The Champions League quarter-finals take place next week and the draw for the semi-finals has already been made so each team knows their potential route to the final in June. Six of the eight remaining teams hail from England and Spain – three each – with one German and one Portuguese side also among the quarter-finalists.
It is safe to say that 2022 has already been an interesting year for sports, with Tom Brady’s retirement and surprise return one of the highlights as he plans a famous sporting comeback. Six weeks after announcing that he was finally quitting the NFL at the age of 44, the last ball he threw was purchased at auction for over half a million dollars.
The Canada men’s soccer team rose to 33rd in the FIFA World Rankings in February 2022, which is their highest-ever placing since the rankings were established 30 years ago in 1992. However, to truly appreciate the significance of the current team’s achievement we can look back further using another system: the World Football Elo Ratings.