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Lessons Learned from Giornata 17

The big story of the weekend was the snow that postponed four matches including the much anticipated Fiorentina-AC Milan match, rescheduled for January 27.  However, the weekend still had plenty of drama, especially around Juventus.  In honor of the holiday season, this week’s Lessons will be handing out presents to […]

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 12: Nov. 28 and Nov. 29

This weekend’s round of fixtures is highlighted by El Clásico, the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid.  Not only are they the two most successful teams in the history of Spanish football, they occupy the top two spots in this season’s table.  Real Madrid has a one point lead over […]

Benitez Cannot Buckle Under Pressure

“It is difficult for us to qualify, but not impossible,We have to win our game and see what happens with Fiorentina and Lyon. Then we will approach the last game.” Benitez has certainly fought his corner today after the galling last minute equaliser Liverpool conceded in the Stade Gerland last […]

Athletic Bilbao Maintains Perfect Start and Basque Heritage

Athletic Bilbao would have no problems with the proposed UEFA plan of mandating eight homegrown players in the squad of eighteen for every match or the theoretical 6 + 5 rule, where six players of the starting eleven would have to be eligible for the national team of their club’s […]

Favorable Draw for German Clubs in Europe

On Friday UEFA conducted the draws for the Champions League and Europa League play-off rounds.  In the Champions League, Vfb Stuttgart will be matched against FC Timisoara of Romania’s Liga 1.  Timisoara finished as runners-up in last year’s Romanian Championship, and boast the likes of Costa Rican international striker Winston […]

Five Referees at Every Europa League Game

Without a lot of herald or press coverage, UEFA announced at the start of the week that there will be five referees on the pitch for all Europa League matches next season.  An additional pair of eyes will be stationed behind each goal, focusing on incidents in and around the […]

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R.I.P. Lamar Hunt

One of American Soccer’s great pioneers passed away yesterday at 74. Hunt was best known for his work in American Football as owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and one of the founders of the Super Bowl. But Hunt was probably the first big American business man to become interested […]

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 5: Open Thread

Do Sunday mornings get any better than this? Liverpool against Manchester United, Newcastle against Norwich City, Manchester City versus Arsenal and Tottenham against Queens Park Rangers. Four matches in the space of 4.5 hours. Needless to say, the match between Liverpool and Manchester United is one that both sides will desperately […]

Fox Soccer Channel v ESPN – Which is Better?

To say Americans rely on quality television stations and reliable broadcasts for our fix of the Premier League and other avenues of the beautiful game is a vast understatement. No, “rely” is simply too small a word to describe the lifeline, the oxygen, the blood and the water that is […]

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