Most Exciting Weekend of the Year
Most Exciting Weekend of the Year

Wow! Have you caught your breath yet? If there was one round of games to watch this season, this was it. I remember the last weekend of the 2007 calendar year being pretty good, but I think what we saw yesterday and today took the cake. The title race is […]

Benitez Is Right To Rotate Lineup
Benitez Is Right To Rotate Lineup

Despite former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock’s furious claims to the contrary last season and more whining this week, Rafa Benitez has every right to rotate his squad for a game against a relegation-threatened team. This issue has come up in recent days because Liverpool will make the trip to […]

Check Out the Center Circle at the Camp Nou
Check Out the Center Circle at the Camp Nou

 Obviously this picture doesn’t show the point I’m trying to make. I just had to use for it aesthetic purposes, so I hope you don’t mind. In all seriousness though, if you’re watching the Champions League semifinal first leg between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou right now, […]

Rob Styles Demoted to League Two for a Weekend
Rob Styles Demoted to League Two for a Weekend

From the Daily Telegraph’s website: “A week after officiating at Blackburn’s Premier League game against leaders Manchester United, referee Rob Styles will be in charge of Saturday’s League Two match between Shrewsbury Town and Chester City. Styles turned down two United penalty appeals and cautioned Wayne Rooney when he complained […]

Full-Time Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Full-Time Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Chelsea

• The second half was a much better 45 minutes of soccer to watch. Both teams went after it, particularly early in the half, and the game was played at a faster tempo. • Didier Drogba is so ridiculously disinterested in playing for Chelsea that it’s a joke. If I […]

Halftime Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Halftime Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Chelsea

 • I miss Tommy Smyth and Derek Rae on the call. I’m assuming they’ll be working the Manchester United-Barcelona game tomorrow, but I’m not sure why they couldn’t do this game as well… • The first shot on goal came nearly eight minutes in, and it was a relatively slow […]

Congratulations to West Bromwich Albion
Congratulations to West Bromwich Albion

  Math has never been my strong point, at least not since 6th grade. Once I started taking pre-algebra the next year, I just knew I was in trouble for the rest of my school days. I believe, however, that my math is correct in this scenario. If West Brom, […]

Stay Tuned…
Stay Tuned…

Make sure you check back here at halftime, and again at full-time, of today’s Champions League semifinal first leg at Anfield. As I did in both games of the Liverpool-Arsenal tie, I’ll have my halftime and post-match thoughts for you to undoubtedly pick apart. For those of you want to […]

And The Winner Is…
And The Winner Is…

Two weeks ago, I announced the five nominees for my Premiership Manager of the Year award. Amongst the five were a Scotsman (David Moyes), an Irishman (Roy Keane), a gentleman from Northern Ireland (Martin O’Neill), a Spaniard (Juande Ramos), and a voyeur…excuse me, a Frenchman (Arsene Wenger). That list was […]

Young Makes Case for England Call-Up
Young Makes Case for England Call-Up

Watching yesterday’s edition of the Second City Derby, won in style 5-1 by Aston Villa, one had to have been impressed with the victors. They scored from open play and set pieces. They ran Birmingham ragged from start to finish. Ever since manager Martin O’Neill altered his team’s formation to […]

Tevez's Tally Saves Title
Tevez's Tally Saves Title

You just knew it was coming, didn’t you? Anyone watching the last 25-30 minutes of the Blackburn-Manchester United game today just knew that the Red Devils were going to pull some magic out of the hat. Brad Friedel made several outstanding saves to keep Rovers ahead, but they only delayed […]

Avram Grant At His Finest
Avram Grant At His Finest

It’s no secret that the Prince of Darkness, Avram Grant, is not a pleasant man to talk to. He’s a guy who wears all black all the time, and when Chelsea plays during the day, I’m surprised that he even comes out of the dark tunnel to manage. He has […]

Manchester City Wins FA Youth Cup
Manchester City Wins FA Youth Cup

We talk a lot about the senior version of the world’s oldest domestic tournament, but the FA Youth Cup goes largely unnoticed in the media and I don’t think that’s a good thing. More and more, the big teams in England are importing their players from overseas or buying already […]

Tiers of Leagues in Europe
Tiers of Leagues in Europe

In recent weeks and months, there’s been some discussion on two of the sources for soccer news I check routinely — Clever Football and the World Soccer Daily podcast — about the tiers of leagues in Europe and where MLS would fit in. Personally, I think that particular debate shouldn’t […]

PFA Award Nominees Released
PFA Award Nominees Released

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has named their candidates for their Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. No problem here with the nominees for Player of the Year, but I definitely take exception with a couple of the possibilities for Young Player of the Year. […]

Manager of the Year–Semifinalists
Manager of the Year–Semifinalists

First off, I want to let everyone know that I’m going to make a bit of a change in this Premiership “Manager of the Year” award procedure. Instead of naming my personal winner on Friday as previously planned, I’m going to wait and do it on the 21st. Two more […]

Big Win for Portsmouth
Big Win for Portsmouth

Amidst all the Champions League hype yesterday, Portsmouth’s 1-0 away victory at West Ham, keeping their hopes of finishing in 5th place alive, more than sailed under the radar and I would be remiss to not talk about it and its ramifications a little bit. England killer Niko Kranjcar scored […]

Full-Time Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Second Leg)
Full-Time Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Second Leg)

It’s all over at Anfield, and as predicted here before the quarterfinal round started, Liverpool has advanced after winning 4-2 tonight. Captain Steven Gerrard stepped up and converted the game-winning penalty just minutes after Arsenal had equalized at 2-2 through Adebayor. That scoreline obviously would’ve sent the Gunners through on […]