| Jun 8, 2013

Marriage of convenience for Chelsea

Jose Mourinho talks about a love affair, but his return to Chelsea is more of an arranged marriage. Had they been able to pick their own partners Mourinho would have chosen Manchester United and Roman Abramovich would have walked down the football aisle with ...

| Jun 1, 2013

England needs victories, not draws

England plays Brazil in a friendly on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Whether England will return to Brazil for next year’s World Cup finals remains in the balance. Its performance in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland underlined yet again, as if ...

| May 25, 2013

Cole not fit for England captaincy

He is seen as the type of player who gives footballers a bad name. Someone who typifies all the perceived negatives about the modern-day player. Ashley Cole is the snarling face of the beautiful game, someone who disputes every decision made by a referee ...

Beckham's impact was immense

| May 18, 2013

Beckham's impact was immense

The England coach was pulling away after a training session when suddenly David Beckham asked the driver to stop. Beckham stepped out of the coach and signed autographs for two fans he had missed earlier. Sometimes it is the small things that define a ...

| Apr 27, 2013

Suarez case latest to show F.A.'s flaws

Whatever punishment had been handed down to Luis Suárez would have been criticized. That the Liverpool striker was banned for 10 games for sinking his teeth into the arm of Chelsea’s Branoslav Ivanovic has outraged some (mainly on the red half of Merseyside) because ...

| Apr 20, 2013

Third place a good finish for Arsenal

A season which has seen Arsenal knocked out of the domestic cups by League Two Bradford City and Championship struggler Blackburn Rovers, with critics and Gunners fans pointing angry collective fingers at Arsène Wenger, is likely to end with humble pie once again being ...

| Apr 13, 2013

Man City better off keeping Mancini

According to some reports, Manchester City has lined up various replacements should Roberto Mancini be fired this summer. This, of course, presupposes the club’s power brokers have met to discuss possible successors in case they decide to fire the Italian. Apart from this unlikely ...

| Apr 6, 2013

Di Canio hiring destined for disaster

Blunderland FC is searching for a new manager. Chairman Ellis Long heads a board meeting. Long: “How about Paolo di Canio?” One stunned director almost spits out a mouthful of coffee. “Mr. Chairman, di Canio has never managed higher than League One and his, ...