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SFPI MLS Power Rankings Week 30

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Final International Break and Be Kind to Each Other Edition

Its already Friday?!?! There was a game on Tuesday?!?! Today has been a crazy week both in and out of the league. And yet again, sports takes a backseat to real world events. Due to that, this weeks rankings will be a little lighter than normal.

SFPI NWSL Power Rankings (Week of Sep 24)

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Penultimate 2017 edition

This. Is. It. The final weekend of the NWSL season is upon us. The playoff teams are set, 2 of the 4 spots are locked down and it is all over but the shouting. This week's rankings do not take into account North Carolina's 4-0 win at Houston on Wednesday that clinched them the shield, as that match will count towards the final rankings next week.

SFPI NWSL Power Rankings (Week of Sep 10)

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Home Sweet Home Playoff Games Edition

We are now into the Home Stretch! And the Portland Thorns, for the second consecutive season, will start their playoff run at home, thanks to a big road win, and a couple other favorable results around the league. 4 teams claim biggest winner climbing 1 spot, while the biggest loser is FC Kansas City falling 2 after drawing Chicago at home.

NWSL SFPI power Rankings (Week of Aug 27)

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OMG TOBIN HEATH IS BACK! Edition

Another Week of NWSL action is in the books and it is coming down to crunch time as teams are fighting for the 4 playoff spots. Most teams only have 4 games left so the time to make those moves is NOW. Not much movement as only 3 teams changed position. Chicago is the biggest winner climbing back up 2 spots, and Seattle is the lose falling 3.

SFPI MLS Week 18 Power Rankings

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Gold Cup Break and Technical Difficulties Edition

Welcome back from the Gold Cup Group stage break! The SFPI WAS going to take the chance to get some needed R&R in, however computer troubles that resulted in losing my entire spreadsheet prevented that. So it is fortunate that there was a break in the action.

SFPI Week 13 MLS Power Rankings

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Revenge of the Cellar Dwellers Edition

Week 13 of the 2017 MLS season is finished, and I hope that you all had a good Memorial Day Weekend (Timbers result notwithstanding). It was a week full of surprises (#becauseMLS) that saw the bottom 4 teams win by identical 1-0 score lines with the bottom 3 doing so at home (and teams that were ranked 17-22 in last weeks SFPI all won by 1 goal).

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Mourinho shrugs off Manchester City rivalry in title race

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed drawing level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table did not enter his mind following their 4-0 win over Everton.

United have the same points and goal difference as Pep Guardiola’s side after goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial secured an emphatic victory over the Toffees.

Mourinho shrugs off Manchester City rivalry in title race

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed drawing level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table did not enter his mind following their 4-0 win over Everton.

United have the same points and goal difference as Pep Guardiola’s side after goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial secured an emphatic victory over the Toffees.

Australia scramble vital win over Thailand

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Melbourne (AFP) – Australia beat Thailand 2-1 in their final World Cup qualifying group game on Tuesday, but they faced a nervy wait to see if it will be enough to book their ticket to Russia 2018.

The Socceroos were searching for a big win to put pressure on their Group B rivals Saudi Arabia, who started the evening level on points and who host already qualified Japan later.

Australia scramble vital win over Thailand

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Melbourne (AFP) – Australia beat Thailand 2-1 in their final World Cup qualifying group game on Tuesday, but they faced a nervy wait to see if it will be enough to book their ticket to Russia 2018.

The Socceroos were searching for a big win to put pressure on their Group B rivals Saudi Arabia, who started the evening level on points and who host already qualified Japan later.

Falcao fires Monaco to brink of French title

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Paris (AFP) – Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco strode to within a point of the Ligue 1 title after Sunday’s 4-0 home win over Lille left them on the verge of dethroning Paris Saint-Germain.

The Colombian striker netted either side of a Bernardo Silva goal before Junior Alonso bundled into his own net as Monaco reeled off a 10th straight Ligue 1 victory, although PSG’s 5-0 rout of Saint-Etienne prevented Leonardo Jardim’s side from officially securing the title.

Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday.

A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris Saint Germain on 80 points but with a game in hand on the champions and a far superior goal difference.

Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday.

A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris Saint Germain on 80 points but with a game in hand on the champions and a far superior goal difference.

Brighton on brink of Premier League promotion

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London (AFP) – Brighton and Hove Albion all but confirmed their promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at home to Wigan Athletic on Monday.

