Failure is far more common than success as even the likes of top-tier soccer nations like Argentina, England and Mexico have discovered — and puts public frustration with the U.S. Men’s National Team into perspective.
And for the latest Vegas Euro 2006 round of 16 odds, courtesy of Bovada.lv, see below:
Euro 2016 Winner
Republic of Ireland 100/1
Northern Ireland 250/1
Euro 2016 experienced more trouble from drunk crowds of rowdy mobs, many of them English, media outlets reported today, despite warnings from authorities of further possible action against England and Russia should their fans continue to cause issues.
These idiots are doing themselves, the sport or their nations no favors as authorities struggle to respond appropriately (and that’s putting it mildly).
Soccer has great potential to unite and more events like this laudable LA Galaxy stand are needed if the world is to overcome sad scenes like those we have seen in France in recent months.
For more read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (and yes, I’d much rather write about what’s happening on the field than off it).
And check out the official Copa America song:
From 5000/1, Leicester City overturned the odds in a major sporting upset. What other scenarios were more likely? pic.twitter.com/tTL3MwsPiJ
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) May 4, 2016
So I suppose it’s tempting fate to write a column about the busy summer of soccer that lies ahead and then elevate the wrong team to the final four of the UEFA CL (not that the two alert Barcelona fans who noticed really minded).
World Cup fans gather for a viewing party in Hermosa Beach; one-third of all American soccer fans only pay attention to big events like the tournament, a marketing study found. (Daily Breeze file photo).
One in three American soccer fans say Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United is their favorite team.
The Galaxy? They came in sixth in the top 10 teams cited, while the Seattle Sounders were 10th.
He bites: This is how English tabloid the Daily Mirror reported on Nigel de Jong’s crunching challenge on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe.
So whose at fault in the wake of Nigel de Jong’s obscene challenge on Portland’s Darlington Nagbe?
The player? The club? The coach?