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This CONCACAF Gold Cup will be contested by watered down squads from the two traditional CONCACAF heavyweights, the USA and Mexico. Additionally, the failure of Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala to qualify for this edition of the event opened the field up. Guadeloupe, a surprise package to everyone but myself […]

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Luka Modric returns to Real Madrid squad against Schalke 04; Odegaard ruled out

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed midfielder Luka Modric will be back in his squad against Schalke 04 next week, but went on to reveal that Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard will not be named on the Champions League roster. Ancelotti has repeatedly stated Modric would return to the lineup in March – […]

Where Might Craig Bellamy Land in January?

It should be plainly obvious to any football fan with half a brain that Craig Bellamy is looking at the front door. From the moment that his fellow Welshman Mark Hughes was sacked at Manchester City, reports emerged that Bellamy was preparing to hand in a transfer request. Just days […]

Is The Number 10 Role A Dying Breed in Soccer?

Ah yes. The double holding midfield pair. How I love to watch them. The joy of viewing a perfectly weighted backwards pass, the ambition and invention of a lateral pass, and the beauty of a tactical foul. You can’t help but admire their fire-fighting skills. Think of the names. Lucas […]

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: TV times and open thread

Here’s today’s TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States (as well as listings of commentators): Crystal Palace vs. West Brom, 7:45am, NBCSN; Peter Drury & Jim Beglin Manchester City vs. Newcastle, 10am, NBCSN; Gary Weaver & Davie Provan Sunderland vs. West Ham, 10am, USA; David Stowell & Neil McCann Aston Villa vs. […]