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Author Archives: Eric Altshule

Landon Donovan’s Checklist for Success at Everton

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Saturday morning Landon Donovan will arrive in Goodison Park to begin his loan spell with Everton.  As he settles into his seat and watches his new team take on Carlisle United in the FA Cup, he will be working on … Continue reading

Wenger Plans for the Two Weeks that Will Determine Arsenal’s Season

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Arsene Wenger is nothing if not strategic. To those who follow the professor closely, today’s announcement that Nicklas Bendtner is still three weeks away was no surprise. In the next day or two, I would expect an announcement that Cesc … Continue reading

Hey Mark Wahlberg – Dis Beckham All You Want, But Leave Soccer Alone

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In a long and completely boring interview with London’s Daily Mail, Marky Mark Wahlberg had this to say about his neighbor David Beckham: Man, the Beckhams. It used to be so quiet on my road. Then David moves in with … Continue reading

Overrated England Sure to Disappoint in 2010

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  As we head into the festive season, English fans are wrapping the present they give themselves before every World Cup – the gift of unbridled confidence in their national football team.  And yet, as they have for the past … Continue reading

Donovan Extends Galaxy Contract, to be Loaned to Everton

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Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy announced an agreement today where Donovan has signed an extended contract with the Galaxy taking him through the 2013 MLS season.  It seems an agreement is also in the works to allow Donovan to … Continue reading

Liverpool in Deep Hole with No Easy Way Out

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There is probably no team in the EPL whose economics are more dependent on success on the pitch, and whose success on the pitch is more dependent on economics, than Liverpool.  Compared to Arsenal, ManU and Chelsea, Liverpool are pikers.  … Continue reading

MLS Talk Podcast – Former USMNT Captain Thomas Dooley

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Thomas Dooley, former USMNT captain, joins us to talk about the US team and other topics.  After retiring as a player who spent most of his career in the Bundesliga, Dooley now lives in California and works with youth soccer … Continue reading

Galaxy and Everton in Tug-Of-War Over Donovan?

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The Galaxy issued an odd statement today that leaves room for a lot of reading-between-the-lines: We are aware of Everton’s interest in Landon Donovan, as they are one of a number of clubs who have contacted the Galaxy about the … Continue reading

US vs England – A Soccernomics Analysis

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Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski titled the American version of their new book Soccernomics (review is here), but their title for the release in the UK is Why England Lose.  In the book, Kuper and Syzmanski identified the US as a … Continue reading

Seeds are Announced, US in Pot with Asia/Oceania

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  FIFA announced the seeds and pots for Friday’s World Cup draw, and the main talking point for the US is that CONCACAF was put in the pot with Asia and Oceania as opposed to Africa.  Of course, the main … Continue reading

Soccer By the Numbers: Soccernomics Book Review

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Over the past decade or so, there has been an odd trend of political and financial analysts, economists and behaviorists writing books analyzing sports.  Some of these books have shifted the paradigm in those sports like Michael Lewis’ baseball analysis … Continue reading

The Difference Between an American Sports Contract and a European Football Contract

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  I wanted to follow up Kartik’s excellent post on the nature of the MLS contract with a look at this situation from the MLS owner’s perspective.  If there is one thing the owners fear and will try to avoid … Continue reading

David Beckham Will Not Be Going to South Africa

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Hello.  My name is Fabio Capello.  Over the past 18 months, I have been hailed as the savior of English football.  Under my stewardship, England easily qualified for the World Cup Finals next year in South Africa.  Granted, our qualifying … Continue reading

Beckham, Galaxy Outplayed – MLS Cup Goes to Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake may have had a middling season.  They may have sneaked into the playoffs on the last day of the campaign.  They may have a team of names that would never go on the MLS marquee.  None of … Continue reading

Arsene Wenger’s Wise Words on the Fiasco in Paris

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The appetite for commentary on the farce in Paris still seems strong, and I thought Arsene Wenger had a very wise take on the entire situation today.  Wenger is, obviously, a French supporter and very close with Henry.  In fairness … Continue reading

Random Thoughts on the MLS Cup

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After that cesspool of a result in Paris on Wednesday, it is nice to turn our attention to a league where the sportsmen are pure, the referees are beyond reproach and the game is always played with a spirit of … Continue reading

A Robbery in Paris

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Thierry Henry is my favorite player of all time.  He has had so many magical moments on the pitch that it is hard for me to list them all.  That is what makes this all the more painful.  Yes, Ireland … Continue reading

Is Rafa Headed Out the Door?

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Rafa Benitez gave a bizarre interview to the Times yesterday, and Liverpool fans should be worried that the pressure may be getting the better of their leader.  When a manager spends time talking about the support he is getting from … Continue reading