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May 11, 2022

Canada men’s national soccer team – line-up from the match which clinched their qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – Canada 4-0 Jamaica on 27 March 2021 [Canada qualifies for FIFA World Cup for the first time in 36 years].

Filed under: Canada,Canada nat'l soccer team — admin @ 7:44 pm

By Bill Turianski on the 11th of May 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-Canada men’s national soccer team (en.wikipedia.org).
-Canada Qualifies for First Men’s World Cup Since 1986 (by Andrew Gastelum on March 27 2022 at si.com/soccer).
-Canada changes football narrative with Qatar 2022 qualification (by Tristan D’Amours on March 30 2022 at aljazeera.com).
-The tactical factors behind Canada’s rise to the CONCACAF elite in the Octagonal (by Joseph Lowery on Jan 27 2022 at theathletic.com).




The Canada men’s soccer team has qualified for the World Cup, for the first time in 36 years. It is only Canada’s second qualification for a World Cup. (Their first came in the 1986 World Cup, in Mexico, when Canada went scoreless in their 3 first round games, and left the tournament dead last.) Canada will play in 2022 FIFA World Cup Group F (vs: Belgium, Morocco, and Croatia).

You can see how far the Canada men’s soccer team has come in the last 20 years by simply looking at their home venues. Twenty years ago, for 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, Canada were playing in places like the 2,000-capacity Winnipeg Soccer Complex, and the 5,000-capacity Varsity Stadium in Toronto. Now, the Canada’s men’s soccer team plays their home matches at places like the 30,000-capacity BMO Field in Toronto (home of Major League Soccer’s FC Toronto), and the 23,000-capacity Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton (home of the two-time Canadian Premier League champions Forge FC). And although Canada’s men’s team did play at Edmonton’s 56,000-capacity Commonwealth Stadium in both the 2002 and the 2022 FIFA WC qualifiers, this time around they were drawing over 44,000 there – twice. At Edmonton in mid-November 2021, in the cold and snow, 48,000 saw Canada beat Costa Rica 1-0; four days later, 44,000 were there to see Canada beat Mexico 2-1.

In the 2002 WC qualifiers, Canada were losing badly to teams like Trinidad (0-4 and 0-6 losses). In the 2022 WC qualifiers, Canada were beating teams like Mexico and USA and Costa Rica. In 2018, the Canada men’s soccer team was ranked #78 in the world. In March 2022, the Canada men’s soccer team was ranked #38 (out of 210 countries).

The Canada men’s soccer team’s recent success can be attributed to two things. First of all, there is a good crop of young players, many of whom are somewhat recent immigrants – immigrants to Canada (like GK Milan Borjan, DF Sam Adekugbe, LB Alphonso Davies and FW Jonathan David), and emigrants from Canada (see DF Scott Kennedy, MF Stephen Eustáquio and FW Lucas Cavallini, in their thumbnail bios in the squad chart further below). Canada has a diverse squad that reflects the country itself. An open and welcoming country.

And secondly, there is their galvanizing coach, John Herdman. In January 2018, the County Durham, England-born Herdman came to the Canada men’s team, after successful stints as the New Zealand women’s team coach (where he led the U-20 squad to the World Championship in 2006, then led the senior squad to the FIFA Women’s World Cups in 2007 and 2011), and then the Canada women’s team coach (where he led the Canada women’s team to bronze medals in both the London 2012 and the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics). Like with the Canada women’s team, Herdman has instilled a belief in the men’s squad.

There is a hotbed of soccer in the Greater Toronto western suburb of Brampton that has produced no less than 5 players who currently play vital roles for Canada: Doneil Henry, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilet, Cyle Larin, and their Captain, Atiba Hutchinson (the all-time Canada national team appearance leader, with 95 caps).




As far as pro careers go, quite a few Canada players play for prominent European clubs these days…LB/LW Alphonso Davies plays for the German giants Bayern Munich. MF Stephen Eustáquio plays for 2-time Champions League winners FC Porto. Both Winger Cyle Larin and DF Atiba Hutchinson play for Istanbul’s Beşiktaş. FW Jonathan David, who has an excellent international scoring rate of 30 caps/20 goals, plays for 2021 French champions Lille. RW/RMF Tajon Buchanan plays for Club Brugges, who were Belgian champions this year [2022]. Winger Junior Hoilet plays for Reading FC.

Young white Canadian kids still by and large dream of playing hockey (in the NHL), not soccer. But Canadian soccer is definitely on the rise. You can see it in the small but incremental progress the Canadian Premier League is making. And you can certainly see it in the remarkable progress the Canadian national teams – both the men’s and the women’s teams – have made.

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Photo and Image credits above -2022 Canada jersey, photo from lovesoccerjerseys.com. -Blank map of Canada, by STyx; Semhur; Riba atFile:Blank map of Canada.svg (commons.wikimedia.org). -Canada squad & staff celebrate, photo by Steve Russell/Toronto Star at thestar.com/sports. -John Herdman, photo by Andy Jacobsohn/AFP/Getty Images via theguardian.com/football. -Canada squad celebrates after scoring v Jamaica, photo by Reuters/USA Today Sports via aljazeera.com/news.
Players…-Milan Borjan, photo by PA Images via alamy.com. -Richie Laryea, photo by Getty Images via nottinghampost.com/sport. -Doneil Henry, photo by Raul Romero Jr at california.funeral.com. -Scott Kennedy, photo by Reuters via taipeitimes.com. -Sam Adekugbe, photo by Seskim Photo/MB Media/Getty Images at gettyimages.co.uk. -Junior Hoilet, photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images at gettyimages.ae. -Stephen Eustáquio, photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/ Getty Images at gettyimages.dk. -Tajon Buchanan, photo unattributed at twitter.com/[@foxsoccer]. -Jonathan Osorio, photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images via cbc.ca/sports. -Cyle Larin, photo unattributed at sporx.com. -Jonathan David, photo by Jean Catuffe/DPPI/LiveMedia/Sipa USA via si.com/soccer. -Alistair Johnston, photo by Ryan Remiorz/CP via sportsnet.ca/soccer. -Atiba Hutchinson, photo by Seskim Photo/MB Media/Getty Images at gettyimages.com. -Kamal Miller, photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images via gettyimages.ca. -Liam Fraser, photo by BELGA viahln.be. -Lucas Cavallini, photo by Imago Images via transfermarkt.co.in. -Alphonso Davies, photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images via bavarianfootballworks.com.



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Thanks to all at the following limks…
-Canada men’s national soccer team (en.wikipedia.org).
-kickalgor.com (March 2022 CONCACAF ranking, leagues-by-country).
-Transfermkt.us (for player-positions).
-Soccerway.com/[Canada nat'l team].

April 21, 2022

1969 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’69 World Series champions: the New York Mets; & AL and NL Stats Leaders.

