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Messi Wins Fifa Ballon d’Or Award

Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi captured the inaugural Fifa Ballon d’Or award. This is the first time this award has been presented as the Ballon d’Or (former European Footballer of the Year award) and the FIFA World Player of the Year award have been merged. Messi beat out fellow […]

Wayne Rooney Belongs At Inter Milan

The soccer press has been buzzing about the latest Wayne Rooney press conferences, statements, and rumors.  The usual suspects have been named as possible destinations: the ATMs that are Manchester City and Real Madrid, EPL rival Chelsea, and Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich.  But where Wayne Rooney really belongs is in […]

Inter to Face Barca in Champions League

Serie A’s lone representative in the Champions League advanced to the semi-finals with a 2-0 aggregate win over a feisty CSKA Moscow club.  Their reward: facing probably the best team in the world, a Barcelona club that obliterated Arsenal yesterday at Camp Nou. Inter did what it needed to do to […]

Lessons Learned from Giornata 21

A nice quiet weekend in Serie A.  Fortunately, there were no matches of interest and no controversy that came out of the matches.  Nothing unusual or interesting at all. Or not.  In a weekend highlighted by the top two squads facing off, injuries to star players, and an odd mask […]

Sneijder’s Ankle Not Too Bad

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 — Netherlands 1: 0 Scotland today at Hampden Park (here’s the minute-by-minute report). As George Burley said, Scotland deserved at least something from the match at home in which they threatened the woodwork serially. The difficult loss ends Scotland’s chance of qualifying for South Africa’s pageant […]

Transfer Update: Rafael van der Vaart to Madrid plus signings for Rangers, Bordeaux and more

Rafael van der Vaart was officially unveiled as Real Madrid’s newest player yesterday in a presentation the Santiago Bernabéu. As pictured above (photo courtesy of Real Madrid’s official website), he was introduced by Real’s President Ramón Calderón and President of Honor Alfredo Di Stéfano.Rafael van der Vaart is only 25-years […]

Debate: Who'll Be Your Player Of Euro '08?

Euro 2008 hasn’t even started yet, but that hasn’t stopped so many pundits who have been writing off Holland’s chances of success in the tournament. The critics keep on pointing at the Dutch defense as a weakness, but what they’re forgetting is the Oranje’s power in midfield and up front.An […]

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Christmas Cards From Villa, Blackburn and Everton

I’ve received more e-cards this year than other holiday season. Not sure if everyone is getting more tech savvy or just cheap. Even Premier League clubs are getting in on the act, namely Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Everton. Take a look: Aston Villa Christmas Card: Pure class. Blackburn Rovers […]

Sunderland: A Club Transformed (Book Review)

I was originally skeptical of diving into Sunderland, A Club Transformed, Jonathan Wilson’s book about the 2006-2007 season for the Black Cats. As much as I respect Jonathan Wilson’s intellect and analysis of topics related to football, there were two red flags for me. Firstly, any narrative about a single […]

Steven Wells: RIP

It’s with great sadness to report that Steven Wells, one of the most remarkable and creative writers in the football business, died yesterday of cancer. Wells, nicknamed Swells, was best known for his work in The Guardian where he wrote countless classic articles on sensitive football-related topics that most writers […]

Logic Dictates That Manchester United Will Not Add A ‘Marquee’ Signing In January

The madness of the January transfer window is about to begin and clubs are already being linked with moves to improve their squads. Most experts would agree that Manchester United is the club that has the largest holes to fill. The club’s failures to add quality to its midfield/defense during […]

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Arsenal and Tottenham have halted their race for Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi

Things are heating up in North London between Arsenal and Tottenham, with last weekend’s results leaving Spurs only two points behind the rival Gunners, who sit in fourth place in the English Premier League. But it is not just on the pitch where the competition is picking up. Both teams […]