The Daily Brace 09/23/18

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Today let’s talk about the transfer market. Not about what transfers happened or what rumors there may be, but rather let’s talk about the structure and rules of the transfer market.  This is important, particularly now, because FIFA is planning to make some changes.

To understand the basics of how the transfer market works, take a look at FIFA TMS’s video Overview of FIFA TMS systems.  The video is not super exciting, but the information is clear and concise.

To understand what FIFA plans to change, let’s look at an article from the New York Times that references the relevant official FIFA report: FIFA Report Details Plan to Remake Soccer’s Transfer Market.

Finally, here’s a clear opinion piece from YAHOO! Sports, with a title that explains it what it’s all about: Why FIFA’s attempt to clean up the transfer market is dumb and pointless.


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The Daily Brace 09/22/18

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Today we talk about packing – an emerging player statistic that highlights defensive midfielders and the like.  Statistically, the performance of this position seems underrepresented, and some players did something about it!

Here’s a brief video from IMPECT explaining packing: Packing – Outplaying Opponents in Football. IMPECT is making a business out of packing and their website is worth poking around if you have a minute: IMPECT

Next, check out the New York Times’ reporting on packing: A New Soccer Statistic Tries to Place a Value on the Invaluable

Comment below with your opinions on packing.  Will it be big? Is it worthwhile? 


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The Daily Brace 08/24/17

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The Daily Brace 08/24/17:

You’ve probably heard of the tunnel cam: the camera that is allowed access to the player tunnel as teams enter and exit the field. These cameras often catch funny, serious or important moments as players interact in close quarters with their teammates and their opposition on the way to and from the dressing rooms. Well, now for a few fans at Man City, the tunnel cam is obsolete, they have the Tunnel Club.

First up is a piece that explains the new Tunnel Club at Man City: NYT – For a Price, a Chance to Go Beyond a Premier League Curtain.

The reaction to the Tunnel Club has been mixed, and this short piece offers a unique and rather hilarious perspective on the whole thing: The Guardian – Manchester City’s Tunnel Club player aquarium leaves the mind swimming.

What do you think about the Tunnel Club? Please comment below.


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The Daily Brace 08/23/17

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The Daily Brace 08/23/17:

With the start of American Football (the NFL) only a few weeks away, we wanted to bring the two sports together somehow, and the placekicker (field goal kicker) was obvious common ground. The 2000 movie The Replacements is what introduced us to a soccer style placekicker, but the concept is much older than that!

First, let’s look at a little bit of history about placekickers that use a soccer technique: ABC News – How European soccer-style kickers started a revolution 50 years ago.

Now let’s think about a Premier League superstar joining the NFL in the placekicker position: Business Insider – One of the world’s best soccer players reportedly has plans to become an NFL kicker later in his career.

What do you think?  Will the superstars of European soccer end up in the NFL? Please comment below.


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The Daily Brace 08/22/17

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The Daily Brace 08/22/17:

If you didn’t already know, the MLS recently turned down a 4 billion-dollar media deal, in large part because it would require the league to adopt a promotion/relegation structure. Much of the soccer world utilizes the promotion/regulation structure, but the MLS continues to resist that model. Today, we wanted to provide you with a look at the debate over this issue and show you at least one example of how this debate is escalating.

First up is an article that outlines the case for and against implementing this structure in the MLS: SB Nation – Dirty South Soccer – Promotion and Relegation: the Ultimate Debate.

Now take a look at how this debate is having very real, very legal, implications: Law 360 – US Pro Soccer Structure In Question With CAS Challenge.  FYI, CAS in that title is an acronym for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Where do you land in this debate? Comment below to let us know.


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The Daily Brace 08/21/17

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The Daily Brace 08/21/17:

We know the Neymar transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is old news and that the deal has been talked about profusely. However, after Neymar’s sensational debut we wanted to ensure everyone understood what it took to get him to Paris. We hope the two links below provide you with a thorough understanding of the deal and its implications.

First up is a Youtube video from the docks channel.  The host walks you through the complex deal and illuminates some of its intricacies: docks – How Did PSG Sign Neymar For £198,000,000 WITHOUT Breaking FFP Restrictions?

Now let’s read about Qatar’s position in soccer today, through the lens of this deal, and how they are trying to become a cultural and sporting hub of the world. Goal.com – Neymar Unveiled as Qatar’s Latest Work of Art. How do you feel about the nation’s expanding influence in the sport and the strategies they are employing to expand that influence?


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How to watch soccer all day, Saturday, 08/19/17

SATURDAY IS FOOTBALL (SOCCER) DAY

This will be a reoccurring feature for The Brace Phoenix.  If you want to spend Saturday watching soccer all day, as life intends, here’s how you can do it in the Valley (in AZ times).

Saturday, 08/19/17:

Your “Party Hasn’t Stopped” Match, 4:30 AM:
Premier League – Swansea City v Man U.

Red Devils seek to stay on top; Swansea looks to continue their growth.

Your “Breakfast of Champions” Match, 7:00 AM:
Premier League – Liverpool v Crystal Palace.

Liverpool looks for redemption; Crystal Palace seeks to rebound.

Your “Brunch is Served” Match, 9:30 AM:
Premier League – Stoke City v Arsenal.
Stoke City tries to prove they belong in the League; Gooners look to capitalize on last week’s nail biter. 

Halftime:
Rehydrate, grab lunch, and recharge for the wild night.

Your “Happy Hour” Match, 4:30 PM:
MLS – Orlando City V. Columbus Crew SC.
Battle in the East. Always a show-stopper, Orlando City seek to finish strong; the Crew looks to expand its lead.

Your “Dinnertime” Match, 7:30 PM:
MLS – Colorado Rapids V. D.C. United.
Rapids look to give their interim coach a great first game; D.C. United look to climb out of last place.

The Daily Brace 08/18/17

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Today’s brace lights up the board with a great cause: Street Football World, a global charity that supports soccer charities around the world. Just before the kickoff of the Premier League, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata wrote an impassioned article in The Players’ Tribune entitled A Common Goal launching his #commongoal campaign to enjoin players to donate 1% of their salaries to this cause and to encourage fans to get behind this goal to grow soccer around the world.

Yesterday, Bayern Munich defender and German World Cup champion, Mats Hummels, joined Mata in pledging 1% of his salary to the cause as covered by Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol’s Avi Creditor in Mats Hummels Joins Mata in Pledging 1% of Salary to Charity.  


Street Football World is doing great things globally that transcend the soccer community.  Check them out at 
streetfootballworld.org and if you wish to join the #commongoalorg team visit http://www.streetfootballworld.org/donate-now and help grow soccer around the world.


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The Daily Brace 08/17/17

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Today, we have a brace of articles detailing the violence surrounding the start of the Bundesliga season, which has its opener this Friday between champions Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen. The AP in Berlin, via foxsports.com, brings us 
Fears of violence overshadowing Bundesliga restart with an in depth view of the repeated aggressive acts happening around the pitch in Germany.

Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior and sports minister, spoke about curtailing this violence, which Reuters reports about in German minister calls for tough response to soccer violence.

Germany has a tough road ahead, we hope they have a safe and secure Bundesliga opener, one that is enjoyed by the world.


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