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Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 12

Jack Wilshere was lucky to escape a red card, let alone a yellow on Saturday against Manchester United at the weekend. The midfielder fouled Marouane Fellaini, then showed dissent towards Mike Dean, in an aggressive manner, which warranted a yellow card I felt. Wilshere then turned to Fellaini and leaned […]

The Fascinating Story of Everton Legend Sandy Young

Scottish strikers have featured heavily in Everton’s history. Graeme Sharp, Andy Gray and Duncan Ferguson have all been heroes on the pitch for the Toffees. Steven Naismith has been impressive this season for Roberto Martinez’s side, though not quite reaching the heights of his fellow Scottish frontmen. Before they all […]

Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 10

The biggest game of the weekend was of course the Manchester derby. Michael Oliver had a tough game and could have awarded three penalties in addition to Chris Smalling’s sending off, which was ridiculous. After being booked for blocking Joe Hart’s kick, he then went flying into James Milner. Louis […]

Player Ratings: Everton 3 Aston Villa 0

Smiles were brought back to Goodison Park as the Everton faithful witnessed their team finally announce themselves for this season. The team’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa was much needed, and much deserved. Roberto Martinez had clearly worked hard with the team on the training pitch to improve the defensive […]

5 Best Matches Of The Premier League Season So Far

With the 2014-15 edition of the Barclays Premier League now seven matches old, there have already been a number of hugely entertaining fixtures illustrating just why the English top flight is so highly regarded across the globe. Ranging from goal-bonanzas involving Manchester United to touchline bust-ups involving the usually calm […]

Europa League Matchday 2, US TV Information

Here is a complete list of LIVE showings for Matchday #2 of the Europa League to be played on Thursday, October 2nd (all times US Eastern): 11:00am Dinamo Moscow v PSV Eindhoven (espn3) 12:00pm FC Krasnodar v Everton (FoxSports-1 + espn3.com) 1:00pm VfL Wolfsburg v Lille (FoxSports-2) 1:00pm HNK Rijeka […]

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 6

Through wide areas, Hull City has found a lot of its success, and Steven Naismith has become the centerpiece of Everton’s alternative system of play. Hull Raids The Flanks When Ahmed Elmohamady went on trial with Steve Bruce’s Sunderland in 2009, the Egyptian flank-raider changed his career. The Wearside club […]

Tactical Analysis – Liverpool 1 Everton 1

The first edition of the Mersey Derby in this year’s Premier League campaign saw two teams dealing with different problems. Liverpool, the match’s hosts, is trying to figure out how to move without the transcendent talent of Luis Suarez. Meanwhile, Everton is dealing with the same problem they face every […]

Everton’s August-September Progress Report

Diego Costa insouciantly rounded Tim Howard and slotted Chelsea’s sixth goal of the game at Goodison Park; the moment it became abundantly and indisputably clear Everton had pertinent concerns. Some worries had emerged a week previous when the Toffees let a two-goal lead slip against Arsenal in the dying embers […]

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Why Are We Seeing So Many Bad Tackles?

While his Wolves side weren’t able to earn a valuable victory over West Ham, Mick McCarthy was able to hit back at Danny Murphy, with a comment in a press conference summing up the universal disagreement that has followed the Fulham midfielders attack on managers who ‘encourage’ bad tackles. When […]

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 22: Feb. 13 and Feb. 14

This weekend, the focus will be on those teams who will play in European competition in the following midweek.  The question of domestic vs. European responsibilities remains an individual club decision, but for some teams, choices become more plentiful than others. Real Madrid faces Xerez at El Chapín, but Los […]

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Qatar says six more workers hurt building World Cup venues

Qatar’s World Cup organizers said on Wednesday that six laborers building stadiums for the 2022 tournament suffered work-related injuries last year but there were no fatalities. Qatar has been widely condemned for its treatment of almost two million foreign workers. Critics have estimated that several thousand workers could die in […]

Chelsea and PSG owners eye Beckham MLS Miami buy-in, says report

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari owners and a Chinese group are among investors looking at purchasing a majority stake in David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team, the Miami Herald reported. Citing an unnamed source close to the negotiations, the newspaper said Beckham has been around the world […]

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside dies aged 63

Long-serving Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63 after a short battle with cancer, the English second-tier club announced on Wednesday. Gartside joined the Bolton board in 1988 and had served as chairman since 1999, overseeing the club’s 11-year stint in the Premier League between 2001 and 2012, […]

FA Cup betting preview

  The magic for which the FA Cup is famous around the world is that small town teams get a chance to prove themselves against the big boys, and often reach the latter stages of the competition. When it comes to winning the cup though, small clubs often fail in […]