Clock ticking on Conte's time with Chelsea

Soccer | PREMIER REPORT Jan 26, 2018

Clock ticking on Conte's time with Chelsea

"Antonio Conte has left his post as head coach of Chelsea. The club would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future." No, not a Japan Times exclusive, but a paragraph that will be coming your way in the ...

Liverpool moving on with Coutinho gone

Soccer | PREMIER REPORT Jan 12, 2018

Liverpool moving on with Coutinho gone

Come May, Philippe Coutinho will probably have a La Liga and possibly a Copa del Rey winners' medal. He cannot play for Barcelona in the Champions League as he is ineligible, but two — even one — medal would be welcome because they would ...

Gap between big and small clubs a real issue

Soccer | PREMIER REPORT Dec 29, 2017

Gap between big and small clubs a real issue

You could imagine the Sky Sports executives' expressions as they heard soccer pundit Jamie Carragher at halftime during Manchester City's 1-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday. "It's not just Newcastle, but the Premier League in general, when they come up against the top six, certainly ...

Everton turns to Sam Allardyce in bid to stay up

Soccer | PREMIER REPORT Dec 1, 2017

Everton turns to Sam Allardyce in bid to stay up

"Sam Allardyce has resigned as manager of Crystal Palace and says he has 'no ambition to take another job' in football." —Newspaper report, May 2017 "While I've got the energy, I want to travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the ...

Man City's De Bruyne in a league of his own

Soccer | PREMIER REPORT Oct 20, 2017

Man City's De Bruyne in a league of his own

To death and taxes as the only certainties in life can, for managers on Planet Football, be added a blunder in the transfer market that comes back to haunt them. Jose Mourinho can claim enough shrewd business to be in credit: Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole ...

England uninspiring in victory over Slovenia

Soccer | PREMIER REPORT Oct 6, 2017

England uninspiring in victory over Slovenia

Gareth Southgate wanted England to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in style. Harry Kane's late winner in the 1-0 win over Slovenia on Thursday sealed England's place in Russia, but a match of numbing tedium was so poor Sunday's now academic final ...

Multiple issues keep Liverpool from contending

Soccer | PREMIER REPORT Sep 22, 2017

Multiple issues keep Liverpool from contending

Despite being only five points behind joint-leaders Manchester City and Manchester United, Jürgen Klopp knows that Liverpool will not win the Premier League title. If Liverpool is some way behind the Manchester duo plus Chelsea in terms of defensive quality if not points, it ...