Archive for the ‘Soccer’ Category

Gareth Bale Just Did Something Incredible In The Copa del Rey Final Today

You ever hear folks make the statement, “well, he’s earned his money tonight” when talking about someone’s performance? That statement can now be said about Gareth Bale as the man ran the length of the pitch, sprinted around the Barcelona defender by going out of bounds and then...
April 16th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Nike Soccer Unveils A Very European-Looking 2014 U.S. National Team Away Kit

Excuse me for a moment, I was just appreciating the greatness that is Sydney Leroux. As I’ve come to mature into a well-rounded sports fan at the age of 30, my list of must-see events has definitely changed. While there was a time where I couldn’t miss an Atlanta Braves baseball game ever...
April 2nd, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Steven Gerrard Does Steven Gerrard Things

Steven Gerrard has played for Liverpool for nearly 16 years. He’s captained the Reds since 2003. He’s won the Champions League, the FA Cup and the League Cup. He’s captained England in both the European Cup and the World Cup. But there is one title that has eluded Gerrard: Barclays...
March 27th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: All Eyes On Chelsea In The Champions League

Now that Bayern Munich dismissed Arsenal with a walk-in-the-park performance on Tuesday, and Barcelona did the same to Manchester City on Wednesday, England’s Champions League hopes fall on Chelsea and Manchester United. England’s winningest clubs over the past decade find themselves at...
March 13th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: David Tyree Made Me Believe In Football

It was Super Bowl Sunday, 2008, and I was watching soccer. I’ve never been a rebel, but I suppose that’s the closest I’ve come. I knew that later in the evening I would be watching the 18-0 New England Patriots take on the something-and-6 New York Giants, and frankly, I wasn’t...
January 30th, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: This 2014 Barclays Premier League Is Well Worth Watching

The NFL season effectively ends this Sunday. Sure, the Super Bowl will hold our attention in two weeks’ time. But the spectacle of the event often overshadows the game. The lights will suddenly go out. Janet Jackson will flash 100 million people. Viewers will tune in only for the commercials....
January 16th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Qatar World Cup Continues To Be A Disaster

Nearly four years ago, FIFA shocked the world when soccer’s lead organization selected the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup over the United States. Ever since that day FIFA President Sepp Blatter, a man Rob Ford-esque in character when it comes to leadership buffoonery,...
January 9th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Your Barclays Premier League Holiday Viewing Guide

We are entering that time of year again. As the holiday season reaches its heights, so too does the Barclays Premier League. Each team will play four times between now and January 1. When the snow settles on New Years Day, the Premiership table will have a new look to go with the new year. Here are...
December 19th, 2013 | Columns, No Class Friday, Soccer, Sports | Read More

Goal Of The Season Candidate: Southampton’s Danny Osvaldo Finally Proves His Worth

As a Southampton fan, I’ve been on cloud nine during this Barclays Premier League season. After enduring the nervous battle against relegation a year ago, the Saints thrust themselves into the top four early in this campaign. When they took on Arsenal in November, Southampton was in third place. That...
December 9th, 2013 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

4 Immediate Reactions To The 2014 World Cup Draw

The 2014 World Cup has come to an end and the eight groups have been finalized. Some immediate questions will arise once you get a chance to look at the placement of the 32 nations. 1. Did America get screwed? (Probably.) 2. Which group is the group of death? (Probably USA’s group) 3. Can the...
December 6th, 2013 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Nelson Mandela Was Right: The Transcendent Power Of Sports

Nelson Mandela was a man of many words, dozens of which were profound and predictive on levels that seemed unimaginable when uttered. He led a life that defined both revolution and collaboration on levels that will always be seen as the ideal, but most often these tenets never find the just the right...
December 6th, 2013 | Boxing, Et cetera, Soccer, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: Can We Talk About Luis Suarez?

If Luis Suarez isn’t one of the world’s most interesting athletes, he’s certainly one of its most polarizing ones. Not only does the Uruguayan possess sublime skill and finishing ability on the soccer field, but he often stirs up controversy seemingly on a whim. He lacks moral fortitude,...
December 5th, 2013 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Barclays Premier League: What To Make Of Manchester’s Teams

The city of Manchester has dominated the Barclays Premier League the last two seasons. Manchester City won its first title in 2012 at the expense of cross-town rivals, and long time tormenters, Manchester United. Last year, the Red Devils returned the favor and then some, virtually securing the league...
November 25th, 2013 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: LeBron, Becks And Something Other Than The Miami Fusion

For the non-soccer fans who read the headline and note that LeBron James and David Beckham may team up to bring a new Major League Soccer franchise to Miami, they’re probably thinking of the most clichéd phrase in business: The superstars are “growing their brands.” That’s certainly true and...
November 19th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Soccer | Read More

Robin Van Persie And Manchester United Torment Arsenal Again

Robin Van Persie once said, “I’ll always be a Gunner.” Perhaps he didn’t agree with the capitalization of the “g.” In the last four seasons, RVP has played the role of death and taxes in the Barclays Premier League. Every game he plays he scores. At least it seems that way. Van Persie...
November 11th, 2013 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Arsenal Rises

Arsenal has faced its fair share of criticism over the past eight years. A trophy drought of that length for a club that ended 2004 with an unbeaten Premiership record, the legendary “Invincibles” team, is simply unfathomable. After a 2013 that saw the Gunners not only exit the Champions League...
October 3rd, 2013 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Light Up The Champions League, Again

In a low scoring game like soccer, you’ll often hear a commentator provide context for a striker’s goal scoring record by saying “A goal every two games is a respectable ratio.” And truthfully, it is. Nil-nil games are not only common, but they happen enough to a point where the result...
September 19th, 2013 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Your Way Too Early World Cup Preview

On Tuesday night the USA defeated Mexico 2-0 in a World Cup qualifying match in Columbus. The win coupled with a Honduras-Panama draw sent the United States to its seventh straight World Cup. Qualifying can be a headache, both in watching your team struggle and also in trying to figure out the convoluted...
September 12th, 2013 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Starting Lineups: Are You Ready For Some NFL Football?

You’ve probably heard by now that the group stages of the Champions League and NHL training camps both start in the coming weeks. We’ll finally get to see new acquisitions suit up for their respective new teams in both sports — Mesut Ozil as a Gunner, Tyler Seguin as a Dallas Star. The...
September 5th, 2013 | Football, Hockey, No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Because Mario Balotelli Deserves Our Attention On And Off The Pitch

Posterity will remember this as the week Mario Balotelli formally introduced himself to sporting America. Some of us, including our fearless leader at TSFJ, have had an eye on the Italian striker for years. Balotelli’s personality has long been equal to his tremendous talent. He’s been dubbed...
August 23rd, 2013 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More