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Plus, club soccer is all the way back this weekend!

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Gonzalo Higuain sure to face tough reception in his first game back at Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain starred for Napoli for the past couple of years in Serie A, scoring tons of goals and leading the line of an exciting Napoli attack. However this year Higuain left for rivals Juventus, leaving Napoli fans with a bitter taste in their mouths, and joining an already stacked team. This weekend is Higuain’s first trip back to Napoli, and he is sure to face a harsh reception.

Stacked soccer weekend after the international break ends

There are so many good games on this weekend. Napoli vs Juventus, the Merseyside Derby, and Arsenal vs Man City, just to name a few. Here’s a list of all the things to keep an eye on in this jam-packed soccer weekend.

Breaking down the Kekuta Manneh-Tony Tchani trade

On Thursday the Vancouver Whitecaps traded Kekuta Manneh to Columbus Crew SC for midfielder Tony Tchani, TAM (targeted allocation money) and GAM(General Allocation Money). Manneh has been an exciting attacking player for the Whitecaps, but injuries have frequently hampered him so far in his career. MLS armchair analyst Matt Doyle breaks down what this trade means for both teams going forward.

New format for 48-team World Cup laid out

Starting in 2026 the World Cup will be a 48-team tournament, expanding from the previous number of 32 teams. Each confederation will get an expanded number of automatic slots, and there will be a 6-team playoff for the last spot in the competition. While this proposal should see more teams make the World Cup that struggle to qualify, it will probably make qualification more anti-climactic as a whole.

Fan recreates iconic soccer stadiums with legos

Legos are one of the most popular children’s toys around, used to model almost anything you can think of. One fan took it to the next level, building lego models of some of the most famous soccer stadiums around. They are quite remarkable models.

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