RealClearSports
Advertisement

Bundesliga Is on the Rise

AP Photo

Take a snapshot of the Champions League last week and you'd be tempted to spot a shift in soccer's balance of power. Three of the four English clubs involved in the competition lost. And they weren't beaten by the game's elite, but by the relative rank-and-file. Chelsea, which won this competition last year, fell at Shaktar Donetsk. Manchester City, the defending Premier League champion, lost at Ajax, a team tied for fourth in the Dutch league. Arsenal raised the white flag at home against Germany's Schalke. Manchester United was the only English team to actually win and, even then, it had to come from two goals down at home against Portugal's Braga, which is only third in its decidedly B-list domestic circuit.

 

Contrast this with the Bundesliga clubs. In addition...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Soccer Social Media Ban Won't Work

Laurence Witherington, Wall St. Journal - October 18, 2012

Just over a week before England's soccer players were scheduled to line up against Poland on Tuesday, they were handed a new code of conduct designed to prevent some of the embarrassment caused by recent misdemeanors. The new... more »

Soccer Provides a Hypertension Hat Trick

Beth Carter, Wired.com - October 22, 2012

The beautiful game just got a bit prettier.   A study out of Europe has shown that playing soccer might be the best way for men with hypertension to improve their blood pressure and decrease the risk of stroke while keeping... more »

Donovan Ponders Life Without Soccer

David Maddock, Mirror - October 24, 2012

Landon Donovan may reject a third loan move to Everton this season, and go on a globe-trotting journey to "find himself" instead. Los Angeles Galaxy star and USA international Donovan has a long-standing open invitation to... more »

U.S. Soccer Makes Its Case

Chuck Culpepper, Sports on Earth - October 17, 2012

Ahead lay a landscape of suffering. The ardent fans of the U.S. men’s national soccer team faced the kind of fretful evening that often grips pockets of the world. Barely had any sweat glands so much as activated in Kansas... more »

Dempsey, U.S. Rise to Top of Qualifying

Brian Straus, Sporting News - October 17, 2012

What a difference a supportive crowd and an actual soccer field can make. With all the intangibles in its favor and despite a rocky start, the U.S. national team coasted to a relatively easy 3-1 win over Guatemala in Tuesday... more »