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Author Archives: Philip Oliver

Galaxy wounds healed as they head for Championship

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It seems hard to believe that LA Galaxy lie just two games away from another Major League Soccer Championship after the season they’ve endured. Rewind four months and a return to the increasingly bitter feud between Landon Donovan and David … Continue reading

From Russia without love

Posted on by Philip Oliver

If European footballers were to be asked about the away venue they would least like to play at, Russia would probably top the list. ‘A tough place to go’ is about the size of the cliché, with both clubs and … Continue reading

Akinbiyi Returns To England

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Ade Akinbiyi is the latest player from UK leagues to struggle in Major League Soccer. Released by Houston Dynamo after 14 appearances and no goals, he returns to English football with League Two club Notts County. The Magpies have hit … Continue reading

World Cup qualification analysis

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The United States are on the verge of qualifying for their ninth World Cup. Victory in Honduras on October 10th will secure their place in next year’s finals, as they will if Costa Rica lose to bottom-placed Trinidad and Tobago. … Continue reading

Germany Face Tense Wait For Qualification

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It seems strange that a team that has gained 22 points from a possible 24 is not yet guaranteed World Cup qualification. Whilst it is true that England, Netherlands and Spain have perfect qualification records, Germany might feel like they … Continue reading

Jozy Altidore: From Red Bulls to Tigers

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Jozy Altidore is Hull City’s big summer signing. The US international might only be on a season-long loan deal, but the fact the Tigers have the option of signing him permanently at the end of the campaign for £6.5m reveals … Continue reading

Germans to watch out for in the Premier League

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Dietmar Hamann is perhaps the most successful German in Premier League history. The graceful holding midfielder is considering a move to his fourth top flight English club and if he does grace the Premier League for a 12th season he … Continue reading

Clint Dempsey – the man to watch this season

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Clint Dempsey could hardly be in better form going into the 2009/10 Premier League season. He was recognised as one of the players of the tournament at the Confederations Cup in South Africa, hitting three goals in the United States’ … Continue reading

Changing attitudes

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It is fair to say that US football is not seen in a very positive light on the British side of the pond. There are years of prejudice to overcome, but the national team’s impressive display at the Confederations Cup … Continue reading

Evaluating Wolfsburg’s title triumph

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The profile of Germany’s champions cannot be more different from that of the winners of the other major European leagues. Few eyebrows were raised by Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan winning their respective league titles, but the Wolves’ triumph … Continue reading

The Miracle On Grass Remembered

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It is one of England’s most famous matches. More is known about epic World Cup clashes with West Germany and Argentina, but England’s defeat by the United States in the 1950 World Cup is regarded as the biggest football upset … Continue reading

Guide to Bundesliga stadiums

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As the last World Cup hosts, Germany unsurprisingly have an array of impressive stadiums. There are no fewer than 11 football stadiums with a capacity of at least 50,000, 10 of which are called home by Bundesliga clubs. This is … Continue reading

The Best US Imports

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Many nations have provided English football with players and the United States is no different. From Roy Wegerle to Brad Guzan, there has been a steady flow of Americans plying their trade across the pond, with goalkeepers being a regular … Continue reading