Author Archives: Alex Baker

Giuseppe Rossi, Fiorentina, Italy, the USA and What Might Have Been

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It’s been a good week for Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi. He played in yesterday’s 2-0 away win against AC Milan. And, while his team lost midweek, he scored from the penalty spot Wednesday, giving his side its only goal in … Continue reading

Competition from Edinson Cavani Pushes Zlatan Ibrahimovic Towards His Best

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Edinson Cavani’s move to from Napoli to Paris St. Germain was one of the surprise moves of last summer’s transfer window. The Parisians, after all, already had a world-class striker in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Having the two of them in the … Continue reading

Romelu Lukaku: “I Want to Score More Goals Than The Strikers of Chelsea”

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Last week, when queried about Romelu Lukaku’s success on loan to Everton this season, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho replied, “It is one thing to play for Everton, another to play for Chelsea.” But surely a goal against Manchester City is … Continue reading

Manchester United’s Loss is Our Gain: Sir Alex’s Departure Has Delightfully Destabilized the Premier League

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It’s now seven rounds into the new Premier League season, and with the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson from his longstanding position as manager, Manchester United are currently experiencing their worse start to a campaign since 1989. United lost again … Continue reading

With Momentum On Their Side, It’s Time to Start Taking Arsenal More Seriously

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It’s been relatively easy for many to discount Arsenal’s excellent start to their Premier League campaign. After all, they lost their first game, the table they currently sit atop is still somewhat topsy-turvy, and consider the relative quality of their … Continue reading

A Tale Of Two Clubs: How Ajax Are In Decline While Barcelona Continue Their Rise

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AFC Ajax and FC Barcelona — has there ever been a pair of clubs, not from the same country, whose legacies and histories are so intertwined? Ajax, the Dutch masters of the 1970s, the team that invented Total Football and … Continue reading

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Omar Gonzalez Demonstrates His Worth as a Designated Player at LA Galaxy

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Following the departure of David Beckham at the close of last season’s successful MLS Cup run-in, speculation was rife in the U.S. soccer world about who would take the former England captain’s place at the LA Galaxy. Beckham, along with … Continue reading