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Happy McConaughey

Academy award winning actor Matthew McConaughey finally has a Major League Soccer club to support now that Austin FC is joining the league in 2021. The actor was spotted at a Los Angeles FC match, sitting beside fellow actor Will Ferrell, wearing an Austin FC t-shirt. McConaughey is a Texas native who currently resides in Austin, so naturally he’s drawn

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Final Curtain Hazard

Eden Hazard walked away with three individual prizes at Chelsea’s end-of-season awards. Hazard was named the Players’ Player of the Year, the Yokohama Player of the Year, awarded by the club’s primary shirt sponsor, and won the goal of the season for his solo run against Liverpool at Anfield in September. Other awards during the event were handed out to

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Show Me The Money

Have you ever wondered how much money Premier League clubs make? This past season £2.45 billion was shared amongst the 20 clubs. Everyone is guaranteed a huge pay day, with 50 percent of UK TV money shared equally, while the remaining 50 percent is distributed based on a club’s number of live games and league position. As for the money

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One To Watch

According to CIES Football (International Centre for Sports Studies), Roma wonder-kid Nicolo Zaniolo is valued at €64.7 million. The international sports studies observatory released their rankings of the most valuable under-20 talents from around the globe, and 19-year-old Zaniolo ranks third. The former Inter youth product has had a break-out season, scoring a memorable brace in the Champions League round

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A VAR Moment

The chief of referees for Serie A, Marcello Nicchi, insists that there is little to change regarding VAR after a ‘very positive’ season of its use. Uhm… was he paying attention this season? The whole process needs to be looked at and improved. It takes far too long for any sort of decision to be made. Offside decisions should be

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Champions League ReBoot

The European Club Association (ECA), led by Juventus President Andrea Agnelli, has confirmed its desire for the Champions League to implement a system of promotion and relegation. Based on the changes that are proposed, there will no longer be an emphasis on qualification through domestic leagues. Only eight of the 32 group stage spots would be available to teams based

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Ronaldo Jinxed

Here’s a weird and random stat, since 2007 Cristiano Ronaldo has reached the Champions League semi-final in every year except the ones in which a Toy Story film was released. In the two years that Pixar released Toy Story, Ronaldo failed to reach the semi-final. In 2010, when Toy Story 3 came out, Ronaldo and Real Madrid were eliminated by

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Expanding MLS

Major League Soccer have revised their expansion plans by announcing that it hopes to have 30 teams in the near future. The decision was made by owners at a board of governors meetings in Los Angeles, which will see the league’s 28th and 29th franchises required to pay a $200 million expansion fee. While no decision has been made on

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New Cup Ready

Liga MX and Major League Soccer have confirmed the creation of an annual Leagues Cup between clubs from both competitions. The inaugural edition will begin the United States at the end of July. The eight teams competing have already been paired up and will see Houston take on Club America, Real Salt Lake host Tigres, Chicago against Cruz Azul and

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Amazing Imports

Designated The Best in MLS The Designated Player has now entered its teenage years. In its twelfth season in Major League Soccer the DP rule has fundamentally changed the way teams operate and spend their Garber bucks. While there have certainly been some misfires it has also helped bring in some top-level talent. Sean Maslin takes a look at the

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