Premiership Preview–9. Everton
Premiership Preview–9. Everton

As much as Everton fans may not want to admit it, their club will always operate under arch-nemesis and cross-town rival Liverpool. There’s no way around it; Liverpool is statistically the most successful team in English history, having won more league titles (18), Carling Cups (7), and European Cups/Champions League […]

Premiership Preview–10. West Ham
Premiership Preview–10. West Ham

I think it would come as a surprise to many to know that West Ham, not Middlesbrough, not Aston Villa, not any of the promoted clubs, had the highest average of English players in their starting lineups (6.61/11) in the 2007-2008 Premiership season. That surprise symbolizes a commonly-held feeling towards […]

Premiership Preview–11. Blackburn Rovers
Premiership Preview–11. Blackburn Rovers

In his four-season tenure at Blackburn, Mark Hughes guided the club to three top-10 finishes, including 7th place last year, and two appearances in European competition. He compiled an 82-47-59 record in competitive games over that span, and his team conceded over 50 goals only once. It’s fair to say […]

Premiership Preview–12. Newcastle
Premiership Preview–12. Newcastle

When Sam Allardyce left by “mutual consent” in early January, Newcastle turned to a familiar figure to turn the club’s fortunes around. I said it then and I’ll say it now: Kevin Keegan, who spent over a decade away from St. James Park before returning to take the reins, is […]

Premiership Preview–13. Sunderland
Premiership Preview–13. Sunderland

Backed by the loudest supporters in the Premier League last season, measured at average peak volume at 129.2 decibels, almost as loud as a jet, Sunderland will look to improve on last season’s respectable 15th-place finish. The Black Cats were the only newly-promoted team to survive in the Premiership, an […]

Premiership Preview–14. Middlesbrough
Premiership Preview–14. Middlesbrough

According to the BBC in an online article published in December of last year, Middlesbrough’s youth academy has produced the most graduates (9) eligible to represent England at international level and start in at least five senior games for the club since the 2002-2003 season, including Stewart Downing, Lee Cattermole […]

Premiership Preview–15. Wigan Athletic
Premiership Preview–15. Wigan Athletic

They play some of the ugliest soccer in the Premiership. Their field surface is undoubtedly the worst in the Premiership and sits in one of the league’s smallest stadiums, which is also shared with a rugby club. They have no star players to speak of, and are run by a […]

Premiership Preview–16. Fulham
Premiership Preview–16. Fulham

Fulham’s “Great Escape” was one of the best stories of the ’07-’08 Premiership season. The Cottagers looked down and out so many times, so close to the end of the year, but a shocking 3-2 come-from-behind victory at Manchester City was the first of three consecutive triumphs and the second […]

Premiership Preview–17. Bolton Wanderers
Premiership Preview–17. Bolton Wanderers

For everyone outside of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal, success in the Premiership can be fickle. We saw it last year with Tottenham, who wound up an extremely disappointing 11th after two straight 5th-place finishes. We saw it last year with Reading, a club that was relegated a season […]

Premiership Preview–18. West Bromwich Albion
Premiership Preview–18. West Bromwich Albion

After two years in the Coca-Cola Championship, West Brom returns to the top flight of English soccer as the team best primed to make a run at survival amongst their fellow promotees. Tony Mowbray’s club made a surprising appearance in the FA Cup semi-finals last year before being knocked out […]

Premiership Preview–19. Hull City
Premiership Preview–19. Hull City

The most profitable single game in the world was won by…no, not Manchester United…no, not the New York Giants…Hull City last season, as the Tigers’ 1-0 Coca-Cola Championship playoff final victory over Bristol City at Wembley will net the East Yorkshire club an estimated $120 million when all is said […]

What's Happened to Aaron Lennon?
What's Happened to Aaron Lennon?

With Tottenham’s $30 million acquisition of David Bentley from Blackburn, it would appear that the meaningful tenure of Aaron Lennon, who was a boy wonder and the next big thing in English soccer just a few years ago, at White Hart Lane is over. At 14, Lennon signed a cleat-sponsorship […]

Premiership Preview–20. Stoke City
Premiership Preview–20. Stoke City

August is finally here, and with it comes the final run-in to the start of the 2008-2009 Premiership season. You all know my preview plans by now — I’ll cover all 20 teams in the next 10 days — and it all starts today. Without further ado, let’s light this […]

Luiz Felipe Scolari Will Be Chelsea's New Manager
Luiz Felipe Scolari Will Be Chelsea's New Manager

Before I get to Scolari’s appointment as Chelsea manager, I just want to announce that there will no Euro 2008 daily recaps from me for today’s and tomorrow’s action. I’m taking a five-week summer school class right now and had to record both games today and will do the same tomorrow […]

Euro 2008 Recap–Day 4
Euro 2008 Recap–Day 4

An alarming trend is developing after one round of games at Euro 2008 — eight matches have been played so far, and only one of them has featured goals from both teams. Once a team takes the lead, they’re basically a sure bet to hold on and win, and that […]

Euro 2008 Recap–Day 3
Euro 2008 Recap–Day 3

It’s fair to say that the third day of Euro 2008 didn’t necessarily provide us with entertaining soccer for the duration of both games (certainly not in the first one), but the results of those games were perhaps the most unexpected of the tournament so far. The favorites had won […]

Euro 2008 Recap–Day 2
Euro 2008 Recap–Day 2

Was it just me, or did you all also get a sense of déjà vu when watching today’s action from Group B? I felt like I was witnessing yesterday’s games all over again. Consider: • Both yesterday’s first game and today’s first game ended 1-0, and yesterday’s second game and […]

Euro '08 Recap–Day 1
Euro '08 Recap–Day 1

The 13th edition of the European Championships started out in decent fashion today, as both games had their exciting moments and neither ended in draws. The picks of many to advance from Group A, Portugal and the Czech Republic, both came away with victories, setting up a showdown in Geneva […]