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Author Archives: Aram Gyan

Lineups for Mexico vs Cameroon & Where to Watch the Game On TV

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Mexico versus Cameroon World Cup 2014 Group A

Before we get to the lineups for Cameroon vs Mexico (thanks to Miguel Herrera for already revealing the Mexico’s Starting XI last night), let’s set the scene. Betamax to VHS. The Zune to the iPod. MySpace to Facebook. Napoleon to … Continue reading

Manchester United Supporters: Do You Want to Qualify For Europa League Or Not?

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In 1558, the French drove the English from their stronghold in the city of Calais and out of continental Europe. England had held Calais and other lands in France for more than 200 years. It would be almost 200 more … Continue reading

Is MLS Heading Toward a Bubble With Plans to Expand to 24 Teams?

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MLS Expansion Debate

There’s been a lot said lately about MLS expansion, but on a recent edition of ESPNFC, analysts Taylor Twellman and Steve Nicol had a fiery exchange that distilled the MLS expansion debate right down to its essence. Lincoln v. Douglas-esque … Continue reading

Which Premier League Made the Best Manager Hire? Everton, United, Chelsea or City?

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2013-2014 Premier League New Managers Mourinho Moyes Pellegrini

A brief leadership vacuum emerged in the Premier League’s upper echelon at season’s end. But even though Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United moved swiftly to fill the void with Jose Mourinho, Roberto Martinez, Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes … Continue reading

Rejected Concepts for England’s New Home Shirt [PHOTOS]

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E pluribus unum. It’s not only the inspiration behind a totally cool country, it’s also Nike’s design process ethos. Many designs were crafted and considered before being culled down to the one chosen to be England’s new 150th anniversary kit. … Continue reading

West Ham United Set to Confirm 99-Year Lease Deal For Move to Olympic Stadium

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West Ham United have finally ironed out a deal to move into London’s Olympic Stadium come the 2016-2017 season. The deal puts an end to a stop-start struggle that has lasted almost as long as construction on the Stratford ground … Continue reading

The Premier League Bar Viewing Experience In Portland, Oregon

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A recent Sunday morning in Portland, Oregon. Early. A brief gargling with Scope does little to wash out the heavy taste of Saturday night’s Rogue Ales and Jamesons. The streets are as deserted as those in The Walking Dead and the sun … Continue reading

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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England versus San Marino

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