Monthly Archives: May 2015

  1. PSV Eindhoven 2015/16 Predictions: How Will They Perform Without Memphis Depay?

    This year, PSV Eindhoven put a decisive end to the four-year Eredivisie winning streak of Ajax, beating the defending champions 88 points to 71 in order to take the Dutch national football championship. They were led by Netherlands native Memphis Depay, who scored 22 goals in league (and 28 overall) to become Eindhoven's strongest offensive star in years. However, with Depay on his way to Manchester United for the next phase of his career, PSV will have to find a way to defend their title in 2015 2016 without their single best player. It's a tall order, and a situation that could allow Ajax to slip back into the top spot if the Red and Whites aren't careful! We take a look at the PSV Eindhoven predictions 2015/16, and how the loss of Depay could affect them.

    Bid Depay farewell today, pick up a new PSV Eindhoven home shirt 2014 2015 from the Soccer Box online store. The adult-sized away shirt has already sold out, and we expect the home jersey to disappear soon too, especially given the fact that the Red and Whites are now officially the reigning Dutch football champions! Make sure you get your hands on one of these attractive Nike home shirt designs before they're gone!

    Depay's 2014 2015 Performance

    It's not surprising that Manchester United were so eager to sign Memphis Depay. The young winner has always been talented: that much was evident even before he began his senior career at PSV back in 2011. But the 2014 2015 season turned Memphis from a promising young talent into a breakout soccer star.

    With 22 goals in this year's Eredivisie, Depay wasn't just the top goalscorer at PSV Eindhoven, but the top scorer for the entire division. He was responsible for nearly a quarter of the 91 goals that the Red and Whites scored in the league, and played a huge role in many of PSV's victories. In the first two weeks of 2014 2015 football competition alone, Memphis scored four goals.

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  2. From First to Third: The Highs and Lows of the Atletico Madrid 2014 - 2015 Season

    What happened? Take a look at the Atletico Madrid 2014 - 2015 season and compare it to a year ago, Atletico Madrid were on top of the world-or, at very least, on the top of Spanish football. They'd clinched the 2013 2014 La Liga title, beating out both Barcelona and Real Madrid by three points, and making it all the way to the finals of the UEFA Champions League. They might not have had a player with the star power of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi-though Diego Costa did finish just one goal behind Messi on the top goalscorers list for the season-but the Mattress Makers ended the year as the best team.

    Fast forward to the end of the 2014 2015 campaign, though, and everything is different. The wearers of the Atletico Madrid away shirt 2014 2015 won't defend their La Liga title, and will instead settle for third place. They also exited the Copa del Rey with a quarterfinal loss against Barcelona (though not before they had a chance to beat Real Madrid in the round of 16). The Mattress Makers also bowed out of the Champions League early, losing to Real in a quarterfinal rematch of last year's final.

    The 2014 2015 Season: The Highs

    Still, while Atletico Madrid's 2014 2015 football campaign has certainly been a comedown after the soccer club's league-winning run in 2013 2014, it hasn't been a bad season by any means. On the contrary, the wearers of the Atletico Madrid away shirt 2014 2015 have seen plenty of highs this year, both in La Liga play and in cup and continental competition.

    The obvious highlight of Atletico's season was their February 7th home match against Real Madrid. The match between hometown rivals was expected to be a real nail-biter, but actually ended up being a huge blowout in favor of the Mattress Makers. Indeed, the home team won the fixture 4-0, shutting down Cristiano Ronaldo's attacks better than just about any La Liga team did all season, and featuring

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  3. Yaya Toure Transfer Rumors: Is a move to Inter Milan on the Cards?

    Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure has been a core component of Manchester City's offense since he first arrived in the English Premier League back in 2010. However, with rumors swirling about the 32-year-old midfielder's future, it appears that his days at Etihad Stadium-and in the EPL, in general-could be over. Yaya Toure transfer rumors, is his next destination Inter Milan?

    Indeed, Internazionale vice president Javier Zanetti recently told the press that the Black and Blues were finalizing negotiations to bring Toure to Italy. The Ivory Coast midfielder has never played for a Serie A team, having begun his senior football career in Belgium (at Beveren) and competed in both the Ukraine (Metalurh Donetsk) and Greece (Olympiacos) before moving into the big leagues with stints at Monaco and Barcelona, and finally at Manchester City.

    Reasons for the Move

    It's not difficult to see why Inter Milan might want to bring Yaya Toure to San Siro. The club has struggled as of late, and needs to bring in some established talent to keep the faith among fans in the Inter Milan Home Shirt 2014 - 2015Inter Milan home jersey 2014 2015. Toure, while likely reaching the twilight of his career as a leading offensive player, might just fit the bill.

    Furthermore, a move to Internazionale would reunite Yaya with manager Roberto Mancini, who brought him to Man City in 2013 and presided over his best years at the club. Toure and Mancini have the kind of player-coach rapport that could help to turn the tides at San Siro.

