Posted on: June 20, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 0

Three Players Who Have Seen Stock Rise Following Round Two of Euro Fixtures

Following the conclusion of round one of Euro fixtures, I wrote this article about players whose values could go up after good performances. Just a few days later, the second round of fixtures have been completed. Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands already have now clinched spots in the Round of 16. Some teams, however, will not have spots in the next round despite impressive performances, with North Macedonia already eliminated.…

Posted on: June 17, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 2

Every MLS Player At The 2020 Euros

Slowly but surely, the MLS is becoming the exporter of talent that it once hoped to be. Within the past few seasons, Miguel Almiron, Brenden Aaronson, Alphonso Davies and many more MLS players have been sent to Europe. Clubs like the LA Galaxy are now realizing that because of this, the previous MLS strategy of buying aging stars no longer works. Smarter purchasing clubs with good youth facilities like the…

Posted on: June 15, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 1

Three Players Who Have Seen Stock Rise Following Round One of Euro Fixtures

International tournaments are, and have always been, a great opportunity for players to earn transfers. James Rodriguez is the best example of this, earning a high-profile move to Real Madrid following his performances at the 2014 World Cup. Ricardo Rodriguez is another, as he moved to AC Milan following an impressive 2016 Euro tournament with Switzerland, and there are many more examples. But who (based off of the first match…

Posted on: June 12, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 0

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: Round Two

Even though the 2020 Euros are just getting started, football’s premier competition, the World Cup, is just a year away. Because of a changed schedule that involved ditching many friendlies that could have improved national rankings, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, or CONCACAF, were forced to completely rethink how these World Cup qualifiers occurred in North America. Rather than just choosing the top six teams…

Posted on: June 10, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 0

Three Dark Horse Candidates at the Euros

The Euros have almost started, twelve months later than they were originally scheduled to take place. At the best of times, the Euros have produced surprise results (think Iceland in 2016 or Greece in 2004), and with condensed schedules for some of Europe’s biggest leagues, there could be even more surprising results. Furthermore, many star players are missing from squads due to injuries or other issues. Virgil van Dijk, Zlatan…

Posted on: March 16, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 0

Champions League Results and Predictions

One month ago, I made my predictions for the Champions League Round of 16 first leg. Some of these predictions were close, others were not. Liverpool came tantalizingly close to the 1-0 victory I had predicted, winning 2-0 over Leipzig. Dortmund’s talent up front showed as well as inconsistency in the back, where they won narrowly 3-2. I had predicted 3-3. Others were not as close: PSG beat Barcelona handily,…

Posted on: March 7, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 0

Dream Transfers For Seven Out-of-Favor Players

It’s been slightly over a month since the winter transfer window closed, which means only one thing: it’s time to look at the summer transfer window. As crazy as the transfer market is, it gets people interested. With many teams futures wrapped up by now, many fans have nothing better to do than look forward and see who their team could possibly purchase in the summer. By now, many players…

Posted on: March 2, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 1

Just Add Water: How To Save Struggling Schalke

For the fourth time this season, Schalke have fired their manager. They have also become the first team in Bundesliga history to hire five managers in one season. After a 5-1 loss to Stuttgart, manager Christian Gross and his assistant were sacked, and rightfully so. The team from Gelsenkirchen haven’t won since early January, which was also their only league victory of the season. However, at some point Schalke can’t…

Posted on: February 23, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 0

What Would It Look Like If All Welsh Teams Played In Wales (Instead of England)?

Throughout Premier League history, Welsh teams’ impact and achievements have been overlooked. Swansea City won the EFL Cup, now known as the Carabao Cup, in 2013 and have finished as FA Cup runner-ups. Cardiff City won the English FA Cup in 1927 and have finished as runners-up twice, most recently in 2008 and finished as EFL Cup runners-up the season prior to Swansea’s victory, losing on penalties to a Liverpool…

Posted on: February 20, 2021 Posted by: Charles Erb Comments: 0

Barcelona’s 2015 Champions League Winning Team: Where Are They Now?

Well, that went well. It’s no secret that Barcelona have had their struggles recently, both on and off the pitch. Lionel Messi is looking increasingly likely to leave after his contract was leaked, the club are in massive debt, and both Atletico and Real Madrid are ahead of them in La Liga. However, all this aside, Barcelona had been enjoying a decent Champions League campaign. They did have a fairly…