Halftime Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Second Leg)
Halftime Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Second Leg)

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 anticipated end to a trilogy since Return of the Jedi.” […]

Cardiff City Should Be Allowed into the UEFA Cup
Cardiff City Should Be Allowed into the UEFA Cup

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 for the UEFA Cup through their final league position, which […]

John Collins Set to Take Over at Fulham
John Collins Set to Take Over at Fulham

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 if/when Fulham get relegated. Current boss Roy Hodgson would head […]

Manager of the Year
Manager of the Year

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 announce the winner here on Friday. Your comments and feedback […]

An American League in England?
An American League in England?

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 of love to the Coca-Cola Championship, England’s second-tier domestic league. […]

Fulham Needs Victory Against Sunderland
Fulham Needs Victory Against Sunderland

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 likes of historic Premiership city rivals like Tottenham, Arsenal, and […]

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

It’s all over in North London and after the first leg, Arsenal and Liverpool are level 1-1 on aggregate and will settle things at Anfield in six nights’ time. Briefly, here’s what I thought of today’s game: First of all, it should be said, and I know I’m stating the obvious, that this […]

Halftime Thoughts–Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Halftime Thoughts–Arsenal vs. Liverpool

It’s been a tale of two halves; Arsenal had the better of things and were in control for the first 20 minutes or so, and Liverpool came alive for the last 20-25 minutes. Very impressed with Liverpool’s immediate response to Adebayor’s goal. Once again, Steven Gerrard, the captain, put the […]

Champions League Quarterfinal Preview–Part 2
Champions League Quarterfinal Preview–Part 2

Earlier, we took a brief look at the ties that will start tomorrow afternoon here in the US. Right now, we’ll look at Wednesday’s games. Once again, my picks to advance to the semifinals are highlighted in bold. 1. Arsenal vs. Liverpool: Don’t let Arsenal’s comeback to beat Bolton this […]

Champions League Quarterfinals Preview–Part 1
Champions League Quarterfinals Preview–Part 1

The first legs of the Champions League quarterfinal round are right around the corner. We’ll see two games on Tuesday and the other two on Wednesday, and if you’re a fan of the Premiership, you have to be happy with the situation right now. Four teams out of the eight […]

2010 Champions League Final in Madrid, 2010 UEFA Cup Final in Hamburg
2010 Champions League Final in Madrid, 2010 UEFA Cup Final in Hamburg

The 2010 Champions League final will be held at the Bernabéu, home to the team that has won Europe’s top club competition on more occasions than anyone else, Real Madrid. The Spanish stadium has hosted the final three times, most recently in 1980, and was battling for this honor with […]

Cahill’s Injury is a Massive Blow for Everton
Cahill’s Injury is a Massive Blow for Everton

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill will likely miss the rest of the season, manager David Moyes said today, after the Australian was diagnosed with a recurrence of a broken bone in his foot. It’s no secret that I think very highly of Cahill as a player; in December, I wrote a […]

Rio Tabbed as England Captain, Becks Will Get 100th Cap
Rio Tabbed as England Captain, Becks Will Get 100th Cap

England manager Fabio Capello has selected Manchester United center back Rio Ferdinand to lead out the side in the Three Lions’ friendly in Paris tomorrow, which, given Capello’s desire to rotate the captaincy until World Cup qualifiers begin in September, wasn’t really a surprising choice to many people. However, this […]

Not-So-Bold Prediction: Arsenal Will Finish Trophyless
Not-So-Bold Prediction: Arsenal Will Finish Trophyless

I think we can all agree that there is no way Arsenal is going to win the Premiership this year, which is something I said before Christmas, even when Arsenal were playing incredibly well and sat on top of the table. Going winless in five straight league games, particularly at this […]

Good For You, Steve Bennett
Good For You, Steve Bennett

I don’t want to hear Liverpool fans criticize referee Steve Bennett for dismissing Javier Mascherano late in the first half today. I just don’t want to hear it, simple as that. It’s about time that a referee stood up for himself and didn’t take any BS. I’ve complained all year […]

Capello Announces 23-Man Squad for France Friendly
Capello Announces 23-Man Squad for France Friendly

To no one’s surprise, David Beckham was retained by England manager Fabio Capello in the final 23-man squad for the Three Lions’ friendly in Paris next week. Beckham is one cap short of 100 in his England career and if he doesn’t get it against France, and it appears that […]

Everton Misses Chance to Solidify 5th Place
Everton Misses Chance to Solidify 5th Place

I’ve been harping on the race for the UEFA Cup spots all season, especially lately since it looks like only two (one through league finish, one possibly through the Intertoto Cup) and possibly three (depending on UEFA Fair Play table results) teams will qualify for Europe’s second-tier club competition. Results […]

Capello Announces 30-Man Provisional Squad for France Friendly
Capello Announces 30-Man Provisional Squad for France Friendly

David Beckham is one step closer to winning his 100th England cap after the LA Galaxy midfielder was named by Fabio Capello to the 30-man provisional squad for the Three Lions’ friendly against France in Paris next week. Capello sent his second-in-command, Franco Baldini, to Dallas last week to watch […]