LINSEY | Major League Soccer is Worth Your Time

Major League Soccer is the number one professional soccer league in the United States. Opinions on the league cover the whole spectrum from super-fans to haters. One could hear anything from “It’s a nice way to see some really talented players close to home” to “the only thing more boring than European soccer is American soccer.” Personally, I have always wanted to go to an MLS game to see the action for myself, and this past summer, I got the chance to watch NYCFC host the Colorado Rapids. Here’s the story of my day at the game and my first impression of the MLS. Like many Cornellians, I live within a few hours of New York City.

LINSEY | The Goalkeeper: a Positional Analysis

Joao Moutinho slipped the ball to Eder. The Portuguese striker dribbled and fired a seemingly harmless strike from twenty-five yards out. French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, one of the world’s best, normally saves nine out of 10 shots from that distance. Yet, two crucial, unlikely occurrences happened at the same time. First, and most crucially, Lloris was leaning to his left.

LINSEY | Premier League: New Managers in New Positions

When Abel Hernandez kicked the ball back towards his orange-clad teammates, Hull City’s Uruguayan striker made the first pass of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Perhaps the most prominent feature of this new season is the many excellent managers who have taken their talents to the Premiership over the summer. Let’s run the rule over each of the new arrivals and evaluate who will be deemed successful once the season’s last ball is kicked in May. Two weeks into the season, it seems like Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho is best positioned for instant success. Mourinho brings a pedigree of success, both in England with Chelsea FC and on the continent with Real Madrid, Porto and Inter Milan.

LINSEY | Jose Mourinho, Manchester United, and the Power of Rumors

Global soccer is a sport unlike any other. Its unique worldwide infrastructure and international interconnectedness result in a nearly 24-hour news cycle. However, due to the difficulties of communication in the information age, most of this news is unreliable. Newspapers from England to Thailand delight in printing various rumors that range from the probable to the ridiculous. Using a case study of a certain rumor, columnist Kevin Linsey writes about their inaccuracies and allude to the inescapable amount of rumors in the soccer world.

LINSEY | Jose Mourinho, Manchester United and the Power of Rumors

Global soccer is a sport unlike any other. Its unique worldwide infrastructure and international interconnectedness result in a nearly 24-hour news cycle. However, due to the difficulties of communication in the information age, most of this news is unreliable. Newspapers from England to Thailand delight in printing various rumors that range from the probable to the ridiculous. Using a case study of a certain rumor, columnist Kevin Linsey writes about their inaccuracies and allude to the inescapable amount of rumors in the soccer world.

LINSEY | Rafa Benitez and the Midseason Manager Swap

Liverpool F.C. famously came back from three goals down to win the 2005 Champions League in Istanbul. Other players from that team, such as Steven Gerrard, are more memorable, but Rafa Benitez was the man who orchestrated the historic Liverpool team of that era as the manager. The legendary manager has also coached Valencia, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid. However, the transition periods between his times at these clubs were not smooth. He often was fired mid-season and picked up another job a few months later.

LINSEY | Tough Times for the FA Cup

The FA Cup is the oldest soccer competition in the world. The tournament, which has been played annually since 1871, is contested by soccer clubs from Britain’s top divisions in a knockout format. The winner gets a chance to lift the iconic trophy at London’s famous Wembley Stadium. At first glance, this would seem a competition worth winning.

LINSEY | Are Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint Germain Just Too Good for Ligue 1?

A six-foot-five tattooed talismanic Swede with a ponytail, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an imposing striker. Coupled with this tough persona, Zlatan can do an insane array of tricks and flicks with a soccer ball, topped off with a powerful shot. He has scored more than 400 career goals, at a rate of almost two every three games. In short, he is one of the 10 best soccer players in the world. Zlatan plies his trade for Paris Saint-Germain, a club that competes in France’s Ligue 1.