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Hull City August-September Progress Report

Team strengths: Strength in depth, Hull City have a very impressive squad as a whole, something that would’ve been a necessity if their European adventure was as successful as they would’ve had hoped. Bringing in players with the skill and experience of Hatem Ben Arfa, Gaston Ramirez and Michael Dawson […]

Steve Bruce Has Hull City Playing in His Image

During his playing career, Steve Bruce was a centre back who played for five English clubs: Gillingham, Norwich City, Manchester United, Birmingham City and Sheffield United. While at Norwich City he became known for his energetic, “rampaging” play. Bruce wasn’t a player who was blessed with natural ability, but he […]

Idiotic Promise May Cause Future Trouble

With Fabio Capello insisting that he won’t manage England past the 2012 European Championships, names are already been branded about as a possible successor to the Italian. But with the FA proudly boasting that their next manager will be English there is hardly a wealth of managers to choose from. […]

Pressure Is On Sunderland's New Star

Sunderland’s record signing Asamoah Gyan has admitted he faces a stern task to justify his £13million transfer fee. The Ghanaian forward completed a move to the North East on deadline day, but the transfer raised eyebrows with its vast price tag, and Gyan is well aware that expectations from him […]

Where Now For Steve Bruce And Sunderland?

14 games without a Premiership win would be worrying for several sides, but when you’ve spent the best part of £50 million to improve the team, 4 months without a win is disastrous. When Bruce took the reigns at the Stadium of Light in the summer, the club had survived […]

Darren Bent’s Rant Goes A-Twitter

When I first heard of Twitter, I thought it was a dirty verb, like: “Get Twittered!” or “Go Twitter yourself!” (And maybe there’s still potential for that.) Turns out it’s a social networking website. And it has undeniably become the Next Big Net Thing. In addition to allowing friends to keep up with each other’s day-to-day goings-on, all […]

Can Wigan Afford To Lose Steve Bruce?

When I heard that Steve Bruce was being lined up as the replacement for Ricky Sbragia, a few alarm bells rang in my head. Bruce, being a Newcastle United fan surely couldn’t be Ellis Short and Niall Quinn’s choice as the new Sunderland manager could he? Would Bruce seriously consider […]

Wigan Pass On Amr Zaki

I admit it. I was fully dazzled by Amr Zaki when he first came to play in England. The stunning goals came so quickly. And they were gorgeous. Wigan Athletic’s unknown striker just needed half a second on the ball to make miracles happen and it seemed like the goals […]

Steve Bruce Is Right To Come Clean Over Zaki

Why don’t more managers come clean in the press about disruptive or unprofessional players? It seems that more and more in these sanitised and sponsorship heavy times that too many people keep quiet about the players who are taking the Michael. At least Steve Bruce has bucked the trend and […]

Tony Adams and Luiz Felipe Scolari Less News Digest

These will be rapid fire after the fun day of news already discussed. * Shawn Wright-Phillips receives a three match ban for the kick he gave Rory Delap. Delap is supporting SWP saying he deserved what he got after his tackle on him. And through all of this, Jose Bosingwa […]

Rafa’s Ranting Is Doing Liverpool No Favors

The sooner Rafa Benitez keeps his mouth shut about how teams are playing against Liverpool, even in off handed ways, and focuses on getting your team back on the winning path; the better off you will be. The comments made after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at the JJB against Wigan in […]

Wigan Begin To Rebuild But Can Mido Help Or Hinder?

When the season began, few people would have given Wigan Athletic a snowball’s chance in hell of finishing in the top ten, never mind pushing on the brink of European Football as January almost comes to a close. After a fantastic first season under Paul Jewell in 2005-2006, which saw […]

Why Wigan will avoid relegation under Steve Bruce

For a town more accustomed to the wing exploits of Martin Offiah, Wigan’s been treated to some great football in the last few years. Since promotion to the top flight in 2005 Wigan Athletic have battled through tough matches, pie jokes and countless accusations of clogging to establish themselves as […]

How To Make Newcastle United A Successful Club Again

Contrary to popular belief, Newcastle United is not a poisoned club. Nor are they jinxed with injuries. At worst, they’re a poorly run club who has made one bad decision after another after another. With news that a Nigerian consortium are interested in buying Newcastle, Toon fans will be keeping […]

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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 […]