Milan v. Manchester – Champions League Round of 16
Milan v. Manchester – Champions League Round of 16

To me, the first half had three major themes. First, Nani wasting cross after cross, either sending them directly at Dida, or shockingly wide. Second, Beckham was largely absent from the first half, never doing anything dangerous. Third, if Beckham was “largely” absent, was Pirlo “utterly” absent? “Completely” absent? “Altogether” absent? “Fully” absent? I am not sure he had a touch in the first half.

Fever Pitch
Fever Pitch

Many of you may have already seen this movie, or read the book on which it was based. I recently re-watched Fever Pitch again for the first time in a few years. It’s a movie that, at the heart of it, tells the story of the childlike enthusiasm the protagonist […]

Looking for Eric
Looking for Eric

I just stumbled across this trailer for “Looking for Eric”, the 2009 film directed by Ken Loach. The film opened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and was released across Europe throughout last year. So far, there are no US DVD (Region 1) release dates. It looks like a good […]

Juventus/Livorno Serie A Matchday 4
Juventus/Livorno Serie A Matchday 4

I am really curious about the Livorno players’ high jersey numbers.  They started with only Nico Pulzetti sporting a single digit number.  It reminded me of a spring training baseball team loaded with minor leaguers trying to make the big squad.  The game featured lots of end to end action […]

Matchday 1 – Marseille/Milan
Matchday 1 – Marseille/Milan

Fox Soccer’s coverage of the Champions League games is something to behold. No longer are we tied to ESPN’s choice of which game we are allowed to watch. 10 of this week’s 16 matches are available either live or on a delay. That is unbelievable, and a massive step forward. […]

Lazio/Juve
Lazio/Juve

Looking at the Serie A table going into last weekend, the Lazio/Juventus matchup presented the most promise.  Each team had won its first two games.  Would this game produce beautiful, flowing football that might serve to entice a Serie A neophyte?  In a word, no. The first half was almost […]

Serie A – Week 2
Serie A – Week 2

Milan vs. Inter Could the Derby della Madonnina, the first big derby of the 09-10 season in any European league, live up to the hype? Inter came into the game favorites to win the scudetto after mostly adding to the squad that has won the Serie A four years running. […]