Rooney’s Fall; It’s Only A Friendly; Do We Need Extra Officials?
Rooney’s Fall; It’s Only A Friendly; Do We Need Extra Officials?

Before Saturday, I remained undecided on whether or not FIFA should add two more officials to the mix. But since England won the surreal penalty against Slovenia, I find myself tipping in the direction of adding the extra officials. In one of the more eye-popping Did-That-Really-Just-Happen moments I’ve seen in […]

Carling Cup Third Round – Ties For The Football Romantic
Carling Cup Third Round – Ties For The Football Romantic

I’ve said elsewhere: there’s something about old top flight stalwarts. I’m excited to see Wolves and Burnley up in the top flight again. (Birmingham have come up every other season since I’ve been watching so that seems too routine to be thrilling.) I’d love to see a club like Nottingham […]

Eduardo And Chelsea: Inconsistent Bans Lack Credibility
Eduardo And Chelsea: Inconsistent Bans Lack Credibility

Uefa handed Arsenal’s Eduardo a two-match ban for diving against Celtic, a simulation that won the Gunners a penalty. FIFA have now banned Chelsea FC from signing any new players until January 2011 since it’s been revealed Chelsea induced Gael Kakuta to break his contract with Lens in 2007. Kakuta […]

Mr Wenger’s One-man Fight Against Anti-Football
Mr Wenger’s One-man Fight Against Anti-Football

I found myself pondering Arsene Wenger’s accusations of Sir Alex and United employing “Anti-Football”. I’ve always been bemused by that term. Here are my (somewhat wandering) thoughts on the matter. What is this “Anti-Football”? Is it the opposite of the legendary Dutch concept of Total Football? Can we establish a […]

Uefa, FIFA: Give Us Retroactive Punishment For Diving
Uefa, FIFA: Give Us Retroactive Punishment For Diving

Eduardo steamed into the box. He shot past two Celtic defenders. Boruc charged out from his goal and slid to the ground but quickly realized he couldn’t get to the ball. Boruc put on the brakes. His foot slid behind Eduardo and his arm bent back, clear of the striker. But Eduardo’s […]

Damn It, United…
Damn It, United…

Last season Manchester United rarely looked their team-devouring best. They often struggled against the stubborn brick walls put up by sides they used to rout. They didn’t dominate so much as scrape out the clutch wins. Loads of late goals in tight matches. Loads of slim margins. It wasn’t a season of pure stellar performance, […]

Fan Diary #4: The Football Depression
Fan Diary #4: The Football Depression

I have football-curious friends who want to come to the pub and watch Liverpool with me. So they say. See, they think watching Liverpool with me will be like watching regular season MLB, NBA or NFL games with me. That I’ll be conversational. That I’ll crack a lot of jokes. That I’ll make plenty of eye […]

Fan Diary #3: The Delayed Broadcast
Fan Diary #3: The Delayed Broadcast

When I first started watching English football, I rarely got to watch the league matches live. I worked in a bar with no TVs. My friends George and Noel would bring us VHS tapes of the weekend matches. George taped the Setanta matches and my Noel taped the FSC matches (often tacking on Sopranos episodes from […]

Sensory Overload: The 21st Century Neutral
Sensory Overload: The 21st Century Neutral

Last week I made my Premier League New Year’s Resolutions. One of which was to watch more of the matches. So on day one of the new season I trekked down to the pub to catch most of the Saturday fixtures (at least the ones being televised in the States). […]

Fan Diary #2: Watching The Spurs Match With Mum
Fan Diary #2: Watching The Spurs Match With Mum

While I tell myself it’s a long season and one result cannot shape the year, I can’t help but look to the opening fixture for a sign of what’s to come. I mean, I’ve been waiting all summer for this! Let me know with some great football that this is going […]

Final Thoughts Before The Premier League Opener, part 2
Final Thoughts Before The Premier League Opener, part 2

Read part 1 here. The Manchester City Experiment In an ideal world (read: my ideal world) Manchester City will finish in the exact same spot as last season. I’d love to see the cash they shelled out for players this summer come to naught in the table. I have nothing […]

Final Thoughts Before The Premier League Opener, part 1
Final Thoughts Before The Premier League Opener, part 1

‘Tis the season… The Premier League finally kicks off again tomorrow and I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. I’ve been asking mummy for a shiny new League Title for months but I have this fear I’m destined for a pile of knee-socks and hand-knitted sweaters. Honestly, I might […]

Fernando Torres: The Next Golden Boot?
Fernando Torres: The Next Golden Boot?

Why do I care about the Golden Boot? What does it matter to me as a lover of a club? The Golden Boot doesn’t guarantee titles (eh, Mr Anelka?) or even European placement (eh, Mr Phillips?) It is glory for the individual in a collective endeavor and should be a mere footnote to the supporter who […]

Premier League Eve: Tell Me Your New Year’s Resolutions
Premier League Eve: Tell Me Your New Year’s Resolutions

On December 31st we throw a party, we have some drinks and we make promises for the new year. I’m going to eat better. I’m going to drink less. I’m going to get myself on track, baby! If we keep one or two of these promises deep into the year, we feel […]

From A Guide For The Football Missionary In America
From A Guide For The Football Missionary In America

I’m generally not one to promote proselytizing, but I found this old pamphlet in an antiquarian bookstore in southern Maine. It was written by St. Dickie of Assisi F.C., a reknowned football missionary and Premier League devotee who travelled throughout North America in the late 20th century, bringing the love of […]

Fan Diary #1: Is This Lucas Leiva’s Season?
Fan Diary #1: Is This Lucas Leiva’s Season?

Saturday, 8th Aug 2009 It was the last of the pre-season friendlies. The last chance to gauge how our side looks going into the season proper. We gathered outside the pub in our red kits, awaiting the sound of the deadbolt sliding out of place. All season the sound of that […]

Do Supporters Need A Villain?
Do Supporters Need A Villain?

Football supporters thrive on animosity. We need to be able to shake our fists in the air and yell all the bad words at our hated teams and players. When Jose Mourinho left Chelsea, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, a gifted manager of a rival team was out […]