Arsenal's Cup Runneth Away ... Again
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 28, 12:42 a.m.
Carling Cup final 2011: Birmingham City 2 Arsenal 1. If only all the soccer finals were like this one. I'm not about to say that this final had everything, but it had more than ample amounts of most of the things that any decent final should have, in particular entertainment.
Playing Around with the Playoffs
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 24, 11:54 p.m.
The playoff system has its critics. I am not among them. I like the playoffs. I like them despite the fact that they have considerable drawbacks and that they can certainly be viewed as "not fair."
The FA Cup just ain't what it used to be
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 21, 1:27 a.m.
This past weekend has been, you may have noticed, the Big FAC Weekend. By FAC I mean England's FA Cup, and FAC has been the name of the game, certainly on Fox Soccer Channel. The FAC has been praised and exalted to the skies, all of this delivered in breathless, panting tones by FSC's coterie of Brits and wanna-be Brits.
Lucky Arsenal! Messi's disallowed goal was legit
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 17, 1:40 p.m.
It is generally agreed that the sight of players complaining about the referee's decisions is not one we want to see on the soccer field. Even worse, is the spectacle of a crowd of players hounding the referee, chasing him and yelling furiously at him.
Hoping for less chess in Barca-Arsenal rematch
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 17, 12:18 a.m.
What to make of yesterday's Arsenal vs. Barcelona game? Both teams looked good, very good, in short, alternating spells. The penultimate spell belonged to Arsenal -- during which they got both their goals. Even after Andrei Arshavin's goal, which turned out to be the winner, there was still time for a spell of Barcelona dominance that threatened, seriously threatened, to ...
Happy Days Are Here Again! Thanks to Rooney and young Brazilians
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 13, 11:48 p.m.
Just this once I'm going to rank English soccer ahead of Brazilian and give Wayne Rooney pride of place in the weekend's soccer happenings for his superb goal against Manchester City.
The Galaxy at David's Beckham-call
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 10, 2:48 a.m.
I would have thought -- I'd bet most people would have thought -- that when you pay an athlete astronomical sums for his services, you get to tell him when he must make himself available, no?
Soccer Unchained -- for a Day
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 6, 11:40 p.m.
Those who have been slagging off the English Premier League, who have been condemning it as over-hyped, a league of mostly boring games hardly worth watching -- well, they'll have to shut up for the moment. Because on Saturday the EPL produced 41 goals in 8 games -- that's over five per game!
Suarez needs no time to adjust at Liverpool
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 4, 1:15 a.m.
Liverpool, having said goodbye to Fernando Torres -- whose performances of late had been half-hearted, to put it mildly -- this week welcomed a new forward in Uruguay's Luis Suarez, signed from Ajax.