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Articles by Ali Soylemezoglu

November 1, 2013
The Champions League has kicked off and we are halfway through the group stages. The first three match weeks should have pleased soccer fans all over the world with all the great soccer played and the many goals scored. Before the second half of the group stages start on November 5, it is best to take a look at how the groups are shaping up so far:
October 4, 2013
As MLS nears the end of regular season play, the hunt for a playoff spot is becoming heated. One of the teams competing for a spot in the playoffs is the New England Revolution. On Sept. 19, 2013, I had the chance to interview New England Revolution rookie midfielder, Scott Caldwell right after their practice and ask him about how the season has been so far, their chances for playoff qualification and how it feels to be a professional athlete at an age where most of his peers are in a university.
September 20, 2013
After a week off from club soccer due to international fixtures, the European soccer leagues have picked up where they left off with some action packed matches. Barcelona went up 2-0 against Sevilla in the beginning, but Sevilla managed to make the score 2-2 by injury time. When it was almost certain Sevilla was going to get away with the one point, Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona scored an extremely late winner (90+3’). Borussia Dortmund managed to retain their winning streak by overcoming Hamburg 6-2 in a match where Hamburg had come back from 2 down to equalize the score at 2-2. In England, Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat in his second stint with Chelsea. Chelsea missed many chances to score and Everton managed to score on their first big chance at goal, so it was an unlucky day for the skillful Chelsea squad. In Italy, Napoli went up to three victories in three matches while Inter and Juventus tied 1-1 bringing both their points up to 7 in three weeks. As interesting as this past week’s matches were, this Sunday will bring even more soccer delight with several big matches to look forward to. Here is a brief list:
September 13, 2013
The soccer leagues in Europe have kicked off and are on the third or fourth match days. Though some matches have been interesting, the true hype that surrounds the start of the soccer season is the summer transfer window. Every day new rumors make their way into the sport headlines and only some turn into a reality. Clubs spend millions of Euros to acquire the best players on the market with the hopes of claiming the league in May. As the first days of September pass by, the transfer windows of the major leagues have come to an end and teams have finalized their rosters. In another summer full of splashing cash and seeing the best players in the world change teams, here are the ten transfers that stick out:
September 10, 2013
Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, Basel, Steau Bucresti
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