Greg Bortkiewicz

An Englishman in America; live, breathe, eat and sleep football (soccer); huge Arsenal fan but follower of the beautiful game throughout the world; enjoy awkward British humour; love my tea with milk and sugar, Redditor; adopted Brightonian

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Instagram engagement outstripping Facebook and Twitter

In-depth Instagram metrics are notoriously hard to come by, so we owe thanks to social media analytics company Quintly, who studied a range of Instagram accounts for the first quarter of 2015 and have made some interesting findings.
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Twitter Documents Global Premier League Support

Twitter has delighted us today by sharing a set of interactive maps that detail the support for Premier League clubs around the world. The maps show which teams enjoy the most support in each country – see who comes out on top in the US!
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How to best use Facebook’s interest targeting

Back in December, Facebook added a new targeting feature, a nice freebie for all pages. We’ve got the lowdown on how you can use this feature to your advantage.
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Soccer Insights – April Vol. 1

Manchester United claim the derby day spoils, bankrupt Parma stun Juventus, and PSG retain their League Cup title. Let’s check in on Europe’s top leagues as they enter the final stretch!
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Five Reasons Why ‘El Clasico’ is the Biggest Game in the World of Football

This match is so much more than a simple league game. From the political background to the current battle of the brands, here are five reason why El Clasico brings the footballing world to a standstill.
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Soccer Insights March Vol. 3

Zlatan steals the headlines following an extraordinary outburst, Bayern and Juventus march towards their respective titles, and Spain’s big two warm up for El Clasico with victories.
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Soccer Insights – March Vol. 2

Arsenal condemned Manchester United to a second consecutive season without a trophy, Barcelona took over top spot in La Liga and the new MLS season got underway.
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Soccer Insights – March Vol. 1

Chelsea grabbed the first piece of silverware available in England, Real Madrid dropped crucial points in the race for La Liga, and Borussia Dortmund continued their resurgence. We’ve got all the latest in this week’s Soccer Insights!
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Soccer Insights Feb Vol. 4

Drama at Stamford Bridge upsets Jose Mourinho, Barcelona suffer a shock defeat, a goalkeeper scores in the Bundesliga, and Parma may not exist by the end of the season – just another week of European football!
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FIFA expected to confirm winter World Cup for Qatar 2022

Reports are circulating that sometime within the next month FIFA will confirm Qatar as the host for the 2022 World Cup, and that the tournament will take place in November and December instead of June and July. This will not go down well with European leagues and teams.
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Soccer Insights Feb Vol. 3

The FA Cup delivered another set of upsets, Leo Messi broke more records and Bayern prepared for the Champions League last-16 by knocking eight (8!) past hapless Hamburg.
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Burnley richer than Ajax? Premier League seals record TV deal.

The English Premier League yesterday sealed a record-breaking new TV deal, with Sky and BT Sport agreeing to pay an eye-watering £5.136 billion ($7.83 billion) for live Premier League rights for three seasons, starting in 2016/17. At first glance this might appear to be great news (after all, it is a 70% increase on the current deal), but it also generates a lot of talking points about subjects such as scheduling of games, ticket prices, grassroots football, the England national team and financial fair play (FFP).
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Soccer Insights Feb Vol. 2

Derby day humiliation for Real Madrid, a rare win for Borussia Dortmund and both Manchester clubs use their get-out-of-jail cards. It was another great weekend of football action across Europe!
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Soccer Insights – Feb Vol. 1

There was a top of the table clash in the Premier League, the Bundesliga finally returned after the long winter break, and as always there are plenty of talking points from the biggest leagues in Europe!
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Soccer Insights – Jan Vol. 4

The FA Cup saw one of its greatest weekends in recent history, Ronaldo got sent off for Real Madrid, and things keep getting worse for Milan’s two historic clubs. It was another fantastic week of action across Europe!
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Soccer Insights – Jan Vol. 3

Arsenal spring a surprise, Messi and Ronaldo score five goals between them, the fall of Milan continues and Lyon set the pace in Ligue 1. Catch up on the latest from Europe’s biggest leagues!
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Soccer Insights – Jan Vol. 2

With the exception of the Bundesliga, all major European leagues are back following the winter break and there were plenty of big games, surprise results and stunning goals for fans to enjoy. Not to mention a selfie celebration from Francesco Totti!
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What impact could Ronaldo have on MLS?

