Replacing Xabi Alonso
Replacing Xabi Alonso

If Steven Gerrard is the heart of Liverpool then Xabi Alonso was one of the lungs. So Liverpool just lost a lung. It’s lung-wrenching. I know they have a potential organ donor lined up (AS Roma) and that a new lung (Alberto Aquilani) could be on the way already, but what if […]

Football Writing Today
Football Writing Today

I am a football writer, but I am football reader too. I demand fresh information. I want it now. I want it in abundance. Coming up to a match, I scour the net for preview. Is player X still injured? Did player Y travel with the team? Did player Z’s red card get overturned?  An hour before kick-off, I’m […]

Should Wenger Bring Back Vieira?
Should Wenger Bring Back Vieira?

Murmers abound: Arsene Wenger may be planning a move for old Arsenal stalwart Patrick Vieira. This is either the perfect plan or a complete waste of time. I haven’t figured it out yet. The Vieira who once helped lead Arsenal through the glory days of trophies and titles could be what the Professor needs right now. […]

Darren Bent’s Rant Goes A-Twitter
Darren Bent’s Rant Goes A-Twitter

When I first heard of Twitter, I thought it was a dirty verb, like: “Get Twittered!” or “Go Twitter yourself!” (And maybe there’s still potential for that.) Turns out it’s a social networking website. And it has undeniably become the Next Big Net Thing. In addition to allowing friends to keep up with each other’s day-to-day goings-on, all […]

£3.5m: Not Enough For Alvaro Arbeloa
£3.5m: Not Enough For Alvaro Arbeloa

£3.5 million for Arvalro Arbeloa? That’s all? Seriously? I mean, I know that’s probably what his services are worth but that’s not the issue. When Real Madrid have their checkbook out and are licking the tip of their bottomless ballpoint pen there is no call to stop at £3.5 million. Real have […]

Hungry For The FA Cup
Hungry For The FA Cup

I know it’s only July… I know the first round proper is months away… But I’ve decided to give some extra love to the FA Cup this season. Lately the top clubs have been treating the world’s oldest football competition like the red-headed step-child of trophy runs. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and […]

The Milan Derby In New England: Part 2
The Milan Derby In New England: Part 2

Part 2: The Match It took me a while to accept the surreal feeling born of both Milan teams playing in my back yard. I was at Gillette Stadium watching soccer and the place was bursting with energy.  Average attendance for the New England Revolution in 2008 was 17,580. Only two […]

Football For Breakfast
Football For Breakfast

Sunday morning, 26th of July: On five hours of sleep, I pull myself from my bedroom, cross the hall to the living room and land on the couch. It’s a journey of maybe 20 feet, but it feels like Stage 20 of the Tour de France. I am a zombie on NyQuil dragging […]

The Milan Derby In New England: Part 1
The Milan Derby In New England: Part 1

A fledgling sportswriter’s first attempt at covering a big match. I arrived at Gillette Stadium yesterday unsure what to expect. I mean, I knew AC Milan were about to face Inter Milan some four thousand miles from their usual sparring ground.  I knew attendance for the event would be staggering compared to the […]

News Update: Steven Gerrard Cleared Of Affray Charges
News Update: Steven Gerrard Cleared Of Affray Charges

Steven Gerrard was cleared of affray today when the jury at the Liverpool Crown Court delivered a verdict of not guilty. Gerrard insisted he had been acting in self-defense when he punched Marcus McGee at the Lounge Inn in Southport after an argument over the music in the club’s CD player. […]

What Do We Want From Our Pre-Season Friendlies?
What Do We Want From Our Pre-Season Friendlies?

It was the Merseyside derby… in Thailand? Watching Liverpool FC and the Thai National Team come out of the tunnel side-by-side was eerie: the hosts wore all-blue kits and Chang Beer is their sponsor. I had to double check the tv menu and make sure I was actually watching this morning’s pre-season friendly […]

The Craig Bellamy Factor
The Craig Bellamy Factor

I am anticipating some serious Craig Bellamy antics in the upcoming season. It’s to the point where, if he stays at City, I’ll almost be dissapointed if we don’t see something on par with The Golf Club Incident (on par… sorry, couldn’t resist). I’m not saying I condone personal injury—but serious […]

Suspending Animosity: The Football Shirt Swap
Suspending Animosity: The Football Shirt Swap

It’s the little things.  I’ve been fully enamoured with the concept of the shirt swap since I first saw it in action. Mind you, I’m an American and a latecomer to world football, and we don’t have anything like this in American sports. I’ve never seen a baseball pitcher record the last strike of […]

Has The Transfer Market Really “Caught Fire”?
Has The Transfer Market Really “Caught Fire”?

Was I dreaming or did I really see Sir Alex on television this week, complaining about the high prices of players in today’s transfer market? This man once helped set the standard for the ÜBER-BIG SPENDING. He would never hesitate to bring in enough top players for nearly two starting XIs worth of […]

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 4: Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool
What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 4: Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool

4.) Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool – 14 March 2009 Even after the mind-shattering come-from-behind win on 13 September (see Part 3), I couldn’t let myself feel too optimistic about the trip to Old Trafford. (Going into the biggest matches, I try to remain spiritually pragmatic.) 1-1 at O.T. would be […]

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 3: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United
What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 3: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United

In Parts 1 & 2 I nominated Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool and Portsmouth 2-3 Liverpool for Classic Match consideration. These nominees come from a supporter’s perspective. I invite others to say what they deem a potential classic from their own perspectives in the comment section. I’ll cover one more match […]

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 2
What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 2

Yesterday I covered the Perfect Drama Classic. Today, I’ll look at the You Were Right I Was Wrong Classic… 2.) Portsmouth v. Liverpool – 7 Feb 2009 I try to be the biggest proponent of Rafa Knows Best whenever I can. Though I am at times puzzled by some of his decisions and […]

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 1
What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 1

In Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby tells us what a match requires to be “really, truly memorable.” He wants as many of the following as possible (and I paraphrase): goals, bad refereeing decisions, a noisy Crowd, rain etc, opposition misses a penalty, opposition receives a red card, a disgraceful incident. I’m with him […]