Filed under: Baseball,Baseball-1969 MLB season,Retro maps — admin @ 12:56 pm

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1969 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’69 World Series champions the New York Mets & AL and NL Stats Leaders




By Bill Turianski on the 21st of April 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-1969 MLB season (en.wikipedia.org).
-1969 MLB (baseball-reference.com).
-Year in Review: 1969 American League (baseball-almanac.com).
-Year in Review: 1969 National League (baseball-almanac.com).
-1969 MLB logos (sportslogos.net).

1969 MLB Location-map with jersey-logos with 1969 attendances, featuring the ’69 World Series champion New York Mets.
This is my third in a series.
Here are links to the first two posts in this series:
1967 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’67 World Series champions: the St. Louis Cardinals;
1968 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’68 World Series champions: the Detroit Tigers.

The map shows the locations of the 24 Major League Baseball teams of 1969.
At the foot of the map-page are 1969 MLB Statistical Leaders (in both the American League and the National League), in the following categories: ERA, Wins, WAR for Pitchers; Batting Average, Home Runs, RBIs, WAR for Position Players. A photo of each player is shown, with stats; photo credits are at the foot of this post.

At the top of the map-page is a section for the 1969 MLB champions, the New York Mets. I featured photos of the 12 players on the ’69 Mets with the highest WAR [Wins Above Replacement], plus the their manager, Gil Hodges. Photo credits are at the foot of this post. The players are: Tom Seaver (RHP & 1969 Cy Young Award winner), Cleon Jones (LF), Tommie Agee (CF), Jerry Koosman (LHP), Jerry Grote (C), Tug McGraw (LHP/reliever), Gary Gentry (RHP), Bud Harrelson (SS), Art Shamsky (OF/1B/PH), Ron Taylor (RHP/reliever), Don Cardwell (RHP), Ken Boswell (2B).

On the map, next to each MLB team’s location-dot there are 3 things: their cap-logo, one of their jersey-logos (either home or away jersey), and a rectangular box (listing: ballpark, win total in 1969, and home average attendance in ’69). The jersey-logos are either from a photo of the old jerseys (see 22 photo credits at the foot of this post) or illustrations of such: one (California Angels) from sportslogos.net; one (Detroit Tigers) that I drew myself. The jersey-logo for each team is sized to reflect that team’s 1969 average attendance: the larger the jersey-logo, the higher the attendance that year. Any other team logos on the team’s uniforms in 1969 are also shown (specifically, shoulder-patch-logos, of which there were 6 of such in 1969: for the Astros, the Braves, the Cubs, the Mets, the Padres, and the Twins).

Speaking of shoulder-patch logos, there was another thing going on in Major League Baseball in 1969: the 100th anniversary of the first professional touring baseball club: the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869. A special red-white-&-blue modernist logo was created – reputedly using the formidable silhouette of Minnesota Twins’ slugger Harmon Killebrew. {See this: MLB logo looks like Harmon Killebrew at bat (from 2011, by Pioneer Press/news@pioneerpress.com via twincities.com). Also see this: Who is that silhouetted man? (from 2008, by Paul Lucas at espn.com).} So anyway, this logo, in the form of the Centennial patch, was worn by almost all the MLB teams in 1969 (on at least one of their jerseys that year), except for the Pittsburgh Pirates (I have no idea why, and neither does this baseball card blogger, at wrigleywax.blogspot.com. {To get a quick glance at all those uniforms, here are links to the Baseball Hall of Fame website’s ‘Dressed to the Nines’ database’s 1969 pages: 1969 AL; 1969 NL (illustrations by Marc Okkonen).} If you are wondering about the Cubs, in the illustration in the preceding link, the logo is not visible, as it is located on the raised shoulder that is holding the bat. But I included an image of the logo on the Cubs’ road jersey on the map here. I included several of the MLB-100th-anniversary-logos on the map, on the jerseys of the A’s, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, and Mets. This MLB-100th-anniversary logo, in a very slightly altered form, has become the official MLB logo to this day. And each MLB team wears a version of this logo on the back of their ball caps, done in team colors.



    1969 MLB expansion & Divisional re-organization…

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Major League Baseball’s 1969 season was the first season of the Divisional Era.
1969 also saw a 4-team expansion – MLB’s third expansion of the decade. The Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Pilots joined the American League; the Montreal Expos and the San Diego Padres joined the National League. [Note: the Seattle Pilots relocated to Milwaukee, WI as the Milwaukee Brewers just one year later (in 1970); the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, DC as the Washington Nationals 36 years later (in 2005).] So in 1969, the now-12-team AL, and the now-12-team NL were divided into two 6-team divisions each, with those divisional winners playing in a best-of-5-series, the winners, of course, advancing to the World Series.

Brief re-cap of the 1969 regular season
The American League saw no real divisional title-races in 1969. The Baltimore Orioles, with an MLB-best record of 109-53, won the AL East easily, by 19 games, and then, in the new playoffs, swept the AL West champion Minnesota Twins in 3 games. In the National League East, the once-hapless New York Mets, who had never had a winning record in their 7 seasons, came back from 9 games behind the Chicago Cubs, going 37-11 down the stretch. In their relatively new, 5-year-old venue, Shea Stadium (which they shared with the NFL’s New York Jets), the Mets drew the biggest crowds in all of baseball that year, drawing 26.5 K per game. The Mets went 100-62, and beat out the faltering Cubs by 8 games to win the NL East title. The NL West saw an unusual 5-team divisional race, with the Astros dropping out first, then the Dodgers and the Reds fell off, while the Giants and the Braves battled it out until the second-to-last day. The Atlanta Braves won the NL West, but then were swept by the Mets in the playoffs. But going into the Fall Classic, the Baltimore Orioles were the oddsmakers’ choice, and were heavy favorites to win the World Series over the New York Mets…



    1969 World Series: New York Mets beat Baltimore Orioles in 5 games…

The “Amazin’ Mets” beat the heavily-favored Orioles, in a huge upset. The 8th-year Mets became the first expansion-team to win the World Series. There were spectacular catches by two Mets outfielders (Tommie Agee & Ron Swoboda – see below). The Mets’ Donn Clendenon hit 3 HRs, and was the MVP. Tom Seaver, Gary Gentry, and Jerry Koosman all pitched effectively for the Mets, with Koosman winning twice, including the Game 5 clincher (see below).
-Here is a 9-minute video of the 1969 WS, 1969 World Series – Baltimore Orioles versus New York Mets (video uploaded by Scott Gordon at youtube.com).
-Here is a 40-minute video on the ’69 Mets (with much sharper video images), 1969 World Series Film New York Mets (video uploaded by Sports Revisited at youtube.com).
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Photos and Images above – 1969 NY Mets/Shea Stadium WS pin-logo from sportslogos.net. Aerial shot of Shea Stadium (circa late 1960s, and probably taken during the 1969 WS), photo unattributed at flickr.com. Tommie Agee’s two catches (game 3)…1st catch: photo unattributed at centerfieldmaz.com; 2nd catch: unattributed at thisdayinbaseball.com. Ron Swoboda catch (game 4), unattributed at slicethelife.com. Donn Clendenon in ’69 WS, photo by Herb Scharfman/Getty Images at gettyimages.com. Jerry Koosman pitching in ’69 WS, photo unattributed at mets.tumblr.com. Nolan Ryan & Jerry Grote celebrate on the mound, photo unattributed at centerfieldmaz.com. View from 3rd-base-side box seats as Mets (and their fans) begin their celebration, photo by AP via nydailynews.com.