Should Ronaldo join MLS in 2018 as his agent hinted earlier this week, his impact could be similar to that of David Beckham when he joined the Galaxy in 2006.
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Soccer Insights Jan Vol. 1

The first weekend of the New Year in England is FA Cup third round day, when the teams from the Premier League and the Championship enter the competition. Meanwhile, La Liga was the first of the European leagues to resume after the winter break.
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Soccer Insights – Premier League mid-season review

With each team having played 19 matches, it’s the halfway point of the Premier League season. With that in mind, let’s review the fortunes of each team so far.
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Soccer Insights – Dec Vol. 4

A final round-up from 2014 as teams across Continental Europe shuffle for position ahead of the winter break, while the Premier League prepares for the busiest part of the season.
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Thierry Henry Announces Retirement

Today is a sad day for football, as legendary striker Thierry Henry announced his retirement from the game. In a career spanning 20 years, Henry played for Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls.
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Soccer Insights – Dec Vol. 3

The Premier League prepares for the hectic Christmas schedule as other European leagues approach the winter break, Liga MX reaches a conclusion and the Champions League last-16 draw has taken place – all in this weeks round-up.
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Soccer Insights – Dec Vol. 2

Football is really heating up as we enter the festive season. Whilst some teams look for position ahead of the winter break, in England the games keep coming thick and fast. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, the Liga MX and MLS seasons are reaching their conclusions.
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Soccer Insights – Dec Vol. 1

Another action-packed week brought with it plenty of goals, shocks and big stories, while the Liga MX and MLS play-offs are reaching their conclusion. Let’s take a look back at the past seven days.
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Soccer Insights – Nov Vol. 4

With the final international break of 2014 done and dusted, club football returned this weekend to the delight of fans everywhere (unless your team lost!). Let’s take a look at the major stories and talking points from the latest round of fixtures in Europe, Mexico and the US.
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Soccer Insights – Nov Vol 3

Football has just completed its final international break of 2014, with a mix of friendlies and Euro 2016 qualifiers. We’ll take a look at which teams finished the year on a high, and which teams will be glad to see the back of 2014.
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FIFA report into corruption questioned by lawyer who led investigation

Two years ago, FIFA commissioned former US federal prosecutor Michael Garcia to conduct an inquiry into claims of corruption during the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. After releasing the report today, FIFA triumphantly claimed that provided “closure” over the bidding process. However, within hours Garcia stated that the report “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations”.
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Soccer Insights – Nov Vol. 2

With another international break on the horizon it was an important week for all leagues around the world as clubs looked to go into the break on a high note.
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Is #CowboysUK an epic fail or a social media masterstroke?

At the beginning of the week, the Cowboys unveiled the Twitter hashtag they would be using for their London game – #CowboysUK. This has caused quite a lot of mirth in the online community, but is this really such a cut-and-dried case of a social media fail?
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Soccer Insights – Nov Vol. 1

A popular cliché among managers is to judge them after a quarter of the season. Well, we have reached that stage in many leagues now, so let the judging commence!
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Soccer Insights – Oct Vol. 4

The European leagues are starting to take shape as the MLS season reaches the play-off stage; plenty of interesting scorelines and stories in the latest edition of soccer insights.
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New York Cosmos Reportedly Close to Signing Raul

New York City could soon be home to another footballing star, with the news that Real Madrid and Spain legend Raul is close to joining New York Cosmos.
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Soccer Insights – October Vol. 3

League football made a welcome return this week following the international break, and brought with it plenty of exciting games and great goals. Here is a round-up from the biggest leagues around the world and the major stories from the weekend.
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Soccer Insights – October Vol. 2

The second international break of the season has thrown up plenty of big stories and surprise results; here is a round-up of the major talking points, featuring Landon Donovan’s final game for Team USA, a win for Brazil over rivals Argentina, shock defeats for Spain, Germany and Netherlands in Euro 2016 qualifying, and more
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La Liga Clubs Strike ‘Sockatyes’ Deal

This weekend Atletico Madrid will be the first of 13 La Liga teams to play wearing ‘Sockatyes’, an elastic strap to be worn around the leg. But does this have any benefits for the wearer, or is it just another way for clubs to increase sponsorship revenue?
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UEFA Confirms Champions League Seedings Revamp

UEFA has confirmed that the seedings for the Champions League group stage will change from next season
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Soccer Insights – October Vol. 1

Following a very busy weekend of football across Europe and America, here are the results, tables and main talking points from the biggest leagues.
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Is Ello the new Facebook?

New social media network Ello has made a big splash in the past couple of weeks, with its founder Paul Budnitz claiming that they are receiving thousands of requests per hour to join. But will it become a serious rival to Facebook? Ello has been dubbed the “anti-Facebook” because of their commitment to remain ad-free. They lay out their manifesto on their website, stating “Ello doesn’t sell ads. Nor do we sell data about you to third parties”. Despite seemingly presenting themselves as an alternative to Facebook, Budnitz told the BBC “We don’t consider Facebook to be a competitor. We see it as an ad platform and we are a network”. They certainly appear to be competing since Ello was launched – a large number of users to have joined so far are members of the LGBT community who are
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Top transfers from the 2014 summer transfer window

Over the past two months, the European heavyweights of soccer have been busy making the additions to their squads that could make the difference between a league title and a near-miss, between Champions League glory and cup final heartache. We take a look at 10 of the biggest transfers across Europe.
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