Bayern Munich progress report after eight league games
Bayern Munich progress report after eight league games

The last time we checked in with Bayern Munich, the German champions had dominated their first three matches of the Bundesliga campaign and showed no signs of slowing down. Five matches later and they have not only made good on that, they have somehow improved. In both their Bundesliga and […]

It’s time to stop and appreciate the phenom that is Robert Lewandowski
It’s time to stop and appreciate the phenom that is Robert Lewandowski

In a 2006 New York Times article, the late David Foster Wallace described something he coined as a “Federer Moment,” coined for the now legendary tennis player: “These are times, as you watch the young Swiss play, when the jaw drops and eyes protrude and sounds are made that bring […]

Progress report of Bayern Munich’s first three Bundesliga games
Progress report of Bayern Munich’s first three Bundesliga games

Unbridled optimism is standard for Bayern Munich. Bayern is one of the rare clubs whose, no matter the circumstances, fans will always see the glass as half full. Even during last year’s capitulation to Barcelona in the Champions League, the sense was that this was an aberration of some kind. […]

Should Tottenham Hotspur play a 3-5-2 formation this season?
Should Tottenham Hotspur play a 3-5-2 formation this season?

Now that we know how to pronounce his name, the more important question regarding Tottenham Hotspur’s recent acquisition of Toby Alderweireld is how they plan to use him. Tottenham’s defense was abysmal during the 2014-2015 campaign, and that may be giving them too much credit. If Tottenham hope to compete […]

Tottenham Hotspur don’t need a summer overhaul; they need patience
Tottenham Hotspur don’t need a summer overhaul; they need patience

Tottenham Hotspur is a team eternally on the precipice. They sit on the precarious razor’s edge between greatness and obsolescence, fame and obscurity, goals and misses, and success and failure. Tottenham is constantly striving forward, trying to play with the big boys while simultaneously being pushed backward. They are swimming […]

Previewing Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich vs. Schalke FC 04
Previewing Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich vs. Schalke FC 04

Today’s Bundesliga vocabulary word is Englische Woche, or English week. It refers to any week where the clubs play multiple matches, a fairly frequent occurrence in English soccer but a relative rarity in Germany. With Bayern losing to Wolfsburg this past Friday and Schalke FC 04 taking all three points […]

Preview: Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund; 12:30pm ET kickoff
Preview: Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund; 12:30pm ET kickoff

The beginning of the Rückrunde is perhaps the most exciting time of the Bundesliga season, and is definitely my favorite time of the year. For me, what makes the first couple of matchweeks as the clubs return from their extended winter breaks is the renewed sense of commitment to a […]

Bayern Munich Captain Philipp Lahm Out For Three Months
Bayern Munich Captain Philipp Lahm Out For Three Months

This is a disaster. That may sound like hyperbole, but for anyone who has watched Bayern Munich play soccer over the past few months, not to mention the past decade, knows how significant it is for Der FCB to lose captain Philipp Lahm for three months to an ankle injury. […]

Catching Up With the Bundesliga, Gameweeks 1-7
Catching Up With the Bundesliga, Gameweeks 1-7

In the Bundesliga, there is an inevitable end, and it is dressed in red and blue — Bayern Munich will win the league. This does not make the league any less exciting though, and as we take a breather for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, it is a perfect time to […]

Chelsea vs. Arsenal Preview: Heavyweights Clash in London Derby
Chelsea vs. Arsenal Preview: Heavyweights Clash in London Derby

This Sunday will provide us with a rare phenomenon: A Premier League match in which the two biggest names will be on the sidelines, as Arsene Wenger and Arsenal prepare to make the trip to Stamford Bridge where Jose Mourinho and Chelsea await. Even if this was not simply a […]

Tactical Analysis – Liverpool 1 Everton 1
Tactical Analysis – Liverpool 1 Everton 1

The first edition of the Mersey Derby in this year’s Premier League campaign saw two teams dealing with different problems. Liverpool, the match’s hosts, is trying to figure out how to move without the transcendent talent of Luis Suarez. Meanwhile, Everton is dealing with the same problem they face every […]

Erik Lamela: Building a Star at White Hart Lane
Erik Lamela: Building a Star at White Hart Lane

We are just four matches into the Premier League season, so the words sample size must be kept in mind, but Erik Lamela has been a revelation for Maurice Pochettino’s men so far. After a lost season last year under the bumbling management of Andre Villa-Boas and Tim Sherwood, in […]

Patience Necessary For Ancelotti And His New Real Madrid Talents
Patience Necessary For Ancelotti And His New Real Madrid Talents

Before the final whistle had sounded, the brow-furrowing and hand-wringing and calls for Carlo Ancelotti’s head had already begun. Real Madrid, looking less than resplendent in their hot pink away kits, were staring at a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad – a team they beat 9-1 on […]

WATCH Argentina 1-0 Switzerland: Match Highlights [VIDEO]
WATCH Argentina 1-0 Switzerland: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

Argentina left it late, but a goal by Angel Di Maria deep into extra time helping the South American team defeat Switzerland to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Argentina certainly seemed to sense that the clouds of doubt were forming as they came storming out […]

WATCH Colombia 2-0 Uruguay Match Highlights [VIDEO]
WATCH Colombia 2-0 Uruguay Match Highlights [VIDEO]

After the thrilling finish between Chile and Brazil earlier in the day, it felt as if our collective hearts had just returned to their normal rates when it was time for the second game of the day to begin. Yesterday, the match between Colombia and Uruguay seemed to be for […]