Photos of Mets players on map page…
-Tom Seaver, photo unattributed at theathletic.com.
-Cleon Jones, photo by AP via newsday.com.
-Tommie Agee, photo unattributed at sabr.org.
-Jerry Koosman, Topps 1969 card via amazon.com.
-Tug McGraw, photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images via risingapple.com.
-Jerry Grote, photo unattributed at metsinsider.mlblogs.com.
-Bud Harrelson, photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images at gettyimages.in.
-Gary Gentry, photo unattributed at posterazzi.com.
-Art Shamsky, photo unattributed at twitter.com/[@artshamsky].
-Ron Taylor, photo unattributed at pinterest.com.
-Don Cardwell, photo by Eric Sckweikardt/Sports Illustrated via gettyimages.in.
-Ken Boswell, Topps 1969 card via picclick.com.
-Gil Hodges (manager), photo unattributed at metsmerizedonline.com.
-1969 NY Mets uniforms, illustration by Marc Okkonen at exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines.


Photos of 1969 MLB leaders on map page…
-Dick Bosman, 1970 Topps card via tcdb.com.
-Juan Marichal, photo unattributed at twitter.com/[@sfgiants].
-Denny McLain, photo unattributed at pinterest.com.
-Tom Seaver, photo by Neil Leifer at si.com.
-Denny McLain, photo unattributed at pinterest.com.
-Bob Gibson, photo unattributed at lehmansbaseball.wordpress.com.
-Rod Carew, photo by Neil Leifer at si.com.
-Pete Rose, photo unattributed at cardboardmemories.com.
-Harmon Killebrew, photo unattributed at twinstrivia.com.
-Willie McCovey, photo unattributed at first-draft.com.
-Harmon Killebrew, photo by Neil Leifer at si.com.
-Willie McCovey, photo unattributed at cooperstownexpert.com.
-Rico Petrocelli, Topps 1969 card at ebay.com.
-Henry Aaron, Sports Illustrated cover [Aug. 13 1969] at sicovers.com.
-Willie McCovey, photo by Diamond Images/Getty Images via gettyimages.de.

Photos of jersey-logos used on the map-page…
-Tom Seaver 1969 NY Mets road jersey, from worthpoint.com. -Tom Seaver 1969 NY Mets home jersey, from greyflannelauctions.com.
-Atlanta Braves 1969 home jersey, from customthrowbackjerseys.com.
-Baltimore Orioles 1969 road jersey, from Heritage Auctions at sports.ha.com
-Boston Red Sox home jersey-logo, photo from sports.ha.com.
-Chicago Cubs 1969 road jersey, from mitchellandness.com.
-Chicago White Sox 1969 road jersey, from Heritage Auctions at sports.ha.com.
-Cincinnati Reds 1969 road jersey, from mitchellandness.com.
-Cleveland Indians 1969 road jersey, from lelands.com via nallhal.top.
-Houston Astros 1969 road jersey, from mitchellandness.com.
-Kansas City Royals 1969 road jersey, from worthpoint.com.
-Los Angeles Dodgers 1969 road jersey, from Heritage Auctions at sports.ha.com.
-Minnesota Twins home jersey circa 1968-71, from lelands.com.
-Montreal Expos 1969 road jersey, from customthrowbackjerseys.com.
-New York Mets 1969 home jersey, from mitchellandness.com.
-New York Yankees road jersey circa 1967-71, from customthrowbackjerseys.com.
-Oakland A’s 1969 road alternate jersey, from customthrowbackjerseys.com. -Philadelphia Phillies 1969 home jersey, from worthpoint.com.
-Pittsburgh Pirates ca. 1967-69 road jersey, photo from lelands.com.
-1968 St. Louis Cardinals jersey-logo, photo from scpauctions.com.
-San Diego Padres 1969 home jersey, from Heritage Auctions at sports.ha.com.
-1969 San Francisco Giants road jersey, photo from Heritage Auctions at sports.ha.com.
-Seattle Pilots 1969 road jersey, from scpauctions.com.
-Washington Senators 1969 road jersey, from mlbcollectors.com.
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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Base map, by US federal government employee at commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:StatesU.svg.
-Baseball-Reference.com.
-1969 Major League Baseball season (en.wikipedia.org).

April 3, 2022

2022 Copa Libertadores: location-map for the 32-team Group Stage./+ Brief profiles of the 4 clubs making their Copa Libertadores Group Stage debuts in 2022…América Mineiro (Brazil), Fortaleza (Brazil), Independiente Petrolero (Bolivia), Red Bull Bragantino (Brazil).

Filed under: Copa Libertadores — admin @ 3:56 pm

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2022 Copa Libertadores: location-map for the 32-team Group Stage, with Club Histories (Libertadores appearances & titles listed)



By Bill Turianski on the 3rd of April 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

Links…
-2022 Copa Libertadores/Group Stage (en.wikipedia.org).
-Copa Libertadores (worldfootball.net).
-Summary – CONMEBOL Libertadores [2022 Group Stage] (soccerway.com).

The Group Stage (of 32) begins on 5-7 April (1st game-week).
The group stage, consisting of 6 match-weeks, will last 8 weeks. Two-weeks gaps: after the 2nd game-week, and after the 4th game-week. The 6th and final game-week is 24-26 May. The Round of 16 is in late June & early July. The Final is in October, in Guayaquil, Ecuador: on 29 October 2022 at Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo, which is owned and operated by Barcelona SC.

The map…
Teams are shown in the two flanking sections on either side of the map, organized by country. Shown there in the country-groupings are each team’s all-time total Libertadores appearances (in the tan-colored column), and Libertadores titles (in the pale-blue-colored column). At the far left of the map-page is the Libertadores titles list by club (25 clubs have won a Libertadores title). At the far right is the Libertadores titles list by country (of the 62 Libertadores titles, 25 have been won by Argentine teams, and 21 have been won by Brazilian teams).

