The Best Football Shirts of Euro 2012
The Best Football Shirts of Euro 2012

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 gems which we will see again soon when World Cup […]

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

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 top goal of the tournament. Andrea Pirlo: Raging against the […]

The Joy Of Watching Euro 2012 On TV, Alone
The Joy Of Watching Euro 2012 On TV, Alone

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. On the east coast, we trudge through quiet city streets, […]

Swedish Newspapers’ Hubris in Predicting Big Swedish Win Over England
Swedish Newspapers’ Hubris in Predicting Big Swedish Win Over England

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, running rampant in the wake of an England loss, complete […]

Older Players Still Getting It Done at Euro 2012
Older Players Still Getting It Done at Euro 2012

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 win the European Cup in 1984, but it took Chelsea […]

Michael Ballack Makes ESPN’s Analysis Must-See TV
Michael Ballack Makes ESPN’s Analysis Must-See TV

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 styles. In one corner, the calm, cool, and collected Ballack, […]

Why Roberto Di Matteo Should Walk Away From Chelsea Football Club
Why Roberto Di Matteo Should Walk Away From Chelsea Football Club

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 brought him what he most wanted a long-term contract. Di […]

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

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 of May 29, 1985. During that gap, the tournament underwent […]

US Overreacts to U-23 USMNT Olympic Qualification Defeat
US Overreacts to U-23 USMNT Olympic Qualification Defeat

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 Ivory Coast and Ghana. England wouldn’t have qualified either if […]

What if the Team GB Olympic Football Shirt Actually Looked Like the Union Jack?
What if the Team GB Olympic Football Shirt Actually Looked Like the Union Jack?

There hasn’t been much that has been “united” about the United Kingdom’s Olympic football team effort. The football associations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been vociferously against the idea of a squad uniting the four home nations ever since London was first awarded the Olympics in 2005. Unfortunately, […]

What March Madness Can Teach Euro Fans About Watching MLS
What March Madness Can Teach Euro Fans About Watching MLS

MLS fans put up with a lot in America. The soccer ignorant and the soccerphobic. Flipping through offseason NFL news, spring training news, NASCAR news, NBA trade rumors, hockey news, and golf news in their local papers before getting to any mention of soccer. And more often than not, that […]

256 Days With Chelsea: Was Andre Villas-Boas Given Enough Time At Chelsea?
256 Days With Chelsea: Was Andre Villas-Boas Given Enough Time At Chelsea?

Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea in 2004 fresh from an European conquest with Porto. His protege, Andre Villas-Boas, came to Chelsea in 2011 fresh from European conquest with Porto. Mourinho won two league titles, two League Cups and an F.A. Cup in his three years at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho’s protege […]

Umbro Prepares for Launch of England’s New Shirt, But Who’s Buying?
Umbro Prepares for Launch of England’s New Shirt, But Who’s Buying?

England’s new shirt, to be worn during this summer’s European Championship, drops on February 29. The new shirt’s arrival angers some supporters who feel compelled to replace their current shirt, worn by England for all of eight matches, while outraged all the same by the price and greed of it […]

Celebrating David Moyes’ 150th Premier League Win
Celebrating David Moyes’ 150th Premier League Win

Deserved congratulations to Everton manager David Moyes on his 150th league victory Wednesday, earned in emphatic fashion as brilliantly summarized here at EPLTalk. Moyes, 48, is the third-longest tenured head honcho in the prem, behind only Arsene and Sir Alex; whom he is sometimes rumoured to replace should his fellow […]