Are Forest’s Owners Joining the Megalomanic Club?

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We’ve seen it at Chelsea as Roman Abramovich hires and fires managers when he gets bored. It has been with an eye to the future, and it worked last season when the Blues won the Champions League. This may have […]

Can Supporters Save Portsmouth?

Portsmouth fans watch a 2011 Championship match against Swansea at Fratton Park. Photo by ynysforgan/flickr

Portsmouth FC has had a rich history in English soccer since it was formed in 1898. Since its FA Cup victory in 2008, however, the club has been a financial wreck through several owners and forced bankrupcies. Its fans have […]

10 Reasons Why Soccer is the World’s Favorite Sport


Manchester Derby Marred by Trouble

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What looked to be a classic ending to a Manchester Derby may be remembered for the actions of none of the 22 players on the field. It is an unfortunate, but all-too-common, occurrence when fans — provoked by hate, drink […]

FA Cup Means More Than Pride for Non-Leaguers

Hastings' players celebrate a goal in a victory over Wingate and Finchley.  Photo by Terry S. Blackman

For most clubs in the English FA, the FA Cup serves as a source of pride. A run of several victories become a highlight of its season. For seven clubs below the Football League, however, matches this week carry more […]

How Did Celtic Taste Success?

Celtic qualified for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage in the club's 125th year. Photo by Rorals/flickr

Minutes after Kris Commons scored what became a winning penalty for Celtic, after learning Benfica could only draw with Barcelona, it became party time at Celtic Park as their beloved Bhoys secured a spot in the UEFA Champions League knockout […]

Friedel’s start streak ends at Tottenham

Brad Friedel's streak of 310 Premier League starts ended Sunday. Photo by danae47-flickr

For 8 1/2 years, Brad Friedel has been a never-ending presence during Premier League matches. It was only a matter of time, however, before he would find himself on the bench. Friedel’s name was not in Sunday’s starting lineup for […]

Zidane’s Headbutt Returns in Bronze

Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt of Marco Materazzi is resurrected in bronze outside the Center Pompidou art museum in London. Photo by multimediaimpre-flickr

The final act in the international career of France’s Zinedine Zidane has been brought back to life outside one of the country’s famed galleries. Algerian-born artist Adel Abdessemed recently produced a 16-foot-high bronze re-creation of Zidane’s headbutt on Italy’s Marco […]

It’s Time to Scrap the Handshake

Terry vs. Ferdinand: how it began.  Photo by football-focus-news via flickr

A moment of great anticipation arrived Saturday when Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers met for the first time since John Terry was legally cleared of issuing a racial slur toward QPR’s Anton Ferdinand during the clubs’ previous match. As match […]

Gory, Gory Man United!

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    That headline is not a typo. We’re sure many English soccer fans feel the same way about Manchester United. The question is why. Well, let us count the ways: Money: “New car, caviar, four-star daydream/Think I’ll buy me […]

Manchester City Lands in Champions League ‘Group of Death’


Manchester City may have won last season’s Premier League, but the gained respect did not carry into the pots Thursday as City drew three major champions in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Sir Alex Ferguson, however, may […]

Thorn, Sheridan Are First Football League Firings

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Last season in England saw 36 Football League managers fired by their clubs. Just three matches into the league season, two managers this week have started this season’s list. Andy Thorn became the first manager to be without a job […]