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Prospects and Parity Ahead for 2010 Champions League

As intriguing as the current edition of the Champions League may be, there’s a chance the 2009-2010 tournament could be one of the strangest, parity-rich events in football history. Seems someone has taken the snow globe that is European football, given it a good shake and the flakes aren’t landing […]

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread

In Malky Mackay’s pre-match press interview, the Cardiff City manager didn’t deny that he received an e-mail giving him an ultimatum to either resign or be sacked. Nor did he deny that today might be his last match as manager of Cardiff. It’s just one of the many riveting storylines […]

Wayne Rooney needs a year off

As most of you know, working at the same job year after year after year can cause burnout. Doing the same thing relentlessly reduces efficiency, and it’s known that varying activities or swapping responsibilities on a rotating basis can keep the mind fresh and body willing. It is not necessarily that […]

Holloway Relishing Shot At The Big Boys

At 3pm on Saturday, Ian Holloway will settle into his place at pitch side and soak in the atmosphere of a half empty DW Stadium. He will look out onto the messy Wigan turf and see a string of Championship players plugging away on a pitch suited for rugby league. […]

Sunday Live Blog: Tottenham v. Chelsea

Hello all. Join me again tomorrow for a liveblog of Chelsea and Spurs, from 10:30 am ET (3:30 PM UK Time). We will discuss the Chelsea-Spurs game as it happens, and look forward to the big Monday night game, Manchester United v. Arsenal. Meanwhile, let’s look at the teams for […]

Bundesliga Team Of The Week: Matchday Three

After some impressive results and some emphatic performances this weekend in the Bundesliga, I have decided to start a Team Of The Week series to showcase the Bundesliga’s top performers from each matchday. Here’s my team: Hoffenheim’s Tom Starke makes number one goalkeeper in my squad for spectacular saves that […]

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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 […]