Thursday, December 1
Comparing MLS to other leagues - ESPN - It's an oft-asked question. Just how good is Major League Soccer? But where exactly does the league rank in the hierarchy of the world's biggest leagues? I set out to answer that question.
Manchester City will struggle to offload pricey Tevez - Reuters - It is quite conceivable Carlos Tevez will still be at Manchester City in February. For all the talk of his City career being over, after the Argentine was accused by manager Roberto Mancini of refusing to come on in a Champions League game in September, no concrete offer has been forthcoming.
Poland's preparations hit by turmoil - The Guardian - Poland's plans for Euro 2012 next summer have been hit by a furore over secret tapes
Suárez and Evra case a dilemma for FA - The Guardian - It will be tricky to work through the semantics of what the striker is alleged to have said
Torres doesn't score, rattle defenders or chase lost causes... so what does he do? - Daily Mail - I’m not sure the Chelsea team are all behind Fernando Torres. When I look at him, I see another Roman Pavlyuchenko - a striker who knows he is fourth choice and who looks as if he would rather be anywhere else.
Fernando Torres' rivals are closing in - ESPN - That sound Fernando Torres can hear at the moment is Roberto Soldado and Fernando Llorente breathing down his neck. And they are just, only just, drowning out the sound of time ticking away -- if not on Torres' career, than certainly on his chances of being either at Euro 2012 or being a central figure in Spain's defense of its European title.
Webster: Dalglish needs to find blend - Fox Soccer - When Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish looks at the fixture list in July with his fat red marker pen, Chelsea are the first team he circles. He knows from experience that they’re nothing more than a three-point ATM machine after all he won his first league title as a manager at Stamford Bridge.
Goals and glory - Sky Sports - Do the top scorers win the league? Which fixture is the best for goals? Martin Tyler is here!
Once the fans turn it's over - The Independent - "Master Venables, there are two ways this job will end; they will build a statue to you or they will set fire to your car." So was Terry Venables introduced to the realities of managing Barcelona.
Bent exit undid Bruce's progress - BBC - Phil McNulty examines Sunderland's decision to sack manager Steve Bruce
Bruce refused to move with the times - The Guardian - Departed Sunderland manager Steve Bruce paid little attention to modern methods
More than the next Walcott - The Independent - It was in the aftermath of Arsenal's defeat to City on Tuesday night that Oxlade-Chamberlain nailed the truth about the comparisons made between him and his fellow Southampton academy graduate Theo Walcott.
Don't tempt the footballing fates - BBC - Tim Vickery on the perils of hubris for Brazilian football
Chelsea crippled by crisis of confidence - Yahoo Sports - Andre Villas-Boas was brought (and bought) in by Chelsea to win the Champions League, not the Carling Cup. Losing to Liverpool in the competition's quarter-final is of no significance in the wider revolution that the Portuguese is trying to affect. Nothing changes at the club after last night's woeful departure. Blips do not affect wider policy.
Major free fall - Fox Soccer - Chelsea's recent debacle could cost AVB's job at Stamford Bridge.
Please Sir, Can We Have A Midfielder...- Football 365 - United fans are understandably a bit underwhelmed by United's second string after their defeat to Palace, whose fans have come out of the woodwork to celebrate...
Testo: 'Why I came out' - MLSsoccer.com - David Testo made headlines earlier this month when he came out publicly as gay, the first North American professional soccer player to do so openly. A one-time team MVP for the Montreal Impact, Testo was released by the new MLS club recently. Testo, who starred at the University of North Carolina and played 33 games for MLS's Columbus Crew in 2004-05, also played for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Richmond Kickers. He won the USL title with Montreal in 2009.
Real Madrid’s Alonso maturing like a fine wine - Reuters - Xabi Alonso’s 30th birthday on Friday has prompted an avalanche of praise for the Real Madrid midfielder and has also served to highlight the former Liverpool man’s importance in coach Jose Mourinho’s plans for Spanish and European domination.
Blues boss needs a rapid revival - BBC - Villas-Boas needs to rediscover the good old days at Chelsea
Bruce 'wins' the Premier League sack race - Yahoo Sports - Steve Bruce has won the Premier League sack race. Hurrah!
Black Cat contenders - Sky Sports - We look at the contenders to take their reins at Sunderland following Steve Bruce's sacking.
Sunderland must appoint a stellar name - like Martin O'Neill - to replace sacked Steve Bruce - The Telegraph - Sunderland need a charismatic man to turn the light back on. They need a manager who will have an instant impact, filling the players with tactical discipline and belief while stirring hope in stands riddled with dissent and nerves. Sunderland need somebody such as Martin O’Neill, somebody special.
Will the real Man Utd please stand up? - The Guardian - Sir Alex Ferguson said defeat to Palace was not a real Man Utd display. These days, what is?
'My family means everything to me': Gary Speed tells of love for wife and children in poignant last interview - The Daily Mail - Wales football manager Gary Speed described his wife and children as the thing he 'cherished the most' in a poignant interview given shortly before his death.
Aces Confess Own Troubles - The Sun - Fifty thousand football stars have been sent a guide on tackling depression following Gary Speed's suicide.
Speed tragedy revives the haunting memory of Robert Enke - The Telegraph - Amid the savage grief set off by Gary Speed’s suicide, the most distressing thoughts alight invariably upon those left behind.
Speed's death brings depression in soccer into forefront - Bigsoccer.com - Following Wales national team coach Gary Speed's by apparent suicide, BigSoccer.com blogger Martin del Palacio examines the until recently taboo subject of depression in soccer.
Alternative Christmas gift ideas for football fans - The Independent - Today is December 1st which means we’re reaching that traditional time of year when panic buying of Christmas presents becomes as prevalent as ‘Steve Kean out’ banners at Ewood Park.
Rooney Goes Red - The Sun - Coleen Rooney shows off a festive new look — as she debuts dyed red locks at a Christmas do.
What's Wrong With Managerial Promiscuity? - Football 365 - We're always told that sticking with one manager (and partner) is the 'right' thing to do, but what's wrong with swapping and trucking? Maybe constant change is best...
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The push for more color on their cleats, adidas has added the infrared colorway to the adiZero f50 Line.
Chelsea won the Europa League on Wednesday. The Blues defeated Benfica 2-1 on injury time goal from Ivanovic.
The adidas Nitrocharge is the most talked about new cleat in years. It was released on May 15 and will take your pitch by storm.
The Juventus jersey for the 2013/14 was released earlier this week. Be the first to wear the colors of the Old Lady.
adidas has added some color to the Predator line with this new colorway. Released on May 17. Be the first to own a pair.
Borussia Dortmund hears Wembley Calling and are headed to London for the Champions League final.
The Liverpool 2013/14 soccer jersey is available for pre-order. The Reds are eager to compete for silver next season.
Bayern Munich are kings of Germany and hope to be crowned kings of Europe at Wembley later this month!
Ajax has released their away soccer jersey for the 2013/14 season. Get in the Gear.
The new PUMA evoSPEED 1.2 FG. A great new soccer cleat with classic look and first time for PUMA to be on the cleat.