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  1. AHC/WI the FIFA World Cup Began Much Earlier (1800s)

    @Atzyn has a superb TL that examines how the history of the World Cup would have been if it began back in 1906 instead of 1930. Highly recommended. However, after reading it I couldn't help but ponder: What if it had begun even earlier? After all, the first international association football...
  2. Kid Charlemagne

    DBWI: MLS doesn't implement promotion and regulation

    Major League Soccer (and by extension, the United States Soccer Federation) has been one of the biggest success stories in worldwide sports over the past few decades. The momentum from hosting the 1994 World Cup carried on to the new upstart league in the United States, with the last few games...
  3. A Solution to Dissolution: If the UEFA Nations League Began in 1998

    A SOLUTION TO DISSOLUTION If the UEFA Nations League Began in 1998 By NTF aka Seb Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, UEFA sees the need to launch another international tournament to “meet the increased demands of this expanded European national team...
  4. What if the UEFA European Football Championship (Euros) Never Expanded Past Eight Teams?

    The first official competition for European football (soccer) teams was played in 1960, with four participating teams. This format remained unchanged for 20 years until the 1980 Euros, where twice as many nations played. This lasted for 12 additional years, but from 1996 onward, 16 and later 24...
  5. PakistaniGuyUK

    WI – FIFA World Cup plunged into chaos due to multiple diplomatically sensitive/problematic matches

    What if a FIFA World Cup ended up consisting of teams that normally have to be kept apart in World Cup qualifiers for political reasons? In Asia the 'problem team' is Israel. In Europe its Armenia, Azerbajian, Georgia, and Kosovo. Fifa are lucky that these smaller nations don't normally...
  6. Looper

    Greatness: A sports collaborative timeline

    Hi everybody! I finally decided to start this timeline. It is a sports collaborative starting in 1990. Feel free to post on college sports, nba, nhl, nfl, mlb, soccer, nascar, and the olympics. All I ask is you stay unpolitical. I'll kick this off, and then I and others will keep it up. Enjoy...
  7. Looper

    Greatness: A sports collaborative Timeline

    Hello everyone! I have been thinking about doing one of these collaborative timelines for a while, and I pulled the trigger. So some groundrules. 1. This starts in 1990 2. You may post on MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, soccer (european clubs or International competitions), NASCAR, olympics, or college...
  8. PakistaniGuyUK

    Soccer WI: Scotland National Football Team the most dominant among the 'Home Nations' (including non-Sporting Butterflies for this ATL Britain)

    With a population of 5m versus 50m Scotland were always realistically gonna play second fiddle to England among the Home Nations's sides. Nonetheless, as highlighted by someone on a Euros soccer thread a couple of months ago the head to heads between England and Scotland are surprisingly even...
  9. An Alternate History of FIFA, the World Cup, and International Football.
    Threadmarks: Introduction

    The year is 2018. The World Cup has been underway for the past few weeks, and it's been a very exciting tournament for all involved. Hosts Sweden are entering their home field, the Friends Arena, to face off against first-time finalists Wallonia. During the first few minutes of the match...
  10. Calcaterra

    WI: Busby dies in Munich air disaster?

    Wikipedia article For those who don't know, in 1958, virtually the entire team, along with coaches, journalists, and supporters, were on a plane out of Berlin off of a layover, as they had just eliminated Red Star Belgrade from the European Cup competition. The weather was terrible, but...
  11. The Free World Cup: What if the World Cup began in 1906?
    Threadmarks: Intro

    Imagine a world where Australia and the United States are formidable powers in international football. Imagine a world where the United Kingdom isn’t the only country with multiple teams in FIFA. Imagine a world where football is the dominant sport in India, Canada and the Caribbean. Imagine a...
  12. WI: England beat West Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi final?

    BACKGROUND With the circulation war at its most desperate, England, and particularly Robson, had been the subject of abuse from the British tabloids since losing all three games at Euro 88. “ENGLAND MUSTAFA NEW BOSS” was one Sun headline after a draw in Saudi Arabia. Then, when the tabloids...
  13. King of the Uzbeks

    Broad Stripes and Bright Stars: A Soccer/Football Timeline
    Threadmarks: Intro

    “You could honestly just have three teams in the World Cup. Whoever wins Europe, Brazil, and the United States.” - Gary Lineker “There are two types of people in Washington. The football players, who will just ram and ram into the opposition and hope it breaks. And the soccer players, who dance...
  14. Tales Weaver

    DBAHC: Screw Portsmouth FC

    Since 2003, Portsmouth FC has been strong Giant in Premier League, known for their 3 Consecutive wins in UEFA Champions League recently. Now, here is a challenge: get that team relegated to Bottom of profeesional league like Football League One or Two with PoD of 2003-2004 season.
  15. The Gentleman's Games: An alternate History of Rugby and Football

    THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONALISM IN RUGBY Part 1: The only sane choice... At the end of the 19th century, the sport of rugby was on the brink of a civil war. https://rainbowdesign.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/RFU-logo.png Founded by 22 influential clubs from Southern England on 26 January...
  16. alternate sports what if: American football banned in 1903

    hey there sports fans! so many timelines involving the USA being more interested in sports like soccer and rugby have almost the same POD: American football being banned by teddy Roosevelt in 1903. while it's all fun and dandy, not to mention very cliche...this time, let's ask ourselves the...
  17. AHC: Baseball Hooligans? Make Baseball Culture More Like Euro Soccer

    Your challenge is to create a scenario where American Baseball Culture developed in a way similar to European Football Culture. How do we get passionate grass roots fan organizations and demonstrations. This could include fan parades through the streets before games. Tifo style displays in...
  18. AHC: Make Soccer the most popular sport in the USA

    With a POD no earlier than 1900.
  19. John_Smith

    Bitter Herbs on Bitter Wounds | A One-Shot
    Threadmarks: Prologue

    "Who would've guessed a calm rainy day such as that one would result in so much putrid wickedness and destruction.“ "I expected the game to be one of continuous vexation, but what those bastards had done will never be forgiven, much less forgotten.“ "No stone was left unturned following the...
  20. What would have happened if Roberto Baggio didn't have a ACL injury?

    Would it have been possible for him to become like Pelè, go to the 1986 world cup and perhaps retire at 43 years old at the 2010 world cup? Would it have been possible?
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