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 08/21/17

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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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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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The Daily Brace 08/16/17

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The Daily Brace 08/16/17:
Today, we are looking at the impact of the gender pay gap in soccer. Worldwide, this issue has become front and center in the beautiful game. There are many reasons, or excuses, that have led to this gap including attendance, sponsorships, and, for some, level of play. With this in mind, we present two articles that represent the fallout and progress happening simultaneously in the soccer world today.

Here in the States, Christian Simmons of the Orlando Sentinel covers the sudden retirement of Orlando Pride’s Maddy Evans in Orlando Pride midfielder Maddy Evans says low salary was factor in retirement.

Across the pond, Suzanne Wrack of The Guardian details Lewes FC and their decision to make equal pay a reality between the men’s and women’s teams in Lewes FC blaze a pioneering trail for women over equal pay and funding.

This important discussion about the gender pay gap is being had at clubs across the globe. It is imperative that we strive together to grow our game in a manner that allows for an equal opportunity for and appreciation of all those who play.  This will be the game’s purest form.  Are we on our way towards it?

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The Daily Brace 08/15/17

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The Daily Brace 08/15/17:
Today we have two articles talking about the international powerhouses that visited the USA this summer.  At the center of both articles is Charlie Stillitano, a man we should all know something about.

Before you dive into a piece specifically about Charlie, let’s take a look at what he pulled off.  Here’s a quick read about what pre-season in the USA meant for some of the largest clubs in the world and for American fans as well.  Read on: BBC Sport – International Champions Trophy: How pre-season has become new money-spinner.

After reading that quick review, you have an idea of what Charlie Stillitano can make happen. Now let’s get to know this guy a bit better with this aptly titled article.  Make sure to read until the end to see the lengths Charlie goes to in order to make these games happen: New York Times – The Soccer Power Broker You’ve Never Heard Of

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The Daily Brace 08/14/17

 

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The Daily Brace 08/14/17:
Today we have two articles with a gambling theme.

First up is an article about “The Lizard,” Tony Bloom. He runs a betting consultancy, is a world class poker player, and oh yeah, he owns Brighton & Hove Albion FC (now in the Premier League). Does this betting owner pose an ethical risk?  Read on: New York Times: England Bans Betting in Soccer, but Not for ‘The Lizard’

Now to Vegas! For the reason of its “proclivity” for betting, professional sports teams have long avoided Las Vegas. However, an NHL team now calls Vegas home and so will an NFL team in the near future. But will an MLS team soon follow suit?  Read on: MLS Multiplex: Will Major League Soccer be coming to Las Vegas soon?

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