• How a Flying Kick Stopped an Unlucky Dark Horse
    Thiago Alcantara punctuated Bayern Munich's progress to the DFB Pokal (German Cup) semifinals on Wednesday, first with a flying-kick in second half stoppage time to the chest of Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling (for which he only received a yellow card), and later with the winning penalty in a 5-3 shootout win, after the match ended 0-0.
  • Can PSG Make History?
    With little more than six weeks left to go until the end of the 2014/15 season, Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi will be happy to see his expensively assembled super club still alive in four competitions. However, before he starts dreaming about conquering world history, he will dream first of conquering French history, as no club has ever simultaneously held the Ligue 1, Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France titles. If PSG is to go the distance-or more likely, some of the distance-it will need its entire squad.
  • Despite City's Collapse, Mourinho's Work is Not (Quite) Yet Done
    Now that Manchester City's title charge has faded, is the Premier League title Chelsea's? Not so fast: let's not forget that both Arsenal and Manchester United are on a terrific run of form right now, with the Gunners winning its last seven games and United winning its last five. And Chelsea, which hasn't been on a terrific run of form since last year, hosts United on the 18 and then heads to Arsenal the following weekend.
  • Ronaldo vs. Messi, Continued?
    As he so often does against weak opposition, Cristiano Ronaldo decimated Granada on Saturday, hitting an astonishing five goals in a 9-1 thrashing of the relegation-threatened club, a tally which brought the Real Madrid forward to 36 goals on the season-four ahead of rival Lionel Messi-and within a single goal of hitting the 300-mark for his club. Ronaldo now ranks third on Real's all-time list for goals, nine shy of legend Alfredo Di Stefano's 308, and 24 shy of New York Cosmos striker Raul Gonzalez's 323. However, the truly astonishing statistic will be the rate at which the Portuguese accomplishes …
  • The Choicest Contests in Europe This Weekend
    We return this weekend from the international break with about a quarter of the European soccer season to go, and though the title races in Italy, Germany and, perhaps, England look to be sewn up, a few crucial matches will decide the champions in both Spain and France. And for those who enjoy watching the fight for the UEFA Champions League, the good news is that the races are still pretty tight across the big five leagues.
  • FIFA's Politicized Apolitical Stance on Russia's World Cup
    When much of the free world turns against a regime like Vladimir Putin's Russia, FIFA is absolutely taking a political stance by allowing it to host what is by far the world's most globally significant event. And maintaining the stance that sports and politics should not mix in a sport filled with countless examples of exactly that is at best irresponsible and at worst completely negligent.
  • Is #JusticeForCarrick Just a Little Too Late?
    Unbelievably, Michael Carrick, whom former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson called "the best English player in the game" earlier this season, has received just 33 England call-ups throughout his 14-year international career, and just one appearance at a major competition: a 1-0 win against Ecuador in the round of 16 at the 2006 World Cup. How is this possible?
Next Entries »