Brazil 3-1 Croatia: Hosts grind out a scrappy victory in World Cup opener

The hosts Brazil kicked off the World Cup with a good 3-1 result against Croatia, but a subpar performance. After going behind early to a Marcelo own goal, they needed a lucky Neymar shot from distance to equalize, before going ahead with an extremely soft penalty in the second half. Croatia will feel rightly aggrieved at the scoreline after giving a decent account of themselves against the hosts and tournament favorites. Brazil will have to improve if they hope to beat the likes of Spain, Germany, or Argentina if they meet in the knockout stages.

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Money Money Money in (English) Football

With the business end of the various European domestic seasons coming up, the summer transfer window lies in wait just around the corner. From the impending implementation of UEFA’s financial fair play regulation to the new crop of billionaires backing clubs all around the continent, this transfer window is shaping up to be one of the most ridiculous ever. While […]

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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal Preview

We’re getting to the business end of the European football season now, with the first legs of the quarterfinals of the Champions League starting tomorrow.  Here’s how the bracket stacks up:   APOEL Nicosia v. Real Madrid Marseille v. Bayern Munich Benfica v. Chelsea AC Milan v. Barcelona   APOEL v. Real Madrid APOEL Nicosia have been the underdog story […]

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Ball-Lin': New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin

As an American-born Chinese (ABC), I remember facing the same stereotypes growing up: “Oh you’re good at math! Do you play piano? Violin?” Others that immediately come to mind are playing tennis, getting good grades, eating rice, the list goes on. Of course any material in this post is by no means an expression for any approval of discrimination. In […]

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