    Add the fact that Toure is reportedly the highest-paid player at Manchester City, and the Sky Blues might be looking to pass his contract to another club. That's especially true given that the Ivory Coast soccer star scored half as frequently in

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  4. Juventus vs. Barcelona: Champions League Final 2015 Preview

    After a shock-filled, action-packed run in the 2014 2015 UEFA Champions League, it all comes down to this. On Saturday, June 6th, the entire football world will turn its attention to the Olympiastadion in Barcelona Away Shirt 2014 - 2015Berlin, where Italy's Juventus and Spain's FC Barcelona will face off for Europe's most prestigious club football championship. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will end the tournament as the top goal scorer? What surprises could be in store? This Champions League final 2015 preview will attempt to answer these questions and more!

    Celebrate the big game by showing your support for one team or the other. At Soccer Box, we still have stock available of both Juve and Barca kits. The Zebras will be wearing the Juventus home shirt 2014 2015 for the UCL final, while Barca will don the Barcelona away jersey 2014 2015 for one last time. Both shirt designs are still available at the Soccer Box store (as are away jersey, third shirt, kids kit, and training jersey options), but there's no telling how long stock will last with the Champions League on the horizon!

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    The 2014 2015 Champions League: Barcelona

    Whether you choose the Juventus jersey or the Barcelona shirt, there is little doubt that both of these teams deserve to be in the UCL finals this year. In what has been an exciting (and often unpredictable) tournament, these Italian champs and Spanish heavyweights have certainly distinguished themselves among the crowd.

    Barca were clear contenders from the

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  5. Is John Terry the Greatest Defender in Premier League History?

    John Terry first captained the Chelsea soccer club in December 2001, filling in for then team leader Marcel Desailly. It was a mere preview of what kind of footballer Terry would become, both as a defender and a leader. In the 2004 2005 season, following Desailly's retirement from professional football, Terry was selected by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as the permanent captain for the squad. The rest, as they say, is history! Read on as we assess the John Terry Premier League history and analyze his contribution to Chelsea FC and the EPL.

    When John Terry dons the Chelsea home jersey 2014 2015 on May 24th for the final game of his team's 2014 2015 Premier League campaign (a home fixture against Sunderland), he will have officially led the Blues to four victories in top-flight English football. Not only has no other captain ever achieved that kind of success at Stamford Bridge, no one else has ever even come close. Prior to Terry taking the captaincy in 2004, the Blues had only won a single English top flight title: all the way back in 1954 1955. In his first season as captain, he led the soccer team to their first league title in 50 years. The next season, he did it again.

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    The Greatest Defender 

    It wasn't coincidence that Chelsea started winning the moment John Terry took the captain's mantle. On the contrary, it was Terry's talent as both a leader and a defender that allowed the Blues ascend to the Chelsea Away Shirt 2014 - 2015highest level in English football.

    Indeed, in that first season as captain, Chelsea

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  6. AC Milan Serie A 2015 - 2016 Prospects: Can They Score a Top 5 Spot?

    On Sunday, May 24th, AC Milan lost 2-3 in an away fixture against Sassuolo, nearly tumbling out of the Serie A top 10. The match was representative of everything that has been wrong with the Red and Blacks this year, from failing to play effective defense, to losing throwaway fixtures that-a few years ago, at least-they could have won in their sleep. The question is, what happened? Why did the AC Milan football club lose their mojo? Can they find it again? And ultimately what are the AC Milan Serie A 2015 - 2016 prospects?

    If you are like most Red and Blacks fans, then you are already eager to forget about the 2014 2015 season and to start thinking instead about next year's 2015 2016 campaign. The promise of redemption is (hopefully) waiting somewhere off on the horizon, and Soccer Box can help you hope for it, with a brand new AC Milan home jersey 2015 2016! We just received stock of the new Adidas jersey, which utilizes that same red and black striping pattern for which Milan are famous. Get yours today, by stopping by our online store! (The 2014 2015 home jersey, meanwhile, is currently available for a 25% off discount!)

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    The 2014 2015 Season: What Went Wrong?

    Before we can start hoping for AC Milan to turn things around and rebuild their legacy, we need to understand precisely what has gone wrong with the soccer club-not just in 2014 2015, but last season as well.

    Looking at recent AC Milan statistics, there is no doubt that the Red and Blacks would still be considered among Italy's best football clubs. In 2011, they won the Serie A title and reached the round of 16 of the AC Milan

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  7. Is Carlos Tevez Going Back to Boca Juniors?

    What's going on with the Carlos Tevez Boca Juniors rumors? The Argentine forward has had a tremendous season at Juventus FC, serving as the football club's top goalscorer for the second year in a row. He's played a huge role in Juve's 2014 2015 Serie A victory-he's actually the top scorer for the entire division-as well as in the team's campaign for the UEFA Champions League title. However, despite all of these superlatives, rumors have been swirling as of late that Tevez is unhappy in Italy and wants to return to Argentina-or, more specifically, to his hometown football club, Boca Juniors.

    Tevez, of course, started his senior career at Boca all the way back in 2001. He played four seasons there-making 110 appearances and scoring 38 goals-before heading off to Corinthians for the second stage of his career. He's moved around quite a bit since then, bouncing around at different English Premier League teams (including West Ham, Manchester United, and Manchester City) before landing at Juventus at the start of the 2013 2014 season. Still, even after playing soccer in so many different places, Buenos Aires remains home for Carlos Tevez, and Boca Juniors are evidently a team he'd like to play for again.