Teams which had to play in the 3 Preliminary Stages [19 teams] are shown in italics (lowest-ranked qualifiers). From these 19 teams, only 4 qualified for the Group Stage of 32:
América Mineiro (BRA), Estudiantes (ARG), Olimpia (PAR), The Strongest (BOL). Those four teams remain on the map here, while the other 15 preliminary-round teams who were eliminated are no longer on the map here.

So that makes the breakdown for the 2022 Libertadores Group Stage the following…
Brazil, 8 teams (6 teams [including 1 team from the preliminaries] + the Cup Holder: Palmeiras + the Copa Sudamericana winner: Athletico Paranaense).
Argentina, 6 teams [including 1 team from the preliminaries].
Paraguay, 3 teams [including 1 team from the preliminaries].
Bolivia, 3 teams [including 1 team from the preliminaries].
Uruguay, 2 teams.
Colombia, 2 teams.
Chile, 2 teams.
Ecuador, 2 teams.
Peru, 2 teams.
Venezuela, 2 teams.



    Below: The 4 clubs making their Copa Libertadores Group Stage debuts in 2022

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• América Mineiro (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, Brazil)
América Mineiro are the third-largest club in Belo Horizonte, behind two-time Libertadores winners Cruzeiro, and one-time Libertadores winners Atlético Mineiro. Belo Horizonte is the 7th-largest city in South America, with a metro-area population of around 5.8 million. Belo Horizonte is situated inland, and is located, by road, 438 km (272 mi) N of Rio de Janeiro. América Futebol Clube (MG), est. 1912, have played 18 seasons in the Brazilian top-flight, starting in 1971. América Mineiro wear green-and-black vertically-striped jerseys. In the last decade-and-half América Mineiro have moved out of the third tier and have become a Série A/Série B yo-yo club. In 2009, América Mineiro were promoted to Série B. In the following year of 2010, América Mineiro were promoted again, to Série A. That same year of 2010 saw the club renovating their ground. But in 2011, América Mineiro were relegated back to the 2nd tier. Three years later, in 2015, they were promoted back to Série A, only to go back down to Série B again in 2016. Then América Mineiro did it again: up to the top flight in 2017; down once again to the 2nd division in 2018. In 2019, though, they remained in Série B. In 2020, they were promoted once again to Série A. And in 2021, América Mineiro finished in 8th place in the Brasileiro, which was good enough for Brazil’s final Libertadores preliminary-round spot. In the 2022 Libertadores preliminaries’ 2nd round in February, América Mineiro beat Guaraní (of Paraguay), on penalties. Then in the preliminaries’ 3rd round in March, América Mineiro beat Barcelona SC (of Ecuador), on penalties. So in the 2022 Libertadores Group Stage, América Mineiro make their Libertadores group stage debut, playing in a group that includes local rivals Atlético Mineiro. América Mineiro play at the 23-K-capacity Estádio Independência, which is a rather decent four-stand arena that was opened in 1950, and extensively renovated in 2010-12. América Mineiro’s pre-COVID attendance figures were: 6,479 per league match in Série A in 2018, and 3,907 per league match in Série B in 2019.

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• Fortaleza (Fortaleza, Ceará state, Brazil)
Fortaleaza are from Fortaleza, capital of the state of Ceará, up in the northeast of Brazil. Fortaleza is the 11th-largest city in South America, with a metro-area population of around 3.9 million. Fortaleza Esporte Clube, est. 1918, have played 24 seasons in the Brazilian top-flight, starting in 1959, but had never played in the Copa Libertadores. Fortaleza had earned a Libertadores spot though, back in 1968, when they finished as runners-up in Brazil. But the Brazilian fútbol authorities decided to void their 1969 Copa Libertadores spots (2 spots), because that would (supposedly) come in conflict with the Brazilian national team’s preparations for the 1970 World Cup Qualifiers. Five years ago, in 2017, stuck in the third division, Fortaleza won promotion from Série C. Four years ago, in 2018, Fortaleza won their second-straight promotion, finishing in 1st in Série B and drawing a 2nd-tier-best 29,400 per league match. Then three years ago, in 2019, Fortaleza were finally back in Série A, and were one of the highest-drawing Brazilian clubs, drawing 33,800 per league match. They finished in a decent 9th place in 2019. But in their second season back in the top tier, in 2020, Fortaleza almost got relegated, finishing in 16th and only avoiding the drop on goal-difference. However, last year, in 2021, Fortaleza had an amazing turnaround and finished in 4th place in the 2021 Brasileiro. That was good enough for Fortaleza to win their first-ever Copa Libertadores spot: an automatic qualification for the 2022 Libertadores group stage. Fortaleza wear blue-and-red-horizontally-striped jerseys. They play at the 63-K-capacity Castelão, which they share with local rivals Ceará Sporting Club (who are also currently a top-flight club).

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• Independiente Petrolero (Sucre, Bolivia)
With a population of around 390,000, Sucre is the 6th-largest city in Bolivia, sitting 1.7 miles up in the thin air, 2,810 meters (9,220 ft) above sea level. Sucre is located, by road, 689 km (428 mi) SE of La Paz. Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, and the capital of the Chuquisaca Department. The club was established in 1932, as Independiente Sporting Club. In 1953, the club began to be administered by Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), and changed its name to Club Independiente Petrolero. The club have played 22 seasons in the Bolivian Primera División, starting in 1972. They won their first Bolivian title in 2021, one year after winning promotion back to the top tier. Independiente Petrolero wear red-and-white-vertically-striped jerseys. They share a 32-K-capacity ground, Estadio Olímpico Patria, with local rivals Universitario de Sucre.
Image credit above – Independiente Petrolero jersey badge via footballkitarchive.com.

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• Red Bull Bragantino (Bragança Paulista, São Paulo state, Brazil)
Red Bull Bragantino are owned by Austrian energy drink conglomerate Red Bull GmbH, and feature Red Bull’s logo, and, like the Bundesliga’s Red Bull Leipzig, and the Austrian Bundesliga’s Red Bull Salzburg, and Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, they wear white jerseys with red pants. They are located in the city of Bragança Paulista (population of 170,000), which is on the northern outer edge of the sprawling São Paulo metro-area, 67 km (42 mi) N of the São Paulo city-centre. Before April 2019, the club was called Clube Atlético Bragantino, and wore black-and-white. The club has played 12 seasons in the Brazilian top-flight, starting in 1990. Like Fortaleza, Red Bull Bragantino have recently won back-to-back promotions – they were promoted up to Série B in 2018, and then were promoted up to Série A in 2019. Red Bull Bragantino finished in 10th place in the Brasileiro in 2020. Then last year in 2021, they finished in 6th, which is Brazil’s last Libertadores group stage spot. Red Bull Bragantino play at the 17-K-capacity Estádio Nabi Abi Chedid. As one can see by that capacity figure, Red Bull Bragantino are not that large a club: pre-COVID [2019], Bragantino were drawing 6,200 per league match in Série B. But the club is able to compete at the top-flight level thanks to Red Bull’s financial clout.



