Unrivaled: Are We Devaluing International Rivalries?

Last Friday, the Netherlands defeated Germany in a six goal thriller. That same evening, Mexico and the United States embarked on the next chapter of their rivalry, with el Tri running rampant against an unremarkable USMNT. While any occasion to see these rivalries is welcome, some criticism arose from the repetitive nature of these matchups. … Continue reading Unrivaled: Are We Devaluing International Rivalries?

Baku and Forth: Arsenal, Mkhitaryan, and the Europa League Final

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Arsenal and Chelsea supporters alike have cause for concern about the upcoming Europa League final. With Europe’s second grandest trophy on the line, some pre-match nerves would be expected. Much of these fears, though, stem from off-the-field issues arising from the location of the match itself. Why is the location problematic, and what does UEFA’s … Continue reading Baku and Forth: Arsenal, Mkhitaryan, and the Europa League Final

Frenkie de Jong’s Move to PSG Has No Losers

As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. However, with the news breaking from Mike Verweij that Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong has agreed a 75 million euro move to French behemoths Paris Saint-Germain, it does appear that this might be a rare occurrence where there are no true losers. While … Continue reading Frenkie de Jong’s Move to PSG Has No Losers

Unai Emery’s Arsenal Are For Real

We at Corner Kick have made a lot out of the concept of tactical unity – that is, the idea that a team with a defined tactical identity will, over time, outperform its counterparts. I would stipulate that one of the reasons teams like Manchester City are able to be so successful is that their … Continue reading Unai Emery’s Arsenal Are For Real

Apples and Oranjes: Time for a New Dutch Renaissance

The recent performances of the Oranje have evoked some real nostalgia amongst Dutch supporters, with many claiming the Dutch victories over Germany and defending World Cup champions France to be the best performances from their side in years. While their final game in the group stage of the Nations League started off poorly, with the … Continue reading Apples and Oranjes: Time for a New Dutch Renaissance

All the Wrong Places: Why La Liga Needs to Drop BeIN to Gain Exposure

If La Liga wants to increase their American exposure, they should focus on how their product is presented, not on bringing games to the United States. For the past seven years, La Liga has been the highest ranked European league, per UEFA's Club Coefficient metrics. With Barcelona and Real Madrid leading the charge, and Atletico … Continue reading All the Wrong Places: Why La Liga Needs to Drop BeIN to Gain Exposure

Manchester City 2, Arsenal 0: The Recap

Defending Premier League champions Manchester City got their title defense underway with a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal at the Emirates. In Arsenal’s first game in over two decades without Arsene Wenger at the helm, the Gunners looked sloppy in possession but created a number of chances against the Citizens. Raheem Sterling scored a deflected strike … Continue reading Manchester City 2, Arsenal 0: The Recap

Premier League 2018-19 Gets Set to Kickoff

As Michael Scott said, “Oh my God! Okay, it happening. Everybody stay calm.”  The Premier League starts anew on Friday, August 10th, and I for one could not be more excited. With some marquee matchup, this gameweek will be one to watch. Below find my previews and predictions for each of this week’s games! Manchester … Continue reading Premier League 2018-19 Gets Set to Kickoff