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Preferential Treatment for a Thug

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The more I look at Wayne Rooney’s elbow of Wigan’s James McCarthy over the weekend, the angrier I get. It was a blatant display of aggresive thugishness that should have no place in the game. Off the ball, as Wigan moved out of the back, Rooney chased the play and gave a flying elbow to […] [Read More]
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The Glass Man: Mr. Jermain Defoe

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I’m not sure what spins my head more: The fact that Jermain Defoe got injured again, or the fact that it happened while Tottenham took a three-day retreat to Dubai to do some warm weather training because they didn’t have a match for five days. Just like that, European teams can pick up and train […] [Read More]
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Serie A: Not so Serious Anymore

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The European soccer landscape has changed. Perhaps forever, but at least for the next five years. Despite Inter Milan’s Champions League victory last spring, the Serie A has lost its coveted fourth Champions League spot starting in the 2012-2013 season. UEFA has a points system that awards nations points based on how well their clubs […] [Read More]
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The Implications Behind Arsenal’s Carling Cup Debacle

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By now, every soccer fan has heard about what happened to Arsenal in the waning moments of the Carling Cup final on Sunday. And if you haven’t, boy, where have you been? As a result, Arsenal continues its wait for its first trophy in six years and the Gunners’ campaign to win four trophies this […] [Read More]
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Look Out Below! Napoli Fans Fall onto Field In Celebration of Goal.

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Whoops! Napoli fans were so excited after Marek Hamsik’s first-half diving header, which gave their team a temporary 1-0 aggregate lead over Villareal in the second leg of their Europa League Round-of-32 matchup, that they broke a barrier fence and tumbled onto the pitch. Hamsik, in celebration, sprinted over to his travelling supporters, who were […] [Read More]
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The Greatest Goal Nobody Saw: Jimmy Briand’s Version of the Wayne-tastic

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That’s what I’m calling sick bicycle kick goals from now on: Wayne-tastic’s. Everyone saw Rooney’s goal last week considering it was splashed all over SportsCenter, but I feel like few Americans saw this piece of brilliance from Jimmy Briand of Lyon over the weekend in their 4-0 drubbing of Nancy in Ligue 1. This one, […] [Read More]
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Hooliganism and Racism in Football: Something Needs to Change

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Dijibril Cisse is fed up. The top scorer in the Greek Super League over the past two seasons, who has scored 41 goals in 49 games, is so pissed off that he has told the world he is set to leave giants Panathinaikos at the end of the season. FC Panathenaikos “Green Hools” graffiti calling […] [Read More]
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FA Cup Wrap: Unknown Tehoue Blasts Orient into Replay Against Mighty Arsenal

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Americans need to understand how awesome it is to have a tournament where any pro team is allowed to participate regardless of the league in which they play. Imagine if all of minor league baseball teams were independently owned instead of being subsidiaries of big league clubs. Now imagine a knockout tournament that would potentially […] [Read More]
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