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Thanks to all at the links below…
-Globe-map of South America by Luan at File:South America (orthographic projection).svg (en.wikipedia.org/[South America]).
-Blank map of South America by Anbans 585 at File:CONMEBOL laea location map without rivers.svg (en.wikipedia.org/[2018 Copa Libertadores]).
-Copa Libertadores 1960-2019 Club Histories (rsssf.com).
-Libertadores titles list {en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_Libertadores#Performances_by_club}.

March 23, 2022

2022 NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament: map of the 16 teams that qualified. With all-time Titles-&-Frozen-Four-appearances list (1948-2019, 2021)./+Some notes on the current make-up Division I men’s ice hockey.

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2022 NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament: map of the 16 teams that qualified. With all-time Titles-&-Frozen-Four-appearances list (1948-2019, 2021)



By Bill Turianski on the 23rd of March 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

Links…
-2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament (en.wikipedia.org).
-Division I in ice hockey (en.wikipedia.org).
-uscho.com.
-Schedule, scores, etc…collegehockeynews.com/schedules.

Tournament starts 12 noon ET on Thursday, March 24 (Minnesota State vs. Harvard). Four games Thursday & four games Friday (Semifinals); Regional Finals on Saturday & Sunday. Frozen Four on April 7 and 9. ESPN will cover the whole tournament. {2022 Frozen Four: NCAA men’s hockey tournament schedule/ Teams at a Glance.}

2022 NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament: map of the 16 teams that qualified. With all-time Titles-&-Frozen-Four-appearances list (1948-2019, 2021)…
The map is a basic location-map, with conference-affiliations noted for each team. Reigning champions are Massachusetts (UMass), of Hockey East. The Minutemen won their first D-1 men’s hockey title last year, beating St. Cloud State 5-0 {see this, from the Berkshire Eagle}. UMass returns to the tournament this year, though they stumbled in the Hockey East tournament final, losing to Harvard.

The four #1 seeds:
Michigan Wolverines (1),
Minnesota State Mavericks (2),
Western Michigan Broncos (3),
Denver Pioneers (4).
{Bracket.}

Teams qualified – by conference – are listed at the top-right of the map-page. The breakdown by conference:
-5 teams from the NCHC (including two #1 seeds: Western Michigan, Denver).
-3 teams from the Big Ten (including one #1 seed: Michigan).
-3 teams from Hockey East. (including last year’s champions, UMass)
-2 teams from the CCHA (including one #1 seed: Minnesota State).
-2 teams from ECAC Hockey.
-1 team from Atlantic Hockey.

At the lower-right-hand side is the all-time list of D-1 men’s hockey titles & Frozen Four appearances. (From the tournament’s start in 1948, to 2019, and 2021 [following the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the COVID pandemic].)
{Titles list, by team.}

A long, narrow side-bar at the right-hand-side of the map shows the 16 teams’ locations and their total Tournament appearances. To see a full, sortable list of all NCAA D-1 men’s hockey Tournament appearances, {click here}.

At the top of the map is a section showing alternate logos for the 16 teams, arranged alphabetically.



Some notes on the current make-up Division I men’s ice hockey…
For men’s ice hockey, the WCHA has been scrapped, and in its place is the CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association). (The WCHA is now just for women’s ice hockey.) This happened after the 2020-21 season, when 7 of the 10 then-current men’s members of the WCHA left to form a revived CCHA. The word “central” in the CCHA name is crucial here. Because the 3 teams that made the men’s WCHA such a sprawling and unwieldy conference have been dropped…Alaska-Anchorage, Alaska-Fairbanks, and Alabama-Huntsville. The resultant savings in travel costs are quite considerable for the teams in the re-vamped CCHA. CCHA teams are located in the states of Michigan (4 teams, 3 of which are from the Upper Peninsula), Minnesota (3 teams), and Ohio (1 team). {List of teams & map, here}.

But that left those three excluded programs – two in Alaska and one in Alabama – out of any conference, and fundamentally weakened. Alabama-Huntsville have suspended operations, but hope to be revived in the future. Alaska-Anchorage have also suspended operations, but are expected to return for the 2022–23 season, as an Independent. Alaska-Fairbanks have not suspended operations, though, and played 2021-22 as an Independent. At this point in time, there are now 3 Independent teams in D-1 men’s hockey: Alaska-Fairbanks, Arizona State, and a new team, LIU (see 2 paragraphs below).

Meanwhile, another D-1 men’s hockey program has suspended operations: Robert Morris, of Greater Pittsburgh, PA. In December 2021 it was announced that Robert Morris would return to D-1 men’s hockey two years later in 2023-24 {see this}.

-And finally, in the last two seasons, two programs have made their D-1 men’s hockey debuts…
•In 2020-21, the LIU Sharks joined D-1 men’s hockey. (Long Island University of Brooklyn, NYC, NY & East Meadow, LI, NY.) Independent.
•In 2021-22, the St. Thomas Tommies joined D-1 men’s hockey. (University of St. Thomas of St. Paul, Minnesota.) Member of the CCHA.

At this point in time [end of 2021-22 season], D-1 men’s hockey has 59 teams, down from 61 teams previously.



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Thanks to all at the following links…
-AMK1211, for blank map of USA, ‘File:Blank US Map with borders.svg”>File:Blank US Map with borders.svg‘ (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Fernando Martello, for the illustration of the Michigan road jersey logo, at File:Michigan wolverines hockey unif.png (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Eswany33, for illustration of Minnesota jersey logo, File:Gopher Hockey Uniforms 2020-21.svg.
-Vintage Minnesota Hockey site, for illustration of Minnesota State Mavericks home jersey (gold) script-logo, at history.vintagemnhockey.com.
-American International site for AIC logo, aicyellowjacketsstore.merchorders.com.
-UMass jersey from umassstore.com.
-Most logos from en.wikipedia and sportslogos.com/[American colleges].

March 13, 2022

2022 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness) – Location-map, with Tournament Appearances by school (68 teams).

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2022 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness) – Location-map, with Tournament Appearances by school (68 teams)



By Bill Turianski on the 13th of March 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

Links…
-Teams, etc…2022 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
-Scores…Div I college bk scores (espn.go.com).

I changed the template this year. I scrapped attendance figures, because of COVID. In its place, on the far-right-hand side of the map-page, is a chart showing Tournament Appearances, by school (with previous appearance listed). The data source for this was this page at Wikipedia, {NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament bids by school}. (Note: that page at Wikipedia hasn’t been fully updated at the time of this posting [~9:15pm ET on 13 March 2022].)

