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What Needs To Happen In Next Ten Weeks To Help Reform FIFA

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November 17, 2014 | No Comments »

Opposition to FIFA and in particular to President Sepp Blatter now seems to be following two paths. We have a group that still believes that this is FIFA’s Salt Lake City moment and that reform will be forced upon them either by sponsor discontent and/ or an FBI investigation that Chuck Blazer, the former General Secretary of CONCACAF has cooperated with.

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Why Any New UEFA Financial Fair Play Debt Threshold Won’t Impact Real Madrid or Manchester United

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October 13, 2014 | 1 Comment »

It did not take long for the media to pick up on the comment and before the day was out we had a myriad of articles that took 1 and 1 and made it 99. The thought process went something like this – “debt” = “Manchester United” = “UEFA targeting Manchester United”.

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Now This Was Fun – $33 All Time Team

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May 31, 2014 | 11 Comments »

I received a tweet this morning that included a challenge. Not sure where it came from although the Guardian’s Spanish football correspondent was quoted in the e mail. This what I came up with in a 4-3-3 formation. Schmeichel $2; Lahm $1, Baresi $4, Beckenbauer $5, Fachetti $3; Garrincha $3, Neeskkens $4, Maradona $5; Van […]

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One of the objectives of Soccer Report Extra.com was to encourage new writers and to bring their works to a broader audience.  Do you have a soccer thought or opinion to share but don’t have your own blog? Or maybe you only want to write intermittently. “The Training Ground” offers you the chance.

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