• 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 ...
  • Soccer's disgrace: unchecked goalkeeper violence
    I return to the worrying tale of Eric Garcia, the young Man City defender severely injured last Wednesday.
  • The EPL's shaky return, and another goalkeeper victim
    Alas for the English Premier League, usually so deft at promoting itself. Here we had the long-awaited (it's been 100 days) return.
  • Bundesliga Ghost Games highlight a refereeing problem
    German "ghost games" have presented soccer with a unique opportunity to explore one of its most contentious areas.
  • College Soccer (Part 3): A Dreamland where only radical change can ensure a place in soccer's pyramid
    So here comes the difficult bit. Trying to make a coherent whole of my dealings with and memories of college soccer since 1960.
  • Men's College Soccer (Part 2): 1972 to 2020, the years of the draft ... and inertia
    The 1971 Division 1 Final (Howard 3 St Louis 2) played in the cavernous -- and lamentably empty -- Orange Bowl started my rethink about college soccer.
  • Sixty years of trying to assess men's college soccer (Part 1)
    College soccer -- the men's version -- has been going through something of a crisis recently. Caused by the fear that the NCAA might take action that would threaten the very existence of many college soccer programs. The threat still hovers.
  • From Quarantine -- A Memoir: Me, soccer, Stanley Matthews, the Potteries and Arnold Bennett
    The immobility of quarantine at least gives one time to think, to reflect, to remember. I've been playing around with all three.
  • Between the lines with the back shoulder, not forgetting the low-block 5-3-2
    When people start using arcane language to make matters clearer, you can be quite sure that they are not trying to clarify. They are trying to mystify.
  • Messi yellow card exposes the soccer rules snafu
    Playing in a dangerous manner is what goalkeepers are doing every time they dive to the ground at an opponent's feet.
  • Wow! UEFA nails Man City -- and how
    Something to classify alongside flying pigs: one of soccer's richest clubs being severely punished by the sport itself.
  • How much longer can soccer put up with the clueless IFAB?
    Surely it is time to cry Enough! and do away with the antiquated and dangerously useless International Football Association Board, IFAB?
  • Soccer and technological doping
    The phrase "technological doping" has been hovering over sports -- all of them -- for some time now. More as a vague, ill-defined problem than a clearly identifiable threat.
  • The EPL puts on a show -- only the referees disappoint
    The level of English Premier League play and the entertainment value have been consistently high.
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