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(Guardian)   After the Hazard's of the League Cup its time for the fourth round of the FA Cup. Can a team from the lower leagues follow Bradfords example or will the money talk?   ( guardian.co.uk) divider line
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2013-01-26 02:16:46 PM  
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Jakesta: I don't get soccer fans. I ask an honest question about why is seems that a new champion is crowed almost weekly, and all I get is snark. Are yo u worried someone might invade your "club"? Soccer isn't on TV, and I'm not going to follow it online. Its not a bad sport to watch, but you all act like it's some secret that nobody else.can know about.

There are a lot of competitions. Like, a lot of them. Every country has its own national league, a number of tiers below each with their own league or leagues, and then in addition, there are a number of one-off competitions called cup competitions- usually the national-level cups take the form of tossing some large set of teams in a playoff bracket that gets redrawn every round.

Then the top performers in those get to participate in continental-level competitions the following season, which run concurrently with the various domestic competitions.

And then you have the national teams, which have their own regional, continental and global competitions- some for the youth teams, some for the senior teams, some for the women. Typically, the other competitions get put temporarily on hold so that the players picked for the national teams can go play for their country, but not always.

Plus, some domestic leagues run a football-like schedule, going fall-to-spring, and others run a baseball-like schedule, going spring-to-fall.

The end result is that soccer always has a gazillion things going on at once at any given moment and never has anything that could remotely be called an offseason. Not even the experts can really keep track of more than a few of them at once, and often when a club qualifies for continental-level competition, they get scheduled to play clubs they've never heard of from the far side of the continent. If you don't put limits on yourself, it can get bewildering fast.
2013-01-26 10:33:31 AM  
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Welp, there it is. Farking Arsenal.
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