The Championship leaders will definitely go up if Huddersfield fail to win against Derby County in Monday’s late kick-off.

But even if Huddersfield beat Derby, it will likely only delay Brighton’s promotion given their vastly superior goal difference over the Yorkshire side.

Brighton on brink of Premier League promotion

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London (AFP) – Brighton and Hove Albion all but confirmed their promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at home to Wigan Athletic on Monday.

The Championship leaders will definitely go up if Huddersfield fail to win against Derby County in Monday’s late kick-off.

But even if Huddersfield beat Derby, it will likely only delay Brighton’s promotion given their vastly superior goal difference over the Yorkshire side.

Okazaki fires 50th for Japan in 4-0 Thai rout

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home a diving header to bring up his half-century in swashbuckling style.

Goal-crazy PSG hammer Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

Goal-crazy PSG hammer Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

Allen strike freezes out Palace at Stoke

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sam Allardyce’s poor run since taking over Crystal Palace was compounded by their loss at Stoke City on Saturday as Joe Allen’s slick finish gave the hosts a 1-0 Premier League win.

The defeat leaves Palace second bottom on goal difference and the south Londoners have won just once in eight games since the former England boss, who has never suffered relegation from the top flight, took over.

Allen strike freezes out Palace at Stoke

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sam Allardyce’s poor run since taking over Crystal Palace was compounded by their loss at Stoke City on Saturday as Joe Allen’s slick finish gave the hosts a 1-0 Premier League win.

The defeat leaves Palace second bottom on goal difference and the south Londoners have won just once in eight games since the former England boss, who has never suffered relegation from the top flight, took over.

Monaco down Nice to go clear, PSG climb second

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Paris (AFP) Radamel Falcao scored a second-half brace as Monaco defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday to carve open a three-point lead ahead of their Cote d'Azur rivals at the top of Ligue 1.

Valere Germain headed in the opening goal on 47 minutes at the Stade Louis II before Falcao turned in Monaco's second with an hour gone.

Monaco down Nice to go clear, PSG climb second

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Paris (AFP) Radamel Falcao scored a second-half brace as Monaco defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday to carve open a three-point lead ahead of their Cote d'Azur rivals at the top of Ligue 1.

Valere Germain headed in the opening goal on 47 minutes at the Stade Louis II before Falcao turned in Monaco's second with an hour gone.

Falcao fires 60-goal Monaco top in Marseille mauling

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Paris (AFP) Monaco climbed top of Ligue 1 after thrashing Marseille 4-1 away on Sunday as the free-scoring southerners took their goal haul to 60 from just 20 league games.

The result puts Monaco top on goal difference as Nice, who slugged out a 0-0 draw with bottom side Metz earlier in the day, also have 45 points.

Klinsmann pleads patience over Pulisic as US face Trinidad

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Miami (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called for patience as the clamour for rising star Christian Pulisic to be given a starting berth reaches fever pitch.

Borussia Dortmund teenager Pulisic produced a sparkling two-goal cameo last Friday as the USA demolished St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 in Kingstown.

Poland coach Nawalka hails historic qualification

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Marseille (AFP) Poland coach Adam Nawalka hailed his side's dogged work to qualify for the last-16 at Euro 2016 after their 1-0 win against Ukraine on Tuesday.

"For the first time in Polish history we have qualified from the Euros group stage, the first time in three attempts," he said.

With two 1-0 wins in Group C against Northern Ireland and Ukraine either side of a scoreless draw against Germany, Poland finished in second place in the group on goal difference.

Poland coach Nawalka hails historic qualification

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Marseille (AFP) Poland coach Adam Nawalka hailed his side's dogged work to qualify for the last-16 at Euro 2016 after their 1-0 win against Ukraine on Tuesday.

"For the first time in Polish history we have qualified from the Euros group stage, the first time in three attempts," he said.

With two 1-0 wins in Group C against Northern Ireland and Ukraine either side of a scoreless draw against Germany, Poland finished in second place in the group on goal difference.

Besiktas set for Turkey championship after Fenerbahce slump

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Istanbul (AFP) Istanbul side Besiktas were Monday on course to take their first Turkish Super Lig title since 2009 after sole challengers and local rivals Fenerbahce, slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Basaksehir.

With just two games of the season remaining in the next week, Beskitas lead Fenerbahce by six points and also hold a goal difference advantage of seven.

