Why So Many Empty Seats For Cup Competitions?
Why So Many Empty Seats For Cup Competitions?

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 yet so far. They’re a proud club — they’ve been […]

Premiership All-Star Team — Round Two
Premiership All-Star Team — Round Two

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 see the likes of Hull City and Newcastle near the […]

Harry Redknapp Interested In Coaching 2012 UK Team
Harry Redknapp Interested In Coaching 2012 UK Team

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 Ham, a club based in the eastern section of England’s […]

Games To Watch This Weekend
Games To Watch This Weekend

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 domestic and continental cup competitions (when English teams are involved) […]

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

• 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 give England much width. He needs to play in the […]

Observations of England Friendly Against Czech Republic–First Half
Observations of England Friendly Against Czech Republic–First Half

• 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 Brown, the left and right backs, respectively, both needed to […]

Lampard Paired With Gerrard in England's Starting Lineup
Lampard Paired With Gerrard in England's Starting Lineup

Yes, you read correctly. We’ve seen this story before. Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard can’t play together in the same midfield, but yet England boss Fabio Capello is going to give it another try in today’s friendly against the Czech Republic. This should be interesting. The other surprise in the […]

Observations of England U-21 Friendly Against Slovenia
Observations of England U-21 Friendly Against Slovenia

• I was disappointed to see how many empty seats there were at Hull City’s KC Stadium. I know this was only a friendly, but come on. These players are the future of England’s national team, and the already small stadium wasn’t even half-full to watch them. • I liked […]

John Terry Should Not Be England's Captain
John Terry Should Not Be England's Captain

I’m sure you’ve all heard it by now: England manager Fabio Capello named John Terry captain of the Three Lions today. If you believe the numerous media reports, the strong favorite to be handed the armband on a permanent basis was Manchester United center back Rio Ferdinand, whose steady, and […]

Premiership All-Star Team–Round 1
Premiership All-Star Team–Round 1

I’m going to do something new this season. After every round of games — that is to say, after any league games that have been played between Tuesday of one week and Tuesday of the next (which takes into account the rare Monday night game) — I’m going to name […]

Premiership Preview–1. Manchester United
Premiership Preview–1. Manchester United

The two-time defending champion of England and current champion of Europe experienced quite the drawn-out saga this summer, as there were times when it seemed certain that Cristiano Ronaldo, the most talented player in the world, would be leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid. He stayed put, delaying his inevitable […]

Premiership Preview–2. Liverpool
Premiership Preview–2. Liverpool

For Liverpool FC, it’s all about the Premiership this season. Another deep run in the Champions League would be nice, don’t misunderstand, but the primary focus for Rafa Benitez and his team is the domestic league. Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, the two leaders of the club, have said as much […]

Premiership Preview–3. Chelsea
Premiership Preview–3. Chelsea

Chelsea has not finished outside the top two in five seasons, a span in which they’re averaging a mind-blowing 88.5 points a season. They’ve won two Premiership titles, two Carling Cups, an FA Cup, and, for what it’s worth, a Community Shield, during this stretch. They have an impressive, slightly […]

Premiership Preview–4. Arsenal
Premiership Preview–4. Arsenal

2008 hasn’t been a great year for Arsenal and their fans. In February, they watched their hated North London rivals Tottenham win a major trophy (Carling Cup), something Arsenal hasn’t done since winning the Premiership four seasons ago. They’ve watched Spurs bring in several high-profile players this summer already and […]

Premiership Preview–5. Aston Villa
Premiership Preview–5. Aston Villa

Aston Villa surprised many neutrals last season, and probably even some of their own supporters, with their 6th-place finish. In 2006-2007, the Villans checked in at a respectable 11th, a nice improvement from 16th the season before. Villa’s emergence, led by manager Martin O’Neill, came with one of the smallest, […]

Premiership Preview–6. Tottenham
Premiership Preview–6. Tottenham

The 2007-2008 season was a roller coaster for Tottenham Hotspur. Martin Jol was removed from the manager’s post in late October, but only found out through a text message sent to his nephew, who then forwarded the news to the Dutchman’s phone. A team that was a trendy pick to […]

Premiership Preview–7. Portsmouth
Premiership Preview–7. Portsmouth

Just like Manchester City and Everton, Portsmouth is coming off their best season in England’s top division in years, and I’m not sure there’d be much argument from the South Coast side’s supporters by saying it was the best season in club history. Portsmouth wound up in 8th place, their […]

Premiership Preview–8. Manchester City
Premiership Preview–8. Manchester City

Manchester City’s 2007-2008 campaign was their best since rejoining the Premiership after a few years of purgatory in England’s lower levels. Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson compiled a very respectable 19-11-15 record in his first year on the job, guiding the club to a 9th-place finish, a trip to the Carling Cup […]