Author Archives: Michael James

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

Why So Many Empty Seats For Cup Competitions?

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Coventry City hasn’t been in the Premiership since the 2000-2001 season, when they were relegated after finishing 19th with 34 points. The Sky Blues have spent every season since then in the Championship, so close to England’s top flight, but … Continue reading

Premiership All-Star Team — Round Two

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Manchester United’s 1-0 victory at Portsmouth earlier this afternoon concluded the second round of fixtures in the Premiership. It would be foolish to read too much into the standings at this point in this season, but it’s still interesting to … Continue reading

Harry Redknapp Interested In Coaching 2012 UK Team

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Portsmouth boss ‘Arry Redknapp confirmed his interest in leading a Great Britain soccer team in the 2012 Summer Olympics, which will be held in London. Redknapp is from London and spent a combined 15 years playing for and managing West … Continue reading

Games To Watch This Weekend

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With a relatively lazy Friday as far as soccer news is concerned, I thought I’d put out a quick primer for the weekend’s most interesting matchups. This is something I’ll be doing sporadically throughout the year, though more so for … Continue reading

Final Observations of England Friendly Against Czech Republic (2-2)

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• It’s clear that England is really lacking in two positions – left wing and center forward. Steven Gerrard is a very good player and performed well on the left today, but that’s not his natural position and he doesn’t … Continue reading

Observations of England Friendly Against Czech Republic–First Half

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• Well, I had it wrong earlier when I said Gareth Barry would be on the left and Steven Gerrard in the middle. The two were reversed to start, though Gerrard ended up drifting inside anyway. Ashley Cole and Wes … Continue reading