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The UEFA Cup: What Is The Point?

The question I am posing is looking purely at what the UEFA Cup means to clubs from the English Premier League. Judging by recent participants and how they have fared, it appears to feature very low on most Premiership clubs’ list of priorities. Before the profile of the European Cup […]

Benitez and Mowbray’s Words Fail to Show Up on the Pitch

You would think Rafa Benitez would have already learned his lesson. Instead Rafa is left to choke on more words, and a title dream lost. Before Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City, Rafa reacted to Arsene Wenger’s comments that Manchester United were untouchable. “I can only talk of my team […]

Kevin Nolan Should Be Suspended Further

So Kevin Nolan will now face a three match ban for violent conduct, after his dreadful tackle on Victor Anichebe in today’s match, but I don’t think it’s sufficient punishment for such a bad challenge. It’s about time that the Premier League and the F.A. clamped down on such challenges […]

Stoke City Benefit From The Chest of Johnson

For seventy minutes at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke City and Portsmouth football clubs were getting very close to contending for my ‘worst match ever watched’ title. The last twenty minutes redeemed it. When it’s all said and done we will remember one thing from today’s match between Stoke City and […]

Rare Football Shirts Revealed From Umbro’s Archives

Umbro has been going through its football archives and have unearthed a treasure trove of classic football shirts from the 1970’s and onwards. Whether you’re a fan of club or international football, there are plenty of shirt designs here that will send you back in time. Included in the archive […]

It's A Wonderful Life: Premier League Style

Earlier last week, I wrote how on paper the Premier League weekend fixtures seemed boring other than the Arsenal against Liverpool match-up. Boy, was I wrong. To me, this was one of the most entertaining weekends of the season. Here are the matches I caught this weekend and my thoughts […]

Big Sam Named New Blackburn Rovers Manager

Just when we thought this Saturday was going to be a bit of a snoozer in the Premier League, Paul Ince gets sacked and Blackburn Rovers have now appointed Sam Allardyce as the club’s new manager. His first match in charge will be this Saturday at Ewood Park against Stoke […]

Strange Day In The Premier League

What a strange day it was in the Premier League on Saturday. Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all failed to score. Aston Villa came within a whisker of beating Man United, which would have pushed them into third place. And Arsenal crumbled against Manchester City. In the closest Premier League […]

Matt Jansen Attempts A Last Hurrah

Football is littered with players whose careers have been curtailed before their time, sometimes through off field excesses, sometimes by the wear and tear of top level football, but Matt Jansen is certainly one of those players who certainly had more than a bit of bad luck push him to the periphery […]

3 Teams Invited to 2009 Premier League Asia Trophy

Plans are being finalized for the 2009 Premier League Asia Trophy. So far, Chelsea, West Ham United and Hull City have been invited to participate in the tournament which is likely to be held in China, in either Beijing or Shanghai. The 2007 edition of the tournament was hosted in […]

Time To Stop Underestimating Hull City

So, how many people thought Hull City would be Premiership cannon fodder, this seasons Derby County, bravely battling against the odds in a futile struggle that would ultimately lead to relegation. If so, how many had actually seen Hull City play before they came up? Not many I bet. Fair […]

Alan Parry Scores Own Goal In Bolton vs Liverpool Match

If Alan Parry thinks refereeing is so easy, let’s see him be the man in black next week. Football commentators sometimes stoke the fire by criticizing referees, which makes the TV viewers get emotional and forces undue pressure on referees, as well as countless subsequent articles in the press and […]

Liverpool's Magic Triangle: Kuyt, Keane And Gerrard

After watching English football on television for more than 30 years, I’ve watched countless boring tactical games like yesterday’s two nil win by Bolton against Manchester City. But I’ve also seen many incredible games and wonderful individual efforts that still make me jump out of my seat. This season, the […]

Bolton Giving Away Free Beer To Lure Fans

Bolton against Blackburn isn’t one of the biggest derbies in the Premier League season, but Saturday’s battle between the two Lancashire sides — separated by 17 miles — will be watched by the biggest home crowd of the season including 1,000 fans supplied with free beer in the new Fanzone […]

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Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Peter McVitie

Today’s Soccer Morning features an interview with Peter McVitie, to discuss the start of the Eredivisie season and how the police strikes will impact the opening of the league schedule. You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live. During the show, you […]

Liverpool and Arsenal Are Flat-Track Bullies; Only In Reverse

It’s been the same story from Liverpool and Arsenal all season. To become Premier League champions, both teams lack the consistency needed not only in their results, but also in their performances on the pitch. Saturday was another perfect example as both teams underwhelmed against opposition they should have beaten. […]

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CONCACAF Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann vs. Tuca Ferretti is a battle between 2 different coaching beliefs

The major qualm with Jurgen Klinsmann when he was hired by the United States became embodied in Philipp Lahm’s autobiography, where the Bayern legend and former German international portrayed Joachim Loew as the real tactical mind behind the 2006 Nationalmannschaft. Klinsmann dwelled on fitness, never talked about tactics, and left […]

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET

Today’s Soccer Morning features listener calls as well as the latest updates on the FIFA crisis. UPDATE: Alright, so here's the deal. @SoccerMorning won't be live today, but I am recording. Going to take blind calls, @bestsoccershow style. — Jason Davis (@davisjsn) October 8, 2015 You can listen to Soccer […]

Who is Issa Hayatou, world soccer’s acting FIFA President?

Now that Sepp Blatter, the most powerful man in world soccer, has been suspended from all soccer-related activities for the next 90 days, Issa Hayatou will serve as the interim FIFA President until a new one is appointed in February 2016 when the FIFA presidential elections happen. But up until now, […]

FIFA suspends Blatter, Platini and Valcke from soccer-related activities for 90 days

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, UEFA President Michel Platini and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke have all been provisionally suspended for 90 days by FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, after being investigated over corruption allegations. The three are banned from any soccer-related activity in the interim. They deny any wrongdoing. While Valcke has already […]