En tête du championnat dont il a été un autoritaire leader pendant de nombreuses semaines, Seattle est au centre des préoccupations de notre émission de cette semaine (que vous pouvez aussi écouter ici) avec une analyse approfondie en compagnie d’Olivier Tremblay et Christian Schaekels. Parmi nos principaux sujets de discussion :
Bradley Wright-Phillips' 17 goals this season for New York would have put him in an respectable fourth place in last season's Golden Boot race.
The catch, of course, is that the Red Bulls have only played 20 matches so far this season and Major League Soccer is quickly approaching the All-Star Break. Camillo Sanvezzo, the eventual Golden Boot winner in 2013, was sitting on just 13 goals (of his eventual 22) coming into his All-Star Break after 21 matches.
Are you wondering exactly how much better or worse your team is faring in 2014 as opposed to 2013? Well, we've got you covered.
Below is a chart that shows the point differential for each team when comparing this season with 2013. Each total was calculated by taking the amount of points each team earned through the amount of games they played in 2014. So for example, Chicago has earned 19 points through 17 games in 2014. They collected 21 points through 17 games in 2013. Therefore their point differential is -2.
Tuesday night, in the 2014 World Cup semifinal, Brazil out-shot Germany 18 to 14. So given that Brazil and Germany are the two greatest footballing nations of all-time, and given that they were the two favorites heading into this tournament, and given that the game was in Brazil itself, it’d be natural to assume it was a fairly even encounter. Context, right?
Évidemment, l’essentiel de l’émission est consacré à une analyse exhaustive du match entre la Belgique et les États-Unis (victoire des Belges 2-1 après prolongation) avec, entre autres, les points suivants :
World Cup: Wall Street Journal exposes biggest floppers, injury fakers – Brazil, Honduras | SIDELINE
Flopping, faking injuries, trying to con the referee — parts of this beautiful game of soccer and the World Cup that we all undoubtedly hate.
But how could we go about ridding the game of these nasty imperfections which turn off so many would-be soccer fans from the sport? Since FIFA, world soccer's governing body, seem uninterested in doing much of anything about it, we must resort to ridicule as a deterrant for players.
Ahead of the final World Cup "tune-up" for the US national team this past Saturday against Nigeria, coach Jurgen Klinsmann played down the effect of the sudden formation change the national team has experienced since the 2-2 draw with Mexico in Arizona on April 2.
Équipe en forme du moment, New England attire l’attention de tout le monde, y compris celle de l’équipe de Coup Franc qui lui a consacré son émission de la semaine (à écouter ici) au cours de laquelle nous décortiquons le club, son jeu et de nombreux paradoxes apparents :
The bankers on Wall Street might have just given you the keys to completing the perfect bracket.
A detailed analysis by international investing heavyweight Goldman Sachs has projected host nation Brazil as the odds-on favorites to win this summer's World Cup, giving the five-time world champions a whopping 48.5 percent likelihood of triumph.