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It’s only been a few weeks since Manchester City were officially dethroned as champions of the English Premier League but with the recent rumors, the impending arrival of Manuel Pellegrini and the apparent signing of Sevilla midfielder Jesus Navas, it looks like the team from the blue half of Manchester is attempting to bring in as much talent from Spain and the country’s top flight as possible in a bid to re-gain their spot atop the Premier League perch in 2013-14.
In the grand scheme of things, it is not surprising that the new City executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are favoring Spain as the place to get City’s transfers from this summer as the two formerly worked for FC Barcelona. One would imagine that they have a better grasp on who is and isn’t good in the Primera Division thanks to their time at Camp Nou. However, I believe that this runs deeper than simply trying to emulate what Barcelona does at the Etihad. No, this is a case of building a sense of familiarity amongst the team and picking up a few players who can be linked to the Spanish National Team’s current domination of the world.
Thanks to Manchester City, New York City FC will begin playing MLS football in 2015. Now, David Beckham is in Miami talking up the possibility of investing into a new franchise in South Florida, which has been without an association football team since 2001 when the league cut both the Miami Fusion and the Tampa Mutiny as part of the league restructuring. While the general opinion of MLS fans seemed to be negative when it came to City’s venture into the MLS, there will likely be more acceptance to the man who more or less put the league on the football map becoming a partner in a possible 21st team in the league.
When Beckham signed for the LA Galaxy in 2007, a clause was included in his contract that would allow him to create a new franchise at a discounted price of $25 million after his retirement. However, money won’t be an issue if his tour of SunLife Stadium and Florida International University’s American football stadium with billionaire Marcelo Claure, who attempted to bring a MLS team to Miami in the past, is any sign. With Beckham’s international prestige, the discounted price of a franchise, Miami’s political acceptance of a club in their city and a potential billionaire backer in Claure, it is highly probable that the sport at the highest level the United States has will finally be back in the southeastern part of the country.
When I started doing this blog in January as a project for one of my classes, I never thought I would be able to gain the following that I have in only five months time. Sometime last month, I decided to take the next step with the blog and move it to its own site with a better name, better layout and much easier to remember URL. After spending a few weeks learning the ropes of my new hosts, I finally got everything situated and I’m now ready to launch The One Two.
For the next few weeks, I’ll still post snippets of my posts going forward here as I’m still not sure how independently hosted WordPress blogs function in terms of sharing and I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on anything if it doesn’t work like I’m expect it to.
I also have to thank everyone who has made this such an enjoyable experience so far. Simply reading my posts is enough gratification for me, but those of you who have shared the posts or subscribed to the blog have really made it easy for me to continue to learn about the game we all love so I can continue to provide you all with good content.
So, here’s to the first five months at The One Two. Let’s hope I don’t do as bad as my 1 view back in January.
For years, the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association or International Federation of Association Football in English) has been attempting to fight football matching fixing around the world. Some may call what they have done so far a success while others may call say there is still a lot of work to do. Regardless of where a person stands, Europol’s report on match fixing released last week shows that match fixing is a real problem.
According to Europol, as many as 680 games across 15 countries involving 425 players, coaches, and club officials may have been involved in an worldwide corruption ring run out of Southeast Asia.
FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, called for a swift reaction to one of football’s bigger problems.
“It is also time for governments to take the threat of match fixing seriously and introduce appropriate sanctions as a deterrent, for while a player may be prepared to risk a ban for throwing a match, he will most likely not wish to risk a prison sentence.”
I’m personally not sure that it is time for governments to become involved in fighting match fixing, but if the problem continues to grow at the rate it is then legal action must be taken to preserve the sport and its future.
My name is Sean and this blog is going to be all about soccer, football, footy, the beautiful game, or whatever else you want to call it. Everyone knows soccer is not as popular in the United States as it is in other parts of the world, but it is growing and I’d like to contribute to the growth.
As most people from Louisiana and other parts of the South, I grew up as a die-hard football (the one with helmets and a funny shaped ball) fan. I remember having a birthday cake in Denver Bronco colors. Of course, any self-respecting Louisianian loves LSU and their football. While I do still love the sport, this changed around 2007.
I found myself interested in the US Men’s National Soccer Team’s run in the 2008 World Cup qualification. Being a person who enjoys learning about new things, I took the time to learn more about the other football. The history, passion and tradition of the clubs in leagues in Europe drew me in and soon I was watching the Premier League in England or La Liga in Spain.
These days, my Saturdays are devoted to soccer instead of college football (yes, I do still watch LSU play) and Sundays for the big ticket games around the world. I now consider myself a supporter of Manchester City F.C. in England. I may not be as fervent a fan as supporters from Manchester, but I’m damn close.
Hopefully, some of my passion will rub off in this blog.