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Sky Sports Releases Promo for New Season: Park Game

Sky Sports often make a fool of themselves by hyping their own programming to such an extent that they can hardly ever live up to their promises. But, they recently released a new promo in the United Kingdom which caught my eye because it’s extremely well done, irreverent, creative and […]

Andy Gray Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Sky Sports’ Andy Gray broadcast the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday and will work with Fox Soccer Channel this summer as a World Cup analyst. Earlier this week Andy joined me to talk about both events, giving us an overview of which nations he sees as strongest ahead of […]

Poll: Who Is The World's Number One Authority On Soccer?

American football has its John Madden, but among the media soccer doesn’t have a recognized authority figure on soccer? Or do we? Vote now who you believe is the number one authority on soccer worldwide. <a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1022314/” >Who’s the number one authority in the world on soccer?</a> <br /> <span […]

FIFA 09 Preview

FIFA 09 Preview? We’ve got it here including the official preview, a trailer from EA featuring Maurice Edu and a couple of fan videos showing actual gameplay. [display_podcast] Electronic Arts must hate the August transfer window. With their FIFA series being released in early September, EA has no time to […]

Jack Bell Is A Wanker, Part II

It’s pretty sad when two soccer columnists who represent what is supposedly one of the nation’s top newspapers are so incompetent and out-of-touch with reality. Last November, I called New York Times soccer columnist Jack Bell a wanker for writing an idiotic article criticizing Fox Soccer Channel for broadcasting the […]

ESPN's Euro 2008 Dream Goes According To Plan

ESPN and ABC’s dreams have come true. Sunday’s Euro 2008 final between Germany and Spain is a far better proposition for the Disney owned TV networks than Turkey against Russia would have been. With plenty of German Americans living in the United States as well as a massive hispanic population, […]

Could ESPN Steal Andy Gray From Sky Sports?

Modern day football coverage is such that the commentators don’t even need to be in the stadiums anymore. ESPN’s Euro 2008 commentators are all huddled in Bristol, Connecticut. Most TWI commentators, meanwhile, broadcast Premier League games out of their studios in west London. With the world being a much smaller […]

ESPN Find Magic Formula With Andy Gray & Derek Rae

Soccer fans in the United States watching the Turkey against Czech Republic game were in for a double treat on Sunday. There was the incredible comeback from Turkey who found themselves two nil down but came back to win the match 3-2, which knocked the Czechs out of the tournament. […]

Day One: First Impressions of ESPN's Euro '08 Coverage

Euro 2008 is finally here after the standard mega sports event buildup.  And for ESPN, today is the beginning of their broadcast of the entire tournmanet for the first time.  The network has been rolling the ads for weeks and made a big addition to its on-air talent with Andy Gray.  Now, at last, the […]

ESPN Makes Smart Move With Andy Gray Hiring

Andy Gray, one of the top football co-commentators and pundits in the world, made his appearance this afternoon not on Sky Sports but instead on ESPN. What Gray gives ESPN is instant credibility, which the network desperately needs if it’s to establish itself as an authority on soccer coverage both […]

Who’s Your Fantasy Team Of Football Commentators?

If you could pick your favorite football commentators from around the world, who would they be and why? Consider both radio and television. My fantasy lineup is as follows: Lead commentator: Martin Tyler (Sky Sports) Co-commentator: Mike Ingham (BBC Five Live) Pitchside commentator: Stuart Hall (BBC) Studio analyst: Andy Gray […]

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Monday Premier League Roundup in 232 Characters

Because Twitter won’t let me post more than 140 characters, here are my thoughts about the Premier League matches I watched on television Monday: Sunderland can’t hold on to a lead, Wolves can’t score, Spurs look fast on the break, Bellamy and Tevez are both dynamite when they’re playing together, […]

Jermaine Jones And Oguchi Onyewu Not Offered New Contracts At Schalke and QPR Respectively

In a blow to both players, Jermaine Jones and Oguchi Onyewu have both been told by their clubs that their contracts will not be renewed. Defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones has been informed by Schalke that the Bundesliga club will not renew his contract when it expires this summer. The USMNT […]

Vincenzo Bernardo Interview

I recently interviewed Vincenzo Bernardo, the Italian-American who was once of Napoli and now plays his soccer in Austria. He was born in New Jersey and reminds me a lot of Giuseppe Rossi. Visit his website at www.vincenzobernardo.net and follow him on Twitter at @VB10. Kristan: Moving to Italy at […]

Why Blackpool Needs To Become A Blueprint

It’s safe to say that this year’s promotion class has been a revelation. Newcastle will of course, always be a top-flight side for whom relegation is an aberration, but both West Brom and Blackpool have been a breath of fresh air in the way they’ve consistently played attractive football. It […]

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What happened to the FIFA members who voted for Russia and Qatar

Five years ago on Wednesday, FIFA’s executive committee chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar for 2022 in one of the most controversial votes in sporting history. Sixteen of the 24 executive members have been suspended, arrested for bribery, or banned. Others have faced questions about their […]