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Mutu’s Multi-Million Dollar Question

  Sacked former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu is on the verge of bankruptcy and retirement from football after the well-documented verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The disgraced darling of Romanian football, currently plying his trade at Serie A club Fiorentina, has been ordered to pay $23.7 million […]

Mr Wenger’s One-man Fight Against Anti-Football

I found myself pondering Arsene Wenger’s accusations of Sir Alex and United employing “Anti-Football”. I’ve always been bemused by that term. Here are my (somewhat wandering) thoughts on the matter. What is this “Anti-Football”? Is it the opposite of the legendary Dutch concept of Total Football? Can we establish a […]

Questions Please For The Guardian’s Barney Ronay

Barney Ronay will be a future guest on the EPL Talk Podcast. Best known to readers as a writer for The Guardian as well as a regular guest on The Guardian’s Football Weekly Podcast, Ronay has written a new book entitled “The Manager.” The book takes the reader beyond the well-worn […]

MLS TV Ratings Are Doomed Because Of Euro Football

TV ratings for Major League Soccer in the United States are doomed. Why? Because most soccer fans such as ourselves have been programmed to watch European football. Let me explain. On a typical weekend or weekday, European football matches kick off in the morning or mid-afternoon. So, with our DVRs […]

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Could a hybrid promotion/relegation system work in US soccer?; By Kartik Krishnaiyer

The discussion around promotion and relegation, and the potential of it being implemented in the US/Canadian leagues has grown in scope and intensity over the last few years. One camp of fans and analysts clearly state that American sporting culture is different than what we see in Europe or South America, […]

Vincent Kompany’s calf injury will keep him out of Belgium’s next Euro 2016 qualifiers

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told Belgium their captain Vincent Kompany will not be fit for their final Euro 2016 qualifiers. Kompany has been named in the Belgium squad for their upcoming fixtures against Andorra and Israel despite missing City’s last four games with a calf injury. The 29-year-old has also […]

Mourinho stands by Diego Costa and names him ‘man of the match’ against Arsenal

Jose Mourinho issued a robust and colorful defense of Diego Costa following Chelsea's 2-0 defeat of Arsenal. Here Press Association Sport describes the exchange with journalists in Mourinho's post-match media conference. Journalist: Arsene Wenger says Diego Costa deserved a red card – did he? Jose Mourinho: My view is this. […]

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Jordan Ayew has the hard task of replacing Christian Benteke

When a soccer legend is your dad and big brother is the future captain of Ghana’s national team, people expect big things from you. Now combine that with having to replace Christian Benteke’s 42 league goals scored in the past three seasons and there’s a lot of pressure on Jordan […]

Ruining football with Financial Fair Play

There isn’t a better way of killing football aspiration and competition than financial fair play regulations. With the implementation of FFP regulations, a level playing field will cease to exist. UEFA is leading us into a blind alley with its claim that FFP regulations will help the smaller clubs. This […]