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Did you know that “paprika” means “a pre-match bribe?” You would if you were recently convicted of rigging soccer matches in Croatia and Turkey.
Police wiretaps revealed the bad guys used terms related to food, cars and construction when discussing how to fix matches. Check out Sports Illustrated’s story for more terms of endearment.
Back in the day–defined, in this case, as circa 1977-1981–the New York Cosmos played before 30,000+ fans for 70 consecutive home matches. Since midway through their inaugural 2009 season, the Seattle Sounders have tallied 61 consecutive matches drawing crowds of 30,000+ fans. (When their stadium first opened, it was limited to a seating capacity of 29,000.)
If things continue as such, their streak will reach 70 at a July 20 game against Colorado and then 71 at a July 28 game against Chivas.
Pretty impressive stuff. For more Sounders-vs-Cosmos attendance facts and figures, check out Roger Allaway’s full blog post. If you’d like to simply pick up a Seattle Sounders pin or pin of any MLS soccer team, well, just click the link!
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