After two weeks of La Liga, and looking at the performances and stats of the teams, we can already draw some first conclusions. The Spanish Big Three are still the main favorites for the title. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid are the only real candidates to lift the trophy, argues Carlos Molano for The Cult of Calcio.
The hangover of the Third-Place Match had not passed yet when Brazil and Peru squared off at the Maracana for the Final of Copa America 2019. But Leo Messi’s controversial declarations after the game, with his accusations to CONMEBOL of being corrupted, were overshadowed by the Selecao’s 3-1 win in the last act to capture the trophy for the first time since 2007.
Before the Copa América 2019 started, who would have thought that Peru could reach the Final? What were the odds on any betting website? Probably not even the most optimistic Peruvian supporters would have bet any money on their side thrashing Chile 3-0 in the second Semifinal in Porto Alegre to make it to the last game for the third time in their history.
There’s no wonder why Brazil–Argentina – El Clasico de America – is always regarded as a legendary game. No matter in which tournament the two South American giants face each other, the level of intensity and passion they put never disappoints anyone. That was also the case on Tuesday when Brazil beat the Albiceleste 2-0 in the first Semifinal of the Copa America 2019.
Since FIFA put in place the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), there have been many debates and controversies surrounding its utilization. In my opinion, it was a necessary change, with some drawbacks, but with many more advantages. The Copa América 2019 Quarter Finals proved that: Without the VAR, the final results would have been much different.
The Quarter Finals of Copa América 2019 are about to kick-off. The first match will be between Argentina and Venezuela, whereas Brazil will need to increase the level of their performance against a very physical Paraguayan side. Colombia-Chile looks like the most balanced fixture, while Uruguay appear to be a clear favorite against Peru.
Copa América, the oldest international continental football competition, kicked off last night with host country Brazil defeating Bolivia 3-0 in the opening match. Carlos Molano will follow the Brazilian event for The Cult of Calcio, providing match analysis and insight from a tournament featuring players like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, Alexis Sánchez, and Philippe Coutinho.
Right before last summer, Real Valladolid unexpectedly won the playoffs of the Spanish Segunda Division, getting promoted to play in La Liga. After struggling for four seasons in the second tier of Iberian football, the dream of a city, the dream of a region became true. Who would have thought that Ronaldo Nazario de Lima could show some interest in buying the club?
Whether it is El Clásico, a Champions League tie or the World Cup Final itself, a top-level match is often billed as “the biggest game of the century” or suchlike. But this time, with Buenos Aires rival clubs Boca Juniors and River Plate facing each other in the upcoming Copa Libertadores Final, the epithet will be even more appropriate.
Last Thursday, the draw for the Champions League 2018-19 Group Stage took place. It was the day every fan had been waiting for since last May’s Real Madrid win over Liverpool 3-1 in the Final in Kiev. This year, the title of “Group of Death” went to Group C, which will feature Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, and Red Star Belgrade.
The Football League Championship kicked off last Friday, with Derby County winning 2-1 at Reading in the opening game. The Championship has been growing year after year, especially when it comes to the quality of players. In this new edition of our “The Grass Is Greener” column, we relive the history of the Rams, one of the most titled clubs in the English second division.
The role of goalkeeper has always been pretty much on the sideline of football news and stories, especially when it comes to the summer transfer market session. But since the last Champions League Final, and the World Cup in Russia 2018, it looks like things may be about to change, starting with the record transfer deal of Alisson Becker from Roma to Liverpool.