| Dec 27, 2013

Suárez showing potential while harnessing personality

Six months ago, many believed, even hoped, that Luis Suárez had played his last game for Liverpool. The Uruguayan’s CV already included a racist charge for abusing Patrice Evra of Manchester United; to that he added cannibalism after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during ...

| Dec 20, 2013

Managerial carousel an ongoing story at Tottenham

For the seventh time in his 12-year tenure as chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, Daniel Levy agreed to a compensation package for a manager, not the sort of consistency football wants. Reports claim Andre Villas-Boas will be paid £4 million severance money after leaving Spurs ...

| Dec 13, 2013

Arsenal-Manchester City match should be a belter

Tiredness? Legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi had it right when he said: “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” Arsene Wenger should ban himself from mentioning tiredness in the buildup to Saturday’s Premier League heavyweight clash with Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Wenger has used ...

| Dec 6, 2013

United faces improbable climb to defend title

WARNING: The opening paragraph does not make happy reading for Manchester United fans. The champions have won only two points from their last three games, they are in ninth position, their lowest ever at this stage of a Premier League season. They have scored ...

| Nov 22, 2013

England in no shape to challenge World Cup favorites

Now that the 32 World Cup finalists are known, the English media have been choosing what they consider the easiest group England could have when the draw is made next month. Switzerland, Costa Rica and Algeria represent the most popular dream ticket, though football ...

| Nov 15, 2013

Hodgson short on matches to select World Cup squad

Roy Hodgson has three games in which to finalize his England squad for the World Cup finals. Brazil 2014 may be seven months away, but the countdown began with Friday’s visit of Chile, when the England manager will probably give first caps to goalkeepers ...

| Nov 8, 2013

Pressure on Man United as Arsenal visits Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney’s glass was half-full. “If we beat Arsenal, we’re right back in the title race,” said the Manchester United striker ahead of Sunday’s summit meeting with the Premier League leaders at Old Trafford. With a United victory, the gap between the clubs would ...

| Oct 25, 2013

Ferguson open for criticism after revelations in book

It is difficult to judge which produced the bigger laugh in “Sir Alex Ferguson — My Autobiography,” launched this week in a manner that makes Hollywood premieres seem like a quiet evening in. There was Ferguson’s assertion that Rafa Benitez is a “control freak,” ...