Stadium Guide to West London Clubs: Chelsea, QPR and Fulham
Stadium Guide to West London Clubs: Chelsea, QPR and Fulham

(Author’s Note: This is the first of a four-part series highlighting the major football stadiums in London, as well as their surrounding environs. Today’s feature is on grounds in West London, with pieces on North, South, and East London still to come in the run-up to the Olympics). Even though […]

Why Goal Difference Is Not the Best Tiebreaker for the Premier League Table
Why Goal Difference Is Not the Best Tiebreaker for the Premier League Table

Caught your breath yet from Sunday’s Premier League season finale excitement? What a way to end the 2011-12 season. After 38 games, the table doesn’t lie, or so says the time-honored cliché, and Manchester City is deserving champions. With that said, I’ve been surprised at how little outcry there has […]

What It’s Like To Experience English Football Games In Person
What It’s Like To Experience English Football Games In Person

As a 22-year-old American postgraduate student at the University of Reading, I’m in heaven. Let me explain. Like an already massive and ever-growing number of American kids, I grew up playing soccer, and continued playing until I went to college. Watching soccer at its highest level, though, was difficult. Major […]

No Excuse for Attack of Manchester United Team Bus
No Excuse for Attack of Manchester United Team Bus

Shortly after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea yesterday, their team bus was attacked by an as-of-yet unknown assailant, who cracked the bus’ front windshield (as pictured here) with a thrown bottle. No one was hurt, and United continued their short trip across London to the train station and following […]

Two Academy Subs Would Be a Mistake
Two Academy Subs Would Be a Mistake

According to an article on ESPNsoccernet, the Premier League will explore the possibility of implementing a rule that would require its 20 member teams to include at least two academy graduates from that particular club in the seven available substitutes on gameday. This was one of the options put forward […]

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Has Retired
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Has Retired

The Premiership’s 8th-leading goalscorer of all time, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, retired today, and I’m amazed at how quietly the whole thing has gone down. The Dutchman is one of two players never to have played in the Eredivisie and still be selected to Holland’s national team, scoring 9 goals in […]

Mike Ashley Got the Message
Mike Ashley Got the Message

After a week of protest and criticism from fans and neutrals alike, myself included, current Newcastle owner Mike Ashley finally got the message: he’s not wanted anymore. Here’s the complete transcript of the statement he made earlier today: “I have enjoyed sport since I was a boy. I love football. I […]

Legend of Cahill Continues
Legend of Cahill Continues

Last December, I wrote a post detailing the impressive late-game exploits of Everton and Australia attacking midfielder Tim Cahill. There is no doubt that Cahill is the most clutch player in the world, bar none. Cristiano Ronaldo? No. Lionel Messi? Nope. Fernando Torres? No. If your team needs a goal to either […]

Mike Ashley is a Moron
Mike Ashley is a Moron

You’re an owner of a Premiership team, one that’s well-known all across Europe and is one of the best-supported in England. You’ve just gotten rid of your manager, one who you brought back just a few months ago to rescue the club from perennial mediocrity and is a hero to […]

Goodbye, Kevin Keegan
Goodbye, Kevin Keegan

Another Premiership manager bit the dust today as Kevin Keegan joined Alan Curbishley on the unemployment line. The “Geordie Messiah” was supposed to turn Newcastle’s fortunes around and make them a top-four contender, if you believe most of the Toon Army, but didn’t even last a full season’s worth of […]

Goodbye, Alan Curbishley
Goodbye, Alan Curbishley

The first managerial departure of the season came today as Alan Curbishley resigned his post as West Ham manager. Curbishley had been at or near the top of the list of managers speculated to go, along with Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, so this bit of news shouldn’t come as a […]

Peter Reid Becomes New Manager of…Thailand??
Peter Reid Becomes New Manager of…Thailand??

Born in the same Liverpool suburb as current well-known midfielders Steven Gerrard and Joey Barton, Peter Reid had a solid playing career, most notably at Bolton, Everton, and Manchester City. He won the FA Cup and old First Division twice (both at Everton). He was selected as the PFA Footballer […]