Author Archives: Michael James

Congratulations to West Bromwich Albion

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  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 … Continue reading

Stay Tuned…

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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 … Continue reading

And The Winner Is…

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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 … Continue reading

Young Makes Case for England Call-Up

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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. … Continue reading

Tevez's Tally Saves Title

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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 … Continue reading

Avram Grant At His Finest

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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 … Continue reading

Manchester City Wins FA Youth Cup

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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 … Continue reading

Tiers of Leagues in Europe

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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 … Continue reading

PFA Award Nominees Released

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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 … Continue reading

Manager of the Year–Semifinalists

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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 … Continue reading

Big Win for Portsmouth

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

Halftime Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Second Leg)

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I’m typing this as sort of a live blog as the game goes on, so yes, there are a few contradictions but soccer is a game that can change very quickly. • Clever stuff from Derek Rae right before kickoff…“most … Continue reading

Cardiff City Should Be Allowed into the UEFA Cup

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I’m not sure what the issue is here. There shouldn’t even be any debate about it; if Cardiff City becomes eligible for the UEFA Cup based on winning the FA Cup, the Bluebirds should play in Europe. If Portsmouth qualifies … Continue reading

John Collins Set to Take Over at Fulham

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According to the Times Online, and you can read it for yourself here, former Hibernian manager and Everton and Fulham (amongst others) player John Collins will begin talks with ownership later this week, with a formal announcement to be made … Continue reading

Manager of the Year

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Out of the 20 managers currently in charge of Premiership teams, I’ve narrowed the list down to five for my personal “Manager of the Year” award for the 2007-2008 season. I’ll trim it down further to three on Wednesday, and … Continue reading

An American League in England?

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Well, not really, but there are definitely some similarities between professional sports leagues here in the States and England’s most exciting, most competitive soccer league. And no, I’m not talking about the Premiership. I want to show a little bit … Continue reading

Fulham Needs Victory Against Sunderland

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The title of this post says it all. It’s straightforward for the Cottagers. Anything but a win against Sunderland tomorrow and Fulham can start packing their bags for the Coca-Cola Championship next year. Instead of lucrative home games against the … Continue reading