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What Is It Like To Watch El Clasico In Barcelona?

By: Casey Rhine

Ohhhh El Clásico, where to begin. One of soccer's most heated, yet most deeply cherished rivalries.Few of you readers get to experience El Clasico, in Barcelona, while it's happening. This was my mission on December 23rd and should be your mission on May 6th if you are not lucky enough to go to the game in the Camp Nou.

Los Angeles, Toronto, Mexico City Named World Cup 2026 Host Cities

NEW YORK — Los Angeles, Toronto and Mexico City have been named among the host cities for the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico, marking the first time the tournament will be shared by three different countries.

World soccer governing body FIFA announced the 16 cities — 11 in the United States, three in Mexico and two in Canada — that were successful from the 22 bids put forward in a special event at the Rockefeller Center in New York on Thursday. However, there was no indication where the opening game or the final would be played.

The Evolution Of Official FIFA World Cup Posters Through The Years

Dating back to the inaugural FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay in 1930, each rendition of the tournament has been accompanied by an official poster from FIFA. Artists who’ve worked on these gorgeous designs include Guillermo Laborde (1930), Joan Miro (1982) and Annie Leibovitz (1986), to name just a few. Today, FIFA unveiled the official poster for the 2022 event in Qatar.

It's created by Qatari artist Bouthayna Al Muftah and depicts traditional headwear being thrown in the air — a symbol of celebration and fandom across Qatar and the Arab world.

The Groundhopper's Guide To Lower League Soccer Stadiums In The U.S.

Most sports fans in the United States think of summer as the season for baseball, but the warmest months of the year are also the perfect time to attend a professional soccer match — and there's no shortage of teams.

As Major League Baseball continues to cut minor league teams, the decline of professional baseball in the country becomes more prominent. But not so with soccer.

Lambeau To Welcome City And Bayern — What Other Summer Friendlies Are In USA?

When it comes to the biggest of soccer teams coming to USA 2022 and the resulting schedule of summer friendlies, it doesn't get much better than Manchester City versus Bayern Munich at 81,441-seat Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 23.

First-Ever NFL Regular Season Game In Germany Set For Bayern's Allianz Arena

The 2022 NFL International Series schedule has been released, featuring five games in four different soccer stadiums in England, Germany and Mexico. The venues in England, Wembley and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Mexico, Estadio Azteca, have been used before, but for the first time ever, a regular season game is coming to Germany and Munich's Allianz Arena.

Here's a breakdown of the NFL International Series stadiums and a bit of information on each. 

Benfica Fan Defeats Liverpool Before A Ball Is Even Kicked

Trailing 3-1 to Liverpool as the team prepares for mission impossible inside Anfield, Benfica supporters flooded Merseyside on Wednesday to show their unwavering support for the Eagles. 

It's a daunting trip for most — the home of The Beatles and the six-time European champions — but not for one Benfica fan who refuses to acknowledge the band's 600 million record sales while claiming "only God knows" how bad of a beating they're about to inflict on Jürgen Klopp's side.  

One Australia Fan Makes 8,250-Mile Trip To Saudi Arabia And Gets Booed By 50,000

Australia's slog of a World Cup qualifying campaign came to a halt on March 24 after a 2-0 defeat to Japan in the driving Sydney rain meant that after the grind of 18 games over two years, the Socceroos would still need to beat the United Arab Emirates and then Peru in the June playoffs to qualify for Qatar.

Why Do So Many Of Ghana's Top Footballers End Up Playing In North America?

African footballers have been migrating overseas since the 1920s, when French leagues attracted some West African players. The migration of African talent to Europe intensified from the 1980s to the 2000s as football became more globalized and economically viable.

Thousands of African footballers have since found their way to Europe. Many have succeeded in carving a niche for themselves, like Abedi Pele, Didier Drogba, George Weah and Samuel Eto'o. The performances of these stars have reinforced the perception that the African continent has some of the best football talent.

Ronaldinho Inducted Into World Soccer Hall Of Fame! (TIL There's A World Soccer Hall Of Fame)

I don't know what Ronaldinho's appearance fee is, but it was met by the World Soccer Hall of Fame in Pachuca, Mexico, on Tuesday night as the legendary Brazilian showed up and provided a short induction speech. No, I had no idea there was a World Soccer Hall of Fame in Pachuca either.

The fellow inductees of Ronaldinho's class were Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro, Spanish striker Raúl, Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos and Swedish coach Pia Sundhage. They weren't at the ceremony, but Ronaldinho was genuinely touched by the honor and fought back tears during his speech.

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