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  1. 2023 World Player Stats A quick dive here into some of the stats of players in the world right now, on 1 July 2022. As previously noted, these stats - of which what you see below is merely a snippet - are updated and collated each year on 1 July. Each year, some interesting bits and pieces will be presented from time to time, or will be available on request (if possible). This year, an overview of which nations are represented by the world's best 25 and equal (actually 26) players. As to be expected, the largest nations have the most players, and no prizes for guessing Slovenia's
  2. 2022 Ballon d'Or Winner: Kylian Mbappé (Paris St Germain, France) It was likely always going to be a matter of time until the prodigious talent that is Kylian Mbappé won the Ballon d'Or, and so his victory comes as little surprise. He'll be challenging for several more in the coming seasons, for sure. Sadio Mané and Messi (again) were the two players beaten off by Mbappé in the final three.
  3. 2023 Euro-Americas Cup After such a dominant performance from Europe in 2021, the Americas could be forgiven for having low expectations coming into the 2023 edition. However, they enjoyed a sensational tournament, with their sides winning eight out of twelve first round matches to essentially put their name on the trophy before the group stage had even begun. Spain won again - still a huge force in international football - but the USA pushed them very close in the final, having enjoyed an excellent run during which they demonstrated that a bright future for the side may reasonably be e
  4. 2023 International Competitions Back to the usual schedule again after the COVID reshuffles, Africa, Asia, and North America held their continental competitions in the year following the World Cup. Ivory Coast secured their second title in a row, and fourth in total, while Australia earned their second crown after edging out a tight final against surprise package Uzbekistan. However, the shocks were reserved for the Gold Cup, where Jamaica triumphed for the first time. Mexico look certain to lift another Gold Cup following a 6-3 win over Qatar and a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in the quart
  5. 2023 NACL Winners: Michigan (USA) Mexican and US teams were largely kept apart this season, meaning that each semi-final was a match-up between the two biggest footballing nations on the continent. They split these semi-finals, meaning that the final was also Mexico vs USA. Michigan ran out comfortable winners in the end, defeating the continent's most successful team América 3-1 in a thrilling game. The scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on América, though few could argue Michigan did not deserve to win. What this result does demonstrate, however, is that the introduction of t
  6. 2022/23 NSC Winners: Massachusetts They just cannot be stopped in their relentless march for silverware at the moment, Massachusetts, as they completed the US domestic double on the back of their 2022 NACL triumph. No treble for them this season, as their playoff first round defeat last season (and no entry to the NACL for the current holders) meant that they were not involved in continental competition - but they will be among the favourites for each of the NACL, NSL, and NSC next season.
  7. 2022/23 NSL Winners: Massachusetts The best team on the continent last season, and now the best team in the country, Massachusetts win the NSL this season. They finished top of a tight group, and made heavy work of the playoffs, but came through after two 1-1 draws and penalty shootout wins, and two 1-0 wins. Tennessee - in their first NSL playoffs - looked much the better side in the run to the final, and indeed matched Massachusetts in many areas in the final, but it was not to be. Size does not equal success it seems, with some of the biggest and most populous states in Texas a
  8. Indeed - seems like all the money makes a difference! The first in-game NACL (before NSL qualifiers started entering) involved four Mexican teams in the semi-finals. I wonder if we'll ever see that again now? Yes - it was a very disappointing result. They played poorly too; only three shots on target, 0.45 xG, and 46% possession. Only Gio Reyna was rated 7 or above.
  9. 2022 FIFA World Cup Winners: Wales In probably the most stunning set of results ever seen at a World Cup, Wales (Wales!) finished up on top of the world, after the month of their lives which culminated in a 3-0 demolition of heavyweights Spain. The Spanish dominated the final, but couldn't find a way to score against Wales, who's defence was as solid and resolute as their attack was clinical. Make no mistake - this was not a freak result for Wales in 2022, who had already beaten Belgium, Senegal, France and England en route to the final, and are currently in the Nations League semi
  10. 2021 Ballon d'Or Winner: Bernardo Silva (Paris St Germain, Portugal) After no award being given in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bernardo Silva (who made a huge $151M move to Paris from Man City) is the surprise winner of the 2021 Ballon d'Or, beating off Robert Lewandowski and ever-present Lionel Messi in the final three.
  11. 2022 World Player Stats A quick dive here into some of the stats of players in the world right now, on 1 July 2022. As previously noted, these stats - of which what you see below is merely a snippet - are updated and collated each year on 1 July. Each year, some interesting bits and pieces will be presented from time to time, or will be available on request (if possible). This year, a brief summary of the world's highest potential players, under the age of 21, is presented. Of these players, only Eduardo Camavinga and Ilaix Moriba were present at the start of the game, with the other
  12. 2022 International Competitions The only continental international tournament in the summer of 2022 was the delayed African Cup of Nations. Ivory Coast dominated the final against a lacklustre Senegal, who were looking to earn their first African Cup of Nations title in their history. However, it was not to be, with a strong Ivory Coast performance earning them their third title. 2022 African Cup of Nations Winners: Ivory Coast
  13. 2022 Club World Championship Winners: Liverpool (England) The first edition of the expanded Club World Championship, to be held every four years, was dominated by the European sides - all of whom won their groups and earned a quarter finals lock-out. Indeed, the only real shock of the tournament was New Zealand's Auckland City beating off Beijing of China to make it into the tournament-proper. The final was a tight affair, but a clinical Liverpool saw off under-par fellow English side Man City to lift the title. North America's three berths were granted to Massachusetts of the USA
  14. 2022 NACL Winners: Massachusetts (USA) 2022 was the first season NSL teams entered the North American Champions League - and three states produced a fine showing. Virginia were the exception, going out in the first round, but the other three states (Kansas, Massachusetts, and Kentucky), made the semi finals, as well as Canada's only team in Vancouver who had an excellent tournament. All four Mexican teams lost in the quarter finals, in a disappointing display for them. Massachusetts gained vengeance for their NSL playoff final defeat last season to Kansas - defeating them handily
  15. It doesn't massively matter - but bigger states tend to have bigger stadiums (as they tend to have more/larger existing sports teams) - while the likes of Alaska, Wyoming, the Dakotas etc. without a big 4 sports team have a new 20,000 seater stadium. Also, being based in bigger cities (usually), the bigger states may have better youth players coming through, though I'm not exactly sure how this works. Otherwise, as you say, size doesn't really matter as the teams are the same in all other respects. And on the NACL - funny you should ask...
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