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Author Archives: Michael James

Why Aston Villa will stay up despite Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph departures

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The will-he won’t-he saga that was the transfer of Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph culminated Friday with the player moving up the M6 to the blue half of Manchester. Less than a week after pledging his allegiance to Villa in a … Continue reading

Crystal Palace 2014/15 Season Preview: Palace’s EPL Future Hangs In The Balance

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Crystal Palace provided one of the lasting memories of the 2013-14 Premier League season, scoring three goals in a breathtaking final 11 minutes at Selhurst Park on May 5 to draw 3-3 with Liverpool, leaving Luis Suarez in tears on … Continue reading

Why Uruguay Losing Against Colombia Would Be A Just Ending to the Luis Suarez Controversy

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Uruguay kicks off its Round of 16 match against Colombia at 4pm ET/1pm PT today, with Uruguay missing its leading goalscorer and most famous footballer Luis Suarez after he was banned for the next nine international games and from all … Continue reading

83% Of South American Teams Have Advanced To Next Round of World Cup So Far

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If you were to ask pundits with some semblance of knowledge about the beautiful game beforehand to predict a winner of the World Cup, it would be unthinkable if they would have tipped anything else but a European or a … Continue reading

Exciting and Unpredictable World Cup Going A Long Way to Silence Soccer Critics in US

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The most vehement criticism of soccer from those who aren’t fans of the sport has always been “there’s not enough scoring!” Noted sports columnist and troll Dan Shaughnessy from the Boston Globe has been writing since 1990 that there is … Continue reading

Landon Donovan Says He Disagrees With Klinsmann That The US Cannot Win the World Cup

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Landon Donovan says he disagrees with Jurgen Klinsmann’s assertion that the US cannot win the World Cup. “It’s no surprise that I disagree with Jurgen,” said Donovan in an interview on ESPN this afternoon. Donovan believes he had a case … Continue reading

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

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(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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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. … Continue reading

No Excuse for Attack of Manchester United Team Bus

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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 … Continue reading

Two Academy Subs Would Be a Mistake

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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 … Continue reading

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Has Retired

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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 … Continue reading

Mike Ashley Got the Message

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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 … Continue reading

Legend of Cahill Continues

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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 … Continue reading

Mike Ashley is a Moron

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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 … Continue reading

Goodbye, Kevin Keegan

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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 … Continue reading

Goodbye, Alan Curbishley

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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 … Continue reading

Peter Reid Becomes New Manager of…Thailand??

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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 … Continue reading