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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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Whither DC United???

It is not debatable that MLS’ signature team has taken hits to its aura in the last two years. An ongoing stadium crisis which sees DC United caught in a political football and in the crossfire of a local newspaper whose hypocrisy seems to be never ending. Add to that […]

Three Strikers That Chelsea Could Sign This Summer

With the amount of expenditure on new players at Chelsea in recent times, Jose Mourinho has a star-studded squad at his disposal this season. However, the west London outfit are missing a world-class striker that can return a glut of goals, with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o all […]

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Review: Honigstein’s ‘Das Reboot’ is required reading for fans of German, US soccer

“Das Reebot,” a new book from Raphael Honingstein which hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday, is a masterful look at how German soccer broke out of its conservative traditions to create a world champion. While Germany has always from the view of outsiders been a world powerhouse, having never […]

US TV and streaming schedule for games played during international break

Sixty-seven international games will be shown live across televisions and the Internet to viewers across the United States in the next week featuring must-see games including the CONCACAF Cup (USA-Mexico), Round 1 of World Cup qualifiers from South America, and the final two matches in Euro 2016 qualifying as several nations are on […]

CONCACAF Cup: Mexico’s defense looks surprisingly settled ahead of USA playoff

There’s a sense of creeping dread familiar to Mexican soccer fans, that sinking feeling that occurs when the opposition progresses past the midfield and is driving at the back line: “Oh no. We can’t stop them.” Mexico has a long history of great goalkeepers and defensive midfielders. Defenders? El Tri hasn’t […]