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Instant replays not the solution after poor weekend of Premier League officiating

The case for some sort of instant replay in the Premier League was made by Jose Mourinho on Sunday’s surprising appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday program. Following Kevin Friend’s shocking first half performance in Southampton’s loss at St Mary’s to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, Mourinho’s calls for replay […]

Scudamore: Premier League is Not to Blame For England’s Failures: Nightly Soccer Report

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has gone on the attack against the Football Association, and has expressed frustration that the league is being blamed for England’s failures at European Championships and World Cup tournaments. According to The Guardian newspaper, Scudamore said: “It frustrates me enormously because it is so palpably not […]

Why The FA’s Respect Campaign Is A Waste Of Time

The Respect campaign is five years old this season, so how’s that going? Well, it depends on how you judge such things. The view of the players, as voiced by players union head Clarke Carlisle is that behaviour of players has improved and that there is simply more focus on those […]

The FA, Paul Gascoigne and Help

A Lion who’s seen better times. Will it all end in tears? Yet again, Paul Gascoigne has been in the English media headlines in recent weeks for all the wrong reasons. The 42 year old midfield maestro of yesteryear who looks the worst part of 60 was arrested twice in a week, […]

FA Cup 5th Round Recap

Seven out of the eight FA Cup 5th Round ties were settled this weekend, with only the Middlesbrough-Sheffield United pairing in need of a replay. That match will come at the Riverside on the 26th, but both teams will be in the hat for tomorrow’s quarterfinal draw. Two surprise teams […]

Road to Wembley: FA Cup Third Round Replays

A big day of FA Cup action and the team I’ve been following for this round, League Two strugglers Bury, pulled off a big upset by knocking out Championship side Norwich City with a 2-1 win in their 3rd round replay at Gigg Lane. The win sets up a fourth […]

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Has The Transfer Market Really “Caught Fire”?

Was I dreaming or did I really see Sir Alex on television this week, complaining about the high prices of players in today’s transfer market? This man once helped set the standard for the ÜBER-BIG SPENDING. He would never hesitate to bring in enough top players for nearly two starting XIs worth of […]

John Terry and the FA: A Proportionate Response?

So after last week’s verdict, John Terry is guilty according to the FA.  But he’s not guilty according to Westminster magistrates court.  Yes but he is still guilty….. or, well, not guilty.  Ok, he’s guiltily not guilty.  Clear?  Good, glad that’s sorted. Depending on who you listen to it’s either […]

Dave Clark Interview: MLS Talk Podcast

On this edition of the Major League Soccer Talk podcast, I talk to Dave Clark. Dave covers the Seattle Sounders at SounderAtHeart.com, but while we talk about the Sounders’ past and upcoming seasons, the main focus of the podcast are two pieces of analysis Dave’s recently published: a look at […]

Barca Would Not Be Denied

It wasn’t a blowout like Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero predicted,but he would have won picking a straight winner.  Whenever I talk to my non-fútbol friends, I can never seem to tell them that stats in the game I love lie.  The one that lies the most is […]

Dutch Oven

Argento-croat striker Dario Cvitanich decided that he will not head to Espanyol, so now they will have to look at Plan B. The Banfield net piercer saw the opportunity to go to Ajax and penned a five-year, 6 million euro deal to play for Ajax. Expect him to really shine […]

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John Terry keen to prolong Chelsea stay

Chelsea captain John Terry reiterated his desire to extend his contract with the Premier League champions on Sunday, a week after announcing he would leave at the season’s end. Diego Costa struck in injury time to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on […]