Building Foundations: Growing Grassroots Football in the United States

Building Foundations: Growing Grassroots Football in the United States

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Soccer in the United States is an ever-growing sport, but it remains a long way behind the likes of American football and basketball in terms of history, infrastructure and progression.

Unlike the aforementioned sports, where the United States have a long, proud tradition of being at the forefront, and dominating on a global stage, soccer has long been playing catch up. Facing up against Europe, which has had a long-established and thorough footballing pedigree from the top to the very bottom of its football pyramid, the USA has sought to catch up and speed through years of crucial development, and is paying the price for it.

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England 4-0 Bulgaria: Kane hat-trick does little to lighten the mood in dull win

England 4-0 Bulgaria: Kane hat-trick does little to lighten the mood in dull win

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England were in no danger of ever jeopardising their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualifying when they came up against a Bulgaria side rooted to the bottom of the Group A table.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions cruised to victory in a game full of goals, and yet somehow seeming to lack the excitement a 4-0 win would typically bring about. It was all very routine, training ground stuff on display at Wembley.

England captain Harry Kane netted a hat-trick in the game, while Raheem Sterling provided the other, as the attacking pair proved simply too much for their Bulgarian opponents, brushing them aside without ever really leaving a canter.

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The European Clubs’ Association is right with its warning of big league dominance in Europe

The European Clubs’ Association is right with its warning of big league dominance in Europe

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Following a meeting of representatives of many of Europe’s biggest clubs in Geneva, strong words of warning were issued to the continent’s big five leagues over their growing dominance. The European football landscape is very much being dictated by these five continental superpowers, and they were right to receive a sharp reminder of their ever-increasing power.

Much of the ECA meeting saw smaller clubs and leagues expressing a fact that the current one-sided shift to a big five monopoly over European football would not be allowed to go unchecked. Reforms to the UEFA structure are set to be in place by 2022, later than the December 2019 deadline that had been previously discussed earlier in the year. Chairman of the European Clubs’ Association (ECA), Andrea Agnelli, ended the two-day meeting by explaining reforms to the UEFA structure are set to be in place by 2022, later than the December 2019 deadline that had been previously discussed earlier in the year.

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Watford sack Javi Gracia; Quique Sanchez Flores returns to Hornets hot seat

Watford sack Javi Gracia; Quique Sanchez Flores returns to Hornets hot seat

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Entering the first international break of the new Premier League campaign, supporters, pundits and clubs alike are provided the chance to take a momentary step back and evaluate the early start of their league seasons.

It is also usually the time the chopping block comes calling for any managers significantly underperforming, and this season has proved no different.

The unfortunate soul this time round; Watford boss Javi Gracia. Despite leading Watford to Wembley last season in the FA Cup final – albeit where they were turned over 6-0 by a rampant Manchester City side – the Spaniard found himself on thin ice after a woeful start to the new campaign. Three defeats in his opening four games – the only omission being his most recent, and underwhelming, 1-1 draw away with Newcastle was just too much for the Watford board.

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Wycombe Wanderers’ Joe Jacobson writes himself into football trivia with hat-trick

Wycombe Wanderers’ Joe Jacobson writes himself into football trivia with hat-trick

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Scoring a hat-trick is an impressive accomplishment for any player. As a defender, a position not commonly gifted with goals, it’s even more memorable of an achievement.

Yet, Wycombe Wanderers full back Joe Jacobson wasn’t quite content with just that, going one better in his side’s win over Lincoln. The 32-year-old managed to score arguably the most memorable hat-trick possibly to ever grace a football pitch – certainly one that will be entrenched into footballing trivia for years to come. A hat-trick scored entirely from set pieces.

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