Archive for the ‘Professional Soccer’ Category


The Lost Lionesses

June 9th, 2019Posted by BJ Pheasant

This article is a fascinating glimpse of soccer history circa the early 1970s in England primarily. It also has a glimpse of the 1971 women’s world cup in Mexico. Also, typical bureaucrats saying something can’t be done at the same time someone else is making it happen. Then banning the person for making them look […]

Thoughts on the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France

June 8th, 2019Posted by BJ Pheasant

Women’s soccer is getting more competitive every year. I think that anyone in the top 10 of the world rankings can knock off anyone else on their day. Although, if they play teams outside the top 15 the results are usually still assured. It is evident that the “soccer countries” (europe) are ramping up women’s […]

Pro @ 13?

May 30th, 2019Posted by BJ Pheasant

Tennis, Kournikova mgmt deal @ 10 pro @ 14. Golf, Wie qualified for USGA @ 10 pro @ 15. Soccer, Freddy Adu pro @14 Soccer, Olivia Moultrie signed with Nike @ 13 pro ?  NWSL says 18 to play in their league. Freddy Adu was 14 in the MLS. Tennis, gymnastics and swimming are pro/Olympics […]

Neil Warnock the Barcelona Manager on Football Manager

May 12th, 2019Posted by BJ Pheasant

Found a couple fascinating reads on Reddit recently. The first is actually a video comparing Pep Guardiola to Neil Warnock. I can’t imagine the amount of time it took to find all the footage. Great stuff! The youtube video is linked here. The original purpose of the article was an ‘analysis’ of Neil Warnock managing […]

Is the NWSL doing its Job?

May 16th, 2018Posted by BJ Pheasant

The NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) is the latest iteration or professional women”s soccer in the USA. It has been 5 years and  they are still in business, which is good. There is some expansion and only one contraction. The contraction was of a poorly managed or mismanaged Boston Breakers team and understandable. On the […]

Qatar to lose the WC 2022?

October 24th, 2017Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are rumors swirling that Qatar may lose the hosting of World Cup 2022. With bribery of the voting process now proven and slavery accusations (at the worst) and human rights violations (at the best) being pinned to FIFA WC construction the hubris seems to be catching up to Qatar. The latest accusations come from […]

Expanding World Cup Seems to be a Negative for those involved

January 11th, 2017Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are a number of articles for and against expansion. Logic seems to be on the side of those holding to a 32 team final tournament (everyone gets a chance to participate and qualify already). Below are some excerpts from a reasonded article that I agree with. As it stands every country has a chance […]

2015 Women’s World Cup – How are my favorites doing?

June 21st, 2015Posted by BJ Pheasant

Before the Women’s World Cup in Canada I talked about the four teams I thought had the best chance to win the Cup. They are USA, Japan, Germany, and France. So far, two of those teams have played poorly (USA and Japan) and two have played well (Germany and France). USA is not playing well […]

The Moneyball era in soccer is not quite here

November 28th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are a number of books that outline how countries and clubs are not guaranteed to win in soccer because of processes beyond control and the nature of the game allowing for variance in expected outcomes. To win consistently a club or country needs a consistent source of players. To develop those players they need […]

Why do college coaches “go pro”?

February 1st, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

When the Penn State football coach recently left to take the Houston Texans professional jobs I saw some interesting stats. American football coaches in college average a 10 year tenure while pros only last 3 years. Why do college coaches insist on going pro when the money they make can be similar at top programs. […]

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