| Mar 30, 2013

England no lock for 2014 World Cup

No English clubs left in the Champions League and a growing possibility of Montenegro, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan and Panama at the 2014 World Cup but not England. March has not been a good month for the country that gave the world its favorite sport. The ...

| Mar 22, 2013

Montenegro a challenge for England

It is a moment Jonathan Pearce will never forget. Pearce, who now has a leading role in the BBC’s football commentating team, was covering the 1994 World Cup qualifying game between San Marino and England for the commercial radio station Capital Gold in November ...

| Mar 16, 2013

Stakes high in Aston Villa-QPR battle

Two in-form teams go head-to-head Saturday in a game that will go a long way to deciding the Premier League fate of Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers. Despite the specter of relegation that hovers over both clubs, each approaches the showdown in a ...

| Mar 9, 2013

Time for England to stop whining

“Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.” — Vince Lombardi Vince Lombardi knew a thing or two about winning, leading the Green Bay Packers to victory in the first two Super Bowls. For him, winning was not the most important ...

| Mar 2, 2013

Benitez never had chance with Chelsea

Like all Chelsea managers, Rafa Benitez was a dead man walking from day one. Of the previous eight during the Abramovich era, only Guus Hiddink wasn’t fired, but the Dutchman was on loan from the Russian Football Federation for three months. Even the trigger-happy ...

| Feb 23, 2013

Wenger getting diminishing returns

The case for the prosecution is now stronger than that put by the defense. The English media have been reluctant to criticize Arsene Wenger because no manager has been more helpful during the 16 years he has been in charge at Arsenal, yet as ...

| Feb 16, 2013

Ronaldo should rise to occasion at Old Trafford

You just knew Cristiano Ronaldo would score in Madrid on Wednesday and Manchester United fans are bracing themselves for more of the same at Old Trafford when he makes an emotional return to the Theatre of Dreams. The fact is, Ronaldo scores in most ...

| Feb 8, 2013

Eradicating match-fixing no easy task

Just under three years ago I received a call from a contact who knew people in a side of life that is at best described as shady. “Fancy making a few quid?” he asked, and I knew his reply was not going to be ...

| Feb 2, 2013

Man City right to off-load Balotelli

You may think a guy who has to pay his ex-wife £82,000 — a day yes, a day — would have learned a financial lesson or two, but Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy and president of AC Milan, continues to be ...