Ashley Cole: Chelsea's Difference-Maker
Ashley Cole: Chelsea's Difference-Maker

Love him or hate him, Ashley Cole is the best at his position in England, and arguably the world. While this has been the case for many years (although I’m sure the Evra family might object), under Carlo Ancelotti Cole has transformed from an indefatigable left-back to an integral cog […]

Gerrard the Great: England 2 – 1 Hungary
Gerrard the Great: England 2 – 1 Hungary

After falling behind amidst a chorus of boos, England’s captain Steven Gerrard went all Bruce Banner turns Incredible Hulk on poor Hungary. That frustration and torment endured by England’s underachieving side inspired Gerrard to remind us that he is still capable of being one of the world’s best. Down 1-0 […]

Torres Commits to Anfield, But is This Best For Liverpool?
Torres Commits to Anfield, But is This Best For Liverpool?

El Niño has ended his silence today and has announced he “is more committed to Liverpool FC than ever.” This almost feels like a summer move, because with Liverpool finishing 7th last season, it seemed inevitable that the combination of his highly-overvalued price tag and Torres’ desire for Champions League […]

Step in Right Direction:  Champions League to Add 2 Assistant Referees
Step in Right Direction: Champions League to Add 2 Assistant Referees

While I do not always agree with UEFA President Michel Platini, like his proposals for wage caps and vendetta against the big-spending Premier League, the Frenchman has been spot on in implementing more referee assistants on the pitch. Platini was massive in introducing extra assistants to aid the referee in […]

Joe Cole's Move: Great for Liverpool, Bad for Joe
Joe Cole's Move: Great for Liverpool, Bad for Joe

So the Londoner is off to Merseyside. In what has been a stale post-World Cup transfer cycle, where hearsay reigns supreme over any actual movement, this week saw the first eyebrow-raising move: Joe Cole to Liverpool. Eyebrow-raising because all summer it seemed that most of the major English power players […]

Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry Unveiled for New York
Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry Unveiled for New York

First there was Brand Beckham going to Hollywood. Now we have King Henry coming to the Big Apple. While MLS is getting that knack as a semi-retirement league for the world’s greatest stars (Frank Lampard has mentioned it as well), Henry’s signing is still a major deal for the young […]

How Fabio Capello Blew it, and Why He Should Be Fired
How Fabio Capello Blew it, and Why He Should Be Fired

I am fully aware that I am late to the why-England-were-eliminated-party here, but as I’ve pored over the litany of explanations on the web, I’ve found that there is an unfair discrepancy of player blame vs. manager blame. Sure, the England stars appeared lackadaisical and short on ideas, but these […]

The Final Third: The 2010 World Cup's Black Hole
The Final Third: The 2010 World Cup's Black Hole

During his broadcast of the Italy-Paraguay match, Ian Darke, never shy in his observations of that match before him, made the astute observation that the Italian penalty area “must be a minefield” to the Paraguayans by the way they seemed to avoid it at all costs. While Darke’s comment focused […]

The U.S. Becomes a Soccer Nation, If Just For One Day
The U.S. Becomes a Soccer Nation, If Just For One Day

Walking up and down the streets of New York before the most highly anticipated U.S. soccer match in history, one could have mistaken this city for London, Berlin or Rio de Janeiro. Thousands of people clad in football jerseys, and not the variety of Manning, Brady, or Peterson, but those […]

England v USA: The Key Matchups
England v USA: The Key Matchups

Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Ashley Cole. An illustrious lot, these world footballing stars would make the starting XI of just about every squad on the planet and are known from the Midwest to the Midlands. Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard. While […]

Flurry of Premier League Stars' Injuries Could Tarnish World Cup
Flurry of Premier League Stars' Injuries Could Tarnish World Cup

Just as the hype and excitement for the World Cup is building to a feverish pitch, over the last two days we have had to read devastating headlines about star players (most of them Premier League stalwarts or ex-EPL stars) going down to injury in exhibition warm-up matches. Devastating because […]

With Walcott Axed, Zero Arsenal Players in English Team
With Walcott Axed, Zero Arsenal Players in English Team

Perhaps this is a frivolous post, but with Theo Walcott shockingly omitted from Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad, the England national team are left with ZERO players from Arsenal traveling to South Africa. Sure, Arsenal FC will be well-represented in this year’s tournament: William Gallas (France), Robin van Persie (Holland), […]

Peter "No Slouch" Crouch: What Should Capello Do With This Guy?
Peter "No Slouch" Crouch: What Should Capello Do With This Guy?

Another England match, another goal for Peter Crouch. Sure, the one against Mexico yesterday was hardly artful, in fact, it was illegal on two fronts: handball and offside. But to speak of that Mexican injustice misses the point. Peter Crouch somehow, someway finds the back of the net for England […]

Champions Once Again, Chelsea FC Can Finally Move Beyond Mourinho
Champions Once Again, Chelsea FC Can Finally Move Beyond Mourinho

Grant. Scolari. Hiddink. Since the acrimonious departure of Chelsea’s revered and beloved Jose Mourinho, who gave the club its first taste of sustained glory, a revolving door of big-name managers have cast a dark cloud over Stamford Bridge. This is not to say said coaches came and went without accomplishment. […]

Chelsea Thrash Stoke for Seven, Stake Claim as England's Best
Chelsea Thrash Stoke for Seven, Stake Claim as England's Best

  Well, so much for Chelsea buckling under the pressure Manchester United created with their 3-1 victory of surging Tottenham yesterday The Blues are made up of wily veterans, so Sir Alex Ferguson’s futile attempts at mind games unsurprisingly fell on deaf ears around Cobham, but even the most die-hard […]

Why Soccer’s Championship Format is Best
Why Soccer’s Championship Format is Best

One of the most fascinating aspects of soccer is its formula for declaring a champion. In no other sport (mind you I come from an American sports background) can a match that pits the team at the top of the league versus a middle-of-the-pack team be the game that goes […]

Berbatov Critics Proven Right
Berbatov Critics Proven Right

Last week in the build-up to the English Premier League’s most anticipated match of the season, there were many in the press and blogosphere that openly questioned Dimitar Berbatov’s ability to replace Wayne Rooney as an effective lone striker. I, myself, wrote an article arguing that Rooney’s ankle injury made […]

Wayne Rooney's Injury Makes it Chelsea's Title to Lose
Wayne Rooney's Injury Makes it Chelsea's Title to Lose

Without even kicking a ball, Chelsea were given a gift this week.  One roll of Wayne Rooney’s ankle has altered the dynamic of the entire 2009-10 EPL campaign, and has handed Carlo Ancelotti more than just a lifeline, but possibly the title itself.  While the Italian would never admit that […]