Monthly Archives: July 2015
- July 06, 2015
Lionel Messi may be widely touted as the best football player in the world (or at very least, as one of the two best), but international titles have mostly eluded him throughout his career. Other than a 2005 World Youth Championship victory and a 2008 Olympic Gold Medal, Leo's run with the Argentina national football team hasn't yielded the sort of accolades that many might have expected from soccer's most dynamic talent. The frustration continued for Messi and his Argentine squad over the weekend, as the White and Sky Blues finished as runners-up in the 2015 Copa America. Chile win 2015 Copa America, but is was a close game that could have gone either way.
From the beginning, Argentina were considered the frontrunners to win the 2015 Copa America. Not only would Lionel Messi be donning the Argentina home jersey 2015 2016 following a top-form treble season at FC Barcelona, but the team was also coming
- July 06, 2015
It wasn't so long ago that FC Nuremberg were winning the DFB Pokal (in 2007) or finishing in sixth place in the Bundesliga division, just one slot away from Europa League qualification (in 2011). But recent years have not been kind to the football club. At the end of the 2013 2014, following a 17th place finish in that year's Bundesliga campaign, the Nuremberg squad (famously nicknamed "the Old Master") were relegated down to 2. Bundesliga. The 2015 2016 season we be the soccer club's second consecutive year in the lower-tier division. We ask can FC Nuremburg secure Bundesliga promotion this season?
At Soccer Box, we have brand new stock of the FC Nuremberg football shirts 2015 2016 available for purchase. Kit manufacturers Adidas make the home and away jerseys. The home shirt boasts a simplistic and traditional burgundy design. If you believe that the Old Master has a chance at scoring promotion back up into the Bundesliga in 2015 2016, then pick up one of these new home
- July 05, 2015
Since the 2004 2005 season, Schalke 04 have been the Bundesliga runners-up three times, finished third on another three occasions, and earned two fourth-place results. This past season's sixth place finish was relatively weak for the football club, but still merited a Europa League qualification. Furthermore, only two seasons in the past decade (2008 2009, when they dipped to eighth, and a fluke 2010 2011 season that ended in a 14th place finish) could be feasibly described as poor for Schalke 04. Keep reading this interesting and insightful Schalke 04 team profile to find out more about the ups and downs of this Bundesliga football club.
The wearers of the Schalke football shirt remain German football's perpetual underdogs-dark horses who always seem to be getting close to the national championship title, but never actually winning it. Indeed, the Miners haven't clinched the German Championship since 1958. That year, Schalke beat Hamburger SV to earn their seventh
- July 04, 2015
Since the inception of the UEFA European Championship in 1960, the England national football team has qualified for the event eight times. Never before, though, has the team gone undefeated in the qualifying competition leading up to the tournament-a feat that they are currently chasing in Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E.
In fact, right now, as soccer fans wait for game seven of the Euro qualifying rounds (set for early September), England is in a better position than any other team in the entire qualifying competition. Indeed, if you were to rank all 53 of the teams vying for qualification into one standings table, based on their current statistics, England would be at the top of the list with six wins, zero draws or losses, a point total of 18, and a goal difference of +15. (Slovakia are the only other country with a perfect 18-point, six-game record, and their GD rating is +10.)
- July 04, 2015
In the qualifying competition for the 2016 UEFA European Championship, arguably no group has afforded us with more surprises and unexpected team performances than Euro 2016 Qualifying Group C.
(Group C consists of Spain, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Macedonia, and Luxembourg.) Predictions for the group were somewhat up in the air from very early on, largely because Spain's poor performance at last year's World Cup gave soccer experts pause in predicting the two-time consecutive Euro champions as the favorites for the group.
Now, six games into the qualifying competition, Spain are doing better for themselves than many might have feared following their early World Cup elimination. However, the biggest story of Group C has to be Slovakia, who is just one of two teams in the entire qualifying competition
- July 03, 2015
One of the bigger transfer rumors circulating this summer is that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a possible
return to AC Milan. The 33-year-old Swedish soccer star played for the Red and Blacks for two seasons before transferring to Paris Saint Germain in 2012. Since winning four trophies with PSG this past season, Ibrahimovic has stoked the rumor mill flames, indicating that he might be ready to leave France before the 2015 2016 season begins. However, thanks to a contract extension he signed in 2013, Zlatan is bound to the Parisians until next year, and based on how much the Swedish forward has helped PSG over the past few years, it's difficult to see club officials letting him go.
Regardless of where he ends up playing football in 2015 2016, though, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be an asset. Though the footballer will
- July 03, 2015
Real Madrid has been at the center of a lot of press conversation since failing to win the 2014 2015 La Liga title-first with the controversial sacking of manager Carlo Ancelotti, and later with the equally
controversial appointment of new coach Rafael Benitez. There were also rumors that Cristiano Ronaldo, unhappy with Benitez as a managerial choice, was considering a transfer to a new club. And now the question of who will be Real Madrid captain is hanging in the air. Luckily for fans in the Real Madrid home jersey 2015 2016, the Ronaldo rumors are dying down, following a press interview where Cristiano himself refuted the claims and claimed to be "very happy at the best club in the world."
Still, the period
- July 02, 2015
It would be difficult to pinpoint many areas for FC Barcelona to improve in 2015 2016. The team was nearly unstoppable throughout the 2014 2015 season, winning a treble of major trophies, scoring 110 goals in the Spanish La Liga, and earning widespread praise as the best football club in Europe. If there's been a question asked about the team, though, it's who should be the Barcelona first choice goalkeeper? - and whether the 2015 2016 season will see a shift in which soccer player we see wearing the Barcelona goalkeeper shirt.
In May, the New York Times published a piece titled "Barcelona's Intriguing Tale of Two Goalkeepers." The article discussed the club's decision to play Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo in La Liga matches and Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.
- July 02, 2015
Next season's fixture lists are beginning to be announced, meaning football fever for fans. Lets take a look
at the Scottish Premiership 2015 - 2016 opening day and what the fixtures mean for the clubs involved. Firstly the big news is that Glasgow Rangers have been stalled in their campaign to return to the Scottish Premiership. They reached the finals of the relegation playoffs, beating out Championship rivals Queen of the South and Hibernian for a shot at promotion. But Motherwell-the second-to-the-bottom football club from the 2014 2015 Premiership-successfully held the Glasgow side off to maintain their position in the top-flight.
Now, with Scotland's most successful football club
- July 01, 2015
Few football clubs in history have had quite the frustrating run that Bayer Leverkusen have. On July 1st, the team marked its 111th anniversary. And yet, in those 111 years, Bayer have never once won a national championship. They've come close, of course, landing in second place on the Bundesliga table on numerous occasions. But Leverkusen's consistently thwarted attempts at title victory have become the source of many jokes and superstitions in German soccer, and you can bet that the football club's long-suffering fans are tired of it. Keep reading this Bayer Leverkusen team profile to find out more about the team's long and interesting history.
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