    If you'd be psyched to see the 31-year-old Tevez return to Buenos Aires to bring his career full circle, then stop by Soccer Box today to pick up a new official club jersey! We still have stock remaining of the Boca Juniors home shirt 2014 2015, and the stunning blue and gold Nike shirt is currently available for 20% off the list price. Get your soccer shirt today!

    The Source of the Speculation

    So where did the idea of Carlos Tevez making a return to Boca Juniors start? From the man himself, of Boca Juniors Home Shirt 2014 - 2015course. Tevez

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  8. Premier League Goal-Line Technology: Has it Changed the Game?

    There was a point in the 2014 2015 Premier League season where it looked like Arsenal were going to finish in second place. With a huge 4-1 home win over Liverpool in the 31st week of competition, the Gunners even displaced Manchester City from the runner-up slot. The takeover was temporary, though. A scoreless draw against Chelsea just a few weeks later dropped Arsenal back into third, while a surprising loss against Swansea City on May 11th more or less ended the football club's chances of finishing the year in second. In the eyes of fans, though, the fault for the poor turn of events didn't lie with Swansea for winning the game, or even with Man City. Rather, another opponent caused Arsenal's troubles: the introduction of Premier League goal-line technology.

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    The Swansea Match

    Indeed, the Gunners donned the Arsenal home shirt 2014 2015 on May 11th hoping for a victory to keep the pressure on Manchester City and the race for second place alive. What they got instead was a game that largely languished in scoreless territory, with each of Arsenal's shots blocked by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. (Fabianski left Arsenal at the end of last season, and has since had a very successful run at Swansea City.)

    A draw wouldn't have been ideal for the Gunners, obviously. They were three games from the end of the season, and needed every point they could get to have a chance at finishing the year as the Premier League runners-up. However, they ultimately had to swallow a loss after Swansea attacker Bafetimbi Gomis took a shot at Arsenal's net at the 85-minute mark. The ball looked like it hit the post and was scooped and thrown out by Gunners goalkeeper, David Ospina. However,

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  9. The Pros and Cons of the Belgian Pro League Playoff System

    Most of the world's football leagues operate in the same manner, which makes them both reliably entertaining for old fans and readily accessible for newcomers, but the Belgian Pro League playoff system is different. The traditional system, used by most leagues, is simple, and it works: a number of teams compete in a round robin, division-based system, playing every other team in the league twice (both at home and away) in a lengthy run from late summer to mid-spring. Each win is worth three points, each draw is worth one point, and each loss is worth zero points. The soccer club with the most points in a division at the end of the season, naturally, wins the league.

    If you've paid attention to the association football world at all, you are already familiar with this system. So why does the Belgian Pro League operate in a different way? And is Belgium's way of organizing their league season better or worse than the way most other countries do it?

    The Belgian Pro League System: How It Works

    The first 30 games of the annual Belgian Pro League season operate the same way that other divisions in association football do. Starting in late July and lasting through to mid-March, Belgium's top-flight soccer division more or less follows a standard round robin structure.

    It's in the last two months where the league deviates from what everyone else does. The top six teams in this "regular season" segment qualify for the championship playoffs, a second and smaller round robin competition that goes on for 10 weeks and determines the winner of the division.

    The Pros

    So what's good about this system? Why have Belgium kept the playoff structure instead of opting for something more standard and straightforward?

    First of all, and most obviously, the playoff system is great if you are a fan of one of Belgium's stronger soccer clubs.

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  10. Ajax 2014-15 review: Eredivisie Season, and a Look Forward to 2015 - 2016

    Do runner-up finishes get any more disappointing than Ajax's second-place finish in the 2014-15 Eredivisie? It's tough to think of a scenario where coming in second could feel so much like losing, but fans in the Ajax football shirt are definitely feeling more than a little bit miffed now that the 2014 2015 Dutch football season is officially on the books. This Ajax 2014-15 review will look at the season in its entirety and assess how can they get back to the top spot in the 2015-16 campaign.

    This year, the wearers of the Ajax away shirt 2014 2015 were shooting for a fifth consecutive title in the Eredivisie. No team has ever won five Netherlands national league championships in a row, so the Lancers were striving to make history this year. A couple of soccer squads have come close to the five-in-a-row milestone over the years. HVV won four in a row at the turn of the 20th century, while PSV Eindhoven have gotten four back-to-back titles on two previous occasions: first in the 1980s, and then again between 2004 and 2008. In all three cases, though, the football team in question failed to win that fifth consecutive title.

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    The 2014 2015 Campaign

    Now, with all 34 games of the 2014 2015 Eredivisie played, we can officially add AFC Ajax to the list of teams that almost won five in a row. Instead, though, the Lancers fell just short, finishing in second place while PSV took the lion's share of the glory.

    Ajax Away Shirt 2014 - 2015From very early on in the season, it was clear that Ajax were playing second fiddle to Eindhoven. They may have been the four-time consecutive

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