The guys of TheSportsDegens.com and their friends will be recapping some of their top moments of 2017, by sports and in their format. Before we move on, we would like to specially thank all the contributors to the many year end recap pieces and more importantly to the viewers and listeners of all the content throughout the year. Feel free to let us know your top moments as well. With all that said, let’s see the Top Soccer Moments of 2017.
1. 06/03. UEFA Champions League Final. This was the game of the year, also known in Italy as: “Asensio 4-1 è finita!” That means: “Asensio 4-1 Game Over!”. Thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus lost.
2. 11/13. Italy vs Sweden. Russia 2018 wild card. This was one of the worst moment for Italian soccer. It is a shame for us because we will not play the FIFA World Cup and it is like the USA basketball team doesn’t qualify to the Olympic Games. I am still disappointed because of this and I can’t find other words to describe it. UNBELIEVABLE.
3. 03/08. Barcelona vs PSG 6-1. PSG blew a 4-0 lead. Everybody is choking here. It is impossible to blow a 4-0 lead, but they did. Another incredible game, I didn’t believe it even if I watched the game on the TV.
My soccer predictions for 2018:
- Juventus will win Serie A again
- PSG will win UEFA Champions League
- Argentina will win FIFA World Cup (Russia 2018)
THERE IS NO TOMORROW!!
Regards from Italy
2017 brought a whirlwind to the world of soccer, in the larger international stage as well as in America. From the rise of Christian Pulisic and the fall of the USMNT, to record staggering transfers changing the landscape of European football, here’s a look at the biggest stories of 2017.
The Constant Disappointment of US Soccer:
Christian Pulisic became the biggest name in US Soccer since Landon Donovan after nailing down a starting spot at Borussia Dortmund and providing a glimmer of hope for the future of US soccer. Pulisic has performed admirably for BvB and his country, but it wasn’t enough to save the US from crashing out of World Cup qualifying for the first time in 32 years. With Juergen Klinsmann fired and USSF president Sunil Gulati stepping down, as well as the US emerging as a potential World Cup host site, the future of the sport at home is at a critical juncture.
The Changing of the Guard
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe reshaped the landscape of European football with their transfers to PSG, creating a new legitimate contender in the Champions League. With Barcelona taking the obvious blow by losing their N, it signaled the potential end to the UCL dynasty that has become Real Madrid. In addition to PSG, Manchester City has emerged as another serious contender with Pep Guardiola leading the most impressive English side to date. With five English teams advancing to the group stage and perennial powerhouses such as Real and Bayern failing to win their respective groups, the UCL is finally wide open again.
2017: Year of Ronaldo
But before we start crowning other teams, we can not forget how great Cristiano Ronaldo was once again. A year removed from a Euro title, Ronaldo led Los Galacticos to a second consecutive UC title while also becoming the leading scorer in Champions League history as well as the all time top-scorer in the top five European Leagues. And to top it all off, Real won their 12th La Liga title, La Duodécima. So while we can all be excited for what’s to come from the newcomers mentioned above, we can’t quite forget how amazing CR7 continues to play.