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Author Archives: tyduffy

British Managers Squander Opportunities To Join Premier League Elite

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In his WSJ column, Gabriele Marcotti brings up the dearth of British managers at the top of English football.  Seven of the 20 Premier League managers are foreign.  Sir Alex Ferguson is the only British manager among the so-called “Big … Continue reading

Could Glen Johnson's Knee Injury Help Liverpool?

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Liverpool announced that Glen Johnson will miss at least a month after tearing a knee ligament.  It may be paradoxical to claim this for a recent £18m signing, but Johnson’s absence may aid the Reds in their battle for fourth. … Continue reading

Review: FIFA 10 For Wii

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EA Sports’ FIFA franchise strives for realism, to approximate the experience of being a footballer or managing a club. When you see the gaudy, arcade style interface of FIFA 10 for the Wii, you realize this will be a very … Continue reading

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Revolution at Notts County Was Short-Lived

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Sven-Goran Eriksson sparked an apparent revolution at Notts County in July. With Tord Grip and mysterious financial backing, he set off to dazzle the Football League like one of his secretaries. He signed legacy kid Kasper Schmeichel. He lured former … Continue reading

Two Suggestions To Fix The Lifeless League Cup

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The League Cup stinks. It’s superfluous and boring. It’s the FA Cup with neither the romance nor the tradition. It’s either meaningless adornment for big clubs or a delusion for teams not good enough to win a real trophy. Other … Continue reading

Do UEFA’s Financial Reforms Unfairly Target Manchester City?

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In an exclusive interview for the Guardian, Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak criticized Michel Platini’s planned control of football club expenditure. He has a point. Platini wants new financial rules by 2012. Under those guidelines, Clubs would spend within their … Continue reading

Emmanuel Adebayor Lectures Arsenal Fans on Loyalty

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Before playing Arsenal, former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor said Arsenal supporters are “not real fans.” “What is good at City is the fans. They love you. Arsenal have a lot of fans who are not fans,” Adebayor said. “Arsenal have … Continue reading

The Most Expensive Transfer in Premier League History is…Carlos Tevez?

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Paul Doyle of The Guardian once described Carlos Tevez as “the rich man’s Dirk Kuyt.” That man may be far more rich than we thought. Carlos Tevez left Manchester United for Manchester City, in a deal that reportedly paid Tevez’ … Continue reading

FIFA Bans Chelsea From Buying Players Until 2011

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It’s funny how karma works.  Chelsea took an inhumanely stern line with Adrian Mutu, and now FIFA has taken a stern line with them. The Blues have been found guilty of “inducing” French midfielder Gael Kakuta to break his contract … Continue reading

Michael Owen: Past his Prime or Past His Time?

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Toward the end of his book Inverting the Pyramid, Jonathan Wilson writes about the changing nature of modern football.  A player he brings up to emphasize this is Michael Owen.  To Wilson, Owen is a relic of a previous era. … Continue reading

Arsenal Beat Celtic 2-0 at Celtic Park, All But Assure Champions League Qualification

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Arsenal beat Celtic 2-0 at Celtic Park, all but assuring their qualification for the Champions League group stages, with two away goals.  It was not the presiding effort of their 6-1 away win at Everton, but the two deflected goals … Continue reading

What Will Arsenal Do With the £39m from Manchester City?

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Manchester City are spending their way into the Premier League top four. Paradoxically, the club most amenable to their ambition is Arsenal, whom they wish to supplant. The Gunners sold City striker Emmanuel Adebayor for £25m. Less than two weeks … Continue reading

UEFA to Fine Arsenal and Manchester United £5,000, Why Bother?

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UEFA will fine both Arsenal and Manchester United £5,000 respectively for fan incidents during last years Champions League semifinals.  An Arsenal fan hit Nemanja Vidic with a plastic bottle.  A Manchester United supporter hurled a smoke bomb onto the pitch.    … Continue reading

Can Sven-Goran Eriksson Bring Notts County To The Premier League?

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Former England, Manchester City and Mexico manager Sven Goran-Eriksson did not become director of football at Notts County “for the money.”  Nor, apparently, did he go for the prestige or mild degree of difficulty.  Eriksson inherits a club that finished … Continue reading

Why Has Manchester United Resigned Itself To Being Outspent?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has a practical take on morality.  Anything benefitting Manchester United is right.  Anything hindering Manchester United is wrong.  With Manchester City and Real Madrid suddenly able to outbid Manchester United for players.  It should surprise no one … Continue reading

West Ham’s Takeover Is Well-Considered, Stable and Boring

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For those not emotionally invested, the sale of a prominent Premier League club is chum in the water.  We want easily caricatured nutballs in charge, huge transfer budgets, grandiose schemes destined to fail and decimations of the club’s staff.  We … Continue reading

Least Valuable Premier League XI

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This is not the worst team in the Premier League.  It is the least valuable.  This team would incite the masses with talent, with name recognition and with expense.  They would then fail pathetically.  This team could be composed entirely … Continue reading

Half Empty or Half Full: A Look At Arsenal’s 2008-09 Season

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Facing the sobering reality of a fourth season without a major trophy, Arsenal fans have been disappointed.  The disenchantment has created a culture of negativity around the club, which Arsene Wenger lashed out at on Friday. “When you look at … Continue reading