• Shawcross a brilliant signing ... says Inter Miami coach Neville
    Back in 2010 Ryan Shawcross was big news in English soccer. Not, sadly, for any act of soccer brilliance.
  • Neville's arrival at Inter Miami -- is this cronyism?
    So Phil Neville will be Inter Miami's new coach. Is this, as the Miami bosses would have us believe, the beginning of an exciting new era in soccer (well, American soccer, or maybe just MLS soccer, come to that)?
  • Concussions a problem? How about some more research?
    Soccer's reaction to the concussion issue has been a joke. But it is much worse than that. It is a disgrace, and a dangerous one at that.
  • Coaching, coaches ... and me
    My sincere thanks to the United Soccer Coaches for handing me their new award -- their Media Career of Excellence award.
  • Personal, tangential, memories of the unforgettables -- Pele and Maradona
    I treasure memories of both those guys. I saw much more of Pele, spending a month filming with him in the summer of 1972, in Santos, then later being close at hand as he played in New York.
  • Saturday morning soccer with the Sons of Anak and a smattering of onlookers
    Our opponents were always teams of working class boys, rather scrawny-looking lads, not as comfortably bred, or as well-fed, as us.
  • Rule-obsession can blind referees to game reality
    The world of pro soccer is not where you go if you're looking for objectivity, and unbiased opinions. Fan loyalty, club loyalty, player loyalty, regional loyalty ...
  • Words, words, words ... Part 2 -- Guru words
    The idea is to make the words interesting, even downright fascinating. Of course, things can go too far. Deplorably, guru-talk, has run away with itself.
  • Words, words, words ... Part 1 -- Rulebook Words
    It happens in every game. The referee goes up to a player, or a group of players, and delivers what looks like a stern lecture.
  • The success of MLS is Back -- but are the results misleading?
    The MLS Is Back tournament, championship, extravaganza, whatever it was, worked out pretty well, I thought. I mean, given how hastily it was concocted.
  • Bournemouth, victimized by a colossal VAR/Hawk-Eye error, deserves compensation
    If there's one factor above all others that thoroughly incenses me about VAR, it's this business of dictatorial offside decisions based on millimetric measurements.
  • Pochettino to Atlanta? Or has Bob Bradley proved the new coach doesn't have to be Latino?
    When Atlanta announced that it had signed Frank De Boer as the coach to replace Tata Martino, I called the appointment a "betrayal."
  • Twellman's curious praise for roughhouse soccer
    If you were a season-ticket holder with a big club and found that, seated next to you at every game, there was Taylor Twellman, how long before you requested a different seat?
  • Was British soccer ever that great?
    Some years ago I read an article in the English press that greatly irritated me. I tore the page from the newspaper and put it aside for further study.
  • How I somehow escaped from freezing to death during a soccer game
    Another episode of quarantine-induced nostalgia has surfaced. We're going back over 70 years for this one ...
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