| 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, ...

| 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 ...