    The 68 Teams which qualified for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament [aka March Madness]

Listed by: Name. Conference. Location of arena(s)…
-Akron Zips. Mid-American (MAC). Akron, OH.
-Alabama Crimson Tide. SEC. Tuscaloosa, AL.
-Arizona Wildcats. Pac-12. Tucson, AZ.
-Arkansas Razorbacks. SEC. Fayetteville, AR.
-Auburn Tigers. SEC. Auburn, AL.
-Baylor Bears. Big 12. Waco, TX.
-Bryant Bulldogs. Northeast. Smithfield, RI.
-Boise State Broncos. Mountain West. Boise, ID.
-Cal State Fullerton Titans. Big West. Fullerton, CA.
-Chattanooga Mocs. Southern. Chattanooga, TN.
-Colgate Raiders. Patriot. Hamilton, NY.
-Colorado State Rams. Mountain West. Fort Collins, CO.
-Creighton Bluejays. Big East. Omaha, NE.
-Davidson Wildcats. Atlantic 10. Davidson, NC.
-Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Colonial (CAA). Newark, DE.
-Duke Blue Devils. ACC. Durham, NC.
-Georgia State Panthers. Sun Belt. Atlanta, GA.
-Gonzaga Bulldogs. West Coast Conference. Spokane, WA.
-Houston Cougars. American (AAC). Houston, TX.
-Illinois Fighting Illini. Big Ten. Champaign, IL.
-Indiana Hoosiers. Big Ten. Bloomington, IN.
-Iowa Hawkeyes. Big Ten. Iowa City, IA.
-Iowa State Cyclones. Big 12. Ames, IA.
-Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Atlantic Sun. Jacksonville, AL.
-Kansas Jayhawks. Big 12. Lawrence, KS.
-Kentucky Wildcats. SEC. Lexington, KY.
-Longwood Lancers. Big South. Farmville, VA.
-Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. Missouri Valley. Chicago, IL.
-LSU [Louisiana State Unv.] Tigers. SEC. Baton Rouge, LA.
-Marquette Golden Eagles. Big East. Milwaukee, WI.
-Memphis Tigers. American (AAC). Memphis, TN.
-Miami Hurricanes. ACC. Coral Gables, FL.
-Michigan Wolverines. Big Ten. Ann Arbor, MI.
-Michigan State Spartans. Big Ten. East Lansing, MI.
-Montana State Bobcats. Big Sky. Bozeman, MT.
-Murray State Racers. Ohio Valley. Murray, KY.
-New Mexico State Aggies. WAC. Las Cruces, NM.
-Norfolk State Spartans. Mid-Eastern (MEAC). Norfolk, VA.
-North Carolina Tar Heels. ACC. Chapel Hill, NC.
-Notre Dame Fighting Irish. ACC. Notre Dame, IN.
-Ohio State Buckeyes. Big Ten. Columbus, OH.
-Purdue Boilermakers. Big Ten. West Lafayette, IN.
-Providence Friars. Big East. Providence, RI.
-Richmond Spiders. Atlantic 10. Richmond, VA.
-Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Big Ten. Piscataway, NJ.
-Saint Mary’s Gaels. West Coast (WCC). Moraga, CA.
-Saint Peter’s Peacocks. Metro Atlantic (MAAC). Jersey City, NJ.
-San Diego State Aztecs. Mountain West. San Diego, CA.
-San Francisco Dons. West Coast. San Francisco, CA.
-Seton Hall Pirates. Big East. Newark, NJ / South Orange, NJ.
-South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Summit. Brookings, SD.
-TCU [Texas Christian Univ.] Horned Frogs. Big 12. Fort Worth, TX.
-Tennessee Volunteers. SEC. Knoxville, TN.
-Texas Longhorns. Big 12. Austin, TX.
-Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Islanders. Southland. Corpus Christi, TX.
-Texas Southern Tigers. SWAC. Houston, TX.
-Texas Tech Red Raiders. Big 12. Lubbock, TX.
-UAB Blazers. Conference-USA. Birmingham, AL.
-UCLA [Univ. California Los Angeles] Bruins. Pac-12. Los Angeles, CA.
-UConn [Univ. Connecticut] Huskies. Big East. Storrs, CT / Hartford, CT.
-USC [Univ. Southern California] Trojans. Pac-12. Los Angeles, CA.
-Vermont Catamounts. America East. Burlington, VT.
-Villanova Wildcats. Big East. Villanova, PA /Philadelphia, PA.
-Virginia Tech Hokies. ACC. Blacksburg, VA.
-Wisconsin Badgers. Big Ten. Madison, WI.
-Wright State Raiders. Horizon. Fairborn, OH.
-Wyoming Cowboys. Mountain West. Laramie, WY.
-Yale Bulldogs. Ivy League. New Haven, CT.




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-Thanks to AMK1211 for blank map of USA, ‘File:Blank US Map with borders.svg”>File:Blank US Map with borders.svg‘ (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2022 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament’.
-Thanks to NCAA for attendance figures, from 2020 NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE (For All NCAA Men’s Varsity Teams) [pdf].
-Thanks to the Bracket Matrix site for bracket forecasting, bracketmatrix.com; twitter.com/@bracketproject.

February 25, 2022

Scotland: 2021-22 Premiership – Location-map, with: Seasons-in-1st-Division for the current 12 clubs, Scottish titles list, and 25 largest Metro-areas and Localities in Scotland listed.

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Scotland: 2021-22 Premiership – Location-map, with Seasons-in-1st-Division for the current 12 clubs & Scottish titles list




By Bill Turianski on the 25th of February 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2021–22 Scottish Premiership (en.wikipedia.org).
-Premiership table, fixtures, results, attendance, teams, etc…Premiership [2021-22] (soccerway.com).
-BBC/Sport, bbc.com/Scottish Football.
-BBC Radio Scotland podcast, Off the Ball. ['The most petty and ill-informed football show on radio!', hosted by Stuart Cosgrove (journalist & St Johnstone supporter) and Tam Cowan (journalist & Motherwell supporter).]

The map shows the locations of the 12 Scottish football clubs which are currently in the Premiership [2021-22].
The map itself is a topographical map with built-up areas shown (shown in a pale-pink colour). Included on the map are the locations of the two recently-relegated sides (Hamilton Academical & Kilmarnock), and the two recently-promoted sides (Dundee FC & Heart of Midlothian). The 25 largest metro-areas and localities in Scotland are shown on the map, and populations are listed (see Part C, below). There is one current Scottish first-division club that is from a locality that is definitely not on the list of the 25 largest, and that is Ross County FC, of Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, Highlands. Dingwall has a population of around 5,400. I noted that on the map.

