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Can European soccer learn from NFL on team parity?

September 22, 2010

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The NFL prides itself on ‘parity’, on the competitive balance between different clubs being close, ensuring that games are tightly-fought contests and that as many teams as possible start the season with some sort of chance of making the Super Bowl.

Brilliant Berbatov finally arrives for United

September 19, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Dimitar Berbatov chose the perfect moment to finally endear himself to the Old Trafford crowd on Sunday with a superb hat-trick that earned Manchester United a much-needed 3-2 victory over fierce rivals Liverpool.

Liverpool’s midfield not as much to shout about

September 13, 2010

 

SOCCER-EUROPA/In the heady days of Istanbul and Athens when Liverpool fans considered anything less than a trip to the Champions League final a disappointing campaign, the Kop would regularly belt out: “We have the best midfield in the world.”

Ferguson spares Rooney but opens the door to more abuse

September 11, 2010

Wayne Rooney has been taking, and largely ignoring, abuse from Everton supporters for six years but Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson decided on Saturday that a garnish of tabloid tittle-tattle on top the traditional “Judas” fare was too much.

Houllier should be perfect match for Villa

September 10, 2010

SOCCER-FRANCE/A tricky start to the season in which manager Martin O’Neill left before a ball was kicked, midfielder James Milner joined Manchester City and the club limped out of the Europa League, Aston Villa were in need of steady hands. Gerard Houllier should be just the man.

Transfer deadline day live blog

August 31, 2010

We’re following all the deals as they happen on the final day of activity in the transfer market. Comments always welcome…

Toothless Liverpool losing touch already

August 24, 2010

Liverpool’s current plight was laid bare on Monday when they were humbled 3-0 by Manchester City — a result which left Roy Hodgson’s side fourth bottom of the Premier League.

Deja vu all over again? Soccer romantics will hope so

August 20, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/FULHAM-HUGHES‘Plus ca change’ was the defining refrain of the Premier League’s opening weekend, but football fans tired of the established order will hope déjà vu is lurking round the corner for Manchester United and Chelsea.

Blackpool offer refreshing antidote to bloated Premier League

August 16, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/August remains a time for cricket and athletics in many people’s minds but if we are going to have football then it was probably fitting that the most uplifting performance of the opening day of the Premier League season came from the country’s number one seaside holiday destination.

England were dreadful but don’t be surprised

June 27, 2010

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People can and will talk about Frank Lampard’s wrongly-disallowed goal all day long but to concentrate on that would miss the much bigger problems that contributed to one of England’s worst-ever World Cup performances.