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Why It’s Time To Scrap Unwanted and Outdated FA Cup Replays

Picture the scene: It’s FA Cup third round weekend and non-league Macclesfield Town are hosting Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. Steve Williams has just scored a lovely equalizing goal for the underdogs with 12 minutes to go, and a woefully out of form Owls team look on the rack. The crowd […]

5 Changes To Make The FA Cup Viable Again

This past weekend’s FA Cup Third Round saw most Premier League and some Championship sides play with watered down teams. Not quite a “B” team in most cases, but teams where the principle of squad rotation was maximized. The FA Cup is a special competition and is in my mind […]

FA Cup Third Round, Sunday: Open Thread

Manchester United plays Swansea City in the final FA Cup match of the day. At Old Trafford, the starting line-ups are in: Manchester United: Lindegaard; Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Büttner; Valencia, Fletcher, Cleverley, Kagawa; Welbeck, Hernandez. Subs: De Gea, Fabio, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Zaha, Januzaj. Swansea City: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Amat, Chico […]

Draw for FA Cup Fourth Round Announced

The draw for the FA Cup Fourth Round has been made today, which features several mouthwatering ties between Premier League sides and Football League teams. Sunderland vs Kidderminster or Peterborough Bolton Wanderers vs Cardiff City Southampton vs Yeovil Town Huddersfield Town vs Charlton or Oxford Port Vale or Plymouth vs […]

WATCH The FA Cup Fourth Round Draw On Replay [VIDEO]

Watch the draw for the FA Cup Fourth Round, which was streamed courtesy of The FA. Find out who will play whom in the next round of the oldest club soccer tournament in the world. The draw was conducted by Martin Allen and Paul Allen, two former West Ham United […]

FA Cup Third Round, Saturday: Open Thread

One of the highlights of the English football calendar is the FA Cup Third Round where there’s the potential of cup upsets. It’s also a rare treat for soccer fans to watch teams they don’t usually see on television, and to get a good glimpse at what English football is […]

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Mourinho calls Chelsea FA Cup defeat a disgrace

Embarrassed Jose Mourinho branded Chelsea's FA Cup fourth-round exit to Bradford "unacceptable" and a "disgrace" as the League One side's giant-killing exploits continued with a phenomenal come-from-behind victory at Stamford Bridge. League One City brilliantly responded from 2-0 down after 38 minutes to win 4-2 and dump the Barclays Premier […]

UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Preview

The 2013 UEFA Women’s Euro kicks off on Wednesday, July 10 in Sweden, the host nation. For viewers in the United States, all games will be shown live on ESPN3. The venues for the Championship will include the 30,000 seater Friends Arena, which will host the final on July 28. […]

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez gives Rafa Benitez his vote of confidence

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Monday gave under-fire coach Rafael Benitez his full backing, just two days after a smarting 4-0 home defeat to arch rivals Barcelona. “The coach Rafael Benitez has our full support and confidence. He was picked for his professionalism, his achievements, his experience and his […]

Three possible defensive midfield options for Arsenal in the January transfer market

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger the broke news, and the hearts of Arsenal fans, on Monday by confirming defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin will be sidelined “at least two months” with a knee injury suffered during Arsenal’s disappointing 2-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday.  Coquelin is one of the most important […]

Pep Guardiola: Bayern Munich’s Champions League match against Olympiakos ‘a final for us’

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insists Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Olympiakos is effectively ‘a final’ for the Germans in the battle to finish top of the group. Both Olympiakos and Bayern have nine points in Group F, but Guardiola’s Bavarians lead the table with an overwhelming goal difference and […]