The 3 accompanying charts on the map page show…
A). Seasons spent in Scottish 1st Level for the twelve current top-flight clubs. 2021-22 is the 125 season of the Scottish top flight (1890-91 to 1938-39; 1946-47 to 2021-22). With consecutive seasons in the Scottish top-flight noted. {Source: Scotland – All-Time Table (since 1890/91) [and ending at 2012-13] (rsssf.com).}
B). Scottish football titles list (1890-91 to 1938-39; 1946-47 to 2020-21). {Source: List of Scottish football champions/Total titles won (en.wikipedia.org).}
C). Scotland (UK): Population Figures – Largest 25 Metropolitan Areas & Localities (with SPFL Football Clubs in those locations shown). In Scotland, a Locality is defined as a populated area composed of contiguous postcodes with populations of at least 500 {see third link below}. The chart is on the map-page, and also shown below…
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Credits above – Chart by billsportsmaps.com; data sources: Scotland; List of metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom (ipfs.io); List of towns and cities in Scotland by population [by Locality] (en.wikipedia.org).




As of the 25th of Friday, February 2022…{Premiership table.}
This season is shaping up to be the first real Old Firm title race in over a decade (since 2010-11). After 27 matches, Celtic leads reigning champions Rangers by 3 points. Celtic have won 7 straight league matches, and overtook Rangers on the 2nd of February, when they beat them 3-0 at Celtic Park.

Right now, most clubs have 6 matches to go, before the split-season 2nd Phase begins in mid-April, following the 33rd matchday. Other clubs vying for a spot in Europe next season are the recently-promoted Hearts, who are in 3rd place, and a whole bunch of teams competing for the 4th-place spot. Six different teams could reasonably finish in 4th (Hibernian, Dundee United, Motherwell, St Mirren, Aberdeen, Livingston).

If the season were to end right now, the relegated team would be the recently-promoted Dundee FC, while the second-from-last-place team would be St Johnstone. If St Johnstone remains in that position, they would have to play in the promotion/relegation play-off, versus a 2nd tier side. Which is quite a come-down for the club, after their achievements in 2020-21, when St Johnstone became the first team outside of the Old Firm to win a Cup Double since Aberdeen, in 1990.

Currently in first place in the 2nd tier (the Scottish Championship), is Arbroath FC, who are located in Arbroath, just up the coast from Dundee (about 17 miles by road). Arbroath have not been in the Scottish first division in 47 years (not since 1975), and have played 9 top-flight seasons. This post I made two years ago has a feature on Arbroath…{Scotland 2019-20 map & chart, featuring 3 Scottish clubs that have recently started drawing above 1,000-per-game (Arbroath, Alloa Athletic, Airdrieonians).}.




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Credits:
Sources for charts:
-Seasons in Scottish 1st Level, Scotland – All-Time Table (since 1890/91) [and ending at 2012-13] (rsssf.com).
-List of Scottish football champions;
-Population figures:
-Scotland;
-List of metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom;
-List of towns and cities in Scotland by population (en.wikipedia.org).

-Thanks to Demis.nl, for images which allowed me to stitch together the blank topographic map of Scotland, at {via Demis Web Map Server}.
-Thanks to maiz at File:Scotland in the UK and Europe.svg (en.wikipedia.org).
-Thanks to RSSSF.com, rsssf.com/tabless/scotalltime.html.
-Thanks to the contributors at Scottish Premiership (en.wikipedia.org).

February 8, 2022

2022 Copa Libertadores: location-map for the 47-team tournament, with Club Histories (Libertadores appearances & titles listed).

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2022 Copa Libertadores: location-map for the 47-team tournament, with Club Histories (Libertadores appearances & titles listed)




By Bill Turianski on the 8th of February 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2022 Copa Libertadores (en.wikipedia.org).
-Summary: results, fixtures, standings (flashscore.co.uk).
-espn.com/[libertadores].

This map includes the Preliminary-Stage teams: there are 19 preliminary-stage teams…and only four of those 19 teams will advance to the Group Stage. (Note: the 19 preliminary clubs are shown in italics, on the teams-by-country lists.)
Schedule
-The first of 3 Preliminary stages start on 8th & 9th February {2022 Copa Libertadores, Qualifying stages (en.wikipedia.org)}.
-The Group Stage starts on 5th-through-7th April. The draw for the Group Stage is on the 23rd of March. {2022 Copa Libertadores, Group Stage (en.wikipedia.org)}.

Qualified teams by country:
•Brazil has 9 teams (7 + Copa Libertadores holder + Copa Sudamericana holder).
•Argentina has 6 teams.
•The eight other countries all have 4 teams each, in the tournament (Uruguay, Colombia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela).

(Note: Copa Libertadores winner of the 2021 tournament – and repeat champions – was Palmeiras, of São Paulo, Brazil. Copa Sudamericana winner of the 2021 tournament was Athletico Paranaense, of Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.)




    Cities with teams in 2022 Copa Libertadores

This is the first time on one of my Copa Libertadores maps that I have included a chart which shows all the cities with teams in the tournament, and their populations. The chart below is the same one that is at the top-centre of the map-page. It includes the ten largest metropolitan areas in South America (eight of which have teams in the 2022 Copa Libertadores). The list then shows all the other top-50-largest metro-areas in South America with Libertadores teams this year. And then the list shows the other metro-areas with Libertadores teams this year.
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Cities with teams in 2022 Copa Libertadores: Metropolitan-area figures for 50 largest South American cities [from 2015] at: List of South American metropolitan areas by population (en.wikipedia.org). Population figures for other cities with teams in tournament can be found at: each city’s en.wikipedia page.



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Thanks to all at the links below
-Globe-map of South America by Luan at File:South America (orthographic projection).svg (en.wikipedia.org/[South America]).
-Blank map of South America by Anbans 585 at File:CONMEBOL laea location map without rivers.svg (en.wikipedia.org/[2018 Copa Libertadores]).
-Populations…Cities with teams in 2022 Copa Libertadores: Metropolitan-area figures for 50 largest South American cities from 2015 at: List of South American metropolitan areas by population (en.wikipedia.org). & Population figures for other cities with teams in tournament at: each city’s en.wikipedia page.
-2022 Copa Libertadores (en.wikipedia.org).
-Copa Libertadores 1960-2019 Club Histories (rsssf.com).
-Libertadores titles list {en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_Libertadores#Performances_by_club}.

January 30, 2022

2021-22 FA Cup, 4th Round: Location-map, with fixtures list & current home league attendances./ Plus, the biggest upset in the 3rd Round: Kidderminster 2-1 Reading.

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2021-22 FA Cup, 4th Round: Location-map, with fixtures list & current home league attendances



By Bill Turianski on the 30th of January 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-The competition…FA Cup (en.wikipedia.org).
-BBC’s page on the competition…
bbc.com/fa-cup.

