Chelsea’s UEFA Conspiracy Claims Are Laughable
Chelsea’s UEFA Conspiracy Claims Are Laughable

With their typical class, Chelsea players and staff asserted their belief, following their 1-1 agg defeat to Barcelona, that UEFA conspired against them to prevent an all-English final in the Champions League. Players, such as Didier Drogba, displayed their sentiment by all but physically assaulting the referee as he left […]

American Ownership In The English Premier League Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing
American Ownership In The English Premier League Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

Those who would purify English football believe the current debauchery and debt stems from foreign ownership. That is not necessarily true. American billionaire Stan Kroenke bought out the Carr family shares in Arsenal for about £45m, increasing his stake in the club to 28.3%, the largest individual holding. Despite the […]

Everton Announced As The Opponent for MLS All-Stars
Everton Announced As The Opponent for MLS All-Stars

Major League Soccer has announced Everton as the opponent for this year’s MLS All-Star game. “We are very excited about Everton FC agreeing to be the opponent for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. “Everton is an elite European club that features […]

Premier League Footballers Do Not Make Too Much Money
Premier League Footballers Do Not Make Too Much Money

Premier League footballers make extraordinary salaries.  The common implication from this is that they make too much money.  Players are the scapegoat for the endemic money culture that has invaded football.  It’s held as common sense that salary caps and other punitive measures are the only way to save a […]

Nine Premier League Clubs Make Forbes’ Top 25 Richlist
Nine Premier League Clubs Make Forbes’ Top 25 Richlist

This just in – Premier League clubs are big money businesses. Forbes released their list of most valuable soccer teams. Here are some of the more interesting findings for the Premier League. Three Premier League clubs – Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool – are worth over $1 billion, joining Real Madrid […]

The Relegation Rumble: Will Alan Shearer’s Newcastle Be Relegated?
The Relegation Rumble: Will Alan Shearer’s Newcastle Be Relegated?

Newcastle has been in a rudderless malaise for most of the season. Kevin Keegan resigned and nearly every potential replacement rejected the offer. The club pulled backdated Joe Kinnear out of retirement, gave him the full time job and then watched him succumb to heart trouble. Chris Hughton took over […]

The Relegation Rumble: Will Blackburn Rovers Go Down?
The Relegation Rumble: Will Blackburn Rovers Go Down?

Buoyed by Mark Hughes’ overachievement and shrewd signings, Blackburn had been living in a fantasyland of consistent contention for Europe.  Paul Ince transported them rudely back to small city reality.  Blackburn took an admirable risk, hiring the Premier League’s first black manager, but, in this instance, it clearly backfired.  You […]

The Relegation Rumble: Stoke City
The Relegation Rumble: Stoke City

Stoke City are a newly promoted side from the Championship, and they certainly play like one. The operating procedure has been physicality, holding the line at home and hoping for some magic from Rory Delap’s wicked throw-ins. It has worked with a modicum of success. They are sixteenth in the […]

The Relegation Rumble: Portsmouth
The Relegation Rumble: Portsmouth

Until late October, Portsmouth seemed destined for a mid-table season. After a rough August start against Chelsea and Man United, the trophy-winning club won four out of seven matches, looking frisky once again. Then Harry Redknapp left for the Tottenham and the seam exploded. Tony Adams had no perceivable managerial […]

The Relegation Rumble: Sunderland
The Relegation Rumble: Sunderland

Sunderland rose to the Premier League two seasons ago with Roy Keane’s magnetism, and it was the same presence that kept them afloat last season.  The reform movement lost steam when Keane left, and Sunderland have been rudderless since Ricky Sbragia transcended the interim label.  The club is in fourteenth […]

The Relegation Rumble: Hull City
The Relegation Rumble: Hull City

This is the second in a series of relegation assessments.  For a similar look at Bolton Wanderers.  Check here. Hull City surprised everyone at the start of the season, winning six of their first nine, knocking off an over-confident Arsenal. The club lost composure. Phil Brown lost his sweet goatee, […]

The Relegation Rumble: Bolton Wanderers
The Relegation Rumble: Bolton Wanderers

With Aston Villa’s demise the top of the league once again appears calcified, so, like Kim Kardashian crammed into a designer dress, the bulk of the tension will be at the bottom.  Here is the first of a series of assessments of this season’s relegation candidates. As wretched as Manchester […]

Is Steven Gerrard the Best Player in the World?
Is Steven Gerrard the Best Player in the World?

Following Liverpool’s 4-0 dismantling of Real Madrid at Anfield last midweek, France legend Zinedine Zidane described Steven Gerrard as “the best player in the world.” “Is he the best in the world? He might not get the attention of Messi and Ronaldo but yes, I think he just might be. […]

Why Can’t ESPN Pronounce English Soccer Terms Correctly?
Why Can’t ESPN Pronounce English Soccer Terms Correctly?

Forgiving the Gaffer’s scheduling criticisms, ESPN mostly has been wonderful for soccer promotion in the U.S..  Top goals are making the top-ten plays.  Sportscenter features highlight reels.  Yesterday’s Real Madrid-Liverpool match, though it was not the greatest testament, featured on the flagship network.  Much has been done, and the burgeoning […]

The West Brom Win Changes Little for Arsenal
The West Brom Win Changes Little for Arsenal

Arsenal broke their four match scoreless streak on Tuesday, beating West Brom 3-1.  Arsene Wenger commented afterward that he never lost faith in his squad. Wenger said: “You are quickly questioned, when you don’t score. “There was no open discussion about the problem, but subconsciously it certainly has an influence […]

Why Aren’t More Premier League Clubs Using the iPod?
Why Aren’t More Premier League Clubs Using the iPod?

Apple’s iPod is a magical little device. It has disseminated knowledge, has alleviated boredom, has provided a personal soundtrack and, most crucially, has eliminated virtually the mutually dreaded “stop and chat” with awkward acquaintances. After last weekend’s rocking Carling Cup final, the iPod can help a goalkeeper save penalties. Manchester […]

Could Manchester City Send Robinho to Chelsea for John Terry?
Could Manchester City Send Robinho to Chelsea for John Terry?

It would be a sane Premier League week if there wasn’t an outlandish Manchester City rumor, but where is the fun in that? This week’s circulation is a doozy.  Manchester City reportedly are including Robinho in a cash plus player offer for Chelsea captain John Terry this summer.  City would […]