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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 […]

5 Things That Will Happen In The Premier League This Weekend

  The 2014/15 season is eight games old and Southampton and West Ham proudly inhabit the top four while Manchester United continue to be just two bad games from a full-scale crisis. But even in the topsy-turvy unpredictable Premier League, there are certainties to be found. Here are five for the […]

Stoke City’s August-September Progress Report

Stoke City have had a mixed beginning to the 2014-15 Premier League season and have posted mixed results since the start on the campaign. With one win, two draws and two losses, the Potters are perched in 13th spot on the log. The highlight of their campaign thus far certainly […]

Previewing The Eagerly-Anticipated Film ‘Marvellous’

I wrote an article last season sparked by foreign ownership and community about a long standing Stoke City cult hero, Neil “Nello” Baldwin. Nello had just been awarded an honorary degree degree by Keele University in recognition of his positive impact on university life over fifty plus years in residence. […]

Stoke City Sign Mame Biram Diouf and Teixeira

While most of the world is anticipating the start of the World Cup, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been busy in the transfer market by adding two more signings to bring his total of summer acquisitions to four and counting. Stoke City have signed former Manchester United striker Mame […]

Teal Bunbury Waits on Stoke's Decision

The list of Americans trying to cross the pond to play in England continues to grow. And no, I’m not talking about Landon Donovan. Teal Bunbury, a 20-year-old U.S. International who has been on trial at Stoke City in recent weeks, is waiting to hear if the Potters will offer […]

It’s A Big Weekend For… Stoke City

By all accounts Stoke have been one of the sides underachieving so far in the Premier League. One of the more active teams in the transfer market over the summer, many expected the Potters to push for a top-half finish this term, but as of yet they have shown little […]

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David Beckham Deserves his 100th Cap

With the announcement of the 30-man provisional squad selected by new England coach Fabio Capello yesterday for the upcoming friendly against Switzerland, I thought it was time for me to weigh in on the “Does Becks deserve his 100th cap?” debate. Let me make something clear first. I have no […]

United Fall Short

A bitter disappointment I must admit for those of us hoping for a deep run from MLS’ lone representative in the competition. United fought valiantly but was eliminated 2-2 on away goals. I can’t help but wonder how ironic it is that this event used the away goal rule which […]

The Worst Soccer TV Shows Of 2010

Looking back at the year 2010, there have been some wonderful soccer moments on television. The broadcast of the 2010 World Cup was incredible to see as was the exciting 2009-10 Premier League season. But there was also a lot of bad television. The type that makes your remote control […]

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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 […]