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US vs England – A Soccernomics Analysis

Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski titled the American version of their new book Soccernomics (review is here), but their title for the release in the UK is Why England Lose.  In the book, Kuper and Syzmanski identified the US as a rising power in soccer and England as a permanent disappointment […]

Italy’s World Cup Group

There you have it, Italy in Group F, drawn with New Zealand, Paraguay and Slovakia. A relatively simple group and one Marcelo Lippi should take the Azzurri through with comfort. Group F Italy New Zealand Paraguay Slovakia They begin the defence of their crown in Capetown at the Greenpoint soccer […]

Premier League Preview – Oct. 3-5

A clash between the second- and third-place teams in the Barclays Premier League is set for Sunday at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea entertains Liverpool. Sounds like fun, right? But first, check out the TV schedule here. Now, on with the previews: Chelsea vs. Liverpool Oh, no big deal. Just two […]

Premier League Preview – Sept. 26-28

If it’s lonely at the top, you wouldn’t guess it by watching Chelsea run rampant through the Premier League in the early stages of the 2009-2010 campaign. With a perfect 18 points in six matches and a +12 goal difference to boot, the Blues aren’t letting their recent transfer ban […]

Premier League Preview – Aug. 29-30

Can Spurs be stopped? Will the real Liverpool, Manchester United and Aston Villa please stand up? When will Pompey spend some of their new found wealth? Oh yeah, we have our first Big Four clash of the year with Arsenal visiting Old Trafford this week as well. Perhaps this week […]

Premier League Preview – Aug. 22-24

Have a look at the table. Go on, have a look. It’s always interesting to glance at a Premiership table and see Tottenham at the top while Manchester United sits mired in 10th. Take heart, Red Devil fans. The season is still very young. On the tube Don’t miss the […]

Premier League Preview – Week One

Finally. The 2009-2010 English Premier League season is less than 24 hours away and, for the next few hours, everybody is in a Champions League spot. Of course, a pessimist would point out that everyone is also in the drop zone. Whatever. Let’s get into some previews for week one, […]

Who is the target demo for MLS?

Who is the real target demographic of professional soccer in the U.S.? Is it Soccer Moms?  Is it Soccer players?  Is it Latino people? Sure, Soccer Moms, Latinos and Soccer players make up some of the peripheral targets, but who makes up the core target? One U.S. pro soccer fan thinks he’s the core […]

College Soccer Needs a Facelift

It’s a shame that the NCAA College Cup is not more publicized and marketed to the sporting public.  College soccer is exciting, and it should get more attention.  The NCAA is missing an opportunity with NCAA soccer.  The ‘Final Four’ in NCAA basketball and the ‘Frozen Four’ in hockey have achieved much more […]

Catania Win Match By Dropping Shorts

Catania striker Gianvito Plasmati, dropped his shorts at Torino goalkeeper Matteo Sereni, as team-mate Giuseppe Mascara scores on a free-kick during the Southerner’s 3-2 win.   Dreamed up by former Italian national goalkeeper Walter Zenga, this tactic was employed to great success against the visitors. Chief executive Pietro Lo Monaco speaking yesterday to RAI said, “This […]

Samir Nasri to Arsenal?

If the papers were to believed, Arsene Wenger would have a Solomonesque Harem of young studs at his disposal.  However, the rumors of OM star Samir Nasri moving on up to the Emirates seem to have some juice. Nasri, 20, recently signed a four-year deal with Marseilles.  But, the deal […]

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Kevin Strootman ruled out for rest of the season, dashing Manchester United’s hopes of signing

AS Roma coach Rudi Garia has confirmed that midfielder Kevin Strootman will miss the remainder of the season following his second knee surgery in under a year. It was learned last week that the Dutch international would go under the knife, with club officials quickly attempting to ease concerns over […]

TalkSport Wins EPL Radio Rights Package in UK

TalkSport scored a huge coup today after it won a rights package to broadcast Premiership matches in the UK starting next season through 2012-2013. Currently, BBC’s Radio Five Live owns the rights, but beginning next season they’ll be sharing them with TalkSport, the national commercial station. Read more information at […]

Watch ‘Cristiano Ronaldo – Footballing Superstar,’ The Full-Length ITV Documentary [VIDEO]

British television station ITV launched a brand-new documentary about Cristiano Ronaldo last week entitled “Cristiano Ronaldo – Footballing Superstar.” ITV described the documentary as “mining ITV’s brilliant archive, combined with the best of his action from Spain, along with a host of eyewitness accounts from players, coaches, pundits and fans.” […]

Fact or Trash! Jan 2008 – Round 1

Before I get started, a quick correction on yesterday’s post – QPR’s deals for Connolly and Ephraim are permanent moves and not just loan deals. I also neglected to mention a couple of “future star” signings that were made by Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United as well as deals […]

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Jurgen Klopp will continue to be cautious with Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Wednesday he will not rush injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge back into first-team action until the England international can prove he is more “robust.” Sturridge, 26, was on the bench for Saturday’s 4-1 demolition of erstwhile Premier League leaders Manchester City, the first time he […]

Earn up to $1,000 in free gear for your soccer team

If you’re a member of a soccer team, Miller Lite is offering you a chance for an exclusive sponsorship opportunity worth up to $1,000 toward custom gear. Imagine the equipment, clothing and gear you could get for your team with that amount of money. Anyone with a soccer team in […]