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Author Archives: Aram Gyan

6 Statues Celebrate Most Infamous Moments in English Football [PHOTOS]

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“It is an ode to defeat” is how the organizer of an art exhibit at Paris’ Pompidou Center describes a recently-unveiled statue of Zinedine Zidane. The 16-foot work, by artist Adel Abdessemed, is unusual in that it doesn’t show Zizou … Continue reading

What UEFA Needs To Do To Change Its World Cup Qualification Process

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When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, there were 32 countries in UEFA, up only seven from the 25 that founded Europe’s governing body for football in 1954. The winds of change that would spur the Scorpions to lay down their … Continue reading

Is Rio Ferdinand Too Old to Continue Playing for Manchester United?

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It was nearly two years ago when Welsh wonder wizard Gareth Bale gave the White Hart Lane faithful one of their greatest international nights. His speed, flair, and precision fueled a 3-1 evisceration of Inter Milan in their Champions League … Continue reading

After Being Burned Out On A Summer Of Soccer, the EPL Pulls Me Right Back In

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“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” -Michael Corleone This has been the endless summer of soccer. The opening rounds of Euro 2012 brought pulse-pounding games almost every day before culminating in Spain’s crowning. Soon … Continue reading

Man City Makes Player Statistics Data Available To Public; Small Step Towards Stat-Nerd Nirvana

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Manchester City, champions of England, have launched a fantastic new feature that allows fans free access to advanced player statistics. By registering here, soccer fans will be able to go beyond mere goals scored and into the kind detailed data … Continue reading

USA Women’s Soccer Team Beats Canada To Reach Olympic Games Final

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Old Trafford, the home of English football’s most crowned champions, hosted the most decorated team in women’s soccer Monday in an Olympic semi-final against Canada. Alex Morgan’s 123rd minute header sealed a surreal American triumph and turned the Theatre of … Continue reading

The Best Football Shirts of Euro 2012

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Spain reigned supreme on the pitch, but which nation stole the sartorial show? Euro 2012 was a tame tourney for football kits when compared to some of the shock shirts of years past, but still had its fair share of … Continue reading

Who Scored the Best Goal of Euro 2012? [POLL]

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Goals in football are as few and precious as the days of summer. The sizzlers of Euro 2012 rank up there with the most sumptuous scores in the grand history of this great game. Here are five worthy candidates for … Continue reading

The Joy Of Watching Euro 2012 On TV, Alone

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We American soccer fans know all about watching matches alone. On the west coast, we stumble through the cold pre-dawn darkness to our couches, desperate for coffee, slightly delirious, and droopy-eyed, just to catch the first broadcast match each Saturday. … Continue reading

Swedish Newspapers’ Hubris in Predicting Big Swedish Win Over England

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How boring would sports be without hubris and schadenfreude? In advance of Friday’s match with England, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet gazed deep into its crystal ball and predicted England’s riotous tabloids, including the Sun, the Daily Mirror, and the Daily Mail, … Continue reading

Older Players Still Getting It Done at Euro 2012

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More than ever, football is a young man’s game. Today’s footballer plays more competitive matches than his forebears; league seasons have stayed the same length, but tournaments have bloated in size. Consider that it took Liverpool only nine games to … Continue reading

Michael Ballack Makes ESPN’s Analysis Must-See TV

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As debates go, it wasn’t quite Lincoln versus Douglas, or even Frank the Tank versus James Carville, but Michael Ballack and Alexei Lalas went at it after England drew France on Monday. Like the match itself, it was a contrast of … Continue reading

Chelsea Loses Battersea Bid: It’s Not Easy Finding A New Home for Premier League Clubs

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First, it was imposing the colour red on 103-year old Cardiff City’s home strip, then it was trumping Chelsea for the right to re-develop London’s iconic Battersea Power Station – – – Malaysian money gets what it wants. Chelsea’s current … Continue reading

Why Roberto Di Matteo Should Walk Away From Chelsea Football Club

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Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, fresh off a club-unprecedented FA Cup and Champions League double, will soon take a well-deserved vacation with his family in the Caribbean. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has yet to offer the man who has … Continue reading

Which of the Following Champions League Final Triumphs Was The Best Yet?

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When Manchester United strode out onto the Camp Nou pitch on May 26, 1999 to contest the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, it was the first appearance by an English club in the competition’s final since the Heysel tragedy … Continue reading

Will non-Chelsea Fans Put Aside Partisanship and Choose an English Club over Bayern Munich?

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In American college football, the Southeastern Conference has some of the fiercest and most legendary rivalries in the land;  fueled by factors familiar to the Premier League – proximity, history, regional pride, high stakes, top talent, and, above all, passionate … Continue reading

8 Must-See Soccer Matches On TV To Keep You Entertained Until Euro 2012 Arrives

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Millions of viewers around the world tuned into the final moments of the Premier League season last Sunday, resulting in ecstasy for some, agony for others and astonishment from all. But whether you’re a lifelong supporter or newly hooked to … Continue reading

US Overreacts to U-23 USMNT Olympic Qualification Defeat

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The dust has settled, the bitter acrimony has crested and now it is time for perspective. The United States will not be going to the London Summer Olympics. Neither will France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Australia, the … Continue reading