2018 World Cup Group Analysis: Group C

    Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France enters this group as one of the strong pre-tournament favorites but this group could throw in a few surprises if they are not careful. There could be a real clash of styles. The winner of this group will play the runner up in Group D. The…

2018 World Cup Group Analysis: Group B

  Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco While Group A features a relatively wide open group, Group B is a little bit more straightforward in terms of expectation. Spain and Portugal should be heavy favorites to progress but the order could be somewhat interesting and could have a big impact on their tournament aspirations. The…

Life after Wenger will not be easy for Arsenal

Some scenarios are simply not easy to picture. In any given memory, one figure, character, moment, or object end up being the quintessential association. For Arsenal, that man has been Arsene Wenger for an entire generation of football fans. And next year will be the first time since 1995 that Arsenal had a manager not…

The Clown motif

2014 “They wanted the clowns!” Fresh off a highly unexpected, narrative defying¬† 2-0 win at Anfield in 2014, Jose Mourinho (then Chelsea manager) succinctly made it clear that he had no interest in bending the knee. Logically fair, you wouldn’t expect a hyper-committed winner to simply lie down to enable another team, another set of…

2018 World Cup Group Analysis: Group A

Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia Due to a couple other commitments, I could not roll these out as quickly as I wanted to. But, I’m glad I get to analyzing some of these World Cup Groups. Group A, by design, features the hosts of the tournament so we get to analyze Russia and…

World Cup posts coming

The World Cup draw is official. Although the US is not in it, there is plenty to look forward to. Regardless, I figured I’d go through and do general previews and break it down into more statistical breakdowns by the time the World Cup comes around. The first reason is that 1) I need a…