Besiktas set for Turkey championship after Fenerbahce slump

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Istanbul (AFP) Istanbul side Besiktas were Monday on course to take their first Turkish Super Lig title since 2009 after sole challengers and local rivals Fenerbahce, slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Basaksehir.

With just two games of the season remaining in the next week, Beskitas lead Fenerbahce by six points and also hold a goal difference advantage of seven.

Major League Soccer

SFPI Week 26 MLS Power Rankings

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First Week of School Edition

A very short and sweet week in MLS as we had a holiday and an international break. Needless to say, there only being 4 matches made for very little movement. But a full week is upon us and teams are going to start eating up their games in hand. Biggest winner this week is Houston moving two spots despite not playing (making them bigger winners than Chicago who also climbed two spots but had to win on the road to do it) and the biggest loser is Montreal sliding 4 spots after dropping a second consecutive home match.

FPI Major League Soccer Week 8 Power Rankings

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A new week, a new number 1 in the FPI as previous title holder Columbus Crew fell on the road to NYRB. Biggest winners this week are NYRB and Seattle Sounders both jumping 6 spots following solid performances. The biggest loser is Chicago, dropping 6 spots following a 3-1 loss at Toronto.

What goes into the FPI?

Newcastle United

This Number Of Wins Guarantees Newcastle’s Promotion

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Newcastle have just 10 games to play now and we are 9 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield in an automatic promotion place. Huddersfield have 11 games left and are on 68 points, so the most points they can get is 101 and they also have a much worse goal difference that's unlikely to change [...]

Former Tottenham Manager – Newcastle Are Safe

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Newcastle slipped back into the relegation zone when Norwich overtook us on goal difference after we were hammered 5-1 on Saturday in the late game at Chelsea to take our goal difference to a disastrous -22. There is some hope for Newcastle coming from former Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood who thinks Newcastle's [.

Ashley Must Act Decisively – Make Some Changes Quickly

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With the 5-1 drubbing at Chelsea today we sink to 3rd bottom in the Premier League with 24 points from 26 games and our goal difference of -22 is the worst in the Premier League and our defense showed today they are simply not good enough for the Premier League. At best it was schoolboy [...]

French Ligue 1

Monaco plot Nice revenge in French summit clash

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Paris (AFP) Free-scoring Monaco led by Radamel Falcao and Mario Balotelli's slick Nice side clash at the top of French Ligue 1 this weekend.

Early pacesetters Nice have faltered of late allowing Monaco to move top of the table on goal difference on 49 points, with champions Paris Saint-Germain lurking in third on 46 ahead of their trip to Dijon later Saturday.

Monaco plot Nice revenge in French summit clash

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Paris (AFP) Free-scoring Monaco led by Radamel Falcao and Mario Balotelli's slick Nice side clash at the top of French Ligue 1 this weekend.

Early pacesetters Nice have faltered of late allowing Monaco to move top of the table on goal difference on 49 points, with champions Paris Saint-Germain lurking in third on 46 ahead of their trip to Dijon later Saturday.

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SFPI NWSL Power Rankings (Week of Aug 20)

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Rare Collectors First Edition

I know that the season is almost over, but I noticed a distinct lack of NWSL Power Rankings, so I created another spreadsheet and using the same formulations I have developed for the Stumptown Footy Power Index NWSL Power Rankings!

There will likely not be any predictions for the rest of this season as I have not paid close enough attention to NWSL outside of the Thorns to determine how much of an advantage playing at home grants.

Serie B: Something Strange Is Happening Down At The Bottom Of Italy’s Second Tier

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The grand football lineage is chock full of strange quirks, though there is currently a statistical anomaly down at the bottom of the Serie B table that may well be a first.

After drawing 0-0 against Bari at the weekend, AC Pisa were rooted atthe very foot of Italy's second tier.

Pahang Top On Goal Difference After T Team Rout

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Malaysia Super League

Kedah v Sarawak 3-2 (Baddrol Bakhtiar, Sandro da Silva Mendoca, Syazwon Zainon; Mark Hartmann, Tommy Mawat) 25,000

Sounds like a proper thriller in the north west as Kedah finally edged out a tenacious Sarawak side in front of a large, passionate crowd.

Arsene Wenger Has No Issues With Sanchez’s Latest Strop

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Arsene Wenger played down Alexis Sanchez's frustration at being substituted in Arsenal's 4-0 Premier League victory at Swansea.

Sanchez had scored Arsenal's fourth goal his 16th of the season before being withdrawn 11 minutes from time with the Gunners moving in to the top three on goal difference.