There’s a Palpable Sense of Urgency for Neymar in What is Likely His Last World Cup

It's difficult to decide whether Neymar Junior has met or fallen short of the grandiose expectations that were laid on his young shoulders so many years ago. Making his...

Cristiano Ronaldo Reminds Us That Aging with Grace is Almost Impossible for the World’s Best Athletes

On August 27, 2021 when Manchester United announced they had agreed to terms with Juventus to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, it was heralded as a triumphant return of their long...
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Are Single Nation Major Tournaments a Thing of the Past?

The era of a single nation hosting a major football tournament looks to be coming to an end — and that might not be a good thing.  Earlier this month,...

Corruption, Exploitation, and Death: The Dark Road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The controversy began from the onset when Qatar was announced as winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup. In December 2010, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter made the...
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‘The Figo Affair’ Reveals the Origins of the Super-Transfer 

Centered around the record-breaking and controversial transfer of Luis Figo from Barcelona to Real Madrid, The Figo Affair reveals the deal's behind-the-scenes machinations that have been lost to time.  “So many people...

Racial Abuse is Still Prevalent in Football, But Public Outrage is Lacking When Perpetrated Against Asian Footballers

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Hwang Hee-chan is one of two South Korean players in the Premier League, along with Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur. Last year in August, the Wanderers...
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Controversial Kits: Arguing For and Against Liverpool’s Warrior Era

Welcome to Controversial Kits, a new series at Urban Pitch where we take a look at some of the most polarizing football shirt designs and argue both in favor...
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The Death of ‘Més Que Un Club’: Why It’s No Longer Possible to Love FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona's dire financial situation has led to some massive changes within the club, but none are bigger than the shift in its identity. It used to be possible...

Boom or Bust: Gareth Bale and LAFC’s Desperate Moment of Truth

Gareth Bale's relationship with Real Madrid and its fans may have been doomed from the start. While his €100 million ($132 million) transfer from Tottenham in 2013 made him...

The Key Takeaways From the Kylian Mbappe Saga

It's Officially the Kylian Mbappe Era We've known for quite a while now that Mbappe was the heir apparent to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. There was a brief moment...
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‘King Otto’ May Focus on a German Figure, But It’s a Distinctly Greek Story

The latest soccer documentary to hit the big screen, King Otto is centered around how German head coach Otto Rehhagel was able to help orchestrate the Greek national team's famous...
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A 40-Year-Old Feud, a $5 Million Sports Rooster, and How the Unpredictable Diego Maradona Tied Them All Together

It’s serendipitously fitting in so many ways that as Diego Maradona’s infamous "Hand of God" World Cup kit goes to auction, it is accompanied by claims of falsehood and...

The Biggest Hurdle in This Year’s World Cup for the USMNT ‘Golden Generation’ is Their Youth

The level of excitement around the United States men's national team has reached a fever pitch now that it is going back to the World Cup for the first...

Why ‘The Sopranos’ is the Greatest TV Show of All Time and What MLS Can Learn From It

There have been plenty of masterful TV shows over the years including Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Wire and many others. But with all due respect, the...

Why 2022 is a Make-or-Break Year for Both LAFC and Carlos Vela

In February, LAFC unveiled their "Five Years Strong" slogan to kick off their 2022 MLS season. While intended to signify a milestone in their short history, a five-year mark...
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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: 2022 MLS Kit Edition

With the season set to begin this weekend, we recap the beautiful, hideous, and near miss 2022 MLS kits in the latest edition of The Good, The Bad, and...

The NCAA’s Recent NIL Policy is a Treasure Trove for College Athletes But Represents Only Fool’s Gold for Soccer Players

After decades of the NCAA resisting the ever-increasing demands for its athletes to receive financial compensation, a combination of various state laws and NCAA rules changes went into effect...
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How The Embarrassing Feud Within the Washington Spirit Organization is Actually a Huge Win For All NWSL Players

There’s been a long and publicly drawn out battle occurring within the Washington Spirit organization. Amidst accusations of abusive behavior and a toxic club culture, this is a situation the National Women's...
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‘Neymar: The Perfect Chaos’ Paints a Complex Portrait of Football’s Most Maligned Star

Giving us an intimate look at Neymar's emotional struggles and triumphs throughout his career, Neymar: The Perfect Chaos is the latest athlete docuseries to hit Netflix. We present a (mostly spoiler-free)...

Lorenzo Insigne’s $100M Record Contract is a Clear Signal That MLS’ Salary Cap No Longer Works

It has been widely reported that Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne has agreed to join Toronto FC in July after finishing out the 2021-22 season in Italy. The 30-year-old Italian winger notched a...
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