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Jules
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This is the life of so many people outside the popular sports world. Hockey fans often see the AHL is a step down, but the income of many AHL players is a dream pay for most athletes, especially those in a sport that only get good TV ratings at the Olympics. I mean, I see it everyday, because my fiancee has to work a job outside of her full-time sports career, despite being around a top 100 athlete in her sport worldwide. The drop-off in the financial value of being an elite level athlete in a smaller sport is enormous.
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http://www.fifa.com/worldranking/rankingtable/index.html#

 

1. Spain

2. Germany

3. Colombia

4. Argentina

5. Netherlands

6. Italy

7. Portugal

8. Croatia

9. Brazil

10. Belgium

11. Greece

12. Uruguay

13. Bosnia-Herzegovina

14. England

15. Switzerland

16. Russia

17. Ecuador

18. Ivory Coast

19. USA

20. Mexico

 

US cracks the top 20 in the Fifa rankings for the first time in a few years. For those that don't follow the sport, these Fifa rankings don't really mean shit and are always questioned. That being said it's hard to look at the teams higher than 20 and argue that the US doesn't deserve it right now.

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Colombia, Greece, The Netherlands? What are they doing there. How The Netherlands is currently ranked over Brazil, England en maybe even Belgium shows how skewed this list usually is. The Dutch team is in absolute shambles, hasn't beaten a meaningful opponent in a meaningful game in forever and they are fifth? Laughable.
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Colombia, Greece, The Netherlands? What are they doing there. How The Netherlands is currently ranked over Brazil, England en maybe even Belgium shows how skewed this list usually is. The Dutch team is in absolute shambles, hasn't beaten a meaningful opponent in a meaningful game in forever and they are fifth? Laughable.

 

They've been pretty high on the rankings ever since their WC final appearance, right?

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Fortuna with another strong showing in second game. After beating a clear title favorite at home last week, they now played 0-0 away against another good opponent. 4 out of 6 possible points to open the year. There have been seasons where acquiring 4 points took them seven games.
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Understatement of the century. Seriously, we're just missing everyone. The new rumor is that we're going to try to pry Michu from Swansea or Dzeko out of City.

 

if Dzeko keeps playing the way he is in a friendly against the US right now then Pellegrini will have to be on crack to let him go. Hes far and away the best player on either team in this match,

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How the hell did atletico win copa Del rey ? All falcao?

 

Teams don't prioritize the national Cup tournaments. They play their "B squad" for the most parts, giving some playing time to younger players or bench players. Occasionally it means they stumble early or just don't care at all. It's pretty common for mid-table teams to win the Cup.

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The response (as in, the tifo action) is awesome, but the blatant racism they were punished for is not. Eastern European soccer leagues are riddled with right wing violence and racism.

 

There are teams afraid to sign black players, because of backlash from the fans. Morons.

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The response (as in, the tifo action) is awesome, but the blatant racism they were punished for is not. Eastern European soccer leagues are riddled with right wing violence and racism.

 

There are teams afraid to sign black players, because of backlash from the fans. Morons.

 

That's all that I was referring to. Racism in soccer is beyond dispicable.

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The response (as in, the tifo action) is awesome, but the blatant racism they were punished for is not. Eastern European soccer leagues are riddled with right wing violence and racism.

 

There are teams afraid to sign black players, because of backlash from the fans. Morons.

 

Not that bad anymore TBH.

 

Both Dynamo & Shakhtar have large amounts of non-ukrainian ethnic players.

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