The biggest upset in the 3rd Round: Kidderminster 2-1 Reading.
6th-division side Kidderminster Harriers (of Worcestershire) defeated 2nd division side Reading. At kick-off, Kidderminster were 5th in the National League North [#120 in the League pyramid; although normally that would be #121, but there are only 23, and not 24, teams in the 5th division this season]. Reading were in 21st place in the EFL Championship [#41 in the League pyramid]. So the difference between Kidderminster and Reading was 4 League-levels and 79 league-places. Kidderminster, as of Monday the 31st of January, sit 3rd in the National League North, 7 points behind leaders Gateshead (but with a game in hand).
-From theguardian.com/football, Kidderminster’s Amari Morgan-Smith stuns Reading to pull off FA Cup upset (by Peter Lansley on 8 Jan 2022).

(The second-biggest upset in the 3rd Round was 4th tier side Hartlepool United 2-1 over 2nd division side Blackpool: which was a difference of 2 League-levels and 52 league-places.)

(The third-biggest upset in the 3rd Round was 3rd tier side Cambridge United 1-0 over Premier League side Newcastle United: which was a difference of 2 League-levels and 41 league-places.)

Below: Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 Reading – 6th tier side Kidderminster beats 2nd division side Reading…
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Photo and Image credits above -Aggborough (aerial shot), photo unattributed at footballtripper.com. -Interior shot of Aggborough (South Stand), photo by Philip DeVere at google.com/maps. -Kidderminster Harriers’ manager Russell Penn, photo by Barrington Coombs/PA Images via gettyimages.ae. -The two Kidderminster goals (Sam Austin 69′; Amari Morgan-Smith, 82′): screenshots from video uploaded by The Emirates FA Cup at youtube.com. -Pitch invasion, screenshot from video uploaded by The Emirates FA Cup at youtube.com.



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Sources…
Thanks to all, at the links below…
-Blank map of English Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Counties, by Nilfanion, at File:English metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties 2010.svg (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Blank relief map of Greater London, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater London UK relief location map.jpg.
-Blank relief map of Greater Manchester, by Nilfanion (using Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater Manchester UK relief location map.jpg.
-Fixtures list: screenshot from bbc.com/fa-cup.
Attendance figures…
-Soccerway.com/[Premier League].
-Kidderminster attendance 2014-15 to 2019-20, from nonleaguematters.co.uk/divisions/2.

January 17, 2022

Spain: 2021-22 La Liga – Location-map, with Seasons-in-1st-Division for the current 20 clubs & Spanish titles list.

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Spain: 2021-22 La Liga – Location-map, with Seasons-in-1st-Division for the current 20 clubs & Spanish Titles list



By Bill Turianski on the 17th of January 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2021-22 La Liga (en.wikipedia.org).
-La Liga – Summary: matches, table, players, etc. (soccerway.com).
-Sid Lowe at theguardian.com/football [Spanish football coverage] (theguardian.com/profile/sidlowe).

The map shows the twenty clubs in the current season of the Spanish La Liga [2021-22].
The map features the locations and crests of the 20 current La Liga clubs. Plus, the recently-promoted and -relegated teams are noted. (Promoted in 2021: Espanyol, Mallorca, Rayo Vallecano; relegated in 2021: Eibar, Valladolid, Huesca).

The 17 Autonomous Communities of Spain are shown {Autonomous communities of Spain} (en.wikipedia.org).

Also shown on the map are the 20 largest Spanish metropolitan areas.
{source: Largest metropolitan areas in Spain (2018 European Spatial Planning Observation Network figures) (en.wikipedia.org)}. Those 20 largest Spanish metro-areas, with their 2018 population estimates, are listed at the top-centre of the map-page.

On the main map of Mainland Spain and on the inset-map showing the Canary Islands, those 20 metro-areas are shown via circles which denote the city-centre. In some cases, there is more than one city-centre for the metro-area (as with Oviedo–Gijón–Avilés up in the north of Spain; and as with both Murcia–Orihuela and with Alicante–Elche in the south of Spain).

There are two charts on the right-hand side of the map page .
One chart shows Seasons-in-1st-Division [current clubs]. (2021-22 is the 91st season of La Liga.) The second chart is the All-time Spanish professional titles list (1929 to 2020-21).

Currently [17 January 2022], after 20 or 21 matches, and with ~52-to-55% of the 2021-22 season played, Real Madrid leads the league by 5 points over Sevilla, although Sevilla has one game in hand. Third place is Real Betis, stuck 15 points behind Real Madrid, so it looks like only Sevilla has a chance to catch los Blancos (the Whites).

If the season were ended right now, the four Champions League spots would go to Real Madrid, Sevilla, Betis, and reigning champions Atlético Madrid. The remaining lower-tier-European places would go to the current #5 and #6-place teams: Real Sociedad and the still-imploding Barcelona.

There are several others who could challenge for a spot in Europe next season, including recently-promoted dark-horses Rayo Vallecano (of Vallecas, a working-class neighborhood on the south-east side of Madrid). Current relegation-zone dwellers are: Alavés, Cádiz, and Levante.
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Thanks to all at the following links
-Blank map of Spain, by NordNordWest at File:Spain location map.svg;
-Globe-map of Spain, by Rob984 at File:EU-Spain (orthographic projection).svg;
-Map of the Community of Madrid, by Miguillen at File:Spain Madrid location map.svg (en.wikipedia.org).
-Map of Canary Islands, by Miguillen at File:Canarias-loc.svg (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Largest metropolitan areas in Spain (2018 European Spatial Planning Observation Network figures) (en.wikipedia.org).
-Autonomous communities of Spain;
-List of metropolitan areas in Spain (en.wikipedia.org).

January 5, 2022

2021-22 FA Cup, 3rd Round: Location-map, with fixtures list & current home league attendances.

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2021-22 FA Cup, 3rd Round: Location-map, with fixtures & current home league attendances



By Bill Turianski on the 5th of January 2022; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-The competition…FA Cup (en.wikipedia.org).
-BBC’s page on the competition…
bbc.com/fa-cup.


Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, there will be no more re-plays in the tournament this season. Matches will be decided on the match-day, with aet and penalty-kicks used, if necessary. Of the four non-League clubs still alive in the tournament, the lowest-placed team is Kidderminster Harriers (of Worcestershire), who are a 6th-level side in the National League North. But Kidderminster’s home match versus Reading will not be televised. The only non-League sides involved in a televised match are Chesterfield (away v Chelsea), and Yeovil Town (home v Bournemouth). {Televised matches.}
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Sources…
Thanks to all, at the links below…
-Blank map of English Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Counties, by Nilfanion, at File:English metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties 2010.svg (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Blank relief map of Greater London, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater London UK relief location map.jpg.
-Blank relief map of Greater Manchester, by Nilfanion (using Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater Manchester UK relief location map.jpg.
-Fixtures list: screenshot from bbc.com/fa-cup.
Attendance figures…
-Soccerway.com/[Premier League].

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