I’m back!!

Hello all!!

It’s been so long since I’ve all you pretties, and I’m sure you’ve been wondering where I was.  I don’t really have a good reason or excuse, so I won’t make one. Life got busy, I got lazy, and then I just…didn’t update.

But I’m back now, and while I can’t promise multiple updates per day, I can definitely say that I plan to update at least a few times a week for now. I would try for more, but I’m attempting to regularly update two blogs (I’m also updating Since You Asked, my pop culture blog), as well as work full-time, commute two cities over (by bus!!), go to the gym, actually cook my dinner and prepare my lunch, read as much as possible, and still see people.

So yeah, a few a week is hopefully what you’ll get for now.

What will I be updating about, you ask? Well, I never did finish my brief overview of all the tournaments, so I’ll probably continue that. I’ll probably write some updates and explanations and team summaries or something for the Euro Cup, since it’s next year.  Maybe I’ll write a little to explain the FIFA recent scandal and the World Cup location controversy.  And of course, I’ll be sure to let you know which good-looking guys are also doing well and you should keep an eye on!!

Anyways, keep checking, and I should hopefully have something new up here in the next day or two!!

 

Euro 2012

So on to yet another huge soccer tournament, this time the Euro Cup.  It’s run by UEFA, Europe’s soccer association.

The 2012 Cup will be held in from June 8th to July 1st, 2012, in Poland and Ukraine.

In this cup, 16 nations will compete.

They are divided into 4 groups of 4 teams, who play round-robin.  The top two teams proceed to the quarter-finals, which are then played in a knock-out fashion.  So if a team loses, they’re out.  The winners then move on to the semi-finals, and the winners of that move on to the finals.  The winner of that becomes the European Champion.

The 2012 cup will be the last one that has 16 teams to start.  Beginning with the 2016 cup, there will be 24 teams.

The qualifying matches for the Euro begin this fall, after the world cup has ended.

As with the Copa América, I’m not sure if this is televised here on regular channels.  You definitely have time to find a way to watch this, of course, and I’ll be posting links once it starts.

I’ll also update with which teams qualify as they go.

-Suz

Copa América

So I thought I’d mention a few more of the insanely crazy big soccer tournaments that are held throughout the world.  The World Cup, although the biggest and only one to encompass all regions, is not the only international competition.

Copa América is South America’s top soccer tournament.  It’s run by CONMEBOL, South America’s soccer league.

Twelve countries participate: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.  There are two spots for two invited countries.  Mexico has been one of those invited since 1993.

This year’s invited countries are Mexico and Japan. Unfortunately, due to a proposal by UEFA (Europe’s soccer union), there is a chance that both of these two countries will not compete in Copa América.  I’ll update this once I know more and FIFA makes a decision.

The 2011 Copa América is being held this year in Argentina from June 15th to July 15th.

In South America, this tournament is huge.  However, in North America, I’m not even sure it’s broadcast if you don’t have a Spanish station or GoalTV.  So If you are interested, I sugest you look into one of those channels or find it online.  I’ll do what I can to link it here once it starts.

-Suz