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Author Archives: Michael James

John Collins Set to Take Over at Fulham

Posted on by Michael James

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

Posted on by Michael James

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?

Posted on by Michael James

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

Posted on by Michael James

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

Full-Time Thoughts–Arsenal vs. Liverpool

Posted on by Michael James

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 … Continue reading

Halftime Thoughts–Arsenal vs. Liverpool

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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 … Continue reading

Champions League Quarterfinal Preview–Part 2

Posted on by Michael James

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 … Continue reading

Champions League Quarterfinals Preview–Part 1

Posted on by Michael James

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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Michael James

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 … Continue reading

Cahill's Injury is a Massive Blow for Everton

Posted on by Michael James

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 … Continue reading

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

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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, … Continue reading

Not-So-Bold Prediction: Arsenal Will Finish Trophyless

Posted on by Michael James

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. … Continue reading

Good For You, Steve Bennett

Posted on by Michael James

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 … Continue reading

Capello Announces 23-Man Squad for France Friendly

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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 … Continue reading

Everton Misses Chance to Solidify 5th Place

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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 … Continue reading

Capello Announces 30-Man Provisional Squad for France Friendly

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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 … Continue reading

Another 4-4 Draw for Chelsea, Tottenham

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What a remarkable game. This 4-4 draw was the second of its kind for both Spurs and Chelsea this season; remarkably, Aston Villa was the opponent for both London clubs in their other 4-4 game. Spurs also drew 3-3 with … Continue reading

Newcastle United–England's Version of the Chicago Cubs?

Posted on by Michael James

Ho-hum. Another day, another winless result for Kevin Keegan and Newcastle today as his side managed to earn a 1-1 draw at fellow bottom-feeder Birmingham City. Michael Owen’s oh-so-masterful toe-poke into the back of the net levelled the score in … Continue reading