As Liverpool edge towards an improbable league title and Tottenham fade away, many have taken the opportunity to compare the differing fortunes of the two clubs. Both teams started the season having finished outside the top four and were looking to break through this season. Both (initially) had young managers with much to prove.
The Premier League season is coming to an end and the race for first place is still up in the air.
Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have surprised many (if not all) by defying preseason odds and rocketing to the league's summit. Chelsea and Manchester City will still have a say as to who will be crowned champions in May.
Possible Arsenal Starting Lineup against Hull City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal will face Hull City at the KC Stadium on Sunday, looking to consolidate their fourth position in the Premier League table.
The Gunners moved back into the top four, after they earned a convincing 3-1 victory over West Ham in the mid-week and Everton, other top four contender suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace.
Alan Pardew has held his press conference, and he has talked about the terrible run the Newcastle side is on, and the manager wants to see a good performance from the side on Saturday, and especially in the first half, and that should help to get the crowd behind the team. Ben Arfa struggling [...]
After the first game of the season was turned around into a great start for Arsenal, people kept saying that the Gunners would not be able to handle the pressure. But Arsenal kept going and kept proving them wrong. When the season finishes, we will have spent the most weeks at the top. Scant consolation, [.
Let's imagine, just for a minute, that Chelsea come away with a draw from Anfield on April 27. It's certainly plausible considering the Blues' league-high defensive record, and the irrepressible Jose Mourinho's knack of getting his tactics in the big games spot on.
Surely then, if the 'title decider' ends in a stalemate, Liverpool will coast to a first Premier League title since 1990, with Manchester City unable to affect proceedings directly following their crippling 3-2 defeat last weekend and the 2-2 draw against Sunderland last night?
David Beckham is facing a huge backlash against his plans for a 25,000-seater soccer stadium in Miami.
An alliance of shipping interests and a billionaire car dealer have launched a newspaper ad protesting against David Beckham's plans for a soccer stadium in Miami, saying it threatens the city's plans to capitalize on the expansion of the Panama Canal.
The Enigma Called Lucas Podolski by Uche Lucas Podolski is one of the most efficient and lethal finishers in the Premier League, never mind at Arsenal. Just look at his conversion rate and variety of goals and you will agree to this without a doubt. So why oh why do we bemoan the absence of [...]
We all know that youth development at Arsenal is one of the things that Arsene Wenger has focused most of his time on since taking over at the club back in 1996. You wouldn't have known it on Tuesday, though, as the Prof picked a starting line-up for a huge game against West Ham that [...]
Hull City games will be decisive for our season by Konstantin Mitov The way the season shaped out it looks like Hull City stand in Arsenal's way of the Top Four and the FA cup. We have an away game at the KC stadium on Sunday and i think a win would put us in [...]
Well that didn’t go as planned. It was oddly reminiscent of how the New York Red Bulls got off the schneid last year: a 2-1 win in Harrison, NJ against the Philadelphia Union. The Union had the stats to back up a win, but as we have seen time and time again, stats don’t win games.
After another lackluster fist half, the Red Bulls roared back and handed the #DOOP boys a 2-1 loss @The Cathedral of Football. A much needed victory for our boys, with Thierry Henry and Lloyd Sam finding the back of the net. Philadelphia pulled one back late, through a penalty (committed by Sekagya - who saw Red on the play), and it was a very nervy 17 (or so) final minutes.
At the 1982 World Cup, the Brazilian national team were establishing a burgeoning reputation as the darlings of the tournament. With players like Zico and Socrates, their brand of enterprising, vibrant football was a joy to behold as they steamrollered their way through the first group stage and into the second round of the tournament.
As Landon Donovan moves closer to playing in his fourth World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team star has done plenty of reflecting on how much has changed since he first took the field in the 2002 World Cup.
The only games that separate the US from their World Cup opener with Ghana in Brazil are three international friendlies.
Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 30 players into camp before the game against Azerbaijan, and there are many questions as to who will fill these spots. So, here's my attempt at trying to predict the 30, knowing everything we know after the Ukraine and Mexico friendlies.
Yeah, so apparently the reason John Anthony Brooks was dropped from the selection this past weekend (for a 2-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen) is because he got a large and apparently super-sensitive tattoo on his back, which caused him to miss training. Hmm. Setting aside that this was surely not wise timing for such personal expression, I cannot help but wonder what has happened to tattoos.
He's probably the most skillful player ever to grace the football World? And here's just a snippet of why Lionel Messi is right up their with a the World's legend's forget the goals what about his first touch? It's awesome.
Insospechado. Más allá de la cronología y de que alguna vez el reinado acabaría no podría suponerse que "hinchas" del Barcelona se tomaran la molestia de apostarse de madrugada (3.30) en las puertas del Camp Nou sólo para insultar a su técnico y jugadores. "Messi eres una mierda", "Tata vete ya", "con lo que cobran.
