Michael Schwartz

Michael wrote for World Soccer Talk in 2011 and 2012 with pieces that tackled a variety of topics related to the English Premier League and International competitions. He’s now back to continue writing about the Beautiful Game. You can follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelSchwart2
Understanding Roy Keane When You Never Got To See Him Play
Understanding Roy Keane When You Never Got To See Him Play

Whenever Roy Keane speaks, the world seems to stop and take notice. For a figure who is disregarded by many as a rash instigator, his opinion matters. Yet, unlike experienced reporters or long-time supporters who witnessed and maybe even grew up with Keane, I never got to see him shine […]

Wayne Rooney is Worthy of Praise Despite Frustrating Moments
Wayne Rooney is Worthy of Praise Despite Frustrating Moments

As England struggled to break down Estonia’s defense on Sunday, Wayne Rooney was once again a central figure for all the good and bad moments. Like many other games with England, Rooney struggled in the final third. He missed chances, wasted crosses, showed a poor first touch and lacked control […]

Robin van Persie Heroics Mask Manchester United’s Glaring Weaknesses
Robin van Persie Heroics Mask Manchester United’s Glaring Weaknesses

What else could you really expect from Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1,000 Premier League match? On a waterlogged pitch against a hungry Southampton squad on the verge of a statement win, Manchester United’s most sensational summer acquisition, Robin van Persie, saved the day and his teammates from facing the ire of […]

8 EPL Transfer Deals That Could Go Down to the Wire
8 EPL Transfer Deals That Could Go Down to the Wire

In the final days of the transfer season which concludes on August 31, there could be a number of summer sagas and last-minute deals that can be resolved. With Deadline Day fast approaching, let’s take a look at eight potential deals which could be completed in the mad scramble which […]

Chelsea Will Struggle to Score Goals This Season
Chelsea Will Struggle to Score Goals This Season

After a strange year of turbulent highs and lows, Chelsea will prepare for the future with a squad full of new, exciting additions. Chelsea was a massive disappointment in England as they finished sixth after the the Andre Villas-Boas experiment failed spectacularly. It was only after Roberto di Matteo brought […]

Solving Manchester United’s Left Back Conundrum
Solving Manchester United’s Left Back Conundrum

As Manchester United continues to be embroiled in transfer sagas involving Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura and Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie, another position that hasn’t been addressed is who can provide cover for an aging Patrice Evra at left back. Fabio, the 22-year-old twin brother of Manchester United’s right back Rafael, […]

Why Manchester United Should Sign Joao Moutinho
Why Manchester United Should Sign Joao Moutinho

The state of Manchester United’s midfield continues to be one of the main talking points of the transfer season. Unlike last summer where United failed to make any new additions to bolster their midfield, the Red Devils have signed attacking midfielders Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell. While Kagawa will likely […]

Despite Being on the Verge of Greatness, Spain is Easy to Root Against
Despite Being on the Verge of Greatness, Spain is Easy to Root Against

Back in Euro 2008, the style of play Spain engineered attracted awe and acclaim from pundits and fans all over the world. Their form of free-flowing passes was beautiful to watch as they broke down overwhelmed opponents. As Spain won the title off a goal by Fernando Torres in the […]

England Must Focus On Their Central Midfield for Brazil 2014
England Must Focus On Their Central Midfield for Brazil 2014

As England’s run through the Euro ended in a painfully familiar fashion, all hope of an improbable run concluded bluntly on penalties. After the match, manager Roy Hodgson focused on the positive aspects of England’s four matches. He remained proud of the spirit and resiliency his defense showed in every […]

England vs Italy, Euro 2012 Quarterfinal: Open Thread
England vs Italy, Euro 2012 Quarterfinal: Open Thread

England vs Italy 2:45pm ET TV schedule Buy England and Italy shirts England team: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Parker, Gerrard, Young, Rooney and Welbeck. Two titans of international football will square off on Sunday as the redemptive Three Lions take on the experienced Italians. With a date with Germany in the semifinals, both […]

Why Ireland May Be the Dark Horse of Euro 2012
Why Ireland May Be the Dark Horse of Euro 2012

In the past two European Championships, there have been teams that went far despite low expectations. Whether it was Greece in 2004 or Russia in 2008, there seems to be a recent trend of at least one team making a shock run through the tournament. That’s partially why we may […]

England Needs to Play Ugly to Stand Any Chance at Euro 2012
England Needs to Play Ugly to Stand Any Chance at Euro 2012

In the final days before Euro 2012 kicks off, questions abound over how far England can realistically go this summer. As the injuries continue to mount, optimism steadily decreases over England’s chances. Yet, could lowered expectations work in England’s favor? In past Euro and World Cup tournaments, the amount of […]

Positions Where Manchester United Needs to Strengthen
Positions Where Manchester United Needs to Strengthen

In the aftermath of Manchester City’s stunning finish, Manchester United will prepare to bounce back after falling just short of their twentieth title. With City’s first Premier League championship since 1968, many believe that this could be the start of an era of dominance for United’s cross-town rivals as they […]

Who Should Start Up Front for England at Euro 2012?
Who Should Start Up Front for England at Euro 2012?

With the appointment of the experienced Roy Hodgson as the newest manager of the Three Lions, there is hope that England can make a run at this year’s European Championship. After all the controversy and negative media attention that makes the English squad seem more like a sideshow rather than […]

Liverpool on the Verge of Signing Uruguayan Defender Sebastian Coates
Liverpool on the Verge of Signing Uruguayan Defender Sebastian Coates

With big expectations this year, Liverpool has been busy as ever in the transfer market though most of their acquisitions have been to their midfield. Only recently did Liverpool start addressing their defensive concerns by signing left back Jose Enrique from Newcastle. Now reports suggest that the Reds are on […]

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 3
Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 3

I’m back again — this time with tips for the Fantasy Premier League instead of ESPN’s Premier Fantasy — with some potential transfer targets that should be watched for Gameweek 3 and beyond. Michel Vorm (£4.0 million) When trying to buy quality players to lead your team to glory, you […]

Remember the Name Paul Pogba, A Man United Star In The Making
Remember the Name Paul Pogba, A Man United Star In The Making

On August 5, Manchester United honored Paul Scholes with a testimonial match in celebration of his retirement after a distinguished 17 year career with the Red Devils. It was a fantastic night for Scholes who closed his career with a trademark strike from 25 yards to open the scoring. In […]