Premier League Week One Storylines

Another season has started in the always entertaining, rarely predictable, often wacky Premier League. The College Tailgate will be here every step of the way to guide you through the twists and turns of English football and keep you updated on the never-ending list of stories it provides. Here we go with week one.   New Managers at Big Clubs

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TCT’s Euro 2016 Preview

“It’s More Than Football.” That’s how ESPN describes it anyway. With the countless star players, storylines, and examples of national pride that will surely be on display during the month-long tournament, it will be just that: more than football. It’s the 2016 European Championship. With a series of amazing promotional posters which were released by ESPN, and a promo video that will give you

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Summer of Soccer: Copa America Centenario Preview

Welcome to the summer of soccer. With the European Championship starting in a few weeks, it is time to preview the other big tournament of the summer: the Copa America Centenario. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of its inception, and as a result, more teams were able to qualify for the special edition of the South American giant. This means more

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11 breakout stars for USMNT in 2016

2016 is a massive year for the United States Men’s National Team simply because it is the stepping stone for the future. World Cup qualifiers continue to get more intense and the US is hosting the centennial anniversary of the Copa America. Messi, Neymar, James Rodriguez and a host of other stars will take center stage this summer. The team

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The magic of the FA Cup

It was one of the sports biggest upsets ever. Last year, Premier League champions Chelsea lost to a third tier team in Bradford City at Stamford Bridge. At first glance, this result may make one think it was a game of EA Sports’ FIFA. Nope. This was the FA Cup. It is basically England’s version of March Madness, but on steroids. Every

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Premier League Matchday 16 Storylines

As we near the halfway mark of the Premier League season nothing is going to plan. Leicester City are top of the table, Crystal Palace and Watford are squarely in the hunt for European football and Chelsea are engaged in a relegation battle. Only three Premier League consistencies remain at this point: Spurs occupy 5th place, Sunderland are living in

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Leicester’s Legend: the story of Jamie Vardy

Ten years ago, Jamie Vardy was as far away from soccer stardom as humanly possible. Wearing an electronic brace for assaulting someone outside a pub, he was placed on house arrest. He was later granted probation and worked a factory day job making splints. Today, he is the Premier League leader in goals, and has scored in a record-breaking 11

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MLS Cup 2015 Preview

Sunday’s MLS Cup between Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers was the final that fans really were not expecting. But nonetheless, these two made it through and now it’s time to show who is the best in MLS. Let’s break it down by positions. Goalkeepers: Columbus Crew’s keeper, Steve Clark, has not been tested too much in the playoffs, until the

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Better MLS doesn’t mean better USMNT

Over the last six or seven years, Major League Soccer has gradually gained in popularity and put out a better product. Unlike the MLS, the US Men’s National Team grew exponentially more in skill, popularity, and reputation in that same time period. Tim Howard (The US Secretary of Defense), Clint Dempsey, the prime years of Landon Donovan and the rise

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Euro Qualifiers: Predictions and Analysis

Soccer’s second most important tournament is happening next summer. Eight teams are fighting for its final four spots in order to book a ticket to France. It’s a pretty big deal, so much so that the Premier League is off this week, and it’s all happening this weekend. Let’s take a look at the match-ups. Norway vs Hungary The last

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