Bale's wonder strike capped a miserable season for the Blaugrana Marc Bartra heading an equalizer and Neymar hitting the post in the final of the Copa del Rey encapsulated Barcelona's hit and miss season, while Real Madrid march on.
Barça might be third in La Liga but more worryingly failed to make the last four of the 2014 Champions League.
Identity seems like it's something that should be solid, yet it's an always-changing thing. When you're a kid, you define yourself by your favoritebands, sports teams, and video games (Beastie Boys, Baltimore Orioles, GoldenEye).
No entendemos demasiado su definición del fútbol. Podemos inducir de ella, que empieza con un tono minimizador ("no es más que..."), que acaso no lo sintió o comprendió desde adentro. Al menos no ignoró su inevitable impacto. Gabriel García Márquez falleció hoy a los 87 años de edad dejando, sí, un legado digno de agradecimiento.
Ja leck mich am Arsch! Wenn das hier nicht ein Spaßvideo ist, dann weiß ich jetzt wieso in Italien nichts mehr geht. Der Fussball am Ende, keine Zuschauer mehr in den Stadien und bei so einer bescheidenen Präsentation kaufen die Fans sicher auch keine originalen Trikots mehr.
Major League Soccer has been rocked (for better or worse, tbd) with the recent extravagant signings of big name players, and now the waters are stirring with news of Mexico's Javier Hernandez looking to find a new soccer home after this current season in the English Premier League. Could MLS be a destination, or even, *gasp*, Dallas?
It is about time that Arsenal started to have some good news on the injury front and it is very timely as well. After a punishing two hours of football and penalties at Wembley, the Gunners had to dig deep against a physical and hard working West Ham side, so Arsene Wenger will be glad [...]
Chile forward Junior Fernandes suffers a freak leg break while playing for Dinamo Zagreb last night which will rule the 25 year old Bayern Leverkusen loanee out of this Summer's World Cup Finals in Brazil!
Here's a statement that may send shockwaves throughout the United States soccer-loving community: FOX is not good at covering soccer.
Although FOX has played a major role in the growth of soccer in the States for many years, their coverage has been problematic. Piers Morgan and Michael Strahan trying to explain the difference between football and fútbol before the 2011 Champions League Final, and throwing poor Gus Johnson into the proverbial fire, are prime examples of the misses on FOX's tote-board.
CONMEBOL announced today that The Clásico de las Américas will be renewed starting this year and will take on a more international spin this coming year. The tournament was cancelled last year due to scheduling inconveniences, but now there will be some major changes to offer a greater appeal to one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer.
The Fire ran through training this morning on the pitch at Toyota Park, which seems to be in a little better condition than it has been for the previous two home matches. Players and coaches noted the difficulty of playing on the bumpy surface after games versus New York and Philadelphia but Frank Yallop feels they can get back to playing the style they'd like to play at home now.
With reports in the press suggesting that David Moyes could lose his job at the end of the season and be replaced with a manager with a proven European pedigree, Juan Mata has urged everyone at United to stick together and not look to point the finger of blame.
In which we check up with Pat Murphy from Massive Report to preview the Crew once again.
In D.C. United's first bid for revenge this season, they take on the Columbus Crew in Columbus. To preview the game, we went back to our friend Pat Murphy from Massive Report for his take on the Crew so far this season.
Newcastle need a number of new strikers brought in over the summer months, and at least three, given that Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong will all be leaving for different reasons this summer. Troy Deeney - Watford's top striker Newcastle have been linked with English striker Troy Deeney, who was born in [.
Any football team that is not drifting in the ether of mid-table will have any number of identifiable turning points in a season. An axis upon which the road forks and destiny manifests. Often players and coaches don't really even control these moments. They are usually presented to them at random.
Fascinating comment by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola thathe would be happy to leave Bayern Mat the end of the seasonif the club's hierarchy are not happy with his work.
Guardiola has been his usual brilliant self in Munich, wining the league in record time, winning the Club World Cup, and reaching the German Cup final and Champions League semifinals where they will meet Real Madrid.
Luis Suarez is the king of scoring when Liverpool are already ahead – 21 of his 29 goals came with Liverpool in the lead – although Sterling's quite good at is as well. Which is little surprise considering how dangerous both are on the counter-attack, when running at defenders.
Conversely, 77% of Gerrard's 13 goals have been with Liverpool either tied or behind by a goal, including all three of his non-penalty goals.
It had been almost two years since my last journey to the tin can that is Red Bull Arena. I traveled there filled with optimism of a victory, would I leave satisfied?
This was not the first trip I've made with the Sons of Ben, and it certainly won't be my last. I've traveled twice each to New Jersey and Washington DC respectively, but I hadn't traveled anywhere for the Union since August of 2012.
Our series on the US and the World Cup continues with the 1990 World Cup, After nearly being eliminated in the preliminary qualification round, the US would need to win its final qualification game before making its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.
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