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Observations About Premier League Saturday Matchday 13

Thank god the Premier League is back. Nothing against international football, but there’s something very comforting with getting back into the ritual of watching Premier League football and being familiar with the surroundings, the pace of the game and the excitement it creates. So the Liverpool against Manchester City game […]

Heitinga Transfers to Everton

Dutch international right back, Johnny Heitinga, has accepted a transfer from Atletico Madrid to Everton, completing a physical just under the transfer window deadline which closed at 5pm yesterday. It’s a loss for Atleti and a serious loss for the Champions League competition (Everton competes in the Europa League but […]

Burnley Already Upturn The Applecart

Admit it, after the lacklustre opening day game against Stoke City, you simply couldn’t see Burnley picking up anything from their next 2 games with Everton and Manchester United visiting Turf Moor. They were tough games, that most established Premiership sides wouldn’t be relishing to have back to back so […]

Altidore: “England Early in the Morning”

Jozy Altidore seems to be handling this Twitter thing a little better than Darren Bent. While Bent tossed his toys out of the pram in 140 characters or less, the teenage American striker calmly tweeted to his followers: England early in the morning so im going to get some sleep […]

The FA Cup’s Fastest Goal Came Too Soon

Everton’s Pienaar launched the ball into the box from the left side. Chelsea’s Mikel got his head to it but could not clear. Fellaini headed the ball back into the danger area where Louis Saha waited, unmarked, uncontended. He spins into the volley to catch it perfectly with his left […]

FA Cup Final Live Blog: Everton v Chelsea

The last dance of the season, of every season, the FA Cup Final is the jewel in the English Football Crown. Last year’s final between Cardiff and Portsmouth was arguably the exception, but this year’s certainly isn’t: Underdogs Everton come into the final for the first time in 14 years, since Joe […]

The FA Cup: Everton Can Win

I was completely seduced by last year’s FA Cup. Barnsley and Cardiff City charged toward the final in a gripping giant-killing warpath. They toppled Liverpool, Chelsea and Middlesbrough in their wake. (Boro were still a mid-table Premier League side, so their undoing was still a feat.) While only Cardiff made […]

FA Cup Final Preview

  With the Premier League race done and dusted and the Champions League trophy spending the summer in Catalonia, there’s only one more piece of silverware on offer in the 2008-2009 season, and either Everton or Chelsea will lay claim to it tomorrow at Wembley. Who’s in and who’s out […]

What Next For Michael Owen?

With Newcastle teetering over the relegation trap door, skipper Michael Owen will lead a mass exodus at the club, should they fall through it into the Championship on Sunday. With Owen out of contract it is likely that he will leave the club in the summer regardless. The question is […]

Time For The Other Big Four To Step Up Next Season

With another season drawing to a close and the usual suspects in their normal places in the top four, isn’t it about time that the second level of teams finally pushed up to join them? With Everton once again in a Europa League place, Villa making massive strides, despite the […]

New Stadium Fever?

I was having a good look at Tottenham’s proposal for a new stadium overlapping their current plot at White Hart Lane last night and my brain started to tick. However difficult these proposals appear to be (and indeed I hope they go through) it seems Spurs are not alone in their ambitions and […]

Everton Announced As The Opponent for MLS All-Stars

Major League Soccer has announced Everton as the opponent for this year’s MLS All-Star game. “We are very excited about Everton FC agreeing to be the opponent for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. “Everton is an elite European club that features […]

The Grass Was Too Green And The Ball Was Too Round

Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger’s post match reactions following last weeks FA cup semi finals predictably brought up the issue of the Wembley pitch. To be fair to the man with a KBE and his old rival, the surface at Wembley doesn’t seem fitting to a stadium as iconic (and costly) as the re-built Wembley. But […]

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Should Results Really Matter For MLS?

MLS continued poor play in CONCACAF continued this week. While DC United advanced, they added a record where in ten preliminary round matches against teams largely from poorer leagues, MLS is win less. Those of us who watch football from around the globe do not rate MLS highly as a […]

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MLS conference finals: Top seeds Dallas, New York hope for turnarounds at home

FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls seek home triumphs Sunday in second-leg semifinal matches for a chance to launch themselves into next week’s Major League Soccer Cup final. The Portland Timbers beat Dallas 3-1 in last Sunday’s Western Conference semifinal opening leg while the Red Bulls fell 2-0 […]