Author Archives: Abe Asher

About Abe Asher

Abe Asher lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon. He fell in love with the intensity, stakes and spirit of football during the 2006 World Cup, especially during the Netherlands – Portugal Round of 16 game, which featured 34 yellow cards, 12 red cards, 129 screams, and 645 dives. Abe loves the Portland Timbers, and mostly tolerates his favorite European club, Chelsea FC. Abe is on Twitter @AbesWorldSports.

Report Card for Premier League Managers, 2012-2013 Season

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Now that the 2012-13 Premier League season is over, it’s time to grade the performances this season by the Premier League managers. Like a regular school report card, if a manager receives a grade worse than a C-, then that … Continue reading

If Ever A 34-Year-Old Deserved a One-Year Contract Extension, Frank Lampard Is It

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On Wednesday, Chelsea won the Europa League Final, beating Benfica in the Amsterdam Arena for a second European crown in two years. In itself, that feat is outstanding, and the final was thrilling, but when you consider that Chelsea had … Continue reading

With David Moyes In Charge, Manchester United Are Carrying On In Sir Alex Ferguson’s Image

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I’d like to be one of many, many people to thank Sir Alex Ferguson today. When I first started following the Premier League five years ago, it was Ferguson more than any other man who hooked me. The man was … Continue reading

FA Cup Final Gives Roberto Martinez A Chance to Shine For Everton And Other Suitors

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On Saturday, Wigan will contest their first ever FA Cup Final at Wembley. The game will provide a pleasant distraction from the club’s increasingly dire fight against relegation – a fight which Wigan has won the last three years by … Continue reading

When Mourinho Returns to Chelsea, So Will The Power Struggle

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Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

Jose Mourinho was easing into the philosophical, waxing about “being where people love him” until he was rudely cut off by ITV’s unfortunate interviewer. Mourinho is not often cut off in press conferences – especially when it’s the English media … Continue reading

Why Carlo Ancelotti Would Be a Perfect Replacement for Roberto Mancini As Manchester City Manager

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Roberto Mancini has had a fantastic run at Manchester City, which isn’t surprising because Roberto Mancini is an accomplished manager. Four league titles in just under a decade of management at the top of European football will attest to that. … Continue reading

Arsenal Are Overachieving, And That’s Exactly Their Problem

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Another season is coming down the home stretch, and once again Arsenal are overachieving. Yes, Arsenal are overachieving. The Gunners are gunning for the Champions League places with a puncher’s chance at third, and a realistic shot at fourth. Arsenal … Continue reading

Liverpool Football Club Outline The Case For Being Cheap

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Brendan Rodgers’ return to Reading last week with Liverpool was a frustrating 0-0 draw, in a game that made more headlines for the traveling supporters’ admonishment of Margaret Thatcher than any action on the pitch. With five games to go … Continue reading

Why Jose Mourinho Is The Only Manager to Save Fernando Torres

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Fernando Torres has, once again, found some form. So once again, the whispers start. Is he back? Has 2008 Fernando Torres, with flying hair, lightning pace, and deadly finishing ability, returned for good? We should know better. We’ve only played … Continue reading