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Euro '08 Preview–Group A (Part 2)

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After taking a little break to watch some afternoon baseball, I’m back with the second part of my Group A preview.  Switzerland: Coming off their unexpected progression to the Round of 16 in World Cup 2006, where they were the … Continue reading

Euro '08 Preview–Group A (Part 1)

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First of all, I want to wish all of my fellow countrymen here in the States a wonderful Memorial Day. Almost everyone I know has or had a family member in the armed forces, and today is all about remembering … Continue reading

Goodbye, Avram Grant

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This was a long time coming, and definitely the right move by chief executive Peter Kenyon. Grant was sacked today as manager, not even a year into his four-year contract. Kenyon and Bruce Buck, the club’s chairman, said that Chelsea’s … Continue reading

Manchester United–The Champions of Europe

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It was always going to come down to one break or mistake either way, and it was the cruelest of fates for Chelsea captain John Terry and his team as Edwin van der Sar punched Nicolas Anelka’s weak penalty away … Continue reading

Champions League Final–Halftime Thoughts

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 • Interesting choice by Avram Grant to start Florent Malouda on the left wing instead of the more explosive Salomon Kalou, and by Sir Alex Ferguson to start Owen Hargreaves wide right ahead of Park Ji-Sung, who didn’t even make … Continue reading

Euro 2008 Introduction and Final Rosters for Portugal, Croatia, Spain, and Sweden

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Co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland, Euro 2008 is just three weeks away. It’ll be kicked off by a Group A matchup on June 7 between the Swiss and the Czech Republic in Basel, followed up by Portugal-Turkey in Geneva. The … Continue reading

The Beauty of the Playoffs

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Those of you against some form of playoffs at the end of the season, what do you have to say for yourself now? Bristol City, a relative lightweight who won League One just last year, stunned most pundits’ pick to … Continue reading

Football League Playoff Schedule

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First of all, congratulations to West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City for their automatic entry into the Premier League next season, congratulations to Swansea and Nottingham Forest for heading up to the Championship, and congratulations to Paul Ince’s MK Dons, … Continue reading

Should the Premiership Have Playoffs?

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There are those out there who believe the answer to the question is a resounding “no”; in fact, the vast majority of people I talk to are firmly against the concept of playoffs in the Premiership. I hear the same … Continue reading

The Dream Lives On!

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Fulham is a victory at Fratton Park next weekend away from completing a great escape after their 2-0 win today over Birmingham. A trademark Brian McBride diving header to finish off a fabulous in-swinging free kick from Jimmy Bullard opened … Continue reading

Liverpool Wants Gareth Barry. Why?

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Numerous reports today have confirmed what has basically been common knowledge over the past couple of weeks: Liverpool is interested in signing Aston Villa’s captain, Gareth Barry. Villa manager Martin O’Neill came out today criticizing Liverpool for publicizing this interest; … Continue reading

For All You Lower-League Fans Out There…

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Admittedly, this is a blog focusing mainly on the Premiership, with occasional Champions League talk and even discussion about the UEFA Cup when the situation calls for it. I’ve tried to pay as much attention as possible to the promotion, … Continue reading

Chelsea-3, Liverpool-2; Blues Heading to Moscow

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Wow. That’s all there is to say. That was how a Champions League semifinal should be played. That was a terrific, terrific two hours of soccer. Congratulations to Chelsea, obviously, for winning 3-2 and advancing to Moscow to play Manchester … Continue reading

Halftime Thoughts–Chelsea vs. Liverpool (Second Leg)

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• Great atmosphere at Stamford Bridge tonight. This is a proper, proper European occasion. It wouldn’t be complete without pouring rain either; the drearier, the better. • Terrific long, diagonal ball from Ballack to Ashley Cole in the 8th minute. … Continue reading

Manchester United Punches Ticket to Moscow

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Without their best forward in Wayne Rooney and their best defender in Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United made a fabulous 14th-minute strike from Paul Scholes stand up with a 1-0 victory over Barcelona to win their Champions League semifinal tie. Patrice … Continue reading

PFA Premier League Team of the Year

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Along with their announcement of their Player of the Year (Cristiano Ronaldo) and Young Player of the Year (Cesc Fàbregas), the PFA announced their Premier League Team of the Year yesterday. For once, I have no real issue with any … Continue reading

Fulham's Premiership Survival Battle Is Not Over Yet

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Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know of my undying hope for Fulham to stay in the Premiership. It seems like every couple weeks for the past two months, I’ve written a post saying that … Continue reading

Ronaldo is PFA Player of the Year, Fabregas is Young Player of the Year

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This makes no sense, or at least half of it doesn’t. For the second year in a row, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Premiership Player of the Year by his peers. He’s scored 38 goals in all competitions … Continue reading