dortmund on the last Tuesday of September, during the typical Champions League night in which Borussia hosted defending champion Real Madrid. Christian Pulisic was amazing. He came from the bench with only 17 minutes remaining, replacing Ousmane Dembélé’s, and turned things around 180 degrees. 

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Friday, June 2, 2017 - 3:00pm
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Frankfurt's Slobodan Medojevic (L) in action against Dortmund's Christian Pulisic (R) during the German DFB Cup final soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. EFE

“Tres iguales” – los tres mejores jugadores de Colombia en la final de la UEFA

 04/21/2017 - 15:20
James Rodríguez, Radamel Falcao y Juan Cuadrado se enfrentarán en las finales de la UEFA a principio de Mayo. Fotos: EFE
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Es la primera vez que tres jugadores importantes del Equipo Nacional Colombiano estarán cabeza a cabeza en el Campeonato de la UEFA.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:30pm
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James Rodríguez, Radamel Falcao y Juan Cuadrado se enfrentarán en las finales de la UEFA a principio de Mayo. Fotos: EFE